The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others.
Vincent Van Gogh
“At the time, my friend Brian argued that if it came down to it, he wanted to be able to defend himself. That if he didn’t have a gun, he was really just prepping for his someone else, who could just come and take all his carefully curated supplies.”
The Case For Not Panic Buying A Gun, by Jacob Margolis, LAist, 18 March 2020
“Grocery stores, healthcare providers, outdoor farmers markets, gas stations, and dry cleaners can stay open. News media, food delivery companies, electricians, plumbers, healthcare operators, and transportation services are allowed to keep operating. But they all must institute social distancing practices, according to Los Angeles County Health Department director Dr. Barbara Ferrer.”
Los Angeles issues ‘safer-at-home’ order. Here’s what it means., by Jenna Chandler, 19 March 2020
Get with it, party dolls, the awesome Dr. Ferrer is on the job.
“Beloved TV personality and raconteur Huell Howser hosted and produced more than 400 episodes of California’s Gold and Visiting over 24 seasons on KCET. Howser’s genuine enthusiasm for all things Golden State was endearing. Who else could make a visit to a toy piano museum or a tortilla factory or a concert so riveting? Who else would do it snark-free? Such was the joy of watching his shows. Check out other episodes including visits to Pink’s Hot Dogs, the Calligraphy Society of Los Angeles, Lily Farms (home of the happy chickens) and the Lummis House.”
11 Weird And Weirdly Relaxing Videos For When You’re Self-Isolating, by Christine M. Ziemba, LAist, 19 March 2020
Wait… we have a Calligraphy Society? Why must there be a pandemic for me to know these thing? Why!
“Does your life suck? If so, like many of us, you may have posted about your money troubles, your low self-esteem, or your relationship problems on social media or dating sites. But while it may feel good to vent, and while such posts may garner sympathy that can soothe the pain, the FBI is warning that human traffickers are attracted to the details of our misery like bees to honey.”
Human traffickers use social media oversharing to gain victims’ trust, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos blog, 18 March 2020
“A few minutes north in Chula Vista, where a city councilman has been hospitalized after he was infected with coronavirus, police use drones rigged to loudspeakers to enforce the lockdown.”
A shadow of itself: 40m Californians wake up to life under lockdown, by Mario Koran, Andrew Gumbel, Peter Lawrence Kane, Vivian Ho and Sam Levin, The Guardian, 20 March 2020
Oh, come now, I know the police like high tech as much as they like fast cars and basketball, but this going a bit far. Are the buses for the Soylent Green processing facilities leaving any time soon?
“Andrea Colvin arrived at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in July, appointed editorial director, Graphic Publishing, with a directive to expand their graphic novel list and the credentials and connections to do it well. Colvin was one of the founders of Andrews McMeel’s AMP graphic novel imprint in 2012 and later moved to indie comics publisher Lion Forge, where she built a young readers graphic list and acquired such well-regarded titles as Joel Christian Gill’s Fights. Colvin left Lion Forge when it merged with Oni Press last year, and in July she took the position at LBYR.”
Colvin Ramps Up Graphic Novels at LBYR, by Brigid Alverson, Publishers Weekly, 17 March 2020
“Independent Bookstore Day (IBD), which was scheduled for April 25, has been postponed. The American Booksellers Association, which manages the promotion, said the event would be rescheduled.”
Independent Bookstore Day Has Been Postponed, by Ed Nawotka, Publishers Weekly, 17 March 2020
“Driving more than 2,000 sheep down Hollywood Boulevard is against the law. And don’t think you can take your animals just anywhere in the state. In Palm Springs, it is illegal to walk a camel down Palm Canyon Drive between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. And in San Francisco, you can’t walk an elephant down the street without a leash.”
It’s Illegal to Wash Your Neighbor’s Car, and Other Wacky Local Laws, by Daiana Feuer, Los Angeleno, 18 March 2020
“Goths are perhaps the most maligned of all subcultures. Over the decades, they have been unfairly blamed for high-school shootings, depression in teenagers and antisocial behaviour. In reality, goths are a collective of people bound by a shared love of fashion, music and art. Goth emerged out of the punk scene in the north of England in the 1980s. Its adherents are immediately recognisable by their black clothing and jewellery, their passion for artists such as Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, Nick Cave and the Sisters of Mercy, and their fondness for imagery and lyrics referencing the macabre, darkness and death. And the eyeliner, of course.”
