Monday, February 25, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
"The device works by emitting a pulse at 17-18 kilohertz that switches on and off four times a second for up to 20 minutes. Teenagers can pick it up through minute hairs in their inner ears – but those hairs tend to die off by the time they reach 25."Don't miss the full text of the article, which has samples of the actual sound (which I can hear quite easily, though I'm supposedly too old).
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Interesting bits include this:
" . . . a study published in December by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that among Web users ages 12 to 17, significantly more girls than boys blog (35 percent of girls compared with 20 percent of boys) and create or work on their own Web pages (32 percent of girls compared with 22 percent of boys)."With this rationale:
Interesting . . . The whole thing is worth a read.
"Teasing out why girls are prolific Web content creators usually leads to speculation and generalization. Although girls have outperformed boys in reading and writing for years, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, this does not automatically translate into a collective yen to blog or sign up for a MySpace page. Rather, some scholars argue, girls are the dominant online content creators because both sexes are influenced by cultural expectations.
“'Girls are trained to make stories about themselves,' said Pat Gill, the interim director for the Institute for Communications Research and an associate professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign."
(Also, I think it's interesting that they put this article in the style section. That alone might answer some of the questions the article raises.)
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I have no problem with his books on their own (I've never finished one, but that's not an indictment of anything. Just wasn't my thing), but it's the way they're presented and Patterson himself that make me crazy. The last paragraph of the article sums it up:
Mr. Patterson said that if he simply wanted to make more money, he would have developed another adult series. “I just am convinced that there aren’t enough books like this — books that kids can pick up and go ‘Wow, that was terrific, I wouldn’t mind reading another book,’ ” he said of his “Maximum Ride” series. “The most important thing to me is that more kids read these.”It's the conceit implicit in "I'm convinced that there aren't enough books like this. . . " Of course, authors need to believe that they have something to say and a story to tell, but Patterson takes ego several notches beyond necessity into offensive. It sounds to my ear like James Patterson is condescending to leave money on the table, turn away from his adoring adult fans, and swoop down to save young adult literature with "terrific" books with equally terrific sequels--something he alone can do. Gack!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
So, it's been pretty quiet on this blog and it might continue to be, and for that I'm sorry but I have a decent excuse (of which more soon). First, though, everyone should watch John Green's latest video, make a fist, scream "hell yeah!" and do exactly what he says.
So, why am I temporarily blogging less? Well, for one, its been extremely busy here. Flux is growing and I've been spending a lot of time on a super-duper exciting new project that will be official very soon. Even more important than that, though, as some of you already know, my wife and I are having a baby in a few days/a week/a couple weeks (why can't they be more precise!?). So, instead of focusing all of my energies on the teenage condition, I've lately been a student of the infant condition (I prefer to think of it as extreme pre-adolescence). Really, ask me anything about the milk-ejection reflex. I'm all over it.
Anyway, that's the story.