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1. How does Tan describe food in the essay. What descriptions stand out most? Why? Which senses (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch) does she use in her descriptions?

2. Read the last sentence of Tan’s essay. Discuss the importance and meaning of that sentence. Why did the mother choose those foods? What do you think Amy Tan wants us to know about her relationship with her mother from this statement?

I fell in love with the minister’s son the winter I turned fourteen. He was not Chinese, but as white as Mary in the manger. For Christmas I prayed for this blond-haired boy, Robert, and a slim new American nose.

When I found out that my parents had invited the minister’s family over for Christmas Eve dinner, I cried. What would Robert think of our shabby Chinese Christmas? What would he think of our noisy Chinese relatives who lacked proper American manners? What terrible disappointment would he feel upon seeing not a roasted turkey and sweet potatoes but Chinese food?

On Christmas Eve I saw that my mother had outdone herself in creating a strange menu. She was pulling black veins out of the backs of fleshy prawns. The kitchen was littered with appalling mounds of raw food: A slimy rock cod with bulging eyes that pleaded not to be thrown into a pan of hot oil. Tofu, which looked like stacked wedges of rubbery white sponges. A bowl soaking dried fungus back to life. A plate of squid, their backs crisscrossed with knife markings so they resembled bicycle tires.

And then they arrived—the minister’s family and all my relatives in a clamor of doorbells and rumpled Christmas packages. Robert grunted hello, and I pretended he was not worthy of existence.

Dinner threw me deeper into despair. My relatives licked the ends of their chopsticks and reached across the table, dipping them into the dozen or so plates of food. Robert and his family waited patiently for platters to be passed to them. My relatives murmured with pleasure when my mother brought out the whole steamed fish. Robert grimaced. Then my father poked his chopsticks just below the fish eye and plucked out the soft meat. “Amy, your favorite,” he said, offering me the tender fish cheek. I wanted to disappear.

At the end of the meal my father leaned back and belched loudly, thanking my mother for her fine cooking. “It’s a polite Chinese custom to show you are satisfied,” explained my father to our astonished guests. Robert was looking down at his plate with a reddened face. The minister managed to muster up a quiet burp. I was stunned into silence for the rest of the night.

After everyone had gone, my mother said to me, “You want to be the same as American girls on the outside.” She handed me an early gift. It was a miniskirt in beige tweed. “But inside you must always be Chinese. You must be proud you are different. Your only shame is to have shame.”

And even though I didn’t agree with her then, I knew that she understood how much I had suffered during the evening’s dinner. It wasn’t until many years later—long after I had gotten over my crush on Robert—that I was able to fully appreciate her lesson and the true purpose behind our particular menu. For Christmas Eve that year, she had chosen all my favorite foods.

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Module 10: Discussion 2: The Long Goodbye: 1950’s Language

Analyze the 1950s language as reflected in The Long Goodbye

The novel was written in 1953. You can clearly see anachronistic attitudes toward women and persons of color that were considered “normal” being reflected in the book.  Write about a passage that you think is sexist, racist, classist or something that is now considered outdated unacceptable in civil rights/women’s rights era and beyond.

  • Type out the passage.
  • Explain why the language would be “politically incorrect” or offensive in today’s world, even if it seems obvious why.
  • What changes in society have occurred that make it now seem inappropriate for us to speak this way?

Everyone must contribute at least one substantial paragraph (5-8 sentences). You should have about 250 words of your own ideas, not including the quotation by Thursday of Module 10 and then one response to someone by the end of the module (Sunday night/Monday morning).

Peer’s post to be reviewed:

Passage:

“He grinned. ‘You give me couple of yards, shamus. So I don’t tell the boss you come out of her room last night.’

‘That would buy a whole busload of wetbacks like you.’

He shrugged that off. ‘The boss gets pretty rough when he blows his top. Better pay up, shamus.’

‘Pachuco stuff,’ I said contemptuously…

… ‘I don’t get called a son of a whore by the help, greaseball. I’ve got business here and I come around whenever I feel like it. Watch your lip from now on. You might get pistol-whipped. That pretty face of yours will never be the same again.'”

In this section and others throughout the novel, Marlowe consistently refers to Candy using racial slurs (wetbacks) and denies him his individuality/nationality by assuming he is Mexican (“pachuco” is a slang term for “a young Mexican-American having a taste for flashy clothes”). Clearly, this demonstrates a certain casual racism that Marlowe is extremely comfortable with, and in today’s society, that alone might serve as a character flaw worthy of consideration by the police in an investigation (“Marlowe has a record of significant racial animosity towards the Chilean butler,” or something along those lines). The change in social norms is mostly due to a more intricate and informed understanding of South America and the different cultures and peoples that inhabit the continent, most likely due to an influx of immigrants from all around the area over the last 70 or so years (mostly the result of US-backed coups; I would assume America saw a large influx of Chilean immigrants after Pinochet’s coup and his genocidal anticommunist doctrine). Even presenting the “help” as Hispanic might be seen as a little dicey by some modern critics, if the book were to take place in modern times. However, the racism presented in The Long Goodbye makes a little more sense when historical trends are taken into account. In the 50s, the overwhelming majority of Hispanic people living in LA probably were Mexican, and South American diasporas were largely nonexistent. This does not excuse Marlowe’s racism, as I suspect Chandler wants to present our protagonist with a certain edge that frames him as more proletarian than the Wades, for instance, but it does explain why such bias/ignorance may have been prevalent. There is also, obviously, the simple fact that in 2021 we have undergone social shifts such as the civil rights movement and integration, which greatly softened (but did not eliminate) the racial animosity that many White people expressed without remorse prior. I think it is important to understand, furthermore, that this is primarily an aesthetic shift; while it may not be appropriate to call a Hispanic-American by a racial slur, it still seems to be perfectly ok to cage thousands of immigrants at the border (regardless of who is president) and to exploit undocumented labor for sub-legal wages. 

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ExperienceModule 10: Discussion 1: The Long Goodbye: Your Experience

Discuss your experience of reading The Long Goodbye

Use the Discussion Board to share ideas about the novel with your classmates. Write about the following questions or something else that occurs to you:

  • What opinions, questions, complaints do you have about the novel so far?
  • What do you think of Philip Marlowe? What adjectives would you use to describe him?
  • What do you think of the other characters? Is anyone likeable, relatable?
  • Where do you see social realism in this novel?
  • How would you describe the tone of the novel?
  • How does Chandler’s novel meet/fail to meet/exceed the expectations you had for “Hard-boiled” fiction from reading his critique in Week 5?

Everyone must contribute at least one substantial comment (250-350 words) by Thursday of Module 10) and then one response to someone by the end of Module 10 (Sunday night/Monday morning). (Consult the course Calendar for specific dates.)

PEER REVIEW: Atleast 100 words each peer.

