In Singapore.


In Singapore, which I just visited for four days, I do not remember seeing any decorative streetlights, but I might have been looking, instead, at spotless plazas, copiously planted parks with enormous trees and bright flowers; or perhaps I was riding the air-conditioned MRT, easily navigating between scrupulously clean stations, labeled in easy-to-read signs, navigable by…

Cinnamon Politics.


Cinnamon Politics A few months ago, I walked into a Santa Monica dry spice store that my friend and I had dismissed a few years earlier. It seemed ridiculous to us, that people, in the farm-fresh and organic era, would buy dried spices and spice blends at premium prices, and also waste money inside a…

Reporting Housing Code Violations in Los Angeles


One great tool, that the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Building and Safety provide, is an online form that can be used to report housing code violations. Some of the quality of life problems that plague this city are actually reportable violations. These include those garage sales that go on 52 weekends…

LA Sheriff Threatens a Photographer for Taking Photos in the MTA.


We live in a time where acts that were once considered harmless and innocent, such as photographing children at play, are now judged by some to be prurient and perverted. The same is true now for shooting pictures in certain public locations. Photographing people in public has been part of the photographer’s arsenal for over…

Killer Texts


Mad Men's Don Draper and Suzanne Farrell Photo courtesy of AMC A story in the NY Times today reports that British courts sentenced a young woman to prison for texting while driving, an act that unintentionally caused the death of another young woman, whose car had broken down by the side of the road. Driving…