ICME: White Out Editing

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Someone took white paint and removed a letter, sorta like jumbo white out in action.  Spotted at the long abandoned Monrovia Hospital and Urgent Care Center near Wild Rose Elementary.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised in Los Angeles

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More than 13 million homes are not ready for the switch to digital TV next year, according to Nielsen Media Research. Analog is so 2007. But, Los Angeles did not get the memo. Neither did Portland, Albuquerque, Houston, Minneapolis, or St. Louis. People in these cities are still using their old POS TV with no converter.

What does this mean? Well, it means that sometime during the course of 2009, your super-fly Zenith corner monstrosity with its 13 VHF channels will fade to fuzz. Probably during American Idol. Right when they announce that the winner is…………

Pasadena high school evacuated

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From KNBC:

Officers responded Friday to Blair High School in Pasadena after a report of a person with a gun on the campus. At least eight squad cars were at the school, which remained on lockdown at noon.

Around 12:45pm, CNN showed live video of students being evacuated, with hands held on their heads.

CBS2 adds:

The classroom-by-classroom search was continuing at the school, which is located at 1201 S. Marengo Ave., at about 1 p.m., the dispatcher said. So far, there has been no sign of anyone with a weapon.

1:32pm: While some news reports are that students being allowed back into the school, live video is showing long lines of students being moved out of the school, with hands against the back of their heads, and being led into another building on campus, possibly the gymnasium.

Southwest Airlines Bans Pretty Teens For Life — OMG!!1! SO UNFAIR!

Only the lamest airplane airline evar!
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Um okay, so like these girls? Nisreen Swedberg and Sarah Williams? They are like 18 year old students from Tampa? And they came to Los Angeles on Valentine’s Day for a vacation? But their flight was like totally lame and they were fully discriminated against by the airline–I mean totally!!11! And just because they are young and pretty? And now they can’t ever fly on Southwest again? Well who would want to after hearing their story??!

Here’s Sarah’s totally correct explanation about the whole deal:

“I think they were just discriminating against because we were young decent-looking girls. I mean, nobody else on the plane looked like us except us,” she said. “[The flight attendants] were like older ladies. We were younger. Who knows, they could have been just jealous of us because we were younger.”

Okay so I’m like supposed to tell both sides to the story? But I’m going to make you click through to the next part to read the rest, okay? Don’t be lame, just do it!! It’s totally worth it because you can see a rad video of Nisreen (!!!) and Sarah and see how hot they totally are!!
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Win Tickets to the New York Dolls at The Fonda

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2008/02/daviddolls-thumb.jpgThat’s right, The New York Dolls are coming back, and you know you wanna see ’em.

Fortunately Metblogs is looking out for yeh. I’ve got two pairs of tickets to give away for the March 7th show at the Henry Fonda Theatre.

So here’s the deal: David Johansen, The Doll’s front man also played one of my favorite characters in one of my favorite Bill Murray movies. Hint: It’s a Holiday Movie and he plays a Taxi Driver. (David Johansen, not Bill Murray.)

No, not Groundhog’s Day. Different Holiday.

Hit up the comments with a quote from Mr. Johansen part in this movie from his Past, and I’ll either pick my favorite quote or select at random, which is basically the same thing ’cause all his lines are hilarious and I can’t choose anyway.

This also means if the quote you wanted to use has already been used you can use it anyway, it won’t hurt your chances of winning. It just has to be a quote of his from the movie in question.

Get It? Got it? Good.

New York Dolls
Henry Fonda Theatre
6126 Hollywood Blvd,
Hollywood, CA 90028

UPDATE: 7 shot at South LA Bus Stop: Suspect in Custody

During my drive to work today, I heard that the person responsible for the shooting on Wednesday has been apprehended.

A quick look at the LA Times local pages gives more details:

On Thursday, police arrested Billy Ray Hines, 24, who they said is a member of the 48th Street Crips and who they believe was responsible for shooting into a crowd of people at the bus stop. Police said the suspect’s two intended victims fled the scene and remain at large… [Police Chief William J.] Bratton said Hines is expected to be charged with at least 10 counts of attempted murder, which include the two intended victims.

Of the five wounded kids, only one girl remains hospitalized. The three adults are stable. All victims are expected to recover.

As a side note, when I told my students about the incident on Thursday (and not all of them had heard about it), they kinda shrugged their shoulders and said, “It sounds gang-related.” I chalked it up to a general apathy and resignation: Is this incident that extraordinary to them? When I told them today that the suspect had been apprehended, the general consensus was, “I’m glad they caught him. It sucks to shoot kids and old people” (teenagers are a tactless, aren’t they?). Perhaps not as apathetic as I thought.

PS: I rewarded their show of sympathy by giving them their weekly quiz.

“Time Out” for Los Angeles?

Picture%2011.pngNew York’s popular “Time Out” magazine may be launching a Los Angeles edition within six months. But can it fly?

Portfolio.com’s Mixed Media blog reports that the magazine’s founder is hoping to raise up to $60 million to create “Time Out” editions in L.A., Dallas, Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Miami, in addition to the current U.S. cities of New York and Chicago.

