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Thursday, December 20, 2012

21 Dec 2012 - Fire and ice - doomsday - R Frost

Rober Frost
    




Some say the world will end in fire
Some say in ice.


Enjoy the comments on the poem here



Some say the world will end in fire,
 Some say in ice
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.




Saturday, December 15, 2012

ONE DIRECTION little things

1 D ans some conditionals

1# Before I talk to you I was talking to myself:
IF your hand fit in mine, I would like to believe it was made just for me 
       
IF I could join up the dots with the freckles on your cheeks, 

        it would all make sense to me.


2# Were all these three things true before and are true at present?
      the crinkles by yo'r eyes when you smile, 
      your stomach-or-y'r thighs 
      the dimples in yo'r back at the bottom of yo'r spine

IF i hadn't loved THEM endlessly,  
        I wouldnt be with you tonight.


3# is it a real condition or a hipothetical one?
ONLY IF you talked in sleep 
I would keep your nonsense words secret  


4#  is it true at present?
EVEN IF your weight wasn't going to be perfect to me in the years to come
you would still love to squeeze into yo'r jeans
 

 still love to squeeze into your jeans

5# Which is the condition in each case?  
Provided you had loved yourself half as much as i love you 
you probably would haven't treated yourself bad 

 
IF i let you know next week, i'm here for you
maybe you'll love yourself like i love you oh.


Supposing i allowed you to  know next month, i was here for you
maybe you'd love yourself like i love you oh.


Take my word for my love, in case you should doubt of i'm in love with you.

Ed Sheeran penned this little  song for his friends 1D
Some little things to tell your partner: 

he wish he couldn't  let some little things slip out of my mouth 
But if he does, the little things add up to their friendship.


You know i'm in love with these little things.
If I weren't going to 1 D concert tonight, I wouldn't  be very excited. 
But I am going to go to that concert tonight and that is why I am so excited.

If YOU were going to 1 D concert tonight, YOU would be very excited. 
But you am not going to go to that concert tonight and that is why YOU am not excited.



Your hand fits in mine like it's made just for me 
but bear this mind, it was meant to be 
and i'm joining up the dots with the freckles on your cheeks
and it all makes sense to me.

i know you've never lov'd the crinkles by yo'r eyes when you smile, 
you've never lov'd your stomach-or-y'r thighs 
the dimples in yo'r back at the bottom of yo'r spine 
But i'll love them endlessly. 

I won't let these little things slip out of my mouth 
But if i do, it's you, oh it's you, they add up to 
i'm in love with you and all these little things.

You can't go to bed without a cup of tea
maybe that's the reason that you talk in your sleep
and all those conversations are the secrets that i keep 
though it makes no sense to me. 

i know you've never lov'd the sound of your voice on tape 
you never want to know how much you weigh 
you still've to squeeze into yo'r jeans
but you're perfect to me 

i won't let this little things slips out of my mouth
But if it's true, it's you, it's you, they add up to
I'm in love with you and all these little things 

you never love yourself half as much as i love you 
you'll never treat yourself right darling but i want you to 
if i let you know, i'm here for you
maybe you'll love yourself like i love you oh.

i've just let these little things slip out of my mouth 
because it's you, oh it's you, it's you they add up to 
and i'm in love with you (all these little things) 
I won't let these little things slip out of my mouth 
but if it's true, it's you, it's you they add up to 
I'm in love with you, and all your little things.



Friday, December 14, 2012

Gue$$ what I need?


Have you seen this old joke of a university student writing a letter to his parents asking for some money?

