Guilty pleasure. But I couldn't resist watching even if the probability of all these twists and turns in the lives of Annalise Keating and her band of murderous law students happening in real life is nearly impossible. But it is precisely the improbability of it all that makes for a compelling TV series. Add to that the cast of characters, each one equally warped in the head, whose lives are inevitably bound to each in their conspiracy to get away with the murder of, at last count, at least five people. And there is Viola Davis as Annalise who turns in a riveting performance this season.
I've always joked about my so-called American childhood in this small town of Palo, Leyte. My siblings and I grew up in an environment pervaded by American popular culture. So it isn't a wonder I would hanker for some apple pie, a wish my younger sibling obliged by waking up early this morning and baking me a pie for breakfast.
Watched Nettie Wild's 1988 documentary, A Rustling of Leaves: Inside the Philippine Revolution. More than the narrator's voiceover, it is the visual narrative that provides a nuanced look into the causes of, and the personalities involved in, the revolutionary movement.
The Act of Killing is what happens when fear is institutionalized. The mechanisms and structures built to seemingly keep the fearful monster at bay is revealed to be the more terrifying fiend because it has become normalized. And this is a leviathan of evil, with gangsters and paramilitary groups propped up by the Indonesian military and government. Filipino viewers will not find this strange as they are quite familiar with how power is wielded with impunity in this country.
I grew up reading detective and mystery novels. I read them all, or at least those I could get my hands on: the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series, Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, Erle Stanley Gardner's Perry Mason series, Agatha Christie's novels (especially the Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple series), Ellery Queen, P.D. James, Dorothy Sayers, Dorothy Gillman's Mrs. Pollifax series, the list goes on. I read them all.
So it was a surprise to read that J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, published a detective novel that earned good critical reviews. Had to find out if this was like those books I was addicted to - meaning, the kind you read cover-to-cover in one sitting because you just had to find out "whodunnit."
I'm pleased to report that I can't wait for the next installment of Cormoran Strike solving his next case. ✍
09:00-11:00 - Flagship Project presentation and open forum
11:00-12:00 - Sectoral Consultation (Admin staff and REPS)
01:00-02:00 - Sectoral Consultation (Students)
02:30-03:30 - Sectoral Consultation (Faculty)
04:00-05:00 - Interview with CSM Dean nominee
05:30-09:30 - Dinner with President's Representative and VCAA
When you're about to take a shower and find out there's no water running from the tap?
When you forget to turn off the tap and go upstairs to work on something?
When you finally remember to check if the water supply is back?
When you step into ankle-deep water that has flooded the apartment's ground floor?
Well, you just have to clean up the mess. That's what.
Warning: the following might seem like a convoluted way toward a conclusion. Pardon me, I'm not so good with figures.
Subjects x no. of sections x no. of units = Summation
Summation x 2 sems = no. units per year
No. of units per year / 24 units per year = no. of faculty members
357 units per year / 24 units = 14.875 faculty members (let's round that off to 15)
15 - 14 faculty members = 1 more full-time faculty member needed
1 (w/ 12 units load) - 1 part-time (w/ 6 units load) = 1 more part-time faculty needed (w/ 6 units load)
14 faculty members x 12 units per member = 168 x 2 sems = 336 (with 21 units usually distributed as overload teaching units among 7 faculty members w/ 3 u per member)
14 faculty members - 5 faculty members with 6-12 u ALC = 9 x 12 u per sem = 108 u
18 TLC of 5 members w/ ALC + 108 u = 126 per sem x 2 sems = 252 u
357 - 252 = 105 / 24 u = 4.375 faculty members needed
Now where do I get the budget for this?
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