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It was fun, and I hope there’s more, but I thought some of the Things weren’t as good this time around, especially some of the later ones (40, 41, 44, and 45, if you want me to be honest).

But it was still fun, and I still hope there’s more. Even if all of the other Things had been flops, getting into Twitter was totally and utterly worthwhile. I ❤ Twitter.

Mostly though: hooray for being done!

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I joined Webjunction a while ago, but had more or less forgotten about my account (and hadn’t done anything with it) until this Thing.

I’ve joined a few discussion groups, but they don’t seem to be all that active, compared to many other boards I visit from time to time; I should admit right here and now that I am a lurker by nature, rather then a poster, so I’ll have to see if I can overcome my inclinations and light a fire under some of these discussions.

I’ve also made a friend. Yay!

Webjunction has a lot to offer, and could be an amazing resource, but right now there doesn’t seem to be all that much going on. I don’t have any fabulous suggestions as to how to change that, but I’ll think about it and let you know if I have a sudden inspiration.

On a sort of related note, I’m going to explore ALA Connect, once I track down my ALA member number. Hopefully the discussion boards on here will be a little more active!

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I guess I’m so far into the cloud that I fail to see the point of this Thing.

I do have stuff stored on my actual hard drive, but that’s mostly just pictures and music, both of which can migrate to the cloud without too much bother; I hardly ever create documents or presentations outside of work since I’m no longer in school; who on earth saves their e-mail to their hard drive???

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44. The Economy

I already participate in online banking with my bank, and have two savings accounts. I am also boringly responsible and don’t have any credit cards, pay my bills and student loans on time, and contribute to my pension plan; we bought a house we wanted that we could afford, and Mr. Lush scrupulously pays the mortgage each month. Hooray to both sets of parents for raising such fiscally responsible people!

In other words, I don’t spend money I don’t have on things I don’t need, and am going to move right on to the next Thing.

(I did really like the video about the current economic problem, and was amazed and impressed that they managed to explain it that clearly and succinctly.)

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I just don’t watch all that much TV, but I completely understand how these services can be addictive. (The only time I tried to use them was when I had set the DVR incorrectly and missed some episodes of “Top Chef” while we were in Hawaii and Japan. Alas, Bravo does not allow full episodes on these sites or YouTube, and I was foiled.) Much like books and radio, I doubt TV will be going away anywhere soon.

Honestly, I’ll just muddle along with the DVR and Netflix, both of which suit my needs just fine.

I kept getting errors in Joost, so here’s something topical from Hulu: Oprah joins Twitter

With Oprah Onboard, Twitter Grows

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42. Music 2.0

Much like digital and actual books, I don’t think digital radio is going to replace actual radio anytime soon. It is nice to have the option of listening to your favorite station through your computer (or phone) if you’re not at home, but until cars come preloaded with digital radios, I don’t think we have to worry about radio disappearing. (The quality of most radio stations is an entirely separate issue, and not one I’m going to take on here.)

I’ve made a station on Pandora (but I can’t get the HTML to load properly here), and will probably play around with this service some more. I have a ton of music loaded on my computer (and my ipod) but I always enjoy finding new favorites. I think it will take a little bit of tweaking and massaging to get Pandora onboard with everything I like, but it’s fun to play with and fairly intuitive; it’s pretty interesting what it extrapolates from the title I initially entered–some choices have been much better than others! I’ll probably use this most for finding international music, as I can go to pretty much any store to find the bulk of what’s on the radio.

Speaking of the radio, I put a widget for the Current in my blog a while ago, but since its waaaay down at the bottom, I’ll put it in this post as well. I adore the Current, and think it’s the best thing to happen to radio in the Twin Cities. I’m even a founding member, and have my name on a plaque somewhere in the MPR building!

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I have absolutely no desire to sign up for any of these services, and looking at them did nothing to change my mind. I don’t want a constant barrage of *everything* my friends are doing *every* minute of the day. And they don’t wan to see that from me either.


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