September 19, 2022

DHS to Burning Man

Video from my dashcam of my drive to Burning Man. Ignore the date/time stamp; it was set incorrectly.

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September 8, 2022

I'm Home

After Three Weeks On The Black Rock Desert Playa (2359)
After three weeks at Burning Man I arrived home last night with all my stuff, plus COVID. So, if you'd like to come by and taste some fairly fresh playa dust, that's fine, but no hugs or kisses for me.

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July 1, 2022

Studebaker Golden Hawk Up For Auction

The Riverside Public Administrator Auction takes place on July 13 and will include this Studebaker Golden Hawk ("ignition does not work").
Studebaker Golden Hawk

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June 7, 2022

Comm Ave, Allston

A bit of Commonwealth Avenue in the neighborhood where I used to live.

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April 26, 2022

BMW Ad Shot Locally

According to Adweek it was shot "in Yucca Valley, where a replica of the iX was placed atop a 12-foot stone tower." "Other scenes of natural beauty were shot in Joshua Tree National Park and Mount San Jacinto in Palm Springs, Calif."

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March 10, 2022

Bringing Back The VW Microbus, Electrically

The ID Buzz:

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February 22, 2022

Tennessee Women Drivers

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December 31, 2021

Four From Palm Springs Pride

All of these were shot on Let It Snow! film with a dark red filter.


Pride On Palm Canyon Drive

Posing At Pride (1)

Leather Teddy Bear

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December 21, 2021

Three Kodachromes and a Digital

Autumn Color on the Esplanade
On the Charles River Esplanade
, Kodachrome, 2001. IIRC, I shot this on 9/11/2001. I worked in downtown Boston as a federal employee. We were sent home early, it was a beautiful day, and I wasn't sure the subway would be entirely safe, so I walked home, getting this photo on the way.

Saguaro (4)
Kodachrome, 1988

Ford "Toy" Convertible
Kodachrome, 2002

"Shoshone" (5690)
"Shoshone," by Mark Di Suvero
at the base of FourFortyFour South Flower in Los Angeles. That's the Bonaventure hotel in the near background. This is a digital shot that I took two days ago.

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December 14, 2021

Some Photos

Flower (7399)
Ektachrome, 2001

Vintage Plymouth
A vintage Plymouth on Comm Ave in Allston
, Kodachrome, 2002.

Hoover Dam (7)
Hoover Dam
, Agfa Scala film, 2001.

Christian Science Center Fountain (2)
The fountain at the Christian Science Center in Boston
, Kodachrome, 2001.

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October 26, 2021

A Segway For Our Time?

It seems this is real, not CGI.

Honestly, the top question in my mind is did they negotiate with Hanna-Barabera (now part of Warner) for the rights to use the name "Jetson?"

It's a Swedish company and manufacturing for sales to consumers will begin in 2022. They plan to make a dozen of them in 2022.

A complete vehicle is 92 000 USD and is delivered to you as a partially (50%) assembled kit for home completion. It contains everything you need, from the aluminium space frame to motor controllers, propellers and motors. You will also receive detailed build instructions.

If you want to have your own Jetson ONE, please contact us for purchase. 22 000 USD deposit to reserve a build slot. We plan to have twelve build slots for autumn 2022, with production starting during the summer of 2022.

All twelve of those have already been sold. The first two purchasers were from San Francisco, so I like to imagine a couple of wealthy gay men who plan to make quite the entrance at some grand soiree. There are two other buyers who live elsewhere in California. We could almost have traffic.

They say it can fly safely on only three motors. It includes a "ballistic parachute." Net weight is only 190 pounds! Pilot weight is limited to 210 pounds. I imagine that's real weight with gear and everything. Max air time of 20 minutes. They don't provide an estimate of how long it takes to charge up the battery.

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Free Motorcycle Classes

The Riverside County Sheriff's office has received a grant that will allow it to offer free motorcycle riding classes. From the brief description, it sounds like totally beginner stuff that you should learn before riding on a public street...but if you are already riding a motorcycle and are smart enough to realize you're an unskilled rider then this would be for you too.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Moreno Valley Sheriff Station Receives Funding for Motorcycle Safety Training Program.

Moreno Valley, Calif. — The Riverside County, Moreno Valley Sheriff Station received grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to step up motorcycle safety awareness with free, hands-on rider trainings.

The $36,000.00 grant will pay for a series of free motorcycle safety classes that allows riders to practice braking, turning, steering, entering traffic and other skills that help avoid collisions and improve rider safety on the road.

This event is called “Ride To Live” and will assist the civilian motorcycle enthusiast on becoming a better and safer rider. You will learn the following:

  • Proper manipulation of clutch and throttle in order to work the “friction zone”
  • Proper use of head and eyes when turning a motorcycle
  • Counter steering
  • Negotiating curves
  • Low speed precision maneuvering
  • Instructors will be from the Moreno Valley Station Traffic Motor Team.

The motorcycle training program will run through September 2022.

Classes will be available starting December 11, 2021. To register for a free training class, email [email protected]

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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October 25, 2021

Hertz to Acquire 100,000 Teslas

Hertz will acquire 100,000 Teslas between now and the end of 2022. Beginning next month people "will be able to rent a Tesla Model 3 at airports and other locations in major U.S. markets and some cities in Europe." Electric vehicles will make up 20% of the Hertz fleet globally.

All contingent on whether you want to rent from Hertz. Good luck with that.

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October 21, 2021

Halloween Horrors


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October 16, 2021

F-150 Taillights

Taillights on new Ford F-150s include a 4-LED display to show how heavily loaded the pickup is. All four LEDs light up on a fully loaded F-150; if it's overloaded, the top LED flashes. So now when you pass an overloaded F-150 on the highway (or they pass you) and you ask yourself, "My, isn't that truck overloaded?" you will be able to confirm the fact by looking at the taillights.

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September 25, 2021

Subaru Uses Nude Bowl For Commercial Advertising

Did they get a filming permit from the city? I doubt it.

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August 12, 2021

Seen On The Internet


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July 12, 2021

"Eldorado Brougham in Palm Springs"

Eldorado Brougham in Palm Springs
April 1958 Kodachrome photo by chuck french

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June 18, 2021

4-Wheeled One-Ton Bicycle

They mention Torrington once, so that's either Connecticut or Wyoming. I'm pretty sure it's Connecticut.

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June 13, 2021

Three From California, and a Boston

Flowers in a San Francisco Park (1)
San Francisco
, 1995.

Studebaker in San Francisco
A Studebaker in San Francisco
, 1995.

Davenport, California
Davenport, California, on California AIDS Ride 2
, 1995.

Beacon Street & Charlesgate East
At Beacon Street and Charlesgate East in Boston
, Kodachrome, 2002.

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