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14 results for 'Matt Weston'

Death by Spam

By Matt Weston, published on May 16, 2007

This life is a fragile, volatile one. There are no compacts with tomorrow. I have long been aware of my own mortality, but until I received the following certificate of certain death (see below), I had never truly lived. And now my days are numbered. I must cherish each passing moment. My bloody demise at the hands of ihubby tokill is all too imminent. Make no mistake: the gears of fate are in motion. Ihubby tokill is a professional hitman and his "boys" - no matter if they were unable to retrieve my name during their investigations, everyone has bad weeks - are dogged, soulless hunters. If... (more)

Tags: police

Fire in Griffith Park

By Matt Weston, published on May 8, 2007

A suspected arson fire started today around 1 p.m. in the hills above the Greek Theater and has spread to more than 100 acres, prompting the evacuation of the Gene Autry Museum and Los Angeles Zoo. The Griffith Park merry-go-round, the Observatory, the Boy's Camp and the Roosevelt golf course have also been evacuated because of the fire. More than 100 firefighters were on the lines trying to contain the fire, which has been difficult because steep and treacherous terrain. Southern California has been under a Red Flag warning for fire danger for the last three days because of hot conditions... (more)

Tags: los angeles, golf, california

I Want My Portable Obstruction Device!

By Matt Weston, published on May 6, 2007

Sunday, April 15th, was reportedly a beautiful day. I wouldn’t know. I spent the afternoon scuttling from a cluster of outbuildings to a claustrophobic annex, from one dark enclosure to the next. I should have been breathing in fresh valley air or walking someone’s dog. Then again, there is a kind of giddy hedonism in remaining mostly indoors on days like those. And I had a solid excuse for turning my back on nature; I was going to the 2007 California Institute of Arts (Cal Arts) MFA Open Studios. Naturally, the first standout piece was a student-produced video playing in the most cavernous... (more)

Tags: los angeles, disney, myspace, california, flickr

A Derby Day fit for a Queen

By Matt Weston, published on May 5, 2007

Ashley Judd, a native daughter of Kentucky, dependably attends the Kentucky Derby as one of many celebrities who satisfy the stargazing needs of hardcore and casual racing fans alike. This year, Judd and others will be upstaged by actual royalty: Queen Elizabeth II. As part of a six-day trip to the United States that included visits to Colonial Williamsburg and Washington, D.C., the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, will attend the 133rd running of the Derby. The staff at Churchill Downs, the legendary racetrack that hosts the Derby, has gone to great lengths to accommodate perhaps... (more)

Tags: fashion

The Fate of Words Online

By Matt Weston, published on Apr 30, 2007

What role do litblogs play in the literary world? According to a panel of litbloggers assembled at the LA Times Festival of Books on Sunday, their future is unclear. If the liveliness of the discussion was any indication, their future also holds great promise. Of the four participants – three bloggers (Carolyn Kellogg, Andrew Keen, and Ron Hogan), and one moderator / blogger (Tod Goldberg) – Keen had the direst answer: litblogs won’t last long unless they “monetize” – that is, make money. Even if litblogs are built upon strong business models, Keen worried that ad dollars might... (more)

Tags: real estate

My Least Favorite Beach Boy

By Matt Weston, published on Apr 21, 2007

April has been the cruelest month for John McCain’s presidential campaign. On April 1st, Senator McCain, in an attempt to demonstrate the improving security conditions in Baghdad, led a congressional delegation through the capital’s Shorja marketplace. Later described as a “safe stroll,” the delegation was accompanied by over 100 soldiers in armored vehicles with attack helicopters circling overhead. McCain and the rest of the delegation wore bulletproof vests during their hour-long visit, as soldiers redirected traffic and restricted access in the market to Americans only. Sharpshooters... (more)

Tags: movie, iran, traffic

Happy Cosmonauts' Day!

By Matt Weston, published on Apr 13, 2007

Google out-scooped me on this one. Google has limitless resources; Google has eyes everywhere and trains them on arcane holidays. Had I been Google, I too might have awoken this morning with the name "Yuri Gagarin" on my mind. The story of Cosmonauts' Day is a good one, though, and bears repeating. April 12th marks the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic launch into space. On this day in 1961, Gagarin simultaneously became the first man in space and the first to orbit the Earth. He became a global icon and Russian folk hero overnight. His foray lasted only 68 minutes but has remained... (more)

Tags: nasa, yuri gagarin, launch into space, april 12, igor kuznetsov

Celebrate Life, Read the Obituaries

By Matt Weston, published on Apr 2, 2007

The paid obituary is as inevitable as the death to which it pays respect. One-half inch by one-inch, these gray rectangles are laid like bricks on the pages of every daily newspaper. Their boilerplate formula is easy to follow: age of the deceased, cause of death, a list of surviving family members. Rituals like these offer a thing always done when a loved one dies to families who are grieving and sprinting from estate lawyers to florists to funeral parlors. It’s this same formula that makes paid obituaries seem defanged and repetitive, if you read them often enough. You begin to believe... (more)

Tags: baseball, los angeles, new york, journalism, golf, nfl, environment

The Danger in Free Rides

By Matt Weston, published on Mar 18, 2007

Imagine being lodged in the wheel well of a jet. The plane gathers speed on the runaway and gradually lifts off the tarmac. The wheels retract and as they fold in on themselves, so must you. If your body is unsecured or misplaced, you will be crushed by the landing gear. The temperature of the air moves inversely with the ascension of the plane. Soon it will reach -40 degrees in the hold. Any exposed skin is frostbitten within minutes; even with well-insulted clothing, to withstand conditions this harsh over the length of a flight is to defy vastly long odds. This is stowing away on commercial... (more)

Tags: smuggling, smuggling syndicates, mexican american smuggling, immigration policy, post 9/11

Hairy Crabs and Slow Movies, a Night at UCLA Open Studios

By Matt Weston, published on Feb 23, 2007

Over the course of two evenings – Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th – UCLA’s current crop of MFA students opened their creative floodgates to the public. Housed in Culver City's Warner Studios, the show felt organic. It was also laid out with the complexity of an organism. A honeycomb is the best way to describe the arrangement of the studios. Many shared a common wall like cubicles, while others were more open and had higher-ceilings. At times this caused a lot of backtracking and uncertainty about what you had seen and when – exciting too, never knowing what or who might... (more)

Tags: movie

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