April 25, 2012
When I Drive Around In December And Think To Text My East Coast Friends
January 29, 2012
Old Stuff From 2003
I have been going back and clearing out some old dead wood from Ron's Log. This version you are reading extends back to August 2003. A lot of links have died since then, so I'm fixing the ones that can be, deleting the ones that can't. In the process I've come across some items that I guess I included because either the technology was pretty gee-whiz for the time, or the price was impressively low, or both. Here is some of what I found between August and December 2003:
- 4 Gb Microdrive $500 (Microdrives were little hard drives in Compact Flash format). I think they are no longer being manufactured, but you can buy a used 4Gb model for $10. A regular 4 Gb Compact Flash card can be had for as little as $13 now).
- 4 megapixel camera with 10x zoom, $500
- The 40 Gb iPod cost $500. Today it's 160 Gb and costs $250.
- 6 Gb Compact Flash card for $5,000. They don't seem to be selling 6 Gb CF cards these days. You can get 4 Gb or 8 Gb. An 8 Gb card can be had for $15.
- 2 Gb SD cards predicted to be available "soon." Today you can buy 128 Gb SD cards.
- Recommendations for your first digital camera from SiliconValley.com:
- 3 megapixels is enough
- Don't go less than $200
- Upgrade the memory card to at least 256 Mb. Yes, megabytes. You can still buy a 256 Mb SD card for less than $5.
- A 5 megapixel camera was introduced for $400.
- A 20 Gb USB hard drive for $250. Today there are lots of choices in USB hard drives. I found a terabyte drive (1,024 Gb) for $145. It's hard to find one as small as 20 Gb, but I did, and it's $38.
- Google labs unveiled a new experiment they called "Search by Location" which has since become their standard feature "Search Nearby."
- A 20 Gb USB device with a built-in compact flash card reader. The killer feature was that it could output video and jpegs directly to a television. In addition it could simultaneously play MP3s while showing jpegs! Also, you could rotate the jpegs! It came with a remote control so you could use it in presentations. $400. Or you could go up to the 60 Gb model for $600. At the time I thought $400 was incredibly cheap for all this power.
- Kodak announced that it would stop making slide projectors by June 2004, but they had no plans yet to discontinue any slide films.
- A USB-powered "personal vibrator" could be had for £30 in 2003. The link is dead, so I can't say for sure exactly what features this might have included - remote control? Synch to music? A quick Google search turned up one available today with remote control for $11.80.
- Stories of Google's impending IPO in 2004 were circulating. There were estimates the initial value would exceed $15 billion. It turned out to be $27 billion. Today its market capitalization is $205 billion.
- A Pioneer DVR with an 80 Gb hard drive and the ability to burn DVD-R for $1,200.
- A waterproof, 2 megapixel camera for $200.
December 1, 2010
My favourite leak is that US and UK diplomats are shitting bricks about the current state of Pakistan and the fate of its ever growing nuclear arsenal. Oh really? I've been shitting about that since 2003. It's only a shocking revelation because the media never reports it. So when we find out that diplomats have no idea who controls the nukes there, that 100,000 Pakistani personnel are involved in the nuclear program there and the Taliban captured the Swat valley with collusion from Islamacists in the Pakastani military and government, you know that smuggled chunk of highly enriched uranium is gonna go on the market in some scumbag Albanian dive bar very soon.
That should make you shit bricks.
A US city getting glassed by a nuke in an uninspected ship container freely rolled into a US harbor while the TSA searches your granny's tits for a silicon implant bomb. Talk about security theater... It's a story that should be on the front page of every US newspaper everyday. But it isn't. It took a document dump to the world's media to even be elevated to the point of a news story. If that isn't a total failure of popular journalism then I don't know what is.
And a few days ago he wrote about what a Korean war would look like. He says North Korea's ground forces are using the same obsolete equipment that Iraq had in the first Gulf War. He says they have no infrared or night-vision. He doesn't give his sources. He says they even still have 200 Soviet T-34 tanks which he describes as "those legendary beauties that routed the Wehrmacht at Kursk in '43." According to WikiPedia, they were manufactured up until 1958.
The North Korean air forces are all Vietnam war era, he says. OTOH, they do have artillery. His scenario is that North Korea in one first (and last) strike simply throws everything it has at the city of Seoul. Then it sits back behind its incredible defenses. Eventually the North surrenders, but how the surrender goes down depends a lot on China.
