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Archive for June 13th, 2020

Excellent full-length documentary on AlphaGo and the match against the world champion

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I highly recommend this documentary even to those who do not play Go. I have no knowledge of (or interest in) football, but I loved the series “Friday Night Lights,” as so many do, not because of the football but because of the human drama. Football is really just the MacGuffin. The story is about the people, and it is absorbing because of that. So it is with this documentary.

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13 June 2020 at 9:24 pm

Shiitake mushrooms and country living

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Turn on subtitles for text that identifies the foods.

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13 June 2020 at 9:19 pm

Posted in Food, Video

How much music theory did the Beetles know?

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A very interesting video.

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13 June 2020 at 9:00 pm

Posted in Music, Video

Sick of the ‘blue code of silence,’ director Ava DuVernay starts an initiative to spotlight police brutality

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Geoff Edgers reports in the Washington Post on an interesting initiative:

In late May, director Ava DuVernay tweeted a clip of Tye Anders, a 21-year-old black man in Texas, lying on the ground, terrified and in tears, as police stood over him with guns drawn. He had allegedly run a stop sign.

“Can anyone identify these cops for me?” she asked. “I’m starting a new project.”

Now DuVernay, whose acclaimed 2019 “When They See Us” miniseries documented the lives of the five teenagers wrongly imprisoned in the 1989 Central Park jogger case, is revealing that project, meant to spotlight police officers who have abused and murdered black people. The Law Enforcement Accountability Project (LEAP) will fund 25 projects — including film, theater, photography, poetry, music, sculpture and dance — over the next two years through DuVernay’s Array Alliance nonprofit. LEAP will have an initial budget of $3 million from contributors including the Ford Foundation and screenwriter-producer Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”).

DuVernay says she had an epiphany after repeatedly watching the horrifying video of George Floyd’s death that was taken by 17-year-old Darnella Frazier. Frazier was walking her 9-year-old cousin to a corner store when she saw Floyd being pulled out of a car. She began filming police officer Derek Chauvin and Floyd, pinned under his knee for more than eight minutes. Chauvin, who has since been fired and charged with second-degree murder, stares into the camera as Floyd pleads to be released.

“I’m used to watching racist, violent images,” says DuVernay. “So why did George Floyd’s final moments devastate me like it did? I realized that it was because this time the cop isn’t hidden behind a body cam or distorted by grainy surveillance video. This time, I can see the cop’s face. As a viewer, there are several times when he even looks right at me. Then . . . I started to realize how rare that is. And that led me to think, ‘how many of these police officers do we never see?’ They disappear, end up leaving town, and show up in another department. Their names are said, but it’s never amplified and it’s kind of like this group contract. Somehow, we, as American citizens, have agreed to not speak their names. I do not agree to that anymore.”

DuVernay says she isn’t ready to reveal specific projects yet, but the first finished work will go public in August.

And there won’t be any shortage of incidents to spotlight. DuVernay notes that it took five years for Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City police officer who choked Eric Garner in 2014, to be fired. Pantaleo was not charged in Garner’s death. And no charges have been filed in the deaths of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician killed in Louisville in March after police stormed her apartment, or Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old shot in a Cleveland park when a police officer mistook his toy gun for a real weapon. There are also the many officers tried and acquitted, including Betty Jo Shelby, who fatally shot an unarmed black man in Tulsa in 2016. Today, she is a police officer in another county and teaches a course on what she calls “The Ferguson effect,” when “a police officer is victimized by anti-police groups and tried in the court of public opinion.”

DuVernay says: “This is a broken system, some people will say. I will say it was built this way. And we, as taxpayers who pay these people’s salaries, should at least be able to speak their names. Why have we agreed not to mention them? It’s much different than a serial killer or a school shooter. These are people who work for us. They have broken the law, they have broken their oath, and we should be able to talk about that.”

Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, says he was immediately drawn to the idea.

“Artists are the best transmitters and translators of the American narrative and unfortunately, racism in law enforcement has been a part of the American narrative,” he says.

Walker says that DuVernay, whose films include “Selma,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” and the ­Academy Award-nominated documentary “13th,” is the perfect person to lead this project. . .

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13 June 2020 at 3:15 pm

Merkur Progress and a lavender shave

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Preferences change over time, and this Kent BK-4 now seems softer than I like, though certainly still quite usable. I worked up a fine lather from the soap, which I bought some years back from a vendor who retired from the game and closed his shop. He hinted strongly that it was a Truefitt & Hill soap, and it certainly has the characteristics: triple-milled, classic lavender fragrance, and excellent lather. (This was from before T&H outsourced soap production.)

The Progress is a fine adjustable, and the result was a very smooth finish with comfort all the way through. A splash of Lavanda to finish the job, and the weekend begins.

Our Covid-19 situation on Vancouver Island is pretty good: no new cases for two weeks. Businesses are starting to cautiously re-open. In restaurants, for example tables are now widely separated (and patrons are seated even farther apart if the restaurant is not full), servers wear masks to cover mouth and nose, and the credit card machine is wiped down after each transaction. (Physical money, touched by many, is rarely used anywhere these days.)

Stay safe, and a Happy Father’s Day to you fathers.

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13 June 2020 at 9:01 am

Posted in Shaving

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