US Uncut is born Posted on February 14, 2011 by Carl Gibson | 24 Comments Carl Gibson is the founder of CIVIL USA – the first of what we hope will be many US Uncut groups. Visit the CIVIL USA website, and follow the campaign on twitter at @civilusa. Walking away from the Mississippi State Capitol yesterday, I saw three older white folks getting out of their cars.
Franglais row: Is the English language conquering France? - FrontMotion Firefox The French parliament is debating a new road map for French universities, which includes the proposal of allowing courses to be taught in English. For some, this amounts to a betrayal of the national language and, more specifically, of a particular way at looking at the world - for others it's just accepting the inevitable. It all started with a faux-pas - to use a French phrase commonly borrowed by English-speakers. On 20 March, when French higher education minister Genevieve Fioraso unveiled the proposed road map, she mentioned that there were only 3,000 Indian students in France. In order to attract more foreign students, she added, French universities would have to start offering courses taught in English. "We must teach in English or there will only remain in France a handful of experts discussing Proust around the table," she said.
Banned and Challenged Classics Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms. See Frequently Challenged Books for more details. According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts. The titles below represent banned or challenged books on that list ( see the entire Radcliffe Publishing Course list here). For more information on why these books were challenged, visit challenged classics and the Banned Books Week Web site. The titles not included may have been banned or challenged, but we have not received any reports on them.
Columbia GSAPP Saturated Models 3D printed: Velcro Panel System Alistair Gill and Veronika Schmid held a Saturated Models seminar at Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. During the seminar the Master’s students explored 3D printing and created 3D printed objects. i.materialise made the resulting 3D prints. This is the seventh interview with a team of participating architecture students and their project: Velcro Panel System by John Hooper & Julie Jira.
Radio or Not - The Nicole Sandler Show on USTREAM: Nicole Sandler hosted The Nicole Sandler Show on Air America radio until the network called it quits. Sh Watch without ads Ustream © Search How foetuses learn language - FrontMotion Firefox Babies are born with the ability to recognise familiar sounds and language patterns, according to new research. A glimpse into the fast-moving minds of infants. Mastering a foreign language can be a frustrating experience and one that gets harder as we age. The younger you start, the easier it seems to be. Now researchers in the US and Sweden have found evidence that we start learning language before we're even born. The study discovered that in the last 10 weeks of pregnancy, foetuses are listening to their mothers communicate.
– USATODAY.com School is starting up again, and later this month we will celebrate another national tradition: Banned Books Week, which since 1982 takes place every year during the last week of September. It's an exciting time. There are going to be special readings of "banned books" not merely in bookstores (where the banned books will, tellingly, be for sale) but online as well. This year, explains BannedBooksWeek.org, "readers will be able to proclaim the virtues of their favorite banned books by posting videos of themselves reading excerpts to a dedicated YouTube channel."
MakerBot Announces The Replicator We anticipated some announcement action this week coinciding with the annual Consumer Electronics show and we were definitely not disappointed. Today we find 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot has announced a brand-new personal 3D printer: The Replicator! The replicator appears to be much more capable but also strongly based upon its predecessor the venerable Thing-O-Matic. This is MakerBot's normal process: deliver a great machine and then perform experiments to make it better. Then bundle up all those improvements into an optimized new model. That's what we see today: a machine incorporating a variety of such improvements.
ExxonMobil uses Spain as a tax shelter, pays zero · ELPAÍS.com in English The one and only employee of ExxonMobil Spain would certainly be in favor of Chancellor Angela Merkel's proposal to link wages to profits. In two years, the company, an affiliate of the oil giant ExxonMobil, recorded 9.907 billion euros in net profits. For practical purposes, the money is really net surplus; the company did not pay a single euro of taxes on the gains. Like many other multinationals, Exxon has found its own private tax haven in Spain. Exxon is utilizing a completely legal tax structure known as entities holding foreign securities (ETVE). Using this structure can be called financial engineering or tax planning but not fraud, unless proven otherwise.
The Economist explains: How do you invent a language? MORE than 5m people now hear a few words in Dothraki or Valyrian, the fabricated languages spoken in the television series “Game of Thrones”, each week—more than the number who hear Welsh, Irish Gaelic and Scots Gaelic combined. From the unsung (Babm and Brithenig) to the celebrated (Esperanto and Elvish), constructed languages, in various states of completion, now outnumber the world’s natural tongues. Fantasy literature, science-fiction films and video games have fuelled a demand for otherworldly tongues—and fans increasingly expect them to be usable. So how do you invent a language from scratch? That depends on its purpose.