October 14, 2010
Ron's Log Comment Policy
I've always had some kind of policy limiting the comments on this blog. The policy has evolved over time, but I've never laid it out for my readers because I'm the only who needs to know it. Sometimes, though, a commenter comes along who thinks I'm running a public service and becomes ruffled when he or she learns otherwise. So here is an outline of the policy that's been unchanged for about the last year or so:
- Comments are welcome and invited.
- Except for spam - and I'm the one who decides if it's spam.
- No hate speech - I don't provide free soapboxes for Nazis, Klan members, the Westboro Baptist Church, or their ilk. I'm the one who decides who is their ilk.
- Anonymous comments are welcome and invited - sometimes the Typepad software may try to get you to be less anonymous, but if you can fib your way through that, it's fine with me.
- Flaming, negative, unconstructive comments are acceptable, but not from anonymous commenters. IOW, if you want to leave a comment like this: "U Can not shine a terd!!! DHS is a piece of shit! The leaders for the City and Water District need to all be recalled and some folks like yourself need to take charge!!" then you will need to make yourself identifiable. I'm the one who decides if you are identifiable. Some people leave comments here using only a single initial and I know who they are and that's totally fine. But for most of you, we need some kind of real name and email address if you want to be a jerk.
- Anonymous comments that are informative, constructive, or basically anything but flaming negativity are fine. I decide where the line between flaming negativity and acceptability lies.
The Desert Sun is your local outlet for anonymous, flaming, negative attacks. They make money on that. I don't and don't want to. If you don't like this policy, talk to the guy who pays the bills.
November 19, 2009
Ron's Log ain't got no "B"
It's been a while since I last searched for sites named "Ron's Blog" (the one you are reading now is "Ron's Log"), and they have mushroomed. Here is a guide to sites that are not Ron's Log, but "Ron's Blog," in no particular order, but numbered for reference purposes:
- Suggests it may have something to do with prophecy, but the subjects so far are: 2012, political correctness, Fort Hood killings, UFOs may be the work of the Antichrist who, when good Christians disappear in the Rapture, will work to convince the rest of us that they really just got swooped up in flying saucers.
- This seems to be the former blog of #1 above. He's a pastor in Alto Loma. May be about prophecy, but the subjects on the front page are that White House criticism of Fox somehow crosses the first amendment, Obama's Nobel peace prize, hate crimes, Islam's expected Messiah may be the Antichrist, why hasn't Jesus come, and worries about Muslims praying on Capitol Hill (are there any guidelines in the New Testament about how to critique other people's prayers?).
- A Utahan, possibly a Mormon, with lots of Twittering.
- He's pissed off by stupid people. Not updated since September.
- Malaysian 16-year old overwhelmed with Christianity and autostarting music.
- Ph. D. zoologist, writes well, good photos, possibly atheist. (Hey, I'm just skimming these quickly).
- Blogging from Glasgow.
- Real estate in the Kentucky Lake Area. Not updated since April.
- Audio recording. Not updated since August.
- Pastor Ron's Blog. He writes only one entry a month and he started in September 2009.
- Deceased radio personality. Last entry March 2008.
- A photographer who stopped posting in February 2008.
- Ron Muschette has five entries from January to May and doesn't say much. Oh, he's a radio personality in Jamaica.
- A blog on the "ethos Chicago" site. Two entries about Nehemiah; one in September, one in October. There's still time for one more in November.
- Ron Luce (any relation to Walter Luce?) dispenses parenting information in a variety of fonts.
- Ron Norman, nature photographer.
- Aircraft builder.
- Might be a geek, but hard to say. One post in 2009, one in 2007, one in 2006. Maybe he was dating somebody in 2008.
- Two entries (12/2008 & 1/2009) on a site for small business.
- Ron Morris on "The American Entrepreneur."
- Another Pastor Ron, this one in Ocala, Florida. He's had 14,599 visitors since March 11, 2008, with NO ENTRIES at all! That's efficiency.
- Men and 4WD vehicles with big tires in muddy places.
- Father Ron's Blog. An Episcopalian in Pleasanton, California. I skimmed his whole front page and he condemns no one at all! Probably one of those good Christians.
- Ron Storer, wedding photographer. Includes some great non-wedding photos.
- Something web-geeky.
- Not a blog. One undated entry on why he blogs.
- Ron Boulanger; business planning.
- Bird lover. Includes this entry about how wind turbines make bat lungs explode.
- Another Pastor Ron. His entries are blended in with entries from other pastors.
- Ron Brown, home loan specialist.
- Pastor Ron again! This time at the West Point Baptist Church in Chicago.
