the countdown to summer begins!

so lets hear Children of Bodom do Vivaldi’s “summer”

and now an actual child doing the same thing

its very nice to see that metal lives. girls, make out with that kid. its the only way to encourage the future

(however the fact that according to the YouTube counters, each of these vids have racked up over 1.9 million views, i suppose thats some mighty nice encouragement already

guess who has a new blog?

yep, the LA Times

probably the best kept secret on the interwebs is that one of the most popular sections of one of the most popular news web sites is created by omg our readers.

every month millions of pages are clicked in our user generated section called Your Scene. last october people uploaded tons of photos documenting the fires that ravished lots of LA. in novemember the traffic went down a little, but when we noticed that the more we allowed my coworker Lindsay to curate the galleries the more people returned to Your Scene.

over the last few months we’ve had record breaking growth at YS so we decided to start using our readers’ pics more often in our blogs. two of our most popular blogs, LA Now and LA Land use the pics wonderfully and we hope to see that trend continue.

because Lindsay often spins her seat around and says Tony, you HAVE to see this picture! i said we HAVE to get you a blog so that you can show everyone, not just me, whats going on in these galleries.

thus the Your Scene blog was created. Lindsay and former Blog Editor Bettie Rinehart, who also helped initially launched Your Scene, run the blog, wonderfully.

go for the photos, stay for the headlines, and the morning adorable.

five years ago today May 24th also fell on a Saturday

Saturday, May 24, 2003

laurita says im her idol. shes the one going to law school, so shes my idol.

theres nothing better than a smart girl.

two smart girls maybe.

i read laura a long time ago and for some reason we never talked till now.

the other night we talked about some blogs that we read.

all i have to say is you people have stories to tell and pretty blogs, i wish you’d write in them.

i hate that our friends and family, or the fear about friends and family keep people from telling their stories.

something must be done.

this is the first time in mankind that people from all over the world, completely different people, can tell each other what its like to live where they live and do the things that they do.

why hold back?

xbi called me this morning. apologized for calling on our company vacation. gnarly shit going down in the valley, where its been super hot.

i didnt want to go to the super hot. and i didnt go to sleep last night till five.

karisa still had my flying car so i took a cab into the office

los angeles this morning was glorious, people of earth. warm, clear, smooth, sweet.

he didnt say nothing to me and i didnt say nothing to him.

the jazz coming out of the boom box on the passengers front seat sounded like monk i could barely hear it behind the bullet proof glass.

when i was a kid i rode in a car by a current pro baseball player and i sat in the back seat and i thought i wonder if anyone knows who this guy is driving, that they just cheered for him a few hours ago.

this morning i thought i wonder if this taxi driver knows that what hes saying on his cell phone right now is being heard by one of the few people who could fuck his shit up in a major way.

cops say that the bad guys are all asleep on a saturday morning.

sometimes theyre driving cabs totally sober.

sometimes theyre in the back seat totally hung.

where’s Laurita’s blog now, Goobita? gone. sigh.

where’s Laurita now? married, (adorable) child. double sigh.