Wednesday, November 24, 2021

 

THE EMPTY CHAIR AT THANKSGIVING

 

There will be a sad and tragically empty chair at the dinner table in the Arbery house on Thanksgiving.

But it will not really be empty. It will be filled with the souls of Ahmaud Arbery, and of all those who have been murdered in lynchings, and pogroms, and holocausts, and ethnic cleansing, and hate in the United States, the world, and throughout history.

But in this case it is not really a chair.  It is a throne. It is a throne to justice and the unrelenting efforts of Ahmaud's parents who have amassed the power of the American Revolutionary spirit of Truth, Equality, Life and Liberty to triumph now over the power of the lynch mob, the hate mob, the endemic racism in the United States, present even at the beginning, when a slave owner, Jefferson, wrote that "all men are created equal," words whose true meaning rises far above his original understanding.

The hope is that this verdict, "Guilty of Murder," of the killers of Ahmaud, who launched their vigilante attack because "there was a black man running," will be the beginning of the end of vigilante injustice in the US. The hope is that the false pride of the killers, "proudly" documenting these murders with a video recording, will be recognized, throughout the country and the world, as evil. Genuinely evil.

The fact that even bringing the case to trial depended on the existence of a video recording, reminds us that truth prevails. Truth with transparency prevail. Democracy depends upon truth and transparency and equal justice.

In his grief, tempered by the conviction of his son's killers, Ahmaud's father said that "black lives matter" is only part of what we need to remember. He said, "All lives matter."


No man is an island
Entire of itself. 

Each is a piece of the continent 
A part of the main. 

If a clod be washed away by the sea Europe is the less. 
As well as if a promontory were.
 
As well as if a manner of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.

Each man's death diminishes me 
For I am involved in mankind. 

Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls...
It tolls for thee. 


John Donne, 1624

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Friday, November 19, 2021

 

MEETUP EVENT: Dec 8 - BIG ADVANCES IN XR 2021 & A LOOK FORWARD AT 2022

NYXR, STORYFORWARD, STORYCODE

JOINT MEETUP EVENT

BIG ADVANCES IN XR 2021

&

A LOOK FORWARD AT 2022

FREE

WED, DEC 8, 2021

6:00-7:30 PM EST

ONLINE ONLY

RSVP NOW

https://www.meetup.com/NYXR-New-York-eXtended-Reality-Meetup/events/282029671

or

https://www.meetup.com/StoryCode-New-York-City/events/282029710/


PROGRAM

·        eXtended Reality:

o   Big changes and advances in XR over the past year.       

o   A look forward to 2022 and the future:

§  Ethics;

§  Regulation;

§  Competing Metaverse visions;

§  Crypto currencies, NFT's, and funding for content creators;

§  How webXR may fundamentally reshape the Internet;

§  And more…

SCHEDULE:

            6:00 PM EST    - SIGN-IN & NETWORKING

            6:15                  - PRESENTATION

            7:15                  - Q&A & NETWORKING

            7:30                  - CLOSE

If you would be interested in speaking at a future event, Or participating in a panel, Or sponsoring, Or helping to organize an event, Or helping to run this Meetup, Please contact eric@qporitxr.com !


Speaker: Eric Roffman


Eric is the Publisher/Producer of QPORIT XR: Quick Previews Of Random Interesting Things. Eric has published over a thousand articles, and conducted many VR video interviews, for 
QPORITQPORIT introduced [*] the term eXtended Reality (XR) in 2015.

[*] http://qporit.blogspot.com/2015/09/some-variations-on-reality-extended.html

Eric is a "professional eclecticist" long interested in film, theater, science, technology and interactive computing. He has a PhD in mathematical physics; founded and edited The American Film Magazine; created an award winning multimedia computer game; backed the Rift Kickstarter; created demos on internet collaboration for IBM's Research and Internet Divisions; was a director of internet programming for Viacom; created one of the very first computer generated videos to visualize solutions of differential equations, from work done at the Institute for Advanced Study; taught "Physics for Poets," and graduate level Mathematical Physics; and he has written, directed, produced and acted in dramatic adaptations of Shakespeare's sonnets, and has been creating 3D, 360, and VR videos, including both dramatic stories, and actor, director, and tech star interviews, for years.

Eric is currently writing a book on XR  (eXtended Reality) and converting the web 2.0 site, QPORIT, to QPORIT XR, which will report on all things XR with news, views, previews, reviews and interviews, published on a 3D, XR-Media rich, web 3.0 / webXR site.

 


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