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Band Mashups

It’s come to my attention that our #bandmashups meme is now gaining steam virally.

Without further adieu, the remaining list:

Modest Deadmau5

Jay-ZZ-Top Or Jay-Z Trip (for the electro heads)

Adele the Funky Homo Sapien

Missy Elliott Smith

Death Cab for Cudi

Bon Iver Thugs & Harmony

Beach Boyz II Men

Cee Lo Green Day

Empire of the Mumford & Sons

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero-7

Ludacris Isaak

Fine Young Cannibal Ox

Mazzy Starfucker

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Yeah Yeahs

New Kids on the Bloc Party

Leann Busta Rimes

DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Artist Formerly Known As Prince

Notorious Big n’ Rich

Foster the Village People

Lil’ Wayne Newton

George Michael Jackson

Color Me Badd Religion



The Whobastank

Rolling STONE Temple Pilots



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Dulces Altos.

Proper production of a cannabis candy bar*.

First, butter. Lots of it. And more to come later.


While the butter is browning, establish the packaging: five small IKEA tupperware containers.






As the sautee progreesed, added more butter and additional cannabis.


Ingredients to order: (chunky) peanut butter, honey, himalayan sea salt, almond butter, coconut oil, vanilla extract, walnuts, serrano chiles, pili nuts, hershey’s (unsweetened) cocoa powder.


Sautee for 20 minutes on the lowest heat. Once cannabis is drying & crisp – and prior to burning, the odor is earthy and somewhat piney – remove from heat.


While cannabis rested, prepare the chocolate ‘bark’ – heated coconut oil (enough to be viscous), cocoa powder to taste, honey to taste, vanilla extract to taste. Add cannabis oil, resulting in a fine, chocolatey blend, ready for production.


Pour evenly into each Cannabar container, now lined with foil to expedite access once frozen.


Sealed, labeled.




Ready for use as soon as six hours, but optimally they will freeze longer to establish harder texture. Enjoy responsibly*.




*You must have a prescription for cannabis from an approved physician in order to consume cannabis legally. This recipe is for medical purposes only.




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Back to the Future: Steve Jobs Predicts Everything In 1985 Playboy Interview

Of all the Steve Jobs material circulating this week, this 1985 Playboy interview is one of the most, ahem, revealing. In a wide-ranging Q&A, a 29-year-old Jobs holds discourse on a wide range of topics – from the philosophy and history behind Apple (which was then in a ferocious war for market supremacy with IBM) to the increasing role of information technology in the world, to profound insights on human nature and creativity. With startling clarity, Jobs describes his vision of the future – and in doing so makes a series of predictions that both reveal his genius and cement his reputation as the DaVinci of his time.

Full article here, excerpts below.

On Personal Computers
Computers will be essential in most homes. We think that computers are the most remarkable tools that humankind has ever come up with, and we think that humans are basically tool users. So if we can get lots of computers to lots of people, it will make some kind of qualitative difference in the world.

On Predicting The Internet
The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people – as remarkable as the telephone.

On Quality Control
You can’t con people in this business. The products speak for themselves.

On Artistic Integrity
We built [the Macintosh] for ourselves. We were the group of people that was going to judge whether it was great or not. We weren’t going to go out and do market research. We just wanted to build the best thing we could build. When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be seen all the way through.

On The Loss Of Imagination With Age
It’s the same with any new, revolutionary thing. People get stuck as they get older. Our minds are sort of electrochemical computers. Your thoughts construct patterns like scaffolding in your mind. You are really etching chemical patterns. In most cases, people get stuck in those patterns, just like grooves in a record, and they never get out of them. It’s a rare person who etches grooves that are other than a specific way of looking at things, a specific way of questioning things.

On The Sixties
That whole period had a huge influence. As it was clear the Sixties were over, it was also clear that a lot of people who had gone through the Sixties ended up not really accomplishing what they set out to accomplish, and because they had thrown their discipline to the wind, they had nothing to fall back on. Many of my friends have ended up ingrained with the idealism of that period, but also with a certain practicality, a cautiousness about ending up working behind the counter at a natural foods store when they were 45, which is what they saw happen to some of their older friends. It’s not that bad in and of itself, but it is that bad if that’s not what you really wanted to do.

