Wednesday, January 29, 2020

So glad I came back to Fakebook


I'm so glad I came back to Facebook after taking a break from it. For a long time there I was building 3D printers, trying to figure out how to get them to work properly, making 3D prints, building my own quadcopters, fiddling with radio-controlled cars, building robots and electronic widgets, growing rare plants, designing my own 3D printed parts, and so on. Now whenever I get bored I can just look at Facebook and see the humdrum lives of people I don't really know at all, and cat videos, and memes, and endless whining about the big bad orange man, and animated GIFs of pointless crap. 


So worth it.




Disproportionate media coverage of Coronavirus


With the current levels of coronavirus coverage in the news, it's interesting to put things into perspective.

The centers for disease control (CDC) estimates there have been at least 15 million cases and 8200 deaths from influenza this flu season in the USA alone (flu season started Oct 1st). Mortality rate ~ 0.05%

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/burden/preliminary-in-season-estimates.htm


Total confirmed worldwide coronavirus infections so far: 6152.
Deaths: 132
Mortality rate: 2.15%

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/


I wasn't able to find the frequency of media mentions of coronavirus vs influenza and flu. However, looking at Google searches might give us some clues as to how people are being influenced by the media.

Relative frequency of Google searches in the week from Jan 19 to Jan 25,
Coronavirus: 38
Influenza and flu combined: 15

Projected relative frequency of searches for the week ending Feb 1st,
Coronavirus: 100
Influenza and flu combined: 17

https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?geo=US&q=Coronavirus%2CInfluenza%2CFlu



Clearly the media is a useful tool for the mass management of public opinion.

My question then is: why such heavy coverage of Coronavirus? Is it simply a disproportionate attempt to inform and educate the public, or is it because it's something fearful that motivates people and therefore gets more viewers so the media can sell more advertising, or is it something else?

-Dave Bad Person



Some other articles.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novel_coronavirus_(2019-nCoV)

The Wuhan coronavirus was first reported to the World Health Organization on Dec 31st, 2019.
https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2020/1/23/21079069/what-is-coronavirus-wuhan

China
spent the crucial first days of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak arresting people who posted about it online and threatening journalists

These Lies And Conspiracies About The Wuhan Coronavirus Are Totally False
https://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-all-the-nonsense-people-are-spreading-about-the-wuhan-coronavirus


Report: Outbreak of idiocy spreading 10,000 times faster than coronavirus
https://thebeaverton.com/2020/01/report-outbreak-of-idiocy-spreading-10000-times-faster-than-coronavirus/

Monday, January 27, 2020

Model rockets

Another one of my many and varied interests is model rocketry.  I can't say I'm really into it, and I don't do high power rocketry, but I have made some interesting rockets over the years.


Three years ago I was making these three rockets, from left to right:  Crash & Burn Jesus, Cock Rocket, and Martini Shaker Rocket.

Fun times.



My graduation


It's interesting to remember my graduation day, how the Vice Chancellor of the university stared down his nose at me when I walked up on stage to receive my degree from him, because he didn't like that I was wearing a long sleeved t-shirt, jeans, and hiking boots under my graduation robe. He died of a heart attack a few years later, which I thought was karmic justice for his snobby attitude.

In this pic you can see me holding my bachelor degree. I still keep it in that same cylinder because it hasn't earned its place on my wall in all these years. It's about time I threw it in the trash where it belongs... or maybe I should have some fun with it on my YouTube channel, like pissing on it and setting it on fire?

The Australian National University, the grrreatest university in the world! Hahaahaaa!!


-Dave Bad Person




And the Oscar goes to....


Harvey Weinstein nominated for best actor in his role as crippled old pervert.

https://waterfordwhispersnews.com/2020/01/14/harvey-weinstein-nominated-for-best-actor-in-his-role-as-crippled-old-pervert/





In his first public interview since more than 80 women accused him of sexual assault, Weinstein whines that he's the victim because his pioneering film work has been forgotten

https://pagesix.com/2019/12/15/harvey-weinstein-i-deserve-pat-on-back-when-it-comes-to-women/



-Dave Bad Person





The coronavirus pandemic


OMG, there have been 3000 cases of Coronavirus so far, including 80 deaths! This is as bad as the SARS outbreak of the early 2000s! If this pandemic continues there will only be 97.3% of us left to carry on the human race!

It's the apocalypse, grab your guns, start hoarding toilet paper!


