Tuesday, March 16, 2021

 

ERIC ROFFMAN - SELECTED PLAYS

 


ERIC ROFFMAN

SELECTED PLAYS 


PRIOR CIRCUMSTANCES

A FULL LENGTH PLAY FOR 2 ACTORS

A young, smart woman in her twenties joins a Master Class on "Creating Powerful Theater", given by a famous actor/writer/director; then asks him to help her develop a play about her mother's experience, trafficked from the former Soviet Union as it was collapsing.

This play explores how one tells the truth in theater. It is sexually charged.


THREE SONNET PLAYS

        SHORT PLAYS (each ~30 minutes), 
        ADAPTED FROM CLASSIC POETRY

LOVE'S WILL is a Valentine's Day (or any day of love) tribute to love, with four acts of selected classic love poetry, separated by short musical interludes. 

  • PREFACE
  • ACT ONE: INNOCENCE
  • ACT TWO: ADAGIO
  • ACT THREE: SCHERZO
  • ACT FOUR: EXPERIENCE
    • SCENE 1 --  CONSUMMATION AND LUST
    • SCENE 2 --  TRUE LOVE
  • POSTSCRIPT

LOVE'S WILL has been performed several times, including once at the Blue Heron Arts Center on Valentine's Day... with free champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for the audience. Obviously they enjoyed it.


LOVE IS MY SIN is a dramatic story of love, betrayal, and possible reconciliation, consisting entirely of Shakespeare's sonnets, rearranged to tell this story.

LOVE IS MY SIN has been performed twice.


LOVE'S FINE WIT expands the same dramatic story, adding the "dark lady of the sonnets", a narrator, and additional sonnets by Shakespeare, together with selected songs of Shakespeare accompanied by a theorbo or lute, to create a "classical musical" !

This was performed at the Cornelia Street Cafe, and featured the brilliant actress and singer, Katie Fabel.


DIONYSUS

This is a very short comic monologue, adapted from the opening of The Bacchae.  It was performed once, and people laughed.


XR (EXTENDED REALITY) AND HOW TO PREDICT THE FUTURE

This is a one-man show that provides a portal to the future. 

Many parts of this show have been performed for many types of audiences, but as the world keeps changing, the future evolves, and the show is different every time.


***

ERIC ROFFMAN

QUICK BIO 


Eric Roffman is an eclectic developer of eXtended Reality (XR) content and technology.  He invented the term in 2015: (http://qporit.blogspot.com/2015/09/some-variations-on-reality-extended.html). 

He is the organizer of NYXR – the New York eXtended Reality Meetup, the StoryForward Meetup and the StoryCode Meetup. He regularly speaks on XR and its applications. 

eXtended Reality (XR) includes all the technology and content enabled by the exponential growth of digital computing, and the public issues that arise from this explosive machine for change.

He recently completed two short, fictional, dramatic videos: one which included characters interactively speaking with programmed synthetic voices; and a 3D 360 VR video with spatial audio.  

For QPORIT (Quick Previews Of Random Interesting Things), he has written more than a thousand articles on new technology (especially XR), film, theater, and other Interesting Things. Many stories also included Virtual Reality video interviews of XR executives, and film and theater performers and directors, such as Diane Paulus and Liv Ullmann. 

He is currently porting QPORIT to QPORIT XR, a fully 3D 360 webXR enabled site. 

Earlier, he founded and edited THE AMERICAN FILM MAGAZINE, later selling the title to the American Film Institute.

Eric studied acting and directing with AADA, LAByrinth Theater, HB Studio, Jill Clayburgh, Paul Sills, and Sam Waterston.

His earlier background includes work at Viacom, as a director of the affiliated channel websites, and IBM, where he created live demos that were shown around the world. 

He has appeared in, directed, and produced plays which he adapted from Shakespeare’s sonnets. 

Eric's technical background includes a PhD in theoretical physics, a book on Neutrino Astrophysics; stints at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and Nobel laureate C N Yang’s group at Stony Brook; lectures around the world; one of the first ever computer generated videos for scientific visualization; running planetarium shows; programming for many financial institutions including a project with Nobel laureate Harry Markowitz; and the creation of an award winning video game, Millennium Auction.

Eric is currently writing a book: 

eXtended Reality and the Future of US All.




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Monday, March 15, 2021

 


THE 93RD ACADEMY AWARDS | 2021
 
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Honoring movies released in 2020

https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/2021


PICTURE


BEST PICTURE
"The Father"
"Judas and the Black Messiah"
"Mank"
"Minari"
"Nomadland"
"Promising Young Woman"
"Sound of Metal"
"The Trial of the Chicago 7″

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM

"Another Round" - Denmark
"Better Days" - Hong Kong
"Collective" - Romania
"The Man Who Sold His Skin" - Tunisia
"Qu Vadis, Aida?" - Bosnia and Herzegovina

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

"Collective"
"Crip Camp"
"The Mole Agent"
"My Octopus Teacher"
"Time"

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
"Onward"
"Over the Moon"
"A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon"
"Soul"
"Wolfwalkers"

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
"Burrow"
"Genius Loci"
"If Anything Happens I Love You"
"Opera"
"Yes-People"

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
"Feeling Through"
"The Letter Room"
"The Present"
"Two Distant Strangers"
"White Eye"

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)
"Colette"
"A Concerto Is a Conversation"
"Do Not Split"
"Hunger Ward"
"A Love Song For Latasha"


ACTING

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Riz Ahmed, "Sound of Metal"
Chadwick Boseman, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
Anthony Hopkins, "The Father"
Gary Oldman, "Mank"
Steven Yeun, "Minari"

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Viola Davis, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
Andra Day, "The United States vs. Billie Holiday"
Vanessa Kirby, "Pieces of a Woman"
Frances McDormand, "Nomadland"
Carey Mulligan, "Promising Young Woman"

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Maria Bakalova, "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm"
Glenn Close, "Hillbilly Elegy"
Olivia Colman, "The Father"
Amanda Seyfried, "Mank"
Youn Yuh-jung, "Minari"

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Sacha Baron Cohen, "The Trial of the Chicago 7"
Daniel Kaluuya, "Judas and the Black Messiah"
Leslie Odom Jr., "One Night in Miami"
Paul Raci, "Sound of Metal"
Lakeith Stanfield, "Judas and the Black Messiah"


CREATION

DIRECTOR
Thomas Vinterberg, "Another Round"
David Fincher, "Mank"
Lee Isaac Chung, "Minari"
Chloe Zhao, "Nomadland"
Emerald Fennell, "Promising Young Woman"

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sean Bobbitt, "Judas and the Black Messiah"
Erik Messerschmidt, "Mank"
Dariusz Wolski, "News of the World"
Joshua James Richards, "Nomadland"
Phedon Papamichael , "The Trial of the Chicago 7"

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

"Borat Subsequent MovieFilm"
"The Father"
"Nomadland"
"One Night in Miami"
"The White Tiger"

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
"Judas and the Black Messiah"
"Minari"
"Promising Young Woman"
"Sound of Metal"
"The Trial of the Chicago 7"

ORIGINAL SONG
"Fight For You" from "Judas and the Black Messiah"
"Hear My Voice" from "The Trial of the Chicago 7"
"Husavik" from "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga"
"lo Sì (Seen)" from "The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)"
"Speak Now" from "One Night in Miami..."

