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MUSIC's also a way...

   ... to the 'Anglosphere' :o)
31 juillet 2010 6 31 /07 /juillet /2010 16:14

"America, are you happy ? The emotional words contained in hundreds of millions of messages posted to the Twitter website may hold the answer.

Computer scientist Alan Mislove at Northeastern University in Boston and colleagues have found that these "tweets" suggest that the west coast is happier than the east coast, and across the country happiness peaks each Sunday morning, with a trough on Thursday evenings. The team calls their work the "pulse of the nation".[...]"  Excerpted from "Twitter mood maps reveal emotional states of America" :

http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn19200/dn19200-2_300.jpgThe article ^^^

by Celeste Biever, in  'The New Scientist' (July 21, 2010)


"Pulse of the nation" - a map :

US mood throughout the day inferred from Twitter


green = happiness  |  red = unhappiness

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30 juillet 2010 5 30 /07 /juillet /2010 19:55

In "Oil Spill : Lake Michigan Photos"

I told you about Jane Fulton's photos : they had us imagine an oil spill in Michigan too. Hers looks like premonitory work today :



Here is the transcript of the 36-second video from NBC news :


     "And with the current sensitivity about oil, a  spill in Michigan is getting a lot of attention : a  leaking pipeline that sent oil into a creek, that fills the Kalamazoo River.

And while booms have been deployed, an estimated 848,000 gallons of oil has already escaped here.

      Trails of oil sheen could be seen all the way down river far from the  bulk of the spill : it's coming from a 30-inch  pipe  that  runs  from Indiana to Ontario, owned by a  Canadian  company  -Enbridge-  who  carries  8,000,000 gallons a day. Officials say they don't know what caused that pipe to start leaking yesterday..."

http://media.mlive.com/kzgazette_impact/photo/oil-spill-kalamazoo-river-map-graphic-0647095ad2da79fc.jpgThe map ^^^ above

shows the oil course down the river


Feel free to send a comment with corrections of the transcript, if any :o)

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30 juillet 2010 5 30 /07 /juillet /2010 10:19


Much less entertaining topics


in  "Shaking the Foundations of Tabloid Journalism",

a subtle though harsh press review

by Ryan Gallagher (July 9, 2010).




where the journalist shows how today's tabloidsconcerns build up a threatening atmosphere, is part of the website :
opendemocracy-logo.jpg^^^  the website 

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29 juillet 2010 4 29 /07 /juillet /2010 12:09

'Captured : America in Color from 1939-1943'

"These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations...


Click on the folding flag (1) ^^^ to view the photos

... The photographs are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory : America in Color."



(1) Flag animated picture from the Public Domain 

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28 juillet 2010 3 28 /07 /juillet /2010 10:31

"Was apartheid only white rule [?] :

Bantustans, collaborators and traditional leaders"

This article underlines that not only was apartheid ruled  by white people, but black and coloured people also played their role...

   "The National House of Traditional Leaders is demanding that that the Constitution be amended in rural areas to do away with elected local government and give the amakhosi the power to govern. Under the guise of “tradition and culture”, they wish to re-establish old bantustans.[...]

   Apartheid was a complex system that benefited not only a White minority, it had a range of African, Coloured and Indian beneficiaries as well. The late colonial and apartheid state in South Africa was always White dominated but supported ‘tribal’ leaders in the homelands or bantustans and a minority of Coloured and Indian collaborators.

   Apartheid would never have lasted a day without its collaborators located mainly in the rural parts of our country. There were exceptions among 20th century traditional leaders but they were small in number and persecuted by the apartheid state.

   Today, most of our university students would struggle to name even five homeland leaders [...].

The power of homeland leaders over people was not fake. Unless you voted for their one-party “regimes”, kissed their hands, gave them money — your access to land, education, health and other social services were restricted. Most damning is the power they exerted over women, girls and young men.    African women in most rural areas never became adults with full legal personalities. The system of chiefs, homeland “self-rule” and “independence” was also a part of the violence against our people. Inkatha chiefs killed thousands of ANC supporters who then had to defend themselves. All Bantustan jails were filled with activists while their police shot and beat people indiscriminately during protests.

   Our current version of history and struggle is a romantic myth with “bad Whites” and “good Blacks led by the ANC”. We forget that there were many African, Coloured and Indian collaborators who used minority rule to exploit our people. Most of them flooded into the ANC after 1990.

Religion, tradition and culture are an important part of South Africa’s diverse people. Democracy means developing forces into a progressive tradition that respects human rights. A struggle is emerging over democracy and the Constitution in South Africa. This struggle centers around the ideas of freedom, equality, social justice and the right to elect our representatives. If conservative Chiefs and other traditional leaders, Priests, Imams and Rabbis together with their business counter-parts have their way, minority rule will be manifested in different forms. The domination of women, girls, young men, workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex people will become a part of our daily lives.

