Thursday, February 20, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
If you’re participating in Friday’s “Speed Dating on the Red Line” event, above is the waiver you will need to sign. If you want to get a head start, here’s the waiver, which will also be available at registration for the event.
Registration will be on the east mezzanine of the Red Line station at Union Station (the transit plaza and Vignes Street side) and the mezzanine level of the North Hollywood station. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 12:30 p.m. and ‘speed dating’ will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
What’s the event all about? First you’ve heard of it? Check out the flier below. And if ‘Speed Dating’ is a little too much for you, Metro has an Instagram Valentine’s Day contest.
Checking the calendar... nope, not April 1st. :p
Given I ride on the Red Line every day, I have to wonder how this will go over. Some of the characters are, well, um... yeah...
Thursday, February 06, 2014
They're like peas in a pinche pod: Sriracha and Tapatío hot sauces. Vietnamese and Mexican. The Orange County future. But while the Sriracha story is well-known, the Tapatío tale is mostly a mystery, namely because the founding family likes it that way, preferring to stay away from the maddening crowds and concentrate on their product at their super-secret Vernon location.
Luckily, I was able to secure an interview with the Tapatío family for my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and found many fascinating facts about them that the general public doesn't know. And here we go...and, yes: the banner says 10 things, but we're throwing in an extra fact just for the hell of it!
Funny how this comes full circle, I see it on Daily Infographic and in the find out it's from a local'ish (okay, a couple county's over, but close enough, it's all SoCal! ;) newspaper. Also that I'm looking at our big bottle of Tapatio right now... :)
Thursday, January 09, 2014
It’s an exciting time to be a technologist in LA. Our tech startup community is rapidly growing, we’re seeing an ever-strengthening bond between the tech scene and Hollywood’s massive entertainment space, and the social entrepreneurs and politicians in LA are looking for technologies to help solve their problems.
So, how and where do you get involved? This doesn’t cover everything, but it’s a pretty solid start.
LA Startup Community
If you’re new to the LA startup community,...
LA’s universities produce some of the top technology talent, but apparently we’re having difficulty attracting and retaining them in the LA startup community...
LA Tech Conferences (Non-Startup)
There’s a new big tech event coming to LA: The Code Conference (May). ...
Live or visiting the Los Angeles area, there are some great "Tech" resources, meetups, etc in this post.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Family Archival Solutions - Your Internet Dead Man Switch (oh, that wasn't very PC, but you get the idea... hopefully)
One of the biggest issues that families have after the loss of a loved one, is the sticky mess of unraveling piles of bills, bank accounts, wills, and whatnot. Los Angeles-based Family Archival Solutions is hoping that its new, online service will help address those issues, by letting users manage both their digital--and physical--documents. The startup said its service lets users store passwords for email services, photo sites, Facebook, Twitter and more; helps users track their physical assets and documents; and even lets people store videos and emails to loved ones for the future. ...
We Save Your Life®
We provide peace of mind in protecting & preserving life’s most precious memories, important documents & family assets.
Safely Helping to Assist With:
- Special Wishes
- Digital Documents
- Digital Assets
- Physical Documents
- Physical Assets
- Photos and Videos
- Personal Legacy
Interesting service. I'd personally want to see this be around for a little bit before I trust it. NOT that this is, but I can see who something like this could be a good, um, err, um, scam... I mean, it only really kicks in when your dead, and it's really hard to complain and file a complaint then....
That said, I think this is still a great idea and something I'll be watching...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
We're proud to announce the Socaltech 50, our list of the 50, up-and-coming people in Southern California's technology ecosystem. Getting to this list was not easy: we received over 700 nominations for people to be considered on the list, and it took a lot of work by our selection committee to whittle down the list to the finalists
Go, go SoCal! Many lesser known, for now, names, but some bright and shiny ones like SnapChat too!
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Habitat for Humanity SF/SCV, USO Greater Los Angeles Area and you at the BBQ! "BBQ for Our Troops," Nov 9th
Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)
Santa Clarita, CA
Military/Veteran Admission FREE with proof of service!
