Monthly Archives: June 2010

Tom the Dancing Bug: The Futuristic World of 2010


Boing Boing

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Balcony and Patio Removed – 330 Esplanade

The packed-sand bluff beneath the cement patio fell away from the north end of the building on (about) June 12th. The result was a terribly dangerous situation for anyone walking on the beach below the building. Pacifica required that the patio and balcony be removed. (Full size images on Flickr here.)

Here’s what the building looked like before the balcony and patio was removed:



For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Global Temperature Anomalies, May 2010

Excerpts from the NASA Earth Observatory web page:

In May 2010, temperature records assembled by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) showed wide expanses of slightly above- and slightly below-normal temperatures over most of the globe, but also dramatic warmth near the North Pole. […]

This color-coded map shows global surface temperature anomalies for May 2010 compared to average temperatures for the same time of year from 1951 to 1980. Above-normal temperatures appear in shades of red, and below-normal temperatures appear in shades of blue. Gray areas indicate areas of insufficient data.

[…]

“Where a lot of the big economies are—the United States, Western Europe, Japan—it’s been cool, but the world as a whole is quite warm,” Scambos observes. “The Sahel, the Indus Valley, and China didn’t see a cool spring the way other areas did.”

Global Temperature Anomalies, May 2010 : Image of the Day.

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Some cavemen probably objected to fire.

boxbrown: Bellen! Y’think.

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Tom the Dancing Bug: Nate in “Risky Management”

Boing Boing, Tom the Dancing Bug: Nate in “Risky Management”.

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June 26, Partial Lunar Eclipse

This weekend’s full moon will be accompanied by a partial lunar eclipse, as the earth’s shadow will briefly dim a portion of the moon’s face.

Will you be able to see it? Yes, in about half of the world, including North America:

Partial Lunar Eclipse of 2010 Jun 26

And in North America, by timezone (table courtesy of Partial Lunar Eclipse Coming On June 26 by Joe Rao):

EDT

CDT

MDT

PDT

First bit of shading

5:50 a.m.

4:50 a.m.

3:50 a.m.

2:50 a.m.

Moon enters umbra

6:17 a.m.

5:17 a.m.

4:17 a.m.

3:17 a.m.

Maximum eclipse

Below the horizon

6:40 a.m.

5:40 a.m.

4:40 a.m.

Moon leaves umbra

Below the horizon

Below the horizon

Below the horizon

6:00 a.m.

Last bit of shading

Below the horizon

Below the horizon

Below the horizon

6:25 a.m.

From the “Classroom Resources” pages of Starry Night Education, a helpful chart:

Lunar Eclipse - www.starrynighteducation.com

Great links and articles:

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When it doubt leave it out

Helpful list from Scott Bourne, a leading photography blogger and educator, with the delightful reminder… when in doubt, leave it out. (Note, post edited in response to Mr. Bourne’s concern that I had quoted too much. No offense intended, I’m happy to use a non-infringing excerpt. It was truly the last item in the list that attracted my attention.)

1. Use negative space.
2. Avoid merges.
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.
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15. When it doubt leave it out.

For the full list and much more, see the author’s website: Composition – Basic Tools – 15 Quick Tips « Photofocus.

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The queue to see the end of the crisis

Cola para ver el final de la crisis
by el silencio / Jaime Lluch
http://www.flickr.com/people/elsilencio/

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Public Opinion

xkcd.com Public Opinion.

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Geologic Hazard Abatement District

In a story today from the San Mateo County Times (Owners of apartments on crumbling Pacifica cliffs may have found a fix) we learn that one / some of the owners are considering requesting the creation of a special “Geologic Hazard Abatement District”. This special District would have the ability to get loans to pay the cost of a plan for the prevention, mitigation, or abatement of a geologic hazard. The loans are to be repaid by a special tax assessment on the property owners.

The City of Pacifica would create this special District, but would not have any financial responsibility for it.

Notes from Pacifica City Council’s Esplanade Study Session on February 10, 2010:

At the Esplanade Study Session on February 10th, the idea of a Geologic Hazard Assessment District was mentioned. At the time (according to my notes) it was described as a special property tax that would be used to make repairs or to remediate public property such as a street, sidewalk, gas, utilities, etc. but not parks. One of the key challenges to overcome in creating a District was isolating property proportion, i.e. charging property owners according to the benefit they require. It was said that it would require a minimum of 8 owners, though I do not know how that was determined. (See the section below listing property owners.) Bottom line: Property owners cover cost; Council votes to create the District.

