Monday, December 31, 2007

Tecumseh Branch History

I'm waiting for the piece Nick Treber and I made for the Tecumseh Branch's birthday to cook down for posting on YouTube. It's a great 20 minute chunk of oral history about Tecunmseh's 80 years of service to its neighborhood. I think each branch should have an historical documentary made.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

K's muppet hands

K's muppet hands
Originally uploaded by webchicken
Chicken caught me jazz handing in the Library2.0 open labs, you should come on down, you never know what might happen!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Way to Rock the iCONS 2.0

Here is a great example of Library 2.0 cross pollination. The Harris County Public Library in Texas made up this bling using the icons I'd designed as a basis. They adapted the batch to include some icons of their own, way to go!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Digital Collaborative Meeting

Digital Collaborative
Originally uploaded by Kay Graphic
We hoofed it out to the lovely Grabill Branch for the latest DC meeting. Melissa was a gracious host and I even found a book I wanted to check out. We discussed calendar services amongst other things.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


Recipe for disaster:
Drink a bunch of "DeCaf" Coffee
notice computer screens getting wavy
have racing, hyperactive thoughts
make plans to install Joomla on test server
edit, (Under GoDaddy Hosting Connection, then Content Management)
make plans to draw a short comic a week based on random russian fairy tales
make plans to start fake band to use as test subject for test server

start jumping up and down and getting really excited like I was 10, before everything got boring and difficult.

realize that was for real coffee

crash horribly.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ho, etc.

So, I'm finished with this week's PSA. I crafted every little piece of it, down to the soundtrack. I couldn't find the jingle bell sound in GrageBand, so I had to paste in a clip over and over... What a pain! It's worth it. Here's a screenshot from FCP.
Here's the Link

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

1.0 Patrons II

Here is an interesting link. The idea of charging a small, refundable sign up fee, in this case $5 to get people to show up to free classes.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Web 1.0 Patrons

Here is the response I gave to a colleague who wanted to know how I handle Patrons who are completely new to the computer.

Yup, it's definitely a slippery slope. Do you sit down and devote 30 minutes to one person when there are 5 more standing waiting for help?
I say:
"Well, I can get you started..."

When people come up and want to find something specific, like a phone number, I help them reserve a computer and then I stand behind them and verbally direct them,
"Double click the blue "E" on the desk top, Click, click,, not on the word "Explorer" but on the big blue "E"
"Click in the address window using the mouse"
"Now type in, use the mouse to click in the search window and enter the names, you can use the "Tab" button to navigate between entry fields."
"Every blue underlined word is a link that can be followed to a new site full of more information."
tedious, but it's all I can do, I work in a public computing center with 25 terminals and 2 printers. There is ALWAYS someone who needs help.

We also have brochures that are pretty good at directing through the steps of getting a gmail account or filing an unemployment voucher.

If they can't manage to grasp the functionality of a mouse and keyboard combo, I send them to Reader's Services for the class schedule.

I am quick to point out that when it comes to specific websites, I'm clueless to the details because there are thousands of websites. I can't know it All.

I also allow myself to say "I've reached the limits of my knowledge, I can't help you because I just don't know anymore than what I've already shown you."

By this time there are usually a bunch of people standing around waiting for my help and I can scurry off.

Is this a cultural issue?
Is this an age issue?
Is it a class issue?
In the Computer Center it's usually a Class/Economic issue, people who have fallen through the cracks in the educational system are being asked to be computer literate.
I can give them the tools, give them a few starter tips and then they are on their own because I don't have the time to individually tutor each and every person that comes through the door. I'm as helpful as I can be.
I hope this helps and I hope you understand that I'm not trying to be callous to people who need help, I'm protecting myself from burning out and being useless to the other people who need help.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


thumb test

Monday, November 12, 2007

Gloria, up close.

Gloria, up close.
Originally uploaded by Kay Graphic
Former FCC Commissioner, Gloria Tristani gives a rousing Keynote Speech at the luncheon.

Sunday, November 4, 2007


Originally uploaded by Kay Graphic
I went to "Reaching Digital Natives and Immigrants: Library 2.0" held November 2, 2007, at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library to present to the Indiana On Line User's Group with Sean. It went really well, everyone was quite attentive and it was wonderful to see so many people.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Checklist for tomorrow

OK, Gotta get my act together. Poster session for the IOLUG session tomorrow:
Buy today

1. Black Duct Tape
2. Push Pins
3. Hanging card thing
4. Spray Tack
5. Energy bar

List for tomorrow
1. Laptop
2. Cameras
3. Cords
4. printed materials, cards, licenses, outline sheets
5. Poster

Friday, October 26, 2007

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


"Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.

