Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the DC Environmental Film Festival held a program “Nuclear Power Play” at the Carnegie Science Center. There were two short films, “Nuclear Winter” and “Triad” and “City 40”. The panel included Kit Roane (Retro Report), Dan Sagayin, and Samira Goetsche.
Generally, there was concern expressed that the US and Russia, following the Soviet Union, tend to make it more plausible that they could use nuclear weapons if they maintain the hardware. There was concern over making rogue states and non-state actors believe “everybody wants some”.
4 Question from the audience about the character of scientists
My novel manuscript “Angel’s Brother“, for which I developed a new “screenwriters’ outline” here on Feb. 28, involves the major characters (especially Randy, 40, the CIA agent, Sal, 21, the gifted angel-to-be, and Bill, or “me”) making lots of trips, within the United States, back and forth to and within Europe, as far as Arctic Russia in one chapter. (Correction: Lake Lagoda is in NW Russia, as is most of Karelia, near the Finnish border.)
There are many novels and films based on road trips. Most of them tend to be based on one continuous journey from a start to and end, like in a board game.
Clive Barker’s “Imajica“, in the first part, traces its major character Gentle from Earth (the Fifth Dominion), with some running-around between London and New York, through three other dominions (essentially planets); the second half (“The Reconciliation”) has Gentle and many other characters (one of them very gender fluid) moving back and forth among the dominions through what would amount to wormholes in physics. He winds up in “Heaven” (the “First”) where, sorry to say for David Lynch, not everything is fine. There is even a “Lenten Way”, a superhighway connecting the dominions.
As I best remember, in J. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” (and Peter Jackson’s film trilogy for New Line) the progress (Bilbo with his ring) is gradually from the Shire to the east, through all the lands of the Middle Earth, until confrontations in a volcano at the end, after which Bilbo sails west and returns home in peace. But I think it’s one continuous journey, as I recall. I have to give a hand to Tolkien in inventing bloodlines and families, and a whole language. The book has many detailed maps (or what amounts to a parallel Earth II) that lend themselves to board and computer games.
Stephen King’s monumental apocalypse, “The Stand“, which became a miniseries in the 90s, traces the lives of many characters after a super bird flu, intended as a biological weapon, is accidentally released. Generally, the characters progress from New York, Vermont, and Houston to Boulder (the good people), or Las Vegas-Cibola (the bad people). I remember Tim Cullen’s harrowing journey (to Boulder) up I-15 from Vegas through Utah with an eye watching him. I’ve even been called “The Walkin’ Dude” myself at work.
In Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged“, which became a three-part movie, and which I read while in the Army in 1969, has the major characters (Reardon and Taggert) wandering around a deteriorating rail system until a crash-landing in John Galt’s ashram hidden away in Colorado.
(Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017 at 2:15 PM EDT)
Below: Hillary Clinton’s old “Basket of Deplorables”. For me, in this little video; I used the guy with the binoculars (the “observer”); the CIA guy has the gun (although be probably needs only the binoculars); the angel looks like the shaman doll, or maybe the man in the space suit.
I showed up for the day-pass line at about 9:10 AM. The line was combined with the other line, and slowly started moving at 9:35. I finally got my pass at about 11:20, over two hours after I arrived.
Two hours of my time are worth money. I would rather pay a fair price for a ticket (maybe $10) at a specific time by credit card or Paypal and not have a hassle. The Monday noon ticket giveway times out before most users can get ticket.
Before I got in at 1 PM, I encountered Chris the Mockingbird.
Later I encountered him in the garden and he seemed to recognize me. Mockingbirds are musicians. But the males do not have plumage color that gives them the obvious external trappings of manhood. They seem to have made some sort of sacrifice.
In the museum. there were five rooms with the last one temporarily closed. You go into the room and have 20-30 seconds. The effect is to see many copies of yourself as in the movie “Interstellar”, where in the end people are saved by creating their own little tesseracts.
You’re not supposed to use flash, and I apologize for one shot; I thought I had turned it off on my Canon Power Shot but it went off.
There was also artwork simulating life on other planets.
Just to get some video work started (as a workup for some personal history videos to back up a movie proposal), here are three videos, on a better camera (Nikon Coolpix) as a gusty thunderstorm moved through Arlington VA today.
3 Looks like I jerked the camera, or the lens got wet
Also: Video of a shelf cloud in Laurel Mountains in Pennsylvania, Weather channel.
Midwest tornado outbreak February 28, 2017 in Missouri and Illinois; Tornadic storms popped up out of nothing (Weather channel pictures).
Today, after service at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington VA, I stopped to take a recording of some bird sounds in the “mountain” of “Chapel Hill” behind the church, which protects the area from damage from the strongest winds in storms.
Say, “Arlington VA, where woodpeckers peck”, a rewrite of the narrative line “Lumberton NC, where woodpeckers peck” in David Lynch’s 1986 masterpiece “Blue Velvet”.
Maybe this is like a nature sound in a Mahler symphony.
(Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 1:45 PM EST)
The panel comprised Peter Russo moderating, with Robert L. Bradley. CEO and founder, Institute for Energy Research; Adele Morris, Senior Fellow and Policy Director at the Brookings Institute, and Catrina Rorke, Senior Fellow and Policy Director, R Street Institute.
1 The first two clips are in response to my question on proposals by Taylor Wilson and others to decentralize power grids to make them more secure from terror attacks and solar storms. The market mechanisms provide little support for what some homeland security analysts view as necessary. I did mention his idea for small underground fission reactors, but there was no reaction.
(Posted: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 9:15 PM EST)
I went to the top floors (emphasizing media) and then did the three lower levels (doing history from 1400 to present day), before a lunch. which is one of the most expensive cafeterias around, Manhattan prices ($33 for a meal). Crowds were moderate. Maybe 2/3 was African-American, and the white people tended to be college age young adults (one I recognized).
There was a mural with video clippings, called “Question Bridge: Black Men”. The men discussed why there is social pressure on young black men not to do well in school, and that being smart is “gay”. I think that’s a compliment.
(Published: Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 6 PM EST)
looks like Spindletop, but this is near Tulsa OK, site of the 1921 riots