Monday, May 06, 2019




MAY 6 - MAY 8, 2019

At the keynote for Microsoft Build, Satya Nadella introduced an impressive, staggering/mind-twisting/bewildering array of new, developing, and future products and services. The talk was primarily targeted at enterprise developers (in a number of ways) rather than at consumers (in contrast to most keynotes from Facebook, Google, and Apple).

Some of the ways in which enterprise developers were the target of the talk are:
1 - the products/services announced were largely for enterprise developers;
2 - the language used was full of words, names, and acronyms that would only be familiar to developers involved in that specific area;
3 - the examples and demos were drawn from enterprise applications.

The amount of technology described was staggering, and very impressive... if your goal is developing enterprise software, and you have enterprise support for training and team development, and you are targeting supported devices.  

The learning curve to just understand what Microsoft has available and how to use it is very steep. It is not clear if the training required is conveniently and generally available.  I suspect that only enterprise customers with support from Microsoft can easily get comprehensive advanced support.

However, Microsoft has always been exceptionally supportive of individual developers who look into any particular area (as opposed to comprehensive training). As an example, in a program before the keynote, student developers presented some amazing work. A project, EasyGlucose, which was awarded a grand prize in a competition (Imagine Cup) for student developers, used smart phones, Azure AI, and other tools, to monitor Glucose levels by observing changes in the eye; it is a tour-de-force of both research and technological development, by an independent student developer. -- Project presentations, by 3 finalist teams of student developers, are available from 4:35 of the Build keynote video, currently, at

Assuming the keynote was directed at developers rather than consumers, the faults in its production may be somewhat excused. However, objectively, although the technology seems terrific, reviewing both the script and the presentation of today's keynote, the quality was poor.  The script -- even, I think, for many developers -- used too many undefined and unexplained words, technical terms, and acronyms, It also did not provide clear explanations about either how to use much of the technology, or what its likely usage was.  It was too much information that went by too fast; nor did it provide a clear path to researching the information.  Although there were some canned examples of showing different pieces working together, it did not really tie all the different pieces together, neither  explaining how the pieces all worked together, nor how the different pieces were different. (For example, what is the difference between Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft 365?)

The presentation seemed insufficiently rehearsed. Everyone seemed to be reading their words, not telling us. (Of course, a teleprompter is ubiquitous; the trick is that viewers should not be aware of that.) Some people giving sidebar presentations seemed to be surprised by being on camera; others seemed to be over-prepared (as when there was a cheering section as the camera moved in to the speaker). Worst of all, the event opened with what seemed likely to be a spectacular Hololens 2 live demo... that, embarrassingly, did not work at all, getting the keynote off to a sour note. (As one of the unfortunate speakers noted, "doing a live demo is hard".  A bit of sympathy here. A bunch of super-star space tech guys were, with great fanfare, announcing a project to capture asteroids in space and bring them back to the vicinity of Earth and then mine the contents. Their highly promoted live stream did not work at all. Rocket science is easy; live streaming is hard.)

In the course of this conference, Microsoft will be discussing -- in additional keynotes, and many special technical sessions -- an important and impressive array of improvements in cloud and edge services, web browsing, AI, collaboration, and co-ordination between different products (eg Azure & Hololens 2). Many of these sessions, even if not live streamed, will be recorded and made available for video on demand.

More specific, and more leisurely, descriptions of particular products and services are likely to be available in these videos.

I hope that at least one session and/or some serious effort will be devoted to general information, and technical education for consumers, indie-developers, enterprise non-technical management, and even enterprise developers. I hope for transmedia education: video, online papers, books, live public conference presentations, and more.  

The array of products and services is growing and developing so fast, it will not help anyone (and will possibly hurt many) if the information about technology does not grow as fast or faster than the technology itself.

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MAY 6 - MAY 8
Keynote MON - May 6, 2019 8:30 Pacific 11:30 EST.
The Keynote will be live streamed.

MAY 7 - MAY 9
Keynote TUE -  MAY 7 10:00 Pacific 1:00 EST.
The Keynote will be live streamed.

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Thursday, May 02, 2019



The Parallax View, one of the all-time great conspiracy films, will play on MAX tonight at 8 PM (EST).

It is a chilling movie.

