2009 LAWeekly L.A. Web Award Winners include LAist, lalawag, CarolineonCrack + other faves

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?From Google Wave to mommy blogs to TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington “stealing our tweets,” 2009 was a booming year for the Web and social media scene. To celebrate, LAWeekly.com is hosting the LA Web Awards 2009 and asked you to nominate the best in 36 categories. Who gives the best tweet? What’s the best site for gamers? From over a thousand nominations, a team of expert judges from LA and SF’s online communities — including Kevin Pereira, Andrew Nystrom, Gabe Rivera, Travis Keller, Sean Percival, Aubrey Sabala, Mike Prasad, Shira Lazar, John Resig, Maya Baratz, Andrew Sorcini, and VVM new media staff — combed through the sites and selected winners. And to keep it fair, none of the judges voted in a category they’re affiliated with. Check out the winners below and stay tuned for information on how you can win a spot on the guest list for our private party at Bardot on January 21st to celebrate 2009’s best online.

LA’s Best Twitterer
@XeniJardin

LA’s Best Flickr Pool
LA Addict

LA’s Best Flamer (i.e. best shit talker)
Buddyhead

LA’s Best Food Blog
Eater LA

LA’s Best Music Blog
Aquarium Drunkard

LA’s Best Police Blog
Witness LA

LA’s Best Tech Blog
Lalawag

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City Life in a Black Hole (for Wireless Voice services)

sprint.jpgIf you follow me on столовеTwitter, you know that I do have opinions. When appropriate I’ll post long-form rants on LAist. My latest is about how pathetic it is that I can’t make a wireless voice call from my house no matter what the carrier is. And it’s been that way since I moved here four years ago!

Oh yeah, the data coverage is fine. I’ve been spoiled by AT&T’s 3g data coverage since 2006 and never turned back. Did it bother me to only have nine keys and #0* on my LG CU500 and a small screen? No. It was 3g. Did I at least use T9 predictive text or would I actually make 10 entries on the keypad just to spell “s-h-i-t?” Hell no, I became the fastest texter in town. Why? Because no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t hear more than scratchy sounds and broken words coming from the other end of the handset. Didn’t matter where or how I stood in the house or on the block. I was in a black hole. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile. You can’t NOT lose. It’s 2010, and I still find myself going to the mall just so I can have a coherent phone conversation with Mom.

Read the full article at LAist.

Pau Gasol, Derrick Rose Staredown at Staples


Really wish D Rose followed this up with a dunk in Pau’s face. Was not the case. Great seeing the ’09-’10 Bulls hang tough against the Lakers last night. The Bulls offense was pretty off the entire game — Rose started 2 for 12 or something — great, explosive drives to the basket but nothing falling. He couldn’t miss in the second half. Nice to see Taj Gibson putting in serious minutes — also looks like James Johnson will be a solid contributor. Joakim Noah is really coming into his own. But the Lakers are the champs and Pau Gasol — who missed the first 10 games with a hamstring injury — completes them. A long and fast team, only injury would keep them from repeating this year. As for the Bulls, I look forward to watching more — exciting team with lots of energy and very aggressive D.

Thanks to @es for taking us to the game in his amazing seats!

Michael Jackson Dies at 50, 2 Weeks Before ‘Comeback’ Shows

michael jackson dies dead coma heart attack badSeveral outlets (including TMZ) are reporting that Michael Jackson died this afternoon at age 50. These reports have not yet been confirmed and do not cite sources but the situation is grim. The LA Times reports that Jackson is in a coma now confirms that Jackson has been pronounced dead:

Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead by doctors this afternoon after arriving at a hospital in a deep coma, city and law enforcement sources told The Times.

Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a medical call at 12:21 p.m. today in the 100 block of North Carolwood Drive in LA found Michael Jackson, 50, on the other end — not breathing. Horrifying news in a week in which we’ve already seen the passing of Ed McMahon and Farrah Fawcett.

“When the [paramedic] team arrived, they saw that CPR was already in progress by someone at the home. The person not breathing was transported to UCLA Medical Center and remains there,” said an LAFD spokesperson. Jackson’s father, Joe has confirmed that Michael is hospitalized, according to E!.

Jackson was reportedly in good health according to a recent physical exam — he had gotten into shape in preparation for his return to the stage after many years — a set of 50 dates in July at London’s O2 Arena, where fans lined up and bought all 750,000 tickets for the 50 show run (valuing $85 million). The “comeback” shows, billed “This is It” was to start July 10 and run into March 2010.

Our prayers are with the Jackson family. Rest in Peace, King of Pop.

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