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A software engineer teaching ABCs to his/her child: Lessons from nursery… Revisited

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment

A software engineer teaching ABCs to his/her child……..

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A: APPLE

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B: BLUETOOTH

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C: CHAT

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D: DOWNLOAD

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E: E MAIL

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F: FACEBOOK

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G: GOOGLE

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H: HEWLETT PACKARD

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I: iPHONE

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J: JAVA

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K: KINGSTON

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L: LAPTOP

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M: MESSENGER

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N: NERO

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O: ORKUT

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P: PICASSA

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Q: QUICK HEAL

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R: RAM

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S: SERVER

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T: TWITTER

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U: USB

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V: VISTA

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W: WiFi

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X: Xp

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Y: YOU TUBE

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Z: ZORPIA

Thank God …. A is still Apple

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NPR – Public Radio Appeal: Broadcasting America Funding: How to Save Ourselves From the ‘Save PBS’ Routine

February 18, 2011 Leave a comment

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FAIR

Media Advisory

How to Save Ourselves From the 'Save PBS' Routine

2/18/11

It is as predictable as can be: Invigorated Republican politicians announce their intention to kill public broadcasting, which they claim is a bastion of liberal bias. Defenders of NPR and PBS step in to defend the system. The Republicans, who were unlikely to win a vote on their plan, retreat for the moment. Public broadcasting is "saved." (See Slate, 2/10/11.)

The public broadcasting fight of 2011 is playing out the same way. A more productive discussion of public broadcasting is sorely needed–one that is not reduced to "save it" or "kill it."

The purpose of public broadcasting is clear: to promote ideas and perspectives that are ignored or underrepresented in the commercial media. As the 1967 Carnegie Commission put it, it should "provide a voice for groups in the community that may otherwise be unheard," serve as "a forum for controversy and debate," and broadcast programs that "help us see America whole, in all its diversity." How well public broadcasting is living up to those ideals should be the principal test for gauging its value.

Most of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) funding under question goes to local stations, but much of the discussion on both sides revolves around familiar national programming. Some shows represent a good faith effort to live up to the vision laid out by the Carnegie Commission. But as FAIR's decades of research has shown, others–like the PBS NewsHour–do not, relying on sources and perspectives that mimic the corporate-owned media (Extra!, 11/10). If anything, the attacks from the right serve to make room for additional conservative voices on PBS. As FAIR pointed out (Extra!, 9-10/05), "A rival to Fox News Channel could be launched with the list of conservatives who have hosted or produced shows on public television over the years."

So what would be a better way? The CPB was intended to insulate public broadcasters from political pressure, acting as a "heat shield." The fact that this tired routine is upon us once again is proof that it does not serve that function. To the contrary, the CPB has long been used as a political tool to encourage certain kinds of programming and discourage others. (Funneling grants to local stations was considered a good way to develop more conservative programming in the Nixon administration.) During the Bush years, the CPB encouraged right-wing PBS shows to counter alleged liberal bias–giving us Tucker Carlson and the Wall Street Journal's hard right editorial page on public television, supported by public money (FAIR Action Alert, 9/17/04).

Publicly funded media is something worth fighting for at a local and national level. But the politics of the current fight are clear: The right calls for budget cuts because it says NPR and PBS are too left-wing. Liberal defenders weigh in to defend the CPB budget, making few or no demands on public broadcasters. This all but guarantees that public broadcasting will continue to be pushed to the right, and further away from its intended mission. As FAIR described the dynamic (Extra!, 9-10/05):

With each successive attack from the right, public broadcasting becomes weakened, as programmers become more skittish and public TV's habit of survival through capitulation becomes more ingrained.

Even if full CPB funding were restored and political cronies like Ken Tomlinson removed from their posts, the same potential for using the CPB appropriation process as a tool to force public broadcasting further to the right would still exist. If recent history is any guide, it would only be a matter of time until PBS would need to be saved once again—most likely at the cost of yet more concessions to the right.

What's needed is a truly independent funding mechanism–as FAIR and others have called for over the years (6/8/06). A 1.5 percent dedicated tax on TV advertising, for example, would provide $1 billion a year for a public broadcasting system that would be truly free from both commercial pressures and political interference. Such a system would have a good chance of living up to the Carnegie Commission's ideals.

Certainly, public broadcasting supporters should demand a whole lot more than the status quo. If the energy behind the campaigns to "save" the CPB were dedicated to building support for an independent public trust, we could build the kind of public media system the country deserves.


