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March 29, 2016

How Many Hands Did They Think This Guy Had?

Math problem: if the man is accused of driving naked, drinking, and masturbating, how many hands does the witness see (allegedly)? The tricky world of press freedom and judicial limits placed on it somewhere in Britain—Thanet, maybe, if that's a place.

Filed under Public Safety | permalink | March 29, 2016 at 09:27 PM | Comments (0)

Bequinox 2016 Photos

I've got all my photos from Bequinox edited and uploaded here. Some samples:

Andy (0567)

Apparently I Went To Burning Man (0439)

Bequinox burn (0578)
At the burn on Saturday night

Young (Mad?) Scientist (0510)
I didn't realize how young this guy was until after I took this photo
. He seemed to be stumped when I asked him if I could take his photo. "Whadda ya mean?" he asked.

Brian (0561)

Ed (006)
Ed L.
who will be a Burning Man virgin this year.

George & Tony (012)
George and Tony and their art car

Jim (0552)
. Of course, we're all familiar with the story of how he found this leopard outfit at the Dollar General in Hawthorne, Nevada, where all the finest Burner ladies acquire their wardrobe.

Nacho Daddies camp (001)
This is the view from our vantage point while the Nacho Daddies were in full action
. We spotted a lot of fun stuff.

Nacho Daddies visitors (0497)
For example

Kids and Robot (0453)
The robot was friendly to children and adults

Church Is Finally Over (0532)
"Church Is Finally Over" for these twins

Heimplanet Tent (0472)
I'd seen these Heimplanet tents online
, but this was my first in person. That outer skeletal structure is inflated.

Filed under Burning Man,California,Naturism-Nudism,Photography | permalink | March 29, 2016 at 07:34 PM | Comments (0)

Public Indecency Charge

Daniel Paulsen
Daniel Paulsen

The original mugshot from the DHS Police (left) was so poor, I thought some Dreamscoping was called for. Definite improvement. Mr. Paulsen is accused of standing out in the middle of the street in broad daylight and masturbating. He gets another 5 minutes of infamy for that.

Filed under Desert Hot Springs,Public Safety | permalink | March 29, 2016 at 05:16 PM | Comments (0)

San Diego Police Chief Wants To Get Sued

Or, so it would seem. Video from police-worn body cameras is released to the public on an ad hoc basis as determined by the Chief and Mayor in San Diego. In response to a memo from the city attorney stating that the city council could establish a written policy for those releases, Chief Shelly Zimmerman said no thanks, she'll continue to just make it up in her own head as she goes along. Hello lawsuit.

Filed under Public Safety | permalink | March 29, 2016 at 09:01 AM | Comments (0)

March 26, 2016

He's Got Maille

Bequinox Maille
Some kind person at Bequinox loaned some maille to this young man
. It felt so good, he wore it all day long.

Filed under Naturism-Nudism | permalink | March 26, 2016 at 06:59 PM | Comments (0)

March 2016

I just want to emphasize that this is March of 2016, because we've found an actual Sheriff in Missouri who had never heard of using butane to make an extract from marijuana. And they even put it in candy!

He's a Sheriff in LaClede County, right in the heart of southern Missouri.

Here's another video of the sheriff in which he claims highs from marijuana edibles lasts for two to three days! He also considers the presence of Gummi bears and butane in the same vehicle, to be reasonable cause.

The trouble with calling marijuana oil "marijuana honey" is that there is real marijuana honey; i.e. regular ol' bee honey with regular ol' green marijuana bits infused in it.

Filed under Marijuana | permalink | March 26, 2016 at 04:34 PM | Comments (0)

It's Come To This Point

Finally, someone has taken what is allegedly ISIS videos and turned them into something funny by liberally mistranslating the dialogue.

| permalink | March 26, 2016 at 11:02 AM | Comments (0)

March 25, 2016

More Bequinox Videos

Things seen at Bequinox.

Filed under Burning Man,California,Photography | permalink | March 25, 2016 at 10:20 PM | Comments (0)

March 24, 2016

The Bequinox Robot

And I got to find out how iMovie handles video where I go crazy and hold the phone in portrait mode.

Filed under Burning Man,California,Photography,Technology | permalink | March 24, 2016 at 10:19 PM | Comments (0)

Skyborne Liens

While listening to the March 15 city council meeting I was surprised to learn that Council Member Betts had come to consider me such a worthy expert on financial assurance that he read my opinion that I wrote in 2008 on D.R. Horton's request to replace their bonds with a lien.

It's just too bad that Mr. Betts didn't read the relevant posting from Ron's Log. That would be this one from 2010 which deals with the arrangement that is currently in place. This is the deal with the current owners. The difference between the two offers is that the deal that is in effect requires the developer to get new bonds to get rid of the lien. Otherwise, they can do nothing. No one mentioned a provision like that in the 2008 offer from D.R. Horton.

Filed under Desert Hot Springs | permalink | March 24, 2016 at 08:50 PM | Comments (4)

March 23, 2016

Cop BS

We've all seen videos of cops making the mistake of trying to stop someone from videoing them, even when they are at a distance and not interfering. But I've never seen anything like this! NYC cop actually chases down a motorcyclist for the sole reason of wearing a GoPro camera. That was it. Says you can't have GoPros.

I don't think this is going to end until we see at least one video of cops doing every single possible stupid thing on camera.

Filed under Public Safety | permalink | March 23, 2016 at 12:03 PM | Comments (0)

March 22, 2016

Recent Photos

A few photos that have accumulated recently.

Amargosa Opera House (0375)
Amargosa Opera House in Death Valley Junction

Simi Dabah (0391)
Simi Dabah "signature" on one of the new sculptures in Desert Hot Springs

Orange Flowers (0363)

Hardenbergia (0365A)

Architecture and Design Center (0177)

Amboy California (0371A)
Amboy, California, on Route 66

Filed under Photography | permalink | March 22, 2016 at 10:24 AM | Comments (2)

March 16, 2016

Public Art

Mural in Santa Monica (0219)
A mural in Santa Monica

Palladino (0364)
The artist's signature
. His website.

Filed under Art,Photography | permalink | March 16, 2016 at 08:40 PM | Comments (0)

March 14, 2016

Made In USA

This very well made little documentary is in the style of the classic factor tour films, but it builds very slowly like Ravel's Bolero. However, there is no "key change," if you get my drift, if you know what I mean, wink wink, nudge nudge.

from Nikias Chryssos on Vimeo.

Filed under Film/Movies | permalink | March 14, 2016 at 09:57 PM | Comments (1)

Total Waste Of Perfectly Good Pepper Spray

We've seen several instances of police misdeeds documented on video because some cops are taking a long time to realize there are cameras EVERYwhere now. You would think, though, that a police officer would know that motorcyclists have more GoPros than any other travelers on the highway. Fort Worth PD Tracey Knight learned that the hard way.

Filed under Science | permalink | March 7, 2016 at 11:29 PM | Comments (0)

California County History

Here's an interesting interactive map that displays the history of county lines in California. I only know the southern counties well, so that's what I paid attention to.

  • 1850 - San Diego County was HUGE!
  • 1851 - Los Angeles and Mariposa Counties get big chunks of San Diego County.
  • 1852 - Tulare County carved out of Mariposa County.
  • 1853 - San Bernardino County carved out of Los Angeles County.
  • 1866 - Kern County created from pieces of Los Angeles and Tulare Counties. Inyo County is carved out of Tulare County.
  • 1872 - Ventura County carved out of Santa Barbara County. Boundaries adjusted between San Bernardino, Inyo, Kern, Tulare, San Luis Obispo and Monterey Counties to give us that nice straight line running from the Pacific to Nevada. Is that the defining line between northern and southern California?
  • 1889 - Orange County carved out of Los Angeles County.
  • 1893 - Chunks of San Bernardino and San Diego Counties taken to create Riverside County.
  • 1907 - Imperial County carved out of San Diego County.

Filed under California,History | permalink | March 7, 2016 at 05:33 PM | Comments (0)

The I-10 Express Lanes

Back in January I had my first opportunity to use the express lanes on I-10 heading into Los Angeles and, boy, I was impressed! The regular lanes were a parking lot while I passed them doing 80 MPH. Last weekend I used them again and discovered congestion pricing. The first time I drove them, it cost me $2.60. This past weekend it was only $1.10! Cheaper than a bus ride! You have to have Fastrak, but getting set up with a Fastrak device costs you nothing at all. Sign up online, linking it to a credit card, and everything gets mailed to you. Stick it on your windshield and you don't have to think about it again, unless you have more passengers. You can set it to say you're solo, have two in the car, or more than two. Pricing may vary. I got it initially for the bridge tolls in the Bay Area. There is no way to pay your toll in person on the Golden Gate anymore. It's either Fastrak or go online afterwards and pay it.

This video picks up where I'm transferring from southbound 605 to westbound 10 which is where the express lanes begin. If they can ever extend them further east, that will be wonderful! The predictable permanent backup on I-10 begins east of the 605.

The thing to note in this video is that the regular lanes of I-10 on my right are mostly a parking lot, while I'm staying in the 70-80 MPH range. This is one of the very few places where I think the leftmost lane is where you should do most of your driving, while passing on the right. This gives you a buffer of one lane most of the time between you and the parked cars. One stupid driver opening his door, unaware of the faster traffic immediately to his left, and everything goes to hell.

As it approaches downtown there is a split between I-10 and 101. I've only followed the 101 branch. It crosses the L.A. River and puts you on Alameda Street right at Union Station. There's an entrance right there to get you back on the 101. But in this video I exited the express lane just before the bridge over the river. Would've been faster to stay in the express lane.

An interesting thing about the congestion pricing is that if the average speed in the express lanes drops below 45 MPH, Fastrak customers will no longer be permitted to enter, as the lanes will be reserved for those vehicles qualifying for HOV status.

Filed under California,Cities/Urbanism,Travel | permalink | March 7, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Comments (1)

March 6, 2016

"you won’t be building a quantum computer and putting it on your desktop anytime soon"

Why does that sound like one of those quotes we'll all be knowingly chuckling over 20 years from now? MIT builds a 5-atom quantum computer. And, oh yeah, the University of Innsbruck in Austria helped.

I predict that with a few more atoms the computer will become self-aware and design quantum computers that anyone can build on his or her own desktop.

Filed under Science,Technology | permalink | March 6, 2016 at 10:40 PM | Comments (0)