Childish yes, but Disney’s proper names only in a world full of unusual spelling and foreign words that were tried to be Anglofied for govt consumption, the dudes and dudettes at Disneyland held fast to the no nicknames rule for like FOREVER. Rob here at blogging.la, aka robnoxious tried for years getting his ears and finally won a while back. I tried as well over the years and was turned down wanting ID to prove my name. Tuesday was my lucky day, the “cast member” bored to tears gave it to me…couldn’t do lower case “f” due to machine programming, but I’ll still take it. I doubt the fake Russian/slavic accent I used worked but who cares. A Win. Blogger 1, Disney rules 0.
Do you wanna jump in the sand box and play with us?
Seriously, the “we” is a bit limited at the moment. Add in the return of a few old voices and that we have a new owner that wants to breath some life back into this blog so its gonna be a fun sandbox again..
Requirements are simple. Love Los Angeles. Love to write about what you see/hear/do here in Los Angeles. You don’t have to be spectacular, just be you and have a story to tell here. Be prepared to commit to semi-frequently posting to blogging.la.
I started here May 2007 for kicks and giggles. I’m among the few that turned it into one adventure after another here in L.A. How? I use my writing here to get press credentials and then apply for press passes on things that interest me. I’m not bashful so I’ve asked to go on ride alongs with local PD, visit concerts and even the L.A Auto Show. You get out of it what you put into it.
The group is always in flux. The common thread is we love L.A and have each others backs. We do fun things too. Series posts on themes like “Songs of L.A” and the Donut Summit. Of course we blog it and share it with everyone else that has a love of Los Angeles. Remember live blogging at Canter’s Deli? Thats the sort of events that build a community and readership.
With the return of our former “city captain” Lucinda Michele back at the helm we’ll have direction and start all sorts of new ideas. If you want to join blogging.la and grow your writing skills and share your love of Los Angeles send me a link to your writing or a sample to me at [email protected] and I’ll make sure it gets seen. I wish I could tell you how fast decistions will be made, but I can’t but I can promise your efforts won’t fall on deaf ears.
Who’s got two thumbs (and her index fingers, with which she primarily types, like a spazzy T-Rex on a typewriter) and is back in LA?!
Along these rhapsodic, elegiac and thrilled welcome-home lines I’m walking, here’s some songs to make you love your city again. Fall outta love? Don’t do what I do and leave. Or do…it might be what you need to appreciate it.
Rilo Kiley, Let Me Back In: link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXZR0rwhXvs
“From the Eastern seaboard, the landlocked Midwest
The Keys, the Alps, the Black Hills and Budapest
With my heart in a sling, tail between my legs a-swinging
I’m sorry for leaving
But when the palm trees bow their heads
No matter how wrong I’ve been
L.A., you always let me back in
And you can bury me when my body breaks
In the earth that created me, in the Golden State
By my mama and her brother and their mama too…”
And then there’s this one, by the Delta Spirit, for the folks I left behind in the South. ;)
I mean, this sorta already happened, and that fellow is now happily married, so….everybody come on out! Apparently I’m a great vector for changing your life. :P
(Yes, this post is enormously personal. Kevin Roderick may have a field day with this one. Or he may not, which will make me feel like a loser. Whateves.)
“I want you to move to California for yourself,
I want you to find whatever your heart needs,
I want you to move to California for yourself, but not for me.
I want you to go out there and find somebody else,
I want him to treat you like I know he should,
I want you to find somebody new for yourself, if not for me.
all of the feelings that I know you never felt,
and all of the simple words you never said,
I want you to keep them like a secret to yourself, they’re not for me.
I want you to wander silent past my outstretched arms,
I want you to hide yourself from all I see,
and though my heart will fight until its dying breath, you’re not for me.”
Also…I love the video for this one.
So, yeah. I’m back. We did hot dogs, we did donuts. What do you think should be next?
I’m not quite sure where to start with this. Background maybe? Noah Green is/was a candidate for City
Attorney council for Sierra Madre. So far so good. Sierra Madre is a quiet, staid little bedroom community. Here he went astray. He referred to the locals as “townies” which ruffled a few feathers. Then they saw his facebook page. Sierra Madre Tattler was on the story.
Before long this story exploded and likely cost Noah his shot at winning the election. 3 images surfaced and appeared on the Sierra Madre Tattler, before long his selfies, as childish and sophomoric as they were, became big news. Big enough that the Tattler opines it cost him the election. (Complete story and pictures here, mildly NSFW)
My question to you, with the exception of the nudie in the hammock, should this poor exercise in judegement be enough to cost him the election? Or would it have been funnier if he got his dangly bits caught in the open loops of the hammock?
I believe it was Raymond Chandler who described Los Angeles as “40 suburbs in search of a city” back in the 40’s. He was wrong there were 88 in Los Angeles County alone and Militant Angeleno took the time to catalog them and explain how they got their names. His post “88 suburbs in search of their names” went live today. Its an easy read that is both informative and entertaining.
