Fri, Dec. 12th, 2014 | 11:41 pm  ⅊ BStudio slavezombie


didn't know synopsis for "CLOSED CIRCUIT" before watching/writing
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Fri, Dec. 12th, 2014 | 02:23 pm  slavezombie


What I'm currently reading
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The code on the bookmark I'm using as well.


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Mon, Dec. 1st, 2014 | 10:06 am  slavezombie


The game of Ingress prevents me from downgrading my smart phone to a flip phone
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3 Oct. 2014 © blanket sin – "La Brea Blvd"

I noticed something odd about the game Ingress. Some agents have put together google hangouts for team members in a small area where they frequently play. Yet, these google hangout enthusiasts don't link there profile with a biography about themselves. It makes me wonder what the true motive for uniting Ingress agents in the area is about.

I understand the need for privacy. In fact, I remember playing Ingress anonymously — before I joined faction group social media sites — and it was good to see somebody walking down the street on their phone and wonder whether or not they might be a player. I'm not knocking the way these hangouts function. I'm sure they've helped agents "level-up" quick, but about the big picture? Google hangouts works fine for newbs trying to advance their level fast, but this doesn't do a thing for increasing the factions MUs (Mind Units).

Personally, I've been too busy to worry about the Resistance myself and I find myself playing when I'm stuck at a stop light, or spending time at the local watering hole. The problem, IMO, is most people have already been to a portal, seen the art, and very likely don't feel the energy from it. For instance, this morning I went to a photo lab store to get some prints from a negative. I arrived 15 minutes early and saw an opportunity to wreak some damage against the Enlightened. This's how I prefer to play:

  • Go to where you hang out
  • Find a moment to check scanner and register your presence in the area

Whereas other players are more strategic in that they'll focus on strong holds, try to gather as many agents as possible (thru hangouts) and plan a time and day for an attack.

So what's missing? I want to say outreach, but I'm one to talk. I'm sure people have lives outside of Ingress, but it's hard to interweave the time we spend with family and friends with the time that's needed to play. I began to wonder whether it might be effective to download a social map app so that members of the same faction could keep tabs on their co-conspirators at all time. However, to accomplish this, there would need to be a check system in place where, for instance, agents could periodically check in to verify that they haven't turned. After all, it is anybody's prerogative to switch factions whenever they want. Once something like that is in place, I'm sure players will have that much more confidence in sharing strategies with one another.

Oh yes, the picture. Unaware that it was a Jewish holiday, I took some time to drive out to Al and Ed's Audio to look into downgrading my car stereo to a tape deck. They were closed. It was Yom Kippur. Doesn't matter anyway; nobody makes tape decks anymore.

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Mon, Dec. 1st, 2014 | 04:00 am  slavezombie


Twit2LJ Monthly Digest for November 2014
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Sat, Nov. 29th, 2014 | 06:21 pm  slavezombie


Bird. Manhattan WGN series, red scale photo shoot.
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23rd Nov, 2014 © blanket sin – "griffithobservatory247"

This is a picture of the horizon at the Los Angeles Griffith Observatory. I was amazed, as I always am, that I was able to see the ocean from there. The sun was reflecting a glare off the ocean surface, but I was also shooting in the same general direction of a setting sun. Although the sun was not in the frame, the reflection was enough to distort image quality. This is another Red Scale exposure from the Brownie 127 color film.

I wasn't 100% any of my pictures would come out, having manipulated the negative and flipping it backwards against the black paper. That was a first for me. As a result, I didn't pay to much attention to composition. I was too anxious to get thru the roll and finally get it developed.

Surprisingly enough, the word "bird" appears at the top of the negative. Convenient as the only part of the image to register are the tree branches. If I had filters, perhaps the shot would've had a more dramatic feel. Here, it just looks like a nuclear test site. I guess I have a-bomb in the brain as I recently binge watched the new American period drama Manhattan. This is a WGN network series, not to be confused with the ABC series Manhattan Love Story. It is based in the 40's during the war and the costumes are wonderful. It reminds me of the AMC series Mad men which I could never quite get into. I simply felt it was too bygone days, who cares, old school gobbledygook; and yet the dramatization of the U.S. war effort against Hitler takes place in an earlier time frame. I have to wonder whether it is the boldly defined war effort that sparks more interest than the vaguely insinuation of cold war hidden within corporate structured organizations. I am hooked and I can't wait for next season of Manhattan. Suddenly I'm not so interested in Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones, and House of Cards.



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Thu, Nov. 27th, 2014 | 11:26 am  slavezombie


What's in a name? Numbers.
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When I started my job at the library, they had already gone digital. The Atwater branch library issued me my new plastic library card. Although I rarely spell my name with an "i", I was just happy that I got my card with the name I always use. At the time, I had already begun to experience the difficulty of bureaucratic red tape, a catch 22 similar to union membership requirements to get your foot in the door of the job one seeks, but not being able to become a member until you hold a job for which they support. As a result, I was exposed to laws regarding frequent usage of nicknames which are recognized as being one's real name instead of what the birth certificate may read. A real smorgasbord of malarkey, if you ask me, because I would constantly see accusatory expressions on people's faces as if i was trying to pull a fast one on them and attempting to get a phoney ID. In a nutshell, the law recites that a person does not need to go thru the legal process of paying to change their name legally; as long as they use the name they prefer all of the time. Eventually it will stick, however, there is no indication of time that this "frequent usage" takes before one stops experiencing odd looks from confused clerks simply trying to do their jobs.

Just to note, library cards aren't forms of ID  that one would call standard means of identification. Nobody recognizes them as proof of anything other than checking out books, videos, accessing the Internet, etc.

And so the term Geheime Staatspolizei, Gestapo for short, comes to mind, as that is how my coworker described the conduct of the chain of command in the library system. Like Hannah Arrendt, who spoke of modern "banality of evil," Camus observed that modern societies in the mid-twentieth century did not produce barbaric monsters, rather, they produced thoughtless bureaucrats and laborers who participated in mass murder through specific administerial and technical tasks.

Also, true that "... slave camps under the flag of freedom, massacres justified by [the love of man] or by a taste for the superhuman, in one sense cripples judgement."* I've come to accept the exceptions for which a convenience can only be applicable toward nicknames of John, short for Jonathan, Steve, short for Steven, Hank, short for Henry, etc. none of which apply to me. Enrique may be more recognized in the southwest, but anywhere else it would be scarcely used and unrecognized as the Spanish translation for Henry. Also, the Italian version being Enrico, Rico for short, might be a common name in the East. I dunno. But one thing is certain, the English is a stickler for accuracy. My cartoon brain visualizes a stereotype checking with the Italians to see if there's any merit to the individual calling himself Henry when all his documents read Enrique. Then, when the stereotype Italians balk at the question, the stereotype English default to following the ways of the stereotype Spaniards. Since the name is of Spanish origin, and the stereotype Spaniards also balk at the inquiry, I'm back to square one. Thank goodness for cartoons. What would i do without you.

*from preface Revaluating Modernity in Messiahs and Machiavellians by Paul Corey.

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Mon, Nov. 24th, 2014 | 09:42 am  slavezombie


Beyond Baroque
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Oct XX, 2014 © blanket sin – "Venice242"

On one of my days off from work, I decided to visit Beyond Baroque to see what it's all about. I may not have approached the building from the perfect angle because the doors were locked and nobody answered to my knocking. Beyond Baroque was a sponsor for an type out, an event, usually held annually, wherein people who own and use manual typewriters gather together to type stuff out in public. Weird, yes, but I would've preferred this picture be of the many typists with their typewriters. I have not seen any other events as much as I've search the Internet directly related to the one several years ago which got me curious about Beyond Baroque. Maybe it didn't get as many positive results as they might have been striving for; so they quit? I dunno.

I'm still using my typewriter. I haven't updated my blog with it for awhile, but I've been a nervous wreck because of work. The carpal tunnel is inflamed, and my god is there ever a dramatic conspiracy going on in the workplace. I'm just getting over a chest cold too. I figure I would update my blog with the Brownie camera pictures I recently got developed. That's easy.

