Friday, July 25, 2008

Randy Pausch... an unbelieveble teacher, parent and human being!

An amazing professor who taught us a great last lesson.

In the lecture Mr. Pausch urged his students and colleagues to live life to the fullest. Among his words of wisdom:
  • "Never underestimate the importance of having fun. I'm dying and I'm having fun. And I'm going to keep having fun every day because there's no other way to play it."
  • "We can't change the cards we're dealt, just how we play the hand. If I'm not as depressed as you think I should be, I'm sorry to disappoint you."
  • "Good teaching is always a performance, but what Randy did was in a class all by itself," says Andy van Dam, co-founder of the computer science department at Brown University, which Pausch attended as an undergraduate. "His students responded to him as athletes do to a great coach who cares not only about winning but about the team players as individuals."
Randy Pausch, died Friday of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 47. He died at his home in southern Virginia.

Most felt condolences to his family, friends and students.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Bolivar Bolivariano no es un pensamiento muerto ni mucho menos un santo para prenderle una vela.... Ali Primera.

Today, we are remembering our Bolivar. What do you think about this great Venezuelan? How important is his legacy to you? Should we be proud of him? Was he a superheroe or just an ordinary human being?

Reading The Free Dictionary, I found this: "Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar Palacios y Blanco called El Libertador (born July 24, 1783 in Caracas, Captaincy General of Venezuela – died December 17, 1830, in Santa Marta, Colombia) was a leader of several independence movements throughout South America, collectively known as Bolívar's War.

In 1802, he married María Teresa Rodríguez del Toro y Alaysa, daughter of Bernardo Nicolás Rodríguez del Toro y Ascanio and wife Benita de Alaiza y Medrano. She died of yellow fever less than a year later and decided he would never remarry.

Together with José de San Martín, Bolívar is regarded as one of the Liberators of Spanish South America."

Wikipedia tell us..... "After the triumph over the Spanish monarchy, Bolívar participated in the foundation of Gran Colombia, a nation formed from the liberated Spanish colonies. Bolívar became President of Gran Colombia from 1821 to 1830, President of Peru from 1824 to 1826 and President of Bolivia from 1825 to 1826. His legacy contributed decisively to the independence of present-day Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panamá, Perú and Venezuela."

Now... What do I think about our "Libertador"... he was a great man initiator and a true believer.. he had dreams and he pursued them... he was a man of honor and kept promises. I also think he was a human being of his time and he did as his conscience told him to do. He also could see that moral and education are our first necessities....

Some of his thoughts:

Usted formó mi corazón para la libertad, para la justicia, para lo grande, para lo hermoso. Yo he seguido el sendero que usted me señaló... No puede figurarse usted cuán hondamente se han grabado en mi corazón las lecciones que usted me ha dado " (Palabras de El Libertador a su maestro Don Simón Rodríguez ­ 1797)

El que manda debe oír aunque sean las más duras verdades y, después de oídas, debe aprovecharse de ellas para corregir los males que produzcan los errores.

Moral y luces son los polos de una República, moral y luces son nuestras primeras necesidades" (Palabras de El Libertador ante el Congreso de Angostura - 15 de febrero 1819)

What do you think about our Libertador? What are you doing to contribute to the development and growing of our country? If you had the chance to talk to Bolivar what would you tell him?

The Free Dictionary, Wikipedia,

Monday, July 21, 2008


Do you like music? ... What about James Blunt? He's one of my fav! I couldn't resist to add the lyrics to this video... So, everybody... Let's all sing.

Find more
videos like this on International Collaboration

About the singer..

James Blunt (born James Hillier Blount, February 221974) is a British singer-songwriter whose debut album, Back to Bedlam, and single releases — especially the number one hit "You're Beautiful" — brought him to fame in 2005. His style is a mix of pop, folk and acoustic rock. Along with vocals, James Blunt plays a wide variety of instruments including the piano, guitar, organ, marimba and mellotron. His song "You're Beautiful" reached number one on the Billboard Hot
in 2006.

Here we go again..... The first single from All The Lost Souls is called "1973" and was inspired by Blunt's nights out in a club called Pacha, in Ibiza. The song became another hit for Blunt reaching number-one in seven countries and reach the top
in the European overall chart. It reached top 10 in twenty-nine countries.

Thanks so much James for so beautiful music....

video: International Collaboration

Final Project May-July 08

Well, my dear friends... we are almost done! These are some guidelines and reminders of what our final project is about. Check on the presentation and if you need it you ca download it form our file box.

If you have any doubts ... you know what to do do.... email me or ask a partner...Looking forward to listening to your final reports...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

May-July 2008 Final Week Class

Hello, There! Introducing a voice forum for our last week class... From now on... we are going to record our participations in class in these forums. I know... we are finishing our English class together, but you can always keep in touch with us through these conversations we are going to have in UTTERZ.

Let's get started with our first Conversation... All you have to do is ... click on the replies... Look at the tittle tutorial I put together for you (click on the image to see a larger picture of it).... if you have any questions... you know you can ask your partners or me.

And now, the conversation.... click to listen to the question and participate with your opinion... leave a message to your classmates and teacher.

What would you like to say on your final week class to your classmates and teacher?

Mobile post sent by doris3m using Utterz. reply-count Replies. mp3

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Who wants a Banana Split?

Banana Split... a delicious dessert.... Antonio Arrieta shared this delicious recipe with us... Here you have to cook this easy recipe...

Uploaded on authorSTREAM by antonioarrieta

Easy right?... Who wants some.... mmmhhhmm

Monday, July 7, 2008

Nature ... Slideshow Contest at Slideshare!

This is powerpoint point presentation designed by a 17 years old student from Portugal. His name is João Paulo Alves and his presentation is competing at a Slideshare contest... go there check it out and vote it winner!!! Excellent message, design, and use of the language.

Ok... did you like it? what did you like about it? Contents, message, photos, words. What about you? Would you like to participate in this contest or at least contribute to the spreading of the going green and thinking green idea to save the world? Come on ... Let us know what you have to say... Leave a comment...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Yaimir Muñoz ..... a level 1 student

This was Yaismir Muñoz homework for the second term... Enjoy it.

Uploaded on authorSTREAM by doris3m