Friday, July 01, 2016

Modeling of Lead Concentrations and Hot Spots at General Aviation Airports

I'm pleased that a paper I contributed to just got published:

Transportation Research Record, the Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2569, p. 80-87, "Modeling of Lead Concentrations and Hot Spots at General Aviation Airports", by Stephen N. Feinberg, Jeremy G. Heiken, Marc P. Valdez, Jim M. Lyons, and Jay R. Turner.

I'm surprised the modeling worked out as well as it did. So easy to make difficult-to-detect errors with this intricate stuff.

Woodland's 'Secret' Bakery

Illegal Coordination

Both the Trump campaign and a Trump SuperPAC are bombarding foreign lawmakers with appeals for money. Not only are these lawmakers banned from donating, but there is evidence the campaign and the SuperPAC are coordinating, which is illegal, and could get Trumpites sent to prison:
Given what I've said above, the existence of this list almost has to originate in Trump Derpland. A virtual certainty. So how did the same list end up in the hands of a Trump SuperPac? I looked up Crippled America PAC and as of their last filing just a couple weeks ago, they're total budget was $40. No m or b after that $ sign, forty bucks, the price of a fancy dinner. So obviously CAP was just stood up and actually started operating just now. And now they're showing up in Tim's inbox.

Again, normally you'd just say, they're both buying the list from the same vendor. I'm also pretty sure that a good campaign finance lawyer could find a way to get lists from a campaign to its supportive SuperPacs without running afoul of the rules against campaigns coordinating with SuperPacs. But let's be honest, does any of this look like its done by anyone who has the slightest clue about fundraising or campaign finance law? Of course, not.

A Very Traditional General-Election Campaign

For all its primary-election novelty, I think the 2016 general-election campaign will be quite traditional; maybe even dull:

"There is a correlation of .99 — an almost perfect relationship — between Obama’s margin over Mitt Romney in the 2012 exit poll and Clinton’s margin over Trump in the 2016 CNN/ORC poll across these voter groups. These findings strongly support the belief that group voting patterns in 2016 are likely to closely resemble group voting patterns in 2012."

Sacramento Art Deco Society Celebrates 25th Anniversary

I need to get over there and check them out:
The term art deco was derived from the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, a 1925 Paris exhibition that called for artists around the world to create something new, not mimicked from the Victorian or any other era, Sinclair said.

Landmark art deco buildings in the U.S. include the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building in New York.

Sacramento has only a few art deco buildings, including the East Lawn Memorial building, the Crest and Tower theaters and the Kress building on K Street, Sinclair said. Other art deco societies are located in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and about three dozen exist worldwide, according to the International Coalition of Art Deco Societies.

The Sacramento society aims to educate people about the art deco history and art through its lecture series, movies and events throughout the city showcasing the period between the 1920s and 1940s.

In the past, the society has organized museum exhibits at the Folsom History Museum featuring art deco-style items such as dining room arrangements, elevator doors and cars, said Bruce Woodward, the society’s secretary and a longtime member. More recently, the society partnered with the Blue Line Arts gallery in Roseville, showcasing art deco items with local artwork inspired by the era.

Members also advocate for preserving local buildings in danger of being torn down, Woodward said.

I Brexit'd Before It Was Cool

Stalking

I live next to a large DMV parking lot. It's patrolled by guards, but they can't be everywhere all the time.

This morning, a man apparently lay in wait and surprised his ex. A huge shouting argument erupted, waking me up out of a sound sleep. I was thinking "if someone's gonna get shot, the least I can do is get out of bed." It ended with squealing tires and the man hurling nasty accusations.

Yeah, That's Us

New Mexico residents try to educate the uneducatable:
“[New Mexico] is a land filled with radical feminists, angry Indians and illegal Mexicans,” the 70-year-old man said in his letter. “We were verbally attacked twice in Santa Fe simply because we are Christian conservatives and hold a different political point of view. We were forced to ‘keep our mouths shut’ for fear of physical reprisals. In Taos, we both got a massage. I told the masseuse about our encounters in Santa Fe and that we would support Trump. Her exact words to me were to keep our mouths shut because we would be physically attacked.”

