In Watch on February 23, 2011 at 7:29 am
This is a gorgeous video of the approach into LAX from the cockpit on a southbound flight:
I just flew this again on Monday, and the thing that always surprises me is how low you are already when you pass downtown/the 110 freeway/USC on the last little leg before landing. In the video this is right at 2:00 when the screen flashes “Watts.” That’s the 110 below at that point, and if you’re sitting on the right side of the plane you have a great view of downtown.
In Read, View on September 30, 2010 at 7:19 am
Here’s a list of the Top 45 Skylines of the World. Blogger Luigi di Serio has spent time studying urban planning, and has devised a quasi-scientific method of rating the world’s skylines:
Since skylines are mostly about aesthetic appeal and very subjective, how can I judge which skylines are the best? Well, there are some rigid criteria I’ve used for this list. So here is what they are in order.
- VVII: Visual Vertical Impact Index
- Style & Organization
- Feats & Marvels
- Surroundings & Topography
New York at #3.
Los Angeles at #34.
Click through for detail on his ranking method and the full 1-45 list.
In Read on September 10, 2010 at 7:17 am
Like many other kids, Aleah Nehue is learning to play an instrument. Unlike many other kids learning to play an instrument, she is taking accordion lessons. Unlike many other kids taking accordion lessons, she does her practicing outside on Main Street in downtown Los Angeles:
Aleah Nahue practices outside her mother's office in downtown L.A. Photo by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times.
Aleah and [her sister] Joane started playing several years ago, after they won free accordion lessons at a music school.
But two girls and two accordions was a lot of sound for [her mother] Fallis’ small storefront office, so one day three years ago, Joane pulled a chair outside and started practicing there.
“She came back inside with a smile and a dollar in her hand,” Fallis said.
Soon the girls were fighting over who could practice outside — and earn the tips people dropped into their cases.
I would have stuck with piano a lot longer if there were cash tips from strangers involved with practicing.
In View, Watch on August 23, 2010 at 7:06 am
X Games 16 came to Los Angeles three weeks ago, and they decided to mix it up with the venues this year. The Big Air super ramp has previously been set up in the parking lot north of the Staples Center (where it was quite the site to see from the 110 freeway). L.A. Live is there now, so they put Big Air in at the Coliseum.
Jordan Moore at the USC RipsIt Blog went over during setup and took pictures:
X Games Big Air at the L.A. Coliseum.
The scale of that ramp is mind-boggling.
Chances are slim that the event will return to the Coliseum next year, as event coordinators have complained about the venue being too big. Even if 50,000 people show up you’re still only half full.
UPDATE: There’s plenty of video on YouTube. Here’s Jake Brown:
In Listen, Read, Watch on July 22, 2010 at 7:56 am
OK Go went boom four years ago with their treadmill video, and they’re back at it with the creative one-take music videos. Here’s the video for “End Love” from their latest album:
Highlights include one continuous shot over two days, L.A.’s Echo Park, and one very interested goose.
UPDATE: The band answers questions about the video:
“There were about four days to set choreography off-site, and we ran the routine twice on-site. The whole routine takes 21 hours from start to finish. I’m not sure how long exactly post-production took but my guess is about one month.”
In Read on July 14, 2010 at 7:32 am
Early in the morning yesterday the elephants from Barnum’s Funundrum made their way through downtown Los Angeles to the Staples Center. The circus opens today and runs through Sunday, July 18.
Elephants crossing Flower on 11th in downtown L.A. Photo by AP.
Reports in both the L.A. Times and the Huffington Post get a detail wrong. The train doesn’t drop the elephants off at Union Station, but at one of the rail yards further south (probably near Washington and Santa Fe based on pictures of the processional).
I learned this the hard way last year after getting up at 3:00 a.m. to see the elephants. I was at Union Station and was bitterly disappointed.
In View on June 11, 2010 at 11:21 am
Photo by John W. Adkisson
This is the first of 16 gorgeous photos of downtown Los Angeles taken by John W. Adkisson from the Goodyear blimp. Follow the link to the L.A. Times for hi-res versions.