Wait, do people actually pronounce it as KWA-beck? I have never heard this in my life what is going on
Why would you even do this
I am so confused
read properly. i said in joual, which is an informal canadian french dialect. /Kwa/ is the standard way of saying quoi. /kwe/ is rarely said but still said in Québec. you pronounce Québec in french like /Kebek/ but with an english accent it’s pronounced /Kwebek/. I hope you understand IPA XD
I was more surprised at the English pronouncing it was Kwa-beck, which I’ve never heard. :>
With this kind of participatory urban art project, what we are looking for is to inspire, to use art in public spaces as a tool for change. We try to uplift the environment and make neighbors believe that they can change it for the best — small changes maybe, but this small change can inspire big ones. The outcome of this project has been amazing. Now Vila Brasilândia is appearing in the media worldwide, not for the negative reasons that these kinds of settlements are accustomed to, but for something positive. We hear almost daily from residents in the streets where we intervened thanking us for what we did, and that is the best reward you can have.
Also, check out the group’s projects on their website. They have 16 photos of this and they are stunning!
You know those book hangovers when you wake up in the morning after finishing the book the night before and the FIRST thing you think about is the book, and then you have all these feelings still and you don’t know what to do with them, and no one around understands, and it feels like reality is still moving around you but you’re stuck in that book hangover and still cannot make yourself care about anything in the real world because FEELINGS.
I’d definitely say this genre is mostly smokin weed/ambient pancakes with a side of bacon/enjoying the moment while it blasts/chilled never shaken/hemp postmaternity/pacifist aggressive/chicas bonitas/chemtrail step.
Mahshid’s… father, a devout Muslim, had been an ardent supporter of the [Iranian] revolution. She wore the scarf even before the revolution, and in her class diary, she wrote about the lonely mornings when she went to a fashionable girls’ college, where she felt neglected and ignored—ironically, because of her then-conspicuous attire. After the revolution, she was jailed for five years because of her affiliation with a dissident religious organization and banned from continuing her education for two years after she was out of jail.
I imagine her in those pre-revolutionary days, walking along the uphill street leading to the college on countless sunny mornings. I see her walking alone, her head to the ground. Then, as now, she did not enjoy the day’s brilliance. I say ‘then, as now’ because the revolution that imposed the scarf on others did no relieve Mahshid of her loneliness. Before the revolution, she could take in a sense of pride in her isolation. At that time, she had worn the scarf as a testament to her faith. Her decision was a voluntary act. When the revolution forced the scarf on others, her action became meaningless.
”—Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran (New York: Random House, 2003) 12-13.
American policymakers: still grotesquely misogynistic.
This week the Georgia State legislature debated a bill in the House, that would make it necessary for a woman to carry a stillborn baby until she ‘naturally’ goes into labor just as, according to Representative Terry England, pregnant cows and pigs do.
Mr. England, unlike the calves and pigs for which you expressed so much empathy, I am not a beast of burden. I am a woman and I have these human rights:
The right to life. The right to privacy. The right to freedom. The right to bodily integrity. The right to decide when and how I reproduce.
This is pretty interesting. I feel like a lot of the times in Canada, we look to continental Europe (Scandinavia as the Holy Grail) and their reform policies as a guiding idea. It’s interesting that Ontario’s education reforms is being featured in the UK.
Ontario learned from some of the 1997 English Labour government’s successes (when standards mattered more than structures), while being less prescriptive and recognising that support rather than punishment was a better way to tackle schools that were not improving fast enough.
Also, very interestingly — which I didn’t even know about — is the positive campaign:
Public statements from government and ministers were switched to be deliberately supportive rather than dismissive of state schools. Finally, and most crucially, the government set out to build a respectful, collaborative relationship with teachers, unions, pupils and parents. “You cannot threaten, shame or punish people into top performance,” writes Levin.
Copenhagen boasts that more than 36 percent of people commuting in to the city, and 55 percent of all Copenhagen residents, cycle to their place of work or education every day via 350 kilometers (217 miles) of bike lanes, and 40 kilometers (25 miles) of bike paths, according to Danish government statistics.