Hurl That Beer

For the last several nights, I've steered Bella away from several large emergency-response scenes, where eleventy-seven emergency vehicles converge and illuminate the night with flashing lights. There's nothing a simple Labrador Retriever can do there.

Tonight, a group of chronic partiers chose to stay inside their apartment, so Bella meticulously examined their outside space for tidbits. Last night, three partiers failed to observe us until we were quite close. They were hurling full cans of beer high into the air and watching them burst when they hit the pavement. Turns out, they live in the apartments next door to us. Oy.

Tonight we got quite close to a human couple walking their Pit Bull. We lurked in the shadows. The Pit Bull knew we were there, and kept looking over its shoulder, but the humans remained oblivious.

We've had the normal luck rousting Prudent Cats and finding Abandoned Takeout Food Containers. Someone had cast aside a cardboard sign reading "Spare Change - Anything Helps - God Bless". (They should be more careful - that's someone's livelihood right there.) Bella kept trying to turn the sign over looking for more tidbits. Indeed, she found a chicken drumstick. She looked plaintively at me for permission to pick it up, but there is no flexibility in the No-Chicken-Bones Commandment - that's what Commandments are all about, after all - and we moved on.

Bella is normally good avoiding tangling her leash around poles and street signs, but once she gets going and The Nose takes over, the Wilding starts, and before you know it, she's so focused on scent she tangles up her leash around trees and inconvenient bushes and her own legs.

The best part of the nightly walk is near the end, when we pass the strips of grass near the DMV. I quietly drop the leash and hide behind a tree. Suddenly realizing I'm playing, Bella runs with abandon back and forth, chasing me as I do a bad job of fleeing.

Air Conditioning Deity

That was a strange nap. I dreamed I was the god of central air conditioning, a jealous and erratic deity, like Donald Trump with a compressor. Place no other gods before me (in summer, anyway).

In A Pinch, Roadrunners Fly

Roadrunner in Flight

Photo Frank Carey

Missed The Sacramento Rioting

I'm pleased that the Sacramento police more-or-less stood back and let the Trump-loving Neo-Nazis get their asses kicked at the State Capitol. It's a rough form of justice.

I saw the sign posted on Broadway last week calling for volunteers to come do the ass-kicking. Tempted, but I was traveling. I figure, if the American people had to sacrifice to send my father to fire artillery at the original Nazis in 1945, when people with a similar ideology appear here under the Trump brand, we should respond with muscle. It's the same fight:
Reached via phone, the man said he had been at the rally and “defended myself ... with my fists,” but did not have a knife. He said he had been a white supremacist since 2010 but was not a member of the Traditionalist Worker Party holding the rally.

“It was just a white nationalist meeting, and I attended to show my support,” he said.

He added that he thought the police response was “pretty unsatisfactory. They failed to protect and serve, as was their duty ... I think it’s a dereliction of duty.”

The man, whom The Sacramento Bee is not identifying because he has not been named by police as a suspect, said he was walking with a group of about 18 other white supremacists on the east side of the Capitol when police redirected them to enter on the west side.

“That’s where all the Antifa were waiting,” he said. “We were just mobbed, just rushed.”

Police, he said, were “nowhere to be found.”

Forque Restaurant Highlights of the NM Trip


(Photo by James Gelet.)

Sitting at the Schwieckart Table with Sean East, Donnakay Ohmburger, Angie Stewart, Shawna Martinez, and James Gelet.



(Photo by Shawna Martinez.)

With Shawna Martinez and Angie Stewart.


The bad part about returning to Sacramento after a long weekend: not remembering where I parked at the airport. Midnight too. I discovered a demimonde of dazed people forever doomed to wander in limbo around the airport parking lot.

