Tsunami of Greed

Tsunami by meraklisite.com

Tsunami by meraklisite.com

So it comes to this:  we are being swept away by the pathos of the power grab. The uber-rich own us. The madman in all of the Marvel comics whom the heroes attempt to save us from are actually a small cadre of men hell bent on owning every piece of land, every material object on that land, everything inside the boxes and our minds – controlled by those boxes.  You know what I mean, right?  The box in your hand or on your lap or on your desk or in your living room that you’re reading right now controls us. The wealthy own the channels and own the mega-corporations who control our elected officials. They own all of it and if you can’t see that, then I envy you.

Ignorance is bliss. Sometimes I wish that I didn’t have a higher brain and I could be like my simple pooch sitting here by my side and just watch the world go by and eat, play, poop.  Instead, my curious mind sends me down rabbit holes of truth overshadowed by lies…the ones told by those in power, the elite, the shareholders, the CEOs, the politicians, the chancellors.

The earth is very sick, but still strong. And she is doing her best to rid herself of this pestilence called the human race. Who can blame her?  She’s been raped and pillaged by man’s greed for centuries.  So, if the freezing cold don’t kill ya, if the drought don’t kill ya, if the heat don’t kill ya, if lack of water don’t kill ya, then maybe that tsunami of greed will sweep in and wipe your slate clean leaving you with nothing but your higher brain to ponder it all.

(Thanks to the student who asked the question of the chancellor of our college about all of the pay raises for the top administrators. The student used the term “tsunami of greed”. I had to write it down…)

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About danaj33

I have been teaching in the Broadcast Electronic Media Art department at City College of San Francisco since 2001. I was a part-time faculty member until 2009 when I became full-time. My career as an audio engineer spans 27 years since the first day I began to record and mix songs on my Tascam PortaStudio (cassetter 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. The club and its staff are like family. I have maintained a live sound production company since 1989 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 (BCST145). 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. A few CCSF Projects: - Produced a promotional video for the Math department Bridge Program titled "Quadratic Rap". - Produced a new employee orientation video for the Human Resources department at CCSF - Coordinated audio for camera - SF Mayoral Debate, Fall 2011 - Coordinator of Audio Industry Advisory Panel for BEMA, Fall 2011 - Co-Coordinator of Video Industry Advisory Panel for BEMA, Spring 2012 Outside Affiliations: - 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 - current member of Audio Engineering Society - current Board of Directors for Camp Reel Stories
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