Thursday, July 28, 2016

Most Awesome Tanker Drop Ever

I first viewed this video yesterday on Facebook which is the only social networking site in which it has appeared as far as I know. The videographer known only as "808" captured this emergency drop on a Santa Clarita Valley area neighborhood in Sand Canyon under direct and eminent threat from the Sand Fire on either Saturday afternoon, July 23, or Sunday afternoon, July 24, 2016, Days Two or Three of the incident when it was burning homes and killing people. In my opinion this is the very best tanker drop footage yet captured anywhere at any time. Aside from capturing the urgency of the situation, it is very close to the action, shows the entire process of a drop including the lead plane directing the tanker along its path and where to start the drop, shows a DC-10 supertanker, and despite being taken with a smart phone, it is steadily held and well-framed videography. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Picture of the Day - Smoky Atascadero Hike

Today my brother by another mother, Mike, and I hiked the not yet completed trail system in the new 102-acre Three Bridges Oak Preserve on the west side of Atascadero off of Highway 41. It was hot and hard for me given my weight but it was what my dog Tequila and I needed at this point. Fortunately, we came prepared with ample ice water and the trail is well-graded so there are no killer sections. The smoke from the Soberanes Fire up at Big Sur/Carmel Highlands was very noticeable and air quality alerts were in place for San Luis Obispo County today. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved). 

Evolution of California Disasters Group

California Disasters avatar image captured the morning of April 18, 1906. Image courtesy of California Historical Society.
California Disasters was born on May, 18, 2007 on Yahoo Groups as a figment of my inspired cogitations while driving through the western Mojave Desert near Mojave, California. My then-girlfriend Krissa Klein's familiarity with and overall tech-savvy made it happen over the phone and the rest is now history (thanks Krissa!).

I was late to the game of the internet and social networking and missed the old talk groups and got in on Yahoo Groups during what was perhaps the beginning of their decline or end of their peak in 2005. I have since stuck it out as the Yahoo brand has declined over the subsequent decade.

Now, with large parts of the Yahoo franchise just now this week sold to Verizon, I am forced to take stock of the current situation. We all know that Yahoo became Yahell at some point (probably when current CEO Marissa Mayers' team degenerated Yahoo Groups into the cluster fuck known as Neo Groups as the company's focus and priorities drifted elsewhere and the quality of the Yahoo Groups product declined.  I have stuck it out but have also felt restless and moved into other social networking platforms in order to improve the California Disasters experience and brand and move it past Yahoo Groups.

I consider Twitter the current home of California Disasters while Yahoo Groups' California Disasters formulation remains the second option as it is the social network in which the most members actively contribute posts although Twitter is almost caught up to it. In third is the Facebook formulation of California Disasters while the Reddit subreddit CaliforniaDisasters is what I consider the fourth-place formulation of the group.

I invite each of you reading this blog post to join one or more of these California Disasters formulations immediately and stretch your horizons and be part of California Disasters' evolution into the future as at some point Yahoo Groups will be permanently shut down as has long been anticipated as happened to Myspace's Groups service.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Graphic of the Day - California Wildfire Changes

The sheer volume of evidence for climate change is so overwhelming and can be seen in so many different subject areas that it boggles the mind that there remain deniers. I would imagine that in most cases they are ignorant of facts such as those reflected in the graphic above. Some deniers will try to attribute the larger fires to poor forest management but half these fires burned in primarily brush or in one case, rangeland. We have the best understanding of fire ever, the best equipment, the best-trained firefighters, the best emergency management and yet our civilization is getting its ass kicked every year by wildfire and it is getting worse as we fall further behind the curve due to the changes taking place in the natural environment year in and year out in recent decades.

Monday, July 25, 2016

49th Annual Rainbow of Gems Coming Soon!

Orcutt Mineral Society 49th Annual
Rainbow of Gems Show Is right around the corner.
August 5-7, 2016
(Friday-Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4)
Nipomo High School
525 N. Thompson Ave. Nipomo.
50 Outside and 10 inside dealers plus displays and lapidary arts
demonstrations.  G Brothers Smokehouse will serve up some tasty vittles, including a Barbecue Saturday evening at 5:30.
Kid’s activities, Central Coast Gold Prospectors, Pie sales, and Our Treasure Chest (drawing Sunday—need not be present to win).  Great prizes!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Picture of the Day - Pissing In The Oval Office

Yesterday afternoon at the Sikh wedding at Greengate I worked, I encountered this high-end port-a-potty. The Fresno-area owner was on-site to attend to his mobile facility, one of four he owns with much greater ambitions to expand. He decidedly  dislikes the current President and was thus inspired in the naming of his business. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Picture of the Day - Soberanes Fire Smoke

Tonight I worked a wonderful Sihk wedding at Greengate in Edna, CA. This was the largest event I have ever worked, to wit, 625 RSVP'ed guests and an unknown number of party crashers. As the day progressed more and more smoke from the Soberanes Fire near Carmel Highlands on the Big Sur Coast of Monterey County to the north drifted into view and by sunset added some nice color to this evening's magic hour. Photo by Kim Patrick Noyes (all rights reserved).