January 11, 2013 |
Suffering from brand fatigue? Too many product labels screaming for your attention? One major department store is going hush-hush, stripping famous items of their logos and implementing a silence room and meditation spaces for shoppers. British department store Selfridges - think of it as London's version of Bloomingdales in New York - is rolling out its “No Noise” campaign , which it calls “an initiative that goes beyond retail.” “As we become increasingly bombarded with information and stimulation, the world is becoming a noisier place,” Selfridges' website states.
January 10, 2013 |
Anyone who's gone to too many rock concerts or worked with loud machinery for too long (or listened to too many kazillion-decibel advertisements at a movie theater) may eventually pay the price: hearing loss caused by damage to tiny, sound-transmitting cells in the inner ear. Researchers now report they can regenerate some of these crucial “hair cells” in the inner ears of mice and restore noise-induced damage to some extent. It's something that hearing scientists have been hoping for ages (though we will avoid using the term “holy grail”)
January 8, 2013 |
Electric vehicles and hybrids are quiet - a little too quiet for the U.S. Department of Transportation. The agency on Monday announced proposals for minimum sound requirements on hybrid and electric vehicles. Without an internal combustion engine running, many vehicles can operate under full or partial electric power with little to no sound to warn pedestrians or cyclists, particularly the visually impaired. “This proposal will help keep everyone using our nation's streets and roadways safe, whether they are motorists, bicyclists or pedestrians,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.
December 8, 2012 |
If you want to make any late-millennial urban party-person get all fuzzy and nostalgic, play Bloc Party's single “Banquet.” Your subject will likely unwind a tale from a decadent, mid-2000s night out accompanied by the London post-punk quartet's hit song (though usually these stories will be quite boring tales of dancing in some bar that doesn't exist anymore). Once the tune's four-on-the-floor kick drum drops, and the band's two guitarists slash back and forth to the lyrics “A heart of stone, a smoking gun,” it's enough to make a craggly, prehistoric 29-year-old feel 22 and dewy again.
December 1, 2012 |
"What was merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What good had it ever done to him?" - Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol. " At the box office there is no "Bah! Humbug!" The recompense that two big Southern California theaters reap from Christmas plays would quiet even Ebenezer Scrooge's scoffing. But the holiday-theater franchises that the Old Globe in San Diego and South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa enjoy have eluded - or gone unsought by - L.A.'s four biggest nonprofit stage companies.
December 1, 2012 |
In the woods and on the plains of Wyoming, one traditional hunting sound may soon be headed toward extinction. "Blam! Blam! Blam!" State lawmakers are set to decide whether to allow silencers on hunting guns, a move that has divided the outdoor-oriented state. Proponents say screwing a muzzle onto a firearm to catch the blast and muffle the report will prevent hearing damage and reduce noise pollution. Many opponents insist silencers for hunting weapons gives all those Elmer Fudds in the woods an unsporting advantage with yet another high-tech gadget against game species whose defenses have always been only their alertness and ability to run away.
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November 19, 2012 |
About 120 people packed a Pasadena City Hall meeting Monday night to cheer or jeer city plans to allow the Rose Bowl to host professional football games for up to five years if an NFL team moves to Los Angeles. Residents of the tony neighborhoods near the iconic 90-year-old stadium say NFL games would unleash rowdy fans and cause traffic jams at the expense of homeowners and recreational users. More than 25,000 vehicles would come to the Rose Bowl on game days, according to a city study, shutting down Brookside Park, the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, Kidspace Museum and Brookside Golf Course on game days.
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November 18, 2012 |
Many Pasadena residents who live near the Rose Bowl complain that the city's proposal to host an NFL team for up to five years would invite massive traffic jams, unleash rowdy fan behavior and displace recreational users from the Arroyo Seco. The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and others say the prospect of millions of dollars in public revenue and game-related local spending is a windfall well worth the inconveniences. On Monday, the City Council will hold a public hearing to decide what course the city may pursue.
November 15, 2012
Re “ Safety vs. sea life ,” Editorial, Nov. 11 Thank you for your editorial regarding PG&E's plan to test for fault lines in Morro Bay with air cannons and the effect on the thousands of marine mammals there. As you wrote, “it's imperative for California to have more definitive knowledge about the seismic hazards near the Diablo Canyon Power Plant.” The proposal involves blasting “underwater air cannons every 15 seconds in Morro Bay, for about 12 days a year over four years, to produce three-dimensional images of geologic faults.” Hopefully it will not be necessary to resort to such destructive methods.
November 12, 2012 |
He was asked and so he served, but Bernie Bickerstaff gave the distinct impression he will be happy when his term as the Lakers' interim coach ends and he can go back to being a low-profile assistant coach with nothing more pressing to worry about than getting to practice on time. Depending on what Phil Jackson says to team executives and when he says it, the Lakers' 103-90 win over the suspension-depleted Sacramento Kings on Sunday might have been Bickerstaff's last assignment as Mike Brown's successor.