Monday, May 29, 2023


Thanks to my favorite Saint Paul newspaper, the Pioneer Press. Today, May 29. 2023, they published a piece from the New York Times by Benjamin Weiser. I'm sure readers can find it on line. Seems an attorney submitted a lengthy response attempting to refute an attempt by the target to have the suit thrown out. The brief citied half-a-dozen relevant opinions. Trouble is, none of the cited cases were real! T^hat's right. The attorney admitted he'd used an AI chat program to do research to find similar cases. Everything the AI "intelligence" program came up with were not real cases. The attorney told the cout he'd even asked the AI program to verify the accuracy of the citations and it did--again erroneously. Interesting, don't you think?

Thursday, May 11, 2023


 Guest Conductor Leonidas Kavakos brought a high degree of energy to the podium in this week's Minnesota Orchestra concert. Thursday's morning and Friday's evening concerts bring considerable dynamism to the concert stage. The conductor's energy was well responded to by the orchestra, both the string orchestra offering  Bach's Concerto if D Minor and  Brahms' better known Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Opus 58. Kavakos' conducting as well as his virtuosity on the violin in the piece by Bach, were enthusiastically received Thursday morning. Minnesota audiences are not usually treated to such athleticism from the  conductor. Some of the audience were provoked to follow European pattern of applauding between movements. Brahms better known Symphony number 1 descended on the audience with similar up-tempo rhythm and energy. A strong French Horn section was up to the challenge offereed by very capable strings. One hopes Conductor/violinist Kavakos and his 1735 Stradivarius will become frequent guests at Orchestra Hall.