Finally made it out to the botanical gardens up in the hills for a hike.

Finally made it out to the botanical gardens up in the hills for a hike. They’ve actually stayed open this whole time by requiring reservations to limit the number of people on the grounds at a time. (Also face masks, distancing, and closing off benches and some sections.)

Ironically there were more people there than I usually see. The limits must be against an increased demand due to the fact that they were actually open!

#nature #signs #bench #trail #closed #hiking #mask #photo

Closed due to Covid-19.

Bench (and caution tape).

Shady amphitheater.

Discarded mask on the trail.

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covid closures & beaches

The beach is closed now, along with the bike path and the sidewalk I was standing on. ALL of Los Angeles County’s beaches are closed.

Neighboring Ventura County just re-opened some of theirs with distancing rules in place, and while Orange County has resisted closing their beaches, they had so many people show up at the coast this weekend that some cities are thinking about closing them after all. (Well, maybe only on weekends when non-locals might show up. 🙄 )

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Thinking back to the last “normal” weekend in southern California

Thinking back to the last “normal” weekend in southern California before it became clear that covid-19 was spreading locally & closures started.

After a busy Saturday & Sunday morning, I went out for a calming photo walk at the beach.

Not many people were there. I’m not sure if it was just not warm enough yet, or people were starting to keep their distance already, or if they were just all at the other end where there was a kite festival.

#photo #beach #SocialDistancing #california

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covid-adjacent/fitness trackers

Was thinking about how my step count is waaaaay down just from staying home, but I’m still wearing the tracker for heart rate. Wondered what else it might be able to infer & went looking…

Turns out some newer fitness trackers can measure oxygen saturation.
How your Apple, WearOS, and Fitbit smartwatch can help track your coronavirus symptoms

Imagine hooking that up to an alert for someone who’s been treating at home to catch worsening symptoms early

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App & website developers: please do not disable paste on your login forms.Let people …

App & website developers: please do not disable paste on your login forms.

Let people use password managers so they can keep a unique password for your site that’s resistant to both password-guessing and password-sharing attacks.

Thank you.

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Covid19/events

Back in my college theater days, I remember one of the teachers remarking that what sets theater apart from other types of events is the audience. A sporting event with no one watching still counts for the rankings and records. A play without an audience might as well be a dress rehearsal.

Well, sporting events are being scheduled without fans…and my old college just announced that this quarter’s performances will be done without audiences.

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Though I guess they do still count for class credit

A bright sundog next to a glass-sided building

A bright #sundog next to a glass-sided building. The sun is off to the left out of frame. The sundog had a bit more color and more of the spectrum in it as seen through my polarized sunglasses, so I kind of wish I'd taken a shot through one of the lenses, but at least you can see how bright it was. I haven't adjusted the color on this image at all - except for cropping, it's straight out of my phone. #sky #halo

A bright #sundog next to a glass-sided building. The sun is off to the left out of frame. The sundog had a bit more color and more of the spectrum in it as seen through my polarized sunglasses, so I kind of wish I'd taken a shot through one of the lenses, but at least you can see how bright it was.

I haven't adjusted the color on this image at all – except for cropping, it's straight out of my phone.

#sky #halo

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Facebook still insists it’s TOTALLY OK for them to help politicians lie to you for $$$. Not just misleading ads, or controversial opinions, or varying interpretations, but outright lies. Totally fine with it!

Facebook still insists it’s TOTALLY OK for them to help politicians lie to you for $$$.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/dec/02/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-policy-fake-ads

Not just misleading ads, or controversial opinions, or varying interpretations, but outright lies. Totally fine with it!

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Facebook says they don’t want to be in the business of fact-checking, but they have policies against false COMMERCIAL advertising. Truth in advertising is critical because commerce requires trust and informed choices.

SO. DOES. DEMOCRACY.

It’s even MORE important in politics.

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I need to start collecting screenshots of ghost Pokestops. Not ghost-type nests, but the stops …

I need to start collecting screenshots of ghost Pokestops. Not ghost-type nests, but the stops that highlight something that isn’t there anymore.

In my area there are several murals that have been painted over, fountains that have been converted to planters, a park pond that’s become a splash pad, a sculpture in a store that’s been bulldozed…

It’s like a digital afterlife for landmarks.

