If a magnifying glass can do it, why can't I?
Oct 6, 2010
Jun 8, 2010
Just a quick post about a website called LoveGivesMeHope.com:
Basically, people post cute stories about love and friendship onto the site (see examples below), and you can get an instant smile from just sifting through it :) Excellent for procrastinating, cheering yourself up... go find!
Twenty years ago, my son came home from kindergarten with the biggest smile on his face.
He told me he had just met the prettiest girl in the world, her name was Stephanie, and he was going to marry that girl some day.
Today is their first anniversary.
My son's lasting love and devotion GMH.
I was driving past a retirement home today and two old people were laughing and playing like little kids.
Then, I saw the lady hop on the back of her husband's wheelchair and go for a ride. They GMH.
crafted by All Mad Here at 2:48 PM
So hey guys, I'm sure you're all preaty stressed now even the yr 11 IBs and I just wanted to let you in on a really good physics site which shows you how to write up all your pracs in the three assesment areas: www.eca.com.ve/hsclassweb/kurtsupplee/Physics/Resources/IB%2008%20LAbWriteupGuide.pdf
The other thing I wanted to let you know about is Brodies book and stationary store. For all year 11s who are interest this store sells the study guide for IB maths study guide. You can wait until next year to get it but it's there if you want it now. For everyone elsevit also sells study guides for HSC maths which is very close to IB and if you're a more of a language person these books are really useful, they explain things simply in a two page summary with, wait for it, actualy intelligible words! They also contain some of the physics course including projecile motion and SHM. If you're interested I suggest you go to the Brodies site: http://www.brodiesbookstore.com.au/ to find your nearest store. Oh, and they also have yummy smelling scratch and sniff stickers and stickers in spanish to inspire the child within. :)
May 27, 2010
Hmm...Let's see....What do we have for dessert today? It looks like something with nuts and smells so sweet...Oh, it's baklava!!!
Are u surprised? It is baklava but prepared in a very unique Azerbaijani style. We call it 'pakhlava'. It is usually cooked for special occasions. However, sweet lovers won't refuse it any time. If you have eaten Turkish baklava before, you will definitely find baklava different since it is sweeter. Although pakhlava has more solid texture, it tenderly melts in mouth and leaves unforgettable sweetness:)))
Would you like to try it? I challenge you, Not a Zebra friends, to make it and have a taste:) Just give it a try and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us:)))
Here is the recipe:
~The Traditional Azerbaijani Pakhlava~
Makes about 40 pieces.
1.5 cup plain flour, sifted
100g butter at room temperature, chopped
100g natural yogurt
1 tbsp baking powder
1 pinch salt
200g (2 cups) almond meal
50g blanched almond (roughly chopped)
80g walnuts (roughly chopped)
150g (3/4 cup) sugar
1.5 tbsp ground cardamon
2 full tbsp sugar
2/3 cup water
1/5 ground cardamon
200g (1 cup) melted unsalted butter
1 egg – lightly whipped
40-45 almond kernels
1. To make the syrup, place the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Stir over a medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil. Add ground cardamon. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool it completely.
2. Grease of a 20 x 30 cm baking tray.
3. Combine all nuts, sugar and cardamon in a bowl.
4. Preheat oven to 140°C fan.
5. Combine all ingredients of the dough in a large bowl and knead it until the dough is well smooth. Then divide it into 10 pieces. Two of them have to be a little bit bigger than the rest. Roll all the pieces of the dough into ball shapes. Cover them with a plastic wrap while working with 1 ball at a time. Take one big ball; roll it on lightly floured surface until approximately a 20 x 30 cm sheet. Place it carefully in greased baking tray, adapt to tray. Brush the sheet lightly with melted butter. Roll one small ball in a 20 x 30 sheet. Place it on the greased (first) sheet in the tray. Brush the surface with butter and spread about ¼ cup of filling evenly over. Repeat with remaining balls up to last big ball. Do not brush and spread the last sheet!!! Outline rhombus forms on the surface of last sheet. Then cut them into rhombus shapes. Brush tops of cut rhombus forms with lightly whipped egg. On the middle of each rhombus form stick almond kernels. Bake for 15 minutes until lightly golden brown. Reduce temperature to 120°C fan and continue baking for 20 minutes.
