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An Eclectic Education

Posted in Education, Entertainment, Life with tags , , , , , on May 21, 2012 by urbannight

Somedays it is sad that I’ve had a strangely, broader, education (not all of it formal) than a lot of people I know.  Sometimes I say Holy Cow.  People get that.   Sometimes it is Holy hand-grenade.  Most people get that.  A few don’t.  But no one ever got it when I tried using Holy Hathor. 

Do you get it?

Is it Cyberstalking?

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , on September 29, 2010 by urbannight

Assistant State Attorney General Andrew Shirvell for the state of Michigan had set up a blog devoted to discrediting a 21 year old student body president. He goes through this young man’s facebook page and the facebook pages of his friends to find pictures he can take and deface and repost on his own site. He has actually stood outside the home of his 21 year old and protested him as a ‘pervert’ and as ‘Satan’s Representative’.

Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or any electronic format to stalk or harass someone or group.

Lambèr Royakkers writes that:

“Stalking is a form of mental assault, in which the perpetrator repeatedly, unwantedly, and disruptively breaks into the life-world of the victim, with whom he has no relationship (or no longer has), with motives that are directly or indirectly traceable to the affective sphere. Moreover, the separated acts that make up the intrusion cannot by themselves cause the mental abuse, but do taken together (cumulative effect).

CyberAngels has written about how to identify cyberstalking:

When identifying cyberstalking “in the field,” and particularly when considering whether to report it to any kind of legal authority, the following features or combination of features can be considered to characterize a true stalking situation: malice, premeditation, repetition, distress, obsession, vendetta, no legitimate purpose, personally directed, disregarded warnings to stop, harassment, and threats.

Sounds like this Andrew Shirvell is definitely guilty of cyberstalking. This is a crime. The fact that he is personally protesting this young man outside the fellow’s own home could be considered harassment at the very least and stalking at the most. After all, this young man isn’t involved in Mr. Shirvell’s sphere of influence. Mr. Shirvell has to step outside his own sphere and into Chris Armstrong’s sphere in order to do these things. Chris Armstrong is serving on a student post at a school that, as far as I can tell, Mr. Shirvell no longer attends.

Mr Shirvell seems to think that, as an alum of the school, it is his duty to wage a personal war against the young man in a way that most reasonable people would see as harassing. Therefore, it would meet the requirements of stalking and cyberstalking.

Mr. Shirvell seems to be upset that Mr. Armstrong is a supporter of gender-neutral housing. There is a problem with this? It IS the 21st century after all. College students are ostensibly considered adults. Do we really need to separate adults because of gender and is it really all that important to worry about which reproductive bits people have under their clothing? Some schools already have co-ed housing. Some schools even have undesignated bathrooms and showering facilities in their co-ed housing.

Mr. Shirvell needs to grow up.

Learn something new every day.

Posted in Advertising, Art, Books, Education with tags , , , , , , on September 10, 2010 by urbannight

Walking past a coworker’s cubicle I saw a print out of a cartoon woman biting her fist with an expression of worry of fear.  Now this particular style of art may or may not be Andy Warhol.  Even if it is not, anytime I see it, it makes me think of Warhol.

I don’t like Warhol’s art.  I don’t like the oversized faces of stars, sport stars, and some politicians.  The ones done similar to the period of photography where the photo would be taken in sepia tones and then a painter would add touches of color to the lips and eyes.  Only Warhol’s looked garish while that type of photo looks soft.  I don’t like the same image used in a repeating pattern with each one a different color.  I don’t like boring pictures of pantry goods.

I never understood why it was considered pop art.  I can understand why they say he captured what was at the heart of America in the 60’s and 70’s. I guess that is why it is ‘pop’ art.  But to me it does not look like art.  It looks like advertising.  I just can’t understand why he became all the rage.

On the other hand, if you read about the man, I find him an interesting person.  After walking past the tacked up print out I decided to look him up online and learn something new today.  I try to look up one thing new every day to learn something I didn’t know before.  After reading a few sites, I think on payday I’m going to go see if I can find a biography for him.  I should just check the library after work.  But this city has such a terrible library system and I haven’t seen my library card in years.  But that is another subject for another time.

One Hour to Sleep . . . Or maybe none.

Posted in Education with tags , , , on September 3, 2010 by urbannight

I was reading a blog that reminded me of a study we talked about in my college days.  I believe we discussed it in Educational Psych class. 

The study indicated that students should be sent home with 2.5 hours of homework every school day.  This lead to a lot of teachers assigning far more homework than before.  In fact, each teacher was trying to send students home with 2.5 hours homework for each class. 

This was a topic in my Ed class because of the fact that the study’s findings were not written about in the clearest fashion when what they really meant was that the entire homework load for all clsses should be 2.5 hours. 

The way some school districts were trying to interperet the study and assuming 6 classes a day (some schools do have more) then that is 15 hours of homework.  Add that to 6 hours in school, one hour traveling time you are up to 22 hours a day.  Adn if you eat dinner and have any chores, you run right out of hours in the day.

I’m not sure how long districts tried to follow this policy.  But it couldn’t have been for too long.  The natural result would be kids not getting anyof, or very little of, the homework done.

The “at least we aren’t quite failing” school.

Posted in Advertising with tags , , , on September 3, 2010 by urbannight

I found this article in the OWH today.  

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drake University’s new marketing campaign that features a “D+” logo is getting a failing grade from some faculty, students and alumni.

They say it’s offensive and embarrassing and tarnishes the university’s reputation.

Leaders at the Des Moines school say regardless of how people react, they are reacting and that’s what they wanted to accomplish.

The Des Moines Register reported Friday that Drake hired Cedar Rapids-based company to help develop the new “Drake Advantage” recruitment campaign. The university recently unveiled it to prospective students through brochures and its website.

Drake spokesman Tom Delahunt says while the “D+” comes across as a grade at first glance, it’s meant to represent all the opportunities Drake offers students.

 Notice the most important words in that last sentence.  “at first glance”  In the world of advertizing, first glance is the most important point.  Does it catch people’s attention, does it evoke the response we want to create, does it make people want to take a closer look?

Talk about a bad marketing decision.  It is as bad as the “O” campaign for advertising Omaha.