Just in Time for College Applications: Hacking Harvard by Robin Wasserman

Hacking Harvard by Robin Wasserman details the account of three guys’ attempts to place a virtually hopeless punk into the most sacred of universities: Harvard.

Who wouldn’t want to walk away with $50, 000?

I loved Robin’s lighthearted dialogue, as well as the motives for such a hack: Continue reading

Melissa de la Cruz’s Vampires in New York

Blue Bloods

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la CruzSchuyler Van Alen, scholarship student at the posh and selective Deschune school, has always had a cool head on her, even when sneered at because of her thrift-store clothing when the norm is something from 5th Avenue. Her cool head, however, is slowly developing something more for one of the richest kids in Manhattan, New York — Jack Force.

And whaddya know – he tries to throw himself under a cab right before the first time Schuyler talks to him. …..Ooooohhhhkay…..turns out he’s an invincible vampire. And so is Schuyler. And her new best friend, Bliss from Texas.

It turns out that Schuyler’s blood is kinda out to get her — she’s a vampire. Well, only half, but that makes no difference to the something that’s stalking and killing off vampires, ‘cuz, you know, the Committee’s really been lying to them about their complete immortality… Continue reading

more e. lockhart! fly on the wall

fly on the wall  by e. lockhart fly on the wall is a three part story about Gretchen Yee’s sudden insight into the actions of boys. How? She’s turned into a fly on the boy’s locker room, of course. :3

And who uses the guys’ locker room? Why her crush, OF COURSE. And those other guys. The jocks/stoners. And some more guys. Like the gay ones. Well. She gets more than she bargained for, but it all comes together. Continue reading

Babbling about books is good, yes? e. lockhart has been discovered!

Okaaaaayy….since I’m bored and this is supposed to be a blog for a library and hence a library means books and I’m a teen and I read books why not babble on about new books/old books that I adore?

Right, done with the justification for random BLAH that suddenly is going to pop up on the blog.
boyfriend list coverthe boyfriend list by e. lockhart (LOLZ.), and the sequel

the boy book by e. lockhartthe boy book

These two (and possibly more) books document Ruby “Roo” Oliver’s unfortunate interactions and escapades with boys/guys/boyfriends/possible boyfriends/guys she’d love to have as boyfriends, and one “rebound” boyfriend (you know, the guy-you-go-out-with-for-one-date-because-your-boyfriend-just-broke-up-with-you dude.)

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Making short video clips with Animoto.

Yesterday was the ceremony at Eye4You Alliance for the Tech Virtual Museum. We announced the winners of the best TSL Exhibit’  and we also reminded teens that there is still time to produce a video clip to submit to Museum for the June Exhibition in real life. I decided to take part in making a video to submit. I decided to do something different and use snapshots instead of using video.

A few days earlier I discovered the site Animoto where you upload your images to the site or you can download them from your flickr, facebook, myspace account as well as many more socal networking sites. (They offer a free plan with a limit of 30 seconds video or a paid plan for $3.00 USD per video or $30.00 USD a year for umlimted time.) You then sort the images in the order you want them. Once you have sorted them all out you can go ahead and add some free music available on the Animoto site,’  or if you have your own you can upload that.

Once you’ve added your music you give it a title and a description and Animoto does all the animating for you. Once its renderd you will be able to download the video in .mp4 format for you to upload to other sites and share. You can see my first video I made at http://eye4youalliance.youthtech.info/?p=646

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The Epic Report on Eye4You Alliance

Well, Its been a while since myself or Kelly Czarnecki blogged for YALSA about Eye4You Alliance. Over the last few weeks, Teen Second Life Resident Bubby Boucher has been hosting short interviews with Zombie Pye the FurNation Teen Grid (TG) founder and other TG Residents. Eye4You Alliance provides the land to The Epic Report and helps with the publishing. The shows where filmed and edited by the Teen Second Life Approved Adult and Eye4You Alliance educator Majenna Jewel. We have three episodes online and are waiting to do more. The shows are around 3-5 minutes long and are available on Blip.tv and iTunes.

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iStorm.tv #001 – Bitstrips.com

Yesterday evening I received an invite to join http://bitstrips.com, after spending a hour or two creating a comic strip I decided to create my first vidcast for iStorm.tv. After spending a few hours filming and editing (Must say not as well as I wanted since I didn’t have all the software) I decided to upload it to my blip.tv channel. I hope you enjoy watching it and feel free to leave any comments.

File: http://blip.tv/file/729523