‘I haven’t worn colour since I was 14’: meet Britain’s longest-standing goths, by Sirin Kale, The Guardian, 18 March 2020
“In 2017, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit looking to force the FBI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to cough up info about Tatt-C (also known as the Tattoo Recognition Challenge): a tattoo recognition program that involves creating an “open tattoo database” to use in training software to automatically recognize tattoos. For years, the EFF has been saying that developing algorithms that the FBI and law enforcement can use to identify similar tattoos from images – similar to how automated facial recognition systems work – raises significant First Amendment questions. The thinking goes like this: you can strip out names and other personally identifiable information (PII) from the tattoo images, but the images themselves often contain PII, such as when they depict loved ones’ faces, names, birthdates or anniversary dates, for example. As part of the Tatt-C challenge, participating institutions received a CD-ROM full of images to test the third parties’ tattoo recognition software. That dataset has 15,000 images, and most were collected from prisoners, who have no say in whether their biometrics are collected and who were unaware of what those images would be used for.”
NIST shared dataset of tattoos that’s been used to identify prisoners, by Lisa Vaas, Sophos blog, 19 March 2020
“While much of life in greater Los Angeles (and the rest of the state) is now being lived behind closed doors, the county’s public transit network will remain open, its leadership reiterated Friday. But the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is reducing service on its bus and train lines because of a dramatic drop in ridership, CEO Phillip Washington said at an online media briefing. Metro has lost ’50 to 60 percent’ of its daily riders, Washington said, which he cited as proof that ‘people are doing exactly what they’re supposed to do’ as the new realities of the public health crisis continue to permeate daily life.”
LA Metro Ridership And Sales Tax Revenue Are Plummeting Because Of Coronavirus, by Ryan Fonseca, LAist, 20 March 2020
If there’s a Metro bail-out, they can start by laying off these men:
Leahy, Arthur Chief Eo $597,328.03/year ; Richard Thorpe Chief Eo $531,393.11/year ; Phillip Washington Chief Eo $478,463.15/year who, if they rode their own product, would probably want them cleaned more often and women less harassed on them.
Especially when a bus driver only starts at around $26,000/year.
“On a normal day, Robin Christenson would be overseeing the production of Carraway-tinged aquavit and vodka flavored with Valencia oranges. But nothing is normal these days. With bars and restaurants mostly closed due to the coronavirus, distilleries don’t have clients to buy their alcohol. Now a handful have stopped producing liquor — and started producing hand sanitizer. At Santa Ana’s Blinking Owl Distillery, Christenson, the company’s chief financial officer, expects the first bottles of hand sanitizer to leave the company’s 6,500-square-foot facility in late March or early April.”
SoCal Distilleries Start Making Hand Sanitizer Instead Of Liquor, by Elina Shatkin, LAist, 20 March 2020
Now, there’s some out of the bottle thinking for ya. (ba dum bump bump)
“As the world continues to grapple with its temporary new normal, Rolling Stone wants to make sure its readers, and music fans, don’t miss out on their spring and summer concert plans. In an effort to leverage its access to musical artists across genres, the Penske Media brand launched an IGTV concert series, “In My Room” on March 18. New episodes will debut every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The first featured Beach Boys front man, Brian Wilson, at his piano, singing his hits.”
Rolling Stone Launches IGTV Concert Series In Response to COVID-19, by Caysey Welton, Folio:, 20 March 2020
“Senator Richard M. Burr, Republican of North Carolina, and Senator Kelly Loeffler, Republican of Georgia, have come under fire for selling off stocks collectively worth millions of dollars ahead of the economic downturn that has coincided with the coronavirus pandemic. Senators are allowed to buy and sell stocks. But they are, as of a 2012 law known as the STOCK Act, prohibited from using nonpublic information to turn a private profit.”
Kelly Loeffler and Richard Burr Were Briefed on Coronavirus. Then They Sold Stocks. What Now?, by Shane Goldmacher, NY Times, 20 March 2020
One would think a little human compassion… oh, wait, they’re Southern GOP. Never mind. Also, Dianne Feinstein’s husband has always been a greed-headed jerk, and she has no shame.
“Lawmakers approved new photo ID requirement that would make it harder to vote days after the governor closed the state capitol.”
Kentucky Republicans quietly tighten voter restrictions as US focuses on Covid-19, by Sam Levine, The Guardian, 20 March 2020
What was I saying about human compassion?
Rashomon, by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
The No Asshole Rule, by Robert I. Sutton
One who deceives will always find those who allow themselves to be deceived.
At times I think and at times I am.
Love is a friendship set to music.
Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
Sound is the vocabulary of nature.
There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.
Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Do you have to have a reason for loving?
Minimalism wasn’t a real idea – it ended before it started.
The best place to find God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.
George Bernard Shaw
There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
Respect is what we owe; love, what we give.
Philip James Bailey
A good laugh is sunshine in the house.
William Makepeace Thackeray
The sea hath fish for every man.
Creativity takes courage.
This continent, an open palm spread frank before the sky.
By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.
Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools.
What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.
Henry David Thoreau
The philistine provides the best definition of art. Anything that makes him rage is first class.
Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert.
I write to discover what I think. After all, the bars aren’t open that early.
Daniel J. Boorstin