Stymie the Stigma

America suffers.
The exhausting media circus act unfolds by the minute in the lead up to choosing the next President as we read, hear, and watch another Trump tornado, not unlike the one he cast over his companies since the 1990’s. Thirty years of mismanagement, mishandling and outright lying about his self-inflated “business successes” which were exactly the opposite and proven utter failures. The only continued success was his uncanny ability to keep enriching himself on the backs of small businesses and workers while repeatedly taking his shareholders down the bankruptcy drain.  No wonder he will not release his tax returns. This man must be given a new kind of  Scarlet Letter to wear across all of his suits–one that denotes shame for being the worst political candidate EVER to walk on U.S. soil. He is the epitome of a rip-off artist/con man. Over 13 million Americans want the con as President.


In the news just this past week, we have been buried in horror stories that shock us into submission. The mega-corporate media pushes to anesthetize America, slowly melting our minds with a molten lava downpour of terrible actions made by insane people repeatedly filling our world with hate:


1.  a mark of disgrace or infamy; a stain or reproach, as on one’s reputation.
2. Medicine/Medical. a mental or physical mark that is characteristic of a defect or disease.
1. to be an obstacle to; prevent the advancement or success of; thwart or stump


The hate vitriol brought to the forefront of our daily lives by a man running for President. A “Narcissist in chief: Donald Kane Trump”


Trump’s plan: stymie the stigma on the road to the Whitehouse as the molten lava pours.
Molten Lava on Hawaii

Molten Lava on Hawaii (courtesy of

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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