Exactly. There's a scene in one of the Indiana Jones' movies
where he's essentially playing Tarzan across a gorge (rope
bridge has failed). He *slams* into the far-side -- and
you can see the rocks compress as he BOUNCES off them!
A scene in Battlestar Galactica shows the city lights (Caprica?)
spelling out the words "F*CK OFF".
The status displays in the opening scene of Buckaroo Banzai are
labeled: SINED [sic], SEELED [sic] and DELIVERED, sequentially.
Same show: the lat-lon displayed on the monitors (same scene,
probably filmed on salt flats?) are those of Cape Canaveral
My oddity is noticing the landscape. For example the 'Red Dawn' remake
has part of the action taking place in a lush, hardwood forest. Around
Spokane, WA? If you're going to film it in Michigan you might as well
set it in Michigan. 'Justified' was careful about no showing the orange
groves next to Arlo's house but some of the forest scenes were hard to
imagine as in eastern Kentucky.
Green screen and CGI has replaced some of the obvious scenery painted on
a sound stage from the older movies. otoh, some of the older movies were
painstaking in their realism with the cast putting up with some
discomfort to film on location. John Wayne dragging Maureen O'Hara
across a genuine sheep pasture filled with genuine sheep shit in 'The
Quiet Man' comes to mind, or the cast of 'The Vikings' freezing their
butts off while living on a ship in a Norwegian fjord.
We tend to note the (incorrect) presence (or absence!) of saguaro's in films.
E.g., there's a scene in _Paul_ that is claimed to be in NV -- yet there
are saguaros in the shot! The same is true of _Rio Bravo_ -- set in TX but
why are there saguaros present?!
Those don't look like shin daggers on the label...
'Ain't No Saguaro in Texas' Reverend Horton Heat
I've been watching the Longmire series which was filmed in New Mexico.
It might be sheer luck but I haven't seen anything that obviously
doesn't look like Wyoming.
On 2/26/2016 1:26 PM, Cindy Hamilton wrote:
I can "buy" the "things no one will be able to suss out".
E.g., a generic interior shot "could be anywhere" -- unless
it CLAIMS to be somewhere specific (and folks will have been
in that place to attest to its inaccuracy).
[E.g., the control room in WarGames is largely fiction -- though
parts of the set are inspired by reality (e.g., the giant springs
supporting the buildings). Likewise, the entrance to the Cheyenne
Mountain Complex in SG-1 is real -- but little else!]
But, the OBVIOUS screwups are just laughable. E.g., the STEEL
crate to contain the "ferocious velociraptor" up-thread... that's
actually made of WOOD (and obviously so!) :<
And, the ones that are put there with the intent of chuckling
at the viewer (e.g., SINED, SEELED, DELIVERED) are almost a
deliberate challenge to the viewer!
Years ago I went to a pre-production fund raiser for 'A Single Woman'
The bulk of the film was still in the green screen stage. I should put
it on my netflix queue so I can see it with the blanks filled in.
Rankin was an interesting woman. She was the first female Congressman,
elected before women could vote. That put her in the unique position of
being the only woman to have voted to give women the right to vote.
She was one of 56 who voted against the US entry into WWI and the only
congresscritter to vote against declaring war on Japan in WWII.
Now there would have been a good first female president... Right or
wrong she didn't need a focus group to know which way the wind was blowing.
"Simpson has many times denounced the film as 'horrible' and said
that it is the biggest disappointment of her life"
Ah, I'm sure she -- and that vote -- rankled most of her male
Pols aren't stupid (despite APPEARING so!). They act to preserve their
primary interest -- themselves! I suspect LBJ was one of the last
to "do what was right" -- despite obvious personal cost to himself!
It wasn't the greatest film and being pre-production didn't help. I
don't know if they had any skin in the game but the preview was
sponsored by the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center:
Missoula has this little quirk:
After they reflector was removed a peace sign made of rocks grew by the
4 pillars that supported the reflector. It's on a trail I walk
frequently and I was up on the ridge on winter day when it was so foggy
you could barely see 50'. The rocks had been strewn around and I was
making repairs when a woman of a certain age appeared from the fog, saw
what I was doing, said, 'God bless you' and kept on going off into the
fog. It was a bit eerie.
Ironically, while there were rallies and marches during the Bush years
not much comment has been made as Obama and Clinton destabilize the
mid-East and Africa.
