Sunday, December 30, 2007

Android

Want to win $10M?
Come up with a great new way to use this new Open Source system.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

What?, I know that I am American, but I only get a B-




You Are 79% American



You're as American as red meat and shooting ranges.

Tough and independent, you think big.

You love everything about the US, wrong or right.

And anyone who criticizes your home better not do it in front of you!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Monorail of the Month



They got the first new Monorail train in yesterday.
It looks beautiful.
No Need for rear-view mirror, I am sure there are lot's of cameras for that.
Slide show Here.

Motorcycle of the Month


Suzuki Biplane
Now that's a Sleek Bike

Friday, December 21, 2007

Man-Made Global Warming: 10 Questions

I'll bet Pat Sajak gets black-balled at a lot at Hollywood events for the questions that he comes up with on Global Warming.
Heresy I say :-)
Read his Blog Entry here
The subject of man-made global warming is almost impossible to discuss without a descent into virulent name-calling...
I really like the first one.
1. What is the perfect temperature?

I always liked Pat Sajak.
You know he was our local weatherman when I was a teenager.
He has some more good Blog Entries Here.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The End of the Light Bulb.


Australia is banning the incandescent bulb.
California will probably do so too.
I put CFL's in our downstairs bathroom, and they seem to work OK. I'm not thrilled with them though.
I would put CFL's in the kitchen, but I want dimmable bulb, and the BR30's that I've found are just too expensive.
I hope that they can beef up production on LED's and bring the price down. I have a feeling that LED's will be the future, and replace CFL's in the long run.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Hitch Hiking Across America


Cody Smart tells a pretty good story about hitchhiking across America.
The photos are awesome.
More Here.

When I was 12, I used to hitch-hike rides up Bluebird canyon with my friend Jay in Laguna Beach.
I got the impression that hitch-hiking was pretty safe.
Then when I was 17 I picked up a hitchhiker on a freeway on ramp. near my house. Two of his buddies jumped in, and when I told them to get out, one of them pulled a switch blade and they stole my car. I had a Family friend, Uncle Bill, well after that, he used to joke that I wouldn't pick up another hitchhiker if it was a 18 year old female in the nude. So far he has been correct.
H/T/ J-walk

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Whole lot o Led


The Concert was Monday.
I would definitely like to go see them if they tour locally.
Commentary Here.
YouTube Links Here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

So long Ron


A good friend passed away last week.
Rsdoran
I really didn't know him, but through reading of his posts @ PLCS.net, and His site The Industrial Electrical & Maintenance Forum I felt like I did.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Compare Virtual Earth and Google Earth Side by Side











This Site Compares photos from Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth Side by Side.
You Can Zoom in and out and Pan.
How do they figure this stuff out?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Virtual Magic


First off, we need some background information.
It took about 10 years and then Disneyland began running out of room.
I think the first ride to go underneath and over to the other side of the berm was "It's a Small World.
Followed by Pirates of the Caribean, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Bear Country, Indiana Jones, and I guess Toon Town.
I find it fascinating how they Imagineer the buildings that contain rides outside of the park.
Joe Cardello has created some nice renderings at Virtual Magic.
You can also find track Layouts here.
He uses the same free rendering software www.blender.org that Jeff Skinner uses for Bend in the River.

Friday, November 16, 2007

EarthRise



We will be getting some more nice pictures of Earth with the Lunar surface as a foreground.
Thanks to the Japanese SELenological and ENgineering Explorer.
I hope that they can do a flyby of an Apollo site.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Klaatu barada nikto


They are doing a remake of the best Science Fiction film ever made.
The Day the Earth Stood Still

I wonder if the spaceship will land in the Ellipse?

I hope it doesn't have too much PC garbage in it.
How much do you want to bet that Klaatu Comes to warn us about our CO2 emissions?

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

JEOPARDY


The Archives are located here.
Created by a fan of the show.
The Stats are the interesting part.
Like these from Season 24.

Sony's official site is Here.
Not nearly as interesting.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

TrickOrTreaters


Well Trick or Treators were up again. 113 visitors, that's 14% more than Last year.

