Archive for September, 2016

To Trump Machado Is a Product

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Trump told “Fox and Friends” it was a “real problem” when Machado gained significant weight after winning the pageant he then owned. He added that Machado was “the worst we ever had. The worst. The absolute worst. She was impossible.”

If you consider critically these words by Trump, Alicia Mechado to Trump is a product, not a human being. Based on several other claims and responses during the debate last night, Trump considers everything as a business transaction. The value of this country, the value of people, the value of cities… His concern with the murder rate of Chicago is directly related to his properties in Chicago. The fact that Trump has refused to make his taxes public and did not pay federal taxes over years is smart, after all the government would waste his money. Waste his money in public education, in public resources… Why would any middle class individual who sends their kid to public school ever vote for someone who has such disdain for social health and stability?

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September 27th, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Pixar’s Luxo Jr.

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For nearly a year, October 8, 2015 through September 11, 2016, the Cooper Hewitt Museum had a couple rooms dedicated to a Pixar exhibition – “Pixar: The Design of Story”. The exhibition featured drawings depicting the conceptualization and development of various Pixar films, such as “Inside Out”. One small room was dedicated to Pixar’s initial animated short “Luxo Jr.” – the animation featuring the desk lamp that went on to be incorporated into Pixar’s production logo. In the gallery, the animated short is screened and the film is accompanied by documents that portray the development of the film from the animation’s script – merely a list of actions and three storyboards. The presentation effectively breaks down the evolution of the animated short and demonstrates how a simple idea may develop into noteworthy production.

Pixar's Luxo Jr. script

Luxo Jr. First Storyboard

Luxo Jr. Second Storyboard

Luxo Jr. Storyboard

Written by ricardo

September 24th, 2016 at 2:27 pm

Donald Trump On Birther Issue

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In mid-September 2016, Donald Trump lied by accusing Hillary Clinton of having started the Obama birther question in 2008. Here we see Trump lying in 2016 followed by five year old interviews with Trump in which he questions Obama’s birth country and legitimacy as president.

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September 19th, 2016 at 7:28 am

Available Position as Chair of Film & Media Studies at CUNY Hunter College

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Job: CUNY Hunter College – Assistant, Associate or Full Professor (Chair) – Film and Media Studies

Job ID: 15047
Location: Hunter College
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

FACULTY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
The Film and Media Studies Department at Hunter College of the City University of New York invites applications for a tenured full professor to hold the position of department Chair beginning in fall 2017 or as soon thereafter as possible. The department has over 600 full-time students majoring in two programs of study at the undergraduate level, one in Film combining film history and theory with such creative areas as screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing; the other in Media Studies integrating critical media analysis with creative practice using a mix of contemporary expressive forms (including documentary film making, TV production, journalism, digital imaging and animation, physical computing and game programming). The department also offers a nationally recognized M.F.A. in Integrated Media Arts that seeks to educate multi-disciplinary media professionals who are socially engaged and creatively fluent across contemporary and emerging digital media platforms. The department faculty promotes advanced scholarship and creative expression, seeks to have a positive impact on the diverse communities we serve, and fosters the success of our students in their academic studies and as innovative writers and artists. Located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side near many major cultural institutions, Hunter College offers scholars and creative artists a vibrant and dynamic community within a highly diverse urban setting. As part of the City University of New York, a nationally recognized metropolitan university system, Hunter is committed to active engagement with students and the community at large, and embraces equity, inclusiveness, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work.

Responsibilities: The Chair of the Film and Media Studies Department will provide the vision and leadership to guide a dynamic and growing department. In addition to teaching, the duties include strategic planning; curriculum and program development; personnel procedures including overseeing recruitment, tenure, and promotion; shared governance; faculty mentoring; staff supervision and development; budgeting; and course scheduling. The Chair will work as a collaborative team member with the department faculty and staff, as well as with the senior administration of the college.

QUALIFICATIONS
Ph.D. in area(s) of experience or equivalent. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution

The ideal candidate will have a terminal degree in an area of academic or creative work related to essential aspects of film or media studies, along with a record of successful college-level teaching, extensive administrative experience, proven grant-getting ability, and significant artistic, scholarly, or professional achievement. The record of scholarship and/or creative activity should merit an appointment at the level of full professor.

COMPENSATION
CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

HOW TO APPLY
From our job posting system ( http://www.cuny.edu/ ), select “Apply Now”, create or log in to a user account, and provide the requested information. If you are viewing this posting from outside our system, access the employment page on our web site and search for this vacancy using the Job ID or Title.

Candidates should provide a CV/resume and statement of scholarly interests.

CLOSING DATE
Open until filled with review of applications to begin October 1, 2016.

JOB SEARCH CATEGORY
CUNY Job Posting: Faculty

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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September 7th, 2016 at 5:06 pm