Dear Mom and Dad,
Gue$$ what I need? Plea$e $end $ome $oon.
Be$t wi$he$,
Your $on

His parents later wrote back:

Dear Son,
Love,
Mom and Dad



Financial Joke No7!
Univer$ity life i$ $o wonderful! Cla$$e$ this $e$$ion are intere$ting, my cla$$mate$ are the be$t! But after $pending all my ca$h on Chri$tma$ pre$ent$, I am in a little need for $ome $pending money for book$ and $uch. But don't want to $end the wrong $ignal$ home.
  Love   Your $on 
After deliberating a while, this was the draft of their appropriate response: 
  Dear Son: 
NOt much to NOtice here on the NOrth side of town since you left for NOrthwestern. NObody doing NOthing Noble. Enjoyed having you home for Thanksgiving in NOvember and Christmas.
NOthing is the same since you left. Loved your NOte; write aNOther one when you have time. 
   Have to go NOw.    Mom & Dad
source: http://www.jokebuddha.com/Pending#ixzz2F5993Qyq

    Dear Dad 
Univer$ity life i$ really great and I’m beginning to enjoy it. Even though I’m making lot$ of new friend$, I $till find time to $tudy very hard. 
I already have $ome $tuff and I $imply can't think of anything el$e I need, $o if you like, you can ju$t $end me a $imple card a$ I would love to hear from you.  
Love,  
Your $on Moi$he

(#659)  and ArNOld's reply :)
    Dear Moishe I kNOw that astroNOmy, ecoNOmics, and oceaNOgraphy are probably NOt  eNOugh to keep even an hoNOurs student busy. But do NOt forget that the pursuit of kNOwledge is a NOble task and one can never study eNOugh. NOthing much is happening here. Please write aNOther letter soon. Bye for NOw.
Love your father,    ArNOld

Monday, December 10, 2012

bilingual facts help Speaking Spanish


REVOLUTIONARY METHOD TO SPEAK SPANISH

Are you planning to visit Mexico and don't speak any spanish? Don't worry! We have the solution.
With our method, even you can speak "Mexican" in just a few lessons.
Sceptic? Try this demo:
For example, if you say "PAIR DONE", Mexicans will understand: "PERDON" (Sorry).
 





      Try the next ones and get convinced of our revolutionary method:


Try the next ones and get convinced of our revolutionary method:

1) BOY AS N R= 
2) N L C JOHN= 
3) BE A HOPE AND SON = .................. = Fat Old man
4) THIS S POOR AS STUNT AIR E US = ..................  = You say only dumb things
5) S TOY TREE STONE = ..................  = I'm kinda sad
6) LOST TRAP EAT TOSS = ..................  = The little rags
7) A KEY EYE POOR AGREE JUG = ..................  GRILLA = There's only politics around here
8) DESK CAN SAW = ..................  = (You) rest
9) AS SAY TOON AS = ..................  = Olives
10) CELL EYE JUG, ONE A WHAT TOE = ..................  (a City in central Mexico)
11) BE A HAS R WHEN THERE US = .................. ARGUENDERAS = Arguing Bitches
12) COME AT A LOSS UGH WACK CAT TESS = .................. = Eat the avocadoes
13) THE HEAD THE STAR MALL LESS STAN DOE = ..................  = Stop bugging me
14) KIT AT TELL LOSS WAR AT CHESS = QUITATE LOS HUARACHES = take off your sandals
15) BALL ADD THE PAY JAZZ SAD US = .................. = Silly stuff
16) TABOO N O = 'TA BUENO = It's ok
17) A KEY'S TATOO ONE C'MON EIGHT = ..................  JUAN CAMANEY = Here's your Latin Lover
18) PASS A LASS SHELL ASS = ..................  CHELAS = Pass the beer
19) S TOY SO LAP ASS = ..................  SOLAPAS = I'm all alone
20) PASS A LASS ALL SAW = ..................  = Pass the sauce
21) COME S LOSS TACK EAT TOSS = ..................  = You eat the little tacos
22) EYE HALL IS CONE O TEAR A HESS! = ..................  = Famous Mexican saying
23) L GATT E TOW = .................. 
24) A PEST ASS ALL COLE = .................. 
25) TEN GO SAP AT TOSS EAT TALL E AN OZ = .................. = I have italian shoes
26) BE GOAT TESS THE RAN CHAIR O = BIGOTES DE RANCHERO = Red neck moustaches
27) TEAR EGG ALL O LASS CAN E KEY TAZ =  ...... LAS CANIQUITAS 
28) S TAZ B N GORE DOUGH = 
29) TELL O PRO MET O = 
30) DOES TACK EAT TOSS E FREE HALL S = ........... Y FRIJOLES 
31) L WHO GO RAN C O = .............. = The rotten juice
32) MASS CAR EAT A SAW GRAD AH = ............ = Name for famous wrestler in Mexico
33) MOM A SIT AT = MAMACITA = Beautiful girl
34) THIN GO HAM BREAD = 
35) APE A CHURCH OU = APACHURRO = I'll love to touch you
36) CORAL SUN = 

