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Archive for May, 2012

Local: 91411 – Notice of Filming for June 3, 2012 7am-2am

May 30th, 2012 2 comments

Came home to this notice on the front door today. Good to see that they are doing a better job of notifying residents when filming is taking place.

Film notice 20120603

Click for full notice

This is a drag racing film, so they are calling for loud engine revving, etc. That would have been a loud surprise had we not received notice. Our property is adjacent to the filming property so we are sure to hear it.

Link: Complete filming notice – PDF

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Food: Caprese pops for a party

May 30th, 2012 Comments off

I same across this in my Pinterest feed recently. My wife’s immediate reaction quite favorable, as she loves caprese salad. You wouldn’t make these everyday, of course, but it would be a great hors d’oeuvre for a party. I don’t think it would be too much trouble to knock out a stack of these if you purchased the small mozzarella balls in the right size.



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Video: Coffee – an ultra short video vignette from Viddy

May 29th, 2012 Comments off
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Video: Places LA: Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve

May 28th, 2012 Comments off

From the archives, here is a video I shot back in 2010, but the location remains much the same. This is one of my favorite places to visit and it is just over a mile from the house. It is also right next to the archery fields where my son and I shoot with the SCA.

A walk through the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.

Don’t see the video above? Watch “Places LA – Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve” on YouTube

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Local: Sherman Oaks Fashion Square opens new Dining Terrace

May 21st, 2012 Comments off

The new dining terrace of the Sherman Oaks Fashion Square is a big improvement over the dark, loud room that it used to be. It is also now twice as large. The dining options haven’t changed significantly, although the new Stone Oven branch seemed to be doing the biggest business today at lunch.

The new decor has made it much brighter inside with a cool, modern aesthetic. The new restrooms, and access to them, are by far the best change. You used to have to go down a long, dank, back hallway to access shabby restrooms. Now the newly designed restrooms are accessible directly off the main dining area.

I could foresee meeting a group of friends a the large round tables in the new section for a coffee and a chat some evening. There is also a new kid’s size section with lowered tables and chairs for the young set.

New Dining Terrace at Sherman Oaks Fashion Square

New Dining Terrace at Sherman Oaks Fashion Square

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Science Sunday: Photos from Annular Solar Eclipse taken in Van Nuys todays

May 20th, 2012 Comments off

At the end of a Neighborhood Watch Meeting today I announced that I had eclipse viewers to share so people could take a gander at today’s annular solar eclipse. That, along with a large party at the neighbors and the fact that I was standing in my front yard pointing a camera and my own eyes at the sun, led to us having about 20 people stop by to take a look.

I think science is very, very cool and it was great to help people enjoy something so scientifically special in their own front yards. This is especially true for the kids. I loved that the first words out of their mouths — and most of the adults too — was COOL! Hopefully this will stick with them when they are older and wondering what science really has to offer them in life.

Here are few of the photos I tried to capture. It is very difficult to shoot an eclipse, even with the special filters provided by my eclipse-watching expert friend, Michael. I really don’t have a big enough telephoto lens to create a very large image of the eclipse, but what I caught I think came out very well.

Annular Solar eclipse

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Video: The Fine Art of Troubleshooting Anything from BarCampLA

May 20th, 2012 Comments off

My Word…on Food: Make Risotto Rosso with Italian Sausage – A Snapguide

May 19th, 2012 Comments off
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Registration is now open for CareerCampSCV 2012 – July 14, 2012

May 17th, 2012 Comments off


Our third CareerCampSCV (Santa Clarita Valley) is happening on July 14th, 2012 and tickets are available starting today. We hope to see you there!

Unemployed? Underemployed? New college graduate? Considering new career options?

Join us for CareerCampSCV 2012!

When: Saturday, July 14, 2012 9AM to 3:30PM

Where: 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road Santa Clarita, CA 91355

FREE Admission • FREE Parking


College of the Canyons Career Center presents CareerCampSCV, a FREE hybrid conference/unconference dedicated to helping you build the career you deserve. The day will include scheduled speakers, ad hoc presentations and breakout ses- sions on all aspects of building your career. CareerCamp is FREE for all adults who want to build or improve their career. Space is Limited. Register for FREE today. For more information, a list of scheduled speakers and additional career content

Event: Annular eclipse Sunday partial View in Los Angeles- just before sunset!

May 15th, 2012 Comments off

My eclipse-watching friend, Michael, sent out this great notice about the annular eclipse that will be visible from Los Angeles on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Michael, and his wife Keri, have traveled all over the world to view eclipses, including Turkey and Mongolia. He gives some great advice and links on how to safely observe the eclipse.

Annular eclipse Sunday partial View in Los Angeles!   Just before Sunset!

View safely!!  Don’t look at it directly!  if you don’t have  Viewing glasses…

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“Unsafe filters include color film, some non-silver black and white film, medical x-ray films with images on them, smoked glass, photographic neutral density filters and polarizing filters. Solar filters designed to thread into eyepieces which are often sold with inexpensive telescopes are also dangerous. They should not be used for viewing the Sun at any time since they often crack from overheating. Do not experiment with other filters unless you are certain that they are safe. Damage to the eyes comes predominantly from invisible infrared wavelengths. The fact that the Sun appears dark in a filter or that you feel no discomfort does not guarantee that your eyes are safe.”

Los Angeles will get a Partial View – 

 This is from The Griffith Observatory page...

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