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Digg it! Scape it!

digscape.jpgIn a completely unscientific test, I’ve decided to test out news/bookmarking sites Digg & Netscape (yeah, in case you missed the news Netscape now acts like Digg). What better to test this on then our current series of the Top 25 Fictional Los Angeles Residents. So here it is on Digg, and on Netscape. If you use one of both of these sites, and dig enjoy the series then please vote for ’em. If you don’t, then, well, don’t.

UPDATE 1: 3 hours in – 17 votes, 1 comment on Digg, 12 votes, 1 comment on Netscape – the very interesting bit is that there is not a lot of overlap of those people.

Greatest Fictional Angelenos #23: Henry Chinaski

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2006/08/bla_chinaski-thumb.jpgName: Henry “Hank” Chinaski
Residence: Hollywood; downtown L.A.; San Pedro
Occupation: Writer, civil servant, factotum
Wheels: Various or none
Interests: Horse racing, Classical music

Upon leaving L.A.C.C., author Henry “Hank” Chinaski traveled around the United States, working a series of odd jobs and staying in various rooming houses, before returning to L.A. to actively pursue his dream of writing. A prolific writer of poems, short stories and novels, he nonetheless spent many years either unemployed, working as a day laborer, or in the employ of the U.S. Postal Service before he achieved that dream. He emulated his idols, John Fante and Ernest Hemingway, both in writing style and lifestyle, actively indulging in “manly” pleasures–drinking, fighting, and playing the horses at Hollywood Park or Santa Anita–whenever possible. Highly unattractive by his own admission (with the exception of ‘excellent legs’, of which he was quite proud), Chinaski was also quite a ladies’ man, and enjoyed relationships of varying duration with a variety of women.

linkage: wikipedia, litkicks and some choice (NSFW) quotage at IMDb

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Greatest Fictional Angelenos #24: Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2006/08/bla_fletch-thumb.jpgName: Irwin Maurice Fletcher
Residence: Hollywood, sometimes a box on Venice Beach
Area code: 213
Occupation: Investigative reporter/Advice Columnist

Fletch, investigative reporter for the LA Sun, writes a column under the name Jane Doe, and possibly played on the LA Lakers. Coined word “oldsmobuick” and phrase “well, there you have it” – too many aliases to list.

imdb | wikipedia | unofficial Fletch page

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Greatest Fictional Angelenos #25: Alice Nelson

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2006/08/bla_alice-thumb.jpgThis week blogging.la presents twenty five of the greatest residents ever to virtually set foot in Los Angeles, with card designs by Colleen Wainwright. Because this city would be nothing without our domestic servants, I begin with perhaps the most famous maid of all:

Name: Alice Nelson
Residence: 4222 Clinton Way
Area code: 818 (previously 213)
Occupation: Live in housekeeper

Westdale High graduate Alice Nelson has been a lifelong Los Angeles resident, employed by local architect Mike Brady for over sixteen years. Along with her longtime partner Sam Franklin, a local butcher, Alice has won numerous bowling trophies and awards for dancing the Charleston. But those closest to Alice say she plays a mean game of pick up basketball even without removing her ever present blue housekeeping unform (sorry, boys, no French maid outfit for this domestic servant).

(more on Alice at Wikipedia and TV Land)

Others Fictional Angelenos in this series