When I was a junior in high school, I wrote an eighteen-page research paper on The Graduate and must have watched the film twenty times, meticulously taking notes, doing research and thinking deeply. I went through the entire movie and would pause the movie every few seconds to write down something on a notecard. I think even my teacher would agree that I went a bit overboard with the whole thing, but I was intrigued by the concept of the film, the time period it sought to depict and the music it chose to use. Below is my concluding paragraph of that research paper.
Earlier this semester I attended the last Field Research series, which had to do with deliverables.Two professionals from very different fields gave their perspective on the deliverable that their line of work require.
Deliverables (definition) : A project management term for the quantifiable goods or services that will be provided upon the completion of a project. Deliverables can be tangible or intangible parts of the development process, and are often specified functions or characteristics of the project.
I have always wanted to be a real estate developer and start my own business so that I can build sustainable apartment buildings that do not waste resources or energy, and as a result, end up paying for themselves over a few years. Building sustainable apartment buildings would be easier and more valued in other countries around the world, but I realized, sustainable buildings would have a greater impact in the U.S. where there is currently a smaller presence of them in the market. I want to be part of the trend toward more sustainable lifestyles, and JR is one of the reasons I have bigger dreams and aspirations for my passion.
“Imports by airplane have a substantial impact on global warming pollution. In 2005, the import of fruits, nuts, and vegetables into California by airplane released more than 70,000 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to more than 12,000 cars on the road.” according to Food Hub. Rather than reducing the impacts of food transportation, with 3-D printing we could eliminate them.
“Imagine being able to essentially ‘grow’, ‘cook’ or prepare foods without the negative industrial impact – everything from fertilizers to saute pans and even packaging,” says Homaro Cantu, chef and owner of the Moto Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois, who has printed sushi using an ink jet printer. “You can imagine a 3D printer making homemade apple pie without the need for farming the apples, fertilizing, transporting, refrigerating, packaging, fabricating, cooking, serving and the need for all of the materials in these processes like cars, trucks, pans, coolers, etc,” he adds.
The last Action Research panel focused on client relationships in the business and art world. Professor Matt Bailey presented a perspective on clients from a career in information systems and Professor Tulu Bayar presented a perspective on clients from a career as an artist. These two panelists provided very different viewpoints to business relationships than I had previously thought about, as I am not pursuing a career in either area; however, a combination of their perspectives provided an interesting comparison.
Lisa Thompson talk, Performances of Cultural Trauma: Black Theatre in the (Post-) Obama Era, expresses the power behind art like theatre, art, music, dance, and style. She talks about how politics is basically a form of theatre and with Obama in office it has altered the perception of black culture. Obama can be seen as taking on two different personas, one is black cool, which consist of the easily accessed forms of performance like dance and style, while he is also portrayed as an uncool nerd. Continue reading Black Theatre in the (Post-) Obama Era
Great job this week! Rachel, Robbie, Ben, and Jordi really enjoyed discussing the posts.
First, some compliments:
- Good job taking in the feedback from last week by improving your titles and generating some really great discussions through your comments
- Great job adding multimedia to your blog posts
- Blogs this week were engaging and did a great job of generating conversation
- Overall, really creative use of examples from pop-culture and how they intersect with our class discussions
Now, some feedback and food for thought:
- We thought that the class did a really good job of writing about topics that interested them and this showed. However, we think that posts could have benefited with a more clear connection to the class throughout the blog post (as opposed to only at the end). We think this could have been accomplished with use of a thesis statement at the introduction.
- We were hoping for a broader selection of prompt topics by the class: lots of people posted about TV shows, but no one wrote about music or books. Try to view some of your classmates posts before creating your own so we generate a diverse range of topics in the future.
- The posts this week generated some really interesting discussion on plot-spoilers: the ethics of plot spoiling, when is it ok or not ok to discuss a plot line. What do you guys think about the ethics of plot spoiling? Consider tv shows vs. movies, Dramas vs Comedies.
Wall of Fame:
Our favorite posts:
- Our favorite titles:
Our favorite use of multimedia:
- “Lessons in Business from South Park”by Greg– Great use of a gif!
Most engaging comments:
Transparent is the critically acclaimed television show from Amazon about a family whose seventy-year-old father (Jeffrey Tambor) reveals to world that he wants to be a woman. The show perfectly captures the Pfefferman family as the patriarch Mort/Maura transitions into a woman full-time. The eldest daughter Sarah is married with two small children and learns to be truthful with herself as she watches her father do the same. The middle child Josh is a record producer who works at understanding himself and attempts to take life more seriously. The youngest daughter Ali is an incredibly smart woman who can’t seem to figure her life out. The Pfefferman family as well as their respective loved ones and new friends work through everyone’s changes and make the effort to band together through their father’s transition. Having recently binged watched the television show, I can say that Transparent is an important show to watch.
Can art and business mix? According to artist Tulu Bayar who focuses on conceptual art, artist sometimes need to think of art as a final product. The “Action Research Series on Deliverables” focused on outcomes and the approach one can take with clients or firms. Professor Matt Baliey and Tulu Bayar were the two panelists and offered very different approaches. Being an artist myself, I choose to focus on Bayar’s approach. Continue reading Can Art and Business Mix?
This week’s blog council consisted of Jordi Comas, Luke Vreeland, and Will Owens. We really enjoyed going through everyone’s posts and comments and we hope you like our theme change. Before announcing what we thought were some of the best posts, we thought it could be helpful to give some general feedback:
- Should be informative but still hook the reader
- Tying the title back into the end of the blog can be a very effective literary technique
- Should be informative but still hook the reader
- Good job getting to the point
- Comments can be broken up into smaller comments if they are distinct points
- Proofread your posts before submitting!
- Example: This American Life should be in italics
Everyone did a great job, but here are a few posts that we thought stood out:
- Max- One Big Mess
- Aylin- This is NOT Based on a True Story
- Chris- Daisey: “I’m Going to Lie to Lots of People”
- Shaun- So Whose Fault is it?
- Mary- Honesty: The Difference Between Journalism and Art
- Pat- Knights and Knaves
Featured Picture: Mike Daisey