April 13, 2015
Special City Council Meeting to Address Recent Crime Incidents
City of Desert Hot Springs
Special City Council Meeting to Address Recent Crime Incidents
Mayor Adam Sanchez has called a Special Meeting and the community is invited to join the City of Desert Hot Springs to address recent crime incidents. This meeting will provide an opportunity for members of the community to discuss their concerns with the City Council, Police Chief and City Staff. From this discussion we hope to develop an action plan through a Mayor's Advisory Committee to address the increased crime in the community. All community members are invited to participate in the discussion. Mayor Adam Sanchez said, "The City Council takes the current crime affecting our community seriously. We need to work together in a united front to reduce crime."
What: Special City Council Meeting
When: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Where: Carl May Community Center/Council Chamber; 11711 West Drive; Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
Time: 6:00 P.M.
Further discussion will take place at the City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. at the Carl May Community Center.
Any questions regarding this press release should be directed to Mayor Adam Sanchez at email@example.com.
I'm sure the Mayor has invited all the members of the Public Safety Commission to be present as well, but they just forgot to put that in the press release. They've said repeatedly that they don't intend to sideline the Public Safety Commission, as they sideline the Public Safety Commission.
Express Your Inner Baboon
How's this for high concept advertising? You don't get a single spec. You get the brand name, 3DR, but is there a model name? How much? Can I buy it? All irrelevant questions. There is only one question: How cool can you be?
I'm sure your first thought was the same as mine: what, they couldn't use the opening of "Also Sprach Zarathustra?" Why not? Too trite? I find that hard to believe. My/your second thought would be "Where is that place?" "That place" is Spaceport America in New Mexico:
BTW, if that one scene was meant to suggest Mars, a quadcopter would need to be redesigned to fly with lower gravity and less atmosphere, ya know, so if you volunteer for Mars mission you'll want to pack your conversion kit. Something to do on the long voyage.
April 12, 2015
Low Desert Rock Supply
Last week the Community and Cultural Affairs Commission convened one hour early at Low Desert Rock Supply on Dillon to see what they could offer in the making of an appropriate "welcome to DHS" sign.
This rock was considered to be just the thing for a welcome sign.
April 11, 2015
- Scott's Miracle-Gro has acquired General Hydroponics Inc. and Bio-Organic Solutions Inc. The acquired companies are said to be popular with those who grow marijuana.
"So while we think Scotts is paying a full price for the company, it should be a company well-positioned for growth with below-average risk, especially if marijuana continues to be legalized in more states," [equity analyst Jim] Barrett said.
- Willie Nelson will be coming out with his own brand of marijuana: Willie's Reserve.
- In Indiana the First Church of Cannabis Inc., which uses consumption of cannabis as a sacrament, has filed the paperwork to be recognized as a non-profit. They say that Indiana's ban on marijuana substantially burdens the exercise of religion of the church members.
The Hoosiers Again
I'm sure it's just a coincidence that this has happened in a state that has recently demonstrated its ignorance so gloriously to the world. There has been a big outbreak of HIV infections in Scott County, Indiana; 106 new infections since December. "The spread of the virus...has been linked to the use of contaminated syringes and the painkiller Opana in the area." Needle exchanges are not legal in Indiana, but the Governor has authorized a short-term needle exchange. 437 dirty syringes were turned in.
GoPro In Space
NASA has released raw GoPro videos from the ISS. They've packaged them into two videos, one about an hour and the other about 40 minutes.
April 10, 2015
Los Angeles Style
Skydiving At Burning Man
Haven't we seen that before, you may ask. Well, maybe you have and maybe you haven't, but this video is almost perfectly 100% non-pretentious with nary an asshole in sight. Just lots of falling over Black Rock City.
A variation on the map below mostly to highlight the approximate location of the CPV Sentinel power plant.
If you look over at Palm Drive you will see other colored dots which represent something entirely different. The Community and Cultural Affairs Commission has started working on getting some appropriate entry monument signs for the city. These would be funded out of the Art In Public Places fund which has been filled by developers (the few we've had) and can only be used for public art. It is not part of the general fund. It does not come out of your taxes. It cannot be used on any of the many things this city needs except public art. IOW, no bitchin'.
The Commission has ruled out the mundane and the inappropriate and are now looking at rock. Big pieces of rock. With words (yet to be determined) on them. Nothing like Cathedral City's surfboards.
The green dots are three places that were mentioned as possible places to put the big welcome to DHS sign along Palm Drive. South to north they are 18th Street (dirt, no power, couldn't light it); Dillon; Camino Aventura (where the old welcome sign stood). Put it at Aventura and I think you'll have a lot of people asking what happened to that big annexation we made?
The blue dots are places that I think ought to be considered if one is willing to put the monument on the west side of the road to stay within city limits. South to north: Paul Street (the AM PM station by I-10), Varner Road and 20th Street. All three spots have power nearby, but extending power to the sign will consume valuable AIPP dollars, so that distance should be kept very small. Obviously the Paul Street location would not be very visible to northbound traffic. But a spot on the northwest corner of Varner would have good visibility, IMO.
