February 5, 2016

Personal Hotbox

I have seen a suggestion that one of these Under the Weather Tents could be used as a personal hotbox.

The manufacturer has the best price I could find: $90 and up.

Filed under Marijuana | February 5, 2016 at 05:19 PM | Comments (0)

February 4, 2016

Center Camp

There are three major points along the axis that runs through the center of Black Rock City. The figure of the Man stands right at the center of Black Rock City, representing, I suppose, everything Burning Man. Moving up along that axis to a higher plane, there is the Tempe at 12 o'clock. But moving in the other direction, down to the realities of daily living in the residential areas of Black Rock City, you find Center Camp.

I have never stood in line to buy (with cash money, federal reserve notes) a drink at Center Camp. Never felt the desire to do so. Maybe I should give it a try some time to see if I really freak out.

Filed under Burning Man | February 4, 2016 at 10:11 AM | Comments (0)

Threat; Counter-Threat

One motorcyclist versus three (probably intoxicated) rednecks in a pickup truck.

Threat: a gun in your face.

Counter-threat: "I've got a pretty big YouTube channel and this is going on it."

Howzabout not being confrontational when you are out-gunned by crazies?

Filed under Public Safety | February 4, 2016 at 09:19 AM | Comments (0)

February 2, 2016

Another Jaywalker Accident, This Time A Hit & Run

Desert Hot Springs Police on Instagram: ā€œDesert Hot Springs Police Department Press Release: Hit and Run Traffic Collision On 02/02/2016, at approximately 1531 hours, police officers responded to the area of Palm Dr, south of Two Bunch Palms Trail, in the City of Desert Hot Springs, in reference to a traffic collision involving a vehicle vs pedestrian. The pedestrian, whose name is not released due to being a juvenile, was jaywalking across Palm Dr. The juvenile was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center for non life threatening injuries. The vehicle was described as a black Jeep Cherokee, newer model, unknown license plate. The driver of the vehicle and only known occupant was described to be a bald Hispanic male adult. The vehicle fled the scene and the driver has not been identified. Police are requesting your assistance. If you have any information, please contact Officer C.Tooth at (760)329-2904 Ext.352. Desert Hot Springs Police is reminding the public of the serious risks of jaywalking. #DesertHotSprings #DHSPD #DesertHotSpringsPoliceā€

Filed under Desert Hot Springs | February 2, 2016 at 07:45 PM | Comments (0)

Southern California Geology

Brand new: "Roadside Geology of Southern California." And only $22.

Since Mountain Press started the Roadside Geology series forty years ago, southern Californians have been waiting for an RG of their own. During those four decades which were punctuated by jarring earthquakes and landslides geologists continued to unravel the complexity of the Golden State, where some of the most dramatic and diverse geology in the world erupts, crashes, and collides. With dazzling color maps, diagrams, and photographs, Roadside Geology of Southern California takes advantage of this newfound knowledge, combining the latest science with accessible stories about the rocks and landscapes visible from winding two-lane byways as well as from the region s vast network of highways.

Join Arthur Sylvester, an award-winning UC Santa Barbara geologist, and Elizabeth O Black Gans, a geologist-illustrator, as they motor through mountains and deserts to explore the iconic features of the SoCal landscape, from boulder piles in Joshua Tree National Park and brilliant white dunes in the Channel Islands to tar seeps along the rugged coast and youthful cinder cones in the Mojave Desert. Whether you want to find precious gemstones, ponder the mysteries of the Salton Sea, or straddle the boundary between the North American and Pacific Plates, be sure to bring this book along as your tour guide.

Filed under Books,California,Coachella Valley,Science | February 2, 2016 at 12:48 PM | Comments (2)

Another Karma Drone Sample

GoPro teases us some more about the future Karma drone. What I would like GoPro to do is to lay out exactly what software and what steps they use to process their videos so they don't look at all lossy, even when viewed through YouTube. I've seen GoPro videos from other professionals that show evidence of compression and loss.

Filed under Burning Man,Photography | February 2, 2016 at 12:31 PM | Comments (0)

February 1, 2016

Burning Man As Grief Therapy

Excellently photographed, and I'm pretty sure the narrator is Oprah, but she is given no credit here.

Frame from
Watch for this brief shot
of the man with what appears to me to be a pink flocked camera. It looks orange-ish here, but it looked pink to me in the video.

Filed under Burning Man,Photography | February 1, 2016 at 11:05 AM | Comments (2)