New-to-me, from L.A. Taco: Vintage L.A. Forever: This Archivist Is Preserving Los Angeles Pop History In A Massive Digital Archive. “Before he started preserving vintage Los Angeles, J. J. Englender visualized his life as a vintage movie montage. When he was 22, he got on a motorcycle in Venice Beach, hit the clutch, turned the throttle, and rolled right onto a 405 traffic jam. ‘I envisioned it being more of a cinematic journey across the vast landscapes and meeting all sorts of people, a la Easy Rider meets Vanishing Point,’ Englender told L.A. Taco…. Today, Englender is a cultural archivist, which means he keeps popular history alive in the form of a massive digital archive – like this collection of LA Weekly covers – known as ADSAUSAGE. The eclectic collection includes a lot of defunct L.A. publications, vintage car ads, fashion catalogs, and more.”
EIN Presswire: Over 100 Years of Japanese-American History (PRESS RELEASE). “Over 100 years of Japanese-American history is now available online through Rafu Shimpo (羅府新報, the L.A. Japanese Daily News) Digital Archive, a new collection on East View’s Global Press Archive platform. Founded in 1903 to support the small but growing Japanese community in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles, California, Rafu Shimpo was published daily, with an English-language section added to the Sunday edition in 1926. By the 1940s the newspaper had grown to be the largest-circulation newspaper published in Japanese in the United States.”
Los Angeles Magazine: L.A.’s Female Punk Pioneers Are Writing Themselves Into Rock History. “When Tanya Pearson was an undergrad at Smith College, she wanted to write a paper about representations of women in 1990s rock media. Then she encountered a problem: Even among bands who were well known in that era, there was a dearth of research material. Pearson decided to change that. She’s the founder and director of the Women of Rock Oral History Project, a grand-scale attempt to document the histories of musicians whose contributions are often omitted from mainstream rock narratives. The project is housed at Smith’s Sophia Smith Collection, but the videos are available to all via the Women of Rock website.”
LA Times: Instagram or it didn’t happen? L.A. restaurants show how the app has changed their industry. “In recent years, the social media app has become much more than an outlet for selfies. Restaurants in Los Angeles and elsewhere are experiencing firsthand how Instagram has changed the way the culinary industry operates. The app is now home to 25 million business accounts, the vast majority of which are small businesses. That number has rapidly increased in recent months, expanding by 10 million since July. According to Instagram, more than 80% of users follow a business account, while 200 million users actively visit a business profile every day.” I am writing this at 5:24am and this article is making me hungry.
Google Blog: Getting hyper-local: Mapping street-level air quality across California. “We’re just beginning to understand what’s possible with this hyperlocal information and today, we’re releasing data for three additional California regions, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and California’s Central Valley (the Street View cars drove 100,000 miles, over the course of 4,000 hours to collect this data!). Scientists and air quality specialists can use this information to assist local organizations, governments, and regulators in identifying opportunities to achieve greater air quality improvements and solutions.”
New-to-me, from The Daily Bruin: Alumnus’ site helps filmmakers of all creeds find shoot locations. “Wrapal is an online platform that connects filmmakers searching for film locations with property owners willing to rent their properties to filmmakers. There are more than 1,300 residential, commercial and industrial properties in Los Angeles and about 215 properties in New York City listed on Wrapal, Tan said.”
Los Angeles Daily News: New searchable LA database lists city-owned properties. “The city of Los Angeles has opened a new online searchable database that will help it maximize the value of its property and aid in the creation of affordable housing and homeless services, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this week.”