Chapter 40

Chapter 40 Annotations: The Dream Academy
Prepared by: Jerzey Angelo D.C. Pangilinan 072618 Com12-A

The Date-Rape Drug

Flunitrazepam is a hypnotic drug and has sedative, anticonvulsant, anxiolytic, amnestic, hypnotic and skeletal muscle relaxant properties. This drug is more commonly known through its market name as Rohypnol. Going back to chapter 38 entitled Puppenkoph, I remember Cayce suddenly blacking out at the end of the chapter. During that chapter, Dorotea kept urging Cayce to finish her "water" or her Perrier, which I suppose was drugged by Dorotea. In chapter 40, Cayce finds out from Parkaboy that Dorotea did drug her. Parkaboy tells Cayce that Mama (Dorotea) used Rohypnol on her. Date-rape stuff. In the streets, Rohypnol is more commonly known as Roofies. Rohypnol looks like a small white tablet with no taste or odor when dissolved in a drink. Rohypnol can be readily swallowed as a pill, dissolved in a drink, or snorted. If used with alcohol, Rohypnol produces disinhibition and amnesia. In Cayce Pollard's Cayce, the drug was dissolved in her Perrier so that she wouldn't notice that it was drugged. This drug is mostly used in dates, nightclubs, and raves. The suspects mostly use the drugs on the victims with the intent of sexual assault-hence the reason it is called a date-rape drug.

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To learn more about Rohypnol, you may click here.


The Dream Academy

It was mentioned in the chapter that the place where Cayce broke out was actually a prison. But it wasn't an ordinary prison, Parkaboy said "You just broke out of the only prison in Russia that people actively try to break into." Now isn't that kind of weird? Why would people want to break INTO a prison? Anyway, Cayce finds out that people actively try to get into the prison because they are actually better off inside. The prison is actually a privatized prison where they take care of the prisoners and offer them jobs and wages. Parkaboy also mentions that the prison is "a bold new entrepreneurial experiment. Their version of CCA, Wackenhut." When I analyzed the chapter, I got curious whether there really are such privatized prisons; prisons that are not affiliated with the government. So I googled CCA, Wackenhut and I got links that had headers containing the words privatized prisons. Click here to view the website.

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So there really are privatized prisons, and the three largest firms are CCA (Corrections Corporation of America), WACKENHUT CORRECTIONS CORPORATION and CORNELL CORRECTIONS, INC. Privatized prisons are prisons that were built by private owners/firms. Private prisons started popping out because the government was having financial problems regarding prisons. Private prisons were in a sense like "hotels" for prisoners. The government would pay the firms for the convicts' stay per night and per bed. Supposedly this strategy would solve the governments financial problem because leasing for the prisoners would supposedly be cheaper than building another prison. Some people argue that private prisons are not actually cheaper. This argument caused private prisons to have a nickname of for-profit prisons.

The Aral Sea Disaster

At one point in the chapter, Parkaboy tells Cayce about the Soviet Eco-disaster in Russia but he says that it's "not as big as drying up the Aral Sea." After that part, he doesn't say anything more about the Aral Sea. I got curious and I wanted to know more about the Aral Sea. I google Aral Sea Disaster and I got tons of info. The Aral Sea was the fourth largest inland body of water in the world found between the northwestern part of Uzbekistan and the southern part of Kazakhstan. The Aral is an inland salt-water sea with no outlet. The fresh water from the two rivers (Amu Darya and Syr Darya) held the Aral's water and salt levels in perfect balance. When the Soviet Union came, they conquered the Aral Sea and tried to use it for their advantage. When the Soviet Union tried to be a self-sufficient union, they used the two rivers that fed the Aral Sea to support their cotton and rice plantations. As a result, the Aral Sea became imbalanced. The salinity of the sea rose significantly, unable to support plant life and other marine life. But that's not all. The Aral Sea was also heavily polluted, largely as the result of weapons testing, industrial projects, pesticides and fertilizer runoff. Wind-blown salt from the dried seabed damaged crops, and polluted drinking water and salt-and dust-laden air caused serious public health problems in the Aral Sea region. This is why the Aral Sea Disaster is considered as one of the worst ecological and environmental catastrophes of the world.

