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John Berger's Ways of Seeing

"The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe"- John Berger. The book is one of the greats for understanding art and how perception makes all the difference in our lives. In any painting there are the perceptions of the painter and the perceptions of the audience. Each person sees something a little different from the painting based upon how they perceive the world around them. The concepts in his book have broader implications. We know this through this experience but his book helps highlight this for the artistic crowd. Most of us have experienced two people seeing the same thing but interpreting what they are seeing differently. This can lead to all types of arguments and discussions on whose interpretation of the version is real. To us our perceptions are real. What we see is real and what we feel is real. Despite this belief it is not necessarily true. Most of us have a single way of seeing the world and simply can't comprehend the ways ot

Ideas for the Development of Qualcomm Stadium

Qualcomm stadium is a big part of San Diego's identity but may soon be underutilized and difficult to sell. If a new stadium is approved this will leave a very large stadium facility in the prime location of Mission Valley with only a few feasible options. Most of these options are likely to include destroying the stadium and finding a new use for the prime estate. A few ideas have been floating around. The movement downtown is anything but certain.  MTS’ chief executive, Paul Jablonski, in a letter to the Mayor Kevin Faulkner's task force outlines that building a new stadium is impractical at best and would be nearly 10 years out before completion ( 2 ). The proposal is to include an expansion on the convention center and obtain parts of the MTS bus yard.  In the scenario where a new site for the Chargers is settled upon this would leave the old Qualcomm stadium up for grabs. The problem is that there are not a whole lot of entities around San Diego that would have a us

Egomaniac Bosses Damage The Companies that Employ Them

Poor managers thwart organizational growth and alienate employees. If you have ever worked for a manager with an attitude you might become acutely aware of the damaging impact a personality can have on a department. According to a study in the Academy of Management Journal such mangers are protecting their fragile egos by silencing the suggestions of their employees (Fast, Burris & Bartel, 2014). Managers with low self-efficacy don't feel that they have the ability to meet new management expectations. They are overwhelmed and concerned about being successful. In order to thwart any criticism of their management style and performance they resort to bullying their employees and tearing them down when possible. Most people have experienced this at some point in our lives. We expect that out of the thousands of people we meet in a month that a few will be rude, condescending, and aggressive. It is easy to simply ignore them and walk away. Poor managers are much more difficult

Shakespeare's Rare Book is Coming to San Diego

Shakespeare is coming to town! Thanks to local universities, the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and KPBS Public Broadcasting the Old Globe Theater in partnership with the San Diego Library won a bid to bring " First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare ” to town.   It will be the only location in California where the book will be hosted. Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein elaborates “ This volume is one of the most important ever published, and the plays printed in it—the plays that are the lifeblood of The Old Globe—are cornerstones of our language, our worldview, and our very humanity. That we will be able to give San Diegans—and all Californians—a chance to view firsthand the pages on which those plays first appeared is an excitement and an honor.( 1 ) ” The book is one of the most valuable in the country and sold for approximately $5 and $6 million in the past 15 years. Compiled in 1623 by the friends of Shakespeare in after his death it original

Call for Papers: Conference on Sustainable Development in Business Tourism and Sciences at Boston

Dates: 11th to 13th June 2015 Boston, United States of America   Website: Welcome to ICBTS2015 the best workshops for academic researcher Lecturer student in presenting discussion share idea in new research for development our works focus on business marketing finance banking tourism hospitality social science & technology   Paper Submitted to :     Full-length papers, topics of paper, reviews, research-in-progress papers, case studies and /or abstracts,  relating to all areas of Accounting, Banking, Business, Finance, Economics, Investment,  Management, Marketing, Business Ethics, E-Commerce, Tourism management, Tourism strategy, Tourism Development, Hospitality, Hotel management  and all other areas of Business Studies and Tourism studies and Hospitality Studies are invited for the above international conference. An author can present up to two papers. This Conference supported by Int

Protecting San Diego Coasts

Coastal Days by Murad Abel The ocean coastline is one of the most important assets of San Diego and California in general. It is such a popular natural resources that much of San Diego was developed off of this coastline. Warm weather, sunny beaches, and clean coasts draw around 33 million visitors a year, $8.4 billion in spending, and $388 million in taxes annually ( 1 ).  With such a valuable asset each person has a responsibility to respect and protect the environment. If you have ever walked on the beach, surfed in the middle of day, threw a line off one of the piers, or sun tanned at the beach you will quickly learn how important this asset really is. A great many people spend hours, some a lifetime, around the beaches and enjoy them to the fullest. An entire culture as developed off of the sand. You will also notice that the closer you get to the beach the more expensive housing becomes. Areas like La Jolla are in the millions of dollars. People pay a premium to both bu

The Multiple Benefits of Learning Dancing for Fitness and Fun

Dancing is a past time that is fun and can help you lose weight. Many people don't take dancing classes or consider the merits of including this activity in their fitness routines. Beyond helping you lose weight through burning calories it is possible that you may also consider the social benefits of dancing. There are many different types of dancing that range from ballroom to contemporary. Salsa is one of my favorites because it has lots of flare but also is social by nature. If you ever attended one of the many salsa events in San Diego you would soon come to notice that you can dance with just about anyone you want. People naturally enjoy having conversation in a fun activity. Dancing also helps you burn calories. Salsa dancing uses a little more energy than many other forms of dancing and one can expect to burn 250 to 500 calories in an hour. The amount is about the same as jogging making it a great alternative to other fitness activities. Salsa also improves the overa

Using Solar Panels in San Diego Schools to Save Costs and Protect the Environment

The cost of education is going up in San Diego and it has nothing to do with curriculum. According to an article in UT San Diego the cost of electricity for public schools in San Diego County bounced to $30 million ( 1 ). Over half of these school districts saw their electricity bills explode to over 43% in the past six months. Officials are upset as the costs are crushing their budgets and soaking up resources. An evaluation of the long-term nature of this problem and the possibilities of implementing solar panels is beneficial.  Installing solar panels on the roof and facilities of San Diego schools is not an impossibility as the idea as it has already been completed in Orange County Schools. The project costs $17 million dollars and is a 20 year commitment that generates 6.6 million kilowatt hours of solar energy per year that removes the equivalent of the pollution of 12,000 cars per year from the environment ( Yarbrough, 2010).  The benefits of solar program will ne