Monthly Archives: September 2013
Sep 25 2013
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Sep 25 2013
KPCC presents “Bullseye LIVE”

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

WNYC/Casey DePont



Bullseye with Jesse Thorn is a weekly NPR program (Saturdays at 3pm on 89.3 KPCC) about the good stuff in popular culture. Each week Jesse hosts fun and in-depth conversations with a wide spectrum of personalities from the world of arts & entertainment alongside regular contributions from the likes of Pitchfork, the A.V. Club, the L.A. Times, and The New Yorker. Listeners are treated to an in-depth glimpse at new books, movies, comedy, music, and more. Bullseye was the first public radio program west of the Mississippi to podcast and has received plaudits from Time Magazine,, and iTunes.

On Friday, October 25th at 8pm, join Jesse, Bill Hader (eight-season cast member of Saturday Night Live), and others at KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum for a live taping of Bullseye and their unique brand of irreverent original comedy and rollicking, informative interviews with a few of the more revolutionary creative people of our day.

7:30pm – Doors Open
8:00pm – Program


Tickets for this event are $10 and can be purchased by clicking the “Buy Tickets” button above.

*Alcoholic beverages may be served at this event. Please bring a valid photo I.D. to check-in if you wish to partake.

Sep 25 2013
3rd Annual Clean-Car Celebration Long Beach – National Plug In Day @pluginamerica @NatlPlugInDay #NPID2013

3rd Annual National Plug In Day is September 28 – 29, 2013

“60 Minutes” confirmed for NPID Long Beach!

WHO: Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White, actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr., Plug In America co-founder Paul Scott, Adopt a Charger executive director Kitty Adams, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, alternative-fuel vehicle advocate Chelsea Sexton.

WHERE: South Parking Lot, California State University, Office of the Chancellor, 401 Golden Shore St., Long Beach, CA, 90802.

COST: Event admission and all activities are free. FREE PARKING FOR ALL VISITORS.

We are up to 95 cities! Our event in Long Beach is shaping up to be the biggest, and just today, “60 Minutes” confirmed they will be shooting at our event starting at 9:00!

The press conference is scheduled for 10:00, so if you can make it by 9:00, that would be best. We want to have a very big crowd for “60 Minutes” and for the press conference. If you can’t make it early, please still come and bring all your friends who haven’t yet experienced the power of these great cars.

We’ll have examples of virtually all the EVs available. Several Model S Teslas will be giving test drives/rides. You don’t want to miss that.

Ever wanted to ride a Zero or Brammo motorcycle in a safe environment? I’m loving my Zero!

We have a DJ, a raffle with some pretty nice prizes food trucks and more.

Nissan is our national sponsor, so they’ll be there in force. They are also giving us the use of their fast charger, so you’ll be able to get a quick charge. Here are some other fast chargers at area Nissan dealers:





Downtown LA

South Bay



Universal City

San Diego

Mossy Oceanside

Mossy Poway

Mossy Kearney Mesa

The LADWP has another free fast charger in the parking lot of 1230 3rd St. just a block and a half west of the 110 freeway. No fob required, just plug it in and push start. You can find lots of Level 2 all over town. See <> .

Media Contacts:

Zan Dubin Scott (310) 383-0956

CSU Chancellor’s Office: Erik Fallis (562) 477-7317


3rd Annual Clean-Car Celebration, to be Observed in 90 Cities Nationwide, in Mexico, Holland & Canada, Includes Unveiling of Free EV Chargers in Long Beach

WHAT: To celebrate National Plug In Day, the public will test drive an array of zero- and low-emission electric vehicles (EV) along a portion of the famous route taken by Formula One drivers in the Long Beach Grand Prix. The Sept. 28 event, sponsored by smart USA, is projected to draw at least 500 attendees to the California State University Chancellor’s Office area in Long Beach. It will be one of some 90 National Plug In Day events, expected to draw thousands coast-to-coast, highlighting the clean-air benefits, cost-savings and thrill of driving EVs.

The event will feature the dedication of three 240-volt EV charging stations. The new Level 2 chargers were donated by Google with installation and free electricity sponsored by smart USA. The chargers will be made available for public use at no cost. The City of Long Beach will issue a proclamation naming Sept. 28 National Plug In Day in honor of the late Doug Korthof, an EV advocate, Cal State Long Beach alumnus and faculty member.

Media and the public may test drive these all-electric or plug-in hybrid electric cars along a scenic 2.5-mile loop around the bay at Golden Shore: Tesla Model S, the all-new smart Electric Drive, Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt, Bartel’s Brammo, Fiat 500e, and Honda Accord Plug In.