Each square inch of human skin consists of twenty feet of blood vessels.

An average person uses the bathroom 6 times per day."

These facts are from some tedious myspace posting and may or may not be true. However, the first one intrigues me. Just a half hour, so in the time it took me to bumble around this morning getting breakfast and finding a sock's mate, decades ago, I did the same thing on a much smaller scale. Could I have said "Forget this, I leaving." and go back to being a no celled creature?

Anyway, I've been bad, I've done little in the way of 2.0, aside from setting up a myspace account. The Central States Conference has eaten all my time and it shall only get worse.
Here is a selfportrait as a single cell

Friday, October 12, 2007

Out of the Box

Out of the Box
Originally uploaded by Kay Graphic
Here we see the handywork of the children of Fort Wayne. Yesterday Heather from the Children's Department allowed her car to be painted on with water soluble paint. It's the brightest thing in the parking lot!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Falling Patron

About 10 minutes ago I heard a strange strangluated cry and a thud. Then I saw a Gref Librarian run past the Computer Center. It seems a patron had become light headed and passed out over at the entrance to reader's services. The cry had come from a woman standing next to him. Appearantly she thought she was being attacked by the man who was pitching forward.
A cluster of security guards appeared and then the ambulance driver arrived. the last time I looked, they were asking him how he felt.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Everything I Lose.

In an effort to spot trends in my Losing Arc, Im going to start noting everything I lose, If it is indeed lost and were I find said article. I will tag each entry "Lost and Found" and then feel like I am actually using technology to enhance my life.

Item # 1 My Pay Check Lost: Friday out of my pocket Found: Monday on my desk.
Items #2 All of my jump drives Lost: last week sometime Found: In my old tote
Item #3 Key to my Department Lost: I took it off my neck, put it in my pocket: Found:in the washing machine.
Item #4 My new glasses Lost: somewhere between SeaTac and home: Found: Not

Open Lab

Open Lab
Originally uploaded by Kay Graphic
I've posted some snaps from lat week's Open Lab. Don't forget, I have a Geek Out, Don't Freak Out coming up on Halloween. It's a TubeTorial on shooting and publishing video.

Friday, October 5, 2007

A OK bunny.

I drew this after eating way too much sugar and thinking about a presentation I'm to give. PS...It's FRIDAY!

Monday, October 1, 2007


I erased Staff One and reinstalled the os\iLife and FCP. Then I ran the updater. I did not, however, install any of the other software.
More later

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

lost book

When I was a little girl, I read a book about a dragonfly larvae that lived in a pond and at the bottom of the pond was an old dog food can that had a picture of a dog holding a dog food can that had a picture of a dog holding a dog food can, etc. It was called "Beyond the Last Possible Dog" or something like that. Does anyone remember this book? It blew my little mind.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Stephen Abram at the ACPL

Stephen Abram at the ACPL
Originally uploaded by Kay Graphic
I finally had some time to look at the footage that was shot for "Abra-polooza" 2007. Can't wait to get to it.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

MAC stuff

I can't remember the account I made for the access fort wayne blog, so I'll just put it in here. Today I unpacked the 2 public drives and put them in check out. I didn't bother partitioning them because I think it only leads to confusion with the already totally confused public. Plus I found out that "staff one" has my software on it.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

My new animation

I made this after a very interesting meeting with Sean and Stephen

Monday, September 17, 2007

Long live fishie

He's dead, I fished him out of the tank today when I got home. He lived a long life, blah, blah blah. There were times I wished him dead so I wouldn't have to take care for him. Some nights I would lay and stare at his glowing tank for hours, feeling consoled and soothed by his floating nonchalance. There were scares, I didn't really know how to care for him, I didn't know the details, his care giver gone and me with no clue. The internet was helpful. He was a killer, He would murder all the fish I put in to keep him company, except for one, I named him "Tail" because I assumed that was the reason Fishie didn't kill him, he thought Tail was just that, a piece of him. Tail stayed by Fishie while dying, only swimming around after I'd removed and flushed the dearly departed (I'm not insane).

"...the only subjects worth writing about are Love, Loss, Religion and Ambition."

This is a quote by this amazing cartoonist, Hugh Macleod. I love 'em, I do, I do. Here is more about him off Drawn, I love that blog, I do, I do.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Good Morning!

Today I sit quietly and prepare the Genealogy clip for play on the channel and for duplication. This will be a nice break from yesterday's frantic pace of the Alliance for Community Media: Central States Regional Conference and Trade Show brochure. Here's a snap of the promotional materials so far.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Worried Bunni

I'm here in the lab, goofing on the Queeky.
Here's the latest.


