12 An art shop that reminds me of the Third Dominion in Clive Barker’s book “Imajica”.
13: A preview of my screenplay “Do Ask, Do Tell: Ephiphany”. This would fit into the 1776 Training Center (Sector 2 of 5 in the space station ashram — and by the way, I need to review if for how the memories of how the protagonist “me” got there progress — rather like waking up from general anesthesia.
14: There is a glassblowing shop and training station in Sector 2 in my screenplay
I made a three-day odyssey this week, to visit Cumberland Gap and drive the tunnel on 35-E completed in 1996.
The old road (a “high way of death”) was torn out and returned to its natural condition as a trail for Daniel Boone.
I visited a Veteran’s Memorial Part on Cheat Mountain, looking west, 20 miles S, on 25-E. Another veteran was there.
The views of the town of Cumberland Gap and the two ends of the tunnel can be seen from the Pinnacle (although the tunnel opening itself cannot be seen and there is no parking area for a photo). The rail tunnel can be visited on foot from the Tennessee town.
By Stratosphere – Own work, GFDL, link under CCSA 4.0.
Here’s a little sci-fi film (“After-Life on Doomsday Planet“) about what would be like after a Carrington Event solar storm and coronal mass ejection, or after a high-altitude EMP attack. Actually, I took the footage Saturday night at the Montgomery County Fair in Gaitherbsurg, MD, and there is electricity in some scenes. Another way to interpret this little film is that it is set on an alien world.
Today, Sunday, August 21, 2016, after the 11 AM service at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC , and after the Postlude, the organist-choirmaster Dr. Lon Schreiber played a brief composition by me, which sounds like a hymn (with one familiar melodic line), harmonized in somewhat modern style (maybe a touch of Prokofiev).
I have called the composition “Losing It”. It was conceived as a miniature episode in a symphonic movement of “songs without words” back in 1972.
The piece as shown is in 4/4 time in B-flat Major, in moderate tempo, something like an “Andante moderato”.
There is a second stanza that changes rhythm to 3/4 for a while and plays with ascending passages in F minor and G minor, before returning to B-flat, this time be dragged down to say in minor. It isn’t necessarily a happy ending.
In the picture above, note the items in the hair dressing of the guest. Are these from Pokemon, from Japanese manga or danganronpa?
I will upload the entire PDF and iTunes mpg file when it is done (as played on my Casio).
Here is an articleon the Austin organ at the First Baptist Church.
There’s a bizarre new technology, “DuoSkin”, which can be “pasted” onto human skin, and then be used as a smart phone interface, even as a trackball. It can even glow.
So people will use it as a temporary tattoo, decoratively. Most of the videos about it show the users as women. With Caucasian men, other than bikers and swimmers, care would need to be exercised in placing it.
I can imagine adding a ritual to my screenplay “Do Ask, Do Tell: Ephiphany” near the end, where one of the “angel candidate” characters has the skin applied as part of a ritual, to be “survived”.
Microsoft is supporting this product with research; not sure how they find willing subjects.
I did set up an exhibit at the Outwrite DC in Washington DC today at the DC Center for the LGBT Community, in the atrium at 2000 14th St. NW (ha, ha, only about 5 miles from Nationals Park, a half-mile from Town DC and 930 Club, and Atlantic Plumbing, for that matter).
So I got to do a good interview. I covered the narrative of my own William and Mary expansion, my own getting drafted during Vietnam, how that mixed with the debate on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and led to my first book in 1997, and how 9/11 complicated my proposals for a “Bill of Rights II”, leading to the second book in 2002, and how freedom of speech and the Internet led to the substance of the third book in 2014. I did mention “open access”. I mentioned that I have a draft screenplay for how you might film it.
The interviewer did get the idea that external pressures matter, and that even with a fight for liberation and equality (and the tension between those two concepts), individual moral compass, in reacting to the needs of others in any group one belongs to, matters. That’s kind of paradox of identity politics.
I got three clips. The people filming me were unfamiliar with my camera, so the sound is hard to hear,
(Posted: Saturday: August 6, 2016 at 6 PM EDT)
Update: Aug. 10
Here are a few more videos (other than the QA for “Queer Brown Voices” which is here).