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July 22, 2015

There Must Be A Drought

For the first time since I began going to Burning Man in 2007 the price of ice has been nudged upward slightly. A single bag of ice remains at $3 which would be high in the default world, but I consider quite reasonable at Burning Man - they've got three semis of ice coming from Reno (or Fernley, who knows?) every day - somebody's gotta pay for that diesel. The bags of ice are delivered pre-wrapped in 6-packs and there has always been a little discount for buying a 6-pack, but not anymore. A 6-pack will cost $18, American.

Filed under Burning Man | permalink | July 22, 2015 at 11:20 AM | Comments (0)

"101 Lessons from the Playa"

All 101 "lessons" are accurate! I have never seen a list of anything that doesn't include some clinkers, but this one is right on. All the way from "1. You will cry. Everyone does. Its ok. Let it go," (so true) to "101. It really was better last year." One of the standard playa jokes, like "I heard it will be dusty this year."

Filed under Burning Man | permalink | July 22, 2015 at 11:10 AM | Comments (0)

Same Old Story, But Different

Same old story of rescued hikers, I mean, but the difference is that at least two of the three rescued hikers were suffering hypothermia - in July! That's new. The third hiker was also miserable because she was soaked, but they didn't call it hypothermia. She was hiking down the north side of Mt. San Jacinto, lost, assuming she would find a trail if she descended. The logic of a lost person. There's only one trail she could have found that way, and it's called route 111.

Filed under Coachella Valley | permalink | July 22, 2015 at 09:35 AM | Comments (0)

July 21, 2015

Video Editing

So, there's this new app called Shred. Throw a video and some music at it and it will edit them down to something short and effective. So I threw about 1½ hours of video from Burning Man at it, plus The Trammps' "Disco Inferno" and this is what I got back:

Not great, but clearly more entertaining than my own edits.

Filed under Burning Man,GoPro,Photography,Technology | permalink | July 21, 2015 at 01:48 PM | Comments (1)

"Can You Feel The Love Tonight"

An authorized, legal video of part of the Pride concert by San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.

In addition, an album with two (or is it three?) of the pieces performed at the earlier spring concert is now available for purchase. #twitterlieder: 15 Tweets in 3 Acts and For a Look or a Touch (plus Epilogue: The Narrow Bridge From Tyler's Suite):

Filed under Gay Issues,Music | permalink | July 21, 2015 at 10:57 AM | Comments (0)

July 20, 2015

Best Temple Video Ever

This uses two Temples, 2013 and 2014. The pyramidal Temple is 2013; the more ornate Temple is another by David Best for 2014. This is as close as you're going to get to the Temple without playa dust in your teeth.

This year's Temple Of Promise is still a few thousand dollars short of its goal and is asking for donations.

Filed under Burning Man,Music,Photography | permalink | July 20, 2015 at 09:47 PM | Comments (0)

Desert Hot Springs PD

Here's a forum where an anonymous member of our police department tried to spread the word that our PD is hiring, but also tried to give the potential new officer a heads up:

For new academy grads looking for work and great experience, my department is hiring. The city of Desert Hot Springs is a small city in the Coachella Valley in Riverside County. It borders Palm Springs, Cathedral City, etc. It's no secret that the city is broke, full of crime, gangs, and dope. That is all well publicized. The pay is low, but the experience is outstanding. I came from a PD back east with 10+ years on the job and I've done more since I've been here than in my entire time as a cop back east. Even in patrol you'll be working homicides, sex crimes, and all the gangs, dope, and stolen cars you can handle. The benefits are ok, typical PERS retirement, etc. There is opportunity for advancement into special teams and promotion and plenty of OT. We have a new permanent chief and the city recently voted to keep the PD for at least the next 5 years after considering contracting with the Sheriff's department. The POA is currently in negotiations for a new contract with the city and we hope to have that resolved soon. We are a small city at 30,000 people, but don't let that fool you. This city is very high call volume and you WILL be busy.

Like I said, the money isn't great, but if you are a newly trained cop or looking to move to SoCal and are looking for a job, look into us. http://www.cityofdhs.org/Current_Openings

The guys are good, supervisors are very good, and the administration is very reasonable, and supportive of the team. We can only go up from where we are and we are looking for bodies.

Following that are a range of comments, some snarky. I don't think there's a guarantee that all of the commenters are in law enforcement themselves.

Filed under Desert Hot Springs,Public Safety | permalink | July 20, 2015 at 12:21 PM | Comments (1)

Harvey Milk Plaza

Slo-mo of the Harvey Milk Plaza rainbow flag.
Video by Jeff Ford.

Filed under Gay Issues,Photography | permalink | July 20, 2015 at 11:54 AM | Comments (0)

Best GoPro Video Ever: "It's A Boy!"