6. As soon as the Pakhlava comes out of the oven, pour the cold syrup over it and place the Pakhlava in the turned off oven again for 5 minutes. Cool it completely in the tray.
7. Enjoy the Pakhlava with a cup of tea with lemon.
Stay tuned with Not a Zebra!!!
May 9, 2010
i received this email from the art journal i am currently subscribed to called ART AGENDA. and this email talks about how modern art now is ranked by the amount it can sell for. interestinig rant about the standing of contempary art, a must to glue into all art students journals !!!! enjoy.
April 29, 2010
Master mistress of my passion, 2010
Plaster and broken glass
87 x 60 x 75 cm
Handgrenades from my heart
21 April – 29 May 2010
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen
Rue de Livourne, 35
Kendell Geers at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen
Contemporary Art has painted itself into a corner. The old Avant Garde's demand for constant renewal can no longer compete with the market demand for fresh blood, novelty and the dictates of fashion. The classic art historical concept of Movements and Manifestos have been superceded by seasons and sensations. Artists are as a result no longer judged by their historical resilience but according to their most recent auction sale. A young unknown Indian or Chinese painter can now be "ranked" higher than Duchamp or Manzoni according to the ubiquitous top 100 lists that proliferate in Art Magazines polluting the space between the advertising and advertorial.
The reality of the contemporary art market demand is that artists have neither the time nor the opportunity for real structural renewal, nor the space for philosophical growth and development. Instead of interrogating history or killing their idols, artists, and their market, seem content with slight of hand aesthetic adjustments and cynical asides.
The Avant Garde itself was a reaction to the dehumanising effects of the growing industrialisation of European culture and the increasing insensitivities that Capitalism defined itself by. Through the twentieth century our predecessors were more than happy to rape the planet, abuse their neighbours, and decimate any culture, faith, tradition in the subjugation of every form of life in their pursuit of profit by any means necessary. The golden age of reckless abandonment is thankfully now over and Capitalism hangs on by a single golden thread and the potential role of the artist in society never been more critical. As the planet increasingly claims back what is rightfully hers and our fragile human existence is ripped apart by tsunamis, droughts, famine, earthquakes, riots, religious wars and as the world economies swing into full frontal bankruptcies, what, if any, is the role that art could play?
The exhibition "Handgrenades From My Heart" is a meditation upon "Negative Space" and chance, a return to the human body as both subject and object in art. Only our bodies do not lie for the day we learn to speak is the day we learn to lie, even if our desires and intentions be for the contrary.
In strictly classical terms, "Negative Space" is defined as that which lies outside or around the subject, image or form, generally unnoticed but essential in framing our perceptions. It could also be understood as the "empty" space between letters, the unspoken invisible silence between words, the pause for breath and the undescribable unutterable thought on the tip of the tongue that never finds expression. Negative space is the gap of light between your fingers, the sweat in the palm of your hand, the frustration of something slipping away, slipping through your fingers, just out of reach. Marcel Duchamp called it "Inframince" being the difference in displaced volume between a clean shirt and the same shirt worn once, or the taste of one's mouth lingering in exhaled smoke.
For some years now I have tried to explore this notion of a Negative Space or Inframince in my drawings and performances, through the impossible containment and fluency of ink being directed and influenced by forces beyond my control. The virginal white paper stands out in contrast with the kinetic expulsion of natural forces, the shadow of a liberated energy field. For "Handgrenades From My Heart" I have tried to translate this energy principle into the third dimension using Plaster of Paris and bronze.
Slipping through my fingers in an ocean of endless possibilities, the warm visceral liquid plaster or wax eventually finds a moment of eternal rest in between infinite potential states of being. Defined according to the laws of chance and dictated to by the laws of nature, the forces of gravity are moulded by the vision of my desires as the work of art finds a unique form conjured out of a states of endless proposals. The sculptures embody a channelling of form in the negative space between intention and desire, between thought and form.
