“Let’s Make A Salad!” Video for LING 480 @ #SFU

Here’s a little video shot and edited yesterday for my group’s final project in Linguistics 480, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), with Dr. Trude Heift @ Simon Fraser University, Spring 2012.

The idea was to make a content-based video on the topic of food that could be easily incorporated into an ESL lesson. Each of the members in our group then has to create a mock ESL lesson plan incorporating this CALL technology for the second part of this assignment.

There are a few simple lessons that this video could be used for:

  1. Introducing imperative verb forms
  2. Food vocabulary
  3. Food preparation verbs
  4. Reviewing numbers (eg. “Step Six: Dice The Onion”)

Total runtime: ~4 minutes.

Feel free to use this video as part of your own ESL lesson planning.
“Lettuce” know if you find it useful!

Thanks to Lauren and Andrea for being really great to work with for this project.

March 30, 2012 | Lauren & Andrea, "Let's Make A Salad" Video for LING 480 @ SFU

March 30, 2012 | Lauren & Andrea, "Let's Make A Salad" Video for LING 480 @ SFU

March 8, 2012 – 2nd Half Redemption

The second half of today redeemed the first half. Most definitely.

Woke up with that vague neck/headache that often foreshadows a migraine. Couldn’t focus. Had that ‘so tired my limbs are going to fall off’ feeling. Showered. Did breakfast. Went back to bed. Read a little bit. Then slept. And I think I must have been trying to scream in my dreams because I woke up with a sore throat of not the sick kind. Huh.

Managed to find some clothes that didn’t match, left the house with no socks and no sweater on top of my tank, beneath my coat.

This is where it gets good.

Got to my class (lab) in surrey. Checked my email. Found out I got the VPR USRA (vice president research undergrad student research award…or something like that) for summer 2012. Which means I’m going to be making some money doing useful stuff over the summer. Which is excellent.

Went shopping at the surrey mall between classes to find some kind of covering shirt because my tank top only thing was ridiculous. Ended up finding an awesome $7 shirt at sirens. one of those loose flowy shirts that’s super loose yet immediately elegant and comfy. Good find.

Went to lecture. They showed my project 2 in sound design class critique as one of the good ones. Highly embarassing and unexpected, but awesome. Although in my opinion that project deserves no more than 12/15 …being generous.

Went to circus. Headache still present. Bought Advil. Took Advil. Bliss ensued.

Static trapeze coach started me on The aerial hoop tonight (thus far i’ve only been on the trapeze) with the Ovo, man on the moon, and two variations on the mermaid. Also learned the inverted planche and straddle mount (as opposed to the pike) on static. Awesome.

Then swinging trapeze class! Coach gave us horse wraps (padding for our feet!) which turned out to be incredibly awesome! No more random rope burns from ankle hangs! Apparently got the jitters out of my system in static class, so swinging was a lot less tense and sweaty than it usually is. Got my hop off on the first try, and learned the full angel sequence. Also worked on releasing into my knee hang because I fell off (we’re harnessed so no biggie) doing it in my first class and since then I’ve had issues letting go (haha)

Then trekked up the hill to SFU Burnaby for the Rowing Team’s no pants pub night.:) gave $10 instead of $5 at the front door…with the caveat that nobody would try to twist my rubber arm into drinking…(once I start it’s kind of hard to stop) and so stuck with my diet coke and lime. Which is super awesome because I’m going to be totally functional and less fat (so many calories in alcohol) tomorrow!

And now because I’m home and decently caffeinated and well socialized and adrenalized from all that trapezery and headache free to boot, I’m going to go work through a bunch of MAX/MSP tutorials and try to figure out how the hell I’m going to build my final project for sound design class.

12:27am. It has been a really good day, even if the first half of it was wasted feeling ill. This rambling post has been brought to you by WordPress for iPhone.

Stop Incessant Calls from 18554654015 ROGERS Promotional Services

So my husband switched our cell phones from Fido to Rogers a couple years ago. I have this blog post from 2008 that still gets TONS of hits https://beverlywu.com/2008/10/03/stop-incessant-calls-from-18776222662-fido-promotional-services/ because FIDO has this telemarketing service to try to sell you stuff. They call incessantly. I tell people how to stop it.

The same thing now has been happening with ROGERS. They call from +1 (855) 465-4015.

When you call the number back, you get a recorded message from ZEDD SOLUTIONS, a telemarketing company that calls on behalf of Rogers.

To remove your number from their call list, you have to call (647) 727-1645, according to the recorded message.

Really? I’m not going to call long distance just so they stop calling me.

Anyway, hope this helps those out there who are looking for the solution to their mystery calls!

Do What You Love, Love What You Do.

Steves in general are extraordinary. Steve Jobs was no exception. Why be ordinary? Change the world. Rest in peace.

Of course, the video of Steve Job’s speech at a Stanford commencement in 2005 was everywhere today, and as I had forgotten what he said, I watched it again just now. It hit me. Apparently it had also hit me when I had first watched it some time ago, because I can see how it has changed me since then:

I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. And don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don’t settle.

This past week, a good friend and I visited Raw Canvas in Yaletown to chat and paint. Twice. On Monday September 26th, and a week later, Monday October 3rd. Not knowing why, I felt like I needed to paint “Do What You Love, Love What You Do.”

Do What You Love, Love What You Do.

Do What You Love, Love What You Do.

I still don’t know why.

But I know that these words and this painting resonated in my heart before, during, and after its painting.

Rest in peace, Steve. You’ve changed the world in this life, and you’ve changed me.


On a sillier note, today, I really identify with Sirius Cybernetics Corporation’s Happy Vertical People Transporters with Defocused Temporal Perception… ie. the ability to see dimly (very dimly) into the future. When people around me get close to dying, I get very tired and heavy. I have to sleep. I hit the bed mid-day, have to sleep for a long time, and usually receive sad news soon after I wake up. Maybe it’s because I happen to take mid-day naps more than the average person, but really, it’s starting to get to be a trend. I know, correlation, not causation. But it’s happened about 4 times this year already.

Steve Hannah Has A New Website! – http://shannah.ca

So, Steve Hannah, my brilliant husband, in the shuffle of things, let his personal domain name, sjhannah.com, EXPIRE.


This is just a note to the people of the interwebularnets that if you happen to be looking for Steve Hannah of Web Lite Solutions, Web Lite Translation Corp, Web Lite SWeTE, Xataface, PDF OCR X, PDF to Spreadsheet Pro, etc., you should temporarily go visit him at


On shannah.ca you’ll mostly find blog entries directed at the web developer – the kind of blog that you’ll probably find when you’re at your wit’s end, pulling out your hair with your teeth because you’ve run into an insurmountable problem and are looking at Page 6 of your GOOOOOGLE search results for any nugget of help, a small thread of hope that someone else has run into your problem before…

And also funny and thoughtful entries on politics, the state of things in general, and life, not in general.

*IMPORTANT NOTE* – Don’t read his About Me page. It hasn’t been updated since 2006 (even though his blog entries are current) so it has some embarassing details about how we met…and stuff like that…Dataface is now Xataface, I don’t think he really uses Plone that much anymore, and I am most definitely NOT his girlfriend anymore.

Steve and Beverly Hannah - Circa October 2010

This is what we look like, at our stomping grounds in Burnaby, BC, Canada – at Simon Fraser University – Steve’s the Web Developer for the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology, and I’m (STILL) an undergraduate Linguistics student there. Met there in 2004 and huh, wouldn’t ya know it, it’s 3 days till our 3rd wedding anniversary.

iPhone 3G 3.1.3 – Hipstamatic and General Performance Issues

Horrified by the reports of still sluggish performance on 3G with iOS 4.0.2, I have still not yet upgraded to iOS4 from 3.1.3.

Not that there aren’t still issues.

1.) Hipstamatic stopped running properly several months ago, and no update has fixed the issue of it hanging on the yellowing printing light stage. It is basically inoperational.

FIX: go to settings > applications: Hipstamatic, and turn off metadata. Voilà. Functionality returned. Too bad about the metadata, but a camera that doesn’t take pictures is a camera that fails at life.

2.) General Performance Issues – while looking up whether I should upgrade to 4.0.2, I ran across some forum posts that recommend to go to settings > general > home > search results, and uncheck eveything. I did that and I think it is helping, at least mildly.

Glowing Pathfinder Bugs = A-Volve + 14 years

So I was surfing on Engadget and came across an article (with video) about an interactive art installation called “Glowing Pathfinder Bugs” by Squidsoup, Anthony Rowe, Chris Bennewith, and Liam Birtles, that was first shown in 2008, and most recently was installed at Siggraph 2010. I immediately thought back to a piece we looked at in IAT 222 (Interactive Arts) at Simon Fraser University last year called A-Volve, by Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau from way back in 1994. Super cool! Evolution has evolved, har har har.

A-Volve let users draw 2D shapes which were translated into 3D ‘creatures’ that floated about in a primordial soup, so to speak, where users could then interact with them in a shallow water pool to control their movement, mating, and predatory habits. Back in 1994, revolutionary. Won the Golden Nica for Interactive Art at the Prix Ars Electronica that year as well.

Glowing Pathfinder Bugs projects bugs of light onto a sandbox. The ‘bugs’ are aware of elevation changes in their environment, so users can change the terrain in the sandbox by building hills and valleys, as well as ‘pick up’ the bugs in their hands. The creatures can ‘die’ (with a big *SPLAT*) if dropped back onto the sand from too high a height, or if someone dumps sand on them. And yes. The bugs mate. Users can influence this too, by gently encouraging interaction between two bugs. Apparently, if the bug survives a few rounds of mating, it will turn into a butterfly. Cute.

I think Glowing Pathfinder Bugs is a fantastic re-imagining of the interactive environment that Sommerer and Mignonneau pioneered…and it looks most importantly, really fun. Kids like fun art. I love fun art.

Check out the links below to explore both Glowing Pathfinder Bugs and A-Volve.

Glowing Pathfinder Bugs by Squidsoup and Anthony Rowe, Chris Bennewith, Liam Birtles.
Article on Engadget about GPB at Siggraph2010: http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/30/glowing-pathfinder-bugs-installation-puts-the-minority-report/
Artists’ website for GPB: http://www.squidsoup.org/bugs/

A-Volve by Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau
Artists’ website: http://www.interface.ufg.ac.at/christa-laurent/WORKS/index.html
Video of the artists describing and demonstratin A-Volve: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ3v1jcCXmk
Clip from the ORF-Documentary about Prix Ars Electronica 1994 re: A-Volve: http://vimeo.com/7723546

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