GoPro justifies its existence. Nothing is going to top this for a long time.

This was her third child.

Filed under GoPro,Photography | permalink | July 20, 2015 at 11:05 AM | Comments (0)

July 19, 2015

Stop The Presses!

(Some day we're going to have to explain to kids what "presses" were.)

Here it is! Incontrovertible proof of John Travolta's gayness:

  • He had lunch with a guy-pal at Melvyn's!
  • The two of them traveled in a Mercedes!

That's a smoking condom if I ever saw one. I'm lucky I don't have a Mercedes to drive around in myself, or people might think I'm gay. I had Easter dinner at Melvyn's with two guy-pals. Maybe I do three-ways.

Filed under Gay Issues | permalink | July 19, 2015 at 10:48 AM | Comments (0)

Interesting Road Rage Video

Oh, I hear what you're saying, "Aren't they all interesting?" But in this one we get to see the 51-year old, drunk perpetrator (in flip-flops!) attack the 24-year old motorcycle operator (who is wearing a GoPro, of course) and his girlfriend passenger. Pretty quickly we get to see the perps face go through some changes after he gets pinned to the pavement while the cops are called.

A few more details here.

Filed under GoPro | permalink | July 19, 2015 at 10:38 AM | Comments (0)

July 18, 2015

Flag Lovers

Well, Confederate flag lovers celebrating their history and traditions (which somehow exclude people of color) in the best way they know how.

Confederate Flag Supporters

| permalink | July 18, 2015 at 08:50 PM | Comments (0)

Family Leadership Summit

At the meeting of the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa, Trump criticized McCain's war record because he became a POW! That is not the worse, because we already know Trump is a wackjob.

"'He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured,' he said, to a mix of laughs and jeers from the several hundred social conservatives gathered at the Family Leadership Summit." Trump's speech drew louder applause than Rick Perry's call on Trump to apologize.

This is, apparently, what it means to be a conservative in America: favor big government, favor more taxes, oppose individual liberty, and hate veterans. (And being a wackjob obviously doesn't hurt.)

"The purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives regarding worldview application and the most pressing issues facing America’s families."

And why pick on McCain at all? He's not running, is he? Is Trump afraid he'll get McCain's endorsement?

| permalink | July 18, 2015 at 03:46 PM | Comments (0)

Genuine New News About The Benefits Of Legal Marijuana

RAND Corporation and UC-Irvine teamed up on a study that showed in the 18 states where medical marijuana dispensaries are legal, there has been "a 16% reduction in 'opioid-related mortality' and 28% reduction in opioid-abuse treatment admissions."

"Opioids" are those legal poisonous painkillers that doctors prescribe. In 2013 they killed 16,000 people, accounting for 60% of all overdose deaths.

In states where medical marijuana is legal, but dispensaries are not, the rates of opioid-related mortality and opioid-abuse treatment admissions did NOT drop

Filed under Desert Hot Springs,Health | permalink | July 18, 2015 at 01:17 PM | Comments (0)

July 17, 2015

Pink Party

The "Pink Party" takes place on Saturday afternoon and evening of Pride weekend. It replaces "Pink Saturday" which ran a little later in the day and was organized and paid for by the Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence. They had been seeking a subsidy from the city, but never got it, so they pulled out. So, guess what, the city came in and funded this. I'm sure it makes sense in some San Francisco political way.

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Some sort of trans flag was attached to the lower end of the pole that bears the rainbow flag in the Castro
. People seemed excited that the police let them do it (why not?). And it's fair to note that whatever the design is, it's too complex for a flag. Never could quite see what it was.

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A little better here
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the dominant wind is from the west, so they should have known the one side of the flag they designed could be seen only by those people exiting the Muni
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When you come up out of the Muni they can't just let you flow out onto Castro or the crowds would back up all the way down to the trains, so they route people about a block up Market Street before releasing them into the wild
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Ed, Jim and Brian from the Coachella Valley
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Those gas prices looked high two weeks ago
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I know it looks like mother and son, but I'm not going there
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The complete set of my photos from the Pink Party can be seen here.

Filed under Gay Issues,Photography | permalink | July 17, 2015 at 07:18 PM | Comments (0)

MSWD Turf Rebate Winners

It was a best case scenario for Mission Springs Water District (MSWD) and residential customers who applied for the first-ever turf rebate program. Every qualified applicant received preliminary approval to receive funding.

MSWD proposed a "lottery-style" approach that was created to ensure that all MSWD customers would have an equal chance at receiving a rebate for replacing their lawn with water efficient desert landscaping. The District allocated $300,000 of its $500,000 Proposition 84 grant to residential projects. The remaining funds are set aside for non-residential projects and administrative costs for running the program. The funding was part of a $5.2 million grant distributed to the Coachella Valley Regional Water Management Group (CVRWMG) for the Coachella Valley Regional Turf Reduction Program.

