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2010/04/02

The Waltz: An Epic Journey

Gilgamesh, being of Sumerian descent, has grown tired of his life of luxury and excess in heaven and decides to leave heaven after dreaming about finding a perfect lover. The following pages describe Gilgamesh’s attempt to find this lover on Earth and of the people that he meets during his adventures. Gilgamesh is chased by God who is angry that he had the audacity to reject heaven but God cannot navigate the world he created very well and is himself victimized. Gilgamesh seems caught between two worlds, one ancient and archaic where idealism is rampant and a world of civilization and technology; a world that he can only communicate with in dream-like states. Gilgamesh is assisted in his quest for his Mycenaean Queen by the Hunter who rescues him but who is on his own journey to save his wife captured by the Necromancer; by Atropine who was killed in a ritualistic sacrifice but saved by God in order to chase down Gilgamesh; by Valkyrie who seeks absolution from death and defeat in battle; by Odalisque, a former prostitute now stricken with leprosy who longs for a lover from her youth. They are all besieged by Necromancer who captures souls for his own ends and seeks to keep Gilgamesh from finding his perfect lover. In doing so, Gilgamesh would substantiate a life of idolatry that both Necromancer and God require in order to keep the status quo; what are their seats of power.
2010/04/01

University of Phoenix Sucks

“In 2009, the U.S. Department of Education provided a preliminary report to the university that cited untimely return of unearned Title IV funds for more than 10 percent of sampled students. The report also expressed a concern that some students enroll and begin attending classes before completely understanding the implications of enrollment, including their eligibility for student financial aid. As a result, in January 2010, its parent company, Apollo Group Inc., was required to post a letter of credit for $125 million by January 30 of the same year” --BusinessWeek
2010/03/21

The Yuan & Dollar Exchange

The exchange rate of the Chinese Renminbi or the Yuan has always been a point of contention between the United States and China and even between China and the European Union. Thus, within business schools and political science programs this exchange rate issue and trade deficit concern has now become a hot topic for research papers.
2010/03/14

Toyota & Sudden Acceleration

日本豐田汽車暴衝案-自動加速 Toyota’s problems with sudden acceleration are well-known. Toyota has long been an icon of quality and efficiency in terms of its production and manufacturing standards. hus, business schools and graduate business programs have often assigned Toyota as the topic for quality based research papers about such topics like the Toyota Production System or TPS or the lean manufacturing process.