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Archive for April, 2008

Welcome Kelly Bingham!

Posted by grizzlymedia on April 25, 2008

surfboard

Don’t forget, grizzlies, on Monday, April 28, and Tuesday, April 29, The Unquiet Library will host author Kelly Bingham, author of Shark Girl, for a discussion and workshop on poetry writing! Here’s a brief synopsis of Shark Girl:

On a sunny day in June, at the beach with her mom and brother, 15-year-old Jane Arrowood went for a swim. And then everything – absolutely everything – changed. Now she’s counting down the days until she returns to school with her fake arm, where she knows kids will whisper, “That’s her – that’s Shark Girl,” as she passes. Poems, letters, telephone conversations, and newspaper clippings look unflinchingly at what it’s like to lose part of yourself – and to summon the courage it takes to find yourself again.

For more information about Kelly, visit readergirlz, where she is this month’s author. There’s a live chat with Kelly TONIGHT AT 9:00 PM on the readergirlz MySpace Forum. There’s also a round table discussion between Miss Erin, Little Willow, and author Lori Ann Grover on Little Willow’s cool book discussion site, bildungsroman. Need more? Check out the great interview on Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog, Cynsations.

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A Solution…At Last!

Posted by grizzlymedia on April 24, 2008

Flash Drive

You just don’t know how many times students come into the media center with files they have created at home which they are trying to access via email, but either: a) the email is blocked, or b) even when we allow them to access the files via email, a glitch occurs. No matter how many times we say, “Buy a $10 flash drive at Bear Necessities!” no one listens (shocking!), or they spend the $10 on something more exciting than flash drives (shockinger!). Well, here is a fast, easy, FREE Web 2.0 solution to all your problems. OK, not all your problems, just all your file transfer problems. Just surf on over to Drop.io! Drop.io enables you to create exchange points for uploading your data and then accessing them later. You can even allow others to access your data and, if you choose, alter it. You don’t even have to create an account or remember a user name and password as with most Web 2.0 sites. You do have to remember the location (URL) which you assign to your “drop” as the exchange points are called. The drops are private, and you determine how accessible you want them to be to others, such as your teacher. All you do is name your drop; upload your file; decide whether or not to password protect the file; choose a date when you want the file to be deleted (for example a month after your paper is due–don’t make it too early in case you get an extension or you get a reprieve from the governor!); then select an option of whether others can view, view and add, or view, add and delete. Now just hit the big red “Drop it!” button and your file is saved in lovely cyberspace. All you do is go back to your previously-named address (what–you didn’t forget that URL already, did you?) and open that file. What could be easier? Absolutely nothing!

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MagMyPic Rocks!

Posted by grizzlymedia on April 23, 2008

Create Fake Magazine Covers with your own picture at MagMyPic.com

Did you know that I was MVP? You can be, too, with MagMyPic! There is not a huge selection of magazine covers, and the titles are not all the same as real magazines, but it is still fun and easy. All you do is cruise over to MagMyPic, upload a picture, select the cover you want for your picture, decide if you want a medium or large size cover, then upload to your blog, website, MySpace, FaceBook, wherever. Mine embedded in a flash with no “issues.” That’s a pun, get it? Magazine? Issues? OK, so it’s a bad joke. It’s not like you never heard me tell a bad joke before…

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GlassGiant is Gigantic Fun!

Posted by grizzlymedia on April 21, 2008

Grizzly Den

Remember all the cool graphics you made on ImageChef? Well, if you have already made millions of cool ImageChef images, and now you feel as if you have exhausted all of their possibilities, you might also want to try GlassGiant. You can make lots of cool graphics, enjoy some “fun and games” (for example ”Pumpkin Masher” and “Word Scrambler”) and even try your hand at “geek stuff” such as counting to 31 on one hand or making a trebuchet that can fire balls of Play-Doh! The images can be posted to your blog, website, or your MySpace or FaceBook page. I did have some issues with embedding to WordPress, but all I had to do was save my lovely image as a picture file and then upload it. Voila!

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Don’t Forget About Scrapblog!

Posted by grizzlymedia on April 21, 2008

My Scrapblog

Yes, this may be the worst Scrapblog ever, but Scrapblog is easy to use, and you can make cool scrapbook pages online just like the ones you make in your “real” scrapbooks, only with less glue and scissors. I just wanted to remind you that it’s still out there, and it’s still easy, and people are coming up with cute, easy-to-use templates all the time. Or you can design your own. Plus if you don’t like theirs, you can just delete the “stickers.” All you do is select a template, upload your pictures, add frames, add or delete the stickers, save and then publish to your blog or website or wherever. Come on, surely you can come up with something cooler than this!

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Piracy is Stealing!