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As a person who's been largely disconnected from the media for the last 22 years, now with a little wisdom from age, and a good memory for past events, it's funny coming back and watching the media again. They know people are motivated by emotions, and particularly fear. The media is even blaming the current downward blip in the stock market on Coronavirus 😂

I should get a job as a propagandist. It's something I could really understand and enjoy, manipulating the minds of the herd through one-sided media articles and understanding of average human nature.
Does anyone know where I could get a professional qualification in propaganda? 😂


-Dave Bad Person



Your global warming sympathy animal for this month was the Koala


Your global warming sympathy animal for this month was the koala. Burned kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, wombats, possums, platypuses, snakes, spiders, goannas, lizards, dingos, emus, parrots, and other birds just aren't cute enough to be good sympathy animals for emotional agitation campaigns.

Once the Australian fires are over however, we will be returning you to your regularly scheduled starving polar bears. Thank you for your understanding.



* Starvation is the leading natural cause of death for all polar bears and is usually related to old age, sickness, or injury. I know this because a website called polarbearscience.com told me so. The name kind of warns me that it could be some sort of right wing propaganda site. 😂


Now get ready for the March Sadness bracket tournament of cute animals impacted by climate change. For round 1, in the Paws and Claws category, we have Koala vs. Polar Bear, Lemur vs. Tasmanian Devil, and Pangolin vs. Sea Otter. For the Flippers and Fins category we have Vaquita vs Walrus, Sea Turtle vs. Penguin, and Whale vs. Manatee.



-Dave Bad Person


Thursday, January 23, 2020

A message from the President of the Australian Academy of Science



Dear fellow researchers,

You may have seen my recent statement regarding the Australian bushfires at the website of the Australian Academy of Science.
https://www.science.org.au/news-and-events/news-and-media-releases/statement-regarding-australian-bushfires

As you can recognize from my statement, the cause of the recent bushfires is attributed to global warming. This is despite the sun currently being at the very bottom of it's roughly 10.5 year cycle. We have long known that these large fire events occur in synchrony with the dry side of Australia's cyclic climate of droughts and floods, which has a periodicity of approximately 21 years, or two sun cycles.

However, it is best if the Australian scientific community keeps this "under wraps", so to speak. If we do not use global warming to shift the blame for the fires, the Australian public will realize our land management practices and policies have been a failure for decades, and that we are just bungling clowns with no idea what we're doing, rather than thinking of us as very important and wise people.

Please help us to shift the blame by keeping the lie alive: The bushfires were caused by global warming.

Yours sincerely, a know-it-all medical researcher with no authority whatsoever to speak on land management issues,

Professor John Shine, AH, DH, FW.


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Check out my other blog post with my perspective on the Australian fires here:
https://www.badperson.net/2020/01/a-perspective-on-recent-massive-fires.html

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Someone recently responded to me about this parody message with the following:

"Dave, I think you are mischaracterizing his statement. To me it reads like a marketing pitch urging people to reach out to scientists. "With much misinformation in the public domain about the cause and impacts of the bushfires, we urge Australians to continue to consult reputable sources of evidence-based information such as the Australian Academy of Science, CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology." I think he stops short of blaming the bushfires on climate change, but he does touch on the common expectation that extreme weather events will become more common as part of his marketing pitch. Does Dave the scientist agree with Dave Bad Person that climate change is playing no role in the apparent increase in the frequency and severity of wildfires, droughts, floods, freezes, etc.? I don't deny that poor management is probably making a bad situation worse in Australia, but I also believe that available management tools and resources may not be up to the task."


This was my response:
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Well, as someone whose childhood home burned down in the last dry phase of Australia's climate cycle 17 years ago, and as a former medical researcher and current electronics industry worker who also has no authority to speak on land management issues....

Yes climate change has an effect on severe weather events.
No you cannot manage the forests of Australia, they are far too vast to be managed.

Australia's cyclic climate of droughts and floods, which has a period of roughly 2 sun cycles or ~21 years, has been known about for well over a century, long before anthropogenic climate change really kicked in. Even Captain Cook wrote of massive fires as he discovered the east coast of Australia in 1770. A young 19 year old Dorothae Mackellar wrote in her 1908 poem "My Country" about "droughts and flooding rains", and "fire and flood and famine". The sun is currently at the bottom of it's cycle, so if they thought this was a really hot summer in Australia, and it was, then just wait another 5 or 6 years when the sun is at the top of its cycle. However by then Australia's climate cycle will probably be back to heavy rains and flooding again.