(in partnership with USO Greater Los Angeles Area)
Join us and USO Greater Los Angeles Area in celebration of Veteran’s Day weekend when leading like-minded organizations fuse resources and unify their efforts to support active duty troops, veterans, and their families! Watch caring corporations break ground on the new community and enjoy kids carnival games, a chili cook-off, USO style show, and of course a delicious BBQ. This community event will be held at our newest 87-home Habitat Enriched Neighborhood ™ for veterans at Centre Pointe Parkway in the Santa Clarita Valley. Joining us is the USO Greater Los Angeles, known for lifting the spirits of American troops and their families from throughout Southern California.
God love our Vet's! :)
Monday, September 09, 2013
In many ways, it is hard to believe that twelve years have passed since our nation was savagely attacked on September 11, 2001. While time moves forward, it in no way lessens the resolve of firefighters who loudly pledge:
We Shall Never Forget!
The men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department warmly welcome you to stand with them in fulfilling this pledge, as they gather for Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance events on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at five separate locations.
All are welcome to these solemn yet uplifting public ceremonies:
Thursday, September 05, 2013
On Thursday, we celebrated the opening of a new Microsoft Technology Center in Los Angeles with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring local officials, non-profit partners and area customers.
Located in the “Silicon Beach” area of L.A., our newest MTC is a 21,000-square foot state-of-the art office with the latest in Microsoft consumer and business technologies on display. L.A.-based customers and partners visiting the MTC will experience how our collaboration technologies enable them to seamlessly connect with colleagues all over the world via high-definition audio and video.
They can also play with the latest in mobile devices such as Surface and the Nokia Lumia 1020 with Windows Phone 8 and immerse themselves in the latest in large, touchscreen displays. With this new MTC, our customers and partners will see our innovation come to life.
Guests at today’s opening included Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, State Senator Ted Lieu, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), City Councilman Mike Bonin, Gary Toebben from the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and actress Holly Robinson Peete of the HollyRod Foundation.
Microsoft celebrated the grand opening of its new L.A. office on Thursday, and Mayor Eric Garcetti, a high school mariachi band and actress Holly Robinson Peete were among the eclectic mix of guests at the event.
The roughly 20,000-square-foot Microsoft space is part of the Reserve, a 20-acre creative use campus in Playa Vista that was formerly a U.S. Post Office facility.
Half of Microsoft's space -- which features an open floor plan, communal tables and conference rooms with SoCal-inspired names such as Malibu, Hermosa and Zuma -- will be occupied by employees, primarily those on the enterprise and sales and marketing teams. About 130 employees will work from the new office; they previously worked from Microsoft's now-closed office in downtown L.A.
The other half of the space will be used as a technology "showcase office" for Microsoft to display its latest devices and software to customers and host community events, Mark Kornegay, the company's general manager for the Southern California district, said in an interview.
Microsoft opened new offices in Playa Vista Thursday, adding to its presence in the technology zone known as Silicon Beach.
Elected officials, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Congresswoman Maxine Waters were on hand to cut the ribbon on the new Microsoft Technology Center. The center will be the base for about 130 Microsoft employees and replace offices in downtown Los Angeles.
“If you think through where our offices have resided, it’s always been where growth is,” said Mark Kornegay, the new General Manager of Microsoft, Southern California. He said the company opened offices in downtown Los Angeles during a period of revitalization there. “Now, Silicon Beach is where a number of companies have invested, a number of our customers are, so this is the area where there’s a tremendous amount of growth and Microsoft continues to follow that growth.”
It's a shame there's not yet a light rail/sub near this office... I'd love to take a lunch train ride down to check it out (Drive down? The 405? Santa Monica/Playa Vista? Yeah, not unless I have too and there's money or beer involved... ;)
UC Irvine, Canvas and AMC - "Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s The Walking Dead" online course...
UC Irvine has just announced that it will be extending its studies of the human condition into the undead. By partnering with online learning platform Canvas and AMC, UC Irvine has created a class called "Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC's The Walking Dead."
The course, while clearly a bit of a gimmick, will cover a wide range of topics pertinent to surviving a zombie apocalypse. By enrolling, you'll be signing up to learn about subjects from "Nutrition in a post-apocalyptic world — are squirrels really good for you?" to "The spread of infectious disease and population modeling — swarm!"
