December 31, 2014
On Jan. 7 it will pass about 70 million kilometers (44 million miles) from Earth, and it’s predicted to peak around 4th magnitude; easily visible from dark skies without optical aid.
4th magnitude is somewhere between the Andromeda galaxy and Ganymede at its maximum brightness. What Phil Plait can see with his naked eye may differ from what you or I can see.
Where Were The Burners?
A rare wind event at the Rose Bowl that they are calling a "cold dust devil" seems to have hit at a moment when all the Burners were somewhere else. Burners would run towards the flying tents because otherwise all you've got is flying tents, as you see here.
December 30, 2014
Equal marriage rights begin today in Scotland. Here we see Joe and Malx.
December 29, 2014
Virgin 747 Landing With 75% Of Its Landing Gear
December 28, 2014
Coachella Valley History Museum
Photos of some of the things to see at the Coachella Valley History Museum in Indio.
December 27, 2014
Porky Piggin' It
December 24, 2014
Burning Man IP Network
Click it to make it big. I'm sure this will be more interesting to someone who actually understands it. I understand only the very top level where Burning Man connects to the default world, and I see it's different than I thought it was. High Desert Internet in the upper right represents the default world. The specific part of the default world is Fernley.
December 23, 2014
"The Interview" To Be Shown In Los Angeles
One More Explanation Of Burning Man
I don't know how many people are included in "we," but it's at least two people and one of them is a child. Fifteen gallons of water is not enough, and I'm sure young Julia didn't rely on beer to fill in the gaps. But the fact that she survived seems to suggest I am wrong.
29 Palms To Camp Rice
I made this video yesterday. Part of my motivation was to get out to Camp Rice and see what sort of a state things are in since the solar power company came in, did a bunch of work, and then pulled out. It's almost easy to miss as you're driving by. They've got the ground all glued up so that at a quick glance it looks like desert varnish...except there isn't any desert varnish in the area of Camp Rice. A few thousand soldiers will do that to desert varnish. I point it out when I get there in this video.
December 22, 2014
New Year's Carol
Commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, New Year's Carol by Ola Gjeilo was just one of the numbers in their incredibly impressive holiday concert. The chorus will perform most of the concert three times on Christmas Eve in the Castro Theater. Tickets are still available, but they will surely sell out. If you are in the Bay Area I encourage you to get to the Castro on Christmas Eve.
December 21, 2014
Numbers From The Friday Night DUI Checkpoint
- 626 Vehicles Screened
- 2 DUI-Alcohol suspects arrested
- 10 Drivers cited/arrested for operating a vehicle unlicensed or while suspended/revoked
- 7 Vehicles stored/ impounded
- 10 Citations issued
And they promise to do it all over again on Friday night, December 26.
December 19, 2014
Florida: January 5 for sure
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request for a stay of the ruling that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The current stay expires January 5. Which means, barring some tomfoolery, same-sex marriages will commence in Florida on that date. It appears the entire court voted on this one and the results were 7-2 with our favorites Scalia and Thomas in the minority.
DHS Medical Marijuana Dispensary Applicants
KMIR has published the list of 19 applicants for medical marijuana dispensaries in Desert Hot Springs. I haven't seen a similar list of cultivation site applicants yet.
I thought it would be interesting to map all the proposed locations. Each address below links to a Google map.
Boldface indicates the top three ranked applicants as of December 18.
With a GoPro camera mounted on the coxswain, we are able to watch Michigan rowing in the 2014 Head Of The Charles Regatta. It's a nice tour of the Charles River and we get to hear how a coxswain talks. I see they are doing some major work on the Anderson bridge that connects the business school to the main campus...of Harvard, do I need to say Harvard?
But if you want a shorter video with dramatic music, here's Bucknell.
DUI Checkpoint In Desert Hot Springs Tonight
CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT
DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned on Friday, December 19th
Desert Hot Springs Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on December 19th, 2014, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug involved crashes. Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.
In California, this deadly crime led to 802 deaths in 2012 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Nationally, the latest data shows nearly 10,000 were killed by an impaired driver.
Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment with officers checking drivers for proper licensing delaying motorists only momentarily. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while also yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent. Nearly 90 percent of California drivers approve of DUI checkpoints.
DUI Checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.
Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, other expenses that can exceed $10,000 not to mention the embarrassment when friends and family find out.
Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Desert Hot Springs Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, reminding everyone to 'Report Drunk Driver – Call 9-1-1'.
December 17, 2014
From my recent visit to San Francisco.
December 12, 2014
Kaiser Reports 100% Success With PrEP
And by 100% "success" we actually mean 100% lack of failures, which is all we could ask for. PrEP is the acronym used for "pre-exposure prophylaxis" and that means, specifically, "Gilead Sciences' Truvada (tenofovir and emtricitabine) combination pill to prevent HIV [infection]." Kaiser reports zero (0) new HIV infections in their 500 patients who use PrEP.
The article also discusses an unreliable poll of 90 self-selecting Kaiser patients about safe-sex strategies. They obtained no baseline data, so there is no reliable way to say much about the results. But some people are going to focus on the reported reduction in the use of condoms and complain about that. I would like to remind those people that all this effort is being made to prevent the spread of HIV, which is a much broader issue than adopting a rigid stance that all men should always use condoms forever and ever.
December 10, 2014
Kicked up another notch so that they can only be truly appreciated if you have a drone and a GoPro.
Meanwhile, in Queensland people are improving the appearance of their holiday lights by vandalizing street lights that are on 240-volt lines. That's one way of doing it.