September 6, 2013 |
While rising to chief technology officer for Magellan Navigation in the 1990s, Anatole Lokshin pioneered the use of the global positioning system in everyday life, bringing the satellite-based technology to boats, cars and eventually cellphones. Now, running a startup with his son, the Huntington Beach inventor wants to latch sophisticated motion sensors onto surfboards, skateboards, snowboards and regular clothing. Data collected by Lokshin's sensors could separate pros from posers in sports that typically emphasize imprecise metrics such as style points.
August 22, 2013 |
When Francesca Lia Block sat down to write her latest young adult novel, "Love in the Time of Global Warming" (Holt Books for Young Readers: 240 pp., $16.99), she took her beloved hometown of Los Angeles and destroyed it. But she didn't just destroy it. She burned it to the ground in the lyrical, hallucinogenic way in which she once elevated the very same city to celestial heights in her first novel, "Weetzie Bat," and all the adult and young adult fiction she's written since. We meet 17-year old Penelope, the book's protagonist, briefly during the catastrophic environmental event that she calls the "earth shaker," and then in earnest two weeks later, adjusting to a new reality.
August 11, 2013 |
BEIRUT - With his pouty lips and soulful eyes, he was a stylish figure known as the King of Romance, a crooner of amorous ballads often seen cavorting with would-be starlets in MTV-style videos filmed on yachts, in upscale cafes and in swank homes. But Fadel Shaker's latest video - without a note uttered - may become his swan song, portraying the balladeer in a new and disturbing incarnation: hunkered down defiantly with a militant sheik and his armed followers, holding out against Lebanese soldiers he derided as dogs and pigs.
March 13, 2013 |
Well, what do you know, we had a quake, and we had a warning too. As my colleague Joseph Serna reported Wednesday: An earthquake early warning system being tested in California gave seismologists in Pasadena up to 30 seconds to prepare for Monday morning's temblor in the desert of Riverside County. “It was right,” said Kate Hutton, a seismologist with Caltech. “I sat really still to see if I could feel it and it worked.” Hopefully, Hutton was saying that without surprise in her voice.
November 7, 2012 |
Deep-pocketed bartenders in need of some extra pockets, the backpack of your dreams is here: Gin & Luck , a "lifestyle brand" created by bar consultant Proprietors LLC , introduces its first accessory "for the epicurean lifestyle. " It's a bag for carrying your bar tools and a couple of bottles of booze. It costs $395. (Think about it -- that's only 40 days of under-$10 lunches.) What you're paying for: heavyweight canvas, leather, nickel-plated hardware and waterproof compartments; a 1,540-cubic-inch main compartment that includes a lined pocket for a 15-inch laptop; a toolkit and shaker sleeve; and two side pockets that hold a 750-ml bottle each (there are holes in the flaps that allow the necks and tops of the bottle to stick out)
October 17, 2012 |
Those of us who live in California can get a little snarky about earthquakes. Maine had a 4.0 earthquake? Oh, that's tough, quake-nonchalant Californians might be tempted to say. Heard of Loma Prieta, 1989? San Fernando, '71? San Francisco, 1906? But, Californians, here's something you should know: Earthquakes are different on the East Coast. A 4.0 back East might jolt more people over a much wider area and, by some measures, could be a much more intense experience. "On the East Coast and in the Midwest, where they have an earthquake that they feel once every seven or eight years, it 's a big deal to them," California state geologist John Parrish told the Los Angeles Times in an interview Wednesday.