November 14, 2018

Mac Mini with 4K

I can now watch 4K videos with ease. I've got a couple of cameras that can shoot in 4K, and earlier this year I bought a 4K monitor. I could plug a 4K camera directly into the monitor to watch real 4K, but I couldn't watch 4K videos from any other source in 4K because my old Mac Mini (2012 model) could do no better than 1080. But finally, last month Tim Cook announced the new Mac Mini, greatly enhanced and with the ability to handle 4K.

Here's a test video I used: Driving Downtown - Los Angeles 4K - USA. 4K videos of Oahu, or aerial flights over Paris are quite lovely. But to judge the technical abilities of my hardware, I need to look at something familiar. Three hours of downtown Los Angeles in 4K...on a Sunday, so the traffic is unusually light.

For the new Mac Mini I went with the "3.2GHz 6‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.6GHz)." On all previous models of Macs that I've owned, I've maxed out the RAM, but the max on the new Mini is 64GB! That would cost an additional $1,400. I don't think I've had a computer before that could hold more than 16GB, so I decided I could probably live with 32GB of RAM on this one. And I got the 1TB SSD drive.

The 4K is beautiful and realistic.

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November 3, 2018

Los Angeles Just After Sunset

Disney Hall Twilight (5252)

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (2112)

L.A. City Hall (2808)

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October 18, 2018

Box Canyon Flood

Box Canyon Road was flooded out twice this month, the second flood being far greater magnitude than any flood I've seen on that road. Check out the video:

Coachella Canal - Cleveland Street Branch to Salton Sea (1181)
This is a photo I took in 2007
showing the drainage channel going from the Coachella Canal (foreground) to the Salton Sea (background). The drainage channel can be used to send excess water from the canal into the Salton Sea, but I haven't heard of that option being used in the 15 years I've lived here. The farmers can use all the water they get. The drainage channel actually extends under the canal so that it can also carry runoff from the Mecca Hills (behind me as I took this photo) to the Salton Sea. Otherwise, all the rain that falls on the Mecca Hills will simply pool next to the canal, eventually undermining it.

So the huge flood from Box Canyon Road (or as much of it as possible) squeezed through this opening (also photographed in 2007):
Drain Passing Under the Coachella Canal (5027)

Before the flood could get to the Salton Sea it had to pass under 70th Avenue as well as the railroad and highway 111. The panorama below shows where the flood hit 70th Avenue:
70th & Cleveland, North Shore, California (1958)
Not only was the bridge destroyed, but the entire concrete drainage channel is simply gone.

Below is a closer view of the 70th Avenue bridge. Those are date palms along the road with their fruit wrapped in cloth bags to protect it from birds.
70th & Cleveland, North Shore, California (5671)

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October 15, 2018

Wende Museum Of The Cold War

I recently visited the Wende Museum of the Cold War in Culver City, which had been on my gotta-see list for quite a while. Open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday; no charge for admission; check the website for variations on that. It's right next door to Veterans Memorial Park which is right next door to Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

City of Culver City (4838)

On the other end of the museum sits the House of Warrior Poetry (Dance. Parkour. Acrobatics. Action Arts. Yoga. Movement.).
House of Warrior Poetry (4829)

Veterans Memorial Auditorium - Culver City (4836)
Veterans Memorial Auditorium - the marker out front was placed in 1950, so call it 1950.

Kimmy Schmidt Fashion (4850)
In the museum I thought the cover of this magazine said "1961."
Only when I went to edit it did I see it was actually 1981! It sure has the look of 1961.

Yuri Gagarin (4862)
Yuri Gagarin hanging out with kids.

Wende Museum of the Cold War (4874)
Sly Lenin.

Entertainment Center (4877)
Soviet radio.

You can see all the photos here.

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September 25, 2018

2018 Burning Man Photos

View of My Camp from Box Office Camp (0117)
A view of my camp from the elevated deck at Box Office Camp
. This was taken my second day on the playa.

Trago Peak (0108)
Trago Peak on the eastern edge of the playa.

Stephanie & Klank (0280)
Burner Buddies Stephanie and Klank.

Stack of cars (0169)
Every year there's one art piece that is obviously dangerous, and BMOrg will let people play on it until someone gets seriously hurt and then they make some changes
. Before this one had been open for too many days, someone fell off and it was shut down.

Sphere (0299)

Sperm Kites at Kidsville (0138)

Setting Up Box Office (0121)
The front of Box Office while we were setting up.

