April 25, 2008
CBS News All Palsy-Walsy With Castro Brothers
In an article purporting to be about web access and weblogging from Cuba, CBS News tells us that ordinary citizens of Cuba gained the right to own a computer only a month ago. They still, however, do not have unfettered access to the internet. So some brave Cubans slip into foreign hotels and internet cafes where they can buy a few hours of internet access to write their weblogs -- or maybe they post bad music videos to YouTube.
The article talks about a couple of weblogs, and I thought they were being like so many other uppity We-Are-Journalists-Not-Webloggers news sites (hey, I never mentioned the Desert Sun) when they did not mention the URLs for the weblogs of those Cubans who are risking everything by speaking out. It did seem to be some really special English-language chauvinism, however, that made them translate the titles of the weblogs into English, complicating the search process.
But then they happily laid out the link for a PRO-Cuban government forum based in Spain. Why, if I were one of those vicious rightwing bloggers I might say CBS News was nothing more than a bunch of cowardly, communist lickspittles, but somebody probably already said that.
Fortunately, Ron's Log is no coward, although I bet I could be persuaded to lick the spittle of some communists, if they were hot enough. Anyway, "Generation Y" by Yoani Sanchez is actually available in both an English language version (no update since March 5) and a Spanish version called Generacion Y, which seems to be current.
The so-called "Without Evasion" is really sin EVAsión.
I can't find anything on the "Petrosalvaje" site they mention.
January 16, 2008
Attention has been drawn to the confusing night-time icon used by WeatherForYou over there in the sidebar. Unfortunately, W4U is among the large crowd of people who are oblivious to moon phase. (For example, at almost every naked full moon hike someone will ask how long it will be before the next naked full moon hike!)
W4U handles their night icon just like their day icon, only they use a full moon. IOW, for daytime they start with a sun. There are no significant phases in the sun to our eyes, so it's always a full sun. Then they lay the weather (if any) on top of that: rain, clouds, snow, dust-devils, etc. After their graphics crew got all those designs done, they were tired I guess, and set up their night-time icons by simply replacing the full sun with a full moon in a black sky. While I think that at minimum they should have icons for full, new, first quarter, last quarter and half moons, they don't.
If you actually click the W4U link, you'll get full info including the actual phase of the moon which today is "waxing gibbous."
November 10, 2007
Fredrick's Kodachrome Blog is a new weblog focusing solely on Kodachrome. On his weblog you can find this photo taken in 1950 using Kodachrome which was at that time only ISO 10.
October 9, 2007
October 5, 2007
Having received the second complaint recently from someone who didn't think to click on my About Me link over there on the right in order to find my email address, I'm simplifying the process by just putting my address into the sidebar itself.
September 14, 2007
I'm Called A "Black Blogger"
Over here in a discussion about "Black" vs. "African-American" is this sentence: "Black bloggers The Angry Black Woman and Ron's Log prefer the term 'Black,' as do many people who posted responses to the Black vs. African American question" At least she didn't say I lead a black blogger lifestyle.
Actually, I prefer to be called a Person Of No Tan Lines.
August 15, 2007
...is the weblog of a woman who is a semi-DHS resident, by which I mean she's here about half the time, and in L.A. the rest.
These are her dogs and you can recognize the DHS scenery in the background.
July 23, 2007
Weblogging and Local Politics
An article in the L.A. Times about the effect that webloggers can have on local politics. The mayor of Fontana, rather than fighting the weblogs, "routinely posts on a blog in his city." They don't say if it's HIS weblog, or if he's leaving comments on another's weblog. As far as I know, no one in the city government of Desert Hot Springs has a weblog or leaves comments on any...or if they do, it's done anonymously.
June 27, 2007
New In Town
trav.is has just moved to Palm Springs and considers California expensive. Looks like a libertarian.
