Saturday, December 31, 2016

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Happy New Year!

The audio play that I narrated and played one character in is now available on YouTube temporarily. 

Starting January 17 it will be available free on kindle for 3 days, also.
This is a nice sci-fi/fantasy story. I had a lot of fun doing it, as I love that genre.

Here is a link to my blog where I’ve posted some recent video performance clips 

I’m supposed to be on Investigation Discovery January 8, at 10pm Eastern, in a show called “Evil Lives Here,” but I may only be visible briefly.

This is an example of my computer calligraphy:

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Recent Performance Excerpts

Pretty soon I think I might make a second reel, but in the mean time, here are some performance clips

My story at the Randolph Foundation Story Slam 8/4/18

I'm in this webisode starting at about 10:12

Commercial (this isn't an excerpt yet)

Randolph Foundation Story Slam

From << Un Vase √† Chinatown>> 
(in French with subtitles)

From "Cobblestone Corridor" 

From "Grave Secrets"

From "Vandal"

Witte Episode of "Evil Lives Here"

Excerpts from Lady Sketch Lab

Images from Indie Mixup 12/27/16 PIT Theater

The following is in reverse chronological order.  Go to the bottom and read upwards

Cease and desist or I'll blow dry you

Bears are harassing the avalanche victim

They've just triggered another avalanche. I'm going to need 20 hair dryers.

Upd & down the mountain

But it's so far to go get them.

Bring me a rope, a hair dryer, and an electrical cord

I can't rescue you.  I only have a plastic shovel and you're 20 feet down under the avalanche

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Gettysburg Address

I had an impulse to read the Gettysburg address

Check this out on Chirbit

As I was reading it, it occurred to me that it was a metaphor for how I feel about the election results.

Maybe other people would like to record it.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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I will be appearing in “A Sketch of New York” at the following show times

12/16/16 2:45 pm
12/18/16 2:45 pm & 7:45 pm
12/19/16 7:45 pm

Grand Theater, The Producer’s Club, 258 w. 44th, 3rd Floor

Casting Directors and Agents can get in by giving a business card. Everyone else can get tix here  Please note that there are other teams doing shows and only buy tix for my show -- that is if you want to go to my show.  FB event is here 

I am also studying Scene Work for Musical Improv with Woody Fu at the Magnet Theater this month

During the month of November I drove down to Florida and did poll watching and canvasing for Hillary.  I also did some sightseeing.  Links to my photos and videos are on my blog here

Latest movie I saw was “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which I liked.

I also appeared on the premier of Grave Secrets, Tiaffay episode 11/2/16  performance clip

Links to my various online profiles

ongoing updates blog

Friday, November 25, 2016

Plurality take all elections and the 2016 elections

I found this spreadsheet online 

I don't know if this is accurate or not, but I notice that there are 13 states considered swing states. Only one of these states, Iowa, shows a clear majority of the votes for either candidate. Otherwise, no one has a majority. Whoever won those states, won with a plurality. In the non-swing states, very few show the winner with only a plurality. Those are: New Mexico, Utah, Virginia,
In fact, in those states where no one has a majority, we don't know who the majority of the voters would have voted for in a race that only included Clinton and Trump.
This is a problem with plurality take all elections. You can get a winner, who is not supported by the a majority of the voters.
When I lived in France, in 1976, I was impressed that they had two rounds of voting. After the first round, no one had a majority. Then they had a runoff election between the two lead candidates, so they could determine who would really get the majority.
I have a long standing concern about this, because Hitler was elected with a plurality. A majority of Germans never voted for him.

Glad to see Maine adopting ranked voting

This is one way of dealing with a situation where no candidate has a majority.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

travel pix

I went to Florida to poll watch & canvas for Hillary.

I did do a bit of sightseeing, tho.

I am putting links to my FB photo albums here.  I wanted to embed them, but I originally couldn't figure out how how to do that.  It seems like I can only embed posts and for reasons I don't understand there were no posts for 3 of these albums, so I just reposted the albums so that there would be embeddable posts.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Selective hacking?

