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Interview with Creative Genius: Nikki Giovanni, and Web Page designer Dan Petruzzi

 

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CREATIVE CURRENT EVENTS

Welcome to my web page!!! My name is Tara Jiles and the whole purpose of this project is to show the world my perception of what creativity is.  That is why i have chosen to display a number of different things from our daily lives that I think are creative.  Below I have created a section that displays "Current events".  This portion of the webpage will contain stories about things that are currently going on and they also happen to be very creative...or even weird.    I will continuously update this page with current and interesting information.  If you have any suggestions about anything that should go on this web page, please e-mail me at the above address.  Take notice of the links on the left hand side of the page.  Each of those links also contain information about myself and also things in our daily lives that are creative and that I like to do.  Enjoy

  Saturday:  November 20th, 2004

I thought that this was the cutest and most creative thing.  I was driving to school the other day and i saw this car driving next to me.  Talk about going crazy with colors!

 

Monday:  November 1st, 2004

Alright everybody!!!  Sorry I haven't updated my website in awhile.  All i can say is school is kicking my butt right now and that always comes before a lot of things.  Anyway, enough about me as we all know tomorrow is election day.  Some have deemed this election the most important one of our lives.  I know that it is very important especially to our age group because in the past ages 18-30 have been almost non-existent at the polls.  Now is the time for us to stand up and realize what power we truly posses.  Groups such as the afore mentioned 18-30, minorities and women can really take this election by storm and put the person in office that we feel will better suit our needs.  It never ceases to amaze me at how apathetic people have been in the past when it comes to voting but fortunately I think that those stereotypes will change forever.  Hopefully, I have given you something to think about and if you weren't intending to vote before i hope that you will now.

Monday: October 25th, 2004

 

Ashlee Simpson to Sing Live Again Tonight

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK - Singer Ashlee Simpson (news) gets another chance to sing live perhaps on national television Monday after walking off "Saturday Night Live" in a does-she-or-doesn't-she lip-synch moment
Simpson is scheduled to perform in Las Vegas for NBC's "Radio Music Awards," scheduled to be televised at 9 p.m. ET. The 19-year-old was the talk of the Internet after Saturday's show. Her record company blamed a computer glitch and she blamed her band, which cut off her planned performance of the song "Autobiography" on the network comedy show. Simpson had performed her hit single "Pieces of Me" without incident earlier in the show. When she came back a second time, her band started playing and the first lines of her singing "Pieces of Me" could be heard again. She was holding her microphone at her waist at the time. Simpson looked momentarily confused as the band plowed ahead with the song and the vocal was quickly silenced. Simpson made some exaggerated hopping dance moves, then walked off the stage 35 seconds into the performance. NBC quickly cut to a commercial. "What can I say?" guest host Jude Law said with Simpson standing next to him at the end of the show. "Live TV." "Exactly," Simpson said. "I feel so bad. My band started playing the wrong song. I didn't know what to do so I thought I'd do a hoe-down." Her record company, Geffen Records, said that instead of some pretaped electronic percussion, the recording of "Pieces of Me" started. But it sounded suspiciously like a guide vocal that's a common although almost always unspoken concert aid. Either the singer "lip synchs" by mouthing words to a backing tape or has a live microphone and sings along to the tape, making the voice sound more powerful than it is. Simpson's walk-off joins the lore of other unexpected music moments on "SNL": Elvis Costello (news) stopping and changing songs on live TV, and Sinead O'Connor (news) tearing up a picture of the pope


 

