Dhaka, 25th August (UNB) – World famous American humor magazine MAD has decided to not be sold anymore on newsstands by this year, instead relying on reprinting classic contents from its nearly 67-year history.
The publication of Bangladesh’s oldest satirical magazine Unmad was inspired from MAD; thus they paid their tribute portraying their aesthetical correlation to the soon-to-be retired publication, through a unique exhibition titled ‘Tribute to Mad Cartoon’ at Drik Gallery in the city from 23rd to 25th August.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Unmad’s editor and one of the most renowned cartoonists of Bangladesh Ahsan Habib along with his colleagues and fans on Friday. Unmad’s assistant editors Morshed Mishu and Syed Rashad Imam Tanmoy, Dhaka Comics’ publishers and Unmad’s executive and associate editors Mehedi Haque and Nasreen Sultana Mitu attended the event.
The exhibition featured different kinds of creative cartoon presentations, such as hand-sketched and digital cartoons, double exposure art, glass paintings and figurines by established artists of the country and the promising newcomers, as well.
All the wonderful artworks shared two common figures- the ever smiling mascot of MAD with his missing tooth, Alfred E Neuman- and Unmad’s famous cheeky mascot, whose creation was highly inspired from the mentioned character. The entire exhibition portrayed the imaginary aesthetic and satirical bonding between these two iconic cartoon characters, through all the presentations.
“MAD was the inspiration behind the birth of our Unmad- so we could not let it go without any tribute from our part. We are highly grateful for what they have always conveyed through humor and satire. This exhibition is an emotional tribute, from Unmad to the MAD”, said the exhibition’s organizer magazine Unmad’s Editor and country’s renowned cartoonist Ahsan Habib.
Mentioning about the aesthetic bonding between the two, he added “When I first read MAD in 1975, I got immediately moved by it because of the differences it portrayed through the contents. Unmad started its journey as country’s dedicated satire magazine in 1978, which was highly motivated from it. We wanted to let them know about our existence and gratefulness for the inspirations, thus we sent one of our copies to the publisher of MAD William Gaines in 1980 and he really appreciated it.”
Started as a comic book, MAD became a widely influential satirical media with making significant impact on the cultural landscape of the 20th century. It publishes satire on all aspects of life and popular culture, politics, entertainment, and public figures. Its format is divided into a number of recurring segments such as TV and movie parodies, as well as freeform articles. MAD's mascot, Alfred E. Neuman, is typically the focal point of the magazine's cover, with his face often replacing that of a celebrity or character who is lampooned within the issue.
The exhibition ended on Sunday, and the magazine MAD will effectively be pulled from newsstands in August 2019, after the release of its 9th issue.
Paris, Aug 25 (AP/UNB) — Paris is celebrating the French resistance fighters, American soldiers and others who liberated the City of Light from Nazi occupation exactly 75 years ago.
A parade on Sunday will retrace the entry of French and American tanks into southern Paris on Aug. 25, 1944.
Firefighters will raise a French flag on the Eiffel Tower, recreating the moment when a French tricolor stitched together from sheets was hoisted atop the monument 75 years ago to replace the swastika flag that had flown for four years.
Paris suffered relatively little damage in World War II but its citizens were humiliated, hungry and mistrustful after 50 months under the Nazis.
The liberation of Paris was both joyous and chaotic, with nearly 5,000 people killed.
Philadelphia, Aug 25 (AP/UNB) — Hundreds of bicyclists have been caught with their pants down — and their shirts and underwear off, too.
The cyclists gathered in a Philadelphia park on Saturday to disrobe before saddling up and setting off on the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride.
About 3,000 riders pedal a 10-mile (16-kilometer) course around the City of Brotherly Love while taking in sights including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, organizers say. Some riders wear their birthday suits while others flaunt their underwear or sport just a splash of body paint and glitter.
Melanie and James O'Connor, who painted each other's nude body in multiple colors, were riding for the seventh time.
"We run around naked a lot," he said.
The couple met at the 2012 ride and have been together since.
"I took a picture of him the moment we met, and seven years later we're still naked," she said.
The ride is to promote positive body image, advocate for the safety of cyclists and protest dependence on fossil fuels, a major issue for Oren Roth-Eisenberg, who participates every year.
"I call it my Christmas, the happiest day of the year," he said, while having a message advocating for less gas consumption painted on his torso by his wife. "It's the intersection of the happiest day and the most important thing."
The Philly Naked Bike Ride used to be held in September but was moved up to August because the nude and scantily clad participants complained about chilly weather.
Dhaka, Aug 22 (AP/UNB)- Amanda Blum enjoys trying new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen, but like many home cooks she’s reluctant to buy expensive and bulky kitchen appliances.
So she was delighted to learn about Kitchen Share, a nonprofit near her home in Portland, Oregon, that loans out kitchen equipment. Bloom, who likes to preserve fruits and vegetables at this time of year, found a name-brand pressure canner there that makes the task easier and safer.
Since then, she’s become a regular borrower, checking out Kitchen Share’s blender, ice cream maker and pressure cooker.
“This is such a huge resource,” she said. “It solves the problem of having to buy all these things.”
Around the country, traditional libraries and a small number of non-profit lending operations loan out collections of household items: cake pans in Akron, Ohio; paintings in Minneapolis; telescopes in St. Louis; sewing machines in Rochester, New York.
For traditional libraries, such items are a natural extension of their mission to provide resources to the community. Many of the other institutions see lending programs as a way to help people save money or lead more sustainable lives by owning fewer things.
