Tuesday, October 30, 2012

"All in the Family" explored racism, homosexuality, women's liberation, menopause, impotence, the Vietnam War and the loss of faith.

The series was brilliant, daring, funny and poignant. Over the seasons, "All in the Family" explored racism, homosexuality, women's liberation, menopause, impotence, the Vietnam War and the loss of faith. It was the No. 1 series for five years, won 22 Emmys including four for comedy series, and boasted several spinoffs: "Maude," "The Jeffersons," "Archie Bunker's Place" and "704 Hauser." ("All in the Family" was also the first sitcom for Tandem Productions founded in 1958 by Lear and Bud Yorkin.)


Friday, October 26, 2012

Lacrosse stars honored

US Lacrosse recently announced its boys’ US Lacrosse High School All-American and All-Academic teams. Mira Costa attacker Dakota Randall was named as an All-American while his teammate, midfielder Christopher O’Brien was selected to the All-Academic team.

According to US Lacrosse, an All-American is a player who exhibits superior skills and techniques and possesses exceptional game sense and knowledge. He is one of the best players in the United States, while also embodying excellent sportsmanship.


How about some Beach Tennis ??

Beach Tennis: The world’s top ranked beach tennis players will be competing in the Subaru Hermosa Beach Open International Beach Tennis Championships Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Hermosa Beach Pier. Action begins at 9 a.m. and is followed by an after party at 9:30 p.m. Beach Tennis, an internationally recognized professional sport governed by the International Tennis Federation, has grown faster than any beach sport in the world over the past few years. The sport, which started in Italy over 30 years ago, is now played in over 70 countries. The popularity in newer markets (such as the United States, South America, Russia and Bulgaria) is fueling its momentum for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics.


It's the Volleyball Hall of Fame for Mike Dodd

Olympic silver medalist Mike Dodd was among the latest inductees to the Volleyball Hall of Fame. The Manhattan Beach native won 75 titles during his career as a professional beach volleyball player.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

World's Smallest Nation

In 1967, Paddy Roy Bates commandeered a World War II-era British defense platform located six miles off the eastern coast of England. Since it was in international waters, he declared it the PRINCIPALITY OF SEALAND, an independent nation. While no other country has recognized this claim, Bates and his family have ruled their platform for over 40 years.  Paddy Roy Bates passed away recently.  He was 91 years old.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Only time will tell . . .

The differences are subtle. The time in the make-up chair is stated to be about 2 1/2 to 3 hours so this isn’t exactly a Hellboy-like transformation but then it’s not supposed to be. I guess the biggest differences are eye color, nose shape, and lower lip. I suppose the idea is that Joe is supposed to pass as a younger version of Bruce Willis, without distracting from the story. To that end, Gordon-Levitt says that he spent a large amount of time listening to Bruce Willis’ dialogue from his previous works and studying him in film and in person. Only time will tell if his research and the make-up are successful. But, in the meantime, I thought, “why not compare Looper JGL to 30-year-old Bruce Willis?”.   (from: Mr Movie Fiend)


Growing Up with Monsters - Carla Laemmle's Times at Universial Studios

This book, Growing Up With Monsters: My Times at Universal Studios in Rhymes, is a look back through Carla Laemmle’s eyes to over ninety years ago when she was just a little girl roaming, playing, and living in her uncle’s then newly built Universal Studios back lot from 1921 until 1937. She witnessed the birth of the modern horror film by seeing the Hunchback of Notre Dame filmed there in 1923, being the Prima Ballerina in the Phantom of the Opera in 1925, and even ended up speaking the first line of dialogue in Dracula in 1931—considered the first talking horror film. Read this centenarians tale in rhymes and illustrations and enjoy the gallery of first-release classic Universal Horror posters from these films and Carla’s personal photographs from that era and today.


Warner Bros. defeats heirs of 'Superman'

Almost 75 years after Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster created Superman, the battle for ownership of the Last Son of Krypton has become an expensive and much-disputed industry unto itself. Four years ago, Siegel’s heirs won a major victory when a judge granted them half of the Superman copyright, at least regarding how Superman appeared in Action Comics #1. As reported by the LA Times, however, Shuster’s heirs have not been so lucky: Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that the family of the co-creator could not reclaim a similar 50% stake in the copyright.

In court papers obtained by EW, the ultimate decision features an exciting winding road through the last three-quarters of a century — and references similar cases involving John Steinbeck, Winnie the Pooh, and Lassie. But the crucial link in the chain is a 1992 agreement between DC and Shuster’s siblings (the artist had no other heirs), when DC agreed to pay the late Shuster’s debts and pay his sister $25,000 a year. The decision comes at a fortuitous time for Warner, which is preparing to release a new Superman film, Man of Steel, next year.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Unimpressive it's NOT !!!

