May 13, 2009
You can learn a lot about a person by figuring out what movies and music they like. I’m not sure what you think of my writing style, or me, but I definitely liked “The Soloist.” This new release hit a sour note with some film critics, but it was music to my eyes and ears. “The Soloist” is based on a book about the true story of a homeless man living on skid row named Nathaniel Ayers. During a case of writer’s block, Steve Lopez, a gifted columnist for the Los Angeles Times, goes for a walk outside his office and stumbles upon Ayers in a park playing a broken violin in front of a statue of Beethoven.
September 20, 2013
Until retirement, I worked for many years in IT procurement. Although I have no personal stake in the decisions of the LAUSD, their plan to acquire an iPad for each Los Angeles student raised a few red flags. Was this the result of a competitive procurement? Did the above-retail price make sense? Would there be on-going support and security? Why an iPad? The only follow-on news I've seen was a recent Los Angeles Times column by Steve Lopez, where he identifies other problems with this surprising rush into “consumer high tech.” I think we can expect more news on this topic.