Political Turmoil!

March 29, 2010

So there’s been some political unrest here in Thailand lately.  The past couple of days the streets have been flooded with red-shirt wearing Thais calling for government reform.  What event sparked all of this? Well, until recently I was a little foggy on the details myself, but after like the 3rd or 4th time I couldn’t get into the city because of transportation being blocked by those darn protestors, I thought I would do some digging and get to the bottom of this.

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Writer Alert!

October 7, 2009

smallsplatTeen author Beth Kephart is the Author-in-Residence on readergirlz.com, so she is doing some cool writing exercises for teen authors. Click here to check out her writing exercise (and contest!). It’s great inspiration!

logoNational Novel Writing Month is coming soon…write 50,000 word novel to celebrate and express your creativity! Quantity, not quality is the goal. Here’s  a little more:

“It is a fun, seat-of-your-pants novel writing event where the challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but our Young Writers Program allows participants who are 17 years old and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals.”


Places to Get Anime- Legally, Of Course.

July 31, 2009
So there are a lot of places to get manga: A local library, a store, it’s pretty easy to find manga. But where do you find anime? I have several places I get mine, so I’ll list off a couple of good, legal places right here.
Well…the most well known place is probably Youtube. And I’m not talking about the illegally put up videos either. xD I mean the ones legally put up on Youtube by companies. That’s where I’m currently watching Ouran HSHC, where I watched Code Geass and Ghost Hunt, but it’s generally not the greatest source. Youtube is reliable, but the selection they have isn’t too great. They do have some really good ones though. You can find them http://www.youtube.com/shows
Crunchyroll.com is another legal place to get them, though I find it’s a little irritating that if you’re watching an ongoing anime (…KHR……) they’ll place the first couple episodes, the most recently subbed, and then the ones in the middle are gone. Bam. Poof. Yay. Thanks. I watch the most recent episodes of Katekyo Hitman Reborn there, and I know they have many other ones. A lot of the series are only for paying members though, which makes me go ):<. Like the original Naruto. WHAT? Dx The site is here: http://www.crunchyroll.com/
Another site is Hulu, great site since it’s still legal. I mean, it’s not the greatest source (so few anime T_____T) but it’s not terrible either. Still, not the greatest place to go but when it has the anime, it has pretty much every single episode, which is epically awesome. (Contrary to paying for Naruto at Crunchyroll, you can find the entire original anime there as far as I can tell) Find them at http://www.hulu.com/
Of course, you could always just tap them at the source. Funimation puts up new episodes for people to watch at their site, and I know a lot of other places do the same. I watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood at the Funimation site, and it works fine. x3 And I’ve heard they have the whole xxxHolic there, and several others.
Some places you can actually rent anime from are Blockbusters, Netflix…those usual places. The problem I have with this though, is that you generally cannot get an anime unless it’s been dubbed already and then released. Makes it a bit more difficult, but it still works. You can rent an entire season from Blockbusters, though only generally through mail…I tried searching Naruto and none of the stores in my area carried it. Dx Thus I’m not sure about prices. I’m quite sure it would probably be the regular price.
http://www.rentanime.com/ Rent Anime seems to be a good site to get it from. You get a flat rate of about $20 a month, and you can rent as many anime as you like. Of course, if you’re going to be busy I wouldn’t suggest this method, but if you’re going to have lots of spare time maybe you could try it out. The selection looks really good and they have a 2 week trial period.
I would also like to mention I once went to a really great store (perhaps a year ago) at the Cary Towne Center full of anime and manga paraphernalia and lots of anime and manga selection. It was amazing. I never caught the name though, and I haven’t been able to go back and look for it, so I’m not sure if it was shut down or not. You could purchase anime from them, however, so I would just like to get that out there. It was awesome. (There was Ramune. If you aren’t spazzing out, you must not have read that last line correctly. THEREWASRAMUNE. *_____*)
And just a note, you can even get some titles on Itunes. You heard me right. Itunes. This was news to me. o______o;;; though of course, it costs money.

So there are a lot of places to get manga: A local library, a store . . . it’s pretty easy to find. But where do you find anime? I have several places I get mine, so I’ll list off a couple of good, legal places right here. Read the rest of this entry »


My Introduction

July 13, 2009

Wassup! My name is Kevin Zhu.  I’m 14 years old, am currently a rising freshman, and am obsessed with all things martial arts. Most of my posts will probably have to do with martial arts movies, books, and anything else that’s still related to General Entertainment. Read the rest of this entry »


Fantasy Road Trip Contest

May 28, 2009

Listening Library is sponsoring the Fantasy Road Trip Contest! Create videos based on an imaginary road trip with characters from one of three great fantasy series by Libba Bray, Tamora Pierce, and Rick Riordan! (Note: this is not a Wake County sponsored contest)

#1. Have fun and be creative!

The more you use your imagination, the better—songs, animation, sock puppets, whatever inspires you!

#2. Take on the challenge.

For your video to be eligible, you must find a way to include these things:

  • a reference to Florida
  • a reference to audiobooks
  • a clip of dialogue from the audio you’ve chosen (we’ve made these clips for you, you can download them below to use in your video)

Try to stump us—find an inventive way to use these elements in your entries (it doesn’t have to be a literal translation). The contest video has them too, did you find them?

#3. Post your entry on YouTube.

The contest will open for entries on June 1st. Please check back here for details on how to post your video so that it will be considered. Videos submitted incorrectly or before 6/1/2009 will not be considered.

#4. The fine print…

Ok, everyone, here’s the 411: to enter you must be between the ages of 13-18 and a legal resident of the United States. The contest will open for entries June 1-August 17, 2009.. Winners will be selected and notified by August 31, 2009 by YouTube message. One winner will be chosen for each author category (the participating authors will choose the winning video for their category) and will receive: 1 8GB iPod touch and a collection of audiobooks signed by the author. Videos less than 30 seconds or greater than 5 minutes in length or containing profanity or inappropriate content will be disqualified.

WINNERS: Authors will judge the videos, each picking a winner (for a total of three), who will receive an 8GB iPod Touch and a collection of signed audiobooks.

DATES: The contest will be open from June 1-August 17


Meg Cabot Is Funny!

March 27, 2009

Wintergirls

March 18, 2009

Love her books! Can’t wait to meet her – Laurie Halse Anderson is visiting Quail Ridge Books on Friday, April 3rd @ 7:30 to promote her new book Wintergirls. This book tackles the difficult topic of anorexia. As in previous books, Andersen presents realistic teen lives and struggles. For ages 14 and up.

You can reserve your copy now from the library or buy it at Quail Ridge that night.

If you haven’t read her other books yet, reserve a copy of Speak.

If you already read Speak – check out Anderson’s blog. Here is Anderson on You Tube…


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