NB: As I'm discovering new articles on this topic, I'm adding the links at the bottom.  Please scroll down.  This is getting quite long, as more people other than me are getting interested in this topic and writing about it.

According to this article, Pennsylvania and Michigan -- key swing states -- are among the states that do not have proper audits.  I originally understood that they did not have paper ballots to audit, but since then I've heard that Michigan may, but, still, according to this article they aren't doing audits.

article about which states have audits

These states unexpectedly went for Trump. If the machines there were hacked, it would be more difficult to find out than in other states.

It's clear that the Russians intervened in this election by only creating leaks about Clinton and none about Trump, but did they hack voting machines in these insecure states?

Did you see my petition?

my petition has a petition too -- their petition has a lot more signatures than mine. petition

The "change" petition focuses on states that have paper audit trails available. I think that those states which don't have paper audit trails would be the most important to audit, because they would be most likely to be hacked. Their disks would have to be examined at a microscopic level to determine whether they were hacked.

Glad to see that others are taking interest in this topic

NSA says there was hacking

Mother Jones article

Senator Lindsey Graham calls for congressional investigation

dailykos article

Here's a purple map from someone who is not worried about hacking, as I am

USA TODAY is also calling for an audit


Here's an article purporting to see statistical evidence of rigging

An article about allegations of other techniques for rigging elections

Computer scientists at the University of Michigan claim to find evidence of hacking

More about hacking evidence

another petition demanding recounts of WI, MI, PA -- though I think NC also needs counting

NY Magazine article

LA Times calling for election audit

More election statistics from the Washington Post

Jill Stein requesting recount

Another petition

There was this post on FB quoted below

**note please copy+paste, don't share, copy/paste is more effective!
Thank you Karen Kohlhaas URGENT: Everyone, I just got this updated info. Call the Department of Justice about auditing PA, WI, MI, NC, and FL. They are tallying the calls they receive, and the calls must be done by 11/23. Here's the info. Pleas pass it on. I just did this. Took 1 min. to leave a message. Worth a try folks.
The Department of Justice is tallying phone calls regarding those who want the 2016 Vote Audited. A shift of just 55,000 Trump votes to Hillary in PA, MI & WI is all that is Needed to Win.
They are starting to recognize there really is something off about the election results as they come in. Considering everything that is at stake, a vote audit should be done.
Call the DOJ at 202-514-2000 and wait for options then choose 4 for Comment Line. Tell them you want the votes AUDITED! Even if it's busy, keep calling. It takes a few times to get through because of all the calls being made.
But that was followed up by a CNN article saying that the DOJ would not launch an audit based on phone calls, but now I can't find the link to that

Another article about hacking -- thoughtful sounding by J. Alex Halderman

Article about activists demanding recounts

Here's my video message to Hillary Clinton

Washington Post claiming no evidence that the election was hacked.  But how are we to find out without an audit?

Yet another article

MIT and Berkeley professors request audit

Irregularities in vote counting in Wisconsin

Petition to recount Florida

NBC reports on Jill Stein's efforts

Someone arguing that Wisconsin & PA weren't hacked

Russians were involved in spreading fake news.  This makes me feel it's more likely they were involved in hacking the election

NY times article on recount effort

Another article about Clinton being asked to ask for recount

Report on Stein's demand for recount

People shouldn't just focus on online hacking.  When I was on the NYDLC (NY Democratic Lawyer's Committee) examining voting machines in NY, my understanding was that one proposed security method was to keep a clean copy of the code for a voting machine in a secure location -- and reload all the machines from that copy prior to the vote.  I'm not sure if that technique was ever adopted, but, if it was, and if that clean copy was sabotaged, then all the machines would be loaded with sabotaged code.

