Sunday, December 10, 2017

The weekend roundup.



There is no rain anymore - so everybody had their cars out.





This guy was camera shy.





Something about me loves this blowing coal thing. It's the biggest eff-you to California. Most of these I've seen have giant stacks, but not the smoke the goes with them so they are pretending a little bit.



Saturday, December 09, 2017

Friday, December 08, 2017

Obama Compares Trump To Hitler. Yes... Hitlers always try to let you keep more of your own money and land. It's what Hitler is known for. Said in the most sarcastic way.

I guess it's Pinto day on the blog.



You heard me. It's just the first time I've ever thought they could be interesting. Just put some big tires on them and a racing motor (I assume because I heard it from across the street) and they actually don't look half bad. Just imagine way more fender flare and I'm in.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Today I'm sort of loving the turnover we are getting in Washington right now. I guess I don't care why they leave, but throw them all out, and lets start over.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Fin.



They finally got the cap on my walls a day or two ago. So my project is pretty much done. The sun is pretty low in the sky right now so it's hard to get shots without shadows.



The tiles stand out a bit right now, but come spring when the trees fill out it will compliment them.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

San Jose wants to put the homeless in designer micro-homes.



Source.

This tiny house movement is just complete insanity. It's just the craziest thing I've ever seen. It's completely like throwing money away. They say these "designer micro homes" are going to cost 73-90 thousand dollars each. And I'm not even sure if they come with a bathroom inside.

San Jose seems to think that if you just make it expensive enough the neighbors who get stuck with one of these communities will cave on their complaints. Because the city seems to think it's all about property values which it isn't.

I think it was last week I was on a stretch of the 101 and you just can't believe this new breed of homeless. The trash accumulation is breathtaking. And I'm not being dramatic in any fashion. Just because you put them in luxury accommodations, doesn't mean you stop that behavior. Where are they going to put their bikes and sofas and multiple shopping carts? Said in the most sarcastic way. To some degree most of the homeless have anti social behavior. Even if the city were to have shelters for all of them, the homeless don't want people telling them what to do - so often they refuse shelters. I don't know how "designer micro homes" are going to change that dynamic because someone is gong to have to make rules about this community. Like maybe - you can't be a hoarder here.

A shelter is not suppose to be luxury. You aren't meant to stay there for long. That is a feature not a bug.

A few weeks ago I read an article about how these tiny homes were pushing up the costs of mobile homes because they are now filled with granite counter tops and luxury finishes. Now "real" poor people can't afford them.

Monday, December 04, 2017

It's fake meat.



Mr S. will try anything. And depending on the look on his face I might try it too. I wouldn't say that I'm an adventurous eater - but I did try cow balls so I'm in sort of this no mans land of being able to reject stuff now.

My favorite hamburger joint (The Counter) is selling the Impossible burgers and I was hoping that Mr S. would say he was in to try it and he did.

I wouldn't say it exactly tastes like meat. It does kinda look like meat. But it has a textural back end that gives it away. It wasn't bad, but I like meat. So I don't really understand the need to make things taste "like" meat when presumably this is geared towards vegetarians. Because I don't understand why you would pay 3 bucks more for it. But, if you are curious - hunt down a Counter restaurant and you can try it too.
I think it's sort of funny that in all probability the same people who told you that you shouldn't trust a currency that wasn't back by a physical item - i.e. GOLD, are now investing in an item that is backed by absolutely NOTHING. I.e. bitcoin.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Saturday, December 02, 2017

They can't hide anywhere.



It's not common to see lidar rigs in the burbs. I'm pretty sure this is the first one I've ever seen. I was hoping to be able to drive right up along side of it, but it decided it didn't want to leave town and pulled over to turn around. So I only got three shots of it. I think it's a ford. And the lidar is pretty middle of the range honestly. No branding I could see on anything in my shots, so I don't think it's one of the majors.

I personally have a feeling the cars are coming this way though. We still have some land here in greenish acres. You need a lot of land to test those things.



Thursday, November 30, 2017

In San Jose on the 101.



This made me laugh because well... you know where I live. When I drove to Las Vegas or San Diego the freeways had pro Trump signs the whole way through California. But I didn't think anyone in Silicon Valley would dare. Yet right on the 101 in San Jose right now sits this sign. I'm not sure what's happening.

It's the creepiest thing.



You all have to know that cities seem to think that if you are going to drive on their roads, you WILL give them your data. And companies are happy to sell you out.

I've been to a couple of infrastructure cons where the cities are involved, and it's quite shocking how strong their tone is.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Car infrastructure conferences make me so mad. The government seems to want a very punitive approach. They are all.... give me all your data, and money and maybe we will let u drive on the roads.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Seems a bit extreme, but okay...

Pictures I should have posted.



It's not pretty, but it's GIANT. And it makes you laugh. You can see people at the front, and I purposely got the building in the background for scale.
I don't get it. I haven't seen one single person say that the improving economy is due to Obama's policies. Said in the most sarcastic way.