Saturday, November 29, 2008

Salmon Watching

The Daily Triplicate tells us there are salmon watching tours being organized by some local groups. What, no tours on the Eel?

How many of you have never seen salmon heading upstream to spawn? I've only really seen them once that I recall. It was after I first moved here back in '73.

Took a backpacking trip up to Redwood Creek right before the first rains were going to hit. I believe it was September or October. Parked my car in Arcata- for some reason not wanting the burden of having a car along- and hitchhiked north.

Got there quickly enough and headed up a trail along Redwood Creek. Crossed the river and, water being pretty clear, noticed salmon swimming upstream. For some reason I hadn't even thought that there might be salmon to see on that trip.

I thought that pretty cool and got the idea of trying to catch one. Didn't have a fishing pole so I found a long straight stick and sharpened it into a spear.

I'd been under the impression that salmon lose all caution when they're heading upstream and figured it would be easy to spear one just by standing in the shallow river and spearing one as it passed by. Such was not the case.

After about 20 minutes of the fish artfully dodging me and making it upstream, I gave up. I thought it would be so easy.

Left there the next morning. Good thing I did as I was not really prepared for the rain that came. The rest of that trip was really a fiasco. I was happy to have seen the salmon, but even happier when I finally made it home.

Friday, November 28, 2008


A 5.4, so they say.

The Santa Rosa Press- Democrat says at least one of our local dispatchers didn't feel it. I didn't feel it, either, and that's exactly when I got out of bed this morning.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Intellicast Goes Google Earth

Some of you may remember that I've posted doppler radar pics from the Intellicast web site here before. I pay a lot of attention to doppler radar, as opposed to weather forecasts, this time of year. Doppler usually gives me a better idea of what's going to be happening with the rain.

I just noticed yesterday they have a new feature. The ad on their main page calls it a Full Screen Interactive Map. Basically it works kind of like Google Earth where you can zoom in and get a closer look at the radar patterns.

It shows a lot more detail as far as communities go, too, showing smaller places their old map doesn't show. Funny thing about that is, the smaller towns often show up first. You need to zoom in close before you see Eureka.

They also show a little unfamiliarity with the area by slightly misnaming things. The Pine Hill area of southwest Eureka shows up on the map as Pine Hills. Makes it look like a small town, but that can be expected when the maps are created somewhere far away with local knowledge missing.

Kinda fun to play with although, today, with no rain up here, you can't see how it might actually work with the radar included. Not sure if I'll prefer this new map, or maybe just stick with the old one.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

SF Plans Car Crackdown

Somewhat troubling news out of San Francisco again, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Looks like powers- that- be down there want to start charging drivers possibly up to $6.00 a day extra. The idea being if they make it even more expensive to drive, less people will drive, reducing congestion.

Probably some truth to that but I certainly don't like the idea of someone sticking a gun to my head and telling me I have to pay up or not drive in a certain part of town.

Looking closer, at the map in the article's sidebar, the two current plans won't affect anywhere we currently drive down there, unless we end up going to the Cathedral Hill Hotel.

Also, to be fair, these tolls would supposedly only apply during commute hours. Once again, we're lucky because we've been avoiding commute hours down there lately. Still, I have a hard time believing this is as far as it will go.

There's some mention in the article of possibly even charging the toll at the Golden Gate Bridge, nevermind they just raised the bridge fee from $5.00 to $6.00.

This is getting scary. How would you like it if you're driving up 101 to Oregon and they stop you at the south end of Eureka and say you can't drive any further unless you pay $5.00 or $10.00 to the City of Eureka?

Leave it to San Francisco. Just one more reason to stay clear of the place. Too bad some of us have to go down there.

Menzies Speaks for Independent Businesses

Cute little My Word piece by Scott Menzies in the Times- Standard this morning. He's asking everyone to shop local. Scott, I'm sure most will remember, has been involved in a number of local political projects, the first of which that comes to mind is Instant Runoff Voting.

Seems to me he used to post a comment or two here way back when I first started this blog. Don't know if he still comes here, or not.

Being a left- leaning political guy I guess it should come as no surprise that he's now a co- coordinator of the Humboldt County Independent Business Alliance. Didn't Scott used to work in some capacity as HSU? Is he still there or did he get some other job?

I don't know but I would find it rather odd if the only two people I've seen represent the Independent Business Alliance- the other being Kaitlin Sopoci- Belknap- don't own a business or work in the private sector.