From understanding social identities to modeling the spread of disease, this eight-week course will span key science and survival themes using AMC’s The Walking Dead as its basis. Four faculty members from the University of California, Irvine will take you on an inter-disciplinary academic journey deep into the world of AMC’s The Walking Dead, exploring the following topics:
- Maslow’s hierarchy of needs—is survival just about being alive?
- Social order and structures—from the farm and the prison to Woodbury
- Social identity, roles, and stereotyping—as shown through leaders like Rick and the Governor
- The role of public health in society—from the CDC to local community organizations
- The spread of infectious disease and population modeling—swarm!
- The role of energy and momentum in damage control—how can you best protect yourself?
- Nutrition in a post-apocalyptic world—are squirrels really good for you?
- Managing stress in disaster situations—what’s the long-term effect of always sleeping with one eye open?
Each week we’ll watch engaging lectures, listen to expert interviews, watch exclusive interviews with cast members talking about their characters, use key scenes from the show to illustrate course learning, read interesting articles, review academic resources, participate in large and small group discussions, and—of course—test our learning with quizzes. We recommend that you plan on spending about two (2) to four (4) hours per week on this course, though we believe the course is compelling enough you’ll want to spend more time.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Describe how infectious diseases—like a zombie epidemic—spread and are managed
- Apply various models of society and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to existing and emerging societies as a means for understanding human behavior
- Analyze existing social roles and stereotypes as they exist today and in an emerging world
- Debate the role of public health organizations in society
- Describe how mathematical equations for population dynamics can be used to study disease spread and interventions
- Apply concepts of energy and momentum appropriately when analyzing collisions and other activities that either inflict or prevent damage
- Summarize multiple methods for managing stress in disaster situations
Of course I signed up! :)
Monday, August 26, 2013
Also of note:
APIs / Feeds / Data
Welcome to Metro’s developer site – this is a website for technical individuals and entities who are using transportation and multi-modal data in interesting ways. Since first releasing our transit data in the summer of 2009, numerous developers have incorporated our data into their applications — you can see a list of featured applications here.
- Metro’s Developer Challenge — Winning entries selected! (added June 2011)
- Metro Realtime API — real time arrivals in JSON, JSON-P, and XML (added March 2011)
- Revised Terms and Conditions, specifically Section 2 (added Jan 2011)
- We’ve added notifications/alerts to the GTFS, GIS, and Bikeways pages — sign up and get alerts when this information changes. (added Jan 2011)
- Metro Bikeways Data (added Dec 2010)
Become a member: Joining is FREE and will allow you to comment and have direct communication with our developers responsible for each data sets.
Get an API Key: You must have a valid API Key to utilize the Trip Planner Information Feed. You will be assigned a key at registration. Check your profile page to retrieve your API key.
Read the Policies: Please familiarize yourself with our Terms and Conditions, and Policies for using the various data and this website.
Read the Trip Planner Information Feed documentation: The web services offers data from 65+ Southern California transit agencies.
Read the FAQ: Questions about this site, the data or tools needed to utilize the data.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
[Limited time local offer] LA Dodgers Do Simi a Good One... Out of respect for our July 4th Firework accident, Simi residents can get a discount for their July 12th game...
Out of respect of the events that took place on July 4 in Simi Valley, the LA Dodgers would like to extend a special invitation to all Simi Valley residents and their family and friends. The team is offering special discounts for this Friday's game against the Colorado Rockies, starting at 7:10 p.m. on July 12.
Please click here to access the discount, create a Dodgers account, and use this special password: Simi
Special pricing is:
- Infield Box $50 (regular price $80)
- Preferred field Box $26 (regular price $50)
- Loge Box MVP $45 (regular price $65)
- Infield Loge Box $35 (regular price $55)
- Preferred Loge Box $20 (regular price $28)
- Reserve MVP $18 (regular price $28)
- Infield Reserve $11 (regular price $20)
- Preferred Reserve $9 (regular price $16)
- Left field pavilion $14 (regular price $17)
- All you can eat right field pavilion $26-28 (regular price $30-34)
Remember to use the special code: Simi [GD: Post Leached in Full]
There might only be one or two of you out there who can take advantage of this, but still I thought it a nice move by the Dodgers. Go Dodgers! Dodgers FTW :)
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Are you looking for a domain name which communicates uniquely that you're in Los Angeles? A new domain name extension, .LA, debuted this week from a company, which is hoping to attract local businesses and residents to its domain. According to domain registrar GoDaddy, it has begun offering Los Angeles specific web names both via auction and by registration, including domains like MovieStars.LA, Scripts.LA, Studios.LA, and Producer.LA. ... the .LA extension comes thanks to Dot LA Marketing LLC, which has partnered with GoDaddy to offer up those names. GoDaddy is offering up the .LA names at a somewhat pricey $39.99 a year...
