Tuesday, September 30, 2014

On visiting Sterling Hall 6/29/2007

I wrote this poem back in 2007 when visiting Madison, Wisconsin.  My father was a physics professor who taught in Sterling Hall.  Sterling Hall was bombed in 1971 and a student was killed.  There is more about this in the book Rads

On Visiting Sterling Hall June 29, 2007
By Anne Barschall (daughter of late emeritus professor H.H. Barschall)

There is something about that door
That old and dingy looking door
Its concrete ornamentation grayed
By years of not so gentle weathering
Something dingy like the old photos
Of physicists, years ago
Photos I grew up looking at.

I thought the photos merely old
When I looked at them as a girl,
But I see now that, no,
Those scenes were always a bit dull
To the eye.

The fire that burned there
In corridors vilely beige and green
Was the fire of the mind
The lightening of genius within
Not without.

Sandaled feet,
A crop of disheveled hair,
Awkward glasses,
Baggy shirt and pants
Of indeterminate color,
Covering a slender form --
The archetypal physicist --

I saw him again today
Walking through the overpass
Between Sterling and Chamberlain,
No apparent difference having arisen
In 80 years of fashion
For the seekers of the watchworks
Of the cosmos,
His dedication to that same search
Showing in his external sameness,
A grayed and dingy sameness;

And a tracing of new brickwork,
On the building’s fa├žade,
Still tells a story of a different type of fire
That I remember from my childhood
A silent memory of a loud noise
In the night.

I hear they will renovate you,
Monument to vanished memories,
Infusing an aura of newness.
Will they try to make the sandaled gentleman
Wear something spiffier as well?


interview with Dave Schuster, my father's student, who was injured in the blast

My father's biographical memoir on the National Academy of Sciences website includes some information about the blast

Monday, September 22, 2014

This blog is an ongoing log of what I'm up to

Dramatic/Comedic reel

Commercial Reel

Legit Soprano music video (Sound of Music)

Alto belt example

I am triple vaccinated!

News from 2022



  • Certificate Program in 3D modeling and 3D animation    
  • 4/21/22 Climate Change and Our Cities -- Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory virtual
  • 3/10/22 Presentation by Pfizer CEO -- Washington Post virtual


  • 4/5/22 "Intellectual Property Crimes and US Innovation" NYIPLA
  • 1/28/22 "Using Petitions Effectively in Patent Prosecution" NYIPLA

News from 2021



  • Certificate in 3D animation at SUNY WCC, Peekskill
  • 11/7-9/21 Stanford Neurodiversity Summt (virtual)
  • 9/25/21 Chat with a Virologist -- Powell House (virtual)

Courses completed

  • 8/30/21 Anti-harassment training for Central Casting
  • Java Programming for 3D animation -- Lehman College (July 19-Aug 12)
  • NYIPLA Annual Trademark & Copyright Series (July 13, 20, 22, 27, 28)
  • 310625 Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Mediation for Lawyers, IIPS
  • JPPCLE 2021 (June 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10)
  • 210413 Diversity, Inclusion and the Elimination of Implicit Bias, IIPS 
  • Working on learning Adobe Illustrator blog about this 
  • Musical Theater class with Bob Cline until March 3
  • Improv 3, Magnet Theatre with Ross Taylor
  • Ned Lott, voiceover for animation, Actors Connection

Media Consumed

  • albums purchased: "Cinderella" (Andrew Lloyd Webber), "Stand by Me" Mat & Savana Shaw, "Incantations I&II" Heather Dale, "After Silence" Voces8, "Harmony" Josh Groban, "Picture This" Mat & Savanna Shaw; "Wilted" Paris Jackson; Hauser performs Morrione
  • Livestreams: Mat & Savanna Shaw 5/21/21 & 12/18/21;Josh Groban's Valentine's Day livestream, Adam Lambert Livestream (1/29); Dimash Concert; David Bowie Memorial Concert; Virtual Cities Inaugural 
  • Getting addicted to Lester Holt


