Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Naomi Campbell’s Magic, Egyptian House

From 2011:


It’s Naomi Campbell’s future home. Click through to inspect it closely. The house is actually a holiday residence and although we see rendered images of a project and distant photographs, the house was apparently already built on a private island in Turkey.

Aerosols, Hurricane Season 2017

No Help For California

And California's GOP Congresscritters play along:
California’s Democratic governor, its two Democratic senators, and its 39 Democratic members of Congress asked for $7.4 billion. With only one exception, California’s Republican delegation boycotted a request for disaster funding for their own state.

Yesterday the Trump administration responded to California’s request:
While the request includes anemic supplemental funding for states ravaged by hurricanes, it contains no funding whatsoever for rebuilding the communities in California devastated by the recent wildfires…. “For the Administration to not request even a single additional penny to help rebuild the communities devastated by the worst fires in California’s history is mind-boggling,” [said the two congressmen who led the disaster relief effort].

This brings the toxicity of partisan politics to jaw-dropping levels. California Republicans won’t even stick up for their own state, and a Republican president offers nothing in response to an enormous natural disaster.

Walter Cronkite Presents The Chicago Fire

Happy to Report Explosives Were *Not* Required to Clear the Kitchen Drain

But a lot of time was!

Noir, On Ice

Saturday, November 18, 2017

My Favorite AC/DC Video

From Buenos Aires, 2009. World's best band; world's best fans:

Hey, She Passed Through Sacramento!



Niccolette Paxionova.

Alternatively, this mix....

Sisyphus, As An Otter

How To Stay Goth Past 50

"Mark Felt"

Saw "Mark Felt" tonight at the Tower. Quite good.

It's hard to do a Watergate movie because of the scandal's sprawling nature, involving hundreds of people, so they keep it simple by focusing just on the FBI, and on no more than about 20 people. Of course, I was raised on Watergate, so it felt just like home, tracking all the details.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Greta Gerwig On 'Lady Bird' - Stephen Colbert

Sacramento "Normal"

The 2017-18 California rainy season has gotten off to a slow start. The recent rains have brought us to exactly normal for the date in Sacramento. Nevertheless, as you can see, we are right on the boundary of what's considered "normal." Just a few miles away, they are hurting.

After All The Empty Promises

Trump Decides Hundreds of Battle-Hardened Terrorists Should Go Free

Greedy bastard can't wait to get hold of the oil:
The BBC broke the bombshell report that the United States and its local allies worked out a deal with Daesh (ISIS, ISIL) in Raqqa, Syria, to allow them to depart. There were still 250 hardened fighters along with 3500 family members in the capital of the phony “caliphate.”

Raqqa had largely been reduced to rubble, but the 250 fighters could have continued, challenging and imposing high casualty rates on the largely Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces who were besieging the city.

The YPG made this deal, with US military officers in the room, after weeks of hard fighting had not resulted in the complete fall of Raqqa. It is also alleged that the Trump administration was impatient for the YPG Kurds to take over hydrocarbon resources in Syria, which they could not do if they remained bogged down in Raqqa, so safe passage for the ISIL fighters and their arsenal was the price of that strategy.

They're Taking Away Earth's Intelligent Life Forms

I See Donald Trump Dwells on Northern California

Such an ass:
After a shooting Tuesday in California left four people dead, President Donald Trump attempted to offer his condolences in a tweet on his way back from his Asia trip.

However, Trump tweeted a message about the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which occurred earlier this month.

“May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived,” the since-deleted tweet read.

Seven Day Black & White Challenge

Gary Walker challenged me for the "Seven Black & Whites of your life. No People, No Explanations." I'm supposed to "Challenge Someone New Each Day," but I don't know if I want to do that. Nevertheless, for me, here are the Days.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Starting Revamp of All "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" Posts

For the last month, I've rewatched "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul", all the while taking notes, and discovered lots of new references and symbols. I will be revamping all my posts in light of these observations.

I will also introduce a new post that summarizes the occurrences of sets and props throughout the shows. This outline is a tool to help determine the meanings of significant symbols, based on how they are used in the shows.

These updates are in anticipation of making a presentation at the SWPACA meeting in Albuquerque in early February, 2018, and also writing a new book about these interesting matters.

Trump, In Crayon

Thanks, John!:
A new browser extension offers to convert the new President’s interesting Twitter output into a child’s scribble. And, somehow, it makes the world feel ever so slightly less terrifying. The browser, available on Google Chrome and Firefox, was designed by The Daily Show.

Roy Moore, Alabama's Republican Child Molester Hero

It looks like Roy Moore is going to follow the Schwarzenegger/Trump manual on how to fight sex allegations, plus smear the accusers, plus attack the press, plus fund raise off the outrage, plus get all his family, friends, and cronies to offer defenses. It's the same House of Cards dynamic that helped Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign in 2003. If people suspect a political trap, they'll discount the news, whether or not it's accurate. Everyone enthusiastically supports groping when it's their guy with the grabby hands. Will these robust counterattacks work (and they usually do work), post-Weinstein?:
37 percent of Alabama evangelicals think the allegations are an obviously fake political attack designed to smear a conservative candidate. The fact that liberals are scared enough of Moore to mount an attack like this just shows how effective he is—and thus even more worth supporting.

It’s worth keeping in mind that vanishingly few Alabama evangelicals have read the Washington Post story. They’ve seen summaries in their local newspaper. They’ve seen Fox News coverage emphasizing that it all happened 40 years ago and was “just dating” of 17-year-olds. They’ve heard from local Republican leaders that it’s all an invention. They’ve listened to talk radio that’s dismissed the whole thing as a liberal hoax. And they’re primed to believe all this because they really don’t want to vote for the Democratic fellow anyway.

Simple Efforts to Enforce the Law are Now Deep-State Machinations.

Privileged idiots:
A Republican candidate for U.S. Senate denounced the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks as “deep state” for investigating his alleged hunting violations.

Troy Downing, who’s seeking the GOP nomination, issued a statement Wednesday accusing the department of conducting a “witch hunt” against him, reported the Independent Record.

“It’s unfortunate the liberal Montana FWP deep state is on a witch hunt,” the Downing campaign said.

The statement came in response to a report this week by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, which revealed Downing was charged with seven misdemeanor violations for buying or applying for resident hunting licenses as a non-resident and cited an eighth time for a similar violation.

Alex Handles The Tree Branch Issue

I've been worried about the tree branch over my house. Just too dangerous to go after it without proper equipment.

Alex Samans made quick work of it. Maybe more work in five years time, but good enough for now.

There are still gutters to attend to, and maybe some painting, so I’ll be continuing on ladders again.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird"

I couldn't wait, so I saw "Lady Bird" tonight - Greta Gerwig's valentine to Sacramento. I saw the 8 p.m. show, and was shocked by how many people were there at the Tower Theater - sold out, with about 90% of all the seats occupied. I've never seen that before!

We were all unnerved by a hall-of-mirrors effect when the Tower Theater itself made a brief cameo, since we were all inside the Tower Theater.

The film describes a parallel Sacramento universe to the one I was in in 2002 - at once, both familiar and alien. I found myself tearing up at unexpected times. It was wonderful seeing Erik Daniells on the big screen!

The audience gave a rousing round of applause at the end. There was a pocket of applause during credits - likely a party of folks involved in the actual film-making.

Since my Sacramento universe is so much different than Greta's I think I should write a Sacramento screenplay. Maybe have my universe intersect momentarily with hers - matter and antimatter - and blow both universes into smithereens.




I was pleased Greta featured Thrift Town, but used the time there to shop for a dress. Not my experience. This is my memory.

Bwahahaha!


I saw the movie a second time, and realized Sabrina Schloss is in it too. She did shows at DMTC a decade ago.

[UPDATE} Kate sends this: "In case you missed this—I didn’t hear it, but I know you follow Greta" - Fresh Air interview with Greta Gerwig.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Outline of Architecture, Set, and Prop Associations in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”

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Outline of Architecture, Set, and Prop Associations in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”
Version 1.0 – Initial Release.
Updated: November 13, 2017.

This outline captures the occurrences of specific sets and props in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”. There is no assurance the outline is complete, or even fully accurate, but it does serve as a starting point for determining the meanings of props and sets in the TV shows, based on association. This outline is a tool to help determine the meanings of significant symbols, based on how, where, and when they are used.

The Architecture and Props of “Breaking Bad”
Use of natural landscape features.

1.) Face in the stone, on the so-called “choo-choo train” (assembly of stone in the background at To’hajiilee):
a. Pilot: View from face on;
b. The Cat’s in the Bag: Easter Island profile;
c. Mas: Parking island (no longer there) at Saul’s resembles Easter Island profile.
2.) Stone monolith at To’hajiilee
a. Tarot references.