The selection of the CSU Chancellor’s Office as host site fits within the university system’s ongoing efforts toward sustainability <> . This includes installation of solar power on 13 campuses and 39 buildings with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design <>  certification.

Visit the National Plug In Day website <>  for additional city-by-city locations and details.

SCHEDULE/VISUALS: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

* ·      Advance coverage – Photos and video of EVs with attendees of National Plug In Day 2012

* ·      8:00-9:30 a.m. ­- Live remotes welcome, pre-event interviews with Plug In America & CSU spokespersons

* ·      10:00 a.m. through 10:30 a.m. – Press conference and ribbon cutting (speakers below)

* ·      10:30 a.m. – First test-drives of vehicles listed above

* ·      10:30 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. – EV test-drives of vehicles listed above, ride-along available, DJ and giveaways

WHO: Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White, actor/environmentalist Ed Begley, Jr., Plug In America co-founder Paul Scott, Adopt a Charger executive director Kitty Adams, Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, alternative-fuel vehicle advocate Chelsea Sexton.

WHERE: South Parking Lot, California State University, Office of the Chancellor, 401 Golden Shore St., Long Beach, CA, 90802.

COST: Event admission and all activities are free. FREE PARKING FOR ALL VISITORS.

SPONSORS: Plug In America, the Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association are national organizers of National Plug In Day, teaming with local groups across the country to stage events. Plug In America and Adopt a Charger organized the Long Beach event, whose lead sponsor is smart USA. Other sponsors: California State University, Office of the Chancellor; Nissan LEAF; Bartel’s Brammo; Zero Motorcycles; Toyota; Los Angeles Dept. of Water and Power; American Honda; Verengo Solar; Fiat; Aquarium of the Pacific; Clipper Creek; GM/Chevy Dealership; Pedego; The Queen Mary.

About Plug In America: Plug In America is leading the nation’s plug-in vehicle movement. The nonprofit organization works to accelerate the shift to plug-in vehicles powered by clean, affordable, domestic electricity to reduce our nation’s dependence on petroleum and improve the global environment. We drive electric. You can, too. <> .

About the Sierra Club: The Sierra Club is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization with 1.4 million members and supporters and chapters in all 50 states.  The Sierra Club’s national electric vehicles campaign advocates for a switch to EVs as one important way to reduce emissions and cut our addiction to oil. <> .

About the Electric Auto Association: The Electric Auto Association, formed in 1967, is a nonprofit educational organization with 75 chapters worldwide that promotes the advancement and widespread adoption of electric vehicles. <> .

About Adopt a Charger: Adopt a Charger, a nonprofit organization, accelerates the widespread adoption of plug-in vehicles through proliferation of public, fee-free electric car chargers, which are “adopted” by sponsors. These sponsors include corporations, organizations and individuals who donate funds to install and maintain EV chargers in parks, museums, beaches and other widely used public places.

About the California State University: The California State University <>  is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 437,000 students and 44,000 faculty and staff. The CSU awards about 96,000 degrees annually and since its creation in 1961 has conferred nearly 2.8 million. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. The mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. Connect with and learn more about the CSU at CSU Social Media <> . Show how the CSU matters to you and take action <>


Designed to make you think differently about the future of motorsports, the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC (Racing Competition) is a purpose-built, all-electric race car powered by 48 compact Lithium-ion battery modules. One look at this vehicle and you can see much of LEAF’s unique character lines from its long, up-sloping headlights to its signature LED taillights.

Performance: NISMO Brand

Combining the talents of NISMO, Nissan’s world renowned motorsports group, and engineers behind some of the company’s Super GT and FIA GT1 race teams, the Nissan LEAF NISMO RC serves as a rolling laboratory for the accelerated development of EV and aerodynamic systems, as well as a platform for the development of new green motorsports series.

Technology: Environment

It doesn’t have an engine, uses no gasoline, goes 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.85 seconds and has a top speed of 93 miles per hour. This Nissan LEAF is a 100% electric, zero emissions, track-ready race car with a running time of around 20 minutes under racing conditions.

