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October 26, 2015

Mission Lakes Country Club

Mission Lakes Country Club, under construction, Desert Hot Springs, California
From a few years ago
. Can someone estimate the date based on the surrounding construction? Photo by Michael Rymer.

Filed under Cities/Urbanism,Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs,Photography | permalink | October 26, 2015 at 08:42 AM | Comments (1)

October 25, 2015

Marijuana Real Estate

In central Denver 9% of the industrial buildings are now being used to grow marijuana. That comes to at least 3.7 million square feet. But one person says that those facilities are not being fully utilized yet, so he thinks the market will cool for a bit.

The article includes an interesting map of all the marijuana grow facilities in Colorado. There are 487 in the Denver area. As you click on the numbers the map zooms in and you begin to see that some small areas of the city have large numbers of grow facilities.

Filed under Cities/Urbanism,Marijuana | permalink | October 25, 2015 at 10:10 PM | Comments (0)

October 23, 2015


The Red Drum Getaway. This is great stuff.

Filed under Film/Movies,Photography | permalink | October 23, 2015 at 09:33 PM | Comments (0)

Well, This Explains That

Metro Rail 210 bridge
The extension of the Gold Line along the 210
. I first noticed this bridge sometime last year, I think. I thought it strange that I couldn't recall noticing the distinctive design, nor could I recall a lot of construction in that area. I thought maybe I had just been paying too damn much attention to traffic. But, now I learn that it is a new bridge and it's for the Gold Line extension.

Filed under Architecture,Automotive,California,Cities/Urbanism,Travel | permalink | October 23, 2015 at 12:21 PM | Comments (0)

Eldridge Cleaver

I finally found the grave of Eldridge Cleaver. Before today I knew only the general area where he was buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena. But the description in this book helped quite a bit. Then this photo made it pretty easy. To assist anyone else looking for his grave, here are the coordinates: N34° 11.070' W118° 08.724' and a map:

Eldridge Cleaver (2044)

Filed under History | permalink | October 23, 2015 at 01:11 AM | Comments (0)

October 21, 2015

Stanford's Autonomous DeLorean...

…can cut donuts.

News article.

"In our work developing autonomous driving algorithms, we've found that sometimes you need to sacrifice stability to turn sharply and avoid accidents," Gerdes said. "The very best rally car drivers do this all this time, sacrificing stability so they can use all of the car's capabilities to avoid obstacles and negotiate tight turns at speed. Their confidence in their ability to control the car opens up new possibilities for the car's motion. Current control systems designed to assist a human driver, however, don't allow this sort of maneuvering. We think that it is important to open up this design space to develop fully automated cars that are as safe as possible."

Filed under Automotive,Technology | permalink | October 21, 2015 at 04:54 PM | Comments (0)

October 20, 2015

DEA Gets Hand Slapped

Last year Congress tacked the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment onto the budget:

Sec. 538. None of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to the States of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin, to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.

The DEA has pigheadedly insisted on misinterpreting that simple paragraph. While Congress intended it to mean DEA should keep their hands off of legal medical marijuana, the DEA interpreted it to mean only that they couldn't interfere with activities of the state government! They have been denounced by a few members of Congress for this.

And today, a court has ordered the DEA to comply with the law and butt out. The written decision is here.

The Government's contrary reading so tortures the plain meaning of the statute that it must be quoted to ensure credible articulation. Specifically, the Government contends that Section 538 proscribes
"the use of appropriated funds to 'prevent' states from 'implementing their own' medical marijuana laws. Such prohibited uses could include for example, federal actions that interfered with a state's promulgation of regulations implementing its statutory provisions, or with its establishment of a state licensing scheme. However, such uses do not include CSA enforcement actions againt individuals or private businesses because such actions do not prevent a state from implementing its own laws....[T]here is no evidence in the record that California has been impeded in any way in implementing its own State laws during the thirteen years the permanent injunction at issue has been in effect."

Filed under Marijuana | permalink | October 20, 2015 at 10:56 PM | Comments (0)

Tesla Autopilot

With a nervous guy in the driver’s seat.

Filed under Automotive,Technology | permalink | October 20, 2015 at 10:39 PM | Comments (1)

Coconut Harvesting

I never knew (or imagined) that 99% of the coconuts harvested in Thailand are picked by monkeys. Pigtailed macaques, to be specific. They've been doing it for 400 years. Here’s the website of a monkey school. And here is a video showing some monkeys training and working.

Naturally, there's a group in America that are accusing the coconut farmers of abuse, but the Americans have never visited any of the coconut plantations, however they've seen Youtube videos and we all know if it's on Youtube, it must be true. They don’t link to any of those videos on their website. They seem to be opposed to the use of monkeys for any kind of work on general principle. Dogs? Horses? Oxen? Are they opposed to them working too?

Filed under Food and Drink | permalink | October 20, 2015 at 10:25 PM | Comments (1)

October 19, 2015

Ah, Sweet Slumber!

There Will Be a Clean Spot When He Gets Up
by Rafe Cookinghamus. Makes ya wanna go to Burning Man, don't it?

Filed under Burning Man,Photography | permalink | October 19, 2015 at 10:21 PM | Comments (0)