Peer #1

SW: The Long Good By is about detective Marlowe trying or involving to help out an unlikely friend drunk, Terry Lenox. Detective Marlowe met  and saved a drunken guy from being lost. Marlowe met Lenox  at parking lot of  club called Dancers. Detective Marlowe took to a his house Terry Lenox because Marlowe was a brave detective. Marlowe saved many times Lenox  live and  also when Terry was in trouble, he always looked at  Marlowe to help him.

Social realism in Long Good by novel is when the detectives setting is based on a criminal world, and  Marlowe has no family. Also social realism is relationship between Marlowe and Terry Lenox. Lenox and Marlowe became  friends after detective Marlowe helped  Terry many times. The Tone of novel is grimy and rough  because of Marlowe’s bad attitude. Marlowe was trying to be a very  tough and serous detective.   Chandler’s novel meet the expectations I had for “Hard-Boiled’ fiction because detective Dupin in “The Murders in the Rue Morgue,” and detective Philip Marlowe characters  have similar lifestyle.  Detective Dupin and detective Marlowe both have no families. Dupin’s best friend was Watson, his co-worker. Also Marlowe’s best friend was Terry Lenox. Marlowe was alone before  he met Terry Lenox. Terry became Marlowe’s best friend after Marlowe helped him and Marlowe took to him  his house. They trusted to each other and  Lenox found a good friend that helped him from the law or police because Lenox  was accused the murder of his wife even though he did not kill her.

Peer #2

KC: 

When it came to the novel, The Long Goodbye, initially, I was surprised with both the involvement and use of police brutality within the novel. I know I shouldn’t have, considering it is a hard-boiled fiction and corruption within authorities is bound to occur, however, I was not prepared for the scenes involving Detective Dayton and Captain Gregarious so early on in the story. It was refreshing to finally read about physical violence and to experience the kind of pain each character went through. Compared to the detectives we have read about so far, like Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, it was a game changer to actually have the detective fight back and not fear about the repercussions that it may cause towards his career.

In regards to Philip Marlowe, I found him to be arrogant at times based on the way in which he spoke to others and how he would fight for power. That he had to hold the upper hand, even if it was for a moment and based around his intellect. How he felt comfort in smoking and drinking, may it be through his whiskey or coffee, yet he meant good in one format or another. I enjoyed the part of him that was never truly blinded by money and how he was willing to help others. In the beginning of the novel, when he decided to take care of the drunken man, Mr. Lennox, I initially thought he was going to be a caring man. That maybe he might not be willing to show it openly, yet was willing to step up and help those in need when others weren’t. His character, in and of it self, was interesting to read, considering how perspective and attention oriented for detail he was and yet spoke so opening with others. One thing I could never quite figure out was how he was able to sense things, like if something bad was going to occur, so it felt like a challenge while reading to discover the answer.

The novel presented the characteristic of social realism through the detective in an effortless way. In Danyte’s piece, Introductions to the Analysis of Crime Fiction, she says, “the detective has no family, few or no friends and only a small apartment in which little time is spent,” when discussing what social realism is in regards to a hard-boiled fiction piece(Danyte 24).  When describing who Mr. Marlowe is, the novel stated, “I’m a lone wolf, unmarried, getting middle-aged, and not rich[…and …]both parents dead, no brothers or sisters”(Chandler 92). The reader is able to become more intrigued about the world Raymond Chandler created and how the characters interact with one another within it without worrying there may be some hidden truth behind them. The world appears more like reality, having those off chances of Mr. Marlowe meeting each one, while giving life to everything else.

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Questions/Issues Options:

1. Whether a local community has housing or landlord/tenant court varies by state. Please investigate your state’s jurisdiction on the Internet. Please discuss one recent case decided by such courts that include breach of lease, vacancy, or tenant’s right of quiet enjoyment. Share with us the facts, the legal issue and the court’s holding, as well as what you think about it.

2. Under common law, the hotelkeeper’s liability for the property of guests was near absolute, but state statutes today limit a hotel’s liability to that of  an ordinary bailee or limit liability to the amount listed in a posted notice in the room. Typically, a hotel will have a sign on the room door stating that the hotel’s liability extends only to property deposited in the hotel safe. Such statutes also allow the hotel to place a dollar limit on the hotel’s liability. Research the issue of hotelkeeper’s liablity in your state and provide us with an example. Make sure you analyze this from a legal perspective.

3. Real property can be taken from an owner by action of government or other public authority for the benefit of the public. Such actions are taken when a governmental body wishes to build a highway or school, for example, and the needed property is privately held. When private property is taken by eminent domain, compensation is made at the fair market value of the property. In recent years, some localities have used the doctrine of eminent domain in a highly controversial manner, so as to justify the taking of private property for use in economic development, such as when a city takes private homes in order to erect a hotel or shopping center. In the event of a dispute, the owner can pursue remedies available through state and federal courts (see Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469, (2005). In this case, the challenged ordinance allowed only town residents access to beach-park areas. The Connecticut Supreme Court determined that a Greenwich ordinance restricting access to a municipally owned park was unenforceable under the First Amendment. You  should address whether this was a fair decision and what reactions your state has had to this.

4. Locate web sites for any of the six typical reasons for creating a bailment: sale, transportation, repair or service, rental, storage, and security for a loan and describe the nature of the bailment and the legal rights and obligations of the parties. An example of cases regarding transportation is located at the following Web site: http://www.cybertelecom.org/notes/cc_bailment.htm (Links to an external site.).

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Purpose: Sharing of ideas on different aspects of the US economy before we explore and connect the elements of macroeconomic analysis. How will your newly minted knowledge of economics change your perception of the most important elements of our economy? Will it change your view, adjust your understanding, or reinforce your original ideas?

Directions: Economies as complex. A nation’s economy is more than statistics and graphs because it encompasses the economic, political, social, environmental, and well-being aspects of the nation’s citizens. We need all aspects of economic growth to ensure we are using our resources efficiently. Evaluate a decision that impacted the US economy by using one or more of the eight guideposts to economic thinking. For example, compare the marginal benefit versus the marginal cost of the decision or explain how economizing behavior influenced an action, or how the decision illustrated the fallacy of composition.


1.What decision are you going to analyze?

Find a news article about any aspect of the US economy that interests you. The article can discuss a decision or policy that was made by the president, Congress, Senate or Federal Reserve. It can be a policy that is in practice or one that is being proposed by Democrats or Republicans or both. Include URL, Title and author

2. Identify the Guidepost and state your position – pro or con?

Read the eight guideposts to economic thinking in the CH 1 PPT and in the e-text chapter 1 section 1.2. State the decision or proposal made: give TWO specific reasons that you either agree or disagree with the decision in the article using one or two of the eight guideposts.
D. In your post, use five economic terms from Chapters 1 and/or 2(bold font) and one quote from your article that supports your point of view

Cross Post: This is your comment on what your classmates wrote and is the discussion part of the assignment.

Agree or disagree (cross post) with two of your classmates ideas – add one new fact or point that expands their point of view or supports your point of view. Include a URL to the article you used for the fact you added.