  • 12/9/21 Jack B Weinstein: Pioneering Judging & Justice -- Columbia
  • 12/2/21 Diversity Roundtable -- NYIPLA
  • 11/18/21 Artificial Intelligence and the USPTO -- NYIPLA
  • 11/18/21 How Not to Destroy Your Trade Secrets -- NYIPLA
  • 11/16/21 "Legislative Developments" -- NYIPLA
  • 11/16/21 "Preparing an Amicus Brief" -- NYIPLA
  • 11/10/21 "Litigating Patents in the COVID Era" -- NYIPLA
  • 11/10/21 "Foreign Updates in Patent Law" -- NYIPLA
  • 11/9/21 "Fireside Chat with Chief Administrative Judge" --NYIPLA
  • 11/9/21 "Recent Litigation Trends" -- NYIPLA
  • 11/2/21 "PTAB Committee to Examine Constitutionality..." -- NYIPLA
  • 7/28/21 "TTAB Update" -- NYIPLA
  • 7/27/21 "Google v Oracle" -- NYIPLA
  • 7/22/21 "Punny and Functional..." -- NYIPLA
  • 7/20/21 "Legislative Initiatives: Digital Copyright ...." NYIPLA
  • 7/13/21 "Trademark Case Decisions..." -- NYIPLA
  • June 2, 3, 6, 9, & 10 JPPCLE
  • 6/25/21 "Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Mediation for Lawyers" IIPS
  • 4/23/21 "Diversity, Inclusion ..." IIPS


News from 2020

recent performances 

courses completed

  • Art 147, "Introduction to Digital Animation" Prof. D Krikun (fall semester 2020 -- via Zoom) New blog site created for this course 
  • Improv 2, Magnet Theater with Ross Taylor (retaking the course -- via Zoom) October-December 2020. Class Show: December 4 on Zoom
  • FTS 212 "Introduction to films and TV," Prof U Gonzalez, Lehman College online (Movies watched: "The Persistence of Vision," "The Kid," "Hugo," "13th," "Pulp Fiction," "The Unforgiven, "Pan's Labyrinth") (Encore program) (July-Aug 2020)
  • 6/1/20, 5/4/20, 4/27/20, 4/20/20, 4/1/20, 3/24/20, 2/25/20, 2/15/20 zoom dance class with James T Lane
  • 2/7/20 dance class with James T Lane
  • 1/21/20 dance class with James T. Lane

CLE courses completed

  • November: several courses from NYIPLA 
  • 9/5/20 "Social Security and Disability Claims: A Primer" United CLE
  • 8/25/20 "Dissecting the New York Primary: Lost Votes and the Creation of a Better Process for November"
  • 8/19/20 "Practicing Law in  a Pandemic: Remote Lawyering in the Age of COVID-19 Part II" United CLE
  • 8/8/20 "Recognizing and Removing Bias from the Legal Profession" United CLE
  • 6/23/20 "Litigating and appealing health care and long term disability insurance denials" United CLE
  • 5/22/20 "Hot Topics in IP" JPPCLE

media consumed

  • albums purchased: "Sing Gently" by Eric Whitacre Virtual Choir; The Soundflowers EP; David Foster "Eleven Words," The Hu "Gereg," Avi Kaplan "I'll Get By", John Williams "The Rise of Skywalker," Adam Lambert "Velvet," Adam Lambert "Trespassing"
  • Livestreams: 4 by Josh Groban; 1 by Matt & Savanna Shaw

Earlier updates, deleted from this blog and moved to separate blogs:

2018 updates
2017 Updates
2016 updates
2015 updates
2014 updates

Here's a photo taken by Brad Benson of me performing with Lauren Stripling at The Magnet Theater in November of 2014.


          How this page started:

          I made my very first attempt to post updates on linkedin with some of the above.

          This was one of those hard knocks things.

          First, they have rather small limits on the lengths of updates.

          Second, they remove carriage returns, so that bulleted lists become garbled.

          Third, There doesn't seem to be a way to edit a post once you get it up there.

          Fourth, it's really hard to enter text in there, because they automatically substitute miscellaneous links, while you're typing, and you have to hit "escape" while typing to avoid getting this miscellaneous, unrelated garbage in your post.

          So I deleted my post, put a link to this blog on linkedin, and am maintaining this for recent updates.  I also have a link to this update page on my website and on my profile at Paul Michael's The Network. I am grateful to this website for allowing me to be verbose and format and reformat my posts.