Monthly Archives: July 2010

Children’s Worker Wanted

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darth vader on tom tom

h/t Bren…

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facebook is a giant

The number of people using Facebook hit the 500 million mark on Wednesday, meaning one in every 14 people on the planet has now signed up to online social-networking service.

“As of this morning, 500 million people all around the world are actively using Facebook to stay connected with their friends and the people around them,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a blog post.

Read the full article from the SMH here

Are we using it to its fullest? 1 in 14 is unbelievable take up…

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new jazz: transit jazz

Looking forward to the debut album from these guys.

I have heard Con Campbell play live a number of times, and it always fills my heart with joy, as well as blowing my mind.

Check out their website here:

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ghoti #1

Have you ever noticed how silly the English language is?

You might have passed over the ridiculous inconsistencies in your every day usage. But you tend to notice them more when you start to teach it to someone else. Our boys are at school learning language at various levels, and it’s in that process that the silliness stands out big time!

I have decided to start this series of posts, really as a venting point about these eccentricities of my native tongue.

The title? It comes from the famous little story about the language. A teacher writes ‘g-h-o-t-i’ up on the board, and asks the class, ‘What does that say?’

The class stares at the seemingly random collection of letters, baffled at what the teacher could possibly be on about.

After an awkward silence, the teacher decided to put them out of their misery. ‘It says “fish”.’

A bright spark in the front row shoots up his hand and says, ‘How on earth did you get that, miss?!’

‘It says “fish”. The ‘gh’ says ‘f’, as in ‘enough’; the ‘o’ says ‘i’, as in ‘women’; and the ‘ti’ says ‘sh’, as in ‘admonition’.’

So, there you have the reason for the title.

Now, here’s my first vent:

how on earth do you get an ‘ot’ sound from ‘acht’, as in ‘yacht’??!?

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guide to understanding & communicating with Gen Z

‘Gen Z’ are the generation after ‘Gen Y’. They are mostly the kids of Gen X. My kids are Gen Z (what comes after ‘Z’, I wonder?).

They are those who grow up not knowing anything before digital media, the internet, iPods. They will look at VCR tapes in a funky retro display one day at the Powerhouse Museum (or more likely, a virtual version of such).

Found this interesting guide to understanding the language and communicating with them. An Australian resource, based on Australian research. Helpful for parents like me, and up and coming kids and youth workers!

Word Up – a lexicon of Generations Y & Z; a guide to communication with them

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