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Israelis (and Egyptians!) must stop blocking aid deliveries to Gaza. A coastal port in Gaza took weeks to begin functioning, was knocked–out by a storm ancan deliver only one–tenth the amount of aid needed; meanwhile people are dying. Water delivery is another problem; pipes are best, tank trucks are acceptable, but it's impossible to deliver enough water by sea.

UNRWA funding must be restored. We can't wait for another agency to step in to replace the 13,000 UNRWA aid, medical and educational workers in Gaza. More than 200 UNRWA workers, almost all of them Palestinian, have been killed. The humanitarian situation is intolerable, and the indiscriminate destruction of Gaza is a crime. Please support UNRWA financially (at https://www.unrwausa.org) and pressure the US and Israel to agree to a ceasefire. Ireland, Norway and Spain have recognized Palestine statehood; they believe others will join them. I hope Marwan Barghouti will be released from prison to become leader of a nonviolent Palestinian government; he would become the "Palestinian Mandela."

Scientists Actively Trying to Build Conscious Robot “We have some very urgent questions to ask it,” says one. —Ironic Times

minute introduction to chatbots, what to do with them, and, most importantly, how to prompt them. I get compliments for recommending this one.

March 21, 2023:  it's pouring. Once we learn how to trigger these "atmospheric rivers" or el niño events, our drought problems will be solved. Let's have an el niño every year!

Freeman Dyson's six heresies, wow! Thought—provoking!!

Danny Hillis says, "There are three big game-changers going on: globalization, computers, and synthetic biology. If I were a grad student now, I wouldn’t study computer science, I’d study synthetic biology." Isomorphic Labs agrees.

“We are at the edge of war with Russia and China on issues which we partly created, without any concept of how this is going to end or what it’s supposed to lead to.”Henry Kissinger

Others:          SOFI Stadium    Marina rowing   Hornblower yacht   Swimmers

Visit the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, a wonderful collection of 20th century art. Call (310) 277-5321 to make an appointment for a free tour.  I'll be giving tours on Tuesdays at 10:30 am.

Check out my free (but not up–to–date)  Internet University!

Here are some photos and art from Allan Cameron's memorial service.

Still my favorite movie: Paper & Glue, poster art from the J R Project.

"I don't believe in anything you have to believe in." — Fran Lebowitz

Favorite Links:

Khan Academy is the most effective and efficient school on Earth, featuring mastery learning. It offers a free, world–class education to anyone, anywhere. Now they're adding GPT-4 as a tutor!

Wikipedia: 100 times the scope and timeliness of any previous encyclopedia. $1,000,000 value, yours free! 

Lumosity: Use it or lose it! Brains are like muscles. I try to exercise every day, both physically and mentally. The free Lumosity games are diverse and engaging. I've started a no–sugar, no–flour diet, inspired by the example of my friend Moshe Molcho.

Congratulations to the folks at DeepMind! They created an artificial intelligence program that predicts the 3D structures of proteins from their amino-acid sequences. Proteins are the key to biologic activity. Knowing the structure will revolutionize drug discovery and the understanding of diseases. Like Deepmind's game-playing programs AlphaGo, AlphaZero and AlphaStar, the protein folding program AlphaFold2 is significantly better than human experts or software competitors. They have published the structures of 200 million proteins. This is one of the major discoveries of our lifetimes.

You know how crazy kids are for TikTok? Well, I'm that way about YouTube! Their reommendation engine is terrific! I can't stop!!

Are you interested in everything? This site is for you!! Still have too much time on your hands?? Try Today I Learned… known as TIL.

Google's (Jolly Good) Fellow Chade-Meng Tan explains his Search Inside Yourself lessons. He has written a book as well.

Amazing video from Venerable Robina Courtin.

"There is more good than evil in the world, but not by much." – Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi

"Everybody comes from the same source. If you hate another human being, you're hating part of yourself."       —Elvis

My Most Influential Teachers:

Outstanding Teachers and Coaches:

My parents, Chauncey Bell, Barry Boehm, Sue Bottfeld, Hal Brody, Allan Cameron, Lila Crespin, Dorothy Demory, Eric Garen, Calvin Gentry, Bill & Peggy Hamner, Erich Heinerth, Tony Hoare, Fred Hodson, Tom & Carolyn Jones, Ferdinand Kertess, Karen Kleinfelder, Alex Koperberg, Norman Marks, Catherine Morris, Ted Nelson, Harry O'Steen, Frank Peto, Bonnie Prettapapop, Gladys Pushard, Ronald Sass, Einar Stefferud and Roberta Taggart.

Thanks also for Books and Lectures:

Pantheon of Heroic, Brilliant, Beautiful Women:


I'm proud to be a docent at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, a wonderful collection of 20th century art. Call (310) 277-5321 to make an appointment for a free tour. Ask for me!

My favorite activists, because they are so loving, are the folks at the Los Angeles Catholic Worker soup kitchen, "the Hippie Kitchen".

The PLATO Society is the original retirement learning group; we organize our own study/discussion groups. Take a course every semester for the rest of your life! This semester, we're reading Mustafa Suleyman's best–seller The Coming Wave, about controlling the effects of artificial intelligence. We will also learn and experiment with the current generative AI systems.


