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Andrew Hurvitz

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    I'm not a sign maker, so maybe what I'm about to say is simplistic or misguided. But the old, classic neon scripted signs that decorate so many pre-WWII buildings are remarakably elegant....and don't look all that difficult to replicate. "Chinese" "Cinegrill" "Roosevelt"...all these electric signs instantly give an identity that is historical, regional and aesthetic. Part of what makes them so magical is that they also defer, ever so politely, to the buildings on...
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    One of the attributes of a cat is that it does not bark. Our neighborhood, paranoid about crime, is home to dozens of large, loud barking dogs. Some of them bark when you are reading a book quietly in the yard, or at 2:30am when you are deep asleep, or at 6am before you want to wake up when the sun is just rising.
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    Photos by: Kazuo Lim Khee Boon Malaysia is a country of some 20 million people in Southeast Asia. In the last seven years, they have built an extensive monorail system around their capital, Kuala Lumpur. The website of the KL Monorail sums up its attributes: "The RM1.18 billion KL Monorail privatisation project is an inner-city public transit system that serves the central business, hotel and shopping district of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia . The 8.6km...
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    I love old cars and old license plates. Imagine driving this 1956 Mercedes 190 SL convertible on a deserted stretch of the Sepulveda Pass at 4am in 1956, before there was a freeway, before seat belts, before road rage.... Think about the old California license plate that might have been screwed into this car. It would have clear black letters on top of a school bus yellow background. You could read it, even when...
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    Photo used with the permission of: Kikuko Usuyama KCRW radio's Elvis Mitchell interviewed men's designer Thom Browne today. Browne has introduced a silhouette of finely tailored, floodwater high trouser bottoms and too small suit jacket that are custom made in his NYC studio for up to $3,000.00 Browne talked about how "guys are dressing up again" and "how great people looked in the 50's and 60's" and "this is for young men who want...
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    If you drool at DVD, love laptops, and go nuts over i-pod nano, you will die and enter heaven at Gizmodo. Another beauty from the folks at Gawker Media This NYC tech blog has slick and glowing images and snappy specs on all the latest tech toys. Here is where you will see the next generation of the SMC Skype phone, battery powered LED fixtures for $10 (don't ask, I don't know what they...
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    Except for a visit to the set of "All My Children" in 1981, where I was photographed with a family friend, actress Ruth Warrick, I have never been in a photo with a real live celebrity. This tragic record of obscurity was unbroken, until yesterday afternoon, when I was waiting to see "Hollywoodland" at the Arclight..... and Jai Rodriguez of "Queer Eye" walked by. I didn't know who he was at first, because he...
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    Photo by: Patrick 73 What does it mean to be a photographer in Hollywood? Red carpets, celebrities, beautiful, young pampered things? Patrick73 lives and works here in LA and his photos of Hollywood do not fall into any of these categories. I found him on Flickr, where his "Hollywood Diary" set shows a world of blurred reality: A woman sitting precariously on a roof ledge. A distant figure in the mists of Griffith Park....
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    NPR broadcast a story the other day about the new great white hope of the GOP: black evangelicals. It seems that many of the reverent and religious in the African-American community are paying attention to the morals and family values stressed by conservatives. Can you guess which issue (that dare not speak its name) is top on their list? Some black affinity for the GOP is understandable. Law and order would do wonders for...

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