June 21, 1989 |
The technology behind the Walkman portable cassette player might never have developed without these words from Sony Chairman Akio Morita: "Turn down that music!" Morita, seeking to soften his children's blasting stereos, asked his development team for something that would let the kids rock out without deafening dad. Working from a model developed by Sony founder Masuru Ibuka, model TPS-L2 rolled off the assembly line a year later--the first Sony Walkman, unveiled July 1, 1979. In the decade since, the Walkman and its imitators have become ubiquitous, with tiny headphones appearing on millions of heads worldwide--traffic-bound commuters, long-distance runners and house-cleaning parents as well as their rock 'n' rolling kids.
January 3, 2002 |
Technology advances so quickly that the law can't keep up. For instance, federal restrictions limit how audio recordings can be made. It's illegal to tape other people's telephone conversations. But no such restrictions exist for videotape. As a result, automated cameras can tape pretty much anything, anywhere, anytime, as long as the microphone is turned off. So jammed with electronic eyes is modern life that anybody walking the four blocks from a little coffee shop near Spruce and Nassau in Manhattan to meet somebody at the corner of Broadway and Fulton will walk past at least 10 video cameras along the way. To take the same trip without passing cameras would turn a four-block stroll into a 22-block marathon.
October 16, 1991 |
It has become the running gag at Chaminade High. Friday night, it was also a tackling gag, a kicking gag, a receiving gag and a game-saving gag. The in-house joke at Chaminade, among those who have been around for a few years, is that Ted Corcoran has been there forever. Moments before the kickoff against St. Paul on Friday night, Corcoran trudged to midfield with the Chaminade co-captains.
June 5, 2000 |
Mysteriously, the twin obsessions of the software world--viruses and Microsoft's monopoly--haven't been linked in the courtroom. They are nearly inseparable in cyberspace. It's not Microsoft's fault that overwhelming market dominance makes its products enticing springboards to widespread disruption. But hackers know an easy mark when they see one.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1989 |
The oceans are choking in plastic junk that kills marine life and forms a crust on once pristine coastlines, according to a researcher who has combed the sea for five years. Industrial abuse heaped on the oceans became vivid in reports about the devastating Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound and the mysterious algae tides fouling beaches in the Mediterranean.
April 9, 1992 |
You never know where you'll find a Bedouin these days. In Jordan, some of these desert people still follow the traditional nomadic ways. But many have made the transition to village living, and others have long been fully integrated into life in modern Amman. The Bedouin heart, however, doesn't stray so far from its origins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2007 |
Juan Garcia makes the same resolution every New Year's: Learn English. Despite being in the U.S. for 15 years, the Mexican immigrant knows only a few words and phrases. Too busy with work and family, he has put off enrolling in a class. "The days pass and the years pass, and I don't do it," said Garcia, 63, who lives in Los Angeles.
October 18, 2012 |
American travelers, is J. Seward Johnson stalking you? Because he certainly seems to be stalking me. J. Seward Johnson , 82, is a sculptor. In fact, he might be the most ubiquitous American sculptor you've never heard of. If you've spent any time at all in big and medium-sized American cities in the last decade or two, you've probably bumped into his work -- usually human figures, life-sized and larger -- and you've probably smiled without noting his name. Since 2005, Johnson has been taking familiar two-dimensional images - often a famous photo or an Impressionist painting - and casting them as larger-than-life, three-dimensional sculptures, their contours smooth and boldly colored. Jumbo kitsch, some people say. Remember the famous black-and-white photo of the sailor kissing the young woman in Times Square at the end of World War II?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2006 |
Sidney Kosasa, 86, the founder of the ABC Stores chain of convenience stores catering to tourists in Hawaii, died Nov. 17, the company said. Kosasa died in his sleep, but the cause of death was not reported. Kosasa opened his first ABC store in 1964. The chain has since expanded it to 55 outlets in Hawaii, eight in Guam, two in Saipan and six in Las Vegas. He was born in December 1919 in Palolo Valley on Oahu and attended UC Berkeley, where he earned a pharmacist's degree.