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by Nathan
Thu Dec 07, 2006 10:19 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: The Tesla - Electric Roadstar
Replies: 15
Views: 2390

Chris and MD, thank you for your thoughtful responses, I have read and considered them carefully. I'm not too proud to say I know everything (heck, or anything) and I'm very, very willing to learn more. I'll admit that my rant-o-rama was the venting of ideology -- sometimes you have ideology, someti...
by Nathan
Wed Dec 06, 2006 12:44 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: The Tesla - Electric Roadstar
Replies: 15
Views: 2390

Here's where I go off on the electric car

Let's see if I have this right. It takes 1 Horsepower to drive a person on a bike to 60 mph. And 50 to drive that same person in a car. Now, if you move beyond simple moral relativism, into the rational world of judging things by efficiency and inefficiency, cars are, uh, dumb. Plus, cars, electric ...
by Nathan
Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:25 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: The Tesla - Electric Roadstar
Replies: 15
Views: 2390

It would be a lot cooler if it looked like Jay Leno's Blastolene: http://static.flickr.com/119/315834840_3b9d49ee04_o.jpg But I guess you can't have everything. Also, with the Tesla name on it, shouldn't it run on AC wireless electrotherapeutical ionized polyphase particle beams and have a death ray?
by Nathan
Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:16 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Hi-Way Host Rte 66 RIP?
Replies: 2
Views: 709

Hi-Way Host Rte 66 RIP?

http://static.flickr.com/102/315829050_6099740cdd_o.jpg (image from route66university.com) Word on the street is that Korean management brokers http://www.hometowninns.com/ have this one--it's gonna become another faceless borg motel with no signage, or, at least, not this one. 3474 East Colorado, ...
by Nathan
Tue Dec 05, 2006 9:14 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Revolving restaurants
Replies: 11
Views: 2892

Let's build one in a downtown basement and insist it's from 1939. Some Photoshop will prove its existence. And so forth.
by Nathan
Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:34 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: "Jewelry Trades" neon relit in downtown LA!
Replies: 8
Views: 1821

The Jewelry Trades blade is, in fact, gorgeous beyond description.

Though Mr. Lynxwiler, if the Roxie theater is in the background, that would place this photo post-1932.

Is my sense of self-importance palpable or what?
by Nathan
Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:20 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: today's Zippy...
Replies: 39
Views: 5944

Stucco is my co-pilot

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by Nathan
Sun Dec 03, 2006 9:59 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles Neon Sign Updates/Alterations/Losses
Replies: 60
Views: 22054

I am just back from a week away and am now checking up on Lotta Livin', and this is the first post I've looked at. Regarding the Rose Motel: I have given the matter careful and cogent thought, and after due deliberation, I can do no more than raise my fists at the heavens and yell NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...
by Nathan
Sat Nov 25, 2006 8:47 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: today's Zippy...
Replies: 39
Views: 5944

Asmussen's work is deeply fantastic, and I can't believe I'd never seen it before. He's only bitter because of the ribbing he got on the playground for his name. And now, today's Zippy, involving two important things for any morning: time travel and the Big Boy. http://static.flickr.com/104/30577366...
by Nathan
Wed Nov 22, 2006 11:32 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: A Moment of Silence
Replies: 1
Views: 856

by Nathan
Wed Nov 22, 2006 11:30 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: Downtown Los Angeles, PBR & KFC art Nov. 25
Replies: 1
Views: 274

PBR and KFC? I don't know about art, but I know what I like.
by Nathan
Tue Nov 21, 2006 11:56 pm
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: 1965 South Los Angeles County Phone Book Ads...
Replies: 10
Views: 2867

Mackeral! Those images are fantastic. I recently picked up a slender 67-8 West LA "Red Book" and was disappointed that there were no building or sign illustrations inside...but there were bunches of little spot drawings like this fellow: http://static.flickr.com/122/303366348_23dad8166d_o....
by Nathan
Tue Nov 21, 2006 11:30 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles Neon Sign Updates/Alterations/Losses
Replies: 60
Views: 22054

Colorado and Maywood, Eagle Rock -- flower shop with a giant deco "FLOWERS" blade sign...windows all painted up with "going out of business" and so forth...what will become of this baby? Up the street is Chic's Liquor, neon and bulb, storefront boarded up, soon to become a Vietna...
by Nathan
Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:29 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: LA's Treescape to alter
Replies: 10
Views: 2839

LA's Treescape to alter

Fan palms no longer hold sway The City Council wants leafier trees planted on L.A. streets. That means more shade and oxygen. By Bob Pool Times Staff Writer November 18, 2006 For more than a hundred years, the graceful, bushy-topped fan palm has been an iconic symbol of L.A.'s balmy, postcard lifest...
by Nathan
Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:20 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Felix Chevrolet
Replies: 43
Views: 7869

I thought for some reason it was Friday morning.

