Joe Crawford
Web developer & user interface engineer
Tinkering with the web since 1996

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San Diego, California, USA

January 25th, 2015

Southbound at sunset.

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Middle-aged fellow/robot enthusiast in front of Q Pop Shop. Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

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Atomcat! I have never hear of this Osama Tezuka comic and now acquire it.

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Thankful this was not my tyre. Yay blowouts that do not result in injury.

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January 23rd, 2015

Jojo loves Max. Max works in QA for #SlackerRadio & played drums in a punk band in the 80s.

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January 22nd, 2015

New Bot Thursday! Robbie The Robot. 2014 toy from a CLASSIC 1956 robot.

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Forbiddenplanetposter Robby (I always want to type “Robbie” instead) is a straight-up classic. He was a heck of an actor too. I love him in Forbidden Planet. The fellow who fabricated (if not designed?) him, Robert Kinoshita recently died at age 100.1 Wikipedia cites a few different folks involved in his creation:

The illusion of a real robot was created by a suit operated from inside by an uncredited Frankie Darro; his voice was provided in post-production by actor Marvin Miller. Robby was created by MGM’s prop department; the initial design was sketched by Arnold “Buddy” Gillespie, refined by production illustrator Mentor Huebner, and then turned into reality under the direction of mechanical designer Robert Kinoshita.

I love that Robby was repurposed back in the old days! He would appear on TV shows including on Twilight Zone. This guy is part of a Funko mystery box set that includes some other classic sci-fi characters from many different eras in a cute style.

He is a proud addition to my robot collection.

  1. Thank you Scott Andrew for pointing this out the other day []

January 21st, 2015

L.A. is.

To me1:

  • James Ellroy
  • The Black Dahlia
  • Militant Angeleno’s ramblings get at the wild enthusiasm many have for L.A.2
  • No traffic on the 110 at 3 in the morning blasting the radio
  • 5 years old and going to Phillippe’s while my Dad was on a break from working as a Nurse at L.A. County
  • Flying a kite on the beach in Santa Monica
  • Driving up the coast for lunch at Neptune’s Net
  • Having lunch along the fountain in front of the downtown public library
  • Greenpeace climbing up the ARCO building while I was contracting at ARCO
  • Scoping out the Art Center Gallery with my pal when I was 16 years old
  • The Pantry
  • Coffee bean muffin from The Pantry that made me so so wired
  • The L.A. Auto show with my pal Chris
  • World Book & News on Cahuenga and buying the L.A. Times, New York Times, Film Comment, Cinefex, Spy Magazine, and Serif after a night shift
  • Hearing nurses tell their stories of the riots
  • Dave Segovia talking about the aftermath of the Northridge Quake — rolling around in office chairs on the 4th floor getting ready for the day shift
  • Little Tokyo AAA guy kidding with stupid teenage me that he would have to break my window to get my car open and keys out. Then him swiping that slim jim so easy it was spooky.
  • Macromedia Flash launch party that was like a big party scene from Swingers
  • Golden Apple Comics
  • Seeing a midnight show of the Stallone version of Judge Dredd at the Rialto in Alhambra
  • Playing Red Planet at Virtual World in Pasadena
  • Web405 & Goodtimes mailing lists
  • Film crews every which place all around at any hour
  • I saw Puck3 at Pink’s
  • Star sightings too numerous to mention
  • Getting groceries at 2am
  • “You’ve Got Bad Taste” store by Exene in Silverlake
  • Taking the Train up and Greyhound Bus back from San Diego to see Stew in The Cover Problem4
  • C’mon, the city can be just beautiful: Downtown L.A. as seen from Griffith Park (2003)
  • Getting lost at Cinco de Mayo celebrations downtown when I was way too young to be los in Downtown Los Angeles
  • My dad getting all nostalgic for Tacos at El Tepeyac in the 90s, remembering tacos he had there in the 70s
  • Seeing my dad graduate as a Physician Assistant from USC
  • Philip K. Dick. Blade Runner. LA15. Snow Crash. “That gibberish he talked was city speak, gutter talk. A mishmash of Japanese, Spanish, German, what have you. I didn’t really need a translator, I knew the lingo, every good cop did. But I wasn’t going to make it easier for him.”
  • Los Lobos. Always.
  • “Drive west on Sunset, to the sea…”
  • SIGGRAPH blew my mind in 1995
  • Opamp Books. Tower on Sunset. Midnight Special Bookstore in Santa Monica. Hennessey+Ingalls. The Last Bookstore. Golden Apple Comics. I still haven’t been to Meltdown Comics or Nerdmelt.5
  • Tools of the Trade Show in Pasadena where I got Syd Mead’s autograph
  • Wasteland by Warrior Soul & How To Survive in South Central by Ice Cube & Screenwriter’s Blues by Soul Coughing
  • Little old lady protesters in Alhambra with picket signs in front of an adult theater when I was a kid
  • Home movies of Rose Bowl Parades I went to and don’t remember when I was 3 and 4 years old
  • Digital Coast Magazine events in the 1990s hosted Jason Calacanis
  • Going to Canter’s on New Year’s Day after a night shift and getting a cheesecake to celebrate with
  • I never fell in love with anyone from Los Angeles, but I did fall in love with the city
  1. I reserve the right to add many more memories to this post in the future. []
  2. See Militant Angeleno []
  3. Puck of The Real World []
  4. These Changes, 2003 []
  5. But I will. []

Eclipse is bumming me out right now.

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January 20th, 2015

Yesterday: Grandparenthood. This morning: leftover Canter’s Rueben for breakfast. Life is full of surprises. Some great!

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