The Internet Public Library is “the first public library of and for the Internet community”, linking to many sites on nearly any subject you can think of. They have an excellent Teenspace, with articles, links, and pages specifically for teens. They have a FAQ of embarrassing questions and a rather cool Poetry Wiki. Take a gander! They don’t charge overdue fees.
Month: September 2008 Page 1 of 5
If you love fashion and art then make sure you check out the award winning World of Wearable Art garments on display around Wellington until the 5th of October. The idea is you wander around town viewing pieces of sartorial genius… visit the wotzon.com page for information about what is where.
If you fancy yourself a fashion artist extraordinaire then go to the WOW website for info about competition categories and rules and regulations. Entries close at the beginning of May each year, which gives you just 8 months to produce something wow-ish.
Because, let’s face it, overuse can be a bit of a problem, and after a while phat is no longer phat and so last year is so last year. So, what to do when you’re tired of your own words? Well, you have a few options:
- Invent a whole new word. Not as easy at it seems, honestly…
- Butcher an old word: find a good, descriptive word and invert its meaning, then annoy people by using it a lot (see word of warning below).
- Refer to an impressive range of slang dictionaries. You could adopt the word “Norm” for instance (this seems to refer to a couch potato) or “nang” (cool). There’s a lot to be said for antiquated slang as well (see option 5). The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang has just been revised, and they’ve finally included bogan (interestingly defined as “an uncouth, stupid, or square person”: this seems a bit harsh), phwoar and trolleyed, for example. The good thing about these dictionaries is that you get to check out where the rest of the world is going slang-wise.
- In a similar vein, check out this online slang dictionary which you can help beautify by adding suggestions (also a good source of the antiquated slang mentioned above – I should add it’s mostly American). The cool thing about this site is if you submit some slang your location is pinpointed on their map, so you can sort of see where words come from. Again, you can contribute to the urban dictionary.
- Watch old musicals with Julie Andrews in them. The Sound of Music brought flibberty gibbet international recognition after all (a flibberty gibbet is a flighty person). Find something similarly strange and turn it into slang…
A word of warning: less is definitely more. Many authors suggest one killer metaphor per page is enough when writing. Apply the same principle to your speech.
Brisingr, the third instalment in the Inheritance cycle by Christopher Paolini, had a good birthday, selling over 45,000 copies on its first day in the UK (and 550,000 in the United States), making it the best selling children’s title in the UK this year (it seems the Brits are a bit more dubious about the whole vampire thing than the Americans). Readers will be hoping that Mr Paolini is making good progress on the 4th book and won’t keep them hanging around waiting too long…
A baby escapes a murderer who kills his (the baby’s, not the murderer’s) entire family… it’s a familiar premise for a story, right (… think Harry Potter), but it gets the Neil Gaiman treatment in The Graveyard Book (publication date: end of October). The baby (Bod) hangs out in a graveyard with the aforementioned ghouls and ghosts who bring him up and teach him about life… with the threat of the murderer wanting to finish Bod off lurking in the background…
Shadow of the Mountain, by Anna Mackenzie (222 pages) ~
Geneva has climbed mountains before but almost a year ago her best friend Stephen fell and died. Since then life has been just a little different for her family, with her mother not getting up most days and not taking any interest in what is happening in her family. On an impulse Geneva decides to go for a climb at the local wall climbing venue and meets up with Simon, a real pain, and Angus, a bit of a nice guy really, and enjoys herself enough to agree to go on their weekend climb. She becomes hooked again and not only with the mountain climbing! Her aim is to climb Kaitiaki, the mountain she can see from her home but can she face her fears and scale the mountain where Stephen fell to his death?
Good NZ life adventure. Well worth the time.
A few new DVDs (and one CD/DVD) have arrived:
» Disposable Hero (M) – This is a documentary about Brian Deegan, a freestyle motorcyclist who has won the most awards in his sport. He’s also lost several organs in the process.
