January 21, 2013 |
Can you program a 3-D printer to build an entire building? Architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars wants to try. The Dutch architect has laid out plans for Landscape House -- a structure that looks like a Mobius strip or "one surface folded over into an endless band," as he describes it. To build it, he plans to use a 3-D printer called D-Shape that will lay down thin layers of sand that combine with a bonding agent to create a material that is...
January 18, 2013 |
JERRY SAND S, 25, outfielder Final 2012 stats: .174 batting average, two doubles, one RBI, one walk, nine strikeouts in just 23 at-bats. Contract status: Now belongs to the Pirates. The good: Had a second strong offensive season - at triple-A Albuquerque (.296, 26 homers, 107 RBI in 452 at-bats). The bad: Thus far has been unable to translate his triple-A game to the majors, though he received almost zero chance last season. What's next: Should receive better playing opportunity with the Pirates.
January 17, 2013 |
Mysticism isn't new to art, having prompted (among other things) the emergence of pure abstraction into the Modernist lexicon more than a century ago. At Michael Kohn Gallery, a group exhibition of about 30 paintings, sculptures, video, prints and mixed media works from the past 50 years by 14 artists shows that it's alive and well today - albeit with a suitably altered consciousness. “Into the Mystic” takes its subject loosely, proposing that ultimate insight consists of contemplative, intuitive knowledge, not merely facts.
HOME & GARDEN
December 22, 2012 |
It was our first Christmas together, and I was determined that it would be special. We had booked a hotel room for the holidays on the sand at Pismo Beach. Jim, my new love, had Mark Harmon hair and a Richard Gere smile. He watched BBC News, read (actual) books and regularly finished the Sunday Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle - in pen. He was also a no-nonsense merchant marine, so I was resolved that there would be nothing too frilly about this celebration. I spent the weeks before the holidays scouring thrift shops for inexpensive lights, garland and ornaments - with no emotional baggage - all of which could be discarded when Christmas was done.
December 22, 2012 |
That's right, our man Jerry Sands, the slugging prospect who could never quite take with the Dodgers, is on the move again. He is clearly still intriguing to many. Sands, part of the group sent by the Dodgers to the Red Sox in the blockbuster trade for Adrian Gonzalez in August, has reportedly been dealt from Boston to Pittsburgh as part of a six-player deal for right-handed closer Joel Hanrahan. Lost amid the big names in the deal, the trading of Sands received scant attention.
December 8, 2012
Centrally located on Negril's legendary beach in Jamaica, White Sands offers 45 reasonably priced, comfortable rooms. Owner Henry Moo-Young and his family take pride in welcoming repeat guests to this lush property, which offers free Wi-Fi and safe deposit boxes, a private pool, a restaurant and a beachside bar. White Sands, Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril; (305) 503-9074 or (876) 957-4291, http://www.whitesandsjamaica.com . Rates from $69, Dec. 15-April 15. Elizabeth Bardsley Burbank
November 19, 2012 |
CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. - Where County Highway A crests a knoll, Ken Schmitt pulls up to the edge of a farm and idles the car. Above a cornfield yellowed and brittle from a killing frost is a 100-foot hill with a wide section cut away, revealing bands of stone, clay and sand neat as a layer cake. In time, 800 acres of farmland will be mined to feed an energy boom sweeping the United States. No one is drilling for oil or gas amid the gently rolling farmland and wooded ridges of western Wisconsin.
November 9, 2012 |
SEA BRIGHT, N.J. - The residents of Sea Bright returned home Friday, some for the first time since Superstorm Sandy, and attempted to salvage what they could from apartments and houses still inundated with sand and salty water. Eleven days after the storm struck, seaside residents across New Jersey and New York continued their recovery-mode struggle, bedeviled with frustrating power outages, temporary housing and severe gasoline shortages that prompted New York rationing Friday. In Sea Bright, about 50 miles south of New York City, the main thoroughfare through town, Ocean Avenue, had been cleared of about 5 feet of sand, and earth movers were still slogging away Friday clearing debris.
November 7, 2012 |
Really great columnists use all five senses. Guys like me use maybe two - taste and thirst. So when I heard about this beach football league, with a 10-game season and postgame bar bashes featuring free food, I said, "Sold. " Journalism should always be so clear-cut and obvious. We live in "a great and mostly boring world," noted the late Ray Bradbury, a writer I always turn to during haunted times like these. Had he stooped to being a sportswriter, Bradbury would have loved this beach football, evocative as it is of the L.A. lifestyle.
November 1, 2012 |
Here's a little something for North Carolina lawmakers to chew on: $50 billion. That's the new estimate of how much damage super storm Sandy caused to the East Coast. And as an L.A. Times editorial outlined Thursday, Sandy may well be a precursor to many such events, exacerbated by climate change. THEN AND NOW: Devastation from super storm Sandy But North Carolina doesn't really have to worry on that front, because last summer its Legislature passed -- and its governor allowed to become law -- a bill that in essence denies climate change. The bill was prompted by a report from a state commission that predicted a 39-inch rise in sea levels over the next 100 years. Which was actually the middle range, not a worst-case scenario; not that that mollified horrified developers.