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Congratulations to the folks at DeepMind! They created an artificial intelligence program that predicts the 3D structures of proteins from their amino-acid sequences. This is the key to biologic activity. It 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. This is one of the major discoveries of our lifetimes.

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

Check out my free Internet University!

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 May 21 at 10:30 am, May 28 at 10:30 am and May 30 at 10:30 am.

Here's some of my drone footage.

Land line (still!): (310) 645–2149 Cell: (310) 227–5978 Fax: (425) 871-6220

Email: dick.heiser at gmail dot com

I'm so proud of my Googlism! Here's my Facebook page, my photography portfolio, photo archive and my YouTube channel.

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. Elon Musk just gave them $5 million.

Wikipedia: 100 times the scope and currency of any previous encyclopedia. A gift to the world. Praised by The Economist.

The Craft of Writing Effectively by Larry McEnerney, Director of the University of Chicago's Writing Program, a stunning guide to successful academic writing, also for many other purposes! Highly recommended!!

Bernie Sanders summarizes his platform. What a guy!! He's head of the Senate Budget Committee. Go Bernie!!

NoMoRobo.com answers robocalls for you; free for landlines, inexpensive for mobile.

Are you interested in everything? This site is for you!!

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.

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."

Bill Gates' 2021 annual letter is brilliant, absolutely right-on, as usual.

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

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

Activities

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".

I'm helping a bunch of UCLA law students expunge old misdemeanor records for clients so they can get jobs and licenses. We're also filing Proposition 47 and Proposition 64 petitions.

The PLATO Society is the original retirement learning group; we organize our own study/discussion groups. Currently, I'm reading Musashi, by Eiji Yoshikawa.

Peace

Here's 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; take away the President's nuclear "football."

Many 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.

Thoughtful appeal from Stephen Hawking to stop the killing in Syria.

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.

The RAND Corporation has designed infrastructure for a stable and prosperous Palestinian state. Video here. Report here. They designed their dream, called "the Arc". What a wonderful idea! What a wonderful thing to do!

Here's the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions website. AFSC story. Focus is on Motorola, Caterpillar, SodaStream, Hewlett-Packard, Ahava, products from Israeli settlements, and sporting, cultural and academic events. SodaStream revenue is down; the stock fell 22%. Veolia divested! Recent emphasis is on Caterpillar, Priceline.com, TripAdvisor and Airbnb.

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.

Matt dances around the world. Latest and best one here.

Justice

Barbara Ehrenreich says 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.

Center for Constitutional Rights advocates for Guantánamo prisoners, Gaza citizens, and restricting solitary confinement.

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.

Arts

YInMn Blue, or "Oregon Blue," a beautiful new nontoxic high-performance pigment coming soon! Crayola has created a "Bluetiful" crayon, inspired by, but not yet actually containing any YInMn Blue!

A "vanitas" video by Sam Taylor–Wood.

Jennifer Steinkamp projects computer–generated animations onto walls, brilliantly.

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

Sustainable Development Goals for the next 15 years.

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.

Banksy's Simpsons intro.

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


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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