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MUSIC's also a way...

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16 août 2009 7 16 /08 /août /2009 18:15


R.E.M.
"Final straw"

"The last straw... that broke the camel's back" means
enough is enough, and you can't bear any more weight.
Can you find the French equivalent phrase ?


 

                                                                                          
Lyrics

As I raise my head to broadcast my objection
As your latest triumph draws the final straw
Who died and lifted you up to perfection?
And what silenced me is written into law.

I can't believe where circumstance has thrown me
And I turn my head away
If I look I'm not sure that I could face you.
Not again. not today. not today.

If hatred makes a play on me tomorrow
And forgiveness takes a back seat to revenge
There's a hurt down deep that has not been corrected.
There's a voice in me that says you will not win.

And if I ignore the voice inside,
Raise a half glass to my home.
But it's there that I am most afraid,
And forgetting doesn't hold. it doesn't hold.

Now I don't believe and I never did
That two wrongs make a right.
If the world were filled with the likes of you
Then I'm putting up a fight. I'm putting up a fight.
Putting up a fight. make it right. make it right.

Now love cannot be called into question.
Forgiveness is the only hope I hold.
And love- love will be my strongest weapon.
I do believe that I am not alone.

For this fear will not destroy me.
And the tears that have been shed
It's knowing now where I am weakest
And the voice in my head. in my head.

Then I raise my voice up higher
And I look you in the eye
And I offer love with one condition.
With conviction, tell me why.
Tell me why.
Tell me why.
Look me in the eye.
Tell me why.
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The original version of the song was made available
 as a free download on the American band's website on March 25, 2003,
as the American government had just started invading
Irak.

More information on the group here :
> > >  R.E.M. on Wikipedia 

                                                                                               By the way... the French equivalent is
                                                                              "C'est la goutte d'eau qui fait déborder le vase" :o)


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14 août 2009 5 14 /08 /août /2009 20:30


"THE MEATRIX" I

This cartoon should remind you of a 1999 sci-film : "The Matrix", dealing with a future world that was completely under control,
where everyone and everything was fake. Leo (played by Keanu Reeves) was THE one hero who would save the world...


"The Meatrix" parodies this film : the cartoon was designed to alert people
about food industrial production (especially meat), sustainability, ...




Here is the full transcript of the cartoon :
"THE MEATRIX I" : TRANSCRIPT



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13 août 2009 4 13 /08 /août /2009 16:02

This 2'23'' animation (released in September 2008)
was presented by the Vancouver Film School

Look at Jervis : he is having a snack while walking...
and all of a sudden, a strange cube changes his life forever !

Has Jervis been too curious ?
Some French might conclude  "la curiosité est un vilain défaut"... can you find an English equivalent to this saying ?
See the answer >>>  HERE     -   The illustration below is a clue  !
 

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in cinemas (or making the musical available  for the public to buy).
Sayings vary from one country/culture to another : when it heavily rains,
the British say "It's raining cats and dogs", whereas the French say "Il pleut des cordes".
 
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7 août 2009 5 07 /08 /août /2009 18:20


... shows a weird thing flying by,

                 behind the anchorman !    <<<


Was it an UFO ?!

Although the anchorman sounds slightly ironical,

he asks for possible witnesses to give further information.

By the way, do you know what the acronym "U.F.O." exactly means ? 

Remember you can find the answer thanks to ACRONYMFINDER :

it's   HERE   < < <

                                       

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5 août 2009 3 05 /08 /août /2009 23:52
The man must be an art connoisseur...
A "pouring and dripping" paint work by Jackson Pollock appeared on this blog yesterday...
today it looks as if a new one had appeared !
And yet,   peer at   the illustration closely : can't you see the signature ??

