Thursday, September 20, 2012

No news today? Read on, dear reader...

The one function that TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.

David Brinkley

To divide one's life by years is of course to tumble into a trap set by our own arithmetic. The calendar consents to carry on its dull wall-existence by the arbitrary timetables we have drawn up in consultation with those permanent commuters, Earth and Sun. But we, unlike trees, need grow no annual rings.

Clifton Fadiman

Welcome to a new year! Changes abound on the AMIS web site! The first of the changes are these four buttons found on the homepage:

Subscribe to Latest News
Clicking on that link sends a message to your computer whereby you subscribe to the AMIS RSS feed. The AMIS news feed was created on 2009. Every change is the website gets announced in the feed. You have to set up on your local computer - Google Reader, Outlook or Mixtab to take advantage of it. Think of it - any change in the web site, you will be notified automatically! There is a link at the end of it for “More reading...” that links to the web site for further information. An example is located on the right hand side of the page under the heading "AMIS Latest News Feed". "HeinSite" has a news feed as well as many others on the web.

Subscribe to the AMIS Calendar
Clicking on the link will make your calendar sync with the AMIS calendar. Once again, you need an application like iCal, Calendar, or Outlook that’s local to you computer that displays calendars. On the latest operating system for the Mac “Mountain Lion”, you can set reminders that pop up on your desktop for events.

AMIS Alumni Group on Facebook
AMIS Music Educators Group on Facebook
AMIS can be found on Facebook! Like it or not, 2.0 is the social web and an important part of  AMIS is to advance the education of young people and their teachers in global issues and cultural diversity through the performance and study of music. What a fantastic way to to supercharge this process.

More changes are in store for the AMIS web site. Like Topsy, the web site has “growed and growed”. A team of designers is as we speak redesigning the web site to have a new look and feel and a more integrated look. Tim Germann, Georgia Bassett, Dick Bassett and I met over the summer with the web designers to give the essence of AMIS. We’re all excited to see what the designers come up with.

So Happy New Year! Hold on to you hats! Once again I leave you with the immortal words of Robert Zimmerman, “For the times, they are a-changin’”.