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Thursday – Chennai Events: Tamil Books, Journals & Magazine Collections – Puthagam Pesuthu: தமிழ் நூல் தொகுப்பு வரலாறு : ஆய்வரங்கம்

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment
Tamil_pathippu

புத்தகம் பேசுது சிறப்பு மலர்
தமிழ் நூல் தொகுப்பு வரலாறு*
சங்க காலம் முதல் சமகாலம் வரை
ஆய்வரங்கம்
17.02.2011, வியாழக்கிழமை, மாலை 6 மணி.
தேவநேயப் பாவாணர் நூலக அரங்கம்,
அண்ணாசாலை, சென்னை -2

முன்னிலை:
ந.வே. அருள், கி. அன்பரசன்
த-முஎகச
தலைமை :
ச. தமிழ்ச்செல்வன்
வரவேற்பு :
இரா. நடராசன்
சிறப்புரை:
ஈரோடு தமிழன்பன்
வீ. அரசு
கமலாலயன்
நன்றி:
முத்தையா வெள்ளையன்

தினமணி

இந்த வாரம் கலாரசிகன் பகுதியில் இந்நூல் குறித்து எழுதப்பட்டுள்ள  பகுதியை உங்கள் பார்வைக்காக இணைத்துள்ளேன்.

பாரதி புத்தகாலயத்தார் ஆற்றிவரும் தமிழ்ப் பணியை எப்படிப் பாராட்டினாலும் தகும். இவர்களது "புதிய புத்தகம் பேசுது' எப்போது வெளிவரும், என்னென்ன புத்தகங்களை வெளிக்கொணர்ந்திருக்கின்றனர் என்று ஆவலுடன் எதிர்பார்க்கும் இலக்கியப் பிரியர்களில் நானும் ஒருவன்.  சங்ககாலம் முதல் சமகாலம் வரை பல தொகுப்புகள் வெளியாகி இருக்கின்றன. சொல்லப்போனால், சங்க இலக்கியங்களே கூட ஒரு தொகுப்பு நூல்தான். சங்க இலக்கியம் எனும் பெயர் பரவலாக அறியப்படுவதற்கு முன்னர், "பாட்டும் தொகையும்' என்றும், "பதினெண் மேற்கணக்கு நூல்கள்' என்றும்தான் வழங்கப்பட்டன.  தொகுப்பு மரபு ஒரு காலகட்டத்தின் பதிவுகளை அடுத்த தலைமுறைகளுக்குக் கடத்துகிறது என்பது எந்த அளவுக்கு உண்மையானதோ, அதே அளவுக்கு அந்தக் காலகட்டத்தின் அனைத்துப் பதிவுகளையும் கடத்துவதில்லை என்பதும் உண்மை. "தெரிவு' நிகழும்போதே அதன் உடன் விளைவாக விலக்கலும் தோன்றும். இதற்கு இலக்கிய நயமும் உணர்வும் மட்டும் காரணமல்ல. தொகுப்போரும் தொகுப்பிப்போரும் எவ்விதமான நிலைப்பாட்டைக் கொண்டிருக்கின்றனரோ அதற்கு மாற்றான பதிவுகள் வேண்டுமென்றே விலக்கப்பட்டுவிடுகின்றன.  இதனை மனதில்கொண்டு, சங்ககாலம் தொடங்கி சமகாலம் வரையிலான தொகுப்பு மரபுகள் குறித்த முழுமையான தரவுகளையும் விவாதங்களையும் உள்ளடக்கிய ஓர் ஆவணப் பதிவுதான் பாரதி புத்தகாலயத்தாரின் "தமிழ் நூல் தொகுப்பு வரலாறு'.  சென்னைப் பல்கலைக்கழகத் தமிழ் இலக்கியத்துறையில், "சங்க இலக்கியத் தொகுப்பு வரலாறு' எனும் தலைப்பில் தனது முனைவர் பட்ட ஆய்வினை நிகழ்த்திவரும் சு.சுஜாவின் "சங்க இலக்கியப் புரிதல்-தொகுப்புக் குறிப்புகள்' என்ற கட்டுரையுடன் தொடங்குகிறது இந்தத் தொகுப்பு. மொத்தம் 32 ஆய்வுக் கட்டுரைகள். ஒவ்வொன்றும் அதனதன் நோக்கில் வித்தியாசமான அற்புதமான, ஆய்வுப் பதிவுகள்.  த.செந்தில்குமாரின் "சித்தர் பாடல்கள் – தொகுப்பு வரலாறு', ம.மணிமாறனின் "தொகுக்கப்பட்ட சிறுகதைத் தொகுதிகள்', பழ.அதியமானின் "இதழ்த் தொகுப்பு: தூக்க நினைத்த கோவர்த்தன கிரி', சி.இளங்கோவின் "பழமொழிகள் – விடுகதைகள் தொகுப்பு வரலாறு' ஆகியவை புதிய பல செய்திகளைத் தாங்கி பிரமிப்பை ஊட்டும் ஆய்வுகள். அ.அண்ணாமலையின் "காந்தி நூல் தொகுப்பு – உயரிய வாழ்க்கையின் எளிய அறிமுகம்' மூன்று நான்கு முறை மீண்டும் மீண்டும் என்னைப் படிக்கத் தூண்டியது.  தங்களது பதிப்புரையில் "புத்தகம் பேசுது' ஆசிரியர் குழுவினர் குறிப்பிட்டிருப்பதைப்போல, ""தமிழ் இலக்கிய மரபு குறித்து தொடர்ச்சியான விவாதங்களையும் முழுமையான ஆவணத்தையும் உருவாக்கும் முயற்சியில் இந்தத் தொகுப்பு ஓர் ஆரம்பப் புள்ளி''.  ******