How did it go?
by Nathan
Tue Nov 14, 2006 10:51 pm
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Are the KFC signs worthy of Roadside Architecture status?
Replies: 15
Views: 3727

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061114/ap_on_re_us/kfc_logo "Eventually this will make its way to every restaurant," Dedrick said. "Any new stores we build or any remodels that we make from here on out will include the new Colonel." The word remodel coupled with the deictic every re...
by Nathan
Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:57 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Ship salvage
Replies: 4
Views: 1908

Ship salvage

http://www.maritimematters.com/mall_alang_pk.html Now that 's some roadside ramblin.' http://static.flickr.com/102/296512076_971c84adbe_o.jpg http://static.flickr.com/113/296512072_73e4c5bd9d_o.jpg http://static.flickr.com/104/296512078_5eb9c038ee_o.jpg
by Nathan
Fri Nov 03, 2006 2:57 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Hope for the Ennis Brown House
Replies: 32
Views: 7982

No, yeah, DL, you know, I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin.
by Nathan
Fri Nov 03, 2006 10:18 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Hope for the Ennis Brown House
Replies: 32
Views: 7982

One thing that has always irked me...can we stop calling it the Ennis-Brown house? It's the Ennis House. Don't get me wrong, that Brown guy, we were compatriots, he was a kooky old coot, and I'm a kooky old coot, and I spent a bunch of time with him in that house when I was planning to get married t...
by Nathan
Sun Oct 22, 2006 9:08 am
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Neutra's "Casa Shinoda" in Santa Barbara?
Replies: 4
Views: 1058

When it comes to MCM, you're kinda out of luck in SB. There are some amazing MCM homes in Montecito by Paul Tuttle, Rutta Riggs, Henri Morgenroth, and Neutra's Tremaine House (built for my cousin, Kit Tremaine) but I can't honestly say where they are. Some International Style structures -- Neutra's ...
by Nathan
Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:44 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: West Hollywood, CA "Drag Race" Oct. 28
Replies: 1
Views: 367

Wow! A drag race! I'm looking forward to seeing all the kustom'd deuce roadsters and choptops and T-buckets! Wait...pumps? You mean water pumps? Best hair? What's going on here?! This "Western Hollywood" place is awful strange...
by Nathan
Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:38 am
Forum: Modern Calendar of Events
Topic: SF Valley, CA Conservancy Spectacular/Vernacular TourOct. 29
Replies: 8
Views: 2308

Was looking forward to seeing all y'all there...I've had my ticket for weeks. But something's come up and I need to go out of town. But if I'll make a deal with you tourgoers...somebody post lotsa pix of the tour, and I'll return to LA and post lotsa pix of the neglected Modernism of New Orleans. Wh...
by Nathan
Wed Oct 18, 2006 9:00 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Your Favorite Martini?
Replies: 39
Views: 16662

Dag, Steve, you know your stuff. I have been a devotee of the Manhattan since I was a lad. But I've never been able to get past the fact that it's a Manhattan , and I abhor Yankees. The King of Cocktails is the Sazerac. Read this, then read it again, then read it again, then go to the store, and the...
by Nathan
Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:37 am
Forum: Roadside Rambling
Topic: Amazing Trailer in LA Times
Replies: 3
Views: 1647

Dang! In some post last night I was ranting about how rich people never do crazy things anymore. Well, this Azadmard fellow has restored my faith in human kind. Seriously. He deserves some sort of award. The least I could do is buy him a drink, or his dog a meatloaf, or something. Of course now he n...
by Nathan
Wed Oct 18, 2006 8:25 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: today's Zippy...
Replies: 39
Views: 5944

A couple of new ones, Valley-related...

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The Bad Reporter?
by Nathan
Wed Oct 18, 2006 7:57 am
Forum: Everything Else and the Kitchen Sink
Topic: Russ Meyer RIP
Replies: 8
Views: 2151

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by Nathan
Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: 1929 Dome in Westwood is empty
Replies: 10
Views: 3254

I wish we had more photographs. I wish rich people still did crazy things...were I being paid ten million per picture, or 70 million per stock buyout, why wouldn't I (they) purchase swaths of historic neighborhoods and restore them to their former glory? But then, I wish a lot of things. And Deco Lo...
by Nathan
Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:29 pm
Forum: Mid Century Modern Preservation Discussion
Topic: Columbia Square
Replies: 35
Views: 14286

During one of my Black Dahlia bus tours last month, I was ranting about the undeniable importance of Lescaze (PSFS, NYWF, etc) and this building's relationship to LA, and how evil bastards were going to tear it down, etc., you know, my usual rant in front of a captive audience of fifty. I was pulled...

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