   It is vital that we read our history and that we understand that the struggle for democracy and social justice is never won — it is a permanent struggle. Now is the time to re-examine the role of “traditional” leaders and collaborators under apartheid. They did not go away, they entered the ANC to continue plundering the state as they plundered the Bantustans and the stooge Coloured and Indian Parliaments.

   We have to ensure that tradition, religion and culture is respected and developed, to promote human dignity, equality and freedom, not our subjection."

by Zackie Achmat

(c) Centre for Law and Social Justice and licensed
under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 South Africa License

The complete article is on the

WRITING RIGHTS - Centre for Law and Social Justice website.


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26 juillet 2010 1 26 /07 /juillet /2010 22:55

Now that you've read about digital communications from the British Royal Family... test yourself ! 

The Royal Monarchy & ICT
1) Queen Elizabeth sent her first e-mail when she  was...
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26 juillet 2010 1 26 /07 /juillet /2010 09:15

Queen Elizabeth II is said to have sent

her first e-mail in... 1976 !

Though the Queen is now 84 she is keen on modern information & communication technology and on top of the  official website of the British Monarchy you can see the  RAF Marham Gallery of photos /  the  Twitter British Monarchy  account / the   latest Royal Images  / the latest Summer Opening / the British Monarchy Flickr gallery.  


  The Royal Monarchy's more & more digital  :) 


1997 :

The Royal site starts.

December 23, 2007 :

The Queen launches her own channel on the video-sharing

website YouTube : youtube.com/theroyalchannel.

This launch marks the 50th anniversary of her first

televised festive address in 1957.

February 2009 :

The Royal.gov.uk website was completed

with more video and background material

on the website.


July 10, 2009 :

The Twitter account @BritishMonarchy has just gone

live, following several weeks of testing. ''The intention

is that it is a news service rather than her

personal voice'', a spokeswoman explains.

July 25, 2010 :

Buckingham Palace launches

Flickr photo account...

Commenting will be deactivated for all of the pictures on the account, the Associated Press (AFP) says.


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23 juillet 2010 5 23 /07 /juillet /2010 20:04

In the article   "English VOCABULARY : practise with pictures & fun"  I told you about a website that helps you improve your lexis... and maybe you've already started practising !


Here are a few explanations about 'Match up 1' and 'Match up 2' instructions, because... there aren't any clear instructions, actually  


Match up 1

You can see a list of words ; next to these words is the logo of a computer speaker... a bit like this one (but smaller !!) :


At the bottom of the page, you can see a series of speaker logos : if you click on one of these logos, you will hear one of the words (in the list).

Then, you can match it with the corresponding word : drag and drop the speaker logo of the pronounced word... onto the speaker logo of the corresponding word -in the list.

When you've finished, you just need to click on 'complete' to check your results.


Match up 2

Here is a series of illustrations, with a blank  beneath them ; at the bottom of the page, you have the series of words corresponding to the illustrations.

You just need to complete the blanks by slipping the words into the blankds : drag and drop them beneath the pictures !

As usual, conclude the exercise by clicking on 'complete' to check your answers...


I hope I've been plain enough : don't bother to send  a comment if you need extra-help (in case it should work properly, I'd be glad to get your comments too )


a series / many series : the word "series" always bear an 's'

drag and drop = glisser-déposer (un élément, d'un endroit de l'écran à l'autre)

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23 juillet 2010 5 23 /07 /juillet /2010 17:02

"35mm" is a shortfilm about cinema itself


The authors chose 35 of their favourite films and tried to simplifly them as far as possible. This 2-minute journey through the history of films gathers them all

by  Pascal Monaco 

Watch the animated film attentively... and try to find them all !

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22 juillet 2010 4 22 /07 /juillet /2010 18:47

Edward Hopper is mostly known for his oil paintings... but he also did a great job with watercolours  (like  "The Mansard Roof", 1923, his first  break ) and etching (like his "East Side", 1922 )

>>> Wikipedia article

thumb_palette_4.pngon Edward Hopper


This clip shows a great deal of his paintings -Benny Goodman's jazz plays  :

I do like the way the artist shows scenes suggesting ordinary lives and places... his painting shadows and light.

An exhibition on Edward Hopper(1) currently takes place in Switzerland (Lausanne) until October 17  :  I'll surely tell you more about the American painter and his artwork ;-)   


(1) Thanks indeed to Ms M. Milesi, an onlist colleague, for reminding me of the event !

watercolour(s) (acquarelle, peinture à l'acquarelle) | etching (gravure à l'eau-forte, eau-forte)

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