Saturday, June 27, 2009

Prisoners pay tribute to Michael Jackson

CBS NEWS Sat Jun 27 12:38:18 PDT 2009
1,500 plus CPDRC inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines at practice!
After being told of Jackson's departure, 1,500 Filipino inmates hit the exercise yard, practicing for nine hours to pay tribute to Michael Jackson by recreating the 'Thriller' dance and some other Jackson hits.
Find a synonym of
1) "inmate" : ..........
2) "departure" : ............

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


spin n. [spɪn] spins
1. A swift whirling motion (usually of a missile).
2. The act of rotating rapidly: “he gave the crank a spin”; Synonyms: twirl, twist, twisting, whirl.

spin v. [spɪn] spun ◊ spinning ◊ spins
1. To revolve quickly and repeatedly around one’s own axis; Synonyms: spin around, whirl, reel, gyrate.
2. To work natural fibers into a thread: “spin silk.”
3. To form a web by making a thread, as of spiders.
4. To prolong or extend: “spin out a visit”; Synonyms: spin out.
5. To make up a story, as in “spin a yarn.”
6. To stream in jets, of liquids: “The creek spun its course through the woods.”

spin doctor n.
A spokesperson for a political party or candidate who tries to forestall negative publicity.

spin dryer (or drier) n.
A machine that uses centrifugal motion to dry the clothes that are put into it;

spin the bottle n.
A game in which a player spins a bottle and kisses the person that it points to when it stops spinning.

spin the plate n.
A game in which something round (as a plate) is spun on edge and the name of a player is called; the named player must catch the spinning object before it falls or pay a forfeit; Synonyms: spin the platter.

spin off v. [spɪn ɔːf]
To produce as a consequence or an unplanned result.

spin a yarn v.expr.
To tell a story, esp. a long or fabulous tale.

spin-dry v. [spɪn draɪ]
To dry by spinning and making use of centrifugal forces; as of clothes.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

For those who are taking the Baccalauréat...

"Intelligence is not what you know, but what you do when you don't know. " - Piaget
The poor thinker dashes madly after an answer; the good thinker takes his time and looks at the problem….. - John Holt

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Anti bullying campaign advertisement featuring Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters, and many more.

How two FOX news journalists were fired...

A video about GMOs

A video about Genetically Modified Organisms...
and more particularly Genetically Modified Foods... and about Monsanto of course.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

About the sun, its sunspots and Northern Lights.

News from SOHO, the solar and heliospheric observatory.

""The 1859 storm--known as the "Carrington Event" after astronomer Richard Carrington who witnessed the instigating solar flare--electrified transmission cables, set fires in telegraph offices, and produced Northern Lights so bright that people could read newspapers by their red and green glow. A recent report by the National Academy of Sciences found that if a similar storm occurred today, it could cause $1 to 2 trillion in damages to society's high-tech infrastructure and require four to ten years for complete recovery. For comparison, Hurricane Katrina caused "only" $80 to 125 billion in damage.
The latest forecast revises an earlier prediction issued in 2007. At that time, a sharply divided panel believed solar minimum would come in March 2008 followed by either a strong solar maximum in 2011 or a weak solar maximum in 2012. Competing models gave different answers, and researchers were eager for the sun to reveal which was correct.
It turns out that none of our models were totally correct," says Dean Pesnell of the Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's lead representative on the panel. "The sun is behaving in an unexpected and very interesting way."

Researchers have known about the solar cycle since the mid-1800s. Graphs of sunspot numbers resemble a roller coaster, going up and down with an approximately 11-year period.

Saturday, June 06, 2009