ORIGINAL SCORE
"Da 5 Bloods"
"Mank"
"Minari"
"News of the World"
"Soul"


CRAFT

FILM EDITING
"The Father"
"Nomadland"
"Promising Young Woman"
"Sound of Metal"
"The Trial of the Chicago 7"

PRODUCTION DESIGN

"The Father"
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
"Mank"
"News of the World"
"Tenet"

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND
"Greyhound"
"Mank"
"News of the World"
"Soul"
"Sound of Metal"

VISUAL EFFECTS
"Love and Monsters"
"The Midnight Sky"
"Mulan"
"The One and Only Ivan"
"Tenet"

COSTUME DESIGN
"Emma"
"Ma Rainey's Blackbottom"
"Mank"
"Mulan"
"Pinocchio"

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
"Emma"
"Hillbilly Elegy"
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
"Mank"
"Pinocchio"


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Thursday, March 11, 2021

 

QPORIT XR NEWSROOM


QPORIT XR
THE XR NEWSROOM

EXTENDED REALITY
TECHNOLOGY, CULTURE, ISSUES

Quick Previews Of Random Interesting Things


***


2021-03-11 (THU MAR 11, 2021)


US


THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021
also known as the COVID-19 RELIEF BILL
  • was signed into law today by President Biden.
  • It is a sweeping measure that provides 
    • direct support for financially struggling Americans
    • support for the infrastructure to fight COVID
    • support for challenges to economic stability
      • including help for governmental units.
  • The law passed with NO GOP votes.
    • (Editorial note: The shocking irresponsibility of the GOP, including the former president; including challenges to the election culminating in an armed attack against the government of the US aided and supported by the GOP and the former president; and including the disastrous no-mask and relaxed no-congregating policies of GOP governors and the former president; continuing now with NO support from the Congressional GOP for this critical law, is a disgrace and an attack on American health, democracy, and values.) 
  • Here is the complete (628 page) bill.
  • President Biden will give a Prime-Time address tonight at 8 PM.


***


2021-03-11 (THU MAR 11, 2021)


XR - $$$


THE LATEST NFT AUCTION OF A JPG
  • SOLD FOR
    •  $69,346,250. (SIC)
  • AT CHRISTIES AUCTION HOUSE.
  • Here's the tweet:
  • . 's 'The First 5000 Days', the 1st purely digital NFT based artwork offered by a major auction house has sold for $69,346,250, positioning him among the top three most valuable living artists. Major Thanks to + . More details to be released shortly
  • (A question: How much will the NFT of that tweet sell for???)
  • Here's the official press release:
    • https://www.christies.com/about-us/press-archive/details?PressReleaseID=9966&lid=1

    ***


    2021-03-10 (WED MAR 10, 2021)


    US - CONGRESS - COVID


    THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT OF 2021
    also known as the COVID-19 RELIEF BILL

    ***


    2021-03-09 (TUE MAR 9, 2021)


    XR - TV - GAMES


    FROM BOBBY TO BETH
    • Today is Bobby Fischer's birthday.
    • He was the most interesting American chess player in the last hundred years or so, and probably the best chess player ever, up until the time he lived.
      • As he, himself, said though, he learned from the earlier players.
    • He was haunted and frustrated by the difficulty of earning money as a chess player at that time (~ 1958 - 1870's and after),
      • and upset that the Russian players at the time were supported by the government, and working together to help each other.
      • It was a time of paranoia, and conspiracy ideas, and he became increasingly disturbed and fearful of Russian "cheating" that would affect his play in championship matches; and he also had a dose of anti-semitism. 
      • Neither did his anti-semitism prevent him from having Jewish friends, nor did his anti-Russian feelings prevent him from a very friendly relation with Boris Spassky, the Russian World Champion that he defeated for the World Chess Championship.
      • His demons did, however, coalesce when he held a match in Yugoslavia in violation of US sanctions, resulting in charges from the US that prompted rather despicable outbursts from him, and prevented him from ever returning to this country.
    • Now, Beth Harmon, of Queen's Gambit, has resulted in a burst of popularity of chess in the US, with an apparent rise in interest among girls.
    • And several chess players have begun to make serious money playing chess live on Twitch.
    • Queen's Gambit is a terrific series on Netflix. It is set roughly in the period when Bobby Fischer was active, and reflects (somewhat mildly) the feeling American players had at the time of the Russians.
      • Spoiler alert: skip this next sentence if you have not watched the Queens' Gambit yet:
      • In fact, the last episode in the series does reflect something quite like what happened in the sixth game of the World Championship Match between Fischer and Spassky.(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv52uwNfFZg)
    • Many of the games featured in the series are actually real, historical games, and even the current World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlson, has watched the series and has published analyses of the games.
    • The story telling, and especially the character of Beth Harmon and the performance by Anya Taylor Joy (and Isla Johnston as the young Beth) are terrific.
    Here's Bobby Fischer on TV with Johnny Carson.  Both at their best.
    youtube.com/watch?v=QxvnEw
    ***


    2021-03-07 (SUN MAR 7, 2021)


    XR - AI - US


    THE NATIONAL SECURITY COMMISSION on AI (NSCAI)
    • has published its final report describing the urgency of developing US capabilities in AI as a matter of National Security.
    • It has proposed billions of dollars of expenditures to improve the ways that the US is creating and managing AI.
    • The Report is the result of two years of study.
      • It is 756 pages long.
    • The Commission is chaired by Eric Schmidt, former CEO and Chairman of Google.
      • Most members of the Commission have experience in the military, government or big tech.
      • Four of the fifteen members of the Commission are female. 
        • One of the female members appears to be the only black or non-white member.
    • In a discussion of the report on "GPS" with Fareed Zakaria on CNN, Eric Schmidt said that China is the country whose developing work in AI (and 5G) is most likely to pose a potential future threat to the US in the next five to ten years.
    • There will be an event next week from a different organization to discuss AI and government services:
    • Here is the full 756 page report:
    • Editorial note: For any study of XR Technology and Public Policy, AI must be part of the discussion.
    • This study is an essential contribution, but it is only part of the picture.
    • The study does consider issues like privacy. 
    • The study takes a very broad view of the initiatives that must be undertaken.
    • How AI is deployed however, is also very important.
      • As this report's focus is "National Security" and its Commission membership is essentially tied closely to the military-industrial-governmental complex, there may be a need for contributions from the small business, non-military, non-governmental, independent, public, arts & cultural, multiracial, multi-economic segments of the public.
      • AI affects everybody 
        • (which I think may be a point made in the study which, Schmidt suggested on CNN, predicts AI to be a 50 TRILLION dollar part of the economy within ten years).
      • As Facebook suggested once, in a second-day Keynote on F8, every choice of data -- or choice of algorithm used to analyze data for AI -- is political.
    ***


