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Saturday, May 25th, 2013

la place des minorités dans les séries US

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

un lien ici vers cette émission en français mais terriblement instructive sur la question:

Women’s Rights Movement in the U.S.

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

links and info here

Timeline of Key Events in the American Women’s Rights Movement
1848–1920

have a good week-end and enjoy Deluxe !

Saturday, May 25th, 2013
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They are French and their song is called “Superman” !!

Can you ask for more ?

yes, you can !! Their single “Daniel” has just been released !

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a new revolution

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

http://www.guardian.co.uk/smart-revolution

the idea of progress : new technologies / home / environment + BTS SIO ( http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology)

(various documents, articles to pick from for you oral exam)

Google office conference

happy birthday dear blog !

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

you are now five years old !

3D printer makes edible food

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

–> the idea of progress !

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A 3D food printer sounds like something out of Star Trek, but it’s not out of this world. It’s up and running at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan — and in five years, it could be in your home.

As part of a project at Cornell University, a group of scientists and students built a 3D printer and began testing it out with food. The device attaches to a computer, which works as the “brain” behind the technology.

It doesn’t look like a traditional printer; it’s more like an industrial fabrication machine. Users load up the printer’s syringes with raw food — anything with a liquid consistency, like soft chocolate, will work. The ingredient-filled syringes will then “print” icing on a cupcake. Or it’ll print something more novel (i.e., terrifying) — like domes of turkey on a cutting board.

“You hand [the computer] three bits of info: a shape that you want, a description of how that shape can be made, and a description of how that material that you want to print with works,” says Jeff Lipton, a Cornell grad student working on the project. Lipton is pursuing a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.

The project came out of Cornell’s [email protected] venture, headed up by associate professor Hod Lipson. Started in 2005, the project aims to create do-it-yourself versions of machines that can manufacture custom objects on-demand. The group started experimenting with food fabrication in 2007.

Lipton thinks food printing will be “the killer app” of 3D printing. Just like video games fueled demand for personal computers 30 years ago, he thinks the lure of feeding Grandma’s cookie recipe into a printer will help personal fabricators expand beyond the geek crowd.

“It’s really going to be the next phase of the digital revolution,” he says.

David Arnold, director of culinary technology at the French Culinary Institute, has been testing out the technology since October 2009. He loves the experimentation it makes possible.

“One of the main things I hope this machine will let us do is create new textures that we couldn’t get otherwise,” he says. “This is the first time I’ve really seen this happen.”

That could draw in chefs and restaurateurs. But Arnold also thinks a 3D food printer will have mass appeal.

“This would be a slam dunk for cookies at holiday time,” he says. “Anything that requires a high level of precision that people don’t usually have with their hands, in terms of making icing or decorations, this thing can perform amazingly well.”

Because it’s an academic project, the 3D food printer isn’t commercially available — yet. The [email protected] project has the blueprints for free online, and dedicated hobbyists can use them to build their own. One retailer, nextfabstore.com, offers an assembled version for sale — starting at a mere $3,300.

Entrepreneur Jamil Yosefzai plans to be on the forefront of commercializing the technology. His New York City-based startup, Essential Dynamics, is working on a version that can be sold to the first wave potential customers: pastry chefs and tech early adopters.

Yosefzai thinks his version of the printer will kinetically retail for around $1,000, but he expects that price tag to eventually fall to $700 or so. And he predicts that the technology could become a household staple within a decade.

“It comes down to comfort level, and that will expand as the [technology] goes more and more into schools and everywhere else,” he says. “Sort of like computers — the kids picked it up first, then the parents picked it up, and once everybody has an acclimation to it, they’ll be printing left and right.”

http://money.cnn.com/2011/01/24/technology/3D_food_printer/index.htm —> for the video (BTS SIO)

Spain urged to change its long working hours and late culture

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

Spain’s long working hours, late nights and fondness for bank holidays are costing it dear, according to an organisation campaigning for the country to radically change how it uses its time.

Most shops and businesses are open from about 10am until 8pm, with many taking a three-hour break between 2pm and 5pm. It can be hard to find a restaurant prepared to serve lunch before 2pm and families often don’t sit down for supper until after 10pm.

Even soccer doesn’t escape the late culture: la liga always has a 10pm kick-off on Saturdays.

The National Commission for the Rationalisation of Working Hours is dedicated to persuading politicians Spain should get in line with its European neighbours when it comes to waking, eating, working and sleeping.
Personal lives
The commission’s president, Ignacio Buqueras, believes late lunches, suppers and bedtimes are not just bad for the economy, but also for Spaniards’ personal lives.

“Our current working hours are closely linked to our leadership in Europe when it comes to lack of productivity, workplace accidents, low birth rate, divorce and school dropout rate,” he told El Comercio newspaper.

His organisation suggests Spaniards shorten their working day, beginning at 7.30am-9am and clocking off at 4.30pm-6pm, with only a short lunch break. It also wants the country to cut down on its frequent midweek days off, believing they also hinder the economy.

Spain has 12 bank holidays scheduled for 2013, compared to nine in Ireland and eight in the UK. Mr Buqueras is particularly concerned by the Spanish habit of creating recreational puentes (bridges): if a holiday falls on a Wednesday, for example, many people will take the Thursday and Friday off too.

The government of Mariano Rajoy proposed moving midweek bank holidays to Mondays or Fridays but has delayed the change, perhaps mindful of how voters cherish extra-long weekends.

Another worry for those seeking to overhaul Spain’s timekeeping customs is the phenomenon known as presentismo – literally “being present” – whereby workers spend long hours in the office to impress their superiors without necessarily doing much.

The Irish Times Fri, May 17, 2013, 01:00