Everything is better with bacon and garlic. My recipe for potato salad.

I want to give my potato salad a little zing so everything goes good with bacon and bacon is even better with garlic so what better than fried garlic in bacon fat?

Happy Thanksgiving. In addition to being an overall internet genius, I also cook so here’s my recipe for a potato salad with a little omph. I want to give my potato salad a little zing so everything goes good with bacon and bacon is even better with garlic so what better than fried garlic in bacon fat? Continue reading “Everything is better with bacon and garlic. My recipe for potato salad.”

Garmin solves model flakes once and for all with chirp

Starting today, photographers have a new trick up their sleeves as we’re introducing chirp, a unique wireless beacon designed specifically for the unpredictable adventures of internet TF model shoots. Affordable, durable and waterproof, chirp can communicate with, and be programmed by, any compatible wireless-enabled Garmin handheld for a more interactive and enjoyable TF shoot experience. Photographers and makeup artists alike will enjoy the benefits as chirp stores hints, transmits multi-location coordinates, and confirms the model is nearby.

OlatheParkChirpStarting today, photographers have a new trick up their sleeves as we’re introducing chirp, a unique wireless beacon designed specifically for the unpredictable adventures of internet TF model shoots. Affordable, durable and waterproof, chirp can communicate with, and be programmed by, any compatible wireless-enabled Garmin handheld for a more interactive and enjoyable TF shoot experience. Photographers and makeup artists alike will enjoy the benefits as chirp stores hints, transmits multi-location coordinates, and confirms the model is nearby.

“With chirp, photographers have a new tool to enhance the joys of creating and finding TF models around the globe,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin’s vice president of worldwide sales. “In listening to and participating in the vibrant internet modeling community, Garmin created a one-of-a-kind device that builds on popular innovations such as paperless model scheduling and downloading shoot details directly to the device.”

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Internet TF model scheduling is a modern version of hide-and-seek where photographers of all skill levels explore the exciting adventure in search of hidden and elusive TF models, and chirp’s wireless interactivity introduces a world of possibilities for creative photography. Experienced photographers will embrace the countless options now available in creating cutting-edge model scheduling, and beginners will appreciate chirp’s features that make those models easier to find. Simple to use and password-protected, chirp can be programmed by any compatible wireless-enabled Garmin handheld to store model location hints and other information. A special group shoot version of chirp will be also be available. When other photographers arrive near the scheduled model, they’ll be alerted that the model is nearby, and then they’ll be able to access the hints you’ve loaded into chirp. And when you return, chirp will tell you how many phtotographers have successfully made contact with the elusive model.

With chirp, setting up and maintaining multiple TF shoots has never been easier. Using your compatible Garmin handheld device (such as OregonDakota and the recently announced GPSMAP handhelds), chirp automatically transmits program coordinates so other photographers can find each one of the scheduled models. Or if you’re on a multi-location shoot, chirp lets you download coordinates. So there’s no need to manually enter numerous sets of complex coordinates – there’s just one simple touch and you’re on your way to the next location.

DashboardDesigned and tested by photographers, chirp is built to take the rigors of the outdoors. And because chirp is password protected, the owner is the only one with programming powers. With a battery life of up to a year and a battery that’s easy to replace, chirp is long-lasting and user-friendly. Measuring 1.3” by 0.9” (slightly bigger than a quarter) and weighing less than an ounce, chirp is small enough to incorporate easily into a cleverly disguised necklace or handbag which can be sent in advance to the model to plant the device.

The helpful hints provided by chirp are brought to life through paperless tracking, which allows photoraphers to help the environment and be more efficient by having model location information downloaded and displayed directly on the device. Compatible Garmin models store and display details such as location, model mood, model stats, difficulty, hints and description, so that you don’t have to carry around

Available now for a suggested retail price of $22.99, chirp represents the latestprintouts. Additionally, an upgraded version of the device also displays locations of nearby shopping malls, bars, and clubs to easily target where the model may have been redirected. breakthrough from Garmin, which has spent more than 20 years developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ lives, making Garmin a household name in the automotive, aviation, marine, wireless, outdoor and fitness industries. For more about features and product compatibility, as well as information about Garmin’s other products and services, go to www.garmin.comwww.garmin.blogs.com and http://twitter.com/garmin.

San Bruno can stand tall as the generosity of strangers knows no bounds

I’ve spent the last two full days at the San Bruno local assistance center and I have to say I am very proud of my fellow San Bruno neighbors. Almost immediately after the crisis, local businesses mobilized to provide immediate aid without hesitation or delay. On Friday, the day after the explosion, donations came pouring into the San Bruno Recreation Center. KFC brought over 200 boxed meals, local pizzerias offered countless pizzas, and local fast food restaurants provided meals to any takers.

As the saying goes “it takes a village” and San Bruno proved they are not just a city but a community. Physical goods donations were so overwhelming that by Saturday, they started redirecting all non-cash donations to the local Salvation Army and Goodwill locations who are better equipped to handle such donations. The San Bruno Recreation Center is not setup to process physical goods donation but they did a remarkable job with a small army of volunteers who sorted and cataloged clothing, shoes, blankets, toiletries, and enough food to fill up a small store. There was so much clothing, sorted boxes had overflowed to a walkway outside. Continue reading “San Bruno can stand tall as the generosity of strangers knows no bounds”

Natural gas line explosion destroys or damages 84 homes. Residents of 293 homes return.

