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Current Issue: Volume 26, No. 9 , Week of April 14, 2006

Sketch from a Print in the Çagran Palace Hotel in Istanbul

jeanne's first version of Istanbul's tulip, taken from a print on the wall of our room in the Cagran Palace Hotel in Istanbul.

Istanbul and jeanne's First Tulip

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Oops! Did It Again!

Tulips come from Holland
Everyone knows that.
So what are they doing here as Turkish?
Turkish tulips?
C'mon, now.
I know better than that.
Everyone does.

jeanne's Istanbul tulip

Here again, the truth is complicated by our unstated assumption that our own local world is "the world." The Turks are right, well, at least, to a degree. The tulip originated in the Ottoman empire, not in Europe. And they are mountain flowers, making it even more strange that Holland, largely below sea level, is so famous for their cultivation of these beautiful flowers. Truth may be complicated, but it's sure fascinating, wouldn't you say?

A Rambling Romp through Tulip History On the DirtGardener Site (

On the Total Eclipse, see Using Space Images for Patterned Paper to Introduce Space and Environmental Issues and Solar Events.

NEWS, Announcements, and

Current Events Discussion Topics:


  • Field Activities Time Coincides with Spring Vacation

    I'm off for two weeks to videotape the total eclipse in Turkey. The good news is that one of those weeks is Spring Vacation. I have asked that all students in No Child Left Behind arrange with Sabra Trevilla at the Challenger Boys and Girls Club for a tour of the facility. We will be working with them as part of our community outreach in civic responsibility, leading towards better community governance, and, hopefully, a more loveable world. Nikki Johnson, their Director of Administration, has asked that we come in small groups. We'll manage those groups over tranform_dom. Post a date and time you'd like to go, and Sabra will get back to you, and make sure that small groups connect.

    Ask questions when you visit, bearing in mind that we will work through visual sociology, meaning we'll want to share our art activities with them, and that we'll want to help with tutoring, especially the basics, like reading, writing, math, and science. To that end my video taping of the total eclipse should be fun material to work with.

    Some of you will want to spend your community activity field time with other organizations, schools, or groups. But this tour will give us all a base point for comparison. So please try to go sometime during the next two or three weeks.

  • Reading and Discussion over Break

    Finally, some time today, I will post Issue No. 8, Week of March 19, 2006. I've been racing around getting video supplies and learning which ones I'll need. Oh, and I've learned to count from one to twenty in Turkish. Any more than twenty, and I'm outta there.

    I probably won't get all the discussion questions up, but I've posted lots of material on social and emotional literacy and juvenile boot camps (some of the kids we've left behind). Susan, maybe you could post information on Holes. Lots of your students have read it, but mine may not have. It's a great novel for young people, and it will really help you to understand this issue.

    Please read and discuss these materials over the next couple of weeks. And think about how they relate to No child Left Behind.

  • Art Projects

    Pat will arrange to meet with you, if you let her know that you'd like to work with some of our art projects. Post a query on transform_dom, and find a time when you can get together conveniently.

  • How to Join Transform_dom On Yahoo.

  • Grade Corrections, Fall 2005:

  • New Office: SBS -B325 No phone, sorry.

    Visual Sociology

    • Turkey, Seen Through jeanne's Imaginary

      jeanne's imaginary of Turkey while awaiting the eclipse

      jeanne's imaginary of Turkey during the eclipse

      Mountains and Sea Juxtaposed - Monavgat, Turkey, March 31, 2006

      "Merhaba, Merhaba Merhaba"

      "Hello, Hello, Hello" (which has to have translated very much like "Polly want a cracker."

    Lectures, Notes, and Texts

    • Topics

    • Discussion Questions

    • Lecture Notes Lecture notes on the substantive concepts discussed. These are not a "substitute" for actual lectures in class or workshops, but I have tried to cover the main concepts so that absence from class will not critically deprive you of the substance of our discussions. The discussion questions are for your own understanding of how well you have grasped the concepts. You may pose any of the questions on transform_dom, where we'll all be glad to discuss these issues. If you are confused, please make sure you clarify the concepts with jeanne when she is available in the office and in class.

      Index of Theory and Application Lectures in Chronological Order, Spring 2006 This index has topics I proposed through lectures prior to Week 7. At that time we were able to post materials from transform_dom itself. For the rest of the Spring semester please refer to:

      Topics for Spring 2006

    Academic Resources

  • SquiggleResource Literacy

    • Urban Legends Reference Pages. They post rumors and scams and phony e-mails circulating, to offer you a quick check. It worked for me. I entered "Fat Boy" as a google seacrch, and when I saw the link, I knew it would help, and it did. To not check your sources is as grievous as to plagiarize someone else's information and writing. A Page from Urban Legends As an Example.

    • Good quick reference site with many of the artists, art schools, and visual approaches to present social issue that we discuss. Added April 8, 2005.

    • Plagiarism Watch site. The intelligent and effective use of resources means that you have to be careful not to plagiarize other people's material. We have several files on plagiarism, but I think the one that might make the most sense to you is this complaint on They give you samples of sites that have taken their material without citation, even at colleges, and they also give you examples of sites that have used their material with proper attribution. I find the irony poetic, and hope that their message will get through to you the importance of attribution. Dr. O'Connor on his Mega Criminal Justice site led me to and noted that others frequently hack into the site. For that reason I have created a backup copy for your use in case you cannot access the actual site. Please be sure to attribute any citation to jeanne Backup. Quackwatch, a website maintained by Stephen Barrett, M.D.

      "Quackwatch, Inc. . . . is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Its primary focus is on quackery-related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. Founded by Dr. Stephen Barrett in 1969 as the Lehigh Valley Committee Against Health Fraud, it was incorporated in 1970. In 1997, it assumed its current name and began developing a worldwide network of volunteers and expert advisors. . . . "

    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 ever come across to illustrate our site with magic numbers and unicorns and whipped cream cats and now, flying dogs, oh, and Faupel's Flying Fish.:

    • Icons and acronyms and what they mean in Internet Speak

    • Index of Nice Things We've Said to Each Other

      • I Was Scared of Statistics

      • It Feels Good to Make a Difference

      • The Site Goes On - You're Always Welcome Back
        • From Angelique Hawley on December 16, 2005: Message No. 9072 on transform_dom.
          Merry Christmas! Jeannne and Pat and all the marvelous students at CSUDH that has shared in "Naked Space"

          I wish I had a lot of money so that I could reward all of you properly. Transform_domDigest is so wonderful.

          I can recall when being one of the first users in 2004 and I see we are at digest 594. my how time flies when we are learning and having fun.

          Jeanne you and Pat are the bomb!

          I continue to read the digest although I am not taking any of your classes now. The digests have been more informative than the school paper. Please continue to keep it going.

          Get rest ! I hope to see you .

    • Flying Good Dogs: Whenever something happens in this or any other 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.