The good part: Bella's happiness.


Elegy for Joan L. Bromberg


I was perusing the American Institute of Physics History Newsletter, and came across an elegy for Joan Bromberg (1929-2015). Joan was a rarity: a well-known scholar of the History of Physics who lived on temporary appointments (including at UC Davis), a civil rights activist (her bus got pelted with rocks at a 1949 Paul Robeson concert), an enthusiastic supporter of Latin American science, and a lover of ballet.

I remember Joan as a faithful student in Pamela Kay Lourentzos' Sunday morning ballet class in the 1990's.

Joan's father was well-known too. Dr. Walter Bromberg (1900-2000) was Jack Ruby's psychiatrist. I remember he delivered a very-interesting lecture in the 1990's about shoot-from-the-hip Jack Ruby at Sacramento's Unitarian Church.

Joan is best known for a 1967 article "Maxwell’s Displacement Current and His Theory of Light," and the books "Fusion: Science, Politics, and the Invention of a New Energy Source" (1982), "The Laser in America, 1950 - 1970," (1991), "NASA and the Space Industry" (1999), and "Teoria quântica: Estudos históricos e implica.ões culturais" (2011), which received the 2011 Jabuti Prize, the most distinguished literary prize in Brazil in the field of science.

I'm sure if she had to encourage people to support her legacy, it would be to send collections of scientific journals to Cuba, to help repair the damage from the U.S. embargo. She talked about it often.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

"Better Call Saul" - Special Topics

This post contains Special Topics related to "Better Call Saul" (last updated June 30, 2016).

The Blog Sidebar contains links to Filming Location posts.  These include:
  • Eight "Breaking Bad" filming location posts;
  • Three additional posts regarding "Breaking Bad" related subjects;
  • Five "Better Call Saul" filming location posts;
  • One additional post regarding "Better Call Saul" related subjects;
  • Two links to OldeSaultie's Google maps of "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" filming location sites. These are the best filming location maps on the Web! The KML files available at these addresses are particularly useful for importing locations into GPS-equipped devices.

Let me know if you have any problems or questions. E-Mail address: valdezmarc56@gmail.com

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"A Guidebook To 'Breaking Bad' Filming Locations (Albuquerque as Physical Setting and Indispensable Character)"

I first published a book on 'Breaking Bad' filming locations in April, 2014. I have updated it several times since then (on the Third Edition now). If you already purchased the first or second editions, the updated version isn't so different that you also need to buy the updated version.

What distinguishes the Third Edition from the First Edition is:
1.) Suggested touring circuits have been simplified, even as more locations have been added;
2.) There are more anecdotes and historical facts about Albuquerque.
3.) In addition to the contributions of Sven Joli, there are also new illustrations by Brian T. Bailey and Tom Lamb.

To avoid unnecessary friction, I have redacted the addresses of all single-family homes in the book. (These addresses are still available in these blog posts, however.)

Many pictures posted on my blog are retained in the book, but the pictures in the print edition are black-and-white, in order to keep costs down. Pictures in the Kindle edition are in color, however.

(Publication date January 26, 2016; 335 pages in length.)

The Third Edition of the book can be ordered here: Print. Kindle

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Glass Block Windows And Walls


Kelvinator House (also known as Raabe House), Albuquerque, NM, 1938.


I was quite struck in "Better Call Saul" by their design team's widespread use of glass block and glass block walls. Sometimes there are just a few glass blocks; sometimes many. Sometimes (like the scene at Chuck and Jimmy's mom's bedside) the glass walls become oppressive. Vince Gilligan and his team pay very close attention to detail and locale, so I know the glass block walls must mean something more than Art Deco frippery. But what?