February 7, 2007
Another DHS Canadian Snowbird Weblog
I'm getting the impression that a lot of the RV parks have community wi-fi, making it easy for the snowbirders to share their lives with the rest of us. Here are the Kirbys, who try In N Out Burgers, visit the Rose Parade, make trips to Crystal Chrysler, volunteered at Guide Dogs Of The Desert, and know that their neighbor doesn't read their weblog:
I napped for awhile, until I was awakened by the neighbour bringing me another batch of her home made herring and onion salad. This one was much better than yesterday's. Today's was white coloured, and yesterday's was red coloured. I think yesterday's was herrings, onions, and beets. < shuddering and whispering > I threw yesterday's in the garbage.
Oh, the seamy underbelly of snowbird living!
February 2, 2007
I Get Linked Again
Gay Nudists Naturists has linked to Ron's Log with a few NSFW photos. Their tagline: "Many stuff related to naturism or nudism and especially those interesting to male gay nudists. And of course lots and lots of photos..."
January 31, 2007
More Local Weblogs
Rolling Marbills is the weblog of a couple of snowbirds! Yes indeed, we finally get an inside look at the lifestyle of Canadians in RVs who flock to our valley every year. They travel in Canada, Mexico, Arizona and have just settled their wings at Desert Pools RV Resort on Dillon Road near Desert Hot Springs. They hike a lot too, visiting the Coachella Valley Preserve and the Vargas Oasis near Snow Creek! They've got photos too. Check out this one. Explanatory story here. Amazing isn't it? In Mexico, RVs travel by train! Could you picture that in the U.S.? New Englanders rolling their RVs aboard trains at South Station in Boston, and then set up their folding chairs to enjoy the view as they roll to the west.
Scribblings From The Desert is written by Stephen Lodge in Rancho Mirage. Mr. Lodge is a professional writer, and has written for Hollywood. His filmography. You may recall Rio Diablo with Kenny Rogers, but I'm going looking for Kingdom of the Spiders starring William Shatner.
Most of his weblog concerns daily routine, but he took a break on January 17 to reprint a letter-to-the-editor that he wrote. An excerpt:
I'm really getting sick of the mainstream press comparing our present war to the conflict in Vietnam - a war we eventually lost because of the communist influence within our own universities.
Why not compare the Iraq war to World War II, a war the United States won? Like Bush, Roosevelt tapped phones, interned those suspected of enemy connections, treated enemy prisoners of war a thousand times better than our enemies treated U.S. soldiers and had a very good relationship with Britain's prime minister.
Oh, off the top of my head, I think the reason the Iraq war is not compared to WWII is that Iraq was not a threat to us, didn't attack us, and wasn't in the process of pursuing a successful imperial war that had already crushed many nations that had been friendly to the U.S. Also in WWII we weren't so stupid to go in with no plan for what to do when the government toppled.
OTOH, I have heard some comparisons between the two wars - mostly that we've been in Iraq longer than we were fighting WWII.
January 30, 2007
"Surviving the diagnosis, surviving Kaiser"
I've recently added a new weblog to my list over there in the sidebar: Surviving the diagnosis, surviving Kaiser. This is the weblog of a friend of mine, and if you read the first entry you'll see he says he's awaiting his diagnosis. He has since gotten that diagnosis, and I don't know if he doesn't want to state it outright, or if his morphine is just clouding his writing. He's been diagnosed with small cell carcinoma of the lung. It has metastasized. He's been a long-time heavy smoker. If you have support to offer him, his weblog is open to comments.
January 29, 2007
Sunday Morning Coffee
Sunday Morning Coffee has reviewed breakfast and coffee places around the Coachella Valley including Rick's in Palm Springs, the 29 Palms Inn, JC Bakery & Cafe in Desert Hot Springs, Watercanyon in Yucca Valley, Peabody's in Indio, The Spunky Monkey in Morongo Valley (currently closed), Crossroads Cafe in Joshua Tree, and Ignition on Palm Canyon in Palm Springs.
January 23, 2007
Propoganda From Family
An article in The Harvard Crimson about Harvard students from conservative families whose families bombard them with conservative propoganda chain mail intended to keep those students from being sucked into Cambridge liberalism.
