Thursday, January 31, 2008
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Wednesday, January 09, 2008
by Dene Larson
I wouldn't really consider this a regular book you can sit down and read. It's almost more of a coffee book since the content is just old notes that had been passed between the author and others through out his jr. high years. It didn't take long to read, although I will admit I read parts here or there until I was done. Just the fact that Larson has kept these notes is pretty amazing. He has selected the notes to put into sections such as "I like you, do you like me?" & "We're breaking up". I would have liked the notes to be in some type of order so the reader could follow some type of story, but that might be a little to much to ask. Reading the notes, with the creases from the elaborate folding that only a jr. higher can do, it took me back to my jr. high days of writing notes and dropping them in lockers of friends and prospective girlfriends. It reminded me of how dependent the jr. high years can be on having a girlfriend/boyfriend. I would say that the notes I wrote in jr. high (and we all wrote them) were not so much to do with relationships and who we were "going with", but I guess when I think back, they really were. Like a reviewer on amazon said, thoughts of the show The Wonder Years came to mind when reading it. Man I miss being in jr. high. (maybe why now I teach them)
Anyway, the bottom line is that I would not say this is the best book in the world, but if you want a trip down memory lane to a place where the perfectly folded note was a priority in your life, then this is a cool read. Plus, at the end of the book he has a glossary of note slang and a page showing how to fold the perfect triangle note.
Overall: 3 checked "yes" boxes (out of a possible 5)
("write back soon" for those of you who couldn't remember)
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Ok, so I saw this entry on Marko's blog and thought it would be good to repost for any parents/youthworkers that read this blog. Just some interesting facts. Thanks Marko!
Teens and social media
A new pew study on teens and social media was recently released. it’s really worthwhile reading for youth workers and parents.
here’s the link to the entire report in pdf format (44 pages long).
here are a couple paragraphs i found intriguing:
Content creation by teenagers continues to grow, with 64% of online teenagers ages 12 to 17 engaging in at least one type of content creation, up from 57% of online teens in 2004.
Girls continue to dominate most elements of content creation. Some 35% of all teen girls blog, compared with 20% of online boys, and 54% of wired girls post photos online compared with 40% of online boys. Boys, however, do dominate one area - posting of video content online. Online teen boys are nearly twice as likely as online girls (19% vs. 10%) to have posted a video online somewhere where someone else could see it.
Anastasia has some good highlights of this study on the ypulse blog here also.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Well, we head back tomorrow. Pray for our trip and that we make it back safe. Later...