I think the answer is here. The popularization of Art Deco glass block walls in Albuquerque architecture (like in other American cities) came via the crowd-pleasing thirteen houses of the future displayed at the 1933–34 Chicago World’s Fair “Century of Progress International Exposition”. Glass block walls gave certain Albuquerque houses a kind of avant garde 20th-Century sensibility that people really liked:
The 1933–34 Chicago World’s Fair buildings, at the time considered the height of American modernity, influenced United States architectural design for many years thereafter.... That fair, called the “Century of Progress International Exposition,” which had been planned before the crash of 1929, opened in the middle of a worldwide economic crisis. Despite that fact, or perhaps because of it, the Century of Progress resolutely focused on an optimistic vision of the United States yet to come, a premise that proved wise: it attracted so many visitors that organizers kept the fair open for a second year.

One of the 1933 fair’s most popular exhibits featured thirteen futuristic houses clustered together on the shores of Lake Michigan. Those houses, built from innovative construction materials and with several examples clearly paying homage to the European “International Style” or the colloquial “Streamline Moderne,” turned out to be crowd pleasers. Few fairgoers actually contemplated living in homes like George Fred Keck’s Glass House, a three-story, glass-clad, polygonal tower suspended from a central pole that clearly owed a lot to Le Corbusier’s idea of the house as a “machine for living,” but most attendees marveled at the technology displayed within and without. Keck’s house controlled its own climate via central systems and sealed windows. It included not only a garage for the car but a hanger for the family plane. Keck’s design, which the fair billed as the “House of Tomorrow,” made the June 1933 cover of Popular Mechanics. The idea of an “automatic” house that heated and cooled itself, rotated to face the sun, and opened its own venetian blinds caught the fancy of fairgoers. It likewise influenced architects throughout the United States in the subsequent years before World War II. Bits and pieces of the fair’s dramatic architecture showed up on the cultural periphery, even in places like New Mexico, a location that many Americans thought was not even part of the United States, and even in Albuquerque, its largest city but one that contained only about 30,000 inhabitants in the mid-1930s. One of those architects, William Burk, Jr., a local practitioner in Albuquerque, demonstrated this far-flung influence and the way it transformed residential architecture in the United States. He brought the design elements of both the International Style and the more mass-market-oriented Streamline Moderne style together in the house he built on Hermosa Drive SE in the late 1930s, in the city’s Granada Hills district, the subject of this case study.

In a town full of faux-adobe casitas, Burk’s white stucco construct, featuring a wall of windows on its downslope side behind a glass brick prow aimed toward Highland Avenue (now Coal Avenue), was like no other dwelling in the city. Burk’s second floor, flanked on both sides by the railings of the roof decks, looked more like the bow of the Ile de France than it did a dwelling, at least from the south side. Since it stood on a treeless hill with almost no other houses around it, the house attracted a lot of attention even before completion. The only structure it resembled for most observers was the Phillips 66 service station on nearby Central Avenue that, not so coincidentally, Burk had also designed.


I suspect the glass block walls in "Better Call Saul" signify the Chicago past Jimmy McGill can't escape. No matter where he goes and what he does, he will always and forever be "Slippin' Jimmy".

The design team's intention has been clear from the start. Here is Gene's Omaha apartment living room ("Better Call Saul", Season 1, episode 1, 'Uno'). There is a glass block wall.


Glass block windows, a significant part of the background in the Alley scene near Third Street and Central Avenue, behind Jimmy John's Pizza ("Better Call Saul", Season 1, episode 4, 'Hero' and episode 10, 'Marco').

That telephone building also has other glass block windows.


In the episode "Marco", the Chicago Bar is fitted with glass block windows in a repeating 3-4-5 Pythogorean Triple pattern. These guys are subtle.....


Albuquerque Examples of Glass Block Walls



The former Brasserie La Provence restaurant, soon to reopen, features self-conscious International Style Art Deco storefront.


Brasserie La Provence glass block wall.


Nob Hill Business Center Blue Tower.


Larry's Hats.


Astro Zombies Comics.


Hotel Blue Lobby.


Hotel Blue Lobby.


Kelvinator House.


