Friday, December 15, 2006

Create a video that shows your city

I've been working on producing videos without video cameras over the last few weeks. The idea is that you use still photographs, either their own or images taken off the internet to create a video which can be posted on the blogs.

I came across a particular good site called Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling at the University of Houston that has lots of information on using Microsoft's Photo Story 3 (check out their tutorial pages) and great examples of projects that students can use for inspiration.

What I would like us to do over the holidays is create a short video (one to two minutes) that shows our city in a different way. I'll let you know more about where to post them soon.


"Munich'' is a film based on the true story of Black September aftermath . In 1972 11 Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics .In response to this , five men were chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that day . Eric Bana gives a compelling performance as ''Avner'' .
Basically, the film poses the moral dilemma of justice and vengeance .It shows that even in the most ''noble'' fight against terrorism we eventually become what we despise . I would totally agree with Gandi who said that '' an eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind''.


Sunday, December 10, 2006

Batman Begins

“Batman Begins” is an adventure based on the well-known comic character. Of course, there were several other movies in a sequence, but this one refers to the beginning of the whole story. We can see how the hero decides to undertake the role of a super-hero in order to fight crime in Gotham city. As for the scenario and the plot of the movie, I found them interesting and impressive. One particular strength of this movie is its special effects. When it comes now to acting, it was pretty good and the actors well-chosen. Generally, the three main assets of this movie are the action, the special effects and its interesting scenario. All that render this film ideal for the fans of the genre. In conclusion, I would certainly recommend it to anyone interested in adventure movies.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Mr and Mrs Smith

Watch the films and write your opinion on the blog.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Should people who take drugs be treated as criminals or as patients?

Nowadays , drugs cast a blight on our society . So , what can be done to tackle the problem?
In my opinion , it would be helpful if we adopted a sensitive approach to this particular problem . Certainly , people taking drugs do damage on themselves and we should consider them as patients . On the other hand , when somebody commits a crime , breaks the law and does harm to other people . There are some cases in which dope-addicts resort to crime . However , even in this case , the main reason for becoming '' criminals '' is their addiction to drugs . We have to combat the problem and its fundamental causes from its root .Needless to say that the judges have to impose tough penalties on drug dealers .


Sunday, December 03, 2006

Drug users are patients

Personally, i think that we should consider people who make usse of rugs as patients. First of all, the do harm mainly to themselves. So they are not criminals. Even if they steal other people, they do it because of their compulsion. If they are cured, they will stop offencing. Secondly, they may not be completely responsible for their addiction. Perhaps, it was due to peer pressure that they started the use of drugs. So, if we consider these people as criminals, we will simply do them much more harm than good. In that way, i think that we should cosider them as patients and try to cure them. Of course we should ask them about who gave them the drugs and chase and punish him.

Friday, December 01, 2006


Do you think that people who take drugs should be considered as criminals or patients?

Congratulations to everyone who passed the Michigan ECPE preliminary test.

No to warlord's offer

Apart from the reasons mentioned by Chris for rejecting the offer made by this criminal, we should also considrer another thing. Accepting the offer of the baron won't resolve the problem of refugees. Perhaps it will "attenuate" its gravity but only for these refugees and only for a small period if time. After the end of the war, or when the warlord will decide to, he will cut off these dispensations and the "symptoms" will appear again. The real problem will not be trully resolved. If we want to solve it, we have to search its root. Probably, we will have to ameliorate the financial state of the country and find these people a house and a job. This is the real solution to the problem and not any offer made by an odious criminal. Of course it demands many years to be accomplished and it will be difficult. Eventually, and if we also take into consideration what Chris said, it isn't worth to accept the offer.