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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Homework: Essay on the Internet as a source of information

Here is this week's new assignment. Please bring it to class next week. Thanks!



You have 40 minutes to do this task. Please be prepared to read your essay.... Please comment on this statement:

These days, the Internet is a popular way to find out information. Some people, however, think this way of finding information has more drawbacks than advantages.

What can you say for and against finding information by using the Internet? Write 200-250 words using the following plan:
  • write an introduction (state the problem/topic)
  • list advantages and give reasons/examples
  • list disadvantages and give reasons/examples
  • draw a conclusion (give your opinion or a balanced consideration of the topic)

Exercise is adapted from Olga Afanasyeva, Virginia Evans, Victoria Kopylova, Practice Exam Papers for the Russian State Exam, 2010 Revised Edition, Moscow: Express Publishing/Prosveshchenie Publishers.

Friday, September 16, 2011

"Someone Else Is Steppin' In (Slippin' Out, Slippin' In)"

"Someone Else Is Steppin' In (Slippin' Out, Slippin' In)" Denise LaSalle (performed by Buddy Guy)
I took my photos of Buddy Guy (and many other blues musicians) at this past summer's Portland Waterfront Blues Festival. Another festival attender made the video below, which I also posted back on August 29, along with my festival photos:
(Language caution--Buddy Guy uses language you should not use in polite company.)


I came home this morning, oh what a shock
When I found out my key no longer fit my lock
Oh baby
You just go right back out there where you've been
While you were slippin' out
Oh someone else was slippin' in
I thought I was your fool that you could count on
One was right there when no one else is at home
But oh baby, I think I found myself a new friend
But while you were slippin' out
Oh Lord, someone else was slippin' in

Now cry your heart out
Oh you don't mean a thing to me
I'm a brand new man, and you can plainly see
A new way to walk people, and of wearin' my hair
This big smile you see on my face
You didn't put it there

I got a new way of wearin' my hair
This big smile on my face, babe
You didn't put it there
Oh baby
You just take me back out there where you've been
While you were slippin' out
Someone else was slippin' in, Oh Lord
Now cry your heart out
Oh you don't mean a thing to me
I'm a brand new man
Even Stevie Wonder can see
A new way to walk people and of wearin' my hair
This big smile on my face baby
You didn't put it there
I got a new way of wearin' my hair
This big smile on my face
You didn't put it there
Oh baby
You just go right back out there where you've been
'Cause while you were slippin' out
Someone else was slippin' in
I said while you were slippin' out
Someone else was slippin' in...