October 23, 2015

Well, This Explains That

Metro Rail 210 bridge
The extension of the Gold Line along the 210
. I first noticed this bridge sometime last year, I think. I thought it strange that I couldn't recall noticing the distinctive design, nor could I recall a lot of construction in that area. I thought maybe I had just been paying too damn much attention to traffic. But, now I learn that it is a new bridge and it's for the Gold Line extension.

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October 17, 2015

Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown L.A. From Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (1446)
As seen from Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook

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October 12, 2015

A Little History Of Jaywalking

In an entertaining style.

The right thing to do, now, is to watch that video on your mobile device while actually jaywalking. When they come to scrape your remains off the pavement they'll find your phone or tablet telling them the sad and sorry truth that you were morally superior right up until the car got you.

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August 21, 2015

The Hollywood Freeway Today & Tomorrow

"Park 101" they call it.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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August 15, 2015

Up Palm Drive, Down Santa Cruz Road

Starting from I-10.

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August 13, 2015

How The City Of West Hollywood Keeps Its Citizenry Informed

This is really real, not that anyone would doubt that.

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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.

CicLAvia (7502)

Reversed GoPro (7478)
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.

CicLAvia (7494)
Modern parents with gender-specific helmets on their kids: girl and neuter

CicLAvia (7450)
Just look at all the white faces
. Random chance, I'm sure.

Venice High School (1807)
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.

Venice Beach (7474)
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.

Trampoline on a roof deck (7488)
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.

Surfing Cowboys (1856)
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.

LA Public Library at CicLAvia (7468)
I was gifted an official LA Public Library lanyard after I took this photo
. I think I can get free books at this place.

Hot Stuff Coming Through (1813)
Hot stuff

Flowers on Venice Boulevard (1841)

Calder Blake (7501)
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

Assistance For The Illiterate At Venice Beach (7479)
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.

Bowlero (1882)
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.

Many more photos here.

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August 10, 2015

Yesterday's CicLAvia - Culver City & Venice

Just bikes (mostly) and ambient sound.

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.

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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.

>Taylor and Pine Streets - San Francisco

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.

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July 9, 2015

Boston Bike Renters Are Asked To Keep Pants On

Hubway, the company that provides shareable bikes in Boston, does not object to riders taking their bikes to ride in the Boston World Naked Bike Ride which happens this Saturday. But they do ask that you not ride the bikes bareass. Look, that rule applies even at Burning Man. They suggest underwear.

The ride starts at 9 PM in Cambridge at North Point Park, which is a newer park built since I left Boston. I'm sure some will tell you that the ride is at night to avoid the summer heat (big eye roll). Honestly, it may simply have grown out of a tradition among Boston bicycle messengers to hold an annual naked race at night. Or it may be to avoid heavy traffic.

I don't know if casual nudity is legal anywhere in Boston or Cambridge. Video from last year's Boston WNBR when they met in front of the State House shows some people riding actually naked. And also shows them riding in the wrong lanes - at night, in traffic. Idiots. Right turns from far left lanes in front of moving traffic where there is no stop sign or traffic light. Double idiots. Somebody built a high-rise next to Berklee School of Music - is that a dorm? The route was pretty short: across the Common to Tremont, go down to the theater district, back past the Public Garden to Beacon Street to Arlington to Comm Ave, ride that a ways to Mass Ave. That over to Boylston, following Boylston up to Berkeley, then over to Newbury and then somehow popping back up to the State House by some route they don't show. That's like, what, 4 or 5 miles?

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Most people in San Francisco are aware they live in a bubble. How then to learn about the rest of the wild and wooly United States? Go to this conference on "LGBT Life Outside the Bay Area Bubble." It's conveniently located in downtown San Francisco at 555 California Street. This way the attendee can stay so far from the edge of the bubble he won't even be able to see the iridescent rainbow shimmering that would alert you that would alert him to the approaching bubble boundary.

The first topic in the conference is entitled "People Actually Live In Fresno And Why" or so I am told.

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July 5, 2015

Some Photos From San Francisco

Ferry Building Centennial (1282)
It's the centennial of the ferry building as well as city hall

Fiat Marketing To LGBTs (1341)
Fiat targeting gay customers a block or two from Castro on Market

Jazz Greats (1388)
Jazz greats on the closed building across the street from San Francisco Jazz

Leonard Matlovich Plaque In The Castro (1376)

SAMBO (1402)
The Russian émigrés were mystified by the complete lack of interest in signing up for SAMBO lessons in the African American community

SF City Hall (1651)
Two for one, that's Jeff taking the photo in the foreground
. We discovered that night that the rainbow lights on city hall are constantly shifting, and we were surprised and excited by that, although when you think about it, it's San Francisco where one might reasonably ask why all lights don't inherently come with an ability to cycle through rainbow colors automatically upon the playing of the famous Judy Garland song. Google could do that in a weekend with some cardboard and 3 LEDs.

Marriage Rights Celebration In The Castro (0052)
At the marriage equality celebration in the Castro on Friday evening

Marriage Rights Celebration In The Castro (0065)
Also at the marriage equality celebration

Castro Marriage Equality Celebration (0173)

Castro Marriage Equality Celebration (0376)

Trans Parade (1356)
The trans pride parade crossing at the intersection of Market Street and the 101
while Mickey, always happy, looks on.

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June 30, 2015

Meanwhile, On The Other Side Of Market Street

I turned away from videoing the trans parade, and what do I see but Critical Mass coming from the other direction. This effectively shut down Market Street completely for a little while.

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June 21, 2015

Vernon's Population To Double!

From 100 to 200 (plus or minus). 45 new privately owned apartments will open next month. Twelve units will be reserved for families who already work in Vernon. But the remaining apartments will allow 33 families from other less industrialized areas to enjoy industrial living to its fullest in lovely Vernon.

"'I love the quietness,' said Councilwoman Melissa Ybarra, who said Vernon has a peculiar, industrial charm for the few who have ever called it home."

California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León believes this may bring democracy to Vernon. His earlier proposal was simply to disband the city. Until now, the City of Vernon has owned all of the few housing units in the city. The city also owns the power company. Hard to establish residency without a physical home or electricity.

In 2006, a small group of people intent on forcing the first contested election in a generation moved into a boxy commercial building in the industrial town. Vernon utility trucks quickly arrived, and workers turned off the power and put red tags on the property.

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May 28, 2015

Seen In Burbank

The Bullet (1107)
Well, this one is actually North Hollywood

Kate Perry March 28 (1086)
So why a billboard promoting an event that happened two months ago?

Floyd's in Burbank (1074)
Glad to see he eventually got out of that depressing Mayberry, where nobody's hair ever grew!
Did you ever notice that? Was it because of their twice daily haircuts?

Burbank (1111)
No, those were not green crosses

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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

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

11.19.06 Walk On Wilshire (2)
Near Western

11.43.56 Walk On Wilshire

12.03.22 Walk On Wilshire

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
, 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

14.46.44 Walk On Wilshire

15.16.30 Walk On Wilshire

15.29.56 Don Knotts
Don Knotts

15.30.56 Truman Capote
Truman Capote

15.33.10 Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe

15.35.58 Oscar Levant
Oscar Levant

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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