August 22, 2015

3D Printing With Glass

A team from Mediated Matter and MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering developed this precision technique.

Some of the objects created will go on display at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on Fifth Avenue in New York City next year.

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July 22, 2015

Giant Interactive Tesla Coil - what could go wrong?

2000 amps, 700 volts. Worth a look to admire Mr. Baritone Beardman (AKA "Matt F.", I think).

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July 21, 2015

San Leandro, Kansas

A few people in San Leandro, California, have already started condemning the erection of the sculpture "Truth Is Beauty" in their fair city.

Truth Is Beauty (1681)

This person, Corey Anderson, started it by calling the sculpture "porn."

This is salacious and indecent at best, and is an insult to every moral person in our town. It draws my mind to places I would rather not go. Should we now put Playboy pictures, or worse, on our office halls and call that “art?” Is this not what some object to as a sexist message, and a 55-foot tall one at that?

Lisa Gaspari-Salmon and Brent Heath like it. Antoinette Troya does not like it and says the city should be ashamed, but she does have one question: "what color lights will be affixed to her nipples?" I suspect Ms. Troya will be out there the first night after the sculpture is dedicated to get an answer.

Gerry Isham doesn't think it's porn, but does think it's tacky. Cathy Costa likes it and applauds the Mayor and Council. Peter Ambrosia thinks it is inappropriate, but suggests pairing it with a statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger from his bodybuilding days.

News story here and here.

The sculpture has not yet been erected in San Leandro, so I hope the good art critics of that city know they still have options. There are lots of Burning Man art pieces sitting around in warehouses that could be substituted for "Truth Is Beauty." Oh yeah, plenty of art. Like this or maybe a larger version of this or, of course, this. Given the choice, I think San Leandrans would beg to have "Truth Is Beauty."

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July 13, 2015

Dream Deeply

There's a website dreamdeeply.com that will transform a photograph into something surreal. See below. You just give them your email address and upload your photo. Before long the new photo is ready for you to download. Free.

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July 3, 2015

Hayes Valley Temple Video

San Franciscans doing the temple thing.

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June 30, 2015

Marriage Rights Celebration Interpretive Dance

Or something like that. Here's a video of a dancer giving an interpretation of the Supreme Court decision on marriage rights at the celebration in the Castro this past Friday evening.

The celebration was still being set up, so there was plenty of room for this dance. You saw that the dance started right at 18th and Castro, but after being upstaged by two mere men who merely got married, the dance was moved a half block to the center of Castro Street.

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June 26, 2015

David Best's Hayes Valley Temple

Tonight, in Patricia's Green at Linden and Hayes Streets in San Francisco, David Best will open his Hayes Valley Temple to the public. It's the same temple that he constructed there in 2005. David Best built the first temple at Burning Man and has built the majority of temples there since then. I'm pretty sure they're not going to burn this one.

David Best Temple In San Francisco (1262)

David Best Temple In San Francisco (1269)

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June 25, 2015

Military Veterans Honored At Burning Man

Camphellnback will be displaying art that is "borrowed or donated from our own campers, as well as independent artists and art therapy programs at active military and veteran hospitals." And they will create a 32-foot Memorial Wall:

Our Memorial Wall is a space where we leave the names of our own friends and family who served their country. Our visitors are welcome to write messages to their loved ones or those veterans they did not know but still appreciate.

At the end of the event, the wall will be disassembled and brought to the temple, where it will be burned as a symbolic way to say good bye or let go of the pain, hardship or burden that we carry for our lost comrades and family.

Camp Hellnback is seeking donations of material, tickets, and money.

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Pentagramal Spiral Stairway At Burning Man

The people who brought the Cradle of MIR to the playa in 2013 will be building what looks to be a fascinating structure of five intersecting stairways. Own Way:

Unfortunately the video suffers from unnecessarily loud music - or unnecessarily soft speakers.

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June 18, 2015

BELIEVE Sells For $70,000

2013 - BELIEVE by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg (10)
BELIEVE by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg
. Photo by Paul D Carey.

The City of Reno has purchased the 2013 Burning Man sculpture "Believe" for $70,000.

In June of next year, the city will permanently install the sculpture in City Plaza following the construction of the new Virginia Street bridge, which began earlier this month. The sculpture was placed at the same location in July 2014 to serve as the backdrop for filming of the American Idol summer bus tour.

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May 26, 2015

Walk Wilshire

On May 6 I participated in Walk Wilshire, which is yet another of those long distance Los Angeles walks that people do just for fun. No waiver. No t-shirt. No fee. It was to be all the way from Grand Avenue, where Wilshire begins, out to Ocean Boulevard in Santa Monica. I've walked various, but not all, chunks of Wilshire before. Filled in the gaps on this walk. I went only so far as the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery, which I overshot on the last Great L.A. Walk that came down Wilshire, so I made a point of visiting this time, before taking the bus back downtown. Walking the segment of Wilshire from Westwood to the Ocean is as good as any other part, I suppose, but not so interesting that I felt I should walk it a third time.