Barrymore's Antiques, on Morningside SE (just one block from Walter White's (and Vince Gilligan's) apartment.


Barrymore's Antiques, on Morningside SE (one block from Walter White's (and Vince Gilligan's) apartment.


Barrymore's Antiques, on Morningside SE (one block from Walter White's (and Vince Gilligan's) apartment.


Jimmy and Kim's new office.


Jimmy and Kim's new office.


Jimmy and Kim's new office.


Jimmy and Kim's new office.


Off Center Gallery.





Absolutely Neon.


Space-Port Pros.


Sunwest Silver.



"Better Call Saul" Fandom

Donnakay Ohmburger's "Better Call Saul" bench (which she won in a Tractor Brewing Co. raffle).


Donnakay Ohmburger's "Better Call Saul" bench (which she won in a Tractor Brewing Co. raffle).


Donnakay Ohmburger's "Better Call Saul" bench (which she won in a Tractor Brewing Co. raffle).


"Better Call Saul" Filming Locations - Season 3

This post is the fourth of five posts regarding "Better Call Saul" filming locations (last updated June 30, 2016).

This post focuses on Season 3 locations.

The Blog Sidebar contains links to Filming Location posts.  These include:
  • Eight "Breaking Bad" filming location posts;
  • Three additional posts regarding "Breaking Bad" related subjects;
  • Five "Better Call Saul" filming location posts;
  • One additional post regarding "Better Call Saul" related subjects;
  • Two links to OldeSaultie's Google maps of "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" filming location sites. These are the best filming location maps on the Web! The KML files available at these addresses are particularly useful for importing locations into GPS-equipped devices.

Let me know if you have any problems or questions. E-Mail address: valdezmarc56@gmail.com

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"A Guidebook To 'Breaking Bad' Filming Locations (Albuquerque as Physical Setting and Indispensable Character)"

I first published a book on 'Breaking Bad' filming locations in April, 2014. I have updated it several times since then (on the Third Edition now). If you already purchased the first or second editions, the updated version isn't so different that you also need to buy the updated version.

What distinguishes the Third Edition from the First Edition is:
1.) Suggested touring circuits have been simplified, even as more locations have been added;
2.) There are more anecdotes and historical facts about Albuquerque.
3.) In addition to the contributions of Sven Joli, there are also new illustrations by Brian T. Bailey and Tom Lamb.

To avoid unnecessary friction, I have redacted the addresses of all single-family homes in the book. (These addresses are still available in these blog posts, however.)

Many pictures posted on my blog are retained in the book, but the pictures in the print edition are black-and-white, in order to keep costs down. Pictures in the Kindle edition are in color, however.

(Publication date January 26, 2016; 335 pages in length.)

The Third Edition of the book can be ordered here: Print. Kindle

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New Season 3 Filming Locations

(no new locations offered with this update)


Northeast Heights (E. of Wyoming, W. of Juan Tabo, S. of Osuna)

(no new locations offered with this update)


Upper Northeast Heights (E. of Juan Tabo, S. of Osuna)

(no new locations offered with this update)


Northeast Heights (N. Of Osuna)

(no new locations offered with this update)


Lower Northeast Heights (W. of Wyoming), & Lomas Blvd. Corridor

(no new locations offered with this update)


Downtown

(no new locations offered with this update)


Downtown West and Old Town

(no new locations offered with this update)


Huning Castle & ABQ Country Club

(no new locations offered with this update)


Huning Highlands/ Martineztown Locations

(no new locations offered with this update)


University Area & Near Presbyterian Hospital

(no new locations offered with this update)


Nob Hill

(no new locations offered with this update)


South Valley (West of River), Southwest Albuquerque and Pajarito Mesa

(no new locations offered with this update)


Southeast Heights

(no new locations offered with this update)


Near "Q" Studios

(no new locations offered with this update)


"Q" Studios

(no new locations offered with this update)


I-25 Corridor, North

(no new locations offered with this update)


