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If you are interested in financial, and economic language you can try listening to the same internet radio show that I listen to.  DH Unplugged is a great show involving a market analyst and a money manager who discuss the weekly trends in the economy, as well as political and future trends.  The hosts do a good job to teach, as well as inform and even joke around a bit.  It might be tough listening, but if you have the chops it’s a good choice to improve your listening increase your economic vocabulary.

http://www.dhunplugged.com/category/podcasts/

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The Dali Lama walks into the pizza shop and asks the shopkeeper, “can you make me one with everything”?

Why is this funny? Simple… Well not so simple. It has a double meaning.

1) make me “one” (a pizza) with ALL the toppings.

2) make me together one piece with the whole universe. One goal of mediation is to feel that yourself and he universe is one entity. (if you are still confused, look up the adjective “one”).

Here is the video with the the guy who had the gall to ask the Dali Lama the joke. His holiness doesn’t get it.

Black swan is easily my favorite movie of 2011, and in all respects, what I think a good movie should be. There were minimal, but haunting special effects, the dialogue was minimal, but realistic and well delivered, and finally the set designs were fluent and powerful in a marble chess board sort of way. A new emotion was created in each of the few setting of the script. Finally, the movie was well under 2 hours.

Black Swan is clearly of the art film genre, with a touch of horror. The small, but neatly twisted ending left me wondering if it was a happy, or sad retreat. Walking away from a movie a tad confused and with some memorable scenes still running their way through my subconscious is what I get off on, so the slight staggers in the plot flow create good but quickly resolved suspense. Appropriate for the movie goer with a life to get back to. If you know how picky I am about films then you know that me giving this an “epic” rating is the highest compliment. Best thing since Shutter Island!

This Ted.com video claims something I have been saying in my class for a ling time. Your mistakes help you, being wrong is normal part of life.

http://www.ted.com/talks/kathryn_schulz_on_being_wrong.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2011-04-19&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email

Also… Shopping is good for you?? I’m not convinced.

http://oregonwomensreport.com/2011/04/retail-therapy-may-prolong-life/

http://www.allgreatquotes.com/canada_quotes.shtml

If you are interested in Canadian culture these quotes about Canada can give you a sense about our humor and politics. Ask me if you have questions!!

Hello,several of us in class have planned a fun bike trip for April 10th and I want to invite everyone to join us. We will leave from the Dali GVO around 10am and ride on a bike path towards Daken where we will have lunch at a bike shop and talk about bikes. Email me if you have questions. The ride is about two hours of biking in total with lunch in the middle. I will post a map later.

I have been thinking about doing a weekly online conversation class for some time. If you are interested please let me know. You don’t have to be a current gvo student. It will probably be Saturday night around 9pm until 10pm.

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