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[Java] [Vimeo] Generating a direct download link to Vimeo clip

Recently, I’ve been looking into ways of playing video streams on Android. Fortunately, with it’s VideoView you can play any video clip easily no matter where the actual file is. All you need is to provide a URL to the video file. With VideoView I managed to play the video even on my friend’s old HTC Desire S with its antient Android 2.3.5! At the end of the article you will find a link to a good article on how to play video in Android using VideoView component.

But soon I found out that I couldn’t play a youtube or vimeo video clip simply because I didn’t have a direct link to the video stream. Unfortunately, for some security reasons Vimeo.com doesn’t provide a download links. But if the video can be shown on the website, it can be downloaded. There’s always a way to do it.

On the internet, there were a lot of discussions about this and I found a solution (for PHP language) to my problem on StackOverflow. I implemented it, but a couple of days ago it suddenly stopped working. Turned out that Vimeo changed the markup of the page and old solutions became not applicable anymore.

I did some investigation into the new Vimeo.com markup and came up with the following solution. Read more of this post

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Ludwick Marishane: A bath without water

Ludwick Marishane: A bath without water #TED : http://on.ted.com/p2rD In the future, people will not have to bathe. A simple lotion will help to avoid this necessity. 🙂

Wierd Al – White and Nerdy

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Stative (State) Verbs

A stative verb is one which asserts that one of its arguments has a particular property (possibly in relation to its other arguments). Statives differ from other aspectual classes of verbs in that they are static; they have no duration and no distinguished endpoint. Verbs which are not stative are often called dynamic verbs. (Wikipedia)

There are plenty of articles on stative verbs on the Internet. I want to summarise a few articles.

At first, take a look at the video from engVid.com on stative verbs.

Original: English Grammar – Stative Verbs

This video by Ronnie is extremely enjoyable! I love it. Do you?

Secondly, check out the following video which I found on the Internet.

Original: Stative Verbs

To be honest, the second video is extremely boring! But anyway the article is very useful. That’s why I recommend that you look at the original post.

Overview

Some English verbs, which we call state, non-continuous, or stative verbs, aren’t normally used in continuous tenses (like the present continuous, or the future continuous). The most common ones:

like    love    hate    want    need    prefer

know    realise   suppose   mean   understand   believe  remember

belong    fit    contain    consist    seem    look (=seem)

Download PDF with the list of stative verbs and examples.

A verb which isn’t stative is called a dynamic verb, and is usually an action.

Some verbs can be either stative or dynamic depending on the situation.

To Be

be is usually a stative verb, but when it is used in the continuous it means ‘behaving’ or ‘acting’

  • you are stupid = it’s part of your personality
  • you are being stupid = only now, not usually

To Think

think (stative) = have an opinion

  • I think that coffee is great

think (dynamic) = consider, have in my head

  • what are you thinking about? I’m thinking about my next holiday

To Have

have (stative) = own

  • I have a car

have (dynamic) = part of an expression

  • I’m having a party / a picnic / a bath / a good time / a break

To See

see (stative) = see with your eyes / understand

  • I see what you mean
  • I see her now, she’s just coming along the road

see (dynamic) = meet / have a relationship with

  • I’ve been seeing my boyfriend for three years
  • I’m seeing Robert tomorrow

To Taste

taste (stative) = has a certain taste

  • This soup tastes great
  • The coffee tastes really bitter

taste (dynamic) = the action of tasting

  • The chef is tasting the soup
    (‘taste’ is the same as other similar verbs such as ‘smell’)

I hope this lesson on stative verbs is very useful. Thank you for visiting. Good luck with your English!

English Tek

Expressing Future Activities

Howdy, dear readers.

At first, check out the video from engVid.com. In this lesson, Rebecca explains how the future tense is used in conversation.

Original: Using the Future Tense in Conversation – English Grammar

How to express future

There are four common ways to talk about future activities or plans.

  1. Future (Simple) Tense (I will do …)
  2. to be going to
  3. Present Continuous Tense (I am doing …)
  4. Present Simple Tense (I do …)

Future Tense we use

  • when we decide to do something at the time of speaking;
  • when we want to express our opinion about the future.

Consider the following examples with future tense.

  1.  Oh, I’ve left the door open. I‘ll go and shut it.
  2. ‘Did you phone Lucy?’ ‘Oh no, I forgot! I‘ll phone her now.’
  3. ‘Do you think Kate will pass the exam?’ ‘Yes. She‘ll pass easily.’

The expression to be going to means that the action is planned but not arranged. So, the phrase I am going to take a vocation, actually, means I decided to take a vocation (before time of speaking) but have not arranged it, yet.

