Margaret Cho – What’s In My Bag?

Margaret Cho visits Amoeba to pick up some music DVDs.

Check out her picks:
The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys and the Satan (DVD) http://bit.ly/2jMRFxt
The Beach Boys – In London 1966 (DVD)
David Bowie – The Plastic Soul Review (DVD) http://bit.ly/2k5DCE8
White Stripes – Under Great White Northern Lights (DVD)
Aimee Mann – Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse (DVD)
Steve Binder – The T.A.M.I. Show (DVD) http://bit.ly/2kCeLv2
Various Artists – Urgh! A Music War (DVD) http://bit.ly/2kCfRXD

The Fight for Housing in California

In California, more than 100,000 people sleep on the streets. The tent cities in Los Angeles’s skid row have distinct neighborhoods, and across from a homelessness center, the bodies on the sidewalk are four rows deep. Trailers line the streets near Google’s Mountain View headquarters, and in Modesto, a woman sleeping in a cardboard box was crushed to death by a front loader that came to clear her encampment away.

Francesca Mari, NY Times
Review of:
GOLDEN GATES
Fighting for Housing in America
By Conor Dougherty

Simplification of skilled work

And here’s the corollary: over here, Ford, GM, Boeing, Caterpillar, and others want us to be lower skilled. Wait, they prefer low-skilled workers? Yes. Now that’s contrary to what you and I are told; it’s contrary to what President Obama, the pundits, and even the companies are saying. It’s the world turned upside down. I know it’s hard to believe. After all, if it’s true that corporations don’t want us to be higher skilled, then it’s pretty demoralizing for those of us who would like to push for more education, more job training. What’s the point, right?

But before you dismiss the claim, listen to what David has to say about how things have changed over time at Ford. “They have a system there,” he said. “I like to call it ‘Simplicity.’ It’s to break everything down into the simplest possible tasks.” Indeed, he claims that both the hourly and the salaried positions are being simplified. By that David means that there used to be skill sets, or different levels of work. In the old labor contracts these skill sets had names, “classifications.” It might be General Utility or Repair. The newbies would say, “Hey, I see that guy over there. How can I do what he’s doing?” It used to mean more pay. One went to Ford to move up and develop higher skills in order to get more pay.

Well, that’s gone.

The “classifications” in general may soon disappear. Or let’s put it this way: entry level will be the classification, and people will stay there. Even if people learn higher skills, which used to lead to more money, they will stay at the entry level, at entry-level pay. And here I’d add that in nonunion places it is even harder to move up. People start at welder at $17 an hour, and they stay at welder at $17 an hour.

There is a puzzle about welder pay,
which lately has received comment in the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. The puzzle is that there is a shortage of welders, and employers moan about it. But the pay is stuck at $17 an hour, where it’s been for years. That means the real inflation-adjusted wage is dropping. Even with a shortage of labor, the wage drops. But worse, after the welder starts and gains experience, the pay does not go up.

Geoghegan, Thomas. Only One Thing Can Save Us
Amazon

Is labor’s day over or is labor the only real answer for our time? In this new book, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and labor lawyer Thomas Geoghegan argues that even as organized labor seems to be crumbling, a revived—but different—labor movement is now more relevant than ever in our increasingly unequal society.

25 Open Datasets for Data Science Projects

Some of the best datasets for data science projects are those created for linear regression, predictive analysis, and simple classification tasks. This list will include the best resources from our past dataset articles tailored for said tasks. We’ll also highlight some of the best websites to search for open datasets on your own.

Lucas Scott, lionbridge.ai

Psychedelic Mushroom Decriminalization, Denver Initiative 301 update

A first-of-its-kind meeting took place at Denver’s main municipal building on Tuesday, with drug policy reform advocates talking openly with law enforcement and elected officials about the therapeutic potential of psilocybin mushrooms and the logistics of implementing the city’s policy that decriminalizes the psychedelic.

Kyle Jaeger, marijuanamoment.net, February 12, 2020

“What are some HTML and CSS techniques, skills, know-how’s that are an absolute must? Just off the top of your head” – reddit user asks

What are some HTML and CSS techniques, skills, know-how’s that are an absolute must? Just off the top of your head from r/webdev

Learn Flexbox in-and-out. Whenever I can’t remember how something related to Flexbox works, this is the go-to article: https://css-tricks.com/snippets/css/a-guide-to-flexbox/

For Her Head Cold, Insurer Coughed Up $25,865

Alexa Kasdan had a cold and a sore throat.

The 40-year-old public policy consultant from Brooklyn, N.Y., didn’t want her upcoming vacation trip ruined by strep throat. So after it had lingered for more than a week, she decided to get it checked out.

Kasdan visited her primary care physician, Roya Fathollahi, at Manhattan Specialty Care, just off Park Avenue South and not far from tony Gramercy Park.

The visit was quick. Kasdan got her throat swabbed, gave a tube of blood and was sent out the door with a prescription for antibiotics.

NPR, December 23, 2019

The system at work.

Five Open-Source Projects AI Enthusiasts Might Want to Know About

TensorFlow
The Google Brain team created TensorFlow. Its underlying software powers some of the technologies that Google uses today. It translates languages, improves search engine results, recognizes pictures in Google Photos, and understands spoken words, making its machine learning (ML) capabilities genuinely awe-inspiring.

