Tuesday, June 19, 2018


3 on the tree

Mayans MC tv show preview is out, the previews are nothing but teasers, showing nothing but bikers... but it's great to see things getting started. The interviews are similarly useless, and simply rehashing the press release

https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/mayans-mc-kurt-sutter-elgin-james-interview-1202838598/  Kurt Sutter interview that doesn't have much to say.

he did give insight into Sons of Anarchy more than he talked about Mayans.
“But the same way ‘Sons’ was a fictitious club and family in a real world, the real world always impacted that show. The whole storyline with the white supremacist was based on the 45 percent uptick in white supremacy groups when Obama took office. We never mentioned that, it was never a story point, but that was the reality of that world." Sutter stated


 Emilio Rivera (president of the Mayans) is still the only confirmed familiar face who’s serving as a link to SOA.

The main character of Mayans is Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, fresh out of prison in the pilot episode and seeking to step out of prospect boots in the Cali/Mexi border charter of the Mayans.

Symbolically, the ATX festival footage revealed that EZ will be the one who drives over the crow in the opening moments of the series, and he’s the former prodigal son who previously spent years attempting to grasp the American Dream. However, EZ emerges from prison to find that the Mayans are still in the drug-running business and working for the Galindo cartel, and he must choose between staying loyal to the M.C. or adopting the non-outlaw lifestyle that his girlfriend (who’s clearly not an old lady to the club) would prefer.

As is typical in the Sutter universe, EZ reluctantly ends up agreeing to do a drug run that goes bad, which leads one to believe that his role in the M.C. is a Jax-esque one that forecasts seasons of struggle. This dynamic is also reinforced by a Clay-like father figure played by Edward James Olmos.

So, it's really close in basic plot to SOA's theme of son trying to get the gang out of the drug dealing. Well, it worked in the 1st show, that had 7 incredible seasons, and the new Star Wars proved that a good story can get recycled and still make a ton of money with fresh faces


you may want to skip the first 3 minutes, it's pretty useless.

The show will have 10 episodes, and start in the fall... probably Sept -  Nov, or whatever the new normal half season is, then they'll announce based on ratings if it gets a second half season.

I'm going to predict at least 3 years, probably 4 years. More if they nail a great story line and terrific ratings


interesting, different, I like it!

Great tow truck photo

the cat was on his first car ride, the others had done this many times before, and were bored

how to write out "cycle"

getting out a bumper dent with hot water and a plunger

They are working on fixing roads in Houghton already, here is the progress on Agate St

Rain and flooding damage in Michigan, up near Lake Linden and Hubbell

publicity caravan from the Tour de France of the 50s

the 2016 Indoor Cycling World Championships, Cycle Ball

is it perception, that SUVs are safer to drive? Well, it probably is, look how much damage they do:

When a passenger car and an LTV (light truck vehicle)  hit head-on, an occupant was between 3.1 to 4.1 times more frequently to be killed in a pas­senger car than in an LTV.

When a passenger car front hit the side of an LTV, an occupant was between 1.3 to 1.7 times more frequently to be killed in an LTV than in a passenger car.

However, when an LTV front hit the side of a passenger car, an occupant was between 13.3 to 22.7 times more frequently to be killed in a passenger car than in an LTV.

Passenger Vehicles - CrashStats - NHTSA

Thanks Bruce!

The Causey Arch is thought to be the world’s first railway bridge and was constructed to carry coal wagons in 1727

A consortium of local coal-owners known as the “Grand Allies” commissioned stonemason Ralph Wood to build it for them at a cost of £12,000. At 105′ long and 85′ high it was the largest single-span bridge in the country for 30 years.

 The Causey Arch was built as a toll-bridge and the toll-house itself was located at the west end of the bridge.

The wagons were filled with about 2.5 tons of coal, and were horse drawn. They road on wood rails, for about 100 years, as the bridge was made in 1727, and steel rails weren't made and installed unitl 1839


Thanks Steve!

something new to me, license plates getting cloned illegally, and getting placed on similar cars. This makes them pass a fast look at them, as the results of a license plate check will show the right year, make and model

But, not knowing this happened, imagine the shock when BMW owner Josh Moss got a ticket for speeding while his car was parked in the driveway, but the citation was issued 1,000 miles away from his home.

