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February 26, 2016

DARE Drops "Gateway Drug" Label For Marijuana

Even DARE found it had to face reality, at least a little bit. Now they list the only two gateway drugs I know of: alcohol and tobacco.

Filed under Marijuana | permalink | February 26, 2016 at 07:07 AM | Comments (0)

February 20, 2016

Great Los Angeles Walk Photos

I winnowed my photos from the Great LA Walk (November 21, 2015) down to the 1,930 best ones that you can see here. Blut I think the easiest way to see them is via this video slideshow which is only a little more than half an hour long, if you watch all of it. Most of the photos are from my GoPro, but I shot some with my pocket camera.

Filed under Architecture,Cities/Urbanism,GoPro,History | permalink | February 20, 2016 at 09:32 PM | Comments (2)

February 18, 2016

Dreamscope Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills electric

Filed under Photography | permalink | February 18, 2016 at 09:41 PM | Comments (0)

February 17, 2016

Drives Right Into A Funnel Cloud

The driver said he didn't see it. You can skip the first 1:15, unless you like sitting in stopped traffic. Florida.

Filed under Science | permalink | February 17, 2016 at 09:04 PM | Comments (0)

L.A. Parcels

There is a bot that is identifying a Google street view image for every parcel in Los Angeles and posting them to Twitter in order by Tax ID! Here's the Twitter feed.

Filed under Cities/Urbanism,Photography | permalink | February 17, 2016 at 01:17 PM | Comments (0)

February 16, 2016

MSWD Approves Water & Sewer Rates

At the 218 Public Hearing tonight, after listening to comments from many residents of the district, the MSWD board approved the proposed new rates for both water and sewer by a vote of 4-0, John Furbee being absent for health reasons. One commenter railed against the folly of fluoridating the water. MSWD board President Nancy Wright explained that MSWD does not fluoridate.

One complaint heard repeatedly was that the board was going to "double the rates." This began with, I think, one person who had pointed out the very low per gallon rate and didn't consider all the numbers after the decimal point before rounding.

From 2016 to 2020 the residential rate for 13 units of water (the average amount used in this district) will go from $28.94 to $43.40, a 50% increase, not a doubling. The cost per gallon will go from 0.3¢ to 0.45¢. Again, a 50% increase, not a doubling. Half of that increase will go to pay for chromium 6 abatememnt, which is a complete waste of money, but mandated by the state.

Residential sewer will increase from $31.23 to $50.16 over the same time period. That's a 61% increase.

Filed under California,Coachella Valley,Desert Hot Springs | permalink | February 16, 2016 at 07:52 PM | Comments (0)

Naked Festival Via GoPro

A couple of guys take a GoPro camera into the Hadaka Matsuri.

Filed under GoPro,Naturism-Nudism,Photography | permalink | February 16, 2016 at 05:34 PM | Comments (0)

February 15, 2016

Competition For MJ Dollars

Adelanto, like DHS, permits cultivation facilities in its industrial zone. The article says 27 marijuana cultivators have been approved in Adelanto, but the voters haven't approved a tax yet. So if that new tax is too high, or if it doesn't get approved, things may not go swimmingly. One city planner there is suggesting the cultivation tax be a straight $25/square foot/year.

Filed under California,Marijuana | permalink | February 15, 2016 at 08:24 AM | Comments (0)

February 14, 2016

"10 Terrible Secrets Behind the 'Burning Man' Festival That Sodomites and Socialists Don’t Want You to Know!"

The terrible truths come out.

At the end of every summer, a secret cult gathers in an obscure corner of the Nevada desert. They're young, they're old, they're from nations across the world. They say they're celebrating artistic creativity and old-fashioned self-reliance. Maybe they're even planting a seed that could change our culture forever… Yet what really happens behind those 6-foot high gates and armies of security guards? Does this scene pose a clear and present danger to America's youths? Why does this celebration of sodomy and socialism look so much like the worst of End Times Bible prophecy?

Filed under Burning Man | permalink | February 14, 2016 at 04:31 PM | Comments (1)

Discounts On MacBooks

B&H Photo is selling various MacBooks at $300 to $350 off.

1.1 GHz, 256 GB, $999.

1.3 GHz, 256 GB, $1,249.

1.2 GHz, 512 GB, Space Gray, $1,249

Same model, but Silver or Gold, $1,299

1.3 GHz, 512 GB, Silver, Space Grey, $1,399

Same model but in grey, $1,449

Filed under Shopping,Technology | permalink | February 14, 2016 at 03:40 PM | Comments (0)

February 9, 2016

Surprising Guzzler Discovered In Joshua Tree National Park

Tom Mahood, investigating an artifact seen in Google Earth, found an interesting guzzler way back in some nearly inaccessible corner of JTNP. Built in 1993 and well camouflaged, the guzzler for bighorn sheep is protected from discovery by a 25-foot dry waterfall.

