Sunday, January 28, 2018

Monday, January 29. 2018

Well...given what happened last Thursday today is a do-over or reset day. Today will be the last day of Semester 1. So the schedule for today is A-B-C-D. If you need help or need to get things done come to 611/115 this morning because uh you have assignments due and you need to get them to me...

"Do or Do not...there is no try" Sage words from

In the words of Yoda, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” So to paraphrase Yoda...“Failing is the path to the dark side. Failing leads to repeating. Repeating leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

B Block Physical Geography 12 - Today we will watch the rest of the movie Home. We'll talk about the things you can do to address the problems / issues that the movie raises. Think about the title. What is our collective home? Now think about the statement from the beginning of the film...

Listen to me, please. You're like me, a homo sapiens. A wise human. Life; a miracle in the universe appeared around 4 billion years ago and we humans only 200,000 years ago, yet we have succeeded in disrupting the balance so essential to life. Listen carefully to this extraordinary story, which is yours, and decide what you want to do with it.

C Block Human Geography 11 - Today is day 2 of your final exam. If you chose the project option you've got the block to work on your theme park project and if you chose the test option then today you'll be working on the short written answer portion of the test. I know that you are prepared and am certain that you'll do well. Breathe, relax and dazzle me with what you know.

D Block Criminology 12 - Today we'll finish our look at the big picture of crime, media and society 12. Today we'll watch Patrick Jane's "antics" on the Mentalist. We'll watch "Paint it Red" from Season 1 in which a business tycoon's son-in-law is found dead near where a $50 million painting once hung in his father-in-law's office. Jane and the CBI try to find out how he might have been involved and who else is responsible. From TV tropes:

Possessing exceptional knowledge of human behavior, extensive meditative and hypnotic training, a refined memory and superhuman deductive skills, Patrick Jane is one of the most valuable agents of the CBI in the fight against crime. Though technically he's not a cop, just a consultant. The "Great Detective" trope is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. Of course the BBC did a modern version where Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) solves crimes through sheer intellect and his Sherlock Scan, but is a (self-proclaimed) "high-functioning sociopath" barely kept in check by his friend Dr. John Watson (Martin Freeman). In The Mentalist, Patrick Jane does have that "Sherlock Stare" and he confounds his team members and keeps them in the dark about his plans until Voila...crime solved. Jane has what can only be described as potentially a high functioning personality disorder but with supreme intellect that assuredly saves the day for the police who clearly can't do their job properly without his help. Hmmm...sound familiar? Remember Dr. Cal Lightman in Lie to Me?  So to end what can we deduce (Sherlock) from the crime media dramas we watched this week?
Does the media merely reflect society's beliefs that the police are incompetent or does it create an image that we but into? Should we care - is it fine to turn the critical parts of our psyche off and merely be entertained for 44 minutes?...or should we try to find meaning in the message?

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