November 30, 2017

Autopsy of an obese person

Here's a very good video that explicitly depicts the autopsy of an obese woman who died of heart failure. It includes clear, matter of fact explanations from the experts.

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November 27, 2017

Slides From The 1980s

Wrigley's, Charles Green Shaw - Art Institute of Chicago - 1987
At the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987, not Kodachrome.
Artist was Charles Green Shaw.

Yellow Flowers - Kodachrome - 1987
1987 Kodachrome.

Statue of Liberty Torch - Kodachrome - 1987
The Statue of Liberty's torch, Kodachrome, 1987.

MBTA North Station - Green Line - Kodachrome - 1987
Elevated Green Line stop at North Station, Boston, Kodachrome, 1987.

Longfellow House - Cambridge, Mass - Kodachrome - 1987
The Longfellow House in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kodachrome, 1987.

Flowering Tree - Ektachrome - 1987
Ektachrome, 1987.

Chicago Skyline - 1987
Chicago skyline 1987.

Cambridge Power Plant Western Ave - Kodachrome - 1987
Power plant in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Western Avenue crosses the Charles River, Kodachrome, 1987.

Tanglewood - Agfachrome - 1983
Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts, Agfachrome, 1983.

Paramount Theater Boston - 1986
The Paramount Theater facade on Washington Street in Boston, 1986.

Charlotte G - Kodachrome - 1988
Kodachrome, 1987, probably in Provincetown, Mass.

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November 24, 2017

Yet More Slides

This Looks Like Iowa - 1983
This looks like Iowa
, but I can't be more specific than that. Dates from 1983.

Tanglewood 1983 Agfachrome
Tanglewood 1983 on Agfachrome.
The camera the woman is using looks like an Olympus XA. I went through a couple of those.

Sailboat Hawaii Kodachrome 1986
Hawaii on Kodachrome, 1986.

Interior Agfachrome 1985
I have no idea where this is
, but if I had to guess I'd guess that it's at Alcatraz. Agfachrome, 1985.

Hawaii Ocean Sunset Kodachrome 1986
Sunset in Hawaii, Kodachrome, 1986.

Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges 1985
The Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, 1985.

100 Summer Street Boston Polachrome
This is another Polaroid instant slide, but this one is color, Polachrome.
The subject is in Boston.

You can see more of my slide photos by clicking this link.

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November 23, 2017

More Slides

Hunt Drugs 1985
Hunt Drugs was the best photography store in Boston when I lived there
and it still exists. They've expanded to several other locations, and it looks from here like they've dropped the drug store half of the business. It was an odd store. Probably three-quarters of the floor space was for photography while the other quarter was regular drug store stuff.

Statue Of Liberty 1985
The Statue of Liberty in 1985
.

Orange Flower
Ektachrome.

New England House 1984
I can't recall where this house is, or its significance.
But I can safely say it's in New England. If you can identify it, please let me know.

Helmsley-Spear Inc - Polaroid Instant Slide
This is a Polapan Polaroid instant slide
. The building is probably in New York City. A little more info about the film can be found here. Here's a video about the use of the film.

Frog Pond Boston Common 1983
Frog Pond in the Boston Common, 1983.

Christian Science Mother Church Annex (2) 1985
The Christian Science Mother Church Annex in Boston
; publishing house in the background.

Brooklyn Bridge 1985
This bridge is for sale
.

Boston Back Bay 1985
Boston's Back Bay in 1985 viewed from Cambridge
.

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November 21, 2017

Old Slides

I have a load of good slide photos from before the turn of the century that I have never shared digitally. I used to have a good slide scanner, until it stopped working years ago. I've finally acquired another scanner, and have set forth to scan some old slides. Here are a very few. Some, but not all, are Kodachrome. So far, my Ektachrome and other E6 slides are holding color well.

Kauai 1986 (3)
Kauai in 1986, this must be Waimea Canyon
, but I will accept corrections.

Washdown, Kauai, 1986
Also on Kauai in 1986
, we were up in the mountains and had been out hiking. All the dirt there is very sticky red mud and we were covered with it. So we decided it was much more sensible for all of us to hose each other down out in the yard of the mountain house, rather than waiting for each to use the only shower in the house. That's me in front, behind me left to right are Chuck, Bob & Alden. Alden has not gained weight since then.

New England, 1986
Somewhere in New England, 1986.

New England Autumn
Kodachrome, fershur.

Geese In Winter
I'm pretty sure this is Muddy River in Boston or Brookline.

Downtown Boston in Winter, 1987
A winter scene I do not miss.

