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I'm interested in teaching English to non-native speakers, but I don't know where to start. Are there opportunities that don't require a degree? Is there some kind of professional certification that you need?
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 ... threatened software for underwater naval vessels.  Although to be honest, I'd have been leery of a product called "Windows for Submarines" in any case.
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"Mind if I grab your mouse?" is the kind of phrase that will haunt you if you ever go into politics.
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http://allafrica.com/stories/201705070001.html

'Nigerian authorities have said 82 Chibok schoolgirls have been released into military custody in the north of the country.

The girls have received medical attention and are to be flown to Abuja to meet the president.'

The girls, formerly held by Boko Haram, were released in a prisoner swap. "A handful of other girls have either escaped or been rescued, but 113 still remained unaccounted for following Saturday's release."
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https://jonathanspyer.com/2017/05/09/assads-hollow-crown/

'The old city was tense, behind a veneer of strained normality. There were checkpoints every hundred meters or so. These were maintained not by the army, but by the National Defense Force (NDF), an Iranian-sponsored paramilitary force created to fill the gap presented by the Assad regime’s lack of loyal manpower. Young men mostly, with a sprinkling of older types and a very few girls. Supervised by Mukhabarat officers with pistols in their belts. They were suspicious of foreigners. There had already been a number of suicide attacks by members of the jihadi organizations in regime-controlled areas.

For the most part, though, the atmosphere of strained normality held. Undoubtedly, fear of the regime played its part in the exaggerated professions of loyalty and love for Bashar that one would hear. But there was also justified fear of the Islamist rebels, and what their advance would mean. And, of course, there was mainly fatigue, and the desire of people to live in their own private circle, and willingness to cope with any governing authority which appeared able to provide for that. The Syrian pound had plummeted in value since the start of the war – from 48 pounds to the US dollar in March 2011 to 625 to the dollar now. There were long queues each morning to buy subsidized bread at the state bakeries. The traffic was on the roads, the shops were open, pictures of the dictator and his family were everywhere. But all was far flimsier and more brittle than it initially appeared.

I should explain first of all how I came to be in Damascus. I have been writing about Syria now for over a decade. I have visited the country numerous times since the outbreak of its civil war in mid-2011. My visits, though, were always to the areas controlled by the Sunni Arab rebels or the Kurdish separatist forces. This was a notable gap in my coverage. I wanted to remedy it. ...'

Read the rest at the link.
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Sometimes I've had it an inch long, and sometimes I've had it 2 or 3 inches long.

Jews.

May. 7th, 2017 05:19 pm
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Wearing the beanie before it was cool.
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I've taken to putting a message on my dating profile: "If you have the personality of an Ashley Madison chatbot, I will probably assume you are a fake profile."  

It's generally pretty easy to spot the fake profiles:  they almost always start with "I'm just a simple girl ..." and continue on with a lot of vague, generic verbiage.  The text is often weirdly formatted, as if it's been copy-pasted from a template (and will usually show up on a google search if you search on a portion of it).  And the profile pictures are supermodels or stock photos.

My objective is to get a date with a real live human being (although I might possibly make an exception for Number Six), so the first few lines of messaging are generally my final pass-fail test to make sure I'm communicating with a real live person instead of an algorithm.

Joys of 21st century dating.
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I didn't plan it for Cinco de Mayo, but I did officially make the decision today to get serious about bringing my Spanish proficiency up to a respectable level. There's a Berlitz language school almost directly across the street from me that's been there forever, and I want to sign up for some lessons there if I can afford it. Regardless, though, I'm committing to studying with audio and practicing speaking and listening daily, and I'll try to practice with native speakers whenever I get the chance.

Also I'm dusting off my C++ lessons and going to work on that until I build some decent skills. I can remember the bare bones of for-loops and ternary operators but I want to be able to start producing stuff.

And now: the weekend! Shabbat shalom.
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'This is where Jewish students in particular are being intimidated by threatening pro-Palestinian demonstrators. I was originally asked to speak at Berkeley Hillel, the Jewish student centre here. But remarkably, even that was considered too dangerous for me.

