Weekend Open Thread: A Great Map for Hitting the Road

I suppose that it’s not the case that this is actually the greatest thing I’ve ever seen, but it does feel like it.

Those of us who have lived in other parts of the nation and world are familiar with something called a “subway map” — a stylized and abstracted conceptual map of how various subway lines fit together.   Well, some artist guy from Boston who’s never even been to LA (of which, from the perspective of Boston, we are part) decided that the LA freeways could use a similar treatment.  Whether you’re interested in hitting the road or not, the result is breathtaking.

LA Freeway System Subway Style

This. Is. Awesome.

You can find the record of artist Peter Dunn’s (highly successful) Kickstarter campaign for his project here.  (It’s probably too late to get in on his generous offer to his backers, but you can write him and see!  Get me one too.  As a gift.)  If you want to see the original, scrollable, map in all of its glory — and with legible legends that are very much worth reading — you can click on the monster-sized PNG file here.  (Warning: monster-sized means “huge.”)

While you’re looking at that this weekend, you can also read the story of the popular American drink of the 19th century that took the world by storm and what the CDC would like you to know about zombies [PDF]

Speaking of “hitting the road,” I am.  (Yes, I will be submitting that to this year’s local blog awards for “Best Segue.”)  August will be a “semi-vacation” month for me, because I’m suddenly inundated with clients and I need to ratchet down my commitment to this blog while I move along their cases.  Vern may, if he wishes, eliminate half of the image of my comp ad for the duration — and dock my non-pay.

This doesn’t mean that I won’t be writing at all, so those of you inclined to celebrate should cut it out.  I have stories to do on Poseidon, on a developing but relatively unknown scandal in Anaheim, and on my down time I’m going to try to be queuing up each week’s Weekend Open Threads ahead of time.  It does mean that, at least through Labor Day, I’ll be writing much less.  (I will still be deleting those comments that scream out for it, though, just because it helps me relax.)

More critically, to use the word “critical” in a sense in which it should probably not be used, it means that I’m not going to be engaging in the Managing Editor (that’s essentially what I am here) function of making sure that something is appearing here pretty much every day to pique your interest and stoke your conversation.

My replacement in that function for the next month?  Well — how about you?

Several of our commenters should be writing for this blog; more people on our blogroll with blogs that rarely update should be posting material here.  We have a pretty fair-sized (and inordinately intelligent and erudite) readership, a nice eclectic bent, and (quite seriously) the best commenters around — thanks in part to our mercilessly making fun of and driving off the ass-bites that infest the comments sections of most local publications.  So — how’s about it?

This is, as you may have gathered by now, your Weekend Open Thread.  Talk about what’s written above or anything else you’d like, within broad bounds of decency and decorum.  This week’s Dearthwatch will appear below as an unlabeled update, sometime later today.  Or so.  (Hey, I’m on vacation!  Semi-vacation, anyway.)

Dearthwatch Recap: Weird, weird, weird week.  Look at the HB Independent!  Whoosh!  That’s what a hometown riot will do for you, I guess!  Good week for print media south of the Puente Hills; not so good otherwise.  The big story seems to be that the OC Register continues the bounce back that began last week.  Tell me, subscribers — are they finally loosening up the rules a little?  Putting some little workarounds in the firewall?  If not, good for them that they’ve stanched the bleeding!  If so, good for us that they’ve relaxed the embargo!


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)