Tuesday, October 26, 2021

So why was live ammo present on the set of "Rust" at all?

NM desert 2011/11

 So why, in this age of CGI and special effects, do we need live rounds on the set of a western film, ”Rust”, independently produced in part by Alec Baldwin, who fired prop gun rounds that killed one crew member and injured another.

There are questions about liability for the producer, civil and maybe criminal, and the armorer. Crimonal charges like involuntary manslaughter or negligent homicide within New Mexico law, as we will hear from lawyers on mainstream media.

The Daily Blast weighs in:


  There was only one person as propmaster and armorer.
Wikipedia on the Rust shooting incident.  There was an incident on the set of "Crow" on 1993. Todd Grande discusses the incident.

Monday, October 25, 2021

“Overnight in the World's Most Secluded Cabin”, in Cascadia

Mount Shuksan tarn


Overnight in the World's Most Secluded Cabin”, with Drew Simms.

Drew drives his jeep, parks, rides a mountain bike ten miles, locks it to tree, and climbs to a fire watch cabin, on peak in the Washington Cascades.  Another couple is there to share. There is an honor system to board up when he leaves.  

He also has to climb a rope and vertical ladder to get to the cabin.

Picture, Mt. Shuksan, AK, Wikipedia embed

Sunday, October 24, 2021

"Secrets of Dune" YT channel claims WB is trying to shut the channel down


Nevada desert 2012-5

Here’s an odd one.,

“Secrets of Dune” claims that Warner Brothers is trying to end his Youtube channel, with copyright claims and YT demonetization.

Is there a problem that spoilers would deter ticket sales?  Not for a story as complicated but well known from the books as this one.

Well my own script “Second Epiphany” drawn from my own SASE books could become just as complicated if it became a franchise.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

"Is China’s Social Credit System Real? " a westerner who has lived there tells us


Iowwhy86 offers a video on Oct. 21, “Is China’s Social Credit System Real? I Found Out”.

The system is fully implemented in only a few areas and is inconsistent.  It picks on rather specific, narrow violations. 

Yet China is very determined to demand social capital from every individual, through mandatory residential and workplace CCP organizing.

Wikipedia embed of Three Gorges Dam, click for attribution. 

Thursday, October 21, 2021

“Four Hours at the Capitol” from HBO Documentary

2021 United States Capitol VOA 1 (cropped)


HBO Documentary Films offers  a 92-minute film by Jamie Roberts, “Four Hours at the Capitol”.

This is the most detailed account yet of the events inside the Capitol on January 6, 2021, when 15000 insurgents tried to stop the counting of the Electoral College votes by Congress.

One of the most chilling scenes is the evacuation of the House from its own chamber.

The personal brutality of members of the mob, wanting to gouge eyes, is striking.

So is their immersion in erratic beliefs, as they do not trust mainstream sources of information om a world of algorithmic social media. Some believe in replacement ideology, and others fear expropriation by the radical Left, even according to CRT.   

Brendan Gutenschwager often appears and comments.

Ford Fischer and News2Share contributed licensed footage outdoors.

The film does not give a lot of detail on how the reinforcements pushed back the rioters after 4 hours. The lack of preparation by Capitol police seems to be Trump’s doing. We had a close call with Trump's use of martial law, and then what?

There is a line in the crowd: "Whose side are you on?"  Really.

Wikipedia embed of Voice of America image p.d., click for attribution.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

“What They Pay For”, from Film Courage


protest 2021-9

Film Courage with Jack Grapes, “What The Audience Wants More Than Anything Else”, or “What They Pay For”

It’s the transformational line without the birthday cake.

It’s what in people you can care about when they have lost their own part-objects.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

“Restricted: How Big Tech Is Taking Away Your Freedom", from PragerU

9/11 memorial tower of song


“Restricted: How Big Tech Is Taking Away Your Freedom”, 2101/9/29, 20 min, documentary from PragerU, link.

