emptywheel
National security and civil liberties. Recent coverage focuses on Mueller investigation and other post-2016 election follies.
blog  news  intelligence  journalism  security  civilLiberties 
yesterday
CHIMNEY
Decent coffeehouse in that odd area east of Chinatown and west of the 5 freeway. Walking buddy Steve W. and I encountered it during our 10 Bridges Walk.
coffee  espresso  coffeehouse  roaster  LosAngeles 
yesterday
MENYA MUSASHI NITEN ICHIRYU | Noodles [Ramen, Tsukeman] and Tonkkatsu
"Each bowl of ramen at the restaurant is served with braised pork belly and tonkatsu..., and the broth is made from a mixture of pork bones and seafood," per Jenn Harris, writing in the 7/14/2018 "LA Times."
Japanese  restaurant  LosAngeles  ramen 
2 days ago
Marina Market
Per Margy Rochlin's 7/14/2018 "LA Times" article, a source for the Amarelli fine licorice powder that pastry chef Genevieve Gergis uses in ice cream--although I'm damned if I have any idea where it's hidden in the hierarchical menus. You'll have to search for it.
shopping  food  groceries  cooking 
3 days ago
Trouva: Shop the UK’s best independent boutiques
Per Margy Rochlin's 7/14/2018 "LA Times" article, a source for the Lakrids fine licorice powder that pastry chef Genevieve Gergis uses in ice cream--although I'm damned if I have any idea where it's hidden in the hierarchical menus. You'll have to search for it.
shopping  clothes  cooking 
3 days ago
Arduino Reference
Arduino programming language reference. This introductory page provides a quick overview.
Arduino  programming  language  reference  C++ 
3 days ago
Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
A lot of reasonably well thought-out product reviews.
shopping  reference 
3 days ago
Riese & Müller | E-Bikes, E-Cargo Bikes & Folding Bikes
Innovative electric bicycles, cargo bicycles, and folding bicycles.
bicycle  design 
4 days ago
Parliament Chocolate
Artisanal, single-source chocolate made in Redlands; Per demeter-bread.
Redlands  chocolate  shopping 
4 days ago
demeter-bread
Bakery offering classes, consulting, and expensive baked goods made exclusively with Grist and Toll flour (which explains it!). Per Los Angeles Bread Bakers.
baking  bakery  Anaheim 
4 days ago
The King's Roost
Supplies and workshops for baking and milling, soapmaking, aquaculture, and more. Supports bulk flour orders for the Los Angeles Bread Bakers group (founded by the King's Roost owner).
DIY  shopping  LosAngeles  baking  soap  gardening  cooking 
4 days ago
National Aquarium - Baltimore, MD
How could I have missed this institution all this time? Now I look forward to visiting. We've got some good aquaria on the Left Coast; how does this one stack up?
sustainability  museum  Baltimore  fish  aquarium 
4 days ago
Elena Dorfman
Dorfman's "Sublime: The L.A. River" caught my eye.
artist  photographer  photography  LosAngelesRiver  ElenaDorfman 
6 days ago
Dissimilar Metals in Contact | American Galvanizer's Association
Galvanic corrosion, emphasizing threats to galvanized steel. Per Dave Ayer.
metal  metallurgy  corrosion  steel 
7 days ago
Electroless Nickel-Plated Steel vs. Stainless Steel : Products Finishing
Electroless nickel-plated steel can outperform stainless steel in corrosive environments. Per Dave Ayer.
materials  metallurgy  tribology  steel  stainlessSteel 
7 days ago
Nicola Anthony - Contemporary Artist
Sculptor working in sheet metal, ink, and paper--just for starters. Per Haryn De Leon.
sculpture  artist  NicolaAnthony  ink  paper 
7 days ago
Lucas Mill > Home
Portable sawmills. You know, just in case. Per Angel City Lumber, which uses a Lucas Mill on the streets of Los Angeles.
lumber  logging  wood  woodworking 
7 days ago
Husqvarna Chainsaws, Outdoor Power Equipment and Tree Care Supplies from Bailey's
Logging equipment, including portable sawmills (!) and funky work clothes. Per Lucas Mill. (Bailey's is a Lucas Mill dealer.)
wood  woodworking  clothing  shopping  logging  tool 
7 days ago
Smart Citizen
"...open source design and technology can be used by local communities to create change."

The people shall arise--and gather data together--or something like that. Per Arduino.cc.
data  sensors  electronics  Arduino  community  sustainability 
10 days ago
littleBits: Award-winning electronic building blocks for creating inventions large and small
"littleBits makes a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small."