What'cha doing now, Scott?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


All these pirate attacks off the African coast get my goat for some reason. The shippers apparently don't want to secure their vessels because they think it might just incite more violence. While there might be some truth to that, we probably need violence to deal with the problem.

Think if some of these companies just hired some of the Blackwater guys to guard their ship. It wouldn't take many. Give them a couple heavy guns, maybe 50 caliber, or even even bigger Vulcan chain guns. The pirates approach the ship, they get blown out of the water. Easy enough, but obviously easier said than done.

And no picking up survivors of the just sunk pirate ships, either. If they don't get killed in the initial sinking, let them float around out in the ocean until they drown. If some other pirate boat picks them up, so be it. Then the message of what awaits them if they continue pirating gets around.

Looks like the shipping companies aren't up to that, damned sissies, so how about this idea: Form convoys. You could put together convoys, just like we did back in World War Two.

Have ships that are heading generally along the same route meet up and travel together. Then, even if the convoy spanned a couple miles, it still wouldn't take more than a couple naval vessels or aircraft to guard them all the way to the Suez Canal.

I realize it wouldn't completely solve the problem, but at least the larger groups of ships could travel safely.

I'm sure the powers- that- be will get right on it.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Testing Me

Radley Balko, over at The Agitator blog, brought up a civics test he recently took online. You'll need to scroll down a bit from his recent posts to find the applicable one.

Apparently, those who self- identified as "public officials" and took the test scored an average of 44%. Ouch! Not good.

The test consists of 33 questions. Balko himself got 31 out of 33 right. That's pretty good at about 94%, if I did the math right. That made me a bit nervous, though. I don't mind Radley beating me, but I don't want to end up down with the 44% bunch. How will I score?

Civics certainly isn't my forte', but I took my shot at it. I didn't think it was all that difficult. I made note of four questions I wasn't sure about. I ended up getting 27 of the 33 questions right. That comes to 82%, rounding off the numbers. Whew! At least I didn't end up with the 44% bunch.

Funny thing was, I made note of four of the questions I wasn't quite sure of. Two of them I got wrong, three others I also got wrong, although in fairness to myself I wasn't competely sure of those either but felt I chose the best answer from those available.

You can take the test here to see how well you fare. No cheating now!
Heraldette tells us today she's a Thinker, according to a recently discovered blog analyzer called Typealyzer. Ok.

I guess I'll take that test, too. Except it's not really a test. You just insert your blog's url and they analyze it some way or another.

They show me as one of The Mechanics:

"The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts."

"The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.".

Ok. I'll go along with at least most of it, but let's break this down:

The independent and problem-solving type...- Independent, I'd like to think, but problem- solving? Don 't know about that. More of a whiner, aren't I?

They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously...- If I'm "attuned to the demands of the moment", or whatever, that's just because I use recent news as fodder for this blog.

They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts."...-

The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life....- Not sure about the action part of that.

They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.".- I'd almost have to disagree in entirety with the idea that I enjoy risk, at least at this stage of my life. I have no desire at all to race cars and never have.

I tried Ernie Branscomb's blog and agreed with their analysis of him. Try it yourself.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Recyclables Stacking Up

The Santa Rosa Press- Democrat tells us this morning that, due to the crash in the recyclables market, Sonoma County has some recyclables piling up. Looks like they can't even give some things away right now.

I was just at the City Garbage recycling center yesterday and it seemed like business as usual. I wasn't really looking but didn't notice any bigger piles of recyclables laying around than usual. Is Eureka avoiding the pile ups because the recyclables get sent to Arcata for sorting? Or is that not a problem up here for some reason?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Short- Sea Shipping

I like this idea. I'm surprised we're not already doing it.

Tree Grants?

Looks like the Eureka City Council is sticking to their idea of lining the streets with trees. I guess it should come as no surprise to me that, despite the state supposedly being broke, there's still money being allotted to grants for "urban forestry".

Seems to me some of the first posts I made here when I first started this blog years ago were critical of this tree- lined city idea. I stand by that and am convinced this is not a good idea as it will only cost the city more and more money as time goes on. Sure, these grants supposedly pay for the planting, but then the city will be responsible for maintenance.

Maintenance can be pricey. Heck, even the disposal of fallen leaves can be a considerable task. Eureka has already cut street cleaning down to once a month, didn't they? There's gonna be a lot more to clean up once all these trees are planted. Never mind pruning and removal of dead branches.