BigTech is depicted as using its monopoly  tactics to favor an identarian progressive agenda, with a vague definition of hate speech based on relativism and grievance rather than normal social standards.

In practice it tends to shadow-ban or demonetize rather than deplatform. Or thry have refused to distinguish between citizen or independent journalism and direct speech.

But it in extreme cases it has used infrastructure companies to remove competitors (Parler) or even get bank accounts closed.

Monday, October 18, 2021

“A Walk Through Dementia” , in a supermarket, animated

“A Walk Through Dementia” from Alzheimers Research UK.

In a supermarket. Speaks for itself.  Animated, plain. 

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Top 10 Most RACIST STATES in America (#1 is a surprise)


Rehoboth, 2021-6

Top 10 Most RACIST STATES in America” by From Here to There. 2021/9/21.

The metrics involved Twitter and income gaps by race.

#1 shows the Rehoboth boardwalk.  

Saturday, October 16, 2021

“The Dunning-Kruger Effect”, and self-righteousness



“The Dunning-Kruger Effect”, video by Aperture, is the observation that people wgo claim expertise about a subject often know very little.  Is this the case with coronavirus vaccines? Maybe about a particular chess opening?

Curiosity is a virtue.

Nice body at the end.

Friday, October 15, 2021

“What Is Information?”


my music

What Is Information?” from Closer to Truth.

The interactions of all matter involve setting binary bits.

The need to control entropy necessitates local consciousness and agency.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

“All 10 PROVINCES in CANADA Ranked WORST to BEST” , the far north is interesting


Lake Ontario from Toronto hotel, 2019-7

“All 10 PROVINCES in CANADA Ranked WORST to BEST” by From Here to There.

It starts with the territories, where some people get rich.

Home prices are quite high, and crime is higher than you would expect.

The #1 province really could be a separate country, my last big visit was in 1993.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Typical day living in a van, with Ethan Lusby

Mount Rushmore Closeup 2017


Typical day living in a van... it’s getting too cold” as Ethan Lusby wakes up in his van and takes us east to Mount Rushmore, SD

I visited it in 1974 after weeks in Minnesota on a work benchmark. Then again in 1998, when living in Mn.

Remember “North by Northwest”?

Wikipedia embed, click for attribution. 

Monday, October 11, 2021

"There Is No 'I'" (indeed)


 "There Is No 'I'", from Aperture, 15 min, 2021.

The analysis of what happens with Alzheimers is telling.

My own life is piecewise continuous, with ironic breakpoints. 

 "There Is No 'They'", too.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

"My Daily Routine Living In My Truck", Nate in Colorado

Independence Pass scenic overlook


“My Daily Routine Living In My Truck” as 22-yr-old finance guru Nate O'Brien continues living off the grid, near Breckenridge, CO.

Note the practicalities of car life camping, going into town for supplies, working online outdoors.

Independence Pass, CO. Wikipedia embed

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Luke Korns vs. Dubai

Dubai skyline 2015 (crop)

Luke Korns: “I Asked 100 Hotels to Stay for Free (it worked)”

Luke flew to Dubai, claimed to be a social media influencer, and asked for rooms.  About 5% took him up on it.

The last one was a 5-star in an artificial Palm. 

poct  wikipedia embed  2015

Friday, October 08, 2021

How storytelling principles apply incidents in my own life



Tyler Mowery discusses a fundamental with screenwriting “How to Give Your Story a Good Foundation

The main idea is that a good film presents its protagonist with clear stakes, practically and then philosophically.

So for me, its 1961.  My parents go on a road trip to visit me my freshman year of college away from home Thanksgiving.  Black Friday they visit friends in another city and my father gets a surprise phone call from a dean at the college,  That sets up a situation for my parents’ marriage.

It would be challenging to formulate the goals and stakes for a dramatic situation this diffuse.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

"Fruits of Labor" a teenager in California supports siblings and deals with school


federal relocation site

Fruits of Labor” (2021) directed by Emily Cohen (74 mi

n), tells the story of Ashley, half Mexican, who wants high school and college, winding up supporting siblings working in food processing assembly lines and strawberry fields when ICE raids her family.  The film early on makes a point of the history that FDR’s New Deal did not protect farm workers, a relic of systemic racism. COVID is a perverse rosk.

