Born and raised in San Diego, California, I have always found myself interested in communication, the methods of communicating as well as the subject of it. I have attended two different higher education institutions – Palomar in San Marcos, California, as well as Texas A&M University – Commerce where I received a BAAS in General Studies in 2013. My photography has been featured in three different exhibitions, and I was invited to give a visiting artist lecture at South Texas College. Currently, I work as a Graduate Assistant for the Art Department at Texas A&M University – Commerce, and I previously worked as the Creative Director at Zone9Creative Inc., a business located in San Marcos. Currently my work is taking me toward engaging communication mostly from social media.
2013 - BAAS in General Studies
Texas A and M – Commerce (Commerce, TX)
2014 - Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, at Texas A and M- Commerce Gallery, Commerce, TX Juror: Margret Mehan
2013 - Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, at Texas A and M- Commerce Gallery, Commerce, TX Juror: Paho Mann
2013 - 53 Show, at A Space Art Gallery, Commerce, TX
Visiting Artist Lectures
2013 – South Texas College, McAllen, Texas
2004-2006 - Zone9Creative Inc. Creative Director, San Marcos, CA
2012-2014 – Texas A and M – Commerce Department of Art, Graduate Assistant, Commerce, TX
Software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom
Alternative processing: B&W film processing, E-6/C-41 (and cross processing)
Camera technologies: knowledge of both analog and digital photography styles.
Today I had an amazing experience I got to walk the catwalk in a theater. The first part of this experience was walking up a spiral staircase not big enough for one person that honestly I was afraid was going to crumble under our group’s weight. We get up to the top of the stairs and I was a bit thrown back by the way it was designed everything is made for ease of access for the staff that needs to use everything on the top of the stage. One does not realize the difference in theater till the see the stage from a bird’s eye view with all the lighting cables running exposed around metal tubing.
In theater they attach the lights then they have unique plugs that they attach their light to. The lighting plugs are all numbered in large easy to read stenciled numbers. The wires from the plugs magically disappear into the plywood floor of the second level of the theater. We then headed across the catwalks to the rear of the theater, watching our heads because of the AC ducts and support beams.
Upon reaching the end of the catwalks we made it to a room on the second floor that held replacement parts for the lighting and it held disco balls(great combinations huh). In the corner of this room there was another staircase like the first except it was a bit more stable than the first. We went down the stairs and ended up in the sound and lighting room. There were a couple of boards that looked like soundboard though we were very quickly corrected.
One of the boards was for sound and the second was lighting. The person touring us turned on the lighting board and five minutes later it booted up into windows and was ready to go. I was impressed how much control they had in theater lighting and how much of it was automated. I think one of the coolest things though I learned was about how much effort it takes to do lighting in the theater, and it starts from before anyone even thinks about hanging one light.
The planning of the light scheme is one of the longest parts in the process. First, they take a plan and decide based on the need of the play what lights they need and how the lights will be placed. After that they have to create a wiring diagram that shows what lights go to which plug so the lighting panel can be set up and programed for the lights. After that they have to get approval of the director then begin to labor.
Journalist v. Historians should be a court case where the journalists sue to stop Historians from uncovering the truth to the “facts” uncovered by journalists. Now that I have gotten a bit of humor out of the way the reality is we need historians to reassemble the information thrown out to the public by journalists. Historians are the world’s fact checkers although they do not write “fact” rather they create a better understanding of the information. What I mean by this is historians cannot deal in fact because as of yet there is no magical time machine that allows one to go back and see exactly what had happened so historians are piecing together many pieces of information to get the best idea of what happened. I had read chapters three and four of “On Doing Local History” by Carol Kammen, and this is my view on these chapters.
Chapter three reminded me of a project I once did with my community college based on Stephen Colbert. Colbert had created an idea of “truthiness”, which was not calling news media liars; the idea of “truthiness” is truth from “the gut”. The mainstream media must get the information out before their competitors or they will often lose the scoop on the story. Which in a time where the internet is filled with so many “fact sites” like Wikipedia, the people need to delve much deeper in order to really get to the real truth. Below I have embedded the word of the day “truthiness” where he had first introduced the idea.
Which leads to chapter four, this chapter had much ado about footnotes. I had found this chapter almost as interesting as the first; it discussed an idea that footnotes shows proof that one as researched the subject they are discussing. Proof of research adds credibility to one’s paper. There is something more important than proof though, that is giving credit to those that came before for their hard work. Now Kamman used the word footnotes quite a bit, though she was talking about citing in general.