Siurce: here


1) BOY AS N R= VOY A CENAR = I'm gonna have dinner
2) N L C JOHN= EN EL SILLON = On the armchair
3) BE A HOPE AND SON = VIEJO PANZON = Fat Old man
4) THIS S POOR AS STUNT AIR E US = DICES PURAS TONTERIAS = You say only dumb things
5) S TOY TREE STONE = ESTOY TRISTON = I'm kinda sad
6) LOST TRAP EAT TOSS = LOS TRAPITOS = The little rags
7) A KEY EYE POOR AGREE JUG = AQUI HAY PURA GRILLA = There's only politics around here
8) DESK CAN SAW = DESCANSA = (You) rest
9) AS SAY TOON AS = ACEITUNAS = Olives
10) CELL EYE JUG, ONE A WHAT TOE = CELAYA GUANAJUATO = Celaya, Guanajuato (a City in central Mexico)
11) BE A HAS R WHEN THERE US = VIEJAS ARGUENDERAS = Arguing Bitches
12) COME AT A LOSS UGH WACK CAT TESS = COMETE LOS AGUACATES = Eat the avocadoes
13) THE HEAD THE STAR MALL LESS STAN DOE = DEJE DE ESTAR MOLESTANDO = Stop bugging me
14) KIT AT TELL LOSS WAR AT CHESS = QUITATE LOS HUARACHES = take off your sandals
15) BALL ADD THE PAY JAZZ SAD US = BOLA DE PAYASADAS = Silly stuff
16) TABOO N O = 'TA BUENO = It's ok
17) A KEY'S TATOO ONE C'MON EIGHT = AQUI 'STA TU JUAN CAMANEY = Here's your Latin Lover
18) PASS A LASS SHELL ASS = PASA LAS CHELAS = Pass the beer
19) S TOY SO LAP ASS = ESTOY SOLAPAS = I'm all alone
20) PASS A LASS ALL SAW = PASA LA SALSA = Pass the sauce
21) COME S LOSS TACK EAT TOSS = COMES LOS TAQUITOS = You eat the little tacos
22) EYE HALL IS CONE O TEAR A HESS! = AY JALISCO NO TE RAJES! = Famous Mexican saying
23) L GATT E TOW = EL GATITO = The kitten
24) A PEST ASS ALL COLE = APESTAS A ALCOHOL = You stink like alcohol
25) TEN GO SAP AT TOSS EAT TALL E AN OZ = TENGO ZAPATOS ITALIANOS = I have italian shoes
26) BE GOAT TESS THE RAN CHAIR O = BIGOTES DE RANCHERO = Red neck moustaches
27) TEAR EGG ALL O LASS CAN E KEY TAZ = TE REGALO LAS CANIQUITAS = I give you the little marbles
28) S TAZ B N GORE DOUGH = ESTAS BIEN GORDO = You are very fat
29) TELL O PRO MET O = TE LO PROMETO = I promise you
30) DOES TACK EAT TOSS E FREE HALL S = DOS TAQUITOS Y FRIJOLES = Two little tacos and beans
31) L WHO GO RAN C O = EL JUGO RANCIO = The rotten juice
32) MASS CAR EAT A SAW GRAD AH = MASCARITA SAGRADA = Name for famous wrestler in Mexico
33) MOM A SIT AT = MAMACITA = Beautiful girl
34) THIN GO HAM BREAD = TENGO HAMBRE = I'm hungry
35) APE A CHURCH OU = APACHURRO = I'll love to touch you
36) CORAL SUN = CORAZON = Honey
36) VAN US AMONG R LABOUR CHAT = VAMOS A MOJAR LA BROCHA 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Meet the beefeaters with Isha Datar



The limits of my mind are the limits of my world.  
                 Wittgenstein

                                    Meat the future

Meat the future is a project that intends to inform people about todays unsustainable and inhumane meat industry. But also give hope for a change as there is a solution in sight, called In Vitro meat.