The plants of Australia are particularly well evolved and adapted to fire, so this has been going on for millions of years. The Aboriginal people regularly burned the landscape in the 40,000 years they've been there. With the Aborigines largely gone from the land and the advent of misguided green ideologies, the forests have been allowed to go unchecked and fuel levels have reached a crisis point, which has led to increasingly devastating mega-fires occurring during the last several dry phases of the Australian climate cycle, going back to before I was even born.

One of the major areas of these current fires is the south coast of NSW, where I spent many childhood vacations, and where a number of my relatives currently live, who are providing me with some info on what's going on. The entire region is mostly forests all the way from the mountains to the dunes behind the beach. Fortunately my relatives have been lucky so far, with the fires missing their houses by as little as 100 feet, but they have friends who've lost everything. I've watched this region grow as people have expanded the sleepy fishing villages and beach towns further into the forests. They chose to build in the forest, and now they're feeling the bite.

But yeah, this fucking clown in his ivory tower has a statement to make and that statement is "We didn't have a plan the last few times this kind of thing happened, and we don't have a plan now, but feel free to look to us for answers as we shift the blame for our lack of foresight". He's nothing but a hoity-toity over-inflated ego-maniacal sack of shit.
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So that was that. Do you get the feeling I don't respect Professor Shine's point of view? What makes you think that? Lol!

As population pressures, prior land uses, personal preferences, and economics drive people to build in the urban-wildland interface, some quick ideas off the top of my head that might help reduce wildfire losses are:
  • Reconsider construction methods, building design, and fire-safe landscaping. Using less flammable materials, reducing overhangs, etc. is one approach to minimizing damage to homes and infrastructure. 
  • Associated changes in requirements for building codes, buffer zones, and fire suppression.
  • Back burning of areas near people and property that needs to be protected.
  • Look at the benefits of underground construction:  great temperature control, fire-safe, plus you can still use the ground above for habitat, cultivation, etc. The only downside to underground building is the views, but many Australian animals have figured out to go underground, such as the wombat for example.
  • I'm sure I could keep going if I thought about this for more than 1 minute, unlike Professor Shine who has big talk and no real solutions.

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Here's an aerial view of the Australian Academy of Science in all its glory. It consists of two buildings: a circular domed building with three internal floors that house a 156 seat lecture hall, two meeting rooms, a few offices, a small library, and an archive storage area. The other is a two story H-shaped building that was built in the early 20th century and once served as a hotel for new public servants who were transferred to the city of Canberra. That's it, the Australian Academy of Science, just as small and inconsequential as the statement from its current president.
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Do you get the feeling that I don't respect most of the people in academia? It might be something to do with the 17 year career I had in academia.

17 years is a big chunk of someone's life and I don't appreciate that academics took advantage of my youth and naivety so they could further their careers in frivolous dream chasing. I was a poor schmuck from a poor working class family who just wanted employment and income out of my university education. Unfortunately most of the idiots I worked with were from fairly wealthy families for whom employment and income were never major concerns in their life, and therefore they assumed that employment and income weren't major concerns in my life as well. 

There are good scientists out there, but they're few and far between. I've often seen academics use various mental and verbal systems of defense and denial to lie to themselves and others about the goals and utility of their careers. For example, if challenged, they will often name great scientists of the mid 20th century and compare themselves to them, as if all scientists are of the same caliber. I find it easy to see through that kind of bullshit. Now days I'm all about putting science to work for society, rather than pointless frivolous dream chasing, or empty statements and inaction from an entitled gasbag to appease people who are desperately looking for answers for why they just lost everything.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A perspective on the recent massive fires in Australia



Regarding the recent massive fires in Australia, it seems that everyone you hear from lately is blaming global warming.  While global warming has certainly exacerbated fire conditions with higher temperatures and drier vegetation, changes in land use and land management practices and policies have also been major contributors.  To blame global warming alone is simply refusing to admit responsibility for people building their homes in or near the forest, and for doing nowhere near enough to mitigate the fire risk for decades. Now it's "the world's fault" that people were surprised and unprepared when it all went up in flames.

Even worse, the sun is currently at the bottom of its 10.5 year cycle, so if they thought this was a record hot summer in Australia, and it was, just wait another 5 or 6 years until the sun is at the top of its cycle. Actually, by then Australia will probably be having heavy rains and flooding, as typically occurs with its cyclic climate. The cyclic nature of Australia's climate is so well known that it was written into a famous poem called "My Country" by Dorothea Mackellar in 1908 that speaks "of droughts and flooding rains", and "flood and fire and famine". Of course when these floods come, people will no doubt blame society and the world for them being unprepared again, and the politicians and university clowns will take it as an opportunity to sound important and knowledgeable, and tell people that we need to do something about it. Then another 20 years will pass and it'll happen again, and everyone will be surprised and unprepared again. We have long known that these large fire events occur in synchrony with the dry side of Australia's cyclic climate of droughts and floods, which has a periodicity of approximately 21 years, or two sun cycles. Yet people are surprised and unprepared every time it happens.

