Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs speaks to students about life and death

The man who was responsible, more than any other for how we use computers today has died, the founder of Apple computers and one of your librarians personal heroes as a true Apple geek, Steve Jobs died after a short but very interesting life. 

Below is a video from 2005 where he is addressing a graduating year of Stanford students.  The video is full of great moments, especially when he talks about the serendipitous moment when he accidentally attended a lecture which lead to the look of the fonts we use today on computers.  He also talks about what happened to him after Apple fired him how amazing things came from a really terrible situation.  He developed new companies and tried new things including Pixar studios which have made so many digital movies.  Watch him giving this address to students from Stanford.  He talks about loving what you do, doing what you love and not settling.  It is 14 minutes very well spent.

And here he is in 1984 demonstrating the very first Macintosh computer (your librarian had one of these, very cutting edge!)

If you'd like more videos and more information about his life have a look at this article from Stuff.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

This book is so aptly named.  It is a wondrously beautiful book.  It is big, it is beautifully designed and it contains a really well crafted story, both in words and in pictures.  Wonderstruck is one of those books which will appeal to lots of people for lots of different reasons.  If you read books for a great story this book has one.  If you love art, drawing and design, this book has loads to offer you.  If you think books are things to be treasured then Wonderstruck is certainly one which people will want to treasure.  It is a book to buy as a present, it is a book to own.  But first you might want to borrow it from the library.  The first book by Brian Selznick is a poor battered thing in our library because it has been so widely read over the years.  There is a blog post about it here.

Wonderstruck is two stories, one told in pictures and one told with words.  It is the story of a young girl living in New York who runs away from home, and it is also the story of a young boy 50 years later in a small lakeside town.  You know that somehow the two stories will connect and when they do it is a moment of wonder.

Below is a video of the author, walking around inside the incredibly detailed drawings from the book.  This author is truly one of the great authors for young people today and I hope lots of our students pick up the book and take it home and spend time in the world of Wonderstruck.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

The wonderful Te Ara website has had a redesign, and it is now easier to use and even clearer than it was before.  Use Te Ara if you are looking for New Zealand information.  There are lots of categories to choose from where you can begin your search or you can search the whole site.  Te Ara is the main place to go if you are looking for the kind of information you would look for in an encyclopedia.  It is great for historical information, for information about birds, animals, the people, places and culture of New Zealand.

There are videos, images and sound clips.  There is also a very cool place where you can find stories about things from New Zealand's past.  I loved this one about a scary experience with a bull

Te Ara is one of the best homework resources around.  Try it out, search for some things about Dunedin and see what you can find.

Whats going on with Social Media this year?

Social media update from Socialnomics.  The statistics get bigger each year.  Facebook has become both a noun and a verb!
Turn your sound up because the music is pretty cool!


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