{sf} if so what 2018

May 15, 2018

At the end of last month, my friend and I had the opportunity to attend a pretty random event. It’s supposed to be this new kind of art experience called If So What: A New Art and Design Destination. Held at the Palace of Fine Arts, it certainly had a cool venue. The actual concept was a bit confusing. Part of me thinks that’s part of the point because it’s a new concept where visitors are able to completely immerse themselves in and/or interact with the art that they are not just seeing, but experiencing. A few of the exhibits were super interesting. Being able to tweet and having your hashtags affect the colors reflected onto a car is neat. Having the opportunity to experience 3D art through virtual reality headsets is also a neat experience. Being able to explore art pieces up close using iPad and various apps also very cool. So all in all, this event was interesting, but I’m really glad we got free Goldstar (only paying for handling) tickets, otherwise I might have been more disappointed!

A so what photo adventure:

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I recently realized that I had never read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I did end up seeing all the movies on tiny screens a number of longer airplane flights so definitely didn’t get the full effect of the movies, but I generally enjoy books more than movies anyway.

With this recent realization, I decided to take on the trilogy, which I didn’t think would be that difficult since they were written originally for teenagers anyway. It turns out I was right. They were a definite easy read. Because I had seen the movie first, all the characters bouncing in my head during the games were actually the movie actors, which may or may not be a good thing. Since it is a teen novel, I realized how it actually worked out well as a basis for a movie. The plot is not so complicated like Red Rising by Pierce Brown or so long like Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling that a movie would either be cutting down on the plot too much or oversimplifying the story line. Katniss is for sure a fierce female character though and so young if you think about it … just trying to figure it all out in a dystopian society. Aren’t we all?

 

Ever since reading The Handmaid’s Tale, I”d been thinking about reading more Margaret Atwood books, but hadn’t been actively searching. Recently, I happened upon Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood and realized that it was the same author so of course I had to read it. Margaret Atwood must really love writing about dystopian societies because this one was a very dystopian society to the point where the main character Jimmy (who also goes by Snowman) didn’t even though if there were other real people left on the planet.

In the book, you are pulled back and forth from the present when Jimmy has named himself Snowman to the past during which Jimmy is growing up with his parents, going to college, and operating in a world he thinks is normal. To us today, the world seems horrible though not entirely impossible. Corporations have taken over everything. There are all kinds of genetically created food processes. There are crazy cross-breeds of animals that scientists created to get rid of one problem but as a result created a new problem. They then try and solve that problem by cross-breeding other animals. As you can imagine, the result is chaos. For a good chunk of the book, you don’t even know who Oryx and Crake are or if they’re people or characters at all. Eventually you do though and the story line becomes even creepier. Yikes! Dystopian societies where animals and humans are modified to be specific way are scary to think about!

You have a bucket already, why get another container for soda? That restaurant management may not agree.

On the other hand, maybe he just want his fried chicken marinated with soft drink. That appears to be a clear drink. From KFC’s website, their clear drink is Sierra Mist. Just call it misty fried chicken. He is just making a customer suggestion, to the management!

Wait! That’s not actually a KFC, but some burger place??

That looks like a Burger King or maybe McDonald’s poster. However, both of those serve Coca Cola, not Pepsi. Supposedly, these restaurants serve Pepsi. None has a burger poster like that.

Maybe it’s the old defunct Gino’s – a fast food joint that combines KFC with a burger place.

In any case, this is a guy filling up his KFC bucket with soda, at another burger joint? That restaurant management may not quite see it as genius.

Although from the fuzzy letters on wall sign, this may not be in U.S. Maybe there, it’s customary to use KFC bucket for soda. Maybe there, it already offers “Misty Fried Chicken.” Maybe there, they don’t wear any fast food chain uniform, he is just a restaurant worker flushing out the soda machine. Nice try, but busted!

Who knew that picture offers so much information and intrigue?

A University of Georgia professor has come up with a novel idea – let students choose their own grade. Dr. Richard Watson, for his Business courses has adopted a “stress reduction policy.” Students will be allowed to select their own grade, if they “feel unduly stressed” by the grades they actually earned. https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=9551

One question came to everyone’s mind: “why didn’t I get professors like that?”

Dr. Watson’s course syllabus states “if in a group meeting, you feel stressed by your group’s dynamics, you should leave the meeting immediately.” Such students can discontinue all further group work and with their remaining grade being “based totally on non-group work.”

Well… since you can choose your own grade, what does it matter what the grade is based on?

For tests and examines, they are open book and open notes, of course. They are “designed to assess low lever mastery of the course material.” Dr. Watson does concede that “this policy might hinder the development of group skills and mastery of the class material.”

Oh really, you think !!??

Let’s see, University of Georgia will educate their students to be

  • totally without skill to function in a group,
  • conform to the lowest denominator – low level mastery of course material.

Come to think of it, don’t even bother with the low mastery, since you can just choose your own grade!

I am sure this really warms the hearts of the University of Georgia parents.

In fact, the students should protest too, for stereotyping them, for assuming that students will take advantage of this policy and select a grade that they do not deserve. Such disrespect. Where is the campus-wide protest against this professor?