November 10, 2002
I have another take on "Little Gain Seen in Patent Filings," Oct. 21. Patents are supposed to reward innovation. But the system rewards patent holders that have the broadest patents and the deepest pockets to protect them. The situation is so bad that companies are patenting the most obvious, simple ideas, such as motorizing something or adding a computer control. Where's the innovation in this? Michael Adams Pacific Palisades
January 24, 2002 |
Marina Dundjerski, a writer who lives in Los Angeles, bought her own Internet domain name, just like millions of other Americans. She also got, at no extra charge, a big scare. A domain name, latimes.com, for instance, is the stuff to the right of the @ sign in an e-mail address. When Dundjerski set up her domain in 2000, she paid a fee good for two years. When the name came up for renewal this month, she went to the Web site of the company that manages her domain-name registration and made a discovery that left her terrified.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1990
Sheriff John Gillespie is recognized throughout the state for the quality of his leadership and, in particular, for the innovative approach he brings to law enforcement. Recent news stories indicate John Gillespie is at it again. In his 1990 "State of the Jails" report, Gillespie proposed a "tent city" with a boot-camp regimen set up at the Seabee base at Port Hueneme to house convicted drug users whose time would be served working on public works projects. This could well be a refreshingly direct and cost-effective solution to a host of interrelated problems: relief of jail crowding, substance-abuse counseling, efficient supervision of inmates and the separation of misdemeanor offenders from felons and violent criminals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1996 |
The adjectives "smart" and "innovative" seldom follow the word "government" these days, but that's how a group promoting greater public access to the Internet recently described Ventura County. "It's not common seeing a government spearhead public access to its services," said Timothy Tyndall, executive editor of the RAIN Network, which helps computer users in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties access the Internet. "We thought that was worth recognition."
November 27, 2005
I enjoyed Jane Engle's comments on Song, the creative spinoff owned by Delta ["Song's Legacy Will Live On, Even as the Carrier Bids Adieu," Travel Insider, Nov. 20]. I must agree with her that Song crews are witty, also younger, more friendly and helpful. I have flown on Song, and it is very good. Not only the personal TV in your seatback but also the food, the music downloads and the atmosphere are great. I would rather fly on Song than many other competitors. Ted by United is also good, and its economy class is more spacious.
June 14, 2005
Regarding "To Protect and to Surf" [June 7]: I started paddling and surfing in Santa Monica in 1934 and continued to surf from San Onofre to Point Dume. My first board was a 14-foot-by-15-inch-wide balsa redwood; it was a big challenge to keep it from pearling. At 15, I bought an 11-foot balsa redwood plank and had pioneer surfer Lorrin "Whitey" Harrison shape it. My mother made me an early version of the wet suit out of a shower curtain. It helped with the winter wind, but didn't do much when you took a dive.
December 5, 2004
The question on everyone's mind at the opening of Los Angeles Opera's new production of "Vanessa" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion last weekend wasn't about Samuel Barber's music. It was: What was that black box at the front of the stage? Normally, you might find a prompter's box there, a kind of phone booth where a person hides to assist singers with their lines and cues. But this box looked far too small for that. Even a child couldn't fit into it.
HOME & GARDEN
April 3, 2008
With an eye on green design, Cisco Home uses reclaimed wood -- Douglas fir or teak -- for its adjustable Katso stool, bottom left, $650, and the Tilo, right, in three sizes from $495. Both sport tractor-style seats made from reclaimed wood on a steel base. The Los Angeles manufacturer employed local glassblowers to create blue pendant lamps modeled after vintage wine jugs and to reduce fuel and shipping costs. The lighting fixtures sell for $395 to $495.
May 23, 2002 |
It's going to be a summer of seek and ye shall find for Southland fans of jazz and world music in search of something beyond the tried and true. Innovative major events are in short supply, in part because of unimaginative programming at the Hollywood Bowl, and a general paucity of jazz and world music bookings at venues such as the Universal Amphitheatre and the Greek Theatre. This means that for anyone loath to revisit the same big-name headliners--Tony Bennett? again?
June 28, 1992 |
Tradition says caviar comes from sturgeon and the best comes from beluga sturgeon that swim Russia's salty Caspian Sea. But Carolyn Collins aims to turn such convention on its ear. Her products hail from the Great Lakes and other North American bodies of water. The roe--eggs still in the ovarian membrane--come from fish such as salmon, trout, freshwater sturgeon and whitefish.