Shunning the superficiality and ego capitalism of contemporary trendiness, I decided to instead embrace the shamanic praxis of Joseph Beuys, weaving into it the spirit of artists like Cesar, Orozco, Nauman, Klein, Benglis, Manzoni and Bourgeois. This project follows on from "A Guest + A Host = A Ghost," my last exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery in London, which was a game of chess and an interrogation of Marcel Duchamp's "The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even." According to the logic of Duchamp's own switch from the cerebral 2 dimensionality of the transparent Large Glass towards the visceral opacity and confrontational eroticism of "Etant Donne" the intellectual dandyism of the found object gave way to a shamanic ritualisation of erotic forms and matter is spiritualised whilst spirit is materialised.
I make no excuses for my radical subjectivity and propose a shift in the ways we understand the artist today. Following the earthquake in Chile the planet has already shifted on its axis and our quotidian concepts of time and reality need adjustment. We no longer live in a world of infinite resources and endless opportunities and the planet demands an "Archaic Revival" on a global scale in order to bring our world back from the cliff edge of complete collapse. Art can lead the way through the embodiment of archetypes that shine in the darkness and fill the emptiness of a spiritual bankruptcy with love and hope.
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Apr 28, 2010
Apr 12, 2010
the website above contains two video interviews about the winner of the archibald prize Sam Leach.
the second interview however lastiung for 21 minutes is Edmunds Capons (one of the judges of the archibald prize) interviewing Sam, it talks about the subject matter and the judging, also the interview talks of Sam's influences and reson for the scale of the work. half way through the interview there is a short discussion about Sam Leach's other work titled: Proposal for landscaped cosmos.
Apr 5, 2010
Ciao my lovelies,
Mar 26, 2010
Like the video says, the reason we turn off our lights is to demonstrate that there is Climate Change and that we as citizens of the world can show that we can for this planet and that we will act to save this world.
coming soon is our blogger members photos of their earth hour! so stay tuned.
Mar 18, 2010
Mar 13, 2010
while reading through my darling FRANKIE i discovered these brillant ideas to recycle old jars and i am convinced i can some how incorprate this awesome idea into CAS and Blog.
stay in tuned for a step by step guid to make these little beauties
If you are looking for a university guidance, don't miss out the info on this post!!!
After making myself completely (?) sick of uni. talk during the holiday, I came to conclusion that there is actually no need to worry about the future uni. thaaaat much. However, it is good to have an idea about the univ.s in the world so that you could determine your aim and go 4 it!!!
From my experience, I daresay you only need to follow 2 eeeeeeeeeeeasy steps... (well, they are just 2 but I should say that they are extremely significant) I'll put them in the forms of questions that will automatically guide you along this hard decision-making process:
1. What do you want to study as your uni. course?
Well, I have to admit that this question was really hard 4 me to answer...If you are not sure about the course that you want to study, I don't advice to take all those career/personality and blah-blah-blah tests...Well, they didn't help me at all...It might help you but what I would recommend is looking 4 inspiration everywhere. Amazingly enough, my inspiration was the extended essay topic. Just think about a study area that you would enjoy the most but remember that you should pick one, which would make money 4 u in the future, too....
2. Where do you want to study 4 the univ.?
O.K. the first hard step is over now....but where to study? What I did was to google 4 the best univ.s in the world, which offer the course that I wanted to study...You guessed it right: there were a lot of 'em. Their official websites were not enough 4 me so I did e-mail them to request additional info. After this painful experience, at least I got an idea, where to study...Unfortunately, I discovered the awesome sites below lately but I still can share with you...So here you go:
http://www.australian-universities.com/ - 4 those, who are interested in the univ.s in Australia
http://studyusa.com/ - Dreaming about univ. in America? If yes, this site is 4 you.
http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/ - United Kingdom? yep, this site is 4 you.
These 2 steps helped me to determine my goal and helpfully, will help u, too:)))
Stay tuned with Not a Zebra!
Mar 12, 2010
Genre: Alternative/Piano Rock
A key component of my audio diet is Keane. Keane for me is one of the best bands in the world, Keane is composed of Tom Chaplin who does the vocals for the band, Tim Rice-Oxley the piano man and one of the best composers in the world and last but not least Richard Hughes who fit's the grooves to all their songs. Keane or the Locust Eaters or whatever they were called are an interesting bunch, they are 'word for word' a piano rock band. I think the X-Factor in Keane is Rice-Oxley who composes most of their pieces. Well enough of the introduction...