The best way (trust me) to see my photos is to watch this video, which is one photo per second, so it takes only about 36 minutes!

All the still photos are available here. Flickr has a slide show too, but the viewer has no ability to skip ahead or back in their slide show.

A few of the photos:

09.43.50 Walk On Wilshire

09.48.30 1111 Wilshire

09.52.00 Walk On Wilshire

10.03.14 Walk On Wilshire

10.08.40 MacArthur Park
The walk organizer explains the history of MacArthur Park
.

10.26.14 Bullocks

10.33.20 Walk On Wilshire
At Vermont
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10.37.30 Walk On Wilshire
"What is that on your hat?"

11.03.26 Walk On Wilshire

11.08.28 Koreatown

11.14.12 Walk On Wilshire
Wilshire Boulevard Temple
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11.19.06 Walk On Wilshire (2)
Near Western
.

11.43.56 Walk On Wilshire

12.03.22 Walk On Wilshire
"WTF?"

12.04.52 Walk On Wilshire

12.09.12 Walk On Wilshire

12.17.44 Walk On Wilshire

12.57.06 Tar Pits

12.57.40 Tar Pits
At the Tar Pits
.

13.00.10 LACMA
Going through and under LACMA
.

13.02.36 LACMA
The Observation Pit
. I didn't go see who they had down in the pit.

13.04.06 Levitated Mass
"Levitated Mass."

13.11.54 Johnie's Coffee Shop Restaurant
Johnie's
, used as a location in Reservoir Dogs as well as several other movies and videos.

13.10.44 Johnies Coffee Shop Restaurant

13.30.56 Good Magazine
The view from the offices of "Good" magazine
.

13.31.36 Good Magazine

13.35.00 Good Magazine

13.38.46 Good Magazine

13.54.16 Saban Theatre

13.55.26 Walk On Wilshire
The statue on top of this is John Wayne on a horse
.

13.59.06 Fine Arts
Beverly Hills a hundred years old
; who knew?

14.06.04 Walk On Wilshire

14.12.50 VaporStar
A vape store
.

14.13.14 Walk On Wilshire

14.19.45 Walk On WIlshire

14.22.14 Walk On WIlshire

14.26.30 9441 Wilshire

14.36.40 Walk On Wilshire

14.41.34 Walk On Wilshire
Google says this building is Sony Corp.

14.42.00 Santa Monica Blvd

14.45.40 Walk On Wilshire
At the construction site of the new Waldorf Astoria
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14.46.44 Walk On Wilshire

15.16.30 Walk On Wilshire

15.29.56 Don Knotts
Don Knotts
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15.30.56 Truman Capote
Truman Capote
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15.33.10 Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
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15.35.58 Oscar Levant
Oscar Levant
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15.36.36 Burt Lancaster
I forgot to check on the exact location of Burt Lancaster's grave before I left home
, but I knew I was close to it when I was standing here. I left the color in his grave marker. Next to the flowers.

15.40.30 Karl Malden
Karl Malden
.

15.46.56 Peter Falk
Peter Falk
.

15.47.46 Rodney Dangerfield
Rodney Dangerfield
.

15.56.56 Walk On Wilshire

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May 8, 2015

Bliss Dance Leaving Treasure Island

Bliss Dance on Treasure Island
Bliss Dance tonight
. Despite attempts to weatherize her, Bliss Dance is not dealing well with the salt air, so she will be removed from Treasure Island this month.

Photo by Jeff Ford.

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May 7, 2015

See The Temple Burn

At George Mason University, that is. A handbuilt 20-foot tall pagoda will be burned at 8:30 PM tomorrow night on Mason Pond.

Facebook for the temple.

Facebook for the burning of the temple.

I haven't read everything, but so far the lack of any clear reference to Burning Man is interesting.

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May 5, 2015

Huntington Gardens

This past weekend I paid my first visit to "The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens", AKA Huntington Gardens in San Marino.

Huntington Gardens (0263)

Huntington Gardens (0251)

Huntington Gardens (0259)
A strangely leafless bougainvillea
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Huntington Gardens (0246)

Huntington Gardens - Frank Lloyd Wright (0285)
Their one bit of Frank Lloyd Wright
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Huntington Gardens (5150)

Huntington Gardens (5143)
Even the walkways are impressive!

Huntington Gardens (0287)
Mt. Wilson in the background
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Huntington Gardens (0267)

Huntington Gardens (5168)
A wall in the Zen garden
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Huntington Gardens (5162)

Huntington Gardens (5198)

Huntington Gardens (5200)

Huntington Gardens (5192)

Huntington Gardens (5203)
This is what my shade structure at Burning Man is going to look like this year
.