I'm not sure I understand this:
"It has been six years since they removed the Missoula Peace Sign but
the nine aluminum panels that comprise the remains are still around,
protected by their loyal caretakers, waiting for the right time and
place to come back together."
I assume that "the communications company" is responsible for removing
it (May 2001 -- a wee bit more than "six years" ago!). Yet, the above
suggests they LEFT it's pieces lying around (which were then secreted away
by "their loyal caretakers"?
And, why isn't "now" the "right time" to come back together (are they
just looking for another "right place"?
Heh heh heh. One of SWMBO's classmates walked up to her in class,
rubbed the back of her hand against her face and said "You're so
Talk about eerie!
I suspect Bush made the biggest mess. Obama at least *claims* he's
trying to extricate us -- despite what the Perpetual War Party wants.
Maybe we need to reinstate the draft? And, put congresscritters'
kids in the first wave??
Qwest took it down and gave the panels to interested people. I think
with the current mayor the city might have just bought the land and
sign. It was enclosed in a chain link fence so the biggest liability was
climbing over the fence to repaint the peace sign after Qwest
whitewashed it. Qwest claimed it reduced the efficiency of the reflector
but I think that was just a cover story since it had the sign on it most
of the time. It was more a contest of wills.
As you noticed, the website was old so I have no idea what the status
is. There is an official Peace Park but it's much lower on the hill.
There is sort of a peace sign made out of what looks like old bed sheets
but it's only visible from a few locations in town. The old reflector
could be seen everywhere.
The photo at the bottom of the page shows the base supports for the
reflector. Then there is the Buddha head. It's poured concrete and about
2' high. There is a gated road to access some radio equipment halfway up
the hill but the head is away from the road. I suppose if someone drove
up the road they could have rolled the head down into place.
Last spring persons unknown dug a larger, more visible one.
The phlox is a sensitive issue. 'Don't step on the phlox, Sam'. This is
a very outdoorsy town with a lot of city owned open space.
There are two mountains on the east side of town separated by Hellgate
Canyon. There is a M on the southern one which is the University of
Montana's work and is poured concrete.
To the north, there is an L for Loyola High. For years that was a low
rent project. The kids would assemble the plentiful native rocks on the
hillside and whitewash them. Every now and then the rocks would morph
into something other than an L. Finally they did the concrete thing. I'm
not sure how that was accomplished. The M has a fireroad above it, but
there is no road near the L, nor is there any water. Unless they used a
helo, that was a lot to hump up the mountain.
The summit hut on Mt Washington (IIRC... maybe Lafayette?) is inaccessible
except by trail. College students used to haul the propane tanks
(think: heat, fuel) up the mountain on their backs.
Washington has a road up one side and the cog railway on the other. I
hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine trail the last time I was back east. That
passes the Lake of the Clouds hut a little below the summit. It's
disconcerting to get to the top and find the crowds of tourons. The fog
had moved in about when I got to the hut so I took the train down. The
trailhead where I parked is close to the tram terminal.
A friend in college worked as a hut boy for the AMC summers. They would
carry insane weight trying to outdo each other. The AMC tried mules and
decided the college kids were more efficient. There is an amusement park
in Glen called 'Story Land'. The hut boys managed to get banned en
masse. I think it had something to do with inappropriate comments to
They had a cabin near Pinkham Notch and had an annual Old Hutmen's
Reunion. I went to a couple and they were about what you would expect. I
carried a propane tank from the road up to the cabin but that was as
close as I got to being a hut boy.
I won't even wear a (back/fanny) pack. If I can't hold it in my hands
while walking, then it's not worth bringing along (incl hydration).
But, then again, I don't "hike" but, rather, "exercise" -- the
difference being I want mine over with ASAP.
I'm debating joining a friend's group for a *hike* into the Canyon
later this year (south rim to river, overnight, then back out). But,
not sure I'm keen on walking for hours -- nor having to adjust my pace
to that of others (faster OR slower). I could spend all those hours
doing a lot of OTHER things...
When I used to run, the guys I thought were most successful at getting
it done and enjoying it at the same time were a group of six-or-so
salesmen who ran together.... talking all the time.
That's not "me"... but I can see it's probably the optimal wrapper for
exercise running if one can do it.
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