Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

English World 2 Unit 5: Review Unit 5

(Supplementary Material for Specific Textbooks--English World 2)



Pokemon PowerPoint: driveslidespub
Quizlet: drive, docs, pub




Study at home: J2A Unit 5 Vocabulary
https://quizlet.com/_1gl38c


Study at home: J2A Unit 5 Vocabulary
https://quizlet.com/_1gl38c


Study at home: J2A Unit 5 Vocabulary
https://quizlet.com/_1gl38c

Monday, June 26, 2017

So the folks at Cracked.com take on the weirdness of the Gremlins Movie:

6 Bizarre Implications Of The Gremlins Films - Obsessive Pop Culture Disorder


As for me, I listed Gremlins as one of my favorite films of all time over here.

A couple notes:
1) A lot of the bizarre tonal shifts in Gremlins that Cracked.com complains about are actually intentional--i.e. the filmmakers were intentionally trying to make a black comedy with Gremlins.

2) But... I didn't realize this as a kid.  I was too young to understand movie genre cliches and the subversion of those cliches.  I thought this was just how horror movies usually worked.  And I'm willing to bet it was the same for most of my generation.
It wasn't until I got older that I realized how intentionally bizarre Gremlins was.
It is partly that mix of childhood nostalgia mixed with the fascination for everything bizarre in this movie that puts Gremlins on my 10 ten favorite films of all time list.

English World 2 Unit 5 Class Composition p.65

(Supplementary Material for Specific Textbooks--English World 2)



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Running Dictation: drive, docs, pub


Yet another installment in "Hey, I know that guy!"  (Or in this case--those guys)

Nora Gleason Interviews Stewart Gatsi [FULL INTERVIEW ]



Both the interviewer and the interviewee are friends/co-workers of mine.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

English World 2 Unit 5 Listening p.64

(Supplementary Material for Specific Textbooks--English World 2)



PowerPoint: Drive, slides, pub
Transcript: drive, docs, pub
Production: drive, docs, pub
Interesting Random Facts--The Kingdom of Kush in the Bible

So, this Extra History video here  mentioned the Kingdom of Kush, which got me thinking:



The Kingdom of Kush is one of those names that I remember from Bible class in my school days, but I suddenly realized that I know nothing about it.

Wikipedia article on the ancient Kingdom of Kush here.

Also according to Wikipedia, the Bible identifies the Kingdom of Kush with Cush, the oldest son of Ham, son of Noah.
Cush was the father of Nimrod, and, according to Wikipedia, the Bible gets a bit confused with the exact location of the land of Cush, and Cush is alternately identified in Scripture with the Kingdom of Kush, ancient Sudan, and/or the Arabian Peninsula.[1].

For a list of all the times the Cush is mentioned in the Bible, see here.