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The Perception Plays open October 14, 2010

October 11th, 2010 Comments off
Link Theatre Presents


‘Health & Safety & ‘The Dedication Page’

Written by Chad Baker, Directed by Elizabeth Hoye

With: Susan M. Baker, Stephanie Geyer, Austin Hebert, Susan Papa & Bechir Sylvain

Produced by Susan M. Baker & Stephanie Geyer

Truth is relative

Thursdays & Fridays in October
10/14, 10/15, 10/21, 10/22, 10/28, & 10/29 8pm
with a special q&a with writer and director on Friday night 10/22

Tickets and to rsvp please go to:
$12 (advance purchase)
$15 at the door (cash, check, credit card accepted)
$10 groups of 10 or more
for more info and to learn more about the plays, playwright, director & cast, please visit or call 740-954-0167

Sidewalk Studio Theatre
4150 Riverside Dr., Toluca Lake, CA, 91505
818-558-5702 (theatre only)
for any questions regarding show please call 740-954-0167
ample meter and street parking in/around area – READ SIGNS FOR RESTRICTIONS

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Photo: Old is new

October 10th, 2010 Comments off
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Video: Making buttermilk cornmeal waffles

October 10th, 2010 Comments off

Not much sound on this video (who wants to talk much BEFORE they’ve had their waffles), but here I give you a little walk-through of a somewhat typical morning making buttermilk cornmeal waffles. Yum!


I discovered this recipe on The Kitchen Sink in the post entitled “What the syrup is for“. Here is the recipe, but check out he other great recipes and food-related posts on the blog – Kitchen Sink Recipes.

Buttermilk Cornmeal Waffles
Adapted slightly from Gourmet

Yield: About 16 waffles

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour (sift before measuring)
1 cup yellow cornmeal, preferably stoneground
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
2 cups well-shaken buttermilk
6 tablespoons vegetable oil plus additional oil for brushing waffle iron

Accompaniment: pure maple syrup

Into a large bowl sift together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Repeat sifting 2 more times.

In another large bowl whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and oil. Add flour mixture all at once and whisk just until combined.

Preheat a waffle iron and preheat oven to 200 °F.

Brush waffle iron lightly with additional oil. Spoon batter into waffle iron, using 1/4 cup batter for each 4-inch-square standard waffle and spreading batter evenly, and cook according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer waffle to a baking sheet and keep warm, uncovered, in middle of oven. Make more waffles with remaining batter in same manner, brushing waffle iron with mire oil before adding each batch.

Serve waffles with syrup.

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Video: LA Friday Coffee at Blizz

October 9th, 2010 Comments off
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Self portrait

October 7th, 2010 Comments off

Self portrait, originally uploaded by dewelch.

Playing around with again. I really liked the way this one looked.

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Would a “freemium” model for empty storefronts and office space be good for LA and property owners?

October 7th, 2010 3 comments

Sometimes I think great ideas can come from the naivete of others. In that vein, let me present an extremely naive idea and see if it spurs any thoughts by those more knowledgeable. — Douglas

Driving around Los Angeles is that object lesson in the state the economy. It is my personal, anecdotal survey of what is happening in the city. Right now, it is worse than I have ever seen it. Block upon block of storefronts with NOW LEASING signs or boarded up windows — High-rises with empty floors — parking lots empty except for the weeds poking through the asphalt. The city seems to be rolling up the sidewalks and reverting to its natural state of grasses and tumbleweeds.

I think there might be a way to help everyone get things moving again. What would happen if property owners “leased” out office and retail space for free? Wouldn’t a building which is in good repair, well-lighted and having foot traffic be more inclined to attract more tenants than an abused boarded-up, graffiti-covered blight on the neighborhood?

I assume there are some benefits to leaving properties empty. Utility costs are nil and there are surely tax breaks due to the loss of revenue. Still, wouldn’t it be better for everyone if these spaces were filled and functional, even at reduced or no rent?

