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A mug of hot chocolate before bed is not usually seen as a prelude to an evening of whirlwind passion.That may be about to change with the introduction of a ‘turbo-charged’ type of chocolate said to have Viagra-like properties.The world’s largest chocolate-maker has developed a technique to concentrate levels of key plant chemicals called flavanols.

prelude [‘preljuːd] 前奏
whirlwind adj. 旋风般的
plant chemicals (chemicals from plant) 植物提取的化学物质

These are found in cocoa beans but are normally stripped out in the chocolate-making process. Swiss-based chocolate giant Barry Callebaut is said to be just weeks away from getting the go-ahead from the EU to claim the ‘turbo-charged’ chocolate boosts health by increasing blood flow. Industry experts say it will then be only a matter of time before it is incorporated into novelty chocolates, pastes and drinks that, like Viagra, use a rush of blood to stop a man from being a flop in the bedroom. The flood of feel-good hormones to the brain would be an added bonus, the International Chocolate Industry Network event heard this week. Angus Kennedy, of trade magazine Kennedy’s Confection, said: ‘If it is cleared for use, this could see men swap chemical-packed blue pills for a turbo-charged hot chocolate.

stripped out 将…除去
giant 巨头
getting the go-ahead 得到允许
boosts 猛增
novelty 新颖的 [‘nɒv(ə)ltɪ]
Viagra 伟哥
flop 猛然坐下,落下
hormones 荷尔蒙 [‘hɔ:məun]
cleared for use 可以使用,使用起来没有问题
swap 换

‘It’s an all-natural ingredient which could give men the legendary staying power of some of the world’s greatest lovers. I’ve been in the business for 35 years and this is probably one of the most exciting things I’ve seen.’ Men who buy the ‘natural Viagra’ will be in good company. Aztec ruler Montezuma is said to have downed 50 cups of a chocolate drink before visiting his harem. Although most people have never heard of it, one in five chunks of chocolate that pass your lips is likely to have been made by Barry Callebaut. The firm helps supply many household names including Cadbury’s, as well as caterers and chefs, and has British factories in Chester, Banbury and St Helens. Recent research from trends analysis firm Mintel reveals men are catching up with women when it comes to munching the sweet treat, as 87 per cent of men now eat chocolate, compared with 91 per cent of women.

ingredient 原材料
legendary 传奇的
be in good company (身边)有佳人陪伴
Aztec 墨西哥印第安人
downed 喝下去
harem [‘hɑːriːm] 为一个雄性动物所控制的许多雌性动物;闺房里的妻妾群;闺房(伊斯兰教教徒的)
munching [mʌn(t)ʃ] 用力的咀嚼

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It’s a lot of hard work and everything, but I really love it.
You can’t risk it, not with the championships so close.
Finally they nodded their heads in unison.
I wish you two wouldn’t holler at me like that. It’s awfully embarrassing when I’m with a guy. 咆哮
You better win that championship just to make up for all this neglect.补偿
Have you got your hooks into John Powell yet ? 控制
Mom, you weren’t supposed to let on, I wanted to surprise her. let on (to someone) (about someone or something) 泄露 (秘密)
You’re really starting to show a lot of poise, …….冷静,自控能力
She’s still on my case for coming home late the last couple of times we went out. 过不去,在计较什么
You’ll have a whole week to rest up for it. 恢复,缓过来
I fell on the way home, I didn’t damage anything vital, but I feel kind of achy.
Will you please stop channel-hopping ….一直换台(看电视)
I’m just picking up a pair of panty hose. would you believe every pair I own has a run. ( a long vertical hole in tights and stockings )丝袜抽丝
I bet she’s planning on making a big play for him tonight at Cathy Davidson’s very exclusively party. 做事情引起注意力
Now that Hugh’s available, she’ll probably be all over him, trying to catch him on the rebound. 缠住他。 本来说 catch you on the rebound是 catch you later的意思,但是这里的用法十分有趣,这里有have fun, have sex and have short term relationship的意味。

I don’t like any of these dresses, they’re really tacky. ( of cheap quality or in bad style )没品位的,俗

…. you should have seen him tripping all over his feet. He simply couldn’t keep time with the music.绊到
Afterward she ran some errands for her mother, then spent the rest of the day working on an English paper, doing household chores, and listening for the phone. 就是我们平常说的“有点事儿”,“跑个腿儿”

You’re not much of a talker, are you ? 不太能讲
Can’t you put a smile on your face and make the best of it for tonight ? 用(微笑)把事情做到最好
I was feeling kind of lonely and mixed up. 心情很复杂

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墨是黑的,或是白的?
是真实的,或是飘渺的?
墨是随意发挥的即兴,
是千变化万的遐想,
是无法捉摸的妙法,
是无始无终的迷茫,
没有形体,却描绘万物的沧桑。

白色的墨洁净而脱俗,
抖手一滴,竟冲解出那孤独的记忆。
她在天涯沉睡了千万个世纪,
流云和枯藤一直是她的家,
没有忧愁和烦恼,
没有欲望和浮躁。
然而,那无明牵动着梦在环绕,
在刹那间释放出永恒的寂寥。

梦中的她轻轻踮脚,
发现那倒影露出浅浅的笑。
第一次见到自己的脸,
似乎久久曾经迷恋。
就这样注视着倒影,
直到风动水波搅浑了画面。

索性水边侧卧,
淡淡而来的白墨,
拓去了阴云暗朵。
一点点黑,滴落,
溅出了几条鱼儿,花几朵,
想伸手去触摸,
这梦境里世界的轮廓,
而手指触碰的瞬间,
心里怎么就有了疑惑?

