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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
19 janvier 2011 3 19 /01 /janvier /2011 21:55



"The Story of Electronics [...] employs the Story of Stuff style to explore the high-tech revolution's collateral damage—25 million tons of e-waste and counting, poisoned workers and a public left holding the bill."

"Host Annie Leonard takes viewers from the mines and factories where our gadgets begin to the horrific backyard recycling shops in China where many end up. The film concludes with a call for a green 'race to the top' where designers compete to make long-lasting, toxic-free products that are fully and easily recyclable.
Their production partner on the electronics film is the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, which promotes green design and responsible recycling in the electronics industry."

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19 janvier 2011 3 19 /01 /janvier /2011 20:49

This vocabulary sheet recaps words & phrases

related to apartheid / segregation / racism

Click on the map below




to get the vocabulary sheet.

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15 janvier 2011 6 15 /01 /janvier /2011 22:49

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

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15 janvier 2011 6 15 /01 /janvier /2011 21:51


English Second Language teaching jargon

includes a great deal of acronyms

  This page...  

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Toys/thumb_abc_blocks.png...displays most of the common ones... hope it will be of some use :o)

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14 janvier 2011 5 14 /01 /janvier /2011 17:39

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

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12 janvier 2011 3 12 /01 /janvier /2011 17:06

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 :

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Computers/thumb_open_folder_purple.pngby Amanda Lenhart, Senior Research Specialist
(September 02, 2010)


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9 janvier 2011 7 09 /01 /janvier /2011 23:31

"America by numbers"

is an infographic that illustrates the Americans' changes

[click on the illustration to get the full-size picture]

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/packages/images/newsgraphics/2011/0107-census/0108-nat-webCENSUS.pngCan 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 :

"U.S. Portrait,  in numbers"  http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Household_Items/thumb_newspaper.png

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8 janvier 2011 6 08 /01 /janvier /2011 23:50

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 :

http://www.clker.com/cliparts/y/F/2/g/b/G/tv-camera-icon-th.pngThe tragedy reminds us gun laws (thus, gun violence) are still a burning issue in the U.S.A.

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 firearms murders rate (by state, per 100,000 population) :


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2 janvier 2011 7 02 /01 /janvier /2011 21:16

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...)



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1 janvier 2011 6 01 /01 /janvier /2011 00:06

... 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)

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