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January 19, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The push-back against rampant consumer culture has some new, mechanical muscle: the Swap-O-Matic vending machine, which distributes recycled goods among its users free of cost. Designed by Lina Fenequito -- a Parsons School of Design graduate -- and detailed over at FastCompany , the machine operates using items donated by some users and then snapped up by others. Donors' accounts are given "credits" every time they add to the machine's inventory; they can then "spend" the credits on others' castoffs.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Overt femininity is sometimes just a wall to keep outsiders from peering in. That's certainly the case for "Somewhere Slow's" Anna (Jessalyn Gilsig), who looks like Avon Barbie, sounds like Minnie Mouse and orders a Diet Coke and small fries like a lady - though she makes sure the three cheeseburgers she ordered with them come back up before she's left the restaurant. Anna's exhaustion from keeping up appearances reveals itself through wrinkles, pimples and blemishes, and her attempts to cover them up give her a deathly, chalky pallor.
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NEWS
November 23, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
So Beverly Hills has its Sprinkles cupcake ATM, really more like an automat, dispensing the luscious little cakes. And sure enough, people really do line up outside, especially at night, to order from a menu of dozens of cupcakes, even Doggie sugar-free cupcakes. In Japan you can buy live lobsters, Uniqlo clothing and sneakers. Miami's Mondrian hotel features a luxury vending machine called the “Semi-Automatic” that dispenses sunglasses, novels, 24K gold handcuffs, Rolex watches and evening gowns.
NEWS
November 23, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
So Beverly Hills has its Sprinkles cupcake ATM, really more like an automat, dispensing the luscious little cakes. And sure enough, people really do line up outside, especially at night, to order from a menu of dozens of cupcakes, even Doggie sugar-free cupcakes. In Japan you can buy live lobsters, Uniqlo clothing and sneakers. Miami's Mondrian hotel features a luxury vending machine called the “Semi-Automatic” that dispenses sunglasses, novels, 24K gold handcuffs, Rolex watches and evening gowns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Santa Clarita city officials are hoping residents might forgo the chips and soda next time they buy from a vending machine and opt instead for something a little more edifying: a piece of art. On Thursday at the Art Walk in downtown Newhall, the city debuted its new Art2Go vending machine in an effort to whet the public's appetite for culture. Deposit $10 and the machine dispenses a miniature piece of original art, such as oil paintings, watercolors and tile work. "The idea is to get people to start appreciating art," said Jeff Barber, Santa Clarita's arts and events supervisor.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
For Stephen Colbert's sake, let's hope Emmy voters have been tuning in to his show the last few days, because there's no denying the host is on a hot streak.   First there was his evisceration of the honchos at MTV who left him stranded without scheduled guest Daft Punk, then there was the viral “Get Lucky” dance party , followed by a mic-dropping rebuke of the conspiracy theorists who suggested the whole incident was an elaborate publicity stunt. Colbert capped off a stellar week Thursday by putting a twisted spin on the shopworn celebrity interview format, chatting with Matt Damon - who also had a delightful cameo in “Get Lucky” boogie session - about his new movie, “Elysium," while pinned under a fallen Coke machine.
HEALTH
May 10, 2004
Your April 26 article "Snack Machines Try to Shake Junk-Food Image" reports on an interesting marketing gimmick (manufacturers' response to the public's perception that unhealthy vending machine snacks are contributing to obesity), but fails to consider how that response might, in fact, affect the problem of rising obesity rates that it purports to address. First, with the exception of yogurt and fresh fruit, nearly all the foods mentioned as examples of healthy substitutes for the traditional candy/salty snack offerings provide as many calories as, if not more calories than, the traditional choices, while contributing relatively little in the way of needed vitamins, minerals or fiber.
