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Monday, September 26, 2011

Stefan Sagmeister: 7 rules for making more happiness | Video on TED.com

Communication Lab Fall, 2011 hours of operation


Below are the hours of operation for the Communication Labs for the fall 2011 semester.
 
Cheyenne
M 9:00-6:00 p.m.
T 9:00-2:30; 3:00-6:00 p.m.
W 9:00-6:00 p.m.
R 9:00-2:30; 3:00-6:00 p.m.
F 9:00-1:00 p.m.
 
Henderson
9:00-6:00 p.m.
T 9:30-1:00; 4:00-6:00 p.m.
W 9:00-6:00 p.m.
R 9:30-1:00; 4:00-6:00 p.m.
F 9:00-1:00 p.m.
 
West Charleston
M 8:00-3:30 p.m.
T 8:00-3:00; 3:30-6:00 p.m.
W 8:00-3:30 p.m.
R 8:00-5:30 p.m.
F 9:00-2:30 p.m.

Netflix now under attack from Amazon, Dish/Blockbuster, Apple and others


The Amazon-Fox deal adds about 2,000 films and television shows from its library to Amazon.com's instant streaming service.
For more on this story and other news, go to the source this is drawn from, the LA Times Company Town Blog by clicking here. The story continues on that site.

Fox strikes licensing deal with Amazon to stream movies, TV shows

News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox has reached a licensing deal that adds about 2,000 films and television shows from its library to Amazon.com's instant streaming service, bringing to 11,000 the number of titles available through Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime members, who pay a $79 annual fee, gain  commercial-free access to such films as "Mrs. Doubtfire," "9 to 5" and "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," as well as older television series including "24," "The X-Files" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
Consumers who are not Amazon Prime members can rent or purchase movies and TV shows from Amazon through its Instant Video stream service, at prices that start at $3.99 for new releases. Amazon offers more than 100,000 new and older titles through its paid service.
The online retailer is beefing up its catalog as it seeks to compete with Netflix, which just secured the rights to stream DreamWorks Animation films. Amazon has secured licensing deals with CBS, NBCUniversal, Sony and Warner Bros.
ALSO:
-- Dawn C. Chmielewski
Photo: Matthew Lawrence, left, Lisa Jakub, Robin Williams, Mara Wilson and Sally Field in "Mrs. Doubtfire." Credit: Phil Bray
For more on this story and other news, go to the source this is drawn from, the LA Times Company Town Blog by clicking here. The story continues on that site.

Politics are not just in Washington DC


Nevada SAG moving forward (with your help and support)

It does not make friends, but within the limits of confidentiality I am know for telling the truth as I see it.

Your union is a union, not a club, conservatory or social networking group.

And we have a very dedicated board of officers and members looking after the business of the Guild in Nevada. This election showcased how the system works, once the membership has a voice.

There are politics underway that I feel need to be addressed. I thank the membership for their votes in this election, selecting candidates who were not nominated by the nominating committee among their choices.

Those who are doing the job, who have the connections and who have the experience, can be heard at the national level. For the first time that anyone can remember incumbents who were working hard and getting their jobs done were not nominated by the nominating committee, the president last year and myself this year, along with two sitting council members, one of whom choose not to run by petition. Local officers endorsed not voting incumbents back into office.

I am not the type to blow my own horn, campaign or ask for help. This year I had to do all three, and I did not enjoy it. I thank all of you who made calls, sent e-mails, donated to the campaign and supported by reelection. I did gather endorsements, but only after knowing the politics behind my not being nominated.

It would hope that our top local officers, as well as Rick Rockne, take the time to allow me to represent the branch on the national level. The local level has always been in the hands of the officers and council. I have one vote and other than advising from experience and the perspective of my office, I carry no more voice or vote than any other member of your elected council. Except for my one year as president, I never have, regardless of the rumors that circulated during the past two campaigns.

As I shared in today's membership meeting, it is my hope that, whether we merge or not, members continue to step forward and run for office, volunteer for committees and do all they can to turn potential work union in Nevada. We are the union.

It is also my hope that the type of backdoor politics I have seen over the past two years comes to an end and that we move forward as a branch proudly into a new union or as the Screen Actors Guild, continuing to put membership first.

I feel that you have a strong council, working on many projects for our branch. We have a strong executive in Steve Clinton, and strong support from many key players in the community.

Solidarity.


Art Lynch
(as a private citizen and member of SAG, not an official correspondence).

In part to support what I indicated above about the nominating committee and the need to keep experience I present the folowing excerpt from the Hollywood Reporter:


"In Nevada, Art Lynch won a contested national board seat. Six other national board seats from the Regional Branch Division were uncontested, and the winners were previously announced: Boston – Bill Mootos; Dallas – Suzanne Burkhead; Detroit – Ed Kelly; Houston – Robert Nelson; Nashville – Cece DuBois; Washington, D.C./Baltimore –Stephen F. Schmidt. All of those are three-year positions, and all of the regional winners are believed to favor merger."

Fallacies of Argumentation

We are bombarded daily with messages, many of them flawed.


We make decisions often many times an hour based in incomplete or assumed information.


For society to advance, and for our own best interests, it is important we understand the forces and elements that impact our decision making. Among these are the fallacies of argumentation below:


Fallacies
An error in reasoning
Neutral in ethics
Dangerous to use
•Used heavily in marketing and politics with mixed ethical motivations


Red Herring
A fallacy that introduces
Irrelevant issues
To divert attention from the subject under discussion

Ad Hominem
Definition:
To make human,
A fallacy that attacks the person rather than dealing with the real issue
To divert attention through personal attack.

False Dichotomy
Either-or
A fallacy that forces listeners
To choose between two alternatives
When more than two alternatives exits.
Can divert from actual alternative or cause.
Polarizes audience
Used to solidify “right and wrong”,
“for or against.”

Bandwagon
A fallacy that assumes
   that because something is popular
   it is therefore good.
   Group think
    Mob mentality

Slippery Slope
A fallacy that assumes
   that taking a first step
   will lead to subsequent steps
   that cannot be prevented.
False assumption that if this happens than there is a 100% certainty that a series of subsequent event will occur.


Hasty Generalization
Jumping from specific to general
    On the basis of insufficient evidence
False assumption that if a specific events cause is true, than all similar events must have the same or similar causes.


Invalid Analogy
An analogy in which the two cases being compared are not essentially alike
Making parallels between things that may not be parallel or alike


False Cause
Assuming that if one event follows another, there must be a cause and effect.
“Post hoc”, “Ergo proper hoc”
“After this, therefore because  of this.”
Jumping to the conclusion of cause without proper evidence of a causal effect.