All I really do is rant to accompany the picture with enough dummy text that it might look like a news clipping. I guess newspaper clippings are a pet peeve. I'm even editor to an institutional newsletter for Harley motorcycle owners. With all this stuff that's happening in my life, it makes taking light of things difficult. That's all my blog seems to be these days. If I watch a movie, I'll comment on it lightly. I don't expect to be taken seriously most times. Writing things down seems to help me remember things too, and when conversation on a movie takes place at work, I have something intelligible to say. I'm not just, "ooh, yeah. I saw that. Awesome."

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Wed, Nov. 12th, 2014 | 10:01 am  slavezombie


Dawn of the planet of the apes
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12th Nov, 2014 © blanket sin – "brainstorming after watching Planet of the Apes"

I liked this movie better than the first one, Planet of the Apes.  I don't know which one was first (or part 1) in the series.  In 2001 there was Planet of the Apes, in 2011 there was Rise of the Planet of the Apes and this one is, I guess, #3. I dunno.  Who cares?

I tried not to read the subtitles whenever the apes were speaking to each other.  I was really into the grunts and sign language being used.  In the back of my mind, I was thinking about the book Clan of the Cavebear and I think that's why I liked this movie in particular.    Half the time I was thinking that time travel is possible and the Apes are the equivalent of cavemen who encounter visitation from the humans.  And so, the humans are actually descended from the apes (at least some of the humans anyway), and they travel back in time where cavemen were living in societies and communicating with one another.

Of course, this is not the plot of the movie, but I didn't care.  I'm usually not satisfied with anything that is PG-13.  I like a good R rating in movies and prefer it when it leaves me doubting my own opinion of what just happened.  Which, BTW, is the main reason I'm having so much difficulty completing my own screenplay.

After the movie, I made myself some notes.  Although these brainstorming notes may not have been inspired by the movie exclusively, it did have some major influence.  The other muse was the lady I spoke to last night.  She had that look.  That emoticon look.  The one that stops me in my tracks for a second gander.  It was then that I pondered the brief moment of conversation with her and fantasized that she was AB.  How or why that could even be possible is redundant.  I find that I can be creative best when I just let my brain go with the flow.  So there I am, sitting on my couch after the Planet of the Apes movie (part 2 or 3) thinking, yes, it's been years since we've spoken.  There's nothing odd about treating it as if we're strangers.  Neither of us has had any linkage to one another all our lives and stuff.  When I gave her my name, I thought for sure she would make the connection, but no.  Not a chance.  So again I'm fantasizing, welp, that just goes to show you how much time passed.  Not even a hint will conjure a memory of the love we had together back when we were adolescents.


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Wed, Nov. 12th, 2014 | 09:36 am  slavezombie


You've heard of universal remotes. When developers goin to make an app for shows?
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Tue, Nov. 11th, 2014 | 11:51 pm  slavezombie


Killing fields - SLAYER
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Sun, Nov. 9th, 2014 | 07:50 pm  slavezombie


Machiavellianism
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9th Nov. 2014
It's been awhile since I did one of these entries.   Usually I have an illustration up as the eye candy, but this time I just did a quick screen capture.   I've become so used to browsing the information highway on my phone, I've either create a del.icio.us bookmarks, scrapbook screen captures, or tweet my finds.   It's crazy how these electronic gadgets have manipulated our lives into habitual nerdiness.   I still remember when I would go to work with a memo pad in my breast pocket together with my favorite pen.   Explains a lot about all those missed years I keep telling myself I need re-compensation for before I croak.

I hope this muse holds for the entire midpoint of the Highschool series.   It is the closest word I've come across that explains that one scene I saw in a TV/movie about a criminal with a knack for approaching people who have information he needs and coaxing them to reveal bits and pieces of what he needs to know so that he could put them together for his own personal needs.   When I bought the SLAYER album Divine Intervention, I didn't know it's history, what it's about, etc.   I purely went by the title of the songs and these days, the titles that may have swayed my decision were Sex.   Murder.   Art.   and Dittohead (because I just spoke to a friend about a crazy situation I'm in and she later sent a personal text message meme that reads:   I don't care about losing people that don't wanna be in my life anymore.   I've lost people that meant the world to me and I'm still doing just fine.   to which I replied "Ditto".)   and Mind Control.   I haven't listened to side two yet.   The lyrics are so tiny that I am determined to type them up on the typewriter so that I won't have so much difficulty with low lighting when I play my vinyl holding a magnifying glass and trying to follow the lyrics.