Here is an example:

Use this as a template as well: Decision with the article URL, Guidepost, Viewpoint, and Explanation

1. Decision and URL: Trump administration proposes the removal of climate change impact from new Federal infrastructure projects. (NYT Trump Rule Would Exclude Climate Change in Infrastructure Planning. 1/3/2020) (Links to an external site.)

2. TWO Guideposts :Guidepost: #1 Decisions are made at the margin, #2 The use of scarce resources is costly, so decision-makers must make trade-offs

3. Evaluation: My Viewpoint: Poor Decision. Marginal Costs > Marginal Benefits, Resource Cost is too high

Extra Cost:

reducing regulation that would result in “discharging waste, cutting trees and increasing air pollution…cumulative damages like greenhouse gas emissions and rising sea levels also excluded”(NYT 1/2/20) Pollution is an example of a negative externality that impacts populations who are not part of the production process

Extra Benefit:

Increase the speed and efficiency of projects by reducing “significant uncertainty and delays that can increase costs, derail important projects, and threaten jobs for American workers and labor union members.” (NYT 1/3/2020)

4. Explanation:

Resource scarcity, the core of economic analysis, economic actors make decisions using marginal analysis. While there are many facets of environmental degradation, I focused on water scarcity, given that an opportunity cost of the relaxed regulation is the discharge of waste into US streams, rivers, and oceans. This is also an example of the Tragedy of Commons as it destroys clean water which is already a scarce resource

This website (Links to an external site.) clearly illustrates my point by providing positive economic thoughts on the problem While the current law was in force, over 53 million Americans experienced absolute water scarcity, 29 million suffering water scarcity, and close to 30 million experiencing water stress. (Scroll down to the map, click on the US to verify my statistics, and check some other nations while you are there!)

The extra costs of increasing water stress for 24% of the US population in 2019 outweigh financial benefits for firms to increase the speed of project completion with lower costs. Productive efficiency, in this application, will not benefit the overall economy. If profit and loss is the issue, there will be more significant expenses to fix the damage done by relaxed regulations, then by being mindful of the environmental impact in the first place.

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Kawaii Kayaks (KK)

Mr. Fiesel is preparing the 2021 budget for one of KK’s kayaks. Extensive meetings with members of the sales department and executive management team have resulted in the following unit sales projections for 2021.

Quarter 1

1,200 kayaks

Quarter 2

1,500 kayaks

Quarter 3

750 kayaks

Quarter 4

700 kayaks

KK’s policy is to have finished goods ending inventory in a quarter equal to 20% of the next quarter’s anticipated sales. Preliminary sales projections for 2022 are 1,100 units for the first quarter and 1,500 units for the second quarter. Ending inventory of finished goods at December 31, 2020, will be 200 kayaks.

Production of each kayak requires 54 pounds of polyethylene powder and a finishing kit (rope, seat, hardware, etc.). Company policy is that the ending inventory of polyethylene powder should be 25% of the amount needed for production in the next quarter. Assume that the ending inventory of polyethylene powder on December 31, 2020, is 19,400 pounds. The finishing kits can be assembled as they are needed. As a result, KK does not maintain a significant inventory of the finishing kits.

The polyethylene powder used in these kayaks costs $1.55 per pound, and the finishing kits cost $150 each. Production of a single kayak requires 3 hours of time by more experienced, type I employees and 4 hours of finishing time by type II employees. The type I employees are paid $20 per hour, and the type II employees are paid $15 per hour.

Selling and administrative expenses for this line are expected to be $50 per unit sold plus $7,300 per quarter. Manufacturing overhead is assigned at 150% of labor costs.

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the required budgets using one excel file or google drive (sheets).

2. All calculations should be done using formulas in your spreadsheet, numbers that transfer from one location to another should be linked/referenced.

  1. You may discuss and work with other students but you must complete TURN IN YOUR OWN WORK.
  2. Prepare the following budgets (include quarterly and yearly totals) in excel or google drive:
  3. sales budget
  4. production budget
  5. direct materials budget
  6. direct labor budget
  7. manufacturing overhead budget
  8. selling and administrative budget
  9. Assume you are management and it is up to YOU to determine a sales price for your kayak that reasonable and provide your reasoning for this sales price decision. Please explain your reasoning for your sales price determination

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part1:

please answer the following question in two paragraphs with two links also you can share your opinion or your experience for answering the question :

Of what value would it be to attain a certification in digital forensics?

part 2:

reply one paragraph with one link on each of the following thread :

1-Mustafa Albassam

According to this week’s lecture. Computer Forensics refers to the investigation and analysis of media originating from digital sources in an effort to uncover evidence to present in a court of law. Getting a certification in digital forensics allow the person to assert his or her credibility in the forensics field. Additionally, having the proper certification can validate the integrity of computer forensics professionals. As was mentioned in the lecture, anyone can present themselves as a computer forensic expert, which in turn can lead to poor quality examinations and a negative view of the profession as a whole. Especially, when digital forensic professionals have to present their findings in front of a jury. One way to overcome this issue is by requiring these forensic experts to provide their credentials and professional certifications so they can validate their skills and expertise and show that their work is credible.

Here is a link for the Certified Digital Forensics Examiner program if anyone is interested to learn more about the field! https://niccs.cisa.gov/training/search/mile2/certified-digital-forensics-examiner-cdfe

Thank you

2-Sai Sohila Mantena

As digitalization has taken over the world there is equall rise in thefts, data breaches and cybercrimes as we forward together in this digital world. How does a certification in digital forensic help? Computer forensic is the only effective solution to tackle the current cyber crime situation. Cumputer forensics refers to the evidence obtained from the digital media and computer storage and form a major part of computer investigation and analysis techniques to access the potential legal evidence. Clearly the value of a certificate in digital forensics is tremendous and highly recommended. It leverages the position of the forensic professional when they present themselves as a forensic expert in front of the court. It is not only highly respected and well paid job , its a job of great resposibility as he/she deals with sensitive Information which from the crucial evidence in a court of law.

The different types of digital forensic are-

1)Disk forensics, 2) Netwok forensics, 3)Wireless forensics, 4)Malware forensics, 5)Database forensics, 6)Email forensics, 7)Memory forensics, 8)Mobile phone forensics.

It equally inprotant to recognize the right kind of certification as they are offered by numerous companies with various curriculums. one of the popular and viable option is the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) program by EC-Council.

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Identify and Examine Different Texts

Find a news article, a poem, a short story, and a play online. Note: these must be full texts- excerpts and parts of full texts will earn less points.

Make sure you like the text. Read them! Skim the very long plays.

Also, please make sure to include links to the texts.

Explain why this meets the requirements for the type (article, poem, etc.) and why it should be read in class.

We may choose one of your texts to cover in class. I will select at least three of your suggestions for each type, and you can choose which ones you like the most out of those that I selected. I will give a poll during class to decide the winners. The winning texts will be integrated into the class.

