There is no Saturday column – got sidetracked – received a new camera out of the blue, a gift from another webmaster/photographer. Wow!

This means that what appears at the sister site, Just Above Sunset Photography will get even better. The enthusiast’s camera, the Nikon D70, will now become the back-up camera. The new, fresh-out-of-the-box Nikon D200 – with its bewildering array of professional features – will become the new weapon of choice. If you’re going to capture Hollywood and Venice Beach and the rest of Los Angeles, you do need a good weapon. The images should be sharp, of course.

That bewildering array of professional features was the Saturday problem. Instead of researching and writing an insightful and lively column on the issues of the day, it was hours of trying to figure out what all those new buttons and dials do. All that falls somewhere between having great fun and being a bit intimidated. Hillary and Barack, and John and Mike, will be at it for some time yet – the war in Iraq won’t end soon – all that can wait a day.

And if you are not familiar with the sister site, you should drop by check it out.  Here are this week’s portfolios:

Hollywood – Normal Hollywood – the Oscars are done for another year and things on Hollywood Boulevard get back to normal, whatever that is out here –

Public Art


At Hyperion – the 1991 mural by Annie Sperling, A Mural Dedicated to Peace  (“Silver Lake Mi Amor”)   

Odd Urban LightChris Burden’s “Urban Light,” an installation of 202 vintage Los Angeles streetlamps at the new Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM), Wilshire Boulevard


Architectural Studies


Geometric Isolation – Renzo Piano’s new Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM), Wilshire Boulevard

Extreme Victorian – Wadsworth Chapel, J. Lee Burton, 1900 – the oldest and most curious building on Wilshire Boulevard

A color study – Beyond Mondrian

Military Matters

Lest We Forget – Peter Stewart’s amazing National Veterans Mural at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Center

Unit Insignias – from the mural, the best of those vivid insignias


Dark March – the week’s botanicals and a cool duck

Here’s Hollywood!

Marilyn Monroe and SpongeBob SquarePants - impersonators on Hollywood Boulevard

About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.
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1 Response to Sidetracked

  1. quidam58 says:

    Hate to admit it, but I kinda like SpongeBob. Good luck with the camera!

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