March 20th, 2008

Wow, I feel like such a real person. Yesterday, my first piece went up at, where I’ve become a technology freelancer–and possibly someday a full-time staff writer. The article, “How to Spark Remote Learning,” looks at instructors who are using Second Life to teach English as a second language, with apparently awesome results. It’s a subject close to my own heart, since by day I still work with French hooligans who, apparently, can’t spell the word “squirrel”. If I had more of a budget (ok, if I had any budget) it would be awesome to set them up with computers and see what kind of progress they could make with a program like Second Life English–especially since Second Life students get to go on questing field trips and learn super useful phrases like “pirate’s booty.”

Alongside my piece, is also running a fun photo gallery called “Top 10 Life Lessons from Video Games.” While most of the lessons are pretty serious–“Looks aren’t everything,” “People yearn to breathe freely”–my personal favorite is #10: “When life gives you problems, throw a large ball.” Specifically, throw a pokéball. If it can work for capturing full-size animals in tiny spheres, it can work for getting rid of whatever is bugging you. Nagging girlfriend? Pokéball. Disapproving boss? Pokéball. Unsightly heap of recyclables post-St. Patty’s day? You know where this is going…, I’m honored to join the team!

Tags: my articles

8 Responses to “Bonnie Writes for!”

  1. Scott Jon Siegel Says:

    To be fair, squirrel is a hard-ass word to spell.

    Congrats on the new gig!

  2. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Dude, if I can spell squirrel, *anybody* can.

    Also, thanks!

  3. Courtney Taylor Says:

    Wow! Congrats! That’s a really awesome new gig you’ve got going there!

    Meanwhile, I spent a long time giggling about the squirrel comment…

  4. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Haha, yeah, it doesn’t matter whom I write for, I still have the sense of humor of a small child attracted to shiny objects and strange words like “squirrel” :).

  5. Darkpen Says:

    lol, squirrel

    congrats on the forbes freelancing, though :O

  6. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Haha, once again squirrels are more interesting than journalism. I seriously love my readers :).

  7. Chris Furniss Says:

    Holy crap, awesome! Hooray for Bonnie!

  8. Bonnie Ruberg Says:

    Holy crap, thanks!


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