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July 31, 2016

"The Journey" - For 2017

I saw this at a Burner presentation/party Saturday evening in Palm Springs.

The Journey model (0880)
It's a spiral wooden tube that has been bent into a donut
and you can play with it when it's on the playa. 42 feet across. The ring is 10 feet high. The perfect dimensions to attract all sorts of adventurous men who want to play jungle gym. Clothing optionally.

The Journey model (1315)
Although it looks tempting, it will not be burned
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The Journey model (0892)

The Journey model (0893)
On the interior walkway
. Please to note that the structure had already attracted at least one adventurous man who wants to play jungle gym.

It'll have audio and video, too, that will respond to the environment somewhat. Dan Reeves, the brains behind this, specifically said it would respond to art cars when they approach. I consider that a commitment. Here's what the artist had to say - all becomes clear!

Crowdsourcing to come, he said.

He's looking for volunteers.

Filed under Art,Burning Man,Coachella Valley | permalink | July 31, 2016 at 08:35 PM | Comments (1)

July 29, 2016

Sebastien De La Cruz

In 2013 he sang at an NBA finals game in San Antonio:

That brought a flood of racist commentary on Twitter.

He repeated his performance with a deeper voice (but he can still hit the high notes) at the Democratic convention:

Bonus: Here he is on "America's Got Talent" in 2012.

Filed under Music | permalink | July 29, 2016 at 02:33 PM | Comments (0)

July 28, 2016

A Different Sort Of Map Of L.A. Restaurants

This map shows restaurants in Los Angeles that are identified with one of the 50 states. For Massachusetts there are two places: the Dunkin' Donuts downtown and Malibu Seafood in (where else?) Malibu.

It even lists four California restaurants, one of which is Smittens ice cream which comes from San Francisco.

Missouri gets only one entry, a St. Louis style barbecue. Fortunately, the map also includes a Kansas City, Kansas, barbecue joint: Charcoal Silverlake, although when I look at their website their description of how they cook their meet is not Kansas City style.

Filed under Cactus,Food and Drink | permalink | July 28, 2016 at 06:38 PM | Comments (0)

July 23, 2016

Santa Ana Marijuana Raiders Fired

You may remember those Santa Ana cops who displayed less than ideal police behavior while raiding a marijuana dispensary.

Three of those officers are no longer with the force.

Filed under Marijuana | permalink | July 23, 2016 at 10:37 AM | Comments (0)

July 19, 2016

Public Nudity

A man who is so offended by casual public nudity, he slows down and engages with some naked men on the street in Toronto. I must point out that his Youtube username is "christsforgiveness."

On the website of christsforgiveness.com it says

CFM has evangelists all around the world that have been trained in the CFM style of Evangelism and are impacting souls and planting churches.

The cameraman who made the video above must be showing us some of "CFM style of evangelism." And they wonder why so many gays don't like Christian churches.

The law on public nudity in Canada is a bit unclear, but similar to the laws in much of the United States. If the naked person is not engaging in lewd behavior, then there's no problem.

Here's another video that shows Christ's Forgiveness Ministry preaching at Toronto gay pride. Observe the reaction of the people passing by. There is no reaction. He draws not a single listener. He might as well have been invisible and silent.

Filed under Gay Issues,Naturism-Nudism,Religion | permalink | July 19, 2016 at 01:07 PM | Comments (0)

July 14, 2016

Outback Logic Siesta4

I've just received a tent that was designed specifically for the weather conditions at Burning Man, the Outback Logic Siesta4. The reflective exterior is actually a rain fly that is permanently attached to the tent inside. Every vent on it can be sealed to keep out dust. It has two ports where you can insert an electric fan. I have one fan on order. The floor is 7'6" square and I can almost stand up straight in it, so it must be about 5'10" high. Staking it is required in order to get it to hold its shape.

I set it up in the wind and that was easier than setting up my Cabela's Alaskan Guide Geodesic tent in the wind. But the only way to test it against Burning Man strength winds would be to move it out to some open desert on the west side of the city, and I'm not going to do that.

No instructions came with it, and I made only one false start. There are only four fiber glass poles, but they are two lengths, so you've got to lay them all out to be sure you pick the right one.

Outback Logic Siesta4 (2928)

Outback Logic Siesta4 (2931)

Outback Logic Siesta4 (2940)

Outback Logic Siesta4 (2936)

Outback Logic Siesta4 (2938)

Outback Logic Siesta4 (2943)
One of the fan ports
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Filed under Burning Man,Shopping | permalink | July 14, 2016 at 07:31 PM | Comments (2)

July 13, 2016

Look What I Acquired

Burning Man 2016 ticket

Filed under Burning Man | permalink | July 13, 2016 at 07:04 PM | Comments (0)

July 12, 2016

Problem Solved! Republicans Declare Coal To Be "Clean"

The GOP's platform committee unanimously voted to declare coal "an abundant, clean, affordable, reliable domestic energy resource."

The word "clean" was not initially included in the Republican platform committee's coal statement. It was added by David Barton, an RNC delegate from Texas. Barton is the former vice chair of the Republican Party of Texas and an evangelical leader, popular for his claims that the U.S. Constitution is a biblical document.

From a 2012 NPR report on David Barton:

"You look at Article 3, Section 1, the treason clause," he told James Robison on Trinity Broadcast Network. "Direct quote out of the Bible. You look at Article 2, the quote on the president has to be a native born? That is Deuteronomy 17:15, verbatim.

The treason clause is is actually Article 3, Section 3:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.

I'm not even going to search for it, but if any Bible expert thinks they know where Article 3, Section 3 is in the Bible, I would be delighted to learn that amazing fact.

Article 2, Section 1, the requirement for the President to be a natural born citizen says this: "No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States."

Deuteronomy 17:15 in the Complete Jewish Bible: "In that event, you must appoint as king the one whom Adonai your God will choose. He must be one of your kinsmen, this king you appoint over you — you are forbidden to appoint a foreigner over you who is not your kinsman." King James: "Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother."

Clearly related, but I don't think Mr. Barton knows the meaning of the word "verbatim" nor the obvious fact that a verbatim quote from the Bible would never be in English.

Filed under Politics,Religion | permalink | July 12, 2016 at 11:22 AM | Comments (0)

July 11, 2016

Aerial Video Of Los Angeles

A bit better than previous ones.

If you go to 1:12 you'll find a segment showing Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook which I recommend for its great view of the city that isn't the same old view you've seen a million times. Also, it's a great place to exercise...if you've already been exercising.

Filed under Cities/Urbanism | permalink | July 11, 2016 at 03:27 PM | Comments (0)

When You've Got A Hammer...

You may think you can nail it, but you would be wrong.

| permalink | July 11, 2016 at 01:37 PM | Comments (0)