GLT Animation Demo from GoogleLitTrips on Vimeo.
GOOGLE LIT-TRIPS: This is a website that uses Google maps and Google Earth to create and host "virtual tours" of the settings for books. In the video above, the site's creator, Jerome Burg, uses "The Kite Runner" as an example of how Google Lit-Trips can complement your enjoyment of a book by virtually "flying" you to the novel's actual locales, and providing historical information pertaining to the plot. Google Lit-Trips is used primarily as an educational tool for schools, but anyone can dig it! People can also use the site to share "Google Lit-Trips" they create themselves.
3 GENERATIONS: Here's an organization I just heard about -- and they're having a Brooklyn, New York fundraiser on February 28, 2011. "3 Generations works to end injustice and fulfill humanity's potential through storytelling," says their website. "We partner with the organizations doing the most effective direct service or advocacy work on a given issue -- we tell their stories and our content and campaigns compel people to support their work." Their latest campaign is against child sex slavery in the United States. "Slavery" is a word they use advisedly -- rather than "prostitution" -- on the logic that a minor cannot choose to be a prostitute, and that any sex-for-pay by a minor is necessarily coercive.