The Los Angeles Central Library in Los Angeles, California, USA


A Library has IMPACT !!!

Central Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus of OMA/LMN, Seattle, Washington, USA.


The Ansel Adams you don't know . . .

Most of us know Ansel Adams for his iconic images of Yosemite and the American Southwest. His pictures of Half Dome can be found in museum stores, book shops, and coffee table art tomes throughout the world– not to mention just about one out of every two college dorm rooms. One of our previous century’s most important photographers, Adams’ work was dictated by a tremendous appreciation of the environment–and the desire to showcase our country’s greatest natural treasures in their respective moments of desolate beauty.

But, lesser known is his 1940 work on assignment in Los Angeles for Fortune Magazine. Capturing a pre-war city in all her permutations, Adams put forth a narrative of life unspoiled in a city now so often scolded for the same. Adams discovered these ‘lost’ images in 1960, and donated them to the Los Angeles Public Library. Lucky for us, downtown L.A.’s art gallery ’drkrm’ is presenting these works now through March 17th–at 727 S. Spring Street. Or, catch them online soon!  Shown above is one sample of his work.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Kerry Wood Cubs Field

Chicago Public League student athletes will soon be playing baseball and hosting IHSA state baseball playoffs at a new stadium, Kerry Wood Cubs Field, at Clark Park near Lane Tech High School on Addison Street about a mile from Wrigley Field.

The Chicago Cubs, Chicago Cubs Charities, Wood Family Foundation, City of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and Turner Construction all contributed to make the $5 million stadium project possible.

Chicago Cubs Charities Board Chair Laura Ricketts today joined Kerry Wood to break ground on the field along with Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), representatives of the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, Turner Construction and members of the baseball teams from City Champion Simeon High School, Lane Tech High School and Lakeview High School.

Once completed, Kerry Wood Cubs Field will be owned and operated by the Chicago Park District. The field, which will include seating for 1,100 spectators and fans, is expected to be used by Chicago public high schools citywide throughout the high school baseball season during and after school hours. The Park District also expects to use the field for recreational leagues and use by the general public.


"3, 2, 1...Frankie Go Boom"

"3, 2, 1...Frankie Go Boom" is the story of Frankie (Charlie Hunnam, "Sons of Anarchy") who grew up tortured by his director-wannabe, or "Alfred Bitchcock", older brother Bruce (Chris O'Dowd, 
"Bridesmaids"), and how their relationship has or has not changed over time. When Frankie returns home for a visit, he finds that Bruce has taped his awkward sexual encounter with a new love interest (Lizzy Caplan, "Mean Girls"), and must get it back by any means necessary.

There is a great deal of crude humor that is often found in movies like "Superbad" and "Bridesmaids", but it's done so in moderation with an evident focus on Frankie's relationship with both Bruce and Lassie.


War of the Buttons (La guerre des boutons)

Set in occupied WWII France, the film tells the tale of pre-teen rebel Lebrac and the "war" he leads between two rival kid gangs from neighboring villages. Once Lebrac falls for Violette, a young Jewish girl who is new in town and in danger of being exposed by the Nazis, the children are faced with putting their own conflicts aside to protect her and confront the very real war happening around them.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Klein Bottle House, Mornington Peninsula, Australia

Architect firm McBride Charles Ryan created this slanted beach house, which was developed with topological mathematics in mind. It’s about a two hour drive from Melbourne, features a central courtyard, grand staircase, and has won several awards for its unique design.


Slanted Walls House boasts many unique features!

Sometimes it's the place you're in that can put a new slant on how you see the world, and this angled wall house by Giovanni D'Ambrosio does just that. Located in Mount Hotham, Australia, this house features massive glass walls that are positioned at a slant, giving the design a unique architectural interest while widening the outdoor views and giving the classic, earthy interiors a modern twist.




Monday, October 08, 2012



When's the last time you saw one of these ???


"Red Bull to photograph a free fall 36km above Earth"

Imagine free-falling from the edge of space down to Earth in around four minutes. It's a daredevil stunt most of us could only dream about, let alone witness.

Red Bull Stratos is the name of a mission that is trying to break the speed of sound, as one man hurtles towards earth from a stratospheric balloon. That man is skydiver and BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner, making the jump from a height of 120,000 feet — that's 36.5 kilometres above Earth.

To capture his jump for posterity will be a fleet of cameras also hurtling towards Earth. The camera system consists of three bodies and lenses for capturing cinematic, still and video images, including regular equipment like a Canon 5D Mark III and wide-angle lenses. But there's also many more cameras on board, such as some RED models.