Hopes and Fears is the first studio album by Keane, it is in essence a meld of rustic melodies and beats incorporated with modernized synthesized sounds. The album opens in the best way possible with a little song called 'Somewhere Only We Know'. Somewhere only We Know is the perfect encapsulation of the album, it is a powerful power-ballade that captures audiences with melody and beat, time seems irrelevant in the song which just streams away into.... 'This is The Last Time' the perfect goodbye song, it tell about when you leave something you love behind, it perfectly builds up to a climax on the last run of the chorus that seems to get you everytime! The album then mellows abit with We Might As Well Be Strangers but then bounces back up with Bend and Break which captures the spirit of the morning with cheerful optimism. After this cheery song the album takes a plug into the darker themes of broken relationships with Your Eyes Open which depicts the fallout of a friendship in a stronger fashion than Strangers. She Has No Time is beautiful to say the least, it is a song with a story. She Has No Time was written for Chaplin by Rice-Oxely to comfort him after a girl he fell in love with completely ignored him and avoided him, Chaplin's voice seems fragile in this song perfectly accommodating the themes. In all honesty there is just too much to say about this album, but I will say this, it is the perfect encapsulation of one's Hopes and Fears. Love, rejection, the pursuit of dreams, the leaving behind of friends, this album has everything.
Overall what can I say? This is one of the most beautiful collection of songs put together by man, unrivaled, unchallenged and yet so very intimate I give this 9.5 out of 10. Awe-inspiring stuff.
Recommended Listens: Everything is good.... but don't forget to check out On a Day Like Today!
crafted by Clo at 2:43 PM
Mar 3, 2010
"One of the most prominent rock bands of this era is undoubtedly Muse, the English prog trio have been actively creating awesome music since 1994. Made famous for the undoubted stage presence of Matt Bellamy and his personally customized arsenal of super-charged Manson's, with the added individuality of Dom on drums and Chris on the bass they create an original power-pack combination.
Muse is by far the most genre breaking band in history, with hits such as Super Massive Black Hole they have cemented their place among the legends.
Their latest studio album "The Resistance" does prove that the band certainly have not dulled over age. The Resistance is heavily themed with anti-establishmental Orwellian themes, it opens with a gem of a piece called "Uprising" which sings of a rebellion against the secrecy of governments. The album quickly moves on to other genre busting songs such as "Undisclosed Desires" an intimate R&B influenced piece written for his fiance and also the big brother/sister of Super Massive Black Hole. There are other interesting pieces of work such as Guiding Light which depicts the fallout of a relationship in a very beautiful fashion and with a pretty decent guitar solo. One of the key pieces for me was the symphonic-rock 14 minute, 3 part Exo-Genesis. Exo-Genesis is amazing to say the least, Bellamy has put beautiful and rather rapturous melodies that leave one in awe.
Overall I give this album a 7.5/10. Though Muse has pushed every single boundary in this album I believe that there is still so much more they are capable of, but songs like Unnatural Selection and I Belong To You did heavily let them Down, with failed climaxes.
Recommended Listens: Uprising, Resistance, United States of Eurasia, Undisclosed Desires, Guiding Light & Exogenesis 1&2.- Listen at www.muse.mu"
Written by Cornelius Lo
Only authorized for private enjoyment any copies of this review is prosecutable by law
crafted by Clo at 3:27 AM
Feb 28, 2010
Ciao my lovelies,
Feb 27, 2010
This is something for all you history people out there who are sick of boring old history notes. This is an analysis of Caberet. This movie/ play is full of fantastic songs and has a great story line but it is also a very useful way of considering the issues and attitudes prevalent in pre-hitlarian Germany. This post is and analysis of some of the songs from the 70s movie and the social issues they touch on. I hope it also, in some cases makes you smile. :) I'm not sure if you guys will like it but we'll see. Oh, and I don't own Caberet at all.
This songs is the opening song from Caberet. It introduces the idea of the underground scene that appeared post WWI. A new sub-culture developed, especially in Berlin, amoung the dissolusioned masses returned from war wishing to actually 'live' life before they died. The flapper, gay communities, caberet and strip clubs emerged much to the dismay of members of the older generation and conservative members of the community. They saw this as a demoralisation of the young and sought to remove it. Hitler offered this, he would destroy the underground caberet clubs and reassert 'morality' in German society.
