Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Do do do do do, Two Classes!*

*Sung to the tune of Two Ladies from Cabaret

Well, I have attended two of my classes for this semester. On Monday night, it was Communication & Technology,

my one actual graduate course that I had to petition to get into. We have a course reader that I picked up from the copy place this evening, and three course books. The three books are:

The Medium is the Massage by Marshall McLuhan
The Question Concerning Technology by Martin Heidegger
Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music by Christoph Cox & Daniel Warner

I am responsible for a creative project, in class discussion, 5-7 readings a week, a research project using a new form of technology that I am not familiar with and we also are suppose to contribute to Wikipedia. And it can just be as easy a contribution as editing someone else’s entry, thank goodness.

The class isn’t quite what I thought it would be and I am very glad that my friend Big D is in the class with me. Also, one of my fellow Graduate students is recording the lectures and will make them available through a podcast, totally doing this of his own volition. And it is very appropriate for a class on Technology and Communication.

At first I wasn’t sure how I was going to stay on topic with my preferred research topic but explore the way in which technology affects a form of communication. But then, right before our break, it struck me. If the Professor will approve my topic, I plan on writing on the use of ‘photoshop’ and other such editing software to diminish and corrupt the presentation of women in media. Meesh had that wonder post about the appearance of women in ads and a link to a website for photo-retouching that I can use and I also had a couple articles from my Women and Media class last semester that talks about erasing women.

Okay, so I am not very coherent on the topic of my paper but it’s there, more or less. I’ll keep you informed as it develops.

Class # 2 Rhetoric of Women

When I first purchased my textbook for this class, I was not excited about it. The text book is:

Governing Codes: Gender, Metaphor, and Political Identity by Anderson and Sheeler

Politics and women – booo-ring!

Well, I have changed my mind. I think that I am going to have a blast in this class. It also has a class reader and a lot of work but it promises to be an interesting experience. We have journal responses due each week to show that we are reading, understanding and synthesizing the readings. We are also doing a group project on one of the five female politicians that we are studying: Ann Richards, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christine Todd Whitman, Elizabeth Dole, and Shirley Chisholm. The group will present in class and then each individual member is responsible for a paper. We are presenting ‘sightings’ (re: current events), and creating a poster for a Global Feminist Activist group, and a research paper on any approved topic as long as it is based on women and their rhetoric. One of the options is to select an ‘artifact from popular culture – I can pick a movie – and we have a comprehensive essay final exam.

We broke out into groups of 3 and tried to find things we have in common (all our group could come up with was we have all been to countries in Europe) and then we had to come up with three statements, 2 true and one lie. We were to tell the others and there were suppose to guess which one was the lie and then we selected one person to stand up and tell their statements to the class and have them guess. I was selected by the group to present my statements to the group. And no one guessed my lie correctly! Me, the one with no poker face. My three statements were:

I have 12 aunts and uncles.
I have a degree in Costume Design.
I won a beauty pageant when I was in high school.

They all thought my second statement was false. Awe, they were all so kind!

Any who, the only one who knew that the last one was false was my friend JW from Texas who is in the class with me. If we are allowed to, we are going to do some joint research on the activist groups from Chiappas (sp?).

We also took a quiz. I was able to match all the women that were listed on the matching portion but I had to guess on the first half of the test, a True or False section. For guessing, I didn’t do too badly. I got one and a half wrong, the half point was for a poorly written question that was both True and False. Test your knowledge below and see how you do. Answers will be in the comments section of this post.

1. Women in the U.S. were the first in the world to recieve the right to vote.
2. U.S. Women recieved the right to vote in 1920.
3. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the first woman to run for the U.S. House of Representitives in 1866, even though she didn;t have the right to vote.
4. The first Women's Rights Convention, held in Seneca Falls, N.Y. was strongly supported by Fredrick Douglass.
5. The cult of domesticity asserted that men and women were fundamentally the same.
6. The 14th amendment inserted the word "male" for the first time into the U.S. Constitution.
7. President Kennedy was sympathetic to women's issues as evidence by the formation of the Commission on the Status of Women.
8. The original intent of the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was to prohibit sex discrimination.
9. NOW, The National Organization for Women as an organization, was embraced by radical feminists.
10. To protest the Miss America pageant's focus on women as sexual objects, radical feminists burned their bras at the 1968 event.
11. Female College graduates and male high school graduates have equivalent incomes on average.
12. Women currently receive more undergraduate degrees than men.
13. The states of Florida and New Hampshire have enacted laws prohibiting lesbians from adopting children.
14. The Equal Rights Admendment was passed iin 1982.
15. Shirley Chisholm was the first woman to run for President of the U.S.
16. The United States Senate now has 16 women senators.
17. The United States Supreme Court now has two female Supreme Court Justices.
18. Title IX of the Education Amendment bars sex discrimination in publicly funded educational institutions.

Sorry for the long wordy post but right now, the classes are so new that I don’t have any pictures to go with it. I’ll get back to less wordy posts soon.

Winter Break Goals

I had three weeks off of school and although I worked extra hours (30 a week), I still had grand ambitions to get extra stuff done during this time. See below:

Read one book a week.

Okay, I failed miserably at this one. Only read Celluloid Closet and then didn’t pick up another book all break. I did start the introduction for one of my ‘textbooks’ but I don’t count that. Boo.

Catalogue and watch one ‘research’ movie a week.

I consider all the movies I own that have Latina/o subjects ‘research’. I am going to place this one in my win column. I catalogued all my movies and watched a lot of movies, some of them on topic.

Sew 2 pieces a week.

Believe it or not, I started out doing well on this one. Fixed my sister’s curtains, finished shortening the sleeves on T3’s raincoat, fixed jeans, socks and 2 of my winter coats. The last couple of weeks, I dropped the ball.

Cook 1 new vegetarian dish a week.

didn’t get any where close to this one. Although I did act as sou chef for Meesh a couple times this break. The results were mixed, once were not so bueno , through no fault of ours, once was amazing food. I am looking forward to more assisting of cooking as time allows this year.


I've been fairly busy the last couple weeks but here is a quick catch up post. I will try to be as brief as possible.

Went ice-skating. Only my 2nd time ever but didn't fall once.

Went on a lunch date, no spark, I made a new friend at work pretty much.

Finished reading a book that wasn't a class assignment but still has academic merit. Did you see I updated my sidebar on the blog? I do want to write about what I learned from the book but...

Got a new job offer at the union, I will have to write separately about that too.

Over the past two weeks, our house was painted. We now have a taupe house...just like the rest of the neighborhood.

I’ve been having really strange dreams lately, which have nothing to do with me taking Nyquil.

Meesh – I love your CD. One day as I drove home from work, I almost missed my off-ramp because I was having too much fun listening to the CD. Thanks!

Went shopping with mi amiga PB for her cocktail dress for her wedding. We went to a fun store in the Sherman Oaks Galleria called ‘Hepburns’. Makes me wish I had a fancy event to go to and needed a fancy dress.

More to come soon.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Music Quiz

How am I feeling today? Cherry Pie - Sade

Will I get far in life? Gravel - Ani diFranco

How do my friends see me? Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Beatles

When will I get married? Unbelievable - EMF

What's my theme song? Sleeps With Butterflies - Tori Amos

What is the story of my life? Waiting for that Day - George Michael

What am I like in bed? Honestly OK - Dido

How can I get ahead in life? Mailman - Soundgarden

What is my best feature? Sweet the Sting - Tori Amos

How is today going to be? Dear Old Shiz - Wicked

What is in store for this weekend? The Chronicles of Life and Death - Good Charlotte

What is my life like at the moment? Just Like Heaven - The Cure

What song describes my secrets? Everything Burns - Anastacia

What song will they play at my funeral? Cloud on my Tongue - Tori Amos

How does the world see me? I'm no Angel - Dido

Will I have a happy life? It Doesn't Really Matter - George Michael

What do my friends really think of me? Happy - George Michael

Do people secretly lust after me? Jane Says - Jane's Addiction

Will I accomplish my goals in life? Brian Wilson Said - Tears for Fears

How do I treat others? Deliver Me - INXS

I'll be back with real posts soon.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Yearly Review

Happy New Year! I know I have been quiet as of late but being sick and starting work on an extended schedule that I am not use to have keep me busy.

I notice a trend among the bloggers I follow closely, which is to list their New Year's resolutions. I don't 'do' resolutions, rather I set one goal for myself to achieve during the year. I look at it as I always have goals of self-improvement but I set one kind of major goal to advance my life and by setting only one, I actually have a snowball's chance in hell to actually complete it. I'll get to sharing my goal for 2007 but first I thought that I would list a few of the major events in my life in the past year. I had a fairly good year and more importantly, I think that I grew a lot this year. It's amazing how much change 12 months can bring. For Me:

I was accepted to Grad school after numerous rejections (I received the acceptance letter on Cinco de Mayo).

I found out I had received a grant for Grad school.

I underwent surgery and corrected my vision.

Went to Guadalajara for a conference. Exciting since that meant I managed to travel out of the country using my passport again.

Switched jobs. Not that the newspaper wasn't exciting but working off campus was really tiring and I love my new job. I have a great boss.

I think that there was more but those are the major events that I can think of. It doesn't seem like a lot, after all it is only 4 sentences but they were fairly major things.

So my yearly goals; I started doing one yearly goal in 2005. Come to think of it, 2005 was a year for big changes as well. Back on topic, 2005's goal was to get my passport. I considered also including getting a stamp in my passport as part of the goal but I didn't want to push my luck on completing my goal. When I got my passport, it was for my trip to Italy and I have stamps from Germany and Philadelphia.

2006's goal was vague. I had a lot on my mind at the beginning of the year and I never set a firm goal. I briefly considered the goals of getting another stamp in my passport, getting an article published or switching jobs. I don't think I actually set a goal but look, I managed to complete 2 out of the 3 goals I considered. And getting published would have been a long shot and I rejected it as an official goal as I thought my first semester in school would be challenging enough (boy was I ever right) with out adding writing a publishable article on top of it. Besides, it would have to have been a completely independent endeavor as the two classes I took in my major were prerequisites and more focused on giving me information for my field than challenging me to create my own hypothesis.

This brings us to 2007. Ideas that I have been tossing around include:

Attending both conferences to the academic associations I belong to. I attended NACCS but missed MALCS in 2006.

Joining both the National Communications Association and the Regional Communications Associations.

Getting another stamp in my passport.

I also thought about what the next step in my path of financial responsibility should be. Considering I have never pulled my credit report perhaps is something I should look into. Or I could aim to not spend over my budget this year. I don’t do it every month, maybe only 5 out of 12 months. Okay, maybe it was 6 months.

Any who….

I also would like to start blogging about stuff I read and social issues instead of using this space as a whining tribute to my life. Course, I make that goal about every three months.

Back to the grind and I will try to keep on top of entries.