I'm going to regret not registering these...
Shame ILove.La is taken already :)
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Want the world's best Science Fiction And Fantasy Library? Come to LA... The Eaton Collection @ UC Riverside
Science fiction and fantasy fans rejoice and take some time to visit the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Yes, this impressive collection is the world’s largest collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian literature. Housed in the UC Riverside Library’s Special Collection and Archives, it is publicly accessible and a wonderful destination for any literature fan.
Just what will you find here? More than 100,000 hardcover and paperback books as well as almost 100,000 fanzines. You’ll find full runs of a lot of pulp magazines and more than 500 shoot scripts from many science fiction films. Add to all of that a huge collection of comic books, manga and anime as well as trading cards, posters, action figures and pins – and you’ve got one of the most exciting collections for any fan of pop culture and science fiction.
The Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy is the largest publicly-accessible collection of science fiction, fantasy, horror and utopian literature in the world. It is housed in the UC Riverside Libraries' Special Collections & Archives in the Tomás Rivera Library.
- About the collection and how to use it
- History of the Eaton Collection
- Contributing to the Eaton Collection
The collection is a major resource for research and is visited by scholars from around the world for both its American and international holdings. It features over 300,000 holdings including:
- Over 100,000 hardback and paperback books.
- Full runs of many pulp magazines.
- Nearly 100,000 fanzines.
- Film and visual material, including 500 shooting scripts from science fiction films.
- Comic books, anime and manga.
- Collectible ephemera and realia, including cards, posters, pins and action figures.
The Eaton Collection is made up of a variety of smaller collections, including the archives (manuscripts and papers) of a variety of SF writers.
The collection is constantly growing with new items donated regularly. Here is a list of selected collections. Clicking on the link will take you to the main library website which features specific details on the collection.
To see the complete collection of all Special Collections holdings, please visit our Special Collections Archive Index page.
Lived in the greater Los Angeles area all my life and reading Science Fiction most of it too and never heard about this. Must plan a trip to see this...
Thursday, June 13, 2013
The [Los Angeles Metro Rail (Think LA Light Rail, Subway, Buses)] Source - New ‘under construction’ map for Metro Rail debuts
This is the latest “under construction” map produced by Metro’s Creative Services staff. As you can see, there are five rail projects shown that aren’t on the usual day-to-day rail map: the second phase of the Expo Line, the Gold Line Foothill Extension, the Crenshaw/LAX Line, the Regional Connector and Purple Line Extension of the subway.
The first two of those are under construction while utility relocations are underway on the other three.
It’s pretty impressive, given that prior to July 1990 — when the Blue Line opened — there was no Metro Rail. Check out this interactive map that shows how the system has grown in the past 23 years.
Metro Rail today has 87 miles of track and 80 stations and, of course, the system is set to expand beyond what’s shown above when other Measure R second and third decade projects are considered: the Eastside Gold Line Extension, the South Bay Green Line Extension, the Airport Metro Connector, the East San Fernando Valley Transit Corridor, the West Santa Ana Branch Corridor and the Sepulveda Pass Transit Corridor. [GD: Post Leached in Full]
While you all might now care, I now ride the subway every workday so I care and since it's my blog... :P
We have a long way to go, but we're getting there, where public light rail/subway transportation really becomes viable for many areas of LA. The main problem. from my seat, is that it's still to hub focused. To focused on LA Union Station. But hey, again, there's hope with the new projects that even that will get better! :)
Friday, February 15, 2013
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — A few weeks after Metro beefed up their bike etiquette signs aboard trains, they have continued to promote good public transit manners with new platform decals at the 7th/Metro Center Station.
These floor signs have been placed on red and purple line platforms and are intended to help coordinate the flow of traffic on and off trains, Metro's blog The Source reports.
