Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Me, Exhuasted, On The Baxter Steps

The three steepest roads in California are all in Los Angeles. Here's me, falling apart physically after attempting to walk up a hill.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Writer's Strike At Universal Studios

Here's what's missing from these pictures: the sound of honking cars. A lot of the cars driving by were honking their horns in support.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Echo Park: Sleeping Bird & Chilling Squirrel

Right in the middle of Los Angeles, I'm renting a place surrounded by trees. This little squirrel guy sees me typing away every day and has apparently decided I'm relatively harmless. He sits on that branch and chills. He looks a little nervous in this shot because I've never pulled out a camera before. Usually he just lounges like he's falling asleep. (The pic looks blurry because I was standing right up against the mesh of a screen door.)

He went away after I took the picture. I made some food, wrote some code, did some blogging, and then uploaded the pic and wrote this. Just now he came back and he's chilling on the branch again.

One morning I got up early, which I usually don't do, and this guy was sleeping on my porch. When I took the second picture I was almost close enough to pick him up, but of course the door was closed (and it would have been a rude awakening).

Monday, October 15, 2007

Firedancer, With Whips, At Burning Man Decompression

Parrots Chilling On A Walker

Seen on the streets of Los Angeles, somewhere in either downtown or Chinatown (or possibly the border between downtown and Chinatown). I saw the birds moving; they're real birds. I used to have a cockatiel and a couple parakeets. These guys aren't cockatiels, but they were roughly that size. The only parrot I know of this size with roughly this appearance costs like $300 a pop. I think it's the Indian or ringneck parakeet, but these guys are just sorta hanging out on some senior citizen's walker in the streets of a not exactly ritzy neighborhood. I don't know what the story was, but I know there was a story.

Seahorses (From Burning Man Decompression)

Downtown Graffiti

Downtown isn't a direction in Los Angeles; it's a specific part of the city.

Overpass Graffiti Downtown

This is right where the 10 meets the 101, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The thing you have to realize is that somebody physically painted that. The area isn't tall enough for a person to stand in, and I took the shot from the freeway below. Whoever painted this was perching in there like a monkey over a height that would have injured them severely, and very possibly killed them, if they had fallen.

There's no money in graffiti. There's nothing but the ego trip of people seeing your work, and the pleasure of doing it. Somebody spent a bunch of time in life-threatening danger for this.

There is graffiti like this all over the city.

Landing @ LAX

The Other Hollywood Sign

Treehouse View

The view from my Echo Park sublet. I frequently see squirrels, cats, and birds from this window. I never see people. It's like a little mountain getaway in the middle of the city. And when I say mountain, I mean mountain. In New Mexico I've lived in actual mountains, and the roads there weren't as steep as the road I now live on. A lot of people think of San Francisco as the hilly California city, but the three steepest roads in California are all here in Los Angeles. Two of them are within a mile or two of this picture.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Broken Sign = Accidental Typographic Genius

Flying Into LAX

Long Graffiti Mural In Silverlake

It says "s Angeles." (Guess the missing letters.) It's cobbled together from several pictures, and I only got about half of it. The full-size version is here.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Silverlake Graffiti Plus Photoshop Filters

I took these pics from my car, merged them, and played with them a bit in Photoshop. You can see the originals here and here. The washed-out colors kind of suffer at this size, but the full-size merged/photoshoppafied version is here and looks pretty cool as a desktop background.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Graffiti On A Box In West Hollywood

Restaurant Near LAX @ Night

Westside From A Plane At Night

This pic was fun to take. It's hard to get a good shot, because the plane's moving and the light is weird. You have to make sure the flash is off, both because it'll ruin the shot and because you can only get this kind of shot after the airplane people have told you to turn your camera off. The flash is a dead giveaway, and if they catch you, you have to turn off the camera. (Amazingly, the plane managed to land safely despite my portable electronic device being activated.)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

View From My Hotel Room In Santa Monica Last Week

I don't actually know what this is. I think it's a parking garage. I was only at that hotel one night. (It was kinda swank though, I was digging it.)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Freeway Underpass, Curvy Sprout Lights

Pico near Bundy, Santa Monica, under the 10

Thursday, August 16, 2007

North Hollywood Healing Arts Studio

Featuring Sword Workouts. How cool is that?

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

North Hollywood Graffiti

Connected to some kind of auto shop on Vanowen near Lankershim.