February 26, 2015

The Beauty Of Los Angeles

A good video of downtown L.A. shot with a drone that shows off a lot of the architectural detail and murals that people either can't see, don't see or take for granted.

Filed under Architecture,Art,California,Cities/Urbanism,Photography | February 26, 2015 at 02:35 PM | Comments (0)

Good News!

You know how you thought that when you died and went to heaven you'd be able to have unlimited Girl Scout cookies all year long? The good news is that now you don't have to die! Coming soon, the Girl Scout Cookie Oven ($60) and cookie mixes ($7). It comes with the Thin Mint mix, and you will be able to buy mixes for Trefoils, Samoas, Do-si-dos, Chocolate Chip, Sugar, Oatmeal and Tagalongs.

Read the official press release here. The oven will be available in time for Christmas 2015. The press release gives the prices for the mixes as $15 each! If that's the case, it would be cheaper to just steal a truckload of Girl Scout cookies and rent a big cold storage place to keep them in. If money means nothing to you, there will also be a Girl Scout Cookie Stand for $80 with which you can, like, sell cookies. I would suggest you just get something like this basic folding card table for under $38, take it out to the curb in front of your house and sell your homemade Girl Scout cookies until the trademark police come along and shut you down.

Filed under Food and Drink | February 26, 2015 at 01:37 PM | Comments (0)

Music Video In DHS

Shot at the DHS Spa hotel and other sites in Desert Hot Springs, this video has been on Youtube since September, but I hadn't seen any mention of it until Michael Burke posted it on the Desert Hot Springs Neighborhood Group.

Filed under Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs,Music | February 26, 2015 at 01:08 PM | Comments (1)

February 24, 2015

"These times of beautiful weather"

The La Quinta Police are of the opinion that our recent high winds, rain and temperature drop constitute "beautiful weather." I think they may need some younger detectives.

The La Quinta Police Department would like to remind our residents that cooler overnight temperatures can bring the potential for increased residential burglaries and prowlers in our neighborhoods.

The lower seasonal temperatures can create the urge to sleep with our doors and windows open, or to leave our windows unsecured while absent on day trips or working away from the house. It’s during these times of beautiful weather; a greater opportunity for criminals to steal items from inside our home exists. The cooler weather also brings the potential for criminals to prowl our neighborhoods looking for easy access into our homes.

The police officers who protect La Quinta take every step to help citizens safeguard their personal safety and valuables by making frequent patrols of our business centers and neighborhoods. The following list provides steps every resident can take to help La Quinta police officers make our city an unfriendly place for criminals.

  • Keep your garage door completely closed when inside or away from your home. Make a habit of checking and closing your garage door before you prepare for bedtime each night.
  • Never leave for the day, or sleep overnight, with any doors into your home open or unlocked.
  • Ideally, you should never leave for the day or sleep with your windows unlocked and open. If you have the urge to allow our beautiful weather into your home, consult your security professional or local hardware store to learn how you can purchase and install window locks.
  • Be vigilant of strange activity or people near your home. People looking over backyard fences, walking from window-to-window around the outside of homes, staying close to landscape bushes or lingering in the shadows around homes can be indicators of criminal activity. La Quinta police officers work hard to represent you well and want you to report any strange activity you see in your neighborhood to them by calling 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Be vigilant of strange circumstances around your home. Window screens or fence padlocks which have been inexplicably cut or removed from your home, outside light bulbs which are unscrewed from the socket or removed entirely, and unexplained damage to window or door locks can be indicators of criminal circumstance.

La Quinta police officers take pride in their investigation of criminal circumstances around your home and ask that you notify them by calling the non-emergency dispatch center at (760) 836-3215.

One urge I did not have last night was to open up my windows and doors.

Filed under Coachella Valley,Public Safety | February 24, 2015 at 11:51 AM | Comments (4)

February 22, 2015

Kirk Cameron's Big Night

Razzies for worst picture, worst actor, worst screenplay and worst screen combo were awarded to Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas.

