On the way to a meeting in Asbury Park NJ on President’s Day (a long day trip), I took this video (which I have not edited) of a New Jersey Transit train going through town, near the gay bar Georgie’s.
All this reminds he of the urgency for the Port Authority to bore another tunnel under the Hudson River into Manhattan. And despite all the talk on infrastructure, the Trump administration seems to be balking on it.
There were about 100 pop-ups in the main concourse. Each businesses identified a city it was from. Many were from Baltimore, a few from Detroit, Dallas, New York. Many were related to snack foods or cosmetics or personal care.
But there were two books related to books.
Deandra Bufo Novak from Orlando FL, “My Heritage Book“, writes custom children’s books for families.
Undra Duncam’s “Well Read” has the tagline “Subscribe to Literacy” and offers monthly boxes of children’s books for a subscription, somewhat like a book club.
(Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 4 PM EST)
I attended a Town Hall by Representative Don Beyer tonight, MLK Day.
1 Deficit spending and seniors (Medicare, social security)
2 Green card delays and expenses
3 Drug laws, prison reform
4 North Korea, US first strike, nuclear weapons, Trump, reducing presidential authority, electromagnetic pulse . Note that Beyer reports that US utilities are making progress mitigating the transformer overload threat. Later he mentioned Dominion Energy, apparently spending $2 billion on power grid security
6 More on immigration and asylum
7 Trump/GOP tax package and the middle class
8 Climate change
(Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 at 11:30 PM EST)
I do have some screenplays in my legacy doaskdotell directly, mostly for short films. One of them in particular needs comment. That is “Beware EMP” (2005), link here.
Electromagnetic pulses of practical significance are of two kinds. The E1 can come from non-nuclear microwave or flux devices (local), or from a higher altitude fission blast. That is the weapon that might wipe out many electronics and car ignitions systems. Tech companies don’t talk about how well shielded their data centers are.
The E3 would come from thermonuclear weapons or extreme solar storms. The thermonuclear weapons could do both E1 and E3 damage. The E3 involves burning out transformers from overload. But utilities say they are slowly making progress in grounding transformers so they are not as easily overloaded.
In the screenplay, both the E1 and E3 have happened, but an E1 alone is much more likely.
(Posted: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 9:30 PM EST)
I’ve never seen people play for tips in a regular franchised chain restaurant.
But today there was some guitar music in a Pot Belly in Ballston, Arlington VA. Many businesses in the area toward and across Wilson Blvd are closed while the Ballston Common Mall gets replaced by the Ballston Quarter; and it seems that it will take well in 2018 before businesses can use the new space.
Two items: Today, at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC, a gentleman about my age handed me a drawing of the congregation that includes me. He often draws the service, and the artwork is interesting.
After which we had one of our largest potlucks ever (too many desserts even to serve).
Also, this evening, after visiting Deale MD and Chesapeake Beach to see the Bay area in unusual ice and snow, I went to National Harbor, the MGM Grand.
The Christmas decorations are still up through Epiphany, and the hotel, through the lobby ceiling, looks like the hotel on the space station in my “Epiphany” screen play.