143 residential applications were received by the deadline of July 13th at 5 p.m. Of those, 134 were preliminarily qualified (field verification is required), with the total rebate requests in at just shy of the $300,000 program budget. "We couldn't be happier and I'm sure our customers will be just as pleased" said Nancy Wright, President of the MSWD Board of Directors. The program will result in savings of over 5 million gallons of water per year.

John Soulliere, the Turf Rebate program manager, said that the next step is to notify the applicants, set up site visits to authenticate eligibility and get the projects under way to reduce water use on turf landscaping. MSWD is mandated to reduce consumption by 28% from 2013 consumption as part of the Governor's efforts to achieve a 25% state-wide reduction in response to the historic California drought.

Filed under California,Desert Hot Springs | permalink | July 17, 2015 at 04:14 PM | Comments (0)

Believe It When You Taste It

And not before. A strain of dulse developed at Oregon State that when cooked tastes like bacon! "It has twice the nutritional value of kale." That's been why I usually skip the bacon. It's not nearly as nutritious as kale, and a healthy kale breakfast is what morning is all about.

I will keep an eye out for the Oregon State camp at Burning Man.

Filed under Food and Drink | permalink | July 17, 2015 at 10:14 AM | Comments (0)

Didn't I Say?

National Park officials are again looking into the feasibility of acquiring Eagle Mountain iron mine in order to re-incorporate the area into Joshua Tree National Park. "The proposed takeover will be discussed at a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Ave." Comment period extends through August 21. The study of the feasibility is expected to be completed in mid-2016.

Filed under California,Coachella Valley | permalink | July 17, 2015 at 08:51 AM | Comments (0)

July 16, 2015

Smiling Happy Faces

My photos from the 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade (here's a link to the complete set of photos'):

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Which is not the same organization as Boy Scouts For Equal Rights
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Red Sox and Oakland A's
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Escapee from the Black Rock Desert
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Gay Mexico chasing the U.S.

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Mr. Gay USA
- meh.

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Oh no, somebody stole his shirt!

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Excellent!

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So there was this big contingent from Apple
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Nancy Pelosi
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SWANABAQ
- Southwest Asian And North African Bay Area Queers.

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Fashion leader
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I was surprised at the number of municipalities and school districts sending official contingents
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Even the Fox channel, can you believe it?

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NASA Ames Laboratory
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Gavin Newsom
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I noticed only two GoPros in the parade
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Those with a good memory for my LAWNBR 2014 photos may be interested to know that this is Google Glass Guy!
He's colored his hair, but he can't change that chin. Thanks to Jim O'Keefe for his sharp eyes.

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So in the Apple contingent everyone wore these t-shirts
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Engineering prowess
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The sheet of music facing us is "I Left My Heart In San Francisco."

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Possibly the youngest in the parade
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An original t-shirt?
Somebody with good knowledge about Harvey Milk's campaign might be able to verify.

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Dancing while seated
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Ennui
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Firefighter
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And this Apple contingent was curb to curb
with nothing but t=shirts, rainbow flags and a banner. No fancy show.

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Agnostic Community at Apple
- I don't know if this means people at Apple who are not prepared to say whether there are gods or not, or is an Apple Agnostic someone who is not prepared to say that any particular operating system is better than any other - Windows, OSX, Linus, all good.

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The size of the Apple contingent was estimated at 8,000!

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San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, some taking advantage of props left over from the Pride concerts
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He's with Apple
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Mark Leno
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Like I said, everyone in the Apple contingent wore that t-shirt
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A girl has to know how to pick the right shade of lipstick for her skin tones
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The signs they carry memorialize trans individuals who were killed for being trans
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The contingent from Kaiser Permanente all wore Golden State Warriors t-shirts
. Is there some connection between the two, or was the provider of Golden State Warriors t-shirts simply the lowest bidder?

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Two old Jewish guys
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Two young Jewish guys
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Market Street is pretty big, you know, but even spreading from curb to curb the Apple contingent went on for blocks without interruption
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Lucky dogs, all three of 'em
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Ya know, you go to San Francisco expecting to be surprised, no matter how many times you've been there before, and this was my surprise
. McDonalds in the Pride Parade?!

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Part of the Netflix contingent
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Exercising his right to bare arms
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Old Navy shows you how to put their flip-flops to good use
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The complete set of photos from the 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade is here.

Filed under Gay Issues,Photography | permalink | July 16, 2015 at 10:34 PM | Comments (1)

Yesterday's Shipment Arrives

Burning Man Carnival Of Mirrors Ticket 2015

Filed under Burning Man | permalink | July 16, 2015 at 02:15 PM | Comments (0)