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DHS Public Safety Commission - 10/9/2014  »  Ron's Log
Commissioner Eastman was absent from this meeting of the Public Safety Commission. Public Comment Michael Picardi came to the podium and Chair Bowman reminded him of the three-minute time limit. Commissioner Lavy interrupted to say that was incorrect, that at the last meeting of the Commission the attorney had advised the three-minute limit was not a restringent on the commission. Here is 54954.3(b): "The legislative body of a local agency may adopt reasonable regulations to ensure that the intent of subdivision (a) is carried out, including, but not limited to, regulations limiting the total amount of time allocated for public testimony ...
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Posted:  10/25 1:30am
Motorcyclists Using GoPros To Launch Their Legal Troubles  »  Ron's Log
The video from the motorcyclist's point of view. This is on 680 in Milpitas. The light is not favorable for reading license plates, but it's my understanding that there are some people in California who know how to enhance video. News story here. ...
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Posted:  10/24 8:15pm
Harry Shearer as Nixon  »  Ron's Log
Harry "Excellent!" Shearer will be Richard Nixon in Nixon's The One, a six-part series that will debut on Youtube Tuesday, October 28. Sparked by working on the Nixon series, one has to confront a fairly blunt fact: Forgetting his foreign policy, which was ludicrous, a lot of his domestic policies were mind-spinningly to the left of Obama. Under Nixon, the EPA was started, the OSHA was started, the Clean Air Act was passed, the Clean Water Act was passed. And, most startlingly of all, Nixon gave a speech late in his truncated second term calling ...
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Posted:  10/24 3:49am
It's The Great L.A. Walk, Charlie Brown!  »  Ron's Log
Everything (almost) you need to know. Saturday, November 22, meet at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills (5800 Topanga Canyon Boulevard) for the 9 AM departure. Walk at your own pace, relying on your own wits and resourcefulness to get to the Television Academy courtyard (5200 Lankershim Boulevard), a scant 17 miles away. I hope that the Television Academy is an incredibly beautiful structure, because when the walk ended in Santa Monica (the last three years), getting a sunset view of the Pacific was some good motivation. The intersection of Magnolia and Lankershim in North ...
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Posted:  10/23 1:17am
Found One  »  Ron's Log
A federal judge who thinks bans on same-sex marriage areconstitutional, that is. Judge Juan M. Pérez-Giménez has dismissed a case in which the plaintiffs sought to overturn Puerto Rico's ban on same-sex marriage. Puerto Rico is in the 1st Circuit in which all the states (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island) permit same-sex marriage. The reasoning he uses in his decision is so contrary to all of the appeals court decisions, I imagine he has guaranteed himself a lifetime job free of promotions. ...
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Posted:  10/23 12:03am
Best Middle-Of-The-Road Video Of Burning Man 2014  »  Ron's Log
It doesn't sound like the greatest compliment, but it's intended that way. The best middle-of-the-road video should certainly be clear and watchable, but not professional quality; and it ought to show the 67,500 hoi polloi Burners who are not necessarily the richest or most beautiful; and it should have music that at least doesn't repel people; and it ought to look like the real burn as Burners see and experience it. Nothing too flashy, but fun. Keep an eye out for the nice man wearing a pink teddy bear as a sort of codpiece (okay, maybe it's a sort of ...
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Posted:  10/22 1:03am
Late To The Party Again  »  Ron's Log
President Obama now thinks bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, thereby aligning himself with roughly 60% of the American population. Personally, my opinion as to whether I should send him a thank-you postcard is evolving. Get back to me in another four years or so. ...
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Posted:  10/22 12:50am
High Desert Art Tours  »  Ron's Log
Somebody was recently asking me about this and I don't remember who, so I'm just putting it here. The Highway 62 Open Studio Art Tours will take place October 25-26 (east) and November 1-2 (west). Get your PDF art tour guide right here. And there's this: Closing Party at Furstworld Join us for the Annual Art Tours Closing Party! Held at the crazy world of Bobby Furst’s Sunday Nov. 2nd; 7pm – 11pm 8528 Desert Shadows Rd., Joshua Tree (see Studio #68 on the catalog map) $10 cover charge (Free to participating artists and accompanying guest) Pot ...
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Posted:  10/22 2:12am
Returning To The Big Screen!  »  Ron's Log
The Greatest Science Fiction Film Of All Time: 2001: A Space Odyssey has been digitally remastered and will open November 28 in the UK at a British Film Institute film festival. Go back and watch the original 1977 version (or whatever version of the original you can find) of Star Wars. If you were around in 1977, you will recall that its special effects blew us away. Now they look cheezily obvious. Then go watch 2001 which was made before most of you were born: 1969! It still works. It still takes your breath away when it jumps ...
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Posted:  10/22 2:37am
GoPro Selfie Mounts  »  Ron's Log
Of course, they can be used for more than selfies, but if you're going to spend $55 on an upgraded stick, then you are planning to use it for selfies. I might prefer something cheaper, but these GoPole products have some extras that might make them worthwhile for you. Remember that guy who went down in the sort of "easy" plane "crash" in shallow waters not far from the beach on a Hawaiian island? Did you marvel (as did I) that he never dropped his GoPro during the crash or while swimming around waiting for a rescue? He was ...
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Posted:  10/21 9:38pm
Measures HH and II  »  Ron's Log
I've heard a few opinions offered about Measures HH and II (the proposed marijuana taxes for Desert Hot Springs) that suggest the speakers are blurring the issues around medical marijuana and these taxes. The Desert Sun found an example of that muddled thinking (Desert Sun is good at that one little thing). Measures HH and II are NOT about a lot of things.
  • They are NOT a vote on legalization of recreational marijuana
  • They are NOT a vote on whether medical marijuana should be legal (it already is)
  • They are NOT a vote on whether people in Desert Hot Springs
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Posted:  10/21 9:02pm
Joshua Tree National Park Fees  »  Ron's Log
The National Park will hold a town hall meeting on November 6, 2014 to discuss possible fee increases in 2015. The town hall meeting will take place at Copper Mountain College, Bell Center, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Thursday, November 6, 2014. The Park Service sent out this press release that overwhelmed the intellectual capacities of a couple of media. It includes an HTML table and some people in the press don't know that you can't just copy a table from your screen and have it magically work without some tinkering. Instead of spending all morning tinkering, ...
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Posted:  10/21 9:54pm
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