Even Captain Cook wrote of massive fires as he became the first European to sail up the east coast of Australia. The plants of Australia have evolved and adapted to cope with fire, so it's been going on for millions of years. The Aboriginal people regularly burned the landscape in the 40,000 years they've been there. With the Aborigines largely gone from the land and the advent of misguided green ideologies, the forests have been allowed to go unchecked and fuel levels have reached a crisis point, which has led to increasingly devastating mega-fires occurring during the last several dry phases of the Australian climate cycle, going back to before I was even born. Big fires like this have happened before in Australia, with massive mega-fire events like this recent one happening every couple of decades or so. For the average person these fires only affect their particular area once in a lifetime, leaving them surprised and unprepared when it happens. So these periodic mega-fires are certainly not a new thing. How do you manage forests so vast that they're unmanageable? How do you manage them when they burn unmanageably?

To put things into a historical context, how was the Australian forest managed for most of the 50 million years of its existence?  How was it managed for the 40,000 years before Europeans arrived in Australia? The Australian Aborigine's own land management practices, while not scientific, would never have allowed this to happen.

As I mentioned before, the infrequency of these mega-fires tends to catch people by surprise. If you can't backburn the forest to reduce fuel loads because of environmental policies or as a necessity to protect delicate species and forest ecosystems, then you have to expect these mega-fires to happen periodically. What's going on now is similar to the Canberra fires of 2003, same as the Ash Wednesday fires of 1983, same as the Black Saturday fires of 2009, same as the Tasmanian fires of 1967, the Victorian fires of 1969, the Dandenong fires of 1962, the Blue Mountains and Illawarra fires of 1968, the Sydney national parks fires of 1994, the deadly heat waves of 2000, 1993, 1981, 1973, 1959, 1939, 1927, 1921, 1912, 1908, 1896.
Yet people wonder why is this happening, why are we surprised and unprepared? It must be all global warming's fault.

Next these people who won't take responsibility for their own disaster will probably start telling each other to "Turn off the light, we need to save the planet". Meanwhile, in the overcrowded industrially developing countries where the western world exported most of its industries and their associated pollution, greenhouses gases are being released in vast quantities and remain largely unregulated by western governments. These are places such as China, Southeast Asia, India, Mexico, Eastern Europe, and parts of Africa.



To put my own personal bushfire experience into perspective, my childhood home in Australia burned down in a huge bushfire in January 2003. The entire countryside had been covered in smoke for months before that, an almost identical situation to what just happened. I remember flying over the Snowy Mountains on my way to and from Tasmania, and they looked like a giant steaming cauldron from the smoke and fire. The fire that burned down our house was a once in a lifetime event that left us surprised and unprepared. We didn't blame society or the world for our misfortune. Yet here we are nearly 20 years later and nothing has changed, except now it's "the world's fault", because people don't want to face up to the fact that decades of misguided land use and land management practices are the cause.


Even the President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor John Shine, recently released a statement regarding the fires, which you can read here:
https://www.science.org.au/news-and-events/news-and-media-releases/statement-regarding-australian-bushfires

I don't know what qualifies a medical researcher such as Prof. Shine to speak with authority on the topic of bushfires, other than an entitlement from an academy that appears to contribute very little to society. Probably the "publish or perish" mentality of academia is one reason he feels the need to make a statement, just say something, anything!  Once again, he seems more interested in the link between global warming and the recent bushfires, rather than the urbanization of forests and the failure to mitigate the fire risk over the last few decades.

The failure of politicians and academics to understand and act on the problem is clear. To dismiss it as a result of global warming, that somehow "society" or "the world" are to blame, is merely an attempt to shift the blame from these people's failed policies and decades of inaction.


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Check out my parody message from the president of the Australian Academy of Science regarding the fires here. It also has some good information:
https://www.badperson.net/2020/01/a-message-from-president-of-australian.html

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-Dave Bad Person, PhD wanker




References







Here is my shortened version that I sent as a letter to the editor of the newspaper of Australia's national capital, The Canberra Times.
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Regarding recent fires, it seems everyone is blaming global warming, which exacerbates fire conditions, but mostly they’re saying it because they can’t admit responsibility for the urbanization of our forests, and for decades of inaction to mitigate fire risks. Now it's "the world's fault" they were unprepared when it all went up in flames.