As with books, “it’s the idea of collections that are purchased by a group and used by multiple people over and over again,” said Jen Lenio, collections manager of the Rochester Public Library.
The Rochester library system’s offerings are driven by patron interests, as well as a desire to assist low-income people, she said. The success of library craft classes inspired the staff to create borrowable knitting and crochet kits. Recognizing that the ability to make or repair clothes could be useful, the team purchased sewing machines that patrons can check out.
“We’re trying to fill needs that the community has,” Lenio said.
The Akron-Summit County Public Library’s cake pan lending program was so popular, the institution decided to buy kitchen tools to circulate too. The items — including measuring cups, kitchen scales and baking dishes — appeal to the area’s large student population and younger patrons setting up households, among others, said Monique Mason, manager of the libraries’ science and technology division.
The collection includes utensils that people might use only rarely, like a cherry pitter, candy molds and holiday cookie cutters, and bulky items they might not have room for.
“When you look how much space a pasta maker or a food dehydrator takes up — do you really want to have to store these items?” Mason said.
The library treats the items like books, allowing people to reserve them online and sending them to various branches for pickup, she said. Patrons are required to return the kitchen items clean, and are advised to wash them before using.
St. Louis County Library in Missouri has a telescope lending program, which was suggested by the St. Louis Astronomical Society. It began in 2014 and was an “instant hit,” said director Kristen Sorth said. “People seem very appreciative of the opportunity and treat them very well,” Sorth said.
Loaning telescopes aligns with the library’s interest in promoting science education, she said, by giving people access to cool equipment.
“I’ve done it a couple of times. I had one as a kid and I like to see what I can see in the night sky,” said Craig Williams of St. Louis, who hopes to own one someday.
In the twin cities, the Minneapolis Art Lending Library, a non-profit group, promotes art appreciation by lending out original works that borrowers can hang on their walls at home.
Part of a library’s mission is to help patrons learn, and that isn’t limited to books, says Christine Feldmann, a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County Public Library in Annapolis, Maryland, which loans out fishing poles and ukuleles, among other items.
“The library is really about connecting people with resources,” she said. “These programs are just an extension of that.”
Dhaka, Aug 22 (AP/UNB) -Parents and teachers know that reading to their children in preschool and kindergarten is important. But how can parents and teachers support young children’s mathematics knowledge?
One often overlooked activity is patterning, or thinking about patterns. Patterns are predictable sequences, such as stripes (for example, a yellow-green striped shirt) and rhythms (for example, da-de-dum). Young children like to make patterns when they draw and play.
Patterning encourages children to look for regularity and rules – a critical component of mathematical reasoning. For example, in the color pattern red-blue-blue-red-blue-blue, the rule is the part that repeats over and over (red-blue-blue in this pattern).
My own research shows that early pattern knowledge can support later mathematics achievement. And parents and teachers can work with their children from an early age to get them to think more deeply about patterns.
What parents and teachers typically do
Parents and teachers most often ask preschool children to copy and extend patterns.
For example, they ask children to extend a pattern by deciding what comes next in the pattern. Although a good start, these tasks do not push children to think about rules and regularities.
In contrast, parents and teachers are less likely to encourage their children to do more sophisticated tasks that promote more attention to rules and regularities.
For example, they rarely ask children to make the same kind of pattern using different objects or sounds (we call this abstracting a pattern) or to name the part of the pattern that repeats (identify a pattern’s rule).
This means parents and teachers are missing out on opportunities to support children’s pattern knowledge and mathematical reasoning.
Kids get better with patterns
We have found that many preschool children (ages 4 to 5) are able to abstract patterns when prompted to do so. Further, their ability to abstract patterns over the course of the pre-kindergarten year also improves. However, most have difficulty identifying a pattern’s rule.
One effective way to support attention to the pattern rule is for adults to label patterns using common, general terms. For example, preschool children learn better when alphabet letters are used to explain a pattern.
So, a red-blue-blue-red-blue-blue pattern could be labeled as an “ABB pattern,” rather than labeled using the color names. A new yellow-green-green-yellow-green-green pattern could be labeled as an “ABB pattern” too. This helps children see that the two patterns share a common rule.
If special attention is given to patterning, it can help improve pattern knowledge. For example, research has found that when preschool children were encouraged to create new patterns over a period of six months, using different materials and with encouragement to identify a pattern’s rule, they were able to explain patterns better a year later.
Patterning supports math achievement
When special attention is given to patterning, it also improves children’s general mathematics achievement. Special attention to patterning in preschooland in first grade led to better general math knowledge at the end of the school year.
And this early pattern knowledge matters for mathematics achievement in fifth grade as well. Children with better pattern knowledge at age seven had better mathematics achievement at age 11. Early pattern knowledge was found to be important for building later knowledge across a variety of mathematics topics, including number, algebra and geometry.
This also raises the issue of adding this to the Common Core State Standards, which currently do not include patterning as a math content standard at any grade level.
There was limited evidence available when the standards were written, but now that we know that patterning supports important mathematical reasoning and achievement,
I believe it should be made part of the Common Core standards.
At the same time, teachers and parents should consider how to support patterning in preschool and the early grades. They should help children look for regularities and rules in patterns by asking them to make the same kind of pattern using different objects or sounds and to name the part of the pattern that repeats, so as to identify its rule.
This will help provide a foundation for future math learning and reasoning.
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/dont-know-how-to-get-your-kid-to-do-math-try-patterns-39417.