Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Google Street View delivers

The Denver area is getting quite filled out when it comes to the Google Street View images. I was rather suprised to see the volume of suburban and semi-rural areas logged. So, I looked at my house, and I spotted my neighbor being industrious. I'm sure I was working in the backyard. It was a Sunday.
Also, most of the stretch of Hwy 85, Santa Fe Dr, from Castle Rock to Littleton was driven in the dark. Why Google decided to give credit for these pics, and then post them who knows.


Best junk store in Denver

I have found a super junk store. Not a regular thrift store, this place has stuff hanging everywhere, and lots of stuff that you can't get to. A to Z second hand store on Colfax near Kipling.
The Indian food smell may get you at first, but you get used to it. The smell reminds me of my old college programming lab. Anyway, they've got tons of junk. Whole collections of stuff.
Where else can I get my velvet-blacklight-skeleton-riding-a-motorcycle posters?

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Wanted: Copy of Taoism Drunkard

World Video in Hattiesburg MS was the best place for movies. Even when the DVD format was well established, this place was still dominated by vintage VHS tapes. Every cool movie you've never seen that has not been re-released was there. And it had a sex toy shop next door.
It was always a fun trip to World Video.
So, this is the WaterMelon Monster from that movie: A true badass.

Must Hulk More.

If you didn't know already, The Hulk had a dropped acid in a recording studio, went to a rock concert and had a spiritual Metamorphosis. Oh, really McKenzie Phillips? Really? You thought metamorphosis was about a hard druggin rocker seeing the light and getting sober? Really? Methinks you've been bamboozled. Necktie Nightmare leave me alone.

Yarrr! Hulk says drink my steroid juice!

Now you too can get pahmped like The Hulkster on his steroid juice. Energy. Feel It. Juice. Absorb It. Arrrrggggh! (insert shirt ripping here).
Look at him! The idealized Hulkster scares me.
Of course I love the vintage Macho Man the most.
At least he never made a sappy paeon to his dead wrestling buddies like the Hulkster.

Hulkster in Heaven. yup.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Denver traffic cameras catch criminals good.

I've noticed over the last few years living in Denver, that the cops catch a good percentage of criminals on the run here. Many times I watch the news and hear about a hit and run with no witnesses, but they have a vehicle description. Many times I have been surprised with the accuracy of the vehicle description they are looking for. I know whats going on.
I have some experience with aggregating and monitoring video signals (DirecTV's HD NOC), and some experience with traffic cameras and systems (Maptuit). These observations, my experience and the fact that EVERY intersection in Denver has at least 4 cameras tells me two things: 1. All traffic cameras are being monitored and recorded (only a few are available to the public) and 2. The Denver police have access to these cameras and recordings and use them to catch bad guys.

I have found one explanation for the cameras as such:
"What is the function of the cameras on the traffic signals?
The video cameras are state-of-the-art vehicle detecting devices that tell the signal controller when vehicles are present at the intersection. These cameras replace the old loop detection devices previously located in the pavement."

Yes, they can be used for that, but the greater use of solving crimes is unacknowledged here.
The general public doesn't know the full extent of the DPD's surveillance capabilities.
It's something that has been happening in London for years. The cops can go back in time and track the bad guys back to their lair with these camera logs.

This is the only conclusion I can come to, given how many times I have seen a crime on the news that has an accompanying vehicle description.