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* Thursday, January 4, 2007

ILL Mashup

I miss working with Kate because she's brilliant. She runs the most efficient ILL library system office in Illinois and an incredible volume of "stuff" goes through it.

ILL mashup To help illustrate this, she took her ILL statistics (that she's already collecting) and mashed them up with Community Walk to show ILLs Sent and ILLs Received so far this month.

Aqua markers denote foreign libraries, yellow for outside of Illinois, purple for in-state, and blue for photocopies. Each marker on the map shows the title of the item sent or received, the source or destination library, and when available, a picture of the library.

The query from the database is set up now, so it's a simple matter of importing the data dump into Community Walk and voila, instant map. Like I said - brilliant.

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Mii Heaven

Almost every time I play with my Wii, I find myself muttering, "Nintendo is brilliant." Besides the fact that the games are a lot of fun to play, the whole mii thing is a dazzling display of how social gaming can be if it is created that way from the start.

I'm struggling to find time to create my own miis right now, so I was thrilled when Kate sent a link to the Mii Mega-Mall. She just killed my whole night, but at least I'll have something to show for it afterwards! I'm still going to try to make the most obvious mii tonight, Mini Mii from the Austin Powers movies.

Addendum: I forgot to note that this is a Windows-only app and it requires dotnet 2.0 underneath it. Anybody else getting an "Unable to connect to remote server" error message when trying to run it?

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