This aired Oct 4 on PBS.

Sunday, October 03, 2021

"Casa Ruby": documentary short about LGBTQ shelter in DC


Older shelter from 2017-1 service day

Here is an informative 9-minute documentary by Ruby Corado, from May 2021, “Casa Ruby.

This is a shelter for LGBTQ youth in Washington DC .  It recently lost funding from DC government, see LGBTQ blog. Ruby has reportedly stepped down as director (WTOP)

Friday, October 01, 2021

“Did the Universe Need Conscious Life?” or local agency?


layered image

“Did the Universe Need Conscious Life?” by Meta Rising and Waking Cosmos, Documentary about Consciousness 2021.

The argument is reflexive.  You could sum it up as saying the Universe needs consciousness with local high agency to balance entropy.  Ultimately the Universe may cycle between Omega points.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

“Huge Meteor Explosion Destroyed Ancient City”, was it Sodom?



Sodom and Gomorrah afire, by Jacob Jacobsz. de Wet d. J., probably Köln, c. 1680, oil on canvas - Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt - Darmstadt, Germany - DSC01149

“Huge Meteor Explosion Destroyed Ancient City”, by Anton Petrov, subtitle “Meteor Explosion Destroyed Ancient City In 1650BC, Was It Biblical Sodom?”

This may have resembled the Tunguska explosion over Siberia in 1908, or an explosion over ancient China. 

The city was called Tall-el-Hammann, now in Jordan, north of the Dead Sea.

De Wet painting embed  Wikipedia click for attribution   

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

"What Is Populism' by Ryan Chapman


hotel room

 Ryan Chapman explains ‘what is populism?’

Essentially. It Is denial of pluralism, us v them, and ‘we the people’ are always right.

It is a philosophy that recruits losers.

When on the left it is often connected to Marxism, on the right, to nationalism.    


Saturday, September 25, 2021

Luke Korns: I Love You, Pakistan



I Love You, Pakistan by Luke Korns. 

Luke hasn’t traveled much during the pandemic. So he impulsively booked a flight to Karachi, found someone who was an astronomer to stay with. They went on a train, bus, and mountain climb, dealing with an avalanche or rock slide which they cleared by hand.

Along the way, lots of radical hospitality, no religion or politics.

At the 13000 foot summit they looked at the Milky Way on a new moon.

Picture of truck art, Wikipedia, pd

Friday, September 24, 2021

‘On the Same Team’ -- rugby players in Chile and best friends



‘On the Same Team’ or ‘En el Mismo Equipo’ (2015) by BONZO VILLEGAS and CARLOS VILARÓ NADAL is a 21 minute short about a bisexual rugby player Emmanuel in Chile.

After a super masculine teammate and best friend comes out to him, his relations with girls become ambiguous. 

Picture; Copper mine embed  Wikipedia

Thursday, September 23, 2021

‘Venus is NOT a Runaway Greenhouse Effect’, from Climate Change

Venus - December 23 2016


The Climate Change channel reports ‘Venus is NOT a Runaway Greenhouse Effect’

The video does not really say that but it does show what happens if Venus and Mars trade places.

Both planets could have had chance, to make the solar system more like that of Dune.

Wikipedia picture embed clock for attribution

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

"Minimal Surfaces": soap films follow the laws of calculus

Bulle de savon hélicoïde


The Action Lab described “Minimal Surfaces” as “The Shapes that Help Us Understand Black Holes”.

A minimal surface (which you see in reality with a soap bubble held by surface tension) is one where the second derivative of the curvature at any point is zero.

That’s not the same thing as the minimum surface area – which will be attained by a perfect sphere.

Wikipedia: embed of a helicoid, click for attribution.  Another kind of minimal surface will be the catenoid.