闲情随着惊讶旋转,
走入了另一个春天。
醒来时来到了黑墨世界里,
空白的记忆,空白的大地。
怎样去创造,都随心所欲。
由此山河万物从心开始,
没有是非,没有限制,
而只有美丽。

她指指这里,做竹林小径,
指指那里,则寸草不生,
她把这世界当做了家,
心安理得地支配着一切,
不知疲倦地耕耘收获,
从没有在意在苏醒的一刹那,
空白的空虚。

又过了千万个世纪,
她依旧不知疲倦地继续,
直到有一天她创造了阳光,
那白色的感觉让她如此熟悉。
就这样一点微小的感觉,
她闭上双眼静静回忆,
几个画面破碎支离,
她久久伫立,
害怕失去她所有创造的东西。

画墨画不出的美丽,
在现实中歇斯底里,
我们用力地抓住它,
却毫不费力地被命运夺去。
自私而迷茫的人呐!
在欲望中追求错误的东西;
无量无边的真理啊!
经不起太多的回忆。

这很像梦中的场景,
无所从来,亦无所去;
这很像人的无知,
喜怒哀乐,天经地义。
对着大海展开怀抱吧!
尽管醒来的早晨还会发现枕头在哭泣。
无论什么时候都留住那纯净吧!
尽管无法摆脱那黑与白的对立。
微笑的画面哪怕只是一瞬间,
也能在我们的心里慰寄。
悔恨的责罚虽然只有一个转身,
却如水波一样模糊了双眼。
看不到幸福和希望,
就只有抓住腐朽的身体;
分不清梦境和现实,
就只剩下迷惑与怀疑。

无法拯救的委屈,
我们流着血疾呼着掠夺和暴力。
用尽几生几世的解说,
也只是想换取他人回心转意。
这到底是谁的错?
还是怪罪这世界太美丽?
如果她苏醒在一个五彩的世界里,
在夕阳海滩的沐浴下,
看到的会不会是一个轮回的地狱。

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About two months ago I started a course on Coursera.org

Before I start on my experiences, I want to make it clear that I absolutely 100% support free education such as courses on Coursera.org and FreeMoodle.org. I love the fact that we’re making this information and education accessible to anyone who can get on the Internet – which, to be fair, is pretty much anyone these days. Yes yes, there are still people in third world countries who can’t. But didn’t we recently have an ad on TV saying that the Internet in some rural, out-of-the-way small country was better than what we have here in NZ? And we have it free in our public libraries here. You don’t even need to bring your own computer.

I digress.

Free education is coming to the world, and it looks great.

Coursera.org looks really great. There are many universities around the world who are contributing actual, tertiary-level course material. They are building these courses, which include video lectures (which can be downloaded to your computer or device and viewed at your leisure), quizzes, peer assessments, assignments, exams… all the things you would expect from a tertiary level course. And they’re delivered entirely online, and entirely free.

What’s not to like?

So I did a course called Gamification. I have to say that at the start I was very motivated. The content was interesting, I handed in my assignments and got full marks, I got full marks on the quizzes. Yet I never completed the course. I never did the final assignment or the final exam.

Why? What happened?

What happened is the same thing that happens to a lot of students. They come into the semester all motivated, enthused, keen to try something new and exciting. Then about midway through, no matter how exciting or interesting the material, motivation lacks.

In fact, this gamification course talked a lot about motivation.

At the start there was a lot of intrinsic motivation to do the course. I was keen, I wanted to learn new things for myself. I was a motivated student.

When I got full marks on the first quiz I was motivated to continue. A little bit of extrinsic motivation there. Same with the grades on the first assignment, though they took a while to get to me. The feedback on that wasn’t quite immediate enough for the motivation to hit me.

By the time I got to the last week, I had no more intrinsic motivation left, and there was no extrinsic motivation for me to continue with the course.

  • I hadn’t paid for it, so I wasn’t losing any money.
  • No one else was requiring me to do this course for any reason, so I wasn’t letting anyone down.
  • I wasn’t going to get a qualification.

The only extrinsic motivation I could find was, “Oh, it would be neat to put this on my CV and maybe get the certificate.” It wasn’t enough.

So I suffered the same fate that a lot of other students do – I stopped trying. I stopped working. I was interested in the material, but without any further motivation to read / watch it, I found more interesting things to do with my time. I had no investment in completing the course, so I just didn’t.

What could have been done to keep me interested? I’m not sure, but I know what frustrated me:

  • Having to wait so long for feedback on my assignments.
  • Having to watch 10 – 15 videos in one week (the format never changed, I would have liked some variety – podcasts, videos, text, interactive journeys)

And this course was only 6 weeks long.

I signed up to another course called Design. We’re one and a bit weeks in and I haven’t even watched the first lot of videos or submitted the first assignment. I’ve lost this one before I’ve even started. The lack of motivation that I felt in finishing the first course leaked over into this course, causing me to not even start it. And I LOVE the idea of design.

So I will be taking a rest from the free online courses until I can figure out why I lost the motivation so utterly and completely that I didn’t even bother starting the second one, and what I can do to make sure that motivation stays. Perhaps if I figure that out, I can figure out some sort of secret formula that can be applied to the classroom as well!

 


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I did a presentation today at ULearn all about looking at what you can do with an LMS such as Moodle other than just upload files to it.

See this course on MoodleLair.co.nz for further details. Work your way through the course as a student to see what sort of interactive activities are available.

Also, you can view my presentation below, in the form of a PDF. It won’t make a lot of sense unless you were there, really.

Links to the places on the last slide: