The community is invited to a discussion on “What role can we play in fighting hate online?” sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League’s Asian Jewish Initiative and NextGen Community on Wednesday, February 15, at Google, 340 Main St. in Venice, at 7 p.m. There will be a NextGen-hosted happy hour following the program.
The ADL Asian Jewish Initiative is a partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, Japanese American National Museum, Korean American Coalition, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, and Search to Involve Pilipino Americans.
The ADL NextGen community introduces ADL’s mission, policies and initiatives to new, youthful audiences and emerging community leaders.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is one of the nation’s premier human relations and civil rights agencies and is dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defending democratic ideals, and protecting civil rights for all.
Good morning all, as you are well aware Los Angeles is becoming a Tech giant in its own right and the L.A. Auto Show is looking for app developers working in the mobility field. Any app you’ve developed that has to do with autos, mobility and transportation will be considered in this competition to be a feature at the AutoMobilityLA , the auto industries private show held just prior to the public L. A Auto Show.
The top 10 winners of this competition will get a few perks like inclusion i the L.A Mobility video’s, invitations to the 2 day L.A Mobility private show as well as breakfast with the movers and shakers in the auto industry. For more information and how to enter do so click HERE.
One of the the BIGGEST, and I mean BIG, so big traffic backs up for miles type event here in the SGV is the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s open house. Last year it was such a cluster of traffic and hurt feelings our friends at JPL are introducing a ticket system to stem the tide and bring some order to their open house.
The Open House set for June 4 and 5 will require a ticket. Deets here on their FB Page. Short of it is no ticky no entry. Order your tickets HERE beginning Monday 4/25. Based on the limited amount of tickets and popularity of this event across the metro area I’d suggest you be up at dawn and start trying to order for this don’t miss event to see how JPL explores our solar system.
One the things you get in Press Days of the Los Angeles Auto Show that you don’t get in the public days is the grand reveals and Green Car Drives. It is physically impossible as a party of one to hit every press conference so I have to pick and choose which to attend so I can get in and see all the cars on display and photograph them. Trust me its a lot of work and not all party and booze and great food. There is some of that, but the thrust of the 2 day event is press conferences and not all are wowsers.
Audi was a real surprise. Instead of the ususal hype and bluster, they started with an apology for the current diesel kerfuffle with fudged testing vs operation parameters. They promised to earn their customers respect back. Then they went into the discussion on the future of Audi relying on electric cars, first to come is the A3 E-tron and soon to follow an all electric SUV the E-tron Quattro in a few years. By 2025 Audi expects 25% of all cars they sell to be electric. Continue reading What you missed at L.A Auto Show Press Days→
First up…Chevy’s Volt took the green car of the year award in a ceremony held Thursday Morning. Later I got to drive it and was impressed. Smoother ride, smoother transition back and forth between EV and gas mode, with much more time in pure EV mode than the prior version. Add in a much more refined, high end materials and fit in finish inside this car is nothing like its hard edged predecessor. I can see easily why it won “Green Car of the Year” for its technilogical and creature comfort advancements. Nice job Chevy.
We know little of this car other than an entry on the schedule of premieres during Press Days of the L.A. Auto Show coming up in 2 short weeks. Elio is a new car company the P5 is their debut car. Little is known. Rumors abound. Its a 3 wheel car, .9liter 3 cylnder, 80+mpg, 0-60 in under 10 seconds, top speed over 100. This is either going to be the greatest thing since the Tesla to make us change how we think about cars or will will be another blip on the radar that we snicker over like the Dale. I fear the latter as with “cheap” gas again and a resurgance of guzzing SUV sales and falling hybrid sales, but we’ll see. It may just wow us.
The L. A. Auto Show is open to the public 11/20-29 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Buy your tickets now and avoid the lines at the ticket booths. While there judge for yourself if the Elio Motors P5 is the future or a blip.
The kids at MHS Robotics, have battled their way to the National Robotics Championship and need help to get the money raised to get them there. The first ever Tech Challenge World Robotics Championships will be held in St Louis April 22-25 and they need to raise $12,000 to pay travel expenses and entry fee. They have a GoFundMe set up to make the donating process easy and painless. If you can help this great group of good kids realize a dream please donate! They need just another 3K to get there!
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about he kids in MUSD and their Robotics…those kids in 5th grade all those eons ago when my son was doing robotics are part of this team. Please make this happen for them!
Yes, you read that right. Rex Bruce the owner of the LACDA prints and shows every single piece of digital art and digital photography that is submitted for this show. This is like close to its 10th year he is doing this. There is no jury you simply submit your work. There is no limit to subject matter or how many images you show. Just put your best foot forward as LACDA culls future artists for its big shows from these submissions.
I love this show as its a wonderful snap shot of the world as seen by digital artists and photographers at this moment in history. There is no curation, but as a whole it tells a wonderful story of where we are artistically.