Those statistics seemed completely implausible to me for a country where intermittent downpours are the norm for summer, as is snow in the wintertime—until I traveled to Copenhagen and realized two things: first, many residents are not just bicyclists—they also ride tricycles well equipped to carry people and gear. Second, they often ride on cycle tracks delineated by curbs, not bike lanes by U.S. standards.
The Danes didn’t completely change their habits in exchange for cleaner air or reduced energy consumption; they developed technology to accommodate how they already lived.
Councils in outer growth areas say soaring populations have outstripped their ability to provide basic infrastructure such as public transport, parks and medical services, and are creating ”obesogenic” environments that promote weight gain.
”We are designing communities that are making people sick and politicians have to listen to that,” said opposition planning spokesman Brian Tee.
This is absolutely fantastic. This is also very closely related to what I’ll be pursuing for my undergraduate honours research thesis, especially this part:
We want to steer the discussion about architecture and design toward the idea of place, and how it can contribute to healthy, comfortable, engaging public spaces and destinations.
I’m interested in looking at how the built environment not only influences health, but happiness too. For me, health and happiness are very closely linked, but they’re not something people think of a lot. Why does a city make you feel a certain way? What sorts of aesthetics contribute to this? And how does feeling happier in a built, urbanized environment make you healthier?
If anyone has any journals — and especially any studies — related to this, please let me know! I’d love to find out more.
One commentor, Daniel, very astutely noted:
The problem is a system in which architects are encouraged to design, first and foremost, for other architects, most of whom will never actually interact with the building. This is how an architect can increase his or her stature. When the primary audience only experiences the building through pictures or a written concept, the architect must please them with a form that stands apart from all of the other pictures and a concept that is easily digested. Functionality is irrelevant, and beauty is considered a negative because it risks the building being appreciated by the uninitiated.
Finish reading a book and reality just isn't good enough anymore. Nothing can compare to the brilliance of that one story and how deeply affecting it was. And then you just have to go back to doing whatever else you needed to do that day (but you can't get the story out of your head).
Cunninlynguists - “Dreams (feat. Tunji & B.J. The Chicago Kid)”
So this is one of my favourite songs of all times. A commenter on Youtube assesses it pretty well:
He’s rapping like his life is on the line…Best song on the album
Everything about this song is fantastic. The lyrics are impeccable and well-written. They carry weight and don’t just rhyme. They mean something. The music they’re rapping over is smooth and cool, but complements the passion in their voices.
Holy… this is so smooth and lyrical. I love the chimes. I love everything about this.
Yeah, I’d like to eat good too been starvin for years passed through time to get meat on my bones And cell phones time to pay creditors back and school loans man listen, been in the kitchen an eternity cookin, dishin, who deserves to be more than me vanity is keepin me from livin happily got images on BET breakin my sanity long live hip hop
At a conference late last year in Spain, I found myself on panels discussing new technologies that will improve cities, surrounded by tech-company reps hard-pitching to a global audience. I likely disappointed them, by stating that in my opinion the ‘technologies’ that will do the most good, are not new - compact, mixed-use, walkable communities; bikes, separated bike lanes and bike sharing; transit; small scale innovation like wheeled luggage; simple techniques that we’ve forgotten like passive building design; or globally-understood tech like district/neighborhood energy based on renewable resources. But those big companies weren’t selling those products. They were selling smart city solutions.
More music! Also, I never realized how nice the CBC Radio website was. Mmm, easy to use and quick load times. This makes the Internet lurker in me happy. :>
She cannot read music and has no understanding of theory or notation, so her attempts to imitate often fail. Rather, the result is particularly unique, strangely beautiful, sometimes scary, frequently melancholic and catchy as hell.
Another walk about, after dark Is right here with you, cause I’m gonna beg your name Tell me that behind you always tell me that you never have a clue And now I’m left behind, all the time I will wait forever, always looking straight Thinking how … all the other way See you on a dark night
Discovered this interesting artist thanks to Little Boots.
"Mr. Limbaugh subsequently called her a ‘slut’ and a ‘prostitute,’ drawing condemnation from Democrats."
Seriously what the fuck. I just don’t fucking understand how someone can say they are more moralistic than someone else and then go on to call someone else such words. This is pure bullshit and this is so fucking misogynistic.
“[Obama] encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women,” she told the program’s host, Andrea Mitchell. “And what was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud. And that meant a lot, because Rush Limbaugh questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me.”