More to come......
Feb 26, 2010
Feb 20, 2010
Would you like to have an online diary? Do you have something that you are burning to share with the rest of the world? Are u a desparate IB student, and needs good CAS hours? Do you want your ideas/thoughts to be heard in the world?
If your answer is YES, building a blog might be the best choice for you. However, you don't know how to do it...No Problem At ALL!!!
Not a Zebra is here to help:) Just follow the instructions/steps below:
Step 1: Choose your ideas for CAS points:
ok so you cant just make a blog for CAS, you need a purpose. Whatever the blog is about make sure you have talked it over with your CAS teacher to ensure you are ticking the right boxes. ideas to incorporate CAS is to make instructions (like this one) to inform another student on a creative aspect you are good at , you could have information on helping other student (like a blog that directs students to websites with vital IB study material.), you could make profile pages to promote other students skills (we have done a art portfolio, showing our IB arts students there art works) the ideas are endless, just look around our pages and explore the endless ideas you can do to get your IB CAS hours Finished!!!!!
Step 2: Brainstormining:
Plan your blog. Try to answer four crucial questions:
1. What is the subject of your blog?
2. Do you want to have your viewers comment back?
3. Do you want people to link your individual pages or just your overall blog?
4. Are you going to be able to keep your blog up to date?
Step 3: Go to http://www.blogger.com :
Click on the Create a Blog Now button. After creating your account and setting up a username with a password, accept the Terms of Service.
Step 4: Setup Your Blog:
In the Blog title space, name your blog. Select a template.
Step 5: Create Your First Post:
You can create new postings in the Blogger Dashboard in the Posting section. Enter a title for your first posting and some text in the Edit area. For your first post, add some text as a greeting and whatever content you want to start your blog. You can format your text as well.
Step 6: Set Your Blogging Options:
Click to the button Yes for setting Allow New Comments on This Post, if you want your viewers to add comments. Also, set time and date for the posting if you would like.
Step 7: Publish Your Post:
Click on the Publish Post button and view your blog.
Step 8: Checking Your Blog:
Click on One of the Blogs of Note in your Dashboard and select one. You will have a different set of blogs to choose from. Next, look for a mission statement. Does your blog have the info of explaining what it is for? Later on, check whether the site is hosted at blogspot.com
Step 9: Set Your Blogger Profile:
Log in to your blog and go to the Dashboard. Click on the edit profile link on the Dashboard. Configure the privacy settings. Add your name and photo to our profile. Save your profile.
Step 10: Configure Your E-mail Options:
By means of Blogsend Address, you can back-up your blog-sent to your e-mail address. Using Mail-to-Blogger Address, which will be @blogger.com, you can use your e-mail program to post your blog. Enter your email in the BlogSend Address and create a name for the Mail-to-Blogger Address.
Step 11: Send Invitation to Join Your Blog:
This is optional; you can add member(s) to your blog, if you want to. To do that, click on Members in the Settings tab, and then click on the Add Team Member(s) button. Each person you add will get an email with a link to click on to join the blog.
Notice that u don't pay anything at all!
Also, these are the steps that Not a Zebra followed and as u are aware succeed. How did we know all these? Well, as typical IB'ers, we went to the library! Never underestimate the library; library had the most useful book ever that made our blogging dream come true. For those who are wondering, the book is called Creating Web Pages All In One. We are thankful to the authors Preston Gralla & Matt Brown for it...
Anyway...Hopefully, these instructions will be useful for you:)))
In case u have any questions/suggestions/problems, feel free to comment or write to our e-mail address email@example.com
basic rundown of the show:is an Icelandic inspector named hallgrim he works in the Danish police force, and is named chief constable of a new task force to help solve international crime. throughout solving crimes of abduction, terrorism, organ and human trafficking, hallgrim has to come with terms of him self and the reasons for leaving iceland ini the first place.
dot points on the video if you just didn't get it
- he is growing up, and still thinks about his mother
- he falls in love with a girl, Isbjørg,
- he sees her with her father
- then runs away to from iceland leaving her behind
- he later grown up regrets leaving her behind and has visions about her.
personally i really love the softness of the song (very movie/disney song/epic song), it very melancholy as it tells of the main characters live his acts and experiences that change and form his life and being now. i love how like my theme for ART, people change by experiences.