On His Home State
This was California. You could get LSD fresh made from Stanford. You could sleep on the beach with your girlfriend. California has a sense of experimentation and a sense of openness — openness to new possibilities.

On Corporations
Companies, as they come to become multi-billion dollar entities, somehow lose their vision. They insert lots of layers of middle management between the people who are running the company and the people who are doing the work. They no longer have an inherent feel or a passion about the products. The creative people, who are the ones who care passionately, have to persuade five layers of management to do what they know is the right thing to do.

On Predicting The Emergence of Microsoft
Most of the new, innovative companies are focusing on the software. I think there will be lots of innovation in the areas of software but not in hardware.

On Steve Wozniak and Long-Term Relationships
When you work with someone that close and you go through experiences like the ones we went through, there’s a bond in life. Whatever hassles you have, there’s still a bond. And though he may not be your best friend as time goes on, there’s still something that transcends friendship, in a way.

On Politics
None of the really bright people I knew in college went into politics. They all sensed that, in terms of making change in the world, politics wasn’t the place to be in the late Sixties and Seventies. Politics wasn’t the place to be these past ten years if you wanted to try things out. I think your 20s are the time to be impatient, and a lot of these people’s idealism would have been deeply frustrated in politics; it would have been blunted.

On The Arms Race
We’re making the largest investment of capital that humankind has ever made in weapons over the next five years. We have decided as a society that that is where we should put our money, and that raises our deficits, and thus, the cost of our capital. Meanwhile, Japan, our nearest competitor on the technological frontier – the semiconductor industry, has shaped its tax structure, its entire society toward raising the capital to invest in that area. You get the feeling that connections aren’t made in America between things like building weapons and the fact that we might lose our semiconductor industry. We have to educate ourselves to that danger.

On Predicting the Future of Education in America
It’s going to be crucial that many of the larger decisions that we make — how we allot our resources, how we educate our children — be made with an understanding of the technical issues and the directions the technology is taking. And that hasn’t become happening yet. In education, for example, we have close to a national embarrassment. In a society where information and innovation are going to be pivotal, there really is a possibility that America can become a second-rate industrial nation if we lose the technological momentum and leadership we have now.

On Predicting Today In America
I think it takes a crisis for something to occur in America. And I believe there’s going to be a crisis of significant proportions as these problems our political leaders should have been addressing boil up to the surface.

On Predicting The Future of Computing
Thus far, we’re using our computers as pretty good servants. But the next thing is going to be computer as guide or agent. And that means that it’s going to do more in terms of anticipating what we want and doing it for us, noticing connections and patterns in what we do, asking us if this is some kind of generic thing that we like to do regularly, so that we have, for example, the concept of triggers. We’re going to be able to ask our computers to monitor things for us, and when certain conditions happen, are triggered, the computers will take certain actions and inform us after the fact.

On Predicting the Demise Of Radio Shack
Radio Shack is totally out of the picture. They have missed the boat. The sophistication of the computer buyer passed Radio Shack without their really realizing it. I don’t anticipate that they’re going to recover again and become a major player.

On Predicting His Future With Apple
I’ll always stay connected with Apple. I hope that throughout my life I’ll have sort of the thread of my life and the thread of Apple weave in and out of each other, like a tapestry. There may be a few years where I’m not there, but I’ll always come back.

On Being An Artist
Don’t take it all too seriously. If you want to live your live in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be able to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away.

On His Fortune
It’s a large responsibility to have more than you can spend in your lifetime — and I feel like I have to spend it. If you die, you certainly don’t want to leave a large amount to your children. It will just ruin their lives. And if you die without kids, it all goes to the Government. Almost everyone would think that he could invest the money back into humanity in a much more astute way than the government would.

