Happy demotion day, Pluto – Pluto and other Trans-Neptunian Dwarf Planets in animation, games and TV

Today is the fifth anniversary of the demotion of Pluto from "planet" to "dwarf planet." PLUTO Pluto was first discovered in 1930. Part of the reason it was accepted as a planet was due to the fact that despite some behavior not fitting a proper planet it was assumed to be larger than Mercury unti … Continue reading Happy demotion day, Pluto – Pluto and other Trans-Neptunian Dwarf Planets in animation, games and TV

California Fool’s Gold — A Westside Primer

JUST ANOTHER DAY IN WEST SIDE LA -- THE WESTSIDE A view of the Westside from my dirigible Around the world, the mere mention of the word "Westside" prompts people to throw up a "W" hand sign, in imitation of many west coast and west coast-affiliated (Tupac was, after all, a native of East Harlem) pop-rappers … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A Westside Primer

3Ball Pursuit – An LA Weddo in King Kumbia’s Kourt

STUMBLING ONTO A SCENE Three years ago I went to a party in Echo Park at a friend's home near the New Hope Mission Methodist Church. I don't remember what my friends were playing but outside the downstairs neighbors were bumping some amazing dance music. It was a variety of Cumbia, which I've always loved … Continue reading 3Ball Pursuit – An LA Weddo in King Kumbia’s Kourt

California Fool’s Gold — A South Los Angeles Eastside Primer

STRAIGHT BILLIN' THROUGH THE EASTSIDE   In Los Angeles, usage of the term "Eastside" varies depending on the speaker. To most Angelenos -- especially Latinos -- "The Eastside" refers to a group of neighborhoods immediately east of the Los Angeles River: Boyle Heights, Brooklyn Heights, City Terrace, East Los Angeles, El Sereno, Happy Valley, Hillside … Continue reading California Fool’s Gold — A South Los Angeles Eastside Primer