Category Archives: my film clips

Washington Nationals baseball, just before the playofs

Here are a couple clips from the Washington Nationals 97th win last night over the Pittsburgh Pirates. This is not a playoff game, which will be much harder to get tickets for.

The Nats have already clinched the NL East title.  They need 98 wins to finish over .600.

Harper looked rusty.  But Stephen Strasburg carried a perfect game into the 5th inning, and Ryan Zimmermann had two doubles and two homers.  The Nationals won, 6-1.

1   For the National Anthem, I stood in a normal matter, but leaned on a chair with one knee at the end, to “protest”.  I did not see any kneel-style protests at the game,

 

2   The scoreboard kept beckoning “louder” as an ovation for Stephen Strasburg as he leaves.

 

(Posted: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at 4 PM)

 

 

 

 

Cato Institute holds symposium, “The Future of the First Amendment”

The Cato Institute held a day long symposium today, “The Future of the First Amendment” (aka “The Future of Free Speech”), with the details and program here.

Here are some videos

1  Commercial speech

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4  (Euguene Volokh, the next four videos:  “Free Speech, Libel and Privacy in the Internet Age”

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(Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 10 PM EDT)

How to cause little tornadoes in your kitchen

A broccoli souflee overheated in the oven tonight.  When I took it out and opened it, steam columns from the food started rotating like little tornadoes, even counterclockwise.

This is a lesson in how real storms form.  Warm water evaporating,  rising, meeting cool air, leads to condensation and often rotation, and a drop of pressure within the column.

(Posted: Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 at 10:30 PM EDR)

First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC takes Discernment vote on inclusiveness

The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC took a vote on its Discernment for inclusiveness after church today.

The vote, with three choices, dealt with whether members felt that inclusiveness on many issues in church ceremonies, including sexual orientation and gender identity, was consistent wit Christian teaching.  An affirmative vote would presumably pave the way for same-sex marriage ceremonies in the church, as well as possibly recognizing same-sex couples as parents.

I grew up in this church.  The current sanctuary building opened on Christmas Day, 1955, under Dr. Edward Pruden.

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2 (commentary)

(Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 3 PM)

Associated link.

First picture above:  I am the bald-headed person in the drawing, given to me.

Day hike in the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland

I visited the Catoctins, which are a separate ridge just east of the Blue Ridge, really technically the Piedmont, very old.  I wanted to be a little fitter for a mandatory Medicare physical on Thursday.

I remember a Sierra Club hike on a rainy fall day in 1972, before “My Second Coming”.   Catoctin Park is now managed by the National Park Service, but Cunningham Falls is a state park.

1   Thurmont overlook

2   Air raid sirens as I leave the overlook from the valley below

3   Police appear on the road, tell me this is their “second rescue” of the day

4  Hog Rock, .4 mile from the road

5  Motorcycle gang with pop music

6   Blue Ridge over the next valley (Middletown)

7   Cunningham Falls

 

(Posted: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 9 PM EDT)

Charlottesville Pride 2017, as well as the site of the Aug 12 riots and death

Charlottesville VA 2017 Pride was held in the Pavilion at the East end of the Charlottesville downtown plaza, about 2000 feet from Lee Park and 1000 feet from 4th St where the murder happened Aug 12.

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3  The site of the death by automobile on Aug 12 during the riots after the supposed “Unite the Right” rally

4  Lee Park, with the statue covered

(Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10 PM EDT)

 

Tupperware party fundraiser

Town Danceboutique held a benefit Sunday night, Sept. 3, for the LGBT Fallen Heroes Fund, hosted by Dixie Longate.

This turned out to be a Tupperware party with Dixie sounding like an auctioneer. What I recall is those meetings in the 1970s when Ii would get invited to somebody’s house to consider becoming an Amway distributor.  Yup, multi-level marketing.

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(Posted: Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at 10:15 PM EDT)

AGLA social in Arlington; Trump’s transgender ban

Here are three short videos from the AGLA (Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance) at the Pinzimmi Lounge at the Westin in Ballston tonight.