Example: Short story – “A&P” by John Updike – This short story is only a few pages long. It is a fictional story that can be analyzed through literary lenses. It should be included in the class because it covers some interesting topics such as sexism and the impulsivity of youth. It also has an unreliable narrator.

Your Relationship with Literature 

What is your relationship with Literature? Please write about your history with literature. Include at least one specific experience.

Write about a literary work that is significant to you. If you cannot think of a literary work, then choose a film you have seen.

POST 1

Hi, I am Ritika, you can call me Riti. I’m from Nepal. This is my second semester at NOVA. I’m going to NOVA to complete the courses that can later be transferred over to George Mason University, for my bachelor’s degree. I believe that college teaches us important life skills. I think I will get to learn many new things in every course. I will also get to meet different people from different cultural backgrounds and learn more about their cultures. Meeting new people will also help me develop communication skills and also gives me networking opportunities. For me, personally, I think balancing my work and studies is one of the biggest challenges. Being a college student with a full-time job has been a challenge in itself, and this class being condensed to 7 weeks makes it even more challenging.

POST 2

My name is Artavia (R-Tay-Vee-uh) Palmer. I am in my last semester at NOVA. I decided a few semesters ago to attend NOVA merely out of convenience. I was look for a school in my state that was not to far from home, and that had an easy transfer process to a four year school of my choice. I started NOVA in the substance abuse program. I completed that, and now I am on track to graduate this semester with my AS (associates) of GEN ED (general education). I plan to transfer to UC (University of Cincinatti) and complete my BS( bachelor of science) in Substance Abuse. My personal experience with college helping my life as been teaching me discipline. I don’t necessarily agree that you need a degree to be successful. I have plenty of entrepreneurial friends that have gained success without a degree. I don’t believe intellect is attached to a piece of paper. I do however believe that when you complete college , it shows a certain level of commitment. I know in our world the reality is there are many people, in high places that value the integrity associated with a degree. I am aware a degree can get you in rooms you need to be in, with people you want to talk to. College has made me learn to plan, organize, and sacrafice a lot in my own life. The most challenging part for me is time management. I am an adult student. I work full-time, have, I am in school full time, and also have my family commitments. I find it challenging to give everything my full attention most times. I make due, however most times I don’t know how. I remember my other English class has a lot of papers I needed to write, and I am just hoping taking three other classes this semester I am able to keep up. I do love a challenge though, so mentally I am ready. I truly hope you all have a great semester. I wanted to share this quote I really love and I don’t know whom originated it.

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Write a Short Essay About the Irene Adler Character

Read the assigned articles about the character of Irene Adler about how she is represented differently in contemporary texts departing from the Conan Doyle original, “A Scandal in Bohemia. ” The articles discuss her representation in the BBC’s recent series Sherlock, and the Sherlock Holmes movies of 2009. You have read the original Conan Doyle story and now have viewed yet another Holmes offshoot, Elementary. Take notes on these articles, zeroing in on major points of interest to you (whether your agree or disagree with the authors). Remember who said what because you will be using these ideas/words in your own writing.

Write an essay examining the Elementary version of Irene Adler in relation to the original story’s character and the BBC’s character. You should have a thesis claim about how you see Irene in Elementary along with supportive details that you describe from the show, comparing her to the other versions of her. Use quotations or paraphrases from the assigned critical articles to enhance your argument. Use correct MLA in-text documentation for your sources and a Works Cited page.

This essay will have at least 4 sources that should show up in your works cited page and in-text citations: “A Scandal in Bohemia,” the BBC’s Sherlock episode, the Elementary episode, and the critical articles about the contemporary version of Irene.

HINT: The most effective essays will have a thesis, supported by quotations directly from the original story and descriptions of specific scenes from Elementary, and Sherlock and your commentary on the quotations/scenes.

Use the critical essays as a theoretical basis for your thesis as well as a way to sprinkle supportive quotations from credible critical sources.

Your final product should be an essay of at least 500 words minimum, including in-text documentation and Works Cited page. Upload your essay to the Assignment link above.

Read: “A Scandal in Bohemia” (Links to an external site.) by Arthur Conan Doyle

Tasks and Materials

View the television episode: Sherlock, “A Scandal in Belgravia” Season 2, episode 1 (BBC). Available on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Please rent or purchase this episode on your own; it is not available within the course.

View the television episode: Elementary, “The Woman” Season 1, episode 23.(CBS). Available on Hulu and Amazon Prime Video. Please rent or purchase this episode on your own; it is not available within the course.

Read: “Irene Adler: How to Butcher a Brilliant Woman Character” (Links to an external site.)

Read: “When Can’t Any Recent Sherlock Holmes Adaptations get Irene Adler Right?”

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I’m working on a nutrition writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.

Intake Analysis–Vitamins

Eating Plan B (1 Day’s Intake)

6 ounces grapefruit juice

2 scrambled eggs

1 ounce cheddar cheese

20 ounces coffee

2 ounces soy milk

1 cup fresh raspberries

1 cup cantaloupe

1 honey oat granola bar

1 cup vanilla yogurt

6 ounces grilled salmon

10 cooked asparagus spears

1 cup broccoli

4 ounces white wine

4 ounces blueberry juice + seltzer water

20 barbecue-flavor soy crisps

1 cup wasabi peas

1 3” × 3” spanakopita

1 cup spinach

1/3 cup feta cheese

¼ cup black olives

5 grape tomatoes

3 tbs oil and vinegar dressing

6 ounces white wine

¼ cup mixed nuts

1 cup vanilla ice cream

Eating Plan C (1 Day’s Intake)

6 5”-diameter pancakes

1/3 cup pure maple syrup

¼ pound bacon

2 scrambled eggs

6 ounces orange juice

8 ounces 1% fat milk

2 slices unseeded Italian bread

3 ounces thinly sliced pastrami

2 tbs spicy brown mustard

2 ounces cheddar cheese

2 cups of Lucky Charms cereal

1 ½ cups 1% fat milk

6 ounces beef tenderloin

1 ½ cups mashed potatoes

1 cup cooked corn

1 cup cooked peas

10 ounces seltzer water

2 ounces cheddar cheese

Eating Plan F (1 Day’s Intake)

2 scrambled eggs

1 cup whole milk

2 slices bacon

2 1-ounce Slim Jims

6 ounces lean ground beef

2 ounces provolone cheese

¼ cup blue cheese dressing

12 ounces water

2 ounces cheddar cheese cubes

6 ounces grilled chicken breasts

1 scrambled egg

1 cup lettuce

½ cup blue cheese dressing

2 ounces pork rinds

12 ounces water

Eating Plan G (1 Day’s Intake)

1 cup honey dew melon

1 cup fresh strawberries

1 large apple

½ avocado

½ cup sweet green peppers

½ cup sweet red peppers

¼ cup black olives

1 medium orange

1 medium banana

1 cup boiled green beans

10 cooked asparagus spears

1 cup sautéed mushrooms

1 cup kidney beans

¼ cup dried apricots

¼ cup dried Craisins

5 dried, pitted dates

Instructions: Look at eating plans B, C, F, and G and answer the following questions:

1.Compare each of these eating plans for their vitamin contents.

a.Which eating plan has the highest level of vitamin A?

b.Vitamin D?

c.Vitamin C?

d.Folate?

e.Vitamin B12?

