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Topic of the Week:

How About Everyday Survival as a Social Issue?

I confess. I'm an entire week late with this issue. But I have a good excuse. Well, anyway, an excuse. The doctor's solutions to anemia are working. I'm actually crawling out of bed by mid-day and you can even find the kitchen table. Boxes are disappearing. Cabinets yield what you're looking for, like plates, cups, glasses.

As part of this newly found strength, I began helping Arnold refile the grocery bag upon grocery bag upon grocery bag of mail that he had simply given up on, and that Anna and I kept piling up under the kitchen table, in the garage, anywhere we could find for another grocery-bag-full. This was a terrible task! Eight hours of filing can make you crazy!!! Then, right in the middle of the week, as I was growing desperate that we might never finish, I went to pan-toast a muffin. But i couldn't get the gas stove to light. "Something's wrong. The pilot won't light," I fussed. So Arnold came to my rescue. "None of them will light," he announced. "You mean the stove has croaked?" I wailed.

"You don't suppose I forgot to pay the gas bill, do you? I thought I paid it." Now this is the time for an "EEK!!!!!," but you could barely hear it after hours of filing. Sure enough, he went downstairs to discover that the water heater wasn't working either. And then called the gas company to discover to our dismay that he had indeed forgotten to pay the bill. They were very, very nice about it. And the next day a nice man came out and turned the gas back on. Meanwhile, there was no hot water, no heat. And we giggled so hard we weren't to efficient with our filing after that.

Now, to understand our reaction, you have to understand that one of our favorite stories is Aucassin and Nicolette, from a Middle Ages masterpiece of irony. The knight, Aucassin, falls in love with Nicolette, and rushes off to save her from dragons and the like. But Aucassin is a bit of a klutz, and he keeps falling off his horse, so that Nicolette has to pick him up and fix his wounds, so they can get on to the next dragon and adventure. Years ago I did a painting of Arnold as Aucassin falling off his horse. Now, as we spend endless hours picking up his shopping bags-full of mail, as I struggled to put his files together so he could rush off to save me, the gas bill fell right out of the mess, and didn't get paid.

But nevermind. I understand it now. I just heard Dr. Hallowell on was it Jane Pauley's show? How on earth did I get there? And Dr. Hallowell explained about Adult Attention Deficit or something like that. He describes adults who have this syndrome, which, of course, for a price, he can cure. The main symptoms are distraction, procrastination , and poor aptitude at finishing tasks, like filing the mail, so that one ends up with piles of mail all about and intense frustration. That's it! Arnold and I both have attention deficit. We're just like Aucassin and Nicolette. Now I can understand that the gas bill was just another dragon, along with the grocery-bags-full of mail, and all I have to do is pick him back up and we can start with our adventures all over again.

Of course, I have my own adventures, from which he's been trying to save me, like e-mail that instead of fixing, I just managed to make worse, so now I'm not receiving it or sending it. So sorry this interfered with my getting this issue up. To make up for it, Pat and I will be at CSUDH on Wednesday, April 27, to meet with any of you that would like to come in. I'll ask Betty to reserve us a room and will post it as soon as I know when we'll have it.

love and peace, jeanne

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Current Discussion Topics:

E-mail still not working and topic of the week is all I put up this week. But the iron supplement is working, and Pat and I will be at school next week, on Wednesday, April 27. jeanne

  • Learning Records for Spring 2005 No additions. Trying to get computer programs straight. jeanne

  • Learning Records with Grades for Spring 2005A record sheet that will let you know that I have adequate material on learning records to justify your grade. If I put up a B that may just mean I need more material, not that there was something wrong with what you submitted. I'm including brief comments. Mostly today, I just set up a template for doing this. If you've got a message on transform_dom that would you would like me to use for grade evidence, just send me the message no. at jeanne. Otherwise, I'll just keep going through the transform_dom discussions in reverse chronological order. jeanne

  • Instructions page for joining transform_dom and transspan

    Famous People and Concepts We Should Have Heard Of, But Often Haven't.

      People

    • Takashi Murakami Curator. Catalog of "Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture, " on amazon.com. Japanese Neo Pop Movement, compared by Roberta Smith to:
      "a bit like a combination of Jackson Pollock, the chief innovator, and Clement Greenberg, the chief explicator, of Abstract Expressionism. He was one of the first Japanese Neo Pop artists to break the ice in terms of recycling Japanese popular culture. Then, in Mr. Murakami's work, writings and the exhibitions he organized, Neo Pop mutated into the more historically conscious Superflat style, which embraces the emphasis on surface decorations and patterns indigenous to Japanese visual traditions. With "Little Boy," the final show in Mr. Murakami's "Superflat Trilogy," which Japan Society has organized with the Public Art Fund, things become even more elaborate because psychology is introduced.

      "The show is a sociological argument made with visual evidence, but because this evidence comes from one of the world's most aesthetically sophisticated and refined cultures, it packs a tremendous visual punch. At times one can do nothing more than hang on for the ride. . . "

    • Yoshitomo Nara Artist in Japanese Neo Pop movement with cartoons and animation (anime). jeanne has lots of Nara's books on the little girl with a quirky look and a knife in her hand, and the innocent little puppy.

      Concepts

    • otaku - "youth-driven phenomenon of otaku (roughly translated as “geek culture” or “pop cult fanaticism”. ( from Publisher's review of "Little Boy" catalog on Amazon.com of "Little Boy".) In Roberta Smith's NY Times article she describes otaku as:
      " . . . a darker subculture called otaku (nerd or geek is the nearest translation) . . . "Otaku are nihilistic misfits known for their obsession with nuclear catastrophe, monster films, science-fiction anime and manga, and what might be called an inappropriate fixation on schoolgirls." Backup of Backup of From a Mushroom Cloud, a Burst of Art Reflecting Japan's Psyche

    • "Little Boy" - the nickname given to the atomic bomb we dropped on Hiroshima.

    • interpretation and its relationship to knowledge - in order to "know" we must either interpret what our senses have told us, or accept the interpretation of someone else whose interpretations we trust. Either way we do not manage to get around interpretation. Here we encounter existentialism. More on that later.

    Jeanne's Lectures for Spring 2005

    Visual Sociology:

    • Laryl Hancock Photography A Gallery on the Internet that I came across while following the Arizona flag on which the cross appeared. Urban Legends linked to this gallery, saying there were more photos here of the flag in question. But the home page wasn't much help, so I clicke on the [slideshow] in the upper right corner. Did find one photo, but there are 800 there. I don't have time to play, but I find her photographs lovely. Might be worth a look see when you've got a little spare time. Her photos make me want to go ff and strat painting. Enjoy. Added April 11, 2005.

    • By Tifenn Python for the LA Times on front page of Calendar, April 3, 2005.

      jeanne modified background since scanner wasn't giving right colors. Painting by Tifenn Python for the LA. Times.
      Background modified by jeanne in accord with what she was seeing. April 3, 2005

      The coloring and the bars on the clothing that substitute for the prison bars struck me as powerful and perhsps able to stimulate considerable discussion on incarceration.

      Could we interpret this painting for the Dark Side of Innocence?

    Academic Support

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    and Careers

    • Resumes:

    • Letters of Recommendation:

      • Letters of Recommendation: How to get me to respond to your request. Many of you need letters. If you will follow this format, I can do them quickly and make them good.
      • Dog Letters If you do not give me adequate information, but do manage to get my attention, you may end up with a dog letter. That is a letter that says that you work well with people, that you are enthusiastic, that you persist at getting things done, and that everyone likes you. Of course, my dog gets along well with people, brings his ball to them, is enthusiastic, and persists at getting them to take his ball. Everyone likes my dog. That's a dog letter. It's so general it could be about my dog. jeanne

    • Career Options You Might Not Have Considered

      • visual media and their interdependence with other means of knowing to understand that we are not totally rational creatures deciding things apart from our feelings and values. Wolfowitz (new President of the World Bank to aid developing countries AND principle advocate of the Iraq War) might feel very differently when he is exposed to visual and aural images of the poor developing countries that have not before been his primary concern. So we want to know how best to present those developing countries visually. And we might find that we can have a career doing that sort of thing, so it does reflect on us as individuals. Added April 2, 2005.

    That Was Fun! Sneaky Strokes and Flying Good Dogs

    Flying Dog is also a painting by Zhang Kai. Best I've every come across to illustrate our site with magic numbers and unicorns and whipped cream cats and now, flying dogs:

    Flying Good Dogs: Whenever something happens in class that works out well, that inspires you, that helps in studying, whatever, take a few minutes to send us an e-mail. We'll post it where all of us can learn from it, including other teachers.

    You can also send an email to the Who to Take Site: