Here are a 360° video and a 360° still (like a Google Street View) shot yesterday at the Yale-Harvard game. Yale won 24-3!
I gave a talk about 360° Digital Photography last Wednesday to the Computers & Technology Group at the Lexington Community Center. Although there are no speaker notes, I think if you click through the talk you will get the gist of what I said.
The talk was too long for the time I had, so I have been invited back to deliver the second part of my talk on December 6th at 10am at the Lexington Community Center.
No matter how much an Internet surveyor tries to assure me that there will be no attempt to connect me with responses I give to a survey, I never believe them. This impacts how I answer a survey.
From my viewpoint, what is needed is some cryptographic-based mechanism that assures that there is no possibility of linkage been me and my answers. From the perspective of the person running the survey, there is also a need to assure that a single person does not submit more than one response to the survey.
Searching around the Internet, I have discovered just such a solution called Anonize, developed by a professor (Rafael Pass) and his students (Susan Hohenberger, Steven Myers, and Abhi Shelat) at Cornell Tech, an outpost of Cornell University in New York CIty. They have written several academic papers about the scheme. Wired Magazine has published a more accessible description of the problem. The Wired description still does not provide enough intuitive details about how the solution works.
Acceptance of such mechanisms by the Internet survey industry will have the same resistance until to things happen:
Articles for the General Public:
Papers for Computer Scientists:
Of all the sights, sounds, and ideas of my four undergraduate years at Yale, one that evokes instant positive transport to that time is hearing the Whiffenpoof Song. Even when I was at Yale, this evoked a feeling of an era that was long past -- so this isn't recalling something I actually experienced, but rather the myth of Yale that I understood but didn't actually live in.
Here is a rendition I filmed with my iPhone at a party before the playing of the 2016 Harvard-Yale game in Cambridge, MA.
Here is a flyer announcing the showing of "To Be A Man", a film by Murray Lerner that was made in 1966, funded by the Yale Admissions Department. Rather than the limited showing to prospective Yale Students, the film was picked up by WGBH and shown on many public television stations shortly after it was created in 1966.
Marsha and I celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary on June 5th. We went to The Hedges, an old fashion "camp" on Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks.
We knew that the weather was going to be yucky, so we brought lots of things to do including books, crossword puzzles, sudoku, cameras, art supplies, etc. We also payed a visit to the Adirondack Museum where life in the Adirondacks is celebrated in all of it's dimensions.
We returned home via the Berkshires where we attended the wonderful wedding of Shana Hill and Richard Hughes at a country inn in Lenox right across the street from Tanglewood. Shana is Joan Hill's daughter. All in all, a great week away from Boston.
I found the following information about NPD, one of the many things that Trump suffers from, on numerous websites. I record it here for reference. "He" refers to Trump.
NPD - A guide to learning to deal with narcissistic personality disorder
It’s not curable and it’s barely treatable.
Pay attention to your own emotions: do you sort of enjoy his clowning? do you enjoy the outrage? is this kind of fun and dramatic, in a sick way? You are adding to his energy. Focus on what you can change and how you can resist, where you are.
"We are all called to be leaders now, in the absence of leadership."
Today I started a goal of riding my bike over all segments of the Across Lexington set of trails. ACROSS Lexington is a network of 40 miles of marked routes throughout Lexington. Many of the trails are through various parcels of conservation land in Lexington, others are through existing parks and side streets. There are six loops. Several of the loops use portions of the Minuteman Bikeway.
In general I will start on my bike at my house, ride over to the start of a loop, go on the look and then ride home.
Today, I did loop A.
This route had a wide variety of surfaces for me to ride over, including:
Here is the final report from my bike navigation app
Hello from halfway down the Florida Keys, where my wife Marsha Baker and I are on vacation. I’d like to thank Mary Burnell for agreeing to read this statement to you.
I am sort of sorry not to be in New England tonight -- sorry that I can’t talk to you myself, not sorry that I am enjoying the warmth and sunshine of Southern Florida.
I am a relatively new Town Meeting Member, having served for one session of Town Meeting, last fall. I have, however lived in Lexington for almost 40 years. My wife Marsha has been a Town Meeting Member for almost 30 years.
Many of you may know my name because in 2002 I set up the Lexington List and built it from a list with 10 members to one that currently has almost 1600 members. Along with a sibling list, the Lexington Politics-Religion list a wide variety of subjects are discussed from the mundane to the profound. After 15 years I am still happy to be running and moderating these lists that have become a grassroots forum for residents of Lexington to engage in civil discourse.
Over the last 11 years since I retired, have been involved in a number of Town Organizations including LexMedia, where I was Chairman of the Board for about 5 years. During that time, we transformed LexMedia to it’s current innovative digital infrastructure with live broadcast and on-demand program transmission. I worked with LexMedia Staff and Board members to write a proposal to the Town for a contract that has insured LexMedia’s financial well-being for a 10 year period.
I left LexMedia to become a member of the Selectmen’s ad hoc Community Center Advisory Committee, spending the next two years planning and designing how the Mason’s property purchased by the Town would transformed into the Lexington Community Center. In serving on this Committee, I learned a lot about how the Town works -- the Town Committee process, the possibilities and limitations of budgets for capital improvement projects, as well as the diversity of opinions, needs and ideas of Lexington residents.
In answer to the League’s question:
I do believe the residents of Lexington would benefit if more two-family dwellings were allowed in town, as long as provision is made for parking the cars of the owners. There is currently a shortage of smaller houses in Lexington: Indeed, when Marsha and I looked around last fall to see how we might downsize to a smaller dwelling, we were struck by the relative high price of properties that were much less of a house than we currently occupy. We decided to stay put.
This is crazy. There ought to be an easy way for people who no longer need a large house to downsize, stay in Lexington, and use just what they need for comfortable living.
So, I am in favor of increasing the number of areas in town where two-family houses can be created.
I thank you for listening to my statement and I ask for your vote on Monday March 6th.
Today was Truck Day -- the day the truck leaves Fenway Park for Ft. Myers, loaded with all of the equipment needed for Spring Training. 30 seconds into the following video, you can see my son Will Forsdick tossing out balls from a flatbed truck. Will is near the right end of the platform as you face the truck.