July 24, 2013 |
Endurance is a staple of performance art. In 1971, Chris Burden locked himself inside a small school locker at UC Irvine for five days. Three years later, Linda Mary Montano performed "Three Day Blindfold," groping her way around San Francisco with her eyes shrouded by a blindfold. That same year, for eight hours a day over three days, German artist Joseph Beuys was locked inside a New York gallery with a wild coyote. Marina Abramovic and Ulay Laysiepen spent 90 days in 1988 walking the length of the Great Wall of China from opposite ends until, finally meeting in the middle, they said their goodbyes and ended their 12-year collaboration.
May 30, 2013 |
It was only a matter of time before the green-card marriage immigration scheme and the marriage equality issue merged in one well-meaning romantic comedy. That film is "I Do," a sweet, sincere, yet ultimately tepid story about Jack (David W. Ross, who wrote and produced) - a gay, single, unassuming Brit who's lived in New York so long that when his visa suddenly isn't renewed, the prospect of returning to England feels like moving to a foreign country. (Among other firm U.S. roots, he's been helping his brother's widow - played by Alicia Witt - raise his nephew.)
February 5, 2013 |
We would be remiss in our coverage of the Dell deal today if we did not point out some of the delicious ironies and coincidences contained therein. Let us flash back first to 1997. It's Aug. 6, at the Macworld conference in Boston. Apple's interim chief executive, Steve Jobs, takes the stage to make a stunning announcement . Rival Microsoft has thrown Apple a lifeline by agreeing to invest $150 million to keep the company afloat. As the announcement is made, a gigantic image of Microsoft CEO Bill Gates appears on a video screen behind Jobs, as the audience gasps. QUIZ: Test your Apple knowledge "We have to let go of a few notions here," Jobs said that day. "We have to let go of the notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft needs to lose.
September 27, 2012 |
Many companies have been making an effort to green their businesses, finding ways to use fewer resources. One way has been to convert traditional paper-based processes to electronic ones. There's really no faulting Barnes & Noble for choosing to pay its employees by direct deposit, rather than using paper payroll checks. Except that it means, in one part of its business, Barnes & Noble has gone paperless. "I find it ironic that a book retailer would go paperless," wrote a Barnes & Noble staffer on the Facebook page of journalist Lisa Napoli.
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September 24, 2012 |
Four straight rows of four palm trees each stand on the northeast corner of 2nd and Spring streets downtown - a block from Los Angeles City Hall, right alongside LAPD headquarters. They're directly across from the newsroom. I stare out at them from my desk. Lately they have come to look like hourglasses running out of time. Small tufts of green fronds reach to the sky. Ample brown ones drag down toward the dirt. Will the dead fronds ever be trimmed? Would it make a difference?
September 17, 2012 |
“Muslim rage” is the headline, and it's brought the country full circle. To recap: Americans made a grotesque video about Islam, violent protests ensued, and now other Americans have condemned Muslims for reacting poorly. On Monday, Tina Brown's Newsweek released a cover once again intended to provoke, outrage, create buzz and sell copies of the magazine: "MUSLIM RAGE," the new cover reads in bold font, "HOW I SURVIVED IT, HOW WE CAN END IT. " The text straddles a highly unflattering picture of screaming Muslim men in Morocco.