Daily Archives: April 14, 2015

Cherry Blossoms A Galore & In Full Bloom In New Hampshire.

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This article explains it. A creative hack of Google Maps by Japanese cosmetics brand Lux.
Cute and clever.


IBM: ‘Watson Health Cloud’ — Could End Up Being But High Level Flannel.

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>> IBM: Floppy disks & ATMs.
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Donate Hursley House To The National Trust.
>> Get rid of unproductive R&D — Feb. 2, 2015.
>> IBM’s 26% layoff is NOT enough — Jan. 27, 2015.
>> Punch-drunk IBM, 40% layoff — Oct. 21, 2014.
>> Continue to punish shareholder — Oct. 20, 2014.
>> Spin Off Watson — Oct. 8, 2014.

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I am already on record in stating that IBM’s ‘Watson‘ technology is the new jewel in its now slightly tarnished crown. ‘Watson’ is the future. Mainframes, at long last, the past.

I am sure that Watson has the potential to do much to enhance medicine and healthcare in the decades to come.

But knowing IBM as well as I do, I am not convinced right now, that IBM has the wherewithal and the will to make this ‘Watson Health Cloud‘ into anything meaningful. Yes, it will, of course, do specific, carefully crafted “party tricks” — but those aren’t going to get anybody far. Basically what I am trying to say is that we are unlikely to see this Health Cloud deliver useful, germane results for many years to come. Watson does have the technology analyze huge quantities of data BUT we still don’t know the right questions to ask. And that is going to take some time to work out how to best exploit what Watson can deliver. In the meantime Watson Health Cloud could end up becoming what they refer to as ‘High Level Flannel’ — i.e., a nice fluffy feeling without much substance behind it. Think ‘fluff’ and appropriately we in this case are also talking Cloud.

So this is my fear. IBM is going, through financial and marketing necessity, try to make this Cloud impress. But it is not going to ready. It will do, as I said, before some ‘party tricks’. People might get disillusioned with it before it gets a chance to mature and be productive.

And heaven help IBM if there is a data breach as happened to Anthem. IBM will, of course, have better security than bumbling Anthem, but you cannot always protect against insiders who are bought off!

So, I am happy to see this initiative, I just hope IBM doesn’t rush it.


Stephen Hodecker, The Meredith (N.H.) Artist, ‘Famous’ For His Nudes And Wyethian Of late.

His most famous nude? At Giuseppe’s in Meredith.

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>> The Wyethian James O’Neil.

>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 1.
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>> Stephen Hodecker nudes 3.

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I have known Stephen Hodecker since 1998.
[I also used to know his sister who is also a well-known artist.]

I have a bronze of his that he cast in 1999.
Deanna and Devanee have adopted it.
Deanna, especially, has taken a proprietary interest in it. 

These days I typically only see Stephen if we both happen to be at
Giuseppe’s, Meredith [N.H.] at the same.
And this usually happens when we attend the annual
JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza.

So, we did meet Stephen this year
and I got his latest business card …

I had not noticed before or maybe his style has evolved.
He definitely has some Wyethian touches these days.
Maybe most New England artist end up with some influence.
Next time I see him I will have to tell him that
Deanna actually knew Andrew Wyeth.


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Click here to access the ‘Stephen Hodecker’ Website.


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Stephen Hodecker at the 21st JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza at Giuseppe’s (Meredith) on Sunday, March 29, 2015. [[See posts on this blog, March 30, 2015.]]


What I (rightly or wrongly) consider to be the most famous Hodecker nude. The setting appeals to me and I am quite partial to the ‘subject’ matter. And that is all we are going to say.


‘Great Waters Music Festival’ 2015: “Aztec Two-Step”, This Friday, April 17, Anderson Hall, Wolfeboro, N.H.

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Related posts:
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.
>> Blood, Sweat & Tears.
>> 2015
Season preview.

>> Scintillating ‘North Shore Acappella’
>> ‘North Shore Acappella’ – Setup
>> ‘North Shore Acappella’

>> 2104 Cruise: The People
>> 2014 Volunteer Cruise

>> ‘1964 The Tribute’
>> Setup for ‘Festival Chorus’
>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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Click to access their ‘Aztec Two-Step’ Website with music on tap. Look at the top of the page. This is how they got the name “Poem #9 written & recited by Lawrence Ferlinghetti from A Coney Island of the Mind”.


Video of ‘Aztec Two-Step’, viz. Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman, doing Simon & Garfunkel in 2007. In this instance one of my favorite songs “April”.


They, viz. Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman, are highly acclaimed and it is said to be an evening of ‘classic duos’ — Simon & Garfunkel to the fore. I am a total sucker for any Simon & Garfunkel and as such I am looking forward to this. I should, with luck, be backstage. The first concert of this year, “Yellow Brick Road“, on March 20, 2015, was brilliant. So hoping that this will equal that — maybe even exceed it, though that may be hard. This will be a great way to wrap up what looks like the first week of Spring in the Lakes Region. The snow will definitely be gone by then. See you there.