Category Archives: General

Posts that I was too lazy to categorize.

The Victim Mentality In The Arts

Writing about the victim mentality could get me in a lot of trouble on a web site like Howl Round which attracts a large number of Social Justice Warriors. But it is probably safe to share my thoughts here since … Continue reading

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Recommender Systems And Their Significance

Recently I bought an expensive book, Recommender Systems: An Introduction, by Dietmar Jannach, Markus Zanker, Alexander Felfernig, Gerhard Friedrich. This book could be used as a textbook for a class which may explain why it was so expensive. I bought … Continue reading

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Information Is Not Knowledge

Technology is drowning us in information but this information is often of little use to us. It might be worthwhile to ponder the fundamental nature of information. Although I work in Information Technology as a knowledge worker, I have given … Continue reading

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The Gaspipe One-Act Play Festival

Last evening I attended the Gaspipe One-Act Play Festival at the Greenspace Center in Lewisburg. This play festival was offered by the RiverStage Community Theatre. Lewisburg is south of Williamsport on Route 15. It takes around 40 minutes to drive … Continue reading

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How Amazon’s Recommendation Engine May Shape Your Destiny

I have recently discovered that Amazon’s recommendation engine is powered by an open source artificial intelligence framework called Deep Scalable Sparse Tensor Network Engine (DSSTNE), pronounced “destiny”. I have tried to figure out how the Deep Scalable Sparse Tensor Network … Continue reading

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Brooklyn Heights – Mapping The Territory

Yesterday I made my first bus trip for 2017 to New York City. My goal was to explore more neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Although I only intended to explore Brooklyn Heights, I had time to wander around Dumbo too. Exploring new … Continue reading

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CAST’s The Boatwright by Bo Wilson

On Saturday afternoon I saw the play The Boatwright by Bo Wilson. I haven’t been writing reviews of the local productions I’ve seen, but there are a few aspects of this event that I should preserve for future reference. For … Continue reading

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Production As Validation

Recently I made the observation that playwrights should not be using a production as validation because that is too discouraging. I would like to elaborate on this point. The reason production should not be considered validation is that it sets … Continue reading

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Cultural Consumers Vs Creators

There are two types of people in a culture, creators and consumers. Consuming cultural products is a passive activity. Creating cultural products is an active activity. The reader is a consumer and the writer is a creator. I have made … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving In New York City

Yesterday I spent Thanksgiving In New York City. This posed some special challenges because everything was closed for the holiday but I still managed to explore the city. I went on this trip courtesy of my older brother who bought … Continue reading

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Sony Pictures Studio Tour

I spent my final day in Los Angeles doing the Sony Pictures Studio Tour. Sony Studios is in Culver City, another city incorporated into Los Angeles. I left my hotel earlier than usual, around 7:30 a.m.,  and took the Metro … Continue reading

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Warner Brothers Studio Tour

On Thursday I moved on to my next studio tour at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank. Burbank is to the east of North Hollywood. I took the Metro Bus Line 501 to Burbank California. This is a new bus service … Continue reading

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Paramount Studios Tour

My final three days in Los Angeles were devoted to studio tours. On Wednesday I had a tour reservation for the Paramount Studios Tour. Paramount Studios is the only film studio still located in Hollywood. So I took the Metro … Continue reading

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Exploring Venice

On Tuesday I finally got around to exploring Venice California. My original itinerary called for a trip to Venice on Friday but I was also going to see Weed Shop The Musical on Friday evening and I didn’t want to … Continue reading

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art and La Brea Tar Pits

I began my final week in Los Angeles on a mission to visit the Miracle Mile where several more museums are located. I took the Metro Red Line to the Hollywood / Vine Station. I think I saw the mayor … Continue reading

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The Getty Center

On Sunday my goal was to visit the Getty Center, one of the major art museums in Los Angeles. Getting to the Getty Center was a challenge since it is located far to the west in Brentwood, Los Angeles along … Continue reading

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Griffith Observatory

For Saturday my goal was to visit the Griffith Observatory. This had to occur on a weekend because the LADOT Observatory Shuttle only runs on the weekends. I took the Metro Red Line to the Vermont / Sunset Station. There … Continue reading

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Exploring Little Tokyo

On Friday my goal was to explore the Little Tokyo historic district in Downtown Los Angeles. I took the Metro Red Line to the Union Station. From there I took the Metro Gold Line to Little Tokyo / Arts District … Continue reading

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Exploring Pasadena

On the sixth day of my trip to Los Angeles I explored Pasadena. Although Pasadena is now part of Los Angeles, it used to be a city in its own right. Pasadena is of interest to tourists because it has … Continue reading

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Universal Studios Hollywood

On my fifth day in Los Angeles I spent the entire day at Universal Studios Hollywood. This theme park was a lot of fun and I can understand how somebody might come to Los Angeles just for this. It was … Continue reading

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