Trails of Highways; Cannon Being Fired at Fort Castillo de San Marcos

 

Trails of Highways™
Cannon Being Fired at Fort Castillo de San Marcos
St. Augustine, Florida

The cannons are fired every Saturday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.
The fort also host several other historic demonstrations..

Fort Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States (Castillo San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico is older). Located on the western shore of Matanzas Bay in the city of St. Augustine, Florida, the fort was designed by the Spanish engineer Ignacio Daza. Construction began in 1672,] 107 years after the city’s founding by Spanish Admiral and conquistador Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, when Florida was part of the Spanish Empire. The fort’s construction was ordered by Governor Francisco de la Guerra y de la Vega after the destructive raid of the English privateer Robert Searles. Work proceeded under the administration of Guerra’s successor, Manuel de Cendoya in 1671,[ although the first stone was not laid until 1672.

The Castillo de San Marcos is built with the unique limestone, “coquina”. Made of many tiny shell fragments and sand lightly bound together with calcite, it has survived cannon balls and hurricanes but is very fragile to human contact. Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Florida.
Relax and Ponder as you take in the view of the city from the gundeck. The Fort’s green offers a large recreation area perfect for a picnic or a shady nap.

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Top Ten DVD List for April 28, 2015

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for April 28, 2015

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Paddington

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00SCEE5RU/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

American Interior

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00PBDRO3C/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

The Wedding Ringer

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00SADQNC8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Last Days in Vietnam

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00R041EXQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

The Gambler

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00R8MTKDG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

The Mentalist: The Complete Series [Box Set]

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00UCJ6TPE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

The Mystery of Lord Lucan

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00QG6IBAI/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

New Tricks: Season Eleven

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00QG6IDJC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Boy Meets Girl

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00TJ14IBI/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

The Almighty Johnsons: Seasons One-Three

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00R041A9E/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 

Honorable Mention

 

Masterpiece: Wolf Hall

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00T797AT4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

The Physics of Light

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00TZF2N60/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Let’s Learn: S.T.E.M.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00TGNLWJK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

The Comedian

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00VQLKH50/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Wallykazam!

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00TGNLUYW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

The Marine 4: Moving Target

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00TV6B288/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00R041FIA/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Twice Born: Stories from the Special Delivery Unit

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00TZF2O7I/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Mia & Me: Discover Centopia

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00TRUJ6RC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Inherent Vice

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00QXIIZ3W/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

The Barber

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00SVTE0JE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

The Boy Next Door

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00SS96CRK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

50 to 1

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00TRAO8VQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Drink Me: The Vampire Next Door

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00U1N1C5I/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News Wire

Computer Nerd Falls for Fembot with Free Will in Intriguing Sci-Fi Thriller

 

Ex Machina

Film Review by Kam Williams

Computer Nerd Falls for Fembot with Free Will in Intriguing Sci-Fi Thriller

 

 

Caleb Smith (Domnhall Gleeson) works as a computer programmer for Blue Book, the most popular internet search engine in the world. As the winner of a staff lottery, he is summoned to the secluded, hilltop retreat of the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).

130456_oriOnly after being brought there by corporate helicopter does the nerdy 26 year-old discover that his billionaire boss has a hidden agenda. As it turns out, the place is less a home than a high-tech facility dedicated to conducting research in artificial intelligence.

But before Caleb is allowed to stay, he’s forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement promising to keep secret what he’s about to witness. Nathan next explains that it’s an invention, an android he wants Turing tested, meaning examined for any software flaws revealing it as non-human.

He then introduces his curious guest to Ava (Alicia Vikander), the fetching fembot he wants studied over the course of a week. Caleb is surprised by her level of sophistication, since her brain is complex enough to discern the connotation of idioms like “breaking the ice.” He’s even more impressed by her non-deterministic nature, as she appears to have been successfully programmed with free will.

The plot thickens several days into the project when Ava senses Caleb has developed feelings for her. At130462_ori that point, the attractive automaton quietly confides her fears about being expendable in the eyes of Nathan who wouldn’t have a second thought about wiping her memory banks clean once she’s no longer considered state-of-the-art. After all, that’s what he’s done to each of her mothballed predecessors in his relentless quest to build a better cyborg.

Where does Caleb’s loyalty lie? With the callous employer he suddenly sees as a heartless tinkerer? Or with the flesh-covered machine exhibiting a full range of emotions, including a seductive vulnerability? That is the dilemma confronting the anguished protagonist in Ex Machina, an intriguing sci-fi adventure marking the splendid directorial debut of Alex Garland.

Best known as the scriptwriter of 28 Days Later, the gifted Brit more than proves his mettle as a filmmaker, here, with a thought-provoking thriller guaranteed to keep you enthralled while reassessing the meaning of consciousness.

