• II.                   Other names are specific to programming

    }{ are braces (or curly brackets)

    | is a bar (= pipe), while || is a double pipe

    ][ are chevrons (= angle brackets)

    is an ellipsis

    / is a slash (or stroke)

    \ is called antislash (= backlash)

    ¸ is an obelus

    & is an ampersand,

    @ is the at-sign

    # is the number sign (or hash, or octothorpe)

    ^ is a caret

    is a dagger 

    ‡ a double dagger or diesis,  

    ¤ is the generic currency symbol

    § is a section sign

    is called a pilcrow (mediaeval for pelygraph / paragraph)

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  •  What do you call the terms that are used in coding to separate words and phrases ?

    I.                   Some names are not typically ASCII and are already found in everyday use:  

    () are parentheses

    is an apostrophe

     : a colon

    ; a semicolon

    , a comma

    ! an exclamation mark

    ? a question mark

    . period or full stop (note: it is an interpunct when the dot separating 2 words is above the line)

    “ “ are called quote, quotation marks (speech marks)

    - is a hyphen while _‖is an underscore (like in music) and a dash 

    > and < are known as respectively greater than and less signs

    * an asterisk

    ~ is a tilde

    % a percent (or modulo) 

    a permil

    Difficult to represent, a space is a void between signs.

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  • Here is the full version of the poem read by Prof. BROWN in Interstellar, the film. These poignant lines were written by Dylan THOMAS (1914 - 1943). Cheers to Anaëlle (2nde 8) thanks to  whom I first discovered these lines !

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
    Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    And you, my father, there on the sad height,
    Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
    Do not go gentle into that good night.
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    From The Poems of Dylan Thomas, published by New Directions. Copyright © 1952, 1953 Dylan Thomas. Copyright © 1937, 1945, 1955, 1962, 1966, 1967 the Trustees for the Copyrights of Dylan Thomas. Copyright © 1938,

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  • Claudia HUCKLE


    Here's a a great artist you could see in the streets of Nantes and Angers. This British opera-singer is a contralto who plays Olga in Tchaikovski's Eugen Onegin. Her voice is exceptionally rich in tone and colour, her acting is perfect, mobile and sensuous. No wonder she has such a fast-rising career : and believe me ! it's only the beginning. I happened to think of Kathleen Ferrier ...

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  • Maëlle Baudry tells us about “Djerbahood”, a unique experience she has just discovered :

     Djerbahood is a humanitarian project, based on the houses of Djerba, a Tunisian island. Medhi Ben Cheikh, the director of this project, decided to call street artists -- more than 150, from more than 30 different nations. Each in his / her own way invades the streets with paints, graffiti, stencils... Erriyadh village (which means "the little love") became a symbol of positive messages of happiness, peace and freedom in a country which is just out of a popular uprising against austerity. This project is, as Mehdi Ben Cheikh said, « one of the best weapons we have in our struggle against obscurantism ». This little neighbourhood can visually take us to all the continents : Oceania, with  Fitan Maggie who travelled from Australia, North America representated by Swoon ; and staying in Africa, we count many artists, like the Kenyan WiseTwo, and Faith47, from The South-African Republic. A few years ago, when France discovered the work of this self-educated South African woman, the world of urban arts was amazed. Nowadays, she’s internationally known and her singular style is clearly recognisable. Her work is embedded, adapted in urban environments all over the world, she draws support from memory and is constantly looking for human interactions, giving new sense to her works. Her murals are political, inspired by social realities from her country. Indeed, she participates in the writing of the “New post-apartheid South Africa”. The freedom she takes as an artist astounds and forces respect. In Erriyadh, she discovered a village mixing modern and historical architectures. Faith47 creates therefore a real relation between the wall-structure and the picture she “graphs” on it. So we can see her enchanting unicorn on a tiny street corner -- how wonderful it is ! Between a dream world and the past of a place. “New South African” culture comes to confront with the post-revolutionary Arabic Tunisia, it’s as stunning as it is seizing -- evidence that, despite all censorships and criticisms, art is a free and meaningful means of expression.

    Faith 47 / The Unicorn / Djerbahood

    Faith47 The Unicorn

    WiseTwo / Street Art / Djerbahood

    WiseTwo Street Art


    Note that Djerbahood is probably derived from neighbourhood; in African-American slang, "hood" is  a neighborhood, usually a depressed community; it is most often used in reference to the neighborhood that the speaker is from.




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