Color-coded, snap-together pieces of circuitry for kids--and others. Per Arduino.cc.
electronics  education  visualProgramming  Arduino 
10 days ago
JK Electronics, Inc. - Home
"That rat hole?" Janis asked. Haven't set foot here in years, since I needed thermal paste for a 1990s iMac hard drive replacement, but my reaction was more positive; and now that I hear they carry a lot of Arduino stuff, it looks like I'll get re-acquainted soon.
electronics  parts  DIY  Arduino  shopping  hardware 
13 days ago
Make an Arduino Temperature Sensor (Thermistor Tutorial)
When real men want to measure temperature, they dispense with the little boards and go straight to a thermistor.
electronics  temperature  sensor  Arduino  DIY 
13 days ago
Stand Still. Stay Silent - webcomic, page 196
Graphic representation of Indo-European language taxonomy by an interesting graphic novel artist.
language  visualization  art  history 
13 days ago
Encrypted Messaging Apps Have Limitations You Should Know | WIRED
Hygienic use of encrypted messaging; per the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

"Good opsec will save you from bad crypto, but good crypto won't save you from bad opsec," says Kenn White, director of the Open Crypto Audit Project, referencing a classic warning from security researcher The Grugq. "It's easy for people to be confused."
privacy  IM  encryption 
13 days ago
How to read privacy policies in our post-GDPR world - The Verge
Heuristics for evaluating privacy policies. Per the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

"We haven’t been able to avoid privacy policies in our post-GDPR world, but figuring out what these legal documents are trying to tell us isn’t easy. They’re typically filled with legalese and boring chatter about data and how it’s handled. I get why no one wants to spend time reading them.
"So to save us all some effort, I called a couple lawyers — Nate Cardozo from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Joseph Jerome from the Center for Democracy and Technology — to learn how they read and process tons of policies. They’ve given me a few tips on how we can essentially skim through a privacy policy while still learning something about how our data is handled."
privacy  law  contract 
13 days ago
Anna Beatrice Scott
Dancer and life coach (?) I met at The Collaborative gallery's Flow | Obstruction exhibition. (She was part of it.)
artist  dance  lifehacks 
17 days ago
Android File Transfer
Third party application for copying files to a Kindle via USB using Mac OS X 10.5 and higher.
Kindle  USB  download 
17 days ago
Amazon.com Help: Transfer Content via USB
At last, help for copying files to a Kindle via USB which acknowledges that Mac OS X 10.5 and higher requires a third party application to make the Kindle visible on the Mac desktop.
help  Kindle  USB  download 
17 days ago
Pacific Gateway
Local EDD outpost provides training and various job-hunting services.
work  California  LongBeach 
20 days ago
Supplier, Distributor & Manufacturer of Custom & Standard Screws, Bolts & Hardware - California Bolt Co.
"Industrial Supplier & Distributor of Bolts, Cap Screws, Nuts, Rivets, Screws, Threaded Rods, Washers, Springs & Much More"
DIY  hardware  fastener  manufacturing  repair 
25 days ago
SoCal Bolt
"Take a look at the various bolts, fasteners, fittings and clamps on our site. Since we have over 40,000 different items, you can always call us to get a quote on the application fittings you need for your small or large project needs." Rivets, too.
DIY  hardware  fastener  manufacturing  repair 
25 days ago
Freeway Fasteners - Fastener Distributor: Screws, Nuts, Bolts, Rivets, Anchors, Drill Bits & More
Nuts, bolts, other fasteners. Also a charming blog, although it hasn't been updated in a while.
DIY  hardware  fastener  manufacturing  repair 
25 days ago
Commercial fasteners: Nuts, Bolts, Screws - Southern Fasteners & Supply
Rivets, thread repair and replacement kits, threaded inserts, other fasteners, electrical components.
DIY  hardware  fastener  manufacturing  repair 
25 days ago
Rivets Online | Buy Rivets | Jay-Cee Sales & Rivet, Inc.
Rivets, thread repair and replacement kits, adhesives, threaded inserts, other fasteners.
DIY  hardware  fastener  manufacturing  repair 
25 days ago
Rivets by Jay-Cee | Rivets In Stock
Rivets, thread repair and replacement kits, adhesives, threaded inserts, other fasteners.
DIY  hardware  fastener  manufacturing  repair 
25 days ago
Thread Kits
Thread repair and replacement kits, rivets, rivet nuts and threaded inserts.
DIY  repair  hardware  fastener 
25 days ago
LBO News from Doug Henwood | Insta-punditry on political economy.
