Thursday, October 16, 2008

an embarrassment to the teaching profession at Colony High School

my significant other is involved in special ed instruction at Colony High School. The teacher she is assigned to (Mr. Douche Bag) routinely tells his students that "....until you earn a Bachelor's, your opinions don't count, (sic)..."

IMHO - he's a waste, an embarrassment to the teaching profession..

therapeutic part deux

I am realizing no one may read this blog - and that's ok. My thoughts, rants, and other stuff flowing out - feels great actually.

still "in transition" - the person or persons that pegged that phrase should be shot - or awarded a prize - can't decide which. (ooooh , good grammer too!)

Saturday, October 11, 2008


wow - I actually spelled "therapeutic" on one try without the use of spell check

I is a goud gi thats spels n rites grate

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

the small cost of getting a Master's at University of La Verne

besides the $1600 plus for the class..

$300 for textbooks

still "in transition"

yet the government pays (loans) me the money to go to school - I am fortunate and grateful for that.

More recruiters - loads of fluff - are they worth it?

Sunday, October 05, 2008

I'm back - and spammed

I get stuff like this all the time..

"Are you still in the market for either a professional or executive job?
Your resume indicates that we may have openings at Executive Search Online that are appropriate to consider. However, if you are interested, we need some added information."

yeah right

better yet - I get loads of spam from (some good jobs - always be confidential)

a couple of recruiters have told me that they seldom look at ANY resumes coming through the job boards - just too many..

did I ask if this was a waste?

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

a waste?

started to blog back after I finished my Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at University of La Verne..

worth it? - meh

Still in transition "aka jobless" - been told this was the worst time I could have taken time off work to finish my degree, yet I need a degree in order to interview for most of the jobs I applied.

worth it?

on to my Masters - Finance and International Business

worth it?

Hello? MasterCard? Do you accept payment in the form of a Bachelor's Degree?

Hello? Mortgage Company? I'd like to pay this month's mortgage. I don't have any money, but I'm rich in education!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Urban Studies HW - Week 5: April 17-23

Week 5: April 17-23

Readings completed: City Lights, Chapters 9-10.
Chapter 9 explores racism/ethnic tensions in U.S.
Chapter 10 examines issues/theories of social class.
View film “Crazy Beautiful”, complete worksheet.
Discussion Forum 5: See Discussion Board under Communications in Blackboard for instructions.

DISCUSSION FORUM 5: You crazy you beautiful
Chapter 9 of City Lights discusses some of the intricacies of race relations in the U.S. Chapter 10 zeros in on social class and class stratification. The film we are viewing, Crazy Beautiful, depicts some of these same issues.

In the case of the film story, race serves as a backdrop for a coming-of-age love story between a Latino young man and an Anglo young woman. Social class also enters this story. The young woman, Nicole, is the daughter of a congressman, with whom she lives along with her stepmother and young sister in a very upscale LA neighborhood. (Can you figure out which one?) The young man, Carlos, is the son of a single working mother. They live in a working class neighborhood in a poorer part of the city.

The film opens with Nicole doing community service in lieu of sentencing, picking up trash at the Santa Monica Pier. Carlos is hanging out with his friends at the pier one day and sees Nicole. Carlos and Nicole discover while talking that they have seen one another at high school but have never talked until that moment at the beach. (The viewer is left wondering: Is this the only way the two are likely to encounter one another? Here the beach seems to serve as a kind of neutral territory between the races. One reading of this symbolic encounter: high school is segregated turf.)

You will see depictions in this film of Louis Wirth's notions about role segmentation, formalized modes of control, expressions of personality through group membership, alienation, and isolation (you might check out this essay again, Box 5.1 in Chapter 5). But unlike the somber tone of that essay, this film story ends on an up note.

For this Discussion Forum, consider and comment on the following:

1. All drama requires that a change occur in the outlook of main characters as the result of some crisis they confront. Briefly describe, or characterize the nature of the crisis each of the main characters faced in this film: Nicole, Carlos, and Nicole's father.

