March 2007 Archives

Burbank Fire

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Fire on Barham Blvd., originally uploaded by unsure shot.

Photo above was found in Flickr's page for today's fire:

http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=burbank+fire&s=int

I was working on the Warner Brothers lot and around 1 o'clock one of my coworkers said there was a fire to the south of us. I walked out of the stage and saw a great column of smoke rising up into the sky as helicopters buzzed overhead.

We went back to work and when I emerged for lunch at 2:30 I saw flames on the hills above Forest Lawn Drive. Soot was falling from the sky. Security guards on the lot were wearing mask guards. I walked to the top of the Parking Lot A Structure where scores of other Warner Brothers workers were gawking and snapping pics. I saw some pretty significant surges of 30 foot flames and I could feel the heat of them from across the LA River.

It was surreal but in the end no significant harm done to my knowledge. Word is that a couple kids were playing with fireworks.

Wish i had a camera! Check out those Flickr pics, though, and you'll get a good sense of an event I'll never forget.

The 56-foot-long whale had been on a truck headed for a necropsy by researchers, when gases from internal decay caused its entrails to explode in the southern city of Tainan. Also, more than 100 Tainan city residents, mostly men, have reportedly gone to see the corpse to 'experience' the size of its 5-foot penis.

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Jan8ATrain

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Jan8ATrain, originally uploaded by ChildOfAtom.

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NYC Subway sketches

Odd Behaviour

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Click on this.  Hmm.

A-Camera

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A-Camera, originally uploaded by Nigel Stewart.

After a producer run-through we had to reblock a scene and we chose to leave our camera behind a blockade of a setup.

We were told to "watch with our eyes" and while doing so all three of us on the A-camera pretended the camera was there for the amusement of all around.

The dolly grip on X-camera, John Witmer, snapped a pic and was gracious enough to email me this weekend.

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Pilots and other military types say “roger” to acknowledge receipt of a message or instructions. “Roger” at one time was the phonetic designation for the letter R, which in turn stood for “received.” Why not just say "received"? From a safety perspective, it makes sense to use standardized language, particularly when dealing with international operations.
The use of “roger” isn't all that old. In the military's phonetic alphabet, "roger" didn't become the designation for R until 1927. (Previously the designation had been "rush.")
In 1957 "roger" was replaced by "romeo," the current designation, but by then "roger" = "received" was so entrenched that the brass knew better than to try and change it.

As for Roger’s last name, “wilco” dates from the same time, and is simply an abbreviation of “will comply.”  So the pilot who invokes our friend Roger Wilco is saying “I understand you, and will follow your instructions,” only cooler and shorter.

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Mark Twain Wrote:

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
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