Thursday, July 29, 2010

Doodle - Hatches

Another Doodle on the white board, look for my article in the next issue of AUGIWorld when it comes out in a month or so.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Doodle - Revcloud Gooney

What I think a Revcloud would look like if it was real and a Gooney.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Encounter Restaurant

I recently ate at 100_0281the Encounter Restaurant at Los Angeles International Airport. Its in the unique looking building located near the center of the airport. Not quite sure why, but in 1962 the City of Los Angeles decided to commission and build this slightly futuristic building. Up in the higher floor is a restaurant and down below it appears to have been a place to purchase tickets. I had quite a long layover in Los Angeles, the Pacific Surfliner train to a flight at LAX and decided to catch a bite to eat in the unique restaurant. The architecture of the building is extremely 60’s and retains much of its original look.

The restaurant’s main draw, other than the exterior appearance, is a futuristic Star Trek type theme inside. Futuristic 60’s music blares over the load speaker on the elevator ride up. The surfboard themed decorations appear slightly out of place though. The bartender’s dispenser is shaped as a phaser, ready to stun your alcoholic Phaserspirit of choice with a sugary splash of  soda. The menu comes on board the trip with references to atoms, aliens and atoms. Groups of 15 or more will have to pay a 15% docking fee. Another nod to the 60’s is the numerous lava lamps complete with adorning flying saucers.

From the EncounterViewrestaurant one can partake of views of departing and arriving flights  from throughout the world. On my visit the skies were a bit hazy. Not quite sure how the movies make LA skies always look fresh and clear; I guess a bit of visual trickery. 

I was a bit EntranceSigndisappointed by the entrance sign, it doesn’t quite match the exterior or interior decor.  The warning sign within the elevator made up for it, though it was rotated 90 degrees and easy to miss. I know if I was panicking in the elevator because it stoppedWarningSign I’m sure to have missed it’s helpful reassuring prose.

The menu has the basics, burgers, sandwiches and salads, as well as some higher end menu items such as steaks. Since I was on a budget I went with the Smoked Turkey BLT. The $14 sandwich had ample amounts of turkey, avocado and tomatoes. I found the bread was a bit too small for the amount of filling as some squirted out in the first bite.


The sandwich comes with a choice of salad or garlic parmesan fries. I went with the fries. The fries could have been crispier and the  amount of parmesan could have been more plentiful. Overall the meal was delicous though the price tag was relatively high and comparable at the same time. High for a sandwich, but comparable when compared to other airport food choices.

If I ever have a long layover at LAX I’ll probably visit again, though I wouldn’t make it a regular stop on my frequent trips from Central Coast to Southern California.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

“Unemployment Checks Fastest Way to Create Jobs”

A certain Senator from California alluded that the fastest way to create jobs is sending out more unemployment checks. I fail to see how this in any way is going to create jobs quickly or at all. If anything it prevents draining additional money out of the economy, but that’s not creating jobs that’s preserving jobs. If you are unemployed that’s a big difference because you’ll still be unemployed and without a job.

There are actions Congress can take that would create lots of jobs. Here’s a list of things Congress could do to create a bounty of jobs, in no particular order:

  • Temporarily disallow local, State and Federal laws that prohibit or limit the selling of items on the street. Have you seen apple sellers on street corners? While not successful in creating long term jobs the International Apple Shippers Association did provide temporary relief for some during the Great Depression.
  • Make it free to incorporate a business, let people easily create their own job.
  • If jobs are important the Federal minimum wage rate can be temporarily reduced.
  • Federal environmental laws can be temporarily relaxed or the Government can hire more workers to process the permits. How about taking the permitting process from a 6 to 9 months to a week? Think of how many projects could have been started in the past year, creating jobs. I know I’m currently working on projects that are going to be delayed because of this, and this delays jobs being created.
  • After working with the Davis Bacon wage rates, they could be slashed in half. Doing so would increase the number of Federal and State projects that could be constructed increasing the number of jobs available.
  • Turn back on the pumps at the Sacramento Delta to nearly instantly create jobs on the West side of California’s Central Valley.
  • Create actual jobs and resurrect the CCC, CWA, NRA, TVA, REA and CWA. While the original programs can’t be called a total success, they did provide jobs and more benefit to society then handing out $64 billion to people to sit around and gripe about being unemployed.

These are just a few ideas on how to actually create jobs. Sadly I don’t think any of these would be on the Senator’s list. I guess it’s not really about creating jobs, but to make sure she’s able to purchase votes for the next election.