Not a good idea, but it makes some on the council feel good. Makes me even more convinced there's a good likelihood of Eureka eventually joining the supposed growing list, according to the Sacramento Bee, of municipalities around the state discussing bankruptcy.

As always, if asked for a login to the Sacramento Bee site, you can use humboldtlib as the username and blogspot for a password.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cell Towers vs. Wifi

I was just over at Heraldette's blog reading the comments over the cell phone tower controversy. The comments got me to wondering:

How many of these people opposing cell phone towers in and around Eureka also think government should build and maintain wireless computer networks for all to use?

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Congressional Earmark Hall of Fame

By Hall of Fame I mean those that don't ask for them, earmarks being those spending requests that various congresscritters insert into larger bills that often have nothing to do with the purpose of the larger bill at all.

I was under the assumption that most in congress submit earmark requests for their districts. In fairness, I can hardly blame them for doing so. Still, nice to see there's more than I would have expected that, at least some of the time, don't.

It's not a clear difference in political parties, either, as some would suggest. I count 36 Republicans on the list versus 20 Democrats. To hear it from some, the list would be all Republican. It is clearly not.

The Seattle Times lists the 58 congresscritters that didn't ask for earmarks in the 2008 Defense Spending bill. A few names of note: Senator John McCain and Congressgal, Lynn Woolsey, who I believe represents a district in the Bay Area(?).

A few noticeable names absent: Our very own Congressguy, Mike Thompson, Senators Boxer and Feinstein. No surprises there. A surprise to some, Congressguy Ron Paul, although his supporters point out that, while he makes earmark requests, he always votes against the bill to which they are attached.

A round of applause for the brave 58 is in order.

Addendum: Ooops! I must have miscounted Dems and Reps since 36 and 20 doesn't equal 58. Still, you get the idea.

Also, forgot the hat tip to Radley Balko, over at The Agitator for the link.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Voting In San Francisco

I was thinking about the posts on Eric's blog regarding San Francisco and how people vote down there. Then I remembered one local proposition that I hadn't heard the results for: Proposition K, which would have required local law enforcement to stop enforcing prostitution laws. What became of that one?

You always wonder just what would happen if some of these long existing victimless crime laws were abolished. Would it make things better or worse? I figure San Francisco would be the perfect testing ground. Heck, even if things went to hell in a handbasket after passing Prop K, there'd still be no real harm done as it's only San Francisco.

But, it looks like the measure failed, 59% to 41%, according to the League of Women Voters web site. I had a feeling it would as a similar measure in Oakland(?) did a few years ago. But look at the ballot the San Francisco folks had to deal with (Scroll to the bottom of the page for local props). If I counted correctly there were 22 local propositions to vote on. Yikes!

Less Water=Happy Fish?

This just in from the mystifying world of fisheries management: According to the Ukiah Daily Journal, they're talking about reducing flows on the Russian River to help the steelhead population. Some think the river is currently running a bit fast thus making it difficult on young steelhead.

I'm certainly no expert but, from what I've seen of the Russian River, it doesn't seem to be moving all that fast. Either way, I suppose no harm done as I'm sure the fish have dealt with both fast and slow flows, and survived, long before we had the ability to affect those flows.

As an aside, you can't help but wonder: With the water shortages in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties, might there be some other motive for reducing the river flow?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Bird Thing

This is an Eastern Kingbird. I've seen them off an on around here for years. Just saw one again in my back yard the other day.

Thing is, for years, I thought it must be the Western Kingbird. After all, what would an Eastern Kingbird be doing on the west coast?

But both my bird guides show this as an Eastern Kingbird. Funny thing is, while this online guide says the Eastern Kingbird ranges all the way to the Pacific Coast, the accompanying range map doesn't show it in California. Neither of the range maps in my bird guides show it in California, either.

At least the Western Kingbird range map shows it as living in the west, although it's hard to tell on the map if it lives here on the coast. I don't think I've ever seen a Western Kingbird around here.

So, bottom line is, this is indeed an Eastern Kingbird, not a western one.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dam Busters

I've become convinced I'm right about the Klamath Dams not really affecting the fish up there to any great extent. Convinced if only because those espousing taking the dams down keep saying the same things without regards for what's actually happening.

I'll agree that people using water for agriculture and other uses can certainly drain a river, but that's not necessarily a problem of the dams themselves since dams store water for use we otherwise wouldn't have.

