Sunday, January 21, 2018


oh, you know - if I'm posting images like this, it means that I've had my head down for the whole day working, and that I can't post about all the applications-of-one-kind-or-another stuff that I've been reading - other than to say Gosh: when I was a graduate student, or for that matter in my early years as an academic, I was unprofessionalized and clueless beyond belief - by today's standards, at least.

pet shop wall

On the wall outside one of our local pet stores, on Hillhurst.  Something tells me that this mural artist is probably more comfortable painting dogs, but felt that they had to cater to all possible customers ...

Friday, January 19, 2018

more grids

A strangely dull day - what passes as Los Angeles winter (it was chilly, too).  Here are some more campus grids - dullish green leaves against an even duller beige wall, that seems to be encaged in solid mesh in the hope (probably not a vain hope) that this plant will grow and cover it.  But these leaves look slightly wilting and certainly soot-spotted: a statement about the LA polluted climate, to be sure.  Or maybe (watching the Senate ambling around each other, with 34 minutes to go until a government shut-down, barring some improbable deal) a metaphor for blighted rule.

Thursday, January 18, 2018


... and then there are those flat-out days and evenings when, out to dinner with a job candidate, you suddenly think - oh my goodness: I haven't yet taken a photograph today, and you look around you, in crazed desperation, and there are, mercifully, some wine glasses sitting on a shelf in a restaurant.  Most of the time, you would manage to get them in focus.  Somehow today wasn't one of those days. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

awards season gears up

It's that time of the year again ... coming out of my usual carpark today, I see that they're putting up the tents (and soon, doubtless, the red carpet) for the SAG - the Screen Actors Guild - awards this Sunday at the Shrine, which is directly opposite.  

As a bonus - today's sunset.  If awards and glitz and red carpet represent one kind of Los Angeles cliché, throw in some palm trees and a glowing sky.  Never mind the fact that it's apparently going to be unnaturally chilly for most of the weekend...

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Dead leaves on a grating on campus.  The undergraduate who passed me as I was taking this gave me a very strange look indeed, but I knew that I found this curiously satisfactory as a juxtaposition of order and disorder (and maybe as an antidote to teaching three hours of Victorian art?).

Monday, January 15, 2018

one more local (January) view

It's the silver lake of Silver Lake - it being MLK day, we treated ourselves to a middle of a Monday walk round it, dodging runners and over-friendly dogs, and trying our best to gear ourselves up for the rest of the semester.  Only fifteen more weeks! (and one of those is Spring Break).