Yahoo! finance reports on Stein's progress

Chicago Tribune weighs in on the recount effort

Wisconsin recount request goes forward

Wisconsin is also auditing results

More reports of Stein's actions in Wisconsin

Washington Post on Russia manipulating public opinion

Clinton to join recount effort

Trump blasts recount effort

Clinton taking part in the recount

Wisconsin agrees to recount

US formally accuses Russia of hacking to change election results

counter charges of voter suppression

Sanders statement on recount

Trump response to recount

Broken seals found on Wisconsin voting machines

Wisconsin raises recount fees

Jill Stein runs out of money to order recount in PA

States find total errors prior to recount

Jill Stein accused of cynically collecting e-mails and credit cards

Michigan Attorney General  suing to stop recount

Interesting comments by Jill Stein on her recount effort, including allegations of voter suppression of black ballots

individual hand counters in Wisconsin finding machines malfunctioning

3D map of the election results

More stories about the recount

Allegations of fraud during the recount

Snag in Michigan

Trump supporters try to block recount

Florida recount news

Monday, November 7, 2016

Some thoughts about the unpleasantness in the current campaign

On the loss of truth

I feel the Internet has had something to do with this. It's so easy for the widest rumors to gain an international audience here. It's hard to know what is true. Traditional newspapers have systems for checking the reliability of sources, while internet websites often don't. Yet it is still possible for an internet website to discount the New York Times or the Washington Post as "liberal" and people believe it. After a while, nothing seems to be true or reliable. Even "Snopes" and Politifact have been tarred as "liberal." There has to be a mechanism for verifying truth. Yet there is none.


On the alleged unlikability of Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren

For many years, in order for women to succeed in traditional men's jobs they have had to pose as junior men: wear male looking suits, speak in a lower voice, never cry (men's eyes have larger tear ducts, so it's harder for years to escape) Ultimately, though, all this stuff looks fake. The question is whether women can succeed while maintaining female culture and femininity.

I've been working in acting recently. In this field, the word "actress" has become unpopular, because it's viewed as sexist, as saying that women aren't as good; but, to me, having lived in France, where all nouns and adjectives have gender, it seems like the ultimate sexism to say that the female form of a word is unacceptable.

I have come to believe that France is the least sexist country in the world. They have a saying "vive la différence"-- long live the difference.

Is it possible for a woman to drop this defensive shell, be feminine, and succeed? Or do women have to be junior men to succeed? Or, alternatively, can women who have never acted this way succeed?

Monday, October 31, 2016

Marks & Clerk & my grandfather & the IIPS meeting of 10/25/16

I became a patent attorney at my father's recommendation, because his father, Hermann Barschall, was a patent attorney.  That career stood my grandfather in good stead.

My grandfather professed Lutheranism as an adult, but he had Jewish ancestry.  A couple of times, I met his cousin's son, Leo L Barschall, who was still Jewish.  I believe that my grandfather's ancestors were mostly if not all Jewish.  He was therefore a target of the Holocaust as non-Aryan.

My grandfather fled Germany using a visa forged by his secretary/office administrator, Hannah Jakobs.  My father told an interesting tale about her.  Apparently she helped many people to escape.  She was ultimately imprisoned for her efforts against the Holocaust.  When she was in prison, there was a shortage of skilled administrators, so she was allowed to run the prison, apparently, and was able to continue resisting the Holocaust.  Later, when asked why she risked her life, she apparently said that it was because my grandfather was so wonderful and she could not stand the thought of him being persecuted.

My father had a book, in German, about Hannah Jakobs.  I can't find it any more.  I had it at one time.

In any case, I can state for certain that patent secretaries continue to be extraordinary people. It's a complex job.

My grandfather spent WWII in London, working for Marks & Clerk.  Then, after WWII, he moved to New York City and continued to work for Marks & Clerk, even though he was 65.  He continued to work for them in New York City, until he was 80.  My father opined that he finally had to stop working, because of age-related personality change, where he became so irritable that no one could stand him.

My grandfather kept working so long, because of having lost everything first in the hyper-inflation in Germany under the Weimar republic and a second time as a result of the Holocaust.  The one asset that they couldn't take from him was his education.  He had a Ph.D. in chemistry and spoke English, French, and German well.  This helped him keep working.

It could also be said that Marks & Clerk saved him.

My father felt that his father's story was a measure of the importance of education.  Circumstances could more easily conspire to take your money than to take your knowledge or skill.

