Today I thought I’d tell you a bit about our new website. When The Daily English Show first started I made a free website with geocities.
Then at the start of last year a very nice person – who is a fan of The Daily English Show - bought us the domain name – and offered us free hosting. But I didn’t have time to make a new site, or, the money to pay someone (to do it) ... so we just left it redirecting to the geocities site.
But recently we finally decided to do something about it and we made a new site. We made it with Joomla which is open source software, which means it’s free.
And it’s been interesting and it’s not that hard to use. It’s not that easy either, but it’s just a matter of time really, to learn all the new words. There are so many words that I don’t understand. But I’ve learnt a lot in the last couple of weeks, like favicon, breadcrumbs, CMS, SEF (search engine friendly).
So now there is actually a site at thedailyenglishshow.com and I think it’s a bit of an improvement on the old one. It’s still nothing special, but I think it will improve over time. Not that I’m that concerned about having such a great website because The Daily English Show is all about the videos and I’d rather focus on that. I’m really most interested in content, like you can have the prettiest website in the world, or the nicest set, but if the content is weak, then, what’s the point?
So there may be no good reason for you to go to thedailyenglishshow.com at the moment – but there are a couple of pages which you may find useful if you’re looking for something.
For example, there is a page with a list of all the guests that we’ve had so far, so if you’re looking for an interview to watch and you don’t want to click through all the videos, then you can go to that list and quickly look down the list and see oh that looks interesting, I might check that out.
And I’m planning to make more pages like that to help people find what they’re looking for.
Kia Ora, in Stick News today a woman in the United States who spent almost 60 years in an iron lung has died. When Dianne Odell was three years old she contracted a disease called polio. From then on, she lived in an iron lung.
An iron lung is a large machine that enables a person to breathe when normal muscle control has been lost or the work of breathing exceeds the person's ability. In the iron lung Dianne lay on her back with only her head exposed and made eye contact with visitors through an angled mirror. She operated a television set with a small blow tube and wrote on a voice-activated computer. During her life she got a high school diploma, took college courses and wrote a children's book. She died last week when there was a power cut and the emergency generator failed to come on. CNN quoted a friend as saying Dianne accepted her life with grace. Everyone she encountered came to her because they cared about her, so she grew up in her 61 years thinking every person is good."
And that was Stick News for Monday the 2nd of June. Kia Ora.
Kiwis sceptical over business environmental claims
The article said that 67% of Kiwis believed that: “most companies are still not environmentally conscious and that they use the environment simply as a marketing tool”.
conversations with sarah
How’s spring in Niseko?
Pete How’s spring in Niseko? ニセコの春はどうかね？
Sarah Good, actually. 実は結構イイっすよ。
Pete What do you mean, actually? 実はってどーゆー意味？
Sarah I’m just really surprised at how beautiful it is. 本当に美しいので驚いているだけ。
Pete Why are you surprised? 何が驚きなの？
Sarah I just wasn’t expecting it to be very nice. I don’t know why ... maybe because when the snow starts melting, it looks really horrible. Like all the snow’s really dirty and the stuff underneath is kind of dead looking. And also because half the people that rave on about Niseko during the summer are trying to sell something, like real estate, so yeah, I was a bit sceptical. なぜか知らないけど素晴らしいだろうと全く期待していなかったんだ。 たぶん雪が溶け始めるる時って雪がどす黒くなるし本当に不細工だからだと思う。 それに多くの人がニセコの夏が良いと触れ回っているのは、それは不動産を売りたいからじゃないかと、ちょっと疑っていたんだ。
Pete But it looks nice now? でも今は景色が良くなった？
Sarah Yeah, it looks amazing – it’s so green ... and everything grew so fast. It seemed like just a couple of weeks after the snow melted everything had sprouted all this green stuff. 素晴らしい景色。 新緑がまぶしい。 植物の成長がとても速い。 雪が溶けた後の数週間で芽が吹き出る感じ。
Pete Have you been hiking yet? ハイキングした？
Sarah No, no hiking, not yet. I’ve been walking quite a bit though, along the paths by the river. And also bike riding. まだハイキングはしてない。 ウォーキングだったら川の畔でちょっとやっているけどね。 あと自転車に乗ってる。