Goldman Sachs Small Business Popup expo at Union Station in Washington DC

Today I visited the Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Businesses Market at Union Station, main concourse, in Washington DC. It’s also called “The Big Power of Small Business”.

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)

Plot template chart for screenplay “Do Ask, Do Tell: Epiphany”

Here is an analysis template for my screenplay “Do Ask, Do Tell: Epiphany” The “Epiphany” word replaces “Conscription”.

The style for the table is similar to that of the novel, in the previous post (Jan. 28).

It will be updated frequently.

The codes here also include a color code, documented Jan. 23, 2016.


Sc/ PG Date Chars action where codes comments
 1-1  20201001  Bill (77)  tries to wake up  bed, sp st, hosp 1000.Bl  NDE
 2-1  20051101  Bill, Randy (15)  Randy comes on to Bill slightly  classroom, sub assigmnet  3000, bw  “The Sub” Bill’s 2005 script ; show title of this movie Rp as scene transitions
 3-1  20201001  Bill, Randall (30)  Randall tries to watch Bill arouse  bed, hosp room  1000, Bl Randall Christopher Nickerstann thinks he is Randy of Bill’s “The Sub” from past hacking; he clips remote viewing devices to three points on his own body for triangulation
 4-2  20070805  Bill,Randall ( (real actors)  Randall watches Biil go to movie actor reception  King of Prussia Mall  2000, rd  Bill gets autographs from stars of Everwood
 5-2  20040520  Bill  Bill asked to do locker room duty for special education School sp ed  2000. rd
 6-2 200405220  Bill, Mom (92)  Bill blogs, mother tries to dust computer  Mom’s basement  2000, rd
 7-3  20060801  Bill, Randy  Bill gets PE class, visits Randy’s music studio in planning period, then collapses and Randy defibs him  School, athletic field , locker room, and music room  3001, bw  tennis shoes in car, baseball, jogging, then defib machine (just introduced at school)
 8-3  20201001  Randall, Brutus (27)  watches training video on dfib  control room, space station hospital  1000
9-4  2014  Randall, Bill  Bill sees Randall reading philosophy text, then his own book  Metro  2001, or
 10-5  2012?  Bill, Randall  Passive  encounter at Citi Field  CitiField, NYC  2001, or  Randall, Brutus seem to be scoping Bill
11-5  20201001  Bill  tries to wake up  bed  1000
 12-5  20051103  Bill, Randy  Randy takes Bill home from hospital  hospital, pass SNF  3000  Bill avoids coronary bypass (can show montage of MOM and cpg)

(First posted: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 4 PM EST)

Plot template chart for “Angel’s Brother”

Here is the plot timeline template chart for the plot of my novel Angel’s Brother.

More table entries will be added as I work through the manuscript.

The table presents the events of the novel in the order that the reader would encounter them.

The codes are explained on this legacy blog post.  Flashback codes normally refer to secondary characters when named.

It’s important to document what actual evidence Sal, Randy (or Q or Foss) have of anything that “Bill” experienced or wrote in his fiction, at any particular point in the novel.


Chap Date Chars action where codes comments
 1-0100  20200526  Randy (49), Sal (21)  Meet in “Come and See” mode  Auschwitz,, 2, , article  1000  clues in dress, five minute chess game
 1-0101  2006  (U) Bill,  Bill’s public blogs  2100, 2000  recall seeing Sal on train
 1-0190  20200526  Sal suggests Randy is what Bill would like to have been (/)  Salt Mine
 1-0200  20200526  Call home  Cracow hotel  1000  look up Bill
 1-0300  2013  Sal  recall having Sal when subbing train thru Poland (/) ; Dallas  2000
 1-0400  20200528  Randy  physical  Brussels  1000  in good shape for age
 1-0410  20200528  Randy, Foss  debrief  Brussels  1000  change in plans; recall Ali had been hacked
 2-100  1988 Randy  recalls hazing  VaTech, Baltimore  2000  a night to remember
 2-200  1998  Eandy, Erin (48), Dicky (b 2004)  Marry, adopt Dicky  Dallas  2000
 2-300  1998, 2003  Randym Q (60)  converts to civilian intelligence; takes cover job as sub teacher Dallas  2000  Given hacks to do on “Bill” out of interest in aliens;
 2-400  1981(ref), 2003  Randy  learns that same real estate agent had closed Bill (/)  Dallas  2000, 2100  also learns rumors of Bill from biker bar, Monroe I
 2-500 2004  Erin  gets out of Army becomes UR nurse  starts learning of epidemic
 2-600  20200529  flies over Poland to St Pete, looks at rumor files 1000  rumor Bill had imagined new disease when Erin has heard about it at work
 3-050  20200530  Sal ,Lurku(60), cat  gay bar, Lurku reinforces idea that Sal is better than most people  Amsterdam 1000, 2100  Sal checks info he got from Randy iPad thru Randy’s wife Erin (38), a surgeon, about new disease; maps to Bill’s novel
 3-100  2004  Sal  Sees Virgini Mary  Harlingen  1000 Sal wonders about his gifts
 3-200 2013  Sal, Rusty (13) Rescues Rusty, gets better  Guadalupe  1000
 3-330  2016  Sal, Matt (13)  Sal meets Matt  Popo, Mexico  2000, 2100 (1962) Bill, NIH, friends tale (telepathic notes??)
 3-300  2016  Sal, father (63)  Family moves o Wisconsin  Near Sparta WI  2000  The “cycling capital” can set up an issue that Sal will pass on to others
3-310  2018  Sal, Bill  Sal meets Bill at hotel conference, scans Bill’s novel off laptop  2000  “balding blogs”;
 3-200-I1  1981 Bill, Kelly  Bill’s real estate closing  2000
 3-320  20200530 c Sal Lurku  Sal explains hacking strategy  1000  Recalls 2 earlier meetings with Randy which Randy may have forgotten; some clue was to why they met at Krakow
 3-330  2002 Ali (60f) Amos(40f), Toby  Ali in train wreck after Amos visit in Bill’s manuscript, meets Tony  Allentown PA  2110
4-100  20180601  Randy  Visits Dt Petersburg, including adult booktore St Petersburg  1000
 4-200  20180601  Randy, Lurku  Retrieves ingot, hard drive, old computer frame in trash dumps (multiple)  Ladoga area  1000
 4-300  20180601  Randy  Randy escapes Russians following him into Finland  Imatra, FN  1000  Russians build up troops, cyberattacks

(First posted on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 at 8 PM EST, to be updated frequently).

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)

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