Sunday: October 24th, 2004

Estimate for Number of Human Genes Slashed

NEW YORK - In a blow to human vanity, researchers now say that people have about the same number of genes as a small flowering plant or a tiny worm. The new estimate is down sharply from just three years ago.
"We (humans) don't look very impressive in the competition," said Dr. Francis Collins, co-author of the new analysis by the international group that decoded the human genome. The new estimate is 20,000 to 25,000 genes, a drop from the 30,000 to 40,000 the same group of scientists published in 2001. By comparison, C. elegans, a worm that is a favorite research subject, has around 19,500 genes. Another lab favorite, a plant in the mustard family called Arabidopsis, has about 27,000. But the complexity of the human body arises from more than just its genetic parts list, experts said. "It's not just the number of genes that matters," said another co-author, Eric Lander of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass. "It really is how nature uses these genes." Scientists have long speculated about how many genes people have. Some have put it at 100,000 or more, and the genome project's initial figure fell in the low end of estimates when it was announced. In a betting pool among scientists that ran from 2000 to 2003, the average guess before the consortium published its 2001 estimate was about 66,000 genes. Afterward, the average dropped to about 44,000. Collins, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, put his money on about 48,000 genes when the contest began. That's about twice the new estimate. "Oh well," he said this week, "live and learn." Like the betting pool, the new estimate deals only with genes that tell cells how to make proteins. It is reported in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature by the International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium, which had determined the sequence of nearly all of the 3 billion-plus chemical building blocks that make up the human DNA code. Certain sequences of these building blocks make up genes, just like certain sequences of letters create words. When the consortium produced its 2001 gene count estimate, it still had many gaps in the DNA sequence it had determined. Now the scientists have closed those gaps as much as they can with current technology. The finished version reveals that many DNA sequences originally counted as genes were actually non-functioning copies of real genes and that sometimes parts of the same gene were counted as two genes, Lander said. Scientists said the new range appears to be firm, especially with 20,000 at the lower end, because lab work has independently demonstrated that 19,599 genes exist.
Gerald Rubin, a gene expert at the University of California, Berkeley, who did not participate in the analysis, said the result "is as good a guess as one can make at this point.... I think the estimate is unlikely to change very much." "We just have to get used to the fact that we don't have many more genes than a worm," Rubin said. So how can humans be so complex with relatively few genes? In comparison to simpler organisms, Collins said, humans benefit more from genes that turn out multiple proteins rather than one, and from complex proteins that do more than one job. And anyway, lots of biological complexity is based not on individual proteins but on combinations, which can create lots of variety from the proteins found in people, he said. Lander said he's not concerned that the number of human genes has turned out to be so limited. "To the contrary, I think it's great news," he said, "because what it means is we already know a lot about most human genes."


 

Saturday: October 23rd, 2004

OSLO, Norway - Hoping to boost morale among his fellow inmates, a Norwegian prisoner secretly hired an exotic dancer to spice up the prison's monthly culture night. The woman got all her clothes off, to the cheers of the male inmates, before guards could react on Wednesday night at the Hof minimum security prison in southern Norway. "Everything had been agreed in advance with the inmates, who also had permission to invite the woman," warden Kjesti Solberg told the P4 radio network Thursday. "What we didn't know was that the hired dancer could do more than dance." Every month, the prisoners are allowed to have a culture night, usually organizing it themselves after the show is approved. Wednesday's show began tamely, with an inmate doing a standup comedy routine. As he left the stage, raunchy music filled the auditorium, and the woman started dancing and taking her clothes off. "By the end, she was completely naked," Solberg said, adding the woman danced on stage for a few minutes before guards hustled her off to the roar of the inmates' laughter. Even though Solberg seemed to be a good sport about the surprise, she said the inmate, who was not identified, would have to explain himself.


On average, the human brain can hold only five to nine "random bits of information" in short-term memory. Considering the brain's limited capacity and the sheer number of secret names, codes, and words a person needs to remember in this password-protected age, it's no surprise that the most common password is simply "password." Besides serving as an easy-to-remember code for less-creative computer users, "password" is often used as the default password for many web sites and programs, making it extremely common and not at all secure. In other words, "password" is a bad password. Other perennial favorites include "God," "sex," "money," and "love." Passwords based on the names or birthdays of partners, children, or pets are also quite common.



 

 

A man looks at the catalogue for the artist Jeremy Deller, in front of Deller's work entitled "Memory Bucket" at the Tate Britain gallery in London, as the art for the annual Turner Prize shortlist has its media showing, Tuesday Oct. 19, 2004. Deller's piece, a video installation documenting travels through Texas, is one of four short listed for the annual prize open to British artists under age 50. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

 

Friday: October 22nd,2004

Hello all, I just wanted to update you on the recent Maya Angelou event that occurred at CSUN.  Yesterday at 11:30 am in the Northridge Center hundreds of students and faculty gathered to hear this "phenomenal woman" speak.  Her message was amazing!!!  She informed the crowd that her speech was going to be about composing.  But little did we know it was not the typical composing that we all understand it to be.  She referred to us all as composer and said that we write songs (our life experiences) that other will be influenced by.  Therefore, it is a cycle...someone helps us to compose our lives and so on.  Basically she used the word composer in the place of the word role model.  Her speech was very exciting and inspirational.  Being able to participate in this experience was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity.  For more information you can visit her Official Website

Tonight on CBS they will air a show called Genius: A night for Ray Charles.  The event will be hosted by Jamie Fox who is currently starring in a movie entitled: Ray.  Tonight at 9pm on CBS many will gather to pay tribute to the life of the accomplished musician.  Artists:  Mary J. Blige, B.B. King, Norah Jones, Usher and many more are scheduled to appear.

