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Friday
Aug192016

Human Innovation As Sport

As a top-ranked college swimmer, Bruce Gemmell shied away from success at a high level, left the sport and became an engineer, garnering eleven patents for his innovations. Years later he returned to swimming with a great opportunity to coach Katie Ledecky following the 2012 Olympics (where she won gold and set an American record at age 15). With lessons learned in his previous experiences that kept him from succeeding as a swimmer, yet propelling him to thrive as an innovative engineer, he developed an ability to not only guide Ledecky to even greater success, he did it in a way that brought out the best in both of them. It’s a great reminder that as much as innovative technology helps advance records and performances, there is no replacing the human element. Check out a profile of Gemmell here.
Friday
Aug122016

The Smell of LA

Development in Los Angeles seems to be at an all time high, for better or for worse. The city's downtown skyline is changing as the Korean Air Building climbs to new heights. Fears of Highland Park's extremely quick gentrification are spreading down to Boyle Heights. And two long-standing DIY music venues, havens for up-and-coming punk bands and their young fans are being shuttered. Pehrspace in Echo Park has already closed, and The Smell downtown is struggling for its life. Change can be good, but we need to remain aware of what makes our city our city before it becomes one generic parking garage.
Thursday
Jul072016

Cultivating Compassion

There has been a lot of loss and tragedy happening in recent news, and we will address these things in time. Yes, contact your representatives; yes, stand up for what is right. But also, look within, take care of yourself, cultivate satisfaction and happiness within yourself and perhaps that can help make the world a better place in many ways - both in perception and reality. Check out these scientific tips for happiness and also this wonderful article about learning how to be compassionate to yourself. Then, maybe we can learn and grow and all start to be a little more compassionate toward others.
Tuesday
Jun212016

Transhuman

Everyone has thought about how to achieve just a smidge of immortality -- accomplishing an effective and effecting long-lasting goal, helping save the environment, having kids -- it seems many of us humans want something of ourselves to last beyond our limited lifetime on earth. And now there is the transhumanist movement; one Russian man has been using technology to record everything around him in hopes that he will be able to keep his mind alive long after he's dead.
Friday
Jun172016

Water Works

Water is a precious resource, and we've been running out for awhile. Thanks to new efforts of drought-prevention, we have conserved and saved, so we can continue to live in this beautiful city for at least three more years. But the trend of conservation must continue.
Friday
Jun172016

Bloomsday

Did you celebrate Bloomsday?
Monday
Jun132016

Self Portrait 

The selfies of modern monsters have nothing on Cindy Sherman's exquisite & professional self expression, representation, reflection, experimentation, and portraiture. Now through the fall, a special exhibit of Sherman's work will be at DTLA's The Broad Museum.
Monday
Jun132016

Orlando

To all the victims, families, and people affected by the Orlando shooting, we offer our condolences and support.
Monday
Jun062016

Sad But Not Afraid

The fear and tragedy that struck UCLA last week with the shooting saddened but did not stop some students from presenting art that they had long been working to show; in fact, the shooting made their work all that more relevant. Check out the profile on The Creators Project.
Wednesday
Jun012016

The Craft of Adaptation

While comic book adaptations into movies are thriving, video game adaptations have proved a little more difficult. It seems strange, considering games of today are quintessentially cinematic, though the length of their play provides players with insanely in-depth backstories and fully-realized world building. Perhaps that's the trouble -- too much to fit into one film. The latest film adaptation, Warcraft, based on one of the most popular game series of all time, attempts to tell a smaller origin battle story, but is still getting pretty negative reviews. This profile of director Duncan Jones is a little friendlier to the film, and details how the director is a true fan of the games. Fan or not, perhaps Jones's forte comes in original films. He is prepping to direct a decade-long dream project of his, called Mute, a sci-fi noir which takes place in the same world as his first psycho-trippy movie, Moon. Now that sounds great. When original originals are still getting made, rather than adaptations, that's great. Perhaps Warcraft was already perfectly fine within its original world.
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