Thoughts on technology, entertainment and life in Los Angeles from Jen Robinson.
On November 4, 2008, I snuck out of my Philadelphia office mid-afternoon, drove to the airport, and bought a ticket for the next flight out to Chicago. It was becoming clear from the early results that Obama was going to win the presidency, and I had to be there.
I was in Grant Park as polls closed across the States, votes were counted, and the election was won. When Obama and his family took the stage and he gave his victory speech, my heart swelled with pride for my fellow citizens and our new President.
Four years later, I am as proud of President Obama as I was on that euphoric night in Chicago. Vote Obama 2012.
I hiked up Mount Lee for the first time a couple weekends ago. As a resident of an iconic place, you’ve got to be sort of cool about the sights and stars, but I took unchecked pleasure in this adventure. If you’re in LA, it’s worth the easy 3 mile trek from Sunset Ranch (of Mulholland Drive fame, natch).
The Hollywood Sign is undergoing a major new paint job and facelift for the first time in 35 years.
The sign was first hauled up to the top of Mount Lee as an advertisement for a new land development called “Hollywoodland.” In 1949, the “land” portion of the sign was taken down, leaving the shorter, more generic and now more famous nine-letter sign: “Hollywood.”
Now a crew is working on scraping off all the graffiti and old paint jobs that have built up over the years.
See more photos by KPCC photographer Mae Ryan and read about the project here.
Hilarious and awesome overview of Instagram by Casey Neistat. Well done.
If Facebook is lucky charms, Instagram is just the marshmellows
A Brief History of John Baldessari
The epic life of a world-class artist, jammed into six minutes.
Narrated by Tom Waits.
Commissioned by LACMA for their first annual “Art + Film Gala” honoring John Baldessari and Clint Eastwood.
"I will not make any more boring art!"
Patagonia is on Tumblr. A must follow if you love photos of people having fun outdoors.
This happened up the coast in San Luis Obispo. The best part is that girl nonchalantly standing on a paddle board, taking a photo while a 4-ton animal emerges from the deep mere feet away. I want that girl’s nerves.
My first earthquake! Or, the first I’ve felt. Mysteriously, I was wide awake when it hit at 3:18am. Resisted the urge to go outside and watch for the tsunami to come up the hill.
“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.”
– Jim Barksdale, former CEO of Netscape (via brycedotvc)