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Off-duty cop fires 10 shots at an unarmed intellectually disabled man & his family from 20 feet away…

Off-duty cop fires 10 shots at an unarmed intellectually disabled man & his family from 20 feet away, killing him & critically wounding his parents, b/c he pushed him in a Costco food line 3.8 seconds earlier.

No charges filed, b/c he had “no choice.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-09-27/costco-shooting-lapd-officer-was-20-feet-away-when-he-opened-fire-police-say

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10 shots at 3 unarmed people.
20 feet away.
In a crowd.
3.8 seconds after being knocked to the ground by a man who was *already 20 feet away* by the time he fired.

And yet he had “no choice but to use deadly force”

You’re seriously telling me there were no other choices?

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It’s still not clear what started it. But the dead man had schizophrenia and was adjusting to a change in his medication, and his parents were trying to de-escalate the situation when they were shot.

Which the cop could’ve tried if he hadn’t started shooting immediately.

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So, does denying California the ability to set its own environmental standards fall under “states’ rights” or federalism?

So, does denying California the ability to set its own environmental standards fall under “states’ rights” or federalism? And is it pro-business to tell automakers that they’re not allowed to make deals with the state?
https://www.npr.org/2019/09/18/761815991/white-house-to-revoke-waiver-allowing-california-to-set-its-own-emissions-standa

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Your daily reminder that the GOP only cares about states rights when the states are trying to interfere with people’s civil rights, and only cares about federalism when, well, more or less the same, and is only pro-business when they like the business.

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And of course they’re only pro-family when the families look like theirs, and they’re only pro-freedom of religion when it’s their own religion, and so on down the line.

They talk a lot about conservative principles, but judging by actions, they’re just rationalizations.

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I keep thinking of The Last Jedi. The first time through was grueling, watching the relentless assault of the First Order as it tried to snuff out every last bit of hope. The scenes with Rey and Luke were a relief because he was “only” depressed, not doomed.

I keep thinking of The Last Jedi. The first time through was grueling, watching the relentless assault of the First Order as it tried to snuff out every last bit of hope. The scenes with Rey and Luke were a relief because he was “only” depressed, not doomed.

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But Luke eventually regains enough hope to take action. And enough of the Resistance is able to survive, keeping the spark of hope alive. And their legend survives, passed from Rose & Finn to a stable boy on Canto Bight, who’s already fanning that spark.

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The whole movie is about hope: whether you’ve lost it or someone is actively trying to stomp it out, as long as it exists, you can hold onto it. That hope that, to quote another trilogy, “There’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.”

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Doom and gloom alone aren’t enough to help us deal with climate change, or any of the other problems we face. Fear sustained turns to despair, and to inaction – because why bother? We have to celebrate successes to keep hope alive so we can keep going.

Doom and gloom alone aren’t enough to help us deal with climate change, or any of the other problems we face. Fear sustained turns to despair, and to inaction – because why bother?

We have to celebrate successes to keep hope alive so we can keep going.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-doom-and-gloom-wont-help-us-fight-climate-change/2019/08/16/0d0bf0fa-b880-11e9-a091-6a96e67d9cce_story.html

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We do need to know what we’re up against. We need to understand how serious the stakes are. But we also have to believe that what we do will – or at least can – make a difference.

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Also, back on the art/eyesore theme: TIL that the first of Wyland’s 100+ whale murals, …

Also, back on the art/eyesore theme: TIL that the first of Wyland’s 100+ whale murals, on the wall of a Laguna Beach hotel, was later painted over as an “eyesore.” I mean, c’mon, really?

But since then, a friend of his bought the building, and he’s recreating the original mural. On canvas this time, so he can move it if anything happens to the wall.

#art #whales

Wyland recreates first ‘Whaling Wall’ in Laguna Beach, after massive mural sat whitewashed for decades

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Interesting: A few miles from Hearst Castle, a trash collector spent 50 years cobbling together …

Interesting: A few miles from Hearst Castle, a trash collector spent 50 years cobbling together his house out of junk and found objects. As Cambria became more trendy in the 1970s, neighbors wanted him to tear down the multi-level “eyesore,” while others saw Nitt Witt Ridge as a folk art monument. It’s still there, and still a controversy within the city and its historical society.

#weird #california #history #folkart

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-07-19/nitt-witt-ridge-folk-art-hearst-castle

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This seems like the kind of roadside construction that would fit in with American Gods’ cosmology. More like The House on the Rock than Hearst Castle, despite the proximity.

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