Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

L.A. historical transit system

Via Curbed LA, the attached link shows a map of the transit system L.A. abandoned in favor of freeways.  That turned out well....

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Blade Runner location video

This is pretty cool - a 10 minute video juxtaposing scenes from Blade Runner with views of the actual locations.

Philippe the Original

JJ had the great idea of going down to the California Science Center today, and we had a great time.  I didn't get too many pictures (a couple are in the slideshow of one of the outer structures).  But afterwards, we decided to go to Philippe's for lunch.  I hadn't been there in a long time, my dad & my grandpa used to like to go there.  For those of you who don't know, the restaurant has been around since 1908 and Philippe supposedly invented the French Dip sandwich.  Whether he did or not it's the same as it ever was and Philippe's is the best.  We also ordered lemonade, potato salad, and boysenberry pie.  I wasn't thinking about pie, but literally almost every person in front of me ordered a piece of pie, which made me think "Well, looks like I need to order some pie".  I've never been there when the place wasn't jammed.  Mini slideshow after the jump.  And yes, that is indeed the famed SR-71 Blackbird sitting outside the Science Center.  What an impressive piece of machinery - my dad and I saw it flying at an air show a long time ago, and it is one of the coolest memories I have from childhood.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Valley Dude in the Second City

I was in Chicago on business, and on my last day there I was scheduled to be on a late flight (like 8:15 p.m.) to L.A.  Well turned out I didn't need to leave that late and could have left hours earlier, except American Airlines now has a NO STANDBY policy for non-elite flyers (meaning any change costs at least $150, even if you want to try to stand by - and that's before the fare change).  BOOOO.  So I had some time to spend after my last meeting, and took a walk through Millennium Park and visited the Art Institute of Chicago.  I was blown away by the stunningly beautiful architecture surrounding the Park and the pre-eminence of the Art Institute.  I had also experienced sheer awe at being on a rooftop next to Wrigley Field earlier in the week.  I guess I can't be all that mad at American Airlines now :-) The pictures of the buildings and art don't do either justice, in fact some of the pix of the art downright suck (except maybe the ones of Seurat's Sunday Afternoon).  Still, I can't help but share as they'll give you some teensy little idea of where I was.  Slideshow after the jump.

 Cloud Gate (a/k/a "The Bean")

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mulholland Drive Bridge

On the weekend of July 16-17, half of the Mulholland Drive Bridge (the bridge that spans the I-405 at the Sepulveda Pass) will be demolished and then rebuilt to accommodate plans for a wider freeway.  The other half will be demolished and rebuilt next year.  I thought I would snap a few pictures before the bridge, as I've known it my whole life, goes away.  Unfortunately I couldn't get close to the bridge for a long shot as the embankments above the 405 were fenced off for construction equipment.  A nice little history, along with some pretty cool photos of the bridge when it was brand new are at the Metro's website here.   More photos below the jump.

View of the I-405 looking north towards the Valley, taken from the bridge