The Melbourne, Australia, resident was going through a stack of tolls and speed camera fines that he had racked up in his car when he noticed one of them been written halfway across the country in Gold Coast.

And that's when he discovered that his license plates had been cloned and were on a similar BMW half a continent away. The car that got the speeding camera ticket was stolen, and using a copy of his plates to appear legal.

The problem isn’t restricted to Australia, but it has become so widespread there that the government is planning to test new proposals for license plate security tech in the coming months.


Thanks Gary!

Monday, June 18, 2018

the master of parking

Leo's dad bought this bike, and passed it down, and Leo kept it his whole life, and neither probably knew it was the 37th bike built in 1907, the 94th motorcycle Harley Davidson made.

Domino's Pizza announced last week, they offer a new initiative that will allow consumers to submit their town for potential grants to fix potholes.

Submit your rough drive home from your local Domino’s at https://www.PavingForPizza.com and they might fix it. Bad roads shouldn't happen to good pizza!

The largest pizza chain in the country has decided to spend its own money on fixing roads across the country. It’s definitely a marketing ploy. But it’s the best kind of marketing ploy, and hopefully one that will shame the federal government into doing some paving of its own.

Selected cities receive funds to assist in the improvement of their roads. Current residents of cities chosen by the initiative have expressed both astonishment and gratitude regarding the outcomes.

The initiative's website features dedicated pages to each recipient municipality with details on the repairs and resident testimonials. Michael Montgomery, town administrator of Bartonville, Texas said he was "ecstatic."

"I didn't think it was possible but Domino's delivered on their promise to fix potholes," said the city official. The town saw three roads repaired and eight potholes filled with 75 tons of asphalt.


I heard it's called a 1000 year event, and they might be right. Or it's just more proof that climate change is real, and floods are more common now then ever before. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan got up to 6 inches of rain on Sunday

This is the airport road from Calumet to Lake Linden above

the Kestner Waterfront Park and Sharon Avenue in Houghton sustained a large amount of flooding,  drone footage by Justin Slis

and the area in Houghton by Pizza Hut / Taco bell, is really washed out

US-41 partially reopened after flooding; M-26, M-203 remain closed

Heavy rains and flooding in Houghton County forced several road closures this morning. Other closures remain in effect as repair efforts continue.

 US-41 between Chassell and Houghton has suffered pavement damage and multiple shoulder washouts. The route is now open but limited to one lane in each direction in some areas.

- M-26 remains closed between Tamarack and Dollar Bay due to water over the road and the washout of a large culvert.

- M-26 remains closed near the Mont Ripley ski hill. Flooding caused major damage in Ripley near the ski hill with extensive debris on the road forcing closure.


Agate St


Standing ovation for bus driver Tim Watson, who noticed a kidnapped 3 year old, and got the cops on the case in time to arrest the kidnapper!

The Milpitas, (near San Jose) Calif., Police Department said the three-year-old boy was at the library with his mother when he wandered off. Lt. Raj Maharaj said the mother only turned her back for a moment and the boy wandered off.

Witnesses said that the boy was seen being led away by a man in his 20s who was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and appeared to be homeless. Police sent out an alert and began a search - soon after, they received word from Valley Transit Authority bus driver Tim Watson, who believed the suspect and the boy were on his bus headed to the Fremont train station.

Watson realized the boy and man he was with matched the descriptions from the police alert -- which noted the boy's red shoes and plaid shorts


Wolfson Trailer House is a 1949 house in Salt Point, New York, and commissioned by the artist Sydney Wolfson. It is among the most distinctive of pioneering modernist Marcel Breuer's residential designs, as Wolfson requested that Breuer integrate his 37-foot 1948 Spartan Royal Mansion trailer as one wing of the house

Manhattan-based artist Sidney Wolfson twice asked Marcel Breuer to design an addition to the aluminum trailer he’d permanently moored atop a knoll in Pleasant Valley, not far from Poughkeepsie. Twice Breuer turned him down. The architect finally relented once he secured the Vassar commission, producing in 1949 what may be the most unusual work of his career.

