Search Searching Searched ReSearch

The quotidienne use of a word that had such a different meaning only a couple of decades ago. We now see the search icon in every window – portals to the world. I’ll bet you see the little magnifying glass in the window you’re reading now. They are everywhere and searching has taken on a much deeper meaning.

We search daily using the utilitarian company who’s awesome capacity has turned their name into a verb. Yes. “Google it.”  A command the gives meaning to the search. But this company name, noun and verb, hold an esteemed place in the hands of those who can afford the technology and the monthly billing to take their spaceship trip out into the universe.

“Search for the meaning of life.” A sentence utilized in religion and spiritual thinking to take a person on a quest to seek the inner soul, to find answers, to arrive at one’s true calling.

Job Search. A relentless pursuit to seek gainful employment that may be something more than service to others. A search for something that the job seeker really wishes to do that may lead to the meaning of life.

Archaeologists at the Olduvai Gorge searched and found important information regarding our understanding of human evolution that dates back to Homo habilis, a being who occupied this ravine 1.8 mil years ago in the Great Rift Valley, east of the Serengeti Plains of Tanzania. A search that proved (and continues to prove) fruitful to human history. (And though I took a basic course in anthropology at UC Berkeley in 1981 where I first learned this, I certainly had to research it on Google in order to set the record straight in my head. 20 years ago, I would have had to go to the library to seek this information and put this writing on a temporary hold.)

Research – a word that once was beholden to scientists and graduate students working on their theses. (I had to look that up too! The plural of thesis is theses and I wanted to be certain that I remembered that one correctly.)

IF YOU ARE READING THIS, then you know you research daily, perhaps hourly. You constantly use the web to research everything from how to prepare a certain dish to fixing a bike tire, where to go to eat and what reviews have been written about the new place you just found to purchasing a bike basket for your little dog to take rides with you, how to find a mate to what to buy your mate on a certain anniversary. The research is endless and we do it effortlessly. It is one of those words that I, for one, do not take for granted. As someone who went to college in the early 1980’s who had to do a lot of searching before finding the research in libraries, books, encyclopedias, dictionaries; I am ever grateful of these spaceships I hold at my fingertips that allow me to live the life of an adventurer, a discoverer, a space traveler, a grateful enthusiast of all living things.  Search  Searching  Searched  ReSearch “…to boldly go where no [lexicon] has gone before.”

Oh, yes. I “Googled” several items here which led me to my very favorite place on the web and one which I donate to regularly due to my frequent visits: Wikipedia.

And Wikipedia has a shop called Wikimedia.  Wear something smart!


About danaj33

I have been teaching in the Broadcast Electronic Media Art department at City College of San Francisco since 2001. I started teaching full-time in 2009 and am tenured. My career as an audio engineer spans 32-years since the first day I began to record and mix songs on my Tascam PortaStudio (cassette 4-track) in the early 80's while attending college at UC Berkeley. I formed a couple of bands and sang lead (sometimes playing rhythm guitar) until 1988 when I discovered that the "behind-the-scenes" tech realm was much more to my liking. I love how an audio engineer controls the ENTIRE sound mix, and not just one's own instrument. I then began a career as a live sound engineer in earnest and have toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as front-of-house sound engineer for a multitude of bands on various record labels (most notably "Medicine" on American Recordings) and have been a staff engineer at the venerable Bottom of the Hill nightclub since their inception in 1991 leaving a regular shift there in 2010 due to the teaching schedule. The club and its staff are like family. I owned and operated a live sound production company since 1989 (ending officially in 2017) called dcj Productions that has provided sound to the Bay Area community (mostly in the non-profit sector) in both large outdoor sound events as well as nightclubs and music halls. In 1991, I started recording bands on an 8-track Tascam TSR-8 analog tape recorder and moved into the digital realm in 1993 to 16-tracks of Alesis ADAT connected to a Soundcraft Ghost console in my home studio. In 1995, I advanced to Pro Tools and have been recording exclusively digital ever since, combining audio skills in sound for film as a location recordist as well as an engineer in post-production sound design and mixing. I remained "strictly analog" in my live sound mixing until just this past year (2012). Now that one can obtain a decent, live sound digital mixer at an affordable price, it was high time to check out digital for live. I now have a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 to work on with my students to give them much needed hands-on experience with a digital console. I co-owned and ran APG Records & APG Studios, an SF record label and recording studio, from 1999 - 2004 which had a distribution deal through EMI. The company folded in 2004. I continue to record music and engineer live performances at many Bay Area venues in addition to full-time teaching at CCSF. In 2001, I was hired to the part-time faculty at City College of San Francisco in the Broadcast Electronics Media Arts department where I have taught many of the classes including Digital Media Skills (BCST119), Basic Audio Production (BCST120), Digital Audio Production (BCST124), Sound Recording Studio (BCST125), Sound For Visual Media (BCST126), Advanced Sound Recording (BCST127), Sound Reinforcement (BCST128), Audio for the Web (BCST135), Video for the Web (BCST136), and Field Video Production (BCST141). I have also taught classes in sound design, audio for animation and games, music video, and computer applications at Art Institute of California-San Francisco, Globe Recording Institute, and Laney College in Oakland, CA. Outside Affiliations: - Co-Director of SoundGirls - current member of Audio Engineering Society and on the SF Chapter Planning Committee - past Vice President and Interim President Board of Directors - Bay Area Girls Rock Camp - past volunteer/contributor to Women's Audio Mission - past member Bay Area Women in Media and Film - past Board of Directors for Camp Reel Stories
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