August 12, 2009 |
Is anyone still unclear on the concept of the blog? Self-publishing on the Internet is the short answer, with millions of bloggers creating endless variations on the theme. There's the news blog, the politics blog, the travel blog, photo blogs, family blogs, humor blogs and, a natural for the form, the personal journal. That's what Katie Kampenfelt is writing when we meet her in the opening pages of Allison Burnett's canny third novel, "Undiscovered Gyrl." Katie's enough of a techie to have been enrolled in computer camp the summer before high school, but already so troubled by her parents' divorce that she wound up in a psych ward instead.
February 8, 2012 |
Online dating has come a long way from its less-than-positive association with the personal ad. But is it actually a better way to meet that special someone? In some ways yes -- and in others, maybe not, according to a study on online dating released by the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest. "Romantic relationships can begin anywhere. When Cupid's arrow strikes, you might be at church or at school, playing chess or softball, searching for a partner at a party, or minding your own business on the train," the authors write . "But sometimes Cupid goes on vacation, or takes a long nap, or kicks back for a marathon of Lifetime original movies.
August 15, 2010 |
Tips to sustainable apartment living abound online: • Landlords and renters can check out tips and updates at the National Apartment Assn.'s Green Communities website, naahq.org/green . • Moving? Find a center to recycle those plastic packing peanuts through loosefillpackaging.com . • Rating sites such as Greenopia.com and GreenerChoices.com from Consumer Reports can help sift through products that are truly green and the ones that are just "greenwashed.
September 30, 2009
Not content with more conventional ways of expressing disapproval, an unidentified Facebook user recently posted a poll asking whether President Obama should be assassinated. The poll was outrageous, and Facebook forced its removal even before the Secret Service called. The larger questions raised by the incident, however, are how much control companies should exert over the use of the megaphones they provide online, and how much information social networks expose about the people who use them.
September 4, 2009
"Gamer," an R-rated futuristic thriller, opens in general release today but did not screen for critics. The review will appear online at latimes.com/moviereviews as soon as it is available.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 1996
I was disappointed in the March 31 letter by Craig Morgan of Burbank, criticizing my office for going on the Internet. While I am the first L.A. County supervisor to go "online," I am by no means the first elected official to do so. The president, governor, members of Congress and the Legislature have all led the way. Our venture into cyberspace is an innovative effort to serve and communicate with the public more quickly, efficiently and less expensively...