These decals look like large yellow mats with arrows pointing away from the train, indicating that riders should be let off the light-rail line before new ones board. There are two additional diagonal arrows outside the yellow mat that point towards the train -- telling passengers they should wait to the sides until it's their turn.
Stephen Tu of Metro's rail operations told The Source that the 7th/Metro station is the busiest rail station in the system, and that they already build an extra minute into the subway schedule to account for the large number of boardings at this station. These trial-run floor decals are an attempt to reduce wait times and ease passenger transitions at the station.
I know light rail & subways are kind of new to Los Angeles (though we've had them for over a decade) so maybe people don't know the right waiting for a train etiquette, but you know it's really much easier for you to get in, if you wait for the people to get out first (and thereby giving them some room to get off the darn train too). Yeah, I know, people waiting to get on a train, standing right in front of the doors are causing a traffic jam by blocking people from getting off, imagine that! Matter of fact, same rant for elevators too.
Come on people, get a clue. Do you really have the IQ that requires a mat this this to figure this out?
(sigh... yes, they do... I almost "expressed myself loudly and forcefully" (aka almost lost it) today with people blocking me from getting off the train... TGIF ;)
Friday, January 04, 2013
Is that the world's tallest thermometer in your pocket or are you just...anyway... The Baker Thermometer is for sale!
If you've driven from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, surely you've noticed the town of Baker, and its iconic giant thermometer. In recent years the 134-foot-tall landmark hasn't been working, however, and a couple of the businesses on the property on which it stands have also gone kaput. Now its owner is searching for a remedy in the form of a buyer: The thermometer is up for sale for $1.75 million.
Photo by matchity via Flickr
For that bargain price, you can not only just claim ownership of the world's tallest thermometer, but you'll also be the owner of "the vacant gift shop at the base and the four-acre parcel along Baker Boulevard," Baron Castillo of Coldwell Banker Commercial in Los Angeles tells the L.A. Times. Castillo, who is handling the sale, says it's really just a matter of the new owner fixing it up.
Now THAT'S what I should have asked Santa for! And only $8k a month for the power to light it up. Given the location, sounds like perfect solar opportunity... um... hook in some advertising for the solar company on the sign... um...
"Honey, I've got this idea for an investment..."
[SMACK!! Annette hits Greg with the Stupid Stick... ;]
Thursday, November 29, 2012
"Are you a code warrior? Do you know how to solve any software challenge thrown at you? A newly launch, Los Angeles startup, CodeWars, is looking to create a place where developers can compete, sharpen their skills, and gain the respect of their peers. The startup--founded by Nathan Doctor and Jake Hoffner--says it is building a society where highly talented developers can compete, collaborate, and unite on technical challenges. The recently launched site ..."
Kind of interesting (mostly because I was able to pass the first challenge... um... after a quick bing to confirm... um.. yeah) but more importantly since it's also a local biz, it gets "cooled..." :)
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
It's raining sharks in Orange County! No, we're serious. An on-duty course marshall at San Juan Hills Golf Club in San Juan Capistrano discovered a live, two-foot-long shark thrashing around on the 12th tee box on Monday afternoon. Maybe it wasn't the biggest of beasts, but still, it was a shark. On a golf course. That fell from the sky.
The golf course is located less than four miles from the Pacific Ocean, and Director of Club Operations Melissa McCormack believes the possible leopard shark—described as "light brown in color with black spots"—was plucked out of the water by a predatory bird, then dropped onto the course, according to The Capistrano Dispatch. When the shark was found around 4 p.m., it was bleeding from puncture wounds near its dorsal fin.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Well see that very cool SHUTTLE XING sign in the foreground? It was designed by Traffic Management, a company who makes all kinds of road signs, and is now being offered for sale on their website as a novelty sign..
Original Design by Traffic Management Inc., the official Traffic Management company responsible for Mission 26 of the STS Endeavor on October 12th and 13th 2012.
If you visit the Traffic Management Novelty Sign page you will see the entire list of sizes they have available for immediate ordering. Just a word of caution though concerning shipping. A fellow Space Geek purchased the 12 inch x 12 inch sign and shipping cost just more than the sign itself did ($25 for the sign and $27.95 for the shipping).
That's awesome. Thanks for pointing this out Richard!