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Women’s Art Festival

Women's Art Festival PosterNext weekend I’ll be showing some of my photographs at the Women’s Art Festival, a large outdoor art show and festival happening on Sunday August 16th from 10am-5pm at City Park in Kingston, Ontario. The show is free to attend and will be held rain or shine (I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for shine!).  I’ll have several framed and mounted prints for sale as well as notecards.

The festival features a visual arts & craft sale from 200 vendors as well as performing arts and music from women all over Ontario and a silent auction.  Participating artist will donate 20% of their proceeds as well as silent auction items to support various non-profits in Kingston including Women’s Counselling Program, Childbirth Kingston, Kingston Community Health Centre, Street Health Centre, and Health Pursuits Reading. Over the years the Festival has donated more than $100,000 to similar not-for-profit groups.

For more information about the festival, please visit: http://www.womensartfestivalkingston.ca/

Movin On Up

I recently upgraded this site to WordPress 2 and ran into problems because I had this site running out of the “blog” subdirectory which the latest version doesn’t seem to like very much.?Ǭ� The problem appears to be due to a rewrite rule and since it doesn’t look as though the issue will be resolved anytime soon I decided to move the blog up a directory into the root.?Ǭ� So, from here on in this blog can be found at http://www.amyallcock.com/.

Happy St. Patricks Day


Originally uploaded by amyallcock.

Philosophy Major

I just came across yet another fun little personality quiz – What is your Perfect Major?. According to the quiz I’m 100% a Philosophy major so it looks as though I got 50% of my degree right considering Philosophy was one of my two majors. My other major, Computer Science, is nowhere to be found on the list although Computer Science is pretty much all mathematics anyways. As for the other top ranking majors, my 75% psychology score sheds some light on why I am so interested in these personality quizzes and my 83% English and Journalism scores might help to explain why I like to write about them so much publish the results here.

Philosophy
100%
English
83%
Mathematics
83%
Journalism
83%
Psychology
75%
Linguistics
67%
Art
67%
Engineering
67%
Dance
58%
Theater
58%
Sociology
58%
Anthropology
50%
Biology
17%
Chemistry
8%

What is your Perfect Major?
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I’m curious to hear about other peoples so-called perfect majors so feel free to post your own results in the comments section.

The Analogy Police

This Dilbert comic made me laugh – bad analogies are as annoying as those little plastic things that they use to attach the price tags with. Do I hear sirens?

Schiz?Ǭ?o?Ǭ?phre?Ǭ?ni?Ǭ?a

Over the past 6 months I’ve simultaneously been managing two blogs – a personal one, amyallcock.com and a work one Amy@MEdTech. At first it seemed like a good idea to separate the work stuff from the personal stuff, but I soon began to realize that the distinction wasn’t as clear as I had anticipated. Often times I would write a post that was relevant to both sites and be very conflicted over where to post it. It became clear that I could not easily separate who I am and what I do, and I began to wonder why I should enforce this distinction in the first place.

So, in order to resolve my identity crisis I have accepted that who I am and what I do can co-exist in peaceful blog harmony and merged the two blogs on amyallcock.com. Not only will this help to provide a more unified sense of self, but managing one blog is much easier than managing two. All previous Amy@MEdTech posts and future work-related posts can be found under both the MEdTech or the Work categories.

WordPress Theme Update

I just updated the WordPress theme from a modified form of Kubrick template to a modified form of K2 template. Both themes are by Binary Bonsai with K2 being the latest and greatest offering. K2 is more than just another pretty WordPress template though, as it has a bunch of great new features including schemes (which is an easy way to modify the K2 theme) and plugin support. I’m currently using the del.ici.ous cached plugin to display my del.ici.ous bookmarks and I’ve implemented the fantanstic Flickr RSS plugin on my personal blog.

Originally published December 9, 2005 in the Amy@MEdTech blog.

Scuttle Saves the Day and Paves the Way for Open Source Social Bookmarking

I’ve been using del.icio.us for several months now as a way to catalogue all of my bookmarks. So far so good, although I find myself yearning for some additional features, such as ratings, notes, and the ability to export the bookmarks. Then along came de.lirio.us, an open-source knockoff of del.icio.us that would allow me to make my own social bookmarking application with the features I wanted. Despite my best efforts I’ve found it nearly impossible to get the required Perl modules up and running, mostly due to my innate aversion to Perl and a set of very ambiguous installation instructions.

So, I’m very happy to report that today I found a much more elegant and sophisticated solution done in PHP/mySQL called Scuttle. Not only did it take less that 10 minutes to install (which is nothing compared to the hours spent trying to understand the cryptic Rubric installation instructions), it’s also has a much nicer GUI than the del.icio.us-style interface of de.lirio.us, and it’s got a handy import feature so that all my del.irio.us bookmarks were in the system in no time. Scuttle can be downloaded from Sourceforge here.

My Scuttle bookmarks can be found here, and previews of my own implementation of Scuttle will be coming soon.

Originally published June 8, 2005 in the Amy@MEdTech blog.

Flickr Gallery for WordPress

I just installed the Flickr Gallery for WordPress which allows me to display my Flickr photo sets in my blog. The installation wasn’t as straightforward as I had hoped (it took about an hour and a half) as it turns out the readme file fails to mention a crucial step. The plugin can be downloaded here and the instillation instructions (with all of the steps) can be found here.

Originally published June 8, 2005 in the Amy@MEdTech blog.

A Better Way to Search

I just installed BetterSearch, a Firefox extension which displays preview images for Google Search results and del.icio.us bookmarks as well as a host of other services. In addition to the thumbnail preview images, there is also the page preview feature which brings up an embedded preview within the results page.

Being a visually oriented person I find that having the thumbnail image helps me remember my own bookmarks more easily (apparently the tags and description aren’t quite enough some days), and having a picture of the page makes discriminating between search results a lot easier.

Originally published June 8, 2005 in the Amy@MEdTech blog.