December 18, 2016

Keith Haring Exhibit at Petersen Automotive Museum

The five vehicles painted by Keith Haring are on display at Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A. The website doesn't say how long the vehicles will be on display there.

Keith Haring Exhibit at Petersen Museum (1059)

Keith Haring - BMW Z1 (7903)
1990 BMW Z1

Keith Haring - BMW Z1 (7897)

Keith Haring - Buick Special (1062)
1963 Buick Special

Keith Haring - Buick Special (7859)

Keith Haring - Buick Special (7872)

Keith Haring - Honda (7875)
1987 Honda CBR1000F Hurricane

Keith Haring - Land Rover (7878)
1971 Land Rover Series III

Keith Haring - Land Rover (7882)

Keith Haring - Land Rover (3380)

Keith Haring - Land Rover (7891)

Keith Haring - Mini Ferrari (1053)
1962 SCAF/Mortarini Mini Ferrari 330 P2 Motorized Child’s Automobile

The complete set of photos is here.

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December 17, 2016

Forest Lawn - Glendale

Last weekend I went on an actual paid tour of some of Forest Lawn Glendale. I got to see the show in the Hall of the Crucifixion/Resurrection. That's pretty impressive. There is a diorama of the scene of Christ's crucifixion with an interesting history. The diorama of the Resurrection is smaller and much newer and depicts heaven (it's up in the clouds, so it's got to be heaven, right?) as populated with a lot of Christian crusaders. It also includes St. Peter's in Rome, St. Paul's in London and Christ Church in the City of Boston, i.e., Old North Church. I didn't see anything like a Mormon temple there.

I also went into the Great Mausoleum for the first time. This mausoleum has the greatest concentration of celebrities and also the big stained glass Last Supper (so they really enforce the no photos inside rule here). Michael Jackson is interred here, as well as Elizabeth Taylor. I saw Taylor's grave, but didn't notice it was hers because I was distracted by the huge angel atop it.

They've removed the curtain from the Last Supper, so they can't do the big unveil anymore, but they still play the pre-recorded story of its history.

David at Forest Lawn (3314)

David in Michelangelo's Studio -  Forest Lawn (3273)
Depicting Michelangelo in his studio with the completed statue of David
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Entire 20th Century (3263)
1896 - 2005

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The Hall of the Crucifixion/Resurrection
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The Builder's Creed (3342)
The Builder's Creed
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The Republic (1038)
"The Republic."
This is a scaled down replica of the original which was erected at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The original is gone, but there is a replica in Jackson Park in Chicago.

The complete set of photos can be found here.

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December 16, 2016

Salk Institute

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Salk Institute (3216)

Salk Institute

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November 27, 2016

Palm Springs Construction

Construction in Palm Springs (0964)

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November 14, 2016

Drones, Chapter 2

There are enough drones in a sufficient number of hands now, it became inevitable that they'd finally be used for some real nitty gritty. This is not pleasant to watch and it’s got some really good swearing, but there’s no blood or gore…or even sex!

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October 31, 2016

You're Not Going To Want A GoPro Karma

Compared to the DJI Mavic Pro.

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October 6, 2016

The Temple Burn

My video of my ride from the Burner Buddies camp out to and around the Temple on the night of its burn. This was shot entirely from a camera mounted on my tricycle's handlebars.

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Yet Another Mavic Pro Review

This one talks a little bit about focus and why some people may think the image from the Mavic is "soft."

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October 4, 2016

Another Mavic Pro Review

An entertaining review of the Mavic Pro which is also very informative. Also, lots of L.A. scenes.

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September 29, 2016

Canndescent Ribbon Cutting

Canndescent is the first cannabis cultivator to go into real operation in Desert Hot Springs, which means it's the first legal cultivation site in California, outside of dispensaries themselves. Boy Scout Troop 1606 brought the American flag and led the Pledge of Allegiance, which the cannabis people thought was a bit unusual. But! One of the Scouts is trying to raise money for a trip to Washington DC for some Boy Scout function. Canndescent covered his remaining financial need with a check for $3,300. I would like to be there when he tells other Scouts how he raised his money.

Canndescent Ribbon-cutting (3037)
"Transforming Agriculture."
I imagine in a few years as the cannabis industry settles down we'll get used to seeing slogans like you'd see in Iowa or any other predominantly agricultural state.

Canndescent Ribbon-cutting (3043)
Canndescent also presented the city with its first tax payment of $135,000
. The tax rate is based solely on cubic footage of the grow area, so the city doesn't have to wait for a crop to mature and be sold to get taxes. I don't recall if the taxes are paid quarterly or every 6 months, and no one said if this tax payment is one full payment, or does it cover through the end of the calendar year or perhaps the fiscal year? Nevertheless, $135,000 is almost the cost of one cop for one year. So it's a start.

Canndescent Ribbon-cutting (3031)

Canndescent Ribbon Cutting (0934)
Click for a larger size
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Canndescent Armored Vehicle (3026)
Their armored vehicle
which doesn't seem to use CNG.

