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How to type the accents…

I have encountered many individuals that experience difficulty with the typing of accented letters in the French language. On occasion some have shown keen jealousy that I am able to type these accents on my computer without having a French keyboard. So I decided to give a quick tutorial of how to type these accents in all windows applications such Ms.Word , emailing…

Alt + 133 ==> à

Alt + 130 ==> é

Alt + 135 ==>ç

Alt + 136 ==> ê

Alt + 138 ==> è

Alt + 129==> ü

Alt + 128 ==> Ç

Alt + 131 ==>â

Alt + 132 ==> ä

Alt +137 ==> ë

Alt +145 ==>æ

I can’t think if any other accents that you would actually use, this pretty much sums up all the useful ones.

The rest are around the same numbers from Alt 130 to 150you just have to try some trial and error until you find the one you are looking for.

Let the Uni life begin—La Vie Universitaire

I am going to write something here even though I don’t think that people still read teengle. Oh well, I started university, had a blast at Frosh week, went through a hectic first week running around for books and a laptop and a locker and finding out where each class is at this big town of young people called York University. Although it is a relief that almost all my courses are in the Schulich building so I don’t have to worry about the rest of York U cause I would so be lost.And by the second week I am starting to understand the routine of classes and I am getting used to how everything we have to do is posted on a website somewhere and we have to go hunt it down, there is no like hi I am prof this here is your assignment, it is just assumed that everyone knows what their assignment is and everyone submits electronically by the deadline indicated in the same site. I don’t know if it’s like this everywhere else  but at Schulich each course has like 5 different websites and 5 different sets of username passwords to remember so after struggling to remember them all I made like an excel worksheet of everything.

So far so good, I am continuing French obviously, I have one economics course in French and I have the coolest French professor. It is very overwhelming to be amongst all these nerds that all came into Schulich with 92 and above averages however I have met some super cool people, about half of the students of every class are born in China. So the first day when we were introducing our selves and saying where we are born I said “my name is Ali I was born in China” and it kind of blended so some people were like wow this non Asian guy was born in China, others where laughing it out loud. Then I was like just kidding I was just trying to fit in…

I am obviously super busy however I am going to keep you posted of what it’s like to be a Shoe Licker…

Respect

Mr.Teengle

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Bien oui, j’ai finalement décidé d’écrire quelques mots ici de mon expérience inoubliable de Frosh et l’entrée universitaire. Moi comme je suis super amical et outgoing j’ai trouvé une centaine d’amis à Frosh, par la fin j’avais perdu mon voix mais en échange j’avais trouvé beaucoup de nouveaux amis avec qui je vais passer les prochaines 4 années.

Après Frosh, j’ai du chercher partout pour mes livres en espérant d’acheter des livres d’autres étudiants pour économiser d’argent  Par la fin j’ai du acheter tous mes livres de Schulich neuves parce que ils ont changé de livres de l’année dernier.  Et après les livres je cherchait partout pour un ordinateur portable et enfin j’ai acheté un de Staples parce que Ryan mon meilleur ami du lycée m’a économisé %10 qui est quand même bien .

De tout façon Université coûte très cher mais j’adore Schulich, les gens, les professeurs ,l’ambiance Schulich est exactement ou je dois être je suis au bon endroit

Je suis bien naturallement très occupé mais je vais faire mon mieux pour écrire de ma vie universitaire

A la prochaine

-Mr. Teengle

To Coop Or To Not Coop…

In the path to University and the research, we often hear Coop , Internship, Exchange,so what exactly do these terms mean? Coop, Internships and exchanges are all super amazing experiences that I think everyone should take advantage of no matter where you are headed next year.

Exchange:

Let me start with exchanges, the three months I spent going to school in France have by far been the most amazing, educating and exciting months of my life. I have since fallen in love with traveling and I was even considering taking a year off backpacking. An exchange is not just a trip to another country, specially at a university level, the exchanges are hardcore usually for a whole year or at least a semester. You don’t just go to France, Spain, China, wherever, but you become French, Spanish, Chinese for the time that you are spending abroad. To be able to live in a county, study in a foreign university, meet their people, eat their food, live their lives, maybe learn their language and at the same time gain credits towards your degree. What is there to lose? I think an exchange to anywhere is a magnificent opportunity. Plus at university you could go on exchange to almost anywhere I recently found out that you could go to Cuba even.

Coop :

Most people have probably heard of coop already, there is coop at high school too except high school coop is rarely ever paid coop. At university almost all coops are paid and depending on the degree and the coop program you split your time working and studying in different patterns (first year , second year, etc). There are many pros to doing coop at university and a few cons. The major con is not having breaks once you are at university because most coop degrees require you to either do a placement or take courses during the summer. However if you think about it, once you are at university you’ll probably work during the summer anyway so to be honest, whether you do coop or not, once you are out of high school summer breaks wont really mean much to you anymore unless your parents are both doctors and you are the only child in which case you could just spend the summer spending their money. Otherwise if you are going to be working the summer in order to pay your car’s insurance or your tuition or residence fees then you might as well work in a field related to your degree so coop and internship.

Coop vs Internship:

Coop and Internships are very similar but not quite the same. The main difference between the two is that once you are signed up for a degree with coop then you must complete your coop in order to get your degree, whereas with internships, it is completely optional, you may choose to do an internships in the summer or go travel if your parents are rich. It is completely up to you, with internship you will get you degree with or without an internship. The other difference might be the duration of your placement depending on the university. All Coop and internship programs are through the university and there is a three way contract between you, your school, and your employer.