Self on trike (0131)

Rainbow Arch (0303A)

Rain on the playa (0107)
My first evening on the playa.

My truck at the Nugget Casino in Sparks Nevada (2082)
My truck in the Nugget Casino parking garage in Sparks.

Menorah Bike (0142)
A menorah constructed on a tandem bike.

Men Working On Themselves (0239)

Little Black Dress Party (0218)
At the Burner Buddies Little Black Dress Party.

GPS Tracks From Burning Man 2019
GPS tracks as I traveled around Black Rock City on my trike and on the bus going out to Box Office on Gate Road, plus my exodus in the truck.

Galaxia Temple Burning (0344)
Galaxia Temple Burning.

Galaxia Temple (0261)

Elephant Art Car (0156)

Crashed Plane (0290)

Champagne Bitches Art Car (0147A)
The Champagne Bitches art car stopped in front of Burner Buddies for a while.

Burner Buddies Drive-Thru (0216)
Customers at the Burner Buddies Drive-thru.

Burner Buddies aerial on Saturday by Frank Martin
Aerial view shot by Frank with Burner Buddies camp highlighted.

Burner Buddies & Me - 2018
Burner Buddies group shot by Ed.

Art On The Playa (0259)

Art car on the playa (0312) denoised

My complete set of 2018 Burning Man photos can be seen here.

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September 14, 2018

Videos from Burning Man 2018


My videos.

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September 11, 2018

El Capitan State Beach

When I was at El Capitan State Beach with Great Outdoors Santa Barbara I walked what used to be the paved bike path from El Capitan to Refugio State Beach. Part of the route has eroded away, so much so that the path is closed, although pedestrians still hike along the closed portion.

Aniso Trail (1)

Refugio State Beach (0095)
Refugio State Beach
.

Offshore Oil Drilling Warning System (0075)
Sirens for the offshore drilling platforms
.

El Capitan State Beach (0090)

Aniso Trail flower (0080)

Aniso Trail (0094)

Aniso Trail (0086)

Aniso Trail (0077)

Aniso Trail (0079)

See the complete set of photos here.

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August 10, 2018

"Ignite"


Just released, this video documents the 2017 Burn. 2017 was my 11th time at Burning Man, and that makes the narration in this video seem a bit over the top...because I've been there and seen it and I know every second of this video is just real. The only "special effect" in this video is that it was shot at a high frame rate so that it could be slowed down a bit to make this.

There's no great voiceover narration to thrill you as you bike across the playa. No dramatic music. But the excitement is the same, nevertheless. It's just hard to convey the feelings in a video. I can still recall clearly how stunned I was by the first Burning Man I went to. It was bigger, brighter and louder than what I was prepared for. Today, Burning Man has about twice as many attendees as it did in my first year and the technology has leapt forward. If 2017 had been my first year, I probably would have needed a bucket to catch my melting brain.

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June 1, 2018

U.S. Botanic Garden

Some photos from my visit there about a month ago.

U.S. Botanic Garden (4644)

Cleistocactus winteri (4782)

Nepenthese 'Miranda' (pitcher plant) (4762)
Pitcher plant.

U.S. Botanic Garden (4746)

Yellow Kangaroo's Paw (4709)
Yellow Kangaroo's Paw.

Parodia warasii (4665)

The complete set of photos from the U.S. Botanic Garden can be seen here.

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May 12, 2018

No Spectators - The Art of Burning Man

No Spectators - Renwick Gallery (1892)

No Spectators - Renwick Gallery (3040)

No Spectators - Renwick Gallery (4544)

Penny Bear (4604)

Greg & Shep view the Penny Bear (4613)
That's Greg & Shep looking at the penny bear.

Maya Angelou bust (4589)
Maya Angelou
.

No Spectators - Renwick Gallery (1889)

The Temple at No Spectators (4586)

XO (4629)
People played around on this in pretty much the same way Burners did
.

"Truth Is Beauty" replica (7686)
"Truth is Beauty" one-third scale replica.

"Truth Is Beauty" replica shadows (4536)

No Spectators - Renwick Gallery (4580)
These people are looking up at a small version of the artwork seen at the beginning of the following video:

This complete set of photos can be seen here.

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April 5, 2018

Arriving At Burning Man, last year

Self Upon Arrival in Black Rock City, 2017.
My shirt is clean; my tent behind me is not yet covered by my shade structure, so it's midday of my first day on the playa last year, 2017. Photo by George Post who is always there when I arrive and always still there when I leave and I'm beginning to suspect he might live out there all the time.

