Monthly Archives: September 2022

Are We Board Yet?

I’ve always been fascinated by board games. Over the past three years I’ve acquired quite a nice collection of clever and colorful modern games. We’re not talking Parcheesi, Risk, or Monopoly, though I do have a few classic games on … Continue reading

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I’ve memorized a fair amount of piano music. I can sit down at the piano and play for an hour, going through ten or fifteen pieces, without opening any of the books of sheet music that are stacked next to … Continue reading

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Call Me Irresponsible

The fourth of Unitarian Universalism’s Seven Principles is, “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Three years ago, several hundred UU ministers signed on (literally) in a thuggish attack against one of their fellow ministers, Todd Eklof, who … Continue reading

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Artificial, yes. Intelligence, no.

This morning I had an interesting 90-minute Zoom discussion about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in producing works of art. I expect it to be uploaded soon to the Synth & Software website. Music has always been a collaborative … Continue reading

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Shooting Fish in a Barrel

I’ve been looking around for a writing buddy — someone who is on the same wavelength as me, preferably a novelist who has published at least one book. The idea being, we check in with one another a couple of … Continue reading

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Slinging Bullshit

Tonight on Facebook one of my friends posted some images of a thread about how a Harry Potter game has some implied anti-Jewish bigotry in it. I haven’t seen the game, but the description made it seem pretty bad. So … Continue reading

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How’s This for Openers?

Mark Twain once said, “Stopping smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I’ve done it hundreds of times.” In a slight twist, I’ve stopped writing fiction forever, not hundreds of times, certainly, but probably at least a dozen. Sooner … Continue reading

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