    2021-03-06 (SAT MAR 6, 2021)


    US


    THE COVID RELIEF BILL
    • passed the Senate by a vote of 50-49.
      • all Democrats voted for the bill
      • all Republicans voted against it except
        • Dan Sullivan who was absent, attending a funeral in Alaska.
    • The House must now pass the bill, because it was amended in the Senate.
      • Passage by early next week seems certain.
    ***


    2021-03-05 (FRI MAR 5, 2021)


    XR - BLOCKCHAIN MUSIC


    KINGS OF LEON
    • a rock band
    • is releasing (and promoting) a new album with an NFT auction on OpenSea.
      • An NFT (non-fungible token) is like a "certificate of authenticity" certified by being inscribed in the records of a blockchain. 
      • A blockchain is a system of storing information with the information distributed around the internet, with metadata available to prove the identity of the stored information, and the information itself protected by encryption and a password.
    • More information is available at 
    • We will be following cryptocurrency, NFTs and other applications, possibilities, and hazards of blockchains, as this field develops, so
      • PLEASE FOLLOW US, TO GET THE LATEST INFORMATION!
    ***

    XR - TECH AND PUBLIC POLICY

    TIM WU
     

    ***

    2021-03-02 (TUE MAR 2, 2021)


    XR - MIXED REALITY


    MICROSOFT
    • introduced MS MESH, an expanded set of tools for Mixed Reality, at MS IGNITE, one of several tech conferences MS holds each year.
    • Some of the most significant features of this technology are that:
      • It is a social space -- people can join from different places
        • They can share 3D VR objects that have been imported and work on them together.
        • People can join as avatars or (to some extent now, and better later) as holographic characters -- such as volumetric video live streamed images.
          • With MR devices like the HoloLens, holographic participants do not block their faces completely (as current VR headsets like QUEST do).
      • Virtual spaces are persistent: You can leave them, return, and they will still be there.
      • Because this is Mixed Reality, virtual spaces can also be fixed in real space, and tied 
        • to the location of real places - like an ad or a picture on the side of a building, or
        • to real things like a logo on a handbag, or a truck.
      • The Mesh works with a variety of HMD's and a variety of MR software (and more are coming).
    • We will be reporting in much more detail soon on MS MESH.
      • PLEASE FOLLOW US, TO GET THE LATEST INFORMATION!
    ***


    2021-02-28 (SUN FEB 28, 2021)


    FILM & TV

    THE GOLDEN GLOBES


    ***


    2021-02-15 (MON FEB 15, 2021)


    HOLIDAY

    PRESIDENTS' DAY!



    An excerpt from the Address:

    The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all. The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government.

     

    All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and, according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interests.

     

    However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.

    G. Washington

    September 19, 1796


    ***


    2021-02-14 (SUN FEB 14, 2021)


    HOLIDAY

    HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

    ***


    2021-02-13 (SAT FEB 13, 2021)


    US - NEWS AND OPINION

    TRUMP
    • was acquitted of the Impeachment charge of Inciting Insurrection.
    • Neither Trump's counsel, nor Mitch McConnell, speaking for himself and presumably many of those who joined him in voting to acquit, disputed the basic facts, nor did they condone them.
      • They used the "off-ramp" of procedural and jurisdictional issues to defend their vote.
        • Although assumed to be a "defender of the Senate" and the Constitution,  MM voted to acquit despite the binding vote in the Senate declaring the process of Impeaching the President and trying him after he leaves office to be Constitutional, and the fact that the assault was a direct attack on the Congress, its Constitutional duties and its members.
    • I suspect that MM hopes for support from both Trumpers (he voted to acquit) and anti-Trumpers (he expressed outrage). He will discover the opposite. Trump hates partial supporters. Supporters of democracy think him a hypocrite toadie. 
    • The experience of Trump shows that US democracy needs stronger guardrails against an autocratic President (or a runaway Congress, or a seriously out-of-touch Supreme Court).
    For "unity" to be possible, non-extremist Republicans need to be convinced en-masse that the election was fair: the count is accurate, and that Trump knowingly lied (or is dangerously delusional).

    Pelosi has called for study and hearings; Cruz called for a study of the election; McConnell called for a criminal investigation. There should be hearings, criminal investigations when needed, and a study of the election, and of all the major issues facing the country, looking squarely both at what needs to be done in the future and what Trump did during these last years. There should be a new look at the Mueller Investigation and what Mueller could not do because of restraints on his investigation.
    ***


    2021-02-12 (FRI FEB 12, 2021)


    US - EDITORIAL

    COUNSEL FOR TRUMP
    • have argued that Trump's speech on Jan 6, and in tweets before and after show that Trump was telling his supporters that he wanted peaceful demonstrations, and an election that is fair to all sides.

    In my opinion that is like arguing that Marc Antony's appearance before the crowd in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar was in support of Brutus and the assassins.

    Antony did say, Brutus is an honourable man.  He did say, Brutus said 'Caesar was ambitious.'

    He did say, I rather choose
    To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,
    Than I will wrong such honourable men.

    He did say, Let but the commons hear this testament--
    Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read--
    ...

    I must not read it;
    It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you.
    You are not wood, you are not stones, but men;
    And, being men, bearing the will of Caesar,
    It will inflame you, it will make you mad:


    So, "clearly," Antony is trying to calm the mob: not reading the will which would inflame them; praising the assassins as honourable men. So he is not inciting the mob, he is on the side of calm deliberation of the acts of honourable men.

    Here's the whole text - 
    A section of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: Act III Scene II

    ANTONY
    Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
    I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
    The evil that men do lives after them;
    The good is oft interred with their bones;
    So let it be with Caesar. The noble Brutus
    Hath told you Caesar was ambitious:
    If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
    And grievously hath Caesar answer'd it.
    Here, under leave of Brutus and the rest--
    For Brutus is an honourable man;
    So are they all, all honourable men--
    Come I to speak in Caesar's funeral.
    He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
    But Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And Brutus is an honourable man.
    He hath brought many captives home to Rome
    Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
    Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
    When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
    Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And Brutus is an honourable man.
    You all did see that on the Lupercal
    I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
    Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
    Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
    And, sure, he is an honourable man.
    I speak not to disprove what Brutus spoke,
    But here I am to speak what I do know.
    You all did love him once, not without cause:
    What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
    O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
    And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
    My heart is in the coffin there with Caesar,
    And I must pause till it come back to me.
    First Citizen
    Methinks there is much reason in his sayings.
    Second Citizen
    If thou consider rightly of the matter,
    Caesar has had great wrong.
    Third Citizen
    Has he, masters?
    I fear there will a worse come in his place.
    Fourth Citizen
    Mark'd ye his words? He would not take the crown;
    Therefore 'tis certain he was not ambitious.
    First Citizen
    If it be found so, some will dear abide it.
    Second Citizen
    Poor soul! his eyes are red as fire with weeping.
    Third Citizen
    There's not a nobler man in Rome than Antony.
    Fourth Citizen
    Now mark him, he begins again to speak.
    ANTONY
    But yesterday the word of Caesar might
    Have stood against the world; now lies he there.
    And none so poor to do him reverence.
    O masters, if I were disposed to stir
    Your hearts and minds to mutiny and rage,
    I should do Brutus wrong, and Cassius wrong,
    Who, you all know, are honourable men:
    I will not do them wrong; I rather choose
    To wrong the dead, to wrong myself and you,
    Than I will wrong such honourable men.
    But here's a parchment with the seal of Caesar;
    I found it in his closet, 'tis his will:
    Let but the commons hear this testament--
    Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read--
    And they would go and kiss dead Caesar's wounds
    And dip their napkins in his sacred blood,
    Yea, beg a hair of him for memory,
    And, dying, mention it within their wills,
    Bequeathing it as a rich legacy
    Unto their issue.
    Fourth Citizen
    We'll hear the will: read it, Mark Antony.
    All
    The will, the will! we will hear Caesar's will.
    ANTONY
    Have patience, gentle friends, I must not read it;
    It is not meet you know how Caesar loved you.
    You are not wood, you are not stones, but men;
    And, being men, bearing the will of Caesar,
    It will inflame you, it will make you mad:
    'Tis good you know not that you are his heirs;
    For, if you should, O, what would come of it!
    Fourth Citizen
    Read the will; we'll hear it, Antony;
    You shall read us the will, Caesar's will.
    ANTONY
    Will you be patient? will you stay awhile?
    I have o'ershot myself to tell you of it:
    I fear I wrong the honourable men
    Whose daggers have stabb'd Caesar; I do fear it.
    Fourth Citizen
    They were traitors: honourable men!
    All
    The will! the testament!
    Second Citizen
    They were villains, murderers: the will! read the will.
    ANTONY
    You will compel me, then, to read the will?



    ***


    2021-02-10 (WED FEB 10, 2021)


    US

    THE IMPEACHMENT MANAGERS
    • have given a compelling exposition on how Trump spent months promoting his lie  that the election was stolen, and his meme, "Stop the Steal" in order to steal the election, himself;
      • and when all else failed, he incited the violent groups he had been cultivating to storm the Capitol in a last ditch attempt to delay or prevent the certification of Biden.
    • It was an attack on democracy:
    When the President lies
    Democracy dies.

     (THU JAN 28, 2021)


    US - XR - $$$

    GAMESTOP: FACTS, FAKES, FICTION, & REAL LIFE
    • Chatter on Reddit has apparently been the factor sending the stock price of several stocks, notably GAMESTOP, soaring amidst wild volatility.
    • Chatter on social media sites, some public, some secretive, helped fuel the January 6 assault on the Capitol with false narratives that the election was "stolen".
    • Years ago, Orson Welles' radio production of "War of the Worlds", presented as if news commentators were actually describing a real invasion of Earth, terrified many who believed it was real (at least until the commercial break).
    • FACTS are what happens - whether you know about it or not.
    • FICTION is the stories we tell, sometimes to understand facts, sometimes to imagine what would happen if something was a fact.
    • FAKES are statements or media designed to convince people that something is a fact, when it is not a fact, and they know it is not a fact.
      • FICTION and FAKES influence how we react to our experience. 
      • FICTION prepares us to act wisely. FAKES prepare us to act badly.
    • We need to know and understand FACTS in order to make good decisions about real life. 
    • Although Orson Welles knew he was doing a fictional story, and said so at the beginning of the broadcast, people who missed that notice were affected in Real Life.
      • (Orson Welles, by the way, later made a movie called, "F for Fake".)
    • The Internet has proven to be a very efficient method of spreading FAKES.
    • People who believed the narrative that the election was stolen were the victims of a FAKE. Those who promoted (or continue to promote) the FAKE were (are) deliberately generating bad consequences in Real Life.
    • The motives and story behind the chatter on buying and selling stocks like GAMESTOP are not known, but IF people think they are getting good information, and they are actually being fed FAKES, it could have very serious $$ consequences for some people in Real Life.
    ***


    2021-01-27 (WED JAN 27, 2021)


    US

    HOMELAND SECURITY
    • has issued a nation-wide alert:
    • "The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin due to 
      • a heightened threat environment across the United States, 
      • which DHS believes will persist in the weeks following the successful Presidential Inauguration. 
      • Information suggests that some ideologically-motivated violent extremists with objections to the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition,
        •  as well as other perceived grievances fueled by false narratives,
      • could continue to mobilize to incite or commit violence. "
    • Link:
    • https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/ntas/alerts/21_0127_ntas-bulletin.pdf

    ***


    2021-01-21 (THU JAN 21, 2021)


    US

    ON THE FIRST DAY
    • President Biden
      • Rejoined the World Health Organization (WHO) and is sending Dr. Fauci to the next meeting as head of the US Delegation.
      • Rejoined the Paris Climate Accord.
      • Directed non-citizens to be included in the census.
      • Changed immigration policies, creating a path to citizenship for many immigrants.
      • Ended restrictions on travel from "Muslim" countries.
      • Canceled the "1776 Commission" and changed some regulatory procedures.
      • Halted construction of the "border wall".
      • Had a genuine, old-fashioned Press Briefing, handled by the new Press Secretary.
    • Vice-President Harris 
      • Presided over the Senate for the first time.
      • Swore in three new Senators.
        • Thereby making the Senate 50-50, and with her tie-breaking vote making the Democrats the majority party in the Senate.
          • That made Senator Schumer the Majority Leader, able to set the agenda and schedule for the Senate.
    ***


    2021-01-20

    WED JAN 20, 2021

    12:01 PM 

    PRESIDENT JOSEPH R BIDEN






    ***

    US

    PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION 

    ***


    2021-01-14 (THU JAN 14, 2021)


    US

    IT'S JUST TWO WEEKS!  HERE'S A RECAP 
    • 01 FRI - HAPPY NEW YEAR'S DAY!
    • 02 SAT - President Trump calls the Secretary of State in Georgia and pressures him to "find" enough votes to to flip the state from Biden to Trump.
    • 03 SUN - The recording of Trump's call is released to the public.
    • 04 MON - Biden, Harris, Trump and others campaign in Georgia before the Senate runoff election.
    • 05 TUE - Runoff election in Georgia. Very close, but both Democratic candidates win. The Senate will be 50R - 50D. With Kamala Harris breaking the tie, the Democrats will narrowly hold control of the Senate.
    • 06 WED - As a joint session of Congress is counting the electoral votes a mob, incited by a Trump speech falsely claiming the election was stolen and asking them to "fight" and march to Congress, overwhelms the police and storms through Congress.
      • At least 5 people die
        • One is a female rioter trying to break in.
        • One is a policeman murdered by someone in the crowd.
      • There are cries of "Hang Pence".
      • There are anti-semitic and white power extremist slogans worn on people's clothing.
      • American flags are used as weapons.
      • Trump calls the rioters "patriots" and says he "loves" them.
        • Trump does nothing for hours to stop the rioters.
      • Congresspeople are ushered to safe rooms in the building.
        • Some Republican congressmen refuse to wear masks
        • Subsequently, several Congresspeople develop COVID .
      • After several hours, police reinforcements arise and expel the rioters.
    • 06 WED - After the rioters are expelled, BIDEN and Harris are certified by Congress as the President-Elect and Vice-President Elect.
      • A large group of Republican Congresspeople and a small group of Senators try to postpone the certification with specious denials of the validity of Biden's election.
    • 07 THU - As more and more information about the riot is revealed, the seriousness of the attack, the amount of deliberate planning that went into it, and the danger the Congresspeople faced becomes more and more evident.
    • 08 FRI - Senator Lindsey Graham, who expressed (mild) displeasure with the President and an acceptance of the result of the election is accosted by an angry mob at the airport.
    • 09 SAT - The House drafts an Article of Impeachment for "Incitement of Insurrection".
    • 11 MON - THE CORONAVIRUS
      • has caused more than 90 million cases world-wide;
      • has caused more than 1.9 million deaths world-wide;
      • has caused more than 22 million cases in the US;
      • has caused more than 383 thousand deaths in the US;
      • is getting worse.
    • 12 TUE - The House considers an Article of Impeachment,'
    • 13 WED - Donald J Trump is impeached for Incitement of Insurrection.
      • He is the only President to be impeached twice.
      • 10 Republicans join the Democrats in passing the resolution of impeachment
    • 14 THU - President-Elect Biden proposes an expansive stimulus and relief bill as millions remain unemployed, and unemployment filings are increasing.
    • Meanwhile, the stock market is doing well.

    ***


    2021-01-06 (WED JAN 6, 2021)


    US

    COUNTING! THE CONSTITUTION: from ARTICLE II SECTION 1
    • "The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President"
    • The Congress is not given the opportunity here in the Constitution to change the vote.
    • The President of the United States in the last few days
      • Cajoled, bullied, pressured, and tried to convince the Secretary of State in Georgia to change the vote count, citing "rumors" but no evidence to invalidate the election of the Biden electors.
      • Has been trying, according to reports, to invalidate the electoral college victory of Biden when the vote is counted in Congress, with action from Pence (the President of the Senate) and other Congresspersons and Senators.
    • Attempts by anyone, including a sitting President, to change election returns, or to circumvent the Constitution to change the results of a Presidential election, should be treated as an attempted coup and an attack on the United States, its Constitution, and on democracy itself.
      • In the case of a President, it would be a violation of the Constitutional Oath to "faithfully execute the office of President of the United States" and to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States".
      • It should be treated seriously, 
        • with consequences for anyone who participated in the attempted coup;
        • with legislation or constitutional changes to prevent any future similar attempt from even being contemplated.

    ***


    2021-01-05 (TUE JAN 5, 2021)


    US

    KENOSHA
    • No charges were filed against any police officers in the shooting of Jacob Blake.
    • This once again re-emphasizes the necessity of appropriate and stricter national standards for the use of guns, deadly force, no-knock warrants, and other tactics and violence by police on civilians, including easier prosecution and a wide range of measures to deter these tragedies.
    ***
     
    2021-01-01
     
    FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2021


    HOLIDAY

    HAAPPPPY NEW YEAR!!!

    A Happy New Year XRd (tm)(card)

    https://www.qporitxr.com/hny

    This link should work in 2D in any browser.

    It should work in 3D VR in any VR headset,
    when viewed in a webXR enabled browser.

    It is optimized for the QUEST, viewed with the
    Oculus Browser or Firefox Reality.

    ***



    2020-12-30 (WED DEC 30, 2020)


    EXTENDED REALITY
    SIMPLE PREDICTIONS FOR 2021


    EXTENDED REALITY INCLUDES ALL THE TECHNOLOGY, CONTENT AND ISSUES ENABLED, CREATED AND AFFECTED BY THE EXPONENTIAL EXPLOSION OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY.

    SIMPLE PREDICTIONS for 2021

    ·       Technological development will continue to increase exponentially.

    o   It will be a difficult challenge to equitably distribute the benefits of technology to all social, geographical, age, financial and other demographics.

    o   There will be new cameras and new headsets for Virtual Reality.

    o   There will be progress in developing Augmented & Mixed Reality.

    o   AI will have new techniques and new business applications .

    §  Chinese AI companies will do very well.

    §  Robotics will improve significantly.

    §  Automated vehicles will make big advances.

    o   5G will continue to roll out, and there will be a few notable applications.

    §  Getting fast 5G to rural areas will go very slowly.

    ·       (“5G” includes several different technologies of different speeds.)

    o   Cloud services will be a big business.

    o   Cyber security and regulation of technology will be major issues.

    §  But they are complicated and there will be no major solutions in 2021.

    §  New laws and new ways of thinking about technology may be needed.

    §  It may even be necessary to change the fundamental TCP/IP and other protocols that govern Internet communications.

     

    ·       The most urgent issue will be to stamp out COVID-19.

    o   All predictions of timing depend on mutations of the coronavirus leaving vaccines intact and the modes of transmission relatively similar.

    o   The first quarter, and the first month especially, will see continued high levels of illness and mortality.

    o   Mass vaccinations will be increasing through the summer.

    o   There will be tentative attempts at a "new normal” in the fall of 2021.

    §  There will continue, throughout the year, to be improvements in remote work, education, and entertainment.

    §  This will continue as part of the “new normal".

     

    ·       President Trump will continue to make trouble -- through the certification of Biden as the new President, the inauguration and beyond, unless he is stopped (for example by being banned from social media, or being sued, or being arrested; or by seriously overstepping in his quest to reverse the election result).

     

    ·       There will be major systemic issues that must be dealt with. These include:

    o   A high level of long-term unemployment due to the depression of travel, entertainment, in-person dining and shopping, that is likely to continue at least until late summer or fall.

    o   The financial difficulties of state and local governments.

    §  If not dealt with, this could spread to economic problems throughout the economy.

    o   Mistreatment of minorities -- by police and other parts of government and society.

    o   An infrastructure that has been ignored for too long and needs a massive upgrade.

    §  In some cases, there may be critically dangerous situations.

    §  In many cases of public utilities, the prevalence of power outages, internet outages, water purity, and other chronic conditions must be stopped.

    o   A foreign policy that has distanced the US from its allies, allowed our international adversaries to benefit, and damaged the reputation of the US.

    §  This must be reversed.

    §  International cooperation must be accelerated, for example, with respect to

    ·       Global warning

    ·       Pandemics

    ·       Space laws

    ·       International cyber issues

    ·       Crime.

    o   The system of oversight of the executive branch.

    §  It must be strengthened.

    o   The system of national elections.

    ·       Possible actions include a study or movement toward national election laws, such as

    o   an independent election commission or

    o   abolishing the electoral college in favor of a national popular vote.

    o   The skewed distribution of wealth and income.

    §  National legislation may be needed.

    §  Excessive wealth by a few does not leave enough for everyone else.

    §  Poverty in the US is unacceptable.

    o   Immigration.

    §  The whole process needs to be changed to allow a respect for immigrants from their application through citizenship.

    o   The changing climate.

    §  Efforts must accelerate to

    ·       Ameliorate the effects of climate change.

    ·       Reduce (or reverse!) global warming.

    o   National health.

    §  Every person in the US (for any reason)

    ·       Should be able to find affordable medical care at any time.

    o   Including affordable medications.

    o   Education and culture.

    §  Every child should have a good education from pre-kindergarten on.

    §   Every child should have access to the digital tools (such as fast Internet and a good computer) necessary for online learning. 

    §  Every person in the US should be able to get a free college education.

    §  The level of every citizen needs to be raised with respect to

    ·       Understanding the American system of government

    o   The issues facing society

    ·       Mathematics

    ·       All the sciences

    ·       World history and world geography

    ·       Literature and the arts.

                   

    ***


    2020-12-28 (MON DEC 28, 2020)


    US

    AS THE YEAR WINDS DOWN AND A NEW PRESIDENTIAL TERM APPROACHES...
    • After VETOing the Defense Appropriation Bill and raising new objections to the relief bill, the relief bill (together with government funding) was signed.
    • The Democrats are moving to increase the relief payments. 
      • Trump called for $2,000 payments. Will he - and the GOP - actually follow through?
    • Biden says that he is not getting full cooperation in the transition, including aspects vital to national security.
    • Trump is handing out "get-out-of-jail-free" pardons to his supporters, without a formal process, 
      • regardless of former convictions, or confessions, or plea deals, or whether national security was involved, or corruption.
    • COVID-19 is raging and neither Trump nor Pence ("head" of the COVID  "task force") is making any effort to discourage holiday travel or parties, which are likely to cause an even greater new surge of cases and deaths in January.
    • There was a massive cyber hack of government and corporate computer systems, probably from Russia.
    • Trump continues to claim that he only lost because of voting fraud, a claim that has been completely disproved. 
      • If he knows the truth, he is lying; if not, he is delusional or deranged. These all pose a threat to democracy and the office of the Presidency. 

    ***
    2020-12-25 
    FRI DEC 25, 2020


    HOLIDAY

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    ***


    2020-12-14 (MON DEC 14, 2020)


    US

    THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS
    • at their respective states have met and confirmed the election of Biden for President and Harris for Vice President.
    • The votes are "officially counted" by Congress on January 6.
    • The vote for two Senators from Georgia will take place on Jan 5.
    • From the Constitution:
    • [Article XII] (12th Amendment – Election of President)

      The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and of all persons voted for as Vice-President, and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate;—The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted;—The person having the greatest number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President. THIS HAS CHANGED. SEE AMENDMENT BELOW The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States. 

    • Article [XX] (20th Amendment – Terms of President, Vice President, Members of Congress: Presidential Vacancy)

      3: If, at the time fixed for the beginning of the term of the President, the President elect shall have died, the Vice President elect shall become President. If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected, and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.

    ***


    2020-12-12 (SAT DEC 12, 2020)


    XR & THE WORLD (OF DISNEY)

    DISNEY ANNOUNCED A HUGE AMOUNT OF NEW CONTENT
    ***


    2020-12-11 (FRI DEC 11, 2020)


    US

    THE SUPREME COURT REJECTED THE TEXAS LAWSUIT
    • Texas tried to file a lawsuit objecting to the results of the Presidential election in several other states.
    • The Supreme Court denied the standing of Texas to file such a suit:
      • "Dec 11 2020 The State of Texas’s motion for leave to file a bill of complaint is denied for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections. All other pending motions are dismissed as moot. Statement of Justice Alito, with whom Justice Thomas joins: In my view, we do not have discretion to deny the filing of a bill of complaint in a case that falls within our original jurisdiction. See Arizona v. California, 589 U. S. ___ (Feb. 24, 2020) (Thomas, J., dissenting). I would therefore grant the motion to file the bill of complaint but would not grant other relief, and I express no view on any other issue."
      • https://www.supremecourt.gov/search.aspx?filename=/docket/docketfiles/html/public/22o155.html


    ***


    2020-12-10 (THU DEC 10, 2020)


    US

    COVID-19 KILLED MORE PEOPLE IN ONE DAY THAN DIED ON 9/11
    • Facilitating or fighting on the side of COVID in the war against the US in any of the following ways should be treated as domestic terrorism...
      • not wearing a mask with anyone nearby
      • discouraging people from wearing masks
      • holding events with more than a very few people
      • holding events without social distancing, especially indoors
      • lying about the severity of the disease
      • lying about treatments for the disease
      • holding political rallies, especially without masks or distancing
      • holding parties, especially without masks or distancing
      • holding concerts, especially without masks or distancing
      • threatening public officials who are trying to save American lives
      • threatening businesses or their owners who are trying to conduct business safely
      • discouraging or interfering with effective testing
      • discouraging or interfering with contact tracing
      • failure to quarantine when you have been exposed to COVID
    • Public officials whose behavior is on this list should resign, or be impeached and removed from office.



    ***

    US

    PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN TRANSITION INFORMATION 
    ***

    HOLIDAY

    HAPPY HANUKKAH!

    ***


    COMING: 2020-11-24 (TUE NOV 24, 2020)

    eXtended Reality (XR
    HARDWARE, SOFTWARE & CONTENT

    SUMMARY TALK: STATUS OF XR - FALL, 2020 
    ***


    2020-11- 20 (FRI NOV 20, 2020)

    US & THE WORLD

    I believe in liberty & the law. Quarantine & Wearing Masks is a law.
    A law of nature in a pandemic. Obey the law!
    The penalty for violating the law is death.
    Actually, more than 250,000 deaths in the US. More than 1,000 deaths a day.
    More than 1.35 Million worldwide.

    President Trump has not obeyed the law.
    He discourages masks. He discourages social distancing.
    He is planning Holiday parties,
    The penalty is death.
    Our death.


