A Brief History of University Center at Point Park University

I know, I know. My attempts at multimedia for this blog have been absolutely terrible… But these projects for school, (unfortunately) must come first. In this week’s attempt at multimedia bliss, I made a short 2 minute documentary of the Campus Library at my University, Point Park. This library has an interesting history. It started as one of the largest banks in Pittsburgh, then it became a mall. After this project failed it was bought up by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Point Park University, who both ran it jointly until 2004 when the CLP moved their downtown location elsewhere. Since then it has remained firmly in the hands of PPU. While the finished product is not as bad as I thought it would have, I had to spend 2 1/2 hours on iMovie to complete it. In all my days I have never experienced a worse software. Seriously, whoever says Apple is “user friendly” can go suck an egg.

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Ender’s Game Movie Part 1: The Preview

photo credit to wikipedia

photo credit to wikipedia

Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game has had a massive effect on the Science Fiction genre as well as Modern American Literature. Needless to say, it’s also an exceptionally popular book. It’s been published in tens of languages, it has comics and video games based off of it, and finally, after years and years of waiting, it has been made into a movie. This is the point of this post, to discuss the movie. Now I know what you’re all thinking “But Jeff! This is a blog about books and book reviews! You can’t discuss a movie!!!!” Oh, but my diligent readers, but I can. This is in part because I’m required to by my Multimedia Class a Point Park University in which I use my blog to complete numerous projects. This assignment, which this post will fulfill, is to preview something. What better thing to preview than the movie version of one of my favorite Sci-Fi books which I’ll be seeing very soon.The book Ender’s Game is a very deep and complex book, both in the story as well as into the emotions and character developments that take place inside its many pages. In all honesty I’m quite surprised that the movie has even been made. This is because I’m not entirely sure if you can make a good movie adaptation of the book. So much happens inside of it that how one could really chose what to take out and what to leave in so that the film doesn’t go out of the standard 2 hour format that most films utilize. Based on what I have seen from the trailers it does look rather entertaining. But then again, World War Z looked really good too, but that turned out to a rather poor imitation of the source material. Despite my wariness I do look forward to seeing this movie. After I have seen it, rest assured I shall report back as to my experience.

Prague Writers’ Festival

Courtesy: Pointpark.edu

Courtesy: Pointpark.edu

I’m happy to say that tomorrow I shall be attending one of the seminars at the Prague Writers’ Festival at Point Park University. This festival will play host to a number of historians, writers, poets, and other authors who will come together and discuss such subjects as the founding of the first Czechoslovak Republic at the end of the First World War, discussions on the freedom of writing, as well as a reading from famed author E.L Doctorow’s book Andrew’s Brain by the author himself! I will be attending the discussion about the creation of Czechoslovakia through the Pittsburgh Agreement which was signed here in my hometown of Pittsburgh. I will be live tweeting this event and I hope you will follow Interesting Book’s twitter (https://twitter.com/Intersting_Book) for live updates from the event! The event is from 3-430 PM United States Eastern Time. I will also later be writing a proper blog post about it. I hope you will be able to join us!The link for the festival:http://www.pointpark.edu/News.aspx?id=1027

Just to let you know…

I just wanted to let everyone know that for the next few weeks I shall be using this blog for a number of purposes for several of my current classes at Point Park University. I will still post at least once a week as I always have. Due to my professors requirement, however, I may have to post some things that really don’t have to do much with books. While this may be a tad annoying this is an exciting opportunity to learn new things and ideas and I hope to add new material to the site which I hope you will all enjoy!