Different kinds of arches, and their meanings.
3.) Gentle, round arches associated with revealing emotions, a negotiation, or a discussion between a man and a woman with some power:
a. White marital bed headboard;
b. Across the street from Jesse’s house;
i. The Cat’s in the Bag: with neighborhood walkers, after Crazy-8 died;
ii. 38 Snub: Jesse’s conversation with Andrea;
c. Gary Matter: Elliott and Gretchen’s Party;
i. Gretchen’s kitchen;
d. Crazy Handful: Overhead, with Walt’s discussion with the clerk at Oncology Associates;
e. Crazy Handful: Overhead, at therapy session for cancer victims and their families;
f. Grilled: Gate for property located on Orlando Dr., very near the White residence;
g. Breakage: Jesse drives in the montage, and turns at the intersection of Truman and Lomas. Gentle arches are across the street, at what is possibly a supermarket;
h. Breakage: Jesse and Jane’s, above the front entrance;
i. Negro y Azul: Behind Skyler, in the distance, when she first sits with Ted at Beneke’s;
j. Mandala: Jesse and Jane’s;
k. No Mas: Same arch as Clerk at Oncology Associates, but instead visible from outside during press scrum;
l. IFT: Leo’s Bar;
m. Half Measures: Above entrance to the Crossroads Motel & Wendy’s Hot Pants;
n. Full Measure: Gale’s Apartment;
o. 38 Snub & Blood Money: Car Wash Tunnel;
p. Shotgun & Rabid Dog: Hank and Marie’s living room – pantry and kitchen cabinets;
q. Bug & Crawl Space & Madrigal: Jesse’s living room – TV dinner table, plus arch on fireplace;
r. Crawl Space: Beneke home;
s. Crawl Space & Dead Freight: Hanks home living room;
t. End Times: Copper Parking garage shape;
u. Hazard Pay: House to be bombed, outside & inside;
v. Fifty One: Pool edge;
w. Gliding Over All – At the Grove (also melons);
x. Granite State: Grove chairs;
4.) Round arches associated with:
a. Pilot: Medical offices, MRI;
b. Pilot: Jesse and Emilio’s sage-house meth lab;
c. Pilot and other episodes: Jesse’s house (basement, over bathtub, kitchen door, living room windows);
d. Gary Matter: Gretchen’s kitchen (sink water line);
e. Negro y Azul: Tortuga’s Motel Room;
f. Better Call Saul: Arches outside office;
g. Mas: Next to 4’s Cabaret;
h. Mas: Industrial Laundry;
i. I See You: Hospital eating area;
j. Half Measures: Paul’s Monterey Inn;
k. Full Measure: Across street from Kaylee’s house;
l. Full Measure: Gale’s Apartment (horns on bookcase arranged in an arch);
m. Full Measure: Hinkle’s Amusement Park east bldg., and the theater in-between the two bldgs.;
n. Boxcutter: Hank and Marie’s mailbox arch;
o. Shotgun: A1A sign;
p. Bug: Ron Peterson’s Firearms, across the street from Loyola’s (but arch barely visible);
q. Crawl Space: Beneke home;
r. Face Off: Outside Casa Tranquila, 2 examples;
s. Live Free or Die: Hank’s hallway;
t. Gliding Over All – The Grove & the edge of Walt’s table at home & the MRI arch;
u. Confessions – Gardunos;
v. Granite State: Ponderosa Bar sink;
w. Felina: Elliott & Gretchen’s house.
5.) Dogtooth? arch:
a. Gray Matter: Occidental Building – Badger waves his sign.
6.) Flat or square arches:
a. Caballo sin Nombre: At the Beachcomber;
b. Green Light – Ted’s love nest – circular segment;
c. Green Light – Underpass;
d. Bullet Points – Underpass on Bobby Foster under University Blvd. SE.;
e. Salud: Mexican meth lab;
f. End Times: Arch Time Lapse!!!!!
7.) Broad? Arch:
a. Sunset & Problem Dog & Blood Money: Jesse’s living Room.
8.) Post-and-lintel corbeled arch:
a. IFT: Sandia Bar;
b. Shotgun: behind Los Pollos;
c. Salud: Don Eladio’s pool area;
d. Buried: Restaurant entrance.
9.) Lancet Gothic (or Ogive) arch:
a. Abiquiu: Methodist Church.
10.) Skeletal arches across Central Avenue in Albuquerque:
a. Cornered: Reflection at Loyola’s;
b. Bug: Arch near Loyola’s & looking east at Bank of the West.
11.) Pueblo Deco arches:
a. Breakage: Jesse and Jane’s;
b. Four Days Out: Airport entrance;
c. Green Light & Say My Name: 4th level at Sunport parking garage;
d. Mas & End Times: Industrial Laundry Superlab Metal Walkway;
e. I See You: Hospital doorway, inside;
f. I See You: Hospital Lobby;
g. Abiquiu: Under White’s coffee table;
h. Full Measure: Gale’s Apartment;
i. Shotgun & face Off: Hank and Marie’s living room – tiny arches – very visible – Walt drinks;
j. Bug: View of Pueblo Deco arches as seen past Walt from Hank and Marie’s southern window, SW corner;
k. End Times: In front of Hank and Marie’s, and inside, on shelf above living room;
l. End Times: Laundry;
m. End Times: Back porch at Hank and Marie’s;
n. End Times: Overturned coffee table;
o. End Times: Bldgs. north of Central Ave.;
p. Face Off: Many-Windowed Bldg. corners;
q. Face Off: Possibly at Casa Tranquila;
r. Hazard Pay: Coffee table;
s. Gliding Over All – Grove;
t. Blood Money: Hank and Marie’s back deck.
12.) Related shape to Pueblo Deco Arch – stagger symbol:
a. Mas: Mesa Credit Union Symbol (Pilot too?);
b. White’s Dining Area Seat backs – Fifty One – Blood Money;
c. Sunset: Los Pollos;
d. I See You: Jesse’s hospital room wall;
e. I See You: Pedestrian walkway;
f. Half Measures: Karler Meat Facility;
g. Shotgun: Hank and Marie’s living room, and as Hank describes Gale as genius;
h. Cornered: At Car Wash;
i. Bug: IRS offices;
j. Crawl Space: Schwartzmann’s – Mexican MASH unit;
k. Crawl Space: Beneke home;
l. Crawl Space: Hanks home – bedroom;
m. Live Free or Die: near Police HQ;
n. Madrigal: In Hanover labs??;
o. Hazard Pay: House to be bombed (3 Stooges gorilla);
p. Fifty One: Hank and Marie’s drive;
q. Fifty One & Gliding Over All: White’s back yard;
r. Dead Freight: SFSR locomotive;
s. Buyout: Vamonos garage, inside & outside;
t. Buyout & Gliding Over All & Rabid Dog - Hank and Marie’s living room;
u. Buyout: Arrangement of containers outside Vamonos garage (moved in Say My Name);
v. Buyout: W. Saul on parking garage roof;
w. Rabid Dog: Wood block wall (Mesa pictures may refer to a sense of siege – Battle of Astialakwa, in Jemez country);
x. Rabid Dog: Scary guy at ABQ Civic Plaza;
y. Tohajiilee: Quonset hut end wall meets shell;
z. Tohajiilee: Under I-40 – the embankment;
aa. Ozymandias: possibly row of lights;
bb. Granite State: Clubhouse steps (they only have 600 gallons of the methylamine, so where did the rest go?);
cc. Granite State: Safe house basement steps;
dd. Granite State: Stairway steps at Andrea’s;
ee. Granite State: Ponderosa fence.

Ceiling
13.) Tin Ceiling
a. Negro y Azul: Jesse and Jane’s;
b. Over: Ceiling briefly visible – probably a mistake;
c. Phoenix: Jane looks at the money;
d. ABQ – Mike slaps Jesse;
e. 38 Snub: Louie’s (Mike hits Walt).
14.) Cross in the Ceiling:
a. Bug: Gus’ Office;
b. Salud: Walt’s single apt. bedroom.

Glass Block Windows
15.) Glass Block Windows:
a. Breakage: Distant, when Marie opens garage door;
b. Negro y Azul: Beneke;
c. Over: Raks;
d. Caballo sin Nombre & Hermanos: Casa Tranquila;
e. Green light: Near I-40 Underpass. A seven stud poker reference? In episode ‘I See You’, the spade is the nose in Jesse’s skull tattoo, which is between his shoulder blades;
f. Mas & Cornered: Industrial Laundry;
g. 38 Snub & Cornered & Buried: Car Wash Office;
h. Shotgun: Garcia’s Café;
i. Hermanos: Casa Tranquila;
j. Bug: Maybe at Antique Specialty Mall, 4516 Central Ave. SE, next to Loyola’s;
k. Salud: Barrymore’s Antiques briefly visible;
l. Crawl Space: Laundry (Shorty);
m. End Times: Across from Hank and Marie’s;
n. End Times: In hospital;
o. End Times: Nightclub & Alibi.
16.) Fluorescent lights resembling GBWs:
a. Hazard pay: MDC;
b. Say My Name: Cradock Marine Bank;

Columns
17.) Columns with horizontal slashes:
a. Green Light: Carmen’s Office;
b. Green Light – Ted’s love nest lamp;
c. Sunset and 38 Snub: Lights in Walt’s single apartment;
d. Rabid Dog: Isleta swimming pool.

Animals and Children’s toys:
18.) Playground equipment:
a. Hazard Pay: In the back yard at the house to be bombed;
b. Buried: Roosevelt Park;
c. Holly’s toys in the back yard at the White’s house.
19.) Horse:
a. Tortuga’s shirt: Rearing horses, with roses;
b. Half Measures: Pink Horse in White’s Living Room – Holly’s toy;
c. Gliding Over All: A small toy horse;
d. Gliding Over All – White’s back yard table;
e. To’hajiilee: Hanks house, galloping, w. feathers.
20.) Pig:
a. Madrigal: Kaylee’s Toy, Kaylee’s bedroom & Chow’s House.
21.) Monkey (e.g., Curious George) or Gorilla:
a. End Times: Hospital ICU;
b. Hazard Pay: House to be bombed (3 Stooges gorilla);
c. Confessions: On Hank and Marie’s counter;
a. Granite State: Curious George on Stairway steps at Andrea’s home.
22.) Dog:
a. Green Light: Walt distracted by photo of dog;
b. Abiquiu: Statue of Dalmatian in Fring’s house;
c. End Times: Laundry;
d. Blood Money: Dog House.
23.) Teddy Bear:
a. 737;
b. Down;
c. Over;
d. ABQ;
e. Mas: Combo’s Bedroom;
f. Madrigal: Lydia’s House.

Flowers:
24.) Moth Orchids:
a. Negro y Azul: Skyler brings them to Beneke’s;
b. Over: Beneke’s;
c. Bug: At Hank and Marie’s!;
d. Bug & Hazard Pay: At Car Wash office;
e. Salud: At Don Eladio’s pool!;
f. End Times & Dead Freight: Hank & Marie’s;
g. To’hajiilee: Purple orchid in Car Wash office. Also later, pink orchid with Flynn.
25.) Flowers – Irises:
a. One Minute: Hank buys just before getting shot;
b. Fifty One: Lydia’s Office.

Props and set pieces:
26.) Colorful pillows, almost a spectrum:
a. Dead Freight: Lydia’s Home (recited previously by her daughter);
b. Rabid Dog: Skyler on Staycation bed;
c. To’hajiilee: Andrea’s house.
27.) Colorful Mexican papel picado paper banners
a. Confessions – Gardunos Mexican papel picado.
28.) Dining table props
a. Confessions – Hank & Walt have yellow honey missiles. Yellowcake?;
29.) Rooster pottery:
a. White’s House;
b. Elliott and Gretchen’s;
c. No Mas & Live Free or Die: Real rooster;
d. No Mas: Rooster tile at Beachcomber;
e. IFT: Don’t forget the roosters at Chicken Farm!;
f. Rabid Dog: Kitchen box.
30.) Hat:
a. Full Measure: Corral;
b. Fifty One: Gallo Llantera;
c. Buyout: White’s living room;
d. Granite State: in NH.
31.) Oranges:
a. Salud: Don Eladio’s pool area;
b. Crawl Space: Beneke home;
c. Face Off: Casa Tranquila;
d. Blood Money: Hello Carol.
32.) Ladders:
a. Caballo sin Nombre: ladder falls in crawl space access;
b. Fly: Jesse uses in Superlab;
c. Open House: Burglar w. ladder on a pig – Marie lifts it!;
d. Shotgun: Hank and Marie’s living room;
e. Hazard Pay: House to be bombed (where 3 Stooges gorilla is seen on TV);
f. Say My Name: Vamonos ladder truck;
g. Buried: Restaurant entrance;
h. Tohajiilee: Jesse’s pit.
33.) Mask half burned:
a. Full Measure: Gale’s Apartment.
34.) Plates on edge:
a. (previous – resembles bldgs. At Combo’s Corner);
b. Hazard Pay.
35.) Inflatables:
a. Cornered: Affordable Car Sales;
b. Say My Name: Junipers remind me of inflatables.
36.) Blake’s Lotaburger:
a. No Mas: Crystal palace? Room 221?;
b. Caballo sin Nombre;
c. Half Measures: Wendy brings to thugs;
d. Buyout: Martineztown Park
e. Sunset: Jesse, Superlab.
37.) White’s Bedroom:
a. Round mirror w. 4-sided symmetry;
38.) Baseball Bat:
a. Tuco’s;
b. Phoenix: Jesse’s fight with Jane’s dad.
39.) Large Bottle or Object near White’s back door:
a. Phoenix.
40.) Fly:
a. Fly;
b. Hazard Pay: on tent;
c. Fifty One & Gliding Over All: Vamonos poster;
d. Gliding Over All.
41.) Fleur de lis:
a. ABQ: Jane’s Bed sheets;
b. Gliding Over All – Book stop at Walt’s;
c. Blood Money & Confessions & rabid Dog: Hank and Marie’s living room.
42.) Easy-Spirit shoes:
a. Marie;
b. Clerk picking up Walt’s clothes.
43.) Metaphor for crystal:
a. Grilled: Crumble glass for Jesse’s car’s back window;
b. Over: Salt for Margaritas;
c. Kafkaesque: Falling chicken turns into crystal in Los Pollos ad.
44.) Leaves of Grass:
a. Hazard Pay;
b. Fifty One (twice);
c. Gliding Over All.

Vertical panes or plastic strips or straps
44.) Vertical panes or plastic strips or straps:
a. Pilot: Jesse and Emilio’s sage house lab & RV;
b. Kafkaesque & Bug: Los Pollos Warehouse.

Soundscape
45.) Soundscape-Horn:
a. The Proposition to cook meth;
b. Bit By a Dead Bee: Clovis’ Crank it Up (also rooster crow);
c. Gliding Over All – Motel hacienda;
d. Felina – Pat down at Clubhouse.
46.) Soundscape – Counting Money:
a. At Jesse’s: Better Call Saul;
b. Hazard Pay: Morph into machine guns (also Gliding Over All).
47.) Soundscape – Bells:
a. Grilled – Tio;
b. Over – Microwave at Jesse and Jane’s;
c. ABQ: At White’s;
d. IFT: Tio;
e. Reference to bell – I see You, Jesse, referring to Tio;
f. Hermanos: Tio’s bell;
g. Hermanos –Amy Biehl school elevator;
h. Hermanos: La Hacienda de Placitas;
i. Madrigal: Lydia’s appearance;
j. Confessions: (bell on counter - rings);
k. Rabid Dog – 12 bells by the clock tower.
48.) Soundscape – barking dogs:
a. No Mas: White’s back yard;
b. Fifty One: Tented House.
49.) Soundscape: Crows:
a. Green Light: Eldorado parking lot;
b. Sunset: Mrs. Peckatewa’s;
c. Fly – daylight;
d. Half Measures: Paul’s Monterey Inn – Jesse’s T-Shirt;
e. Full Measure: Corral (also doves);
f. Face Off: White’s back yard;
g. Fifty One: Tented House;
h. Gliding Over All – razor wire.
50.) Soundscape: sound of hawks:
a. One Minute: behind Aperture Center;
b. Felina: To’hajiilee Market & Abandoned House.
51.) Soundscape pigeons:
a. Crawl Space: Schwartzmann’s – Mexican MASH unit;
b. End Times: Laundry.
52.) Soundscape – Mockingbird Lullaby:
a. Phoenix;
b. Fly.
a.

Religious and related symbols
53.) Catholic symbols:
a. No Mas: Possibly at Skyler’s lawyer’s office;
b. No Mas: Descanso;
c. I See You: Marie’s pendant.
54.) All-seeing Eye:
a. Caballo sin Nombre: Flynn’s room;
b. Teddy Bear’s Eye:
i. Caballo sin Nombre;
c. Hermanos & Crawl Space: Casa Tranquila chairs;
d. Hermanos –Flynn’s T-Shirt – I’m reminded of the humanist Argentine cult Silo’s Message;
e. Hermanos & Salud & Crawl Space & Face Off – Don Eladio’s amulet;
f. Say My Name: DEA Projector;
g. Gliding Over All: candle holder at White’s;
h. Granite State: cabin chair back;
i. Felina: Clubhouse poster gets shot up.
55.) Twinned features:
a. Live Free or Die: Denny’s, Two bathroom mirrors;
b. Say My Name: Swing at La Palomita Park;
c. Say My Name: Marquette supports;
d. Gliding Over All: Nature of desk lamp;
e. Gliding Over All – Hank and Marie’s – reference to monsters;
f. Buried: House next to Roosevelt Park;
g. Felina: twin windows at Elliott & Gretchen’s;
h. Felina: Twin entries into Skyler’s kitchen.

Bell shapes
56.) Bell shapes – like standard bells:
a. Kafkaesque: Los Pollos advertisement;
b. Kafkaesque: Zen (in addition);
c. Boxcutter: Superlab;
d. 38 Snub & Bullet Points: Portable lights at Jesse’s place;
e. Cornered: Loyola’s parking lot;
f. Hermanos –Amy Biehl school;
g. Bug: Street lights looking east at Bank of the West;
h. Salud: Mexican meth lab;
i. End Times & Face Off & Live Free or Die: Lily of the Valley!;
j. Face Off: Superlab;
k. Hazard Pay: House to be bombed, by front door;
l. Say My Name: Mike’s house (Double Indemnity);
m. Say My Name & Gliding Over All: Portable lamps in tented house;
n. Felina: In Quonset Hut.
57.) Bell shapes – like wine glasses:
a. Mas: hank and Marie’s bathroom;
b. Mas: Industrial Laundry;
c. One Minute & Salud: Walt’s Apartment;
d. I See You: Juan Bolsa’s Hacienda;
e. Kafkaesque: Zen Nail Salon;
f. (Reverse bells – Abiquiu – Andrea’s bedroom);
g. Half Measures: Paul’s Monterey Inn;
h. Bullet Points & To’hajiilee & Felina: Hank and Marie’s living room, on track, near front door;
i. Live Free or Die: Denny’s;
j. Fifty One: Above White’s sink;
k. Gliding Over All – Grove;
l. Felina: Elliott & Gretchen’s;
m. Felina: Lydia’s bedroom.
58.) Bell shapes – desk lamps:
a. 737: ABQ DEA offices;
b. I See You: Jesse’s hospital room table. (Michael Flowers first episode!);
c. I See You: desk lamp: Gus’ office (also Full Measure);
d. Kafkaesque & Problem Dog: Small desk lamp at Chicken farm office;
e. Full Measure: Gale’s Apartment;
f. Boxcutter: Superlab;
g. Bug & Salud & Hazard Pay: Car Wash office (2 of them);
h. Dead Freight & Confessions: Hank’s Office, Hank & Secretary.

Symbols – geometric and otherwise
59.) Five-pointed stars - Ego:
a. Pilot: Family First;
b. The Bag’s in the River: Pendant around Marie’s neck;
c. The Bag’s in the River: Jesse’s place (basement);
d. The Bag’s in the River: Gretchen’s shirt with stars;
e. Cancer Man: Flynn’s poster;
f. Bit By a Dead Bee: Bedroom at Jesse’s bandmate’s place;
g. Better Call Saul: Jesse’s shirt;
h. ABQ – woman’s tattoo next to Jesse in shooting gallery;
i. No Mas – very-unusual 5-pointed Zia symbol;
j. Mas: Stripper pasties;
k. I See You: Jesse’s tattoo – 3 on skull’s chin;
l. Salud: Flynn’s birthday balloons on the new PT Cruiser;
m. End Times: Hospital ICU;
n. Madrigal: Whistlepig at DEA Offices, upper shelf;
o. Fifty One: Lydia’s Office, with tortured ballerina;
p. To’hajiilee: Andrea’s house – kitchen curtains.
60.) Five-petaled flower:
a. IFT & 38 Snub: Skyler’s car seat back.
61.) Golden Moth:
a. Sunset: Superlab;
b. I See You;
c. Fly;
d. Half Measures;
e. Boxcutter;
f. Shotgun.
62.) Suits of cards:
e. Handful of Nothin’:
f. Mas: 4’s Cabaret.
63.) 20-sided symmetry:
a. Blood Money: Jamaica.
64.) 18-sided symmetry:
a. Shotgun: Windmill;
b. Salud: Windmill.
65.) 16-sided symmetry:
a. Salud: Plaque where Jesse shoots Joaquin;
b. End Times: Lights in Saul’s Office (half).
66.) 12-sided symmetry – Zodiac, disciples of Christ, 12 tribes of Israel, 12-step program:
a. Phoenix & Gliding Over All: White’s back yard plaque;
b. Mas: Stripper pasties;
c. Mas: Sun symbol at Combo’s House;
d. Hazard Pay: “Victor flew too close to the Sun”.
67.) Octagon:
a. Peekaboo: Spooge and Skank’s;
b. Mandala: natal office;
c. ABQ: octagonal penthouse makes first appearance with James Edward Kilkelly;
d. One Minute: Tio’s Wagon Wheel Hacienda;
e. 38 Snub: Manhole in front of Gus’ place (wishbone);
f. Open House: Walt’s apartment plaque;
g. Shotgun: Hank and Marie’s living room – Holly’s crib;
h. Hermanos –Amy Biehl school;
i. Hermanos: Umbrellas at La Hacienda de Placitas;
j. End Times: Star in front of Hank and Marie’s;
k. Face Off: Pic of Tio’s family;
l. Live Free or Die: Flood lights, looking at Superlab;
m. Gliding Over All –MRI arch jammies;
n. Confessions: Clock?;
o. Granite State: Ponderosa chandelier;
p. Felina: Clubhouse poker table.
68.) Diamonds:
a. Mandala: Frieze of Diamonds on wall and floor at Los Pollos;
b. No Mas: Skyler’s earrings;
c. Abiquiu: Bogdan’s sweater;
d. Crawl Space: Kuby’s sweater;
e. Granite State: DEA agent’s tie.
69.) Triangles:
a.

Windows
70.) Skylights:
a. RV;
b. Caballo sin Nombre: Casa Tranquila?;
c. Shotgun: Laundry.
71.) Clerestory windows:
a. Crazy Handful: Hospital – Jesse is healing;
b. Mandala: Railyards have a clerestory;
c. Physical therapy;
d. Crawl Space: Schwartzmann’s – Mexican MASH unit;
e. End Times & face Off: Hospital;
f. Face Off: Many-Windowed Bldg. (on north side only);
g. Confessions – Gardunos.
72.) Window strip above ground, sometimes in transoms:
a. Clovis’ Crank it Up;
b. Breakage: Clerk and clinic at Oncology Associates;
c. Peekaboo: Walt’s classroom;
d. Peekaboo: Spooge & Skank’s front door;
e. Kafkaesque: Zen & Quiznos;
f. Kafkaesque: Above waiting room at hospital;
g. Open House: Michael Killmore’s House;
h. Hermanos –Amy Biehl school;
i. Live Free or Die: Above car Wash door;
j. Gliding Over All – Grove.
73.) Narrow windows:
a. Half Measures: Paul’s Monterey Inn;
b. Open House: La Palomita House;
c. Buyout: Inside tented house;
d. Buyout: Ehrmantraut interview;
e. Rabid Dog: White’s bedroom & living room windows.
74.) Window above door:
a. Peekaboo: Spooge and Skank’s;
b. Mike’s place;
c. Open House: Michael Killmore’s place;
d. Open House: Police Station;
e. Hazard Pay: House to be bombed.

Various Cartesian Grids
75.) Grid:
a. Mas: stripper’s bra;
b. Sunset: Superlab grid on chair; playing chess; yellow hazmat suit;
c. Full Measure: methylamine containers;
d. Hermanos – Above elevator at Amy Biehl school;
e. Face Off: windows at Casa Tranquila outside Tio’s room;
f. Hazard Pay: Vamonos screws & wall grid;
g. Fifty One: Lydia’s Office;
h. Buyout: Vamonos garage;
i. Say My Name: Cradock windows;
j. Say My Name: Cradock safe deposit boxes;
k. Gliding Over All – chairs outside Grove;
l. Gliding Over All – MDC, under Dennis’ bed;
m. Tohajiilee: Quonset hut windows & booth windows;
n. Tohajiilee: Andrea’s house – silly girl grid;
o. Felina: Quonset Hut;
p. Felina: In clubhouse.
76.) Grid as a prop:
a. Face Off: Casa Tranquila - Tio’s letter grid;
b. Hazard Pay: Mike’s crossword – Saul: “So, bring Mike here?”

77.) The Cat’s in the Bag. Marie expresses resentment about how her sensible nursing shoes make her look like she should be emptying bedpans for a disgusting old person, drawing a parallel to Walt emptying the basement bucket of Crazy-8, a disgusting young person.
78.) Cancer Man: Jacob Pinkman, Jesse’s little brother, attends L.C. Byrd Magnet School. Lloyd C. Bird High School is a public high school in Chesterfield, Virginia – the school where Vince Gilligan attended high school.
79.) Grilled: Tuco has a bottle tree, with hanging bottles. Later, in Breakage, Hank adopts the bottle tree, in its alternative use, in his bottle-drying rack in his garage where he makes Schraderbrau. Similarly in episode Green Light, Hank is wearing a floral shirt, featuring the same flowers as Jesse was planting at the Jar Spa.
80.) Breakage: When Jane’s apartment is first glimpsed, the image of a Madonna is visible through the front door.
d. Phoenix: Madonna reappears on Jesse’s T-Shirt – Jesse’s lost the meth;
e. Phoenix: Jane wears the tilma – the overcoat – and wears a T-Shirt with roses – the Castilian roses of Our Lady of Guadalupe;
f. ABQ: Mural of Jane.
81.) Negro y Azul: UNM Center for Development and Disability, UNM Midtown Center
82.) Mandala: Badger comes from Fresno. Presumably Clovis too. Badger is a tiny town near Fresno and Clovis is a major suburb of Fresno.
83.) Phoenix: Does it refer only to the Mars Lander? Jane is from Phoenix. Green Light, Valley of the Sun. Mars Lander Returns in Fly.
84.) No Mas & Sunset: Walt cuts off crusts, similar to Crazy-8
85.) No Mas: Walt blames the government regarding jane’s dad’s death
86.) Caballo sin Nombre: Soap stop at the beachcomber, same as at Breakage montage
87.) IFT: Leo’s bar built like a church without windows.
88.) Sunset: Star Trek Enterprise had a self-destruct button.
89.) Abiquiu: Combo shot in neck.
90.) Half Measures: Sudden apparition of the Stuffed Pig (Tubbie Wubbie) Discussion of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and “Yawp”. The Pig and the Skyscraper Chicago A History of Our Future, 2002. Chicago’s Worst Disaster, the 1995 Heat epidemic.
91.) First bowl of balls: Walt’s single apt. (38 Snub).
92.) Bullet Points: That ship has sailed reference. You can buy a paddle.
93.) Bullet Points: Learn’d Astronomer (also Boxcutter)
94.) Bullet points: Gus has NM Digest (but Hank has Santa Fe Digest)
95.) Problem Dog: “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer” Hank uses it, just as Walt once did.
96.) Xzavier Clothing may be a major Jesse clothing source.
97.) Bug: Regarding fake addresses, Los Pollos Hermanos address is given as 12,000 – 12,100 Coors Rd. SW, 87045. That address corresponds to Amadeo’s Pizza & Subs South Valley location. Amadeo succeeded Pudge Bros. at its Lomas location, and used in the Breakage montage. (Gus’ address is given as 1200 – 1300 Jefferson Blvd. NE, 87110).
98.) Beneke fake address is 5208 Morris St. NW, 87107
99.) Face Off: Walt goes over back yard wall
100.) Fifty One: Whorls on placemats. Reminds one of Van Gogh or Taylor quote on viscosity
101.) Buyout: In mentioning quantities of methylamine, Declan mentions 666 (2/3 of 1000).
102.) Toy car in Blood Money and Buried is yellow (the Yellow Man). What about in 737? (It’s red.) Rabid Dog: The Old Yeller situation (Jesse)
103.) Buried: Todd pulls up Lydia much like N by NW.
104.) Ozymandias: Skyler’s outfit resembles a snow angel. Disappearer’s store front resembles a host of angels.

The Architecture and Props of “Better Call Saul”
Use of natural landscape features.
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Different kinds of arches, and their meanings.
1.) Gentle, round arches associated with revealing emotions, a negotiation, or a discussion between a man and a woman with some power:
a. Uno: Crazy crescents hanging over Mrs. Kettleman;
b. Bingo: Crazy crescents farther away;
c. Uno: Nail Salon;
d. Uno: Dinosaur tail at skate park;
e. Uno: Grids on garage – gentle arch;
f. ASB: Ricky Sipes’ house;
g. ASB & Amarillo: Strauss fan;
h. ASB: chair backs at Loyola’s;
i. ASB: Crescent driveway at Stacy’s;
j. Five-O: Lindy’s 2nd-floor window;
k. Five-O: Two Fools;
l. Bingo: HHM hallway;
m. Bingo: Kim’s HHM bookcase;
n. Pimento: HHM façade;
o. Switch: Cinnabon;
p. Switch: Daniel Wormald’s house (more like a 3-circle arch);
q. Switch: Double-arched tent at oxbow pool;
r. Cobbler: HHM conference room;
s. Gloves Off: Stores near El Michoacano;
t. Rebecca: Chains hanging from lights at Loyolas;
u. Inflatable: Gentle arch over all-seeing eye;
v. Inflatable: At Stacy’s new place, bay window;
w. Fifi: Networking device in HHM conference room;
x. Fifi and Lantern: Double walkways above lobby at HHM;
y. Nailed: St. Mary’s School playground;
z. Klick: Reflection in hospital TV;
aa. Mabel: Cottonwood Mall – along roof ridgetop;
bb. Mabel: Cottonwood Mall – Cinnabon;
cc. Mabel: Pool in Mesa Verde lobby;
dd. Mabel: Painting over half of the rainbow;
ee. Mabel: Kaylee’s drawing on fridge, featuring crescent moon and five, five-pointed stars;
ff. Witness: Gates and fence on side road near Los Pollos;
gg. Witness: Armrests on Jimmy’s (or is it Kim’s?) chair, plus letter container;
hh. Sunk Costs: Clinica Gratuita doorway & Windows;
ii. Sunk Costs: Telephone lines;
jj. Chicanery: Gentle crescents in mural;
kk. Off Brand: With Makeup Girl and Tower Antenna;
ll. Expenses: Very slight lateral arch at I-40 bridge;
mm. Expenses: Across street from Daniel Wormald;
nn. Expenses: In distance near Natal dome;
oo. Slip: Cables at Juan Tabo bridge;
pp. Fall: Mrs. Landry’s chair back.
2.) Round arches associated with:
a. Uno: Nail Salon – Greek mural;
b. Uno & Cobbler & Fall: Conference Room – row of 5 light arches on table (12 chairs);
c. Gloves Off: Conference table arches gone!;
d. Fall: Double-mace revealed on conference table!;
e. Uno & Mabel: Chuck’s mailbox arch;
f. Uno: Chuck’s sink water line;
g. Uno: Apartments across street from Champion grocery, including gate;
h. Mijo: Windows at Abuelitas;
i. Uno & Nacho- Street w. the Kettlemans, & next door, & nearby;
j. ASB: Ricky Sipes’ house;
k. Five-O: ABQ Train station;
l. Bingo: Chuck’s house;
m. Marco: Bingo hall;
n. Amarillo: Davis & Main lobby ceiling light fixture;
o. Gloves Off: Above north entrance to El Michoacano;
p. Gloves Off: Chuck’s house cabinet;
q. Rebecca: Fireplace at Davis & Main;
r. Rebecca: Surprising nighttime illumination of circles in HHM façade look like arches;
s. Inflatable: Narrow arches in kitchen cabinets at Stacy’s new place;
t. Inflatable: basketball hoop back stop at Stacy’s new house exterior;
u. Inflatable: U.S. Federal Courthouse cupola;
v. Fifi: arch over Montano front door, exterior;
w. Nailed: Rainbow arches at Montano;
x. Klick: rainbow, and inverted reflection;
y. Sunk Costs: Clinica Gratuita doorway;
z. Sabrosito: Gus stands directly under basketball hoop arch!;
aa. Chicanery: Carpenter’s Union hall entrance, when seen from inside;
bb. Off Brand & Expenses: At support group meeting for lost & dead people;
cc. Expenses: Gail Ryba bridge arch;
dd. Expenses: Near parking booth.
3.) Upturned arch:
a. Nacho: Pipe under annex bathroom sink;
b. Five-O: swing set seat at Stacey’s;
c. Rebecca: Bathroom “a mi manera”.
4.) Flat or square arches:
a. Nacho – Power lines in downtown alley;
b. Bali Hai: Jimmy’s bedroom entrance.
5.) Lancet Gothic (or Ogive) arch:
a. Marco: St. John’s cathedral;
b. Inflatable: Stacy’s new house exterior, across the street.
6.) Skeletal arches across Central Avenue in Albuquerque:
a. Nailed: near Loyolas.
7.) Pueblo Deco arches:
a. Marco: St. John’s cathedral, 2 examples;
b. Switch & Amarillo: Davis & Main lobby;
c. Amarillo: Jimmy framed by PD arch in his apartment;
d. Amarillo: Tiny arches visible in D&M bullpen corbels;
e. Lantern: HHM Lobby.
8.) Related shape to Pueblo Deco Arch – stagger symbol:
a. Uno & Mijo & Nacho & ASB & Pimento & Bali Hai: Nail Salon – Jimmy’s Office;
b. Mijo: Blue-green cabinet at Abuelita’s;
c. Nacho: Kettlemans’ back yard wall near gate;
d. Hero: Near billboard;
e. ASB: Mrs. Strauss’ stairway;
f. Switch: Wall at oxbow pool;
g. Switch & Bali Hai: Fireplace banco at Davis & Main;
h. Gloves Off: Chuck’s stairway;
i. Rebecca: HHM Stairway;
j. Rebecca: in Chuck’s venetian blinds;
k. Rebecca: HHM lobby security station;
l. Bali Ha’i: Stairway at Jimmy’s corporate apartment;
m. Bali Ha’i: In front of Mike’s house, including wall;
n. Inflatable: Edge of ABQ Convention Center;
o. Inflatable: During Scorpio montage, Jimmy’s closet;
p. Fifi: Chuck leans on his living room table;
q. Fifi: Small symbol in HHM lobby;
r. Mabel: Cut in cardboard box in Kim’s office;
s. Mabel: In or about ceiling of Mesa Verde lobby;
t. Witness: Wall on Howard’s back yard journey;
u. Sabrosito: La Hacienda de Placitas – background;
v. Klick & Chicanery & Lantern: Chuck’s stairway;
w. Chicanery: Carpenter’s Union hall entrance, when seen from inside;
x. Chicanery: Mesa symbols in mural;
y. Off Brand: At support group meeting for lost & dead people;
z. Expenses: Building arrangement near Natal dome;
aa. Slip: Distant wall at Juan Tabo bridge;
bb. Fall: Chair Yoga area;
cc. Lantern: Chair Yoga room, in corner.
9.) Angled RR arch:
a. Mabel: Angled arch in Roundhouse area.
10.) Greek fantasy arch:
a. Mijo & Hero: Venetian fantasy, w. mural.

Ceiling
11.) Tin Ceiling:
a. Bingo: Kettleman patio.
12.) Wood strip ceiling:
a. Rico: Stacey’s living room.

Glass Block Windows
13.) Glass Block Window:
a. Uno & Mijo & Nacho & ASB & Pimento & Bali Hai: Nail Salon – Jimmy’s Office;
b. Nacho – Power lines in downtown alley;
c. Hero & Marco- AT&T parking building, in alley;
d. ASB: Casa Tranquila clear GBW;
e. Five-O: Lindy’s;
f. Gloves Off & Off Brand: El Michoacano;
g. Inflatable & Klick: Montano law office;
h. Nailed: St. Mary’s School playground;
i. Klick: Chicago hospital lobby;
j. Witness: Side road near Los Pollos;
k. Witness: Streamline Moderne house on Laguna;
l. Expenses: Duke City Recliners;
m. Expenses: 508, near parking booth.
14.) Fluorescent lights resembling GBW:
a. Bingo: 2 Park Plaza;
b. Expenses: Santa Rosa Insurance Group.
Columns
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Animals and Children’s toys:
15.) Horse:
a. Mijo: Abuelita’s, toy rocking horse;
b. Nacho: toy horse in Kettleman daughters’ bedroom (Stuart Little);
c. Bali Hai: Horse painting at Jimmy’s corporate apartment;
d. Mabel: Horse silhouette in Mesa Verde lobby;
e. Expenses: Horse statue & picture of horse at Mesa Verde.
16.) Griffins:
a. Mijo: Side of coffee-table type chest.
17.) Cat:
a. Mijo: Stuffed pink TY cat;
b. Mijo: Porcelain cat at nail Salon;
c. Amarillo: Cat statue at Stacy’s;
d. Rebecca: Stuffed light orange TY cat;
e. Nailed: Copy shop statue;
f. Klick: CAT scan;
g. Lantern: At Mrs. Landry’s – Cat cookies and stuffed mottled cat;
h. Lantern: Chair Yoga room (plus cow).
18.) Panda Bear:
a. Uno, Mijo & Switch: Outer office of Jimmy’s office.
19.) Teddy Bear:
a. Rico: Kaylee’s bear.
20.) Monkey (e.g., Curious George) or Gorilla:
a. Witness: Mike at car lot.
45.) Pig:
a. Amarillo: Kaylee’s toy.

