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The rattlesnake "may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance. ... She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage. ... she never wounds 'till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of treading on her."

-- An American Guesser [1775]

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"The true story of Santa Monica College under the current administration and the current Board of Trustees is a cautionary tale for the future of publicly funded institutions of higher education."
-- CSEA Accreditation Self Study Addendum [2004]

"Des Manttari is a tenacious defender of the rights of Santa Monica College students to be safe on campus, to their right to know..." -- Jeff Higley, Activist

Through his companies, Jim Keeshen Productions and Studio Animatics, SMC Professor James Keeshen recruited both students and faculty to the AET vocational program for his own bidding as cheap slave labor while outsourcing animation work to Korea for his Day of the Dead animated short film. Read more...


"The Complaint contains allegations of misappropriation of student funds and property, illegal fees, abuse of process, and various unconstitutional activities by Defendants with the goal of suppressing dissent and avoiding auditing and oversight by non-conspirators. The Defendants have a history of such activities. The findings of the PERB were that the Santa Monica Community College District, which would include all defendants in this case, were found to have violated state statutes regarding expenditure of funds and activities undertaken to intimidate and suppress the faculty's opposition to the administration."

"Defendants have obtained this control through racketeering activities, including but not limited to: (a) The extortion of property, such as restricted accounts for the defendants' personal use. (b) Robbery or the conversion of Student funds. (c) Bribery of student officials. (d) As well as multiple violations of the Hobbs Act (18 U.S.C. 1951) that include (i) exerting outside pressure through undue influence and coercision so as to control business decisions, and (ii), the taking of the Student bookstore and other commerce. Defendants' acts of racketeering activity have been unceasing for over fifteen (15) years."

-- Associated Students of Santa Monica College, et. al. vs. Santa Monica Community College District Board of Trustees, KCRW, Herb Roney, Dorothy Ehrhart-Morrison, Illona Katz, Piedad Robertson, Thomas Donner, Robert Sammis, Charlie Yen, Robert Adams, Cheryl Miller, Mark Romano, Eileen Miller, Mark Kessler, Charles Bays, et. al.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006


arrow   Big Fun with Furby


One of the best courses at Santa Monica College's Academy of Entertainment and Technology is called ET 11: Computer Skills and Software for Animation and Interactive Media. This course is taught by Ian MacGillivray. One of our assignments was to design a book cover using layers in Adobe Photoshop. I combined the interactive things I felt have influenced me and others: Furby, Sony's PlayStation 2 (PS2), and the Internet. Here's the final result:


Furby book cover design in Adobe Photoshop


To view the full sized image, click HERE. Sadly, AET never spends the time to place any of its students work online on its website. Many students produced outstanding work the semester I took this course, thanks to Ian, and it is a real shame that this work is not showcased. If anyone from AET has some work they've done and would like to submit it to SAVE SMC, drop me an email and I will try to accommodate you.


In the meantime, it's time to hunt around for a new Furby as mine has seen better days. Since its creation in 1998, Hasbro (through Tiger Electronics) has sold 40 million Furbys worldwide. Not only were there the interactive Furbys, but there were plush versions as well (I still have my black one). According to the official website, "FURBY toys were once banned from the NSA (National Security Agency) in Maryland, because it was said they could 'learn'."


Furbys Then and Now


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Original Furby, Assorted Furbys, Gutted Furby, New Furby


Although a huge fad, the Furby craze died down by 2002. However, in 2005, Hasbro released the new and improved (and larger) Furby, driven by "EMOTO-TRONICS" that consists of an advanced voice recognition system, more expressive emotions, and an expanded "bilingual" vocabulary of Furbish and English. Hasbro boasts that the new Furby has six times the memory of the original one. The new Furbys, much to my disappointment, cannot communicate with its light-sensor driven predecessors.


dah doo-ay wah!

(Furbish for "Big Fun!")


-- Des Manttari,


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