Saturday, October 26, 2019

Cents (2014)

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Last updated: March 11, 2020


Family Drama. A young mathematics whiz turns her school's penny drive into a money-making enterprise. Starring Julia Flores, Monique Cadelaria, Lillie Kolich, Claire Mackenzie Carter, Esodie Geiger, Lora Martinez-Cunningham. Filmed in Albuquerque.


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School

Driving

Sawmill Community Land Trust - Real estate developer
990 18th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

(35.103573°, -106.665413°)

814

School

Hospital

Desert Ridge Middle School - Middle school
8400 Barstow St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87122

Restaurant

Hannah's House

Collecting Pennies in the Rain

Street


Phone store - possibly Contact Wireless Repair & More, 5617 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110.


Just north of 18th St. & Zearing Ave. NW

Katie's House - 3123 Spur Court Northwest, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Bus - ends up at CNM

Classroom - Probably CNM

Driving on 18th St. NW

18th & Zearing again

Women's Shelter - 1112?

Thanks to Cecilia's Cafe

Cecilia's Cafe - Cafe
230 6th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Liked The Albuquerque Movie, "Cents"

Creepy Time of Year

Halloween decorations creep Jasper out. Here’s a picture of Jasper next to a styrofoam tombstone that flutters in the wind. Unnatural! Creepy!

Tulsi Gabbard Auditions For The Russian Nod

I can't believe Tulsi Gabbard will actually openly run as the Russians' pet candidate in 2020, but it's looking increasingly-likely. Gabbard doesn't appeal much to Democrats, but could attract Libertarian and Republican voters, so maybe it's OK to let her do whatever the hell she wants.

Her positions seem idiosyncratic, and not calculated to get mainstream Dem support. She may attract idiosyncratic supporters willing to overlook a lot. In 2016, Jill Stein accepted Russian support, apparently without realizing how it would damage her message. Bernie Sanders resisted the Russians, to his credit. Gabbard may welcome Russian support with gusto, which would be a genuinely-new event in American politics. Just as long as she's open about accepting Russian assistance, that's about all one can ask. After that, caveat emptor. Question is, will she deny getting Russian support and nevertheless get it surreptitiously?
Though Gabbard’s decision makes sense given her fundraising and polling disadvantage, some Democrats cited the move as evidence that she may launch a third-party presidential run after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton predicted as much in an interview last week.

In an interview with former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, Clinton claimed that Gabbard was a “favorite of the Russians” and predicted that she was being “groomed” for a third-party run. Clinton said she believed Gabbard may play the same role as 2016 Green Party nominee Jill Stein, whom Clinton labeled a “Russian asset.”

Gabbard fired back, calling Clinton the “queen of warmongers” and the “embodiment of corruption.” Gabbard earlier this year ruled out a third-party run and hit out at “smears” by media outlets, who labeled her an “asset of Russia” in the last Democratic debate.

The Serene Majesty of the Shadow of the Moon

Oh, this is glorious! Todd Kelly points me to this drone video of the Total Eclipse of the Sun, August 21, 2017, as seen from the banks of the Payette River in Cascade, ID, where my cousins and I also were present. Kelly has ID'ed the airliner in the photo as Southwest 5877 from Spokane, WA to Phoenix, AZ. The drone lifts off from about (44.496788°, -116.031189°). Our group was located about 1.1 miles away, at (44.512510°, -116.033214°). Our group is in the the field of view (but lost in the darkness) from about 2:42 to 2:49. Best video ever!



Kelly says:
We were in Cascade on an “Epic Eclipse Expedition” on a private estate adjacent to Trinity Pines and on the banks of the Payette River.

We identified the aircraft in your photo—which also appears in our book and video—using Radarbox24.com:

Southwest flight 5877 from Spokane to Phoenix. Surprisingly, no photos of Totality taken from this flight have been found anywhere online.

Aloha from Kauai 🌴

Total Solar Eclipse 2024 is coming! (Does it pass through Oklahoma this next time??) The book reference appears to be here.

Kelly adds:
My seventeen-year-old (at the time) nephew, Richie, from St. Maries, Idaho, made this remarkable DJI Spark video after only a couple of lessons the day prior to, and a “dry run” the morning of, Eclipse day.

We decided not to show the eclipse itself because of the Spark’s too wide angle lens. I asked only that Richie fly the Spark to 500ft and pan the horizon for the “360 degree sunset” during Totality.

“No pressure, Richie, but please get this video perfect in one take.”
Richie delivered like a pro. In fact, he gracefully dipped the camera and changed direction during Totality while having the presence of mind to view Totality for himself.

Most impressive is that Richie knew how to move both axes of this two axis gimbal camera simultaneously in order to achieve cinematic fluidity. I did not show him how to do that. Maybe it was the video games or the violin!

