Saturday, July 28, 2012

LA Parking Meters

the new meters will generate more than $280,000 per year

Parking meters generate revenue far beyond the cost of parking enforcement. Meter Maids cannot command very high salaries.
There are fines attached to illegal parking in Los Angeles. Here are a few:

  • Obstructing handicap spot or misusing disabled parking placard: $363
  • Parking in a bus zone: $293
  • Red zone parking: $93
  • Street sweeping violation: $73
  • Overnight parking fine: $68
  • Parking on a bridge or in a tunnel: $68
  • Expired meter: $63
  • I would never wish to be found in violation. Costs are way too high.What are your parking experiences in your home town?

    Monday, July 23, 2012

    'Pay Up or Die': Thousands of Australians Receive Death Threat Text Message

    Where is the society going? At every turn we see the workings of evil people who have no respect for others. In fact, they obviously lack any self-respect.

    Resources available to investigate disturbing activities throughout the world have to be stretched exceedingly thin.  We live in sadly evil times.

    Resource story.

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

    Logitech Flight Controls

    Technical Details

    • Authentic design inspired by military and commercial planes and helicopters
    • Force Feedback Joystick
    • Dual throttle lets you precisely control multi-engine aircraft using the split lever
    • Rudder pedals with toe brakes
    • Interactive, programmable throttle-base buttons
    I have gone off the deep end. However, with this set I will have realistic control of aircraft provided by X-Plane's simulator application. I could have settled for a joystick that provides rudder control by twisting the stick. The rudder pedals (with toe brakes) provides realism.

    The remaining element in the equation is flight simulator software. X-Plane was chosen because it provides simulation software for simulators that the big guys use. X-Plane is highly rated, and from personal experience has tech support on a par with that of Apple Corporation.

    X-Plane 10.0 is the latest version of the simulator app. 

    An aircraft's control panel view allows important flight settings to be made. Raising the landing gear after take-off and lowering it for landing is one example for having the cockpit view.

    The view can be rotated to getting behind the plane and seeing where it is going. The attitude (climbing, descending, banking right or left) can be controlled while in this view. I am awaiting the arrival of the X-Plane app and the controls.

    In meantime, view a YouTube presentation. Here is another one.


    Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Chick-fil-A's Gay Marriage Stance Causing A Social Storm

    There are likely as many supporters on Facebook of this eatery as there are bashers.

    One supporter noted, "People who are bashing Chick-Fil-A for their Christian stances need to find more important things to complain about." (News venues might find more important issues to report on as well.)

    As for me, Chick-Fil-A's financial support of California's Proposition 8 ended my customer relationship with them. And that is the best policy: quietly vote with your feet. Many people did that back then, and apparently this latest issue has prompted many to claim they will no longer support Chick-Fil-A.

    Besides, I did not find Chick-Fil-A's offerings as tasty as such from other chicken specialty shops in my area. That is a better reason to support the others.

    Read the news article.