January 17, 2012 |
What would the world be like without the Internet? Fire up your browser and see what you can't do. In the first strike of its kind, hundreds of popular sites such as Wikipedia, Reddit and Boing Boing were scheduled to temporarily shut down Wednesday to protest a pair of anti-piracy bills that they say essentially amount to censorship of the Internet. The prospect of a day without the websites set off a frenzy in the hours leading up to the strike, which was slated to begin Tuesday night, with parents urging their children to do their homework early and tech-savvy users posting instructions for how to access cached Wikipedia pages during the blackout.
January 14, 2012 |
The Obama administration signaled Saturday it does not support aspects of pending anti-piracy legislation, a setback for the Motion Picture Assn. of America, Hollywood's chief lobbying arm. The measures - which have deeply divided the entertainment and technology industries - would give the Justice Department more tools to shut down foreign websites involved in theft of movies and TV shows. Major Hollywood studios and unions have been mounting a campaign in support of the bills to combat online piracy, which costs the industry billions annually.
November 8, 2009 |
With news of drug-related violence and H1N1 flu in the headlines, tourism to Mexico has plummeted. But the truth is the violence is largely regional and the swine flu is no longer confined to here. Many places in Mexico are inexpensive, kid-friendly and sunny. Here are some of my family's recent favorites. Sayulita, Nayarit Once a fishing village, Sayulita has become a haunt for surfers, bohemians and vacationers who want to avoid the crowds. It's just an hour's drive from Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's west coast.
March 30, 2012 |
If there's a brawl between Silicon Valley and Hollywood to be California's marquee industry, it looks like the geeks have come out on top. More than 65% of those surveyed in the latest USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll said the technology industry was more important to the state's economy than entertainment, perhaps showing that SoCal's famous vixens and heartthrobs are losing the battle for screen time to NorCal's search engines and social networks....
May 12, 2012 |
- At the village market, my friend Pepa buys a couple of small white fish, a handful of clams, a few shrimp. I ask what she's preparing. " Una sopa marinera, de pescado ," she replies. A fish soup. Nothing fancy, no complications, just a simple home-style fish soup, ready in minutes. In Spanish, " marinera " has nothing to do with tomato sauce - it means mariner's style, fishermen's fare. These seafood soups are traditional aboard fishing boats or in fishermen's homes, where the remains of the day's catch find their way into the soup pot. From the village where Pepa and I shop, we look down to the Mediterranean coast, where a fishing port receives fresh seafood daily.
July 1, 1990 |
Colette at Beverly Pavilion Hotel, 9360 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. (213) 273-1151. Style: The Franco-American food here might not leave you crying for an encore, but it does merit a bit of applause. Setting: Pastels, light woods. Recommended dishes: Menu changes every two weeks but might include gumbo; mussels and saffron soup; New York strip steak. Cost per person: $25-$45. Julienne, 2649 Mission St., San Marino. (818) 441-2299.
January 18, 2012
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Wednesday: George Lucas says he's done with "Star Wars" and will devote his career to art films -- which is the same line he's been giving for 18 years. ( Time ) He also has scientific proof that Indiana Jones could have survived the fridge nuking in "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. " ( Slash Film ) Wikipedia, Craigslist and several other sites are down today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act bill in Congress.
August 28, 2012 |
When Google messes with its homepage, it usually adds a Google doodle . But on Tuesday that space was reserved for an ad. The tech giant used its homepage, one of the most visited places on the Web, to promote its own product -- the Nexus 7 tablet. On Google.com, an animation starts to play below the search box. A line appears and expands in the white space toward the bottom and out pops the Nexus 7, bumping the text above it. If you click on the Nexus 7 you're directed to the Google Play page for the 8-gigabyte model of the the company's tablet.