Town Hall by US Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), discusses North Korea, EMP threats as I film

I attended a Town Hall by Representative Don Beyer tonight, MLK Day.

cell introduction

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

5   Metro

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)

My little 2005 screenplay “Beware EMP” compared to the real threat

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)

Guitar music, in a Potbelly sandwich shop

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.

(Posted: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7 PM EST)

Church art showing me; then a virtual space station hotel visit

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.

Posted: Sunday, January 7, 2018, at 8:30 PM EST)

How does the supernatural stuff in my “Epiphany” screenplay and “Angel’s Brother” really happen?

Both my planned novel “Angel’s Brother” and screenplay “Epiphany” present the idea that at some point, a group of people will “evacuate Earth” and move to another planet, while most of the remainder are “leftovers” to face calamity.

Although the idea has been tried in sci-fi and explored in some apocalyptic films and television series (like “Deep Impact” (1998) and “Salvation”), it may sound negative, judgmental, and unempathetic to “ordinary” or handicapped human life where it is allowed to prevail.  Yet, we all know that at some point, humanity will face choices like this.  It might be a billion years from now, as the Sun gets ready to eventually become a red giant; or it might be relatively soon because of some not yet anticipated calamity.  Both the screenplay and novel, with different plots, allow some events to unfold in a way that will seem plausible, immediate and engaging to an audience; it’s the stuff that would get on CNN if it happened.  As we know from the HIV pandemic of the 1980s. nature sometimes launches surprises that seem logical only in retrospect.

In both works, some “superior” people are presented as “angels” and may be immortal. Some of the characters don’t know whether they are angels until well into the plots. An “angel” may be viewed as in the Bible, or might be conceived as a very human-like alien but maybe only slightly different. The legal rights of such a being, if he or she existed, would be an interesting question, and Trump would not get his way.

In the screenplay, much of the action happens on a space station on Titan, a moon of Saturn, and in an intentional community, segmented into subcommunities and sheltered, on the moon, with much reference to flashbacks.  Much of the substance of the screenplay is told in flashbacks. But at the end, it’s clear that the citizens (call them “raptured” if you like) will go to an new home.

In the novel, most of the action takes place on Earth in a normal progression typical of a spy/science thriller, but at the end, the “chosen” to leave, and the “leftovers” will struggle.

I wanted to cover some of the “supernatural” events and show how they might be plausible.

The new Retrovirus can include an unusual radioactive isotope (known to be stored at two or three locations in Russia – until Randy “steals” some and has “Bill” (me) transport it to a clandestine facility in west Texas), but understood equally well by the KGB (and Putin) and American intelligence) that can produce a mini-black hole. The virus may be able to store holographically or in a quantum-computer fashion most of the memory of some it infects, where the transmission seems mysterious but happens mainly among people with poorer circulation or at higher altitudes.  The one exception is the “angel”, who can sometimes receive the consciousness of the infected person after “death”.

It’s useful to consider how the consciousness of the “victim” and of the “angel” work. Think of a muscle fasciation or twitch.  When it happens, it preoccupies the body owner and seems to have a “free will” of its own, but is essentially expressed only through the owner. There are other automated nervous system activities like this (some of them undesired, like nausea). This gets into panpsychism, and whether individual tissues or even cells have wills of their own sometimes.  That sounds like how cancer could work.

Consider what happens the first time a teenager becomes aware of sexual excitement. It seems like chasm to cross where what looms on the other side can present transformative risks and drive new purposes. For many adults, it settles into a new normal for decades – marriage with procreation (or maybe adoption) and children. Yet it has been transformative of consciousness “the two become one flesh”.

As a result of the virus, a select number of “angels” will eventually acquire the consciousness of almost everyone else in a consolidation or contraction that is necessary if Earth needs a new home.  The departed soul has occasional dream-like re-emergences, but through the consciousness of the new host.  Hence there is a new vicarious immortality.

There are a couple other things that happen.  In both works, it is possible for a character to suddenly appear as a “younger self”.  This might happen with stem cell rejuvenation, which may happen in the “Mobius subway” in the screenplay or with the application of certain “royal jelly” that only the angels have, in the novel.

In the novel, it is possible for two of the characters to become disembodied onto a special quantum computer (at the West Texas “Academy” and based on the Russian version) that has an “eye” that can hover and watch the others but not participate for a time.  Eventually the consciousness returns to the body and it returns to its previous age, possibly worse off for the indulgence.

(Posted: Monday, January 1, 2017 at 10:45 PM EST)

Visit to the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC

I visited the Museum of the Bible today.  It’s near the Federal Center Metro stop in SW Washington, about ½ mile from the Capitol

Video 1

Video 2    I talk about the “Washington Revelations” ride, while standing in the cyclorama showing Jerusalem. The motion of the stand in the 4D theater produced some artificial gravity effects (like in my Ephiphany screenplay) from multiple directions at once.  But I suppose you can get the same thing in an amusement park from a modern roller coaster.  (Those rides weren’t running during the winter in Christmastown, Dec. 19 post.)   I don’t like to ride upside down, but in the spring I can go to Largo MD and do it.  I guess I need to try to make sure my ideas in my “rama” environment in the screenplay are valid.

