April 26, 2016
Drone With Improved Safety
Lightweight, "follow-me," and a safety enclosure. It's not available yet, but they are aiming for a retail price under $600. It does not have image stabilization, which shows in some of these sample shots.
April 23, 2016
Seeing Clearly Underwater
Here's an article about the children in a Thailand tribe who can see clearly while swimming underwater. The researchers ruled out genetics and have determined that the children learn to voluntarily contract their pupils to their smallest size and change the shape of their lenses. A group of Swedish children learned to do it in one month. The ability disappears in adults.
April 22, 2016
Meanwhile, in Palm Springs
A Palm Springs police advisory (with photo). This guy sounds dangerously aggressive.
On Thursday morning 4/21/16 at approximately 3:30 AM, the PSPD Communications Center received a 911 call from a distraught female reporting that a male subject had broke a window to her home in the 2700 block of E Mesquite Ave in Palm Springs, climbed through the window and physically and sexually assaulted her and her husband. The caller further stated that the suspect was still in the house. While on the phone with dispatchers the female caller began screaming that the suspect was attacking her. The woman's husband was able to pull the male off of her and pin him down until police arrived.
Officers arrived at the location within 6 minutes of the call and detained the male inside the residence. The male was identified as:
Thomas Mabe DOB - 5/10/1971 of Palm Springs.
Neither homeowner required medical attention.
During further investigation, officers learned that Mabe broke a window to the home, entered the residence and sexually assaulted the husband and wife.
The homeowners were able to push the suspect away but he remained in the home trying to get dressed. The homeowners and suspect moved into the living room where the wife called 911. While on the phone with 911, the suspect lunged at the wife and physically grabbed onto her while trying to take the phone from her. The husband grabbed the suspect and pinned him down until police arrived to detain him.
Thomas Mabe was recently arrested by PSPD on 3/1/16 for Child Annoyance where he approached a 16 year old girl on foot who was walking to school, made sexual comments to the girl and attempted to grab her when a passerby witnessed the incident and stepped in and rescued the child. PSPD filed the case with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office on 3/2/16 who subsequently filed one count of 647.6(a)(1) PC – Child Annoyance with victim under 18 years old and 1203.2 PC – Violation of Probation.
Thomas Mabe plead guilty and was placed on probation for that incident and released from jail on March 19th.
Mabe was also arrested by PSPD on April 17th for being under the influence of a controlled substance and booked into the Riverside County Jail. He was released from custody the following day on April 18th, 2016.
Mabe was arrested on 4/21/16 for the following charges:
459 PC - Residential Burglary
1203.2 PC - Violation of Probation
243.4 (a) PC - Sexual Assault
667.61 (c)(3) PC - Commit Oral Copulation during course of a burglary
288a(f)(1) PC - Oral copulation while victim asleep
290(b) PC - Failure to register as a sex registrant within 30 days
April 21, 2016
The Desert Hot Springs Marijuana Meeting
Everything you missed at last night's meeting. For the most part, a very interesting couple of hours. That is I, in the red t-shirt on the left of the screen as the video starts.
"I am a very conservative individual. I have totally done a 180 on my opinion" regarding marijuana, said [Desert Hot Springs Mayor Scott] Matas, who describes himself as a right-of-center registered Republican.
GoPro goes onstage at Coachella
April 20, 2016
Got What He Asked For
Here's an unusual and very satisfying story. In Chicago, a young white heavily-tattooed man taunted an elderly black man on the train for 15 minutes using the N-word and trying to get a reaction. And then he got a reaction:
It's hard to say what the best moment was: kicking the kid in the head with orthopedic shoes or the kid crawling off the train at the first stop or the fact that the kid totally pissed himself while it was going on. There's another video on this page where you can confirm the pissed pants.
The cops were there when the white man crawled out of the train, but they didn't seem to be curious enough to get on the train and find out what had happened, so as far as I can determine, all parties remain nameless.
April 19, 2016
Cut In Half
April 17, 2016
Apple Patents Glass Doors
Actually, they've gotten a design patent on large glass doors without handles for their "Next-Gen" stores. The lack of handles will allow crowds of shoppers to flow more smoothly when a new product is released. [sarcasm]
Here you see them in use at the new Apple store in the Chestnut Hill mall. Boston readers are invited to go inspect these and report back on their magical properties. They can't just be doors, can they?
April 15, 2016
State Of The City - Desert Hot Springs
The Chamber of Commerce has shared this video of Mayor Matas' first State of the City address [fixed link]. And I get a little cameo role in the first minute!
April 14, 2016
I watched Spotlight a couple of weeks ago for the first time and was surprised to see Phil Saviano portrayed as being a sort of tightly strung nutjob. He and I were friends back when I still lived in Boston and I found him to be one of the calmest, most relaxed people I knew. Here's a discussion with Phil Saviano after a showing of the film. The sound quality is poor, but in this video Phil is the Phil I remember.