The bottom line:

The advantage of co-op or exchange is not just the experience, for those of you future doctors and dentists and lawyers that are planning to continue with something after your Bachelors, let me tell you that when it comes down to those applications for graduate schools and they have 2 students in front of them with the same GPA (university average) they will definitely take you who has done co-op and a semester in China over the nerd that hasn’t left his dorm. So no matter where you are headed with your university studies, if you have the opportunity to do an exchange, take coop or participate in an internship, TAKE IT!

Good luck to us all

-Mister Teengle

people: Good or Evil?

so……..more philosophy from me, myself and I………..olGs

basically all the crap I end up writing about philosophically comes from my philosophy class as it is highly amusing and educational, therefore I would like to thank my awesome teacher …..Mr. B……. cuz he’s AWeSome!

alright, back to the point. As the title suggests, the topic of discussion as of right now is of the origin of human beings. All religious beliefs aside, and judging just from experiences with people, and the very complex human nature , the question remains…

 Are people born good and become evil or BAD through corruption of our messed up society, or are we born BAD or EEEVIIILLL, and must learn and be taught to be good by manners and society?

Maybe the answer is obvious to you when you first read the question, as it was to me, but after a while of researching the different points of views of the equally important yet opposite philosophers, you tend to become more and more confused because both sides have extremely amazing points. Someone like Thomas Hobbes (http://oregonstate.edu/instruct/phl302/philosophers/hobbes.html) who is a true materialist and believes that humans live by animal instincts, and cannot help being EVIL and selfish can be found to be extremely logical by many materialists who think we depend on our raw, dog-like instincts. Then there’s Joseph Butler who opposes this by saying that self-interest and self-love is normal to our nature, and human nature includes benevolence (the desire to do good). Wheras someone like Plato has a bit of both in him and HE reallly seems to make sense as well. He said that there’s two separate parts to our nature, reason and desire. Desire is our impulses and can evoke aggressiveness which may in turn lead to evil. However, through reason we have the power to control those apetites and impulses because our ability to reason and make choices sets us apart from all other beings (animals). One of his more wellknown spiritual beliefs however is that the purpose or destiny of the soul is to be free from our body and eventually ascend to heaven. He’s awesome because in his mind, he somehow incorporated the MAKING DECISIONS part which is NOT a part of religion at all (God controls us), and mixed it up with soul and heaven which is just a nice little melange! 

               

Plato (left) and Aristotle (right) disputing human nature (heaven vs knowledge and experience)….painting by Raphael

So…..what do we believe? In order to attempt to answer this question, each in our own way, we have watched  the movie City of God which demonstrates the principles of good and evil in humans quite effectively and really makes you think. Is human nature really only depended on nature vs nurture, or is there so much more to it than that? It’s really an incredible movie with intense cinematography. Check it out http://www.miramax.com/cityofgod/

                

What Teachers Do

Now go and fucking tell me that teaching well isn’t an art.

-Gosha

Stem Cells – Hype Vs Hope

Today I was at York University to hear two lectures, one about histones, and the second one about stem cell research. The first one might as well have been in German, because I didn’t catch any of it, however, the second one was quite interesting. The lecture was by Janet Rossant, the Chief Of Research at Sick Kids Hospital. I decided to post the main topics of her lecture here, as I believe they will be quite interesting for everyone.

What Are Stem Cells?

A stem cell is a cell that can divide indefinitely, producing copies of itself, as well as specialized cells. This means that a stem cell can divide to produce another stem cell, but also to create a blood cell, brain cell, etc. Which means that we can use stem cells to produce any kind of tissue, to repair any organ. This can provide a cure for diseases like: Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, Spinal Cord Injuries and more.

Types

Pluripotent Stem Cells: These cells are typically found in embryos and they can divide to produce any cell in the organism’s body (even fat cells, even though that’s not very useful in most cases).

Restricted Stem Cells: These stem cells can only make one or a few kinds of other cells, these are found in bone marrow and skin.

Controversy

Stem cell research is considered a very controversial topic, because to produce human stem cells, human embryos are used, which is essentially an undeveloped baby. However, it should be noted that the embryos used are actually taken from In Vitro clinics. These embryos WOULD NOT be a baby eventually. They were intended to be implanted in a woman, but were not used. Otherwise, they would not be used at all, likely frozen for future use. Instead, they are used for Stem Cell research.

Note: Stem Cell research is only legal in Canada with special permits, so to quote Dr. Rossant: If you were going to clone someone in your basement, you should reconsider.

Other Sources of Stem Cells

  • SKP cells from skin
  • Amniotic fluid
  • Reprogramming adult cells (if you modify certain adult cells, you can actually change them into Stem Cells. This would make adaptation a lot easier, and this is being researched)

Challenges

  • Stem cell growth may become uncontrolled in the body (this usually does not happen, however it is a risk. Ironically, stem cells can be regarded as a kind of cancer)
  • The body may reject Stem Cells if they are taken from another individual

-Gosha

How To Stay Awake in Boring Classes

Personally, when I’m bored in class I start looking around, to check how everyone else passes their time. It seems that most people snooze. If your teacher isn’t anal about that, you’re fine, but what if your teacher is a bitch, or you just plain need to stay awake? I decided to put together some tips that will help you stay awake during those long, boring classes.

  1. Sit near a teacher: the fear of getting caught will motivate you to keep your eyes open.
  2. Pop an Altoid: something with citrus in it will help keep you focused.
  3. Open a window: or undo a shirt button, if you’re too hot, you’ll fall asleep easier.
  4. Doodle: then submit your artwork to DeviantArt and get rich.
  5. Go for a walk: ask to go to the bathroom, take the VERY scenic route.

Thanks To:

http://www.wikihow.com

http://howto.wired.com

-Gosha


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