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June 30, 2005

Living Stuff

Blue-Violet Flowers Cactus With Red Dates
Misted Yellow Flowers Leaves Hawaiian Fruit
Flowers Grass Ocotillo Dance

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More Consumer Items

  1. The Rubbermaid Paint Buddy. After your fabulous repaint job, you store your little bit of leftover paint in this bottle that has a roller built into the top. Then when you need to do a touch-up, you just whip out your Paint Buddy. I imagine it could also be used to do some grafitti.
  2. Intelligent Smart Bath. Internet-enabled. It phones you when your bath is ready.
  3. 10-million candlepower spotlight with a rechargable battery. This allows you go deer-spotting without bringing along your motor vehicle.
  4. The Sony HDR-HC1 HDV Camcorder, a genuinely high-definition consumer camcorder for less than $2000! (B & H listing for the camera is right here).

| permalink | June 30, 2005 at 05:02 PM | Comments (0)

Spain Makes It Legal

Legalization of marriage passed the Congress of Deputies 187 to 147.

Filed under Gay Issues | permalink | June 30, 2005 at 01:13 PM | Comments (0)

Meth Labs

The Butte County, California, Meth Strike Force has published this list of the locations of former meth labs in the county, complete with street addresses!

On that subject, I discovered just a couple of days ago that my thief had stolen my spare battery for my Mac iBook. It was stored right next to the loose change that he got. I thought it very odd that he stole the battery, but left the iBook alone...until a tiny bit of web searching turned up the info that meth labs use the lithium in rechargeable batteries! Kee-ryst! My idea now is to get a really big rat trap, bait it with Sudafed, and set it out to see who it catches.

| permalink | June 30, 2005 at 11:09 AM | Comments (3)

June 29, 2005

Desert Panoramas

From earlier this year:

Meccacopia (4)

Meccacopia (3)

Meccacopia (2)

Boron Rest Stop

Filed under Photography | permalink | June 29, 2005 at 10:11 AM | Comments (0)

Not Quite The Jetsons Yet

Amazon is the only place you can buy this: The Penguin Classics Library Complete Collection. I mean, the COMPLETE collection. That's 1,082 books for only $7,989.99 (you save: $5,324.75!), including shipping! The thing is, these are the paper books. That's it. Penguin Classics just as you've always known them. Books. These are not CD-ROMs, DVDs, or an iPod packed with digital versions. Nope, you'll need to lay in a supply of good ol' ribbon bookmarks for these.

Filed under Shopping | permalink | June 29, 2005 at 12:16 AM | Comments (0)

Did Anyone Notice?

UK ends
According to this Hilton website, the United Kingdom ended on March 31, 2005!
But the Queen! She just got an iPod shuffle! Who paid for that?

| permalink | June 29, 2005 at 12:02 AM | Comments (0)

June 28, 2005

The American Way

Freestar Media is proposing to build a hotel in Weare, New Hampshire. And they plan to get the land for the hotel in the All-American way: eminent domain. In fact, the property they want is adding virtually no value to the town of Weare as it is currently the home of Justice David Souter. With the votes of three members of the the board of selectman, then both Justice Souter and Freestar Media will be able to enjoy the precious right of eminent domain, as intended by our Founding Fathers.

| permalink | June 28, 2005 at 11:54 PM | Comments (0)

Canadian House Votes To Make It Legal!

"It" being gay marriage. The Canadian House of Commons has voted to legalize gay marriage for the entire nation. Approval by the Senate is expected within a few days. Technically, this will extend marriage rights to Alberta, P.E.I., Nunavut and the Northwest Territories; but symbolically it means so much more!

Filed under Gay Issues | permalink | June 28, 2005 at 11:46 PM | Comments (0)


The L.A. Times has an article about the launch of Logo, the new cable channel for gay people. It was Logo that was along filming a documentary on AIDS LifeCycle.

Reality TV veteran Scott Stone is producing "The Ride," Logo's seven-part documentary focusing on participants in the AIDS/LifeCycle 4 bike trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles earlier this month. Logo "is the only place to really tell the story the way we're telling it," he said. "This is not a big moneymaker for me or my company. It's more a labor of love."

Filed under AIDS Rides,Gay Issues | permalink | June 28, 2005 at 08:06 PM | Comments (0)


Defective Yeti collects some brief gushing summaries of Bewitched.

Filed under Film/Movies | permalink | June 28, 2005 at 07:47 PM | Comments (0)

June 27, 2005


A couple of photos of Ken, taken about a year ago.

Ken in Sedona (2)

Ken in Sedona (1)

Filed under Photography | permalink | June 27, 2005 at 06:56 PM | Comments (0)

Git Yer Tin Hat!

What Really Happened is one website that collects the paranoid and ill-informed theories of anti-government nutcases, embellishes them with spelling errors and typos, and presents them for your entertainment. They've got the expect (JFK's assassination, TWA flight 800, the Kursk sinking, etc.) but also some that are a bit new to me. For example, Hawaii is not a state! That theory is based on the notion that the overthrow of the Hawaiian royalty was illegal, and so everything following from that act is illegitimate. That naive view of history would mean that North America belongs to the Indians!

From the WRH site I found this animated map that shows Iraq war fatalities of U.S. and coalition forces from the beginning of the war up to June 20, 2005, (when I viewed it).

| permalink | June 27, 2005 at 04:32 PM | Comments (0)

June 26, 2005

A Couple Of Late Fire Photos

These are from the neighbor's house fire last Monday.

