Author Archives: Fenster

About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.

Quiz o’ th’ Day

Fenster writes: John Holdren was Obama’s Science Czar, In 1977 he, along with Paul Ehrlich and Anne Ehrlich, authored a textbook on population and the environment. In it they address options for involuntary fertility control. Most of these are methods … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Facebook Groups

Fenster writes: My newfound interest in nature has been spurred by retirement, with a side interest in foraging spurred by my concern over the coming End Times. I am consequently a member of a number of Facebook groups devoted to … Continue reading

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Double Feature: Modus and The Wailing

Fenster writes: It’s double feature time again. Some double features here are naturals: two films written by Hanif Kureishi separated by decades that reveal how authorial obsessions change as the author ages. Others are linked by chance: I happened to … Continue reading

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Racist Computer Passes Turing Test

What to make of these efforts that edge up to passing the Turing Test? Here’s GPT-3 from Open AI. GPT-3: OpenAI’s New Text Generating Neural Network is Here | Digital Trends That got this Facebook AI guy all a-twitter over … Continue reading

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Notes on Girl on a Motorcycle

Fenster writes: Girl on a Motorcycle, a starring vehicle for chanteuse and Mick Jagger girlfriend Marianne Faithfull, is vintage 1968. I can’t recommend the film that highly as cinema. Not a lot happens as the main character zips across the French border … Continue reading

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Are We All Fascists Now?

Milton Friedman or Richard Nixon wrote: We are all Keynsians now. Fenster writes: Are we all fascists now? No, I don’t mean Nazi. Just garden variety fascist, you know, like China. We beat communism fair and square as it was … Continue reading

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COVID and the Law

Fenster writes: In crises, events first everything else later, including post-mortems, recriminations and oopsies. This is true with the law as well. The law pretends to majesty but in crisis it can find itself behind the curve with the other … Continue reading

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Notes on The Painter and The Thief

Fenster writes: I recently wrote up The Biggest Little Farm, a documentary distributed by Neon and streaming on Hulu. Today, another Neon/Hulu documentary: The Painter and the Thief. The Biggest Little Farm presented a view of nature that was both … Continue reading

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Kurzweil in Heaven

Fenster writes: KURZWEIL IN HEAVEN Cast: Kurzweil, technology genius, Singularity pioneerKurzweil, technology genius, Singularity pioneerKurzweil, technology genius, Singularity pioneerKurzweil, technology genius, Singularity pioneer (note: all Kurzweils identical so all characters are free to take any part at any time) Kurzweil: … Continue reading

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Notes on The Biggest Little Farm

Fenster writes: “I could teach anybody, even people in this room, no offense intended, to be a farmer.” -Mike Bloomberg at Oxford People, despite their seeming complexity, often yield up their characters quite readily to those with an eye to … Continue reading

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