North Valley

(no new locations offered with this update)


Northwest Albuquerque

(no new locations offered with this update)


Rio Rancho

(no new locations offered with this update)


Corrales

(no new locations offered with this update)


West Mesa (except Pajarito Mesa)

(no new locations offered with this update)


Sandia And Manzano Mountains

(no new locations offered with this update)


To'hajiilee

(no new locations offered in this update)


Zia Pueblo, San Ysidro, and Cabezon

(no new locations offered with this update)


Santa Ana Pueblo & Algodones

(no new locations offered with this update)


Bernalillo and Placitas

(no new locations offered with this update)


Santa Fe & Lamy

(no new locations offered with this update)


Near Los Lunas and Belen

(no new locations offered with this update)


More Distant Locations

(no new locations offered with this update)


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Spies

E.B. Held's "A Spy's Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque" (2011) discusses the geography of spying in New Mexico. There are interesting parallels between "Breaking Bad" and the WWII wartime espionage instigated by an angry Josef Stalin, who was trying to figure out just what the hell the Americans were doing with the world's best physicists on a project they code-named ENORMOZ.

Regarding a meeting between atomic spy Ted Hall (MLLAD) and his best friend (and KGB courier) Saville Sax (STAR) at First St. & Central in Albuquerque (adjacent to the train terminal where Mike Ehrmantraut first arrives in town in “Better Call Saul”), Held writes:
For two total amateurs MLLAD and STAR had worked out an elegantly simple clandestine communications plan. They both purchased identical copies of Walt Whitman’s twelve-poem masterpiece, ‘Leaves of Grass’, which they used as a simple book code to fix the date of the meeting. Specifically, MLLAD would mail a letter through the military censors to STAR in which he would quote a passage from the book. The passage would correspond to a specific verse of a specific poem…. The number of that verse … would represent the day of the meeting. The number of the specific poem … would represent the month….

The highly-technical information MLLAD passed on was written down using a homemade milk-based invisible ink.


Stalin also ordered an ill-advised meeting between KGB operative Harry Gold and David Greenglass and his wife Ruth at what is known today as the ’Spy House’, at 209 High St. NE, just two blocks away from where Walt and Lydia meet clandestinely at ‘The Grove’ in “Breaking Bad”.


The meeting violated KGB protocol regarding contacts between operatives in the United States, but in those days, what Stalin wanted, Stalin got, regardless how bad an idea it might be. The contact was detected by American counterintelligence and became one of the biggest disasters in KGB history. David Greenglass’ in-laws, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, were exposed as spies. The resulting ‘Trial of the Century’ led to the Rosenbergs’ executions in 1953.





The Manhattan Project is now the subject of art. There’s nothing better than De Nederlandse Opera’s production of John Adams’ and Peter Sellars’ opera, “Dr. Atomic”. Not only is the singing excellent and the staging spectacular (especially the totally ‘off-the-hook’ section called ‘Time Has Returned’), but the set and prop people went to extraordinary lengths, even with this minimalist opera, to capture the look and feel of New Mexico (like the exact way the Sangre de Cristo Mountain skyline looks from Los Alamos). Plus, it’s likely the first time someone from a Tewa-speaking Pueblo (likely Santa Clara) is represented in opera (the fictional character Pasqualita), and gets her own song.

Bernalillo Memories

A new trailer where Gramita's trailer used to be.

Gramita's House (which she left in the early Seventies).

Gramita's House.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Interesting Albuquerque Buildings V

Albuquerque Public Library.

Absolutely Neon.

Space-Port Pros.

The now-defunct Pop and Taco (formerly Pup and Taco).

The new library at Central & Unser – the Patrick J. Baca Library.



Hiland Theater was featuring a Scottish piping performance on June 25, 2016.

Where I worked as a janitor back in high school - Lerners Shops.

The old headquarters for Reies Lopez Tijerina's Alianza Federal de Mercedes.