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Archive for September, 2008

No Writer’s Block Here!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on September 30, 2008

First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush Hager read their new book Read All About It to a group of children and adults at the National Book Festival Saturday at the National Mall in Washington. The book, inspired by one of Mrs. Bush’s former students, is about a young boy who at first did not enjoy books until he got caught up in the stories. Mrs. Bush is a former librarian and reading advocate, and Jenna is a teacher. The two combined their effort to publish a book about what they knew–kids and reading. The book reading to about 300 children looked like it was going nowhere until the mother-daughter team decided to forego security concerns and move the children in closer for a cozier experience. After the reading, the authors signed answered questions and signed copies of the books. The annual book festival, organized by the Library of Congress, has grown from around 30,000 attendees in 2001 to over 120,000 last year. Go to the Library of Congress website’s page for the 2008 National Book Festival for more information.

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Sputtr: New Competition for Google?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on September 25, 2008

Ahhhh, Sputtr. You are so pretty, customizable, clean, and simple. And fast. But not in the way your Mama warned you about. Sputtr is this cute little search engine that is really three dozen search engines in one. You just type in what you want to search for, then click on the appropriate button for one of thirty-six different sites, and then you are immediately searching for your topic on that site. Not happy with the 36 choices that make Sputtr happy? Not to fret! You can customize this lovely little site and delete any of those, or add dozens more. Still not happy, you demanding person, you? Well, then, you can submit even more sites to Sputtr, and if you ask nicely, they just might add your favorite site as an option. Maybe. And don’t forget to save your page when you’re finished customizing. You can even ask the nice Sputtr people to open your searches in a new window. I like to do that; I don’t know why. I guess I’m just a multi-window type person. 

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Are You the Meister of Your Domain?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on September 25, 2008


You know, you can never have too much brainstorming. Sure, you’ve got your Inspiration. And maybe you remember from a previous Web 2.0 newsletter or blog post. But suppose you want more? Enter Mindmeister! And now there are cool new features on Mindmeister, such as the ability to add task information to your ideas: things like priority, completion, due date, and owner. You can also add attachments to your ideas. Upload file attachments to ideas and preview images through inline thumbnails. “Wunderlink” allows you to magically add links via an invisible Yahoo! background search. “Wundernote” uses a freebase database lookup to enable you to add notes to your ideas. The geistes blitz feature lets you insert ideas directly into your mind map from your Windows desktop with brilliant speed. There’s also an automatic text wrap feature, email support, and the ability to share maps. There’s also a better printing option, more formatting options, and…well, some more stuff. It is a cool and fun option for your own mindmapping or to share with your students, if you have students. Because their lovely little brains need to stay in shape!

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I’m Stuck on Stixy…and Stixy’s Stuck on Me (Maybe)

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on September 25, 2008


Why haven’t you tried Stixy? Don’t you know that Web 2.0 applications get lonely, too? Well, apparently they do. I signed up a while back for Stixy, forgot that we were friends, and then Stixy sent me a needy email begging me to come back and play. So I, being a kind person, did. You can post “stuff” onto stixy boards and allow your friends to view them so that you can share information such as pictures, documents, post-it notes, and  to-do lists. As with many Web 2.0 sites, you can invite your friends to join you. Stixy works sort of like a wiki in which all the friends can share and edit each other’s information, only prettier.  Once you decide if you want a note, picture, document, or to-do, you just drag it onto your stixyboard. You can resize it, change the color or font (except not on the to-do note—apparently they are always sacred pink!). Then upload the document or picture you want onto your document or picture area. You can even do all four options in one stixy! Then you click on options and save your stixy, decide if it is public, whether or not you want to invite friends, save the URL if you wish, and voila! A star is born! Well, maybe just a planet. Or whatever they’re calling Pluto these days. 



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43 Things Rocks!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on September 25, 2008

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We all know that you’re more likely to accomplish your goals if you write them down. Likelier still if you tell someone about it. So why not tell millions of strangers? Oh, come on; they’ll cheer you on! That’s what 43 Things is all about. You can create a list of up to 43 things you want to do with your life. You can encourage the hopes and dreams of others, and they (maybe?) will encourage your ambitions. Don’t have any purpose in your life? That’s OK. You can study everyone else’s and then be a copycat. Sure you’ll feel like an underachiever for not thinking of it sooner. But at least you’ll be on your way to accomplishing a goal you needed to complete. After you set your goals, you can also look at comments from those who say “I’ve done this” (Who knows if they’re telling the truth…) and get some advice, for better or worse. You can give advice, too, on goals you’ve already accomplished. You can share your progress, and follow the progress of others with the same goals, or interesting goals. One of the guys who cheered my goals is studying Latin and Ancient Greek! Is that cool or what! I feel like such a slacker now…