First to get me started on this rant was Eric making a post on the dam busting and saying he hopes that there's any salmon in the Klamath to be saved. This, despite me pointing out earlier on here that the Klamath is the only river in the state where salmon fishing is allowed this year and the run is believed to be the second strongest in thirty years.

But, but....I thought the dams were fish killers?

Then some of the commenters saying the big fish kill on the Klamath was a "massacre", suggestive that man caused the kill by having the dams there. I pointed out that low flows can cause problems with or without dams. Heck, dams actually store water so they could help with the flow.

So, of course, the Times- Standard covers plans to bust the dams this morning referring to the "troubled Klamath River and its once legendary salmon runs...". No mention of the Klamath's apparent near record salmon run this year.

It kind of makes me wonder who they'll blame for what when the dams come down and the salmon runs keep going up and down like they always have?
Slight correction: I've been saying this year's Klamath run is the second largest in 30 years, as brought out by the Del Norte's Triplicate newspaper. Actually, they say it's the second largest allocation to fishermen in the last 30 years and I don't know that an allocation necessarily equates to the size of a run.

For instance, I doubt if estimates show a run was going to double, from one year to the next, that they'd necessarily double the amount of fish people could catch. They might, but I don't know that would be the case.

Still, something to be said in that they doubled the allocation on the Klamath and closed down fishing nearly everywhere else.

Arcata Recycling Center Cuts Hours

See. The glut of recyclables I posted on not long ago has affected us up here so I think it could be possible that it could affect local recycling efforts.

Take that, Eric! Eric suggested earlier that the low, if not non- existent, prices for recyclables shouldn't have any effect on Eureka's soon- to- be mandatory recycling program. Of course, there's still time, so maybe I gloat too soon?

I can't help but snicker at the recycling center's executive director's reasoning for the glut in recyclables: It's because we buy too many things.


Well, he says that because we buy so many things, manufacturers overproduce until there's a surplus of commodities that causes prices to fall. The recycling guy blaming manufacturers. Whatever.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Works Both Ways

This just in from Yahoo News. Some anti- gay marriage folks aren't quitting either:

...Constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage passed last week in Arizona and Florida, and Arkansas voters approved a measure banning unmarried couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents.

However, Connecticut voters last week rejected the idea of a constitutional convention to amend the state's constitution, a major blow to opponents of same-sex marriage.

The Family Institute of Connecticut, a political action group that opposes gay marriage, condemned the high court's decision as undemocratic. Peter Wolfgang, the group's executive director, acknowledged banning gay marriage in Connecticut would be difficult but vowed not to give up.

"Unlike California, we did not have a remedy," Wolfgang said. "It must be overturned with patience, determination and fortitude."

How Rude!!!

Although I guess it's nice to be remembered and/or asked to be included. Kristabel added me to one of those silly Seven Things...tag lists. It was pretty easy, too. I just followed along with the seven things Hanks Sims added to Kristabel's comment section, changing them a bit to apply to me.

I originally started this as a comment below Hank's entry. Then it occured to me that, if I post it here, I won't feel like I have to post anything else here today. So, here it is:
1. I lived on a boat for about a week once. We took a cruise ship from the Atlantic side of Panama, thru the canal, north to Acapulco and then arrived in San Pedro. End of trip. It was a blast. I was around 11 years old at the time.

We'd moved back to the U.S. from Mexico back then and my mother chose it as a vacation. We flew to Mexico City, spent a few days and met with old friends. Then we took this little puddle jumper plane and stopped at all the Central American countries ( just to pick up and drop off passengers) until we got to Costa Rica where our cousins lived. We spent a week or two there then headed to Panama and our cruise. Neat trip.

2. I don't really have any useful job skills since my background is nearly all in security, law enforcement or the military and I'm too old to use any of them.

3. I was interrogated at junior high school by Detective Brent Bixler of the Tustin, CA Police Dept. This was in 1969 when I was thirteen. He arrested me for Possession of Dangerous Drugs. Back then, that was a big deal. Funny that I'd never even smoked pot at that point in my life.

They ended up reducing the charges to Possession of a Hypnotic Drug Without a Prescription- a misdemeanor. I spent two years on probation. That seemed like an eternity.

As an aside, in regards to something Kristabel mentioned: I too often suffer "panic attacks" when I'd smoke pot. That's one of the reasons I quit smoking the stuff. Not always, but often enough. I've heard the same thing from some others. It's not unusual.

