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Ron's personal web log that includes photography, libertarianism, gay issues, politics, as well as generally sarcastic and cynical views on the state of everything.
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2001-03-06 00:00:00 
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Gravel  »  Ron's Log
Here's an article that says "bath salts" is being replaced by "gravel" in the street drug market. A study has been done of α-pyrrolidinovalerophenone, which is the chemical name for gravel. It works the same way as bath salts by blocking dopamine and norepinephrine uptake, but its potency is "reduced." I think they mean gravel is less potent than bath salts. If it's a trend to give new street drugs nicknames based on ordinary household items, maybe the next one could be "used toilet paper" or "full trash can." Something to thrill the senses in anticipation. ...
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Posted:  4/25 1:29am
Pink  »  Ron's Log
Boston's Museum of Fine Arts has an exhibit entitled "Think Pink" going until May 26, 2014. The exhibit "explores the history and changing meanings of the color as its popularity ebbed and flowed in fashion and visual culture from the 18th century to the present day." Somebody tell me if they have overlooked all the rich pink culture at Burning Man. Here's an article with some photos. It says the exhibit is made up of seventy objects from the museum's own collection. So, yeah, no Burning Man. NPR story here. The Pink Ride at Burning ...
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Posted:  4/24 9:58pm
Bostonians Gotta Burn!  »  Ron's Log
Here's an Indiegogo funding request from Incineration Congregation to help Boston burners (that is, literal burners, not just Burners) to return to the Black Rock Desert for the first time since 2008. They want $3,000 and have raised $355 at the moment I'm writing this. ...
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Posted:  4/24 10:21pm
Tesla in Cathedral City  »  Ron's Log
Yeah, this is news. Mayor DeRosa of Cathedral City announced that Tesla would be opening a showroom and service center on Perez Road. Supposed to open in May, but you know, that means it should be ready in time for the back-to-school sales in August. Send your kid to college in a Tesla! Purported future Tesla showroom and service center. I think it would be a good idea for Tesla to put a supercharger out at the Palm Springs Amtrak station - and they should be charged a high rent for such an ideal location near I-10. Those Tesla ...
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Posted:  4/24 8:26pm
Video Of White SUV  »  Ron's Log
The video below was purportedly shot with a video camera of some sort, although it appears to me to have been painted by one of those non-human primates that we occasionally see in the news enjoying their new life, retired from show-biz. The purported video depicts a white SUV. There are other colored blobs, one of which is purported to be a campaign sign and, I must say, the colors of said blob do not rule out that it could be a campaign sign. It is further purported that there is a man in this video. Indeed, there ...
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Posted:  4/24 8:12pm
Freedom To Sweep Nevada  »  Ron's Log
Hell's Angels, the Gay Men's Chorus of L.A. and no toilets! Just try to keep me away! If you don't like the message from the long-haired hippie wing, maybe you'll prefer this one: Facebook. ...
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Posted:  4/24 9:40pm
Easter On Mulholland Highway  »  Ron's Log
There are no accidents in this video, but if you're looking for that sort of thing you can find some by browsing through that photographer's YouTube videos. ...
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Posted:  4/24 9:15pm
1939 Dallas Kodachrome Film Discovered  »  Ron's Log
The Dallas Morning News found this excellent 1939 film on eBay and bought it. If you want to skip the chit-chat, the film starts at about 3:40. ...
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Posted:  4/24 8:54pm
Kids With GoPros  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  4/23 10:55pm
One Down, One To Go  »  Ron's Log
Wanted. Wanted. CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT Daniel Bressler, Chief of Police ***PRESS RELEASE*** DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT: Commercial Burglary – Case # 1404D-4645 On 04/21/14, at about 3:30 AM, a commercial burglary occurred at a hotel in the 66700 Block of 5th Street in Desert Hot Springs. During the investigation, it was determined two adult suspects had forced entry into the hotel's office and stolen several items before fleeing the scene. Caleb Nelson (32 years old) was identified as the primary suspect during the initial investigation. On 04/22/14, the investigating Detective located and arrested Nelson near his residence in Desert Hot ...
