Archive for ‘December, 2009’


Memory Card Full

Memory Card Full

I was deleting photos from my camera tonight and decided to share some with you from the past few weeks. This is the final photo that filled up the memory card: It’s of the Rose Parade public safety staging area in the Civic Center between City Hall and Police Headquarters. I shot it at about […]

The Rose Parade: Then and Now

The Rose Parade: Then and Now

Before the silly string, before the RVs and beer coolers and bleachers and picnic chairs, it all took place on a small chunk of land south of California Boulevard, known as “town lot.” Sandwiched today between the Caltech athletic buildings and a fenced-off residential neighborhood, the small sliver of grass known as Tournament Park was where […]

OneWest Buys First Federal as 7 U.S. Banks Fail

OneWest Buys First Federal as 7 U.S. Banks Fail

There has been a plethora of bad news in past weeks as we try desperately to put an end to this turbulent decade. So it might be forgiven if you missed the news that yet another seven banks failed and were seized by the FDIC just last Friday. Failure for one however, always means opportunity […]

Carl Jung’s mythical Red Book

Carl Jung’s mythical Red Book

It’s been called the most influential psychology book that was never published. In 1914, Carl Jung began an effort self-exploration, developing his principle theories such as the collective unconscious and individuation. Over 16 years, Jung put his thoughts and illustrations in "The Red Book", which he transcribed in calligraphic script and filled with his own […]

Pasadena Independent – December 31st, 2009

Pasadena Independent – December 31st, 2009

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Over the Hills and through the Sand: Six Years of Driving on Mars

Over the Hills and through the Sand: Six Years of Driving on Mars

John Wright I almost didn’t get to drive the rovers. As one of the five developers of the software used to build the command sequences and rehearse and visualize the rover activities, I really wanted to be one of the people using it in flight. Unfortunately, only three members of the team were selected to […]

The Truth-Gradient in Memoir Writing

The Truth-Gradient in Memoir Writing

The cover of Ben Yagoda’s Memoir includes a laurel wreath, an astronaut’s helmet, and a pilot’s cap, invoking the idea that one can wear many hats—and write with many personalities. And as Yagoda insists, memoirs are not 100% true, and the parts that are true may be hard to identify. Listing hundreds of examples of […]

The Onion’s top stories from the past 4.5 billion years

The Onion’s top stories from the past 4.5 billion years

Evolution’s going great, reports trilobite. Woman domesticated. Industrial revolution provides millions of out-of-work children with jobs. Burn your history textbooks, boys and girls, America's finest news source sums up the most significant headlines from the Big Bang forward. The Onion's Joe Garden fills you in on all the stories you were too busy clubbing mastodons […]

End of year open thread

End of year open thread

What do you have to get off your chest before the end of the year?  Comment away! Read the Full Story at Altadena Blog

Year End Oracle

Year End Oracle

It’s the last day of the year, and that means more than just icing the champagne and tuning in to watch the Times Square ball drop… It means there is still time to make a 2009 tax-deductible contribution to a worthy cause! Two of my favorite charities really need help: KivaThis group has made microfinance […]

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