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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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2014-10-20 13:50:14
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GoPro & Grizzly  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  10/20 9:50pm
$500  »  Ron's Log
If you follow Apple announcements then you've heard the brouhaha about the iMac with 5K Retina display (5K, 5K!, which is one more K than 4, starts at $2,500) and the iPad Air 2 (thinner, lighter, more powerful, starts at $500). But there never is any brouhaha about my favorite compromise that will put a real Mac on your desk for as little as $500: the Mac mini. This is what I have, but my model is a year old. It's not as powerful as an iMac. Processor speeds:iMac1.4 GHz2.7GHz2.9GHz3.2GHz3.4GHz3.5GHz4.0GHzMac mini1.4GHz2.6GHz2.8GHz  Graphics:iMacIntel HD Graphics 5000Intel Iris Pro GraphicsNVIDIA ...
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Posted:  10/20 6:01am
The Playa Provides  »  Ron's Log
Back in the late 1980s in Boston I had a good friend Jeff. Nothing romantic, just a real good friend. About 1991 he left New England, moving to Atlanta, hoping to find less racism. He successfully achieved that goal. If any reader suffers under the illusion that you couldn't possibly find rampant racism in New England, suffer no more. After his move, we drifted apart and foolishly completely lost track of each other, not due to any fight or disagreement; we were just younger and stupider. He's ten years younger than me, so the younger was mostly him and the ...
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Posted:  10/20 3:05am
More Power  »  Ron's Log
Just in time for the previous GoPro model, Brunton introduces the "All Day" battery to extend the battery life of your GoPro Hero3+. For $50 you get a 4000mAh battery that can be attached to your Hero3+ that's supposed to last up to four times as long as the standard battery. They note: "This model All Day is only compatible with the Hero 3+." Since I'm not sure exactly when they wrote that, I don't know if it means "won't work on the Hero2" or "won't work on the Hero2, Hero4 or Hero." Spend your money and let ...
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Posted:  10/19 11:27pm
A Wyoming Surprise!  »  Ron's Log
U.S. District Court Judge Skavdahl set 5 PM, Monday, October 20 as the deadline to render his decision on Wyoming's ban on same-sex marriage, but I guess today was a slow day, so he laid it out this afternoon. The plaintiff's motion for an injunction is granted. His order included a stay until October 23, but the state has already said it will not appeal. Marriage at Old Faithful, anyone? The decision is based on the 10th Circuit's decision, but even so the order is 16 pages long. The preferred forum for addressing the issues presented ...
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Posted:  10/18 6:53am
When Life Gives You Frozen Water  »  Ron's Log
If you've lived in an area where bodies of water freeze over in the winter, then you probably already know about this phenomenon, but this guy moved from Los Angeles to Alaska in August 2014. He claims he never saw snow falling before he got to Alaska*. For the benefit and enjoyment of other desert denizens: * Even in southern California it doesn't take a great effort to go find falling snow, and this guy doesn't seem to be the stay-at-home type, so I have no good guess as to how he avoided seeing a snowfall in ...
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Posted:  10/17 9:51pm
Today's Marriage Equality Summary  »  Ron's Log
As I review the gay marriage news of the last few days, I see that the facts shift so rapidly that in addition to carefully checking the date of the news report, I also need to check the time of day. Have we ever experienced anything like this before, where significant rights shifted back and forth in matters of hours in different states all across the country? It's like somebody threw a big rock in the pond and we're watching the ripples splashing and re-splashing against the shoreline. Eventually it will calm down. Nationwide: In a Washington Blade ...
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Posted:  10/17 9:00pm
It's A Series Of Tubes  »  Ron's Log
Travel via pneumatic tube system is documented using a GoPro Hero2. Here's where the fun starts. Go to the start of the video if you want the explanation in Norwegian. ...
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Posted:  10/17 10:34pm
Pierson Professional Plaza  »  Ron's Log
I have noticed that the staff report on the October 17, 2014, City Council agenda item in which the recent requests from Tahiti Partners regarding the Pierson Professional Plaza will be considered says that at its October 14 meeting "the Planning Commission recommended that the City Council defer the Development Impact Fees and approve the project to be constructed in phases as requested." That is not accurate. When the Planning Commission got to this item Attorney Quintanilla explained that the phasing and landscaping questions were within the Commission's jurisdiction, not the DIF delay. The Commission discussed only phasing ...
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Posted:  10/17 7:33pm