Richie now attends Harvard University.

Rivulets in the Crows Feet

This morning, Jasper and I arrived at a street corner at the same time as a handsome man in his 30s. The man wore a cap and was carrying a thermos. He appeared to be walking to work.

I looked at the man's face and realized that rivulets of blood were flowing through the laugh lines and crows feet around his eyes. Apparently just out of sight there was a large wound on his forehead.

And so, the man walked off, as did Jasper and I. Just another day in the neighborhood.

Standoff

The large skunk stood under my neighbor’s night light, tail pointing straight up in alarm, and wrestler’s body ready for battle. Meanwhile, Jasper strained on his leash and stood upright, facing off with this unfamiliar creature. Not liking the odds, I dragged Jasper away for better opportunities.

Sharpie Time Again

Why Do Some British People Not Like Donald Trump?

There are reasons:
Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.

For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.
So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever.

Cousin John Keeps the Baby Blue Watch in Boise.

Randy Rainbow Regarding Giuliani

RIP, Elijah Cummings

Friday, October 25, 2019

Backtrack (aka Catchfire) (1990)

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Last updated: October 26, 2019


Also known as Catchfire. Stars Dennis Hopper and Jodie Foster. Movie does not appear to have been filmed in the immediate Albuquerque area, but rather mostly around Taos.


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LA area, etc.

Lamy Train Station

El Cortez Theatre, NM - adjacent to Old Martina's restaurant, Ranchos de Taos, NM (36.359073°, -105.609278°)

San Francisco de Asis church

Andy's La Fiesta Saloon, Ranchos De Taos, NM, 87557 (36.357594°, -105.608033°)

Zozobra at Ranchos de Taos?

Driving - Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Restaurant

Near NM State Highway 567 (36.340215°, -105.723737°)

NM State Highway 567 Bridge

Goose Grill? Adobe Grill? Adobe Bar?

Dirt Road

Walking for gas

NM House with swimming pool

Dirt road near Taos Pueblo

Dip 40 mph

Tim's Chile Connection?

Driving?

Cabin

Linda Vista - roads

Helicopter/tanks

Helicopter pursuit & landing

Big Mistake (2014)

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Last updated: October 25, 2019


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Bloody scene

ABQ Street - Bus stop, NW corner of Texas & Central

Chico's Bail Bonds, 100....

View of downtown from the SE, showing Hyatt Regency

View of Hyatt Regency from SE, from 2nd & Central

View of railyards; view of fence

View of downtown from the NE

Bus stop

NB I-25 sign Santa Fe, Gallup 226B, Santa Rosa 226A (35.098766°, -106.631648°)

Roberts Dam

View of Street

View of O'Neill's - Central, across from De Anza
O'Niell's - Irish restaurant
4310 Central Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

View of pavement

View of downtown from high above Coal overpass

View of west Central? Not entirely clear where.

Apartments

University - view of Duck Pond, looking NW, from around SW end of footbridge

Classroom

Apartment

View of downtown from the NE

Office

House - 1337

Central EB at Gold Star Academy - Preschool, 5600 Central Ave SW

Sandia Republic house from BCS on Elena NE

Office

Nightclub

Outside nightclub

Central Ave. underpass under RR

Central from about 2nd, looking west

Downtown ABQ at night from SSE

Lights from W. Central

Sandia Republic house from BCS on Elena NE - 8906 Paramount Ct. NE

Dawn - downtown ABQ from NE

Office

Class

Apartment

Party house

Apartment

Office

Top level, Copper parking garage

Motel room

Driving - into Rio Rancho?

Spooky house

Crossroads Motel - room 211

Nightclub

Driving

Fancy House with animal trophies

Elena Dr. & Ventura St.

Cupola atop U.S. Courthouse next to Amy Biehl School

View of Hyatt Regency

Top level of Copper Parking Garage again

House - 7619....?

Marquette & 5th St. - Police HQ exterior?

7619

Paramount house

Nightclub

Imbibe - Central & Richmond

House again

Paramount house

Crossroads

Bail bonds office

Office

Paramount

Parking lot

"Afghanistan" -

Driving down West Central - Nine Mile Hill - into town turn on Tingley

More driving

Driving on Louisiana

Special thanks to Keshet Dance Co., Winrock Vilas Apartments, Imbibe, Surplus City, Crossroads, Flytcam

Winrock Villas Condos - likely site

Winrock Villas Condos - Condominium complex
1601 Pennsylvania St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Feeling Sad About The Passing Of Krista Marie Hamlin





Casting my mind back to happier days with Sleeping Beauty's Good Fairies in May, 1994. (Clockwise from bottom left: Chare Rechtfertig, Meg McNaughton, Krista Marie Hamlin, Page Forment Berghoffer, Kelly Challender, and Shalyce Irgens Childers.)