Initially, PG&E would not confirm it was a natural gas explosion but reports are coming it from reliable sources that it was a main line explosion, specifically line number 132, a large (16-24 inches) pipe. Videos from news sources confirm a continuing source of fuel.

Updates in reverse chronological order:

PG&E announced today the establishment of a $100 million “Rebuild San Bruno fund”.  $3 million has already been handed over to the city of San Bruno to cover expenses to date. Owners of homes damaged or destroyed will received an immediate $50,000 payment “no strings attached” to cover immediate expenses.

Funds will be used to provide both immediate and long-term support to San Bruno residents and the city for three primary purposes:

• Ensuring that residents are reimbursed for costs or losses that may not be covered by their insurance.
• Providing additional direct immediate financial assistance, in the form of cash disbursements, to residents in the affected area.
• Reimbursing the city of San Bruno for costs it incurs to respond to this incident and to rebuild or repair public infrastructure and facilities.

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Monday Sep 13: Sneath Lane is now open to traffic for the first time. Police will continue to patrol the area throughout the week.

On Sunday morning, residents of 293 homes were allowed to return. The residents of the remaining 84 homes damages or destroyed were not permitted to return.

Utility services are quickly being restored.

Images from the San Bruno local assistance center and town hall meeting on Saturday.

Official have revised the death toll back to 4 saying remains found Saturday have not been confirmed to be human.

KGO7 has this 2:30 video of the aftermath from the ground.

The aftermath from the air: (turn off sound)

  • The fire was reported contained 2 hours ago. 75% homes searched.
  • PG&E has committed food, housing and other aid to victims.
  • The waiting period for applying for unemployment has been waived for victims.

Commercializing and capitalizing on the hardship of others

It has not even been 24 hours yet and commercial companies are arriving and setting up camp at the unofficial command center. It appears they have units who specialize in responding to such scenes. They use very large trucks with huge graphics on the side panel to make sure they are visible. They are offering water and snacks and of course whatever they are peddling. AT&T is not offering any food or water. I can only guess they are offering phone service.

I have to admit the sight of this caught me a bit off guard. They have just as much right to be here as anyone else but is this kind of advertising insensitive? So far, I just see restoration services and AT&T. But what if a law firm setup up camp? What about a funeral home? At what point does this cross the line and how soon is too soon? The final death toll has not even been determined yet and when the first vendor arrived, the fire was not even 100% contained.

I’ll point out that this is not where most of the displaced residents are gathered. Most of them were evacuated to another location. So is this for media coverage only?

I just spoke to AT&T and they are providing phone charging and phones to use at their booth. They said they do this all the time as a service to the community.

The other companies have packed up and I fear they have moved to the evacuation center where all the victims are gathered

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Some images from the press conference:

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Beyond “Censored”: What Craigslist’s “Adult Services” decision means for free speech

Through this now years-long struggle, Craigslist’s legal position has been and remains absolutely, unequivocally correct: the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (or CDA) grants providers of “interactive computer services” an absolute shield against state criminal law liability stemming from material posted by third parties.

Commentary by Matt Zimmerman via Electronic Frontier Foundation licensed under Creative Commons

On Saturday, after years of pressure from law enforcement officials, Internet classified ad web site Craigslist bowed to demands to remove its “Adult Services” section which critics charged encouraged prostitution and other sex-related crimes. Or it least it appears that it did. Without explanation, following the latest in a series of open letters from state attorneys general decrying the third party content permitted on the site, Craigslist replaced the “Adult Services” link that formerly appeared on the front page of the site with a white-on-black “censored” bar. Whether this move will substantially affect the rate of illegal prostitution across the country remains to be seen. Many, even some of Craigslist’s critics, appear to have their doubts. If nothing else, however, this latest turn in the AGs v. Craigslist saga underscores the misguided nature of the AGs’ tactics as well as the fundamental disagreement that we (and Congress) have with the AGs’ vision of how the Internet should operate. Continue reading “Beyond “Censored”: What Craigslist’s “Adult Services” decision means for free speech”

Canon develops world’s largest 8”x 8” CMOS camera sensor

Canon Inc. announced today that it has successfully developed the world’s largest CMOS image sensor, with a chip size measuring 202 x 205 mm (7.95” x 8.07”).

Canon's largest cmos sensor is almost as large as an iPad
Canon's new supersized sensor superimposed on an iPad

Canon Inc. announced today that it has successfully developed the world’s largest CMOS image sensor, with a chip size measuring 202 x 205 mm (7.95” x 8.07”). The sensor is capable of capturing images in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a professional-model digital SLR camera due to its expanded size enabling greater light-gathering capabilities. Potential applications for the new high-sensitivity CMOS sensor include the video recording of stars in the night sky and nocturnal animal behavior.

At 202 x 205 mm, the newly developed CMOS sensor is among the largest chips that can be produced from a 12-inch (300 mm) wafer, and is approximately 40 times the size of Canon’s largest commercial CMOS sensor such as the 21.1 megapixel 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor employed in the company’s EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR cameras. Continue reading “Canon develops world’s largest 8”x 8” CMOS camera sensor”