How a 'Jake Brake' works

Purportedly a "Jake Brake" is also a derogatory term for someone who gets in the way of one party successfully seducing an another.

Apparently explaining the actual function of the "Jacob's brake" was also viewed as a continuation of said 'cock block.'

I am enjoying my leisurely descent into old person-dom. Read the rest

The history of the Darksaber as explained by Starwars.com

The season finale of the Mandalorian is certainly not the first time Star Wars has introduced 'the Darksaber.' Created by the first Mandalorian jedi, Tarre Vizsla, this laser sword has a long history...

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...The Darksaber goes back to the time of Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian to become a Jedi Knight. He created a one-of-a-kind lightsaber with a flat blade of dark, swirling energy. In the Star Wars Rebels episode “Trials of the Darksaber,” Fenn Rau shared more of the Mandalorian folklore surrounding the weapon.

“Legend tells that it was created over 1,000 years ago by Tarre Vizsla, the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi Order,” Rau told Kanan Jarrus. “After his passing, the Jedi kept the saber in their temple. That was, until members of House Vizsla snuck in and liberated it.”

While not much is known about Tarre Vizsla, we do know he is a revered figure on Mandalore who later became one of its rulers. His legacy was so well-respected that the Darksaber became a symbol of power the Mandalorians rallied behind as they supported the leader wielding it.

“[House Vizsla] used the saber to unify the people and strike down those that would oppose them. At one time, they ruled all of Mandalore wielding this blade,” said Rau...

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NBA star presents stellar example of "How to support your LGBTQ+ child"

In an interview with Ellen Degeneres, NBA player Dwyane Wade discussed how he and his wife support and empower their teenaged child Zaya.

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LEGO Star Wars: Obi-wan's Tatooine hideout

LEGO calls this Obi-wan's Hut but he is way cooler than that.

Build the hut where Ol' Ben first tells Luke about more elegant weaponry and lies to him about his father.

This 200 piece set comes with R2D2, Obi-Wan, Luke and a Tusken Raider minifig.

Yoda lived in a hut, Obi-wan had a hideout or at the least a jedicave.

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I had dinner at LA's OG Cannabis Cafe

I had family in town and thought we ought to try Los Angeles marijuana-friendly restaurant. A good time was had by all!

The OG Cannabis Cafe is LA's new spot where you can eat lunch while smoking out or vaping. When my sister and brother-in-law told me they were coming to town for a visit, I booked a reservation.

We took an entertaining ride-share to the restaurant, located on La Brea in West Hollywood. The driver almost missed the place as it resides inside a well-walled garden. We were greeted in the parking lot by two guys who checked ID to confirm we were over the age of 21 and then allowed in. It was a good thing we had reservations as the Saturday afternoon wait for a table without one was over an hour. We were seated almost immediately, however, in their lovely patio. There is also an indoor seating area, but it was a beautiful day and outside seemed much nicer.

Every seat was filled and folks were smoking joints or vaping up a storm. We were not, however, overwhelmed by the smell of weed as the patio uses a pretty effective air filtration system -- even outdoors. The tables around the perimeter are covered by fairly cyberpunk looking hoods that do a great job of capturing the secondhand smoke and removing it. We were never bothered.

Upon being seated the process for ordering both food and weed was explained. Both are ordered at the table. You pay for marijuana as you go and they will take cash or run your card before delivering it to the table. Read the rest

Kansas county sends people to prison for medical debt

It appears that a county in Kansas has found a way to make people overburdened by medical debt struggle more.

CBS News:

That law was put in place at Hassenplug's own recommendation to the local judge. The attorney uses that law by asking the court to direct people with unpaid medical bills to appear in court every three months and state they are too poor to pay in what is called a "debtors exam."

If two hearings are missed, the judge issues an arrest warrant for contempt of court. Bail is set at $500.

Hassenplug said he gets "paid on what's collected." If the bail money is applied to the judgment, then he gets a portion of that, he said.

"We're sending them to jail for contempt of court for failure to appear," Hassenplug said.

In most courts, bail money is returned when defendants appear in court. But in almost every case in Coffeyville, that money goes to pay attorneys like Hassenplug and the medical debt his clients are owed.

"This raises serious constitutional concerns," said Nusrat Choudhury, the deputy director of the ACLU. "What's happening here is a jailhouse shake-down for cash that is the criminalization of private debt."

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Elizabeth Warren already has a dog

Senator Warren doesn't need Mike Pence, she has a dog. Read the rest

This motorcycle cover lasts years in a marine environment

I like my BMW more than I like most people. This Dowco Guardian motorcycle cover keeps my classic bike looking nearly restored.