Filed under California,Coachella Valley | permalink | February 9, 2016 at 08:46 AM | Comments (0)

February 8, 2016

Slo-Mo Artsy Burning Man Video

It says 2015, but at least one shot is from 2014.

Filed under Burning Man,Photography | permalink | February 8, 2016 at 08:09 PM | Comments (0)

February 5, 2016

Personal Hotbox

I have seen a suggestion that one of these Under the Weather Tents could be used as a personal hotbox.

The manufacturer has the best price I could find: $90 and up.

Filed under Marijuana | permalink | February 5, 2016 at 05:19 PM | Comments (0)

February 4, 2016

Center Camp

There are three major points along the axis that runs through the center of Black Rock City. The figure of the Man stands right at the center of Black Rock City, representing, I suppose, everything Burning Man. Moving up along that axis to a higher plane, there is the Tempe at 12 o'clock. But moving in the other direction, down to the realities of daily living in the residential areas of Black Rock City, you find Center Camp.

I have never stood in line to buy (with cash money, federal reserve notes) a drink at Center Camp. Never felt the desire to do so. Maybe I should give it a try some time to see if I really freak out.

Filed under Burning Man | permalink | February 4, 2016 at 10:11 AM | Comments (0)

Threat; Counter-Threat

One motorcyclist versus three (probably intoxicated) rednecks in a pickup truck.

Threat: a gun in your face.

Counter-threat: "I've got a pretty big YouTube channel and this is going on it."

Howzabout not being confrontational when you are out-gunned by crazies?

Filed under Public Safety | permalink | February 4, 2016 at 09:19 AM | Comments (0)

February 2, 2016

Another Jaywalker Accident, This Time A Hit & Run

Desert Hot Springs Police on Instagram: “Desert Hot Springs Police Department Press Release: Hit and Run Traffic Collision On 02/02/2016, at approximately 1531 hours, police officers responded to the area of Palm Dr, south of Two Bunch Palms Trail, in the City of Desert Hot Springs, in reference to a traffic collision involving a vehicle vs pedestrian. The pedestrian, whose name is not released due to being a juvenile, was jaywalking across Palm Dr. The juvenile was transported to Desert Regional Medical Center for non life threatening injuries. The vehicle was described as a black Jeep Cherokee, newer model, unknown license plate. The driver of the vehicle and only known occupant was described to be a bald Hispanic male adult. The vehicle fled the scene and the driver has not been identified. Police are requesting your assistance. If you have any information, please contact Officer C.Tooth at (760)329-2904 Ext.352. Desert Hot Springs Police is reminding the public of the serious risks of jaywalking. #DesertHotSprings #DHSPD #DesertHotSpringsPolice”

Filed under Desert Hot Springs | permalink | February 2, 2016 at 07:45 PM | Comments (0)

Southern California Geology

Brand new: "Roadside Geology of Southern California." And only $22.

Since Mountain Press started the Roadside Geology series forty years ago, southern Californians have been waiting for an RG of their own. During those four decades which were punctuated by jarring earthquakes and landslides geologists continued to unravel the complexity of the Golden State, where some of the most dramatic and diverse geology in the world erupts, crashes, and collides. With dazzling color maps, diagrams, and photographs, Roadside Geology of Southern California takes advantage of this newfound knowledge, combining the latest science with accessible stories about the rocks and landscapes visible from winding two-lane byways as well as from the region s vast network of highways.

Join Arthur Sylvester, an award-winning UC Santa Barbara geologist, and Elizabeth O Black Gans, a geologist-illustrator, as they motor through mountains and deserts to explore the iconic features of the SoCal landscape, from boulder piles in Joshua Tree National Park and brilliant white dunes in the Channel Islands to tar seeps along the rugged coast and youthful cinder cones in the Mojave Desert. Whether you want to find precious gemstones, ponder the mysteries of the Salton Sea, or straddle the boundary between the North American and Pacific Plates, be sure to bring this book along as your tour guide.

Filed under Books,California,Coachella Valley,Science | permalink | February 2, 2016 at 12:48 PM | Comments (2)

Another Karma Drone Sample

GoPro teases us some more about the future Karma drone. What I would like GoPro to do is to lay out exactly what software and what steps they use to process their videos so they don't look at all lossy, even when viewed through YouTube. I've seen GoPro videos from other professionals that show evidence of compression and loss.

Filed under Burning Man,Photography | permalink | February 2, 2016 at 12:31 PM | Comments (0)

February 1, 2016

Burning Man As Grief Therapy

Excellently photographed, and I'm pretty sure the narrator is Oprah, but she is given no credit here.

Frame from
Watch for this brief shot
of the man with what appears to me to be a pink flocked camera. It looks orange-ish here, but it looked pink to me in the video.

Filed under Burning Man,Photography | permalink | February 1, 2016 at 11:05 AM | Comments (2)