Which we can use as a lead-in to any chain mail from friends or family, some of it political, some of it intended to be humorous, and some of it (much more massive) that is pornographic (not usually from family). People who find themselves chronically forwarding this stuff are people who need to have weblogs. Just put it on your weblog, and if I want to read your weblog I'll see it there.
One of the reasons I have a weblog is not that I was a chronic forwarder, but to assure that I never will become one. My friends and family can be pretty sure I won't impose excessive demands on their inboxes. They can choose to come here to read my crap — or not. And there are several who have chosen to take advantage of that option not to read it, and that's...um...okay. But when those same people ask what I've been up to since the last phone call, I don't feel obligated to fill in every detail for them.
December 23, 2006
DHS Crowded With Gay Webloggers
And by "crowded" I mean there's another one. It's the [NSFW] TimeForCookies blog, written by MikeyG. It's mostly gay porn, but I'm checking it thoroughly to find out if he states his position as to whether Desert Hot Springs should have a rotating mayorship or stick with the current elected-mayor system.
December 22, 2006
Ron's Log Guide
Do we need a guide to Ron's Log? Dunno. You tell me.
Here you're reading an entry. You can make a comment, unless it's one of the very few entries where I've shut off the comments. If you don't already see a comment box, click the comment link at the bottom of the entry. You can leave a name, an e-mail address, a website URL - if you want to. All voluntary. No need to make up fake ones, but if you want to make multiple comments and you want us to know they all came from the same person, pick a name and stick with it. Those people leaving comments with single initial names are real friends of mine in the real world, so don't do that unless you are one of those.
If you want to link to this individual post, the link is available in the permalink/date display below.
Easy so far, but now let's go over to the sidebar. Maybe you have never explored its depths. Let's start at the bottom. Scroll down until you see the walking naked guy. That's a link to my naturist/nudist category of posts. Under it is a site meter which gathers traffic data, which is mostly boring.
Movin' up we find three links: AIDS Rides links to all my AIDS ride posts, regardless of what kind of AIDS ride it is. Above that, my email link. It's Ronslog@rbgilbert.com. Above that, "Syndicate this site (XML)" which is the RSS link. If you use an RSS reader (Opera has one built in) and want to breathlessly follow all of my posts, click on that.
Moving up, the Reading links are the last six books I've read (and thought to link to). Above that the most recent six movies I've seen, plus their ratings (up to 5 stars). If there's no rating, I haven't finished the movie - or I forgot to post it.
Above that, the Links section are among my favorite places to go get some crap to spew. Not listed are Google news alerts and Digg.
Moving on up are weblog links. Heavy preference to gay webloggers in the Coachella Valley.
And above that is the list of categories on my weblog. Not every entry goes into a category, but if there's a category you like, there it is.
Above the categories are links to my photos in various places. Most now are in Flickr, but I also use Fototime, and I still have two photo albums right here on Ron's Log.
Above that is the index to Ron's Log by date. It actually goes back to August 2003, but only the last three years' worth gets listed.
Above the date index are the ten most recent comments received on Ron's Log. Above that, the titles of my last ten entries.
Above that, the weather for Desert Hot Springs. And above that is a link to my profile. And finally two fields for performing a Google search on either Ron's Log the weblog, or my Flickr photos.
December 19, 2006
Dual Palm Springs Gay Weblog
And by "dual" we mean that one guy, Mike Rice, (hey, that couldn't possibly be the Mike Rice I used to work for, could it?) has two blogs on Blogger...and he's gay, living in Palm Springs. His two weblogs are Mind The Danger, a "political blog," and A Dangerous Mind (cute, huh?) a sometimes personal weblog that is mostly fictional stories.
He's is about my age and retired from the federal government..."Tax auditor, Appeals Officer, Program Analyst" for the IRS. You would think he would be bubbling over with creative juices held back during his decades of government service. But you might be wrong.
December 18, 2006
Later on today, we will go to Champagne brunch which, to me, is very special. So, this is the end of my first public blog. I think the writing will be fun. I just told my father, who will be 95, that I would not take him to look at slippers today. I am only writing about this because this is a good thing for me. No matter what his age, I will not allow father, ect.....to rule my life. A neighbor can take him or whoever.