Monday, September 20, 2021

"Touch Me in the Morning", old times gay short


LA 2012 

Frankie Kraft has a short film, 5 minutes, Jan. 2017, “Touch Me in the Morning”.

An attractive gay man get up and waits in the living room of his Los Angeles garden apartment. In the other room, last night’s trick, who is taller, tries to woo him again, even drawing his long hair into a ponytail and playing a popular song on vinyl on a stereo.

Then the trick leaves,

Then the first guy leaves.

This looks like the 70s.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

“KIC 8462582: The Plot Thickens” by John Michael Godier



KIC 8462582: The Plot Thickens”, is a new 17 minute video about a star hidden by unexplained debris.

Science fiction author John Michael Godier updates the theories about Tabby’s Star, 1500 light years away.  It's official name includes a seven-digit phone number! Now he speculates that self-replicating robots could have mined asteroids and built an O’Neill cylinder around the entire orbit of a planet, maybe as part of a Dyson Sphere structure.

The film shows at least two O’Neill landscapes.

Wikipedia embed shows a star partially hidden by a dust ring, click for attribution. 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

"Why Will This 'Zombie' Mushroom Destroy Humanity?" from Ridddle

Amanita stirps Hemibapha 45069


Why Will This ‘Zombie’ Mushroom Destroy Humanity?” from Ridddle (Dec. 16. 2020).

There is a fungus plant that will attach itself to a certain insect and integrate itself with the insect, taking over it, even the brain, and getting it to produce fungus spores.

So the natural horror movie scenario is that this could happen to people.

Newscientist article on something similar. 

But would you remain yourself as fungal laziness took over?

Wikipedia picture, embed, click for attribution 

Friday, September 17, 2021

"Why Alien Life Will Surprise Us" from Unveiled



Unveiled explains “Why Alien Life Will Surprise Us” (Aug. 2021)

The idea of the “hive mind” was presented in the 1996 thriller “Independence Day” where the White House is destroyed with Bill Clinton in it, and where Bill Pullman plays a president (sorry, no chest hair, remember him in David Lynch’s “Lost Highway") who also acts as astronaut.

The slime mold on Earth may be a model for typical alien life.

The idea of silicon replacing carbon is unlikely because silicon is just not flexible enough – yet I tried the idea with a science fair project in high school in 1960.  It did not get as far as Jack Andraka’s pancreatic cancer test or Taylor Wilson’s fusion reactor.

Picture: Gliese 581C terrestrial planet in habitable zone, artist's impression, Wikipedia embed, click for attribution 

Thursday, September 16, 2021

"The Strangest Objects in Space" from Ridddle



The Strangest Object(s) in Space” from Ridddle (2019), Is actually two kinds of objects.

There are supposedly six known double white dwarfs known in the observable universe, the collision of two white dwarfs, which makes a star incredibly bright with infrared but not visible.

But nearer to us 5 billion years ago, before the solar system formed, two neutron stars collided, leading to the dispersion of heavy metal elements available in the solar system.

Wikipedia picture: Evolution of white dwarfs, click for attribution and explanation

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

"Patrick and Ander": Cisgender gay men are back (in a short centered around one song)


Freddies outdoors, Arlington VA

 Here is a three-minute cis gay male microfilm “Patrick and Ander”, European (it sounds like Spanish), from the paix (Peace) channel, June 23, 2021. 

The short is centered around the song “Loving You Is a Losing Game”.

In the story, Ander teases Patrick by pretending to be interested in someone else in the party circuit.

This is the older gay world where “masculinity” was what was being sought, unquestionably.

You hope everyone is invincible, but they won’t be.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

"The Beauty of Bezier Curves", used in gaming, painting, and model railroads


A real curve on a railroad, Woodbridge, VA 2021-8

Monday, as he recovered from breakthrough Covid, data scientist Michael Donnelly (known for work on Covid19) recommended this video by Freya Holmer, “The Beauty of Bezier Curves”.

