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Girls Just Wanna Code

August 27, 2019 - 2:44pm

By Teen Underground Blogger Liza

Computers are all around us– from phones to tablets to laptops. Many novels, more notably Feed by M. T. Anderson and Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini, predicted computers to be small enough to become a part of someone’s body and control their brain. Since computers are so prevalent in our world, why not learn more about how they work?

Are you interested in what makes sprites in games move or why a text on a page is blue? Start learning code with Scratch! The Niles-Maine District Library has a program called Girls Who Code where girls in grades 6-12 can learn how to code in an exciting way. After learning how code is built in Scratch, it’s easy to transition into more complex programming languages like Java and Python.

According to ComputerScience.org, only 18% of the bachelor’s degrees earned in computer science are earned by women. Because of that, there have been programs made to get more girls interested in computer sciences. Girls Who Code is one of those programs. They are trying to inspire more girls and eliminate the prejudice against them.

I am excited about the program because I am a girl who wants to become a video game developer in the future. If it wasn’t for Girls Who Code, I doubt I would have even thought of going into the field. It’s strange to go to a class that’s made of mostly boys and it’s very comforting to see more girls there. It also makes me happy to see girls creating wonderful projects in the digital world and I hope that more and more girls will get into computer science.

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25th Anniversary of Dumb and Dumber

August 26, 2019 - 4:40pm

We all have that one movie that defines our childhood and solidifies the epicenter of your humor. For me, that movie is Dumb and Dumber, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. This film is written, directed, and produced by the Farrelly brothers and starring my OG crush Jim Carrey and the brilliant Jeff Daniels. I saw the movie when I was 7 years old, which is probably WAY too young for the content in the film, but trust me, most of the PG-13 and R-rated bits went right over my head.

Growing up, my family’s vernacular heavily consisted of quotes from the movie including “Harry, I took care of it.” and “You are one pathetic loser.” and “We got no jobs, we got no food…our pets HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!” and “I like it A LOT.” and “So you’re telling me there’s a chance…YES!” and “I hate goodbyes!” and “Want to hear the most annoying sound in the world?” and “That’s a lovely accent…New Jersey?” There were always bonus points if you could do the right inflection and Jim Carrey facial expression to go along with the words.

The plot of the movie tells “the story of Lloyd Christmas (Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Daniels), two dumb but well-meaning friends from Providence, Rhode Island, who set out on a cross-country trip to Aspen, Colorado, to return a briefcase full of money to its owner, thinking it was abandoned as a mistake but was actually left as ransom money.”1

As silly as the plot and characters get, the biggest draw of the movie is the relationship and comedic timing of Daniels and Carrey. Even though the two of them are utter buffoons in the movie, you can’t help but to root for them to end up happy.

In an interview earlier this year, Jeff Daniels said that the biggest reason he wanted the role in the film was to play alongside Jim Carrey. “Look who I get to react to. Jim is a comedic genius… There were comedians that wanted it, but he wanted an actor that would make him listen because he knew it was ping-pong, it was back and forth,” Daniels explained. “So I just let him lead, and [Daniels’ character] Harry Dunne was like on a half-second delay to whatever [Carrey’s character] Lloyd would do.”2

There’s something sacred about having a movie hold up the foundation of your comedic heart. I love that my family watches Dumb & Dumber together like some people flip through old photo albums. We still crack up at our favorite parts even though we know every scene verbatim. We say the dialogue a split second before it’s uttered, catching each other’s eyes and grinning like we’re in on the best kind of secret. And maybe we are.

Happy 25th Anniversary to one of my all-time favorite and most quoted movie, Dumb and Dumber!

 

You can find Dumb and Dumber in our Library collection here.

 

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Tournament of Fandom Champions 2019

August 26, 2019 - 11:05am

Imagine the ultimate fantasy tournament bracket: 64 champions from your favorite fandoms facing off in a series of one-on-one battles. Wizards versus warriors, mental versus physical powers, humans versus … whatever Kirby is. No, this couldn’t happen in real life, but over the past 3 weeks we collected votes from the public via online poll and paper ballots to decide the outcomes.

Rounds 1 and 2 took place all online, winnowing the field to a Sweet 16. For the day of Fandom Fest, August 17, we counted votes online and in-house for Rounds 3, 4, and 5. By the end of that day, we had selected the top two champions to face off in the FINAL battle…

  YODA Vs. IRON MAN 

 

All this past week, fans have voted in-person and online and we have our victor…

 

IRON MAN, the Grand Champion of the Multiverse!

The initial field of 64 champions were selected by high school intern Liza Kolesnik, members of the Teen Advisory Board, and myself; with some input from the Fandom Fest committee. Three different drafts of the 64-seed bracket were produced before the final selections were made. We wanted to include women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

With so many genres (fantasy, sci-fi, videogames, Anime, etc.) and fandoms (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, etc.) suggested, we had hard cuts to make. We couldn’t include every hero, anti-hero and villain that we love (or love to hate), and had to leave out some favorite fandoms. While we considered characters from the popular Critical Role podcast, for instance, we ultimately cut them. No one from The Walking Dead or The Expanse (if you have not watched this amazing series then DO IT NOW!) made the cut, either.

Congratulations, Iron Man! You may not see yourself as a hero, with your laundry list of character defects, public mistakes, and damaged heart, but we love you 3000. May you reign with confidence until our next Fandom Fest.

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