Taking a sign from the Internet world, wouldn’t it be beneficial to develop some sort of “freemium” model for underused commercial real estate? Wouldn’t it be better for all to return these properties to a productive state, if only on a temporary basis? I could foresee month-to-month agreements where small businesses and organizations could use the space, but also be aware that deal could be revoked if a paid renter was found. It isn’t very stable for an organization, but I know I could live with that arrangement if it meant I had a place to meet and hold classes. In some cases, these “freemium” renters could even turn into full tenants as the economy improves. Just as with Internet services, converting a few to the premium plan could support the free use by others. Even more, it could introduce small businesspeople to the idea of an eternal office and the benefits it provides.

How would it work? My first thoughts turn to my own needs at the moment. I could really use a small 10-20 person space to hold meetings and New Media classes. Since I CAN work out of my house, I do, but I can’t and don’t necessarily want to bring strangers into my home for training. I need something cheap to provide me some flexibility, without breaking the bank.

Each day, I walk by 3-4 empty auto sales lots here along Van Nuys Boulevard where I live. They have been unused for months and detract from the neighborhood dramatically. Every time I walk by I think of how I, ad others, might be able to use those spaces, but I have no idea where to start.

Further up the street is a small 3 story office building that has NEVER had a tenant in the 3-4 years since it has been completed. I have thought about calling the number on the FOR LEASE sign, but I am at a loss for what I would say. “Hey, I noticed your building is empty and thought maybe you could give me and my friends a few rooms rent free!” It seems absurd to even say it, but maybe that is exactly what we need to do.

I would love to hear from more knowledgeable people about how something like this might be “sold” to property owners. I don’t have any experience in that area so I am sure I am missing some important aspect, but I still think there might be something to this “freemium” model for office and store space. Let me know what you think about why this might work or why it can’t. I would love to learn more about the realities of commercial real-estate and how it might be turned to everyone’s benefit.

Pigeons after the rain

October 6th, 2010 Comments off

Pigeons after the rain, originally uploaded by dewelch.

Stylized photos using a new iPhone App entitled Instagram

Click the photo to see more examples in my Flickr Photostream.

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I Like This – October 6, 2010

October 6th, 2010 Comments off

A collection of interesting items I found in my daily reading.