On one of my most memorable film experiences, after a few weeks of screening really boring films, I saw The Parallax View and Chinatown, back-to-back on the same day.

The Parallax View stars Warren Beatty, directed by Alan Pakula, from a script by David Giler and Lorenzo Semple Jr (with - according to IMDB - uncredited assistance by Robert Towne), from a novel by Loren Singer. 

Warren Beatty is well known for (among many othersBonnie & Clyde, Reds, Shampoo, and McCabe & Mrs Miller.

Paula Prentiss, Hume Cronyn and William Daniels also appear in the film.

Alan Pakula also directed Klute, with Jane Fonda, and All The President's Men, with Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford.




(If you miss it tonight, or don't have MAX, The Parallax View is available for rental on Amazon Prime Video.)

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NBC 2:30 - 7:15
Post time: about 6:45

Here are the 

post-position,  horse - jockey & *(special note)

for the horses running in the Kentucky Derby, on NBC, this Saturday, May 4 (the first Saturday in May!) 

Notable items to keep in mind, and the most likely horses to run well, are indicated with a asterisk(*).

I've been watching the Kentucky Derby just about every year for decades, and almost always with a Mint Julep!

I visited Belmont Park a few years ago. 

Perhaps the most striking thing about watching actual races live, rather than on TV, in movies, or in photos, was how hard the horses work while running the race.  On TV they look graceful.  Live, they are straining, immensely powerful, muscular, determined (beautiful , graceful) animals

Finale of the 2014 Belmont Stakes
Photo by Eric Roffman - QPORIT

In the NYT today (race day!) Joe Drape comments on recent tragedies in horse racing, especially at Santa Anita, which has had to suspend all racing. He recommends we all wish, most of all, for all the horses running today, and always, "Let's just get'em all around there safely."


Maximum Security finishes first. But earlier, spooked by the crowd, it shifted lanes, and was DISQUALIFIED by the stewards. Longshot (65-1!) COUNTRY HOUSE wins the Kentucky Derby! >> 

(While the disqualification result was controversial, it did look from the video footage as if a disaster -- with multiple horses tripping over other when Maximum Security shifted into a lane that was not clear -- was avoided mostly by sheer luck, plus quick action by all the jockeys. Let's be glad they all did get around there safely!)

1- Country House 65-1 $132.40
2- Code of Honor 14-1
3- Tacitus 5-1

4- Improbable
5- Game Winner
6- Master Fencer
7- War of Will
8- Plus Que Parfait
9- Win Win Win
10- Cutting Humor
11- By My Standards
12- Vekoma
13- Bodexpress
14- Tax
15- Roadster
16- Long Range Toddy
17- Spinoff
18- Gray Magician

19- Haikal - scratched
20- Omaha Beach - scratched
21- Maximum Security - 1st by 1 3/4 lengths, disqualified

Here's today's cast:

1. War of Will - Tyler Gaffalione
2. Tax - Junior Alvarado
3. By My Standards - Gabriel Saez
4. Gray Magician - Drayden Van Dyke (extreme longshot)
5. Improbable - Irad Ortiz Jr. *(Bob Baffert)
6. Vekoma - Javier Castellano
7. Maximum Security - Luis Saez *(undefeated in 4 races)
8. Tacitus - José Ortiz
9. Plus Que Parfait - Ricardo Santana Jr.
10. Cutting Humor - Corey Lanerie  Mike Smith *(star jockey)
11. Haikal - Rajiv Maragh SCRATCHED!
12. Omaha Beach - Mike Smith *(early favorite) SCRATCHED!
13. Code of Honor - John Velazquez
14. Win Win Win - Julian Pimental
15. Master Fencer (JPN) - Julien Leparoux (extreme longshot)
16. Game Winner - Joel Rosario *(Bob Baffert) *(new early favorite)
17. Roadster - Florent Geroux *(Bob Baffert)
18. Long Range Toddy - Jon Court
19. Spinoff - Manny Franco
20. Country House - Flavien Prat
21. Bodexpress – Chris Landeros *(late entry)


I've always tried to have a mint julep (MJ) on KD day. That's how I discovered Ruth Reichl (for a while the NYT food critic). In the early 90's she was a food critic in LA. On a business trip I knew I would be somewhere south of LA on derby day. I needed my MJ. I noticed an article she had written in the LA Times Magazine about new fine restaurants in California, and I found one that was near where I'd be. When I went there on KD day, they didn't know how to make a mint julep, but they were nice enough to try to follow my instructions, and when the first one didn't quite work, tried again and came up with something memorable, together with a really good meal. I've followed R Reichl ever since.

