BOOK REVIEW COMPETITION!! WIN PRIZES!

Want a chance to win some fantastic new novels? Huh, do ya?

Some of the titles you can win!!

Some of the titles you can win!!

All you need to do is submit a book review using the ‘Submit Your Review’ link on the left of this page. Just follow the format on the online form to tell us why you did or didn’t like the book, who you think will like it and your rating out of 5. The students who write the six best reviews before the end of Term 2 will win their choice of one novel from a selection of brand new titles!! All suitable reviews (including the winners) will live on forever in our library’s catalogue in the entry for that book. And remember, you can post reviews at any time (even after the comp) using the Curiositas Book Review Submission form.

Happy reading and reviewing!

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HERO ABSORBS MAJOR DAMAGE

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One of my favourite authors, Charles Yu, has a book of short stories called Sorry Please Thank You. In it is a story called Hero Absorbs Major Damage which follows a computer game hero and his band of warriors on their quest through 256 levels of battling orcs, eating chicken and negotiating love triangles. This was already an awesome and funny story, but it has been given +3 Awesome Points with a new re-telling on Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading site (they publish one short story a week online) where one of the characters (an elf named Fjoork) has annotated the text and given his perspective on the events once only narrated by the Hero. You need to click on the highlighted yellow text to get Fjoork’s sardonic commentary. This is a new form of digital storytelling with exciting possibilities. Check out the story with its annotations here. And don’t forget to read the editor’s note for a bit of info about the story and its use of the annotation software.

Yu’s first novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe is also available to borrow from our library and I highly recommend it. I wish I could go back in time and read it for the first time again!

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Soundbrenner Pulse: Wearable Device For Musicians

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Having played various musical instruments from an early age I was fascinated to learn about this wearable metronome that syncs with your phone.  It’s designed for use with any instrument by musicians of all skill levels, from beginners to professionals.  The device can be worn around your arm or leg, depending on your instrument.  To find out more, here is a link to their crowd funding campaign with indiegogo.  I hope they reach their target, as feeling a metronome pulse rather than seeing or hearing it makes so much sense to me.  On another musical note (geddit?) ASAP Science have put together some audio illusions “Can you trust you ears?”  This video explains auditory illusions and phenomena such as the ‘Shepard Tone Illusion’.

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FCC OPEN DAY

Welcome to Footscray City College!

Hopefully by now you have had a chance to visit all the different parts of the school such as the gym, the Futures Centre, the science rooms, the music and art studios and the new Sustainability Centre across the road. Oh, and of course the WONDERFUL library!!

Please take a minute to post a comment telling us which of the things you liked best on your tour of the school today.

We hope you have enjoyed taking a look around to see the great programs we offer here at FCC.

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WORLD POETRY DAY

In 1999 in Paris UNESCO declared March the 21st as WORLD POETRY DAY. To celebrate I thought I’d share some websites that showcase local poets and some places you could submit your own poetry.

VOICEWORKS is a print and digital quarterly magazine which is published by Express MediaIt features writing and artwork by Australians under the age of twenty five so it’s a great place to start if you want to get your work published. Though it’s not exclusively for poetry, they do have this great page of tips for writing poetry.

MELBOURNE SPOKEN WORD is a site dedicated to… you guessed it – the spoken word scene in Melbourne! This means it’s full of actual videos of poets performing their work – and believe me some of them are great! For example:

CORDITE POETRY REVIEW  is an online journal dedicated to showing off new and established Australian poets to the world. They promote “irreverent and experimental poetics.” This is a bit more of an ‘adult’ site than Voiceworks or but you can still submit to them here.

 

 

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FCC Photography Club Excursion

Artist James Voller with the FCC Photography Club

Artist James Voller with the FCC Photography Club

On Wednesday 11th March, students from our Library’s Photography Club joined Maribrynong City Council’s, F5 Footscray in Transition, artist, James Voller (pictured on the left with students), for an artist walk and talk in the streets of Footscray. The changing face of Footscray is being captured in a five year photographic project, F5: Footscray in Transition. F5 captures Footscray undergoing change as a Central Activities District. The same sites will be photographed every year for five years to provide a snapshot of a suburb that is constantly evolving and subject to rapid change. Our students toured Victoria University’s MetroWest, explored the F5 sites and learnt about the project and James’ artistic practise.

Beautiful street scene taken by Year 7 student Jasmine Rattray

Beautiful street scene taken by Year 7 student Jasmine Rattray

They covered perspective, lines, curves and the “rule of thirds”. Students produced their own work using the buildings and people of Footscray as their subjects. As you can see, some excellent pieces have been produced. James’s photographic exhibition will be at Victoria University’s MetroWest from 9 February 2015 to 28 March 2015. For more information visit: http://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/f5

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HAPPY PI DAY!

If you use the American format, today’s date is 3/14/15. This also happens to be the first few numbers in pi (π) , the mathematical constant that represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, ie 3.1415. Folks are using this date to celebrate Pi Day.

People use pi to figure out all sorts of stuff in maths and geometry such as the area of a circle:

A = πr2

Here ‘r’ equals the radius or the distance from the center to the edge of the circle. If you sqare the radius and multiply by pi you get the area of your circle.220px-Circle_Area.svg (1)

 

Also, the formula to find the volume of a cylinder is  V = πr2h where you calculate the area of the base (the area of the circle as shown above), then multiply that by the height (h) of the cylinder.

Find out more about pi on this Wikipedia page.

 

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Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66

Sir Terry Pratchett wrote more than 70 books

  • Translated into 37 languages
  • In a career spanning 44 years
  • With total sales of 70 million
  • Read more here

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Paper Towns

I’m excited to report that another of John Green’s novels – “Paper Towns“, is being made in to a film and is due for release in July this year.

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Who writes like… Tolkien?

Have you read everything by your favourite author and you’re looking for suggestions?  This is a useful site for reading recommendations.

J  R  R Tolkien

…and here’s an interesting article in which Tolkien snubs a German publisher asking for proof of his Aryan descent (1938).

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