Vaccines Work. Here are the facts.

December 17, 2014





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Drones. Not frickin’ welcome.

December 7, 2014

imageToday, a low flying quadracopter with a camera flew over my backyard, paused and stared at me for a while, then proceeded onward.


Now, I have ways of dealing with these things if they run on the 2.4Mhz band but not lesser used frequencies.  And frankly, I wasn’t prepared for this while sitting in my backyard – lucky for the pilot.  So I started digging up research on how others have dealt with such a privacy intrusion.

This is one thing I found:

As I find more, I’ll post.

Please do not park on our street.

December 7, 2014

imageDear students, retail workers, and the rest of you that have been loitering on our street for one reason or another or otherwise consuming all the street parking. 

This is a courtesy reminder that as of this month, our street is no longer available for you to park all-day on.  We are not a substitute car lot for those of you that can’t secure on-campus parking, nor are we free parking for those that don’t feel like paying for parking near their job.

After having several homes broken into, random strangers hanging out on our street eating and (more disturbingly) drinking in their cars, littering our lawns with beer/wine bottles, fast food wrappers and other refuse, and occupying every last bit of street parking we have until 8PM at night, the residents of our street have successfully petitioned the city to restrict parking in excess of 2 hours to resident permit only.

We’re also ensuring that the limits are enforced by fines and patrolled regularly.  (According to the Los Angeles Municipal Code, Chapter VIII Division W

  • The 1st fine is $58. 
  • The late penalty fine (post 14 days) is $116.
  • The second late penalty (post 58 days) is $141. 

Our street residents have also been educated on how to report vehicles in violation of the posted restrictions. 

Disney/Marvel’s Release Schedule. Wow.

December 5, 2014

imageMarvel’s “Avengers” is the #3 motion picture revenue generator of all-time, behind only Avatar & Titanic.  Disney/Marvel has 4 more “Avengers” movies coming out and speaking as a geek that knows the storylines, I believe they’re all going to be bigger than the original “Avengers”. (Note: Captain America: Civil War is effectively an Avengers title)

Marvel’s recent “Guardians of the Galaxy” was the #1 revenue generating movie of 2014.  They have “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” coming up in 2 years.

Additionally, Disney’s recent release of the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer & acknowledgement that “Frozen 2″ is definitely in the works by “Elsa’s” Idina Menzel is all icing on the cake.

Why am I bringing this up?

From Oct 29th, 2014, the following is the motion picture release schedule for Marvel Entertainment for the next 5 years (aka Phase 3), as announced at the El Capitan Theatre a couple weeks ago. If you know Marvel lore, and more importantly, how much money these films have brought in, hold on to your hats, folks:  This is about to get crazy fun.

PHASE 1: (2008-2012 $3.8B in revenue)

  • Ironman
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Ironman 2
  • Thor
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • The Avengers

PHASE 2: (2013-2015 $revenue TBD)

  • Ironman 3 ($1215m)
  • Thor: The Dark World ($640m)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714m)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy ($770)
  • May 5, 2015: The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • July 17, 2015: Ant Man

PHASE 3: (2016-2019)

  • May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War
  • Nov 4, 2016: Doctor Strange
  • May 5, 2017:  Guardians of the Galaxy 2
  • July 28, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok
  • Nov 3, 2017: Black Panther
  • May 4, 2018: The Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1)
  • June 6, 2018: Captain Marvel
  • Nov 2, 2018: Marvel’s: Inhumans
  • May ?, 2019: The Avengers: Infinity War (Part 2)

Someone video captured the announcement.

UCLA Football: #1 in home game attendance

November 27, 2014

A guy that goes by the handle of 48-41 on one of the UCLA Bruin sports boards I visit, worked out the average home attendance per football game for all the PAC-12 schools. UCLA leads and NO OTHER PAC-12 SCHOOL has a SINGLE home game attendance as high as UCLA’s AVERAGE home game attendance. The average per game home attendance for each PAC-12 school for 2014 through games of November 22, 2014:

1. UCLA 78,249
2. USC 72,009
3. Washington 64,508
4. Oregon 57,447
5. Arizona St. 57,179
6. Arizona 49,815
7. Stanford 47,862
8. California 47,601*
9. Utah 48,437
10. Colorado 42,286
11. Oregon St. 41,585
12. Washington St. 30,486

* California attendance includes one home game played at Levi Stadium – the Field of Jeans) against Oregon

UCLA’s home game attendance for the 2014 season:

Memphis State 72,098
Utah 74,329
Oregon 80,139
Arizona 80,246
USC 84,431

UCLA’s attendance against USC on Saturday was held down by USC’s failure to sell its allotted tickets and the Trojan return of thousands of unsold tickets right before the game.

UCLA has drawn over 80,000 for each of the last 3 home games, and has drawn over 70,000 for each home game this season. UCLA has one home game left this year – against Stanford, while USC has a remaining home game against Notre Dame. UCLA will end the season leading the PAC-12 in home football game attendance for 2014.

Every homeless dog deserves a second chance

November 24, 2014

This is why we’ve adopted all our dogs.

If you have any selflessness in your heart, please try to put aside your biases against “used pets” and visit an animal shelter before you BUY a pet from a breeder – heaven forbid a pet store.

Come and see just how many dogs (and cats and rabbits) deserve a second chance.

Homeless Dog Gets Makeover That Saves His Life! – Charlie

Homeless Dog Gets Makeover That Saves Her Life!–Tobey
Homeless Dog Gets Makeover That Saves His Life! – Joey

Homeless Dog Gets Makeover That Saves Her Life!–Maggie

“Thank you for contacting Novell!”

November 22, 2014

After sending a customized resume and a very thoroughly researched cover letter in application for a position they posted, I received this postcard back in 1992.


I keep it pinned to my wall at work as a reminder to this day.


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