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October 29, 1990 | JACK SMITH
It is not unnatural for persons of my generation to be unconversant with the boons of modern technology. I use a computer; we have a videotape recorder; we cook with microwave. I am aware that we are also the passive beneficiaries of numerous technological advances in medicine, accounting and entertainment. However, we are constantly bumping into some new term which, despite the frequency of its occurrence, we don't quite know the meaning of.
January 5, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
As President Obama ponders a task force's recommendations for reining in electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency, a federal judge in New York has allowed another government agency to invade the privacy of Americans. Judge Edward R. Korman ruled that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents may confiscate and examine the contents of laptop computers of Americans returning to the country even if they lack reasonable suspicion that the devices contain evidence of criminal activity.
October 6, 1988 | MINNIE BERNARDINO, Times Staff Writer
No matter how much one likes to cook, there are days when you want to get out of the kitchen, and as quickly as possible. Of course, the simplest alternative may be to take the family to a restaurant or dash to the deli for some convenient take-out foods. Modern technology in innovative appliances has, however, made quick cooking or cool cooking possible. Gone are the days of sweating over a hot stove for hours to feed a hungry family.
December 18, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
The chief executive of one of America's largest airlines vowed to keep phones silent on flights, despite some rumblings in Washington about lifting the ban on cellphone calls. Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson told his employees Wednesday that the airline won't allow cellular or Internet-based calls, regardless of any changes in policy by the Federal Communications Commission. He is not the first. Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest domestic carrier, also announced recently that it won't allow cellphone calls but, it will offer its passengers Internet service on most planes from takeoff to landing.
February 10, 1991 | John Kenneth Galbraith, John Kenneth Galbraith is Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University
The one certain thing about war, as a wealth of experience avows, is its uncertainty. Yet there are some things we can know. One is the history that bears on the military venture in the Persian Gulf. It tells of a terrible tendency to exaggerate the role of technology in war, and especially in its extreme manifestation, which is air power. In the closing months of World War II, I became a director of the United States Strategic Bombing Survey. It was established on the instruction of Franklin D.
July 10, 2000
William David Kingery, 73, considered the father of modern ceramics. Kingery won the prestigious Kyoto award in 1999, a $400,000 Japanese prize given for significant contributions in advanced technology, basic sciences and creative arts. He was credited with helping to bring the 12,000-year-old craft of ceramics (the production of bricks, china, pottery and glass from natural materials) into the age of modern technology.
March 4, 1990
My family now has two shows we enjoy watching together. "The Young Riders " and "Paradise." Our children are so accustomed to the computer age that they find it fascinating to see how people once lived without TV, telephones, cars and other modern technology. It is especially nice to watch "The Young Riders," which is based on actual historical facts that our children can learn from, rather than watching mindless sitcoms. Gina M. Snyder, Pomona
July 13, 2003
Re "2 Children Left in Hot Vehicle Die," July 9: How many more child deaths will be reported before carmakers figure out how to open electric windows easily from inside the car, like in the old days? Today, an ignition key becomes a jailhouse key, and the driver the jailer. The carmakers did it for car trunks, just in case a person got locked inside. Is this beyond modern technology? John Clark Hollywood
February 3, 1991 | STEVE HOCHMAN
** 1/2 Gipsy Kings, "Allegria," Elektra Musician. These recordings were made in the early '80s, before the French-Spanish world-music phenomenon had the will (or budget) to color its flamenco-pop with modern technology. Even so, this acoustic music is not too different from the group's more elaborate late-'80s worldwide smasheroos. Maybe scholars will appreciate the subtleties of the stylistic evolution it forecasts, but plain ol' fans may find it redundant.
November 28, 1988
The reaction to former Speaker of the West German Parliament Phillip Jenninger's speech made clear that we have not yet learned the most important lesson of the Holocaust (Part I, Nov. 12). I am a Jew, but I will not demand that the Germans apologize forever; in a few years all who played an active role, or who stood by and watched, will be dead. What we need to develop is an understanding of how and why it happened. How a man like Hitler came to power. Why a people, no more inherently evil than any other people, followed him. It is imperative that we try to understand this now. Because next time, wherever such evil spreads, we won't be able to identify them by their Nazi uniforms.
December 12, 2013 | By Hugh Hart
Loneliness, hubris, depression and other fixtures of human frailty get amplified by technology in several of this year's most forward-thinking films. In "Her," "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" and "Gravity," direct person-to-person contact comes across as old-fashioned 20th century behavior. Instead, characters connect with each other through ear buds, smartphones, message boards, passwords, radio transmissions, encrypted files, uploads, downloads and computer screens. For motion pictures that cast modern technology as the Great Enabler, it's all about the interface.
August 1, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Fox's new drama "Sleepy Hollow" is a mix of horror, humor, detective story and love story that producers hope viewers get their head around. "Our mission is fun, to be fun and entertaining," said Len Wiseman, a co-creator and executive producer of the show. "We really want to find the right balance of horror and fun. " The drama is a modern twist on the Washington Irving classic about the infamous Headless Horseman who terrorizes Sleepy Hollow. Its high-powered creative base includes co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci ("Star Trek" and "Transformers" franchises, "Fringe")
October 17, 2012 | By Jasmine Elist
Robin Sloan's debut novel, "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25), follows Clay Jannon after he lands a job working the night shift at the bookstore of the title. Clay quickly learns just how peculiar and curious Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore is: Not only does the store see just a few customers, but they come in at strange hours of the night and check out obscure volumes from the darkest corners of the store. Embarking on a quest to figure out exactly what is going on, Clay uses his friends and modern technology to get some answers.
November 13, 2010 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
A multistory centerpiece of the modernization plan for Los Angeles International Airport would block the direct view of air traffic controllers for a busy portion of the complex, including gates, aircraft ramps and taxiways, officials acknowledge. According to the Federal Aviation Administration and air traffic controllers, the blind spots would be created by the $1.5-billion remodeling of the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The project would dominate the west end of the terminal area and have a roof line ranging from five to nine stories high.
March 30, 2006 | Mimi Avins, Times Staff Writer
FOOTBALL coach Bobby Bowden, who holds the NCAA record for consecutive bowl victories, once said, "You ain't gonna get to the top unless you've got a little poise." And a little style too. Early in the 20th century, most of the outfits worn by professional and amateur athletes were so cumbersome that poise, style and a winning game were often hard to deliver. Fortunately for participants and spectators, commerce, technology, training methods and the rules of society changed over the decades, greatly affecting sports clothing.
December 5, 2005 | Alan Jacobs, ALAN JACOBS, a professor of English at Wheaton College in Illinois, is the author of "The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis," published in October by HarperSanFrancisco.
C.S. LEWIS, bookish and scholarly man that he was, rarely went to the movies. An evening of Wagnerian opera was more to his taste. But he could occasionally be tempted -- especially if it was a Disney film. In January of 1939, for instance, before the new term drew him back to his duties as a tutor at Oxford University, he managed to catch the then relatively new movie, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." A few days later, he wrote to a friend about it.
October 20, 2002
Re "Ballot Measures Give Voters a Say Over Development, Taxes, Schools," Oct. 9: You mentioned Measure I, which would help build a new police headquarters in Buena Park, but you failed to mention Measure H, an important school bond for the Centralia School District. If passed, it could result in up to $31 million with district contributions and state matching funds, which would be used to modernize schools and classrooms; upgrade communications, fire alarm, and security systems; improve handicapped access; repair and replace roofing, plumbing and electrical systems; install air-conditioning; and provide access to computers and modern technology.
December 25, 1998
In "Do You See What I See?" (Dec. 19), on the Bethlehem star, you cite author Father Raymond Brown as writing that "a star that arose in the East, appeared over Jerusalem, turned south to Bethlehem, and then came to rest over a house would have constituted a celestial phenomenon unparalleled in astronomical history." I think that is the key to the whole story--that the object appeared in the East, led the wise men to Jerusalem, turned south to Bethlehem and then hovered over a house.
October 25, 2005 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
A few minutes before I had to leave for the airport Saturday morning to fly to San Francisco for the last performance of John Adams' new opera, "Doctor Atomic," I clicked onto the BBC Radio 3 website. A broadcast of "Tristan and Isolde," recorded live in Paris last spring, was about to begin.
March 25, 2005 | Bernadette Murphy, Special to The Times
The Internet and the Madonna Religious Visionary Experience on the Web Paolo Apolito Translated from the Italian by Antony Shugaar University of Chicago Press: 240 pp., $26 * The Virgin Mary has been appearing to Catholics for ages. In 1858, my namesake, Bernadette Soubirous, saw her in a grotto in Lourdes, France. The apparition asked Bernadette, a 14-year-old peasant girl in ill health, to dig in the ground at the grotto; there, a spring appeared.
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