April 3, 2008
In the final week of a legislative session, bills have a way of dying and then reviving. So it wasn't too shocking that the Senate yesterday reanimated Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal to promote energy conservation one day after killing the measure. The real surprise was the continued false portrayal of the bill as a choice between giving money to ratepayers or handing it over to faceless bureaucrats. Looking out for ratepayers' interests should be regarded as more than taking a politically expedient opportunity to lower everyone's monthly bills by little more than a dollar.
October 25, 2007
Making your own CDs and DVDs with a computer is old news. Making them look as good as the ones you buy is another story. First we used markers to label what's on a disc. Then came the CD label. These are first inserted into a printer and then stuck onto the disc. But if you don't center them exactly, you wind up with a lopsided mess that can cause the disc to malfunction as it spins. Plus it just looks bad. More recently, some printer models have appeared that let you print directly onto the disc using CDs and DVDs that have a printable surface.
December 4, 2006
Too short. Too light. Not athletic enough. Ravens defensive back Corey Ivy has been dogged by such judgments during an eight-year trek through three football leagues and at least seven pro teams. Ravens@Chiefs Sunday, 1 p.m., Ch. 13, 1090 AM, 97.9 FM Line: Chiefs by 3
June 7, 2006
Liliana Porter's charming but philosophically fraught visual fantasies, on view at Goya Contemporary gallery, come wrapped in the glittery, bright primary colors one associates with all the good things about childhood, like boxes of chocolates covered in foil or cunningly wrapped Christmas presents under the tree. Indeed, the nominal subjects of Porter's large-format color photographs are mostly children's playthings: tiny figures of princesses, clowns, ballerinas and circus acrobats; stuffed dogs and carved wooden reindeer; porcelain-skinned dolls and other adorable personages that look as if they just emerged from some youngster's toy chest.
January 5, 2006
A bumper crop of technological goodies flooded the market in 2005. We have harvested the best and brightest for our favorites of the year. Remember now, this is a wish list, so don't be put off by the sticker shock you might experience when you see some of the price tags. There's still something for everyone. 1. X-UFO remote-controlled flying toy: The X-UFO was named the 2005 Toy Innovation Winner in the technology category, and once you fly it, you'll see why. Made with carbon fiber, this lightweight gyro can fly up to 300 feet, indoors or out. And it's propelled by four individual engines.
July 24, 2005
CHATSWORTH, Calif. -- All deserts are not alike, but there is enough sand, dirt and barren ground here, in the hills northwest of Los Angeles, that the place could easily pass for the bleak, dusty plains of war-torn Iraq. At least that is what the makers of Over There, a new wartime television drama, are hoping. Zeroing in on an Army platoon on its first tour of duty fighting the Iraqi insurgency, the show's producers -- Steven Bochco and Chris Gerolmo -- had to simulate the look and conditions of modern-day Iraq for audiences who see the real thing on their living-room screens every day. Because it would have been prohibitively expensive to film Over There in, say, Morocco, where other desert-themed film and television productions have often landed, the producers and their production designer, Keith Neely, settled on the Hidden Creek Ranch, in the rolling, chaparral-dotted foothills of the Santa Susana Mountains.