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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

the newsonomics of GAFA and the world of monetising your net info


  [mon-i-tahyz, muhn-] 
                  verb (used with object), mon·e·tized, mon·e·tiz·ing.

to legalize as money.
to coin into money: to monetize gold.
to give the character of money to.

the newsonomics of GAFA’s dominating impacts on news companies — all news companies, whether print- or pixel-defined
they are clearly the most ascendant and are, in their categories, world-leading dominators. 
They compete fiercely with one another, but they also team up where it makes sense: Google recently agreed to pay Apple about $1 billion annually to become the default search service on its products, for instance.

the KEY to lifelong learning in the GAFA century

We lament the dearth of good teachers. But that problem would probably recede because the best will naturally rise to the top as subject matter experts (SME) who’d develop the best YouTube educational videos and/or lectures/podcasts in iTunes University.   
All students will be the beneficiary of the best designed and most pedagogically effective YouTube educational videos and iTunes U lectures/podcasts–and you don’t have to count the benefits on your fingers to realize that this educational alternative beats the high cost of going to sit and participate in a school classroom.  
Not only that, one could replay a YouTube video or listen to an iTunes U lecture/podcast any number of times until one absorbs the underlying concept–an option that would be severely limited in a classroom setting.

Time will be when the snippets of educational videos in YouTube, such as the 95-second episode above, and the profound lectures and podcasts elsewhere...
A free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

2- TEDTalks
Michael Stevens: How much does a video weigh?

3- Vsauce Channels
The main Vsauce channel depicts founder Michael Stevens discussing an array of topics and questions, such as "Why do we dream?", "What if everyone jumped at once?
At Head Squeeze, James May and his crack team of sci-geeks, maths-nerds and tech-heads provide answers to all your burning questions. From everyday curiosities to the latest mind blowing discoveries; our experts break it down for you and give their own left-field insights, sideways interpretations and bizarre, entertaining facts.

Head Squeeze is packed full of the latest and current developments in the world of science, technology, and maths. This channel is for anyone who wants to find out how the modern world works. Prepare to have your head squozen!
And so on, and on.

Listen to these videos form two classics on youtube

Why do we have accents?   

James May's Q&A (Ep 31)    Duration:   05:29

Michael Stevens from Vsauce    (more technical)
How Much Does a Shadow Weigh?   Duration:   07:39 

Where can you find CONTENT in the net?
The net is a new paradise, or Hell. Important enough
 to be one of the four horsemen of “GAFA” – 
the popular acronym for the four giants of the internet – 
Google, AmazonFacebook and Apple

Monday, October 28, 2013

contain nuts -narrative2

May contain nuts -narrative2

A few days later it was the nursery school sports day and we all gathered on Clapham Common. 
I think I’ll just put the harness on Alfie as well, just to be on the safe side,’ I said.
Yes, I think I better had as well then,’ said Ffion. ‘I wouldn’t want Gwilym to think I was the only mum who wasn’t there for him.’
‘Well, you can’t have some mothers allowed to run along behind and not others,’ said another, slipping off her shoes in anticipation of the race. Before long all the other mums were lined up behind their children, clutching their reins like a row of novelty jockeys from some Japanese extreme sports channel.
Um, ready, steady, go!’ said the bemused nursery teacher, but several mothers had already shoved their kids off on hearing ‘ready’.

‘Well done, Gwilym!’ said Ffion, who had been first to carry her suspended child way above the finishing line. 'You won, darling, you won!'
That's not fair,' said another mother. ‘Henry was winning! You carried Gwilym the last bit!’
Alexander normally goes everywhere in his buggy. I still say I should have been allowed to push him in his buggy.'

Why don’t we say they all won?’ chirped the Australian teacher hopefully, which was about the worst suggestion she could have possibly made. The mothers were united on this.

building vocabulary

Note how BUILDING Vocabulary  is used in the following sentences
Which are the ideas that "these words" conveys in these sentences?

Let's have a drink together to cement our partnership. When I tried to find out what had happened to my tax claim, I came up against a brick wall.

