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    All things geeky

    August 11th, 2011

    Being a fiber obsessed geek, I not only love all things fiber but also like gadgets as well. I have a desktop PC, a laptop, a wireless LAN in my 50 m² apartment,  an iPod, an iPhone and an iPad. And as off today an e-reader as well. When I was working for a school in Rotterdam a few months ago, I checked out the Sony PRS 600 from their school library and fell in love. But unfortunately work there stopped and I had to bring back the e-reader as well. Trying to get the newest – the PRS 650 – is very hard, because most of the time they were sold out.

    In the first week of August dan_e and me went to Paris, he “only” brought like 2 books. I mean two.. the guy that reads a book per day.  After he finished them I asked him what he was going to read next, because I only brought the one he already read and everything else was on my iPad. Well guess what he got out of his bag.. yes, the Sony PRS 650 I wanted for quite some time. He managed to buy one the moment bol.com had a few in stock. I turned green with envy! It was as pretty as I had imagined.

    When we got home I still was a bit upset that he got the e-reader and I didn’t. But I also forgot it, because I really was happy for him that he managed to get one. Yesterday we looked again in the webshop and guess what.. they had only 2 left. So I ordered 1 very quickly and was very happy I managed too, but the special case that went with it was a bit above my budget. The e-reader was as well, but I made an exception for that.

    Today we spent indoor, making adjustments in my archive shelves so I can hang my files in them and keeping an eye out for the mail man, because the package was supposed to come today. Track and trace on the Internet told us the driver was on his way from 11 am onwards. Finally it came and I was stunned to find not only one, but 2 packages for me.

    The first was obviously my e-reader, but the second.. It seemed dan_e secretly ordered the sleeve for me when I was already in bed last night. Isn’t he the best? But we also had a slight problem, how to see on the outside which reader is which? I found a crafty solution for that, I made a book ribbon. Twisted some blueish coloured yarn into a string and attached it to the sleeve.

    I kinda liked it, and so did dan_e, so I made him a purple one. I bought the fabric on the background in Paris in some awesome shop, but that’s a story for another time.


    The 2010 Blog Improvement Project 2010

    February 5th, 2010

    After I participated in the Bloggiesta-weekend last January I wrote in my Bloggiesta finish post that decided to have a Bloggiesta-day every month. But I changed my mind the moment I heard of this project.

    A little copy/paste from the ‘about the BIP’ page:
    The 2010 Blog Improvement Project is a year-long blogging challenge co-hosted by Kim at Sophisticated Dorkiness and Jackie at Farm Lane Books Blog. The BIP will consist of twice-monthly activities to improve your blog. Every first and third Monday of the month there will be an activity posted on this blog that will related in some way to making your blog better. Each participant should spend the next two weeks focusing on that aspect of their blog. Possible topics include goals setting, writing better content, building community with readers, getting more readers, and blog layout and design.

    So I will have my Bloggiesta-day not once, but twice a month and the tag will be BIP2010.

    The first week’s BIP2010task is to create a blogging To-Do list. Well luckely for me, I already have a list with some “left overs” from the Bloggiesta weekend.

    Here’s my list again, with the things we have done crossed off:

    • update WordPress (and make a back-up)
    • write a review on Terry Pratchett’s The colour of magic
    • make pictures (or find them on the web) of all TP books I have (beause I’m going to read a lot of them this year)
    • with a little help from dan_e (my BF) try to get Disqus working We did not work it out, but I’m happy the way my comments look now with the gravatars and all
    • I want another share-this thingy
    • visit blogs and leave comments
    • find books for the Whats in a Name challenge
    • make a plan about Blogging Challenges, The Sunday Salon, Booking Through Thusday etc. Get some structure in posting blogs and plan them in my calender and ToDo applications
    • create an index page for books I read and reviewed and an index page for knitted items (with links to the blog posts)
    • plan a Bloggiesta day (or weekend) for myself once a month

    There is not much left but still enough. I will make a new list ( I so love making lists and Things To Do gadgets) and post it here:

    • write book reviews as soon as I finished a book; reserve time in it for my schedule
    • Make the pictures, find them of those TP-books, but also of other books I plan to read.  Start collecting url’s for the reviews
    • still have to find those WiaN-titles.. and start reading them too :)
    • I did cross off the make in knitting index page, but I will have another look at it, as well as the cross stitch updates. Maybe add some pictures too
    • visit blogs and leave comments
    • I unstrike this because its an ongoing thing to do

    • I am certainly going to study and use some of the 50 ways to take your blog to the next level.

    I am sure this list will change during the BIP2010. Items will be crossed off, and knowing me, items will be add or changed. I am also planning on learning PHP and MySQL this year.

    Klik hier voor Nederlands


    Bloggiesta Finish

    January 11th, 2010

    bloggiesta finish

    I made it to the finish, sort of. I really enjoyed the Bloggiesta and want to thank Natasha from MAWBooks for hosting this event.

    Here’s my list again, with the things we have done crossed off:

    • update WordPress (and make a back-up)
    • write a review on Terry Pratchett’s The colour of magic
    • make pictures (or find them on the web) of all TP books I have (beause I’m going to read a lot of them this year)
    • with a little help from dan_e (my BF) try to get Disqus working We did not work it out, but I’m happy the way my comments look now with the gravatars and all
    • I want another share-this thingy
    • visit blogs and leave comments
    • find books for the Whats in a Name challenge
    • make a plan about Blogging Challenges, The Sunday Salon, Booking Through Thusday etc. Get some structure in posting blogs and plan them in my calender and ToDo applications.
    • create an index page for books I read and reviewed and an index page for knitted items (with links to the blog posts)
    • plan a Bloggiesta day (or weekend) for myself once a month.