I was a fun day and the time there was over before I knew it. Posts a plenty will come from the event. We started at the Grand Central Market and worked our way down Broadway with a jog through the fashion district and back to where we started. The Safari was led by Mack Reed and Yael Swerdlow two journalists with a passion for their game, Snapcious and for the city. Continue reading Snapcious DTLA iPhone Safari was a ton of fun
Let me be up front, I see this car often as it belongs to a friend and fellow photographer, author and general bon vivant, Steve McCarthy.
The car is a 1960 Triumph named the Blue Meaniel. Its a driver, more specifically a Road Trippin‘ car that he goes on excursions with and jots every twist in turn for his blog and in books. Blue Meanie made it to Seattle and back last year, this last month it made it to Yellowstone and back.
I love living in the land that rust forgot, you see great little sports cars like this still in use and well loved.
Or how to drive a tank fast on bias ply tires!
This film is a hoot. The tips apply if you drive a rear wheel drive tank on bias ply tires. The commentary is still sorta relevant when it comes to fast driving a car with rear wheel drive. I love the brown haze they called sky back in the day, my how things have improved!
Tip o the hat to Sergeant Tom LeVeque at Arcadia Pd who found this old video.
It bears repeating, you meet the coolest people blogging. This time around it was LA vlogger Austin Null an Agent with the Fiesta Movement. The Fiesta Movement is a social media program with Ford that gives folks who blog and vlog 2014 Ford Fiestas to take on missions, adventures if you will, and do posts about the cars they are given. It involves monthly missions from when they get the car in April until the program ends in December or January of next year.
I met up with Austin recently here in Culver City at Fullscreen where he is a “Social Engagement Strategist”. He also blogs and vlogs with his own YouTube channel. Austin is a recent transplant to the Los Angeles area living in the West LA area. The Fiesta Movement has given him missions that have allowed him to explore more of L.A and sunny SoCal. Continue reading LA vlogger Austin Null is a Agent for the Fiesta Movement
We all run around with our phones snapping pics and sharing the world as we see it. Until now you either tossed onto social media like twitter or photo sharing sites like flickr and shared it with a few friends and that was it. West Hollywood based F.8. Interactive just changed what you do with your pics via Snapcious.
Snapcious takes your image sharing to the next degree. It gives you missions to fulfill with your trusty phone cam and post onto the game. From there other Snapcious review and rate your pics and the winners in many categories are announced each day. Each time you post a pic you get points. You also collect points for suggesting missions, rating images and making comments on what you see.
The game is the brainchild of long time blogging.la contributor Mack Reed and a few others at F.8 Interactive. Since its launch on iTunes a few weeks back it has picked up followers across the globe. You can download it from iTunes HERE and join the fun. Complete guide on points and how to play HERE. Best of all…its a FREE app.
Unlike some of the other social media pic sharing places like, um say Instagram, you own the pics forever and don’t sign away any rights in the TOS. Thats a biggy for me as you never know which images I will wind up using for sale that I want to keep control of.
There is a short video after the jump that explains the game and how to play as well. Continue reading Snapcious, the game all the cool kids are playing with their phones
Do you write a blog? Like to read blogs? Like to meet the folks behind a blog? Well then this annual event is made for you. There are usually a few dozen local bloggers there and their groupies (not including each other).
This is the 5th annual held at this park, but if you have followed me on blogging.la for a while you will know that we, a large diverse group of us bloggers in the SGV, have been getting together since ’07. This picnic got going when it was determined we needed to do it annually in one location and blogger Timothy Rutt of the Altadenablog got it all rolling for us.
This is a pot luck affair so bring a tasty bit to share with the group. Don’t be surprised if it gets blogged too.
Deets: March 30, 2013, 11AM – ???, Farnsworth Park,568 Mt Curve Ave, Altadena, CA 91001 MAP HERE
I spotted this on the Smoking Tire’s channel this morning. Pretty awesome downhill boarding just outside the city limits. Interesting to note that these guys had helmets on, much better than the yahoos I was behind recently on Laurel Canyon doing this WITHOUT helmets.
Smoking Tire for those of you who don’t know is owned by Matt Farah who runs Smoking Tire.com and was interviewed by me a couple of years ago. Good guy, great cars and car reviews all taking place in and around Los Angeles.
Blogging leads one on many adventures, Brett Lemick and Ross Everett of Los Angeles are about to partake on a new one. Fresh off digitour that they served as hosts, these Los Angelenos are 1 of 6 Teams that will race from L.A. to New York (save your boos) and back home again in a NBC reality show that starts March 31st. The show will pit the teams in challenges as they road trip across the country. The teams will have home audience fans that will help them with their challenges. In the end the winning team and one of their “fans” will win a new 2013 Ford Escape.
As a couple of YouTubers they have already vlogged as much as they can about the show in the opening video in this post. They are looking forward to the trip and have been promised by the producers that they will be “terrified” by the tasks they will need to complete along the way. Brett and Ross did their due diligence in preparing for this race. They watched last years Focus Rally that included teams of Los Angelenos for clues as to what sort of challenges they can expect. To even better hedge their chances they have been working with personal trainers to be in best shape possible for those challenges. Continue reading Brett and Ross and their next big adventure: Escape Routes