Flowers:
46.) Moth Orchids:
a. Rebecca: Outside Chuck’s office – re: Kim;
b. Fifi: Outside Howard’s office.
47.) Flower: Lily
a. Sabrosito: Flowers on Ximenez’s shirt.
48.) Flower: Hibiscus
a. Sabrosito: La Hacienda de Placitas.
49.) Flower: Yellow Rose
a. Off Brand: At support group meeting for lost & dead people.


Props and set pieces:
50.) Unusual fireplace screen:
a. Rico & Witness: At Chuck’s!
51.) Vertical blinds:
a. Five-O: Stacey’s front window.
52.) Inflatable:
a. Marco: Outside Chicago bar;
b. Inflatable: Inflatable.
53.) Unusual desk lamp:
a. Rico: Schweikart & Copley’s purple lamp;
b. Drawing on Chuck’s wall.
54.) Georgia O’Keeffe painting:
a. Lantern: Kim’s apartment.
55.) Ladders:
a. X & Fall: Sandpiper Crossing lobby;
b. Switch: Kim’s apartment;
c. Klick: Chuck’s living room.
56.) Mirror:
a. Nacho: Kettleman living room.
57.) Donkey:
a. Uno: In front of Abuelita’s door.
58.) Bowl of balls:
a. ASB: Chuck’s bowl of crystal balls;
b. Amarillo: Jimmy’s bowl of balls;
c. Bali Hai: Jimmy’s corporate apartment.
59.) Shoes on Line:
a. Sunk Costs;
b. Lantern: In distance, at upholstery shop.
60.) Boxing glove necklace (Tuco):
a. Mijo.
61.) Faceless Dummies:
a. Mijo: Abuelita’s .
62.) Baseball bat:
a. ASB: at Mike’s house:
63.) Different chandeliers at Vantage 420 for Mijo vs. later?
64.) Venetian blinds:
a. Chuck’s & Abuelita’s & Loyolas.
65.) Christmas Lights:
a. Sunk Costs: Clinica Gratuita doorway

Vertical panes or plastic strips or straps
66.) Vertical panes or plastic strips or straps:
a. Gloves Off: Doc review;
b. Gloves Off & Fifi: Chuck’s living room wood paneling;
c. Rebecca: Lamps in Chucks’ living room & bedroom;
d. Rebecca: Building near the parking booth;
e. Rebecca: Strips seen by X-ray cam at Annex;
f. Rebecca: During rain, parking garage, “a mi manera”;
g. Rebecca & Nailed: Loyola’s – here comes Tio – building in distance;
h. Inflatable; Bay Window at Stacy’s new house;
i. Nailed: St. Mary’s School playground on canopy;
j. Witness: Dead drop at the Rail yards;
k. Chicanery: Chuck’s cabinet pattern;
l. Off Brand: Carpet store carpet rolls;
m. Slip: Fence at Allen’s Automotive;
n. Fall: Gus & Tuco meet in the rain.

Soundscape
67.) Soundscape: Bells:
a. Uno: Chuck on typewriter;
b. Rebecca: Loyola’s – here comes Tio;
c. Nailed & Sabrosito: Loyola’s;
d. Sunk Costs: Clinica Gratuita doorway;
e. Sunk Costs: Annex elevator;
f. Sabrosito: Annex elevator (“Bingo!”).
68.) Soundscape: Clocks:
a. ASB: Strauss G-father clock.
69.) Soundscape – Train Horn:
a. Marco- AT&T parking building, in alley;
b. Cobbler: Upholstery shop.
70.) Soundscape – car horn:
a. Mabel: at Chucks.
71.) Soundscape – barking dogs:
a. Mabel: At Chuck’s;
b. Mabel: Mike’s home;
c. Witness: Howard goes through back yards;
d. Sunk Costs: Jimmy’s arrest;
e. Lantern: At Upholstery shop.
72.) Soundscape: Crows and dogs:
a. ASB: Crows & dogs as officer is at door.
73.) Soundscape: Crows
a. Mabel: 5 J’s as Mike dismantles car
b. Witness: Howard’s back yard journey

Religious and related symbols
74.) All-Seeing Eye:
a. Uno & Cobbler & Inflatable otherwise: HHM Conference Room – Behind head of table;
b. Bali Hai: peacock feathers at Forque.
75.) Twinned features:
a. Bingo: 2 Park Plaza – doorway;
b. Fifi: Montano office– doorway;
c. Fifi: Aztec warehouse garage bays;
d. Chicanery: Twin posters featuring architectural grids at Chuck’s;
e. Expenses: Twins running ABQ In Tune;
f. Fall: Bingo Hall.

Bell shapes
76.) Bell shapes – like standard bells:
a. Nacho: Kim’s bedroom;
b. Nacho: Kettleman stairway;
c. Five-O: Stacey’s back yard light;
d. Rico: Desk lamp at HHM;
e. Gloves Off: Desk lamp (HHM or D&M?);
f. Gloves Off: Mike says “Killing your partner is a bell you don’t unring.”;
g. Rebecca & Sabrosito: Bells in Loyolas parking lot, and nearby;
h. Bali Hai & Slip: Forque restaurant;
i. Inflatable: Just inside door of Chicago store;
j. Inflatable: Pixar-type light;
k. Slip: Triangle Grocery in Cedar Crest – fruits & vegetables area;
l. Lantern: Kim’s kitchen;
m. Lantern: On counter at Upholstery shop.
77.) Broad bell shapes:
a. Five-O & Rico & Amarillo: Lights at Stacey’s house;
b. Marco: Chicago bar;
c. Gloves Off: Motel room with arms salesman & M40.
78.) Bell shapes – like wine glasses:
79.) Bell shapes – desk lamps:
a. Mabel: Montano office of Kim’s;
b. Mabel: Mike’s home – Bell-type desk lamp;
c. Off Brand: Reflection in Nacho’s eye at sewing machine.
80.) Upward Facing Lamps:
a. Mijo: Abuelita’s;
b. Nacho: Lamps in Kettleman sons’ bedroom, & in hallway;
c. Switch: Kim’s apartment;
d. Off Brand: Jimmy’s office;
e. Off Brand: Shadow from upward facing circular lamp at Kim’s.
81.) Lantern:
f. Cobbler: Chuck’s;
82.) Upturned Bells:
a. Rebecca & Chicanery: Lights at Chucks;
b. Bali Hai: Kim’s apartment.

Symbols – geometric and otherwise
83.) 24-sided symmetry:
a. Lantern: Chair Yoga room Japanese sun in Ferris Wheel poster.
84.) 18-sided symmetry:
a. Sabrosito: La Hacienda de Placitas windmill.
85.) 16-point symmetry:
a. Rebecca & Lantern: Strange pointy discs on display in HHM lobby;
b. Witness: Sun wind chime (could be 8 too because of double points);
c. Expenses: Natal dome.
86.) 12-sided symmetry – Zodiac, disciples of Christ, 12 tribes of Israel, 12-step program:
a. Lantern: Chair Yoga room Ferris Wheel poster.
87.) 10-fold symmetry:
a. Nacho: dart board in Kettleman son’s bedroom.
88.) 8-fold symmetry:
a. Hero: Pennsylvania Dutch Hex symbol;
b. Bali Hai: Octopus on Kaylee’s beach ball at Hotel Blue.
89.) Octagon:
a. Cobbler: manhole cover outside Kim’s (hard to see);
b. Rebecca: Floormat at Chuck’s;
c. Rebecca & Bali Hai: umbrella at Hotel Blue;
d. Inflatable: US federal Courthouse cupola;
e. Witness: Sun wind chime (could be 16 too because of double points);
f. Sabrosito: La Hacienda de Placitas.
90.) 7-point symmetry:
a. Cucumbers;
b. Possibly Statue of Liberty (crown has 7 spikes);
c. Marco: On wall of Chicago bar.
91.) 6-fold symmetry:
a. Nacho: 6-lobed petals in Kettleman daughter’s bedroom;
b. Hero: Wheelwright Bar;
c. Marco: Chicago bar beer poster;
d. Switch: Painting in Jimmy’s office.
92.) 5-point symmetry:
a. Rebecca: Rebecca’s striking, interlinked, 5-petaled necklace;
b. Slip: Mike’s Chrysler’s pentagon.
93.) 5-point star:
a. Marco: Rush 2112 poster – Starman;
b. Amarillo: Texas flag;
c. Rebecca: On Annex floor;
d. Bali Hai: 5-point star within a 10-pointed polygon;
e. Inflatable: Chicago store, next to cash register;
f. Mabel: Cottonwood Mall;
g. Mabel: Kaylee’s drawing on fridge, featuring crescent moon and five, five-pointed stars;
h. Off Brand: Star wipes in Saul Goodman’s TV ad;
i. Fall: Lydia’s Award on her desk, next to tortured ballerina.
94.) Diamonds:
a. Uno: Gene’s Omaha residence;
b. Uno & Switch: Nail Salon – on wall, w. Saints;
c. Uno: HHM Conference Room;
d. Marco: Jimmy’s collar in alley;
e. Switch & Gloves Off & Inflatable: Jimmy’s office windowsill;
f. Amarillo: Above fireplace at Davis & Main;
g. Rebecca: Loyolas;
h. Bali Hai: Tio’s shirt;
i. Mabel: Double diamond is mesa Verde logo;
j. Rebecca: Glasses at Chucks;
k. Witness & Sabrosito: frieze of diamonds at Los Pollos;
l. Expenses: Ceiling at Santa Rosa Insurance Group;
m. Fall: Mrs. Landry’s sofa end.
95.) 3-sided symmetry:
a. Nacho: Door closer in Annex stairwell;
b. Hero: Yield sign near Mike’s booth;
c. ASB: Façade of Mike’s house, & house next door, with sunrise symbol;
d. Bingo: Chuck’s;
e. Pimento: Yield sign at Forest Park;
f. Pimento & Switch & Cobbler: Stacks at Algodones power plant – 3 boilers & 2 sets of 3 CTs each;
g. Cobbler: Davis & Main bull pen;
h. Fifi: Triangles in HHM rug;
i. Nailed: Yield sign near Chuck’s house;
j. Nailed: St. Mary’s School playground eqpt.;
k. Chicanery: Triangles in mural;
l. Expenses: near ABQ in Tune;
m. Slip: Framing at ABQ Civic Plaza;
n. Slip: Triangle Grocery in Cedar Crest;
o. Fall: Scott and Kienzle ceiling latticework;
p. Fall: Kim’s earring (does car have a triangle emblem too?);
q. Lantern: Light in background at Kim’s apartment;
r. Lantern: In distance at upholstery shop.
96.) Trylon:
a. Cobbler; Metronome;
b. Rebecca & Fifi & Sunk Costs: Kim’s earrings;
c. Off Brand: Tower Antenna.
97.) Downward pointed daggers:
a. Slip: Allen’s Automotive;
b. Fall: Gus & Tuco meet in the rain in bldg. w dagger supports.
98.) Steam or smoke:
a. Nacho – Power lines in downtown alley;
b. Cobbler: Upholstery shop;
c. Slip: El Michoacano A/C unit break, plus cooking on stove;
d. Fall: Kim’s auto accident.

