Saturday, July 28, 2007

Moving in stereo...

As I sit on a Saturday afternoon listening to moving in stereo by the cars, I’m reminded of the fact that people actually consider Sean Penn a real actor..........What a wacky world.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

It's a boy

Well Spaceman Spiff was correct. It is a boy. You can check out the still


Here is a video of the whole sonic-gram

Friday, July 6, 2007

Where I like to blog

In case you have ever wondered, "Where does basher like to blog from?" Well here is the answer.

Drinking Spot

Drinking Spot

Drinking Spot

Drinking Spot

Drinking Spot

Dadness and Friends

A cool event happen this weekend that I need to share. My friend, Spacman Spiff, came over this weekend. He has just finished up a motorcycle ride and want to stop by to see how things were going. You, my dear reader, need some context at this point. Spiff and I first meet right before starting kindergarden...many years ago. Anyhow he was over and he start talking about he hopes that my wife has a boy because he was looking forward to me and him taking him fishing, backpacking, camping, etc like we did when we were little kids. Spiff even talked about our time in Boy Scouts. All I can say is “WOW”. First is was super cool to see Spiff again. Over the last few years we have drifted apart some and second it was very clear that he was excited and looking forward to spending time with my new family, kid and all. I don’t think he really understood what that really meant to me. Regardless of the gender of my child, I hope I do get to spend some time with him/her and Spiff, that would make fatherhood very awesome.

Fire Rant

        Over the past few weeks there has been a fire burning through the Lake Tahoe area. The fire came extremely close to my family’s house. I was reading news reports and one had an interview with someone that lived only a few streets away talking about how he could hear the fire coming. Well I figure the house is gone and I call my dad to let him know that all that work he did rebuilding the house would be gone but on the bright side he could correct those things he felt he never got right. My dad being the ball like he is was already looking through magazines of prebuilt log cabin homes that can be delivered. Let to the real reason of this rant......Google.

        Google you say...bah, they didn’t start the fire. True. However in tried to ascertain where the fire was and if I still had a place to visit in the winter I fired up Google Earth and Google Maps. Either one showed the burn area or the fire. That’s OK I thought, maybe they will update their stuff over night so I check the next morning, nada. In fact I have checked every day and still no updated images. Here we have a great tool to ascertaining the damage of natural disasters and it is not used. Instead I had to sit on hold for hours on the emergency damage line that had been set up for people who were out of town and needed to check to see if their houses had burned down.

        Now satellites in Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) have a period of up to 4 hours. Even if the satellite was further out, there is really no reason that in a 24 hour period google couldn’t have gotten updated images for the area. Actually the way Google Earth works, Google didn’t need updated images, California State Government could have hosted the updated imagery and all they had to do was publish a url that Google Earth could use to get images for that area. The vehicles are already in space taking pictures so why would it be so difficult to get them out in times of natural disasters? Even if the IC was afraid to show pictures, they could degrade the images to they looked like the other stuff used by Google. I just keep hoping that someday the 21st century will really arrive (Damn kids and their packets networks....)