Ceiling can be used to suggest a limit to something:
They put a ceiling of twenty thousand pounds on the redundancy payments. 

There is glass ceiling for women, from rising to top positions at work.

Roof as metaphor: 
The roof fell in on my world on the day he died. 

The colloquial phrase go through the roof has two different meanings. 
   If prices go through the roof,.........   If a person goes through the roof, .......
which one is to lose one's temper?

Hit the roof, acts similarly:
The teacher will hit the roof when she sees the mess we've made of this work. 

Which are the ideas that "tower" conveys in these sentences?
Academics are often criticised for living in their ivory towers.
Our friends were a tower of strength when our house burnt down. 
Jack towers above all his classmates although he is actually one of the youngest pupils.

We further observe that a similar rationale holds for his observation of BUILDING metaphors in POLITICS: 
American presidential inaugural speeches, since BUILDING metaphors in this corpus are also used to establish a president’s credentials as someone likeable who shares the same hopes and dreams as the voter.


 For example, the different mappings for 

  masonry bridge building experts  
 master pieces: The monuments, 
 engineers or architects
 the technical criteria
 (calculations, structural analyses, etc.) 

unit 35 Buildings in metaphors
 glass ceiling
tower of strength

What would these words mean?
 Source Domain: BUILDING a country
BUILDING __________________country


Source Domain: 
BUILDING a country


TASK. Make a paragraph using these 3 words and some others


Similar with JOURNEYmetaphors.
Source Domain:  JOURNEY

Target Domain:  COUNTRY

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Music to my ears: From Mercury to a messy Lionel

Long live Queen

Freddie Mercury is quoted saying, “Talent will out, my dears”.

The event took place after recording Bohemian Rhapsody. When Freddie sat at the piano and first played ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to the band, producer Roy Baker said, “Freddie set out three impressive verses then stopped and said, ‘Now dear, this is where the opera section comes in.” 
This was before pre-digital days. The 180-voice ‘chorus’ in Bohemian Rhapsody (all Mercury/May/Taylor vocals) was recorded over seven straight 12-hour days. 

“Talent will out, my dears” was Freddie's comment at the end.

EL RUNRÚN - Adjetivos para Messi    Màrius Serra - 12/04/2010

How good is Google translator to cope with adjectives. Today we will face a hard test: Messi

  ___ A ___
Abismal, abnegado, abstracto, accesible, acertado, acometedor, activo, acurado, adecuado, admirable, afable, afanado, agigantado, ágil, agradable, agresivo, agudo, alarife, alegrante, alegre, alentoso, altruista,
amable, ambidextro, ambidiestro, amigable, angelical, animado, ,, aplicado, apreciable, apropiado, apto, arrojado, asequible, asombroso, astuto, atento, atrevido, atroz, audaz, aventurado,

Abysmal, selfless, abstract, accessible, accurate, undertaker, active, Acura, adequate, admirable, loving, toiling, gigantic, fast, friendly, aggressive, sharp, praise, scorpion, architect, gracious, happy, encouraged, unselfish, 
kind, two-handed, ambidextrous, friendly, angelic, animated,, rigged, apparently, applied, wretched, significantly, a hurry, appropriate, suitable, argument, cast, affordable, amazing, clever, caring, daring, outrageous, audacious, adventurous

  ___ H ___
hábil, habilidoso, hacendoso, halagüeño,  hurón,

clever, skillful, industrious, promising,  ferret-like,

  ___ I ___
ilimitado, ilógico, impagable, impertérrito,
 imponderable,  imprevisible, imprevisto,   incansable, 
 inefable, inesperado, inestimable,
 infatigable, ingente, inigual,
, inimaginable, inmenso,  inquieto,
 insólito, insospechado,
insuperable, íntegro, intrépido, intrigante, inusitado,  irrepetible, 

unlimited ,illogical, pricelessimpassive, 
unflappable, unforeseeableunpredictable,  tireless, 
 unspeakable, unexpected, valuable, 
relentless,  enormous, unequaled, 
 superb, immense,  unforgettable restless, unusual, unexpected,
 unsurpassed, whole,  bold, intriguing, unusual,  unique,

