January 18, 2013 |
One sterling quality of American businesses is that they'll try to make money from anything. Paranoia, for instance. So say hello to Ron Hubbard, the owner of Montebello-based Atlas Survival Shelters, which converts huge corrugated metal tubes up to 50 feet long into fully equipped, all-the-comforts-of-home underground shelters at a price of up to about $78,000 each, not including shipping and interment. You may have spotted the Atlas shop from the 5 Freeway as you're heading into downtown.
November 27, 2012 |
With screenwriting and film-scoring credits on "Lawless" and "West of Memphis," respectively, Nick Cave has spent much of 2012 focusing on his career in movies. Next year, though, the Australian polymath will return to rock with a new studio album by his longtime band, the Bad Seeds. "Push the Sky Away" is due out in the U.S. on Feb. 19, according to a press release; it's the first disc from the Bad Seeds -- which at the moment also features bassist Martyn Casey, drummer Thomas Wydler, percussionist Jim Sclavunos, singer Conway Savage and multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis -- since 2008's "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!
November 19, 2012 |
"Hi. I'm paper. Remember me?" I remember you, paper, all too well, all high and mighty yet ready to crumple at the first sign of pressure. I thought I was all cried out, but when I first read those words of yours - part of a public relations campaign on behalf of a paper company by the name of Domtar Corp. - I just erupted. I thought I was over all that - the sense of betrayal, of being cast aside in favor of someone younger, thinner and better looking - but what I thought was scar tissue was still very much alive to the pain.
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October 30, 2012 |
The Chumash tribe has expressed interest in buying a 450-acre slice of a contaminated nuclear research facility in the hills between the Simi and San Fernando valleys, hoping to preserve a cave that its members consider sacred. The tribe's inquiries about acquiring part of the 2,849-acre Santa Susana Field Laboratory have stirred concern among some residents who fear the purchase might be a back door to building a casino. "I very much respect their desire to protect sacred sites but I want to make sure any such action precludes the establishment of a casino," Ventura County Supervisor Linda Parks said.
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October 29, 2012 |
The yellowing government survey map of San Nicolas Island dated from 1879, but it was quite clear: There was a big black dot on the southwest coast and, next to it, the words "Indian Cave. " For more than 20 years, Navy archaeologist Steve Schwartz searched for that cave. It was believed to be home to the island's most famous inhabitant, a Native American woman who survived on the island for 18 years, abandoned and alone, and became the inspiration for "Island of the Blue Dolphins," one of the 20th century's most popular novels for young readers.
September 18, 2012 |
SOREQ CAVE, Israel - This prehistoric cave on the slopes of Israel's Judean Mountains has always felt a little otherworldly. Like other dripstone caverns, Soreq Cave is packed with stunning natural sculptures formed by hundreds of thousands of years of mineral-rich water drops slowly leaving behind a rock residue. On the roof is a hanging forest of different-sized rods, resembling icicles, giant carrots, elephant trunks and twisting octopus tentacles. Rising up to meet them from the limestone floor are 30-foot sand castles, spiraling rock towers and billowy hills that resemble coral reefs or heads of cauliflower.
September 6, 2012
The euphoria over former President Clinton's address Wednesday night to the Democratic National Convention only partly erased the embarrassment created earlier in the day when the delegates made two last-minute additions to the party platform. Or did they? With Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a former speaker of the California Assembly, awkwardly wielding the gavel, the delegates had to be polled three times on a motion to ratify amendments declaring Jerusalem the capital of Israel and referring to the "God-given potential" of working people.
August 25, 2012 |
Bursting with violence and laced with period atmosphere, the Depression-era tale "Lawless" opening Friday centers on three adult brothers known as the Bondurants who take up arms to protect their bootlegging trade from corrupt authorities and mobsters. It features stars - the brothers are played by Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke - and, perhaps more notably, a high body count. And if there's one thing screenwriter Nick Cave likes, it's some old-fashioned blood and brutality.
August 18, 2012
Truth Aquatics' one-day adventure to Santa Cruz Island is a great day on the water, with whale watching, a visit to Santa Cruz's Painted Cave, snorkeling, kayaking and just plain relaxing. $90 per person includes breakfast and barbecue lunch; $50 for kids ages 5 to 12. Multiday hiking trips to the island also are available. Truth Aquatics, Santa Barbara; (805) 962-1127, http://www.truthaquatics.com Doris Schaffer Santa Barbara
August 17, 2012 |
They managed to avoid the notice of nosy humans beings for thousands of years, mostly by clinging to the roofs of dark caves and keeping their six, tiny eyes peeled for trouble. But the secret existence of these eight-legged West Coasters has come to an end. On Friday, scientists announced the discovery of a heretofore unknown family of spider that some have playfully compared to Bigfoot, the privacy-loving man-beast of legend. In the journal Zookeys , California Academy of Sciences arachnologist Charles E. Griswold and colleagues described their discovery of trogloraptor, or “cave robber,” a spider that is partial to caves and redwood debris in coastal forests from California to British Columbia.