For better comprehension have a look at the following examples.

  1. I’m going to the theatre.
  2. ‘I hear Sara has won some money. What is she going to do with it?’ ‘She is going to buy a new car.’
  3. ‘Garry called when you were out.’ ‘Yes, I know. I‘m going to phone him later.’

Future activities and plans can be also expressed using Present Continuous (especially when activities involve two or more people). When we say I’m meeting my friend tomorrow it means that we have already decided to meet tomorrow and arranged it.

  1. He is playing tennis on Monday afternoon.
  2. I‘m not working tomorrow. So, we can go out somewhere.
  3. What time is Cathy arriving tomorrow?

Future activities can be expressed even with Past Simple.

  1. The train arrives at 10:30.
  2. The shop opens at 10 o’clock.

Here we are talking about scheduled actions.

Overview

Tense

Phrase

Conditions

Example

Future (Simple)

I will do …

Unplanned

I’ll phone you later.

To be going to

I am going to do …

Planned

I’m going to phone you later.

Present Continuous

I am doing …

Planned and arranged

She is arriving tomorrow at 10:00 pm.

Present Simple

I do …

Scheduled

The shop opens at 10 o’clock.

Thank you for visiting English Tech Blog. Good luck with your English.

English Tek

5 Ways to Say Good Bye in English

Hello, dear visitors.

There is one more interesting video from EngVid. Five common ways to say ‘Good bye’ in English.

Original: EngVid.com

  1. See ya!
  2. Take it easy!
  3. Have a good one!
  4. Take care!
  5. Catch ya later!

Thank you for visiting. Have a nice day!

English Tek

English Vocabulary–Negative Characteristics

Hi, dear readers!

Another great video from EngVid.com with my clarification.

“Learn English vocabulary in this advanced lesson that will help you express the negative characteristics that people have. Is that man at the shop a snob, or is he conceited? Is your sister vain or is she arrogant?”

EngVid.com :: English Vocabulary–Negative Characteristics (by James)

Original: EngVid.com (with quiz)

Clarification

  • arrogant [‘ærəgənt] ADJ (disapproval)

– Exaggerated view of worth or importance in a way that is too much for others. (by James)

– Someone who is arrogant behaves in a proud, unpleasant way towards other people because they believe that they are more important than others. (Collins)

– Having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities. (Oxford)

  • vain [veɪn] ADJ (disapproval) *

– Very proud of one’s looks or abilities (by James)

– If you describe someone as vain, you are critical of their extreme pride in their own beauty, intelligence, or other good qualities. (Collins)

– Having or showing an excessively high opinion of one’s appearance, abilities, or worth. (Oxford)

* This word has more different meanings, use a dictionary.

  • conceited [kən’siːtɪd] ADJ (disapproval)

– Having a very high opinion of oneself (by James)

– If you say that someone is conceited, you are showing your disapproval of the fact that they are far too proud of their abilities or achievements. (Collins)

  • snob [snɔb] N-COUNT (disapproval)

– Imitates/wants to hang with others in superior position; looks down on others as inferior; acts superior (by James)

– 1) If you call someone a snob, you disapprove of them because they admire upper-class people and have a low opinion of lower-class people. 2) If you call someone a snob, you disapprove of them because they behave as if they are superior to other people because of their intelligence or taste. (Collins)

– 1) A person with an exaggerated respect for high social position or wealth who seeks to associate with social superiors and dislikes people or activities regarded as lower-class. 2) [with adj.] A person who believes that their tastes in a particular area are superior to those of other people (Oxford)

  • brag [bræg] VERB (disapproval)

– To tell people how wonderful you (your things) are. (by James)

– If you brag, you say in a very proud way that you have something or have done something. (Collins)

– To say something in a boastful manner. (Oxford)

** Translations from ABBYY Lingvo Online Dictionaries.

Examples

  • That sounds arrogant, doesn’t it?
  • He was so arrogant!
  • Kenneth is an arrogant, rude, social snob.
  • Going to a private school and spending weekends with other pupils whose parents had massive houses made her a snob…
  • I think he is shallow, vain and untrustworthy.
  • He brags that he wrote 300 pages in 10 days!
  • I thought him conceited and arrogant…
  • You conceited idiot!

Supplementary vocabulary

  1. exaggerated(adj.) Something that is exaggerated is or seems larger, better, worse, or more important than it actually needs to be.
  2. vanity(noun) Excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements.
  3. superior(adj.) Higher in rank, status, or quality.
  4. inferior (adj.) Lower in rank, status, or quality.

Hope it is helpful. Smile

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English Tek