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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hollywood tired of Hollywood Sign Tourist

The Hollywood sign is a popular Los Angeles tourist destination, but there's one little problem: Visitors often don't know how to get there. And that's led to clogged streets and angry locals. WSJ's Tammy Audi reports from the Hollywood Hills.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—The first sign of turmoil in the hilly neighborhood under the Hollywood sign came in the form of a smaller sign, whose message was so troubling somebody covered it with plastic bags.
It read: "Hollywood Sign Scenic View," with an arrow pointing up a narrow street.
The sign and four others like it guided tourists through a labyrinth of blind curves and steep inclines toward a view of the Hollywood sign. It also pushed tourists to one side of the neighborhood.
"People were outraged and rightly so," said Sarajane Robinson Schwartz, the president of the Hollywoodland Homeowners Association, which decided to remove the signs a few weeks after the previous homeowners' board agreed to have them installed.
Tamara Audi/The Wall Street Journal
Visitors to the Hollywood sign have raised hackles in the neighborhood.
The signs were uprooted. Their whereabouts are now secret, closely guarded by neighborhood factions at war over whether to reveal a path to the Hollywood sign, or try to keep tourists out of their neighborhood.
Since the appearance—and disappearance—of the signs to the Hollywood sign, there have been threats of lawsuits, accusations of subversion of democracy, and class warfare among the community of filmmakers, lawyers, actors and artists that populate the grand mansions, renovations and ramshackle cottages here. (click on "read more" below for more...or click here for the Wall Street Journal coverage of this and other news).

Laptops are still around and needed...for now

Picking Out a Laptop in the Brave, New World of Tablets

By WALTER S. MOSSBERG, Wall Street Journal

The first thing to consider is that you may want to wait to replace your laptop. Apple's iPad, and the tablets coming in its wake, have put the computer industry in reset mode. If you own a tablet, you are likely to rely on your laptop less often, extending its useful life. And if you don't, you'll probably find over the next year or two that more interesting choices will appear as companies try to bring tablet qualities to laptops and laptop features to tablets. (Click here to read the column in today's Wall Street Journal).

Pictured: Mac book Air, light weight, fast and solid state...

On the Bay of Pigs, an American Disgrace.

Rocco Policare was a close relative of mine who passed away last year. He was on that beach on April 17th 1961. He was a Navy Frogman (Seal) . He said that he saw nearly everyone in his unit lose their lives up against a chain link fence that they were trying to cut through. I remember Rocky saying specifically that he and his unit were told that the fence, and every other obstacle would be cleared away before they arrived. He himself was shot in his calf. Sometimes after a few drinks he would show off his scar. Rocky also told me that the number of America servicemen who died there was was much higher than officially reported. Anyway, he said he couldn’t really talk about too much, but that he had been hidden by a local Cuban family for about three months, and eventually walked to Guantanamo. Rocky said he couldn’t talk about how he got home, but that as a result of the situation of his circumstance, he’d had trouble with his V.A. benefits and Social Security years later, and that he had to really fight for his benefits that they tried to deny. A friend of mine who is a Gulf War Veteran is having the same problem. He says that because many of the specifics of his mission are officially redacted on paper, he has to jump through hoops to prove he was there and what he was doing. 

-jcdaniel comm. 101 bc550
Microsoft will not rush into tablets
Microsoft won't compete in the tablet space until the company develops a product that can stand out in the increasingly crowded market, according to an executive. "We won't do anything in the tablet market unless we can be distinctive," U.K. Managing Director Ashley Highfield said. (U.K.)