Dave Bullock / eecue

photographer, director of engineering: crowdrise, photojournalist, hacker, nerd, geek, human

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The Edison in Downtown Los Angeles

A few weeks ago at the CPAB meeting I met one of the managers of The Edison. I asked him if I could come down during their off-hours and take some HDR photos. He agreed and here is the result:

Generator and pressure tank

Pressure Tank

Edison Furnace

The building that The Edison is in was the first building in Los Angeles with electricity. The power came from a very large oil furnace that is now a room in the lounge. As you can see from the photos above, the generators are still in the basement, although obviously they are no longer in operation.

You can see some more photos on blogging.la and in the Edison Bar photo gallery here on eecue.com.

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Jaiku

I just signed up for an interesting social aggregator website called Jaiku. It has the same functionality as twitter, but it can subscribe to and display your RSS feeds. I'm not sure I'll use it as much as twitter, but it seems like a useful application. You can check out my Jaiku page here. I heard about it via a twitter from Jason DeFillippo, who was waiting to get in to the Jaiku launch party in SF, but apparently ended up leaving with Scott Beale due to the long, motionless line.

Update: As it turns out, but Scott and Jason made ended up going to the Jaiku party, as evidenced in this laughing squid blog post.

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Blackberry Pearl Trackball Failure, Part Two

My Blackberry Pearl's trackball just stopped working again. This is my second Pearl that failed for the same reason. The trackball scrolls, but does not click. According to T-Mobile, this is a known issue with the Pearl. They are sending me a replacement... again.

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Downtown Los Angeles Filming Maps

april through june filming in downtown

Several months ago a progression of disturbing Downtown filming events culminated with a low flying helicopter buzzing our rooftops at midnight on a Sunday. Residents and business owners in Downtown voiced their opinions against the way they were being treated by film crews. In response the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) formed and ad-hoc committee on filming issues. I have attended many of their meetings over the past months.

FilmLA gives us the notifications as Microsoft Word documents. There is an open source application that converts MS Word files into text called wvWare, which I had previously used for another project. I set up an special email address that I (or at some point FilmLA) can email the notifications to at which point qmail hands off the email to a php script that I wrote, which pulls out all the attachments, feeds them to wv and then parses the text wv produces. Currently I am able to parse about 90% of the notifications, but some of them are now being sent in PDF and RTF formats. In the near future I am going to enhance the parse to handle those formats as well.

After the raw data is parsed it is sent to a Ruby on Rails application that I wrote that uses YM4R to integrate with Google Maps. Using the Downtown Filming Maps application I wrote you can now search by date range and keyword to see what is going in, filming-wise, in Downtown. You can also subscribe your iCalendar compatible calendar application to see what is going on. The application is still in beta, and doesn't have 100% of the filming locations on it, nor does it show any parking or road closures from filming.

In the near future I plan to add:

  • More parsing ability
  • Different colored icons to designate upcoming, current and past productions
  • Ability to comment and upload photos for each production
  • Ability to get email notification when productions are scheduled within a user defined radius of an address

Check out the Downtown LA Filming Notification Map and tell me what you think. The screengrab above shows all the notifications in the system which goes back to the beginning of April. The map shows a week in the past and a week in the future by default.

april through june filming in downtown
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Downtown Art Ride - The Opening Tour

I've decided to do something a little bit different with the Downtown Art Ride route this month. Being that we never make it to all the galleries, and that the route hasn't really changed much in the last few months, we will only be visiting galleries that are having openings that coincide with the Art Walk / Ride. There happens to be 9 galleries that are having openings, so that gives us a little over 20 minutes at each gallery. Here is a google map of the galleries we will be visiting which include: Art Murmur, LACDA, Regent Gallery, DLANC Outreach Center, Crewest, M.J. Higgins, Gary Leonard studio, 626 Gallery, Infusion. We'll see you today at 5pm at Art Murmur, bring your bike, a light, a lock and a helmet.

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Grand Performances : Ozomatli

Here are some photos I took of Ozomatli at the first Grand Performances of the summer:

Justin

Jabu

Wil-Dog

Asdru

Shef

Asdru, Justin and Wil-Dog

? and Jabu

Jabu and Jiro

Ozomatli in the Crowd

More photos can be found on blogging.la, blogdowntown and in my Grand Performances Ozomatli gallery.

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Pixelodeon 2007

Here are some of the photos I took at Pixelodeon 2007:

Scriggity

Micki and Sean Bonner

Ryan Block

Mark Goodson Theater Booth

Douglas Sarine

Matthew Mullenweg : Photo Matt

More photos can be found on blogging.la and in my full Pixelodeon 2007 gallery.

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Buildings In Transition

View from the Pershing Square Building:

View from Pershing Square Building

Rooftop Deck

Pershing Square Building 12th floor

Union Bank & Trust Building:

Wood Paneling on 4th Floor

 Union Bank & Trust Ceilings

808 Spring Street Building:

Framing Over Brick and Ceiling

View from Elevator Machine Room

Westinghouse Elevator Motor

You can see some more photos on blogging.la and you can see the complete Buildings In Transition set here.

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CPAB Meeting Notes

I posted up some notes I took at the CPAB meeting this week. You can read the story here on blogdowntown.

Central City 1990
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Unlimited Joost and Dopplr Invites

I have unlimited invites to Joost and Dopplr. Shoot me an email if you would like one.

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RSS Feed / FeedBurner

I've recently started tracking my RSS feed information through FeedBurner. So far it seems pretty darn cool. If you don't know what I'm talking about, RSS is a way to keep track of your favorite sites without having to constantly visit them to see what is new. There are a bunch of different online and desktop RSS readers. I used to use NetNewsWire, but I switched over to NewsFire. I actually kind of miss NetNewsWire, so I may go back at some point. Some good online readers are Google Reader, Bloglines, Netvibes and Newsgator Online. Here is a link to the rss feed if you want to subscribe. You can also now subscribe to email updates by clicking on this link.

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Photos from the LA Live Groundbreaking

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Councilwoman Jan Perry

LA Live Groundbreaking Ceremony

You can see a few more photos here on blogdowntown and the full gallery here.

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New Dubstep Website : Dubstp.com

So I've been really getting in to Dubstep in the last few months, and I've decided to start a site about it: dubstp.com It will be similar to junglescene.com, in fact it currently just forwards you to the Dubstep and Grime forum. As soon as I'm finished with my current rewrite of eecue and junglescene I will create a separate, but closely integrated site for dubstp.com.

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Twitter

A few months ago I signed up for twitter, but I really didn't see the point to using it. I've decided to give it another try, so I've been updating my info and I've invited a bunch of my friends and neighbors to try it out. So far it has been pretty darn cool and I can see how this could be really useful for organizing spur of the moment things. You can check out my twitter page here.

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