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Something funny

Filed under: — stan @ 9:48 pm

There is a crew filming a movie in front of a house on San Pasqual near Caltech. I guess that it’s supposed to be set in some place that’s not Southern California, because they’re wrapping sheets of rubber fake bark on the trunks of the palm trees to make them look like ‘regular’ trees.


What the hell?

Filed under: — stan @ 6:53 pm

In a what’s-wrong-with-this-picture moment, there is a bus parked near our house. It’s painted in New Jersey Transit colors. Maybe this is like those stories I’ve read about migrating birds being blown off-course by storms. But the route marker on the front says “Beverly Hills”. Maybe NJT has a new Weehawken-Beverly Hills route going…



Weird Art

Filed under: — stan @ 7:19 pm

We went to see “My Blue Sky” at The Project in Downtown L.A. today. This was an art installation of sound recordings from various places. Very strange. After that, we went to the Museum of Neon Art to see the “Bumfuzzle” exhibit.


Moldy oldies

Filed under: — stan @ 7:34 pm

We went to see “American Originals: Treasures from the National Archives” today at the Central Library in Downtown L.A. It was an interestingly random collection of stuff. Among the displays they had President Kennedy’s inaugural speech, Benedict Arnold’s letter to George Washington, and the speech that President Nixon would have given if the Apollo 11 astronauts had been stranded on the moon. It was a pretty wide-ranging sampling of documents.


Lions and tigers and bears!

Filed under: — stan @ 9:32 pm

We went to “Merry Member Nights” at the L.A. Zoo this evening. They had the zoo open after hours. We saw some animals, but a lot of them had gone to sleep when the sun went down.

We also walked the Griffith Park Festival of Lights. It was impressive in a weird sort of way. And Lucinda had fun looking at it.


A trip to Hollywood

Filed under: — stan @ 7:53 pm

Today we went to the Hollywood Entertainment Museum. We had heard that they had an exibit about Hedy Lamarr and the invention of spread-spectrum radio. When we got there, they said that the exhibit had been canceled, but we decided to go in and have a look anyway. They have the Max Factor collection from the former Max Factor Museum, so we wanted to see it again. We saw the head analyzer, the kissing machine, and lots of other fun stuff. So it was still a fun time.


Some fun on a smoky day

Filed under: — stan @ 7:05 pm
Today we all went to the Science Museum in Exposition Park to see the Risk exhibit. This is about probability and perception of risk. It was pretty interesting. It also seemed somewhat appropriate, since fires are raging in the mountains. Lucinda was a bit afraid of the bed of nails at first, but after she tried it, she liked it enough to do it six more times.

There were also some exhibits on the second floor from the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

After the museum, we all had dinner at El Torito before going home.


Rubio Canyon and Travel Town

Filed under: — stan @ 7:44 pm

Today we had two adventures. First, we went on a short hike in Rubio Canyon. We got to see some of the remains of the old Mt. Lowe Railway. We didn’t get far enough up the trail to see the big landslide that covered the waterfalls, though.

After this, we went to Griffith Park to see the L.A. Live Steamers, but when we got there, the sign said that they were closed today. So we went next door to Travel Town to see the trains there. Lucinda had fun climbing on the trains.

After all this, we had lunch at Chevy’s in Glendale.


Filed under: — stan @ 8:33 pm

I noticed that we are getting another surge of activity on the dead dot-com page. This time it’s coming from a Spanish site at

Red to Gold

Filed under: — stan @ 8:28 pm

We went to the Pasadena History museum today to see “Next Stop – Pasadena – From Red to Gold”. This presented the history of rail transportation in Pasadena. It was pretty interesting seeing the old photos and artifacts.

Then we went to see “The Weather Underground”. This is a documentary about the Weathermen and their attempts at overthrowing the U.S. government from about 1969 to 1980. Now they are pretty much all settled middle-class folks, so it was interesting seeing them now and how they were then.

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