B Movies


Fantastic Cinema like
First Space Ship on Venus
available on
bmovies.com
Take a look at the opening credits for this movie.
Very similar to
Star Wars.

H/T The Cartoonist







Friday, October 26, 2007

Golf Buddy


I took Garrett golfing for the first time today.
We had to get away from the smoke, so we took a trip down to the Hyatt Newporter. they have a pitch putt course that is great for beginners.
He did great

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

910 Tanker



The recent Fires allowed me to see this 910 Tanker in action.
I don't know how effective it is, but it looks very cool.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Not So Infinite Oz


Still an interesting Site
It took about 5 minutes for me to go through the complete loop.
I didn't see any Flying Monkeys.

SnapShots


Cool FireFox Add on Lets you preview a web page before you click the HyperText.
I took about ten seconds to download and install.

Monday, October 15, 2007


I know this is a scary place, but The People's Cube has mapped out the mind of a Liberal.
I liked the Bleeding Heart Lobe.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Higher IQ


Yes you can Increase your IQ.

RirianProject has an article with lots of good Ideas.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Rick Monday Saves the Flag

The kids went to a Dodger game last night.
They got Rick Monday's Autograph.
Here is a Video showing a great thing that he did 31 years ago.

Friday, September 28, 2007

WakeSetter

Look Ma No Towline
That takes some serious coordination.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Full Moon

I was Checking out the Full moon tonight.
I found this site with a link to a Map that shows where probes have landed.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Google Earth [Recycled]










Update!
Now you can press Ctrl-Alt-A and you get a Google Flight simulator.
You can choose between an F16 or a Cirrrus SR22.

Google Earth is a very cool application that you have to download.
But once you do, it is bound to keep you busy for hours.
The Colorado River View is Great!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Bend in the River

One of my favorite rides in Disneyland is Pirates of the Caribbean.
Partially because the wait time is often shorter than the ride itself.
Also, I find it amazing how the designers made the ride go out under the berm and back without giving away any of the illusion while you are on the ride.
Bend in the River has a nice CG rendering of New Orleans Square.
BTW September 19 is... International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Dreamworld



I knew that there was once a knock off of Disneyland in Japan called Nara Dreamland.
What I didn't know is that there is a Dreamworld Gold Coast Down under.
Again it looks like a poor copy of the original.
Well they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

European Plates



Why does the global community allow this?
The Automobile license plates that they use in Europe are Huge!
That's 23% larger than good old American plates. That's 23% larger PER vehicle.
I mean it's their business if they want to use those huge plates, but what about the children?
We should boycott, unless that is, if the European Union been buying License plate Offsets.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Survivorman


Gotta love this show.
It is a very original show.
He has competition now.
Man Vs Wild.
I think that Les Stroud's version is way more authentic, and much easier to watch.
The Boys are also hooked.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Radio Radio


Cool collection of Old Transistor Radios on this Site.
Sarah's Transister Radio Collection


Including the professor's Radio from Gilligan's Island

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Joe Walsh

I'd like to Dedicate this Post to all of the people who have never had a post dedicated to them.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Disneyland Rocks!





My kids can't figure out why I keep having them pose in front of the wooden Indian.



























Monorail Red is painted over Yellow to advertise the Finding Nemo themed Submarine ride.
So we took that rather than wait the 2 hours for the Submarine ride.
Tomorrowland looks so much nicer
with the waterfalls flowing.

Friday, August 24, 2007

GoogleVision at Night


Google Earth has a new Feature that lets you Explore the planets and Space.
I don't believe in astrology, but it is cool to be able to rotate the night sky and see the signs of the Zodiac in order.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Australian Sparks


Knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Tesladownunder.com
The coolest homemade experiments.
Nature Photography all sorts of cool stuff.
Great Site.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

JetPacks Are Cool

It's hard to tell if this is real, or just some guy hanging from a wire connected to a helicopter.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Motorcycle of the Month


The KillaCycle
The Link is kinda old, but it is a cool dragster.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

There's Gold in them there hills!








Austin and I went up to Visit Mom this weekend.
The highlight was the Sutter Gold Mine tour.
We also went to Coloma. The place where Marshall discovered gold is kinda swampy now.