2.

a.Which of these eating plans is deficient in preformed vitamin A (retinol)?

b.Is this same eating plan also deficient in beta-carotene?

c.If not, is there enough beta-carotene to compensate for the reduced level of preformed vitamin A?

3.

a.Suggest ways to increase the vitamin C content of Eating Plan F.

b.Why is this important to do?

4.

a.Which of these eating plans has the highest level of adequacy in terms of supplying essential vitamins?

b.Does the same eating plan that you chose in 4a. have the most nutrient-dense choices?

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In this assignment, you will be creating the DDL SQL code (create database + create table statements) to re-create the Access schema (Jet DB engine, file-based) in your MySQL RDS instance.

This assignment is FOR A GRADE based on ACCURACY. I will not be able to give you hints or substantial help on this, so do your best and submit your code before the due date. The good news is that you can actually RUN your code to see if it works. If you don’t do that, then expect to lose points on syntax errors at minimum. Don’t just make this up…

  1. Download the following Access file (DO NOT USE ANY OTHER FILE): AnnandaleCupcakes_v03.accdb download
  2. Using the Access design view for the tables, go through every table and write the equivalent SQL DDL code to create that table in MySQL.
    1. You will need to choose the correct data types and constraints, since Access (Jet) data types are different from MySQL data types (e.g. there is no “Short Text” in MySQL, but varchar(50) would be an example equivalent). Below is a chart of equivalent data types. Also remember to use auto_increment and primary key constraints on the PK.
      • Access-MySQL Data Type Equivalents.png
  3. SUBMISSION: Simply copy your SQL DDL code and paste it into the text-only submission box. DO NOT submit a screenshot of your code or schema.
  4. Make sure to actually RUN YOUR CODE in MySQL Workbench against your GCP MySQL instance TO ENSURE THAT IT WORKS.
  5. To get you started, below is the code to create the new database schema as well as the customer table. You must complete the code for the rest of the tables (customer_note, event, payment, product, sale, and sale_item).
create database annandale_cupcakes;
use annandale_cupcakes;

create table customer (
customer_id int primary key auto_increment,
first_name varchar(50),
last_name varchar(50),
phone_number varchar(20),
email varchar(30),
street varchar(100),
city varchar(50),
state varchar(25),
zip varchar(10),
notes varchar(255),
created_at datetime,
updated_at datetime
);

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Choose one of the following prompts and respond to it. Note that you can use the prompts as you see fit: do not feel as if you need to address every point a prompt brings up. Also, if you have a particular question or idea that is not covered by a prompt and about which you want to post, go ahead. In most cases, though, the prompts will focus your thoughts and help you do a better job on this assignment. Regardless, always change your post’s subject-line so that it reflects your focus.

Partly for the reasons we have discussed regarding the nature of the Elizabethan audience, Shakespeare always employs comedy in his tragedies. Hamlet displays his ability with puns and other wordplay more consistently in Scene 2 and 3 of Act 4 than in any other, as Hamlet enjoys using language to make his enemies look foolish. Indeed, at times in this act Hamlet virtually becomes a comedy, though a rather dark one. Aristotle would not have approved: he thought that to be effective, a tragedy must maintain a consistent tone and sensibility. What is the effect of all this comic wordplay (and even, as these scenes are often performed, action) on the play? Does it make the play less tragic? Less emotionally wrenching? Or does the comedy accentuate the tragedy?

Hamlet delivers another substantial soliloquy in Act 4, and then promptly disappears from the play for several scenes. What do we learn in this soliloquy? What, if anything, has Hamlet learned and how does he resolve to change as a result?

How would you describe Laertes? Using his own words, compare him with Hamlet. Are his actions justifiable? Why does he prove to be so easily manipulated by the king?

Shakespeare carefully constructs the play so that three characters find themselves in the same basic situation, yet because their temperaments are different they respond to that situation in utterly different ways. Who are the three characters, what is the situation, and which response do you think Shakespeare advocates?

Hamlet may be feigning madness, but in Ophelia we see the real thing. Is she just rambling when she comes in and starts singing, or, like Hamlet, do her words have meaning that no one around her can understand — or in her case even bothers to listen closely to?

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As a contracting officer, you will be called upon to be a leader and a follower. Can you be a good leader without being a good follower? Identify a leader that most admired and respected and discuss the attributes (eleven principles of leadership) that they demonstrated that made you want to follow them. Also, discuss the need for leading change. Was the leader that you chose effective in leading change. 

Reply 1

In my opinion, a few traits of a good leader is an individual that can effectively communicate, is skilled in multiple areas, has the ability to teach and direct others, and works well on a team. Based on this lesson, a good leader can be self aware, meaning they know their strengths and weaknesses, are empathetic, and motivational. I believe that everyone needs guidance and there is always opportunity for improvement; therefore an individual cannot be a good leader without being a good follower. A good leader is open to constructive feedback and changing processes that better suit the organization. In this case the leader takes on the role of follower and allows themselves to be managed. A leader that I respected and wanted to follow was my current boss. To start, she is the lead for finance, procurement, vendor management, and Microsoft licensing. This emphasizes her proficiency in multiple areas. She is able to help everyone on our diverse team with challenges, even if she is not directly involved with the project. She is also involved in the company by keeping up to date with organizational news such as leadership changes, new projects, and activities associated with employee resource groups. Her activeness in the company sets a good example for my team and specifically encourages me to dedicate time to learning more about the company. In addition, not only do we have weekly team stand-up meetings, each team member also has an individual weekly touchpoint with her. This ensures she is constantly communicating amongst our group and confirming everyone’s needs are met and no one is lacking support. Lastly, when we have demanding and time sensitive projects, such as annual planning, she organizes daily meetings via Microsoft Teams and utilizes Microsoft Project to track our tasks and progress. This is also an opportunity for us to discuss any processes we’d like to improve or remove in the future. Overall, she exemplifies the eleven principles of leadership. The previous finance lead was terminated due to inability to meet expectations from leadership. Reports were not provided on time and there were numerous occasions when he accused lower-level employees for not communicating requests and deadlines with him. Email communications proved these accusations to be false and exposed his character. His behavior created a need for leading change and my current boss was the individual who took on his position. Her strong leadership traits as well as two promotions prove that she has been effective in leading change.

