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Reading, Not-Writing, and Dora

I’m enjoying the read-throughs that have been popping up online.  Currently I’m doing Tor’s read-through of The Lord of the Rings (and their “watch”-through of original series Star Trek). Yesterday, I stumbled across a “real-time” read-through of Dracula and I’m considering reading David Copperfield in the manner which it was published: as “19 monthly one-shilling installments, containing 32 pages of text“.  Apparently, I need tricks to get me to reading on a regular basis.

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Last Friday, I started playing Mafia Wars on Facebook. Which set off an idea in Eric. Wouldn’t a Weordan-based Facebook game be an interesting idea, and maybe a good tertiary project for the summer? So, I’m doing a bit of research on the ins and outs of Facebook “RPGs” and application development.

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Via you’re reading too much into it:
About the Dora the Explorer “make-over” which, having no children, I knew nothing about: Why Mattel & Nick have it wrong

It seems that in an effort to extend the target demographic of the Dora brand, they’re aging her to about ten years old. In effect, kids can grow up with Dora. And there was a bit of a kerfuffle about whether this Dora was too sexualized or what-not, but really I think the problem comes down to this:

…the shoes. Yes, they are cute, but they are not adventurous shoes. Nancy Drew wore loafers. Sally Brown wore tennis shoes.

Okay, it doesn’t entirely come down to *just* the shoes, but it’s a starting point.  I don’t see anything about this character that makes me think “Dora the Explorer.” I mean shouldn’t Dora the Explorer have some adventuring gear? Can’t a little girl be cute and…girly…and still have her backpack of essential gear?

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Summer is here.  I remember that I am not a fan.