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GOOD NEWS (IV)
AN INTERACTIVE MONTHLY PAPER FOR RAINY DAYS
TO BE READ, SCRIBBLED ON, ENJOYED AND THROWN AWAY
Carlos A. Trevisi, Editor-in-Chief
July - August 2014
We have already started producing a video with the most usual sounds of vowels, semivowels and consonants of the English Language. The video will be uploaded to youtube for free access.
It will be performed by our Editor-in-Chief, Carlos A. Trevisi and directed by Esperanza Gallut.
Good news has also launched its first supplement for the year: Business English. Our advanced students have shown great interest. In January we shall be launching a second supplement. We´ve been thinking about classic films.
How an MP3 can be used to hack your car.
Hackers could gain access to a vehicle’s computer systems remotely, security experts from the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Washington have found.In one example, cellphone hardware installed in luxury cars was attacked, allowing the team to inject malicious code into the car’s electronic controls. In theory, hackers could then sell the car to a thief, giving them its location and unlocking it remotely. The team also managed to take control of the car using a Trojan app on a phone that used an Android operating system and had been paired with the car’s Bluetooth system. The researchers were able to show that software embedded in an MP3 file could install itself into the car’s firmware, enabling similar exploits to those above. If the car had a self-parking system, it could in theory be driven away by the hacker.
Is anything nuclear ever really super safe, small and simple?
The Japanese nuclear accidents come down to the simple fact that nobody back in the 1960s designed nuclear plants to run for 40 years, then go through an 8.9 earthquake,says blogger Robert Cringely. Japan now needs increased generating capacity fast. Toshiba’s 4S (Super Safe Small and Simple) reactor cores are like nuclear building blocks, built on a factory production line and transported by truck to be installed 30 meters under the ground. Each 4S puts out 10 megawatts of electricity or enough for 2000 Japanese homes. The 12 lost 1000-megawatt reactors will need 100 4S’s each to replace them, or a total of 1200 4S reactors.The biggest problem facing the 4S has been regulatory approvals, which would normally take in aggregate 100 times as long (and cost 100 times as much) if done the same way as a larger nuclear plant. The process will have to be streamlined almost to nothing,with a 4S soon stashed under every power substation, giving Japan a smart grid in the process.
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19th Century (1829/1834)
GN III: 1800/1829
1830 - British geologist Charles Lyell begins publishing his Principles of Geology.
1830 - Hector Berlioz composes his first major work, the Symphonie Fantastique.
1831 - British naturalist Charles Darwin sails to South America aboard H.M.S. Beagle.
1831 - Explorer James Clark Ross determines the position of the north magnetic pole.
1831 - Michael Faraday demonstrates his theory of electromagnetic induction.
1831 - Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin completes his masterpiece Eugene Onegin.
1832 - George Sand (Aurore Dudevant) publishes her first novel Indiana.
1832 - The Democratic party is formally established as a national organization.
1833 - Britain occupies the Falkland Islands.
1833 - Isabella II succeeds Ferdinand VII, King of Spain; the Carlist Wars begin.
1833 - Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame is published in English.
1834 - American inventor Jacob Perkins patents the first practical ice-making machine
1834 - British politician Sir Robert Peel founds the Conservative Party.
1834 - The Carlist Wars resume in Spain.
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The History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Roman Times: Wine Making and Birthdays
The making of the wine took place usually in September; the season varied with the soil and the climate. It was anticipated by a festival, the vīnālia rūstica, celebrated on the nineteenth of August. Precisely what the festival meant the Romans themselves did not fully understand, perhaps, but it was probably intended to secure a favorable season for the gathering of the grapes. The general process of making the wine differed little from that familiar to us in Bible stories and still practiced in modern times. After the grapes were gathered, they were first trodden with the bare feet and then pressed in the prēlum or torcular. The juice as it came from the press was called mustum (vīnum), “new (wine),” and was often drunk unfermented, as sweet cider is now. It could be kept sweet from vintage to vintage by being sealed in a jar smeared within and without with pitch and immersed for several weeks in cold water or buried in moist sand. It was also preserved by evaporation over a fire; when it was reduced one-half in this way, it became a grape jelly (dēfrutum) and and was used as a basis for various beverages and for other purposes was used as a basis for various beverages and for other purposes
It was believed that a Genius, or guardian spirit, came into the world with the child at birth. In the case of a girl this spirit was called her Iūnō. Closely connected with this idea was the celebration of the birthday, as the proper festival of the Genius. On that day bloodless offerings, such as flowers, wine, incense, and cakes, were made to the Genius. Fresh white garments were worn, friends made visits or sent letters of congratulation, presents were received from friends and members of the household, and there was usually a feast.
Insults (from The Little Book of Insults)
1. Talleyrand, on being button-holed by a bore in a club, called over one of the servants and said: “Do you mind listening to the end of this man's story?
2. There sits a man with an open mind. You can feel the draught from here. (Groucho Marx)
3. Good night all. So lovely to have been among friends, even if they weren't mine. (Anon)
4. His idea of fun is throwing an egg in an electric fan. (Anon)
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The New York Times: Football: Spanish League (2012)
BARZA REAL MADRID
The start to the match was remarkable, and it looked like something out of a league match. Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdés mis-hit a short pass out of the box, passing the ball directly to the feet of Real Madrid’s Ángel Di María. He crossed it back into the middle, Mesut Özil fired a volley that took a deflection and Karim Benzema pounced, stabbing the ball out of midair and into the net with an acrobatic jump kick with only 21 seconds gone.
Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium, frequently likened to an opera house during other matches because of its calm crowd, turned into a white-flag-waving madhouse as a steady mist fell. But Barcelona tied the score before halftime, and at the final whistle its midfielder linchpin, Xavi, whose short passes are like a drumbeat for Barcelona’s rhythm, thrust his arms in the air as downcast Real Madrid fans headed for the exits.
Box: área / Volley: volea / Deflection: desviación/ Pounce: abalanzarse
Stab: apuñalar / Midair: en el aire / mist: bruma / linchpin: eje / downcast: abatido /
Leo Messi plays for FC Barcelona and captains the Argentina national team, mainly as a striker. Messi received several Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the ear nominations by the age of 21, and won in 2009 and 2010. His playing style and small stature has drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi as his "successor."Messi began playing football at a young age and his skill and potential was soon realized by Barcelona. He left Rosario-based Newell's Old Boys's youth team- in 2000 and moved with his family to Europe, as Barcelona offered treatment for his growth hormone deficiency. Making his debut in the 2004–05 season, he broke his team record for the youngest footballer to score a league goal. Major honours soon followed as Barcelona won La Liga in Messi's debut season, and won a double of the league and Champions League in 2006. His breakthrough season was in the 2006–07 season; he became a first team regular, scoring a hat-trick in El Clásico and finishing with 14 goals in 26 league games.
About Children, English & Art (8 and 9 year old children)
Sorolla is a Spanish painter.
He is from Valencia.
You can see some men in the painting.
They are fishermen.
They are cleaning their nets.
They are in the sea.
There is a boat behind them.
The sea is calm and the water is clear.
The fishermen are wearing hats.
There is a man on the boat. He is a fisherman, too.
48 Cuadros de Sorolla: (Video in Spanish)
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Video: “DREAMS” by George Denis Patrick Carlin EXCELLENT!
George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, actor and author, who won five Grammy Awards for his comedy albums. Brilliant! http://www.youtube.com/watch?=JOmOnrJKghM (In English with subtitles)
“Housework” (El presente perfecto)
Peter's wife, Molly, is on holidays and has left him in charge of her mother and the cat. But he is no good at this: their cat has disappeared and his mother-in-law has gone ill. He has looked for the cat everywhere but cannot find it. Finally, he finds it on the roof. It is dead.
He has called the doctor as well, but it's too late. When he arrives, his mother-in-law has also passed away. Just then his wife telephones and asks about the cat.
"It's dead", he answers. "I've just found it on the roof"
"How cruel of you", his wife says, "why don't you tell me the news more gently? "
“Anyway, how's my mother?" she insists.
"Your mother? Oh, the doctor has been to see her. She's on the roof, too"
Para ESCUCHAR Y EJERCITAR el texto: http://www.fundacionemiliamariatrevisi.com/fasciculos.htm.
He became the Hamlet by which 20th-century performances were judged. John Gielgud played the role more than 500 times, in six productions: at 26 and at 44, in London, in Elsinore, and on Broadway, where he triumphed over a production starring Leslie Howard. At the end of the second world war, he performed for troops in the Far East, although he had "rather wanted to do Charley's Aunt". A 1941 radio recording demonstrates his wonderful power, capturing not only the mellifluousness for which he was famous, but a choked-up ferocity. He could make paralysis sound like an assault on himself.
Gielgud, OM, CH; 14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000) was an English actor, director, and producer. A descendant of the renowned Terry acting family, he achieved early international acclaim for his youthful, emotionally expressive Hamlet which broke box office records on Broadway in 1937. He was known for his beautiful speaking of verse and particularly for his warm and expressive voice, which his colleague Sir Alec Guinness likened to "a silver trumpet muffled in silk".
Posted on March 23, 2011 by Nacho Luna, a former pupil and friend of SAY IT NOW. At the moment he is living in London
Good for you Nacho! Your English has improved a lot. Congratulations!
Many people believe that learning a new language in your country is very difficult, because you cannot practice speaking or listening, and even more difficult if it is not a very common language. Although there are people who can learn through their own ways: looking for people from those countries, using the Internet… And with this way they don’t have to miss their family, friends…
However, according to some experts the best way to learn a new foreign language is in the same country where people live, use or work in that language. When it comes to learn English most experts say that if you can go to England (preferably UK, but other countries like the U.S., Canada or Australia are right too) you are able to learn faster. We have to keep in mind that learning a new language is not only to get to know the grammar and some vocabulary. You must meet new people from those countries, to know a work system or another way of life is significant as well. If you want to learn English you can go to England, for instance, where there is a serious system with colleges, good teachers for foreigners or places where you can live for a few weeks or months.
From this point of view everything could be easy. But on the other hand, not everybody wants to learn English, or French, or Spanish, or another language from a developed country, with democracy, with human rights… There are other people who want to learn, for example, Chinese. China is a country where Government doesn’t respect human rights, where there is not a democracy system and where if you are a woman you can get in trouble easily.
In my opinion, as a conclusion, each form of learning a new language has its advantages and disadvantages. The important thing is to recognize which way is the most appropriate for each one.
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