2. Take one of the main characters in the film (Carlos, Nicole, Nicole's Dad). Explain in what ways this character encountered/suffered from any of the characteristics I mentioned above in reference to Wirth's essay. Be sure to note how the behaviors of this character impacted those around her/him. (Think of how each life was braided with others.)

3. To follow up on #1: How did the character you selected resolve her/his crisis? That is, what did she/he do, or what realization did he/she come to, in order to move on constructively with his/her life?

4. The film ends with a voice over by Nicole. She says, "There's a million people out there; but in the end, it all comes down to one." How do you interpret this line? What did the filmmaker have in mind by having Nicole's character say this? Does this commentary suggest anything to you about the prospects for community in our world?

MIS April 16 -23

Dear 410 students:
This week's checklist is as follows:
1. Quiz 4
2. Hw 4
3. e-com.4
4. Post Article 2

5. Group 5 only will be posting their questions.


Chemistry wake me up

Hi Everyone,

I trust that you all had a nice weekend.

The homework for chapter 11 is due today by 5:00 p.m. I will be posting the answer key around 5:00 p.m. so you can use this to check your own work while you are waiting for me to grade your work and post the information. I'll let you know when I have the answer key posted.

This week, you should be working on chapter 5.

The second exam is coming up next week, between April 25 and April 28. I know that some of you have made arrangements for all of your exams with Alene Harrison, while others have not.

Please give Alene adequate time to make the arrangements and contact her as soon as you can to schedule a time and a place for you to take your second exam. She can be reached by phone: (909) 593-3511 and go to the operator and ask for Alene Harrison or by e-mail:

I'll talk more about the second exam as the week goes on.

However, you can go to the Chemistry 103 Web Site and print out the second practice exam to see the type of questions I asked on an old exam and the type of information I provided. Also, you will always be given a copy of the periodic table.

After you have worked on the practice exam, you can go back on-line and enter your answers, get it graded by the computer, and gain access to the answer key and a hand-written solution of the problems on the practice exam.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

MIS Stuff 4/10-4/16

Weekly checklist due 4/16/06

Dear 410 Students: This week's checklist is as follows:

1. Quiz 3
2. Homework 3
3. e-commerce 3
4. Discuss Case study 2 of chapter 3

Best regards

p.s.: MIDTERM IS AROUND THE CORNER (4/24/06 - 4/30/06. YOU NEED TO TELL ME DATE, DAY, TIME, and(AM/PM). I appreciate your cooperation.


Urban Studies HW - Week 4: April 10-16

Week 4: April 10-16

Readings completed: City Lights, Chapters 7-8.
Chapter 7 concludes the discussion on community, focussing on suburban life.
Chapter 8 traces the U.S. immigrant history, old and recent.
Discussion Forum 4: See Discussion Board under Communications in Blackboard for instructions.
Hey You, Beautiful! Have you watched Crazy Beautiful yet? See Discussion Forum 5 for details.

DISCUSSION FORUM 4: Feeling roots, sharing outlooks
For this discussion forum, first visit this website :

If for whatever reason that link does not work, then search Google for "lower east side tenement museum virtual tour", and click the first link at the top of the page.

This comes with an audio file you can click, and listen to a tour guide as she takes people through four apartments in the Orchard Street tenement. The tour also permits you to look at various pictures as you move along.

Imagine yourself arriving to New York in the 1870's, '80s, '90s. Think of what America must have meant to immigrants from around the world, coming here for a better life.

For this discussion board, share with your peers your own experience living here in the U.S. as you consider:

Has this country been a place for fulfilling aspirations, or has it frustrated or not fully honored (perhaps dishonored) the aspirations of the culture you identify with? (Please note: share as much as you feel comfortable doing so. This DB is not intended to pry, but to give the opportunity to share as you feel inclined and welcomed to do so.)

If you come from an immigrant heritage: What sorts of traditions have been handed down through your ancestors? What do you still do that reminds you of a connection with an immigrant past?

