March 11, 2013 |
What do Facebook users who “like” Mozart, Morgan Freeman's voice, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" and curly fries have in common? They are likely to have high IQs, according to a new study . Meanwhile, those who like Facebook pages related to mountain biking, business administration, engineering and the book "48 Laws of Power" are apt to be calm and relaxed, the study found. These and other patterns emerged from an analysis of 58,000 Facebook users and the things that prompted them to click the little blue thumbs-up icon.
March 4, 2013 |
The candidates for mayor of Los Angeles have been at it for more than a year, some much longer than that. Together, they have spent nearly $15 million. They've participated in so many debates that they can now address just about any topic - from pension reform to public safety to the quality of schools - and they can do it in exactly one minute, with 30 seconds for rebuttal. But do we really know what kind of mayor any of the candidates would be? This is a stronger field than people tend to think.
February 25, 2013 |
Palm fans will be happy to learn that webOS is alive and kicking and will reportedly be the operating system used by LG in future smart TVs. According to a CNET report Monday, LG has agreed to purchase the well-regarded but now rarely used operating system from Hewlett-Packard. WebOS was originally developed by the now-defunct Palm for use in its smartphones. When Palm was purchased by HP, the company said it would use webOS for its mobile efforts, but essentially HP released only the TouchPad tablet, which it quickly stopped selling.
February 22, 2013 |
Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of "Argo. " I've seen it twice, enjoyed it mightily both times, and put it on my 10-best list, where it belongs. I called it "a smart, complex and engaging film that crackles with energy and purpose," and I stand by those words. But the thought that "Argo" has somehow become the favorite to win the best picture Oscar on Sunday makes me feel a little sad. It's not because there are other films that I would prefer to see win, though, obviously, there are. Yes, I would be delighted if Michael Haneke's austere, emotional "Amour" took the statuette, but that's about as likely as "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" getting more nominations than "Lincoln.
February 20, 2013 |
Google is ready to let more people try out its Glass project, but becoming an early adopter won't come easy or cheap. The Silicon Valley company began taking 50-word Google+ and Twitter applications from users who want to become "Glass Explorers" and try out Google Glass: eyeglasses with small screens attached to give them smartphone-like capabilities. Users who apply must include the hashtag "#ifihadglass" and explain what they'd do with the nifty gadget. If 50 words aren't enough, Google is also letting users include up to five pictures and a 15-second video.
February 12, 2013 |
The advent of "smart" television sets helped introduce the masses to the idea of tuning in content from a home network and the Internet, not just traditional sources of TV programming (e.g., local broadcasters and cable networks). Now, Santa Barbara-based Sonos -- a leading manufacturer of connected home audio devices -- is adding a similar kind of intelligence to a TV sound bar. On Tuesday the company announced the Playbar , a 4-inch deep, 3-foot-long rectangle stuffed with nine independently driven speakers.
February 5, 2013 |
Not long after President Obama proclaimed in his second inaugural that "an economic recovery has begun," we learned that the U.S. economy actually shrank in the last quarter. Many economists believe this is a temporary setback. This recovery may be the weakest in American history, but the economy isn't cratering either. Still, you can bet that if the economy continues to contract, Obama will propose the same remedy he always has: more "investments" in education, infrastructure and various industries of the future.
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February 3, 2013 |
A triumphal march blared and the crowd roared Saturday afternoon as hundreds of competitors filed into the massive gymnasium at the Roybal Learning Center. The high school students were pumped - some teams danced a little to get warmed up, and at least one team had their school mascot there to root them on - and they were prepared, having spent months training for this moment. Some of the students carried themselves with the intensity of gladiators stepping into the ring. The challenge before them was a purely intellectual one, but it was still daunting: The last leg of Los Angeles Unified's regional Academic Decathlon was about to begin.
January 31, 2013
How long does it take to revitalize a moribund section of Los Angeles that was zoned and built according to development and land-use patterns that prevailed in the 1940s? How long does it take to recognize civic assets like the Los Angeles River and incorporate them into vibrant communities with modern transit and modern patterns of living, working and playing? How long does it take to get local residents, environmentalists, affordable housing advocates, developers and transportation planners on the same page?
January 31, 2013 |
I fell in love at first sight with Tina Fey's "30 Rock," the NBC sitcom that Thursday night will end our seven-season relationship with a double-length series finale. We have both grown in the interim - well, "30 Rock" has - and if it is not now the same series that first won my heart, by winning my head, it is an even better one, bold and confident and more completely itself. The show that premiered on Oct. 11, 2006, was in many respects a conventional backstage comedy. Fey's show runner Liz Lemon struggled with corporate interference in the form of Alec Baldwin's Jack Donaghy, "the new vice president of East Coast television and microwave programming" - GE owned NBC at the time - and an unruly new star, Tracy Morgan's Tracy Jordan , who introduced himself to her letting her know that, contrary to tabloid reports, "I'm not on crack, I'm straight-up mentally ill. " At the same time, it contained the seeds of all it would become - as a comedy series on NBC about a comedy series on NBC, it was self-referential and meta-fictional from the start, and an unpredictable line like "We're a team now, like Batman and Robin, like chicken and a chicken container" (Tracy to Liz)