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Kissed by a Vampire!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on September 22, 2008

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Good news, Vampire Kisses fans! We know how all you Blatant Bibliophiles do love a vampire! Author Ellen Schreiber has just been signed to write Vampire Kisses books seven and eight. Tomorrow, September 23, the Vampire Kisses boxed set and Blood Relatives 2 will be released. Next summer (2009), you can look forward to the release of Vampire Kisses Six: Royal Blood, and in the summer of 2010, we’ll see Vampire Kisses Seven: Love Bites. Just go to Ellen’s website to find out all the latest news and to visit her blog, forum, and MySpace site.

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Follow Sarah Dessen on Twitter!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on September 22, 2008

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Hey, all you Sarah Dessen fans! Are you also a Twitter fan? Well, if you love Sarah and you love Twitter, you can follow Sarah on Twitter! If you don’t already have a Twitter account, just go to Twitter and set up an account. Once you have signed up for your account, click on the link below the image above to start following Sarah on Twitter. You can also visit Sarah on her website to learn more about her, her books, and her writing.

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Coming Soon to a Theater Near You: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on September 17, 2008

If you haven’t read Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Creekview favorite authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, you’d better hurry, because the movie is set to hit theatres October 3! In her MySpace blog, Rachel confesses that there are a few differences between the book and the movie, but she thinks they only make the movie better. If you’ve already read the book, you may have noticed one major difference in the trailer. In the book, it’s Nick who asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes, but in the movie, it’s Norah who asks Nick to be her five-minute boyfriend. Way to be a twenty-first century woman, Norah! You can visit Rachel’s website to learn more about Nick & Norah and all of Rachel’s other books, including her latest book, You Know Where to Find Me. You can also visit David’s website to read more about all of his other books, including his latest, How they Met. Hurry up, Bibliophiles, and finish reading Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist before October 3 so you’ll be ready when it hits the theaters. It sounds like it’s going to be great!

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Don’t Be Wrong About Copyright!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on September 3, 2008

You know how Ms. Hamilton and I whine and whine about copyright violation to you, but now you have the opportunity to see for yourselves how harmful it can be to someone you “know” when her rights are violated. Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series which many of our Blatant Bibliophile Creekview readers love, had her heart broken last week when someone she trusted had a partial draft of her latest book, Midnight Dawn, published on the Internet. The book was distributed online without Ms. Meyer’s permission, leaving her so disappointed that she no longer has the desire to finish the book. She’s even embarrassed, because the draft wasn’t fully edited and was not up to her usual standards of perfection, so those who do read the draft will probably be disappointed. She worries that if she does try to finish the book in her current state of mind, the series might have an unhappy ending, and who wants the bad guys to win? Copyright is important, and this is a great example of why. Just because you buy a copy of a book or a song or a DVD, doesn’t mean you have rights to make copies or distribute it. Only the creator maintains those rights, which is only fair. Some day when you become a famous author, song writer, or filmmaker, you’ll appreciate people respecting your rights, too.

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The Debut of Readergirlz TV!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on September 2, 2008

Those readergirlz! They never stop amazing us! Now they have readergirlz TV on YouTube. OK, so you can’t see it at school because, well, it’s blocked. But there’s always home. And wherever else you have Internet access. Why readergirlz TV, you may ask? Say you’re reading your favorite book, and you just would give anything if you could sit down with the author and ask her what on earth she was thinking when she wrote that line. Well, now you almost can. Readergirlz TV is almost like meeting your favorite authors face to face. Some of readergirlz’ favorite authors like Rachel Cohn, Sonya Sones, Jay Asher, and Paula Yoo share their insights into writing, including how they cope with the nightmare of writer’s block! Paula is the author of this month’s readergirlz featured book, Good Enough. The first installment of readergirlz TV was created by Little Willow, Holly Capala, and readergirlz diva Justina Chen Headley, author of Nothing But the Truth (and a Few White Lies), Girl Overboard, and the upcoming North of Beautiful. Be sure to follow Justina’s blog this year while she visits China. Holly Capala is responsible for readergirlz’ cool graphic designs, and also just sold her debut novel to HarperCollins in a two-book contract. Look for her first book to hit the shelves in 2010. Little Willow is a great website design diva herself, famous for her cool website, bildungsroman, which features great YA author interviews and booklists.

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