  __ J ___ jovial, juguetón, juicioso, justo, 

 jovial, playful, thoughtful, fair, 

  ___  ___
laborioso, laudable,  ligero, límpido, lince, lindo, listo, llamativo, llano, loable, loco, lúcido, luminoso, 

laborious,  laudable,  light, clear, lynx, cute, smart, flashy, plain, laudable, crazy, lucid, luminous,

  ___  T ___

talentoso,  temerario, templado, tímido, titánico,  tolerante,   tratable, tremendo, trepidante, turbulento, único, útil, valeroso, válido, valiente, valioso, vasto, veloz,  vertiginoso,  vistoso, vivaracho, vivaz, vivo, viril, voluntarioso, zalamero, 

talented , fearless, warm, shy, titanic,  tolerant,   treatable, tremendous, exciting, turbulent, unique, useful, brave, true, brave, valued, vast, fast,  vertiginous,  colorful, lively, vivacious, vivid, virile, willful, flattering. 


There is a saying in Britain: "Talent will out". 
This means that 
those who are talented will eventually succeed - 
but is this true? 


nnatural abilities or qualities

endowmentgiftnatural endowment
  to get the knack of it
a special way of doing something
flairgenius:  a natural talent
raw talent   powerfully impressive talent

natural ability:  ability that is inherited

na person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity

Type of:
a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully

A self-taught dancer combining freestyle hip-hop with mime and contemporary dance, Kenichi Ebina incorporates visual illusion into his performances, making the impossible seem real. 
His agile, athletic and razor-sharp moves push the limits of human capability. Each of his performances is a mini-drama that draws from kinetic and thematic inspiration to tell a story that is laugh-out-loud funny.

Ebina is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and solo performer, working with collaborators or on his own as Ebina Performing Arts.
Since his first full-evening solo show in early 2008, he has performed for private audiences.
And yes, in September 2013, he won the eighth season of America's Got Talent.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The great divide inequalites and 99 %

The great divide

UK income inequality is among the highest in the developed world and evidence shows that this is bad for almost everyone. 

Over the past 30 years, income inequality in the UK has grown at an alarming rate. 
This infographic shows the extent of this inequality, and how most people would be better off today if we lived in a more equal society.  Please use the options to the right to share this with others. 

The Equality Trust works to reduce income inequality in order to improve the quality of life in the UK.

Nothing new. In December 2011, it was written 

 how do different countries compare?

Inequality across the world is rising fast, says a new report out from the OECD which shows it getting worse.

Simon Garfield describes his favorite map of London. (from =50 to 01:24)

Simon Garfield explores the weird and wonderful world of cartography

Visual du Jour on inequalities at
Class warfare Winners and Losers
This situation was accomplished through policy over decades, Structure / History / Power, people, never forget the SHiP!

Inequality Is a Choice  By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ (NYTimes)

Of the advanced economies, America has some of the worst disparities in incomes and opportunities, with devastating macroeconomic consequences. The gross domestic product of the United States has more than quadrupled in the last 40 years and nearly doubled in the last 25, but as is now well known, the benefits have gone to the top — and increasingly to the very, very top.

  • Last year, the top 1 percent of Americans took home 22 percent of the nation’s income; 
  • the top 0.1 percent, 11 percent. 
  • Ninety-five percent of all income gains since 2009 have gone to the top 1 percent. 