Reply 2:

Hi. Can you give me a comment of this also. Thank you

Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal. In a business setting, this can mean directing workers and colleagues with a strategy to meet the company’s needs. Leaders cannot focus on tasks and strategies alone; they must also pay attention to relationships and morale. One of the best ways to do that is to foster a culture of gratitude, praising and thanking colleagues for the work they do and the ideas they contribute. Research finds that employees in such environments are more productive and treat customers more courteously. Effective leaders also can communicate well, motivate their team, handle, and delegate responsibilities, listen to feedback, and have the flexibility to solve problems in an ever-changing workplace. While I was in the military, I had the pleasure of being under many different types of leaders. Civilians, high ranking officers, high ranking sergeants in all different branches. One officer that I truly admired was a full bird colonel in the Air Force. While he was very high ranking and oversaw over thousands of individuals, he took time out to get to know everyone on a semi personal level. I don’t know how but he knew everyone’s names and took time to get to know your job and concerns.In my mind he encompassed all the 11 principles.

  1. Knowing yourself and seeking self-improvement.
  2. Be technically proficient:
  3. Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions:
  4. Make sound and timely decisions.
  5. Set the example.
  6. Know your people and look out for their well-being.
  7. Keep your people informed.
  8. Develop a sense of responsibility in your people.
  9. Ensure that tasks are understood, supervised and accomplished.
  10. Train your people as a team.
  11. Use the full capabilities of your organization.

During his time a new command was moving from their previous location to our base. This means thousands of people will be relocating to your location. This takes logistical know how, operational know how and requires tons of strategic planning. I worked communications during that time, so I was on the front lines, seeing, working, and planning the move from a communication standpoint. The move went smoothly, and they were all setup, fully functional and in their offices on the allotted timeframe. I know communications offices had to turn into a 24 hr. a day/ 5 days a week shop to keep up with our regular workload and to prepare for the move.It would take an effective leader in order to motivate not just one, but all the different groups to work as a team in order to effectively and efficiently move an entire air force group to a new location, which can have hundreds to thousands of people.

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Option A – MS Access

Now that you’ve documented the existing Access DB, it’s time to start modifying it to add new tables and fields, as well as some basic UI (just forms for now).

You have been tasked with the following:

  1. Download and use the following, updated database (DO NOT USE THE DB YOU HAD FROM THE PREVIOUS ASSIGNMENT)
  2. Schema changes:
    1. Add a quantity field to the bridge table that holds individual items for each sale. Use the proper data type (quantity is how many of an item were sold).
    2. Add a field called unit_capacity_per_day to the product table. This will hold the number of any particular type of cupcake that the business can produce per day–basically like an inventory amount, except that cupcakes are baked every day rather than manufactured and stored in a room or warehouse. Use the appropriate data type.
    3. Add a new table for event catering called event. It should have a PK field (autonumber, marked as PK), plus:
      1. customer_id
      2. order_id
      3. event_datetime
      4. bake_order_datetime
      5. description
      6. delivery_instructions
      7. notes
  3. User Interface:
    1. Create a new form for the customer table.
    2. Create a new form that includes the sale and sale_item tables.
      1. The master form should be for an individual sale, and the subform should be for related sale_items.
      2. Replace the customer_id FK input field with a new combo box that uses a query to get a list of customers (and stores the value in the customer_id field), with the following two columns:
        1. customer_id
        2. last_name & “, ” & first_name (put the expression with the ampersands into the field definition exactly as written)
    3. Spend at least half an hour playing around with the layout and customization/styling of the forms. It doesn’t have to look ‘pretty’, but I need to see that you tried to change the layout.

As always, try your best and demonstrate that you put in a good faith effort.

You must submit an Access DB (.accdb). This assignment will only accept a text entry for any explanation you would like to add-and a single .accdb file.

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To compare the amount of vitamins and minerals in a supplement to your own personal DRI/RDA recommendations. Based on a 2011 study at Univ of California, Berkeley, more than 50% of us take at least one vitamin or mineral supplement each day. Of those taking a supplement, 82% take a multivitamin/mineral supplement to the tune of over $25 billion dollars a year.  Another study reveals there is no association between multivitamin use and the reduced risk of mortality, any type of cancer or almost any type of cardiovascular disease. In other words, many of the supplements we take are not supporting heath yet we still take them. This activity will help you evaluate a good vs.. potentially dangerous supplement. We recommend no more that 100% of your DRI should be taken in any supplement unless for clinical therapy. Here you will compare a supplement with your own personal DRIs to assess its benefit. 

Directions

  1. Select a supplement you are currently taking or look at a label in the grocery store. Your supplement MUST contain 8 or more vitamins and/or minerals.
  2. Complete the Vitamin/Mineral Comparison worksheet. Record the nutrient profile of the supplement and then compare the nutrient levels with your personal DRIs. The charts in the front cover of your text will provide all your DRIs.
  3. Also, for many supplements you will need to convert IU to mg or ug (mcg) in order to compare them. To help you with the calculations use these conversions:

    Vitamin A: 1 IU = 0.3 mcg (10,000 IU X 0.3 = 3000 mcg or 3000 RAE
    Vitamin D: 1 IU = 0.025 mcg (400 IU X 0.025 = 10 mcg)
    Vitamin E: 1 IU = 0.67 mg eg. 30 IU x 0.67 = 20 mg (natural vitamin E)
                      1 IU = 0.45 mg 30 IU x 0.45 = 13.5 mg (synthetic vitamin E 

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Fill in the information below after finding the following case on Nexis/Uni:

A not-for-profit corporation sought judgment to restrain the US from enforcing the statute that regulates electronic payments to certain online gaming businesses. An attorney for the non-profit stated that the government was unnecessarily imposing morality on the customers of these businesses and that the statute was unconstitutionally vague. The judge at the district level rejected the claims, stating that a person of ordinary intelligence could understand the definitions set forth in the statute. When the non-profit appealed the district court decision, the appellate judge agreed with the district court’s decision.

Hint: The statute at issue in this case is 31 U.S.C.S. § 5361.

Clarification: This case you are looking for is the circuit court case, NOT the case from the lower court.

Please answer the following (several sentences for each):

– Citation.

+Example: McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, et al. v. Shrader, 62 Va Cir. 401 (2003).)

+Shorten the party names if appropriate (e.g. Butler v. Navistar Int’l Transp. Corp. instead of Butler v. Navistar International Transportation Corporation). Include only the first case number you see in the heading, such as 62 Va Cir. 401, 544 U.S. 228, or 656 F 3d 250.

– Court.

+Give the court in which the case was heard (e.g. Va Supreme Court, 9th Circuit Court, or Northern District Court of Ohio).

– Summary in several sentences: Explain your assigned case using straightforward language (i.e. a high school level vocabulary), as though you were speaking to someone who has never taken any classes in law or ethics. Make sure you include the following:

+State who sued whom and briefly describe the claims made by the plaintiff.

+Which party won? (Give the party name, not “plaintiff,” “appellee” or “defendant.”)