1 — Northern Virginia Pride Festival announced for Oct. 1

2  – “Mother of all Marches” — transgender National Guard person potentially affected by Trump’s order discusses preparations for Sept. 16 event

3    “Adventuring”  DC Area LGBT outdoor group

 

(Posted: Friday, Sept. 1, 2017)

Exploratory short film “Ideology” supplements “Epiphany” “Do Ask Do Tell” screenplay

Below, there is a 7-minute short film that I call “Ideology”, where I add a possible scene to “Epiphany.”  After “Bill” has gotten out of the infirmary in the main settlement on Titan and has gone back to living in the 1900-year community in the rama-like cyclindrical ashram with its additional artificial gravity, he wants to see if his websites on Earth, which had been threatened with takedown after a crackdown on Internet abuse and downstream liability protection back on Earth, are still there.  It takes about 69 Minutes for light to get back to Earth (hence another screenplay “69 Minutes to Titan”).

Bill is escorted by one of the resident “angels”, named Nolan, one of several of Bill’s “heroes”.  Bill is expected to “marry” a middle aged woman named Tovina who lives in ashram 3.  He’s beginning to figure out if this is an evacuation ship and how it will repopulate itself.

Here is the text for the scene, approximately.  I did this in Word rather than Final Draft to make it easier to copy into WordPress.

SCRIPT:

In an office building, overlooking two stadiums below:

Bill logs in to a Triton terminal, and finds his old websites.  They display in text and BW only.

Then he logs in to a regular desktop. He tries to log on and finds the sites closed.

Nolan enters the room.

NOLAN:  You wanted me the most.

BILL:  I tried to compile and link a list of others.

NOLAN: Yeah, Brutus is even bigger than me, maybe closer to your fantasy. You haven’t seen, but you have believed.  But what were you doing just now.

BILL:  I wanted to back up my sites one last time.  It would take two times 69 minutes to work.  But it looks like it’s gone already.

NOLAN:  We all have the bots.  You don’t know if any of us will be the worse for wear. But that’s how we know everything you wrote.

BILL:  This place, with all the little time-set communities, it’s still like one intentional community. Like the “Academy” in all my novel manuscripts.  You get chosen to come here but you have to be re-educated, to be made to fit in.

NOLAn: I know Bill, you can figure this out.

BILL: Back home, on the outside, yes, I was free, until toward the end.  My memory of how I got here is filling back in, as if this were some kind if operation,

Bill looks at the Iv bandage near his elbow.

BILL:  On the outside, you were free.  You could go where you want, not be on pass like here, with these weird curfews in a place of perpetual twilight.  But at some point, you had to reach out to someone that needed you.  Or you could run out of town,

NOLAN:  I’m going to be able to give you what you want.  Maybe not with me. But with someone as good as me,  And then you’ll find if easier to give someone else what she needs.

BILL;  She.carries my lineage.

NOLAN: But you still get to go.  And in most cities back home, most people did not make the cut. Some of them think you’re nasty.

Nolan gets on the Triton and reproduces a copy of Bill’s website from memory.

NOLAN: When you go back, you won’t find your stuff anymore.  It’s all in our minds.  Distributed consciousness.  Think what you’d have to do if you stayed back home.

TOGTHER: Find a need and fill it.

NOLAN:  Why is that so bad?  I know, only I can bargain with you.

BILL:  Everybody here, in this Academy, can deserve to be here.

NOLAN:  You could have raised others up.

BILL:  And I don’t want to.  That’s not me. Instead, it’s to put up a line up, see them through the shavedown ritual, and see who is worthy.  And release.

NOLAN:  Your proles down on Earth have no value.

BILL:  Everybody who matters is already on this escape ship.

NOLAN:  The preppers –the Leftovers  — will rebuild a world of local autarky, every little farm taking care of their own.   You won’t have to worry about

BILL    And you’ll come back and cherry pick the angels and take them back in a few thousand years. Again. An endless cycle.

END SCRIPT

“Ideology”: Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5  (sorry for the poor voice sound, don’t know what happened;  notice the accidental “David Lynch” sound effect.

Note the “Basket of Deplorables”, or “The Proles”.

I could have added that a belief that visible virtue in others matters is actually necessary for personal sexual satisfaction.

(Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017 at 10:30 PM EDT)