Serendipity my friend

February 29, 2012 10:00 am

T.A. : Bravo Jean Dujardin!

It’s always nice to find a book, movie, tv show, website, magazine, etc. that interests you and motivates you to “consume” your target language. Something that makes it easier to learn, and most importantly, fun and interesting. With the recent Oscars coup of the Artist, Jean Dujardin has been thrust into the international spotlight and kudos on him. His tv sketches (performed alongside his wife) from Un Gars Une Fille are great for many levels and short enough to use in a class. Each episode focuses on a related theme, like marriage, birthdays, ski vacation, shopping, cooking, etc. What I also like about this series is that it isn’t necessary to understand the skit word-for-word in order to enjoy it. You tube and Daily motion have many of the sketches on their sites. 

10:00 am

T.A. : Bravo Jean Dujardin!

It’s always nice to find a book, movie, tv show, website, magazine, etc. that interests you and motivates you to “consume” your target language. Something that makes it easier to learn, and most importantly, fun and interesting. With the recent Oscars coup of the Artist, Jean Dujardin has been thrust into the international spotlight and kudos on him. His tv sketches (performed alongside his wife) from Un Gars Une Fille are great for many levels and short enough to use in a class. Each episode focuses on a related theme, like marriage, birthdays, ski vacation, shopping, cooking, etc. What I also like about this series is that it isn’t necessary to understand the skit word-for-word in order to enjoy it. You tube and Daily motion have many of the sketches on their sites. 

February 2, 2012 10:00 am

Sketchbook Envy : Andrea Joseph

Stumbled upon this while perusing flickr (you know how it goes). I love the clever overlay of daily objects themed together. Swoon!

(Source: andreajoseph24.blogspot.com)

January 30, 2012 10:00 am

Patty Van D. does it again

I love her stuff, especially her journals and art books but her jewelry is up my alley too. I wish she would talk more about her house remodeling ventures on her blog, though… Oh well, no blog is ever a 100% perfect fit but hers is full of inspiration. 

June 14, 2011 10:00 am

Mag love : Flipr

Being the magazine whore that I am, I was perusing issu and came across the Singaporean magazine Flipr. Perhaps I wouldn’t subscribe to it but it’s still fantastic to read about culture and trends all the way across the globe. And you can’t beat free!

June 13, 2011 10:00 am

I am totally groovin’ on Medi’s music, especially the head-bobbin How would you do it? He’s a French musician who sings in English and just recently recorded his first album in LA. This is a short documentary of his trip. 

(Source: youtube.com)

June 11, 2011 11:31 pm
Princess Maya, no longer will you be an only child…
(Yes, that’s my doggie - always there to cheer me up :)
I wish I had a really good excuse for my 3 month long hiatus… well, I kind of do. I think I really just needed to refuel my creative energies. I had missed my rag after having lost count for over a month. My first trimester was kind of a creative black hole. I didn’t want to do anything but nap or “let the tv watch me,” as my mom always puts it. My friend Francis attributed it to my body using its energies all in creating something new. I couldn’t exactly refute her words of wisdom. I can always count on her to put things in perspective.
Luckily, I have gotten my wind back and the creative void has more or less subsided. I think it was also helpful to tap into my community of creative ladies to feed and nurture that side of me. 
So, here’s to the beginnings of a new adventure! 

Princess Maya, no longer will you be an only child…

(Yes, that’s my doggie - always there to cheer me up :)

I wish I had a really good excuse for my 3 month long hiatus… well, I kind of do. I think I really just needed to refuel my creative energies. I had missed my rag after having lost count for over a month. My first trimester was kind of a creative black hole. I didn’t want to do anything but nap or “let the tv watch me,” as my mom always puts it. My friend Francis attributed it to my body using its energies all in creating something new. I couldn’t exactly refute her words of wisdom. I can always count on her to put things in perspective.

Luckily, I have gotten my wind back and the creative void has more or less subsided. I think it was also helpful to tap into my community of creative ladies to feed and nurture that side of me. 

So, here’s to the beginnings of a new adventure! 

March 10, 2011 10:00 pm

Taratara is a tv show that is often showed until the wee hours. There are some great emissions and unconventional collaborations and everything (yes, everything!) is available for view on their website after broadcast. Whenever I see something on the show, I know that I can always go to the website to see who it was. I’ve discovered many great artists through this show.  My Taratara is like a compilation of the highlights from the original show. Many of the musicians on the show record themselves in photobooth style and request their favorites from the show’s backlog. This KT Tunstall cover of the Jackson 5’s I want you back is one of my favorites.

March 9, 2011 9:20 pm

Teacher’s Aid : 6 billion others

6 billion Others was a project in 2003 by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Sybille d’Orgeval and Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire. 5000 interviews were conducted of everyday people from 75 countries. All of them were asked the same questions regarding their hopes, dreams and fears. You can go to the website to view numerous interviews (or ”portraits of humanity” as they so eloquently state), post your own testimonials, or to find out about exhibits near you. 

I think 6 billion others is an incredibly great class resource for any level and age group. I have used this in a group class and a one-on-one class and it’s a great conversation piece. The ideas and projects that you can launch from this web site are endless: reports, summaries, scavenger hunts, or interviews/a filming or your own students and their own version of 6 billion others for their class or campus. All the interviews (at least the ones I have seen) are subtitled in English, French and Dutch.

March 7, 2011 10:00 am

Illustration Envy : Sonia Pulido

I just stumbled across El diario visual de Sonia Pulido. I should be sleeping but, instead, I find myself scrolling and scrolling through her back logs. Can’t get enough! I haven’t done much excavation so far but apparently her work is now being printed in El Pais. Right On!