LBO = "Left Business Observer." Henwood seems to be an expert at researching and interpreting statistics, and brings a point of view to it.
news  politics  economics  blog 
27 days ago
PADNET
"The Public Access Digital Network is Long Beach's Community Media Center and Public Access Television Station     
"We provide media training, professional video equipment, an HD multi-cam studio and affordable production services 
"At PADNET.tv, we have everything you need to Make Your Media!"
video  videography  DIY  LongBeach 
27 days ago
teenage engineering – home
Makers of the PO-20 Arcade Pocket Operator handheld synthesizer, among many other products. Per Josh Roth and Josh at the Long Beach Public Library.
music  audio  electronics  synthesizer  electronicMusic 
27 days ago
Gabotron
Arduino user and mentor Gabriel Gaete's website.
art  artist  Arduino  music  cooking 
27 days ago
Home | Box of Boom
This Arduino-controlled drum machine appeared at soundpedro 2018 and is one of Gabriel Gaete's projects.
music  percussion  soundArt  Arduino 
28 days ago
PJ Tool & Supply- Metal Polishing Supplies, Hand & Hobby Tools, Snap Hooks & More
Particular strengths seem to be supplies for working with small stuff, accessories for Dremel-type tools, and buffing and polishing.
tool  DIY  hardware  jewelry  shopping 
28 days ago
Bees in Our Environment
Brochure available from the county Department of Agricultural Commissioner / Weights & Measures Apiary Program.
LosAngelesCounty  beekeeping  urbanBeekeeping 
4 weeks ago
How to Use Manga Pen Nibs - JetPens.com
Introduction to using manga dip pen nibs.
pen  ink  drawing  art  nib  paper 
4 weeks ago
The Best Pens and Tools to Learn Calligraphy: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Good coverage of supplies needed for beginning calligraphy, with pointers to additional resources.
calligraphy  paper  pen  ink  artSupplies  drawing  review 
4 weeks ago
Permissions – Google
"Thanks for considering Google Maps, Google Earth and Street View for your project! These guidelines are for non-commercial use except for the limited use cases described below; if you want to use Google Maps, Google Earth, or Street View for other commercial purposes, please contact the Google Cloud Customer Team. 'Commercial purposes' means 'use for sale or revenue-generating purposes'.
"We created this page to clarify questions we’ve received from users over the years regarding uses of our mapping tools in everything from marketing and promotional materials, films, television programs, books, academic journals, and much more.
"Generally speaking, as long as you’re following our Terms of Service and you’re attributing properly, we’re cool with your using our maps and imagery; in fact, we love seeing all of the creative applications of Google Maps, Google Earth and Street View! But we know you’re looking for more specifics to ensure you’re using our maps and imagery correctly."
Google  copyright  trademark  intellectualProperty  map  websiteDevelopment 
4 weeks ago
Permissions – Google
"If you're looking to understand if and how you can use the Google brand in a project, you've come to the right place....
"All of our brand features are protected by applicable trademark, copyright and other intellectual property laws. If you would like to use any of our brand features on your website, in an ad, in an article or book, or reproduce them anywhere else, or in any other medium, you'll need to receive permission from Google first. And please note that the user experience with all our products should never be altered."
Google  copyright  trademark  intellectualProperty 
4 weeks ago
TV Tropes
From the website:
Merriam-Webster defines trope as a "figure of speech." For creative writer types, tropes are more about conveying a concept to the audience without needing to spell out all the details.
The wiki is called "TV Tropes" because TV is where we started. Over the course of a few years, our scope has crept out to include other media. Tropes transcend television. They reflect life. Since a lot of art, especially the popular arts, does its best to reflect life, tropes are likely to show up everywhere.
wiki  reference  writing  scienceFiction  literature  fiction 
5 weeks ago
Best Table Saw Reviews, Accessories, Tips and Techniques...
More table saw answers than I could imagine questions. Per Dave Ayer.
tool  manufacturing  woodworking  DIY 
5 weeks ago
Studio Ki Sun | Sheriann Ki Sun Burnham • Artist + Designer | Home
Sheriann Ki Sun Burnham is a Long Beach artist interested in blending new technologies with traditional techniques.
soundArt  art  artist  LongBeach  sustainability 
6 weeks ago
FS Tool Corporation - Cutting Tool Manufacturing and Solutions Provider
Manufacturer of my GOOD saw blade (the LH408 combination saw blade: 8" diameter, 0.120" kerf, 5/8" bore or arbor size, 40 teeth, four alternate top bevel (ATB) teeth and one raker tooth grind).
woodworking  manufacturing  shopping 
7 weeks ago
Tad Williams
Fantasy author; per Mark Weisberg.
