The Avengers: My Movie Review

Posted by Dennis G. | 7:55 AM | | 0 comments »

The Avengers is like five superhero movies rolled into a big one. There's Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye to give attention to, and surely they all demand an ample amount of screen time to get their tricks done well. I actually went inside the movie house half-expecting that this would turn out to be a half-decent film, given the amount of pressure huge stars like Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner could pull off.

It didn't take thirty minutes watching the film to convince me that I was watching a very entertaining and a very well-done movie. Thanks to the superpowers of director Joss Whedon, The Avengers has got to be one of the best superhero movies of all time. Whedon made everything fit so well that all the characters were able to show off their skills without sacrificing the character development aspect. All the necessary elements to create a great film were present, and only a good director could pull that off. Whedon did a tremendous job at putting in the right amount of suspense, action, special effects, and humor into the appropriate scenes. I can still remember how the crowd went crazy over The Hulk and Loki's scene at the Stark mansion. One of the moments in the film where you just can't help but burst into a fit of laughter.

Yesterday was a great day for the three UM faculty members who conducted a research under the Academe Government Partnership program. I posted about that research endeavor here, and yesterday was the day we needed to present the project to all the people concerned.

 First and foremost, this is the first institutional research we have ever done so far and to take on a huge leap by taking City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) as the main subject and beneficiary of the endeavor is just hhuuuggeee. To say that we are nervous and anxious about the whole thing was an understatement.

It is a general fact that most schools and universities not only here in Davao, but in all over the country have implemented Facebook bans. This ban was targeted not only to Facebook but also to other social networking sites such as Multiply, and YouTube. The common rationale behind the ban is to protect students from being distracted from their studies, so that they can perform better and have good grades. Pretty simple reasoning, isn't it?

There is no denying the fact that Facebook and other networking sites are quite enticing. There is this strange feeling of euphoria every time you see your profile being given attention to, your status updates being commented by your friends and colleagues, and your photos and comments being 'liked' by your Facebook friends. That feeling seems to be so strong for some people that they tend to lose track of time, and are stunned to discover that they have spent two or three hours already clicking the LIKE button, reading updates, and commenting on photos and posts. The feeling must be so good, that young people, specially students, just can't get enough of it, and are always anxious about how their posts, photos, and updates must have affected others. I guess Facebook must have really tapped something in us that makes us go gaga over it. I don't know exactly what its effect is, but it closely resembles that of drug or alcohol addiction. And this must be the reason why schools and offices implemented the ban.

Teaching in college for nine years has given me the opportunity to meet different kinds of students in the classroom. If you are a teacher like me, chances are, you can relate with this very simple list and might come up with other classifications of students in the classroom based on your personal experience. If you are a student, you might wanna check which kind' you think you generally belong. Some students might feel that they are a combination of two or more groups and I think that is just fine. The list shows only the dominant features of a certain category, and not an absolute view or labeling of a particular student.

This list is created not to demean a group of students but to create a harmless exploration on student habits and behavior exhibited in and outside the classroom setting. Teachers generally have their own perspective on student academic performance and behavior, and this list models only my own perspective with my teaching experience as basis. I am sure you all can add more to the list if you think there are other student types that I might have missed.

The University of Mindanao has started a partnership with the City Government of Davao as part of the Academe-Government Partnership (AGP) program which is also participated in by various colleges and universities in the city. The goal is to forge a collaboration between government and academe to produce research projects that will benefit both parties.

I, together with two of my colleagues in the Computer Science Department (I mentioned this in my previous post), Roselyn and Arnold, have conducted a study on developing a system design for the barangay profiling project of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO). The system proposed is named Barangay-to-City Interconnect or B2C iConnect, which aims to improve the processes of gathering and analyzing barangay data through the use of information technology.

Summer 2012. This is the first time that I will be handling summer classes while working in the University of Mindanao. I was given three subjects, namely: CS 232 Programming Languages, CS 221 Design and Analysis of Algorithms, and IT 131 Multimedia 1. This is also the first time I will be teaching such subjects. And given the time interval of actually giving out the loads or subjects to us and the actual delivery of the subject content to the students inside the classroom -- which is pretty much just a day or two, this turned out to be quite a challenging feat.

Luckily for me, I only have to actually teach one out of the three subjects given. I am currently conducting an institutional research together with two of my colleagues in the Computer Studies Department. This research endeavor entitles us to a deloading of nine (9) units which is equivalent to two subjects with laboratory. That left me with teaching Programming Languages, a subject that is not meant to be taught with a laboratory class because it is supposed to be just an exploration of the concepts of programming languages in general. However, the Computer Science curriculum says it does have a laboratory component so I guess I have no choice but to follow the orders of an official document.

I have few issues sorrounding the offering of Programming Languages subject here in the University.

A fresh start, indeed...

Posted by Dennis G. | 12:45 AM | | 0 comments »

A fresh start. When someone has lived through life experiencing different levels of success and failure, there comes a time when you just need to take a breather and start anew.

This blog is a reflection of that. Blogging on and off for six years now, and teaching for almost nine years, you could almost say I have been through it all. But of course I haven't. There is much to be done. There is so much more to blog about. There are so many minds more to help mold. And one cannot do that with a cluttered perspective.

Some things are meant to be discarded. And some things have to be erased.

This blog hopes to renew my commitment to both fields, and the belief that providing good content should be a priority rather than only a means to achieve something. That goes for both fields really.

A fresh start. There is a nice ring to it. And hopefully, that is something I can keep up with as my days of blogging continue.