Here is some footage from the 2nd Thursday event at the Torpedo Factory Art Gallery in Alexandria VA on June 9; it was also an AGLA event. The facility had been a munitions factory during WWI and WWII.
The event was coordinated with the St. George Art Gallery of Ethiopia, also in Alexandria.
Here are three little video clips, however crude, of the model railroad representing the Angel’s colony on Titan (most of it conceived as a Cylindrical city) in my screenplay “Do Ask, Do Tell: Epiphany”
Here are a few clips from the Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC Monday, May 30, 2016, starting at 2 PM. Remember the good old days when Memorial Day was always May 30, and Major League baseball had daytime doubleheaders?
Sunday, I visited the abandoned Rays Hill Tunnel at the western entrance, near Breezewood PA, on a section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike rerouted over two mountains between Breezewood and Fort Littleton.
You can park just east of the Quality Inn, at the Tannery Road lot off US 30, on the north side. You climb up a little hill, and it is about 8500 feet to the tunnel, about 25 minutes to walk.
The graffiti is striking and vulgar. There is a work room that looks like a chamber of horrors,
Donald Trump would ask, why doesn’t the Pennsylvania Turnpike fix this up, charge admission and make money off this land as a park open to the public, especially bicycles (which use the trails “illegally” now).
I’ll add here some clips from the Chess for Charity tournament at the Our Lady of Good Counsel school in Vienna Virginia. My games scores are on yesterday’s post on my DADT blog.
This is not my greatest day of filmmaking. Outside, it was dreary and drizzly (the previous tournament there had been crisp and sunny). But an indoor chess sporting event cannot be rained out. At the same time, the Nationals were beating the Marlins in Miami.
I kept the camera restrained so as not to disturb players, but a chess tournament really is quite cinematic when in a large hotel room. It’s amazing how jumbled most middle game positions look. Maybe a Bond film will try it.
I finished 2-1. White won all three games. The last game turned into a “slugfest” in the late innings; both bullpens failed; both sides had deadly mate threats, and initiative was all that mattered; material meant nothing.
On Wednesday, May 18, I attended an event at the Cato Institute in Washington DC, “Is ISIS Economically and Socially Stable? Speakers included Howard J. Schatz and Jacob Shapiro. This does sound like an understated title for a foreign policy forum.
I have a writeup on Blogger here but I wanted to share a few brief clips (max length 95 seconds) of the Question and Answer section. I’ll embed the two most important.
Clip 6 makes the libertarian case that if a radical or violent or authoritarian movement fails suddenly or catastrophically on its own (like the Soviet Union) then others will be deterred from trying the same experiment in the future
Clip 7 answers my own question about homeland security.
On Monday, May 16, 2016 I visited the burned are in Shenandoah National Park, 12 miles south of the US 33- south entrance (between Remington and Harrisonburg, VA), near the Brown Mountain Overlook at Milepost 77, looking West.
It’s important to note that this not the same as “Brown Mountain NC”, site of the famous lights (which actually occur at several places in Virginia and North Carolina — high school chemistry explanations — covered here Nov. 4, 2015). The fire has also been called the “Rocky Mount Fire”, no connection to the Rocky Mountains in western US and Canada.
Vegetation was already starting to grow back. But the visual effect was striking.
I saw very little fire damage on the south side of Skyline Drive.
Wildfires may occur in the East. The Virginia fires don’t seem to have jeopardized homes.
Here’s a video on “What Caused the Fort McMurray Fire?” in northern Alberta?
And I can’t resist sharing this slide show of Expeditions by (22-year old nuclear physicist) Taylor Wilson, maybe the raw material for a documentary film. in Nevada, New Mexico and northwestern Arkansas. The “SCI” in the website name seems to refer to a level of security clearance.
The next-to-last story in my “Do Ask Do Tell III” book is called “Expedition“.