Zenobia In Chains by Harriet Hosmer (0280)
Zenobia In Chains by Harriet Hosmer
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The Bomb Thrower by Maurice Sterne (0283)
The Bomb Thrower by Maurice Sterne
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Huntington Gardens Cactus Flower (0240)

Pavilion For Washing Away Thoughts (5180)
The ceiling of the "Pavilion For Washing Away Thoughts."
I'm sure there must be a corresponding brainwashing pavilion somewhere else. Maybe in the North Korean gardens.

The complete set of photos is here.

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May 4, 2015

Watts Towers

Built over the period of 1921 to 1954 by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia. In 1959...

The Committee [for Simon Rodia's Towers in Watts] negotiated with the city to allow for an engineering test to establish the safety of the structures and avoid demolition of the structures.

The test took place on October 10, 1959. For the test, steel cable was attached to each Tower and a crane was used to exert lateral force all connected to a 'load-force' meter. The crane was unable to topple or even shift the Towers with the forces applied, and the test was concluded when the crane experienced mechanical failure. Bud Goldstone and Edward Farrell were the engineer and architect leading the team. The stress test registered 10,000 lbs. The Towers are anchored less than 2 feet (0.61 m) in the ground, and have been highlighted in Architectural textbooks, and have changed the way some structures are designed for stability and endurance.

Watts Towers - the tour commences (5062)
The tour commences
. $7, IIRC.

Watts Towers (0180)

Watts Towers (0182)

Watts Towers (0199)

Watts Towers (0207)

Watts Towers (0229)
They're down a dead end residential street that has parking only on one side
(despite what you may see here). You drive to the end of 107th Street, turn around, and parallel park. There is a small parking lot if you proceed north of 107th on Graham.

Watts Towers (5065A)

Watts Towers (5075)

Watts Towers (5087)

Watts Towers (5096)
The wedding cake
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Watts Towers (5105)

Watts Towers (5118)

Watts Towers (5122)

Watts Towers (5128)
The view from the "back" side (northeasterly)
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Watts Towers Arts Center (0219)

Watts Towers Arts Center (5058)

Watts Towers Arts Center (5136)

Click here for the complete set of photos.

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April 12, 2015

Low Desert Rock Supply

Last week the Community and Cultural Affairs Commission convened one hour early at Low Desert Rock Supply on Dillon to see what they could offer in the making of an appropriate "welcome to DHS" sign.
Low Desert Rock Supply (0023)
This rock was considered to be just the thing for a welcome sign
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Low Desert Rock Supply (0021)
Looking back toward the city
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Low Desert Rock Supply (0019)
The proprietor
.

More photos.

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April 7, 2015

The Third And Final Installment In This Trilogy

Bliss Dance (7591)
Remember "Bliss Dance" and how it thrilled the world at Burning Man 2010?

Truth Is Beauty (1683)
And how it was outdone by "Truth Is Beauty" in 2013?

Prepare yourself for the final sculpture in the series: "R-Evolution: The Woman Stands" which will be on the playa this year. And open your wallet too, because that's an Indiegogo link where you will find this remarkably unslick, unpretentious video:

Here's a photo of a model of R-Evolution.

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March 28, 2015

Marmol Talk

I went to hear Leo Marmol speak at the art museum on the subject of preservation and its tangled web. The second half of the event had us scurrying over to the Architecture and Design Center - the Santa Fe Federal Savings and Loan building at Baristo and Palm Canyon. 98% of the attendees at the lecture drove those three blocks. Less than a handful of us walked.

Teller Window at PS Art Museum A + D Center (3194)

Stairway at PS Art Museum A + D Center (3196)
The stairs and the handrail are original
. The glass wall was added behind the railing because the gaps were wider than current building codes permit.

Twin Hearts at Palm Springs Art Museum (3192)
Meanwhile, back at the art museum
.

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February 26, 2015

The Beauty Of Los Angeles

A good video of downtown L.A. shot with a drone that shows off a lot of the architectural detail and murals that people either can't see, don't see or take for granted.

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February 20, 2015

Getty Villa

Yesterday, Jeff and I visited the Getty Villa - the one overlooking the Pacific - not the Getty Center, which is the one overlooking the 405 and the rest of Los Angeles. This was the first time at the Villa for both of us.

If you were one of those students who excelled in learning to identify corinthian, ionic and doric columns, then the Getty Villa will be your opportunity to show off that knowledge.

Getty Villa (2843)

Getty Villa (2863)

Getty Villa (2950)
But the fountains in the gardens are still running
.

Herakles

Getty Villa (2941)

Getty Villa (2889)

Getty Villa (2938)

Getty Villa (2924)
Handrail on a stairway
.

Getty Villa (2928)

Getty Villa (2897)

Getty Villa (2883)

Getty Villa (2876)

Getty Villa (2881)

Getty Villa (2930)

The complete set of photos is here.

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