While the rest of the city was chasing #hiddencash I was doing something a lot more entertaining yesterday. I learned about solar powered cars. Then again, I nerd out on technology and cars so this was a double win for me.
I can’t begin to tell you the fun I have at Press Days for the L.A. Auto Show. Yes, its a lot of work but a lot of fun is interspersed during it too. You get to meet some really interesting people from all over the world, both media and manufacturer types. The reveals are 20 minutes long and 5 minutes apart. You have two choices…hustle to each or pick and chose the ones you want to stake out and really see. I always take the latter approach and have time to photo the exhibits with minimal people in the way.
Most of the manufacturers have some sort of refreshment set up. Audi and Porsche each set up pop-up restaurants with free wifi. Jaguar did a nice cafe this year too. However, hands down my favorite was the food trucks AND beer truck at the Nissan stand. Yes. A beer truck dispensing ice cold beer, ipa and ale from Stone Brewing. I had a nice cold glass of Arrogant Bastard thank you very much.
There are tons of other things going on during Press Days as well. There are receptions and happy hours. Notable ones were for the Design LA and Aftermarket Halls at the show. There is also the opportunity to get in and drive cars, mostly green cars on the last day (Thursday). Continue reading Press Days of the LA Auto Show→
The next three weeks are going to be prime, PRIME viewing of comet Ison. Its crossed earth orbit and is racing to the sun for its closest approach on Thanksgiving Day. With proper eye protection it may even be possible to see it as it circles around the sun that day.
Thanksgiving Day about 11am Ison will make its closest approach to the sun and may be visible, with the aid of special filters when it is close to the sun. It should be visible most of the day that day. Wow. Am like a kid in a candy store over this one.
Now that prime viewing charts have been established it looks like a sunset view isn’t gonna happen with this comet. Dawn and pre-dawn look to be the best during that peak viewing period. I had thought about going up the 15 to Stoddard Wells for viewing if it was going to be sunset. Scratch that and now looking at points east, say Joshua Tree pre-dawn excursion and set up to capture the comet in its glory as the sun slowly illuminates the horizon? Might as well start planning now before everyone else gets the bright idea to leave the city for best views without the encumberance of light pollution. Who’s in for leaving LA early enough to be in the desert for that with me? I’m thinking the weekend of 12/7-8 as it won’t have the mad hordes of Thanksgiving Traffic and be right in the middle of the best viewing period?
I wrote about Snapcious when it launched earlier this year. Its a fun game you play on your cell phone taking pictures then posting it to Snapcious for the other players to rate and comment on. Snapcious even lets you cross post to FB, twitter, flickr, pinterest and a host of other social media. You can download the app here for your iphone. Enough of the nuts and bolts…the meet up details.
Snapcious is hosting a meet up Saturday 9/28/2013. Any Snapcious player is welcome to attend. It will be fun to meet with other like minded folks and geek out with the app documenting downtown L.A. After the event is over a bunch of us will likely end up lunching somewhere in the area. To attend the event you just need to sign up for it at Meetup. Wear your comfy shoes.
NOTE we are meeting at the Hill Street entrance to the Grand Central Market.
DEETS:Saturday, September 28, 2013 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM Grand Central Market, 317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA MAP HERE
Just about a year ago CA allowed driverless cars. Google has a few out there, mostly in the Bay Area. Or so I thought. Coming back from the desert yesterday I spotted this one on the 10 somewhere around the 15. It was in the slower lanes and well, I wasn’t so I lost sight of it and continued my trek into the city.
Imagine my surprize as I was merging onto the 57 North when it suddenly appeared to my left and behind me. It was coming fast and passed me with signal on and the damn thing cut me off. I had to brake to keep a decent following distance, then it braked and moved over one more lane. WTF. Can’t they program it to keep decent following distances and not cut others off too?
Gawd as my witness,it happened. I even have a witness, my daughter Kari was with me and she grabbed the picture. All I gotta say is watch for them. They have giant spinning thing on top and look kinda dorky.
Imagine my horror this AM when my phone started buzzing and ringing and I wasn’t even awake yet. Didn’t know what was making my phone buzz, ring and vibrate so violently. I stumbled out the kitchen and saw the Amber Alert. Didn’t even know there was a Boulevard, CA until now.
This isn’t the first Amber Alert I’ve been rudely awakened too, but my first here In CA. The first was not quite 4 weeks ago while I was in Vegas and Nevada Highway Patrol saw fit to alert everyone, even non-residents of the alert.
I know from my FB feed that at some point during the night all of my friends got such a message to their phone. I’m not sure what I think about being pushed Amber Alerts, especially at all hours of the day. What’s your thought on the idea of 24/7 push notices on Amber Alerts? Is it good use or abuse of technology?