Boston University - MLK Memorial
Boston University Chapel
with the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial in front.

Filed under Photography | November 21, 2017 at 08:45 AM | Comments (1)

November 18, 2017

My First 4K Video

Waokiye at Cabot's Museum is the subject for my first 4K video.

I recently acquired a ThiEYE T5e which is $170 at Amazon, but just under $100 at GearBest which is in China. I know buying direct from China is a crapshoot, but a 41% discount is pretty substantial. Reviews of this camera point out that it is genuine 4K, not interpolated from 1080p.

I have a 4K display, but my Mac Mini can't do any better than 1080p, so the only way I can see this in 4K is to connect the camera directly to my monitor and play it from there. I also don't have any software that can output a 4K video, so I can only upload them exactly as shot. Can't even trim off shaky starts or ends without lowering the resolution to 720p.

The video above is on Vimeo, who claims they don't degrade videos. I've also uploaded this video to YouTube which supports 4K, but they degrade the videos somewhat. If you think you can see the difference, here's a chance to do an A/B comparison.

Filed under Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs,Photography,Shopping | November 18, 2017 at 04:45 PM | Comments (0)

November 17, 2017

Bob Hope Patriotic Hall

I went on a tour of Bob Hope Patriotic Hall, which is that building that sort of sticks out and up, south of the 10 near the 110 interchange. It's just for veterans. It hosts several veterans groups and provides space for organizations providing services to veterans. So, it's not a museum, but there are photos on display and some historical artifacts. Most of those are behind glass, which makes for bad photography.

Bob Hope Patriotic Hall (4171)
This is the place that sort of stands out, south of the 10, near the interchange with the 110
.

Basketball Court at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall (4207)
On the top floor, under the peaked roof is this basketball court
. We were told this court was using in the filming of Hoosiers.

8th Floor Balcony at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall (1498)
The 8th floor has this balcony with a view to the west
. Just open the door and step out. I am unaware of any restrictions. You go through screening when you enter the building. Take the elevator up to the 8th floor and there you are.

Mural at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall (4177)
One-third of a triptych in the lobby depicts a diverse group of Americans at a polling place
. I call it "The GOP's Nightmare."

Verboten at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall (4252)
This list of verboten items is longer than TSA's
. It's more appropriate for a jail or courthouse—or a public school.

North View from Bob Hope Patriotic Hall (4232A)
The view north from Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
.

Hall at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall (4189)
We were told that this hall is the location where the opening scene of Patton was filmed
.

And here was the most unusual thing of the day: on the tour was a woman whose grandfather's portrait was on display on the 8th floor. She had discovered that entirely by accident while watching TV. This tour was the first time she had seen the actual portrait. Her grandfather's name was Walter Brinkop. He was the first commander of American Legion Post 8, which was the 8th post in the U.S. and the first in Los Angeles.

Grandfather - Grandaughter (4243)

Walter Brinkop at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall (4248)

The complete set of photos is here.

| November 17, 2017 at 10:58 PM | Comments (0)

November 15, 2017

Sonic Runway in San Jose

The Sonic Runway was an installation at Burning Man in 2016.

Filed under Art,Burning Man | November 15, 2017 at 03:19 PM | Comments (0)

Pink Crocs

I'm sharing this only because the main narrator wears pink crocs. I didn't notice until 9:48, but maybe they can be seen earlier as well.

| November 15, 2017 at 03:18 PM | Comments (0)

November 14, 2017

Sessions

Representative Hakeem Jeffries questioning AG Jeff Sessions today:

Someone has observed that Sessions reacts differently to the Senators depending on their race. I haven't (and don't plan to) watched enough C-SPAN to have an informed opinion about this. But if one of my readers does, do let me hear from you.

Filed under Politics | November 14, 2017 at 07:14 PM | Comments (0)

"Captain America"

In 2012 the FBI developed an informant who was a tow truck driver in south L.A. He wore a camera and documented corruption among L.A. County Sheriff Deputies. The code name for the informant was "Captain America." It was only after gathering evidence that the FBI discovered their informant was using a false name, was in the U.S. illegally, and had prior convictions for burglary and credit card fraud, among other things. The evidence then was turned over to the Sheriff's Department who used it to deal with the offenders administratively.

"Captain America" is still in the U.S.

Filed under Public Safety | November 14, 2017 at 10:46 AM | Comments (0)

November 13, 2017

Slaughterbots

Still science fiction. Their website.

Filed under Technology | November 13, 2017 at 05:10 PM | Comments (0)

October 12, 2017

Reverse Logic?

