Burgh man in blogville turned 2 today!
Some of you may have been hearing about what’s going on in Ferguson, MO, a suburb of St. Louis about 20 minutes from my house.
The long and the short of it is that over the weekend, an unarmed black man named Michael Brown was killed by a police officer. Since then, things have spiraled downward, into violations of basic First Amendment rights. I could go on, but you’d likely be better served looking it up yourself.
That being said, I’m offering a charity wallpaper in order to raise funds to donate to the NAACP and ACLU, as both organizations are actively working towards finding justice both for Michael Brown and his family, as well as the greater population of Ferguson.
If you cannot donate, that’s absolutely fine, but I do ask that you try to educate yourself and others as to what’s going on in Ferguson. Tyranny is real, and it is on our soil right now.
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NO HITS FOR YOU! Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen put on a defensive show against the Nationals on Thursday.
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ok, so i live in los angeles, an urban environment filled with remarkable and iconic architecture. i mean, within a few miles of my house there are neutras and schindlers and lautners and wrights and more mid century houses and art deco buildings than pretty much any other city on the planet. so what, as a weird architectural blogger, do i do? take pictures of abandoned buildings and, as is the case today, a korean presbyterian one room church. why? i’m not sure.
i love the iconic architecture in l.a, and i try to take pictures of iconic buildings every now and then. but for some reason i’m more interested in the accidental architecture, the buildings that we drive by and never give a second glance.
again, i really love l.a’s remarkable and beautiful architecture, it’s inspired art deco and mid century houses and buildings. but it’s these odd and ignored little buildings that make me love the randomness of los angeles. the houses and buildings that hover just on the vaguely wrong side of entropy, untroubled by too much attention (ironic, sort of, as i’m giving them what could be seen as the wrong kind of possibly patronizing hipster attention).
so, a korean presbyterian one room church. architecturally unremarkable. but stark and strange and remarkable in what it says about los angeles. a-that l.a is still possessed of enough cheap real estate that korean presbyterians can rent a cheap little one room house for their crumbly church. b-that there are korean presbyterians(korea seemingly quite far away from scotland and the land of john calvin). i grew up being dragged to presbyterian churches in connecticut. they didn’t look like this. c-that los angeles is a true and bizarre and baffling melting pot of ethnicities and cultures and religions and architectural styles.
this crumbly korean presbyterian church is in east hollywood, a neighborhood populated largely by armenians, latinos, people from thailand, hipsters, scientologists, coyotes, old actors, russians, azerbaijanis, young actors, koreans, shaggy palm trees, jacarandas, and etc and etc and etc.
the accidental and effortless diversity here is both amazing and baffling. and that’s probably why i love crumbly korean presbyterian churches in the middle of an armenian latino thai hipster neighborhood where coyotes sit under street lights at 3 a.m. l.a only makes sense when you stop expecting it to make sense.