author  TadWilliams  fantasy 
7 weeks ago
The Sky Hive Is a Towering High Rise for Bees in Downtown Maastricht | Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building
"Bee Collective’s Sky Hive is a towering yellow urban beehive located in downtown Maastricht. The prototype was created to help support urban beekeeping, while keeping the bees safely out of reach from passersby. The adjustable beehive stands atop a tall pole, creating a presence at a public park, while being far enough away to mitigate fears of bee stings."
design  beehive  beekeeping  urbanBeekeeping 
8 weeks ago
Beekeeping with the Warré hive -- Lifts
"As the Warré hive is normally extended by nadiring boxes, i.e. inserting them under the growing brood nest, some heavy lifting can be avoided by making a mechanical lift according to one of the designs shown on this page. The originator of the Warré hive lift is Marc Gatineau (France) who used an action essentially the same as the guillotine formerly used for executions in France. More recent designs, though closely similar in principle, are less obviously guillotine-like."
Good thing. Urban beekeeping has enough PR problems as it is.
beekeeping  design  beehive  engineering 
8 weeks ago
Konza Beekeepers Association
"Our mission is to gather together beekeepers and persons interested in beekeeping and foster dialog that will contribute to the health of and expansion of honey bees in our region. 
"We are a group of seasoned, novice and first-year beekeepers, as well as members from the K-State extension service. We meet for monthly presentations and discussions."
beekeeping  Kansas  Manhattan 
8 weeks ago
Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers Associatioin
"The association was founded in 1948 to serve the needs of beekeepers with the object of advancing the education of the public in Apiculture. The organization’s activities are directed towards enhancing the interests of the honey bee and beekeeping."
beekeeping  Kansas  Lawrence 
8 weeks ago
Everything for Mold Making & Casting | Reynolds Advanced Materials
Plastic mold-making and casting supplies, per Sam Medeiros. There's a North Hollywood location.
art  sculpture  manufacturing  DIY  plastic  shopping 
8 weeks ago
Smooth-On, Inc. | Mold Making & Casting Materials | Rubbers, Plastics, Foams & More!
Manufacturer of silicone mold material and urethane resin used in the Long Beach Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library Learning Lab 5/12 and 5/19/2018 Mold Making / Object Cloning workshop.
art  manufacturing  sculpture  plastic  shopping  DIY 
8 weeks ago
Grover Musical Products - World's Finest Machine Head
Manufacturers or distributors of my new tuning hammer--although I'm damned if I can find it on this piecemeal website. No harm done.
music  shopping  hardware  musicalInstrument 
9 weeks ago
KiahKiean
A blog of very nicely done pen or pencil and watercolor drawings from a sketch journal.
art  artist  pen  pencil  watercolor  drawing 
9 weeks ago
Southern California Home Shop Machinists
A local nest of engine lathe nerds; per Matt Rulla, man of a thousand hobbies.
DIY  manufacturing  machining  steamEngine  hobby 
10 weeks ago
Polymershapes | You're the Center of All We Do
Local distributor sells Coroplast and many other plastic materials.
shopping  Coroplast  plastic 
10 weeks ago
Christine DeMerchant Site about Boats, boat plans Boatbuilding, Cats, and other good stuff
A variety of topics, but the author is observant, curious, and likes to build things: especially boats. (And who knew one could use Coroplast for this?)
DIY  kayaking  Coroplast  gardening 
10 weeks ago
The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity
From economics professor Carlo M. Cipolla's text:

The first basic law of human stupidity asserts without ambiguity that:
Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.

Cipolla is just warming up. He divides humanity into the intelligent, bandits, the helpless, and the stupid, drawn in a quadrant by James Donnelly. There's a game theoretic aspect: The actions of the intelligent tend to benefit all involved, while stupid people hurt themselves and others. The helpless and bandits fall on both sides of this line. For instance, an intelligent bandit takes money from your pocket and puts it in his own, with no waste: at least it's a zero sum transaction.
Originally published in the Spring, 1987 "Whole Earth Review."
CarloMCipolla  JamesDonnelly  humor  stupidity  WholeEarthReview 
11 weeks ago
Jeralyn Glass
Jeralyn Glass gets some pretty great sound out of her quartz crystal singing bowls; but would one need hippie / new ager repellent for a live event?
music  sound 
11 weeks ago
CNC Routers, CNC Lasers, Bandsaws, Woodworking Machines
Laguna Tools is a premium manufacturer of wood working and metal working tools.
Irvine  woodworking  shopping  software  hardware  machining  laserEngraving  CAM 
11 weeks ago
Archway Systems | Providing CAD Software, Training, and Consulting in Southern California since 1989
Archway Systems, Inc., founded by Tom and Mike Lazear, has been serving the needs of the CAD community since 1989.
CAD  CAM  software  shopping  HuntingtonBeach 
11 weeks ago
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