MILAN (Reuters) - Four Italian teenagers have confessed to flooding one of Milan's best known schools, causing an estimated 500,000 euros ($630,900) in damage, because they did not want to sit a Greek exam. The three girls and one boy, aged between 16 and 17, delivered a letter to the school's headmaster on Thursday, explaining how last weekend they blocked drains in a bathroom before they turned on washbasin taps and left them running. The headmaster, Carlo Arrigo Pedretti, said the pupils wrote in the letter that they flooded the school to avoid having to sit their ancient Greek test on Monday morning. "I am stunned, I cannot believe it," Pedretti said. "These kids have no idea of the consequence of their actions." The Parini school, located in the heart of Milan and which was recently refurbished, is the oldest state school in Italy. The pupils have been suspended from school until next Monday. They were questioned by police on Thursday and could be put under investigation for aggravated vandalism, breaking and entering and causing a disruption to public services.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - An incensed Iranian motorist doused his car in petrol and set it ablaze with a match after picking up a parking ticket, media reported Wednesday. The ISNA student news agency posted photographs of the charred shell of the car on its Web site and quoted witnesses describing the driver's frantic but fruitless pleas to the parking attendant not to issue a ticket. "Extremely angry, he took a jerrycan of petrol out of the boot and set fire to his car," ISNA quoted a witness in poor south Tehran as saying. Fines have increased heavily since March in an attempt to bring Iran's reckless drivers into line. Road rage is common on the gridlocked streets of Tehran.

 

Thursday: October 21st,2004

ROME (Reuters) - A Sicilian entrepreneur has offered to donate parts of his body for organ transplants in an effort to keep his business alive. "I am ready to donate a kidney, a retina or part of my liver," Giuseppe Schirru was quoted as saying in Italian newspapers Thursday. "I don't mean to sell them. I will offer them up for donation in exchange for a loan," he added. Schirru owns a small shop near the Sicilian capital Palermo that sells orthopedic goods, but he has recently run on hard times because of cash flow problems. "My business is not a failure. Far from it. Look at my turnover. But we work with the local health authority and they always pay after enormous delays," the 39-year old said. He said he needed funds to pay for supplies and bills, complaining that local banks were refusing to give him loans. "I'm not a madman and I don't want to be put away, but I have knocked on every door and had no reply," he was quoted as saying in La Repubblica newspaper. Schirru was not immediately reachable for comment. His telephone lines have been cut off for non-payment of bills.




 

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch police have fined the driver of a small hatchback car after spotting a Shetland pony crammed in the back. The small Shetland pony had no room to move and his head was pressed against the window," police said on Thursday. A woman on the back seat held the animal by a rope. Police fined the 42-year-old German driver of the Volkswagen Polo 220 euros (150 pounds) for improper transport of the animal, just bought on a local Dutch market. "Once the driver has obtained an export certificate, the pony can go to Germany," police said

OSLO, Norway - A Norwegian's threat to haunt anyone who tampered with his will didn't hold up in or send a chill through a court. The man, who wasn't identified, died in mid-2003 and left a will dividing his possessions among a long list of friends because he had no direct heirs, state radio network NRK reported Thursday. And, to be sure that no one challenged the document, he threatened to haunt anyone who tampered with the document. "I take a solemn and holy vow that, if at all possible, I will pursue you in the darkest hours of the night," he said in the will. "I warn you, in the strongest possible terms not to try any nonsense." His half-sister, who wasn't one of the beneficiaries, took her chances and challenged the will in the Haalogaland Appeals Court in the Arctic city of Tromsoe. Apparently, the judge didn't believe in ghosts, because he declared the will void this week since the two witnesses who signed it testified they didn't know what the document was. There have been no reports of mysterious late night occurrences by either the half-sister or the judge. NRK did not report the name of the man or his half-sister. When contacted by telephone, the Haalogoland Court office said it would be all but impossible to find a copy of the ruling without the names. Tromsoe, the main city in Norway's Arctic, is about 745 miles north of the capital, Oslo.
 