– Describe in several sentences the search process you used for the above answers and your level of comfort in using NU for legal research. (For example, which keywords were useful/not useful in your searches? Did you have any problems working with NU? If there are any issues you feel are not covered in the online resources, please note them here.)

Status of case :

+ Using annotated screenshots or a written description of the page layout, explain how one can determine the status of a case**. See the example attachments

+ Is the precedent** set by your case still valid? This should be more than a couple of sentences. Remember that a green or red symbol does not automatically make a case “safe” or “unsafe” for use in an argument.

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Exercises for Using MLA Parenthetical Citations

Exercise A:

Examine each of the following pairs carefully. Indicate the passage that handles MLA in-text citations correctly and briefly explain what is wrong with the citation in the other passage.

1) _____

a. In “Death and Justice,” Edward Koch, former mayor of New York City argues that “life is precious, and . . . the death penalty helps to affirm this fact (857).”

b. In “Death and Justice,” Edward Koch, former mayor of New York City, argues that “life is precious, and . . . the death penalty helps to affirm this fact” (857).

2) ______

a. “Arguing about whether nontraditional families deserve pity or tolerance is a little like the medieval debate about left-handedness as a mark of the devil” (Kingsolver 168).

b. Kingsolver points out that “arguing about whether nontraditional families deserve pity or tolerance is a little like the medieval debate about lefthandedness as a mark of the devil” (168).

3) ______

a. “There is a Chinese word for the female, which is slave, ” writes Maxine Hong Kingston (191). “Break the women with their own tongues!” (191). She means that since women had no other word to use to refer to themselves than one meaning slave, they eventually lost any sense of dignity and independence they might once have had.

b. “There is a Chinese word for the female, which is slave, ” writes Maxine Hong Kingston. “Break the women with their own tongues!” She means that since women had no other word to use to refer to themselves than one meaning slave, they eventually lost any sense of dignity and independence they might once have had (191).

Exercise B:

Each of the following sentences makes at least one error in MLA citation format or usage. Correct all the errors in each example. There is one sentence with some poor grammar. Demonstrate that you can properly present this knowledge in the quoted statement.

1. One major reason Ohio State is has a superior football program is because of its location “it pulls from superior feeder schools.” (Allison, p. 99).

2. According to Amy Allison, English is an important field to study in high school. “it’s always swell to know how to read and write good, and high school will prepare you” (Allison, 13).

3. Amy Allison argues that English programs in high schools will prepare students in the fundamentals of both reading and writing.

4. Even math and science scholars admit the importance of being wellrounded. “English sure is a heck of a lot of fun” (Gildow, 43.)

5. Gildow admits that all math and science scholars need to be schooled in English in order to succeed in their various fields, and fortunately, English is “fun (Gildow 43).”

6. Gildow concedes that students should always do their English homework (p. 43).

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I’m working on a english writing question and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.

After reviewing the learning resources for this unit of study consider the various ways that one might respond to religious diversity: exclusivism, inclusivism, pluralism, universalism, syncretism.

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Some things you might write about • Describe the venue in which the performance is being held, the arrangement/decoration/lighting of the space, and the position of the musicians relative to the audience (i.e. in the center of the room, on a stage, in the corner, etc.) • Describe the audience. How do the people attending this performance interact with one another and with the musicians? (Is silence encouraged during the performance? If so, how? Do listeners applaud and cheer after each piece? During the performance? Do people talk among themselves, dance, sing along, etc, while the music is playing? Do the interactions, clothing choices, etc. seem formal or informal? Why/how so?) • Be extremely careful not to over-generalize when you describe the audience. 

Qualify statements by: a) being as specific as possible (ex: “After the conclusion of the piece, the audience burst into loud and vigorous applause that lasted over a minute,” would be better than, “The audience loved the show.”) b) framing assertions in a way that makes it clear that they are your own observations and not inarguable facts (ex: “Most of the people sitting in my immediate vicinity were dressed formally. Waiting in line for a coffee at the intermission, I saw that this was also true for a larger number of the concertgoers,” would be better than saying, “Everyone was dressed very formally.” • Write about “the music itself.” Although we have gone to great lengths in this class to interrogate the relationship between music and context, part of the objective of this assignment is for you to use the vocabulary we discuss in class to describe the sounds you hear at events. Show that you can correctly describe textures, meters, instrumental ensembles, etc. in addition to the stylistic parameters specific to the genres we study in this class. • Back up your statements with examples

The link to the video you have to write about: 

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Capital Investments Project

DC Company is considering the purchase of a new machine.

The price of the new machine is $122,000, freight charges are estimated to be $3,000, and installation costs are expected to be $5,000. Salvage value of the new machine is expected to be zero after a useful life of 4 years.

Existing equipment could be retained and used for an additional 4 years if the new machine is not purchased. At that time, the salvage value of the equipment would be zero. If the new machine is purchased now, the existing machine would be scrapped.

DC Co’s accountant, Erica, has accumulated the following data regarding annual sales and expenses with and without the new machine.

  1. Without the new machine, Erica can sell 10,000 units of product annually at a per unit selling price of $100. If the new unit is purchased, the number of units produced and sold would increase by 25%, and the selling price would remain the same.
  2. The new machine is faster than the old machine, and it is more efficient in its usage of materials. With the old machine the gross profit rate will be 28.5% of sales, whereas the rate will be 30% of sales with the new machine.

(Note: These gross profit rates do not include depreciation on the machines. For purposes of determining net income, treat depreciation expense as a separate line item.)

  1. Annual selling expenses are $160,000 with the current equipment. Because the new equipment would produce a greater number of units to be sold, annual selling expenses are expected to increase by 10% if it is purchased.
  2. Annual administrative expenses are expected to be $100,000 with the old machine, and $112,000 with the new machine.
  3. The current book value of the existing machine is $40,000. Erica uses the straight-line depreciation method.
  4. DC’s management has a required rate of return of 15% on its investment and a cash payback period of no more than 3 years.

Instructions:

Use excel or google sheets for all quantitative calculations. You must demonstrate all calculations using formulas in your spreadsheet.

Answer the following. (Ignore income tax effects.)

  1. Calculate the annual rate of return for the new machine. (Round to two decimals.)
  2. Compute the cash payback period for the new machine. (Round to two decimals.)
  3. Compute the net present value of the new machine. (Round to the nearest dollar.)
  4. On the basis of the foregoing data, would you recommend that Erica buy the machine? Why?

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Capital Investments Project

DC Company is considering the purchase of a new machine.

The price of the new machine is $122,000, freight charges are estimated to be $3,000, and installation costs are expected to be $5,000. Salvage value of the new machine is expected to be zero after a useful life of 4 years.

Existing equipment could be retained and used for an additional 4 years if the new machine is not purchased. At that time, the salvage value of the equipment would be zero. If the new machine is purchased now, the existing machine would be scrapped.

DC Co’s accountant, Erica, has accumulated the following data regarding annual sales and expenses with and without the new machine.