The umbrella hat, to my surprise, proved very practical. Kept my head well shaded, well ventilated, and the headband did not irritate me. That was what I expected to be my main objection, but, no, it's fairly comfortable. Not practical in wind, however.

If somebody wants to give me a word balloon, send it complete (not just an idea or suggestion) to me at RonsLog@RBGilbert.com

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Gigapan Aerial Image of Black Rock City 2017

The Gigapan image is here. Below is the view of our Burner Buddies camp.

BurnerBuddies

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March 22, 2018

Slide Photos Of The Past (well, we couldn't have future, could we?)

Autumn River (2)
Somewhere in New England (Maine, most likely).

Walden Pond
Walden Pond.

View of Downtown Boston from Alewife Station, Cambridge, Mass (BW)
A view of the skyline of downtown Boston from Alewife Station on the Red Line.
I think the very white steeple you can see towards the left part of the downtown skyline is a church that used to stand in Porter Square. You can see the Federal Reserve building on the righthand part of the skyline.

Stacey - August 1986
My brother's stepdaughter at the wedding between her mother and him in 1986, Fremont, California.

Polaris - Kodachrome - 1986
Polaris and the star trails around it.
I probably shot this while out camping, which means it's probably Maine.

Sculpture - Kodachrome - 1987
I can't remember where this is, but I'm tempted to say Chicago.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Prometheus, Boston Prudential Center - 1986 (2)
Prometheus in front of the Prudential Center in Boston, 1986.

Leaves
More New England nature.

John Hancock Building - Kodachrome - 1986
The old John Hancock, Back Bay, Boston.
Kodachrome, 1986.

Christian Science Mother Church Reflecting Pool, Boston - Agfachrome - 1985 (1)
The reflecting pool at the Christian Science Center in The Fenway, Boston.
Agfachrome, 1985.

Chicago City Hall - Kodachrome - 1987
Chicago City Hall, Kodachrome, 1987.

Christian Science Center, Boston - Kodachrome - 1986
The Christian Science Center in Boston.
Kodachrome, 1986.

Boston Pride Parade - 1985
Boston Pride Parade, 1985.

More scanned slide photos can be seen here.

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March 11, 2018

A Few Slides

Winter - Kodachrome
Kodachrome.

Statue of Liberty - Kodachrome - 1987 (5)
Kodachrome 1987.

Statue of Liberty - Kodachrome - 1987 (4)
Kodachrome 1987.

Putnam Headstone - Kodachrome
Kodachrome.

Pond

Boston Light - Kodachrome - 1987
Boston Light, Kodachrome, 1987.

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February 23, 2018

Sliiiiiiiiides

Harvard Along The Charles River - Kodachrome - 2002
Harvard along the Charles River as viewed from the John W. Weeks pedestrian bridge.
I'm facing the Cambridge side, of course. At the extreme left you can see the North Harvard Street bridge. On the right you can see as far as the Western Avenue bridge and the power plant next to it.

UC Berkeley - 1986
UC Berkeley, 1986.

Tourists in Hawaii - Kodachrome - 1986
Yes, this couple looks like a Duane Hanson sculpture, but they are, in fact, living tourists in Hawaii.
Kodachrome, 1986.

Paris Street; Rainy Day - Gustave Caillebotte - Chicago Art Institute
Paris Street; Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte
at the Chicago Art Institute.

Marina City, Chicago - Kodachrome - 1987 (BW)
Marina City, Chicago - Kodachrome, 1987.

LDS Temple, Oakland - 1986 (2)
The LDS Temple in Oakland - 1986.

Golden Gate Bridge Tower - 1985 (1)
Golden Gate Bridge, 1985.

Coast Guard Pier, Provincetown - 1985
Coast Guard pier in Provincetown, Massachusetts - 1985.

[Former] Polaroid Headquarters
Polaroid headquarters on the Charles River in Boston (Allston).

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February 14, 2018

Match Sphere

Scientists at Los Alamos Laboratory had a betting pool for Trinity, the first atomic bomb test. One of the betting options was that the bomb would work, but would ignite the atmosphere, wiping out all life on Earth. This video allows you visualize what that might look like from the moon.

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February 13, 2018

My First Hummingbird Nest

Hummingbird nest Feb 13 2018 (7958)

Hummingbird nest Feb 13 2018 (7957)

Just spotted it today when I noticed the future mother flying in exactly the same path twice very close to my house. I'll have to get a ladder to see down into the nest.