"It's a very sophisticated system that's capable of three channels of live broadcast back to the Earth,  high definition recording, beyond high-definition with 4K cinematography cameras, and a system that basically is a flying television studio," said Jay Nemeth, an aerospace imaging specialist working on the Stratos project.

With temperatures as low as -56 degrees Celsius, Baumgartner has to wear a pressurised space suit fitted with an oxygen supply.

He has already successfully completed a jump from 28.9km above Earth, on 25 July, falling at a speed of 864km/h. You can see photos from the test flight courtesy of the Calgary Sun.

This isn't the first jump of its type to take place. Baumgartner is being mentored by Joe Kittinger, who made a similar jump from 31km above Earth in 1960. Kittinger used spring-wound movie cameras, while his cinematographer had to attach hot water bottles to the cameras to keep them working at the extreme temperatures.


"a mix of Spanish and French Renaissance styles"

The El Royale apartment tower in Hancock Park, a magnet for celebrity tenants since the Jazz Age, has sold for nearly $30 million in what may be the largest price-per-unit sale in Los Angeles history.
The 12-story building at 450 N. Rossmore Ave. was built in 1929 for the Hollywood crowd and early residents included Clark Gable, William Faulkner and Loretta Young. It was designed in a mix of Spanish and French Renaissance styles by the same architect who created the famous Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood.

El Royale was purchased by Kamran Hakim, one of the largest private landlords in New York, and Santa Monica real estate attorney Farhad Eshaghpour. They paid $29.5 million, or $526,786 per unit, real estate broker Ron Harris of Marcus & Millichap/Institutional Property Advisors said.

That's the highest price per unit paid for a Southern California apartment building, according to Marcus & Millichap.

"El Royale is one of the most iconic and celebrated apartment communities in all of Los Angeles County," Harris said.

The seller was a Los Angeles family trust that had controlled the building for more than 50 years. El Royale's original finishes include marble and hardwood floors, mahogany woodwork, tiles and iron chandeliers. Some of the building's 56 units have five bedrooms.


Monday, October 01, 2012

ICC World Twenty20 2012 Super Eights Group 1

Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka bats during the ICC World Twenty20 2012 Super Eights Group 1 match between Sri Lanka and England at Pallekele Cricket Stadium on October 1, 2012 in Kandy, Sri Lanka.


Jumping for Joy !!!

(L-R) Actors David Alvarez, Kiril Kulish and Trent Kowalik jump for joy with the award for best performance by a leading actor in a musical for 'Billy Elliot, The Musical' in the press room during the 63rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2009 in New York City.

(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)


Loving the Silent Tears

Fly to the Sky’ member Brian Joo is set to star in American musical,Loving the Silent Tears”. The R & B and K-Pop singer will be performing at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on October 27th.

The musical is going to shoe lots of ancient and modern musical styles which will include different songs in different languages and lively choreography from the many cultures featured in the play.

This play comes from the inspiration of the spiritual teacher Ching Hai.

World’s Tallest Ferris Wheel Planned for Staten Island

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said on Thursday that the world’s tallest Ferris wheel would rise above the Staten Island waterfront. The 625-foot-tall ride will displace the Singapore Flyer, at 541 feet the record-holder of the moment.

And what about the High Roller wheel planned for Las Vegas? The New York wheel will reach 75 feet farther into the sky. It will dwarf the 13-year-old London Eye by 182 feet and the original Ferris wheel, built for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, by 361 feet.

As if those statistics were not enough, here are more: The Staten Island wheel will be almost three times the height of the largest Ferris wheel in the United States, the 212-foot machine at the Texas State Fair. As it happens, the Texas wheel is the same size as the Riesenrad in Vienna, which figured in movies like “The Third Man” (1949) and “Scorpio” (1973).

Locally, the new wheel will be more than 10 times the height of the 60-foot one at the Toys “R” Us store in Times Square. Never mind that that wheel is indoors.

The Staten Island wheel — on which construction is expected to begin in two years, with an opening goal of 2015 — will be big in other ways. It will carry 1,440 people at once, 10 times as many as the Wonder Wheel in Coney Island (which, for the record, was originally called the Dip-the-Dip). The Singapore Flyer can accommodate only 840 at a time, the London Eye 800 (the passenger load of 11 double-decker buses, according to the London Eye’s Web site).

Still, the race is on. Norman D. Anderson, the author of “Ferris Wheels: An Illustrated History” (Popular Press, 1992), wondered how long the new New York wheel would reign as No. 1. “Everybody has to have something a little bigger,” he said. “It’s just a matter of time before we go to 1,000 feet.”