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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
21 novembre 2010 7 21 /11 /novembre /2010 19:54

... maybe both :o)

The film shows  HRH the Prince of Wales' new way of looking at our world. It was released on NBC  on Friday, November 19 at 10:00 PM.  The trailer (01'42")

And here is the   transcript of the trailer :


  Below, a teaser from the film ; it includes a few short parts from the previous trailer and it is much longer (04'05")

Also mind >>>  the guardian review : "Prince Charles is right to speak up on climate change, but some of his ideas are completely off the wall [...] Harmony is far from the smartest book on the environment. It disdains, on sentimental grounds, big cities and genetically modified crops, which the environmentalist Stewart Brand  argues are essential. It wouldn't get reviewed in national newspapers if it weren't for its author. You wonder what the point is, until you look at the bare-faced liars who get airtime on behalf of climate change denial, and then think that, maybe, there is value in someone famous stating the basics once again.[...]"
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21 novembre 2010 7 21 /11 /novembre /2010 09:58
"I can ride my bike with no handle bars..."


In this song, the singer enumerates things the character can do to show the different roles he plays in his life... and how he rises  -and falls...  Listen attentively to the song and make a list of the things the character "can" do. You may also note them down, and send me (1) your list so that... I can correct it :o)

Some of the clip pictures are quite striking. They are not gratuitous though, for these illustrations intend to make the viewers react !

(1) : Use the 'Contact' page (see "Contact, comments & rules"  -right part of your screen)

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20 novembre 2010 6 20 /11 /novembre /2010 22:37

A United States map illustrated with movies

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/44/Map_of_USA_in_ASL.pngClick on the illustration above

to  view a map of  the U.S.A. where  every  state is  matched  with  a movie : in "Dances with Wolves" (by/with Kevin Costner - 1990), the story takes place in South Dakota... And what about the other states ? Find out by clicking on each state : then you'll view a still from a movie that was shot in this state :o)

"Not everyone will agree [with our choices], but that’s OK

-after all, what’s more American than arguing over

national affairs ?"


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16 novembre 2010 2 16 /11 /novembre /2010 22:43

Facebook is one of the many social networks...

"Someone I  haven’t seen in decades just posted a snapshot of me


on Facebook : there I am at 16, dressed in an unfortunate cowl-neck sweater, my hair cut to resemble a Semitic cotton ball. William Faulkner, I suspect, would love it — Facebook, after all, is the best evidence yet of the undead past. Ever since I signed up a couple of months ago, I have felt thrust into a perpetual episode of “This Is Your Life” (complete with commercials). “Friends” from nursery school have resurfaced [...]  I have reconnected with the brother of a friend who was killed; rediscovered college chums and colleagues from my early days in New York. I am by turns amused, touched and horrified by these gentle breezes and icy blasts from the past.[...]"

The Way We Live Now - Growing up on Facebook

by Peggy Orenstein (March 10, 2009) -  from The New York Times (Magazine)

   the New York Times article  

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15 novembre 2010 1 15 /11 /novembre /2010 12:03

What are social media ?


They create social networks aiming at helping people connect and communicate. How do they work ? The video clip below explains it... in  plain English :


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13 novembre 2010 6 13 /11 /novembre /2010 23:27

"Fair game" : an ambiguous title

that plays on words : a "fair game" is either a game played according to the rules... or game (animals) that may lawfully be hunted. Watch the trailer and guess which one is dealt with in the film :

Action / thriller - directed by Doug Liman (released in 2010)

Lead actors : Sean Penn plays Joe Wilson, Naomi Watts plays Valerie Plame

Plot : Valerie Plame is a CIA agent under cover. Her husband -Joe WILSON-,a former US ambassador- wrote an op-ed in the NY Times -"What I did not find in Africa"  <<< explaining that Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass distruction so as to justify the invasion of Iraq... thus White House officials blew up Valerie's cover to reveal her status of CIA agent... and discredit her husband.

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12 novembre 2010 5 12 /11 /novembre /2010 21:41


... as helpful tools :o)

Otherwise... they'll just remain mere "powerpoints". By the way, telling about "a powerpoint" just suggests the brand should become the thing :

what d'ya think ?!!

For sure, slideshows themselves are no teaching skills but tools that complete them   -a thorough design makes the difference !

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6 novembre 2010 6 06 /11 /novembre /2010 12:51
  "Social media blues" 
is a parody created by Scott Rodger

As for its music (and the -non- graphics of the video !)... it's not that sophisticated, for sure ! But it's rather funny ;o)

Listen to the song, then  list all the internet  systems  and  social  media  you hear in the song : there are... 10 !  Do  you  use  any  of  them ? Which ones, and what for ?                                                              You will also hear computer or internet-related words : match the definitions below with the words they define (in the song) :

wireless fidelity system = ...................................... 

when you're connected, you're .... =.............................................. 

indicated as incorrect online = ............................................

a computer expert/enthusiast = .................................................

acronym indicating you're having fun = ............................................. 

recent web system = .............................................. 

modern sort of letter = ...............................................

someone   intelligent, but   obsessed   with   non-social   pursuits   (computer,...)  = .........................................

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5 novembre 2010 5 05 /11 /novembre /2010 00:17

Diwali falls on the 15th day of the dark fortnight...

In 2010, it means both Diwali and Bonfire Night fall the same day :

today :o)


Diwali falls in the auspicious Hindu month of Kartik (= October or November in the English calendar). Diwali day 2010 falls on the "amavasya", or the "no moon day". Diwali date comes 20 days after the popular festival of Dussehra (or Vijaya Dashmi).  .

On the third day, lots of small clay lamps (called diyas) and candles are lit and placed in houses. Fireworks are also sparked everywhere... hence the name of Diwali : the “Festival of Lights”.



The "pink city" of Jaipur (in Rajasthan) is one of the best places to celebrate Diwali. Each year there's a competition for the best decorated and most brilliantly lit up market. That dazzling display attracts visitors from all over India.



Have you watched the videos and read the article ?

Then you are ready for this short quiz :o)

1) Diwali is celebrated in...


(1) Photos by m4r00n3d / Rohit Matto  under license CC BY-NC-ND

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4 novembre 2010 4 04 /11 /novembre /2010 19:38

You've just heard of the beginning of the first verse of this British popular verse.

Below is its full version :

http://www.remember-remember.com/schools/fworks.gif"Remember, remember,

The fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot !

We see no reason why

Gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot !

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent

to blow up the King and Parli'ment.

Three-score barrels of powder below

To prove old England's overthrow ;

By God's providence [or mercy] he was catch'd

With a dark lantern and burning match.

Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, let the bells ring.

Hulloa boys, hulloa boys, God save the King !"

Here it is, in an excerpt from the film :

It presents the beginning of the popular verse too : but now it's the man with a mask -"V"- who recites the verse  and not Evey any more !

The film is partly a historical  allegory : which historical character does "V" correspond to ? What historical event is alluded to in this video ?


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