Music – Irvine Meadows – Nov 2015

Closing time nears for Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre

– OC Register

Pacific Symphony holds its Summer Festival concerts at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.

More should be done to protect the last outdoor music venue in Orange County. Why not mixed-use to keep the storied venue open?

Here’s an idea, since Irvine has been considering an amphitheater for the Great Park, why not swap the land for this venue, and save all the money? The neighborhood is used to this treasure. Ask them.

We need to save this last outdoor open musical amphitheater in Orange County. Some things are worth saving aren’t they?

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Media – Trump / SNL – Nov 2015

Larry David yells ‘Trump’s a racist’ during ‘SNL’ monologue

– The Hill

“I heard if I did that, they’d give me $5,000,” he added.

“As a businessman, I can fully respect that,” Trump said.

Hispanic advocacy group had offered anyone in the SNL audience a $5,000 reward if they called Trump a “racist” during his opening monologue.

– By Bradford Richardson @ The Hill

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Music – Happy Birthday Joni Mitchell – Nov 7

California – Joni Mitchell

– Youtube


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Music – Bob Dylan Sessions 1965-66

The Story Of The Cutting Edge – Bob Dylan 1965-66


Cool web site and concept about seminal sessions in the sixties.

Mix the jams too. Right here:

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Tech – Mobility – Nov 2015

App reveals hidden ubiquitous world of wifi and cell networks all around us

– Architecture of Radio


The Architecture of Radio is a site-specific iPad application that visualizes the existing wifi network of networks by reversing the ambient nature of the infosphere; hiding the visible while revealing the invisible technological landscape we interact with through our devices.

We are more and more surrounded by wifi and cellular networks, invisible, pulsing and ubiquitous.  Nice to see it visualized in real-time.

The question is what is the effect on human beings of all these invisible radio waves?

The Android version will be available in Jan 2016.

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Environment – SNOW – Nov 2015

Mammoth gets 3 feet of snow, open

– LA Observed

A California November in the Sierras as I remember it.


Good news.

“Looks like California will have a ski season this year and maybe even a winter snowpack. After receiving about 30 inches of snow, Mammoth Mountain will open two chairs for skiing on Thursday.”

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By Kevin Roderick | November 3, 2015 12:07 PM


Environment – Nov 2015

Millions of Gallons of Water are Being Pumped Out of California from Federal forests by private bottlers without Federal oversight

In the midst of an ‘historic drought’ millions of gallons of pristine water on Federal land is being  pumped by private corporations for private profit with little or no oversight or transparency.


“While the Nestlé news in California has garnered a significant amount of media attention, this is hardly the only instance where bottled water companies have taken precedence over local ecosystems.

Crystal Geyser Water Company opened a facility in Mount Shasta in 2014, much to the dismay of local residents, without performing an environmental impact report. Like Nestlé, Crystal Geyser is not closely monitored by the Forest Service but submits water usage reports. According to the Forest Service, the impact of the company’s water use on groundwater supplies and aquifers is “unknown.” Apparently, “unknown” is the new “okay.”

According to the National Resources Defence Council, “Other springs in national forests across the country have been tapped for use by bottled water companies, including Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin, Ocala National Forest in Florida, Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee, Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia, Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, and Sumter National Forest in South Carolina. Information on the consequences is hard to come by.”

Read more in detail here and what you can do about:

Millions of Gallons of Water are Being Pumped Out of California for the Worst Possible Reason