I also liked the back cover of all the news clippings art.   It related so well with the zone I'm in trying to complete a screenplay.   Then I saw the calendar with red hash marks and wondered what the odds would be that the circled date in March might be my birthday.   This was after I already had purchased the album, which BTW happened to include the black vinyl.   I quickly searched what year the calendar might be referring to and looked up events for that date on google calendars.   What'dya know, my b-day was that day El Salvador had it's first presidential elections after twelve years of war.   I haven't yet fit that into my screenplay, but it has absolutely EVERYTHING to do with the plot.   Although I think it would be cool to have a couple SLAYER songs in my screenplay, I know that that kind of wishful thinking is not realistic.   But damn if I'm not going to be there on the 14th hoping to recognize one or two songs from this album (if I manage to find some tix).


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There's this whole conspiracy of deaths in 81-82 as a result of Berzerk that I'm trying to zone in o
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Thu, Nov. 6th, 2014 | 08:07 pm  slavezombie


When was there last a c☧
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I twisted my wrist. Heh heh.

Realizing that I probably shouldn't have tore up those stacks and stacks of reams of paper at work the other day. The following day, those muscles stiffened up and now they're inflamed. I wanna say inflamated, but I don't know that that's a word.

inflimmation. Fuck… I know I've heard that word said in a sentence.

Typing on the typewriter is apparently a thing of the past for a good reason. Too much typing can make you insane, kids. Boy… I miss those days. I would type up stupid resumes. Had an early PC and couldn't get the dot matrix printer to print properly on a sheet of paper.

Just got home from having watched a movie. Nightcrawler. Turns out, there's bits and peaces of scenes in the Echo Park area. Couldn't pick a better spot to include in on-location filming.

Good flick.
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Sat, Nov. 1st, 2014 | 04:00 am  slavezombie


Twit2LJ Monthly Digest for October 2014
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Wed, Oct. 29th, 2014 | 08:33 pm  ‏‏␦ anxious slavezombie


Stress
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Three things going on in my life.    Good thing I can juggle.   I'm an editor for a newsletter which publishes quarterly.   The fall issue is in the works.    Problems at work;  sif that's not something to be expected.    And finally, this blog.    I'm reading about Andrei Kachitilo, and something called Alicia's Masque by Lindsay Clarke for ideas on how to continue the midpoint of the "Highschool" screenplay.    Ugh.


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Thu, Oct. 23rd, 2014 | 09:31 pm  ‏‏␦ gloomy ♬ Psychopathy Red - SLAYER slavezombie


There is a cat by my bedroom window singing the blues
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Thu, Oct. 16th, 2014 | 11:40 pm  slavezombie


in the time it took to booted up my laptop to update my blog...
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...I typed this page on my Royal manual typewriter. 


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Wed, Oct. 15th, 2014 | 10:02 pm  slavezombie


it's crazy writing directly on the phone as if it's a notepad
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somehow, sitting here in this very loud room full of people and groups of people, I'm missing my typewriter.

Now i can't get that image or of my head. I'm in a bar late at night. 


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Wed, Oct. 15th, 2014 | 09:58 pm  slavezombie


berliner weisse. that's what I'm drinking.
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when i want to upload a picture to lj (using my phone), i have to open the lj app and create a new entry,then select INSERT picture and i select it from my device. defeats purpose of uploading it to lj scrapbook ahead of time. now i think I'm going to have the same picture in scrapbook several times. duplicates.


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Wed, Oct. 15th, 2014 | 09:53 pm  slavezombie


i tell myself one day i will cancel my sprint cell phone acct
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damnit!i can't stand work.

but since i know nobody wants to hear my problems, especially myself, changing subject.

There are so many peeps here. at the bar, that is. where am i? Golden Road. i j just ordered the turkey burger plate. so I'll keep ranting, about other stuff, until my meal gets here.

so, I've been going insane trying to figure out a way to get more people into reading screenplays (as an alternative to watching the movie).  you know the old saying "the book is always better"? well, i wonder if reading a movie script is better than watching the movie.


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