 

 

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated R for profanity, violence, sexual references and graphic nudity

Running time: 108 minutes

Distributor: A24

 

To see a trailer Ex Machina, visit: http://exmachina-movie.com/trailer

Source:  Baret News Wire

More Than a Score

 

More Than a Score
The New Uprising against High-Stakes Testing

Foreword by Diane Ravitch

Edited by Jesse Hagopian

Introduction by Alfie Kohn

Afterword by Wayne Au

Haymarket Books

Paperback, $16.00

336 pages, Illustrated

ISBN: 978-1-60846-392-3

Book Review by Kam Williams

“As the essays in this book make clear, public education is under attack. So is the teaching profession… Those who are leading the charge are very wealthy individuals, hedge fund managers, corporate executives, and venture philanthropists.

More Than a Score,  The New Uprising against High-Stakes Testing,  Foreword by Diane Ravitch,  Edited by Jesse Hagopian, Book Review by Kam WilliamsThe attack on public schools and the teaching profession is fueled by a zealous belief in test scores… Reformers treat standardized tests as both a measure of quality and the goal of schooling. They don’t care that their fetishizing of tests has perverse consequences, that it leads to narrowing of the curriculum, cheating, teaching to the test, and gaming the system.

Reformers don’t care that their focus on scores as the be-all and end-all of schooling has warped education, particularly in districts where children have the highest needs and the lowest scores. Test-prep is all-important; it leaves no time for projects, activities, and deep learning.”

Excerpted from the Foreword (pages xi-xii)

 

The size of America’s Prison-Industrial Complex increased exponentially towards the end of the 20th Century, when big business successfully lobbied politicians to privatize correctional facilities all across the country. Unfortunately, while Wall St. benefited immeasurably from the conversions, minority youth were the primary victims of the subsequent rush to fill all the new jails via the kindergarten to prison pipeline.

More recently, investors started setting their sights on the nation’s public schools, again with the idea of profiting at the expense of the poor. President George W. Bush’s much-ballyhooed “No Child Left Behind” policy was ostensibly little more than a thinly-veiled attempt by entrepreneurs to wrest control of public education from the federal government.

The capitalist reformers’ basic argument was that failing schools could be turned around if they were run

more like streamlined businesses than academic institutions, and that the best way to gauge how well one was doing was by looking at students’ scores on standardized tests. To the extent that bureaucrats swallowed that sales pitch, teachers and principals found their jobs in jeopardy as they attempted to adjust to the altered curricula.

The fallout has already been shocking in cities like Atlanta, where numerous staff members are headed to prison for falsifying grades to protect their salaries as well as bonuses tied to test results. Elsewhere, we find faculty and pupils pushing back against the pressure to focus so narrowly on standardized tests and against the suggestion that scores are the most reliable way of assessing the quality of an education.

All of the above is the subject of More Than a Score, a collection of thought-provoking essays edited by high school history teacher Jesse Hagopian. The book includes articles not only by Jesse and fellow educators, but also by students, parents and administrators invariably questioning the wisdom of widespread standardized testing.

A clarion call by an army of passionate child advocates coming to the defense of kids caught in the crosshairs of the corporate-promoted practice of teaching to the test.

 

To order a copy of More Than a Score, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1608463923/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News Wire

 

DVD Recounts Real-Life Ordeal of Black Family Held Hostage by White Supremacists

 

Supremacy

DVD Review by Kam Williams

DVD Recounts Real-Life Ordeal of Black Family Held Hostage by White Supremacists

 

 

Garrett Tully (Joe Anderson) is about to be paroled after spending the last 15 years behind bars. Although he might have paid his debt to society, he has little hope of making a smooth adjustment back to civilian life, given his fervent hope that America is on the brink of a race war.

Supremacy,  DVD Review by Kam WilliamsYou see, Garrett has a lot invested in that belief, being a white supremacist with tattoos of swastikas, a Confederate flag, an Iron Cross and the word “HATE” adorning his face, arms, fingers and chest. This means his prospects of turning a new leaf aren’t very brilliant, especially since Doreen (Dawn Olivieri), the Aryan Brotherhood groupie picking him up from prison, is packing heat just in case they cross paths with a black person on the way home.

And wouldn’t you know it, they’re pulled over by an African-American police officer en route and, before Doreen has a chance to produce her license and registration, Tully calls the cop the “N-word” and blows him away with the gun hidden under the seat. Next, rather than hightailing it to a neo-Nazi sanctuary, the unrepentant race baiters decide to break into a house in a black neighborhood where they proceed to use more racial slurs like “porch monkey” and “niglet” while holding everybody hostage.

Fortunately, the Walker family patriarch (Danny Glover) makes sure cooler heads prevail, until help arrives. Too bad the police negotiator (Derek Luke) turns out to be African-American, too.

Directed by Deon Taylor (Chain Letter), Supremacy is a hostage thriller ostensibly inspired by actual Supremacy,  DVD Review by Kam Williamsevents which transpired in Sonoma County, California on the night of March 29, 1995. At 11:30 that evening, Sheriff’s Deputy Frank Trejo was assassinated by a recently-paroled member of the Aryan Brotherhood and his gun moll, just before they forced their way into a nearby house and held the owners captive.

