Archive for January, 2008

On And Off

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Sunday, January 20th, 2008 at 9:38 am
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Clap twice ot thrice?

§ 1. So, there’s a new, two years old, electronic gadget or program, that has the specialised capacity to shut off different televisions brands. Recentely, this January 2008, Gizmodo Confessed on their blog The Meanest Thing They Did, which was at the CES, an annual, American convention presenting new or redesigned electronic devices: so, Gizmodo had fun shutting off whole walls of television sets in display, or, even worse, TV sets, actually supporting ongoing presentations! Branchez-vous en p@rle ici : CES: Un blogueur sème le chaos (mise à jour) - Électronique - Téléviseurs HDTV

§ 2. It’s a wonder if three other pieces of News could relate to (adaptations of) that electronic gadget or program that has the simple power to turn off an ongoing electronic program, system, or TV? First, just this month, a passenger plane which had left from Victoria?, BC, Canada, heading East, suddenly dropped 5000 feet, as they were flying over the mighty Rocky Mountains: they had to urgently land in Calgary. Isn’t that what would happen if the plane’s engines were disrupted, even a few seconds. Maybe that gadget can switch off and on, but maybe, they also, see three § down, had to glide to Calgary, from the high altitude they had to have, being over the Rockies, but that, after plunging 5000 feet!

§ 3. The Medias TQS, TVA and CBC disrupted our attention, by suggesting it could have been caused by a furtive plane, even though everybody knows those planes don’t travel in civil corridors. Why couldn’t it have been simply caused by an electronic signal, maybe issued from a tiny device, that has the simple power to interrupt an ongoing electronic system, and that had been smuggled into the plane, by a passenger who could be part of a show of force, or else, simply in needs of strong emotions like plunging 5000 feet!.

§ 4. Otherwise, do they allow laptops on planes? If so, could a businessman, with the right program installed on his laptop computer, simply execute the interruption of the plane’s electronic system (s)? It could even be someone who hates TVs, especially on planes: he or she brings along his or her TV closing device, gadget, program and then, when he or she wants to take his or her nap, he or she verifies if he or she actually really can close the plane’s TVs, if any, but inadvertently, he or she shuts off the plane’s engine (s), or rather the electronic system (s) and program (s), which keep planes on their paths?

§ 5. Second, just last week, in England, UK, the engines of another passenger plane just went off: they thus had to land at the Heathrow Airport, after gliding from where they had been flying and they barely made it! Third, just yesterday, appeared on Google News that the CIA admits that some foreign, but allied, country has recently been threatened of a major Power disruption, in what seems to be an extortion scheme, lead exclusively in English: program codes are most often commented and in this case, the comments within the encoding of the malicious program (s) involved, are all in English.

§ 6. If the said gadget, used by Gizmodo, is two years old, just imagine the improved, adapted or specialised variants the human mind might have created, by now. For the least, Gizmodo’s feat informs us that shutting off ongoing electronic devices has never been easier: nowadays, on TV, are even sold systems, through which clapping (twice or thrice), shuts off lamps, TVs or what not? Next, you’re on a plane to a warm, hot beach and already thirsty: in order to order a tall glass of grape juice, you attract the hostess’ attention by clapping twice: the airplane’s engines stop. Would there be a link? Should you now clap twice or thrice?

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And Life Goes On

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Tuesday, January 15th, 2008 at 10:30 am
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What’s Next?

Including yesterday, 2007jan14, so far, I have worked for the School board, 29 days on the last 46, thus better than every other day; since hired, I have worked 31 days on 65 work days, thus nearly 1 day / 2. Indeed, within those statistics, the first month was quite slow

I must say that I feel a certain stress, from not knowing where I might (have) wind (ed) up, or not, today, yesterday or tomorrow, even though I do have two replacements to do, Thursday and Friday and even though, I likely will teach again at Jean-De-Brébeuf High school for three weeks at the beginning of March.

Last week, as I was finishing my (too) short three weeks contract, three schools phoned me up for substitute teaching, but I couldn’t go, since I can’t be at two places at the same time. However, this week, yesterday, and so far, this morning, the phone stayed silent…

Sunday, I applied for a five-week contract, not too far from Quebec City. The contract starts next week and would take me to the spring break and thus to my next contract at Jean-de-Brébeuf. Nevertheless, I’d likely have to rent in that town for that month, especially that we’re in winter; furthermore, working in another school board won’t be counted within my time done at the De La Capitale School Board… However, If they did hire me, I’d likely accept…

As for my three past weeks at Jean-de-Brébeuf, I sure invested a lot of time into preparing my ‘Wiki Project’: http://terpsichore.djo.ca/wikini. The last day at Jean-De-Brébeuf, a student asked me what I did on New Year’s day: what I forgot to tell him, because I didn’t remember that day, is that on New Year’s day 2008, I spent the whole day installing their Wiki, as needed, even though I didn’t event know if the Computer lab would be available, the following, first week of classes! Fortunately, the lab was free! Should we call that pure luck or a blessing? Only God knows

Moreover, on New Year, I created a UserName and a password for each of the 167 students: it took me more or less 14 hours, if I remember well. However, out of the six groups, only four had time available to transcribe their summaries, written in class and which I corrected during the ‘vacations’: the other two groups got late in the menu, because of the December snow storm and because of the Christmas activity day. Therefore, last week, those two groups finally watched Lost’s episode The Hunting Party, took notes, then hand wrote a summary.

Distributing the passwords to each student was also part of the deal. I printed their user names and their passwords very small. Then, for each group, I made a tiny ‘hardcover book’. As the students came in before class, they came to my desk to pick up their corrected summaries, which I had previously placed in alphabetical order of first names: with the summary, I gave each student her or his password, cut off from the list. I could have written or pasted the password on their corrected summary, but then anyone could have related the UserName and the password: a tiny paper with tiny fonts and the sole password seemed more discrete and safe.

In this im@ge, the UserNames’ fonts are much bigger the actual paper version:

password distribution

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Happy 2008 heureux

This @rticle was cre@ted by Djeault, on Friday, January 4th, 2008 at 7:26 am
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2008 rat year

2008: Year of the Rat

On Feb 6, 2008, starts the year of the Rat and thus ends the ongoing year of the Pig.

Today, I must finish my correction of a summary written so far by over 100 students on the episode The Hunting Party of the Lost series..

On new year’s day, I inst@lled the Wiki Terpsichore for Frederic Kunderlik’s 167, sec IV, ESL students at Jean-de-Brébeuf high school. I start the 3rd étape with them next week and likely will end it too, the first three weeks of March…

I wish YOU a happy 2008!
DjO vous souhaite un heureux 2008 !

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