TRAVEL
April 14, 2002
Susan Spano always manages to get it right. "In Praise of a Simple Food That Helps the World Keep Its Sunny Side Up" (Her World, March 31) triggered a memorable moment: the sandwich I purchased from a vending machine at the train station in Belfast, Northern Ireland. My mouth waters just thinking about it: sitting on that train unwrapping the crinkly cellophane, the cool, slightly hard but tasty white bread stuck to the creamy egg salad. The best surprise, however, was discovering the minuscule pieces of bacon throughout.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 1999
Re "Irate 2 Cents' Worth on Penny Postal Hike," Jan. 12: I walked into the lobby of my local post office, dropped two quarters into a vending machine, punched two buttons and walked out with 50 one-cent stamps. Total time spent--maybe 20 seconds. Oh, the horror! The agony! MIKE KVAMMEN South Pasadena What a quick (read slick) way for the U.S. Postal Service to make an easy couple million dollars in two or three days, by conveniently having a majority of its offices "run out" of one-cent stamps within three hours on Monday morning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1996
If the Scratcher machines that dispense lottery tickets fit the legal definition of a slot machine, and under California law slot machines are illegal, then it is time to change the law, not outlaw the machines ("Lottery Cuts Off Vending Devices," July 4). What a ridiculous and ignorant decision! How can the game itself (the actual lottery tickets), be legal, yet the method of sale (vending machine) suddenly make it an illegal act? These machines generate $68 million a year for schools.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
For Stephen Colbert's sake, let's hope Emmy voters have been tuning in to his show the last few days, because there's no denying the host is on a hot streak.   First there was his evisceration of the honchos at MTV who left him stranded without scheduled guest Daft Punk, then there was the viral “Get Lucky” dance party , followed by a mic-dropping rebuke of the conspiracy theorists who suggested the whole incident was an elaborate publicity stunt. Colbert capped off a stellar week Thursday by putting a twisted spin on the shopworn celebrity interview format, chatting with Matt Damon - who also had a delightful cameo in “Get Lucky” boogie session - about his new movie, “Elysium," while pinned under a fallen Coke machine.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu and Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
Proposed legislation to remove junk food and sugar-loaded drinks from vending machines at California state office buildings and on government property is intensifying debate about when the battle against obesity becomes a gateway to "nanny state" tactics. Backers of the Assembly bill, AB 459, said California shouldn't condone the sale of fatty snacks and sodas in the workplace when taxpayers are already shelling out vast amounts to cover the healthcare costs of overweight government employees.
NEWS
March 25, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Travelers who hail a cab in New Orleans will be able to do something riders nowhere else in the country will be able to do: Slide into the back seat and buy a cold soda from a vending machine. About 250 taxis will be outfitted with a touchscreen on which customers can swipe their credit or debit card to pay 99 cents for a Coke, Diet Coke or other soft drinks, a statement from the cab company says. The taxi drink dispenser is the brainchild of Simon Garber, an immigrant from Ukraine who owns New Orleans Carriage Cab and Yellow-Checker Cab. It took four years to develop the dispenser connected to a fridge that holds 36 cans, the company said.
NEWS
December 7, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt
The holiday night-life season has splashed over the city like a bottle of freshly uncorked Champagne and the Enabler is feeling bubbly. So when she heard that Beverly Hills Caviar recently installed custom-built caviar vending machines around the city, she became giddy. What better way to show up at a hot nightclub party than with a tin of caviar in her purse? She pictured herself locked in a bathroom stall with a little mother of pearl spoon, dipping into a $500, 1-ounce serving of Imperial River Beluga before heading back to the dance floor at Hyde, MyStudio or Bootsy Bellows.
BUSINESS
November 23, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Your prayers have been answered: Finally, Angelenos can drop hundreds of dollars at vending machines in local malls for a single ounce of caviar. Admit it, Black Friday isn't even over and you've already broken down the door at Urban Outfitters and spent your mortgage payment on door-buster deals. So what's another few bucks or 400 for an ounce of Royal River Beluga caviar? Beverly Hills Caviar is stocking the vending machines at Burbank Town Center, Topanga Westfield Mall and Century City Mall with fish eggs as well as truffles, escargot, oils, gourmet salts and gift boxes ( hat tip to the Eater blog )
BUSINESS
October 9, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
With cities pressing to limit the intake of fattening foods and drinks, the nation's major soda makers will start listing calorie counts on vending machines next year, a move critics said was aimed at averting calls for special taxes and other regulations. Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. unveiled the initiative Monday in conjunction with a competition between Chicago and San Antonio municipal employees for a $5-million grant from the American Beverage Assn., an industry trade group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2009 | Ann M. Simmons
Los Angeles County health officials were trying to determine Friday if bottles of water from a vending machine at a junior high school were contaminated and caused several students to fall ill. "Samples have been taken to the county lab, where they will do further chemical and biological testing," said Michael Uyehara, a hazardous materials specialist with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Fire officials were notified when a dozen La Mesa Junior High School students complained of feeling sick Thursday afternoon after drinking Aquafina water from a vending machine, said county fire Inspector Steve Zermeno.
BUSINESS
December 26, 2011 | By Emily Bryson York
Step up to the vending machine, undergo a facial screening, and get a free Jell-O sample. Kraft Foods Inc. is testing a high-tech vending machine in Chicago and New York that could soon roll out in grocery stores to dispense samples of everything from Oscar Mayer deli meat to Oreos. The current offer is for Temptations by Jell-O, the brand's first product designed specifically for adults. The machine is equipped with technology to determine the age of the person requesting a sample.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Now that Coca-Cola Co., PepsiCo Inc. and other sugary soda producers are planning to list health information on vending machines, calorie counts aren't just for the likes of McDonald's and fast food joints. In full view of consumers, the machines will have a “Calories Count” display alongside messages such as “Check Then Choose” and “Try a Low-Calorie Beverage,” according to the American Beverage Assn. trade group. Labels listing the number of calories per container will be affixed to selection buttons.
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