California has a new law that will increase the punishment for some crimes if they are recorded on video. Here's the business part of the new law: "667.95. In sentencing a person convicted of a violent felony listed in subdivision (c) of Section 667.5, the court may consider, as a factor in aggravation, that the defendant willfully recorded a video of the commission of the violent felony with the intent to encourage or facilitate the offense."

But those videos have been helpful in getting convictions and lengthening sentences. Why do we want to discourage that? I'm all for some additional punishment if the video is made public, but if it's not made public what's the reason for an enhanced sentence?

Filed under California,Public Safety | October 12, 2017 at 10:34 AM | Comments (0)

October 9, 2017

New Twist For The Cadiz Water Project

It has been determined that the state owns a parcel of land that the pipeline would cross.

The parcel is a tiny piece of the millions of acres that Congress in 1853 granted to California for the benefit of public education. The state sold most of the so-called schools lands but still owns desert tracts controlled by the commission.

[State Lands] Commission spokeswoman Sheri Pemberton said the state never sold the 200-foot-wide strip because in 1910 California granted a railroad right-of-way over it. Now, the commission says Cadiz needs a state lease to use that portion of the right-of-way for the water pipeline.

Filed under California | October 9, 2017 at 07:44 AM | Comments (0)

October 8, 2017

Kansas City Fire, 1959

I was five years old at the time of this fire and I'm just hearing about it now.

Filed under Public Safety | October 8, 2017 at 08:34 PM | Comments (0)

October 7, 2017

President Clinton Library

On my way to Tennessee I stopped in at the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

William J. Clinton – Presidential Library and Museum (4030)

William J. Clinton – Presidential Library and Museum (1394)

William J. Clinton – Presidential Library and Museum (1389)

Clinton Presidential Park Bridge viewed from the Clinton Library (1393)

The complete set of photos is here.

Filed under Architecture,History,Photography | October 7, 2017 at 06:54 PM | Comments (0)

October 4, 2017

Whispering Oaks

Over the last 10 days or so, I traveled to and camped at Whispering Oaks, a clothing optional campground in Tennessee. Some photos:

My Tent (4078)
My tent
. As you can see, nothing like Burning Man.

Near FIrst Meadow (4129)
At a far corner of the property
.

Ford Tractor in Second Meadow (4159)

Whispering Oaks (1471)
The central area of Whispering Oaks
.


Babbling Brook at Whispering Oaks, Tennessee.

More photos here.

Filed under Naturism-Nudism,Photography | October 4, 2017 at 08:57 PM | Comments (0)

September 22, 2017

Nude Bowl, With History

A bit of education.

Filed under Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs | September 22, 2017 at 05:34 PM | Comments (0)

September 21, 2017

A Few Of My Burning Man 2017 Photos

Burning Man 2017 (7182)
Dusk on Sunday, just before the Temple burn.

Action Figure Family - Atlas (7209)
Atlas, of the Action Figure Family, had this little surprise for those Burners who were sufficiently curious to open the door on his crotch.

Action Figure Family - Atlas' Chest (7201)
Inside the chest of Atlas.
Quite remarkably, there was no vandalism of the Action Figure Family, as far as I could see. Someone did steal the mini-Etch-a-Sketch, but it wasn't attached to anything and I kind of expected it to disappear.

Action Figure Family - Jacky (7206)
Jacky at the end of the week.

Action Figure Family - Jallen Arrives (7213)
Jallen arriving at the scene of the art.

Action Figure Family location tag (0381)
Our address tag, sort of.

Action Figure Family location on the Artery map (7215)
On the big master map at the Artery.

My Tricycle (1733)
My tricycle on the evening of the Temple burn.

Tree of Ténéré during disassembly (7181)
Beginning to disassemble the Tree of Ténéré.
This was one of the two brightest pieces of stationary art on the playa. (The Flower Tower was the other one.)

Placed Camps Along Four-Thirty
Map of the placed theme camps along the 4:30 axis.
Burner Buddies are in pink.

Lasers at Burning Man (2578)

Cool Bike (7150)
You can tell this is the boy's bike because the tires are pink.

Filed under Burning Man,Photography | September 21, 2017 at 05:27 PM | Comments (0)

September 14, 2017

A Short, Pointless Life

DennisCruz
Dennis Cruz
, arrested in DHS in 2010, died yesterday at age 28 in the prison in Corcoran, shanked by a fellow inmate who had chased him into the prison yard.

Filed under Desert Hot Springs,Public Safety | September 14, 2017 at 04:43 PM | Comments (0)