Even Captain Cook wrote of massive fires as he sailed up the east coast. The plants of Australia have evolved and adapted to cope with fire, so it's been going on for millions of years. These big fires happen so infrequently that they catch people by surprise, but they're certainly not new.

Now people will say "Turn off the light, we need to save the planet". Meanwhile, in industrially developing countries where the western world exported most of its industries and their associated pollution, greenhouses gases are released in vast quantities and remain largely unregulated by western governments.

My childhood home in Duffy burned down in the 2003 fires. The entire southeast had been blanketed in smoke for weeks before that. We didn't blame the world for our misfortune. Yet here we are nearly 20 years later and nothing has changed. Rinse and repeat on a roughly 20-year cycle.

The failure of politicians and academics to understand and act on the problem is clear. To dismiss it as a result of global warming, that somehow "society" is to blame, is merely an attempt to shift the blame from these people's failed policies and decades of inaction.





Tuesday, January 21, 2020

My letter to Professor John Shine in response to his Statement Regarding the Australian Bushfires at the website of the Australian Academy of Science.




The President of the Australian Academy of Science, Professor John Shine, recently released a statement at the adacemy's website regarding the recent massive bushfires in Australia.  You can read it here.
https://www.science.org.au/news-and-events/news-and-media-releases/statement-regarding-australian-bushfires


I decided to write to Prof Shine in response to the statement.  Here's what I wrote.

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Prof. Shine,
I saw your recent press release at the Australian Academy of Science website about the recent bushfires in Australia.  

When I read it, all I saw were carefully considered words from a pure academician who clearly has no idea or plan for how to mitigate such gigantic bushfire events.  You didn't have a plan before the fires happened and you don't have a plan now.  How do you manage forests so vast that they're unmanageable?  How do you manage them when they burn unmanageably?  What qualifies a medical researcher to speak on such matters, other than a fancy title from an academy that appears to contribute very little to society?

Even Captain Cook wrote of massive fires as he sailed up the East Coast of Australia.  The plants of Australia have evolved and adapted to cope with fire, it's been going on for millions of years.  Yet people are so surprised when they build their homes near the forest, and then once in their short lifetime it all burns down. Meanwhile, academics who are convinced of their expertise in land management are now sending their favorite superhero to the rescue:  Captain Hindsight.  The Aborigines would never have allowed this to happen.

As for mitigating the effects of global warming, while you perhaps plan to instate a carbon tax or turn off some light bulbs to save the planet, meanwhile in the massively over-populated industrial regions where the western world exported its industries decades ago, such as China, Southeast Asia, India, Mexico, Eastern Europe, and parts of Africa.....



Well, at least your press release might get some funding from the government so that some bumbling boffins can study the problem, model it, and publish papers about it in obscure journals that hardly anyone reads.  When Australia burns again in another massive inferno 20 years from now, there will no doubt be another President of the Academy making a public statement about how scientists are making a difference in the world, and they will be creating a plan to mitigate the problem.


Yours,
Dave, who has a very important PhD from a very important university that makes the world go around (I actually left Australia many years ago, so I could avoid a life of underemployment as a scientist and enter the burgeoning electronics R&D industry of California, where they have real research with real results, not just talk). 


Monday, January 20, 2020

A couple of small white winter flowers

A couple of small white winter flowers on my balcony today,
Fouquieria purpusii and Pelargonium klinghardtense







Full sleeve tattoos are now the mark of fake dirtbags





Full sleeve tattoos on Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran? A pair of homos who sing teen heartthrob crap, with full sleeve tattoos along the whole length of their arms? Seriously?






I'm pretty open-minded and I've tried to listen to Bieber and Sheeran but their music is not my thing, it's teeny-bopper crap.  Maybe if they were like James Hetfield from Metallica with his full sleeve tattoos I'd say OK, he's a badass, or at least his music is.  But these two child-pop clowns?





It used to be that tattoos were only for the most crazy and bad ass people, and full sleeves were only for the most absolutely crazy and bad ass people like prison trash and psychopathic outlaw bikers. Now full sleeves is just a way to show you're a fake pretend dirtbag douchenozzle conformist sheep who's confused about his image and is desperately experimenting with styling like a fashionista. 

