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Sunday, July 24, 2016

HP 3-D printers praised by Jim Cramer CNBC Wall Street reporter

cover and table of contents

PHOTO: (click on photo to enlarge) Thomas Kraemer, "Printing Enters the Jet Age, How today's computer printers came to eject microscopic dots with amazing precision," American Heritage Invention & Technology, Spring 2001, Vol. 6, No. 4, pp. 18-27, cover and table of contents

I've written on Hewlett-Packard inkjet printers before. (See previous posts History of HP inkjet printers in American Heritage Invention & Technology 2/19/12) and HP breakup making Bill and Dave spin in their graves (9/11/15), which includes my previous letter to the editor: Thomas Kraemer, "HP breakup could harm economy," Gazette-Times, Sep. 11, 2015, p. A9)

Therefore, I was delighted to hear a CNBC cable TV Wall Street reporter Jim Cramer praise the new HP 3-D printer technology, which prompted me to write the following letter to the editor of the newspaper in the town where the HP inkjet printer was invented:

I was saddened to see the recently spun off HP Inc. occupying only a portion of the old Hewlett-Packard site in Corvallis when I was driven there by a new car dealer to see some cars that had overflowed his lot.

I was heartened on Jul. 19, 2016 to hear the respected CNBC Wall Street reporter Jim Cramer say publically he had seen the new HP Inc. 3-D printers and he was confident they would dominate all of the emerging competitors.

I no longer own any HP stock and do not plan to buy it on this news, but as a private citizen I hope that both the mid-Valley region and Corvallis HP Inc. will prosper from the promising new technology of 3-D printing.

I am hopeful because Hewlett-Packard has come back to life before in Corvallis, first in the 1980's when HP's handheld calculator sales stagnated shortly after the factory had been moved to Corvallis in the 1970's, and then HP built the first portable computers with inkjet printers, which had originally been designed for battery-powered calculators and electronic instruments connected via an HP network.

(Quoted from Thomas Kraemer, "High hopes for HP," Corvallis Gazette times Mid-Valley Sunday edition, July. 24, 2016, p. A10)

headline 'H-P executive predicts 700 new jobs' Gazette-Times Aug. 8, 1974, p. 2

PHOTO: Given that the first non-founder CEO of HP, John Young, graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in electrical engineering in 1954, and his strategy was to locate HP divisions near universities to help recruit engineering talent, it makes sense that the Hewlett-Packard calculator factory and research lab were moved to Corvallis, Oregon in 1975, as first reported in the local newspaper story by John Atkins, "H-P executive predicts 700 new jobs," Gazette-Times Aug. 8, 1974, p. 2. (See previous posts HP breakup making Bill and Dave spin in their graves (8/11/15) , Don't Cali-fornicate Oregon and HP annexation history (6/14/12) and HP and Corvallis newspaper history (3/11/09) about the move of the Hewlett-Packard calculator division to Corvallis in 1975)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ischemic stroke related prosopagnosia and topographical agnosia makes me low vision blind, asexual and limits how much I can read or write

Yellow region posterior cerebral artery area of my brain

PHOTO: The yellow shaded regions (lower right in figure) on outer surface of the human cerebral hemisphere (shown as side view with the back of the head to the right) is the area of the brain supplied by the posterior cerebral arteries in the region where I suffered an ischemic stroke and partial brain death due to the lack of blood. (Diagram is from article, "Posterior cerebral artery" accessed Jul. 7, 2016)

In 2010, I first suffered an ischemic stroke in the posterior cerebral artery area (PCA) of my brain that caused prosopagnosia and topographical agnosia, which has made me low vision blind, asexual and severely limited in the amount of text I can read and write because just magnifying text doesn't solve my problem of being unable to see the first couple of letters in words and sentences. In addition, I have also been developing muscle weakness on my right side, which I hope doesn't lead to speech or mobility problems, and my condition has been worsening over time.

My low vision blindness allows me to see many things. My vision has been gradually worsening to the point where I can see 72-point newspaper headlines in perfect focus, but have trouble seeing the first few letters of each word or sentence, and the rest of the page looks like I am trying to display the whole page on a small computer monitor and so I can't see the smaller print. In addition, I have become more and more color blind, and I am now unable to see yellow and orange letters. Blue and black look the same to me, but I can still distinguish a red versus green traffic light.

My eye doctors originally thought I merely had a nuclear cataract, but the other symptoms I have are suggesting that most of my vision problems are due to a neurological source, perhaps related to the ischemic stroke I have suffered in 2010 and the subsequent, smaller strokes.

I have kept the following notes to remind myself of both my disability issues and the related medical terminology:

  • agnosia is defined as loss of perception of certain things, such as a face, which is called prosopagnosia (from Greek for face no perception), despite being able to physically see them. (Also, see Dorland's Medical Dictionary 28th Edition 1994, p. 38)
  • Agnosia, Wikipedia accessed Jul. 6, 2016 says, "Agnosia is the inability to process sensory information. Often there is a loss of ability to recognize objects, persons, sounds, shapes, or smells while the specific sense is not defective nor is there any significant memory loss. It is usually associated with brain injury or neurological illness, particularly after damage to the occipitotemporal border, which is part of the ventral stream."
  • prosopagnosia known as face blindness and facial agnosia: Patients cannot consciously recognize familiar faces
  • Simultanagnosia accessed Jul. 6, 2016 is a rare neurological disorder characterized by the inability of an individual to perceive more than a single object at a time - in my case I can't see the first letter or two of words
  • topographical is defined as being of or relating to the arrangement or accurate representation of the physical features of an area (e.g. topographical map)
  • The symptoms of topographical agnosia, topographagnosia and Visuospatial dysgnosia are often linked with topographical disorientation. In my case, I have a sense of not knowing where I am relative to where I want to go, such as the store or doctor's office. I am unable to navigate and I get lost even in places that I am familiar with, and I am forced to use logic and memory to find things
  • Visual agnosia accessed Jul. 6, 2016 defines visual agnosia as an impairment in recognition of visually presented objects. It is not due to a deficit in vision (acuity, visual field, and scanning), language, memory, or low intellect. While cortical blindness results from lesions to primary visual cortex, visual agnosia is often due to damage to more anterior cortext such as the posterior occipital and/or temporal lobe(s) in the brain.
  • Search areas of brain supplied by posterior cerebral artery
  • Posterior cerebral artery accessed Jul. 7, 2016

One symptom that has fascinated me is the fact that I have become asexual, but not impotent, because I can physically make everything work, even though I can no longer be aroused by looking at things that used to turn me on. Until I experienced being asexual firsthand, I was skeptical that anybody could be asexual, because many Catholic Priests claimed to be asexual, but in fact many of them were confirmed to be homosexuals, ephebeophiles or pedophiles. Oregon State University animal science research has confirmed the existence of gay, straight, bisexual and asexual animals in nature.

Tess Jarmain escorts four male-oriented (homosexual) rams in Oregon State University's flock back to pasture, photo by Tiffany Brown, 'The science of rams and sexuality: Not all seek ewes,' By Mary Ann Albright, Corvallis (Oregon) Gazette-Times, August 12, 2005 PHOTO: Tess Jarmain escorts four male-oriented (homosexual) rams (a.k.a. "gay sheep") in Oregon State University's flock back to pasture. From Mary Ann Albright, "The science of rams and sexuality: Not all seek ewes," Gazette-Times, August 12, 2005 photo Tiffany Brown. Some of these sheep were found to be asexual. (See previous posts Bisexual erectile response scientifically measured despite skepticism by Dan Savage and others (8/10/11), Gay animals in New York Times (4/3/10) and OSU Gay Sheep NY Times (2/7/07))

Below are the signs and symptoms I experienced after the May 3, 2010 stroke. I was told these are textbook examples of problems associated with the area of brain that I had a stroke:

  • Blood pressure lowered (without medication) to the same as what it was at age 21
  • Abrupt vision loss due to stroke is not fully explainable by previous nuclear cataract diagnosis that explained slowly increasing nearsightedness and presbyopia
  • Prosopagnosia -- unable to recognize familiar faces or buildings
  • Topographical disorientation -- feel lost navigating in 3-D by sight and can't visualize where to put things back in kitchen, despite 16 years of familiarity with my kitchen
  • Simultanagnosia -- unable to see whole page, pick out things, or tell if it is upside down
  • Unable to see to-and-fro motions -- can't see fast moving objects
  • Partial alexia -- unable to see first few letters of words and must guess at them to read
  • Achromatopsia -- color intensity reduced and unable to differentiate between colors
  • Photophobia hemeralopia -- store fluorescent lights seem bright - reduced vision
  • Macropsia -- street trees seem to be much larger than before
  • Palinopsia -- seeing double images of text went away after stroke
  • Asexual, but not impotent -- no sexual arousal or erection from any visual stimulus
  • Sense of calm and no formed hallucinations -- easy to make cry after stroke

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Friday, July 8, 2016

OSU Angela Batista Interim Chief Diversity Officer

chart of OSU Social Justice Initiatives May 18, 2016

PHOTO: (click on photo to enlarge) the Web page "Oregon State University Leadership Institutional Diversity," accessed Jul. 8, 2016, included an organizational chart of Oregon State University Institutional Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Social Justice Initiatives, May 18, 2016, which is now being led by OSU interim Chief Diversity Officer Angela Batista. (See "Q&A with interim Chief Diversity Officer Angela Batista," Beaver Nation, Spring, 2016, p. 6 (no numbers), posted online May 18, 2016) The chart includes the box led by Allison Davis-White Eyes, "Diversity and Cultural Engagement," which includes the cultural resource centers, such as the OSU Pride Center for LGBTQ students. (See previous post New director to be hired for OSU Pride center (5/13/15))

In an interview that was printed and mailed to all alumni and friends of Oregon State University, interim Chief Diversity Officer Angela Batista said,

" Q: Since you've been in this position, what have you been hearing from students? How is this influencing your work?

A: The nature of inclusion is that you hear a lot of different perspectives. We're holding town hall meetings to talk about different issues that have impacted people. Students with disabilities and student veterans have said they want a space to connect with each other. We have students talking about their experiences around race and ethnicity. I've talked to students, faculty and staff a lot about gender identity and gender fluidity. There are many challenges, but we also have a lot of people who are willing to help."

(Quoted from "Q&A with interim Chief Diversity Officer Angela Batista," Beaver Nation, Spring, 2016, p. 6 no numbers, posted online May 18, 2016)

In my previous post New director to be hired for OSU Pride center (5/13/15) I mentioned a position announcement, which apparently was not filled and the duties are now part of Allison Davis-White Eyes's organization that includes the OSU Cultural Resource Centers.


Saturday, July 2, 2016

I was unknowingly a boarder in the home of convicted pedophile and Omaha World-Herald reporter Peter Citron

Jetsons animation cel and pencil drawing on Oxberry animation disc PHOTO: an animation pencil drawing and a fully inked and painted animation cel that were actually used in the days before computer animation to produce The Jetsons (TV Series 1962-1988). Both are shown placed over the registration pegs of a back-lit Oxberry animation disc that could rotate within a circular hole in a standard drawing board. The pencil drawings were traced in ink on clear cellulose, which were hand painted on the back so they could be placed over a background and photographed one frame at a time by a motion picture camera. I bought this animation disc from one of the founders of the Bajus-Jones animation studio where I was working circa 1970. (See previous posts Jetsons cel animation before computer animation (7/5/10) and Jetsons flying car in 1962 and World's Fair kitchen of the future in 2011 (3/1/11)

Decades ago, my mother sent me newspaper clippings concerning Peter Citron, who at the time had been an Omaha World-Herald newspaper entertainment reporter and local TV personality in Nebraska, which reported Peter Citron's criminal conviction for sexually assaulting two male children by fondling their genital areas. More recently, I stumbled across a newspaper account of a related case, which mentioned Peter Citron's conviction for pedophilia, in the story by Rick Atkinson, "Omaha's hurricane of scandal," Washington Post, Apr. 1, 1990.

I quickly sensed what my mother's real, unspoken reason was for sending me these newspaper clippings on Peter Citron's conviction for pedophilia, and so I tried to address her unspoken anxiety by truthfully saying, "Mom, I did not have sex with that man!" (Side note: Please, accept my apologies to Bill Clinton, but unlike Bill, I was actually telling the truth.)

My mother was the type of mother who never forgot anything about her son, and so when I asked her why she had sent me these newspaper clipping concerning Peter Citron, she reminded me that I had been a border in the personal residence of Peter Citron in the early 1970's when I was working as a professional motion picture film animator for the Dennis Kennedy Art Studio in Omaha, Nebraska. (See Kennedy Studios Inc. "Meet Dennis Kennedy," accessed Jun. 30, 3016 and Animation by Kennedy Studios, 7427 Rogers Road, Omaha, NE 68124, accessed Jun. 30, 3016, which says, "It was established in 1972 and incorporated in Nebraska. Current estimates show this company has annual revenue of $370,000 and employs a staff of approximately 5.")

In fact, my mother did not need to remind me because having been a boarder, in the personal residence of Peter Citron, had left a big impression on me because it was the first time in my life that I was living independently, far away from my parent's home in Minnesota.

I heard about the job in Nebraska while working for the small Bajus-Jones animation studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (See Jeff Lenburg, "nternational Guide to Film & Television's Award-winning and Legendary Animators," Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006, p. 68)

I unknowingly become a boarder in the home of the later to be convicted pedophile and Omaha World-Herald reporter Peter Citron, after I was referred to him by Dennis Kennedy to rent one of his bedrooms. In hindsight, I now understand why Kennedy told me he had asked Peter to keep his hands off of me, which I at the time went over my head and I let it slide without questioning him what he meant.

When I first arrived at Peter Citron's home, he showed me to my assigned bedroom on the second floor of his older three-story house, which had several bedrooms rented out to young male college students who were pretty enough they could be stars in a stereotypical "twink" gay porno film.

On the third floor, above my second floor bedroom was a Victorian style attic room, complete with dormer windows, where Peter lived by himself and was later found dead after committing suicide.

All of the young male college students renting rooms in Peter's house were attending the University of Nebraska. As a fellow college student, I easily bonded with these native Nebraska boys who were the first people to introduce me to many vices, such as marijuana brownies. Marijuana brownies are now legal in Oregon and I hope that the statute of limitations has run out so I won't get prosecuted for this admission! (See University of Nebraska Omaha and University of Nebraska Lincoln)

Peter Citron similarly befriended me and invited me to come along with him, by myself, to a movie that he had been assigned by his newspaper editor to write a review for the Omaha World-Herald newspaper, which today is owned by the famous Omaha billionaire investor Warren Buffet. I was much too innocent back then to have had it occur to me that Peter was probably taking me on a gay date and hoping that I would telegraph any interest in having sex with him. If so, I am sure he was disappointed because I played it straight.

Something I didn't notice at the time, but given my more experience in the world it makes sense today, is the time I witnessed Peter bringing home a young boy to spend the night with him, and he explained it to me as being his nephew. I still don't know if this was the true story or not, but after reading about Peter's conviction for pedophilia, I can only guess about whom this boy really was and what he was doing with Peter in the bedroom upstairs.

I have never been the victim of a pedophile, and I also do not personally know anyone who has been a victim, but sadly, I believe that such people exist and I can now understand why these crimes can go undetected because of clueless people like me who are blind to it.

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Ex-WH Writer Peter Citron Dies


Former entertainment reporter Peter Citron, known for such stunts as pitching in a Little League game and posing as a high school senior, has died.

Citron, 63, had been a World-Herald columnist and reporter for WOWT-TV.

He was found dead Thursday in his home on Happy Hollow Boulevard. Acting Douglas County Coroner Tom Haynes said it appeared he had been dead for at least two days.

