November 19, 2013 |
Angry Birds is out to conquer the world -- the entertainment world, at least. A new exhibit will begin a world tour next year that explains -- in an oh-so entertaining way -- the science and technology behind the addictive mobile game. " Angry Birds Universe: The Art and Science of a Global Phenomenon" which sounds part science lesson and part interactive fun, will be a 10,000-square-foot exhibit that promises to be educational, but not in a stuffy way. " From astronaut Don Pettit demonstrating physics concepts using our characters while aboard the International Space Station, to stories about physics teachers using our games in their lesson plans to inspire their students, Rovio is always proud to be part of fun learning," Dan Mitchell, the company's director of location-based entertainment, said in a statement Monday.
November 13, 2013
Re "Proud Bird leaving LAX," Nov. 10 I am dismayed that Los Angeles World Airports and the U.S. Department of Transportation have placed the LAX-adjacent Proud Bird restaurant at risk of closing. This is not just another restaurant; it is an irreplaceable tribute to those who defended our country during World War II and to the development of the postwar civil aviation industry. The restaurant and its grounds are also treasured as a museum (with no entrance fee and ample free parking)
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November 9, 2013 |
With a martini in hand, John Cashen was deep in a discussion of military electronics, when a 747 jetliner seemed to float past in slow motion onto LAX's south runway complex. Cashen, who pioneered the radar-evading design of the B-2 Stealth bomber, stopped to watch the plane - just a few hundred yards away - thunder past his table at the Proud Bird, the aerospace industry's favorite watering hole for more than a half-century. "There's no place else like this in the world," said Cashen, 76, who retired from Northrop Grumman in 1993 but still consults for the firm.
November 8, 2013 |
Turkeys will eat just about anything. Just ask Joe Morette. In 1993, the New Hampshire farmer and his workers popped open a few cans of beer after work one summer day. When one his birds knocked over a can, it quickly began guzzling the spilled suds. Ever since, Morette gives his flock of turkeys beer and swears the grain-based diet improves their taste, the Associated Press reports . "Oh, yeah, it's noticeable," Morette told the wire service. "It's not a strong, gamey flavor, it's a nice turkey flavor.
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November 5, 2013 |
The L.A. Opera invited the press in to talk turkey. Not figuratively, as in shop talk about contraltos and coloratura. Turkey as in the cooked bird - which has a part to play in "Falstaff. " The opera is staging six performances of Verdi's comic masterpiece to celebrate his 200th birthday. For each one, it turns out, prop master Allen Tate will cook a turkey. Each bird will roast in the backstage oven for five hours before making its debut in Act II, Scene I. News of the "Falstaff" turkeys gave opera staff an idea: Why not hold their first food-centric press event?
November 4, 2013 |
Monday night at Staples Center, many fans came to harass the contrarian to that ever popular Randy Newman song. They wanted to see Dwight Howard fail because he didn't love L.A. Actually, it was just the Lakers portion of the metropolis that the star player didn't care for all that much. Howard's new team, the Houston Rockets, were here to play the Clippers, a game that was to be, for some, a sideshow to the Dwight Returns soap opera. The real show was a Clippers offensive blitz that earned a few new entries in their record book and was a dazzler for that portion of the crowd of 19,404 that had come to see basketball more than to boo Howard.
November 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's Early Bird, an influential daily digest of news and opinion articles about the military that began early in the Cold War, died Friday, another victim of digital news and the government's desire to control the flow of information. "It had become too big," said Col. Steve Warren, the head of the Pentagon's press office, who terminated the 65-year-old clip service. "It had become too powerful, and I believe it had the tendency to take a small story and purely by accident turn it into a crisis.
October 31, 2013 |
"Free Birds" is an odd duck. The animated feature has a nifty premise: time-traveling turkeys, for starters. They're critters on a mission, as one would assume, their goal nothing less than rewriting American culinary history - and the fate of their species - by changing the main course at the first Thanksgiving. Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler contribute spirited voice work, and the movie renders the Plymouth Colony in a rich autumn palette. But like the ungainly avian creatures at the center of the herky-jerky adventure, this 'toon seldom gets off the ground.
October 31, 2013 |
"Ender's Game" will have a happy beginning this weekend, but maybe not a happy ending. The pricey adaptation of Orson Scott Card's popular 1985 sci-fi novel is poised to debut at No. 1 with a so-so $23 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. But the animated 3-D film "Free Birds" -- which cost only half as much to make as "Ender's Game" -- won't be far behind, with a decent $20 million. The only other film debuting nationwide this weekend, the AARP-aimed comedy "Last Vegas," is poised to launch with a solid $15 million.
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October 28, 2013 |
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced a proposal to list the bistate sage grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, affording special protections to about 5,000 birds along the California-Nevada border. The bird is a genetically distinct subpopulation of the Mono Basin sage grouse, and officials were petitioned to list it for protection in 2005. In California, the birds are found in Inyo, Alpine and Mono counties. Federal biologists estimate that about six groups of birds are occupying about half of their historical range.