Zan Dubin Scott

Communications Director

Plug In America

O:  (310) 392-1130  C:  (310) 383-0956

F:  (310) 392-1318

Sep 25 2013
Caltech 2013-2014 Season Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series @caltech

Caltech 2013-2014 Season Earnest C. Watson Lecture Series

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
8:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium

Richard S. Ellis – Let There Be Light: Finding the Earliest Galaxies

Following the initial glow that emerged from the hot Big Bang, the Universe entered a period astronomers call the `Dark Ages’, when clouds of hydrogen assembled under gravity and eventually collapsed to ignite as the first stellar systems. Can powerful telescopes look back and witness such a remarkable event? Deep imaging with the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, coupled with ambitious surveys undertaken with the Keck telescopes is providing our first exciting glimpse of this early period of cosmic history.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

8:00 pm

Beckman Auditorium

Axel Scherer – From Lab-on-a-Chip to Lab-in-the-Body: The Role of Nanotechnology in the Miniaturization of Medical Diagnostic Tools

Miniaturization of devices has fueled the rapid evolution of microelectronic systems over the past decades. More recently, silicon has also emerged as an opto-electronic and electro-mechanical material.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

8:00 pm

Beckman Auditorium

Fiona A. Harrison – From Spinning Black Holes to Exploding Stars: A New View of the Energetic Universe

The result of technological advances made over the last decades, NASA’s newest astrophysics mission, NuSTAR, is peering far deeper into the high-energy X-ray sky than ever before possible. NuSTAR is exploring the densest, hottest regions in the Universe, helping us to understand how black holes grow, to study the bizarre physics that happens near the strongest known cosmic magnets, and to observe the radioactive glow of debris left over from exploded stars.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

8:00 pm

Beckman Auditorium

Jean E. Ensminger – Aiding and Abetting a Culture of Corruption

How do we study corruption?  Follow the money.  Penetrate the networks.  Model the system.  In this talk we examine a large World Bank project right down to the village level.  We learn how an African cartel is born, nurtured, and propagated.  Through this case study we can see the process by which individuals, institutions, and ultimately entire states, get tipped into the vortex of systemic corruption.  What role does aid money play in this process, and what does forensic economics have to offer in both the diagnosis and the cure?


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

8:00 pm

Beckman Auditorium

S.A. (Ali) Hajimiri – 1+1=3 or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Holistic Circuits

Most of the modern day’s technological marvels have come from putting apparently unrelated things together and creating something more than the sum of the parts. Silicon chips have come a long way from the days of first transistors. Today we can place billions of transistors operating at extremely high frequencies on a single chip. This has created a plethora of new opportunities in many areas that silicon chips could not address. In this talk, we will discuss a holistic approach to integrated circuits leading to yet further proliferation of such technologies into our daily lives.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

8:00 pm

Beckman Auditorium

Dennis M. Kochmann – Everyone Starts Small: How Metals Learn to Behave

Ever wondered where metallic materials get their unique properties from? Why are some materials strong and others fail quickly? Why can we deform some easily while others are hard to change? Why do some damp vibrations and others seem to swing forever? To understand why materials behave the way they do, we need to zoom deep into the lower length scales, deep into what is invisible to the naked eye.  Our journey into the micro- and nano-scales of materials reveals billions of tiny defects which in turn are made up of billions of atoms.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

8:00 pm

Beckman Auditorium

Michael P. Lamb – When Rocks Roll: How Sediment Transport Shapes Planetary Surfaces

From mountain valleys to river deltas, flowing water and grains of sand conspire to create Earth’s dramatic landscapes. Earth is not alone; megafloods have cut vast canyons into the surface of Mars, and rivers of liquid methane actively carve the icy surface of Titan.  This talk will explore new insights into the mechanics of landscape evolution with implications for debris-flow hazards in the San Gabriel Mountains, land-use sustainability on the Mississippi Delta, and water on Mars.

Presented by: Caltech Committee on Institute Programs


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

8:00 pm

Beckman Auditorium

Sarkis Mazmanian – Say Hello to Your Little Friends: How Gut Bacteria Can Be Harnessed as Novel Therapies for Disease

Microbes dominate as the most abundant life form on Earth, occupying almost every terrestrial, aquatic and biological ecosystem on our planet. Humans are no exception. Throughout our lives, we provide residence to symbiotic bacteria, known as the microbiome, on virtually all environmentally exposed surfaces. The vast majority of these microbes are harbored in the gastrointestinal tract where bacteria can outnumber human cells by 10-fold (thus, we are all 90% bacteria on a cellular level!).


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

8:00 pm

Beckman Auditorium

Sarah E. Reismen – From Nature to the Pharmacy: The Chemistry Behind Modern Medicines

The origins of many modern drugs are small, organic molecules (known as “natural products”), compounds that are isolated from bacteria, fungi, plants and other natural sources. Although some natural products are isolated and used without modification – think penicillin! – others require careful reengineering in order to be suitable medicines. Key to this endeavor is organic chemistry, and understanding how to build molecules atom by atom with precise positional and spatial control.

Sep 25 2013
Social Media IS Good Business @kpcc @KPCCforum @SashaStrauss @DrLarryCrosby

The KPCC and Drucker program season has started. This is always a welcomed program.

