Category: Commentary

Commentary and opinion

Machine Facial Recognition – Oh, noes! You’ve got it backwards!!

There are lots of complaints and criticism about the current state of automatic facial recognition systems which tend to focus on and highlight their limitations and inaccuracies. But, turn this around. What if Machine Facial Recognition were 100% accurate. Think…

Christmas Stockings

When I was a kid, the story was, if you were bad you got coal in you Christmas stocking instead of the usual nuts, candies and tiny sock size presents. Trump deserves coal in his stocking. Coal kills when it…

A complaint about the Natnl. Ballet of Canada’s “Nijinsky”

We saw this performed at the SF Opera House on Friday April 6th. The performance has been reviewed elsewhere, but as a mere member of the audience, I found that there was something very annoying about the evening. The ballet…

American Women Playwrights: Salon Study Oct 16-Nov 20

Salon Study: October 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13 , 20 Six Mondays, 7-9 pm 2714 Woolsey Berkeley (near College Ave) 510 205-6065 Contributions welcome AMERICAN WOMEN PLAYWRIGHTS A reading script (usually one act) will be distributed at each session.…

POTUS: Full-time salaried employee

The President of the United States is a full-time salaried employee of the United States of America. The citizens of the US set the job description and can dismiss the President for poor performance. The United States of American is…

Paying for Trump’s Wall – A Modest Proposal

We all know that Trump’s Wall will be huuge. What is underappreciated is that it could easily pay for itself! The wall will be high and mostly smooth (see below for the exception). My brother has observed that this is…

Regarding the Republican’s President Elect

Under our current system, it is essentially impossible for anyone to be elected as President unless he/she is put forward by either the Republican or the Democratic party. There are currently no other feasable scenarios. We should therefore not forget…

Weird ‘Hit Piece’ for Oakland Mayoral Election

Today I got a mailer from Citizens for Oakland, a group I had never heard of. I thought it might explain ranked choice voting, but it didn’t. It contained the most unflattering photos possible of candidates Quan and Kaplan, and…

Confessions of a Phone Banker

I am one of those people who call up around election day reminding people to vote – and more specifically to vote for the person we are committed to. One has to be committed, because it requires the renunciation of…