You might want to pass on the guacamole

Guacamole.sized.jpgIf you bought guacamole at Trader Joes or Whole Foods on or after Feb 13 in Torrance or Los Angeles, eating it probably isn’t such a hot idea. Unless of course food poisoning sounds like a good time to you, then by all means, chow down.

“A company that supplies guacamole to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s markets is recalling the chip dips to stores in southern California, Arizona and Nevada because they are potentially contaminated with a food pathogen that could cause illnesses…

“…is a common organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly or others with a weakened immune system. Healthy people might suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, sever headache, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.”

(via Fark)

Worth talking to?

There’s a very interesting discussion brewing in the comments on this post. It started off talking about how some galleries have pricelists available, and some hide that info, and has turned into a much more sociological discussion about first impressions, sizing people up, and who decides who’s worth talking to. Anyone who has ever walked into an art gallery, store, or restraunt and gotten that instant “out of place” feeling should check this out.

(I’m turning off comments here to encourage them there)


I’ve been noticing that eating has changed. I went to lunch today, and these two fat woman ordered chicken salads. Between talking about how their company was recently purchased and subsequently lowered all salaries, they were talking about going on Atkins. They were excited, but somewhat worried because one of them “heard it can cause heart problems.” I was thinking the extra 100 pounds she was carrying should be a bigger worry for her, but whatever. Then the other woman dropped all kinds of science and they were on their way. I don’t know, I guess my point is that science always wins and people are annoying.

Destination LA

You better watch out. You better not not cry. You better not pout – I’m telling you why. Chris Pirillo’s parents are comin’ to town! Jay Leno tickets? Comedy Shop in Redondo Beach? Rent a GoldWing or borrow one? Travel down the PCH? Visit a Route 66 shop? Go to Disneyland? Watch TV? Eat? Your recommendations for these two Iowans?

It’s Official! – Traffic Sucks!

“In the list of the nation’s 24 worst bottlenecks, the Los Angeles area claimed five spots. No. 1 was the Ventura Freeway at Interstate 405 in Los Angeles, where commuters can face five hours of traffic jams daily.”

That from a USA Today story about a recent detailing the worst traffic in the country. I’d like to meet the dude who sits in five hours of traffic a day. I bet that’s a fun guy to hang out with.


Lenora Claire presents APOCALIPSTICK at everyone’s favorite local eyesore, the California Institute of Abnormalarts in North Hollywood this Saturday, February 21st. Freakery begins at 10 pm; rest up beforehand so as not to miss out on the really zany hijinx (like we did the last time we went).

Hell, it was still pretty zany, from what I remember. While they don’t serve alcohol, there is a liquor store a mere, hop, skip, and stumble away. What you do with that information is your own business, matey. I’m not here to judge you.

Not that you need alcohol or even strong coffee to have an…interesting evening at this particular venue. The CIA’s got a dead clown in a box, and that’s just fine by me. My only complaint is that there’s just one. Why stop so soon?

Maybe they’ve got future, sinister plans. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!


g19.jpgJonah just pointed out a story on Cobb’s site about his recent trip to a shooting range in Torrance. I sold all my guns when I moved to Chicago because they have some pretty insane laws regarding that kind of thing, but I used to drive out of the city limits to a range pretty regularly. LA is much better about that, and I’ve heard rumors of a great range downtown, but haven’t ever found it. Anyone know of a good range nearby?

Mysterious celebrity-themed posters plaster LA streets

Click thumbnail for full size image. A mysterious epidemic of posters is reported in LA this week. They’re Robbie Conal-esque, and we know they’re some sort of sneaky underground campaign for some Hot New Thing Which Shall Be Revealed Shortly, and that posters sending up Wynona, Courtney, and Moby are also in the works, but we’re told we’ll be sent on a one-way ride to Naked Scientology Boot Camp for extensive botox torture if we reveal their true origin and purpose. (Thanks, Susannah!)


This Thursday, James Tracy will be speaking at UCLA. It shall be fun; we can riot together! Here’s the press release:

1pm on Thursday, Feb. 19
Kerckhoff Grand Salon
University of California, Los Angeles
Free of charge and open to the public.

Talk and Civil Disobedience/Direct Action training with James Tracy Editor
of “The Civil Disobedience Handbook: A Brief History and Practical Guide
for the Politically Disenchanted.”

With the upcoming Republican and Democratic National conventions, many
thousands of people, many of them students, will converge on New York and
Boston in protest of war abroad and economic injustice at home. Some will
choose to use direct action tactics for the first time-a time honored
tradition in American politics.

Join James Tracy, Editor of The Civil Disobedience Handbook: A Brief
History and Practical Guide For The Politically Disenchanted. The
presentation will consist of a short “State of the Movement” speech and
hands on, participatory civil disobedience Basic Training workshop.

Where to study conversational Spanish in LA?

A friend of mine is looking for a good place to study conversational Spanish in LA. Berlitz is lame. Hunting and pecking through ads at the Coffee table isn’t working out for her, either. Any suggestions? The purpose is to be able to speak fluent, conversational Spanish with friends and business associates in Southern California, Mexico, and Central America. Post any pointers in the comments section, and thanks!

Fire Fire!

Driving to the gallery today, as I turned on Parkman from Sunset, I noticed HUGE flames in the air. As I got to Silver Lake Blvd., I could see someone’s lawn and maybe front of their house on fire (Parkman and SLB). Does anyone know about this? I tried to get Sean to drive down and take pictures but he didn’t. Now I know why I need a camera phone!