   

Wednesday: October 20th,2004

Inventor Mitch Altman holds up his new gadget, TV-B-Gone, on his keychain in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004. The new keychain gadget, which lets people turn off most TVs anywhere from airports to restaurants, is selling at a faster clip than it would take most people to surf the channels on their boob tubes. The keychain sells for $14.99. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma

Godzilla stomps through the Japanese Parliament building in Tokyo in the1954 debut film. Professors at the University of Kansas want people to take "Godzilla" more seriously. They've organized a major scholarly conference on the giant lizard-like movie monster that terrorized Tokyo. It's their way of marking the 50th anniversary of the first "Godzilla" film that many feel evoked the fears of the atomic age. (AP Photo/Toho Co. Ltd., HO)



 

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A Chinese woman living in Sydney has taken the unusual step of advertising for a husband on a billboard outside a cinema in Sydney's eastern suburbs. Helen Zhou, from Shanghai, said she had tried Internet dating but found men did not want to commit. "People are happy to date but they don't want any commitment, only temporary relationships," the middle-aged Zhou told her weekly local newspaper, the Southern Courier. Zhou spent A$5,000 (US$3,700) on the billboard which has a large headline "HUSBAND WANTED" and a lists of requirements, such as age up to 45, good health, non-smoker and drinker, Caucasian, solid financial background and a good sense of humor. "I'm not fussy," said Zhou, who describes herself on the billboard as a beautiful and intelligent woman seeking a "dream family with a fabulous partner." "I guess I want a traditional sort of person, not really flash -- an old fashioned kind of guy, not one who spends every cent and doesn't worry about tomorrow." So far Zhou's search for love has received few replies.
 

Tuesday: October 19th, 2004

On Thursday @ 11:30 a.m.  October 21st, 2004 Dr. Maya Angelou will speak at CSUN on the Oviatt Library steps.  For those of you who do not know who she is you may visit her webpage: http://www.mayaangelou.com/.  However, to give you a short background...Maya Angelou is a world renowned poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director.  She has written very emotional and uplifting works such as: the poem phenomenal woman and the book i know why the caged bird sings.  I think that Maya Angelou is very creative because she is able to share her feelings and thoughts through different means.  I think that it is very special when you are able to see others perception of life and situations not only from their mouths but from their minds.

On Wednesday in the Grand Salon, USU October the 27th from 11:30-3:30p.m a student art exhibition will be held.  Special guest artist: Herbierto Luna featuring "indigenous culture art."  For more information call 818.677.2640 or visit the University Student Union Website .  Art is understood to be a very creative form of expression.  The majority of the time when you ask someone their definition of creativity they will respond with the answer that it is some form of artwork.

I'm sure that many of you are wonder: "what the heck is this?!?"  Well this is an actual picture that I took when I went to visit a new exhibit called: Body Worlds at the California Science Museum in Exposition Park.  A scientist by the name of Gunther Van Hagens developed a process called plastination.  This has in turn created an amazing and creative way to preserve the body.  This exhibit contains actual cadavers that have gone through this process and are now traveling in this exhibit all over the world (and when i say all over the world i mean Europe, Asia etc.)  and right now it is making it only stop to the west coast!  This exhibit is something that in the past could only have been seen by medical professionals and scientists and now it is being brought to the general public.  We are now able to see and experience the inter workings of the human body in a way that we have never been able to before.  I had a great time visiting this exhibit, in fact i have been there twice since it has opened and i may go again before it ends sometime in January 2005.  For more information, visit The Body Worlds Website.  Ticket prices are really affordable: $9 w/ a student ID and $12 regular price.  Also i think that you may be able to find coupons...but I am not exactly sure as to where you can find them; I'll be sure to keep you all updated.  make sure that you go and see this phenomenal exhibition of the human body as art.

German Anatomist: Gunther Von Hagens

Once again I am sure that you all are wonder: "what the heck is this?!?!"  Well to answer your question: This is something that is suppose to be very frightening!  Its that time of year again for the RMS Queen Mary's Shipwreck Halloween fest.  Although I have never been before I have heard that this will scare the beegees out of ya!  Every year my friends and I like to go to some sort of Halloween festivities.  In the past we have gone to parties, clubs, scary movies Magic Mountain's fright fest and stuff like that.  This year we thought that this would be a lot of fun to go to.  For more information go to the: RMS Queen Mary website.  I chose to include this blog on the Queen Mary's Shipwreck Halloween fest because i think that this is also a form of creativity.  People are used to portray these gory and frightening images and what pulls it all together are things like make-up, special effects, background noises, scenery etc.  All of these things require a creative process that goes into the development.  However, what makes this art form unique is the feelings that the viewer experiences such as: fear!!!