Fringes UnHinged


Smack dab in the face, clarity arrives:

Smack Dab in the Face

Now, let’s have a hot cup of tea and consider a few things about thoughts and the requirements that lead to thinking. To learn is to acquire wisdom and being wise requires a life in love with learning and lessons. A singular most fantastic attribute of Homo Sapiens pertains to the size of our brains: [from Wiki Human] “Advantages that explain this evolutionary success include a relatively larger brain with a particularly well-developed neocortex, prefrontal cortex and temporal lobes, which enable high levels of abstract reasoning, language, problem solving, sociality, and culture through social learning.  They are characterized by erect posture and bipedal locomotion; manual dexterity and increased tool use, compared to other animals; and a general trend toward larger, more complex brains and societies.

The Latin translation for Homo Sapien is “wise person”.

Here is a more troubling line from the Wiki:  “The ingenuity and adaptability of Homo sapiens has led to its becoming, arguably, the most influential species on the planet; it is currently deemed of least concern on the Red List of endangered species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. (font color and italics, my own)

Take one more sip and put that cup down. Think about this: 49% of the populace who support a particular candidate running for President didn’t go to college. A large portion of Americans have little to no desire to grow their minds and they actually feel disdain for those who do. This makes them extraordinarily easy to manipulate. America and the world face a human who suffers from a psychiatric disorder wishing to take over the White House; a man who can be described as anything but telegenic has been enabled to use technology to compel a population to pay attention to him. History repeating in the worst way befalls us. (Click the hyperlink; you’ll find it interesting. Note the date is July 2015 and look where we are now…)

I fear that we are at the precipice of a full-scale social war in the United States. The 2016 election changes everything no matter WHO becomes elected. The unhinged fringes have become unleashed and are resolved to give access to one man they think can save them. What type of thinking occurs in the minds of these particular people? Fear, anxiety, aversion. No self-respecting woman would support this candidate, and a plurality of Republican women do. Any American who actually thinks would not support a man like this who wishes only for the power in the title. The problem with this particular human is that he is on the brink of having the ability to put us on that endangered species list.  Europe knows it, and is experiencing a similar swelling of nationalism from the populist right, with unhinged fringes gaining power.  “Hello, Norbert, Boris, Marine, Sylvi, Kristian, and Geert.  {insert feeling of “shudder to think” if they all become elected…}

What can one do to inform, influence, and inspire fellow humans to open their minds to learning? I believe that every one of us “humans who think” should turn to technology to broadcast the wonders of education and preach the beauty of mind expansion. We must triumph over ignorance. We must excite, affect, and embolden the masses to activate their brains. Otherwise, stagnation and manipulation will destroy America and the world very soon.

Make an effort. It may well be our last.

To the media: notice I’ve purposefully left the person’s name out of this blog save for the hyperlinks. It’s damn well time that you do the same.


A quote from Mencken…ironic, eh?

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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