Windows
99.) Windows above main windows:
a. Uno: Nail Salon;
b. Inflatable: Inverted orientation at Schweikart & Cokeley’s;
c. Fifi: US Border Crossing Garage;
d. Sabrosito: Fire Station 20;
e. Lantern: Chair Yoga room.
100.) Clerestory windows:
a. Klick: Outside view of hospital clerestory during time lapse – Chuck is healing;
b. Mabel: Cottonwood Mall;
c. Slip: Triangle Grocery in Cedar Crest.
101.) Luxfer prismatic windows:
a. Five-O: Lindy’s.
102.) Unusual window pattern featuring squares:
a. Bingo: Chuck’s;
b. Rebecca.
103.) Narrow vertical windows
a. Mijo: Abuelita’s.
104.) Coach lanterns and other lanterns
a. Lantern: Outside Chuck’s.

Various Cartesian Grids
105.) Grid:
a. Five-O: Back yard fence at Stacey’s;
b. Five-O: Police car cage;
c. Bingo: Wanted posters;
d. Bingo: 2 Park Plaza;
e. Rico: Mail room boxes;
f. Gloves Off: Davis & Main;
g. Klick: Target;
h. Sunk Costs: BCDC jail door;
i. Sunk Costs & Sabrosito & Expenses: Plastic milk carton container in Kim’s office;
j. Chicanery: Twin posters featuring architectural grids at Chuck’s;
k. Off Brand: Tower Antenna;
l. Expenses: Duke City Recliners;
m. Lantern: Rectangular grid in Kim’s kitchen;
n. Lantern: fence at Aztec warehouse;
106.) Grid as a prop:
a. Nacho: Mike’s crossword;
b. Marco: Check again – Mike’s crossword;
c. Mabel: Mike’s crossword – “Can you get me that?”;
d. Witness: Word Jumble.

Winged Building
107.) Winged building:
a. Fifi: US border crossing;
b. Slip: Allen’s Automotive.

Parallel Beams in Ceiling
108.) Parallel beams in ceiling:
a. Mijo & Rebecca & Sabrosito: Under Marquette;
b. Rico: Mrs. Landry’s ceiling at Sandpiper Crossing;
c. Switch & Gloves Off: Jimmy’s office at Davis & Main and bull pen;
d. Amarillo: Davis & Main lobby ceiling;
e. Gloves Off:
f. Bali Hai & Inflatable & Fall: Latilla ceiling in HHM conference room;
g. Nailed: Mike & Nacho’s railyard rendezvous;
h. Off Brand: Carpet store ceiling;
i. Expenses: Under I-40 bridge;
j. Slip: Under Juan Tabo bridge;
k. Expenses: Duke City Recliners;
l. Expenses: Looking down at parking structure rooftop outside Santa Rosa Insurance Group;

Nuclear option mentioned
109.) Nuclear Option mentioned:
a. Mijo: Abuelita’s.
110.) Discussion regarding The Prisoner and Sandpiper Symbol (from VGAS).
111.) Falling down an infinite well – Pimento: Chuck at HHM.
112.) Marco: Jimmy gets Marco’s Ring – Switch: ring.
113.) Sabrosito: Mike tosses money back to Jeremiah – a call back to BrBa’s Green Light.
114.) Off Brand: Carpet store carpet rolls look like Cinnabons.
115.) Expenses: Lycamobile sign.



Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Democrats Kicked Ass Last Night

A lot more kicking to go.

Eleanor Powell, "Lady Be Good," and Her Dog

More Republican Horseshit

OK then!:
A teen opened fire at an elementary school in Townville, S.C., wounding a teacher and two students after allegedly killing his father. (One student has since succumb to their injuries) The shooter is in custody, and the sheriff’s department gave a brief press conference as per usual for shootings like this. However, when discussing whether this could be called terrorism, Captain Garland Major gave a frankly disgusting reason for why this couldn’t be terrorism:

“The students were both white males. The teacher was a white female. The shooter is a white male. There is no racial undertone, no terrorism involved.”


The Russians Start Squeezing Junior's Balls

Wrap 'em with duct tape:
There are several overlapping points to consider in this account. The first and most important is that we should not take anything Veselnitskaya says at face value. Our best understanding is that she is part of a Russian intelligence influence operation. The point of these efforts is not just to make deals or help friends. It is to get control. That means compromising people. It is hard to see this statement on her part as anything but an implicit threat. If what she is saying is true, Veselnitskaya is describing the clearest example to date of a proposed quid pro quo between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. A plain reading of her claim is that he was suggesting that if they could produce real evidence against Clinton, a future Trump administration could help with sanctions relief.

FLDS Chaos in Northern Mexico

The local Mennonites probably had no clue:
Police raided three houses and two ranches belonging to Orson William Black Jr, 56, who is wanted on charges of child abuse in the US.

Prosecutors say he is also a suspect in the killing of three US citizens in the area in September.

Twenty-six other people living on the properties were also detained.

The arrests come less than two months after 23-year-old Jesse Barlow and brothers Robert and Michael Black, aged 19 and 15 respectively, were shot dead at Rancho El Negro.

It is not clear if they were relatives or followers of Mr Black, or if they had been taken to the property against their will.

The ranches are located in a colony set up by a Mennonite Christian group in 1922.

After fleeing the United States in 2003, Orson William Black Jr settled in the colony, where he is believed to have set up his own polygamous sect, set apart from the Mennonite group living there.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Shirley Ellis : The Nitty Gritty 1963

RDX - Mr Wacky

There is such a bewildering variety of Jamaican Dancehall videos that it's hard to know where to start, but I like this video as an entry point. It's a respectful commemorative video to choreographer Mr. Wacky, aka Bogle (1964-2005) and features well-known dancers cleanly doing some of Mr. Wacky's signature moves. Easy to get the flava:

DMTC Opens "Jesus Christ, Superstar"

This was opening weekend. Spent a lot of time at the theater. I have no pictures, though.

More Stupid Thoughts And Pointless Prayers Are In Order

There are proven ways to deal with this, but Americans are too cowardly to try them.

Clean Air

A lot of the professionals where I used to work began embracing this kind of imbecility. One told me: "This is bullshit about DDT being poisonous. If I had a glass of it here, I'd drink it right now."

This Sounds Like a Plan

Tackled by a physician!:
"Sen. Rand Paul’s Injuries Far More Severe Than Initially Thought"

The nature of the dispute between Paul and Boucher remained a mystery Sunday to locals who know both men as medical professionals based in this southwestern Kentucky town.

Paul is an ophthalmologist who has practiced in town since moving here with his wife in 1993. He continues to provide free medical care to low-income Kentucky residents on a regular basis throughout the year when the Senate is not in session.

Boucher is an anesthesiologist and the inventor of the Therm-a-Vest, a cloth vest partly filled with rice and secured with Velcro straps that is designed to help with back pain. He has worked at several local medical facilities through the years, according to public health records.

...A motive is not known, and there is no indication that the attack was political in nature.

Jeff Jones, a registered nurse who worked with Boucher at the Bowling Green Medical Center, described Boucher’s politics as “liberal.”

“He was active on social media and said some negative things about the Republican agenda,” Jones said.

“I think it was unfortunate that they lived so close together,” he added.

Mourning For The Mouse

OK, I did not spill enough Diet Pepsi on the computer and mouse to short it out. I will interpret this as a good omen.

Except for that critical right-click button. I go now into mourning.

Over the last half hour, I progressively lost mouse functionality. I disconnected it. Now, I have another mouse for the other computer, and I can use that, but I liked having both computers on at the same time. I hope the mouse "dries out" and I can use it again.