To learn more about the Aral Sea and its History click here.

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A Chronology of the Aral Sea

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The Aral Sea NOW

MDR

After Parkaboy explained to Cayce what he had been doing before he saw her, he asks Cayce to get in the helicopter and have medical attention from the medics.

"Excuse me," he said, then, "but that dust you've been rolling in has way too much titanium in it. You've probably already exceeded your MDR on that stuff."

At first I didn't know what MDR meant. I thought it was similar to something like BP, when people say "you're Blood Pressure is getting high." So I got curious yet again and googled MDR. Here is a link to wikipedia about MDR. MDR basically means Multiple Drug Resistance. This is a condition enabling a disease-causing organism to resist distinct drugs or chemicals of a wide variety of structure and function targeted at eradicating the organism. Organisms that display multidrug resistance can be pathologic cells, including bacterial and neoplastic (tumor) cells. Although this definition does not pertain to MDR of humans (pertaining to Cayce Pollard's case), I think they mean the same thing in the chapter when Parkaboy mentions Cayce's MDR. It probably meant her natural resistance to certain chemicals.


Chicago Musicians

Near the beginning of the chapter, Parkaboy formally introduces himself to Cayce by giving her his business card. In his business card worte: Paul Gilbert Middle, Aged White Guy, Since 1967. He says "In Chicago, if you're a certain type of musician, you need one." Personally, I knew that if there was anything that was popular in Chicago besides Michael Jordan and Chicago pan pizza, it would be Chicago Music. I knew that Chicago was a district filled with musicians, music bars, and studios. I tried googling for something interesting about Chicago musicians and low and behold, I found this website. This was very interesting indeed, a website exclusively for Chicago musicians. It even has member registration. Well, I don't know about you guys, but this was very interesting to me because I have never encountered a website like this before. In the website reads:

chicago-musician.com is a community bulletin board web site for Chicago Area musicians. Musicians may come here to find classifieds and search through lists of musicians who are available, used music gear, used instruments, music services, and more. chicago-musician.com is a free resource for Chicago Area musicians. Please help us spread the word!

It's a website exclusively for Chicago musicians. It is aimed at helping these musicians and getting them closer. Spread the word to every Chicago musician you know, so that they could get together in this website.


Rendering

In Wikipedia, Rendering is described as the process of calculating effects in a video editing file to produce final video output. Another definition from Lantech Systems defines Rendering as the process of producing the finished images for a computer animated film. To learn more about rendering/render nodes/render farms click here. In chapter 40, Cayce infers from Parkaboy's explanation of the privatized prison that the prison is where the footage is being rendered. I guess, from the definitions I got, this kind of rendering must mean the pasting together of all the frames (individual picture frames) for the footage in order to create the final video and finally putting it on a specific video output. As explained in Lantech Systems, The rendering of images is a highly parallelizable activity, as each frame can be calculated independently of the others, with the main communication between processors being the upload of the initial models and textures, and the download of the finished images. This must mean that rendering is a really tedious and pain-staking job. In this case, tedious enough to be given to less important workers such as prisoners. This is the job that they gave to the prisoners. While searching for more information on rendering, I stumbled upon this youtube video that showed a simple rendered film.

A simple rendered video. Individual frames of pictures put together to form the motions and flow of the film.


References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flunitrazepam
http://www.drugfree.org/Portal/Drug_guide/Rohypnol
http://dawn.thot.net/Rohypnol.gif
http://www.correctionsproject.com/corrections/pris_priv.htm
http://www.orexca.com/aral_sea.shtml
http://www.chicago-musician.com/
http://www.lantechpc.com/view_sercats.php?nSctId=116
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaYnBzLou8I


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The chapter starts with Cayce still trudging the dust bed that she is stuck in. Suddenly the a helicopter hovers above. It was a rescue team together with Parkaboy. And so for the first time Cayce and Parkaboy finally are able to meet in the flesh.
He walks up to her out of the glare and stops, about six feet away, his back to the glare.
"Cayce Pollard"
"Who are you?"
"Parkaboy."
This doesn't seem to want to process at all. Finally she asks, "Who started the thread that gave Completism its
first formal basis?"
"Maurice."
"In response to what?"
"A post by Dave−in−Arizona, theoretical limits to live action."
"Parkaboy? Is that you?"