Meat produced in vitro has been proposed as a humane, safe and environmentally beneficial alternative to slaughtered animal flesh as a source of nutritional muscle tissue. The basic methodology of an in vitro meat production system (IMPS) involves culturing muscle tissue in a liquid medium on a large scale.
Industrial relevance: The development of an alternative meat production system is driven by the growing demand for meat and the shrinking resources available to produce it by current methods.


Isha Datar is the author of “Possibilities for an in vitro meat production system”, Canada’s only scientific investigation into cultured meat. Isha’s work has contributed to the development of Canada’s first in vitro meat lab at the University of Alberta, and has been featured in several articles in Canada and abroad. Her advocacy for the responsible use of science to contribute to food security has led to multiple speaking engagements on in vitro meat and agrobiotechnology patent reform.




“Democratizing Agribiotechnology” @ Pecha Kucha Edmonton 8 – slideshow

Here are the slides for PKN8 Edmonton for those who are interested.

The future for mushrooms in a log at home... .here!

For a fairytale of blossoming spaguetti trees int he idyllic Swiss valleys:




HOW TO to learn gradable/extreme adjectives

Students tend to have some dreadfully common habits. Oral study time is neglected. Recording to their own voices is not their cup of tea. Repeating some transcripts is out of the question. Study a language means study it as my father studied Latin in a silent way, a Dead language, right? Who spoke it?
Modern English was a "dead" language in the last century, with a generation of students who never spoke much the language in a personal way; a "very dead*" language, wasn't it?  

A: Can you tell us the best way of making lists to learn Gradable / extreme adjectives?
B: Well, If I follow some sheer cold logic ...
A: I don't mind.
B: It's pretty ridiculous when you think about it. You know I mean? it's a fairly impossible job.
A: You mean if I learn lists, these lists are to be far less useful than the practical usage of the square roots in arithmetics?
B: how many times have you used square roots in your practical life?
A: None. 
B: Yeah, a comprehensive nonsense. I gues it is well wrth to find them in the texts you listen to.
A: But I always study English but do not watch English series or listen to audio books.
B: Thus, It must be well worth a try!
A: Are you quite certain**?
B: It has to do with the least helpful sense of all: your common sense. 
A; More than surprised I am astonished.
B: Well, a thoroughly enjoyable conversation indeed. 

The meaning of the adverb "very dead*" language is not correct! But some speakers say it nevertheless
** "quite" changes according to the type of adjective we use it with:
Quite bad (a bit more than fairly); Quite certain (= absolutely)

Try this QUIZZ.
Tip: Don't try to learn lists of gradable and non-gradable adjectives! It's better to understand what makes an adjective gradable or non-gradable. This is a matter of logic and common sense. Most native-speakers have never heard of gradable and non-gradable adjectives. They just "feel" that it doesn't make sense to say "fairly excellent" or "very unique". You probably have the same idea in your language.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hans Rosling and data visualization



Hans Rosling: The Jedi Master of data visualization 

 

Dr. Hans Rosling is one of my presentation heroes; he's been featured or mentioned in all my books and several times on presentationzen.com over the years. If there is a Jedi Master of presenting data clearly, visually, and simply, then it is Hans. He proves time and time again, that data are not dull—and when you are trying to change the world, there is no excuse for boring presentations. Most people are aware of Dr. Rosling through his popular TED Talks, but just in case you've never seen him present, below is a nice 5-minute piece he did on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS.

