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Alexander Skarsgard Goes Full Frontal On 'True Blood' (NSFW)

Alexander Skarsgard Goes Full Frontal On 'True Blood' (NSFW)

Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 19:41:12 in TV

“He's reading a _ Den Allvarsamma Leken_ by Swedish novelist Hjalmar Söderberg, the titel meaning _The Serious Game_. So his death, then, is a game, a plot device.”


Commented Mar 8, 2012 at 08:49:56 in Parents

“This is what all college students in Europe do (or rather, how BA-curricula in general are designed). Students spend 4 years studying only their major, with _maybe_ one or two courses in a related field. General education courses such as Freshman Writing and Basic science courses will have been covered in high school. It is assumed that if you have not mastered basic academic skills you will not be getting a university degree to begin with.”

barbara jay on Mar 9, 2012 at 06:33:42

“Actually, I'm aware of this because I'm in the thick of it; my 11-year-old daughter attends a German Gymnasium, and German university may be all I can afford for her. Reforms over the last eight years have put her on a very different timeline than I would have expected on the day she (at age 3) entered kindergarten. Three things have changed: children enter grade 1 at a younger age, the thirteenth grade has been cut out, and the Diplom, which took university students a minimum of four years to complete, has been replaced by the three-year Bachelors'. If she never repeats a grade or takes a break,she'll have to commit to a major at 17 and have her B.A. at twenty. What used to take too long is now rushed through too fast, and something will have been sacrificed. I was one of the students who needed to take exploration time to pin down my interests, and in a U.S. college I was able to do that.”
Some Blacks Insist: 'I'm Not African-American'

Some Blacks Insist: 'I'm Not African-American'

Commented Feb 5, 2012 at 16:24:42 in Black Voices

“Actually, De Niro is considered Italian American. Without a hyphen.”
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: This Trilogy Belongs in Scandinavia, Not Hollywood

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: This Trilogy Belongs in Scandinavia, Not Hollywood

Commented Dec 26, 2011 at 13:37:41 in UK Entertainment

“Beowulf a Geat, either from Gotland or Götaland, both of which are in Sweden. Rothgar is a Danish tribal king with a serious monster problem. So yes, _Beowulf_, the supposed first literary work written in the English language (which at the time was roughly equivalent to Old Swedish), is a epic about Scandinavian people.”
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American Catholics Prep For New Mass Translation

Commented Nov 7, 2011 at 08:20:01 in Religion

“'Et cum spiritum tuos' is the Latin original, as used before Vatican II. So the new translation is correct, but yes, sounds awkward.”