May 31, 2015
This is the rock that will be used for the welcome sign at 18th and Palm Drive. The tape measure indicates the approximate location of the soil line once it's erected. In other words, I'm standing at the bottom of the sign and this will be its orientation, except for a few dollars more it will be made vertical.
The decision as to the exact text to go on the rock has not been made yet, but it will be made in a public meeting at which you can put in your 2¢ worth.
What We Needed Was A Bigger Explosion
Some dang fool went and tried to make hash oil despite the great danger in the process. But he had watched some YouTube videos, so he was gonna do this. Unfortunately for the rest of the world, he survived the inevitable explosion. Now he's suing the Shell mini-mart that sold him the butane because "they failed to warn that butane vapors are highly explosive, especially in enclosed spaces."
Dramatic possible re-enactments. These are not paid actors - well, except the pretty newslady. I'm sure she takes home a nice paycheck.
Bring that asshole to Burning Man and we'll show him the natural properties of butane on his first night there so the world will never have to deal with him again.
May 30, 2015
The University of Mississippi (yeah, Mississippi!) has identified seven new cannabinoids in marijuana. This brings the total number of known cannabinoids to one-hundred-eleven. Cannabinoids are the things that make marijuana magical, no matter which part of the magic you are seeking. Marijuana contains 111 more cannabinoids than alcohol, tobacco, coffee or any pharmaceutical pain reliever. The only legal medication, besides marijuana, that you can get with any cannabinoid at all in it is Marinol which contains one (1) cannabinoid and that's tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, the cannabinoid that gets you high. Yes, that's all the federal government wants you to have. THC. All the other healing cannabinoids are not for you!
Those who argue against legal marijuana by saying Marinol is all you need, are either lying or don't know jackshit. Usually it's the latter that is true.
May 29, 2015
MIT Robot Autonomously Jumps Over Barriers While Running
They call it a "cheetah," but look at it. It's a goat or a sheep. It's got hooves even! I think those MIT brains need to take a break and visit a zoo.
Medical Care At Burning Man This Year
Medical services have been provided at Burning Man for the past several years by staff from Humboldt General hospital in Winnemucca, and they seem to have done a good job. Which explains why the Burning Man organization dropped them this year in favor of an organization that has no experience with something like Burning Man. And by "something like Burning Man" we mean Burning Man. 'Cause Coachella sure doesn't count. The new contract went to CrowdRX, which has provided medical care at Coachella fest. But, just because they have no experience in isolated desert locations don't think they are stupid. They need to hire 120 people who are experienced at providing the full range of medical care while isolated in a desert setting in northern Nevada. Really. You get extra points for that, which means they will be hiring a lot of Humboldt General people - which makes me feel better.
An early hire is Dr. Jeff Westin who has been the associate medical director at Burning Man. This year he will be the medical director, and he's got a fabulous beard. The Reno Gazette Journal organized a live chat with him yesterday. Some of the interesting info he shared about medical care on the playa:
Working in a standard emergency department on a daily basis, I get a lot of people demanding pain medications or antibiotics for complaints that probably require neither, complaining that they are not seen fast enough for their toe pain when I am trying to take care of someone with cardiac arrest, and rarely a thank you. However, working at Burning Man, I consistently experienced patients who were extremely grateful for their care, were very understanding of medical care priorities, and almost never requested pain medication or things that weren't medically appropriate. For this reason, I like to refer to medicine in the medical tent at Burning Man as "ideal medicine."
Jokes about there being no need to go to a clinic to get pain meds at Burning Man will not be chuckled at.
We have had many serious injuries on playa, ranging from aortic dissection (a tearing apart of the large blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body) to subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding inside someone’s head) to tracheal transection (someone airway got crushed). Fortunately, we are well equipped to handle these types of situations until the patients can be transferred to a higher level of care.
Although many people think of Burning Man primarily as a recreational drug event, there is actually much more to the event, and it is less common than you might think to see recreational drug issues in the tent. They are generally a small proportion of the patients, but they can tend to occupy a lot of time if they are having a bad trip or it is causing them to be confused or aggressive.
We have more equipment than the standard event medical tent, because of our remote location. X-ray, ultrasound, and point-of-care lab tests are equipment that is used on playa in order to expand our capabilities and keep more burners on playa, avoiding having to send out too many people to local hospitals. Because of this advanced level of equipment and the high level of training of the providers, last year we only had to send 22 people off playa to be treated at local hospitals, and that number will likely be very similar this year.
