The internet is wonderful. Here it is only 24 hours after release and anyone can drill down to the block level of every city in America. What a country!
Mapping America: Every City, Every Block
... seeking simple answers to complex problems, and in the process, disrupting the status quo in technology, art and neuroscience.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
11-14-13 Critical information - South pass needs high clearance and is slow down by the lake (which has returned!). The north pass is MUCH worse :
Saline Valley Road Work
First posted on 11-17-10:
Sunday, August 22, 2010
(These just get better and better...)
Pay an escort of your preference to not bathe for five days, cover themselves in glitter, dust, and sunscreen, wear a skanky neon wig,dance naked, then say they have a lover back home at the end of the night.
Tear down your house. Put it in a truck. Drive 10 hours in any direction. Put the house back together. Invite everyone you meet to come over and party. When they leave, followthem back to their homes, drink all their booze, and break things. Stack all your fans in one corner of the living room. Put on your most fabulous outfit. Turn the fans on full blast. Dump a vacuum cleaner bag in front of them.
Buy a new set of expensive camping gear. Break it.
Lean back in a chair until that point where you're just about to fall over, but you catch yourself at the last moment. Hold that position for 9 hours.
Only use the toilet in a house that is at least 3 blocks away.
Drain all the water from the toilet. Only flush it every 3 days. Hide all the toilet paper. Set your house thermostat so it's 100 degrees for the first hour of sleep and 50 degrees the rest of the night.
Before eating any food, drop it in a sandbox and lick a battery.
Spend thousands of dollars and several months of your life building a deeply personal art work. Hide it in a funhouse on the edge of the city. Hire people to come by and alternate saying "I love it" and "dude, this sucks". Then burn it.
Set up a DJ system downwind of a three alarm fire. Play a short loop of drum'n'bass until the embers are cold.
Make a list of all the things you'll do different next year. Never look at it.
Have a 3 a.m. soul baring conversation with a drag nun in platforms, a crocodile and Bugs Bunny. Be unable to tell if you're hallucinating. Lust after Bugs Bunny.
Cut, burn, electrocute, bruise, and sunburn various parts of your body.Forget how you did it. Don't go to a doctor.
"Downsize" last year's camp by adding two geodesic domes, a new sound system, art car, and 20 newbies.
Don't sleep for 5 days. Take a wide variety of hallucinogenic/emotionaltering drugs. Pick a fight with your boyfriend/girlfriend, or both.
Spend a whole year rummaging through thrift stores for the perfect, most outrageous costume. Forget to pack it.
Shop at Wal-mart, Cost-Co, and Home Depot until your car is completely packed with stuff. Tell everyone that you're going to a "Leave-No-Trace"event. Empty your car into a dumpster.
Listen to music you hate for 168 hours straight, or until you think youare going to scream. Scream. Realize you'll love the music for the rest of your life.
Spend 5 months planning a "theme camp" like it's the invasion of Normandy. Spend Monday-Wednesday building the camp. Spend Thurs-Sunday nowhere near camp because you're sick of it or can't find it.
Walk around your neighborhood and knock on doors until someone offers you cocktails and dinner.
Bust your ass for a "community." See all the attention get focused onthe drama queen crybaby.
Get so drunk you can't recognize your own house. Walk slowly around the block for 5 hours.
Tell your boss you aren't coming to work this week but he should "gift"you a paycheck anyway. When he refuses accuse him of not loving the"community".
Search alleys until you find a couch so unbelievably tacky and nasty filthy that a state college frat house wouldn't want it. Take a nap on the couch and sleep like you are king of the world.
Ask your most annoying neighbor to interrupt your fun several times a day with third hand gossip about every horrible thing that's happened in the last 24 hours. Have them wear khaki.
Go to a museum. Find one of Salvador Dali's more disturbing, but beautiful paintings. Climb inside it.
Or just go to Burning Man!
See you in the dust!
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
This picture made me realize how minimal transportation can be. In Tut's time, horses were too small for a man to ride. It took TWO of them just to get pulled around. Which makes this chariot maybe the best example of Colin Chapman's, "Simplify and add lightness".
King Tut's Ride
Now, if we can just get a modern low-cost car under 2000 lbs.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
You will see a sign for the reservoir to the right - stay to the left.
Monday, June 14, 2010
FINALLY! Summer is here and the weather looks great for Stone Soup. Here's the latest :
Stone Soup is different. It's not about raising money. It's not held on public lands. It's not limited in size. There are few restrictions. You can bring your dogs. You can bring your kids. You can bring your dirt bikes or ATVs.
