Friday, December 11, 2015

U.S. : How to get a passport

Great map and great 1'53'' video about IMMIGRATION in the U.S. The U.S. is a country of immigrants too. "Realizing your passport has expired days or even hours before a flight can be costly, and it can potentially ruin your travel plans. Most people make the mistake of paying expeditors who charge up to $500. The New York Passport Agency, with an average 4.5 star rating on Yelp, can turn your paperwork around the same day for just $170."

Saturday, December 05, 2015

We are citizens of planet Earth

Call to Earth - A Message from the World's Astronauts to COP21

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Obama's response to the Paris Attacks.

Extract: "France is our oldest ally." ... "Those who think they can terrorize the people of France, or the values that they stand for are wrong. The American people draw strength from the French people's commitment to Life, Liberty, Pursuit of happiness. We are reminded, in this time of tragedy that the bonds of Liberté, Egalité and fraternité are not only values of the French people I care so deeply about but they are values that we share and those values are going to (gonna) endure far beyond any act of terrorism or the hateful vision of those who perpetrated the crimes this evening." Indeed, Freedom, equality and fraternity are attainable goals.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Undersea cable: From sign language to the web.

"It's strange to think that so much effort on such a large scale is devoted to something the size of a human hair. But optic fiber allows the modern world to talk to itself."

Nice read about "How the first cable was laid across the Atlantic", back in 1858 For Nerds only: A 35 mn conference about the history of it all. Nerd Nite SF: "20,000 Leagues Under the TCP: The Undersea Internet" by Chris Woodfield

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Limitations and creativity

The power of constraints: Phil Hansen at TEDxKC(Kansas City)

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Used to be in the U.K., will be in Calais soon.
Banksy and his artists friends remodeling idea of amusement parks.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Fighting to spread the truth

Harvey Wasserman:  
This man wants you to know the truth about Fukushima

13 minutes in:
"The fact of the matter is that Tepco like ever utility company in the U.S. has no financial liability for any of the damage that they do. 

It is not in the interest of # PG&E or any other corporation that owns a Nuclear power plant to protect the public safety because there is no money in it.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015

From Jonathan Safran Foer's novel

 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Are You There?
 For the 2nd forms and all!!

Thursday, September 03, 2015


 The California-Fukushima Connection - 

Friday, August 28, 2015


We!lcome new students.
CONTACT ME before the "Rentrée" if you feel like it. I hope yo.u will.
Parents or tutors, feel free to contact me too.
I will greatly enjoy reading your comments or mail. arago2311(AT)

Contact info MUCH APPRECIATED and will allow us to communicate if necessary

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Baccalauréat 2015

Congrats to those who have passed it.
Bon courage à tous ceux qui vont au rattrapage. 
Work well and cheer up!
Following the results closely and wishing you the best!

....... Suite et fin: 

ça y est le 2ème tour est sorti. Je suis tellement heureuse pour ceux qui ont réussi à passer ce cap.
Bravo à Lorine, Mohamed, Ramzi, Meredith, Onieka et Alexandre.
Peut-être retrouvera-t-on Christophe, Mounia, Alioune et Mamadou l'an prochain?
Un an c’est vite passé…Cheer up!

Bravo à Navid, Lisa, Baye Mor.
Désolée pour Manon, Nicolas et Fanny. See you next year in Arago ?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Charleston, South Carolina

The Guardian Dylann Roof: the cold stare of a killer with a history of drug abuse and racism

 The Daily Beast  Everything Known About Charleston Church Shooting Suspect Dylann Roof

CNN: Suboxone: What is the drug  linked to Charleston shooting suspect?

Monday, June 08, 2015

Football, sponsors and responsibility!

Jon Oliver, comedian, made a promise to Budweiser: "If you pull your support and help get rid of Joseph Blatter, I will put my mouth where my mouth is."
A few days later, after Blatter's resignation, he did!
Don't you have fun with John Oliver?!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Richard Feynman
Great minds at your service!

What the lab rat experiment from 16:00 onwards. At least.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Saturday, May 09, 2015

New ways to see.

That new way to see is just one of many human ways to marvel at the beauty of the world.
We've got to remember that we can all be  _________ blind to something.
It doesn't make the world less fascinating.

Friday, May 08, 2015

UK general elections

The Conservative party wins this general election.
David Cameron will remain the Prime Minister for 5 more years.
The polls announced his downfall. Polls are often wrong...

I wonder, can a country have Stockholm Syndrome?

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Requiem for the American dream

Noam Chomsky is a great thinker, scholar, linguist, writer, you name it!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Obama and Luther

APRIL 2015

Keegan-Michael Key and Obama at the White House Correspondents' Dinner - 

Obama's Anger Management. (Don't you love it? 

Who are KEY and PEELE? (wiki)

Key & Peele is an American sketch comedy television show. It stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, both former cast members of MADtv. Each episode of the show consists mainly of several pre-taped sketches starring the two actors. The sketches cover a variety of societal topics, often with a focus on African-American culture and race relations.
Key & Peele won a 2013 Peabody Award and was nominated for a 2013 Writers Guild Award. The show is nominated for an NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series.

For futher studies:
On Conan (talk show), TBS or is it Comedy Central late-night talk show starring Conan O'Brien (2010–present)
When Obama was about to be reelected in 2012:

 Keegan Michael Key on FEBRUARY 2012

 Jordan Peele on Obama in SEPTEMBER 2012 



Tuesday, March 24, 2015


 WATCH THE FIRST 21 secs and guess what the change could be.
 VIDEO Off the Grid
One family left everything they had behind to live without electricity, running water, or any means of communication in the backwoods of Eastern Idaho.

In Going Off Grid, Laura Ling examines how 180,000 Americans a year are choosing to live entirely disconnected from our modern internet-focused world in pursuit of a more sustainable, simple lifestyle.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Saturday, February 28, 2015

5 tips for teaching ... kids

Educational Utopia : It's tough to be a teacher .... mais c'est passionnant!

Meanwhile I'm correcting your papers, dear pupils.. You'll visit the Cahier de texte next thursday if you will.
Thinking of H.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

The Twilight Zone

A beautiful version of that 1mn gem.

If you want to hear more of Rod Serling's speech who  authored the famous series...
Other short video from the 10 parts talk:
Part 2:
Part 3:
ad lib...
Rodman Edward "Rod" Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer and narrator known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his acience-fiction anthology series The Twilight Zone 
Serling was active in politics, both on and off the screen, and helped form television industry standards. He was known as the "angry young man" of Hollywood, clashing with television executives and sponsors over a wide range of issues including censorship, racism, and war.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fashion VS exploitation

Come to think of it, this has been going on for quite a while.

Thursday, January 08, 2015


Press freedom is the beginning of democracy.
Condolences to the families of the victims.