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Posted on July 30 at 11:20 a.m.

There are only a handful of states that allow riding in a towed trailer - I believe AZ is one of them. You probably wouldn't want to do it for practical reasons. The suspensions and tires on most travel trailers wouldn't give a very comfy ride.

http://www.rvsafely.com/rvroadlaws.htm

I was out camping in southern Utah for a week recently and noticed quite a few of those small towed pop-up trailers (smaller than the ubiquitous Coleman popup). Many were towed by motorcycles. Looked like a fun way to camp.

On Sprouting Sprocket Scores Big at Dwell on Design

Posted on July 29 at 10:32 a.m.

I hit Camp Pendleton with a 1 megaton Minuteman surface hit and the fallout envelope almost made it to Las Vegas. Nice use of the Google Maps API for the presentation. The FAQ goes into detail about how NUKEMAP combines different programs and databases to do this simulation.

Government scientists and contractors used to spend millions on simulations like this running on mainframes. Some of those nuclear effects people worked in the local area and are still around.

On Dropping Digital Nukes in the Name of Education

Posted on July 25 at 11:07 a.m.

"The Lives of Others" is a great movie.

I can certainly understand how Merkel feels. Russia and Israel both spy on the U.S. and I don't think they have our best interests in mind.

On Germany Awake, America Asleep?

Posted on July 25 at 10:44 a.m.

@DrDan, that's right. The site is the field at the end of Kirschenmann Rd:

http://www.sbcountyplanning.org/energ...

It will have low vertical height (panels less than 13-ft above ground) to minimize visual impact and have steel beam frames that can be dismantled at the plant's end of life (as opposed to poured concrete). No water usage other than a twice-yearly washing of the panels to get dust off.

On County Moves Forward with First Big Solar Project

Posted on July 25 at 12:26 a.m.

tabatha nails it again.

@I_Pay_Taxes, check out the link I posted. It specifically addresses your concern. PG&E is required to perform a risk analysis and submit it to the PUC for approval. No investment is risk-free, but due diligence was done on the First Solar project.

On County Moves Forward with First Big Solar Project

Posted on July 24 at 10:44 a.m.

Interesting to see Warren Buffet has been one of First Solar's equity partners on their larger projects (10x larger than Cuyama):

http://www.pge.com/nots/rates/tariffs...

Project like these will help utilities met their RPS targets:

http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/PUC/energy/Ren...

On County Moves Forward with First Big Solar Project

Posted on July 24 at 10:08 a.m.

Best Indy headline I've seen in awhile.

On Packing the Bowl with Slightly Stoopid

Posted on July 23 at 10:17 a.m.

@at_large, the lead article ("Which Way Santa Barbara", June 2013) plus source links and additional reading are here:

http://www.missionandstate.org/featur...

The same issue also featured a related SBCAG Regional Growth Forecast:

http://missionandstate.org/ms/wp-cont...

All very good big picture stuff.

On Mission & State Closes Down

Posted on July 23 at 2:34 a.m.

Mission and State put out some great in-depth journalism and was unique in that regard.

Fortunately, I saved PDF copies of their series on the evolving economics of Santa Barbara and how that was linked to changing demographics and commuter traffic patterns. Insightful data that folks of all political stripes could appreciate.

On Mission & State Closes Down

Posted on July 22 at 2:32 a.m.

I used to work at Open Air Bicycles (next to the fig tree) to earn money for college. But why is their photo in this story?

On Bike Coalition Shifting into High Gear

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