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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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4 novembre 2010 4 04 /11 /novembre /2010 19:33

Bonfire Night


All over the United Kingdom, Bonfire Night celebrates the anniversary of the Gunpowder plot and therefore reminds the story of Guy Fawkes... it's tomorrow, November 5th !

But let me tell you about the graphic novel created by Alan Moore and David Lloyd : "V for Vendetta" consisted of a series of comics, issued from 1989 to 1990. It told a story whose hero got inspired by Guy Fawkes.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/archive/6/63/20070815183651!Wikipedia-logo.pngThe novel was adapted into a film (same title) :

click on the logo to read Wikipedia's article on the film.


Below, Evey's words are a kind of leitmotiv in the film : click on the first line to view a short video taken from the beginning of the film :

Remember, remember

The fifth of November

Gunpowder, treason and plot !

We see no reason why

Gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot !

Guy Fawkes wanted to blow up the Houses of Parliament to kill King James.

Learn some more here


Bonfire photo by Fir0002, licensed under CC BY-SA

Parliament photo by mookiefl, licensed under CC BY-NC

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3 novembre 2010 3 03 /11 /novembre /2010 12:36

From the BBCNEWS

2010midterm-election-results-graph.jpgLast updated at 11:45 am

November 3, 2010

Maps from the Associated Press

in the BBCnew article  >>>   "2010 General Election Returns"

[U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Governors, ballot initiative]

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2 novembre 2010 2 02 /11 /novembre /2010 21:52

Midterm elections <<<

  Understand & learn with a few illustrations !


Here you can see the reactions of these regions inhabitants

http://dailyinfographic.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/yahoo-ask-america-large.jpgto a few questions on the election issues :

- The consequences of a reorganization of the White House  staff on Obama's policy.

- Are Charlie Crist's motivations sincere... or is he an opportunist ?

- Has the notion of "American Dream" been knocked out by the Great Recession in a globalising world ?

- Can new Wall Street regulations  prevent another financial failure ?




This infographic   shows the Americans' reactions nationwide to questions on seven major issues (more than 1.6 million answered the  survey.) :

Culture media / Economy / Energy environment / Immigration / National Security / State of the Union / Justice -courts.


The midterm elections give the American voters the opportunity to have their say on both the Senate and the House trends.


This infographic gets you to visualise what is  at stake : the first two graphs show the Democrats (their symbol is a donkey, but it's not on their new official logo) and the Republicans (their symbol is an elephant)  seats at the Senate. Some are leaning seats : seats leaning towards one of the 2 parties (= seats favouring one of the 2 parties).   [still in progress]

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30 octobre 2010 6 30 /10 /octobre /2010 23:14

Another haunted house... 

and yet this one is quite different : it will show you a website

http://www.pdclipart.org/albums/Holiday_and_Celebration__Halloween/thumb_Halloween_haunted_house_1.pngthat "compiles a big collection of Halloween advertisements from the past 60 years or so." Most of he products brands are American... but I'm sure you know many of them !

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