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Posted:  4/23 6:21am
Desert Tortoise, The Video  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  4/23 9:12am
Beer & Nudity  »  Ron's Log
I don't usually have two Pennsylvania posts in one day. BTW, see those three ladies in the middle of this poster? They won't really be there...at least not until you've had about a dozen "samples." Sunny Rest Resort ...
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Posted:  4/23 6:33am
Meanwhile In Pennsylvania  »  Ron's Log
Pennsylvania's Attorney General has wisely refused to defend his state's ban on same-sex marriage, so the office of Governor Corbett (a Republican) took on that task. But the defense is no defense. The Governor's office has said they will call no expert witnesses and they will not dispute any of the specific harms caused to the plaintiffs by the marriage ban. Essentially, then, this would seem to be like the Oregon suit - defenseless. But it's got one advantage over Oregon because there is a nominal defendant. The defendant (the Commonwealth) agrees with the plaintiffs that there is ...
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Posted:  4/23 3:55am
New Lytro  »  Ron's Log
Lytro introduced their light field camera in 2011. In a radical departure from all preceding photography, a light field camera is able to record all* the light rays, thereby allowing the viewer to choose and manipulate the depth of field later.    * But obviously it can't record more light rays than the capacity of its memory allows. Their first camera, while fully functional, was a bit of a novelty. Now they are coming back with their big gun: the Lytro Illum. Perhaps they drew the name "Illum" from "Illuminate," but I had to go look ...
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Posted:  4/23 2:49am
The Significance of LGBT Pulp Fiction at PS Library  »  Ron's Log
On April 29, 2014, the Palm Springs Public Library, in partnership with the ONE Archives Foundation, will present author Katherine V. Forrest in conversation with ONE board member Dr. Christopher Freeman. They will be discussing the significance of LGBT Pulp Fiction and its impact on writers today. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6:30 p.m. Palm Springs Public Library Learning Center 300 S. Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA The lecture is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited. ...
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Posted:  4/22 5:14am
U.S. Senator Learns  »  Ron's Log
Learns what those yellow dots on the waiting platform are for. That's Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut on the right. ...
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Posted:  4/21 11:13pm
Illegal Marijuana Dispensary On 3rd Street Shut Down  »  Ron's Log
Press Release: Drugs and Firearm Seizure Agency: Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force Station Area: Palm Desert Incident Date: 4-16-14 Time: 11:00 p.m. Incident Location: 66200 block of Third Street, Desert Hot Springs Details: On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, a Gang Task Force officer with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department was following up leads from a citizen report of possible drug sales from a residential neighborhood within the city. The Task Force officer arrested one local gang member for carrying a loaded and concealed firearm. Arrested was 18-year-old Nicholas Lee of Desert Hot Springs. Lee was booked into the Riverside County Larry D. Smith Correctional facility, located in the city of ...
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Posted:  4/19 2:38am
Wow. Just Wow.  »  Ron's Log
Oregon has a ban on same-sex marriage. Therefore, as surely as night follows day, the constitutionality of that ban is being tested in court . The photo above depicts a conference of some of the parties defending the ban. At the head of the table is, of course, the Attorney General. Along the left side are some attorneys from private organizations who are assisting the state's defense, while along the right are representatives of some of the parties who have filed amicus briefs. Or maybe it's the other way around. They look so much alike. Yes, indeed, my point is ...
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Posted:  4/18 9:55pm
Flowers In Joshua Tree N.P.  »  Ron's Log
After a little cross-country walking in Joshua Tree National Park my boots were transformed into giant, clumsy bees, transporting pollen hither and thither. I don't know if I successfully pollinated anything, but the bees don't know if they do either. The high desert area is flowering nicely. The photo above was taken not far from the western entrance in the town of Joshua Tree. I didn't travel down to the Cottonwood exit, so I couldn't observe how the low desert flowers are doing. This weekend all your National Parks have free entrance. No charge. Get out there. ...
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Posted:  4/18 10:39pm