Here's how you make a wicked MJ. Boil a little bit of water and then put it in a cup with some washed and dried, torn up, fresh, nice looking mint leaves, to create a strong mint tea. 
(Note: Mint leaves are not always that easy to get, and when you get a bunch, many leaves are often wilted, or blackened. It's important to select the best leaves even if that is only a fraction of the bunch of mint in the package.)

(Experimental Note: This year I am going to try to make the crushed ice from frozen mint tea!)

Add quite a bit of sugar. (Optionally -- ideally, in fact -- some sugar could be substituted with a half jigger of a sweet liqueur like Cointreau, Drambuie, or Grand Marnier.) Add about a half jigger of a good Kentucky Bourbon. (After trying quite I few, I found that my favorite is definitely Maker's Mark.) Add this mixture with some additional torn up, fresh, nice looking mint leaves to ice in a crusher.

Crush the mixture of sweetened mint tea, and bourbon to make a tall glass worth of flavored crushed ice. Take a tall, chilled glass, add a long straw, fill the glass with the crushed ice, and then pour in a jigger more bourbon to fill up the cracks. Turn on the pre-race show, and enjoy it! 

(Note: Don't drive or ride a horse or car or operate heavy machinery after this (it's strong); don't ingest with anything that will exceed your tolerance for total number of chemicals in the body! If you drink, substitute the driver!)

It's matter of taste what you eat with the drink, if anything. My own preference is Greek or similar appetizers. In the New York area, Molyvos probably has the best selection of appetizers I know of. Near Carnegie Hall, they do provide food to go if that's how you want to enjoy the Derby.

I enjoy the race, by the way, but to make the race better (since it only lasts two minutes, after all), enhancing it with slow motion replays and particular horses isolated in the picture (the more the better) is a way of greatly extending the experience. I hope the TV broadcast does a lot of th

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019



JUNE 9, 2019

2019 Tony Award Nominees 

2019 Tony Award Nominees - Musicals
Best Musical

"Hadestown" (14!)
"Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations" (12)
"Tootsie" (11)
"Beetlejuice" (8)
"The Prom" (7)

Best Revival of a Musical

"Kiss Me, Kate" (4)
"Oklahoma!" (8)

Best Book of a Musical

"Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations": Dominique Morisseau
"Beetlejuice": Scott Brown and Anthony King
"Hadestown": Anaïs Mitchell
"The Prom": Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin
"Tootsie": Robert Horn

Best Original Score

"Beetlejuice," music and lyrics: Eddie Perfect
"Be More Chill," music and lyrics: Joe Iconis
"Hadestown," music and lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell
"The Prom," music by Matthew Sklar; lyrics by Chad Beguelin
"Tootsie," music and lyrics: David Yazbek
"To Kill a Mockingbird," music by Adam Guettel

Best Direction of a Musical

Rachel Chavkin, "Hadestown"
Scott Ellis, "Tootsie"
Daniel Fish, "Oklahoma!"
Des McAnuff, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
Casey Nicholaw, "The Prom"

Best Leading Actor in a Musical

Brooks Ashmanskas, "The Prom"
Derrick Baskin, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
Alex Brightman, "Beetlejuice"
Damon Daunno, "Oklahoma!"
Santino Fontana, "Tootsie"

Best Leading Actress in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block, "The Cher Show"
Caitlin Kinnunen, "The Prom"
Beth Leavel, "The Prom"
Eva Noblezada, "Hadestown"
Kelli O’Hara, "Kiss Me, Kate"

Best Featured Actor in a Musical

André De Shields, "Hadestown"
Andy Grotelueschen, "Tootsie"
Patrick Page, "Hadestown"
Jeremy Pope, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
Ephraim Sykes, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Lilli Cooper, "Tootsie"
Amber Gray, "Hadestown"
Sarah Stiles, "Tootsie"
Ali Stroker, "Oklahoma!"
Mary Testa, "Oklahoma!"

