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Google Voice for Students

Ever been in class and wanted an easier way to secretly text? Perhaps sneak find out what that voicemail someone left you said (without even having to listen to it)?  Don’t lie.

I’ve had Google Voice for a while now and it can be pretty useful.  It gives you a new phone number you can use on multiple phones and has a web interface that you can text from (for free).  It transcribes voicemail into text and sends you the audio file to your email.  Also, there are applications for smartphones that make it even more convenient.  It’s not for everyone and isn’t necessarily always useful but can be helpful.

The Gawker technology blog Gizmodo reports that Google is now giving priority to students who want the currently invite-only service.  All you have to do is sign up here using your .edu email address.  Heck, why not? We already have email, documents, and calendar provided to us by Google.

More information can be found at the Google Voice Blog.

Texting During Film Series: A Public Service Announcement


Dear Wezzleyin,

Like many of you, I love film. I particularly love experiencing classic (and not-so-classic) cinema in original 35mm prints for free. That’s why I go to the Film Series most weeks.

That’s also why I was profoundly moved this week by a certain ACB thread suggesting that Film Series Texters (hereby referred to as FST) be “flogged and banned forever from the CFS.” (There is also the question raised as to whether or not God has officially designated drinking whiskey in the Goldsmith Family Cinema a God-given right. I’ll leave that one to the Religion department.)

The point? Texting, sexting, or otherwise phone-opening during the Film Series is a problem. It’s  bad. Distracting. Annoying. Wicked, depraved, and unforgivable. There seems to be a common sentiment lately that texting during movies is somehow less offensive than talking on the phone in the theater. After all, there’s no noise. You can still hear the dialogue. You can still follow the plot. It’s not bothering anyone. It’s not like film is predominantly a visual medium or anything. It’s not like there are rows of people behind you disturbed by the sudden appearance of a second (or third, or fourth) screen of bright, glowing light in a darkened theater. It’s not like they’re trying to watch the film free from obnoxious, wholly unnecessary distraction. Right?

Study Reports Teens Texting While Driving… a lot

Not that we didn’t already know that this happens frequently, but the PEW Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project published a report yesterday with some pretty shocking numbers about teenagers texting while driving.

From a survey of 800 teens age 12-17, the study found that one in four (26%) of American teens of driving age say they have texted while driving, and half (48%) of all teens ages 12 to 17 say they’ve been a passenger while a driver has texted behind the wheel.

Among other statistics, the study found that:

  • Half (52%) of cell-owning teens ages 16-17 say they have talked on a cell phone while driving. That translates into 43% of all American teens ages 16-17.
  • 40% say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put themselves or others in danger.
  • Boys and girls are equally likely to report texting behind the wheel.

Car and Driver Magazine, as well as several other news souces, have reported that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving while drunk.  So why isn’t there the same stigma against it?  This is frightening data and I can only hope that people are starting the realize how serious it is.

What are your thoughts?  Share in the comments!