Rest in peace Michael Jackson

So I was on my way to the graduation ceremony this morning (it was both fun and sad, right Claudi? :) when the radio DJ suddenly said that Michael Jackson has died.

I thought I should contribute something because I think MJ was a great inspiration for a lot of stars we like today, e.g. Justin Timberlake (okay, I'm only talking for myself here, but I hope you understand ;)

He wasn't called "King of Pop" for nothing and even if there have been scandalous rumours about him (remeber Neverland Ranch?), there's noboy who can deny that Jackson had a huge impact on the music industry regarding both music and dance(Moon-walk, anybody?).

Actually, I wasn't a big fan of him either although I really loved how kids performed his songs on the "Mini Playback Show" when I was little :)
And no...the following clip isn't the Mini Playback Show but MJ's performance of Billie Jean(1983) - those were the good times.


Analyzing a cartoon

As I promised, here's a model answer for the interpretation of a cartoon.
It looks a little long, but that is because there are such a lot of details in this particular cartoon. Other cartoon interpretations may be somewhat shorter.

Model answer: Abitur cartoon



PETA wishes Obama hadn't swatted that fly

This just made my day :)

WASHINGTON – The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the flyswatter in chief to try taking a more humane attitude the next time he's bedeviled by a fly in the White House.

PETA is sending President Barack Obama a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher, a device that allows users to trap a house fly and then release it outside.

"We support compassion even for the most curious, smallest and least sympathetic animals," PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich said Wednesday. "We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals."

During an interview for CNBC at the White House on Tuesday, a fly intruded on Obama's conversation with correspondent John Harwood.

"Get out of here," the president told the pesky insect. When it didn't, he waited for the fly to settle, put his hand up and then smacked it dead.

"Now, where were we?" Obama asked Harwood. Then he added: "That was pretty impressive, wasn't it? I got the sucker."

Friedrich said that PETA was pleased with Obama's voting record in the Senate on behalf of animal rights and noted that he has been outspoken against animal abuses.

Still, "swatting a fly on TV indicates he's not perfect," Friedrich said, "and we're happy to say that we wish he hadn't."

Deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said the White House has no comment on the matter.

I don't really know what to think of that...
Here is the clip of Obama swatting the fly.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090618/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_obama_dead_fly


What have the Romans ever done for us

Thank you, Nina, for mentioning this movie. Now this is the other scene I told you about. It contains a couple of terms worth looking up, like "irrigation", "sanitation". - The end of the scene is marked by a strong knock at the door ... it's a Roman patrol, coming to search the house.

And here is a really good parody of the Monty Python scene, or rather it's a sort of translation into present-day arguments ;-)

Life of Brian

Do you remember that we talked about "Life of Brian" a long time ago? ;)
I was looking for something at youtube and incidentally I found one of the scenes Mr Ringeisen told us about.
If you're still interested you can have a look at it -->


Obama note 'pardons' 4th grader

This is a cool example of how Obama can write a note, listen to a question, and put on a good show, all at the same time ;-)


If I were a rich girl...

Being rich and famous – that’s what lots of people all over the world wish for themselves. And what seems to secure the existence of numerous internet services like Twitter, Facebook or YouTube. But for becoming famous, you don’t really have to be talented, sometimes just a good or rather a striking idea counts.
Recently, I read about Tom Dickson’s broadcast on YouTube, called “Will it blend”, which about 1 million people watch in the USA. He’s become a kind of celebrity in the USA, but he works neither as an actor nor as a singer. Actually, he sells mixers. And the way he does is quite impressive, so if you don’t already know him, watch this video =)
(And yes, it is completely crazy.)


T-Mobile Sing-along Trafalgar Square (extended version)

A little crosscultural, international harmony in the middle of London (ethnic diversity, remember?) - it doesn't hurt to sing along ;-)
If you need the text, here it is: Hey Jude (songtext). Have fun.


HOME (cinematic trailer)

Have a look at this - it's only two-and-a-half minutes long. And if you like it, you may want to watch the whole movie. "HOME" is a fascinating film about the beauty of our planet - and its imminent destruction if we don't act to protect it.

For the whole 93 minutes, go to this youtube site: HOME, the movie