This morning, I found this at the “Swap Meet,” where KPCC and Marketplace employees leave stuff that others might want.
Can you read the note? It says:
“On each string, about half of the bulbs work, and the others are dark. You might have some luck experimenting with the spare fuses and bulbs included.”
I know the idea is to be green and not fill up landfills, but in this case, given the chances that anyone who attempts to untangle this mess might then commit murder, I’d buy a new string of lights.
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We got a nice mention by Lucinda Michele in her Metblog on Los Angeles.
Lucinda looked up and noticed Thursday night that the beacon atop LA City Hall was lit. (It’s not on all the time.) She gives a brief history of the light, and links to my YouTube video from the top of City Hall.
She also asks for more pics of the actual beacon from the top. I don’t have any, but here’s one of the narrow, steep stairway that leads to the beacon.
And another of Charlie Beck’s new office, taken from the top of City Hall.
For more of this kind of fun stuff – plus an interview with Ricky Jay and white mariachi Mateo Stoneman, check out my show Off-Ramp.
Mateo Stoneman has been an Off-Ramp favorite since his first appearance in 2008.
But it took the LA Times to discover where he really learned to play guitar. We'll talk more with him about what led him to prison, how he survived there, and what he learned, but in the meantime, check out the exclusive video below and listen to the original Off-Ramp interview.
I am something of a Sherlock Holmes geek. Not as deeply involved as some, but I’m probably in the top percentile of all US citizens. I come by it honestly and by pedigree, my father, WT Rabe, having been a very active Sherlockian from at least the 1940s to his death in 1992.
So I was interested and a little worried about the upcoming movie "Sherlock Holmes," directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey, Jr., and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson. I was worried because Warner Brothers is hyping the movie thus:
In a dynamic new portrayal of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes sends Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country.
“Cormac’s a softy,” said Rabe through his cigar as he pounded out yet another audience-favorite Off-Ramp episode on his faithful Hermes Rocket. He had just heard the news that Cormac McCarthy is giving up the Olivetti Lettera 32 that he’s been using since 1963 to write books like “The Road” and “Blood Meridian.”
Speaking of his own trusty portable, which he’s been using since the Korean War era, when he wrote “Steel Helmet” for Sam Fuller, Rabe shrugged. “Sure, Hermes is missing the E, the X, and the exclamation point. So what it nobody in my show, or my numerous best-selling novels, can’t have sex, get excited, or use a Xerox!? I just have to get creative.”
Rabe also scoffs at the auction for McCarthy’s typewriter. “Send it to me, Cormac. I’ll use my right hand to type your next novel for you, and my left to type another opening monologue for Peter Sagal.”