The resolution of this Hollywood version of the standoff relies on an empathetic Mr. Walker’s rising to the occasion. His philosophizing (“Prison does something to a man.”) miraculously manages to induce a couple of the most menacing and despicable screen characters in recent memory to have an 11th hour conversion.

A pretty preposterous turn of events, but who am I to argue with a tale supposedly based on a true story?

 

Fair (1.5 stars)

Unrated

Running time: 111 minutes

Distributor: Well Go Entertainment

DVD Extras: Behind-the-Scenes featurette; and the theatrical trailer.

 

 

To order Supremacy on DVD, visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00SJ9TXTS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News Wire

 

Gambler and Golfer Conspire to Fleece a Sucker in Cat-and-Mouse Caper

 

The Squeeze

Film Review by Kam Williams

Gambler and Golfer Conspire to Fleece a Sucker in Cat-and-Mouse Caper

 

 

Augie Baccas (Jeremy Sumpter) is a God-fearing golfing sensation who credits his phenomenal success on the links to a combination of hard work, talent and a belief in the Almighty. And the promising prodigy is on the verge of leaving his dysfunctional home for the greener pastures of the PGA Tour so that he’ll no
The Squeeze,  Film Review by Kam Williamslonger be mistreated by his abusive stepfather (Elliott Grey) anymore.

But then he’s approached by an unsavory character who rolls into town in a classic convertible with an attractive blonde (Katherine LaNasa) riding shotgun. Reeves “Riverboat” Boatwright (Christopher McDonald) is a brash gambler sporting a thick Southern drawl and enough cash to seduce the youngster into making a deal with the devi.

The plan is to sucker a mark unaware of the kid’s prowess into betting a million dollars against him in a two-man match. Augie’s take will be 10% provided he wins. In Las Vegas, they find what they think is a patsy in Jimmy Diamonds (Michael Nouri), a high-roller with his own golf pro (Jason Dohring).

That is the basic setup of The Squeeze, a pat cat-and-mouse caper marking the writing and directorial debut of Terry Jastrow. Unfortunately, this battle-of-wits’ plot proves way too predictable to hold one’s attention very long.

A moralizing, paint-by-numbers parable lifted right out of the Hollywood hack playbook.

 

Fair (1.5 stars)

Rated PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, drug use and mature themes

Running time: 95 minutes

Distributor: ARC Entertainment

 

 Source:  Baret News Wire

 

More Than a Score

 

ACRONYM TO FOLLOW

by Peter Brav

 

Finally

Our Day has come

There’s a Day for everything

For doughnuts, siblings, eight track tapes

Grilled cheese, daughters and sons to work

Encouragement, Alzheimer’s

Coffee, math, chewing gum

Blasphemy, yo-yos

And now finally

One for us

Truly a Day to celebrate

National

Don’t Shoot An Unarmed Brother

Doctor King Not Seeing Progress

George Orwell Laughing

It Is So About the Money

Enough Is Never Enough

Can You Spare A Dime

Or More Time

Freedom Isn’t Free

But It Is Complicated

Day

Acronym to follow

PETER BRAV of Princeton, New Jersey is the author of the novels SNEAKING IN and THE OTHER SIDE OF LOSING, both available on Amazon.
Source:  Baret News Wire

Love Triangle Marks Musical Trio’s Reunion in Desert after a Dozen Years

 

3 Nights in the Desert

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Love Triangle Marks Musical Trio’s Reunion in Desert after a Dozen Years

 

 

At 20, Anna (Amber Tamblyn), Barry (Vincent Piazza) and Travis (Wes Bentley) were members of a Rock & Roll trio with high expectations. But that was before the band broke up and each went their separate ways a half-dozen years ago.

3 Nights in the Desert,  DVD Review by Kam WilliamsIn the interim, they’ve become estranged from each other. Anna made her way to Europe where she became something of singing sensation. Meanwhile, drummer Barry abandoned the dream of superstardom for the conventional path of becoming a lawyer, marrying and settling down in the suburbs to start a family. And guitarist Travis, a purist who never sold out, is still a struggling artist living in the desert.

But since they share the same birthday, and they’re all about to turn 30, Travis decides it’s time to bury the hatchet. So, he invites them to spend the weekend at his desolate lair hoping to orchestrate a reunion and maybe even regenerate some of the group’s musical magic.

Unfortunately, Travis forgot about the unresolved romantic tensions which contributed to the breakup, given how Barry had an unrequited crush on Anna who, in turn, had one on him. And the three find out how quickly those unresolved feelings can resurface upon reconvening, especially if isolated in very cramped quarters.

 

Directed by Gabriel Cowan (Growth), 3 Nights in the Desert is an intriguing, character-driven drama which unfolds in thoroughly compelling fashion. The picture works because each of the protagonists is complicated, having both strengths and flaws that are readily identifiable.

If the aim of the picture is to trigger introspection in an audience about the consequences of the choices one makes in life, then bull’s eye!

 

Very Good (3 stars)

Rated R for profanity and sexuality

Running time: 83 minutes

Distributor: Monterey Media

 

 

To order a copy of 3 Nights in the Desert on DVD, visit:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00R9O4WFE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News Wire

 

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