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December 13, 1990 | Times Wire Services
Leading French fashion house Pierre Balmain, lamenting a shortage of Arab princesses and wives of Texas millionaires, will stop producing haute couture garments. The Paris fashion house said today that the Persian Gulf crisis and the economic downturn made it impossible for it to keep the costly, individually tailored line going. "Haute couture is dying.
August 5, 1990
Regarding the proposal to have Santa Monica City Council members elected by district rather than at large (Times, July 26): One's ethnic background should not be a compelling consideration in choosing a member of the City Council or any elective office. As a former high school civics teacher, I find the idea inimical to intrinsic principles that must govern all our elections. Candidates must be chosen based on their qualifications, irrespective of race, creed or color. I don't think there are any exclusive ethnic issues to be dealt with by the council, only citizen issues.
March 21, 1998
A pop quiz: 1--"Murphy Brown" is shot on (a) videotape (b) film; 2--L.A. Times staff photographers shoot on (a) film (b) videotape; 3--The L.A. Times is (a) a newsletter (b) a newspaper. "Murphy Brown" is, as are the majority of four-camera shows, shot on film, not tape ("Signing Off, Quietly," by Judith Michaelson, March 16). There is a world of difference--in style, in look, in production, in cost. This across-the-board generic use of the word "taping" has come to distort both the intrinsic and the artistic nature of the medium.
December 24, 2010 | By David Karp
Choosing the right avocado for the season can be surprisingly tricky, even or especially at farmers markets. Good choices are available all year, but a knowledgeable buyer needs to juggle four factors: variety, season, growing area and fruit size. Every month or two the scenario changes, requiring buyers to stay nimble. Avocados are valued chiefly for their oil content, which gives them their buttery texture and flavor. The trees bloom in the spring and the earliest varieties start to bear in late autumn.
November 25, 2007 | Seth Lloyd, Seth Lloyd, a professor of quantum-mechanical engineering at MIT, is the author of "Programming the Universe."
THE title says it all: By 2050, David Levy predicts, ordinary people will routinely fall in love with robots and have sex with them. Well, I know students whose most intimate companion is their laptop, and I have no doubt that some people are already having sex with robots, for the simple reason that some people will have sex with anything. Levy, however, goes further: He suggests that, by midcentury, intimate relations with humanoid robots will be a commonplace, accepted feature of society.
November 27, 1987
It's always shocking to see evil unmasked, as it was in Richard L. Weiss' article ("No-Growth Overreaction Can Sink the Southland," Op-Ed Page, Nov. 18) in which he argued against growth limitations. He wrote, "Unlike gold or some other fungible commodities, land has no intrinsic value." Even after looking up "fungible" in the dictionary I was still disturbed by that sinister and revealing sentence. Weiss has it backward. It is gold that has only the value man arbitrarily assigns.
March 11, 2002
Re "First Test of the Biotech Age: Human Cloning," Commentary, March 6: William Kristol and Jeremy Rifkin articulate the consensus of a very influential and reactionary movement, spanning left and right, that wants to stop human progress and substantial improvement of our species where it counts most: the human genome. I too believe in the intrinsic value of human life, so much so that I want it better for myself, for my neighbors and for those who will follow us in centuries to come.
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