I was not familiar with Geologic Hazard Abatement Districts, so I did some research. I’m not a lawyer, just a curious bystander. Anyway, here are some of my notes:

Creating the District

What is a Geologic Hazard Abatement District? It is comprised of the property owners who will BOTH benefit from the District, and pay for the District.

[26571] A district is comprised of an area specially benefited by
and subject to special assessment to pay the cost of an improvement.

Petition or Resolution. 10% or more of the property owners based on property valuation (not based on the number of owners).

[26550.5] Proceedings for the formation of a district may be
initiated by either of the following methods:
(a) A petition signed by owners of not less than 10 percent of the
real property to be included within the proposed district.
(b) By resolution of the legislative body.
A plan of control shall be attached to the petition.

Plan of Control

[26509] "Plan of control" means a report  prepared by an engineering
 geologist  certificated pursuant to Section 7822 of the Business and
 Professions Code or a firm of engineering geologists  which describes
 in detail a geologic  hazard, its location and the area affected
 thereby, and a plan for the prevention, mitigation,  abatement, or
 control thereof.

Enacting (or thwarting) the District

[26566] If it appears at the  hearing that owners of more than 50
 percent  of the assessed valuation of the proposed district object to
 the formation thereof, the legislative body shall  thereupon close the
 hearing and  direct that proceedings for the formation of a district
 be abandoned.

What the District Can Do

Levy and collect taxes

[26650] A district may levy and collect  assessments pursuant to this
 chapter  to pay for the cost and expenses of the maintenance and
 operation of any improvements acquired or constructed  pursuant to
 this division.

Use the money from the taxes / assessments to borrow money.

[26593] A district may borrow money from  or otherwise incur an
 indebtedness to  a local agency, the state, any instrumentality or
 political subdivision thereof, the federal  government, or any private
 source,  and may comply with any conditions imposed upon the
 incurring of that indebtedness.

Acquire, build and fix stuff

[26580] The district may:
  (a) Acquire, construct, operate, manage, or  maintain improvements
 on public or  private lands. Such improvements shall be with the
 consent of the owner, unless effected by the exercise  of eminent
 domain pursuant to  Section 26576.
  (b) Accept such  improvements undertaken by anyone.

Acquire property by eminent domain

[26576] Within the territorial limits of the  district, or for the
 purposes set  forth in this division, a district may acquire real
 property or any interest therein by eminent domain.

In addition, the District can hire staff, maintain an office, and be dissolved in various ways.

Property Owners

Following is my list of properties, but remember that by my reading the power of votes cast appear to be proportional to the assessed value of the property.

Sources

These pages from the State Department of Conversation were quite helpful:

The quotes and links above were from the current code:

Current Code

From http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/calawquery?codesection=prc&codebody=&hits=20

DIVISION 17. GEOLOGIC HAZARD ABATEMENT  DISTRICTS
CHAPTER 1.
 DEFINITIONS  ........................................ 26500-26512
CHAPTER 2. DISTRICT FORMATION
 Article 1. Purpose  ................................. 26525
 Article 2. Lands Included  .......................... 26530-26534
 Article 3. Initiation of Proceedings  ............... 26550-26560
 Article 4. Notice and Hearing  ...................... 26561-26567
CHAPTER 2.3.
 DISTRICT DISSOLUTION  ............................... 26567.1-26567.3
CHAPTER 2.5. EMERGENCY FORMATION
 Article 1. Initiation of Proceedings ................ 26568-26568.3
 Article 2. Notice and Hearing  ...................... 26569-26569.4
 Article 3. Nature of the District  .................. 26569.5-26569.7
CHAPTER 3. NATURE AND POWERS OF THE DISTRICT
 Article 1. Nature  of the District .................. 26570-26573
 Article 2. Powers of a District  .................... 26574-26581
 Article 3. Meetings  ................................ 26582
 Article 4. Officers  ................................ 26583-26586
CHAPTER 4. FINANCES
 Article 1.  Improvement Act of 1911; Municipal Improvement
 Act of 1913; Improvement Bond Act of 1915 ........... 26587-26590
 Article 2. Financial Assistance  .................... 26591-26595
CHAPTER 5. IMPROVEMENTS .............................. 26600-26601
CHAPTER 6. MAINTENANCE ............................... 26650-26654



For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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The Sum of All Knowledge

Abstruse Goose

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