Monday, July 19, 2010

A Place for Everything

When I first read the assignment about tagging I felt totally bogged down. Uugh, not yet another way to be exposed to useless info and yet another way to store it.

I don't even know how to use Bookmarks in Safari. I thought it was supposed to store only info that I selected personally but every finger burp and stutter that I make is on the list and, I don't want any of it. It's especially demoralizing to see every re-entry I make into my blog on a day to day basis recorded because: while doing the dishes I suddenly remember that I spelt Skiddamarinky incorrectly or I forgot to enter the date so it looks like all my entries have taken place on Tuesday June 29th at 1:00a.m.

But just the other day, I couldn't find a website that I thought I'd entered into my Safari Bookmark, because I couldn't remember how to spell Aangen (not a common word), I thought,  If I could only enter a word like: workshops, community centre or Toronto, I could at least get somewhere. And since I couldn't remember the last time I was on the site going into History was pointless.

After many trials and errors I finally found what I was looking for. Maybe entering it in Diigo would be most helpful. So I did.

Aangen Community Centre
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affordable educational workshops website

Now I don't have to remember the name of the centre; the tags alone will bring it up. Since I'm always upgrading my skills the tag "workshops" will get well used when I use them to label such bookmarks as: the Ontario Hypnosis Centre School, Robert Moss's website and Harry Kahuna Jim's website. I can even narrow Aangen down further by adding "Dora" (a teacher, who offers worshops on Lomi, Hot Stone and Reiki through the centre) as a tag.

I hate wasting my time. It looks like this Diigo thing is going to, after a little investment of my time, save me time in the long run and help me find fantastic sites on dreamworking.

Moss Dreams

I use Robert Moss's lightning dreamwork techniques in my dream circles and it's always great to keep up to date with his workshops, books etc. I'll have to go back in and add BOOKS to the tags as he's a very prolific author on dreamworking and the history of dream study and I like to keep up to date on his offerings - so yes, I will use Diigo aside from this course assigned exercise.

I typed "dreams" into the search box of the community library section of Diigo to see what others have added and found sites as diverse as:

An Online Guide To Dream Interpretation

health DREAM psychology INTERPRETATION mind first saved by nikki on 2006-03-02

It is representative of most dream symbol sites, offering a very simplistic, analytical but common view of how to understand one's dreams. Though I don't analyze dreams in this way many of my clients do so it's important for me to be able to speak their language and understand their points of reference.

The Case for a Cognitive Theory of Dreams

Quite an extensive article on dreams and dreaming that I entered into my library and bookmarked so that I can read it at a later date.

As a dreamworker I don't interpret dreams per se nor do I analyze them, rather I aim to take the fear out of dreams by teaching my clients how to understand their own dream language rather than rely on the dream dictionary approach. My exploration in Diigo has shown me that, with the proliferation of dream dictionaries and dream symbol sites I've got a lot of work to do.

I found exploring the tags of others led me on a wild goose chase into an infinite number of possibilities. I don't think I'll use this particular aspect too much.

The ability to make notes will be incredibly helpful. I can't seem to read a book without a pen in hand for underlining and note taking. My books are my friends, advisors, educators and confidants and as such they can expect to be well used and have some evidence of my presence within their pages. I can't seem to get the highlighter function working, but when I do, OH BABY!

OK. Here's where I need technical help.
As you can see, I get these weird spaces occurring in the published blog. When I'm checking everything out in compose I've got all the text just the way I want it, but when I post it that's another story, it comes out all WEIRD. 



  1. Usually this is a glitch with Blogger, and has to do with inserted pictures and how they affect the HTML code. I find my spacing is often off, and have to go back to remove "excess spaces" that don't appear to be there in the post mode, but as soon as I publish, show up in spades.

    The majority of these issues were eliminated when Blogger updated their designs and templates, but occasionally you'll still see them. Case in point: this post!

    I can try and demo at the next drop-in if you attend, but there's no real way to explain this through typing. Sorry I'm not much help!

  2. Update: I did go to the drop-in and we tried a few different methods to close up the spaces to no avail.
    It seems possible that the diigo info I entered contains pictures in that the tags are images and this may be compounding the problem.
    So, the weird spaces remain. It's the best I could do - I'll just have to be satisfied with it for the time being...unless someone else knows how to solve this.
    I did try and sort it out through the editHTML but wasn't able to actually see what code I'd need to delete to get rid of the spaces.

  3. Sunds like you've found a very worthwhile tool to add to your arsenal, Nance. I, too, am a big fan of Diigo and you've given even more uses to consider for it.