    So besides the writing part I pretty much accomplish everything from my list and more. I made a start with a Cheat Sheet, I changed my side bars,  I have an awesome button which leads to the Dutch translations and I have progress bars, which show the progress on my fiber projects.

    I have no idea how much hours I spent we spent on my blog, but I really enjoyed it. I have learned that I am not the 1-project girl. I need diversion. So dan_e and me did watch some episodes of the Borrowers, we played a Natalie Brooks game and started a Nancy Drew one, read books and had fun away from the PC. That’s why I think my “last Wednesday of the month is Bloggiesta day” is a good idea. I can plan some smaller projects, or break a larger one in little pieces and devote more time on that day on blogging.

    The challenges were great too, but again, I did not make the time to follow up on them, but with my php-guru I did not need it either. I told dan_e I needed some information in my meta data and he made it for me. I muttered something about a gravatar and favicon and he asked me “What should it look like?” I know. I could have done it myself, but this was so much more fun and so much easier :)

    Anyway, I move the items that are left on my list to my ToDo task manager in my iPhone and will get to them asap.

    Klik hier voor Nederlands


    Bloggiesta day 1

    January 9th, 2010

    Bloggiesta

    dan_e and me did a lot this morning, mostly “tweeking” my blog.

    Here’s my list again, with the things we have done crossed off:

    • update WordPress (and make a back-up)
    • write a review on Terry Pratchett’s The colour of magic
    • make pictures (or find them on the web) of all TP books I have (beause I’m going to read a lot of them this year)
    • with a little help from dan_e (my BF) try to get Disqus working We did not work it out, but I’m happy the way my comments look now with the gravatars and all
    • I want another share-this thingy
    • visit blogs and leave comments
    • find books for the Whats in a Name challenge
    • make a plan about Blogging Challenges, The Sunday Salon, Booking Through Thusday etc. Get some structure in posting blogs and plan them in my calender and ToDo applications.
    • create an index page for books I read and reviewed and an index page for knitted items (with links to the blog posts)
    • plan a Bloggiesta day (or weekend) for myself once a month.

    Not much done which was on the list, but there are some changes made in the side bars.

    • I removed the LibraryThing widget on the right and made a link on the left side
    • the centre part of the blog is wider
    • the Flickr flash-thingy is back. It still looks broken in my IE, but in Chrome it looks ok. Maybe I should stop using IE then.

    But the thing I liked best is my “klik voor Nederlands”  (click for Dutch) button. dan_e had the great idea of putting my Dutch translation under the “more tag” making it only visible for people who actually want to read it (like my mother) :) I wanted it to be a button and not just a link, so we went on the naet, made a buttton with some free buttonmaker and adjusted it a bit in Photoshop.

    I’m going to write my Terry Pratchett review in a view moments and will put it up Monday, or maybe even tomorow as a Sunday Salon blogpost. Btt first I’m going to make my 2 index pages.

    Tomorrow I will continue work on my list and add another widget in the right sidebar. A fiber related one. I think I will reserve the last Wednesday of the month as Bloggiesta day, with the possibillity to ask dan_e help on the following Saturday or Sunday.

    Klik hier voor Nederlands


    Bloggiesta: where do I start???

    January 8th, 2010

    Bloggiesta I’ve been into the Bloggiesta-mode for only 30 minutes and already I’m overwhelmed with ideas, I got distracted by many, many, way too many good blogs, idea’s, tips & tricks. My first goal is to focus on what I’m doing. So I killed my Tweedeck while I’m writing this.

    I have one thing going for me: my blog is pretty new on this URL (I used to have a blogspot-blog and before that a punt.nl) so it’s almost clutter free. On the other hand it can use some “tweeking”, and lucky me, dan_e, my BF is a webdeveloper and he knows his java and php :)

    So what are the plans:

    I’m going to check out some mini-challenges and the There’s a book blog seems like a good place to start.
    Oh see, the first thing I learned already practiced: anchor text not a “click here” link, but use the name of the blog/person you are linking to: read about anchor text on Michelle’s blog Gallysmith. Like that :)

    One thing I really want to do is make the cheat sheet.

    Other things I want to do this weekend:

    • update WordPress (and make a back-up)
    • write a review on Terry Pratchett’s The colour of magic
    • make pictures (or find them on the web) of all TP books I have (beause I’m going to read a lot of them this year)
    • with a little help from dan_e (my BF) try to get Disqus working
    • I want another share-this thingy
    • visit blogs and leave comments
    • find books for the Whats in a Name challenge
    • make a plan about Blogging Challenges, The Sunday Salon, Booking Through Thusday etc. Get some structure in posting blogs and plan them in my calender and ToDo applications.
    • create an index page for books I read and reviewed and an index page for knitted items (with links to the blog posts)
    • plan a Bloggiesta day (or weekend) for myself once a month.

    Well thats about it for now. If I can think of anything else, I will let you know. Oh.. I just got an SMS from dan_e: he has arrived in my town, will be here shortly and he too has some ideas for my blog :)

    Klik hier voor Nederlands