On Dreams
The minute you have the means to take responsibility for your own dreams and can be held accountable for whether they come true or not, life is a lot tougher. It’s easy to have wonderful thoughts when the chance to implement them is remote. When you’ve gotten to a place where you at least have a chance of implementing your ideas, there’s a lot more responsibility in that.

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Street Art Alert: “Red Rum” Hits Hollywood Right Between The Eyes

Is this billboard the work of the elusive street artist known only as Red Rum?

Commuters in Hollywood today noticed that several prominent billboards on Highland Ave. near Franklin had been defaced in an apparent stunt by the daring street artist known only as Red Rum. The ads, for an upcoming Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts romantic comedy entitled Larry Crowne, have been re-imagined in Red Rum’s signature “bullet-in-the-face” motif:

The iconoclastic and reclusive Red Rum frequently targets mainstream comedy advertising, cleverly employing irony to subvert the mass-market message. In the piece above, the artist juxtaposes the irrepressible smile of Tom Hanks with a bullet to the face. The implication is that not even being shot between the eyes could impede the pure joy of riding a Vespa with Julia Roberts. The UK-based artist implores us to ask ourselves important questions like: What the hell is Larry Crowne, anyway? Do they really think they can just put Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts on a Vespa and call it a day? Jeez, how airbrushed can you get? And what the hell is she laughing at?

We will definitely keep our eyes peeled for more emerging work from this bold, provocative artist.

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5 Reasons St. Patrick’s Day Sucks In Los Angeles

With all due respect to the proud Irish Americans who helped build this nation and now call our fair city home, St. Patrick’s Day in L.A. kinda sucks. When you look at East Coast cities like Chicago or Boston, where the entire city seems to shut down for the festivities, our version seems even more pathetic. It’s not like we don’t know how to do a big drinking holiday – look at Halloween. We’re just not a St-Patty’s-Day-friendly town. Here’s why:
5. It’s Amateur Hour: While it’s true that this comes into play on every drinking holiday, there’s something about St. Patty’s Day that transcends even the amateur level of, say, a New Year’s Eve. Maybe it’s the quirky appeal of green beer, or the irresistible 3-for-1 specials, or good old fashioned peer pressure, but the rookies come out in droves. It’s kind of a bad time to dabble, as whiskey and Guinness are not for beginners. You have a lot of kids out there slamming Irish Car Bombs for the very first time. This is not good for anyone.
4. The Drive Factor: In pedestrian friendly cities like Chicago, New York, and even San Francisco, people can wander the streets arm-in-arm, stumbling amiably from bar to bar getting progressively drunker until they walk themselves home in a stupor and harmlessly pass out. In Los Angeles, unless you live within walking distance of a bar, somebody has to drive. The sheer increase of people on the road plus the aforementioned amateur factor makes for some seriously dumbass driving. On the other hand, at least every cop in town will be out as well, either on the prowl or manning a DUI checkpoint, which is either a plus or minus depending on your perspective. On a night where the cops and the drunks will be battling all night long, it just seems like tempting fate to throw yourself into the middle of the war.

3. No Iconic Irish Community: East Coast cities are known for their gritty, urban toughness and large Irish populations. Boston has made a cottage industry out of its hardcore Irish-ness recently in films with imposing titles like The Departed, The Town, and The Fighter. New York has a long and colorful Irish history that dates back to the mid 19th century. If there is an Irish population in Los Angeles, I haven’t seen it. If it exists at all, it’s probably spread out all over the city. We don’t have a hardscrabble Irish enclave like Southie or the Five Points or an identifiable figure like John F. Kennedy or Bill the Butcher. The closest most of us can get to an authentic Irish experience is going to a bar with an O’ in the name, which may or may not be owned by real Irish. Which brings me to my next point:

2. All the Irish Bars Here Suck: There, I said it. With a couple of notable exceptions (Molly Malone’s on Fairfax comes to mind) most of the Irish bars in L.A. are irredeemable shitholes. I realize that’s part of the appeal, but what’s worse is that they all feel like the exact same shithole. Some of them even have the same name (I’m talking to you, O’Briens!) These shitholes are all over town and include Casey’s, Brennans, O’Grady’s, O’Haras (formerly Maloney’s) Cock N’Bull, Sonny McLeans, McG’s, and Finn McCool’s (you can’t just add “Mc-” to any word you want and call yourself Irish.) Every single one of them has the same cheesedick Guinness posters, depressing dartboards, and the same smell, like someone freshly spilled a beer the moment before you walked in. Maybe I’m still bitter that they shut Dublin’s down three years ago, but that place at least knew how to go big or go home. And finally,
1. People Like This:

and this:
And this (actually this one’s not so bad):
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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While The Wife and I were driving through Los Angeles this past weekend, we were once again reminded just how vast La Ciudad really is, especially as we’d been on the road for 42 minutes (no traffic) heading due east and were only barely creeping toward the voluminous borders of our county.

Perhaps the most striking feature of the L.A. architecture is the freeways – to get six miles, we took four separate freeways and in total utilized eight and passed perhaps ten more.  It got me wondering – is this really an accurate overhead view of our city?

Perhaps not, though it feels like it.  This is a more accurate map:

In case you were wondering (and thank you SCVresources), there are 48 – yes, FORTY EIGHT – freeways in Los Angeles. For the detail-oriented, here is a numerical listing:

State Routes :
1 – Pacific Coast Highway / Lincoln Blvd / Sepulveda Blvd
2 – Santa Monica Blvd. / Glendale Freeway / Angeles Crest Highway
14 – Antelope Valley Freeway / Sierra Highway / Midland Trail
18 – Waterman Road / Rim of the World Drive / Apple Valley Road / Palmdale Road
19 – Lakewood Blvd. / Rosemead Blvd.
22 – Garden Grove Freeway / 7th Street
23 – Decker Canyon Road / Westlake Blvd / Moorpark Freeway / Grimes Canyon Road
27 – Topanga Canyon Blvd.
30 / 210 – Foothill Freeway
38 – Mill Creek Road
39 – San Gabriel Canyon Road / Azusa Avenue / Beach Blvd. – Updated 8/10
42 – Manchester Blvd  / Firestone Blvd
47/103 – Terminal Island Freeway
55 – Newport Blvd. / Costa Mesa Freeway
57 – Orange Freeway
60 – Pomona Freeway / Moreno Valley Freeway
66 – Foothill Blvd. / 5th Street
71 – Corona Freeway / Corona Expressway – Future Chino Hills Freeway
72 – Whittier Blvd.
73 – San Joaquin Hills Toll Road
74 – Ortega Highway
83 – Euclid Avenue
90 – Imperial Hwy and the Marina Freeway (Johnny Carson’s “Slauson Cutoff”)
91 – Artesia Blvd. / Gardena Freeway / Artesia Freeway / Riverside Freeway
107 – Hawthorne Blvd.
110 – Gaffey Street / Pasadena Freeway / Arroyo Parkway
118 – Ronald Reagan Freeway / Los Angeles Avenue
126 – Henry Mayo Drive / Magic Mountain Parkway / San Fernando Road
133 – Laguna Freeway / Laguna Canyon Road
134 – Ventura Freeway
138 – Lancaster Road / Avenue D / Palmdale Blvd. / 47th Street / Pearblossom Highway
142 – Carbon Canyon Road
170 – Hollywood Freeway Extension
213 – Western Avenue
241 – Foothill Transportation Corridor (Toll)
261- Eastern Transportation Corridor (Toll)
330 – City Creek Road

US Routes :
101 – Santa Ana Freeway / Hollywood Freeway / Ventura Freeway

Interstate Routes :
5 – San Diego Freeway / Santa Ana Freeway / Golden State Freeway
10 – Santa Monica Freeway / San Bernardino Freeway
15 – Mojave Freeway
105 – Glenn Anderson Freeway (Century Freeway)
110 – Harbor Freeway
210 – Foothill Freeway
215 – San Bernardino Freeway
405 – San Diego Freeway
605 – San Gabriel River Freeway
710 – Long Beach Freeway

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