Conversation Piece

I've uploaded the interview Sean did with the director of the Allen County Public Library, Jeff Krull. We spent a long time crafting the clip and I'm really pleased with the results. This is just the first segment in a 3 part collection. I've posted the camera and sound layout to the right. That loopy line is the path of the hand held camera. I want 2 for the next round.

Check it out on YouTube.

Friday, August 31, 2007


I made a short video while on vacation last June. I used the video function on my Panasonic digital still camera. The clips were saved as small (320 x280) Quicktime files and I edited them in the latest version of iMovie. I LOVE the idea of tapeless video, I didn't have to sit around waiting for my computer to capture the footage from a tape, it was a simple file transfer, from camera to hard drive.

Whooooo. Computer Center Time!

Yep, I'm here for 4 hours, send your queeky requests.
10:12, yay! first request, Bunny and Chicken are friends!
10:44 Tah Dah!
What's cool about this online drawing program is that it shows the process.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Maria is great!

Cable fairy
She came down and helped me replace my monitor AND she tamed the cable under my desk in 2 shakes. Here's a snap of her in action.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Queeky! Nuts!

Here I am, doodling 2.o. On the computer Center Desk, rocking the queeky, I'm taking requests until 2:45.

Thursday, August 23, 2007


I'm working on a short interview I shot with the director of the library, Jeff Krull. It's an interesting piece. Jeff talks about his early life and the people who inspired him to read. Good stuff, I can't wait to finish it. I used a boom stand and the electovoice 256 mic, three different cameras and the afw studio A

Monday, August 20, 2007

Meme goes viral

A Houston Library was already adapted the 2.o bling I designed. They've added a few and are using them as incentives for their learning program. Thanks to Sean for pointing this out.

Librarian from the Black Lagoon.

I was cruising around on line, waiting for the caffeine to kick in and I came across 2 sites I liked.
casanovawasalibrarian a clearing house of hipster librarian stuff
Librarian From the Black Lagoon
a short animation with a drawing style I enjoy.

T shirt Update.
I washed my 2.o shirt and it still looks good, nothing cracked, peeled, mutilated or spindled. It did shrink a tad, I plan to wear it to the gym and represent.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Computer Center

The Summer Help we hired in is almost gone.
I return to putting in slightly less than 20 percent of my time at work in this room.
I've decided to use this as an opportunity to get all 2.0 on ya. 9-12 hours a week to blog this, flickr that, RSS like a stone mo'. Perhaps I'll even institute a weekly IM session were I'll be available for Questions 2.0. or even "Make Kay Draw Something" day on Queeky
I'm drawing right now 11:34 am

Saturday, August 11, 2007

link list

Here's a list of links of stuff I find enchanting 2.0 right now
Type design
Laura Park
I am consuming a turkey sandwich, awaiting the taping of ROCK THE PLAZA. Which will be more like JUMP AROUND FOR 10 MINUTES THEN WILT THE PLAZA owing to the extreme heat.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Library Genius Shirts

Library Genius Shirts
Originally uploaded by Kay Graphic
Whee, I'm a genius, or so my t-shirt tells me. These are going to be used as incentive for the DC's Learning 2.0 presentation. Photo Credit: Lisa Worrell

Kay's wish list

1. Wireless Lapel MIC system
2. XLR to mini cable
3. Light weight Tripod
4. 4 more hours of sleep

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Check one Two

Peter has a list of MP3s that he has recorded on his very informative Human Resources Blog. He has turned his computer into a Podcasting Machine with the help of Audacity. Check out the fun facts!

Podcast Central


awesome poster

I found this while looking for photos of Stephen Abram.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Melissa with Ice Cream

Here's a still from the tutorial shot I did yesterday in the library's cafe. I used a wireless mic and it turned out good. The lightings not the greatest but hey, that's what filters are for.

Some Helpful Links

Here is a wiki about LAME, the translator that works with Audacity to make MP3s.
Here is where you can get it.
This is a Link to CD EX that Wikipedia says also translates Audacity Files to MP3s. I'm going to check it out because LAME is making me blind with rage.

Friday, July 27, 2007

What to take to a Genealogy shoot

head phones, tripod, tapes
notated script
lav mics
xlr cords

Thursday, July 26, 2007


Now I can't get my Blogger to work.

Screen Cast

Yesterday I met with Melissa to talk about video screencasts. I was a little frustrated with myself for not knowing how to use PC based screencasters like WINK, but luckily Sean stopped by and gave us both a quickstart tutorial. Good thing because it did not work at all like ishowU, the Mac platformed screen capture software I use.

The important thing to remember when using WINK is that you have to start and stop the controls using keyboard commands, rather than mouse clicks. I find it unwieldy but once I make a few, things might be different.