In any case, an Attorney from Marks & Clerk in Canada was one of the speakers at IIPS on October 25.  She was speaking on patentability of computer programs in Canada.  Her name is Hetal Kushwaha

This topic is also of extreme interest to me, because I have written a number of patent applications in the field of artificial intelligence.  I also wrote an amicus brief in the SCOTUS case Bilski v Kappos.  The text of my amicus brief is here text of my amicus brief

I've wondered what is left on this topic in view of the latest Supreme court cases, especially the lamentable Alice. But even more so, I was interested because her presence proved that Marks & Clerk is still out there.  So I went.

This was a very interesting CLE and gave me some hope that there can still be some patent applications in the field of computer software.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Subject Matter Eligibility

I gather the USPTO is seeking comments about patent subject matter eligibility.

I am a patent attorney.  I continue to believe that patents are necessary to a healthy economy and to encourage innovation.  I continue to disagree vehemently with those who contend that patents impede innovation, e.g. in the software area.

Patents do prevent some people from using what other people developed, but this does not impede innovation.  It encourages innovation by rewarding innovators rather than thieves.

The actions of the Supreme Court in finding new areas of research to be unpatentable subject matter are deplorable, rooted in ignorance, and damaging to our country and our economy.

To the extent that the PTO can do anything about this, I would hope they would lobby Congress to say that they disagree with what SCOTUS has done.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

"Drinking Habits" 10/6-23/16 at the Clove Creek Dinner Theater

I am really pleased to be appearing for the second time at the Clove Creek Dinner Theater.  I love this place.  They put on very funny productions, which are also family friendly.  Also, they choose scripts with lots of roles for women, especially older women.  I appreciate that.  Also, the food is good.

"Drinking Habits" is a seriously hilarious play.  We're in the second weekend of a 3 weekend run and already we've sold more tickets than any previous production at this theater.  My congratulations to everyone involved.

As usual, click on photos to enlarge

review of play

FB post embedded from Theater:

In the women's dressing room before the show, taking advantage of Pat's long arms as our selfie stick

Outside the theater with crew:

Outside the theater, cast -- posing in scene from the end of act I

Rehearsal photo

Program: (click to enlarge -- also true of photos above)


Addendum: 10/24/16  

On set after our closing show:

In front: Teresa Gasparini, artistic director of the Clove Creek Dinner Theater. Also pictured (approximately left to right) Joseph Gasparini (director); Brandon Patterson (George); Amanda Baumler (Sally); Patrick Manning (Father Chenille); Anna Fagan (Sister Mary Catherine); Bernadette Pikul (Mother Superior); Michael Esposito (George); Amy Gustin (Sister Philamena); Me; Katherine McDonald (stage manager); Tyler Dolack (stage crew)

This was a very fun experience -- amazing script.  Great people.  Loved it.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Obamacare -- some issues

I tend to run in a liberal crowd.  I'm not sure I'm consistently liberal, but somehow I end up there.  I see a lot of my liberal friends saying they want me to support Obamacare.

I really like the idea of Obamacare.  I feel I should want to support it, but for me it has not worked out at all.

For the self-employed and small business owners it has meant a doubling of premiums. 

Also, I used to get my health insurance from the NY State Bar Association (NYSBA). Obamacare disqualified them as a group, so I am forced to buy my own insurance. 

This year I bought a more expensive plan that wasn't on the exchange because it was the only one available to individuals that Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (where my oncologist is) is participating in. This plan will no longer exist in 2017. Currently, there are no plans available to individuals who are not low income that Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is participating in. 

If Obamacare hadn't made the NYSBA no longer a group, I wouldn't be having this problem.  

Can we at least change that about Obamacare? 

Friday, October 7, 2016

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I’m currently appearing in the farce “Drinking Habits” as Sister Augusta at The Clove Creek Dinner Theater, in Fishkill, NY.  This is a really funny show.  You should come. Tickets available here

I have also appeared again with the improv team “Spooky Doings”  Performance photos here

Photos from Drinking Habits


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Photos from Spooky Doings 161001

These are photos from the Spooky Doings performance of October 1, 2016 -- thanks to Rick Guzman  I'm in blue-- though perhaps it looks a bit purple in these photos -- and bright socks