The film has achieved the remarkable distinction of a 0% critics' rating on RottenTomatoes. Even the user reviews put it at only 31% approval.

On Metacritic, the numbers are different: 18% critics' rating (which is better), but only 1.6 (out of 10, IOW 16%) from ordinary viewers. All of the 5-star reviews from viewers sound like they were written by the same person, as they call claim radical transformations of the viewer. Like this one:

ATHEISTS: when you go to see this movie, do NOT go with your preconceived notions about Christianity. I went with mine and, well....I can in all honesty...they were utterly shattered. Kirk Cameron's speech to Christian in the car is so moving, so compelling, so convicting...I was brought to my knees in a moment of cognitive dissonance in which I ultiamately renounced my atheism because of an overwhelming desire to surrender my life to Jesus. I'm serious, guys. This film changed my life. And I really can;t say that about any other films.

Amazing. All these centuries of searching for the magic cure for atheism only to discover it in a really bad American movie. Makes you wonder why there aren't any good movies that shatter atheism.

Filed under Film/Movies,Religion | February 22, 2015 at 02:39 PM | Comments (0)

February 21, 2015

DJI Phantom Near Desert Hot Springs

Shot on the outskirts of Desert Hot Springs - except for one segment with big boulders that must be in the high desert - the videographer tested his GoPro Hero3+ on the DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter with the H3-2D gimbal.

Filed under Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs,GoPro,Photography | February 21, 2015 at 04:49 PM | Comments (0)

February 20, 2015

Getty Villa

Yesterday, Jeff and I visited the Getty Villa - the one overlooking the Pacific - not the Getty Center, which is the one overlooking the 405 and the rest of Los Angeles. This was the first time at the Villa for both of us.

If you were one of those students who excelled in learning to identify corinthian, ionic and doric columns, then the Getty Villa will be your opportunity to show off that knowledge.

Getty Villa (2843)

Getty Villa (2863)

Getty Villa (2950)
But the fountains in the gardens are still running


Getty Villa (2941)

Getty Villa (2889)

Getty Villa (2938)

Getty Villa (2924)
Handrail on a stairway

Getty Villa (2928)

Getty Villa (2897)

Getty Villa (2883)

Getty Villa (2876)

Getty Villa (2881)

Getty Villa (2930)

The complete set of photos is here.

Filed under Architecture,Art,History,Photography | February 20, 2015 at 09:05 PM | Comments (0)

Los Angeles City Hall Observation Deck

View Of US-101 From Los Angeles City Hall (2827)
A view of the US 101 linear parking lot

View Of LADWP From Los Angeles City Hall (2836)
West of City Hall is its equally tough sister agency, the LADWP
. You can see the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion cowering in front of the LADWP, a bit to the left.

View From Los Angeles City Hall (2829)

The Lindbergh Beacon (2833)

The Lindbergh Beacon

The beacon on top of the Los Angeles City Hall was turned on by President Calvin Coolidge from the White House during the City Hall dedication ceremonies April 26, 1928. The light was gratefully dedicated to Charles A. Lindbergh for his contribution to the advancement of aviation, and in commemoriation of man's first transatlantic solo flight from New York to Paris on May 20, 1927.

Press Photographer Association of greater Los Angeles.

View From Los Angeles City Hall - only the pink (2838)
In the park just west of City Hall, the park furniture is bright pink, as it should be
. You may need to click the image to get the full-res version in order to appreciate the pink highlights.

Los Angeles City Hall Elevator Interior (2816)
They've got some very nice elevators in LA City Hall

Jeff at Los Angeles City Hall (2839)
Jeff guards the door to make sure no trolls emerge

See more of these photos here.

Filed under Architecture,California,Cities/Urbanism,History,Photography | February 20, 2015 at 12:43 PM | Comments (0)