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Parents and children often claim to be misunderstood by each other.  Explain one thing you think your parents (or other people their age) don’t understand about your generation.  Then explain one thing you think your parents would say your generation doesn’t understand about them.

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New graduates and other younger job-seekers often struggle a bit in developing a strong resume. How confident are you in your resume-writing abilities? Take this quiz and test your resume-writing skills.

Directions: Please choose the best answer to the following questions.

1. Given that employers screen resumes for between 2.5 and 20 seconds, a resume should show the employer at a glance what you want to do and what you’re good at. What’s a good way to sharpen the focus of your resume and provide the reader with this vital information?
A. An Objective Statement
B. A Summary or Profile Section
C. A small, tasteful graphic
D. All of the above

2. When describing work experience, paragraph-style job descriptions are preferred over bulleted lists.

3. Should you list your GPA on your resume?
A. Yes, if it’s above 3.5
B. Not under any circumstances
C. Yes, it’s always expected
D. Yes, if your overall GPA and/or GPA in your major is over 3.0

4. Within your professional history, the most important element to highlight is:
A. Duties and responsibilities from past jobs
B. Skills
C. Names of supervisors
D. Accomplishments

5. When listing your Education, list in this order:
A. Name of college, city/state of college, major, graduation date, degree name
B. Name of degree in name of major, name of college, city/state of college, graduation date
C. Name of college, name of major, GPA, name of minor, span of dates of attendance
D. Dates of attendance, name of college, degree name, GPA, major

6. It’s perfectly acceptable to use personal pronouns (I, me, my) on a resume.

7. When listing your job history, list in this order:
A. Dates of employment first, followed by name of employer, city/state of employer, title/position
B. Name of employer first, followed by city/state of employer, title/position dates of employment
C. Name of employer first, followed by street address, phone number of employer, supervisors name, position/title, reason for leaving, salary
D. Title/position first, followed by name of employer, city/state of employer, dates of employment

8. What types of words are most important to include in your resume?
A. Action verbs and job-specific keywords
B. Colorful adjectives that describe you as a person
C. Multi-syllabic words that make you sound sophisticated
D. As much use as possible of the verb “to be”

9. Students with very little experience, especially minimal experience in their chosen field, should consider this resume technique:
A. Skillful exploitation of transferable and applicable skills
B. Use of a chrono-functional resume
C. Descriptions of class projects and coursework that are relevant to the chosen field
D. All of the above

10. Unpaid experience, such as you may have gained frominternships, sports, volunteer work and extracurricular activities, should be:
A. separated from paid experience
B. left off your resume altogether
C. incorporated with your paid experience
D. listed only on page 2 of your resume

11. Students who have or are pursuing a four-year degree and also have an associate’s degree from a community college should include the associate’s degree on their resumes.

12. It’s important to list references on a resume.

13. Students who belong to a greek organization should be sure to mention their fraternity or sorority by name on their resumes.

14. You should list hobbies and interests on your resume to make you more “human.”

15. You should be sure to list your high-school education on your resume.

16. Knowing that a prospective employer might try to reach you in your dorm room after you’ve sent out your resume, what kind of greeting should you have on your answering machine or voicemail?
A. A humorous greeting that enables the employer to see what a fun person you are
B. A musical greeting that gives the employer a glimpse into your cultural tastes
C. A greeting in which your roommate and several other people who live on your floor chime in so the employer can see how personable and popular you are
D. A professional greeting that tells the employer you are serious about job-hunting

17. Your Objective statement should be as general as possible so it won’t limit your job choices.

18. You should list all your coursework, or at least coursework in your major, on your resume.

19. It’s an unbreakable rule that a new graduate’s resume must be limited to one page.

20. One or two typos or misspellings on a resume won’t hurt if you’re well qualified for the job.

Click the image below to use a free online version of microsoft word to create a resume.

Email your completed resume as an attachment to

  1. The file format that uses a shorthand representation of musical notes and durations stored in numeric form is:

a.       AIFF

b.      CD-ROM/XA

c.       DSP

d.      MIDI

e.       QuickTime

  1. Which of these statements regarding the MIDI audio format is not true?

a.       The sound can easily be changed by changing instruments.

b.      Spoken audio can easily be included.

c.       Sound tracks can be created using sequencing software.

d.      Files are generally smaller than the same digital audio sound.

e.       Sounds can be stretched and timing changed with no distortion of the quality.

  1. The primary benefit of the General MIDI over the previous MIDI specification is that:

a.       the file sizes are much smaller due to the compression scheme

b.      users can easily edit and adjust the data structures

c.       it can be easily converted into the CD-ROM/XA format

d.      MIDI files can be easily integrated into the computer’s operating system as system sounds.

e.       the instruments are the same regardless of the playback source.