My neighbor has a PhD in biochemistry and has full sleeves, what a fucking idiot. And of course like any biochemist he has the personality of a doorknob. My high octane piss would burn him to death.

And Bieber with the dropped pants revealing Calvin Klein underwear?  What a pathetic wanker!

I guess when these people grow up, if they ever do, they're just going to look like idiots who thought they were cool back when they were young douchebags and just wanted to impress the chicks by pretending to look badass and cool while singing their girlie faggy crap songs.

Stupid fucking wankers.  I can't wait until their careers are over and they're relegated to the dustbin of history, and then they'll look in the mirror and see how stupid they look.

-Dave Bad Person




Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Santa Barbara Trip, 28-30 December, 2019

View from Knapp's castle on the way from Santa Barbara to Santa Ynez

This is the trip we did to Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez over the Xmas-NYE break, 2019.  We stopped at a brewery in Oxnard and saw raspberry fields. Then we stopped at Tar Pits Park in Carpenteria.  We stayed at the Hyatt at East Beach in Santa Barbara. Later we visited Santa Ynez valley.  On the way to Santa Ynez we checked out the Chumash painted cave and Knapp's Castle, which is really just a ruin of someone's mansion, currently being rebuilt.  
We also met our friend Donna in Los Olivos and went to several very good winery tasting rooms.


https://flic.kr/s/aHsmKFhcFx

Santa Barbara trip 28-30 Dec, 2019


Pleiospilos

A particularly large specimen of Pleiospilos bolusii grown by me

Pleiospilos are the giants of the mimicry succulents. They readily germinate from seed, and many species are winter growers that are perfectly suited to growing outdoors, exposed to the sun and rain of Southern California all year round. They are resistant to pests, fairly tolerant of over watering, and some can grow quite large if well watered. They produce yellow or pink coconut-scented flowers that can be hand-pollinated to produce a bounty of seeds. If left alone, the seeds will often sow themselves. P. nelii seems to only live a few years for me, probably because they're not winter growers and get too much rain at the wrong time of year when grown outdoors here.
Seen here are P. bolusii (?), P. simulans, P. nelii, and recently germinated seeds of P. compactus.

Pleiospilos simulans in my collection

Pleiospilos nelii, my own collection



Pleiospilos compactus with seed capsule and spontaneously germinated seedlings

Recently germinated seeds of Pleiospilos compactus


References
https://altmanplants.com/mimicry-succulent-plants/
https://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Aizoaceae/Pleiospilos/



Tuesday, January 14, 2020

San Diego City Parking are a bunch of cunts



Welcome to beautiful San Diego, a paradise for rich pretentious assholes who like following rules and conforming to the new bland normality of a city that's transformed itself from a beach and navy town at the edge of the empire, into a hub for the dry and stale personalities of military, engineering and science.


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There was repaving going on in my street a while ago.  I drove home one night and as usual by 8pm there was no parking available in my inner city neighborhood, as has always been the case for the last 14 years I've lived there, because the City of San Diego does absolutely fucking nothing to fix the parking situation in this town. Just as they've done absolutely fucking nothing to fix the parking problem in San Diego's beach cities, which have been at 120% parking capacity for the entire 17 years I've lived in this city. Yet somehow the City of San Diego thought we needed another stupid stadium downtown, so the clowns at city hall could line their pockets and some rich asshole could get even richer.


Here's a clue City of San Diego: Dean Spanos can take his losing shit Chargers football team, and his stupid fucking stadium, and they can just fuck off, and so can you!



I do actually have a parking space at my condo's garage, but I try to avoid it because I have a big car and it doesn't fit well in the limited space there and just makes life difficult for people.  So I try to be kind to my neighbors and try to park on the street whenever possible.


However on this night with the street paving going on and one end of my street blocked off, the usual nightmarish parking was now exacerbated to an impossible level.  So I did what I often do, I used my "secret parking space", which is half a parking space on an odd corner that most people avoid because it's partly in a red curb.  I parked my truck half in the red curb, as I sometimes do if I have to, and most of the time I get away with it.


I've parked in this little patch of red curb before and I've occasionally got tickets for it, but I always pay them immediately. I consider this the cost of having my "secret parking space". However this night I really had no choice because of the street paving.  Next morning I had a ticket for being parked partly on a red curb.  Really, City of San Diego?