A Bezier curve is parametric "curve" (equation graph) used in computer graphics and games.

The also occur on, for example, amusement park rides and would look nice in model railroads.

The high point is “arc length parametrization”.

There is also a Bezier Surface, and the concept of a spline.

Monday, September 13, 2021

"An Instant", short film from Spain (2017) about a spontaneous bond between two very contrasting gay men

Casas Colgadas de Cuenca


An Instant” (Un instante, Spain, 2017, 19 min, directed by Adria Guxens).

A scholarly boy Hugo(Andrian Sanchez-Campo), riding the train and once in a while trying things, meets rock singer  Cosmo (Marc Joy) in a bar.  Cosmo is much more daring, with tattoos and nose rings and chain smoking.

Whatever superficial disapproval, Hugo becomes attached to him, until he takes leave again, in a series of platonic encounters.

This short was in many festivals.

Picture:  Hanging houses in Cuenca (Wikipedia embed, click for attribution)

Sunday, September 12, 2021

"Is Reality Real?" Don't test it out!


Great Falls, MD, Potomac River, 2007

Is Reality Real”?, short video from “The Big Think”.

No, for conscious organisms it depends on what they perceive.

I don’t perceive what a color-blind person does.  Or what a cat (with night vision with little color) does.

I don’t smell what a dog can (and my sense of smell is pretty good, although I wondered one time if I had lost some, maybe briefly to a Covid?) 

Yet equations can predict reality, as with Einstein’s general theory of relativity predicting black holes, which we can’t perceive.

There is an interesting explanation of how sound and light are perceived differently (even if appropriate for middle school science).  When you play a chord on the piano, you perceive all the individual notes (as consonant or dissonant).  When you combine colors on a color wheel you get a new color. 

Of course, you can't undo what you just did -- that is part of reality.  You can't just roll back the clock and try again. 

Heather Heying, Bret Weinstein’s wife (Dark Horse Podcast Clips) speaks in the episode

Saturday, September 11, 2021

New YT Channel "Cross Cut Creators" introduces the work of Mr. Maximillian Reisinger, as its first (big) video


Interesting houses near Raleigh, NC 2019-2

There is a new YouTube channel called Cross Cut Creators, started by Aaron Pickrell.

His first interview (47 min, Aug 2021) is of Mr. Maximillian Reisinger – Perspectopia, a clothing and media company he created at age 17.  I’ve presented some of his videos before, and today, his “optimistic way of living” seems appropriate to counter the somber mood of the day.  He also has a MaxTV on Patreon.

Max divides his businesses or activities do into what he does with others, and what he does himself.  That’s a split I find I will have to make this fall (maybe something like an LLC could come).  He does mention some issues (around the 18 minute mark) that I am having to consider for my own operation today, at age 78.  I have to be concerned if others could take over what I do if anything happened (or, say, suppose I were isolated by a mandatory quarantine).

The interview will be today’s “film”.

At about the 20 minute mark he describes when he suddenly started to make money on his channel, when his mother was encouraging him to take a regular after school job.  His family is from North Carolina (but also France and Austria).

Friday, September 10, 2021

"How Close Can a Black Hole Be to Earth?" (Ridddle)

Artist’s impression of supermassive black hole seed


“How Close Can a Black Hole Be to Earth?” from Riddle (10 min), Sept 6, 2021.

The video mentions that many smaller black holes are effectively parts of binary star systems.  The closest is about 7000 light years from Earth (there are about 20 known in the Milky Way.

But because you can’t see a black hole, could one be relatively close and not be detected?  Probably not because you would detect gravitational effects.

The probability of a black hole nearing the Solar System is thought to be about one in one hundred billion years, seven times the age of the Universe.

Picture:  Wikipedia embed, black hole seed, click for attribution.

Thursday, September 09, 2021

"The Royal House Featurette" for Dune

Atreides Hawk.

The “Secrets of Dune” channel offers a 4-minute “The Royal House Featurette”. 

