Sutton Who? Or, Amateur Finds Dark Ages Anglo Saxon Treasure

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A member of a treasure hunting club, armed only with a metal detector and an incantation, found treasure that beats the pants off Sutton Hoo.

AP: "The cache of gold and silver pieces was discovered in what was once Mercia, one of five main Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, and is thought to date to between 675 and 725. The gold alone in the collection weighs 11 pounds and suggests that early medieval England was a far wealthier place than previously believed, according to Leslie Webster, the former curator of Anglo-Saxon archaeology at the British Museum."

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Sustainable Seafood Movie

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I served as a D-Level Celebrity judge Tuesday when the Aquarium of the Pacific held a sustainable fish (halibut) cookoff. The movie's below (WARNING: Edible Flowers!), and we've posted my interview with a bunch of the chefs on getting sustainable fish into their restaurants (as food, not customers). It also airs this weekend on Off-Ramp - Saturdays at noon and Sundays at 7pm.

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Councilmember says, "It's Okay to Break Laws"

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Cool!

LA City Councilman Greig Smith says if you don't like a law, feel free to violate it, as long as you offer a rationale. The Daily News, says, "In a direct challenge to the Department of Water and Power, Smith announced Wednesday he is violating the twice-weekly watering limitations -- and believes he is saving more water by doing so."

-- If I sweep the street in front of my house every week myself, may I not pay the ticket I'll get for breaking the streetsweeping parking restrictions?

-- The cops aren't doing enough to stop people from using their cellphones while driving, constituting a public hazard. My solution: shoot paintballs at their cars for easy identification by police later. It doesn't hurt anyone, and it aids public safety.

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More Parrots of Cypress Park

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The parrots were especially musical this morning in my front tree, so I thought I'd post a Stereo mp3 of them, in case they don't visit your part of LA. As usual, feel free to download, distribute, or remix.

Meantime, if you're videocentric, here's the video I posted last week.

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