Because the new editions would be web-only, at least at first, the target markets don’t have to meet Time Out’s usual criteria of a well-defined downtown area and a large base of mass-transit commuters who frequently pass by newsstands.

A few years ago when I regularly spent time in New York, Time Out was as indispensable as the LA Weekly here for movie and event listings. A notable difference, likely due in large part to it being a full color, glossy magazine, is that Time Out costs over $3 per issue. I can’t imagine Angelenos spending that kind of money with other print options such as the Weekly or City Beat free and easy to find.

Even a free web edition is a financial gamble, considering Los Angeles currently has a crowded market of local online magazines such as Metromix, the L.A. Times Calendar, and the Weekly and City Beat’s own web editions (not to mention countless blogs).

And let’s also not forget Real Talk LA, the upstart magazine that launched last year to great hype only to cease publication after one issue.

Which isn’t to say that with a slate of fantastic writers and a top notch editor Time Out Los Angeles couldn’t succeed – just that the odds are stacked against it.

Note: “Time Out” started in London in 1968, where it is still published, and currently has twenty city versions being published worldwide, including Chicago and New York. [Wikipedia]

Car Chase on the 405!

A car chase Thursday evening lasted over an hour as a reportedly stolen vehicle was tailed by police up and down the 405, the 10, and assorted surface streets as the suspect went on and off freeways, including a long detour downtown. The chase finally ended when the suspect gave up in Santa Monica just outside the McClure tunnel (where the 10 becomes the PCH).

The suspect is reportedly also wanted for a suspected kidnapping.

CBS2 has a slideshow of the events culled from their live coverage that was streamed online.

A guide to Downtown LA’s Gentrification

I’ve lived here my whole life (with little breaks for a few months at a time while working on location) and it’s always weirded me out more than a little bit that Downtown has — until recently — kicked everyone out at 6pm and tossed them onto the 110, so the whole place can turn into something resembling Bartertown when the sun goes down.

At Gridskipper, Omri Ceren has written an informative, interesting, and amusingly-titled guide to the ongoing efforts to redevelop Downtown to so people will live and play there long after Thunderdome’s been closed down.

Downtown LA For Residents, Tourists, and People Who Sometimes Require Hookers And Blow breaks Downtown into different neighborhoods, attempts to let us know what makes each one a precious little snowflake, and how developers plan to melt those snowflakes into a slushy mass of crap.

Examples on the other side of what the damn kids today call “the jump.”
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A Simple Honest Burger

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Like our own David Markland I do relish those moments I nurture the carnivore within. Not a mighty 20 lb burger, but just a simple honest burger.

This beauty is what in my not so humble opinion is an excellent, simple honest burger. A thin patty of ground beef fried up on a well aged and seasoned griddle. The end result is a moist burger with just enough carmelized crunchy bits to elevate it to perfection. Simple seasonings, a tart version of “Thousand Island” and just enough “salad” to make it a tasty mouthful without losing any of the flavor of the burger. The best part of this deal is it is only $2.99 or that piece of heaven between some buns.

I get this burger only once a year as it is on the opposite side of the city. My annual excuse to stop in for burger nirvana is a visit with my tax accountant whom I have used for years who is 3 doors up the street.

The details: George’s Burger, 3101 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90405
310/452-0445

Pic by me with the trusty cell phone, doesn’t get bigger and doesn’t really do the burger the justice it deserves.

It’s beautiful out! Let’s meet up!

Has anyone else noticed how freaking amazing it’s been the last few days? Well that’s more than enough reason for us have an event and invite everyone to join us! So we’re teaming up with our friends at Pownce and The Groop and organizing a good old fashioned get together. OK, so it’s probably not that old fashioned since we’re talking about a bunch of web nerds, but whatever. There will be cupcakes and beer at least.

Brunch + Beer with Pownce, Blogging.la & The Groop – Los Angeles, CA
Noon on Saturday, March 22
@ Farmer’s Market (we’ll aim for table space between Lotteria and Starbucks)

Here’s the official announcement on the Pownce Blog, more organizational tid bits on the Pownce Wiki. Also here’s a post on Pownce where you can RSVP (though you need a pownce account for that) so feel free to just post in the comments here as well if you want to show up and make fun of hang out with us.

Behold, the North Hollywood Gateway

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Not to be outdone by its hotter, more popular sister just over the hill, North Hollywood is putting up its own sign. Artist Peter Shire has been commissioned to install the North Hollywood Gateway, just North of Lankershim & Vineland.

The artist’s concept was to celebrate the area’s history of providing behind the scenes support to the entertainment industry and the Gateway depicts characters busily building sets, operating cameras and designing costumes. The support structure will be painted a vibrant yellow, with the artwork contrasting in a range of reds and oranges. Mr. Shire will fabricate the artwork elements and oversee their installation by the general contractor. Work is expected to begin in April 2008, with the entire project completed by September 2008.

As a beacon to the world, the word “NoHo” in the center of the Gateway will be illuminated at night. So, while the Hollywood sign is sulking in the dark, the little people of NoHo will always know where they are.