The short explains the various families controlling the four planets in the world of “Dune”.  Timothee Chalalemet will play the “prince” who will save the royal house and keep control of the main resource, “the spice” (which turns on brains) on a desert planet.

It sounds like this is a very tribal universe, where good and evil are seen through familial lenses. Yet Paul (Timothee), sitting in a buttoned-up collared shirt, seems like the prefect renaissance man, almost an example of biological virtue. This idea may not go over to well with the woke world this time around.

I read the book in the Army.  I remember Lady Jessica, the gom jabber, the Fremen, the Guild, and the oil barons.  (See May 4, 2014 for Jodorowsky's Dune film.) 

Wikipedia embed: House of Altreides hawk, click for attribution.

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

"Laniakea": a space traveler finds the home of "God" from a drifting monolith


“Laniakea”, from Dima Taran, is an animated short film with a curious premise (5 min, Nov 2020).

In the future, mankind has developed the ability to travel through wormholes at supra-luminal speeds and search the observable universe for other civilizations and found nothing.

But then a monolith in space has a clue, leading to a particular planet with gigantic megastructures with nurseries for future life but no actual living individuals.

The film draws from “2001: A Space Odyssey” but maybe also “Alien”. 

The title of the film refers to our home supercluster. 

Wikipedia embed (click for attibution), map of the Universe's supercluster 

Monday, September 06, 2021

"This Virus Shouldn't Exist, but It Does": The "Girus"

Electron microscopic image of a mimivirus - journal.ppat.1000087.g007 crop


Kurzgesagt channel, in a short, “This Virus Shouldn’t Exist – But it Does”.

It describes the very large DNA virus or girus, which may be larger than some bacteria and may have more genes than most living things,

Giruses may affect the inherited genomes of organisms they infect, and have their own enemies, viruphages, against which they have their own “immunity” but which can defend an organism against the infection.

Some seem to have borderline metabolic processes, and may almost be like bacteria themselves. They seem like aliens.  The Wikipedia article doesn’t indicate them causing much human disease.

Wikipedia: embed, click for attribution 

Sunday, September 05, 2021

"What Is Marxism?" as presented by Ryan Chapman


railroad are private property (VA railway, CSX)

Ryan Chapman answers, “What Is Marxism?”, 34 min, Sept, 5

This is a discussion of original Marxist theory.  The idea of property had originated with Locke and before industrialization and encapsulated the value of labor performed with individual agency.

With assembly line work, people are paid wages but lose agency over their work, and the surplus value is captured by the bourgeoisie, which becomes exploitative and oppressive.

Other concepts are historicism and materialism.

Then there is the replacement of “competition” with “association”.  Property that generates wealth has to be owned in common under Marxist theory.

The activism required to remove class oppression would be authoritarian and sweep the world.  For example, inherited wealth would be confiscated.  (That was a particular target of the Peoples Party in the 1970s).

Saturday, September 04, 2021

"The Undeparted": documentary ghost story set in rural Maryland ("long" short film)

Waverley Marriottsville MD Jan 11


The Undeparted” appears on YT as a 36-minute short documentary film from October 30, 2020, by Chris MacGuiness. 

The filmmaker visits the owner of an antique shop in Marriotsville, MD, near highway 99 NW of Baltimore.  She describes the spirits in the building who move and drop objects at night and even turn on electrical appliances.  Then they visit a nearby house that is also haunted.

There is also the ruins of an old mental institution nearby, in which over 100 people died one year.

There was a particular man who lost all of his loved ones and felt deserted and then deteriorated and passed away after a stroke. It sounds like an unremarkable story.

Nevertheless, the story is spooky, especially the music.  It would be interesting to visit the area to see if one can find the antique shop.

The film, shot in the late fall on a gray, foggy day, claims presentation in many film festivals, including Austin.

The subject matter reminds me of Peter Straub's novel "Ghost Story" which became a movie in the 80s. 

Picture:  Waverly Mansion in Marriotsville, Wikipedia embed (click for attribution), doesn’t look to be the same as the home in the film.