Stone Soup is about whatever you wish to express, in the purest way possible. It's the closest thing you'll find to an old-school Burner camp-out; or the early days on the playa.
Then one of the villagers offers to add some salt - just to give it a little flavor. Next, pepper is offered up by another. Soon other villagers begin bring forth their modest vegetables and other contributions to create a wonderful soup.
In no time, they all eat well in spite of first intentions. The point is, you won't need to bring much to PermaBurn, just what you need to survive, and what you wish to add to the experience.
For those who didn't join us last year (or didn't make it up the hill), PermaBurn is 640 acres of northern California now officially organized as The PermaBurn Collective. In the spirit of Burning Man, PermaBurn has gifted this volcanic terrain for the weekend, with virtually no restrictions on how you wish to express yourself.
We'll use the PermaBurn site as our soup pot. Greg Glover (founder) has thrown in port-a-potties as the stone for the soup. (Am I pushing this metaphor too far?) In any case, because of this wonderful gift, we don't need to charge an entrance fee. So come on out and join us. Express yourself! Be free! For free!
Just like on the playa, and as in the story Stone Soup, WE get to add all the rest. What would you like to add to the soup?
Link back to this site for on-going updates. More importantly, email me with YOUR plans so I can help you hook up with others and coordinate similar activities. Let me know if I can post your name, email and or phone number here along with your camp plans. Plus I'll need a head count for the potties, so...
RSVP your camp plans and head count to...
Tunes - Greg Glover will be providing a music venue where Darkemeth will be playing house and psytrance.
Helium - Hib will also be deploying a balloon with a mile of line.
Camp Help Me - A BSDM camp with be set up by Camp Help Me. Stop by for a whack.
Diva Den Chill Space presented by Cari.
PermaBurn - There will be an update and PermaBurn meeting Sunday morning at 10:00 at center camp. If you're a PermaBurner, or are interested, please join us.
If you're not familiar with PermaBurn, here is a link to posts from the first two year's camp-outs...
AfterBurn, Reheat, Stone Soup and First Ashes
Thanks to CyberBiker for providing this Google Map link..
Stone Soup - PermaBurn Location on Google Map
If you haven't been out, there is 5 miles of gravel road, some of it has dips that would challenge anything with a flat exit angle, such as a long over-hang RV. But there have been trailers as long as 24 feet, a full-sized Greyhound bus and one fully loaded Geo Metro, so any normal car will make it if you dodge a few rocks. High clearance or trucks, no problem at all.
(click to expand)
How to get to PermaBurn...
Take 395 60 miles north of Susanville to Madeline, California
(the 395 junction is just east of Susanville).
Go 6 miles north of Madeline on 395 to the 134.92 mile marker at 41 7'43" 120 30'0".
Watch for the orange or pink or mylar tape from this point on. If you go to Google map you won't find any names on any of these roads, but the mile marker is past Sage Hen and before South Fork Mountain Road. On the ground, the key is the mile marker and tape at each junction.
You have five miles of gravel road to go.
Take a left onto the shortcut to a gravel road.
Take another left to go south on this gravel road.
Go 0.1 miles till you reach the green gate. Open the gate and go through. Please remember to close it back.
Go 0.4 miles until you see a second green Gate on the right with orange tape.
Open the green gate and take a right. AND close it back.
Cross the yellow cattle guard about 30 feet beyond the gate.
Go 2.4 miles up some hills and across a flat.
You will see another yellow cattle guard and orange tape.
To the right, will be a sign for the reservoir.
You are at 41 6'45" 120 32' 6".
Go just BEYOND the cattle guard, and then take an immediate LEFT turn on the dirt road on the other side of the fence. Turn left just AFTER the cattle guard, not before!
Climb 2.2 miles south on the dirt road.
At some points the road tilts pretty bad, and there are a few rocks protruding but a normal car can make it with care.
You will reach a small hill and then come down into the PermaBurn site. The last hundred yards which was so bad last year has been newly worked and is in much better condition.
The best camping is in this first valley.
Welcome to Permaburn!
Welcome to Stone Soup!
Where to Camp
There are two ponds on the hill with some trees around them. Unfortunately, this is also where some free range cattle come to drink and find shade, AND leave their droppings. There were only a few mosquitoes last year - not really a problem. But to minimize all of these factors, we will be setting up Center Camp along main street a quarter mile back in the lower valley. You can of course camp where ever you choose but we'd like the significant performance camps along main street if possible.
That's all I can think of right now. Email me your questions, camp, art plans and head count to...
Or just click on "Comments" below. Either will work. I will post the updates here from time to time.