I’ve covered some of the “short films” on a legacy Blogger link.

I wanted to mention a couple of highlights.  First, the cafeteria on the top floor offered ethnic meals from the Middle East.  The material in the museum had a pretty good balance between Old and New Testaments, and Judaism was well covered.  There was no mention anywhere of sexual orientation or gender roles, except in the context that families in the ancient world generally had to be pretty cohesive to function.  Families often built their own homes.

At several places the museum mentions the idea of “ritual purity“, whereby in the ancient world people washed themselves with fresh spring water after handling dead biologic materials.

There is some very good material on the social significance of the introduction of the printing press in the 1400s.

(Posted: Thursday. Dec. 21, 2017 ay 8:30 PM EST)

More timeline progress on “Angel’s Brother”

I’ll be revising the complete timelines for the novel “Angel’s Brother” soon but I wanted to post some more notes today on the high points on the sequencing of the events in Bill’s “novels” and in what happens on a “reality level”

In the “real world” the timeline looks a bit like this:

May 2002  Bill has a meeting in Boston about the possibility of his writings becoming a film.  He observes a mysterious couple on what seems like one of the most eventful days of his own life.

Feb. 2003  The couple has a son “Matt”

During 2019:  Sal, an undergraduate that seems to have some unusual powers, hacks some of Bill’s writings (and dangerous “theory”)  trying to find out his own identity.  The NSA and other fibbies find out and decide to have their reserve agent Randy brought in.

May 2020:  Sal and Randy meet in Auschwitz.  Neither knows why at first.

Then Randy is sent to St. Petersburg and Ladoga area of NW Russia to retrieve a bizarre weapons sample purported to be a radioactive virus.  There is the expected concern over whether terrorists or rogue states (DPRK) could get their hands on it.  Randy smuggles it into Finland, causing a border incident and international crisis.

But in June the sample arrives at Yucca Mtn in Nevada and Bill is secretly hired to take it to the Academy.

In the early summer 2020 (as political conventions ramp up) Randy traces the effect of a new disease in people who live at high altitude.

In Sept. Sal and Randy meet in  Dallas and travel to the Academy where they compare notes and get intimate.

Then Randy gets sent to Bilbao and gets custody of another sample when attacked on the street.  He meets up with Randy in the Netherlands.  Then in October he goes to Ladoga and farther into Russia where apparently he is abducted, but is eventually returned, but now seems to be deteriorating physically.  He begins to wonder if he is really going to survive a great “Purge” of identities that the virus is supposed to cause.

Right around Halloween Sal meets Matt at a health expo in Dallas and Matt instructs Sal to go “do” Bill at the academy to prevent his plot from going through. Bill winds up charged with theft of a nearby store, but seems to have partial powers to split into two bodies, a development not anticipated.

In early Nov. Randy meets Sal and they compare the hack of Bill’s notes, before Randy finally visits the remote viewing school.

Then, after some unusually warm weather in the upper Midwest, they go to a hazing ceremony in central Wisconsin where a lot of people go up.

In early 2021 Bill is tried, and Sal has been kicked out of ROTC and will join Randy as a civilian “reservist” as he graduates.  Randy faces divorce over his affair with Sal but takes his oldest adopted son to live with him at a new job in DC.  The son is kidnapped.  Bill the makes a journey, just like in his fiction, to rescue everyone to “evacuate Earth”.  The people who turn out to be angels (that is, aliens) travel to their base near Titan, and take Bill with them.  Sal is an angel, but Randy and Bill are not, but will be able to go.  The rest of the earth’s population will watch its civilization fall apart after big solar storms and start over, as the angels are “retroceded” to seed other planets.  Civilization really does become a cyclical process. By Inauguration 2021, the country is already broken up into “Revolution”.

(Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2017 T 11:50 PM EST)

Busch Gardens Christmas-Town near Williamsburg

I had visited Busch Gardens in Williamsburg VA on May 4, 2013 but this year I tried the Christmastown event.

The theme part is similar in concept to Disney’s Epcot in Orlando, although not as large. It has sections for England, Ireland, France, Quebec, Germany, and Italy.  An oriental section for China would be nice some day.

Here are a few sample videos




8  — Note how the Pompeii exhibit creates an alien landscape effect.

(Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 9 AM EST)

Dulles Airport Model Train Show, Christmas 2017

Today I visited the Greenberg Train Show for Christmas at the Dulles Convention Center.

There were three main layouts and they did not seem to be as interesting to me in terms of complexity of the model communities offered as in the past.

Nevertheless, I made light of it on Facebook as the small towns presented made up Trump’s “base”.




There were many exhibitors and items for sale. One person was selling train paintings and objected to photography by another person.  That’s a warning to bloggers:  sometimes photographs of art work might be copyright infringement, particularly if the artist actually intends to make a living selling the items.

(Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 5:30 PM EST)

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