July 16, 2012
I’m back! After three months of working 12-hour days, I finally have time to update my blog! Boy, have I missed finding cool things to share with my readers and friends. I also have photos of new art, which I will be uploading soon! First things first- here is something neat I found today:
“The WhatWasThere project was inspired by the realization that we could leverage technology and the connections it facilitates to provide a new human experience of time and space – a virtual time machine of sorts that allows users to navigate familiar streets as they appeared in the past.
The premise is simple: provide a platform where anyone can easily upload a photograph with two straightforward tags to provide context: Location and Year. If enough people upload enough photographs in enough places, together we will weave together a photographic history of the world (or at least any place covered by Google Maps). So wherever you are in the world, take a moment to upload a photograph and contribute to history!”-From the What Was There website
The above photo was taken at 1st and Central. This is what the same location looks like today.
(Note- use the fade tool!)
April 1, 2011
Tomorrow is International Pillow Fight Day!
Here are the rules:
“Bring a pillow. Preferably feather.
Yes, it makes a mess, but we’ll do our best to clean up afterwards.
Leaving no trace would be awesome
ONLY HIT PEOPLE WITH PILLOWS—-my favorite
DO NOT HIT PEOPLE Carrying CAMERAS
Here are the FAQS:
Will it cost me anything? - No
Where will we meet? - Pershing Square
When does the fight start? - When you hear the air horn
What time will that be? - 2pm Sharp
Can I help clean up? - Yes
Do you have permits? - No
Do you need permits - No
Will I get arrested? - No
Who is in charge? - No one is in charge”
More about the Urban Playground Movement here.
*Photo and info via LAist.com and pillowfightlosangeles.com
December 30, 2010
Look what I found! I was researching rental prices in the area, and came across this listing. The property comes with a fully functional bar and kitchen equipment. Sadly, I don’t think the sale price includes the rad industrial chairs.
Approx. 3,000 SF Bar/Pub in Downtown Los Angeles.
Opportunity to purchase a fully functional bar, equipped with a kitchen and equipment, walk in refrigerator, grease trap, and hood.
Entitled for alcohol service until 2am, 7 days a week.
Trade name and decor are not included in sale.
Current lease is approx. $5K per month modified gross, with favorable gross percentage rent over natural breaking point. Four and a half years remaining on the lease, with two additional five year options with fixed increases.
Entitled for one billiards table & live entertainment.
Downtown Los Angeles currently houses 39,573 residents in a 5.3 square mile radius, and has a weekday population of 500,000 people daily.
Average household income of $92,200
December 2, 2010
I’m a huge fan of James Perse–especially his sample sales. My favorite pair of sweatpants are James Perse. They are SO soft and comfy. Seriously.
There’s a James Perse boutique down the shop from my office–and now there’s going to be a James Perse Furniture showroom at the PDC. I don’t know how well it will fair, as the furniture line is not that extensive right now. Maybe they’re expanding. But, I’ll definitely take one of the teak chaises below (even though they are upholstered in Sunbrella and not some magically invented James Perse soft outdoor fabric). How amazing would a dozen of these be by a swanky rooftop pool? (hint-hint) Bonus- All of the Teak used in this chaise was grown in an environmentally safe and friendly farm.
|“The James Perse Furniture collection is a seamless extension of the brand. It embodies the same philosophy as the clothing; classic, simple, and timeless, the essence of a casual way of living. The furniture appeals to a broad cross-section of homes from traditional to modern. The collection is not limited to only the indoors as it also extends to outdoor environments. Currently, four collections define the James Perse Furniture Line.”|
November 1, 2010
I love, love, love this idea……I feel so behind. This is the first I’ve heard of these amazing vending machines full of seedbombs. What is a seedbomb you ask? They are little balls of seeds, you can toss into an ugly, vacant lot so new plants will grow.
More from the Green Aid site:
“Made from a mixture of clay, compost, and seeds, “seedbombs” are becoming an increasingly popular means combating the many forgotten grey spaces we encounter everyday-from sidewalk cracks to vacant lots and parking medians. They can be thrown anonymously into these derelict urban sites to temporarily reclaim and transform them into places worth looking at and caring for. The Greenaid dispensary simply makes these guerilla gardening efforts more accessible to all by appropriating the existing distribution system of the quarter operated candy machine. Using just the loose coins in your pocket, you can make a small but meaningful contribution to the beautification of your city!
It’s fun, profitable, educational, sustainable, and interactive. Greenaid is equally an interactive public awareness campaign, a lucrative fundraising tool, and a beacon for small scale grass roots action that engages directly yet casually with local residents to both reveal and remedy issues of spatial inequity in their community.
Whether you’re a business owner, educator, or just a concerned citizen we’d like to work with you to get Greenaid in your community. You can purchase or rent a machine (or two, or ten…) directly from us and we will develop a seed mix as well as a strategic neighborhood intervention plan in response to the unique ecologies of your area. You then simply place the machine at your local bar, business, school, park, or anywhere that you think it can have the most impact. We will then supply you with all the seedbombs you need to support the continued success of the initiative.”
Watch this video to learn more about the design.
Click this map to find out if there’s a Green Aid Seedbomb vending machine near you:
You can even buy seed bombs at anthropologie now :
“Toss these gumball-sized seed-and-soil pods out into your garden – no need to even dig a hole – and they’ll eventually bombard your yard with a bee, butterfly and bird-friendly wildflower mixture specific to the United States region of your choice. By Cincinnati design studio VisuaLingual.Set of five seed bombs
- Soil, flower seeds, muslin
- 4.5″H, 3″W
- Handmade in USA
West Coast: includes cornflower, Shasta daisy, farewell-to-spring, garland chrysanthemum, Sweet William, mountain phlox and California poppy
East Coast: includes baby blue eyes, baby’s breath, blue flax, dame’s rocket, black eyed Susan, gloriosa daisy and coreopsis
Mid-West: includes forget-me-not, prairie aster, wild larkspur, purple coneflower and rose mallow.”
I prefer the vending machine. Fan Greenaid on Facebook here.
*Photos from Greenaid and Anthroplogie.com
October 10, 2010
The other day I killed some time at the Grove. I was waiting for a friend to get off work so we could go to dinner. I needed to grab the latest book for book club, so I went into Barnes and Noble. I admit, I don’t spend much time at bookstores anymore, as I can buy books much cheaper online. It’s super sad–bookstores are dying.
But, the Barnes and Noble at the Grove has a new ways of luring people in–celebrity book signings. I mean, bookstores have always used book signings to get people to come buy books. But, the Barnes and Noble at the Grove is bringing in real celebrity authors (no A-list, but plenty of B and C list).
Nicole Richie and Tori Spelling had their book signings at this Barnes and Noble location.
Oct 12th-Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna
Oct 19th-Hillary Duff
Oct 28th- Judah Friedlander
Nov 9th-Ricky Martin
Nov 13th-Adam Carolla
Nov 18th- Kat Von D
See full list here.
Enough about celebrity authors. After I visited B&N, I headed to Anthropologie, where they were having a huge sale. But the rad art books were what really caught my eye. No, they weren’t on sale–but I spent about 1/2 an hour looking through them. Here are a few of the books I really liked: