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A Blog is Bourne

Posted in Uncategorized on 26 February, 08 by MastrN8

This poster speaks to movie-goers, specifically those that like action movies. As with any movie poster the purpose is to fill seats. This poster is dynamic in that portrays a movie star we all know taking up almost the entire poster. he is even top-billed in case we forgot his name. Since this the third in the series, audience members, especially fans will already know what he’s about and why he’s carrying the gun. The images behind him are also blurred as if he’s moving at a clip. No doubt, it sends the message that this will be a fast-paced “thrill-ride”. The color to me is interesting. It’s a very distinct blue-gray tint that has almost been bleached. Does this say something about his character? Maybe he is morally gray. I think the authors chose the colors and the image to appeal to not only female sexuality but also to a man’s sense of thrill and adventure.

Learning Styles

Posted in Uncategorized on 26 February, 08 by MastrN8

Upon entering the den yesterday, I was overwhelmed with the heavy aroma of chili. On any other day I would have been salivating; however, having just eaten, it made me a little nauseous. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this experience but I must confess I was a little disappointed from what I witnessed.

Directly behind me was a group of people sitting against the back wall. I didn’t catch what they were saying exactly but I’m pretty sure it involved some sort of on-line gaming experience. I was at first alone, sitting in the third row back from the stage, where there was a giant white screen hanging from the ceiling. Having walked in at about a quarter to noon, I expected a speaker nervously pacing the stage, while watching the seats slowly fill up. This was not the case.

The show began at exactly five minutes after twelve with a lazy windows pointer fumbling around on the screen, which now showed the green rolling fields of the stock wallpaper for Windows XP. As the arrow found the icon it was searching for, I heard a lady near the entrance announce that she had handouts for the learning style presentation. As soon as I heard that, I got up and waded through the crowd of hungry students anxiously waiting for their bowl of chili. It was like feeding time at a kennel.

When I returned to my seat and started glancing through the packet of papers, I got a sense of deja vu. I had seen all of this before, a long time ago. I paused for a second and started watching the continuous loop of about fifteen slides of information on the screen before me. Yes, I had definitely been here before, analyzing how I learn best, yet something was missing.

I returned to the packet which included a quiz. I took it. Lo and behold, a visual learner. Why wasn’t this surprising? Why did all of this seem so familiar? Looking at the bottom of the first page I noticed that the information was taken from a couple of different books. I didn’t recognize the name of either of them but I was sure I had seen this material before.

Getting ready to leave, I had been there nearly forty minutes waiting, maybe hoping something better than a repeating slide show was in store, it struck me. I was immediately rushed back in time to my junior year in high school. I am pleading with my chemistry teacher to bump up my grade because of some work that I’d missed. I had a very reasonable excuse but his judgement was final. Crestfallen, yet knowing that I could have tried harder, I turned to leave. He called me back right before I was out of earshot and I turned back hopeful. To my dismay, however, he did not have a sudden epiphany to grant amnesty to his D student that “failed to live up to his potential”, instead he handed me a book. It was entitled Peak Learning by Ronald Grossman.

The book detailed each of the same learning styles as mentioned in the seminar yesterday but also included another factor: time. Grossman argued that it isn’t enough for someone to learn using their specific style, or trying to develop other styles, it is also necessary what the best time is for you to learn.

Primary research feedback

Posted in Uncategorized on 21 February, 08 by MastrN8

as written in class on 2/19

Primary research

the primary research I believe I will be conducting, not only for the assignment due on 2/28, but will also be incorporated into my multi-genre project, will most likely be a survey. I wonder what kind of prevalence diabetes has on the population of Red Rocks. What do people know about the disease? What kind of saturation is being realized by the ad campaigns for patient compliance? How ignorant are the students here? I can use this quantatative data and come up with a chart about how aware students are about sugar intake, factors linked to the development of type II. etc.

Do you or a family member have diabetes?

Type I or Type II?

I know a student in 8 th grade who has diabieties. I’ve known him for a few years, I could ask him if he would be willing to be part of an interview. However I realize you want to do a survey. – Carlos

This is a good way of showing how much the average student may or may not know about this disease. How many people were you interesting in interviewing? I have a very good friend that has this disease along with MS, I am pretty sure that she would be will to let you interview her. She does live out of state, but if you are interested let me know and I will ask her if she wouldn’t mind if you contacted her either thru email or thru phone.- cassandra

Quantity over Quality?

Posted in Uncategorized on 16 February, 08 by MastrN8

The question Liz presented today was to determine whether the articles for the horrific annotated biblio assignment and the assigned book use qualitative or quantitative research. My answer leans mainly toward the quantitative side. As the articles are all case studies of drug trials, they must be quantitative. Scientists rarely look at qualitative evidence, however, in the diet study of those individuals with diabetes, the study lasted 23 years and obviously a scientist isn’t going to follow around 4000+ individuals to measure and weigh what they are eating. So the scientists took quantitative research of qualitative interviews, the studies were given by nutritionists and were all standardized to help ensure that questions were fair.

Reasoning behind Science Business

Posted in Uncategorized on 12 February, 08 by MastrN8

I believe that Pisano’s intention here is to not only check in on the biotech industry to see where it stands as far as profit gains and losses, but to also call these companies to action as far as living up to the potential that investors saw at the creation of the industry thirty years ago. The key point here is that the biotech industry has not produced what was seen initially to advance the field of pharmaceuticals. He truly wants to educate the reader on the process and shortcomings of the industry and points out many problems as far as the management and organization of said companies.

As to the Credibility of….

Posted in Uncategorized on 6 February, 08 by MastrN8

Gary Pisano, author of my assigned book Science Business: The Promise, The Reality and The Future of Biotech, has accomplished quite a bit and has many credits to his name. A professor of business administration at the Harvard Business school, he has published over 25 research papers in various business journals, written six books, and holds a B.A in Economics from Yale and a Ph.D. from UC at Berkeley.  (from the Harvard University website, http://drfd.hbs.edu/fit/public/facultyInfo.do;jsessionid=Hp5VY9gkncjMrRMQhsjPvyLTcR1BYPDK9Vn8Xm19fqpLM2Q0NhnS!1247104248!1868017202?facInfo=bio&facEmId=gpisano%40hbs.edu)

Other than this general info, (and given the time constraints) I couldn’t find musch more than this on the guy. I intend to find more somewhere when I have more time, however, most of the websites and/or articles I have found on Dr. Pisano are either published by HBS or an alumnus of the school.

Having read the first three chapters, I can say that it sounds like he has done his research. In the first third of the book he completely laid out the timeline of a new drug’s conceptionand eventual marketing. He also details the business aspects involved along the way.  It seems like he really knows his way around the pharmaceutical industry. He states his arguement that the biotech industry has not fulfilled it’s potentilal to improve the healthcare industry because of breakdown in management and administrative short-comings.

Because of his accomplishments, it seems like he has very thoroughly researched this topic. Only further reading and a closer look into his credibility will convince this reader that his argument is valid.

to be continued….

An Oscar? Really?!?

Posted in Uncategorized on 2 February, 08 by MastrN8

Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, always do commentary “minis” during every episode of said program, when the shows are put out on dvd. During season ten, there is an episode in which they make fun of Al Gore trying to convince people of a terrible threat to the human popluation. That’s right, you guessed it…….Manbearpig. The episode itself is woth a watch or two but the funniest aspect of the whole thing were the comments made during the commentary. Matt and Trey said something in my mind that not only starte me thinking, but also made me laugh. Speaking, of course about “An Inconvenient Truth”, they couldn’t believe that Al Gore won an oscar for an hour-long power point presentation.

I find that statement very powerful. Not only is it true, but it makes you wonder whether the Academy Awards are going out to the truly deserved artists of our time, or whether the Academy has a political agenda. Before you make up your mind, if anyone is reading this has a mind to make up, first compare past oscar award-winning documentaries with “An Inconveniennt Truth”. I think you’ll find a distinct lack of artistic value, cinematography, and everything else that makes a truly great, award-winning documentery.

In short, I think Ken Burns would have done it differently.

Now that my personal views are out of the way, let’s move on to the assignment.

Upon reading the reviews listed on Liz’s blog, I first noticed that the fact checks read like movie reviews. In fact, that’s what I thought they weere at first, reviews. They were filled with short quotes like, “Excellent” and “I sat there, and I’m amazed at how thorough and accurate…”. That last quote wasn’t even completed! These both came from USA Today’s article,  Scientists OK Gore’s movie for accuracy. Posted 6/27/06

Another thing I noticed is that these articles nit-pick at very minute details. It’s as if the authors of these articles want to argue just for the sake of aruguing. One article said that Gore was wrong to show aerosol changes in antartic ice cores in just two years. You want to know what that statement means to me? Jack S***! I couldn’t care less about all the number crunching being done out there to disprove Al Gore’s numbers by a one-hundredth of a percent.  By no means am I defending Gore, I personally had a hard time stomaching the “movie”, however, let’s big picture this thing, shall we?

Maybe there is evidence that the human population is causing the problems that Gore examines in his presentation, maybe not. At the end of the day does it really matter that his CO2 estimates could be off a little bit? Does it really matter if his glacial data is off by a huge margin? I personally think not. That being said, I would like to say this, what harm can come of taking the actions that Al proposes in the film? Worst case scenario is that everything remains the same and the average consumer walks away with a few bucks more in his pocket. By this I mean the small changes, not the huge ones like more taxes for ethanol research or clean air acts, but maybe turning off your living room lights a little more often, installing one or two compact fluorescents, or god forbid recycling just one or two of your endless supply of platic water bottles. How about maybe walking to the corner store two blocks away, lord knows this country could use a little exercise.

I think the message Al Gore ultimately wants to convey with all the numbers aside is that regardless of whose fault it is, the earth is changing, we need to change with it and maybe try to do the one thing that we as Americans either don’t want to do,or are too lazy to try, conserve.