What : Stone Soup 2010 Burner Camp-out at PermaBurn
When : June 18th, 19th & 20th (early and late camping is fine)
Where : Madeline, California - 60 miles north of Susanville
Entrance Fee : $0.00, nada, FREE!
See ya at Stone Soup 2010.
See ya at PermaBurn!
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Here's my favorite Droid app so far. It's an RPN calculator from Brain Overspill. Though not an HP emulation, they've taken the best of calculator UI / PDA design and combined it with an RPN option.
Though I'm not a fan of long press, in this case it's faster than using shift. For instance in conversion, enter a number (or result of calculation) then hold down the EXP key (not show in outdated photo). A dialog pops up. Select units and it displays all the other forms - very quick and easy.
As noted above, the picture is outdated and also in Algebraic mode - they also have %, Rotate and Swap XY. When they get around to financial and stat functions, it'll be perfect. Nice work guys.
Monday, May 31, 2010
This has got to be the greatest example of an alternative reduction to essential need in the history of our country. Even when written up a a law, it will be far smaller, and more importantly, FAR more effective.
Ron Paul is to be congratulated.
Here's the link...
And here's the text...
Friday, April 16, 2010
First posted on 07-08-09...
It isn't often that I pass on a link I get in email, but if you haven't seen this video of Matt Taibbi, or read his Rolling Stones article about Goldman Sachs, by all means click the link.
You may have heard me admit that while I saw the housing bubble, I didn't call or even understand the oil and credit bubbles - now I do.
I'm not normally open to conspiracy theories, but this one rings true...
The Great American Bubble Machine
OK. I just got a copy of the actual article which goes into a lot more depth and detail. Who says hard-copy publishing is dead? If you saw the video, you might think potty-mouthed bluster. And if you read the Rolling Stone web summary, you may begin to wonder. But if you read the detail, you'll wonder why congressional hearing haven't started yet.
Matt Taibbi delivers on his bluster.
It's worth buying an actual copy of Rolling Stone.
So if you have ANY interest in our current economic situation...
This is a MUST read.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Remember all the hype just before Segway was introduced? It was suppose to change forever the way people traveled. Except for a few mall cops and airport security, the future hasn't turned out quite the way they planned.
While not very good for standing around, the YikeBike may actually live up to Segway's hope of useful personal transportation...
YikeBike in Action 09-22-09
YikeBike Review 04-08-10
Engadget YikeBike Review 01-19-11
Monday, March 29, 2010
OK. I admit it. I have a weakness for grand solutions to grand problems. I first heard about this back in the 80s and out of curiosity thought I'd Google to see how progress was coming along.
Considering the state of environmental politics not to mention international boundaries, I'm sad but not surprised to report, not much has happened since I first read about it. Here's the only reference I could find...
The Rocky Mountain Plan
So what IS the Rocky Mountain Plan? It's nothing less than diverting water all the way from the Arctic Circle, and spreading it across the mid-western United States and even into California, Texas and Mexico. Here's a summary. I'm posting it here because grand ideas shouldn't die just because they are grand (note the 2200 foot drop for energy production).
"The Rocky Mountain Plan, conceived by William G. Dunn, Consulting Engineer, is a potential massive, international water and power development project that would distribute water and power throughout the West from Canada to the Mexican border.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
I've always been impressed with John Stossel. When he was on ABC, you could see working around the edges of issues now and then. Looks like Fox is giving him the opportunity to open up both barrels!
Sex, drugs or kidneys, he's get my vote!
Keep Your Laws Off My Body
Posted by Sudden Disruption at 10:58 AM
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Burning Man is a target-rich environment for photographers. And you see them everywhere you go. They are using everything from camera-phones, to Nikons, even full video. But here's one camera I didn't noticed while it was happening.
These images appear to be from some kind of spherical 360 degree camera of some sort, with some very careful reconstruction. However it's done, the result is amazing. If you aren't careful, you'll make yourself sick dragging the mouse around. Almost like waking up Sunday morning after the Burn. But what a powerful viewing tool!
Plus, this one tour covers a LOT of Burning Man 2009. Imagine how many photos you'd have to click through to gain this perspective. And the night scenes are great - almost like being there!
So if YOU want to control the camera at Burning Man, click through...
Burning Man Panomatics
Don't forget to use your scoll-wheel for zooming.
Comment from Dave Cline - - Welllll... This is what I THINK made the pictures:
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
1. Move naturally and consistently, but moderately - walk and garden
Give it a click.
How to live to be 100+
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Posted by Sudden Disruption at 8:04 AM