To the surprise of the tech community, Google open-sourced TensorFlow, making it available to everyone. Developers can create ML models, classes for these models, and write imperative forward passes with it, among others. TensorFlow uses Python, C++, and CUDA.

Brittany Day,  linuxsecurity.com

5 Chrome DevTools Utilities You Need to Know

3. monitor / unmonitor
If we want to track when a method is called on our page we can use the monitor() function…

Alex Ritzcovan,
https://medium.com/dailyjs/5-chrome-devtools-utilities-you-need-to-know-5bfe58c75773

the link was via npm mailing list:

We came across this handy guide from Alex Ritzcovan for the Chrome users out there, including some lesser-known Chrom DevTools utilities you might not be aware of. Here are 5 of their favorite tools provided by the DevTools team.

go to https://www.npmjs.com/ to sign up or browse.

Bonnie Raitt – You Got It

From the Soundtrack to the movie Boys on the Side.
Amazon has the cd

1. You Got It – Bonnie Raitt
2. I Take You With Me – Melissa Etheridge
3. Keep On Growing – Sheryl Crow
4. Power Of Two – Indigo Girls
5. Somebody Stand By Me – Stevie Nicks
6. Everyday Is Like Sunday – The Pretenders
7. Dreams – The Cranberries
8. Why – Annie Lennox
9. Ol’55 – Sarah McLachlan
10. Willow – Joan Armatrading
11. Crossroads – Jonell Mosser
12. You Got It – Whoopi Goldberg
13. You Got It – Bonnie Raitt

iPhone app is replacing the police notebook in New York

Why the N.Y.P.D. Dropped One of Its Oldest Crime-Fighting Tools
Officers’ most-used item since the 1800s isn’t the gun or handcuffs, but the handwritten activity log. Now an iPhone app is replacing it.

For more than a century, the New York City Police Department has required its officers to keep a detailed, handwritten memo book while on patrol.

“It’s basically our bible,” said Officer Ramses Cruz, who joined a platoon of officers writing down patrol assignments in oversize black leather binders at a recent afternoon roll call at the 90th Precinct Station House in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Corey Kilgannon, NY TImes

GWAR – What’s In My Bag?

Check out their picks:
Dicks – These People (LP)
The Spits – Kill the Kool (CD) http://bit.ly/39KVn5Z
The Love Band – The Oneness Space (LP) http://bit.ly/2Fsswp4
Sepultura – Arise [Expanded Edition] (LP) http://bit.ly/37GwgPR
The Toy Dolls – Episode XIII (CD)
Zeke – Dirty Sanchez [Orange Vinyl] (LP) http://bit.ly/2twyOl4
Zeke – Kicked In The Teeth (LP)
Neil Marshall – Hellboy (BLU-RAY) http://bit.ly/39JmFd1
Jim Jarmusch – The Dead Don’t Die (DVD) http://bit.ly/2QTK6Yq
Ghoul – Hang Ten [Red With Splatter Vinyl] (10″) http://bit.ly/2twzmr8
Motörhead – What’s Wordsworth? – Recorded Live 1978 (LP)
Various Artists – Chilling, Thrilling Sounds Of The Haunted House (LP) http://bit.ly/37IdLe4
The Mentors – Kings Of Sleaze Rockumentary (DVD) http://bit.ly/2T9tQ8H
The Cure – 40 Live Curaetion 25 + Anniversary (BLU-RAY) http://bit.ly/39NItUL
Killing Joke – Malicious Damage: Live At The Astoria 12.10.03 (DVD)
Obituary – Ten Thousand Ways To Die (LP) http://bit.ly/2ZTl0gy
Amon Amarth – Berserker (LP) http://bit.ly/2Fqv3Af

Huey Lewis – What’s In My Bag?

Huey Lewis goes shopping at Amoeba Music in Los Angeles. Huey Lewis & the News are releasing ‘Weather,’ their first new album since 2001, on February 14, 2020 via BMG.

Check out his picks:
Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars – Satch Plays Fats: A Tribute To The Immortal Fats Waller By Louis Armstrong And His All-Stars (CD) http://bit.ly/36Bq2Qz
Humphrey’s McGee – Anchor Drops Redux (CD) http://bit.ly/38Kffoz
Tower of Power – Back To Oakland (CD) http://bit.ly/2RxGYmG
Frank Sinatra – Sinatra At The Sands (CD) http://bit.ly/2RDtLc9
Johnnie Taylor – The Very Best Of Johnnie Taylor (CD) http://bit.ly/2S1MlcG
The Mike Duke Project – …Took A While (CD)
Ray Charles – Ray Charles: The Ultimate Collection (LP) http://bit.ly/2GsBzqK

Get Huey Lewis’ music: http://bit.ly/38KoXHw

Truffaut, François. The Films in My Life – quote from and epigraphs

When I was a critic, I thought that a successful film had simultaneously to express an idea of the world and an idea of cinema; La Règle du Jeu and Citizen Kane corresponded to this definition perfectly. Today, I demand that a film express either the joy of making cinema or the agony of making cinema. I am not at all interested in anything in between; I am not interested in all those films that do not pulse.

Epigraphs:
I believe a work is good to the degree that it expresses the man who created it.
ORSON WELLES

These books were alive and they spoke to me.
HENRY MILLER, The Books in My Life

Truffaut, François. The Films in My Life
Amazon