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Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clockstrike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians toinstruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome andunpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: "Wordsmith" <wsmith@wordsmith.org>
Date: Feb 14, 2011 1:23 AM
Subject: A.Word.A.Day–fell
To: <bsubra@gmail.com>

According to recent research, longer words carry more information
http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110124/full/news.2011.40.html?WT.ec_id=NEWS-20110125
http://www.webcitation.org/5w5dDeG8t .
It's obviously true for scientific terminology, for example names for
chemical compounds in which those polysyllabic constructions try to describe
all about the compounds. But is it true for words used in everyday human
languages?

In general, the shorter the word, the more meanings it has, though in a
given context usually only one of those meanings applies. This week we have
selected five words, each of which has multiple, unrelated meanings.

And speaking of words carrying information, if the old saying about a
picture being worth a thousand words is true, each of this week's words
accompanies many more words. They are illustrated by artist Rebekah Potter
http://www.rpotterstudio.etsy.com/ <rebekah.l.potter@gmail.com> in her
heartwarming style.

fell (fel)

adjective: 1. Fierce; cruel; lethal.

2. In the idiom, in one fell swoop (all at once, as if by a blow).

[From Old French, variant of felon (wicked, a wicked person). Earliest
documented use: Before 1300.]

verb tr.: 1. To knock down, strike, or cut down.

2. To sew a seam by folding one rough edge under the other, flat,
on the wrong side, as in jeans.

noun: 1. The amount of timber cut.

2. In sewing, a felled seam.

[From Old English fellan/fyllan (to fall). Earliest documented use: Around 1000.]

noun: A stretch of open country in the highlands.

[From Old Norse fjall/fell (hill). Earliest documented use: Before 1300.]

noun: The skin or hide of an animal.

[From Old English fel/fell (skin or hide). Ultimately from the Indo-European
root pel- (skin or hide), which also gave us pelt, pillion, and film.
Earliest documented use: Around 1000.]

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=fell

Media_httpwordsmithor_grehj

[Illustration: Rebekah Potter http://www.rpotterstudio.etsy.com/ ]

"So you spend most of the movie worried that Shepherd has some fell
disease."
Mary McNamara; A Ham-fisted Dish; Los Angeles Times; May 19, 2003.

"In one fell swoop, most of the top politicians of this impoverished West
African country surrendered themselves to the cadre of junior officers."
Jeffrey Gettleman; A Largely Welcomed Coup in Guinea; The New York Times;
Dec 25, 2008.

"The government has granted sanction to fell a tree to facilitate new
construction."
No Move to Lift Construction Ban in Green Belt; The Indian Express
(New Delhi); Oct 13, 2010.

"I suppose that good-quality cloth and thread, rivets, and felled seams
have something to do with it."
Andrew Bevan and David Wengrow; Cultures of Commodity Branding;
Left Coast Press; 2010.

"California Fish and Game officials stated that a tranquilizer gun can
take up to 15 minutes to fell an animal."
Patti Davis; Death of a Tiger; Newsweek (New York); Feb 26, 2005.

"After a day spent tramping across the snowy fells of the Lake District
National Park, a period of R and R is most definitely required."
James White; Hotel Review; Daily Mail (London, UK); Jan 19, 2011.