Mind you, these are the same parking inspectors that have absolutely no power to enforce parking in the alleys behind the houses and apartment blocks in the inner city. Parking in the alleys looks exactly like parking in the back streets of Tijuana, a lawless free for all.  I asked a couple of butch-dyke parking inspectors one time about this. I had to actually chase them down because they like to drive off if you approach them, the weak stupid cum buckets. I asked them if they could give this badly parked car in the alley a ticket.  They told me I would need to call the police.  I told them they were wearing uniforms that say "San Diego Police", and their shit little three-wheeled midget car they drive around in says "San Diego Police".  So this doesn't mean they're police?  They mumbled something and were vague and drove off.  I noticed they didn't have guns on their hips, so I figure they're not actually law enforcement officers and are only marked as "Police" so people won't harass them for the shitty job they do, which is basically generating revenue by being parasites on law-abiding citizens most of the time.


So I appealed the ticket and asked City of San Diego Parking what kind of scum-sucking bottom-feeding algae eaters would give someone a parking ticket under such conditions with the road work going on?


After some weeks of procrastinating and masturbating in their ivory towers downtown, they responded that "Inconvenience or inability to park is no excuse for parking illegally".  Yeah ok, so maybe you should poke your head out of your know-nothing do-nothing government job for a moment and come out to my neighborhood at 8pm some time and see how parking is here, dipshits!


Perhaps the City of San Diego Parking thinks that I shouldn't own a car if I'm going to live in the inner city?  This is the same City of San Diego that recently relaxed construction permitting allowing less parking spaces in newly constructed apartment buildings, to ease the housing crisis that these incompetent City clowns created in the first place.  Stupid hippies! This is the same City of San Diego that recently made plans for a cycle way along a nearby street, and promised angle parking would be put in along our wide street to make more parking spaces, yet no such parking ever materialized. The same City of San Diego that's done nothing to fix parking issues in the beach cities in nearly 20 years. The same City of San Diego that can't figure out to run the trolley lines to the beaches, Balboa Park, the zoo, Seaworld, etc.


Well anyway, fuck the City. I swore that if I ever got a parking ticket at my "secret parking space" I would paint that red curb gray, so I did.  I had fun spray painting the curb gray.  In five minutes I had done what the worthless stinking horse fuckers at City of San Diego Parking couldn't do in over a decade.  You useless cunts!!  Actually that's an insult to cunts because cunts are useful and they're not. 

The only downside to spray painting the curb gray is that now I don't have my "secret parking space", because other people can now use it.  See what a fucking criminal I am, I created a parking space for everyone to use?


So if you're reading this City of San Diego Parking, just know that I've painted a bunch of other red curbs in my neighborhood gray to create more parking spaces, while maintaining safe visibility at the street corners, and there's fuck-all you worthless clowns can do about it.


Oh and I also had to trim the tree at the corner of my street that was blocking the view and was a frequent cause of near-accidents at that corner. I had to do it because you didn't.  You're welcome San Diego, the fee I'm charging for that tree trimming is, um, let me make up a number, $76, the same price as the red curb ticket you gave me, you cunts!


Finally, City of San Diego Parking, just to show my verbal love for how you keep our streets free of parking chaos by parasitizing on innocent people, I'd like to say that I hope you die slowly and horribly of cancer, and that your house burns down with you, and your family, and your dog in it. You're welcome, go fuck yourself.



-Dave Bad Person.




References


https://www.sandiego.gov/parking


San Diego Municipal Code, Chapter 8, Article 6, Division 1:  General Parking Regulations.  This states that parking in alleys isn't allowed unless signed.  So the parking inspectors aren't actually doing their job and can be considered corrupt, but I'm ok with this since parking is so tight anyway.  
You'll also notice there's no mention of "inconvenience and inability to park". Whatever bitches.
https://docs.sandiego.gov/municode/MuniCodeChapter08/Ch08Art06Division01.pdf




Monday, January 13, 2020

Developments in Dave's garden



As you may or may not know, I like to grow plants, mostly succulent plants like cactus and so on.  I recently visited the Huntington Botanic Garden in Pasadena and was impressed by the White Silk Floss Tree (Ceiba insignis, aka Chorisia insignis), which has a large bottle-shaped trunk.  Ever since then I've been looking for seeds or plants of this tree to grow myself, as it doesn't seem to be common.  Typically when I find a rare plant, especially one I can't afford to buy, I'll look for seeds of it.  However I was not able to find seeds of the White Silk Floss Tree anywhere, so I gave up on it.

Then I was heading over to my father-in-law's house and happened to notice an odd flowering tree just a few blocks from his place.






Eureka, I've found it!!  Now for those seeds!

