Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Video Frustration

The guaranteed way to calm down the workweek population of Crystal City is to have my camera in hand, with a fully charged battery and an empty 8 GB SDHD card installed.

Yesterday was a great day to record. The great part began right after I ran the battery dead in my camera. Film makers could not have scripted and directed the acts of stupidity that I saw in just one traffic light cycle  on the 2200 block of Crystal Drive in Arlington, VA. A couple decided to cross in the middle of the block, half way between two crosswalks.  From their cue, small throngs of people began crossing every which way, including in the marked crosswalk.  All of this while the traffic light was green and there was traffic coming from both directions, to include a Pentagon shuttle bus.

Today I have a full battery. I wanted to post a picture of the usual long lines of people at the taco cart on 23rd & Crystal drive. Of course, they weren't there today. I made my way to my usual lunch place, readied my camera to start recording a replay of what happened yesterday. Nothing. Everybody was operating with the utmost courtasy, which is a good thing, but not good for a blog.  When I went outside for a smoke the occasional jay-walker shot right past me and was gone before I could get them on camera.

A friend, Kourtney "Coach!" Young, sent some stills he took last year of "Crystal City Under Siege". They were taken during a demonstration against KBR around March, 2009. He has some video too, working up a story for that I plan to use it in.

Welcome to My Author's Blog

This is my personal blog where I will be posting just anything that comes to mind.

I already have several blogs, all on Google's Blogspot:, where both me and my character developer post news items of interest to us. If there is a tie-in to the Suki series, we note that at the end of the post. Much of it is current events., where I am the only poster and it is Suki Series specific. I try to post items that tie the current world to the 2030s world I write about in my books. Currently I am posting pictures and videos of locations from the books. Video is also posted on my YouTube channel. Stills are on my Panoramio account. is a blog I have posting privileges on, but I do not own that one. My character developer does. It contains mostly tech information. She wrote a fan-fiction story, Suki: Settling the Score, that has quite a few devices and methods that I adopted for both Suki With A Twist: Part One and in the outline for Suki VI. is a humorous blog that came about in an odd way.  I was getting strange traffic in January 2010, from the sidebar on the blog: "This blog exists because of some funny/strange traffic on another blog. This one is mostly satire. Go check out some tech, news, fun stuff, or go buy some books."

That strange traffic was on the Suki Project blog and, although I didn't mention it in the comments there, it looked to me like someone was trying to tell someone else through a bad phone connection the URL of the blog. Perhaps one of the people is not a native English speaker. Haven't seen much oddness since then.

Again, welcom to my Author's Blog and I hope enjoy your visit.