Yes, of course, additional entry signs are being considered for Pierson, Mission Lakes and Mountain View.
Desert Hot Springs Boundaries
Let it be a mystery no longer. I took this map from the PDF version that's on the city's website.
Click this and you will get surprisingly detailed map of the city with which you ought to be able to resolve any number of questions. It includes the little detail that I-10 is completely within our boundaries between Palm Drive and Indian. The city limits do not run along the median, but along the south side.
April 9, 2015
Again?! How Many More Times?
These are San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputies.
Do we have to let every bad cop, one or two at a time, give us a video performance like this before it finally sinks in that there are cameras everywhere? There seems to be a correlation between being a bad cop and being unable to learn.
Three deputies were injured during the search. Two suffered dehydration and a third was injured when kicked by the horse.Well then, it sounds like it was self-defense.
Seen in Riverside
Apple Watch Sapphire Screen
"Following the tests, iPhonefixed found Apple's promise of a scratch-resistant display to be entirely accurate, with not a single scratch or scuff on the screen even after all of the site's attempts at leaving a mark."
The sapphire screen is not available on the Apple Watch Sport.
Hugo and Nebula Nominees for 2014
The other Hugo nominees for Best Novel are:
- The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson
- Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos
- Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
The other Nebula nominees for Best Novel are:
- Trial by Fire by Charles E. Gannon
- The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
- Coming Home by Jack McDevitt
- Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
April 8, 2015
New DJI Quadcopters
The Phantom 3. They say they guarantee that it will ALWAYS have accurate GPS data and it will ALWAYS return to home. I interpret that to mean that when it does get lost and crash, DJI will replace it for you completely free. Could they mean anything less? And they promise it is sufficiently reliable and accurate to fly indoors! Will they provide liability insurance for free?
They try to copy the Apple style of product announcement videos, at least verbally. But it goes a bit overboard when they brag that their aluminum has been "pulled from the Earth itself" which I guess means they won't use any from the moon. Or should I say the Moon itself?
720P is "eye popping." Uh-huh.
I gotta admit the included automatic video editor would be worth buying by itself.
The "Advanced" model will have a SRP of $999 and shoot 1080P at 60fps. The "Professional" will be $1,259 and can shoot at up to 4K at 30fps.
They do not emphasize what I think is the greatest advance: finally, someone is selling a completely integrated quadcopter. Researching quadcopters before now, I was surprised to find out how many separate parts you had to buy from different vendors and then assemble them all yourself, unless you took advantage of a package deal offered by B & H. The only thing you need to add to the Phantom 3 is your own smartphone or tablet (Android or iOS - sorry Windows!) so that you can get the view from your quadcopter live, while it's flying. This shaves about $1,000 off your starting price.
Where The Sentinel Money Has Gone
Got a question about the AQMD-administered Sentinel mitigation funds? (Who doesn't?)
The Air Quality Institute of the
South Coast Air Quality Management District
"A Cleaner, Greener Coachella Valley: Two Year Update on the Sentinel Power Plant Mitigation Fee Projects"
Opening Remarks by the Honorable John J. Benoit, Riverside County Supervisor and Governing Board Member of the South Coast Air Quality Management District
- Connie Day, Program Supervisor, Science & Technology Advancement, South Coast Air Quality Management District
- Richard Cromwell III, Co-Coordinator, Clean Cities Coalition, Coachella Valley Region
- Julie Arthur, Executive Director of Facilities Planning, Palm Springs Unified School District
- Juan C. Perez, Director, Transportation and Land Management Agency, County of Riverside
California State University, San Bernardino
Palm Desert Campus
37-500 Cook Street
Palm Desert, CA 92211
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Free (light refreshments)
The South Coast Air Quality Management District, in partnership with the Clean Cities Coalition and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments invites you to join in a discussion on the progress of the various projects funded through the Sentinel Plant Mitigation Fee Program (AB 1318).
Topics to be discussed include an update on the Sentinel Plant Mitigation Fee Program, the expansion of Natural Gas Infrastructure and the Natural Gas Vehicle Fleet in the Coachella Valley, as well as highlighting two projects funded through the program: Palm Springs Unified School District's Solar Arrays Project, and Riverside County's Mobile Home Parks Repaving and Dust Control project.
To RSVP, or for more information, contact Cordoba Corporation at (213) 895-0224
April 7, 2015
The Third And Final Installment In This Trilogy
Prepare yourself for the final sculpture in the series: "R-Evolution: The Woman Stands" which will be on the playa this year. And open your wallet too, because that's an Indiegogo link where you will find this remarkably unslick, unpretentious video:
BEquinox Aerial Video!
Ooooh, just like Burning Man but you can get it all in one shot from an altitude of only about 200 feet.
No, there are no shots that are close up to our camp or me.
Jeff and I went for a nighttime walk around Lake Merritt.
San Francisco Photos
Photos from my most recent visit to San Francisco:
Jeff at Ocean Beach doing a limited test of a parachute that he will use as a shade structure at Burning Man - that's Jeff on the windward edge of the parachute.
A natural display of granite and cacti for the edification and enjoyment of people on the street. Also, less comfy and snuggly than other parts of the sidewalks.
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