From my book on Ornamental Trees of San Diego, I knew the location of one other White Silk Floss Tree.  However it was in Escondido, 30 miles (48 km) away. 





Google Maps street view showed me that the tree was still there after 16 years since this book was published.  Even more interesting is that street view images seem to be taken at different times of the year, so I was able to see if flowers and fruits are formed on both these White Silk Floss Trees.  It turned out there were sometimes fruits on the one I'd just discovered.




Did this mean there is another White Silk Floss Tree nearby that could pollinate this one?  It's quite possible.  However I also read that this tree can hybridize with Ceiba speciosa, which is a much more common garden tree in San Diego.  If these fruits were the result of hybridizing, then they did not contain the seeds I wanted.  So how could I be sure to get purebred seeds?  Well, I'd have to hand pollinate these trees myself.  So I drove 30+ miles to the other tree.  Sure enough it had flowers on it.








The only problem now was, there were no flowers within reach.  After some effort to try to knock a flower off with a stick, I simply backed my truck up to the tree and stood on top.
Success!!  I managed to remove a few flowers, and one was particularly dusty with pollen.





I then returned to the tree I'd discovered and began pollinating.  




There's no guarantee of success, but this is a good start.  If I don't get any seeds then at least I can probably take some cuttings from the tree to propagate it. Now I just need to wait some months for the seed pods to form.  The seeds are covered with a thick cotton-like fluff, which is what gives them their name "Silk Floss Tree". The tree is closely related to Kapok (Ceiba pentandra), and the fluff from Kapok seeds was used to stuff pillows and furniture back in the mid 20th century.

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Aside from the White Silk Floss Tree, I've been planting some seeds lately, all winter growing plants.  I had seeds arrive of Albuca unifoliata, Tylecodon singularis, and Pleiospilos compactus.  I also received tubers of Caladium Strawberry Star I'd ordered online, and I planted some seeds of Cyphostemma juttae that I'd had for a while.

Here's Albuca unifoliata in picture from the internet. This plant is from the Northern Cape province region of South Africa.  It's a member of the lily family and has an underground bulb, but it produces only one single small succulent leaf, making it something of an oddity.



Albuca unifoliata, these are the seeds I received, and they match the description of the seeds of this plant, so I think they're authentic.



Here are the Tylecodon singularis seeds I received. They're some of the tiniest seeds I've ever seen. These may be challenging to plant and germinate.





Pleisospilos compactus, picture from internet. The seeds I planted came from a plant I found in a garden.




Here are the seed trays I planted up.  I know, it's a primitive setup, but works fine.  Rather than cover the seeds to maintain humidity, I just keep them bottom watered using trays underneath.




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In other parts of my garden, my Dioscorea elephantipes seedlings are doing ok and are a few months old now.  They generally only produce a single leaf for their first year, but they put all their energy into making a small caudex to store water for the next dry season.




At the same time, the recent rain and cold weather was not good for my Euphorbia lactea White Ghost grafted crest.  It melted and died. I should have paid more attention and learned that this is a tropical plant, not one for outdoors in winter, even in San Diego's mild climate.


This is what it should look like. Picture from the internet.




I also ordered some tubers of Caladium Strawberry Star. This is not a succulent or desert plant but I found it so interesting that I figured I'd give it a try.

These are the tubers I received.




This is how the plants will look when grown.  Very pretty.




I also recently acquired a plant of Pelargonium klinghardtense, and another of Kalanchoe humilis.

Pelargonium klinghardtense





Kalanchoe humilis





That's all for now.  This year is the first time I've expanded my plant collection significantly in several years, and it's grown rapidly.  I've also got all those seedlings coming along, and it will be interesting to see them germinate and grow.  The next planting will be in the springs, with numerous batches of seeds I've been collecting over this winter.

Cheers and happy plant growing,
Dave Bad Person



References

http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/TREES/Family/Bombacaceae/33376/Ceiba_insignis
https://llifle.com/Encyclopedia/BULBS/Family/Hyacinthaceae/34915/Albuca_unifoliata
http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Aizoaceae/26461/Pleiospilos_compactushttp://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Crassulaceae/35331/Tylecodon_singularis
http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Crassulaceae/21420/Kalanchoe_humilis
http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Geraniaceae/33868/Pelargonium_klinghardtense
http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Vitaceae/11031/Cyphostemma_juttae
http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Dioscoreaceae/17507/Dioscorea_elephantipes
http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Euphorbiaceae/16476/Euphorbia_lactea_f._cristata_variegata_(coloured_clones)