Wil Wheaton, take me away

Wil Wheaton played Wesley Crusher, intergalactic intern, on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was hated, he was loved. He went to bootytown. And then Wil grew up, and moved on, and actually has a sense of humor about the whole thing.

He has a weblog. This is strictly old news to most of the internet — he swept the Bloggies in 2002 with a total of 6 awards, including Best Weblog.

What’s new? He has a book: Just a Geek.

And I think it’s okay to appreciate Wesley. Even if it’s only a little.

Reading on the decline?

The National Endowment for the Arts released a survey today finding that literary reading has declined heavily in the US since 1992 – by 10% generally.

The news is disheartening, but I have to wonder how much of the slack – particularly among the age group of 18 to 24 – is taken up by the internet. More and more weblogs and journals pop up every day – certainly these people aren’t writing pages and pages of analysis over Harry Potter out of a sense of duty.

I wonder if the NEA took any figures on that?

Save the Libraries!

Last year, popular journaler Pamie (also an author and TWOP Recapper) learned that the Oakland Public Library, short on budget, put up an Amazion Wish List so that friends and patrons could purchase new books for them. She wrote an entry about it, and the news spread – and more than 600 books found their way to Oakland.

This year, Pamie is sponsoring the San Diego County Public Library – they’ve already past the hundred mark in a matter of days. Spread the word!