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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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2014-07-28 15:52:12
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Black Rock City Reincarnated  »  Ron's Log
With the driving of the Golden Spike today, the rebuilding of Black Rock City has commenced. The Golden Spike indicates dead center for the city. The Man will be constructed directly over the spike. Photo by Logan Mirto. ...
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Posted:  7/28 11:52pm
James Webb Space Telescope Sunshield Test  »  Ron's Log
This is the test version of the sunshield that will protect the James Webb Space Telescope from the sun when it was tested on July 10 this year. This is the description provided by NASA: The Sunshield on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is the largest part of the observatory—five layers of thin membrane that must unfurl reliably in space to precise tolerances. Last week, for the first time, engineers stacked and unfurled a full-sized test unit of the Sunshield and it worked perfectly. The Sunshield is about the length of a tennis court, and will be folded ...
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Posted:  7/28 8:54am
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Posted:  7/28 3:00am
All permits will be closely examined  »  Ron's Log
A 50-foot by 25-foot section of a subterranean garage in Century City collapsed when the heavy weight of landscaping materials overcame its structural integrity. it was determined that construction crews working on a landscaping project were using small skip loaders to handle lava rock and dirt. The heavy weight of this material was too much for the structural integrity of the parking garage, contributing to the collapse. No one was injured. "LAFD Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) specialists performed a systematic search of the impact area along with LAFD K9's to ensure no one was trapped in the parking ...
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Posted:  7/27 7:30am
As If I Had Heard Of Ike Taylor Before Now  »  Ron's Log
That's Ike Taylor arriving for training camp wearing and shooting with both a GoPro and Google Glass. Shots from the GoPro video are included. I just want to say that somebody could make some money by redesigning the GoPro Chesty mount using a Hawaiian shirt print on the straps. Other fun designs might also bring a designer a couple of million bucks. Go wild. ...
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Posted:  7/26 10:28pm
Bird (it can be so much more than just birds) Photo Booth  »  Ron's Log
This is one of those new devices where the developer is so very excited to share with you his very exciting news about his exciting new device that he forgets to slow down and tell you  h-o-w  y-o-u  m-a-k-e  i-t  w-o-r-k. But I think I've got it figured out now. If you want to skip the explanation you can go buy the Bird Photo Booth (BPB) from Amazon right now for $119. But the makers of BPB will sell it to you for only $100 "for a limited time only." For this you will need an iPhone 3, ...
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Posted:  7/26 10:10pm
UAV View Of Downtown L.A.  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  7/25 7:16am
Half A Million  »  Ron's Log
Santa Ana banned medical marijuana dispensaries in 2007. But, of course, illegal ones have appeared. The Santa Ana City Council voted to allocate an additional $500,000 for police overtime in order to focus on eight illegal dispensaries. An initiative that would repeal the ban and impose a 2% tax has qualified for the ballot. The City Council has responded with its own proposal which would put dispensaries in industrial zones and levy a 5% tax. ...
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Posted:  7/25 3:30am
The Long Wait Is Over  »  Ron's Log
Or, the first long wait is over. Now we wait until the last week of August and then we can wait on the entrance road. Burning Man went with a new ticket vendor this year, Ticket Fly. Tickets were supposed to go out in mid-June, but they didn't actually start sending them until July. I've heard numerous reports of Burners who changed their address with Ticket Fly after buying tickets and well before tickets were mailed, but Ticket Fly overlooked that and used the old address. Worse, when tickets are returned to Ticket Fly for a bad address, they ...
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Posted:  7/25 3:50am
UAV Rules At Burning Man  »  Ron's Log
The Burning Man org recently promulgated its revised rules for UAVs/drones which are based on the FAA rules and one more year of real world (by "real world" I mean the playa) experience. They were just sort of dropped out there harshly with little explanation. But "The System" (that's his playa name) the Air Commander for the Black Rock City Airport has provided some explanation and expansion on Reddit. He even provides a good reason for the ban on FPV, which makes sense on the playa, but not every other place. I'm just going to copy ...
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Posted:  7/24 10:25pm
Why We Need A Walmart  »  Ron's Log
This is gonna bring everybody over to the pro-Walmart side: their ice cream sandwiches never melt. Never! Think of what a great relief that would be to the kids (and adults) of hot, hot Desert Hot Springs. (Didn't that 114° bring a smile to your face?!) What I visualize is, after the Walmart has been approved, built and opened, we the residents of DHS celebrate summer by using Great Value Ice Cream Sandwiches to build a scale replica of the Washington Monument in the parking lot of the Walmart. Leave it for days. I think this would be good ...
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Posted:  7/24 9:15am
81-Year Old Virgin At Burning Man  »  Ron's Log
A Burning Man virgin, that is, a birgin/burgin (debate the spelling amongst yourselves). He wears a media tag and is either a professional videographer or accompanied by one, so the video quality is good. There is some sort of filtering applied to the daytime outdoors scenes that I think is supposed to make it look like Kodachrome colors. Maybe. A little bit of nudity, he describes the burning of the Man as a celebration of death: ...
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Posted:  7/24 2:07am
SCAQMD Monitoring Station  »  Ron's Log
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Posted:  7/24 1:51am
Mistitled GoPro Video  »  Ron's Log
The title is "Fox Kills and Eats My GoPro, but, as you will see, the the camera is far from dead. It records everything up to the moment the owner retrieves it. ...
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Posted:  7/23 9:49pm
Medical Marijuana in San Bernardino  »  Ron's Log
The County of San Bernardino and every city in it, including the City of San Bernardino, ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The result has been something like this: That's the Weedmaps view of San Bernardino. Weedmaps is fairly inaccurate, but it's more accurate than any of the other online marijuana guides. Each marijuana leaf icon on that map is supposed to be a medical marijuana dispensary. The little trucks represent delivery services. So their city attorney has made a study and he's written a report. "We will present a plan which essentially acknowledges the futility and high ...
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Posted:  7/23 9:12pm
Leica T Mirrorless  »  Ron's Log
For its 100th anniversary Leica has released the mirrorless T camera system. The body starts at $1,850. it has a new lens mount and there are only two lenses. The cheaper one, the 27-84mm equivalent (18-56mm actual) zoom, f3.5, is $1,750. You can get an adaptor for $395 allowing you to use Leica M mount lenses. The usual extras you buy with a new camera will set you back a bit as well. Spare battery $140; detachable electronic viewfinder $595; camera bag $275; or ...
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Posted:  7/23 2:11am
Trampoline Safety  »  Ron's Log
This was probably not covered in the gun safety course or the manual that came with the trampoline: "[T]he defendant's mother, said the two were in a relationship, and had been playing with the gun that killed Edwards while on a trampoline with their infant child." ...
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Posted:  7/22 9:23pm
Chicago Family May Pick Up The Joseph Wambaugh House  »  Ron's Log
Maybe. Maybe not. It's in Thunderbird Estates in Rancho Mirage. The Desert Sun says it was Joseph Wambaugh's house. They also say that the original asking price was $12 million, but it sold for only $4.2 million. Joseph Wambaugh is a popular and entertaining writer who's written several famous books, but the one you want to know about is one of his less popular novels: The Secrets of Harry Bright, which is set in the desert in a little town called Mineral Springs with a small police department. Just south ...
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Posted:  7/22 6:49am