What did Breuer have against this job? It’s not clear. Current owner David Diao, also an artist who has owned and lovingly tended the house since 1996, surmised that the architect just “didn’t want to deal with a trailer.” Or maybe Breuer feared that in head-to-head competition with the trailer, his work would come out second best?

For even then, this wasn’t your average home on wheels. Sleek and shiny, it resembles a plane shorn of its wings — not surprising, since it was manufactured by the Spartan Aircraft Company of Oklahoma, owned by tycoon J. Paul Getty. One of Spartan’s top-of-the-line Royal Mansion models, it’s considered the Rolls-Royce of vintage trailers, itself a masterpiece of contemporary design.

The Hungarian-born Breuer, a mainstay of the Bauhaus school, was perhaps best known for his furniture, particularly his simple, tubular steel chair. He also designed institutional buildings, such as the Whitney and the curving UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, as well as two dozen homes in the United States.


3 people died as a result of texting on Interstate 40 yesterday, in one car. I bet anything that driver needed to text so badly could have been done by either passenger, and everyone lived instead

turn your volume down, a lot. Look at this dog, who gives zero effs, lay on the horn with a determined paw.

that look seems to say, I'm bored, and tired of waiting in the car.

it's quite common from the number of videos on Youtube showing other dogs that have figured out how to stand on the horn when left alone in the car or truck

US 33 at Gender Rd

nice tool wall

getting right to the point about parking in the locations reserved for the people that have a hard time walking

I get spun up at assholes parking, in all sorts of ways. People who show no signs of a problem walking away from their car, after parking in the disabled spots? Really piss me off, and I see it often at Costco when I grab lunch at the food court


looks like somebody trailered home the air ambulance prop from Firefly, possibly the PDX Browncoats


"We applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural reaction from either patient."


smart advertising method, brilliant

Wow, get a look at this folding workbench by Dewalt, Stanley, etc.

I went to Home Depot for some nails and this was just lurking on wait to put a boady slam on my credit card.

It was worth it. Damn, this is great! Took it home, used it and am effing happy as hell to tell you that it's a damn good tool, that fits in my car's back seat, and was on sale for $74 out the door. Normally $110. But I bet it goes on sale again on July 4th, or Xmas. 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dylan’s actual tour bus ended up sitting by his place in Malibu, slowly rusting in the salty Pacific breeze blowing on-shore, but it has been converted to be a music studio since eminent music producer Rick Rubin bought the mansion

Bob Dylan’s former tour bus, marooned in the backyard and repurposed with acoustical padding.

In the 60s, the property was used to stable Mr Ed and film the tv show.

Shangri-La, the studio was redesigned by Rob Fraboni in the early 1970s for by The Band and Bob Dylan's use, and it continues to operate as a recording studio today, and the bus they once used to tour the country is still parked in the grass, its insides turned into an auxiliary recording space

Clapton was staying here in the winter of 1975, the year the Band, Bob Dylan’s five-strong posse, had bought the ocean-view complex, first built as a bungalow in 1958.

I learned of this from watching the Dave Letterman Netflix show where he interviewed Jay Z

At 54, Rubin is arguably the country’s best-known music producer. He’s responsible for that infectious keyboard loop on the Beastie Boys’ “Girls” from 1987 and the warbling guitar in Tom Petty’s 1994 hit “You Don’t Know How It Feels.” A producer who has made and remade dozens of major recording artists’ careers over the past 34 years.

As the founder (in his NYU dorm room) of the storied Def Jam label, the Long Island–born Rubin helped usher hip-hop into the mainstream, in the ’80s, making waves as much for the raw sound of the rappers he brought aboard—old-schoolers like Slick Rick and LL Cool J—as for the brash promotionalism he deployed to expose his artists, and himself, to a broader public. In the 1985 film Krush Groove, a fictionalized account of Def Jam’s rise, Rubin plays himself alongside an actor portraying his then–business partner Russell Simmons.

Def Jam Records co-founder and music producer Rick Rubin purchased Shangri-La Studios for $2 Million in 2011.

Artists that have recorded here include Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Adele, Frank Ocean, Eminem, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Metallica, Ed Sheeran, The Rolling Stones, Kings of Leon, and Eric Clapton.