UPDATE: I can't get high enough on my ladder to see clear to the bottom of the nest, but for now here's a photo of the mother sitting.
Hummingbird In Nest (7960)\

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February 11, 2018

Scanned Slide Photos Again

Twilight on the Charles River - Kodachrome - 1987
The Charles River after sunset, looking westerly.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Sal S. & David K. In Massachusetts (2)
Sal Sorrenti and David K.
This photo is from about 1986 or '87 and is somewhere around Boston, maybe Westboro. Sal, on the left, was my boyfriend at that time.

Sailboat on Hawaiian Beach - Kodachrome - 1986
Hawaii, Kodachrome, 1986.

Portrait
If you can identify this portrait, please let me know.
I don't recall the artist or where this was on display. It might be in the Chicago Art Institute.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai - Kodachrome - 1986
The Na Pali coast on Kauai.
Kodachrome, 1986.

MBTA Alewife Station - Kodachrome - 1987
MBTA Alewife Station in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Louis Sullivan Monogram on Carson Pirie Scott & Co, Chicago - Kodachrome - 1987 (1)
Louis Sullivan monogram on Carson Pirie Scott & Co., Chicago.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Leaves, Hawaii - Kodachrome - 1986
In Hawaii, Kodachrome, 1986.

Kauai Morning - 1986 (3)
Dawn on Kauai.

Hammond Pond, Chestnut Hill, Mass - Kodachrome - 1988
This is Hammond Pond behind Chestnut Hill Mall in Newton, Massachusetts.
Kodachrome, 1988.

Gay Pride Parade, Boston - 1985
The 1985 gay pride parade in Boston passing in front of the State House.

Flower - Ektachrome - 1986
Ektachrome, 1986.

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February 2, 2018

A lot of slides from around 1987, mostly

Chicago Architecture - Kodachrome - 1987
Chicago, Kodachrome, 1987.

Allerton Hotel, Chicago - Kodachrome - 1987
Also Chicago, Kodachrome, 1987.
This is probably the last time I saw this sign on the Allerton Hotel. I had always wondered if the Tip-Top-Tap was still a going concern or was it just too expensive to take down those letters. But that was before the internet. Now I can find out without having to actually go to Chicago and ride an elevator to the top. The Tip-Top-Tap opened in the 1920s and closed in 1961. It is used now as a ballroom or meeting room for private parties, but the bar is gone.

Chicago Buildings - Kodachrome - 1987 (2)
Chicago, but I can't identify these buildings
. The sleek one is not the Willis Tower. This is 1987 (Kodachrome again). If anyone can identify these buildings please leave a comment or email me.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum & fern
Ferns in the inner courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

Kilauea Lighthouse - Kodachrome - 1986
Kilauea Lighthouse, Kauai; Kodachrome 1986.

Morning - Kodachrome - 1989
Kodachrome, 1989.
I don't recall where this is.

Lower South Branch Pond, Baxter State Park, Maine - Kodachrome - 1987
Lower South Branch Pond, Baxter State Park, Maine; Kodachrome 1987.

Nantucket Light Ship - Kodachrome (2)
The Nantucket Light Ship, Kodachrome, early 1980s.

Robie House, Oak Park - Kodachrome - 1987
The Robie House by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, outside Chicago. 1987, Kodachrome.

Reserve Channel, Boston - Ektachrome
The Reserve Channel in Boston on Ektachrome, early 1980s.
When I lived in South Boston in the early '80s, I worked downtown at 100 Summer Street, so most mornings I would walk to work (a couple miles) rather than suffer the crowded bus. This was along the way and almost always offered a photogenic view. But it never changed much, either. Sometimes a ship would tie up and stay for more than a year.

Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Honolulu - Kodachrome - 1986
The Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach, Kodachrome, 1986.

View Of MIT Across Charles River - Kodachrome - 1987
On the Charles River Esplanade in Boston looking across the river at MIT in Cambridge.
Kodachrome, 1987.

Vietnam Memorial, Washington - Kodachrome - 1987
My first visit to the Vietnam Memorial Wall on The Mall in Washington, Kodachrome, 1987.
I was quite impressed with the feeling of grief that grows to almost overwhelming levels as I walked down into the memorial and the walls rose higher than my head.

Wrigley's Spearmint at The Art Institute of Chicago
A serendipitous moment at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987.

Cape Cod - Kodachrome - 1987
Dunes on Cape Cod near Provincetown, Kodachrome, 1987.

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February 1, 2018

Cliched Travel Photo Video


Instravel - A Photogenic Mass Tourism Experience.

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