Friday, March 28, 2008
The lecture was held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. I toured their collection of computer hardware and had a total geek fest. I took pictures of some of the machines I have used.
The only programming class I took in college was FORTRAN. In 1979 one had to key the commands on punch cards and then run the stack of cards through a reader. The punch card was the way to do data entry, store and process information. This is a picture of a punch card sorter.
One of the first major computer systems I was responsible for was a mini-system, DEC PDP-11, that was donated to the theatre company I was working for. It ran our subscription and donor databases.
The museum had racks and racks of old personal computer models. It was fun picking out the different brands and models that I used in the past. They also had a big display of old HP calculators. I must have owned a half-dozen of them through high school and college.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
NCLR is a non-profit, public interest law firm which litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT legal issues.
Last Sunday we invited 45 of our gay and lesbian friends to a wine and appetizer party we hosted at a neighborhood wine bar, Vino Locale, to learn more about the organization, its history, the cases it takes on and the people who run it. It was fun to see our gay and lesbian friends from our Jewish activities, FrontRunners group, theatre acquaintances and work associates meeting and mingling with each other. Even though the purpose for the event was informational, we still help to fundraise over $11,000.
NCLR is lead counsel in a lawsuit seeking marriage equality on behalf of eleven same-sex couples pending before the California Supreme Court. One of the gay couples in that case came to talk about their experience. Their other cases have focused on elder law, employment, family law, healthcare, immigration, marriage, relationship protections, transgender law, youth, and other civil rights.
Friday, March 14, 2008
I highly recommend that you do not miss a chance to see this play performed by students at a local high school or college. The play is a sad reminder that this year is the 10th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder and there is still no hate crime legislation. People are still be attacked, beaten and murdered because of the basis of their sexual orientation.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Blade to the Heat by Oliver Mayer, Thick House
Deals with latent homosexuality in the boxing world of 1959. Three boxers vie for the middleweight championship. Fantastic staged boxing scenes. This was my favorite play. Highly recommend you see it. (Plays through March 16 then moves to San Jose Stage Company, April 2 - 27, 2008).
Tir na nÓg (Land of Youth) by Edna O'Brien, Magic Theatre
Adaptation of O'Brien's novel The Country Girls. With live music and dance, this coming of age play follows two girls who make their way from rural Ireland to Dublin. This was E’s favorite play. He loves Irish plays. It starts a little slow and choppy but it wins you over by the end. (Plays through March 23, 2008)
Orlando by Virginia Woolf, adapted by Sarah Ruhl, A.C.T. Master of Fine Arts Program
Story of a young man during the reign of Elizabeth I, who decides not to grow old. He passes through the ages as a young man until he wakes up one morning to find that he has metamorphosed into a woman - the same person but in a woman's body. The remaining centuries are seen through a woman's eyes. We thought the stage version was much better than the 1992 film with Tilda Swinton and Quentin Crisp. It is performed by the ACT MFA students. We have seen them do a handful of plays and they do a great job. (Plays through March 15, 2008 at the Zeum Theatre.)
Sonny's Blues by James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and Word for Word
Baldwin's short story of two brothers in 1950’s Harlem - the elder a schoolteacher and family man; the younger, Sonny, a jazz pianist with a troubled past - navigate a tense and complicated relationship against the jazzy rhythmic background of city life. Word for Word stages short stories, performing every word the author has written. (Closing weekend)
The Scene by Theresa Rebeck, San Francisco Playhouse
An attractive young woman who both despises and prides herself that every man wants her for sex. And, to boost her self-esteem, she proceeds to use sex to conquer one male after another. A dark comedy on sex, relationships, scandal and the TV industry in NY. Similar to a NYC version of “Speed the Plow”. (Closing weekend)
We still had time to visit the photography exhibits at SF Museum of Modern Art and to attend a fun drag show at Harvey’s called "The Monster Show: a killer drag show" with Cookie Dough. We also met and had a wonderful conversation with the owner of the Tao Barber Salon.
TIP: Half-price tickets for many select performances, sporting events and family activities are often available on Goldstar Events. Areas include San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Boston, and Chicago.
Monday, March 10, 2008
GLBT organizations have reports that the proponents of this hateful and destructive measure are harassing people for their signatures and deceiving them - so please WALK AWAY and DO NOT SIGN any petition this year.
We cannot give the proponents of this initiative any accidental signatures, so please help us encourage everyone to WALK AWAY and DO NOT SIGN when they see these people on the streets.
Please encourage others not to sign this initiative. We especially need to get the word out to San Diego, Orange County, San Gabriel Valley, Riverside and San Bernardino, Fresno, and Sacramento. Tell your friends and family [link to: http://ga1.org/EFA/join-forward.tcl] how to sign up online to volunteer and donate.
Please send all information about signature gatherers you see on the streets to email@example.com.
We can defeat the forces of hatred and bigotry, but we are the underdogs in this fight, and it will take all of us to win.
This is your chance to make a difference.
We received this message first from the National Center for Lesbian Rights. We are proud supports of NCLR.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
There is a new blog site called Garfield Minus Garfield that now erases all words and pictures of Garfield. I now find the strip funny and laugh out loud. It is now a “comic about schizophrenia, bipolor disorder, and the empty desperation of modern life.” Love it.
I saw this 7 minute movie montage posted over at Tinman’s blog. (I have read Tinman’s blog longer than any other blog. Someday I would like to meet him and his partner.)
The montage was done by Chuck Workman who has done many of them for the Academy Awards show.