4. Dream vacation for me would be heading back to some of the places we vacationed in Mexico when we lived there: Oaxaca, Mazatlan, Acapulco, and so on. Wouldn't do it though, even if we had the time and money. Too scary down there now with all the killings and nasty political goings- on.

Central America's fun, too, but wouldn't feel safe down there either. Maybe I'm just paranoid? Then again, I spoke to my brother a while back and he said he wouldn't feel safe in Mexico, either.

5. I have two years of College (C/R), but no degree because I didn't take some required courses, like Speech and a couple others.

In the early 80s I took and completed one of those silly correspondence courses on gunsmithing. You know, one of the ones those schools advertise in various magazines; Learn Gunsmithing At Home? Cost me a whole bunch of money (over $300, a sizable amount of money back then) and was pretty much worthless.

6. I've had two letters to the editor published in the Los Angeles Times and two and a half letters published in the San Francisco Chronicle. Pretty impressed with myself for that as I've read the SF Chron receives an average of 800 letters on a Monday but can only publish a few of them.

7. The only dead body I've ever seen, at least up close, was my fathers when he was in his casket. He died unexpectedly from what seemed to be a heart attack when we were living in Mexico. My sister told me years later my mother thought my father was killed by the CIA, or something along that line, because penicillin was found in his system and he was allergic to penicillin.

I was surprised to hear that, especially from sis as she's a few years younger than me. Then again, she spent much more time with my mother than I did. And, it actually wouldn't surprise me if there was some skullduggery going on there.

My father was general sales manager for A.B. Dick aka Ditto Inc., in Mexico City. They sold office equipment back in the '60s. From what I've read since then such people were often working in some way or another with various intelligence agencies.

We had cousins living in Costa Rica whose father worked for the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica. My father's family were quite the international bunch. I remember hearing him talk of some casual dealings with the CIA when he worked for the U.S. Embassy in Laos. Wouldn't surprise me at all if a few were full or part- time spies way back then.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Utah Gays Motivated By Prop 8 Battle

The New York Times reports that gay rights advocates in Utah- the state from whence so many Mormons come- see a silver lining in the failed battle to stop California's Prop 8.

Taking note of claims by the Mormons that they're not anti- gay and don't have problems with equal legal protections for gays, gay and lesbian forces are looking to introduce legislation in the state giving them such protections- something they don't currently have in Utah.

It will be interesting to see how the Mormons respond to this.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Recyclables Becoming Unsellable

I guess it's not just Evergreen Pulp that's taking a hit from the markets. The Sacramento Bee reports the market for recyclable materials has taken a nose dive and some recyclables can't be sold no matter how low the price.

I wonder how this is going to affect Eureka's mandatory recycling program that starts January 1st? Heck, I wonder how this is going to affect people who already drop off their own recyclables?

As always, if asked for a login to the SacBee site, you can use humboldtlib as a username and blogspot for the password.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

A Day Of Mourning?

I guess that must be it. The first day of no Eureka Reporter so the Times- Standard decided not to do home deliveries today? This isn't the first time I've had a missed delivery but it is rather odd this time it's the day after the Eureka Reporter shutting down.

Maybe it will just be a little late today?

Addendum: Yes, it was just a little late. It came about ten minutes after I originally posted this.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

John Stewart on Prop 8

Fun little video of Stewart talking about Prop 8. I was going to embed the video here but couldn't figure out how to make it fit. Thanks to Radley Balko for the heads up.


The Press- Democrat reports that the widening of Highway 101 at Santa Rosa was completed yesterday. Sounds like it should be fairly easy to make it through there now.

In related news, the Ukiah Daily Journal reports the north and south sections of the Confusion Hill bypass bridge were connected Thursday. It isn't planned to be opened for traffic, though, until October of next year.

For some reason I still have a hard time thinking of Confusion Hill as being in Mendocino County rather than Humboldt.

Thursday, November 06, 2008


Interesting news video on Obama worshippers and the aftermath of the election.

Sonoma To Lose Largest Egg Farm

Eventually, according to one of the partners at Sunrise Farms, Sonoma County's largest egg producer.

Press- Democrat looks at the future of egg farming in Sonoma County. I was surprised to see the farm would just wind down operations rather than move out of state.