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
Peter England, "King Kong"
Rachel Hauck, "Hadestown"
Laura Jellinek, "Oklahoma!"
David Korins, "Beetlejuice"

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Michael Krass, "Hadestown"
William Ivey Long, "Tootsie"
William Ivey Long, "Beetlejuice"
Bob Mackie, "The Cher Show"
Paul Tazewell, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, "The Cher Show"
Howell Binkley, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
Bradley King, "Hadestown"
Peter Mumford, "King Kong"
Kenneth Posner and Peter Negrini, "Beetlejuice"

Best Sound Design in a Musical

Peter Hylenski, "King Kong"
Peter Hylenski, "Beetlejuice"
Steve Canyon Kennedy, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"
Drew Levy, "Oklahoma!"
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, "Hadestown"

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown, "Choir Boy"
Warren Carlyle, "Kiss Me, Kate"
Denis Jones, "Tootsie"
David Neumann, "Hadestown"
Sergio Trujillo, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"

Best Orchestrations

Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, "Hadestown"
Simon Hale, "Tootsie"
Larry Hochman, "Kiss Me, Kate"
Daniel Kluger, "Oklahoma!"
Harold Wheeler, "Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations"

2019 Tony Award Nominees - Plays
Best Play

"The Ferryman" - Playwright: Jex Butterworth (9)
"Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus" - Playwright: Taylor Mac (7)
"Ink" - Playwright: James Graham (7)
"Choir Boy" Playwright: Tarell Alvin McCraney (4)
"What the Constitution Means to Me" Playwright: Heidi Schreck (2)

Best Revival of a Play

"All My Sons" (3)
"Burn This" (3)
"The Boys in the Band" (2)
"Torch Song" (2)
"The Waverly Gallery" (2)

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold, "Ink"
Sam Mendes, "The Ferryman"
Bartlett Sher, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Ivo van Hove, "Network"
George C. Wolfe, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"

Best Leading Actor in a Play

Bryan Cranston, "Network"
Paddy Considine, "The Ferryman"
Jeff Daniels, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Adam Driver, "Burn This"
Jeremy Pope, "Choir Boy"

Best Leading Actress in a Play

Annette Bening, "All My Sons"
Laura Donnelly, "The Ferryman"
Elaine May, "The Waverly Gallery"
Janet McTeer, "Bernhardt/Hamlet"
Laurie Metcalf, "Hillary and Clinton"
Heidi Schreck, "What the Constitution Means to Me"

Best Featured Actor in a Play

Bertie Carvel, "Ink"
Robin de Jesús, "The Boys in the Band"
Gideon Glick, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Brandon Uranowitz, "Burn This"
Benjamin Walker, "All My Sons"

Best Featured Actress in a Play

Fionnula Flanagan, "The Ferryman"
Celia Keenan-Bolger, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Kristine Nielsen, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"
Julie White, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"
Ruth Wilson, "King Lear"

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Bunny Christie, "Ink"
Rob Howell, "The Ferryman"
Santo Loquasto, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"
Jan Versweyveld, "Network"

Best Costume Design of a Play

Rob Howell, "The Ferryman"
Toni-Leslie James, "Bernhardt/Hamlet"
Clint Ramos, "Torch Song"
Ann Roth, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Ann Roth, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, "Ink"
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, "Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus"
Peter Mumford, "The Ferryman"
Jennifer Tipton, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden, "Network"

Best Sound Design in a Play

Adam Cork, "Ink"
Scott Lehrer, "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Fitz Patton, "Choir Boy"
Nick Powell, "The Ferryman"
Eric Sleichim, "Network"

2019 Tony Award Nominees – Special Awards

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater

Rosemary Harris
Terrence McNally
Harold Wheeler

Isabelle Stevenson Award

Judith Light

Regional Theater Tony Award

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Special Tony Award

Marin Mazzie
Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company
Jason Michael Webb

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater

Broadway Inspirational Voices - Michael McElroy, Founder
Peter Entin
FDNY Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9
Joseph Blakely Forbes
Jason Michael Webb

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Monday, April 29, 2019




Joining "JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER" in its branding, the "FILM SOCIETY AT LINCOLN CENTER" is now calling itself FILM AT LINCOLN CENTER (FLC or FILMLINC), as part of its celebration of its 50th anniversary. 