- Some connection to community TV in Santa Cruz, California. They don't have that great video at the city council meeting, though.
- A veritable Christian frenzy, with Bible quotes, links to religious sites, and Glenn Beck.
- Geeky stuff. Last entry March 2006.
- Real estate in Redding, California.
- Football, as in soccer.
- A Dish TV dealer.
- Homebuyer coach. Not to be confused with a Coachbuyer home.
- City issues in Nanaimo, British Columbia.
- Sedona, Arizona.
- I don't know where he works, but his performance review requires him to blog frequently!
- Education and web stuff.
I think that's enough for now.
October 28, 2009
Encyclopedia Britannica Has Blogs!?
Yes, indeedy, Encyclopedia Britannica blogs are just the thing for the faux intellectual who is above all that weblog claptrap, but still wants to read something short and interesting on the web. Other than clear writing, proper grammar and correct spelling, the writing styles on the blogs have no connection with what you would read in the large, bound tomes that we usually associate with the words "Encyclopedia Britannica." It will disappoint many to see that the blog entries are not in alphabetical order.
Sample blogs: The Survival of Books, featuring a 1940 photo of a London library with the books all neatly shelved even after German bombs collapsed the roof.
Body Art, Wallpaper, & More. Sorry, no genuine nudity there.
Careers (Guide To) which links to videos on the subject of careers, such as Abbott and Costello's Who's On First skit, Lucy's Vitameatavegamin skit and the wine vat skit, Barney Fife and the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, Monty Python's Bicycle Repairman skit, and several others that can be useful for those considering a career change during this economic downturn.
October 26, 2009
What I'm Doing Here, Take 2
I thought that maybe, after a couple of comments directed my way, I needed to go back and expand on my earlier post What I'm Doing Here, but after re-reading what I wrote last December I see it is not necessary. Any reader who imagines that I'm pretending to be something like a newspaper-neutral journalist needs to keep his or her imagination in check.
The role I want in city council meetings is to be the citizen who comes in and listens and pays attention. I don't try to go digging before or after meetings to find out dirt or ulterior motives. I'm never going to be a candidate for any position. But I don't pretend to be neutral. No thinking person should be completely neutral. But I think my bias is in favor of clarity and common sense (plus I have a hardon for the Bill of Rights and 14th Amendment). I come home from the meetings jazzed up enough that I want to write about them, so write about them I do - while the thoughts are still fresh.
Or, as "b" wrote, "You've done what my grandfather said was his destiny: to retire, get a big wide white belt hitched up above his belly button, and complain about the gummint full time."
October 25, 2009
Blogging Is About To Go Way, Way Too Far
Charmin will be interviewing on November 5, hoping to hire five people to be bathroom attendants. But instead of a little platter of loose change, Charmin will pay $10,000 each, just to work from November 23 through December 31 in the Charmin Restrooms in Times Square. And they have to blog about the experience!
Yes, imagine that you need a paper towel or a breath mint, but the damned bathroom attendant is over in the corner typing away at a keyboard, blogging about the drunk that came in before you. This is why they will be paid, because they certainly won't be able to depend on tips.
Next possibility: a surgical nurse who blogs from the operating room.
August 26, 2009
Ron's Log is experiencing a brief surge of traffic as people search for images using the term topless day. Topless day was last Saturday, but a year ago I linked to a Burning Man photo that I thought was appropriate for topless day, and (as I write this) that is the number #2 image to come up on that Google search. Warning, there are tits in that link.
Just before that I got a surge of traffic from people searching for "forest lawn" glendale map where my scan of one of the cemetery's free hand-out maps is at the #5 position on Google. Ya just never know where your traffic is going to come from - but if you're putting money into it "tits" always pays off. Other related key words should be obvious.
January 24, 2009
Almost The Non-Internet Blog
The Printed Blog plans to put blog content from various sources into the familiar and comfortable form of a paper newspaper you can spread across the breakfast table on a Sunday morning. They say they will start printing this coming Tuesday. They will publish TWICE DAILY! And it will also be available as a PDF online. But where and how to get that paper copy, you ask.
We will be handing out the first hour issues in three primary locations, two "el" stops in Lincoln Park (Belmont and Fullerton Red Lines) in Chicago and at a to-be-determined BART station in San Francisco. It's also likely that we'll hand out several hundred copies to individuals at other organizations, including Chicago-based colleges. The demographics of the readers in Lincoln Park who take the morning "el" trains are men and women between the ages of 22 and 30, generally professional types, who like to have fun.