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  • Internet, Library Serf, Movies

    Prepare yourself for the games

    07.03.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Prepare yourself for the games

    The 74th Hunger Games are nearly upon us (attendance is mandatory). In the intervening two (!) weeks, you can familiarise yourself with the politics of Panem: visit the official government webpage. It has really cool landscape navigation (fancy scrolling right instead of down!). You can become a citizen (District 4’s population could do with a boost). Or find out if the trackerjackers are particularly bad this season, or keep up to date with Capitol news. Plus more.

    (You can also pre-purchase tickets to the film – the first showing as at one minute past midnight on Thursday the 22nd of March.)

  • Library Serf, News, Not Library Related

    What Muppet Are You?

    28.02.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on What Muppet Are You?

    In honour of the Academy Awards yesterday, here are some rather searing, searching personality tests for you to try out.

    Which Muppet Are You?

    The Muppets Personality Test: Which Muppet Are You?

    What Muppet Are You Most Like?

    Which Muppet Are You? Facebook App



  • Flash games, Internet, Isn't that cool?

    Like this? Like that!

    09.02.12 | Permalink | Comments Off on Like this? Like that!

    If you’re looking for readalike suggestions (or a way to waste much time), then try this. It’s a very cool home-made (by someone very clever) visual book-recommender thingy, based on Amazon’s large database of items. It uses the information Amazon gathers about customer purchases to create links (myriads of links!) between your favourite titles, and other similar ones.

    For example, here’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan using the gizmo. If you are using a mouse with a scroll button, scrolling will zoom in and out, revealing a really large web of possibilities. Another example: Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green.

    Very cool.

    (found via mediabistro.com)

  • Facebook, Internet, Isn't that cool?, Jack

    A look back at the year through Facebook tinted glasses…

    09.12.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on A look back at the year through Facebook tinted glasses…

    … or something. The Facebook Data Team recently compiled a bunch of data from Facebook (what else would they do?) that eventually spat out Memology 2011. Points of interest include the top ten ranking topics of the year, the top ten status trends of the year and the fact that somehow Rebecca Black managed to stay off all of the lists. Pop over and have a look to see if anything you “like” or talked about charted this year. While you’re on Facebook, make sure you “like” us on our official Teen Blog page and maybe we’ll be a noteworthy meme in 2012.

  • Internet, Simon

    What do you love?

    07.12.11 | Permalink | Comments Off on What do you love?

    If you tell What do you love? what you love, it will come back with a whole page of different links, tools, pictures, and whatever else Google can find. Cats? Joe Jonas? Sleeping? Those frozen croissants you can get that you bake for 15 minutes and then eat? Just type it in and brrrrrrrowwwwse

  • Library Serf, News

    Some Random News

    12.08.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Some Random News

    From the newsdesk:

    If you have an iPhone and you’re into Choose Your Own Adventures (or you were when you were a kid), then you might be very pleased to hear that you can get a CYO iPhone app. Most excellent. We of course have heaps of the old fashioned book-thingies in the library. How very luddite of us.

    More on book covers – people are getting sick of pink! (After all, thanks to paranormal romances, black is the new pink.) Not sick of pink cars, though: pink cars are handy to have if you don’t want your car stolen.

    For Artemis Fowl fans: Eoin Colfer is definitely winding up the happenings of the teenage evil genius, apparently (maybe because things got kissy with Holly?). The latest (and second to last) in the series, Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex is available for borrowing now.

    There having been six-ish short months between the movies New Moon and Eclipse, we were surprised to hear that the world will wait one whole year between Breaking Dawn 1 and Breaking Dawn 2. How will the world cope? In the mean time, The short second life of Bree Tanner gets a thumbs up from our buyers/reviewers (reserve a copy, it’s a quick read so you might not have to wait too long).

    More on the City Of books by Cassandra Clare: having originally thought that these were a trilogy, and that she’d moved on to the Infernal Devices trilogy (the first of which, Clockwork Angel, is due out in a couple of months)… and then that she was writing just one more City Of book (City of Fallen Angels, April 2011), … we were surprised (but not too much) to hear that, actually, now Clary and Jace and co will be going strong for a few years yet: there’s more, or more more – two more to be exact.

    And finally, two YA books are finalists for the nicely-titled Gold Dagger Award (for mystery writing, see?), including Blacklands by Belinda Bauer, which we’ve got.

  • Isn't that cool?, Not Library Related, Roberto B.

    Teen Blog Upgrade

    22.06.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Teen Blog Upgrade

    In order to create more “atmosphere” on the blog, we have devised an optional “upgrade” so that your browsing experience feels more like it’s happening inside a World Cup stadium in South Africa. To switch over to vuvuzela mode click here.

  • Internet, Roberto B., Sport

    Go To The World Cup! Sort Of

    11.06.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Go To The World Cup! Sort Of

    The Football World Cup kicks off tomorrow morning, most of us won’t be in attendance because South Africa is a long way away. But thanks to technology you can travel to the stadiums the games will be played in from the comfort of your own home by following this link. Sure, you could just watch the games on TV, but these virtual tours are in 3D thanks to Google Earth and therefore cooler.

  • Happenings, Internet, Jack, Not Library Related

    Scratch Day

    18.05.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on Scratch Day

    “Scratch” is a young people’s animation and programming tool developed by MIT’s Media Lab in the USA. It has a half-million followers worldwide, mostly teens. Sort of like facebook, but more animation-y (therefore better?), it has a strong community of users who collaborate on designs and hang out at things like “Scratch Day” .

    Incidentally, and the reason for this post, there is a Wellington “Scratch Day” happening on Saturday 22nd May in the CBD. There is a facebook event page you can RSVP to here. If you are a seasoned veteran of the scratching, or even just a curious n00b, go along and join in on the animation fun.

  • Books, Edna Welthorpe, Internet


    15.02.10 | Permalink | Comments Off on FictFact

    FictFact is a site that tell you which book to read next in book series. Like, what’s next in the Gossip Girl : The Carlyles? (I chose that one at random!) This is handy, as there are SO MANY series out right now. It also recommends other series of books based on your preferences.

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