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Archive for 2007

Topanga and Malibu Fire maps and information

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
Topanga Canyon Fire Map as of 10/23/07 6am
Topanga Canyon Fire Map as of 10/23/07 6am

So I’ve been showing my maps to a few people and decided they should to be posted. You’ll have to excuse the list of names, I’m sure you’re mom and mine aren’t in the same location!

Topanga Canyon Fire Map as of 10/22/07

Topanga Canyon Fire Map as of 10/23/07 6am

T-Cep (Topanga Collation for Emergency Preparedness) Fire Zone Map

T-Cep Information Updated Live information

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Air direction and speed map Red numbers are air-speed, black are temperature. Direction is the line heading away from the + symbols.
Regional visible satellite images 1KM Loop (daytime only and requires Java)

City of Malibu page (source of original fire maps)

Update: 10/24/07 9am The Fire Department reports that the fire is estimated to be 4500 acres and is now 75% contained. Full containment is expected by Friday, October 26. All major highways are now open in both directions. Press Release

Update: 10/24/07 9am Charter expects that customers will have service restored between 6:30 and 8:30 pm this evening. Charter Press release

Southern California Fire Map google mashup (doesn’t seem to be frequently updated in many locations)


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Deca TV

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
Deca.tv
Deca.tv

Long time no post…

So I’m working at a new company. First job since some where in the early 90’s. No really…ok first time I’ve worked for someone else since then. We are a digital studio…the official marketing blurb…

“DECA is committed to creating unique, high-quality digital entertainment properties that combine premium video, social media applications and community. Our goal is to consistently provide new and exciting digital brands to consumers, marketers, distributors and creative talent.”

Reality:

Dog and Pony Show: cheeky interviews with business innovators.
BoingBoingTV: Boingboing…but video

So wish us luck and check out the content and let us know what you think!


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Somewhere inbetween… The Moon

Monday, March 26th, 2007
The Moon (warning its a biggie)
The Moon (warning its a biggie)

So back in November I did this set of photos of the moon. Recently I borrowed this 8″ Celestron telescope and got a shot of Saturn. I was both impressed (that you could see it at all) and mildly disappointed I couldn’t capture what you could see with the human eye. Hence I aimed my scope at something a little closer to see if I could improve on my past attempts without a real long lens. The results are not too shabby.

So until next time I can think of something else to take a picture of…signing off…

Update: Ok, so I managed to find some mostly free image stacking software, did a quick 10 stack and substantially improved the resolution, enough so that I’m willing to show the 100% version. Warning this is 3872×2592 but its quite impressive what you can do to remove the atmospheric distortion with multiple photos.


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Saturn
Saturn

So instead getting an image of something really close up (which I often like doing), here is something far far away. It’s nothing spectacular or amazing like this. But, its the best I could do with equipment on hand and not being NASA. Maybe if I can get the tracking a little better I could improve it marginally, but really I bet better viewing conditions would have a much greater impact in quality.

It’s also really overkill but impressive on things much closer to home. Here is my best shot with a marginal quality 320mm lens. Same thing at 2032mm (no eye piece and reduced to 50%). Impressive!

I’ll get a much better moon shot once it rolls around, its not coming up until like 5am or something silly.

Celestron C8 Telescope (2032mm F10) 8mm eye piece (so like 254x magnification)
Pentax K10D 10MP Camera


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iPhone my 2 cents

Thursday, January 11th, 2007
Everyones new talking point
Everyones new talking point

So as a techie, my biggest complaints on the iPhone (besides the inevitable scratches that will drive everyone nuts to the point of class action lawsuits) are…

1. No 3G high speed network support. EDGE is 2.5G and barely acceptable for the type multimedia this phone is capable of.
2. No expansion. A simple SD card slot would make your 4G unlimited gig…
3. Battery not removable.

So I got to thinking about it and so far no one has said how long the ‘exclusive’ Cingular thing will be. It could be as short as 6 months maybe a year at the most.

The second thing I thought of was, hey this is standard apple operating procedure. Release a product that is amazing in every way but a few, then 6-12months later ‘blow everyone’s mind’ by adding all the missing features and forcing everyone to upgrade =)

So the lack of HSDPA/EVDO is because 6-12 months later they’ll announce ‘iPhone Pro’ with a removable battery and HDSPA and twice the memory or SD card slot or similar. It will also fix the crippling xyz bug that all the first gen owners are inevitably going to complain about (buzzing, hissing, or some other odd glitch that really drives 1% of the users mad).

Anyway, i’ll probably wait for the 2nd gen, cause my Treo700p on EVDO does 95% of the functionality with 1% of the stability and 5% of the fineness.

My 2 cents…


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