Feb 12, 2010
1. study music mix-tapes:
I heart Hiroshima
2. fake reading glasses
3. recycled/Eco- friendly stationary
4. lavender flavoured pearl milk tea.
5. State library membership
6. una PARTY dress
Sorry this post will probably just interest people, who are suffering from the IB pain. (not really...I should say people, who are enjoying the best period of their life's - the IB stage:) btw I do believe in that)
OK...If you haven't done your TOK presentation yet, these tips hopefully will be so helpful 4 you!!! I have recently discovered the lovely site http://www.ibhelp.com/ and saw the awesome post about the tips and would like to share it with you guys....:))) Btw I just shortened the actual text, which was sent by Linda (I dunno who she is but I greatly appreciate her post and acknowledge her, as well as the other editors of this site of this website)...
"These tips were written by Nick Alchin, a ToK and mathematics teacher at Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks, Kent, UK. He has also written an excellent ToK text book for IB students and a teacher's book."
1. Read the assessment criteria. You should focus on knowledge issues and choose a contemporary issue.
2. Choose a concrete topic that interests you and find the TOK in it. Try to find a topic that you will really enjoy talking about and that means something to you personally. Some of the most effective presentations start with an everyday story and go on to draw out the TOK aspects.
3. Explore an issue; this means that you should present different points of view, even if they contradict each other and even if you disagree with them. Give your own opinion; you can point out that there are problems with your opinion, but be honest and say what you really think!
4. Try to cover the facts quickly and get on to the abstract TOK principles. There are no marks for dissemination of information! The focus of the presentation must be analysis, not description.
5. Think about the implications of TOK principles and use them to reflect on the validity of the principles.
6. Your communication on the structure of your presentation should be clearly stated and easy to follow by the audience. Having one or two overheads with the main points in bullet form (using a large font for clarity) can keep both you and your audience on track.
7. State clearly the problems of knowledge that you are looking at. This will help you retain clarity and make it easier for an examiner to give you high marks in criterion A (Knowledge Issues). If you use an overhead, list the problems there.
8. If appropriate use a film clip, slides, photos, newspaper cutting or any other prop. Your presentation will probably be far more interesting if you can use something other than your voice! But make sure that the props serve a specific purpose, and that they don't replace the analysis that will earn you high marks in criterion B (Quality of Analysis).
9. In your conclusion try to summarize (briefly--only a few sentences) what you have said, and try to end with a forward-looking view. This might be a summary of the main principles you have identified or some issues which have arisen and which have not been answered. Do not just repeat your arguments. The end should "feel" like a conclusion and not like "well, that's it."
10. Use examples of real life situations! This will show your understanding of the knowledge issues, implications of the ToK principles and in overall, the whole context of ToK.
Ok Good luck with your ToK presentation!
Hopefully, these tips will be handy 4 u!!!
If you've got something to add, pls feel free to comment or e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'd like to share an inspirational story of the 95 year old blogger María Amelia López Soliño. She was the oldest blogger in the world!!!!
Her internet story has started with the following message in Spanish:
"hoy cumplo 95 años. Me llamo María Amelia y nací en Muxía (A Coruña) el 23 de Diciembre de 1911. Hoy es mi cumpleaños y mi nieto como es muy cutre me regalo un blog. Espero poder escribir mucho y contaros las vivencias de una señora de mi edad."
And followed by the translation in English:
"today I am 95 years old. My name is Amelia and I was born in Muxía (A Coruña - Spain) on December the 23rd of 1911. Today it's my birthday and my grandson, who is very stingy, gave me a blog."
To read the rest of her story, pls check her website: http://amis95.blogspot.com/
You might want to read one of the numerous articles about her. Here is the link: http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6344077.ece
She might pass away but she didn't stop inspiring us:)))
Rest in peace, Señora Soliño, your "blogueriños" (as she used to call her bloggers friends) - the Not a Zebra Team are online!!!