Posts Tagged 'music'

So productive!

What happens when I need to do some research methods reading, but I’ve had a grande mocha? I’ve finally started putting up a blogroll!

When I started this blog I had committed myself to not having everything I wanted on the site up and perfect at launch, and the blogroll was one of those things I decided to pass on until “a later date.” I’ve finally got it there, but it’s still not quite what I want it to be.

I’ve also started futzing around with the recent tags/categories distinction implementation, but I’m still not quite comfortable with it. It’s cool though, it’ll come.

As for research methods, I’ve tutored undergrads on social science research methodology (and I really enjoy it), so I’m just not very concerned. I am looking forward to dipping into stats though, as that’s a weak point for me right now.

And I’m getting very familiar with one of my personal/professional interests: computer/internet skills instruction. I had a job a few years ago where I got to do this and I found I really loved it, and the people I helped really appreciated me, sought me out, and talked to me about how their projects (which they were able to conduct with their newfound skills) were going. And this quarter (and probably for the rest of the academic year) I’m going to be volunteering with SPL on computer skills instruction. I’m really looking forward to it! Talking to people about what they want to do, and helping them become familiar with an environment in which they can achieve their goals…so great!

It was stuff like this that made me think I wanted to be a reference librarian: to save the world with individual assistance and skills instruction. Then I learned a little more about what reference is, and decided it wasn’t for me. I still really like things like instruction, tutoring, and consultation (though I could use more experience with this), just not in the reference package.

Totally unrelatedly: I’ve found that Pandora can be very predictive for some of my musical interests, as can Last.fm, particularly when I can’t express them in terms of a specific artist. However, my Daft Punk Pandora station, which I’ve seeded with Daft Punk and Justice, isn’t really producing much (though I’ve found a couple goodies on there). Same with Last.fm, except for the fact that I can’t seed a station with multiple artists (I think). What’s really strange is that recently, when I try out an artist-based station, it keeps feeding me Chromeo. And I don’t know how I feel about that (or them).

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Now playing on Last.fm: Justice Vs Simian – We Are Your Friends (Radio Edit)
via FoxyTunes

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