Most of the time, there is no medical bill if you are treated in the tent. Your medical care is included in the cost of your ticket and like most other things on playa, we do not take any money. In the case of a person having to be transported off playa, the cost of the transport and any medical care provided at local hospitals is the responsibility of the patient, but anyone staying on playa does not receive a bill. IF any medication is prescribed, the patients will receive a short course to start their treatment while they are on playa, but they may be required to purchase additional medications off playa if their medical condition requires extended treatment.
The boils down to the mandatory purchase of insurance which covers you 100% as long as you stay within the city limits of Black Rock City, which must mean they are socialists - or capitalists - or something else we can object to.
May 28, 2015
Seen In Burbank
Glad to see he eventually got out of that depressing Mayberry, where nobody's hair ever grew! Did you ever notice that? Was it because of their twice daily haircuts?
Homo Sapiens Migration
Burbank to Palmdale
It's easy to get from Burbank to Palmdale, unless you are California high speed rail. Here are four flyover videos of the four proposed routes.
May 27, 2015
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
May 26, 2015
On May 6 I participated in Walk Wilshire, which is yet another of those long distance Los Angeles walks that people do just for fun. No waiver. No t-shirt. No fee. It was to be all the way from Grand Avenue, where Wilshire begins, out to Ocean Boulevard in Santa Monica. I've walked various, but not all, chunks of Wilshire before. Filled in the gaps on this walk. I went only so far as the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, which I overshot on the last Great L.A. Walk that came down Wilshire, so I made a point of visiting this time, before taking the bus back downtown. Walking the segment of Wilshire from Westwood to the Ocean is as good as any other part, I suppose, but not so interesting that I felt I should walk it a third time.
The best way (trust me) to see my photos is to watch this video, which is one photo per second, so it takes only about 36 minutes!
All the still photos are available here. Flickr has a slide show too, but the viewer has no ability to skip ahead or back in their slide show.
A few of the photos:
The Observation Pit. I didn't go see who they had down in the pit.
Beverly Hills a hundred years old; who knew?
I forgot to check on the exact location of Burt Lancaster's grave before I left home, but I knew I was close to it when I was standing here. I left the color in his grave marker. Next to the flowers.
May 24, 2015
A slew of officers refused to testify at the trial, and others who had been subpoenaed refused to even meet with prosecutors to go over their testimony. Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty accused the union of attempting to insulate [Officer Michael] Brelo from prosecution, comparing their actions to those of an "organized crime syndicate."
But everybody knows the Cuyahoga County prosecutor is a leftist who watches too many movies.
May 23, 2015
Ireland Votes In Marriage Equality With 62% Majority
60.5% of the electorate turned out (as if to make the U.S. look even worse). In that single red constituency the vote was 48.6% to 51.4%. If the Roman Catholic church had any sense they would consider this a significant warning. So I think it's safe to assume the Catholic church will just pour more money into their losing battle. They seem to have plenty to waste.
Ireland is the first country in the world to approve marriage equality in a national vote of the people. Given the necessary time to approve the enabling legislation means the first same-sex marriages will not take place for about six months.
May 22, 2015
Zero To 100 MPH In 1.2 Seconds
The video below shows you what it looked like from the Dragon's POV.
Pick Up An Extra K
Be prepared for the day when your neighbor tries to impress you with his 4K television or computer display. Get the new 5K iMac. Starts at only $1,999. But with that extra K, I'm sure you'll be wanting to pack on some additional GHz, am I right? An extra two-tenths of a GHz will cost you only $300, which comes out to only $1,500/GHz. Not bad at all when you consider that our parents and grandparents made it through life with only Hz, KHz, and MHz. How did they do it?
Herr Hertz, or just Hz to his friends.
At the other end of the scale there is the MacBook Air which starts at only $899 and has a 1366 x 768 display. The $899 Air comes down to $377.73/lb. The base 5K iMac is $95.19/lb.
May 20, 2015
CCAC Advances DHS Welcome Sign
In today's meeting, the Community and Cultural Affairs Commission voted to place the first new entry sign at 18th and Palm, shown above. There is no electricity at that spot, as far as I can determine, but the CCAC will be looking into solar power for the lighting. The new sign will be a rock with engraved lettering, not another one of those little green signs.
The CCAC has a special meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 28, 8:30 AM at Low Desert Rock Supply, 65005 Dillon Rd, Desert Hot Springs where entry signs will again be the agenda item.