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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
22 juillet 2011 5 22 /07 /juillet /2011 20:01

  When you sit, you don't move -or much less...

...and when you're motionless, your body's obviously less fit :


... and now, check what you can recollect

& try this QUIZ :

Sitting or moving ?
1) Nowadays we spend most of our days...
standing on our feet
sitting less than sleeping
sitting on our feet
sitting more than sleeping

After all, it's only a matter of logic 

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22 juillet 2011 5 22 /07 /juillet /2011 19:45

This infographic was created by MedicalBillingandCoding.org

about one year ago

http://images.medicalbillingandcoding.org.s3.amazonaws.com/the-internet.jpgCompare yourself and the way you use the Internet with the way it is used illustrated in the infographic...

Do you use TV and the Internet simultaneously ? What do you use the Internet mainly for, entertainment ? Information ? Or... ? How many hours do you spend on the Internet every week... 31 ? Less ?              ... more ?!

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17 juillet 2011 7 17 /07 /juillet /2011 15:22

  Kenneth Koch's words

are given rhythm by the visual effect of kinetic typography : "watch" 'You want a social life, with friends' in the video below :


You want a social life, with friends.
A passionate love life and as well
To work hard every day. What's true
Is of these three you may have two
And two can pay you dividends
But never may have three.

There isn't time enough, my friends--
Though dawn begins, yet midnight ends--
To find the time to have love, work, and friends. Michelangelo had
feeling For Vittoria and the Ceiling
But did he go to parties at day's end?

Homer nightly went to banquets
Wrote all day but had no lockets
Bright with pictures of his Girl.
I know one who loves and parties
And has done so since his thirties
But writes hardly anything at all.

a poem by Kenneth Koch


Hey, should some students hesitate, let me give you a clue : Homer was not an animated character from the Simpsons series                      The poet claims "two can pay dividends", but "you may never have three": do you agree on this ? I guess the answers will all be different -close to philosophy, hmm ? Anyway, I believe only time will tell !

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4 juillet 2011 1 04 /07 /juillet /2011 17:00







Click on each infographic to access various data related to the Independence Day !

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4 juillet 2011 1 04 /07 /juillet /2011 16:35

These covers from LIFE Magazine

range from 1927 to 1966 -some of them aren't dated. Don't some of the pictures evoke Norman Rockwell's pictures ? Well... he illustrated scenes from the American daily life, didn't he ? 

The gallery below includes 26 photos that illustrate events  which all occurred on July 4th

Most of them describe historical moments  -from 1754 to 2009. Do you know all the persons shown in the photos ?                                              [I have to confess I didn't    ]


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4 juillet 2011 1 04 /07 /juillet /2011 16:06

"Democracy is not a spectator sport"

 Once you have viewed this short video...

... complete the gap fill  summary based on Matt Damon's comments :


Matt DAMON reads and comments on a few articles from the Declaration of Independence

At first, he explains history is always told from somebody's …............................. : you have to consider who is telling it, and …............................. : you cannot just …............................. the story you are told.

As for the actor, being patriotic means engaging and …............................. : he disapproves of the "love it or leave it" position of people who are fed up with protests.

M. Damon concludes a constant state of tension derives from the Americans' right to …............................. and to struggle, adding the latter aims at making the country always better.

Click on the original manuscript below to read the full Declaration of Independence :


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2 juillet 2011 6 02 /07 /juillet /2011 15:47

This series of animations humorously relates the "History of English"

These Free Open Learning videos were created by the Open University

ANGLO-SAXON or "Whatever happened to the Jutes ?"

The NORMAN CONQUEST or "Excuse my English"

SHAKESPEARE or "A plaque on both his houses"


 The KING JAMES BIBLE or "Let there be light reading"

The English of SCIENCE or "How to speak with gravity"

English & EMPIRE or "The sun never sets on the English language"

The age of the DICTIONARY or "The definition of a helpless task"

"AMERICAN English or Not English, but somewhere in the ballpark"

INTERNET English or "Language reverts to type"


GLOBAL English or "Whose language is it, anyway ?"


All of them are licensed by the Open University

under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Licence http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/sites/all/themes/ole/images/creativecommons.png

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23 juin 2011 4 23 /06 /juin /2011 21:03

This infographic aims at showing higher education is no longer for the elite only : the Internet helps to educate oneself. It points out that knowledge (thus... power) has shifted from the institution's hands to the students' :


The infographic was created by Openeducation.net and licensed under the CC BY-NC-SA.

...Getting the document under such a license seems a plain illustration of the way education is spreading more democratically thanks to the Internet :-)

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23 juin 2011 4 23 /06 /juin /2011 09:26

English words derive from many languages :


Loads of words of French origins have entered the English language : as a result, so have a great number of Latin words. Most of French-originating words date from the centuries after the 1066 Norman Conquest  -since England got ruled by Norman-speaking administrations then.

Various surveys and studies have showed almost 30% of all English words have a French origin.

Click on the book below to access a list of French words/phrases used in English :


You might get interested in Wikipedia's article on Anglicisation too :


Anglicisation consists of "converting verbal or written elements of any other language into a form that is more comprehensible to an English speaker". More generally, anglicising is "altering words or phrases" so that they "become English (in form or character)".

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17 juin 2011 5 17 /06 /juin /2011 21:30

The MIT   Senseable City Lab

redrawing the map of Great Britain from a network of human relations :

"Do regional boundaries defined by governments respect the more natural ways that people interact across space ?" The article by the MIT Senseal City Lab "proposes a novel, fine-grained approach to regional delineation, based on analyzing networks of billions of individual human transactions."

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