Chemistry April 10 - 17

Hi Everyone, I just wanted to remind you of what is going on this week. This week, you should be working on chapter 11 and the homework for chapter 11 is due on Monday, April 17. If you have a chance to work ahead, now would be the time to do so. Some of you may have a holiday coming up, kids out of school, etc. So, if you want to free up some of your time, you can always work ahead. For the lab students, you should be working on the next lab assignment. I have not seen the weather forecast for this week and weekend, so I don't know if the solar lab is a good one to do this week or not. If you have a nice sunny day this weekend, then go ahead and do Lab #3, the solar lab. If it is not going to be a nice weekend and you did Lab #4 last weekend, then more onto Lab #5 this weekend. Make sure you read ahead so you know you have everything you need for the lab. Talk to you soon.

Urban Studies HW - Week 6 - April 24-30

Week 6: April 24-30 - Urban Studies

Readings completed: City Lights, Chapters 11-12.
Chapter 11 looks at the social psychology of urban interaction.
Chapter 12 lays out the basic structures of local governance.
BTW: Now’s as good a time as any to start thinking about your Formal Assignment. See details under Assignments on Blackboard.
And don’t forget: Reader Response Paper due in two weeks. See your Assignments Section for details!

DISCUSSION FORUM 6: Books! WHO needs 'em?!!
For this Discussion Forum, you first have to read the book, Fahrenheit 451. Also, you must read what I have prepared under Course Materials (Thinking about F-451). Then, respond to the following:

Fahrenheit 451…The Temperature at which Books Burn

Meet Guy Montag, Fireman. That is, a “guy” who starts fires, to burn…books. First published in 1950, this classic science fiction thriller is noteworthy for many reasons, and essential to any discussion on urban themes spanning the last half-century.

Similar in many ways to the tone of Brazil, Fahrenheit 451 confronts us with the dark side of modern society, taking elements we all recognize – mass preoccupation with infotainment, “reality” TV, superficial social relations, personal isolation and alienation – and bundling these into the story of a society gone terribly wrong. As with Brazil, we encounter here a police state, very literally dedicated to eradicating any semblance of independent thought and action. In this story the TV (the Parlor) dominates all social activity, and is depicted (some would say, revealed) as an instrument of domination and control, subtle and not so subtle in the way it propagates docility among people and society at large.

Front to back, this book bristles with a harsh commentary on forces that, at the time it was published, were only just beginning to emerge. Television was barely a feature of household living in 1950. So called “reality TV” was not to emerge as a key TV theme for another 45 years. Live and taped broadcast of police chases would not dominate broadcasting for nearly 50 years. How, then, did Bradbury anticipate these trends? Do our readings provide a clue? More importantly, what does his commentary have to tell us about our society?

We encounter in F-451 an ambivalent hero, transformed in his outlook by circumstances he confronts (including an acute sense of isolation), and the “renegade” people he encounters. We find him then suddenly pitted against ominous forces; forces he at one time was almost entirely oblivious to – in fact, forces to which he was dedicated to serve.

You have read about the precarious nature of “community” in contemporary society. F-451 forces us to confront what “community” implies at its most basic level: making choices. For Montag’s wife, Mildred, the Parlor was “her family”. We understand this as an exaggeration, a feature of the plot intended for literary effect, still; we must ask ourselves how much of an exaggeration is this depiction, and how much does it capture something essentially wrong with contemporary culture. As the story’s protagonist, Montag must rebel against the forces ruining his life (ravaging his marriage, making a basket case out of his wife). Thus, to restore some balance, Montag must act in some ways alone – at least to the extent he is forced to step outside of the accepted norms of the society he lives within, and he must do so in the face of very high stakes. So we are confronted with what seems, at one level, a paradox: to restore one’s sense of community, we may have to defy some element of the status quo, defy the existing “community” – maybe not only defy, but deny entirely.

The relationship between Montag and his wife is intended as a microcosm to demonstrate how intrusive and pervasive is the conditioning we get from outside influences. Beatty,

1. Describe the ways in which you found yourself relating to Guy Montag. He's the story's protagonist, so we've all got something in common with him. Explain his conflict, delve into his character. Do you support his actions? Did he have any viable alternative? Be sure to characterize the nature of the dramatic conflict he faced.

2. Do you accept my characterization of the novel in my essay, Thinking about F-451? Explain the ways in which the novel is an accurate portrayal of reality, or conversely, explain how it is an exaggeration bearing little similarity with reality.