Canndescent Armored Vehicle (3028)
And it looks like they went all the way to Connecticut to get it
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Canndescent Armored Vehicle (3022)
Interior of the vehicle
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Canndescent (3034)

Canndescent (3046)
An historical plaque that Canndescent will erect
. I suppose this fulfills their "art in public places" requirement. The plaque says:

CANNDESCENT

This marks the site of the first municipally-permitted cannabis cultivator operating in California. On November 5, 1996, California became the first U.S. state to legalize medical cannabis use. On October 21, 2014, Desert Hot Springs became the first city in California to legalize cannabis cultivation. On September 19, 2016, CANNDESCDENT commenced production.

Canndescent Grow Room (3050)
One of their grow rooms (with nothing growing)
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Video of the grow room so you can see all the fans and appreciate the resulting noise.

permalink | September 29, 2016 at 07:17 PM | Comments (0)

Phantom 4 vs. Mavic Pro vs. Hero5 Session - image quality

Spoiler: the Phantom 4 produces the clearest, sharpest images, the Mavic Pro's image is a bit soft, the Hero5 Session has better image quality than the Mavic Pro.

permalink | September 29, 2016 at 02:42 PM | Comments (0)

Hero5 Session Is Good!

According to this guy.

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September 28, 2016

Bear This In Mind

A woman is suing Pi Kappa Phi at USC because a drone fell on her head at a party at the frat house in October 2005. The operator of the drone had been hired by Pi Kappa Phi to photograph the party.

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September 27, 2016

DJI Smacks Down GoPro

Just a week after GoPro announced their first drone, Karma, DJI (longtime sales leader in drones) has come out with something much better called Mavic Pro. The Mavic Pro appears to fold down smaller than the Karma; it can go 40 MPH (somebody's going to lose an eye!); and it has tracking ability. It's also cheaper than the Karma. The Karma is $800. Add a Hero5 and the total is about $1,200. The Mavic Pro is $999 and includes a camera. You can also exclude DJI's new remote controller and save $250, dropping the price to $749. You can skip the remote controller and operate the Mavic Pro from your smartphone. DJI says the Mavic Pro can hover so steadily and its gimbal is so fantastic that you can use shutter speeds as long as 2 seconds on their camera! I am gobsmacked!

News article here.

Here's a video which is nicely lower key than a GoPro video.

The only way this is going to be a bad deal is if the camera is crappy...so wait for some reviews first.

UPDATE: A Mavic Pro test video.

It looks like image quality is very good, but a narrower angle than GoPro, which has its pluses and minuses.

Here’s a comparison list of features of the Mavic Pro and the Karma.

permalink | September 27, 2016 at 09:53 PM | Comments (2)

September 23, 2016

The Temple

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September 20, 2016

Lower Tech Than A Drone

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GoPro Karma & Gimbal Test

A pretty good test of the gimbal and image stabilization in the Hero5 (conducted by someone not connected to GoPro) begins at 6:50 in this video. After that he shows what he can do with it without reading or receiving any instruction at all. And then he proceeds to test it over the Hudson River!

permalink | September 20, 2016 at 03:43 PM | Comments (0)

Terabyte SD Card

SanDisk announced it has created a prettype of a 1 TB SD card. No word on when it might come to market or what the price might be.

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September 19, 2016

Small Coincidence

I was watching this video about the GoPro Hero5 Session when I realized I recognized Chris Farro who shows up at about 27 seconds into the video.

Chris Farro
In the video
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UAV Operator (1753)
At Burning Man 2013
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permalink | September 19, 2016 at 07:11 PM | Comments (0)

GoPro Hero5 (and more) announced

GoPro Hero5 Black (does that suggest there will also be a Silver model?) (Oct. 2)

  • $400
  • 12MP
  • Voice commands
  • Video stabilization
  • Touch display
  • Waterproof without a case
  • 4K up to 30 fps
  • 1440 up to 80 fps
  • 1080 up to 120 fps
  • Location capture
  • Raw
  • Auto-upload


GoPro Hero5 Session (wait for the reviews to find out if they've sufficiently improved the Session's horrid photo quality) (Oct. 2)

  • $300
  • 10 MP
  • Voice commands
  • Video stabilization
  • Waterproof without a case
  • But it comes with a case so you can mount it
  • Auto-upload
  • 4K up to 30 fps
  • 1440 up to 60 fps
  • 1080 up to 90 fps


GoPro Hero Session (Oct. 2)

  • $200
  • 8 MP
  • 1440 up to 30 fps
  • 1080 up to 60 fps
  • Waterproof without a case
  • But it comes with a case so you can mount it


GoPro Karma drone (Oct. 23)

  • $800
  • No propellor guards
  • Has a stabilizer that can be removed and used handheld. Or you can purchase the stabilizer independently for $300


Omni 360° camera array

  • $1500 for Omni only; $5000 if you also need to buy the six Hero5 Black cameras. You're paying $583/camera, if you do it that way.


Herocast

  • For professional live broadcast. Price not stated.


As before, purchase of a GoPro product does not include trips to Alaska or India, hot air balloons, dramatic music, backstage passes at concerts, a classic VW camper bus, slackline skills, or (most regrettably) beautiful people.

Here's your Apple-style video ad for the Hero5 Black.

And here's the one for the Hero5 Session.

UPDATE: I totally missed this earlier. The Remo, a remote for voice commands; $80.

permalink | September 19, 2016 at 01:12 PM | Comments (0)