Monday, August 18, 2008

Turkish universities

While Turkey is still deliberating the process how to appoint a rector, it is loosing its place in the world about education (Turkey never did very well during the 'Kemalist' time - 55% of the graduate students in Turkey don't speak or understand a second language) and this year list of the best Universities are as usual dominated by American ones. Turkey has one listed: Istanbul University.
Fun to see that the two universities I attended are brotherly ranked 46 and 47: University of Utrecht and University of Irvine California.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall of China.

Spring Night

Spring Night

The park is filled with night and fog,
The veils are drawn about the world,
The drowsy lights along the paths
Are dim and pearled.

Gold and gleaming are the empty streets,
Gold and gleaming the misty lake.
The mirrored lights like sunken swords,
Glimmer and shake.

Oh, is it not enough to be
Here with this beauty over me?
My throat should ache with praise, and I
Should kneel in joy beneath the sky.
O beauty, are you not enough?
Why am I crying after love
With youth, a singing voice, and eyes
To take earth’s wonder with surprise?

Why have I put off my pride,
Why am I unsatisfied,—
I, for whom the pensive night
Binds her cloudy hair with light,—

By: Sara Teasdale

Pakistan's Musharraf will resign

Pakistan's Musharraf will resign
More space for Islamist militants in the North West of Pakistan?

Day opening - August 18

CN Tower, Toronto, Canada.