Of course, the mouthpiece from Prop 2 says the guy's full of crap. Seems to me that's pretty much like politicians telling businesses what will or won't work. We'll see what happens as time goes on.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Prop 8 To Be Challenged... it should be, according to the Sacramento Bee. YESSS! I was hoping opponents weren't just going to let it go.

We'll need to keep eyes and ears open for ways to support this effort.

More Bad News

Election day and the day after are nearly always full of bad news for libertarians. This election was no different. But it gets even worse, as the Sacramento Bee's, Dan Weintraub, points out.

According to Dan, California is just about in as bad of shape as it was during the Great Depression and it looks like revenues might drop even further.

We are in trouble. Not only were a couple additional bond issues passed (one commenter to the Bee notes that the cost of servicing existing state bonds is almost equal to our current operating budget), we also re- elected at least one state legislator, Wes Chesbro, that helped us get to where the state is today.

To those of you that voted for the bond measures, thanks for nothing. For those that voted for Chesbro, thanks for nothing. For those that voted for both, thanks for nothing twice. I can't help but believe you'll vote exactly the same way next time around.

Take The Signs Down

I took my election signs down at 8:30 last night. I hope the rest of you did the same. If not, now's the time.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Eureka Garbage Rates Likely Rising

And, no, this doesn't seem to be the increase related to the start of mandatory garbage pick up on January 1st. Seems the Humboldt Waste Management Authority has seen their expenses go up. No surprise there.

Still, as someone pointed out in the Times- Standard comments, fuel prices have been going down as of late. Also, City Garbage will get something like a 200% increase in business starting December 1st, depending on how you crunch the numbers, although they'll also have added expenses as a result.

As another comment, Freedom Lover, pointed out:

Gee, what a surprise. A big fat fee increase coming right on the heels of a mandatory collection policy. Has any unfunded mandate ever failed to screw the people? I'm sure Eureka can look forward to more "well justified" fee increases in the near future.

Worst part is, there'll be no alternative to ever higher garbage pick- up prices now that the City is forcing everyone into garbage service. No alternative besides burying garbage in your back yard or someone else's. This isn't looking good already.

Help Map The Rain

I was intrigued by this piece in yesterday's Eureka Reporter. Sounds like it might be fun helping these guys take recordings of rainfall levels.

I'd probably go ahead and volunteer except you have to have a certain kind of rain gauge- a "four inch" gauge- to participate.

That's a shame as we have one very similar to the one on the left about twelve feet from our back door. I think it's real accurate, at least as far as averages go. It nearly always gives the same readings the weather service releases after it's rained. I guess the biggest problem is the graduations are in quarter inch. Looks like the ones they want you to use have smaller graduations.

Anyone else interested in trying out this rain monitor thing? To join up, you just fill out this form and, if you don't already have one, order one of these rain gauges.

If anybody takes a shot at it, let me know how it goes.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Old Glory Radio Starts Today

Just a reminder that Old Glory Talk Radio starts today at 8am. You can listen to the live stream here. I'll have to wait until the wifey wakes up to listen in as she's sleeping just ten feet from me in the next room.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Reasons For Voting

The argument goes on, over at Eric's blog, regarding whether one newspaper's endorsements make sense or not. I suppose most of us chose who we'll vote for using rather frivolous reasons, as I admit to doing.

Once again this year, the staff at Reason magazine lets us know who they're choosing for president and why. That assumes that some will vote at all. Some have said they won't. Looks like they queried everybody they can think of and the list is rather long.

I didn't read the entire piece but I feel safe in saying many of those at Reason magazine chose their candidates for as frivolous reasons as I often do. It may surprise some of you that more people at Reason seemed to chose Obama, for one reason or another, than anyone else.

Our Obama, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name....

Saturday, November 01, 2008

C/R Prop 8 Debate Broadcast

Humboldt County Human Rights Commission Prop 8 Debate to be re-broadcast on launch day of Eureka's Newest Radio Station

The HRC debate on Prop 8 that took place Thursday October 30th at College of the Redwoods is going to be re-broadcast on the newest radio station in town. Old Glory News Talk 1650 AM (Old Glory News Talk 1650 is a new low power AM station that is based in Myrtletown.)

The launch of the station is on Monday November 3rd at 8 am. Old Glory is going to broadcast the two hour debate program in its entirety on Monday at 1pm.

The video of the debate can be viewed online at

Addendum: To watch the debate on The Venue Project web site, just click on the Archive link in the upper right hand side of the page and then select the debate. The debate should come right up.