Akyla’s Everyday World – Dream Trip to Mars

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Copyright © 2018 Sandra Kaye James. All rights reserved. This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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Quencher’s Saloon in Chicago is Closed

The venue where my open mic movie was filmed, closed in June. The owner retired and sold his building to a pediatrician. Quencher’s was the location for shooting the film after visiting many open mic locations in Chicago. Initially, I wanted to film open mics at three locations, however the other locations did not work out for me. I filmed at Murphy’s Bleachers in Lakeview after a reconnaissance filming with my handycam (see video below). When I returned with professional gear that I rented from CANTV, a public access television station, the results were too dark to be seen, so I could not use the footage.

I planned to film at Uncommon Ground in Rogers Park, but I arrived too late to set up my camera properly and there was really no space available for the large camera I rented. I had no difficulty filming at Quencher’s. There was plenty of room, free popcorn, and draft apple cider. Things worked out well. I am glad I was able to film the interior before the place closed. I wanted the film to feel as if the viewer had been to the club in real life. I think I captured that feeling. Take a look at the film (below) and let me know what you think.


Solar system 1When I started this blog, I thought it would be a good idea to combine all of my interests into one blog instead of having three separate ones. That turned out not to be the best thing for me to do as Hydrogen Ink no longer served the purpose for which it was originally intended; a place to gather information and contemplate film ideas. Last year, I created the HandiSan blog to contain my interests in crafts, 3D printing, et cetera. It has helped me with focusing and finishing projects. Today, I created the Ingressus blog to which I will direct all my future posts about Astrology. It will give me room to develop my ideas on earthquake prediction and other Astrological topics.

Mad Hatters


I was watching “Secrets of the Shining Knights,” a Nova video on PBS Sunday night, when one of the commentators briefly explained the origins of the expression “mad as a hatter.” Apparently, Mercury gases emitted during the hat making process caused hat makers to go insane. I was surprised to hear that and I wanted to know a little more. I did an internet search and found a well-written, succinct article about hatters. The article contains what I found to be shocking information about the hatters. I don’t want to spoil it by adding an excerpt here, so I will just provide a link to the article.