Haynes said an autopsy indicated Citron died of natural causes, but the exact cause may never be known.

Citron lived on the third floor of his house, and it wasn't unusual for his boarders not to see him for a few days, said his brother, John Citron of South Harwich, Mass.

The 5-foot-4 Citron had several health problems in recent years, John Citron said, and that his brother had surgery for circulation difficulties two weeks ago.

Peter Citron rew up in Scarsdale, N.Y., and studied English at Dartmouth College. He left school before getting a degree and started a weekly newspaper in his hometown, his brother said.

He came to Omaha in 1966 to work for the Omaha Sun Newspapers. He joined The World-Herald as an entertainment columnist in 1971.

His popularity grew as he engaged readers with columns describing his masquerade as a Grand Island High School student and successful attempts to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for pickle-eating and nonstop joke-telling.

He had been known for such stunts and his sense of humor since his days at Scarsdale High School, where he was elected "class pride and joy," his brother said.

Citron did entertainment reports for WOWT-TV while he was a World-Herald columnist, then left the paper in 1979 to work at the station full time. He moved to KRON-TV in San Francisco in 1981.

He returned to The World-Herald in February 1988 and resumed his column.

In February 1990, he was charged with two counts of felony sexual assault of a child - accused of fondling two young boys in separate incidents. He resigned from The World-Herald and was convicted in May 1990.

Citron was sentenced to three to eight years in prison and was paroled in January 1993.

In 1998, Citron told The World-Herald he was too ill to work and that he got by on Social Security disability, a small pension, renting rooms and donations from friends.

Citron's body was cremated, and a private memorial service was planned. Other survivors include his mother, Ruth Citron of Chatham, Mass.

(Quoted from Paid Obituary, ","Omaha World-Herald , June 29, 2003, Page: 4b)

Friday, July 1, 2016

PBS history of gay marriages in 1975 Boulder omits Jack Baker and Michael McConnell

PHOTO: The word "married" was put in quotes by the headline writer for the story, "'Married' Gay Couple Fights Back, Government Denies Alien Visa for Australian 'Wife,'" concerning the 1975 marriage of Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan they did after legally obtaining a marriage license in Boulder, Colorado. The article is shown in the PBS Independent Lens Thomas G. Miller documentary "limited Partnership," 2014, Premiered June 15, 2015, watched on KOAC-TV Ch. 7 Jun. 28, 2016 11PM. Note that both Richard and Tony were living in Minnesota when the University of Minnesota law student Jack Baker obtained the first U.S. Supreme Court decision on gay marriage in 1972, however, any mention of the Baker v. Nelson case is missing from this otherwise expellant documentary. (See "Richard Adams (activist),", plus "Jack Baker (activist),", which includes a confusing history of Baker, and my previous post Gay marriage history on PBS by Marc Solomon still omitting Jack Baker and Michael McConnell (3/2/16))

My local PBS station recently aired the excellent documentary by Thomas G. Miller documentary "limited Partnership", and I was glad to see that the TV Guide listing information had been updated to say, "The story of Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan, one of the first same-sex couples to be legally wed," instead of incorrectly saying it was "the first" gay marriage, perhaps because I had filed a correction notice saying this was false due to the well documented 1972 U.S. Supreme Court decision Baker v. Nelson, which was based on the earlier gay marriage of Jack Baker and Michael McConnell. (See previous post Gay marriage history on PBS by Marc Solomon still omitting Jack Baker and Michael McConnell (3/2/16))

Given that both Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan were living in Minnesota when Jack Baker was leading his gay marriage activism efforts at the University of Minnesota, I find it a shame that the documentary did not ask these men if they were inspired by Baker's case. As somebody living there at the time, I know firsthand that the Baker case was well covered in both the local and national media -- it would be hard to miss -- and also well covered was the fact that Boulder, Colorado was issuing same-sex marriage licenses, which I assume is what motivated Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan to get a marriage license from the Boulder County Clerk interviewed in the documentary.