Sunday, July 18, 2004

Blogger's New Working Interface

Blogger has changed its working interface... It is now much more user-friendly for newbies as it offers the possibility of changing the font and size, adding colours, bullets, blockquotes without them having to tamper with the html code.
Claude however signals there although it works well on Mozilla and IE there are still some bugs and  she has not been able to access it from her Mac ibook :-(
Let's hope it does not fail me for my presentation end of August!

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Coincidences, emails and quotations

Do you believe in coincidence or telepathy? I usually don't, but I do stop short in my tracks, startled when this accidental synchronic sequence of events happens.

Last night, I was surfing on the web, jumping from one blogroll to another, when I got to Seb's Open Research Blog and found:

" In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." Al Rogers

While musing over the quote and wondering whether the Al mentioned was the same Al I got to know from Global Schoolnet, the familiar sound of email hitting the inbox signalled a new message.

Wonder of wonders...a mail from Al. This is definitely Al month as two weeks ago I got word from a colleague I had not heard from for ages ... making reference to Al. So you can imagine my surprise!

Al found it interesting that his use of this particular quote during a presentation made many years ago is still remembered. However, he warns the quote comes from a 1973 book by Eric Hoffer, which elaborated on an idea first suggested by Alvin Toffler in 1970. Somebody must have picked it from his presentation and passed it along.

Al comments his name gets googled with that quotation almost as much as Eric Hoffer's :-).
So to his question " How do you correct this kind of footnoting problem?", this is an attempt of an answer.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Busy Holidays Online

I am now on holidays so apparently one should thing I would have more time to reflect and write... somehow this does not seem true as I always find something to engage myself in.

Yesterday through Bloglines I got word from Robin Good that there was a limited offer (from July 1st to 14th) on Brainbench. You can take as many tests as you like for free. As I am curious, love a challenge and cannot resist a freebie, off I went to experiment with it. This took me the whole morning . After having a go at the personality test (which came out quite accurately), I decided to certify my skills in English, French and Portuguese

I am proud to announce I have my master degree having "demonstrated the ability to read, comprehend, and communicate in these languages at the highest level".

However, I must confess I failed miserably on the presentation skills test... must get it right for next August when I will be giving a virtual presentation at Cyberlangues through Alado, thanks to Andy Pinçon's generous offer.
I have opened another blog for the occasion Je blogue, et vous, vous-bloguez? where I will try to describe (in French) my preparation, difficulties and ideas for the event.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

Blog Design

From Claude's Franco- English "Blogging in Paris" I got this tip for which gives you all you wanted to know about blog design and were afraid to ask.

Tips, tricks and cheats on shadow filters, css styles, colors, inline styles and more. Definitely worth a visit!
I could use it myself when I have some time to spare :-)