Fire (2)
The fire is well under control here, so I'm no longer soaking my roof and able to take photos!

Truck 69 From Rancho Mirage
Rancho Mirage's truck 69 comes to join the fight

Filed under Coachella Valley,Photography | permalink | June 26, 2005 at 09:01 PM | Comments (0)

Just Not True

There is a ridiculous rumor floating around that Pepsi will be bringing out a soda can that bears the Pledge of Allegiance minus the words "under God." I chased this down to see if Pepsi could really be that stupid, and of course they're not. Pepsi, always happy to be of assistance to the curious consumer, nicely points to a similar fuck up by Dr. Pepper a couple of years ago. Dr. Pepper is not a Pepsi product. By foolishly inserting that ellipsis, Dr. Pepper made it clear they were quoting the Pledge and leaving out "under God." If they had simply said "One nation indivisible" they could have had some wiggle (weasel?) room.

| permalink | June 26, 2005 at 10:53 AM | Comments (0)

The Flag Burning Amendment

John Scalzi points out that the proposed amendment to ban desecration of the flag will apply ONLY to the American flag, not slightly wrong facsimiles. He doesn't say, but I would foresee a series of court cases to decide what does and does not constitute an American flag.

| permalink | June 26, 2005 at 09:52 AM | Comments (0)

"...and the Cabots speak only to God."

Here in Desert Hot Springs things are simple: 1 high school, 1 fire station, 1 police station, 1 coffee shop (for now), and 1 museum. That museum would be the Cabot Museum. Cabot Yerxa was, indeed, a descendant of the Boston Cabots and was, in effect, the founder of Desert Hot Springs. He was the first white settler here and, although the Indians told him where to find the hot water source, no one knew of the cold water aquifer until Cabot discovered it...the very same cold water that is piped into my home today.

The museum is so important, it's got two historical plaques:
Yerxa's Discovery
County of Riverside
Historical Marker No. 054


Cabot Yerxa, veteran of the Alaska gold rush of 1898, homesteaded 160 acres near here in 1913. By a hand-dug well, he discovered the extensive supply of underground hot water that in 1933 became the basis for the start of Desert Hot Springs. In 1941 he began this pueblo-inspired home. The construction of which was his single-minded devotion until he died in 1965.

Donated by Desert Hot Springs Improvement Association
April 26, 1981

Desert Hot Springs Historical Landmark
Desert Hot Springs Historical Landmark


1883 - 1965

The home of Cabot Yerxa pioneer desert homesteader in 1914.

Founder and first president of Desert Hot Springs Improvement Association who placed this memorial of recognition in 1978.

Other photos:

Cabot Pueblo Museum (1)Cabot Pueblo Museum (2)Cabot Pueblo Museum Interior
Cabot Yerxa's BedroomCabot Pueblo Museum (4)Cabot Pueblo Museum (3)

BTW, the title of this post comes from this rhyme:

This is good old Boston
The home of the beans and the cod
Where the Lowells speak only to Cabots
And the Cabots speak only to God

Filed under Coachella Valley | permalink | June 26, 2005 at 09:34 AM | Comments (0)

I'm Not In Aruba

Ron gilbert sonar
Check out my fellow Ron Gilbert and his big yellow toy
. He's in Aruba as part of that investigation there.

| permalink | June 26, 2005 at 08:35 AM | Comments (0)

June 25, 2005

Some Tech Items (Not All Nerdy)

  1. If you've been thinking you'd like to get a laptop, and you don't want to spend a lot, but you want a good one, and you are bound by the heavy shackles of Microsoft, then consider the Averatec 4200 for only $1200. Nice features. Nice display.
  2. If a $1200 laptop is too much, maybe you'd like this Philips portable DVD player for only $200. Perfect for long plane flights or for watching porn under the bedcovers.
  3. An interesting WSJ read about security solutions for stolen laptops. One is rather James Bondish, consisting of a packet of unidentified caustic liquid that is installed INSIDE the hard drive. If the laptop is stolen, the liquid is sprayed onto the HD in a fine mist, destroying it. I wonder why top level execs expose their company secrets by carrying around laptops with important secrets contained therein just so they can do Powerpoint presentations at board meetings. Why not have TWO laptops: one full-powered one with all the secrets which is kept in secure locations like the office, or a safe, when not in use. The second laptop contains nothing more than what the exec needs for the business of the day.
  4. Mechanical memory! Yes, we are going full circle, if Cavendish Kinetics has their way. Their mechanical memory uses only 1% as much power, is "up to" 1000 times faster, and is more stable than electronic memory. The catch is the size. So far the biggest they've got is 256 Kb. To give you a sense of scale, that's about the size of the memory on the very first DOS PCs.
  5. Only Apple could get away with this. Facts: it's a press release from Apple. Speculation: something will happen somewhere, sometime regarding a subject to be announced. Of course the usual suspects theorize it's an iPod announcement or an iTune announcement. I am going to guess that Steve Jobs will get up and admit that he stole the idea for a GUI from Bill Gates way back when.

Filed under Technology | permalink | June 25, 2005 at 09:55 AM | Comments (0)

June 24, 2005

Some Progress

The blue drapes have been removed from the statues in the Department of Justice's Great Hall.

Filed under Naturism-Nudism | permalink | June 24, 2005 at 10:17 PM | Comments (0)