So I spoke instead to Jewish students at another, more discreet centre. These students had to be personally coaxed to attend my meeting – because Jewish students at Berkeley are now too frightened for their own safety to attend pro-Israel presentations. That is the truly shocking state of affairs in this prestigious seat of learning today. ...'

http://melaniephillips.com/melanie-at-berkeley/

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The job is getting easier and I'm getting to where I don't hate it the way I used to. I can hang in there for a while longer at least, gain some experience, until I get a clearer picture of where I can go from here.

I'm keeping up with learning html but at the end of the day web design doesn't really interest me. What does interest me is mathematics and science, and I'm eager to get started again with C/C++ and Matlab. I want to learn more about what career paths are out there, too.

We finally got a break in the weather here in Portland and it hit 80F yesterday. Forecast calls for rain Friday but otherwise sunny for the foreseeable future. Yay.
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Video feature (about 1 hr) on the Abayudaya, including interviews with Rabbi Gershom Sizomu and with the sons of Semei Kakungulu.

Observation

May. 1st, 2017 07:44 pm
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"Sea salt" and "evaporated cane juice" are the health food industry's version of Don Draper's "toasted".

DW Markup

Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:29 pm
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While composing this morning's link roundup, I got a little bit of practice in editing html, because I'd copied article snippets to the DW rich text editor and wanted to give the page a somewhat uniform appearance rather than a mishmash of fonts.

Usually what I've done in the past is just copy the source as plain text, and add in any embedded links manually. Copying the source as rich text saves me that step, but it also preserves the font formatting, which in general I don't want to do. All in all, deleting or editing the font formatting takes more time than just copying the embedded links.

So, it was good to get the practice, but it took an inordinate amount of time (especially with my very modest html skills). And it reminded me of one thing that bothers me about composing on DW: I'm not seeing the formatting buttons on the html tab, only on the WYSIWYG rich text editor. The LJ composing page lets you click the buttons in the html editor and see the code as it is applied, which I find useful.

Hoping DW will consider adding this feature as well. Or is there a work-around I don't know about?

Linkage

Apr. 23rd, 2017 10:23 am
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On living with Hebrew. Alan Mintz: '...Hebrew isn’t quite like other languages. Many of the American Hebraists who taught my generation never lived in Palestine, but their Hebrew was richer and more robust than that of most of their counterparts in the Yishuv (the Jewish settlement in Palestine). There, aside from the strange case of Itamar Ben-Avi, the son of the pioneering Hebraist Eliezer Ben-Yehuda (1858-1922), the members of the first generation to be actually raised in the language were born only in the ear

ly 1930s to parents who in many cases had learned their Hebrew in Europe. In short, nativeness in Hebrew is a relatively recent phenomenon.' Follow the link for the whole thing, including, in particular, the teaching of modern Hebrew on college campuses.

David Hardy and Boys' Latin.“I invite anyone who doubts what this does for our students to come to a graduation and watch 100 black boys sharply dressed in caps and gowns and proudly reciting their school pledge in Latin,” says the school’s chief executive officer, David Hardy. “Not only is this an unexpected sight, it defies the low expectations society puts on young black men.”...

How America watches North Korea. 'Whenever a U.S. official says the American government is closely monitoring the situation in North Korea, aerial snooping is undoubtedly an important source of that information. ...'

Berkeley mayor member of Facebook Antifa group. ''Mayor Jesse Arreguin was revealed to be a member of the anti-fascist [sic] group, By Any Means Necessary (BAMN), on Facebook. BAMN orchestrated the violence that shut down a scheduled lecture at UC Berkeley featuring Milo Yiannopoulos in early 2017. Arreguin is allegedly also friends with BAMN leader, Yvette Felarca, on Facebook.

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http://www.weeklystandard.com/iran-on-notice/article/2007730

'By certifying that Iran is in compliance, the Trump White House simply complied with a legislative milestone, designed to keep the administration that brokered the agreement honest. Critics of the deal, eager for stronger action taken more quickly, should probably see certification not as a disappointment, but as a delay.

It does not signal, the Trump official told me, that this White House has concluded the JCPOA serves American interests. Rather, certification is a placeholder during the review process. It is buying time for the administration to muster its resources while it plans how to move forward on Iran. ...'

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