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April 2009

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 30, 2009 2 Comments

So instead of writing a post inspired by a rereading of Bourdieu’s concept of habitus, I thought I would have a little more fun with my iMovie, and “vlog” instead of blogging. Here’s a short reflection on habitus through the scripts I have inhabited….and which have inhabited me.

Music: Jacques Dutronc, “Les cactus”

Habitus from […]

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Written By: aaminahm on April 29, 2009 5 Comments
Arablish, the New Muslim Cool

On Sunday Jen, a fellow CAL student, and I went to the San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF) at the Sundance (formerly the Kabuki) to view New Muslim Cool. This film is a documentary about Islam, Muslim youth, identity, and Hip Hop culture. I found out about the screening because it was on my friend’s […]

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Written By: daveski on April 29, 2009 10 Comments
Next Stop: Int’l Border

I’ve been sitting on this post for over a week now, after coming back from the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference in San Diego (mentioned in my previous post here). More on that in a bit.

And as other people have said on FIT many times but in different ways ( more→

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 28, 2009 5 Comments

Hi folks, check out my video version of life on FIT in April.

Found in Translation: April 2009 from Usree Bhattacharya on Vimeo.

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Written By: Youki on April 27, 2009 4 Comments

So I noticed today that Google had Morse Code on its front page.  “How interesting,” I thought to myself.  It’s Samuel Morse’s birthday — he was the inventor of Morse Code and one of the inventors/developers of the electric telegraph.

I actually learned Morse Code many years ago, when I was a Boy Scout.  […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 26, 2009 No Comment
Indus Valley Stone Tablets Inscriptions

A new study to be published in Science magazine, regarding the stone tablet inscriptions from the Indus Valley region four thousand years ago, is a topic of hotly contested debate:

Did the people of the Indus Valley civilization have a written language? According to the researchers who conducted the latest analysis, the answer is […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 24, 2009 4 Comments

My mother often tells me stories of growing up in pre-Independence Calcutta (Kolkata), India, and I am always fascinated by details about Bengali (Bangali)* cuisine. I grew up in a (primarily) vegetarian household (where food was niramish), whereas the defining aspect of traditional Bangali cuisine is (traditionally freshwater) fish curry (machher jhol) and […]

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Written By: aaminahm on April 24, 2009 5 Comments

According to Delta Airlines the price to pay for Islamophobia is $25.00. For those of you who might remember, I posted a blog “Do You Speak English?” about an incident that occurred on a Northwest  ( a Delta subsidiary) flight from Minneapolis to Columbus on April 2, 2009.

During that flight the only attendant questioned me […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 23, 2009 No Comment

Movie time! Come join us FITizens for the screening of the critically acclaimed “Helvetica.”

Date: Friday, April 24, 2009
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: 340 Moffitt (BCNM Commons)

Helvetica is an independent feature-length documentary film about typography and graphic design, centered around the typeface of the same name. Directed by Gary Hustwit, it was released in 2007 to […]

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Written By: Youki on April 23, 2009 3 Comments

One of the characteristics of “Web 2.0” is the separation of form and content. Back in the 90s, before Facebook and MySpace and Twitter, when social networks consisted of sites like Geocities and you spoke to your friends on IRC, putting a page online actually required some coding know-how. You basically started with a […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 22, 2009 No Comment
Urdu Show @ Cal

The fourth annual Urdu Show is comin’ up!

The event will take place Sunday, May 3rd, from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm in 155 Dwinelle.

Hope to see you there!

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 21, 2009 1 Comment

In reading On Phenomenology and Social Relations, I was struck by some glorious lines Alfred Schutz (1970) penned on language. You find these lines in the chapter entitled Social Means of Orientation and Interpretation, which begins by situating language in the context of culture:

“In order to command a language freely as a scheme […]

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Written By: daveski on April 20, 2009 2 Comments

I got this email from Wolfgang E. Adolph in the Department of Mod. Lang. & Linguistics at Florida State University via the Language Learning and Technology International Information Forum listserv; considering the UC system’s ongoing budget woes and threats to our languages at Cal I thought it’d be good to cross-post in its […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 18, 2009 3 Comments

So a couple of news stories caught my attention today. The first piece appeared in the New York Times, entitled Public Provides Giggles; Bloggers Get the Book Deal. This piece begins by discussing blogs that have gone on to be published in traditional book format, like Pets Who Want to Kill Themselves, […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 18, 2009 No Comment

Here’s a very cool, animated history of the Internet:

My favorite comment on the video by a viewer:

I’m pretty sure Al Gore invented the Internet. I don’t know where these people got their information.

Heh.

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Written By: daveski on April 17, 2009 No Comment

In case you haven’t seen it, the German Department has a Poetry Corner on its website, featuring poems by Heiko Michael Hartmann, Zafer Senocak, Heinrich Heine and others. The site reads,

An epiphany, a bolt of spiritual lightning, an astonishing conceit, a fleeting insight, a lasting memory–great poetry is all this and more. A […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 16, 2009 2 Comments

अनाथ
अकेले
क्या
वे
मेरा इंतेज़ार करते हैं
कहीं मुझे बुला रहें हैं
उस अंधकार में?
वह एक गुफा है-
जहाँ वे
खेलते हैं
हंसते हैं
हर रोज़ उनकी सच्चाई
एक दर्द है
आशा का अंत है
जहाँ न माँ का प्यार
ना पिता का आशीर्वाद.
आज कल में बदलता है
कल परसो में.
क्या वे मुझे बुलाते हैं?

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 16, 2009 2 Comments
Comic Conventions!

Ever wondered about the lettering conventions in comic books? This site explains just that! Find out more about asterisks, balloon tails, breaking borders, breath marks, and a whole host of other traditions!

Hat tip: Barbara Wallraff.

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Written By: daveski on April 15, 2009 3 Comments

I’ve just come down to San Diego for my first-ever AERA (American Educational Research Association) conference, and there’s much to write about. Actually, with probably around 10,000 people spread across 4 giant convention centers and hotels, there’s way too much going on to capture anything more than a tiny fragment. But one thing […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 14, 2009 3 Comments
Words in Context

Exemplar is an amazing website that:

searches over 1,900 journals from Springer’s collection to find authentic examples of how a word or phrase is used in published literature. Comprehensive coverage includes both current and archival content in all major subject areas including the life sciences, medicine, engineering, mathematics, computer science, business, and law, […]

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