Los Angeles Archives

December 7, 2006

The City Of Angels

Got the to San Francisco Airport pretty early and thought I might be able to catch an earlier flight to L.A. Turned out my flight, scheduled for 6:50 p.m., was going to be delayed by two hours. The American agent managed to switch me to a United flight leaving at 5:08, which got me in long before I'd have left on my original schedule!

December 8, 2006

An Amusing Book Of Reflections On Pop Culture


This book--Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman--is an entertaining series of entries on all manner of low culture in American over the past thirty years or so: a perfect read for someone of my age and sensibility. The fact that the book is a collection of short, unconnected essays makes it perfect bathroom reading. (Thanks, Max Alpert, for showing me this.)

Livin' Large In L.A.


Well, that title is pretty hyperbolic, but I felt like one of the guys on Entourage today, in that I spent my morning and afternoon in Los Angeles with very little to do and all day to do it. I drove over to Santa Monica and spent a few hours strolling around the Third Street Promenade and then checked out Hollywood for a bit in the afternoon. The thing about life in L.A. is that it seems you spend half your day in traffic. The places one wants to go are pretty spread out and there is no decent public transportation to speak of. At least it's pretty warm: I spent the day in shorts and a T-shirt.

This Movie Looks Great


The film 300, based on the epic Spartan battle at Thermopylae, is based on a Frank Miller graphic novel (as was Sin City) and the trailer suggests this will be a visually striking flick. Check it out here.

December 9, 2006

Saying Goodbye To Partially Hydrogenated Oils has a thoughtful overview on the trans fat public policy issue here.

December 13, 2006

Back In L.A.

After spending the heart of the day exploring Disneyland, I drove through Newport Beach and Laguna Beach before heading back to Los Angeles for my early morning flight to Miami.

July 21, 2008

'Til The Sun Comes Up Over Santa Monica Blvd.

I made it to southern California. The flight to LAX was pretty straightforward. I scoped out the Pacific Ocean and then got a bite to eat and ambled around the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica before heading up Santa Monica Boulevard to my hotel in Hollywood. In spite of the hassles of L.A. traffic, I always enjoy driving through Beverly Hills and Hollywood. The latter is certainly still one of the poles of American culture, and the billboards above Sunset Boulevard always indicate what's hot or what's just around the corner in the entertainment world.

The Final Frontier


This poster--one of a series of four--has effectively whet my appetite for the Star Trek reboot, directed by J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost, MI3) and due to hit screens next May. The movie, which depicts a younger crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, represents Paramount's effort to breathe much-needed new life into the rather tired franchise.

July 22, 2008


Just took part in a 45-minute conference call with the headmaster, business manager, and development director back at school. I think only one of the four of us was actually on campus during the "meeting" (which was about the funding stream for an athletics-related building project we are in the middle of right now). With e-mail and teleconferencing, it's easy to do some aspects of my job--those that I tend to handle in the summer months, certainly--from just about anywhere. I always feel like I've gotten away with something when, for example, I wrote all my winter term teacher and adviser comments in between sessions by the pool in Palm Desert, or when I "attended" an evaluation meeting from my hotel room in Saigon.

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