Here they go again

I am watching my morning news and they have just informed me that people who play racing video games are more likely to drive aggressively. Once again – I haven’t read the study yet – but isn’t it possible that aggressive drivers are more likely to play games that allow them to drive aggressively? I personally hate those car games – I can never keep the car on the road going in the right direction :) So maybe there’s a link.

The more I head these news reports the more I want to find a way to conduct my own study on all of these things (video games, movies, social networking). Maybe one day I’ll have more time. Today, however, I have a digital libraries exam.

MySpace Makes Kids Grades Drop

I haven’t found the text of the study yet (no time to do research for anything but school) but I did find this interview from FresnoStateNews.com with Dr. Tamyra Pierce. Apparently Dr. Price has found that MySpace effects students grades negatively – which is why I want to read the study. Based on what I heard on the news this morning and read in this interview – it’s the fact that students are goofing off on the Internet instead of doing homework that is effecting grades – which is not MySpace’s fault – it’s the parents fault.

I get so annoyed when the news only gives you enough info to make you panic about the bad effects of these popular social networking sites.

Zotero – Only for Firefox 2.0

Well – as you can tell I never finished listening to the podcast – in which I’m sure they mentioned the tiny important fact that Zotero is only for Firefox 2.0 :( I went to the site first thing this morning to download it – but I don’t want to upgrade until I’m sure my extensions will work with the new Firefox – so I guess I’ll have to wait – maybe I’ll give it a whirl on my work computer (not as many extensions installed there). I’ll keep you posted.

On a related side note – my husband was reading my blog last night and turned around and said “What’s Zotero?” Ooops – I forgot to mention that part. This is from their site:

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use research tool that helps you gather and organize resources (whether bibliography or the full text of articles), and then lets you to annotate, organize, and share the results of your research. It includes the best parts of older reference manager software (like EndNote)-the ability to store full reference information in author, title, and publication fields and to export that as formatted references-and the best parts of modern software such as del.icio.us or iTunes, like the ability to sort, tag, and search in advanced ways. Using its unique ability to sense when you are viewing a book, article, or other resource on the web, Zotero will-on many major research sites-find and automatically save the full reference information for you in the correct fields.