US in a converging world: Hans Rosling on CNN
This segment is from March, 2011. Go here to see loads of videos on gapminder.org.





Rosling's World  at ted talks.
 At TED.com you'll find many video presentations and articles on Hans Rosling.

Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when

Saturday, November 17, 2012

china eco-cities

changing landscapes

Shao Weimin, vice-mayor of Wuhan, delivers a speech to the 2012 Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on Nov 15, 2012

The city is among the first batch of cities in China to pilot the smart city program, it is also the first city in the world to hold an open tender to global companies for intelligent city designs.
Forrester, a research and advisory firm, defines smart city as "the use of smart computing technologies to make the critical infrastructure components and services of a city—which include city administration, education, healthcare, public safety, real estate, transportation, and utilities—more intelligent, interconnected, and efficient."



Guess what it is?
"Design something that makes oxygen, sequesters carbon, fixes nitrogen, distills water, accrues solar energy as fuel, makes complex sugars and food, creates microclimates, changes colors with the seasons, and self-replicates."
Like it or not, China has become a workshop for the world, a laboratory for new technology and global talent seeking to realize their futuristic visions. 




http://www.chinauscenter.org/ 
William McDonough.
I will finish by showing you a new city we're designing for the Chinese government. We're doing 12 cities for China right now, based on cradle to cradle as templates. Our assignment is to develop protocols for the housing for 400 million people in 12 years. We did a mass energy balance -- if they use brick, they will lose all their soil and burn all their coal. They'll have cities with no energy and no food. 


August 14, 2011 - CNN's Nadia Bilchik discusses a totally sustainable city being built in China.








Homes and hotels in china


For the LAst Century, see America by R. Crumb.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

the best is yet to come - Plusquamperfect future


The only thing constant in this world is change.  

 ‘Change Quotes’ Archive 




1957 Vision of the Year 2000










  • What are your initial reactions to what you saw in the presentation?
  • How are these changes manifesting themselves in your personal lives? professional lives?
  • What skills do we need to survive and thrive in this new era?
  • What implications does this have for our current way of doing things?
  • Do we need to change? If so, how?
  • How do we get from here to there?
  • What challenges must we overcome as we move forward?
  • What supports will we need as we move forward?
  • What kind of training will we need to move forward?
  • What kind of commitments will we need to make (with each other,  and our community) to move forward?
  • Who's scared? Why?





this is an advertisement for Intel at Vimeo, but I like the message. Things are a changin’ and they are changin’ quick. If we don’t jump on the bus it is going to leave us and our students behind!



Monday, November 12, 2012

Changing times- Can You Spare A Dime?

If you want things to stay as they are,
things will have to change.
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa 


TASK


the speaker is speaking in behalf of ………

How does he feel?

Why do they have to stand in line for a handout of bread?

Explain: followed the mob:







They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob,
When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead,
Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?

Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.
Once I built a railroad; now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime;
Once I built a tower, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!

Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Why don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?

Once in khaki suits, gee we looked swell,
Full of that Yankee Doodly Dum,
Half a million boots went slogging through Hell,
And I was the kid with the drum!

Say, don't you remember, they called me Al; it was Al all the time.
Say, don't you remember, I'm your pal? Buddy, can you spare a dime?


Variations:

Once we had a ……  A …….
Praise the Lord!
Life had meaning and hope.
Now we're stuck with   ….. B…, 

                      ….. C…, ….. D…,
Brother, can you spare a rope?


Martinez' Blog


For a recent article: visit The NYTimes 

Some cultural-language comments.




=====  KEY========
the speaker is speaking in behalf of ………
for the impoverished and unemployed people in the country
How does he feel?
The speaker feels betrayed, powerless, and duped by a country that used him, and he can't believe it.

Why do they have to stand in line for a handout of bread?
Depression times.
Explain: followed the mob:
'followed the mob' trying to live out what they had been told was the American way. When the country needed farmers, laborers, any sort of work to be done, and especially when they were called to war, the people saw it as their duty