  1. What happens when an audio signal exceeds the recording device’s maximum recording level?

a.       The signal is compressed to an appropriate level.

b.      “Clipping” of the signal occurs, introducing distortion.

c.       The audio clip is extended to accommodate the extra data.

d.      The entire clip’s volume is reduced correspondingly.

e.       The extra bits go into a buffer for later use.

  1. As one story goes, the criterion used to set the length of the sectors and ultimately the physical size of the compact disc format was based on the length of:

a.       the Beatles’ “White Album”

b.      Handel’s Messiah

c.       Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

d.      Bach’s St. John’s Passion

e.       Iron Butterfly’s live rendition of “Innagaddadavida”

  1. The process of recording a sound, stored in the form of thousands of individual measurements, each at a discrete point in time, is called:

a.       sampling

b.      synthesizing

c.       sizing

d.      quantizing

e.       streaming

  1. The file size of a 5-second recording sampled at 22 kHz, 16-bit stereo (two tracks) would be about:

a.       110,000 bytes

b.      220,000 bytes

c.       440,000 bytes

d.      550,000 bytes

e.       880,000 bytes

  1. Which of the following sound file characteristics does not directly affect the size of a digital audio file?

a.       sample rate

b.      sample size

c.       tracks (stereo vs. mono)

d.      volume

e.       compression

  1. Each individual measurement of a sound that is stored as digital information is called a:

a.       buffer

b.      stream

c.       capture

d.      sample

e.       byte

  1. Audio recorded at 44.1 kHz (kilohertz), 16-bit stereo is considered:

a.   phone-quality

b.      voice-quality

c.       FM -quality

d.      CD-quality

e.       AM-quality

  1. Removing blank space or “dead air” at the beginning or end of a recording is sometimes called:

a.       quieting

b.      pre-rolling

c.       quantizing

d.      trimming

e.       flashing

  1. DSP stands for:

a.       dynamic sound programming

b.      data a structuring parameters

c.       direct splicing and partitioning

d.      delayed streaming playback

e.       digital signal processing

13.  Sequencing software:

a.       places audio clips in order in a sound track

b.      records and edits MIDI data

c.       applies filters to digital audio clips in a predetermined order

d.      manages a project by creating a timeline of events

e.       helps synchronize images with a sound track

  1. The slower a user’s connection, the longer he or she must wait for enough of the sound to download so that the entire file will have downloaded by the time the sound reaches the end. This effect is called:

a.       streaming latency

b.      post-processing

c.       compression

d.      digital signal processing

e.       multitap delay

1) What was the subject of the video clip?

2) Name 2 bands that were mentioned in the video clip.

3) What genre(s) of music were featured?

By Stephanie Goldberg, Special to CNN
September 10, 2010 8:14 a.m. EDT | Filed under: Web



(CNN) — We’ll soon have downloaded more apps than songs from iTunes, according to app developer Asymco.

Asymco’s research states that “the App Store has reached the same total downloads” — more than 6 billion — “in 2.2 years as the iTMS [iTunes Music Store] reached after five years.” And it’s likely that the number of apps will surpass that of songs by the end of the year.

But Mark Beccue, a senior analyst at market intelligence companyABI Research, said he isn’t surprised the App Store has caught up so quickly.

“The [music] industry has been troubled for a long time because of pirating and file sharing and all those things,” Beccue said. “There should be a lot more downloads than you would think … but a lot of people are getting things for free.”

However, that’s not how it works with apps, he said.

“Apps you can’t pirate easily at all,” he said. “Some studies have shown that a lot of people … don’t use [an app] past a week or two. What helps keep apps alive is how useful they are.”

Price is another factor that affects the numbers of apps downloaded versus the number of songs, Beccue said. Many apps are free to download whereas songs typically cost 99 cents.

Do you download more apps than songs?

You have just been elected president of the United States of America.  You must address foreign policy, terrorism, healthcare, the military, the economy, education, the environment, and much more.  What are the first three things you will do?  Which issues are dearest to you heart?  Do you think those issues overlap with the issues that are most important to the American public?

Click the image below, read the interview and answer the questions below.

1) Who is the artist of the Cultivating Minds art?

2) How old is she?

3) Where did the artist grow up?

4) How did the artist think of the art instillation?

5) What does the Cultivating Minds art instillation represent to the artist?

    1) How experienced are you in using computers? 

    2) What activity do you like to do the most when you use your computer?

    3) What aspect of computing do you like the least?

    4) What is your favorite subject in school?

    5) What occupation or career do you think you might pursue when you are older? Why are you thinking about this profession?

    6) What tasks do you think the computer will perform in the future? 

    7) What changes must take place in society and to the computer itself for these tasks to become a possibility?

    8) Are there examples of science fiction that have come true regarding the computer’s role in society?

    9-10) Write a paragraph that describes how computers will be used in the future. be creative as you can by placing your ideas in the context of a short story or poem.


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Kosha Dillz live at the Hue Music and Arts Festival, Dateland Park, Coachella, CA.

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