23 décembre 2009

07 octobre 2009

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

(click over the book image to open it)

William Kamkwamba (born 1987) is a Malawian secondary student and inventor. He gained fame in his country when, in 2001, he self-built a windmill to power a few electrical appliances in his family's house in Masitala, a hamlet in Kasungu District, Central Region. He built this windmill using such components as blue gum trees, bicycle parts, and materials collected in a local scrapyard. Since then, he has built two other windmills in his village (the tallest stands at 39 feet) and has planned to build two others, including one that will stand in Lilongwe.

Kamkwamba is self-taught, and learned how to build windmills after having looked at a photograph and explanation of one in a library book called Using Energy. He started to build windmills after he left school because his family could not pay the USD $80 tuition as a result of the famine in Malawi at the time.

His story is given in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, written by himself and Bryan Mealer, published in 2009 (ISBN 9780061730320). Kamkwamba took part in the first event celebrating his particular type of ingenuity, called Maker Faire Africa, which took place in Ghana in August 2009.

[Source: Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Kamkwamba ]

06 septembre 2009

Wei xiao der yu (A Fish with a Smile)

A Fish with a Smile by C. Jay Shih, Alan I. Tuan and Poliang Lin, and music by Chien-Ci Chen; is a Taiwanese short based on a children's book about a smiling fish and a lonely man, written by Jimmy Liao.

Golden Bear at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival

28 août 2009

Musique Universelle

Musique universelle [Rodolphe Pierrepont]
soliste : Renan Pouteau / dir.: Véronique Thomassin, 2006

Tout autour de la terre,
Depuis déjà cent ans,
Unis et volontaires,
Nous défions le temps.

Apôtres et missionnaires,
D'un monde en plein tourment,
Nous révélons le mystère
En sublimant nos chants

Musique universelle,
Musique la plus belle,
Celle qui nous a tant donné
Survivra pour I'éternité.
Elle tourne dans nos têtes
Sans jamais s'arrêter.
Elle est I'âme d'une fête
Un souffle de liberté.

Qu'il soit dans la misère,
Qu'il soit riche ou puissant,
Qu'il soit I'enfant d'une guerre,
Ou le fruit d'un serment,

Nous lui disons sereins,
Qu'il est digne d'amour,
Que même après la fin,
Il est un nouveau jour.
Musique universelle,
Musique la plus belle,
Celle qui nous a tant donné
Survivra pour I'éternité.

Demain de nos poussières,
Des voix s'élèveront
Perpétuant nos prières,
Elles diront
De chanter
Pour I'humanité

24 août 2009

Rossini's Cats Duet

Esta primorosa peça do brilhante compositor italiano Gioachinno Rossini foi adaptada para a voz de crianças e intitulada "Dueto de Gatos". Se não bastasse a afinadíssima voz dos dois garotos que fazem o solo, torna-se, também, muito engraçada. Note-se a postura do cantor moreninho que não consegue esconder o riso, ao contrário do lourinho sempre sério e compenetrado do seu papel. Este concerto foi dado em Seul (Coreia) em 30/11/96, pelo coro dos "Petits chanteurs à la Croix de Bois"

15 juillet 2009

The PEN Story

The PEN Story from PENStory on Vimeo.

This is the Olympus PEN Story in stop motion. We shot 60.000 pictures, developed 9.600 prints and shot over 1.800 pictures again. No post production!

06 juillet 2009

30 juin 2009

Aquarela do Brasil! Mais Brasileiro, impossível!!!

A great performance of a Slovenian choir!! Em bom e claro Português!!

10 mars 2009

Earth Hour

Earth Hour 2009 aims to reach more than 1 billion people in 1000 cities around the world, inviting communities, business and governments to switch off lights for 1 hour and send a global message that we need to take action on climate change.

02 février 2009

Both sides of life

Joni Mitchell Both Sides Now (2000) from Granako on Vimeo.

Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air,
And feather canyons everywhere,
I've looked at clouds that way.
But now they only block the sun,
They rain and snow on everyone.
So many things I would have done,
But clouds got in my way.

I've looked at clouds from both sides now,
From up and down and still somehowIt's clouds' illusions I recall;
I really don't know clouds at all.

Moons and Junes and ferris wheels,
The dizzy dancing way I feel,
As every fairy tale comes real,
I've looked at love that way.
But now it's just another show,
You leave 'em laughing when you go.
And if you care, don't let them know,
Don't give yourself away.

I've looked at love from both sides now,
From give and take and still somehowIt's love's illusions I recall;
I really don't know love at all.

Tears and fears and feeling proud,
To say I love you right out loud,
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds,
I've looked at life that way.
But now old friends are acting strange,
They shake their heads and they say I've changed.
Well something's lost but something's gained,
In living every day.

I've looked at life from both sides now,
From win and lose and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall;
I really don't know life at all.