Piss Off the Climate Change Deniers

Plant Suspicions

Morrissey Accused of Asexual Harassment

I like Morrissey well enough, but I like the satire too:
LOS ANGELES — Dozens of victims came forward this past weekend with completely nonsexual harassment accusations against iconic singer Morrissey.

Nikita Whelms, a stagehand at Riot Fest in 2016, was the first in the still-growing line of men and women to come forward.

“To Morrissey, I was a ‘vapid bore of staggering insignificance’ just because I asked if he wanted a bottle of water,” said Whelms in a social media post that has since gone viral. “He hurt me with that remark, as he has hurt many others. I encourage all victims of Morrissey’s asexual, but nonetheless dehumanizing, verbal assault to step forward.”

Dozens of former staff, baristas, hair stylists, and customer service representatives have since come forward with similar accusations. Leslie Burnham, a bartender in Los Angeles, recounted a particularly gruesome encounter with the aging pop icon lacking any sexual undertones.

“He came into the bar once — literally nose in the air — and asked me about the bacon smell. When I told him we sell burgers, he said, ‘Only a mentally deficient monster of absolutely no moral fiber or substance would work here,’” said Burnham at a press conference, surrounded by family and loved ones. “He left without once looking at me. At least when some jerk says, ‘You got a nice ass,’ an acknowledgment of your existence is involved. Morrissey treated me as if I was less than human.”

'Russian Trolls' Promoted California Independence

It figures:
The California independence movement has been spearheaded by a group called Yes California. One of the group's co-founders, Louis Marinelli, opened a self-styled California embassy in Moscow, and later moved to Siberia.

Marinelli attended a conference of Western secession movements in 2016, along with representatives from similar groups from Texas, Puerto Rico and Northern Ireland. The conference was organised by the Anti-Globalisation Movement, a group that has received money from the Russian government, according to Casey Michel, a reporter for the left-wing news site ThinkProgress.

"It had received funding from the Kremlin to organise this conference to pay for the travel and lodging of American and European secession movements," Michel says.

Marinelli denies any links to the Kremlin or receiving any money from the Russian government. He tells Trending he now plans to return to the United States and rejoin the independence movement which he co-founded.

White House Staff Frantically Shredding Trump Campaign Aides

The Onion.

“We should have done this months ago; we need to shred as many of these campaign aides as we can before Mueller gets his hands on them,”

Attorney-Client Privilege Gets Waived!

Since Manafort and Gates roped their lawyer into the conspiracy, the usual attorney-client privilege gets waived!:
Other than relatively common third-party waivers (which happen when the attorney-client communication occurs outside that protective bubble), exceptions to the sacred attorney-client privilege are incredibly rare. The crime-fraud exception is perhaps the rarest exception of them all. These cases are so infrequent precisely because they require uniquely awful behavior by the client and even sometimes by the client’s attorney. Rule of thumb? Behind any successful crime-fraud exception application there is almost certainly one hell of a story.

This Will be a Long, Complicated Road

With Top Gangsta doing his best to provide cover too. The Agnew example is illustrative:
Months (or years) from now, just before trial, Trump issues some tweets to the effect of This is all an attack by Hillary Clinton supporters!, and he pardons Manafort and anybody else who has been indicted by Mueller. If Mueller then brings Manafort before the Grand Jury and demands he answer questions because he no longer has any legitimate fear of federal prosecution because of his pardon, Manafort will take the Fifth because he is still subject to criminal liability in New York State, where much of the money laundering occurred. Manafort’s assertion of the privilege will be upheld because Trump’s pardon affected only federal charges.

Beautiful Sutter Street Monday, in Folsom

10/30/17 - 61st Birthday.

The National Trumpmare Continues

Brazile and the Sanders-Clinton Kerfuffle

I suspect that what’s going with Brazile’s reveal is that the DNC and the Democratic Party hierarchy has decided to join the Progressives. The 2020 game is afoot. Brazile has decided to proceed, with the best and most-honorable of intentions, by telling the Sanders' folks that "they were right all along" about Hillary. If Brazile had to walk back or otherwise disavow her comments, she could easily do so later, once people stopped paying attention. Instead, a huge fight erupted.

Now Donna B tells her critics to shut up - a bit high handed - then says she did not say the primaries were rigged, but rather, Clinton had undue influence. And this agreement at the center of it all states that it applies to the general election only, not the primaries, and shouldn’t be construed as to show bias. So what Donna B said has either been exaggerated or misreported, or she is currently in the process of changing her story. In any event, there are reasons to worry about the DNC, but this agreement is not one of them.

Even though this agreement was signed in September, 2015, the memo is clear that it refers to the general election, and that there might be other agreements with other candidates (such as with Sanders) later. Indeed, Sanders had his own agreement - less specific - with the DNC. Nevertheless, the influence Hillary was exerting was informal, and more subtle. Basically, Hillary was paying the DNC's bills. The DNC wasn't going to favor Sanders in the primaries if it might cross Hillary - after all, they rely on her.

This kind of situation reminds me of sporting events. In 2002, the Sacramento Kings battled the LA Lakers in the Western Playoffs, and the refs weren't calling obvious fouls. The refs were sending the message to the Kings: "don't ask us to help you win - if you want to be champions, you have to outscore the Lakers." The refs did not have to be told that, in the West, the Lakers ruled. The Lakers were paying far more than their share of the NBA's expenses. The refs weren't to shut down the NBA Finals gravy train early unless they were absolutely forced to do so. A similar message from the DNC here.

This situation where the candidate controls the national committee, rather than vice versa, has been getting worse and worse since the introduction of televised campaigning - since 1956, or so.

I like this analysis of the DNC's woes:
The moral implosion that Brazile describes was the tragic result of a bunch of more or less decent people with more or less honorable intentions struggling to deal with a long chain of unintended consequences stemming from decisions they hadn’t made.

Even Debbie Wasserman Schultz, America’s Most Kickable, wasn’t personally responsible for the way Barack Obama regally ignored the Democratic Party for eight years, leaving it, Brazile says, with $25 million in debt, not to mention wiped off the political map in virtually every state that doesn’t touch a large body of water. For that matter, it wasn’t Obama who decided that the working class and the welfare state were yesterday's news and turned the Democrats into the party of “The End of History,” embracing Silicon Valley venture capital and deep-pockets Hollywood donors (cough, cough, Weinstein) and deregulated Wall Street derivatives that nobody could understand but were sure to keep going up, up, up. That particular maneuver paid off big time for Bill Clinton in the '90s -- and has been poisonous ever since.

The net result of all this has been highly anomalous, if not unique in political history: On one hand we have a party that nominally stands for principles and policies supported by a majority of the population, whose nominee has won the popular vote in six of the last seven presidential elections. On the other we have a party that has lost close to 1,000 state legislature seats over the past decade and suffered historic wipeouts in the last two midterm elections, leaving it in a weaker position on Capitol Hill than at any time since the Great Depression. That party became so strapped for cash, not to mention so spiritually enervated, that it rented itself out to one of its presidential candidates while pretending to remain neutral with respect to that candidate’s campaign. Spoiler alert: Same party!

A Mania For Raking Leaves, and Thinking About Challenging the White Whale

Sorry for the light posting. I've been busy. Raking, trimming, and going up and down ladders.

For the last several years, all around the property, I've eased off on trimming tree branches, hedges, rose bushes, and the like. The reason was that I feared killing the plants in the most-brutal California drought in 1,200 years. Last year, we had nearly-normal rainfall (91%), so I tried getting more aggressive, but then fell off a 12-foot fiberglass folding ladder - at one point, I was holding on a Fiskars cutter while dangling from a tree limb before falling onto the fallen ladder and a bunch of lethal agaves. Amazingly, I was virtually-unhurt, but I got ladder-shy, so I laid off on the trimming for the rest of the year. Poor ladder - it was twisted, damaged, and almost ruined.

This year, I untwisted the ladder, and set it up again. It's wonky, twistable, but serviceable. Still, I have to be careful, and make sure the ladder is on a completely-stable surface before climbing.

The tree and hedge canopies are damned mangy, so there's lots to do. Plus, I can't endure the thought of uncollected leaves piling up, and many leaves are falling. I "borrow" my neighbor's garden refuse bins in order to deal with the mania. Damn it, I just heard another leaf fall.

Once concern, for years now, has been the big tree branch growing over the house. I couldn't quite reach it as it grew, and it grew and grew. I agonized as it added weight. The whole tree is leaning towards the house, and it weighs ten bajillion pounds.

Now, however, the tree branch is bending with the weight to the point I can reach it, but if I cut it where I can reach it, a ridiculous amount of weight will fall directly onto the house. So, I want to slowly dismantle the hard-to-reach outer branches first, but without unnecessarily endangering my safety on the tall, perilously-pitched roof. What can possibly go wrong? This is my "white whale." Do I have the balls for this? Or do I puss out and call a professional?

"The Florida Project"

Last Wednesday, I went to Sacramento's Tower Theater and saw "The Florida Project," a portal into the world of Florida Trash: specifically, life with single moms at a budget motel near a major theme park. The acting was great (notably Willem Dafoe, and people like Brooklynn Prince as the little girl, but I also liked Bria Vinaite as the Bad Mom). What I really liked, though, was the kids' trippy journey through the fantastical architecture of the commercial strip: tomorrow's archaeology, alive today. (And it's a real place too: Magic Castle Inn and Suites, Kissimmee, FL.)

I notice some critics don't like the ending. Too concepty. I loved the ending, though.