Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Tomb of Hafiz, the celebrated Iranian poet

This is the tomb of Hafiz, a celebrated Iranian poet. His full name was Khaje Shams ud-Din Hafiz-i Shirazi, and he lived from 1326-1390.

After the Holy Koran and Islamic prayer books, Hafiz's collection of poems is probably the most popular book in Iran. (I can hardly imagine an Iranian household not having a copy, so you can guess how popular he is!)

Khaju Bridge, Isfahan

Here's another historical site to visit if you come to Iran: Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, which was built around in the year 1650. Like Shiraz, Isfahan has many places worth seeing. For more info on Isfahan, you might want to take a look at Wikipedia. Although it's not always accurate with regard to Iran's modern history, it can give you an idea of the more ancient history, at least with regard to architecture.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Perspolis (Shiraz, Iran)

This is a photo of Perspolis, capital of Achaemenid Empire 500 BC. It is located in Shiraz in Fars province in Iran.

The stone engravings are unbelievable!

Those of you who haven't seen it don't know what you're missing! :-)

My blog reincarnated!

Reincarnation, resuscitation, renovation, or maybe just face-lifting! Whatever you call it, it looks like my blog and I are back again!

(Whew! Long story; I'll tell you later ...)

Finally I can relax!

Susan :-)


Looks like my blog has just disappeared!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Another useful tip: Adding your del.icio.us tags to your blog template

For those of you who want to add your del.icio.us tags to your sidebar; check it out!

Collaborative blogging: Adding your del.icio.us tags to your blog template#links

Tutorial on how to start blogging

Hi, all! For those of you who intend to use blogs for your classroom, Jane Petring provides the following easy-to-follow tutorial in her blog (English CEF Blog), and I've borrowed this with her permission. Enjoy! :-)

English CEF Blog: "Creating Your Blog"
Here we go Future Bloggers.... First go to the Blogger site.

Click on the orange arrow to create your blog now.

Username: this is not as easy as it looks because you must select a unique name that no other blogger is using. You may have to try a few times before it is accepted. When it is accepted, write it down immediately because you will probably forget next week.

Password: please choose a password that you don't mind sharing with me (I don't want to know any of your secrets). After the first few weeks you can change your password, but in the beginning it is helpful if I can get into your account when you are having difficulty.

Display Name: This is the name that shows up when you leave a comment. Most people use their first name, but you can decide for yourself.

Email address: This is important to verify your account.

Once your username and password have been accepted, you will need to name your blog and give it an address. You will also be asked to type in some letters--this is to assure that you are a human being and not a computer. Click the orange arrow to continue.

Now you will need to choose a template. There are not many choices here, but once your blog is created you will have more choices and you can change it. Click the orange arrow and then click the tab that says Template. Choose the template you like and then SAVE the changes. You will also need to Republish your blog. Every time you make a change in your blog you must save and republish the changes.

To avoid spammers from leaving comments on your blog do this: Click on Comments and then scroll down to where it asks about word verification. Click YES. Now, only human beings can leave comments and not computer-generated spammers. Remember to SAVE this before moving to another page.

Now you are ready to make your first post..........click Post. Write in the title of today's post. Type in your information in the big box. You can make links by clicking the icon of a link over a green earth. Upload pictures by clicking on the little square picture. Explore the tools and be creative.........you are now a blogger!