is spoken by more people than Canadian English, by a long shot.
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And aren't we all so soft and whole
When, as dark plums on a damp night
We fold into our fallen bodies?
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July 6, 2010
"I wake up and I was so happy – extremely happy – I’ve finally taken all of my exams, by that time my best friend called me and that’s an important for him; he had his first date and he promised to the girl that someone will accompany him – I was this person – so I accepted. While I was talking into the phone, Grandma prepared the breakfast, I took a sit in front of the piscine and took it. Then Brahim arrived, and we went together.
As soon as we arrived Brahim became purple, I know that he has seen the girl. While I was parking my bike he began to ask for million time, What am I supposed to do? During the walk I began to ask myself what I’m going to do alone, but I quickly left my frustration she was with a friend of her – a very beautiful girl. I was charmed and I decided to do something, first, I told her some jokes, after this I had conversation with her, during this conversation I felt like a strange feeling – it was love. Suddenly I asked her if she wanted to be my girlfriend, I didn’t know what I was doing and thank’s god she accepted.
That the best moment of my life. When it was time to leave she gave me her number and we promised to see each other the end of day.
Brahim and I were like dreaming."
July 1, 2010
comment vas tu??
well thank u
are you in tetouan?
we should meet up!
peut etre apre demain je vais voyager a agadir
so tomorow if u wante
donc, nous devons rejoindre
je vais manger a la union
a 1.30 ou 2H
ca marche pour toi?
non parce que je serais a inba
le voyage bien passé?
mais 4H demain...fayn?
f cafe paris
a demain, et je dirai alaina, aussi
ossalmi 3a alaina
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June 11, 2010
No more teaching outfits
No more students
No more arriving early
No more markers
No more lesson plans
No more attendance sheets
No more teacher’s books
No more whiteboards
No more “sh…”
No more student conflict
No more behavior problems
No more spelling things like an American
No more having to say, “I’m a Canadan, actually."
No more first day introductions
No more, “Here are the rules.”
June 8, 2010
åndi falsafa f lHayat: ida åishti Tawilan, kulshi li tåalimti ghadi ykun mustaåmal.
I have a philosophy for life: If you live long enough, everything you learn will come in handy.
*Did you notice that "philosophy" is "falsafa"? How sweet is that? I've been studying Arabic for eight months, and that is my first holy-crap-look-at-that English-Arabic cognate.
“I kissed him on the cheek and suddenly understood the distance that separates words from communion. You need very many words and even more pauses, and thousands of tiny motions, so slight that they are barely noticeable even to the trained eye; you need an even larger palette of tones, merely to signal misunderstanding; you have to pass through all of this before you reach a state where you know that your meaning and your words are one, no more and no less, and that they are instantaneously grasped by the person for whom they are meant. Before you achieve this, you need recourse to many lies.”
From Leaves of Narcissus, by Somaya Ramadan (Egyptian), from The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction.
June 5, 2010
The process of cultural adjustment, which is also known as the U-shaped curve of cultural adjustment, encompasses five distinct stages:
- Stage 1: The feeling of excitement and eagerness. This stage occurs before leaving to go to the new culture.
- Stage 2: The feeling that everything in the new culture is great. This stage occurs upon arrival to the new culture.
- Stage 3: The feeling of everything in the new culture is terrible.
- Stage 4: The feeling of adjustment. The stage where the visitor begins to feel comfortable and takes steps to become more familiar with the culture.
- Stage 5: The feeling that everything is fine. The stage where the visitor has adapted to the culture and in some ways is embracing it as their own.
June 1, 2010
“The woman noticed that her daughter had slowed down and her movements were sluggish as if she had to drag her body along.”
[Upon finding her daughter pregnant, the woman leads her out into the desert to a small village, where…]
“A man passed by them and saw the woman crying. He stopped and asked what the matter was. He was big, his bones were well defined, and his neck thick. She told him her story.
The man looked toward the girl who lowered her face. He contemplated the situation while the woman continued complaining that her husband had died without leaving her a boy.
The man said to himself, ‘Be kind for once. Here is a weak woman with no man to help her.’
He was a professional killer, robber and thief, but times change. He said to himself, ‘Old age has begun to creep up on me and I have nothing left. Any action I take, I pay the price even more now.’
He patted the woman’s shoulder and comforted her. He carried her belongings and led the procession to his home. At home he served them food, which they ate, and then prepared a bed for them, telling the woman to sleep peacefully and let him take charge of her worries.
As night descended on the village, the man approached the girl and broke her neck. He put the body into a sack, carried it to the river and dumped it in. He then lighthertedly returned home.
In the morning he prepared breakfast for the woman and placed her and her belongings on a donkey. As he walked beside the donkey back to the village the woman raised her face to heaven and muttered prayers thanking God for the man.”
--“Benevolence,” by Sabri Moussa, from The Anchor Book of Modern Arabic Fiction.
May 28, 2010
Royce de 5’9’’ and Fredo Starr of Onyx both describe Jay-Z’s emphasis on flow in the book How to Rap – Fredo says that Jay-Z is “a master of the flow—he can flow fast, he can flow slow”. The book describes how Jay-Z uses ‘rests’ to provide structure to a verse and how he uses ‘partial linking’ to add more rhymes to a verse.
So, what is “flow”?
“The rhythms and rhymes” of a hip-hop song's lyrics and how they interact. 'Flow' is also sometimes used to refer to elements of the delivery (pitch, timbre, volume) as well, though often a distinction is made between the flow and the delivery.
Staying on the beat is central to rap's flow – many MCs note the importance of staying on-beat. MCs stay on-beat by stressing syllables in time to the four beats of the musical backdrop.
Poetry scholar Derek Attridge describes how this works in his book Poetic Rhythm – “rap lyrics are written to be performed to an accompaniment that emphasizes the metrical structure of the verse”. He says rap lyrics are made up of, “lines with four stressed beats, separated by other syllables that may vary in number and may include other stressed syllables. The strong beat of the accompaniment coincides with the stressed beats of the verse, and the rapper organizes the rhythms of the intervening syllables to provide variety and surprise”.
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It's been around forever, right?
For most of history, imprisoning has not been a punishment in itself, but rather a way to confine criminals until corporal or capital was administered. Only in the 19th century, beginning in Britain, did prisons as we know them today become commonplace. The modern prisons system was born in London, as a result of the views of Jeremy Bentham. The notion of prisoners being incarcerated as part of their punishment and not simply as a holding state until trial or hanging, was at the time revolutionary.
It deters people, right?
Meta-analysis shows that prison sentences do not reduce future offenses, when compared to non-residential sanctions. This meta-analysis of one hundred separate studies found that post-release offenses were around 7% higher after imprisonment compared with non-residential sanctions, at statistically significant levels. Longer periods of time in prison make outcomes worse, not better; offending increases by around 3% as prison sentences increase in length.
It's only for pretty bad people, right?
As of 2006, it is estimated that at least 9.25 million people are currently imprisoned worldwide.
The leader in just about everything...
In absolute terms, the United States currently has the largest inmate population in the world, with more than 2½ million or more than one in a hundred adults in prison and jails. Although the United States represents less than 5% of the world's population, over 25% of the people incarcerated around the world are housed in the American prison system.
Approximately half of the U.S. jail population consists of pretrial detainees who have not been convicted or sentenced.
May 11, 2010
How many countries, anyway?
The continent has 54 states, including Madagascar, various island groups, and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic whose statehood is disputed by Morocco.
Was everyone colonized?
In the late nineteenth century, the European imperial powers engaged in a major territorial scramble and occupied most of the continent, creating many colonial territories, and leaving only two fully independent states: Ethiopia and Liberia. Egypt and Sudan were never incorporated into any European colonial empire, however, after the British occupation of 1882, the country was effectively under British administration until 1922.
Is there a union?
The African Union (AU) is a 53 member federation consisting of all of Africa's states except Morocco.
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Statistics Canada projects that, by 2031, almost one-half of the population over the age of 15 will be foreign-born. The number of visible minorities will double and make up the majority of the population of cities in Canada.
Where are they from?
In 2006, Canada received 236,756 immigrants. The top ten sending countries, by state of origin, were
1. People’s Rpublic of China (28,896)
2. India (28,520)
3. Philippines (19,718)
4. Pakistan (9,808)
5. United States (8,750)
6. United Kingdom (7,324)
7. Iran (7,195)
8. South Korea (5,909)
9. Colombia (5,328)
10. Sri Lanka (4,068)
The top ten source countries were followed closely by France (4,026), and Morocco (4,025), with Romania, Russia, and Algeria each contributing over 3,500 immigrants.
How do we choose which ones to let in?
In Canada there are three categories of immigrants:
1. Family Class (closely related persons of Canadian residents)
2. Independent Immigrants (admitted on the basis of a point system that account for age, health and labour-market skills required for cost effectively inducting the immigrants into Canada's white-collar or blue-collar labour market), and
3. Refugees seeking protection by applying to remain in Canada.
In 2008, there were 65,567 immigrants in the family class,149,072 economic immigrants, and 21,860 refugees.
How do they become citizens?
Under Canadian nationality law an immigrant can apply for citizenship after living in Canada for 1095 days (3 years) in any 4 year period.
One of the largest groups to immigrate to Canada were the Scottish. The first Canadian prime minister, John A. Macdonald, was a Scot from Glasgow. His successor, Alexander Mackenzie, was also born in Scotland.