August 21, 2015
The Hollywood Freeway Today & Tomorrow
Opening Of The Hollywood Freeway
Silent film from 1950. Watch to the end and tell me if it doesn't seem that the Hollywood Freeway was built with sidewalks...or A sidewalk.
August 19, 2015
Hyper Video Survey Of Los Angeles
Some class in video production must have just graduated in L.A. because here's another video survey of Los Angeles, but much faster and flashier.
Aerial Video Survey Of Los Angeles
Not 100% pure Los Angeles, though. There's Santa Monica and Beverly Hills for sure, and there's probably a piece of West Hollywood and Pasadena in there too.
August 17, 2015
Corona to Palm Springs
While driving along CA-91 on one of the hottest days this summer my Ford Ranger seemed to lose its air conditioning. I didn't notice the temperature gauge climbing severely. What had happened was a small plastic part in the heater core had failed (after only 215,000 miles!). I drove probably another ten miles and didn't realize the trouble I was in until I pulled off for gas. When I stopped, steam was pouring out from under the hood. I thought I had blown the water pump, since that is also still original equipment, but it wasn't that. AAA covered my tow back to my mechanic in Palm Springs, about 85 miles one way.
And I took what I hope is a rare opportunity to video the route from a bit higher than I usually sit. I just left my dashcam turned on. Most of this video is at 12X speed. The parts that are not at that speed are faster. So it's only 5½ minutes long.
Music: "Break and Enter" by Prodigy
The highways are CA-91, CA-60/I-215, CA-60, I-10, CA-111.
August 15, 2015
Up Palm Drive, Down Santa Cruz Road
August 13, 2015
How The City Of West Hollywood Keeps Its Citizenry Informed
August 11, 2015
CicLAvia - Culver City & Venice
This past Sunday was another CicLAvia. This one was between Culver City and Venice. I picked a spot about midway – the 405 made a nice dividing line – and walked from there to Venice Beach and back, mostly ignoring Culver City – sorry about that.
Ideas spread slowly. As you may already know, in events like CicLAvia the best way to mount a GoPro for interesting photos is to point it backwards as this intelligent rider has done – and as I do. I can only guess that this isn't more widely done because GoPro cameras tend to attract people who are all about me me me, not those other people with me.
Just look at all the white faces. Random chance, I'm sure.
Venice High School. The high school I attended in Kansas City had landscaping like this, but they finally had to rip out all the palm trees because the ice storms every winter really wrecked 'em.
Requisite Venice Beach shot. The interesting thing I noticed was the one smoke shop I looked into had zero customers. Maybe the market has reached the over-saturation point – even at Venice Beach.
If you're going to put up a trampoline, might as well put it on the roof. I hope they've got a 24-hour camera on that so they can share the horrible accidents that are going to happen.
I glanced in and they had backyard barbecues (or were they little fireplaces?), surfboards and some household furniture on display. Not sure which niche of which market they might be serving.
I was gifted an official LA Public Library lanyard after I took this photo. I think I can get free books at this place.
I was so terribly concerned that Mr. Blake was trying to steal away with some of Alexander Calder's fame that I went and looked for an image of the artist's signature and popped it in there for you, so that we can all relax and know that Mr. Blake is probably an honest man.
Accept it for what it was. No questions about why I didn't go up and question him as to what was going on. Let the little mysteries of life stay mysteries. It's interesting enough that a display of Manual Typing Skills draws a crowd on Venice Beach. Anybody got a couple of rotary phones? Take them out there and watch the kids try to operate them.
Pretty nice bowling alley. I've decided they mean for the name to be pronounced the same as Bolero. Because BOWLer-oh just sounds stupid.
August 10, 2015
Yesterday's CicLAvia - Culver City & Venice
I wonder if part of the reason CicLAvia is popular is because there is no overwhelming emphasis on safe cycling. All I've seen is this safety page on their website, although maybe it's also printed on some of the handouts I see floating around during the event itself. And on that list there are only a few "hard" rules. A "soft" rule is like this one: "CicLAvia isn't a race. It's an experience. Take the time to enjoy it!" Hard rules are: pass on the left (good luck!), helmet required if under age 18 (probably enforced only by the parents), motorized transport is only for the officially disabled (I saw a number of healthy people on things powered by electric motors), don't use phones and cameras while riding (almost half of the riders observe that rule). But the event has not had, as far as I know, any disastrous accidents. I saw one skateboarder fall yesterday, but she hopped right back up and kept going.
August 6, 2015
Light Pole Collapse
In San Francisco, the sudden collapse of a light pole at the intersection of Taylor and Pine Streets has been blamed on "some contribution of dog or human urine on the base of the pole." Turns out this is not the first time this has happened in San Francisco. Below is a photo taken from Google Streetview of the base of the offending light pole. You can see the permanent stain of something running from the light pole base to the gutter...but the preferred hydrant right next to it is showing some use too.
Judging from the position of this pole, completely exposed as it is, I would guess almost all of the contributions came from dogs, not men.