  • Baked Potato Soup – October 5, 2010
  • #1815 – Cheese Appetizers – October 5, 2010 – This sounds a bit odd, but something worth trying for a party, I think.
  • Almost A Year After It Hit Android, Google Finally Adds Goggles To The iPhone – October 5, 2010 – Looking forward to trying out this visual search feature on my iPhone. The better camera in the iPhone 4 has increased the utility of many other scanning and augmented reality apps and I expect this will help with Google Goggles, as well. As the author noted, the updated app has not appeared yet in the Apple App store, but I will download it as soon as it is available.
  • Peanut Butter Nutella Crispy Bars – October 5, 2010 – Nearly everything is made better with the addition of Nutella. (LAUGH)
  • Keep Your Eyes on the Road: Police to Get Aggressive on Distracted Drivers – October 4, 2010 – Be aware and be safe. We all need a reminder to not drive distracted, for any number of reasons. Use this notice to re-dedicate yourself to keeping your mind on the road — I know I will.
  • WGA Awards Adds Two New Media Categories – October 4, 2010 – Good to see New Media folks garnering some recognition. I expect more award possibilities in the future, too.
  • Pumpkin Latte – October 4, 2010 – Tis the season to go “pumpkin”! It is cool and drizzling here in LA today, so this Pumkin Latte would certainly hit the spot. This takes a bit more work than your typical “cup o’ joe” but would make a nice treat for spoiling yourself on a cool, Fall, day.
  • A Hidden Oasis in Little Tokyo – October 1, 2010 – This looks like a nice place to visit. I wish I had know about it when I was downtown for jury duty. I think I will meet up with my friends Liam and Rachel who live near downtown and visit and then grab a bowl of ramen in nearby Little Tokyo.
  • Pumpkin Granola – October 1, 2010 – I like that this doesn’t contain any butter or oil, which reduces the fat in most granolas. The pumpkin and spice additions give it a nice twist.
  • Tomato Basil and Romano Ricotta Spaghetti Pies – October 1, 2010 – Sort of fussy presentation, but something i would consider making for guests or a small party. None of the ingredients are hard to come by, but the little springform pans are a little “uni-tasker” for my liking. Maybe another sort of would work and still give the effect.
  • The 19 Revenue Sources For WebSeries Creators « MindOnMedia[Sales] – September 30, 2010 – Great article to help answer a question I get all the time. There were a few things I hadn’t thought of here, too.
  • The Tango iPhone App: My New Favorite Way To Make Video Calls Over 3G [Video] – September 30, 2010 – Downloading this right now to give it a try. Always looking a new ways to connect and communicate, especially when they are free.
  • How to Play Any Media File in iTunes [ITunes] – September 29, 2010 – This won’t allow you to move the files to an iPod, but it does offer a bit of flexibility when playing files from other sources. A quick test here with an AVi file from an older Flip camera shows it working well, as long as you have the free Flip4Mac and Perian software installed to deal with actually playing the AVi data.
  • Toasted Parmesan Rinds – September 29, 2010 – Wow, never thought about doing this. We use the rinds to flavor soups and stocks but this sounds like something to try. BTW, if you aren’t buying real Parmaggiano-Reggiano, you are missing out on a sublime taste. We buy ours through CostCo, of all places, but it is an amazing step up from other parmesan products — and you get to try out this tip, too.

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Opinion: Loss of reason and humanity leads to firefighting failure

October 5th, 2010 Comments off

I have seen several accounts of this event, where a local, rural, for-profit, fire department allowed a home to burn to the ground as the owner had not paid for their coverage. See Firefighters watch as home burns to the ground

Say what you wish about supply and demand, insurance, self-responsibility and a host of other excuses I am seeing in the comment threads for these news stories. This is a horrible example of people, probably due to their membership in a particular group, losing all sense of humanity.

It is easy to do wrong, when there are others surrounding you and it can be very hard to do what is right. Anyone, standing there alone, would have done anything possible to save that home. It is an inherent human trait to help others who are in need, as we would hope to be helped if the situation was reversed. When joined in a group, though, we can stand by and watch someone’s home burn to the ground without raising a finger. One only look to corporate criminality to see this in operation at a truly global scale.

I am sure we will soon find that there are ulterior motives underlying this tragedy. Perhaps the home owner had fought against the fire department for profit model. Maybe there are a host of other underlying issues. Maybe he was simply disliked. Regardless, I now directly question the very humanity of these county employees — to call them firefighters demeans everything the word stands for. Each and every one of them can try to hide behind excuses and equivocations, but through their actions they have revealed who they truly are inside. To let this occur they must be, as a group, lacking in any sense of empathy or humanity. I can’t conceive any anger, any dispute, any hatred that could excuse such behavior. It is a failure at the very lowest level.

I grew up in a small, rural, town of about 2000 people and everyone clearly understood the need and importance of our volunteer fire department. When property or people were in danger, they were there. When the fire siren atop City Hall wailed, they came from their businesses, their homes, the Little League field, wherever they might be. There was no question of who the person was, whether they were rich or poor, or whether you even liked them or not — or whether they had paid their fees. These were people who understood the important role they had to play in their community. They understood that sometimes we are our brother’s keeper. They understood that we all have a responsibility to our fellow citizens and they to us.

E Pluribus Unum — out of many, one. It applies as much to every community as it does to the United States itself. When we fail to remember this we put everyone at risk. When we abandon reason, we abandon that which makes us truly human.

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