November 30, 2004
Photos of ages various; film, digital, slides.
Coffee For The Troops
Well, is this a very nice thing, or a very odd thing. Send 'em $11.50, using your own home as the shipping address...and then you receive nothing, but the assurance a soldier overseas is made happier. Funny that www.gopcounties.org/coffee forwards to it. Am I paranoid?
Oh, the thermometer says it's 76° in the backyard. But that's in direct sunshine flat against a wall. It's actually pretty chilly out there, but not nearly so bad as wandering around the night of the full moon in my kilt when it must have been 45° out. I would have been warmer naked, because some kind soul would have taken me in.
An ocotillo in the Mecca hills with Mt. San Jacinto in the background. This is a few weeks ago, before we got all this snow.
November 28, 2004
Ken Jennings' Final Show
18th Street Bus Stop
November 24, 2004
November 23, 2004
Statewide, the 10 cities and communities with the greatest median home price increases in October 2004 compared with the same period a year ago were: Victorville, 54.6 percent; Redlands, 54.6 percent; Hesperia, 53.3 percent; Barstow, 53.3 percent; West Sacramento, 53.3 percent; Calabasas, 51.7 percent; Adelanto, 51.2 percent; California City, 50 percent; Newport Beach, 48.6 percent; Desert Hot Springs, 47.2 percent.
|In downtown Houston.||In suburban Houston.||In Boston|
|A view south from the Empire State Building.||NY Times Building||Again, but with a different color balance.|
Stirling Engines In Power Generation
An article about plans to develop solar energy using Stirling engines rather than photovoltaics. An area of 10,000 square miles covered with these things could generate all the power the U.S. currently uses. Let's put 'em in Texas.
Color Laser Documents Are Traceable
And by "traceable" I don't mean that if you tape them to a window, you can trace the pretty pictures with your crayon, but that law enforcement people can tell what machine they were printed on. Here's the story. "[S]everal printer companies quietly encode the serial number and the manufacturing code [using small, scattered yellow dots] of their color laser printers and color copiers on every document those machines produce."
Xerox acknowledges that this is true. It started about 20 years ago out of a fear that color lasers could be used to counterfeit currency.
One Last (maybe!) Snow Photo
The view from my bedroom window this morning. The clouds are all cleared and both Mt. San Jacinto and Mt. San Gorgonio are on full display. Most of the snow has melted from the nearby Little San Bernardinos.
Some meteorologists are predicting an unusually wet, cool winter for us. Now I'm having second thoughts about planting tomatoes for the winter.
Naturally, when you move into a new place, one of the things you wait to find out is what your real expense for utilities will be. So far, they've been coming in delightfully low...but the water bill was the big unknown, and was the last to arrive since they bill on a two-month basis. The most recent bill for the previous owner was about $200 (that's water and sewer). Mine arrived yesterday and it was only about $55 for 6 weeks. Very nice.
My meter advanced by "25." There's no indication of what the units are, but I think we can be sure those aren't gallons, nor jeroboam. Cubic yards? Acre-feet? Anyone know?
November 22, 2004
Tram Snow Photos
A palm tree above the snow line at the lower tram station.
The lower tram station viewed from slightly downhill, looking up into Chino Canyon.
A tram car arriving in the snow.
After my recent posting regarding the destruction of a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Michigan I did a search for Wright architecture in Coachella Valley. I have a vague recollection of a news article some time in the last couple of years about a little motel-type place designed by FLW in the Palm Springs area. My memory must be twisted, though, because I can't find anything about it now. But in the search I did come across the Lloyd Wright bell tower, which is near Tahquitz and Palm Canyon in downtown Palm Springs. Lloyd Wright was Frank's son. Here are photos (of the bell tower, I mean):
That Big Cactus
Here are a couple photos of that big cactus that I neglected yesterday: