Happy Holidays!

  One of my holiday traditions is a trip to the old-fashioned  Fair Oaks Pharmacy in South Pasadena each year  to have a hot fudge sundae with peppermint ice-cream.  Sadly the last two years, they’ve had no peppermint ice-cream!  A similar absence of my favorite ice-cream has been encountered  when I search the local supermarkets. When …

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AI Challenges: Image Recognition Patterns

Artificial Intelligence and Image Recognition Challenges Everything’s Coming Up Roses! One of the methods used by image recognition algorithms is to “see” things by noting patterns in an image. This can be very effective, but can also create challenges. In the tea animation here, watch how the AI software sees the numerous roses in the bouquet, …

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An Emperor’s New Clothes Tale about Uber and Their Autonomous Cars, Or, When I Began Driving Autonomously at Sixteen Years of Age

When I began driving autonomously at sixteen years of age (i.e. without my father in the passenger seat guiding me and keeping me in compliance with the California driving laws for teens), Dad came home one night from work incredulous at the words of one of his business associates, who also had a new to driving …

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What Zebrafish Teach Us About Sleep

Usually the lectures I attend at Caltech and JPL are about landing on asteroids, black holes and the composition of Jupiter’s Moons, but this month, they had a biologist who discussed sleep. Years ago many scientists concluded that melatonin was the mechanism that causes people to sleep. Subsequently, many companies began manufacturing melatonin supplements. Later, …

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From My Cultural Landscape Series

So this morning I was looking for the vintage car rally event held in Pasadena every year the day before the Rose Parade, and this is what I discovered under “Events.” In 2008 a few of my female college students “explained” to me that it is not like back in the day when their moms …

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My Review of Merlin Snider’s New Album – “One Light Many Windows”

this essay was first published on November 29  in Folkworks Magazine   TITLE: One Light Many Windows ARTIST: Merlin Snider LABEL: Barking Dog Music RELEASE DATE: November 21, 2016 By Terry Bailey Years ago I visited painter Friedensreich Hundertwasser in his Venice (Italy) studio. I was surprised to see canvases lining the walls in all …

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You Want It Darker – Honoring Leonard Cohen

Update November 12, 2016:  the web page where the interview podcast of Leonard Cohen about his new album, You Want It Darker, appeared has now been updated to be a wonderful homage to Cohen with links to many videos, podcasts, audio files, biography information etc. I learned on this page that he had suffered from …

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Apples “New” Macs Not Much Help for Creative Developers Who Have Been Waiting and Waiting and Waiting

  I was super disappointed in this “new” #Apple Mac laptop announced October 27. We have all been waiting for new Minis and desktop computers for several years now, and Tim Cook and company gave us only a laptop with a function strip. (And I am thinking about writing a streaming video app that mutes …

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On Liberals, Geckos and Microloans

  Well, it’s time for me to get back on the book and science lecture review wagon! I’ve been working more on short stories and my interactive multimedia book series, Light 2.0, and have neglected writing about the nonfiction and real life learning going on in my world. Over the next weeks, I’ll write about …

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