Storyville - The Trials Of Oppenheimer, is a thoughtful 90-minute biography of Oppenheimer from the BBC. He's my hero for campaigning to abolish nuclear weapons and for international control of nuclear technology. It's too late to give him a Nobel Peace Prize.

Night Watch ( season 4 episode 22 of Madam Secretary on Netflix) vividly depicts the insanity of relying on land–based missiles which could destroy civilization. Surprise cameos from Madeleine Albright and Hillary Clinton underline the significance of this message.

Some advice about nuclear weapons from Global Zero.

This is an informative, interactive presentation on the Rohingya refugee crisis. Young American Buddhists speak out against oppression of the Rohingya.

Sign this open letter to ban lethal autonomous weapons (killer robots).

The Button, by William J. Perry and Tom Z. Collina, 2020; we can take away the President's nuclear "football" when we take away the land–based ICBMs that tempt us to risk launching them on warning. Land–based missiles are insanely dangerous for that reason.

122 nations have signed a UN treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, similar to the prohibitions on chemical and biological weapons, antipersonnel landmines and cluster munitions. We should too.

Thomas Schelling talks about nuclear weapons in this 2005 Nobel Prize lecture.

Ban Ki-Moon says the world is over–armed and peace is underfunded. This is a great short article.

Good news! We're becoming much less violent, says Steven Pinker in this TED talk. Kurzgesagt agrees, explains.

Irwin Redlener on the danger of nuclear weapons, and what we can do now.

Global Zero promotes abolition of nuclear weapons.

Nuclear Threat Initiative promotes nuclear abolition initiative of Kissinger, Perry, Nunn and Schultz.

Federation of American Scientists are savvy nuclear disarmament people, too.

Union of Concerned Scientists has excellent materials about nuclear weapons abolition.

Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament 1986 peace march across the U.S.   Loretta and I walked 3700 miles in 9 months, from Los Angeles to New York to Washington DC. Laura Monagan blogged about it beautifully.


The next human rights issue: statelessness. We can fix this!

Barbara Ehrenreich, RIP, said workers are getting Nickeled and Dimed. Elizabeth Warren agrees.

Aaron Swartz defended Internet freedom on Democracy Now! A proper eulogy The Internet's Own Boy, a film about Aaron.

International Modern Media Institute (and Icelandic Modern Media Initiative) want to improve privacy and freedom of speech for Internet users everywhere.

WikiLeaks gives whistleblowers exactly what they need: anonymity. It lets us focus on the facts not on the leaker. Viva la información!

2019 MSNBC interview with Edward Snowden.

Thank you, NSA whistleblowers William Binney, Tom Drake, Diane Roark, Kirk Wiebe, Ed Loomis, Edward Snowden and Reality Winner!

Thank you, CIA whistleblowers John Kiriakou and Jeffrey Sterling.

Thank you, GCHQ whistleblower Katharine Gun.

Thank you, Russian anti–corruption blogger and candidate, Alexi Navalny, R.I.P.

Thank you, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, for publishing true information about misdeeds.

Joseph Nacchio served four and a half years in prison in retaliation for his Feb 2001 refusal to let the NSA spy on Qwest customers.

American Civil Liberties Union looks out for our rights, our privacy and our prisoners.

STOPMAX says, "End solitary confinement".

Electronic Frontier Foundation promotes civil liberties in cyberspace.

comp.risks publishes computer screw-ups and bizarre stories about computers.

Adbusters shows how we are manipulated by advertising.


Weisman Art Foundation 20th century art in a Los Angeles mansion.

Google's Arts and Culture site features 2,500 museums.

YInMn Blue, or "Oregon Blue," a beautiful new nontoxic high-performance pigment. Crayola has created a "Bluetiful" crayon, inspired by, but not yet actually containing any YInMn Blue! There are four Bluetiful crayons in the big box!

A "vanitas" video by Sam Taylor–Wood.

2011 Art Basel Miami Street Art slide show movie, 100 pieces of excellent street art. Every style!

Twenty minutes about how to visit the Louvre. Worth the time.

Deep zooms of fractals by TeamFresh and others.

Yowayowa camera woman, Natsumi Hayashi, levitates. ☺

Kodak Winds of Change  video. While you're at it, watch the Turbo Encabulator video, too!

Minimalist piano piece from Julius Eastman.

Dancing Babies! We've come a long, long way from oogachaka baby!

More Resources:

Scholarship Region announces international scholarships around the world. They're popular on social media channels.

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years. A global agenda.

Gapminder illustrates economic and health advances.

Great financial advice from Michael Lewis.

Ironic Times is very funny and sarcastic.

Thank you, Violet Blue for changing the cultural conversation about sex! Here's more positive discussion about sex from Laurie Abraham, Debby Herbenick, Mary Roach

Jane Fonda, too, says sex is good for you. Here's Wikipedia's article on masturbation. Michael Ventura, right on! Masturbation is healthy, relaxing, hygienic, makes no demands on other people, and is available as often as desired. What's not to like?

Banksy's Simpsons intro.

MacTech magazine has put some of my old Computer Store articles online:   

   Confessions of a Computer Store Junkie: The Right Stuff                                                                                                       

First magician: "Who was that lady I sawed with you last night?"

Second magician: "That was no lady, that was my half–sister!"  —Walt Kelly

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