Posted by grizzlymedia on April 21, 2008

anti-piracy

Think copyright law doesn’t affect you? Well think again! On Friday, April 4, the Georgia General Assembly concluded its annual session, and one of its many new bills involved penalties for the piracy of recorded materials such as CDs and DVDs. Oh, so it’s beginning to sound closer to home, huh? SB 406 strengthens penalties for dealing in pirated recorded materials.  The bill increases the penalties for reproducing or distributing recorded materials, with the first offense of a minimum fine of $500 and up to $25,000.  The second offense sets a minimum fine of $1,000 and requires a minimum of 48 hours of prison. With the third and subsequent offenses fines at a minimum of $2,000 up to $250,000 and a prison term of two to five years with at least six days served.  The bill passed 143-9. In other words, the Georgia legislature is trying to let you know tht stealing music and movies is a serious offense that they don’t intend to tolerate. If you worked hard to create these works, would you want someone else to steal it? Didn’t think so!

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Zamzar Sizzles!

Posted by grizzlymedia on April 21, 2008

Zamzar

Thanks to Web 2.0 guru Sandi Adams, I have a cool new Web 2.0 app that you are going to loooove. OK, so suppose you are a teacher in a typical school system (like mine) that blocks YouTube, (or maybe you are a non-educator, but you just work or go to school somewhere that blocks YouTube so you will work instead of watching cool videos all day!), so you can’t access it at school, or show your students a cool video you found there. Well, you know there are other sites like TeacherTube and SchoolTube that have educational videos, but they still don’t have this video you simply cannot live without sharing. Well, no problemo! Enter Zamzar , the Web 2.0 tool you have been waiting for all your life. Well, maybe not all your life, just since your workplace/school started blocking YouTube. All you have to do is access Zamzar while you are at home enjoying said irresistible video (if you were at school and had the URL memorized, you wouldn’t even have to do it at home), browse for the URL, select the file type to which you want to convert the YouTube file, like maybe .avi or .wmv, so you can play it on Windows Media Player or something you have installed on your school/work computer, enter your email address so Zamzar can magically email you the converted file, and then click to convert the file. In no time at all, you will receive an email with the converted file which you can then share with your peeps! Of course it is going to be school-appropriate, right? Good. What a dedicated little teacher you are!

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FaceinHole is Super!

Posted by grizzlymedia on April 21, 2008


Create your own FACEinHOLE

News Flash! Thanks to reader Zep for pointing out my faux pas in my post on FaceinHole. Apparently I was sleep-walking when I wrote my former post, because I like totally overlooked the “My FaceinHole” portion of the site. that is where you can go to see your lovely previously created FaceinHole scenarios. Please forgive me, FaceinHole! I now declare you perfect in every way!

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FaceinHole adds Cool New Feature!

Posted by grizzlymedia on April 18, 2008


Create your own FACEinHOLE

OK, so FaceinHole is super easy and super cool already, but now they have added a new super-cool feature. All you have to do on FaceinHole is just select a scenario and upload your own photos of (possibly former) friends, family members, or yourself, and create hilarious new pix that you can easily embed into your blog, email to anyone, or post on your MySpace, FaceBook, or website. But, bam, pow, now you can add thought or phrase balloons to let your characters express themselves, as “Buffy Lisa” is doing here. FaceinHole is just about the easiest Web 2.0 application out there, but you cannot save your creations online as you can with most Web 2.0 tools. You can, however, save your favorite scenarios and submit suggestions for new scenarios. Alas, nothing is perfect, but FaceinHole is perfectly delightful!

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Keep the Poetry Celebration Going!

Posted by grizzlymedia on April 18, 2008

Cherry Tomatoes

It’s still National Poetry Month, courtesy of the Academy of American Poets. Today’s poet is Sandra Beasley of Washington, D.C., a recent recipient of the 2008 Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. The award, sponsored by Poets & Writers— the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers— provides two writers with an honorarium and all-expenses-paid trip to New York City in October to meet with agents, editors, publishers, and other members of the New York literary community. Beasley won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize for her book Theories of Falling (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2008), selected by Marie Howe. Her poems have also been featured in Verse Daily and Best New Poets (Samovar Press, 2005) and in journals such as 32 Poems, Barrow Street, Blackbird, RHINO, and SLATE. Awards for her work include the 2006 Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize from Passages North and fellowships to Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Millay Colony. She serves on the editorial staff of The American Scholar. You can learn more about her at her website.

Cherry Tomatoes
by Sandra Beasley

Little bastards of vine.
Little demons by the pint.
Red eggs that never hatch,
just collapse and rot. When

my mom told me to gather
their grubby bodies
into my skirt, I’d cry. You
and your father, she’d chide—

the way, each time I kicked
and wailed against sailing,
my dad shook his head, said
You and your mother.

Now, a city girl, I ease one
loose from its siblings,
from its clear plastic coffin,
place it on my tongue.

Just to try. The smooth
surface resists, resists,
and erupts in my mouth:
seeds, juice, acid, blood

of a perfect household.
The way, when I finally
went sailing, my stomach
was rocked from inside

out. Little boat, big sea.
Handful of skinned sunsets.

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