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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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2014-09-29 15:53:28
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Another Use For Drones  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  9/29 9:08pm
Yahoo & AOL  »  Ron's Log
An investor is encouraging Yahoo to buy AOL. This, if it takes place, would be right up there with Sears buying KMart, in terms of marketing genius. Yahoo generally buys up successful companies and then ruins their product, so it would be interesting what Yahoo would do with AOL. Could it possibly be made worse?! If it could, Yahoo would be the company to find a way to make it happen. ...
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Posted:  9/29 11:28pm
Burning Man - It's Not Normal  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  9/29 11:12pm
Recreational Marijuana Expected To Be Legal In Oregon  »  Ron's Log
The proponents of a measure to legalize recreational marijuana reported spending $2.3 million while opponents did not report spending anything. If approved by the voters, the law will go into effect January 1, 2015. The legislature won't convene until February 2, so it would be reasonable to expect a bumpy ride for a bit. The measure would legalize possession of up to 8 ounces of marijuana. I believe the limit in Colorado is 1 ounce. ...
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Posted:  9/29 11:53pm
omigawd omigawd omigawd  »  Ron's Log
It's the GoPro Hero4! Coming October 5. For the privilege of enjoying the improvements, you will pay $100 more for the Black model - $500; just as the Hero3 was $100 more than the Hero2. Silver is also $100 more: $400. Black:
  • 4k 30fps
  • 2.7k 50fps
  • 1080p 120fps
  • 240fps is gone
  • 12 megapixel stills, up to 30 per second
  • Night photo and night lapse modes
  • "Highlight tag" videos while shooting
  • Wider angle!
  • Auto low-light mode
  • One button press to turn on and begin shooting
  • Improved audio & compatible with more mics
  • A button dedicated to accessing settings
Elsewhere I read about the ability to have full manual control of all settings...except focus, ...
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Posted:  9/29 7:13pm
Historical Society Soup Supper, October  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  9/28 8:42pm
iPhone 6 Encryption  »  Ron's Log
The new iPhone 6 will encrypt "emails, photos and contacts based on a complex mathematical algorithm that uses a code created by, and unique to, the phone's user." "Breaking the code, according to an Apple technical guide, could take 'more than 5 1/2 years to try all combinations of a six-character alphanumeric passcode with lowercase letters and numbers.'" That, of course, would be a brute force method, and I'm pretty sure the NSA and FBI have more sophisticated techniques than that. The FBI objects to this.At Apple and Google, company executives say the United States government brought these changes ...
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Posted:  9/28 10:57pm
Be Happy  »  Ron's Log
Another attempt to analyze Burning Man. But this one might be on to something in its focus on gifting. A study led by neuroscientist Robb Rutledge showed that feeling happy depends not on how well things are going in general, but instead whether things are going better than expected. In other words, pleasant surprises have a big effect on happiness – and these abound in Black Rock City. Hardly a minute goes by without some sort of weird and wonderful episode, like spotting a giant mobile octopus spouting flames from its tentacles, or encountering a man offering you ...
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Posted:  9/27 8:08am
Mammoth: 683 Quakes In 24 Hours  »  Ron's Log
That's what USGS was displaying on their map when I checked it. The biggest was only 3.5, but 683 quakes are 80% of the world's earthquakes in that 24-hour period. L.A. Times story: At 11,053 feet, Mammoth Mountain in California's Eastern Sierra is a lava dome complex on the southwest rim of Long Valley Caldera, although eruptions haven't occurred for some 57,000 years. The recent swarm of quakes in and around the mountain is being tied to recent "volcanic unrest" marked by gas emissions, tree die-offs and intrusions of upward-moving sheets of rock, according to ...
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Posted:  9/27 7:55am
W-DMX  »  Ron's Log
An article about W-DMX, the tech used to control the lighting on the vehicles from Camp Walter, like the Bug below. ...
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Posted:  9/26 11:19pm
The latest mural by John Coleman  »  Ron's Log
Is this one next to the pool at the Dog Spa Resort on Hacienda in Desert Hot Springs. (Photo by John Coleman) ...
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Posted:  9/26 9:44pm
Owens Valley - 1940  »  Ron's Log
In the 1940 Darryl Zanuck film Brigham Young, the Owens Valley in California played the role of the Salt Lake Valley in Utah as Brigham Young first saw it and announced "This is the place." The film showed Brigham Young (played by Dean Jagger who himself was baptized a Mormon in 1972) striding across this grand view of the Valley shot from the Sierra mountains above Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills, but I've edited it to remove the church leader from the scene. Dean Jagger as Brigham Young looking down on ...
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Posted:  9/26 9:31pm
New Community Development Director  »  Ron's Log
Sometimes referred to casually and inaccurately as the "Planning Director," Martín Magaña used to be the Community Development Director until he became City Manager. Since then Rich Malacoff has been filling in as interim Director. Alex Meyerhoff comes to us with a ton of experience in just what we need. City of Desert Hot Springs Hires Alex Meyerhoff as Community Development Director Desert Hot Springs, California (September 24, 2014) - The City Manager, along with support of the City Council of the City of Desert Hot Springs, has hired Alex Meyerhoff to serve as the city's Community Development Director. His start date ...
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Posted:  9/26 3:49am