Social Media IS Good Business

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Vine, YouTube… these are just a few of the Internet platforms changing the way businesses communicate with customers. However, few operations have the expertise to develop and carry out smart social media marketing strategies. The challenge to craft the right approach can be daunting, especially to small businesses, leading them to take on more than they can handle or to give up altogether. Are you facing this dilemma? Sasha Strauss, founder and managing director of Innovation Protocol, is at the forefront of brand development and advises organizations how to incorporate strategic use of social media in their business plans. Join us as he shares his ideas with Lawrence Crosby, dean of the Drucker School of Management, at our Crawford Family Forum. Bring your questions and get some savvy advice from the experts.


Sasha Strauss: founder and managing director, Innovation Protocol, a consulting firm that focuses on innovative strategies to build and develop brands; professor of brand strategy in the USC Marshall School of Business and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. @SashaStrauss

Lawrence Crosby, PhD: dean and professor of management, Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. @DrLarryCrosby

7:45am – Light breakfast/Doors open
8:30am – Program

Admission is FREE, but RSVPs are required.


This program is a Drucker Business Forum co-presented by SCPR and the Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

 Wednesday, October 2, 8:30 – 9:30am

The Crawford Family Forum
474 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Sponsor: The Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University

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Sep 25 2013
LAUSD Students Hack iPad to go anywhere on the internet

LAUSD iPads hacked to go anywhere on the internet

Delete your personal profile info and you can go to any site.

LAUSD is not discussing.

Potentially buying another security program is being considered.
With thousands of iPads being issued, and close to $1 billion being spent on the initiative.

650,000 students in the LA Unified School District.

Roosevelt students have had they iPad for a week and they have already hacked in, by deleting their profile.

With the iPads you are not supposed to be able to go to facebook, youtube, pandora, etc..

Sep 24 2013
ClickAppy Build Your Online Applications Quick and Easy

ClickAppy is an online application builder that allows anyone to easily create Facebook applications, promotions, about us pages and much more with step-by-step simplicity.
Create your Social promotions super easy!
We don’t know of any other quality Facebook application builder that you can use for only $2.99 per month and with an as simple and easy to use interface as ClickAppy.

Create contests and sweepstakes for Facebook easily!

Sep 24 2013
Custom iPhone Cases Use Your Own Pictures @PicMyCase

With PicMyCase, any picture that you upload can be covering your phone before you know it. Buy one custom iPhone case with a picture of each member of your family or your favorite sports teams and take advantage of prices that decrease as you purchase more cases!

This is a good way to add your contact info to your phone in the event it is lost.
It is always a good ideal to include some sort of contact info on your phone in the event it is lost. Some recommend adding a number to your home screen, but it is just as easy to place a sticker or card on the back of the case.

Get your customized iPhone case for $19.95 and only $1.99 on shipping!

Sep 24 2013
20% of Yelp Reviews are Fake!

20% of Yelp Reviews are Fake!

Of the millions of reviews on Yelp and other review sites, today we are reading headlines that many, in fact a good portion of these supposedly authentic reviews are FAKE. And that people all over the world are being paid to write these fake reviews. Anywhere from $1 to $10 per review. Yes, someone in India could be writing a review of a restaurant in Los Angeles, CA.

The number of fraudulent reviews on Yelp rose from 5% in 2006 to 20% in 2013, according to “Fake It Till You Make It: Reputation, Competition, and Yelp Review Fraud,” a report by Luca that was co-written by Georgios Zervas, an assistant professor of marketing at Boston University. Analyzing an additional 316,415 Yelp reviews of Boston restaurants, 16% were filtered and identified as fake, Luca says.

Read more here.

I use Yelp, but with caution, there are people trying to game the system both to hurt business and lift their own businesses.

And remember that Yelp has algorithms in place to “protect” business from fake reviews.

Sep 23 2013
Watch Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake Live on Myspace Starting Tonight

McCartney +
Timberlake Live

Paul McCartney Live Stream from Jimmy Kimmel Live on Myspace.

Exclusively on Myspace: Paul McCartney performs a live set on Hollywood Blvd. following Jimmy Kimmel Live at 12:35AM EST.

Catch exclusive live performances by rock icons
Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake, as
Jimmy Kimmel Live! shuts down Hollywood
Boulevard for a 2-night concert event. Watch
live or stream rebroadcasts after each show.

Tune In
Jimmy Kimmel Live

Paul McCartney Mon 9/23 9:38PM PDT
Justin Timberlake Tue 9/24 9:38PM PDT

Exclusively on Myspace: Justin Timberlake performs a live set on Hollywood Blvd. following Jimmy Kimmel Live at 12:35AM EST.

Justin Timberlake Live Stream from Jimmy Kimmel Live on Myspace.


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