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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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2014-09-15 15:54:56
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GoPro - the whole ball of wax  »  Ron's Log
The New Yorker has published the most comprehensive (and literate, it almost goes without saying) article on GoPro cameras ever. The history, the culture, the danger, the blandness, the abuse. If you feel like there's any sort of GoPro information you missed, it's there...except for details about the hardware or where to get the best prices. Zak Shelhamer, a photographer and former professional snowboarder, joined the company to help edit and produce snow-sport videos and now runs the adventure-sports division. He told me that he'd recently been talking to a pair of young Frenchmen who were planning to ...
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Posted:  9/15 9:40pm
Walk-In Camping  »  Ron's Log
This year at Burning Man I gave walk-in camping a test for just one night. The walk-in camping area is on the east-ish side of the city. Motors are not permitted in it. I had, over the years, thought the people who camped there wanted a quieter environment with less exhaust from motor vehicles. But it turns out that more than 90% of the campers out there are within 100 feet of the outermost road (Lapis Lazuli this year), so they are getting just about as much noise and exhaust as I do two blocks into the city. But they also ...
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Posted:  9/15 6:35am
Six States Proposal Goes Down  »  Ron's Log
The Sacramento Bee has provided this map showing county-by-county the rate of valid signatures. Mono County, for example, has a validity rate of 81%, but that's only 98 signatures. Imperial's validity rate is only 60.4%, but that's 1,939 valid signatures. ...
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Posted:  9/14 10:29pm
Most Useful GoPro Accessory Yet  »  Ron's Log
The PowerPole: It's a pole. It's got power. Inside the pole is a 5400mAh battery. The regular battery for the GoPro Hero3 is 1180mAh. The PowerPole is only for the Hero3. ...
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Posted:  9/14 11:02pm
In A Hurry?  »  Ron's Log
See the Man burn in only 37 seconds. This might be the best summary of the Burn experience I've seen. Honest. ...
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Posted:  9/14 10:25am
Flying Over Black Rock City  »  Ron's Log
Earlier this summer I was surprised and delighted to find a fundraising campaign being operated by Burning Sky to help pay for a new, better terminal building at the Black Rock City airport. The reward for a contribution of a measly $70 was a ride in an airplane around Black Rock City. What, so instead of flashing big breasts and a skimpy outfit, all I need to do is pay $70 to get on a plane?! I must be living in America. So I ponied up my $70 and on Thursday just after lunch I showed up at ...
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Posted:  9/13 11:51pm
High Quality Photos Of Burning Man 2014  »  Ron's Log
I've seen some high quality photos and I've seen some big collections, but this collection of photos by Duncan Rawlinson is both big and high quality. During the Embrace burn he was up in an airplane with a good telephoto lens. ...
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Posted:  9/13 3:00am
DHS Public Safety Commission, just the Police - 9/11/2014  »  Ron's Log
This is only the Police portion of the September 11 Public Safety Commission meeting. Interim Commander John Holcomb was representing the Police. He is another PERS retiree who will work for us up to 960 hours. He's been working here for about three weeks. He retired from Cathedral City Police as Captain in 2008. The Police have slightly liberalized their impound policy. Now if you are caught driving without a license and you have never had a license and you have never been cited for driving without a license before, then the vehicle you were driving may be handed over to ...
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Posted:  9/13 4:09am
Fundraising For The Orca Mural  »  Ron's Log
Great news DHS! Paula Terifaj and Dana Johnson have teamed up to put on a fund raiser here in town at the Dog Spa to benefit the "Orca Family" mural to be painted on the Town Center Mall by John Coleman. Here are the details. And here is the link to donate on Kickstarter. We only have 26 days left and we have a long way to go. Please donate today! Let's do this folks! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1918037558/orca-family Artist Fundraiser for Orca Mural in Desert Hot Springs September 20th at 6pm 67840 Hacienda Ave at the Dog Spa Resort “Wine for Whales Cheese Party” Kindly ...
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Posted:  9/12 11:04pm
The California State Song  »  Ron's Log
It has only now come to my attention that I Love You California is the official state song. And now you know why you never hear it. Maybe the Governor sings it when he gets sworn in. I don't know, I've never seen that ceremony. Worse than that, though, California has only that one state song! Let me show you how the other state does it: Massachusetts state song All Hail To Massachusetts: But wait, that's not all. Massachusetts is nearly 400 years old, so it's had a lot longer to celebrate music. The Massachusetts official folk song ...
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Posted:  9/12 10:32pm
Hurricane Marie  »  Ron's Log
I'm sure my east coast friends were filled with sympathy and concern when they learned that Hurricane Marie would be hitting southern California. Here we are having to deal with wildfires and earthquakes, when nature piles on with something that really only Florida deserves. Here, then, is a video documenting the force of Marie as she slammed into Malibu: Oh, the humanity! Here the LA Times reports on the loss of historic structures in the area, especially the Point Mugu lifeguard station built in the late 1950s. It was used as a location in the ...
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Posted:  9/12 4:34am
WSJ at Burning Man  »  Ron's Log
The Wall Street Journal has a small gallery of Burning Man photos. What makes them different is the dry, distanced, anthropological explanations in the captions aimed at readers who have never heard of this "Man Burning thing." This one, for instance, is captioned "Daytime dancing at the DISTRIKT, a non-profit electronic music and art collective." Generally it's referred to simply as "DISTRIKT," not "the" DISTRIKT...and nobody's making any money out there. Surprisingly, the WSJ got no photos of Grover running in his tighty-whiteys. ...
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Posted:  9/11 9:34pm
Collapse Of The Temple Of Grace  »  Ron's Log
After the insufferably long burn the night before, Burners were rewarded with one of the best ever fire collapses at the Temple burn: ...
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Posted:  9/11 1:08am
The Apple Watch Is An iPhone  »  Ron's Log
They don't say that, but it runs iOS and you can make phone calls on it, so it's an iPhone. This video explains all. Except the price. The Watch will be available in 2015. The way the battery is recharged is very interesting, and, Yes, that means you will be able to buy yet another connector for your Apple product. But if you wait a little while third parties will bring out less expensive versions to replace your original when it breaks. New navigation style. Very interesting watch bands. The Watch comes in two sizes, 42mm and 38mm. ...
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Posted:  9/10 12:49am
Yesterday's Flood  »  Ron's Log
3 inches of real rain in an hour! Here's a video of the flood and mud damage which includes some GoPro aerial drone shots. The aerial shots show that the land slopes in such a way that the main force of the flow was directed off of the golf course and directly into the residences. You will, of course, notice the man hosing the mud off his driveway! I'm sure CVWD is preparing a written warning for him right now...unless they decide this was an emergency. ...
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Posted:  9/9 5:52pm