Loving both the ocean and shiny things can be hard. A lot of work goes into keeping corrosion at bay on my old airhead. Fog and wind bring minute amounts of salt that go after the metal. Harsh temperature changes and direct sun bake the plastic bits. Keeping the bike covered when not in use is the only way to keep it alive.

Cheap eBay covers were not doing it for me. I can find a number of $25-45 covers that fit and will last one or maybe two years. The salt and sun also destroy covers. They give at the seams, or holes wear thru around my mirrors. I decided to spend twice as much on a Dowco cover.

I got 6 years of service out of the Dowco. It is not dead, but holes have started to appear. I will replace it with the same cover.

When I was directly next to the ocean I also used a flip-over cover for a few years. The double layer of insulation helped until high winds would start whipping the shelter about and made me fear for the motorcycle's safety. I may try one again if I can find one small enough to co-exist in a parking space in front of a car.

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Bill Murray blows a putt

Actor, comedian, golfer. Bill Murray has style.

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Bill Nye the super fly guy

Bill Nye struts his stuff for charity.

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Technology company co-founder reports car stolen to avoid mechanic's bill

Rather than pay a large repair bill, a gentleman the Marin Independent Journal identified as "the co-founder of a San Francisco technology security firm" apparently reported the car stolen and received a nice insurance payout.

...and then the police found the car.

Marin IJ:

“Dhoopar told the CHP and his insurance company that the car was stolen off his street,” Petersen said, “when in fact it had been reported stolen shortly after Dhoopar learned of a large repair bill that he would be receiving from the mechanic.”

The insurer paid Dhoopar about $8,200, the full value of the car.

Investigators arranged a meeting with Dhoopar on Tuesday in Corte Madera, presented him with the evidence and made the arrest.

Dhoopar, the cofounder of a San Francisco technology security firm, could not be reached for comment.

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The only car from the 1980s I'd drive

Delightful, but barely adequate, the Vanagon is one of the few enduring cars from a decade of shit. This 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia is just waiting for you to make it your own.

Bring-a-trailer:

This 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon is a Westfalia camper equipped with a pop-top and canvas tent as well as a sleeping loft, convertible bed, stove, refrigerator, sink, and utility hookups. Power comes from a water-cooled 2.1-liter flat-four paired with a four-speed manual transaxle, and the van is finished in metallic blue over a gray cloth interior. New tires were fitted and an oil change, tune-up, and front brake work were performed in the last 500 miles. This Westy Vanagon shows 38k miles and is offered by the selling dealer on consignment at no reserve with curtains, a ladder, manufacturer’s literature, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Florida title.

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5 new cases of the measles in Los Angeles

The linked article has a fairly long list of places in West Los Angeles that unimmunized area folk might want to review.

NBC Los Angeles:

Los Angeles County health officials Wednesday confirmed five new cases of measles and warned of possible exposure at a series of locations over the past week.

According to the county Department of Public Health, the new patients are four county residents who were "exposed to an unimmunized, international visitor who was infectious with measles while in Los Angeles County."

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Vivere also makes the best chair hammock stand

Long-lasting and exactly what I wanted the Vivere chair hammock stand will be with me for years.

I have kept a Vivere double-hammock on my deck for nearly 10 years, in a super harsh marine environment. It has barely achieved a patina of corrosion. I and others have spent hours and hours swinging gently in it. Now, I have added a chair hammock.

I went with a Komorebi hammock chair, as the stand does not come with one of its own. This combo is super comfy and if I can remember to take the chair in at night it should last a very long time as well.

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Gumby rocks out at the Skateboard rally

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An Apple watch without a crown sounds like a good idea to me

I love my Apple Watch. I use a Series 3 and I can not understand why I would want to upgrade it as yet. While the digital crown is more annoyance than evocative of the crown on a wind-up watch, I would not buy a new one to avoid it.

The Apple Watch 'digital crown' is a knob that spins. You could wind a digital camera between exposures, but that'd be stupid. Using the crown as screen navigation input is OK but I am willing to believe they can do better.

Forbes:

So, that’s pretty clear. Instead of the Digital Crown, the patent suggests an optical sensor in its place.

A direct replacement, then, because the abstract goes on:

“The input component provides a user experience that simulates user interactions with a crown that is rotatable and/or translatable.”

I’ll be honest, I’m not sure about this change and my hesitation is this: the Digital Crown is part of the essence of the Apple Watch. It is a delightful evocation of the winder found on a traditional watch, it sits in just the right place and works perfectly. Of course, the current version is very different from how it was on the first Apple Watch.

Winding a watch is a tactile pleasure, much like winding a Rolleiflex camera loaded with 120 roll film. It is annoying, however, when my watch stops and I need to set it and wind it every day. Again, we do not wind our digital cameras. Read the rest

Dean and Sammy were the best part of Cannonball Run

This is the best part of the movie.

Sammy should have beaten Burt down tho. Read the rest

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