"The Connoisseur"
Cover for 'The Saturday Evening Post' (January 13, 1962)
Norman Rockwell's signature is next to the man's umbrella.
We see the back of a man who is contemplating the (fake) Pollock canvas : the man must be an art connoisseur visiting a museum.
> > >    NORMAN ROCKWELL  was an American 20th century painter and illustrator.
He created everyday life scenarios for the covers of 'The Saturday Evening Post'. Like all the covers Rockwell made for the Post, the illustration is very realistic : it nearly looks like a photograph. 

A collection of Rockwell's illustrations... enjoy !  
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5 août 2009 3 05 /08 /août /2009 21:53
Have you ever seen one of Pollock's paintings ?

> > >    JACKSON POLLOCK  was an American influential artist.
His technique of pouring and dripping paint is thought to be one of the origins
of the phrase "action painting".


Beware : this...
... is only a pathetic attempt to imitate him ;o)


Here is one of Jackson Pollock's genuine paintings :
                                                                               (1)
 > > > And now...  WHY DON'T YOU TRY TO PAINT THE POLLOCK STYLE  ? ;o) 
  Each time you click your mouse, the colour of your paint changes !
                                                                    (1) :  Photo mise à disposition par Adam Fagen sous licence BY-NC-SA


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4 août 2009 2 04 /08 /août /2009 22:37
... also Spaces & Exchanges
Reporters Without Borders
Press Freedom : rankings map (2008)






Every year, RWB establishes a ranking of countries as for their freedom of the press.
The Worldwide press freedom index list is based on surveys sent to journalists that are members of partner organisations of RWB, as well as related specialists such as researchers, jurists and human rights activists.
These surveys ask questions about direct attacks on journalists and the media, or  other indirect sources of pressure on the free press (e.g. pressure on journalists by non-governmental groups).
RWB
points out that the index deals with press freedom and not with the quality of journalism.



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30 juillet 2009 4 30 /07 /juillet /2009 16:36


                                                   Today, July is nearly over
                                     Let's travel back into time : the year is...


           1965 : President Lyndon Johnson  signed Medicare and Medicaid into law
In December 1945, Truman had been the first president to propose national health insurance : at the time, the initiative was opposed by Congress.
 
- Medicare is a health insurance program for elderly Americans :  the Medicare program provides hospital and medical insurance for Americans age 65 or older.  It is entirely
funded by the federal government and  partly paid for through payroll taxes. The Medicare Modernization Act (MMA), was signed in December 2003.
- Medicaid is a state and federally funded program offering health coverage to  certain low-income people.      
(1)

HCFA (= the Health Care Financing Administration, created in 1977), later renamed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Its headquarters are in Baltimore (Maryland).     
                                                                                          (1) : Public Domain illustration by Arturo PORTILLA
                                       
           1932  : The United Artists Studio released Walt Disney's first cartoon

Some may find it a little  namby-pamby.< < <

Yet,  bear in mind we are now living in the 21tst century. while the cartoon was created before the WWI !

Anyway, I enjoy the second part most (when the forest is on fire) : the dancing flames for instance, or the birds stooping through the clouds as if they were bombs... Besides, don't you think the trees are expertly personified all along the cartoon ?

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29 juillet 2009 3 29 /07 /juillet /2009 22:09


                                                    (1)            
                                                                      Sometimes...
                    we really don't know how to pronounce an unknown English word !


 > > > 
"PRONOUNCE" is an interesting "add-on" (= a tool you can add onto Firefox)
which gets you to hear the word pronunciation :

> select the unknown word
> right-click
> click 'Pronounce'...  

                         ... thanks to Firefox (and services on the Merriam-Webster site),
                                                      now you can hear it  :o)
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                                                                              (1) Illustration
kindly shared by Assbach under a CC BY-NC-SA License :
                                                          http://www.flickr.com/photos/assbach/249609877/in/set-72157594263012347/

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28 juillet 2009 2 28 /07 /juillet /2009 18:27


A baby's staring at us...


... while the voice of a black man starts listing the various situations
when his skin does not change colour.




Sometimes publicity targeting have no commercial goal...
And it happens to show smart adverts like this one :
it was part of an anti-racism campaign in the football field.



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