    ***


    2020-11-17 (TUE NOV 17, 2020)

    US & THE WORLD

    PRESIDENT TRUMP 
    • in the final weeks of his administration, is reported to:
      • have seriously considered a military attack on Iran;
      • be planning a major military withdrawal from the Mideast;
      • be expressing anger at the Vaccine Makers for not announcing their progress sooner, to help his reelection campaign;
      • be obstructing the transition to the Biden Presidency;
      • be spreading distrust about American Democracy, by making false claims of Democratic Party voting fraud;
      • be making no effort to help immediately slow the virulent growth of COVID-19 infections and deaths.
    EDITORIAL 
    • The actions described above are not "a new normal";
    • they are serious assaults on the United States;
    • they are not the "faithful execution of the Office of the President".
    • Congress should conduct a serious, immediate investigation on
      • whether new legislation is needed to inhibit any President who may be working against the interests of the United States;
      • whether Impeachment and Removal of President Trump and Vice President Pence (the head of the COVID "Task Force") is warranted by the facts, and necessary to help curb the virulent growth of COVID-19 during the next 2 months.
    ***

    2020-11-10 (TUE NOV 10, 2020)

    XR TECHNOLOGY

    APPLE 
    • announced three upgraded laptops in its "one more time" event.
    • More importantly, it announced a new home-grown Apple Silicon Chip, the M1.
    • The M1 is an impressive chip, and marks the progress Apple is making in its creation of its own silicon, custom designed to work with its own hardware and operating systems.
      • M1 features include
        • 8 core CPU (faster processing)
        • 8 core GPU (faster, better graphics)
        • 16 core neural processing (faster, more useful AI)
        • dedicated security processing
        • 5 nanometer technology
        • low power usage
        • integration with the OS
    • As a march to the future, the ability to continue to create upgraded silicon, extending the life of Moore's law (which predicts exponential growth of digital power with a doubling period of about 2 to three years), means the continued extension of digital processing to every facet of human life.
    • The laptops themselves do not seem to be the real story. As John Hodgeman in a postscript to the main announcement pointed out, the fact that the laptops have longer battery life is nice but, gee, you can plug them in.
    • The story is the chip, not the new laptops. 
    • To me, the problem with this event was 
      • 1) "One More Thing" is what Steve Jobs used to say before he introduced a whole new category of product.
        • To focus on the laptops, or even the chips, is different from creating a whole new category of computing.
          • It is the evolution and continuation of the current computing paradigm.
      • 2) The slick Apple product launch is extremely slick, but we've seen that style of  presentation before. Marketing has to innovate as well as perfect a style.
      • 3) I did not, actually, learn much about the MACs that were announced:
        • How are they really different from each other, except form factor? They all use the same chip and OS and the laptops have the same 13" size screen.
        • What is the current screen resolution?
        • What is the memory/storage system? How big?
        • Do the new connectors (Thunderbolt / USB 4) and the new chip & OS mean that the Apple ecosystem will become even more isolated from the PC & Android world than it is now?
    • From the perspective of xR innovation (that's lower case x as in a variable, which refers to VR, AR and MR) this event was both hopeful and disappointing: 
      • It was disappointing because it (xR) was never mentioned, and not the "one more thing" I was hoping for.
      • It was encouraging because VR, AR, and MR all need better silicon than they now use, and the effort Apple is investing in xR development could be transformative if they are also making customized silicon for xR.

    ***


    2020-11-09 (MON NOV 9, 2020)

    WORLD

    PFIZER 
    • reports positive results from its latest (not yet completed) trials
      • 90% effectiveness (28 days after the first dose of a 2 dose regimen),
      • relatively safe.
      • This is based on a test with about 45,000 participants,
        • about 40,000 had the full 2 doses.
      • This is good news, but not yet the end of COVID-19
        • The estimate is at best 25M vaccinations worldwide in 2020.
        • A reasonable, optimistic estimate is still 
          • Summer 2021 before vaccines are widely available; 
          • Fall 2021 before vaccines significantly improve worldwide health
        • That is in line with estimates in Jan 2020 that it would be at least 18 months before vaccines begin to make a substantial difference in world health and protection from COVID-19
      • Here is the Pfizer announcement:
      • https://www.pfizer.com/news/press-release/press-release-detail/pfizer-and-biontech-announce-vaccine-candidate-against
    • Currently there are
      • more than 50,000,000 cases worldwide
      • more than   1,250,000 deaths worldwide
      • record numbers (more than 9,000) of daily deaths worldwide
      • more than 10,000,000 cases in the US (most in the world)
      • more than      240,000 deaths in the US (most in the world)
      • more casualties, every week, than in the 9/11 terrorist attack.
      • more than 1,000,000 cases in Texas
      • more than      10,000 new cases today in Illinois.

    2020-11-09 (MON NOV 9, 2020)

    XR  TECHNOLOGY

    APPLE  
    • is currently working very hard on XR technology
      • they seem most interested in AR and MR, adding information as you view the real world (rather than VR, completely immersive experiences).
      • They have released several generations of the ARkit software.
      • They have added LiDAR distance sensing to top level iPhones.
      • They purchased NEXT, the premiere real-time live streaming platform.
      • They purchased several important smaller companies and hired many experienced XR developers that had worked with other XR companies.
      • Here is a very detailed discussion of what Apple has been doing:
    • Apple is having a "One More Thing" event tomorrow (see the post from Nov 2 below).
    • It is not known whether XR will be in that program.
    • Apple ONE MORE THING event: 1:00 EST Tue Nov 10, 2020:
    ***


    2020-11-07 (SAT NOV 7, 2020)

    USA

    WE VOTED ! Democracy wins!
    • ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BIDEN WINS PENSYLVANIA, SO:
    JOE BIDEN 
    WILL BE THE NEXT 
    PRESIDENT
    OF THE UNITED STATES


    ***

    JOE BIDEN ! President-elect:
    • I will be the President of all Americans.
    • It is "a time to heal".
    • I will spare no effort to turn around this pandemic.
      • (Today: more than 124,000 new cases; more than 1,025 deaths.)
    ***


    2020-11-03 (TUE NOV 3, 2020)

    USA

    VOTE ! 
    • If you haven't already, cast your ballot: VOTE!
    • Every vote matters!
    • Keep your distance! Wear your mask!
    • In case of a long wait, bring water, food, outdoor weather appropriate clothes!
    ***

    USA - editorial!

    VOTE BIDEN-HARRIS! Free the Senate!
    • If you haven't already, cast your ballot: VOTE!
    • Every vote matters!
    • We described five crises below: See the Nov 1, 2020 item.
      • Trump and his fellow Trumpublicans in the Senate have made all of them worse.
    • The Senate has 
      • promoted right wing extremist judges to lifetime appointments, 
      • blocked needed legislation including a desperately needed relief bill 
      • stonewalled the Impeachment trial 
        • (removing Trump would have prevented Trump's disastrous response to COVID)
      • and in a triumph of hypocrisy, did the exact opposite of what they "promised" four years ago, and confirmed a Supreme Court judge just days before a Presidential election.

