New place, new food carts, new hipsters, but the same ol same ol ;)
Pacific NW morning sky
I really want an owl a bright and big one (crazy, but I want it on my back…my whole back)!
Time to start drawing and playing with colors!!
Wish I were there sipping fine wine and enjoying the nice breeze!
Today I only have steamed rice to eat for lunch, I am too poor to go out/order in to eat and then there is me being lazy and not wanting to walk in the sizzling heat!
…oh yea and I’m indecisive so it would take me 30-40 minutes to try to figure out what I want to eat.
Ugh it would be a lot easier if someone just handed me some food, without capers please :)
Teens text for study and don’t hold back the profanity, sex, drugs: For the last four years, the University of Texas at Dallas professor has been collecting texts sent by and to 175 adolescent students at a large suburban Texas high school as part of a study dubbed the BlackBerry Project.
You’d think the students would self-censor their texts — since they know Underwood and her students are watching — but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
In an early look at the data, Underwood found that 7% of the texts contain profane language, and that 6.6% of messages contained sexual language, which is similar to what other researchers found when analyzing conversations in teenage chat rooms.
In fact, when a friend texted one participant about selling drugs, the participant wrote back, “Hey, be careful, the BlackBerry people are watching, don’t worry, they won’t tell anyone.”
Underwood has promised the participants that their privacy will be protected, but she has a researcher monitoring the stream of texts they send and receive each day to look for worrisome words like “rape,” “kill myself” or “older man.”
She has also intervened a handful of times when a student has run away from home.
So far, Underwood has been busy mostly with collecting the texting data rather than analyzing it.
And in fact, she says she has tried to limit the amount of time she spends reading the texts as they come in.
“I have someone who works for me who checks it everyday, but I don’t look at it too often because I’m immediately absorbed by it,” she said. “It is so rich and they say so much to each other, and they use such sophisticated language, it just sucks me in.”
Oof, I feel that last part. Sometimes I get sucked into reading the Tumblrs of teens who follow us.
Photo credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times