Hearing Implants Mean No Limits for Andie Aviv

Hearing Implants Mean No Limits for Andie Aviv

What do we admire in others? While largely a matter of personal taste, there are some attributes commonly held to be exceptional. One of those is the ability to choose one’s path, powering through limitations real or imagined to arrive at the desired result. In that tradition, San Fernando Valley rider and resident Andie Aviv was […]

Every Day is Earth Day

Every Day is Earth Day

If we need one day a year to remind us to treat it with respect, veneration even, so be it.  It doesn’t do any harm to celebrate “Earth Day.” But more appropriately every citizen of the planet would be aware of this every day. The Earth is our shared temple. I’ve been getting some flack for […]

Bullish on Intellectual Property

Bullish on Intellectual Property

Can proximity create copyright infringement? Artist Arturo Di Modica claims it can. The creator of the famous bronze “Charging Bull” that has since 1989 been a visual signifier of Wall Street is demanding that the city of New York  remove an adjoining sculpture he says distorts the meaning of his work. In March, the statue dubbed “Fearless Girl” was […]

‘Wild’ at Art

‘Wild’ at Art

(Photos by Paula Parisi) As evenings go, it was a tantalizing mix of paintings and poetry, with a some science thrown in (bonus points!) Definitely worth driving to Torrance for “Margaret Lazzrari – Wild Biology: A Mid-Career Retrospective” at the El Camino College Art Gallery. In fact, I hope to go again before the show […]

Humans: A Look Under the Hood

Humans: A Look Under the Hood

Over drinks at a cocktail party — mine wine, his water — a physicist I know compared his body to a Ferrari.  A vintage Ferrari, I thought, raising an eyebrow as he explained how he puts only the purest of fuel in his tank. Well-conditioned human bodies are often compared to fine-tuned machines. It’s an apt metaphor. We’re carbon-based […]

Rock Of Stages

Rock Of Stages

For nerds who love rock music, there are few careers as promising as engineering for a production sound firm. Clair Global is the largest, operating from headquarters in Lititz, PA, the company serves the needs of the live touring concert industry, festival and rehearsal clients, and broadcast and corporate projects. The company does everything from piano tuning […]

Decoded Says Learn Code in a Day

Decoded Says Learn Code in a Day

The ability to make technology palatable to average folks is a skill much in demand — yet still not as emphasized as it should be. It’s the idea behind Decoded, a very cool company that teaches citizens how to code — at least a little bit — in just one day. Based in London, with […]

LA Law Library at 125

LA Law Library at 125

(Event photos by Paula Parisi) Hard to believe, but when it comes to the law, the wild west is actually a bastion of civilization. Outside of Washington, D.C., our own LA Law Library is the largest public law library in the nation. When it comes to the enthusiasm, knowledge and helpfulness of the staff, it is second to […]

Street View: L.A.’s Homeless

Street View: L.A.’s Homeless

It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to those who live here, and likely encounter dozens of lost souls per day, but Los Angeles is the homeless capital of the nation. It’s a dubious distinction. Yes — it’s democratic — the rich and poor and middle class stirring it up on the same streets.  Well, […]

Oasis Coming to a Screen Near You

Oasis Coming to a Screen Near You

Is there a screen big enough to contain the outsized egos of Brit rockers Noel and Liam Gallagher? We sure hope so! It’s hard to imagine a more amusing band: hair-obsessed as a Spinal Tapper, more argumentative than Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. And their music? Sonic leaps in joyful bounds. Let’s just say, they are appropriately […]

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