    ***


    2020-11-02 (MON NOV 2, 2020)

    XR TECHNOLGY


    APPLE  
    • announced a "One more thing" event for Tue, Nov 10.
      • For those who've never watched the live stream of an Apple event when Steve Jobs was alive:
      • He would end a keynote full of new products by saying... "and, One more thing",
        • And that thing was the introduction of a new kind of product, like the first iPhone or the first iPad.
    • Three guesses would be 
      • 1) something related to Apple's home-made new chips; 
      • 2) something related to TV; or 
      • 3) the first Apple AR headset. (!!????)
    • The event address is:
    • https://www.apple.com/apple-events/
    ***


    2020-11-01 (SUN NOV 1, 2020)

    USA


    FIVE PROFOUND CRISES HOVER AS THE 2020 ELECTION APPROACHES 
    • HEALTH:
      • More than 9 million people have been sickened.
      • More than 225 thousand have died.
      • It is getting worse.
      • Trump & Trumpublicans are aggravating the epidemic, not dealing with it.
    • FIRES, STORMS & THE ENVIRONMENT:
      • People are dying, and property is being destroyed by
        • Massive fires in the West,
        • Huge storms in the South and Midwest
        • Floods in some places,
        • Droughts in other places,
        • with a deteriorating infrastructure that can not withstand environmental stresses, and sometimes is even the cause of deadly events.
      • These, together with the threat of irreversible environmental damage and irreversible global warming
        • require urgent government attention, yet 
      • Trump & Trumpublicans are ignoring the issues, except when aggravating the problems with regulatory changes and suppression of scientific studies. 
    • EXTRA-JUDICIAL MURDERS AND A PREJUDICED JUDICIAL SYSTEM:
      • The treatment of black Americans is intolerable.
      • The problem is historical
        • The original constitution was biased.
        • US was a country with slaves less than 175 years ago.
      • Trump & Trumpublicans are providing support to anti-equality groups and issues.
      • It has to stop. Now.
    • ECONOMIC INEQUALITY AND LOOMING COLLAPSE:
      • We have a K shaped economy.
        • The rich are getting richer.
        • The poor are getting poorer (and dying faster).
      • The rich: APPLE (1.9 $T), AMAZON, MICROSOFT, AND GOOGLE are each worth more than $1 TRILLION (That's 1,000,000,000,000 dollars).
        • Together they are worth more than 5 trillion dollars.
        • Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos are each worth more than 100 billion dollars.
      • The not rich: More than 8 million people were unemployed in September; several million without any job since the March lockdown.
      • Protections against evictions are expiring.
      • Travel, restaurants, and arts events are not coming back soon.
      • Colleges have lost revenue.
      • State and local governments have had additional expenses, but have lost tax revenues.
      • An inverted yield curve last year "predicted" financial distress next year.
      • Trump & Trumpublicans did not provide support: neither to individuals, nor to local and state governments, with another economic relief bill.
        • Are they defunding the police?
          • Among the casualties, if governments have trouble balancing their budgets, are essential services like fire departments and policemen.
    • DEMOCRACY -- INCLUDING TRUTH AND IMPARTIAL JUSTICE:
      • Democracy itself is under threat when the government does not take responsibility for preventing:
        • Voter suppression, including
          • intimidation;
          • interference with the postal service to complicate mail-in voting;
          • inadequate staffing of polling places causing long delays for certain voters.
        • Attacks on the legitimacy of the election, including 
          • baseless claims of fraud.
          • refusal to commit to a peaceful transition of power.
        • Threats of criminal prosecution of political opponents outside the systematic process of criminal law.
        • Systematic lying.
        • Ridiculously vain and false bragging, and requiring obeisance of subordinates.
        • Suppression of accurate, truthful reporting by government agencies.
    Definition: Trumpublicans - legislators and employees of government agencies who used to be traditional Republicans, but who now, under Trump, support policies that Trump advocates even when these are completely opposite to what they supported before 2016.


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    2020-10-29 (THU OCT 29, 2020)

    XR TECHNOLOGY


    STANFORD & SAMSUNG RESEARCHERS
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    2020-10-24 (SAT OCT 24, 2020)

    COVID-19 STATUS


    THE US IS NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD!
    • 230,068 deaths, the most in the world.
    • 784 deaths today, the most in the world.
    • 8,827,154 total cases, the most in the world.
    • 78,671 new cases today, the most in the world.
    • 2,855,475 active cases now, the most in the world.
    • 16,367 critical & serious cases now, the most in the world.
    • The "president" continues to organize superspreader events around the country.
      • Ask not what your country can do for you, Donald, ask what you can do for your country.
    • Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ 2020-10-24 20:50 EST
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    2020-10-22 (THU OCT 22, 2020)

    US

    PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DEBATE
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    2020-10-20 (TUE OCT 20, 2020)

    XR TECHNOLOGY & US POLICY

    THE DEPARTMENT OFF JUSTICE
    • has filed a complaint against Google, charging anti-competitive behavior.
    • Any resolution of this will likely take months to years.
    • The final verdict/decision in the  Microsoft case helped trigger (I believe) the massive market selloff in 2000.
      • The Judge ordered a break-up of Microsoft on June 7, 2000.
      • Around August 1, the Nasdaq and Dow averages began a major slide.
    • Regulatory and legal challenges, domestic and international, to Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon are fueled by issues of possible
      • excessive harm to consumers
      • excessive suppression of competitors
      • excessive concentration of wealth
      • as well as political and competitive interests.
    • Microsoft is currently relatively free of these pressures.
    • Here is the full text of the complaint:
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    2020-10-19 (MON OCT 19, 2020)

    XR TECHNOLOGY & US POLICY

    THE MAJORITY STAFF OF THE HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
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    2020-10-14 (WED OCT 14, 2020)

    XR TECHNOLOGY & US POLICY

    THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE
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    2020-10-13 (TUE OCT 13, 2020)

    XR TECHNOLOGY

    APPLE
    • announced the iPhone 12 series, with some MAJOR features that are the opening salvo in the next generation of technology.
      • (They also announced a new mini audio device.)
    • The biggest feature is that all iPhones in the 12 series will have 5G support.
      • 5G is in its infancy, but this support is essential!
    • The next most important feature is that some model(s) will have LiDAR support.
      • LiDAR is an accurate distance measuring "camera" that will improve focus in poorly lit spaces and accelerate Augmented Reality (and, ultimately, photogrammetry, 3D photography and volumetric videography also).
    • Powering these advances is new chip technology.
      • Apple claims 40% and more improvement in their new A14 "Bionic" processors.
        • "Bionic?" -- As far as I know they contain no living parts.
    • The phones will be available within weeks, at prices similar to the previous generation of iPhones.
      • But headphones and charger may not be included in the box!
    • https://www.apple.com/iphone/
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    2020-10-12 (MON OCT 12, 2020)

    XR TECHNOLOGY


    TOMORROW, TUE OCT 13, IS A BIG DAY:

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    2020-10-12 (MON OCT 12, 2020)

    XR TECHNOLOGY


    DISNEY

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    2020-10-12 (MON OCT 12, 2020)

    WORLD - ECONOMICS


    THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN ECONOMICS

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    2020-10-10 (SAT OCT 10, 2020)

    SILLY


    IT'S 2020-10-10 

    • Or 10/10/2020
    • Always nice to have a day with an "interesting" date.
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    2020-10-09 (FRI OCT 9, 2020)

    WORLD - PEACE


    THE 2020 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

    • The Nobel Peace Prize 2020 was awarded  to 
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    2020-10-08 (THU OCT 8, 2020)

    WORLD - LITERATURE


    THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE


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    2020-10-07 (WED OCT 7, 2020)

    WORLD - SCIENCE


    THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY


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    2020-10-06 (TUE OCT 6, 2020)

    WORLD - SCIENCE


    THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS


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    2020-10-05 (MON OCT 5, 2020)

    WORLD - SCIENCE


    THE 2020 NOBEL PRIZE IN MEDICINE




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