"Felt bearing pads are made from non-tanned fell."
A.S.G. Bruggeling and G.F. Huyghe; Prefabrication with Concrete;
Taylor & Francis; 1991.

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Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike,
they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct
them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant
ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits
over their wills. -Voltaire, philosopher and writer (1694-1778)

Discuss this week's words on our bulletin board: http://wordsmith.org/board
Remove, change address, gift subs: http://wordsmith.org/awad/subscriber.html

Pronunciation:

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Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clockstrike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians toinstruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome andunpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost

February 14, 2011 Leave a comment

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: "Wordsmith" <wsmith@wordsmith.org>
Date: Feb 14, 2011 1:23 AM
Subject: A.Word.A.Day–fell
To: <bsubra@gmail.com>

According to recent research, longer words carry more information
http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110124/full/news.2011.40.html?WT.ec_id=NEWS-20110125
http://www.webcitation.org/5w5dDeG8t .
It's obviously true for scientific terminology, for example names for
chemical compounds in which those polysyllabic constructions try to describe
all about the compounds. But is it true for words used in everyday human
languages?

In general, the shorter the word, the more meanings it has, though in a
given context usually only one of those meanings applies. This week we have
selected five words, each of which has multiple, unrelated meanings.

And speaking of words carrying information, if the old saying about a
picture being worth a thousand words is true, each of this week's words
accompanies many more words. They are illustrated by artist Rebekah Potter
http://www.rpotterstudio.etsy.com/ <rebekah.l.potter@gmail.com> in her
heartwarming style.

fell (fel)

adjective: 1. Fierce; cruel; lethal.

2. In the idiom, in one fell swoop (all at once, as if by a blow).

[From Old French, variant of felon (wicked, a wicked person). Earliest
documented use: Before 1300.]

verb tr.: 1. To knock down, strike, or cut down.

2. To sew a seam by folding one rough edge under the other, flat,
on the wrong side, as in jeans.

noun: 1. The amount of timber cut.

2. In sewing, a felled seam.

[From Old English fellan/fyllan (to fall). Earliest documented use: Around 1000.]

noun: A stretch of open country in the highlands.

[From Old Norse fjall/fell (hill). Earliest documented use: Before 1300.]

noun: The skin or hide of an animal.

[From Old English fel/fell (skin or hide). Ultimately from the Indo-European
root pel- (skin or hide), which also gave us pelt, pillion, and film.
Earliest documented use: Around 1000.]

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=fell

Media_httpwordsmithor_grehj

[Illustration: Rebekah Potter http://www.rpotterstudio.etsy.com/ ]

"So you spend most of the movie worried that Shepherd has some fell
disease."
Mary McNamara; A Ham-fisted Dish; Los Angeles Times; May 19, 2003.

"In one fell swoop, most of the top politicians of this impoverished West
African country surrendered themselves to the cadre of junior officers."
Jeffrey Gettleman; A Largely Welcomed Coup in Guinea; The New York Times;
Dec 25, 2008.

"The government has granted sanction to fell a tree to facilitate new
construction."
No Move to Lift Construction Ban in Green Belt; The Indian Express
(New Delhi); Oct 13, 2010.

"I suppose that good-quality cloth and thread, rivets, and felled seams
have something to do with it."
Andrew Bevan and David Wengrow; Cultures of Commodity Branding;
Left Coast Press; 2010.

"California Fish and Game officials stated that a tranquilizer gun can
take up to 15 minutes to fell an animal."
Patti Davis; Death of a Tiger; Newsweek (New York); Feb 26, 2005.

"After a day spent tramping across the snowy fells of the Lake District
National Park, a period of R and R is most definitely required."
James White; Hotel Review; Daily Mail (London, UK); Jan 19, 2011.

"Felt bearing pads are made from non-tanned fell."
A.S.G. Bruggeling and G.F. Huyghe; Prefabrication with Concrete;
Taylor & Francis; 1991.

Sponsors' Messages:

Subscribe to http://delanceyplace.com — a carefully selected non-fiction book
excerpt free to your email each day. It's the thinking person's daily quotation.

WildWords – Not Your Grandma's Game: http://www.wildwords.us
New tiles, squares, and rules put all words in play. See how. Very cool concepts.

………………………………………………………………….
Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike,
they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct
them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant
ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits
over their wills. -Voltaire, philosopher and writer (1694-1778)

Discuss this week's words on our bulletin board: http://wordsmith.org/board
Remove, change address, gift subs: http://wordsmith.org/awad/subscriber.html

Pronunciation:

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