There is something curious about the way we accept information in today’s information society. It seems that we all are very assuring and always needed to be assured of authenticity. As Cayce Pollard immediately asks Parkaboy a question that will prove his being Parkaboy.

PETER GILBERT
MIDDLE−AGED WHITE GUY
"SINCE 1967"

Stereotypes this is one of the ways we try to understand people. This is how we try to make sense of initial relationships with people. This is how we picture them and know in some way how to deal with them. Middle aged white guy is a stereotype, Parkaboy’s stereotype. A stereotype that somehow gives as a picture of what type of person Parkaboy might be. It may not be wholly true but at some ways accurate.

As the book presents it seems that Parkaboy is a kind of demo audience since he is being employed for this particular stereotype. The company that hires him probably for a certain perspective to try to know what songs they are suppose to produce for a certain market.
A MAWG is a man who is paying for his children’s college knowing, unbeknownst to them, that it is so that they can support him to a manner in which he is accustomed when he enters his senior years (just in case). A man that saw his eyesight start to go at 40, but his brain tells him he is still 20. A man who is looking forward to watching his grandchildren torment their parents (as payback). A man who can walk upstairs multiple times, each time forgetting why he went. A man who hairline is receding, and waistline won’t. This site is dedicated to the MAWG.
http://www.mawg.biz/MAWG/Home.html

Parkaboy then explains a lot about what happened to Cayce and a lot of what has really been going on behind all the mystery beneath Cayce’s adventures. He narrates on how she just broke out of the prison in which all the people wanted be in, how Dorotea had drugged her and how she went haywire on her. He also explains on how he finally got here and how he had met with Bigend at the Seven Sisters.

Irene Harwarth, Mindi Maline, and Elizabeth DeBra note that "Independent nonprofit women’s colleges, which included the 'Seven Sisters' and other similar institutions, were founded to provide educational opportunities to women equal to those available to men and were geared toward women who wanted to study the liberal arts".[1] The colleges also offered broader opportunities in academia to women, hiring many female faculty members and administrators.

Mount Holyoke College, Vassar College, Wellesley College, Smith College, Radcliffe College, Bryn Mawr College, and Barnard College.

For more information on the history of the Seven Sisters http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-seven-sisters.htm

The name, Seven Sisters, is a reference to the Greek myth of The Pleiades (mythology), the seven daughters of the Titan Atlas and the sea-nymph Pleione. The daughters were collectively referred to as The Seven Sisters and included, Maia, Electra, Taygete, Alcyone, Celaeno, Sterope, and Merope. In the field of astronomy, a cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus is also referred to as The Pleiades (star cluster) or the Seven Sisters.

After Atlas was forced to carry the heavens on his shoulders, Orion began to pursue all of the Pleiades, and Zeus transformed them first into doves, and then into stars to comfort their father. The constellation of Orion is said to still pursue them across the night sky.
In the Pleiades star cluster only six of the stars shine brightly, the seventh, Merope, shines dully because she is shamed for eternity for having an affair with a mortal. Some myths also say that the star that doesn't shine is Electra; she is said to have left her place so that she will not have to look down upon the ruin of Troy, because the city was founded by her son Dardanus.[1]
One of the most memorable myths involving the Pleiades is the story of how these sisters literally became stars, their catasterism. According to some versions of the tale, all seven sisters committed suicide because they were so saddened by either the fate of their father, Atlas, or the loss of their siblings, the Hyades. In turn Zeus, the ruler of the Greek gods, immortalized the sisters by placing them in the sky. There these seven stars formed the constellation known thereafter as the Pleiades.
taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Sisters_(colleges)

More on the Mythology: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleiades_(Greek_mythology)

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