Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Awesome Dragon is Awesome

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Hike to Nazi Mountain Hideout in LA

Update December 8, 2013: Did some more research on the abandoned nazi compound in Los Angeles and took another trip there.

Hiked to the old nazi hideout in the mountains of LA with some friends. In Rustic Canyon, it has also been known as Murphy Ranch, named for a possibly fictitious widow who first bought it.

In the 1930s a couple built the mountain compound from which they planned to emerge after Europe fell to the nazis and seize control of the US (which they imagined would have fallen into chaos). After Pearl Harbor the FBI is said to have hauled away the nazi sympathizers, and after later briefly being an artists colony, it has been abandoned.

The $4 million spent to build it in the 1930s may be equal to more than $60 million in 2011 money. Good setting for a movie and there's more exploration to do. Some pictures are below.

view of the Pacific from the trail (click to enlarge):
Ocean view

panorama of stable on the first floor of the barn (click to enlarge):

panorama of loft on the second floor of the barn (click to enlarge):
panorama of barn second floor

panorama outside of generator building (click to enlarge):
panorama outside the generator building

panorama of inside of generator building, dark (click to enlarge):
panorama of inside of nazi hideout generator building

panorama of inside of generator building, light (click to enlarge):
panorama of interior of nazi hideout generator building

panorama on the roof of the generator building (click to enlarge):
nazi generator building roof panorama

the gate of the compound (click to enlarge):
gate of compound

view toward the Pacific from near the gate (click to enlarge):
view from near the Gate toward the Pacific Ocean

view of the ocean again from the trail (click to enlarge):
Pacific ocean view from Sullivan Fire Road

Friday, May 27, 2011

Racecar Driving Physics

What it takes to race cars.

Hold On

Hold on to what is good even if it is a handful of earth. 
Hold on to what you believe even if it is a tree which stands by itself. 
Hold on to what you must do even if it is a long way from here. 
Hold on to life even when it is easier letting go. 
Hold on to my hand even when I have gone away from you.

-Pueblo Blessing

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ad: Working Problems

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Netflix is Bigger than BitTorrent

Netflix has overtaken BitTorrent when traffic is averaged over 24 hours...the data show that people are increasingly more interested in streaming legitimate paid content than pirating it if the price is right and the delivery is convenient

(from PCWorld). May mean legitimate video streaming is using more bandwidth than not-always-legitimate-streaming. When iTunes was launched years ago it may similarly have begun to catch up to illegal music downloading's use of resources.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Missing Unicorn

I have not heard from my unicorn, Sam, in a few days. If you see him, please let me know he's ok. Thank you for your help in finding him (click to enlarge picture).

missing unicorn poster

Please download the printable PDF of this poster and post it in your area. Thank you.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ocean and Land

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ad: Bloody Basin

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011


The Encounter restaurant and bar at Los Angeles International Airport.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Million Dollar Theatre Actor

Actor statue on the outside of the Million Dollar Theatre in LA
Actor statue detail on the outside of the Million Dollar Theatre

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Chocolate fondue strawberry and marshmallows.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sunset at Red Rock Canyon

Friday, May 6, 2011


Real, or was it memorex.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Art - no parking sign for movie location

movie location temporary no parking sign from the City of Chicago
Finally hung this no parking sign up. It's from a set I worked on, one of my first lead roles.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Different Likes

Image of a Facebook newsfeed item saying someone 'likes Heal, Relax, Revitalize and Joint Special Operations Command.'
Contrasting taste (Joint Special Operations Command oversees military operations, like the locating of Osama bin Laden).