Update: Sept 7

Drove to Marriottsville MD and took some pix myself.  It's not quite the same as the long shot in the movie because the area is heavily wooded and seems to be in a Piedmont plateau ravine/

House (antique shop??? in the movie) 

Sanatarium (apparently -- on the road that T-'s into the main road

Rural Maryland (Burkittsville, NW of Brunswick and not too far from Tim Pool's "Cast Castle" now, was the site of "The Blair Witch Project" in 1999.    And The south Jersey pine barrens were the site of the similar film "The Last Broadcast" also around 1999. 


Thursday, September 02, 2021

"An American in Paris II" by Max

Gare du Nord night Paris FRA 002


An American in Paris II” aka “I Hung out with Strangers in Paris”, by Max Reisinger, he calls this episode 1 of his gap year.  Also, “Paris is the loneliest city in the world.

There’s plenty of Debussy in the back ground, moog style, a bit microtonal, but I’d like to hear it on piano.  There is a silly sequence where he moves around a park, sitting in chairs, playing philosopher.  And there is a game of boules in the film, like in an Irving Wallace novel ("The Plot", which I read while in the Army and was supposed to get made into a thriller but never did).  

He does mix a lot toward the end, outdoors (nobody wears masks, no one seems concerned, everyone is vaxxed I presume).

I barely remember the 1951 musical as a kid, pre-Cinemascope (by two years). 

Picture: Northern station (you take the Chunnel train there, which I did in 2001), Wikipedia embed, click for attribution.

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

"Keep In Touch", gay short film on "Keep It Short" KIS channel

Amsterdam with North Sea Canal by Sentinel-2, 2018-06-30


The channel KIS KIS (Keep it Short) offers the 9-minute film “Keep in Touch”, directed by Niels Bourgonje.

A teenage boy goes to a party, supposedly for straight high school dating, where they play “spin the bottle”.  He happens to sit by another young man who intrigues him.  Then during the bottle game, after some missteps, he gets to “kiss” or to “have” him.  The others more or less approve.

With Valente Ave and Tonko Bosser. 

Amsertdam with North Sea Canal, Wikipedia embed, click for attribution

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

"How Distant Galaxies Mess with out Lives" (Veritasium)



Veritasium explains “How Distant Galaxies Mess With our Lives”, 22 minutes.

The answer is, cosmic rays, which break off elementary particles as they move through the upper atmosphere.  The animated film shows them as forked lightning bolts, like aliens. 

The documentary starts with the story of an election in Belgium, where a certain candidate’s votes were overcounted by a computer by 4096, which happens to be 2 **12.  An elementary particle hitting a transistor can cause a “bit flip”.

It can cause a “blue screen of death” on a Windows computer. Or maybe a spinning wheel on a Mac.

The problem has been known with early chips back in 1978 (remember the movie “Tron” from Disney appeared in 1979), if their casing contained trace radioactive elements, as did some manufactured in Colorado.

The “heliosphere” created by the Sun does protect the inner solar system somewhat from cosmic rays.

Picture: Silicon crystal, Wikipedia embed, click for attribution

Monday, August 30, 2021

"Chess at Cast Castle" (Can Tim Pool play chess as well as he can skateboard?)


Grob's attack at Cast Castle

Chess at Cast Castle”, longer title, “Britne Gets Up and Rage Quits While Playing Chess at Cast Castle”, Tim Pool’s facility near Harper’s Ferry (in Maryland).

The actual game was a Grob’s Attack:  1. G4 d5 2. Bg2 Bxg4 3. Bxd5?? Qx d5  0-1 (White Resigns, dropping a piece).

But earlier one of the cast was 3-D printing chess pieces, with a rook that is a miniature of a feudal castle.

There is a lot of skating in the rink, which is also a basketball court, and games, and making of toy race cars.

It’s hard to explain.  I wonder if Andrew Neighbors will really make his Cast Castle West as elaborate.