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Libre à qui le souhaite de tisser ici ses propres fils avec ceux d'un blog à la trame dessinée par l'anglais et son univers. Orientés par exemple par l'histoire, l'humour, la musique ou le cinéma ses vidéos, textes, sons, illustrations -etc- viennent y prolonger les thèmes explorés en cours, et j'y publie des ressources conçues pour enrichir la pratique de la langue. S'il peut devenir outil de progression, je souhaite aussi qu'il vous procure plaisir et parfois même amusement... why not ?!
How long did it take ?
Barack Obama's historic election as the first black president of the U.S.A. was the result of a process that had started long before, with the previous elections of black men/women to civic & state political positions. Patrick Garvin wondered "If it took 220 years to elect a black president, how long did it take for black men and women to get to other positions?"... hence this infographic ⇓ timeline.
Click on the illustration to get the full-size infographic
In "Banksy sprays the Simpsons", <<
I told you about a famous British street artist who paints awesome graffiti and murals. The article also showed the introduction Banksy created for Simpsons' intro of episode 3 / season 22... You've already started working on Banksy's intro, now, here is the full Simpsons episode : "Money Bart"... I hope you'll enjoy it :o)
This episode tells Dahlia Brinkley's visit to Springfield Elementary School. Dahlia is the only Springfield Elementary graduate ever to enter an Ivy League college. This gives Lisa an inferiority complex because she is not involved in as many extracurricular activities as Dahlia was ! Therefore when the coach of Bart's Little League baseball team ("the Springfield Isotots") resigns, Lisa tries to replace him... in order to extend her curriculum.
If your Internet connexion is a bit slow, I suggest you launch the video ("play")
then "pause", until the complete video is buffered (buffering the full video
might take a few minutes)... before you play it !
buffering = mise en mémoire-tampon
The American "cell phone behaviour"...
...was analysed by "Pew Internet" : they released a study which showed that if 65% of the American adults regularly use text messaging in September 2009, one year later 72% of them do. The study also pointed out 90% of 18 to 29-year old sleep with their cell phone 'on' whereas only 34% of 65-year old do it. Today the American teenagers text 50 messages a day on average : it's 5 times more than the average 10 text messages sent/received per day by adults !
Other interesting pieces of information [just click ⇓] are illustrated below :
"Cell phones and American adults - They make just as many calls, but text less often than teens"
Click on the purple folder & read the full report below :
"America by numbers"
is an infographic that illustrates the Americans' changes
[click on the illustration to get the full-size picture]
Can you guess which of their habits has increased... so that it makes them look a bit more like the French ?? Below, you can also read the related article from the NY Times, by Sam Roberts (January 7, 2011) -it is rather short :
Today a gunman opened fireoutside at a 'Superway Market'
as Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford was holding a "Congress on Your Corner" event there, in a north-western area of Tucson (Arizona). According to Arizona Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, all the officials had been threatened during "a vitriolic campaign that [had] just occurred" : as for him, the Congresswoman "was the target". The sheriff probably hinted at the Republican Senator's campaign map, that illustrated each House Democrat with a crosshair(1) -see the map below.
(1) crosshairs are commonly associated with telescopic sights for aiming firearms : they help the shooter to aim the target precisely.
While she might survive -the sheriff says- ("the surgeon in charge is cautiously optimistic"), thirteen other victims were injured and six died. To see the BBC9 video click on the TV camera below :
The recurring leitmotiv of pro-guns -"Men kill, not guns"- doesn't withhold mere reality : no guns = no shootings... no targets either !
Clicking on the map below gets you to visualise the
January the 1st is also "Public Domain Day"
Here is a world map showing the various copyrights :
But when a book (or any creative work) is in the "Public Domain"... what does it mean ?
Every year [...] due to the expiration of copyright protection terms on works produced by authors who died several decades earlier, thousands of works enter the public domain. This means that their content is no longer owned or controlled by anyone : it rather becomes a common treasure, available for anyone to freely use for any purpose. Such works can also become a building block for new creations : people can transform a poem into song lyrics, or make a movie based on a public domain novel : you can check your local cinemas to see how often that happens ! Literary works can be published or printed on paper, websites, for friends or school use. While you can print a fine leather-cover book, its content will remain available for free to everyone, since it is in the Public Domain. The same goes for images, art works and other kinds of creative works entering the public domain under the same term expiration rule.
Adapted from publicdomainday.org
Did you know this ?!
On January 1, 2011, their work entered the Public Domain :
F. Scott Fitgerald, Paul Klee, Leon Trotzky, Nathael West (etc...)
On January 1, 2010 :
Sigmund Freud, William Butler Yeats (etc...)
... the beginning of 2011 !
Happiness, wealth, health, strength, love, self-fulfilment... quite a long though unfinished list : may this new year help you get them all :o)
"New Year's Eve: a survival guide"
"It could be the biggest party of the year, a night to remember where you party till dawn. Or it could all go horribly wrong. Here are 20 tips to help you avoid a New Year's Eve to forget"...
in Tim Dowling's article ⇓ from 'The Guardian' :
The tips I like best in the article ;-)
[...] Don't drink too much... but be sure to drink enough !
Resist the temptation to take stock
It's OK if you don't go anywhere
Before you do anything madcap, irrepressible, devil-may-care or similar, check for CCTV [also see : CCTV]
Whatever you do, don't suddenly decide to go skating
Make no resolutions until tomorrow, or possibly the next day [...]
Whatever your own tips...