Sunday, June 12, 2016

Thinking about the unthinkable

Last update: Sunday 6/12/16
Although President Obama met with Senator Sanders moments before he formally endorsed Secretary Clinton the other day, the senator refused to concede the nomination. Why? Perhaps, as the pundits on cable, network, and print media have repeatedly decreed, the senator is merely attempting to maximize his primary vote counts and thereby maximize his impact on the Democratic convention and the platform on which its nominee will have to campaign. Perhaps. However, an alternative possibility has been haunting me for the last few weeks.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

In defense and fear of The Donald

Being an old Black New Yorker, I am not as offended by most of the The Donald’s outrageous remarks as most of the pretty-faced pundits of all colors on cable TV and some outraged members of my own family. He reminds me of the well-meaning, but socially inept White guy who hired me when I dropped out of grad school fifty years ago. He said “flattering” things in praise of my performance that made me cringe and turn shades of purple as my red blood rushed to my Black face.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Describing unique experiences

Last update: Monday 7/13/15
From time to time when I go to the Starbucks at the Barnes & Nobel in Rockville, MD, I see a young Vietnamese artist seated at the table in the center of the room doing his thing. I can't describe it. And I get a kick out of watching other people stop dead in their tracks, staring, as their minds boggle, searching for words to describe what they are seeing, hypnotized as he extends whatever he already has on the sketchpad using ball point pens in real time. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Blacker than thou ... again and again

Last update: Friday 4/24/15
When I joined the faculty of Howard University in Washington, DC way back in the 1972 Fall semester, I was not just coming to Howard; I was also fleeing from Harvard. I was in flight because I knew that if I stayed in Cambridge for another year, I might have some kind of a breakdown.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Obama writes one line of Javascript code and ... ???

You probably read yesterday's news that global warming stopped increasing, that the Arabs and Israelis finally came to a two state solution, and that Ebola stopped spreading in West Africa. All of these near-miraculous events happened because of President Obama's Mighty Line of Code. I hope you don't think that I have become a cynical curmudgeon, but I can't help wondering how much more good he could have done if he had stayed at his computer long enough to write two lines ... or ... dare I say it, three lines?????

On the other hand, I also wonder how many kiddies will turn to their tutors, ten minutes into their "Hour of Code", and say, "That's it. I'm outta here. If one line was good enough for the president ... but, hey, that was great fun. Let's do this again next year in the next Computer Science Education Week."