  1. Without the new machine, Erica can sell 10,000 units of product annually at a per unit selling price of $100. If the new unit is purchased, the number of units produced and sold would increase by 25%, and the selling price would remain the same.
  2. The new machine is faster than the old machine, and it is more efficient in its usage of materials. With the old machine the gross profit rate will be 28.5% of sales, whereas the rate will be 30% of sales with the new machine.

(Note: These gross profit rates do not include depreciation on the machines. For purposes of determining net income, treat depreciation expense as a separate line item.)

  1. Annual selling expenses are $160,000 with the current equipment. Because the new equipment would produce a greater number of units to be sold, annual selling expenses are expected to increase by 10% if it is purchased.
  2. Annual administrative expenses are expected to be $100,000 with the old machine, and $112,000 with the new machine.
  3. The current book value of the existing machine is $40,000. Erica uses the straight-line depreciation method.
  4. DC’s management has a required rate of return of 15% on its investment and a cash payback period of no more than 3 years.

Instructions:

Use excel or google sheets for all quantitative calculations. You must demonstrate all calculations using formulas in your spreadsheet.

Answer the following. (Ignore income tax effects.)

  1. Calculate the annual rate of return for the new machine. (Round to two decimals.)
  2. Compute the cash payback period for the new machine. (Round to two decimals.)
  3. Compute the net present value of the new machine. (Round to the nearest dollar.)
  4. On the basis of the foregoing data, would you recommend that Erica buy the machine? Why?

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About Adaptation

The Chicago School of Media Theory draws from Linda Hutcheon to argue that, “A text can not only survive the shift from one form to another, but it can also thrive in ways not previously possible in the original form.”  This characterization shows the great potential we have when we attempt to adapt a text into another form.

Create either a film adaptation, photo essay, storyboard or comic adaptation of a short story or a book chapter we have read this semester. Aim to create a visual and/or auditory experience of the text that embodies some of the principles of adaptation described by the Chicago School of Media Theory reading. Here are some moments from that essay that conceptualize the issue of adaptation to help you formulate yours:

  • “On a basic level, [adaptation] is concerned with the ‘transport of form and/or content from a source to a result in a media context.’”
  • Adaptation should not be “branded in derogatory terms implying sacrilege, theft, impurity, dilution, and failure to preserve the integrity of the source.”
  • Adaptation is “the process through which the entity or product was created (including reinterpretation and re-creation of the source).
  • “Like the biological organism that thrives in its new environment, successful adaptations change over time [consider the example of Star Trek], adapting to new conditions, migrating to new areas, and ultimately, doing their best to perpetuate their existence. The test of a good adaptation is one which achieves repetition without replication, – rather than being a mere a copy … the adaptation both evokes and is amplified by a user’s experience of the original, while also taking on distinct qualities of its own. A successful adaptation balances “the comfort of ritual and recognition with the delight of surprise and novelty, not only carrying the aura (Links to an external site.) with it, but contributing to its continual expansion.”
  • Adaptations are also often “judged on the misunderstood assumption that the goal of the adaptation was simply one of replication, rather than other motivations such as interrogation, reinvention, or exploration.”
  • Adaptation “concentrate[s] less on what has been lost by a text during the process of adaptation, and more on what the text has gained by taking on a new form or variation.”

Create Your Own Adaptation

Imagine that you are the director (or visual artist) and use visual (and, if relevant, auditory) techniques to contribute to the “expansion” of the text; you will be reinterpreting and recreating the source as you make meaning, expanding and interrogating the original to fit your purpose. The original will be “gaining” new insight from you rather than losing its original form.

You should think about the lighting, angles and shots that you can use to help convey your vision for the scene. You’ll also want to make decisions about what to include or exclude in the original to make your points. You’ll want to think about what tone you want to evoke, whether it is an era of mystery (classic, golden, hardboiled, etc.), or comedy (like an SNL skit) or change the genre entirely (sci-fi, western, romance, superhero comic book genre). The goal of this assignment is to begin with the “aura” of the original verbal text, and then portray it in a unique way representative of your own vision.

Compose a Reflection

Draft a 500-word (minimum) reflection wherein you explain what you attempted to accomplish through your adaptation and assess how well you think you have succeeded. Your reflection should make specific reference to both The Chicago School of Media Theory reading on adaptation AND filmmaking concepts (from readings or videos) we have explored during the course.

Photo Essay / Storyboard / Comic:

  • Use PowerPoint or a PDF file to submit your creation
  • You may use text/dialogue to help convey meaning in addition to images.
  • Use at least 20 images.
  • Submit with a 500 word reflective essay

Film:

  • Use a video making tool of your choice, but present the video in a universal file type (or make it accessible via Youtube).
  • Aim for 5 – 10 minutes in length.
  • Submit with a 500 word reflective essay.

HINT: This assignment is designed to be posted on the Discussion Board so you may view and appreciate the creations of your classmates!

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I’m working on a accounting project and need an explanation and answer to help me learn.

DC Company is considering the purchase of a new machine.

The price of the new machine is $122,000, freight charges are estimated to be $3,000, and installation costs are expected to be $5,000. Salvage value of the new machine is expected to be zero after a useful life of 4 years. [Reminder! The cost of your asset is what it takes to get it up to the point of intended use.]

Existing equipment could be retained and used for an additional 4 years if the new machine is not purchased. At that time, the salvage value of the equipment would be zero. If the new machine is purchased now, the existing machine would be scrapped.

DC Co’s accountant, Erica, has accumulated the following data regarding annual sales and expenses with and without the new machine.

  1. Without the new machine, Erica can sell 10,000 units of product annually at a per unit selling price of $100. If the new unit is purchased, the number of units produced and sold would increase by 25%, and the selling price would remain the same.
  2. The new machine is faster than the old machine, and it is more efficient in its usage of materials. With the old machine the gross profit rate will be 28.5% of sales, whereas the rate will be 30% of sales with the new machine.

(Note: These gross profit rates do not include depreciation on the machines. For purposes of determining net income, treat depreciation expense as a separate line item.)

  1. Annual selling expenses are $160,000 with the current equipment. Because the new equipment would produce a greater number of units to be sold, annual selling expenses are expected to increase by 10% if it is purchased.
  2. Annual administrative expenses are expected to be $100,000 with the old machine, and $112,000 with the new machine.
  3. The current book value of the existing machine is $40,000. Erica uses the straight-line depreciation method.
  4. DC’s management has a required rate of return of 15% on its investment and a cash payback period of no more than 3 years.

Instructions:

Suggested use of excel or google sheets for all quantitative calculations. Demonstrate all calculations and use of formulas.

Answer the following. (Ignore income tax effects.)

  1. Calculate the annual rate of return for the new machine. (Round to two decimals.)
  2. Compute the cash payback period for the new machine. (Round to two decimals.)
  3. Compute the net present value of the new machine. (Round to the nearest dollar.)
  4. On the basis of the foregoing data, would you recommend that Erica buy the machine? Why?
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