Recently released census figures show that median income in America hasn’t budged in almost a quarter-century. The typical American man makes less than he did 45 years ago (after adjusting for inflation); men who graduated from high school but don’t have four-year college degrees make almost 40 percent less than they did four decades ago.
American inequality began its upswing 30 years ago, along with tax decreases for the rich and the easing of regulations on the financial sector. That’s no coincidence. It has worsened as we have under-invested in our infrastructure, education and health care systems, and social safety nets. Rising inequality reinforces itself by corroding our political system and our democratic governance.
And Europe seems all too eager to follow America’s bad example.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Leaps of Faith: J. F. Kennedy jr's fall

Fatal Falls: J. F. KENNEDY JR.
All men can fly, but sadly, only in one direction.
John F. Kennedy Jr. crashed his plane into the sea near Martha’s Vineyard on July 16, 1999, killing himself and two passengers.
Since Leonardo, humans seem to possess an innate love of flying.

Read the text.  
Ponder on this story, discuss the errors, wrongdoings, mistakes or miscalculations that might have taken place in that particular date 7/16/99.

Condensed from the National Transportation and Safety Board Preliminary Report NYC99MA178.

On July 16, 1999, a Piper was destroyed during a collision with water near Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. Night visual conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the personal flight.

A person using the pilot’s log-in code obtained aviation weather information from an Internet site three hours before the crash. The forecast called for winds at ten knots, visibility six miles, and clear sky. No AIRMETS or SIGMETS were issued for the route of flight, and all airports along the route reported visual meteorological conditions.
The pilot received his private pilot certificate in April 1998. He did not possess an instrument rating. Interviews and training records revealed that the pilot had accumulated about three hundred hours of total flight experience, not including recent experience gained in the accident airplane.

On July 20, 1999, the airplane was located in 116 feet of water. Preliminary examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of in-flight structural failure or fire, nor of conditions that would have prevented either the engine or propeller from operating. Pilots who flew over Long Island Sound that evening were inter- viewed after the accident. They reported that the in-flight visibility over the water was significantly reduced.

USE some of these adjectives

    flighty /ˈflaɪtɪ/adj    frivolous and irresponsible; capricious; volatile
    good-for-nothingn  an irresponsible or worthless person
adj   irresponsible; worthlessmad /mæd/adj    : a mad, senseless, foolish ideastupid /ˈstjuːpɪd/adj  lacking in common sense, perception, or normal intelligence //  slow-witted

USE These 4 characters to discuss the issue. 

I investigated aviation accidents for the military, and this case hardly needs investigating. The answer is obvi ous. He flew right off the page that details “predictable ways for stupid pilots to die.” To commit such a grievous error in the face of such a mountain of information makes him a clear case of someones risking three lives to the outmost, and he lost.
Those with flying experience know that the pilot is master of his own destiny. When he warms up his plane and taxis to the edge of the runway, the control tower gives him information including wind speed and direction. When it is clear for him to take off, the tower uses the fol- lowing words: “You are cleared to take off at your discretion.” The words at your discretion absolve the tower of responsibility for the pilot or aircraft. All contact with air control agencies is for information only. It’s up to you to act on this information responsibly.
The evidence is against the defense of JFK Jr. “Pilots with years of experience have been known to crash on nights exactly like this one.” That is exactly why he should not have flown the aircraft.
CHARRELL6170After due consideration I have to state the following:
Here is a man who held his private pilot’s license for only fourteen months, and was not cleared for instrument flight. Nevertheless, he was flying at night in a high performance aircraft with which he was unfamiliar. He flew with no flight plan, not illegal but ill advised, under reduced-visibility conditions. 

Let me put this in context for you nonpilots.
 It’s the night before your relative gets married and you need to get to the wedding. 
Your only vehicle is a blindingly fast Porsche 911 Turbo, 
an accident waiting to happen in the hands of a new driver such as yourself. 
You have no snow chains, a foot that’s not fully healed, and it’s getting dark. 
Your driving buddies tell you thick fog is expected, and enough snow to hide the road. 
They wouldn’t dream of going out on a night like this. 

What do you do?
  1.  Hire a qualified racing driver to drive your Porsche. 
  2.  Wait for morning and better driving conditions. 
  3.  Jump in the Porsche and hope for the best.
When you know the odds are against you, yet still risk your life, you’re not drinking from the fountain of wisdom—you’re just gargling.

sources  darwinawardsevolutioninaction. Chapter 5