LA Times Announces Brand X Link Farm

ThisisBrandX.com way to go LA Times This is Brand XLaunch early and launch often.

But don’t let the cat out of the bag before you’ve got a basic index page, 404 or… anything but the de facto Register.com-branded ztomy.com-fueled link farm.

So when the LA Times announced a “new product launch” in an all-staff memo this afternoon (thx, Ed) it was disappointing to see that said product was nothing but a Register.com link farm. Not to mention, what the memo describes is merely a repackaging of the short-lived print edition of Metromix along with some “reverse-published” blog posts. Whatever that means. Perhaps it can only be read when held up to a mirror?

Times editor Russ Stanton had this to write about the so-horribly-named-it-makes-me-quiver ThisIsBrandX.com: “It’s content sharing on an extremely local level and will bring our great work to an audience that does not currently see it.”

I feel for my friends at the LA Times who do amazing work in spite of it all. But the news about newspapers these days just gets me depressed. And with a name like Brand X — which implies knock-off, pirated, counterfeit merchandise — I just hope that the bulk of the content isn’t produced in China.

And anyway… THIS is Brand X:

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President Obama’s Itinerary for March 19, 2009 in LA

WATCH: Obama in Los Angeles with Schwarzenegger, Villaraigosa

obama los angeles town hall march 19 2009The following schedule was made available to the press by The White House this morning. Yes, there will be traffic. Yesterday, Obama held a town hall in Costa Mesa (check it out here).

9:00 a.m. The president receives Presidential Daily Briefing.

10:30 a.m. The president tours the Edison Electric Vehicle Technical
Center Garage of the Future. Edison Electric Vehicle Technical Center, Pomona.
Out of Town Travel Pool

10:45 a.m. The president delivers remarks. Edison Electric Vehicle
Technical Center
.

12:05 p.m. The president departs Edison Electric Vehicle Technical
Center.

1:10 p.m. The president holds town hall at Miguel Contreras Learning
Center
, Los Angeles.

3:10 p.m. The president departs Miguel Contreras Learning Center.

4:20 p.m. The president tapes an interview on “The Tonight Show with
Jay Leno,
‘ Burbank.

5:50 p.m. The president departs Long Beach en route Andrews Air Force
Base. Long Beach Airport.

President Obama in the OC: Costa Mesa Town Hall Video + Q and A Audio

President Barack Obama at Costa Mesa Town Hall

Tomorrow Obama will be in Los Angeles where we expect him to further address California’s Economic situation — Gov Schwarzenegger will be present as well.

Photos from the OC Register

Below is the audio of the question and answer section of the Town Hall, courtesy PBS Newshour:

Click here for the transcript or read below.

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Modest Mouse at the Palladium, 2/24/09

Jason Redmond Photo
Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse (Jason Redmond Photo)

The latest iteration of Modest Mouse rocked the mid-sized (4,000 capacity) Hollywood Palladium last week leaving most fans — young, old, industry, walk-ins — satisfied. But for those waiting to hear the opening notes of the band’s radio (and video game) hits “Float On,” “Ocean Breathes Salty,” and “Dashboard,” it was an incomplete night.

But “fuck ’em,” as frontman Isaac Brock, would say. For those of us who’ve watched the PNW indie rockers grow from a bunch of drunk ne’er-do-wells to Indie 103.1 and MTV darlings, the show was an encouraging glimpse into the future of an ever-evolving band rediscovering itself in the post-radio, post-MTV era.

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…And This is Why I Live In Los Angeles

the temperature in Chicago versus Los Angeles in Winter
Screenshots via weather.com
 

It only feels about 104 degrees warmer in Los Angeles than in Chicago when you factor in the wind chill. Yes I feel like an asshole pointing this out but at least I’m not being as blunt about it as my buddy Adam Rose, who posted a sun-drenched photo essay titled, “28 Things to do in Los Angeles in the Dead of Winter” this afternoon.

So to all of you back in the Chi, once you spend a “winter” in Los Angeles, you’ll never understand how or why many people withstand the endless bitter chill by choice. I always say there are 3 seasons here and 3 in chicago. LA has no winter, only a loooong fall. Chicago’s winter tends to skip spring.

I feel for you all — I remember what it’s like. but I am boiling right now in my office with the A/C on and the fan on high with the setting sun beating on my face. Apparently we topped out at 86 today, but hey — I’ve been in the office all day. You know those 75 and sunny with no humidity days that are so rare in Chicago? Yeah, that happens about 300 days a year here.

OK you can punch me now.