Continuing its perpetual renewal process,and celebrating its name change, FILMLINC will be holding a series of free events this summer.

Also, tonight, they will host the celebrity studded 50th Anniversary Gala.

Here, lightly edited, is the announcement from FILM AT LINCOLN CENTER:

"Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the "Film Society of Lincoln Center" announced today the launch of a new name — Film at Lincoln Center — as well as a slate of free summer programming and a renewed commitment to its mission.

"For 50 years, the "Film Society of Lincoln Center" has been dedicated to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema and enriching film culture, through the prestigious New York Film Festival; the publication of Film Comment; the presentation of podcasts, talks, and special events; and the implementation of Artist Initiatives and Film in Education curriculum and screenings. 
"Film at Lincoln Center is a bold new name reflecting the identity of this nonprofit organization: a destination for film at New York’s preeminent arts complex. The institution’s past as a film society is an essential part of FLC’s history, however it does not represent its evolution and growth; we are an open, inclusive home not only for cinephiles but also for budding movie lovers and beyond—anyone looking to discover something new. 

"Film at Lincoln Center’s 50th anniversary celebrations will reflect and build upon the organization’s legendary past and vibrant present, and look ahead to extend its commitment to the film community. The festivities kick off tonight with the 50th Anniversary Gala, the most important fundraising event of Film at Lincoln Center’s landmark year, featuring guest speakers Pedro Almodóvar, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zoe Kazan, Michael Moore, Dee Rees, Martin Scorsese, Tilda Swinton, and John Waters—each of whom have a special connection to the organization. 
"Guests will arrive to see the lobby of Alice Tully Hall transformed with Film at Lincoln Center’s new name and branding before the ceremony, which will tell the story of the semi-centennial alongside a collection of interviews and archival footage, photographs, and film clips that reflect upon the organization’s role in New York City film culture. In honoring the past, the evening will celebrate a film community that is helping to shape the future of our art form.


"The anniversary celebration continues with Summer of Film at Lincoln Center, a season of free screenings, free talks, double bills, and more. Highlights include a trio of series featuring special double features: 
  • the 50th Mixtape (June 27 – September 11), which presents two free films back-to-back every Thursday night, combining all-time and recent favorites of Film at Lincoln Center programming staff and featuring everyone from Agnès Varda to Barry Jenkins; 
  • This Is Cinema Now: 21st Century Debuts (July 19-31), a survey of the most important new filmmakers of the millennium, showcasing such thrilling new voices as Maren Ade (The Forest for the Trees), Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), and Jordan Peele (Get Out); and 
  • Make My Day: American Movies in the Age of Reagan (August 23 – September 2), spun off from the estimable critic J. Hoberman's new book of the same title, which shines a political light on such beloved 80s titles as The Terminator, Back to the Future, and The King of Comedy
"Full details and schedule for these programs to be announced in the coming weeks. As these selections illustrate, Film at Lincoln Center extends its commitment to introducing New York audiences to cinema’s most vital and innovative voices—past, present, and future. "

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Sunday, April 28, 2019




APRIL 30, 2019-MAY 1, 2019

F8 - The Facebook developer conference, will go live on Tuesday April 30 at 1:00 PM (NY  time) -- in 3D 360 VR for anyone that has Oculus Venues on a headset such as Oculus GO.

At 1 O'clock, the event will kick-off with a keynote address, probably by Mark Zuckerberg.

The program will continue through Wednesday. There is another keynote on Wednesday, May 1, also at 1:00 (NY time).  

Other sessions may also be streamed live. Many will be recorded, then posted online after the event.

The focus of the event is the main Facebook product. However, there will be sessions on webXR, Facebook Stories, Machine Learning, Speech and Audio Research, AR Music, Mobile AI, several talks on Spark AR, and several talks on Games. 

It is possible that the Oculus Quest, a standalone, inside-out tracking, move-around headset, promised for  "Spring 2019", which is likely to be the best VR headset yet, will begin selling at the event.

Information about the event is available at

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Thursday, March 21, 2019





Today is the official World Poetry Day.  Here are some poetry posts from QPORIT.




Preview story: LOVE'S FINE WIT (with me)


For the 2019 slam, see:











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