» Futurama : The Beast with a Billion Backs (PG) – The second feature-length Futurama DVD. (Rather than reviving the television series, a total of four films will be made.)
» Batman : Gothic Knight (M) – These six episodes of the animated television series form, taken together, form one complete film.
» My Chemical Romance : Things That Make You Go Mmmm! (M) – A documentary about My Chemical Romance, featuring interviews with the band and people close to them, shot in New Jersey where the band began. Also …
» The Black Parade is Dead : My Chemical Romance – This is a CD and a DVD; the CD is a recording of a live concert in Mexico City, and the DVD a concert in Mexico and Hoboken, New Jersey, in the U. S. of A.
Ghostgirl, by Tonya Hurley (328 pages) – Charlotte Usher is barely acknowledged by everyone at her high school. Her sudden demise, means she’s even less visible to anyone – apart from her classmates at an alternative high school for ghosts. But will she get to the ball?
The Elite, by Jennifer Banash (251 pages) – Yet another story about rich girls in a prestigious New York high school. To be fair, the main character, Casey, is from the midwestern U.S., and has to try to fit in with the big city crowd, which is a slightly newer take on the whole Gossip-Girl-type genre. This is the first in a series of books.
Crash Test : An Upper Class Novel, by Hobson Brown, Taylor Materne, and Caroline Says (278 pages) – This is the fourth book in the Upper Class series, which is set in a school for rich and fairly indulgent teens somewhere in New York.
Stealing Heaven, by Elizabeth Scott (307 pages) – Eighteen-year-old Dani’s mother raised her to be a thief, and together they travel from place to place, nicking off with silver and never making any friends. But when they end up in one town – Heaven – where Dani feels at home, how will she break free from her mother’s life?
The Nostradamus Prophecy, by Theresa Breslin (468 pages) – This epic story is set in sixteenth-century France. Nostradamus has predicted a massacre, but King Charles doesn’t believe him; his mother, Catherine de’ Medici, does, however. So to does Melisande, the minstrel’s daughter, who ends up with some parchments written by Nostradamus that hold the secret of the French royal line. Adventure ensues!
A Curse Dark as Gold, by Elizabeth C Bunce (395 pages) – “Upon the death of her father, seventeen-year-old Charlotte struggles to keep the family’s woolen mill running in the face of an overwhelming mortgage and what the local villagers believe is a curse, but when a man capable of spinning straw into gold appears on the scene she must decide if his help is worth the price.” (Catalogue description)
Tomorrow is Talk Like A Pirate Day, perfect for unleashing yer inner pirate. Instead of saying ‘hello’, say ‘ahoy!’; instead of ‘yes’, say ‘aye aye!’; and say ‘arrrr!’ for no reason whatsoever, me mateys. Here be a few steps towards talking like a pirate. And here be this ‘ere website, translated into pirate for ye scurvy dogs.
Also, tomorrow is NZ’s annual Loud Shirt Day, which benefits deaf children. So while you’re talking like a pirate you can wear your brightest, most colourful shirt. You won’t regret it!
Twilight‘s a bestseller, and now it’s a bestseller in the library sense. So, if you don’t want to fork out $35 (or whatever) to buy a copy and you’re tired of waiting you could pay $5.00 and get a bestseller copy for one week. We even have a special offer to entice readers of the Teen Blog: a free DVD (from the $4 adult collection) when you get out a Twilight bestseller! All you need to do is print out this voucher (you may want to resize it), grab an available bestseller copy of Twilight (at Central, Johnsonville or Karori libraries), choose a DVD and present all three plus $5 (the usual bestseller charge) at the issues desk. Simple.
Some things to note:
~ this voucher is only for young adult cardholders (sorry adults)
~ bestsellers can’t be reserved so if they’re all out you’ll have to wait until one is returned – they’re only issued for a week – and then swoop, vampire-like
~ the DVD has to be issued at the same time as the bestseller
~ don’t forget to cancel your reserve if you don’t need it any more