Another thing that was discussed in chapter four was bias which seems in my view to be a continuing theme not just in the books from my English class but for the world in general. Kamman gives the idea that one must get to the bottom and remove the slant in the informations acquired before one takes it as truth. Another issue on truth is that one can lie by omission in the opinion of many. Kamman talks about books and encyclopedias that are missing important pieces of information to complete the historical puzzle.
Though in chapters three and four of “On Doing Local History” by Carol Kammen these were not the only things discussed they are my personal favorite topics within these chapters. Sorry for my biases, though I would suggest reading these chapters to anyone I feel they lent useful information to those that read it or will read it about researching topics. The main idea that reoccurred though both chapters was truth, what is it, and how does one prove it.
Historians push our limit of knowledge about the past. They promote the learning of past which helps to ensure the future’s education. While pushing this knowledge there are a few strings attached to what the bargain they make with humanity. In chapter 6 and 7 of Carol Kammen’s “On Doing Local History” she a few new ideas forward about local historians, this seems to be the first set of chapters she discussed the individual historians struggles to continue to educate. This is my personal reflection on these chapters; in my opinion local historians are like school teachers underpaid for the importance and difficulty of their work.
Kammen wrote “A local historian must be a multifaceted individual – with a god deal of stamina – a person who is self-motivated and happy working alone, yet someone who works well cooperatively too, a person who cares to get the whole story and to get it as accurately as possible”(143). This statement is designed to show how a historian needs to be complex. This paragraph also shows how the historian needs to be more than a computer; rather the person needs to be an empathetic person, who can do more than collect the information.
Additionally the person needs to be ethical, according to Kammen, “We cannot suppress material because we do not like it. We cannot ignore material because it does not fit set ideas – ours or anyone else’s. We cannot be blind to contradictions that emerge[ . . . ] Inconsistencies need to be explored”(145) and “Uncomfortable bits are part of history too. We need to find ways of dealing with them”(Kammen, 147). Scandal and betrayal of public trust caused the loss of a financial institution, some might not wish to write about the scandal though this should be examined deeper and written about (Kammen, 148). This shows that there is bit of humbleness to the industry of local historians. This is one item that I find as a piece of new knowledge, that I was not aware of. I had always thought that the winners were the ones that always write the history though this is in reality a slight misnomer, because more and more local historians are coming out of the woodwork and uncovering the secrets of past historical events.
With all this hard work that historians do one would expect that they would have fiscal incentives that were great. Though the reality is “ [ . . . ] the school district asks a psychiatrist to give a talk [they] provide payment. When a local historian who asked to take over a class, [the] school officials are often surprised that payment might be expected”(Kammen, 151). This to some would be considered a dire situation for our historians though they just seem to continue to do their work and continue to uncover new stories of local history. It is important to understand this since the local historian’s uncovers secrets stories of those that would not normally have been exposed to the world.
These local stories re-sparked “Historical societies, long dormant, saw that they had something important to offer their communities; community colleges began listing sources in local history; and in many states local history [is offered] in the public schools [ . . . ] ”(Kammen, 143). This brings this story to education and the continuing of local history. As said earlier it is hard for a local historian make an exceptional pay though they can at least know they are bringing something fourth to their future.
The local historian brings much to the community; though in these chapters it became apparent to me during these chapters is local historians have many struggles to overcome. Many of the struggles they have to overcome are within the research and the dead ends that need to me overcame. After the overcoming of research the local historian must try and get there research out to the public and hope that the world takes to their finding, whether or not they emphasize the status quo. After all the work they have to struggle in order to make a living on their hard work.
Kammen, Carol. On Doing Local History. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira, 2003. Print.
This video discusses the topic of Computer Mediated Communications (CMC) from three different sides. The first is a general over and explanation of CMC and why it is used. The first part also briefly discusses why it one might want to have CMC literacy. The second part of the video is a focus on an interview of a person that does not use CMC, though has some literacy in it. Finally, the third part of the video discusses the surveys, of students on campus. Additionally, there is references to popular media and views on global levels of CMC usage.
Baron, Naomi S. “Discourse Structures in Instant Messaging: The Case of Utterance Breaks.” Language @ Internet. 2010. Web. 18 May 2011. <http://www.languageatinternet.de/articles/2010/2651>.
Fry, Stephen. “Don’t Mind Your Language.” Stephenfry.com. SamFry Limited, 4 Nov. 2008. Web. 17 Apr. 2011. <http://www.stephenfry.com/2008/11/04/dont-mind-your-language%E2%80%A6/>.
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