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      I haven’t lived in LA in almost 5 years but I can still answer every one of these… lets begin: 1. Why do so many people struggle to pronounce “Los Feliz”? The neighborhood was originally settled in the silent film era by mostly european immigrants 2. Why are there so many TV commercials for the Sonic Drive-In when you don’t know where a single one is located? There are lots of Sonics in the desert cities and the Inland Empire 3. Who do you call about a pot hole outside your house? 311 4. Where are all the people who are hiking at Runyon Canyon finding parking spots? There are multiple entrances to Runyon Canyon 5. For the streets that border Beverly Hills, why do they insist on only resurfacing their side of the street? City of Beverly Hills is responsible for the other side 6. What kind of person stays in a 24-hour Korean spa all night? A drunk person 7. Why is the city so interested in making clearer parking restriction signs?
      8. Seriously, isn’t that going to eat into a huge source of their revenue? Unclear signs are easily contested in court, also your lawmakers do fight for you sometimes 9. How do some people manage to get away with bringing their dogs everywhere? They don’t give a shit 10. Is there a truly efficient route from Silver Lake to Culver City? Beverly, cut through Hancock Park via Rimpau or Highland, then Venice or Washington is efficient as you’ll get. So the answer is No. 11. Why do some people get tickets for street cleaning when the street doesn’t actually get cleaned? See 8 13. Seriously, do people lose their car bumpers in accidents and then just decide they don’t need them anymore? Yes. 14. And furthermore, if a car is totaled, why is the bumper the only part that doesn’t get taken away?  Priority is clearing the vehicle obstructing traffic 15. How to find a sports bar within walking distance of your house.  You won’t. 16. Are we actually getting a football team, or is that a pipe dream? 2nd largest metro area in the country is too lucrative a market to ignore forever 17. What time the parking meters turn off in any part of the city. Read the signs. 18. Why is everyone so adverse to ripping out their lawns? They invested a lot of effort in those lawns 19. Have they not seen our reservoirs, lately? People don’t give a shit 20. Do stores out here manage to sell many winter coats? You cannot buy a real winter coat anywhere in Los Angeles 21. Why does everyone get so mad when someone accidentally refers to a freeway as the highway? It still a high way, is it not? Have you really lived in LA for 7 years? I moved back to the east coast and still call it the freeway 22. Just how gross does a restaurant have to be to get a “C” rating? The question is how delicious does a restaurant have to be to get a C rating 23. How do the people who live in parking restricted areas have impromptu parties? They start early 24. How on earth are any of our local Taco Bells still in business? Native Angelenos like Taco Bell you’d be surprised 37. Why can nobody agree on the best route to use when driving to the Valley? The traffic situation is too unpredictable 38. Has anyone ever truly had fun on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?  Alcohol makes many things possible 39. How is it that 75% of all parties are actually just obligatory work/career functions disguised as a party?  This was not my experience. Your life must be really boring, I’m sorry. 40. Do our parents actually enjoy hanging out at Universal City Walk when they visit, or are they just pretending? It’s more fun than being at home watching wheel of fortune 41. How is it that traffic in LA is generally terrible, yet traffic to LAX is usually fairly light? The 105 freeway 42. How is it always a surprise to everyone whenever Obama comes to town? Can’t we develop some sort of Obama Is Coming To Town Early Warning System? The president’s schedule isn’t set in stone 43. How long do you actually have to live here in order to not be considered a transplant? It’s a state of mind…

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      I deleted this game over a year ago after I realized I had spent probably entire days worth of my life attempting to achieve what amounted to absolutely nothing.  Clash of Clans is fun and cleverly detailed but at its heart it is just a very slick freemium game, designed around the science of addiction and psychological manipulation to keep you hooked. It makes $2.4 million, PER DAY. The top players on the leaderboard are all Arab royalty, who have spent thousands of dollars to win. Basically, if you are not a Saudi prince, you cannot win this game. Freemium games should really be regulated like cigarettes, alcohol or gambling, and the best explanation of why is actually a South Park episode.  So if you’re hooked on Clash of Clans, stop everything you’re doing right now and watch South Park.

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      The kid in this post was never diagnosed as mentally ill by anyone other than the mother. The author even mentioned that she’s had him tested for a variety of disorders and taken antipsychotics with no results. The mother is the one who branded him as ‘mentally ill’, she’s the one very publicly equating her own barely teenaged son to a potential mass murderer, the one trying to commit him at a hospital when he reacts aggressively, the one who has a blog where she talks about a very broken home and openly fantasizes about abusing and abandoning her children.  This entire article is skewed to this mother’s particular perspective. As a reader, please take that into account before you start formulating your opinions.

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      I’d say you’re grafting too much social import onto Grimes’s music and aesthetic than it warrants. UltimatelyIthink she’s gaining popularity 1) because she hasabeautiful voice, the type that very rarely stays out of the mainstream bubblegum pop arena for long, 2) she’s latched onto this sort of quirky art school dropout naivety that still feels very genuine and 3) with the latest record she’s balanced on this uncorrupted razors edge between avante garde electronica and pop thatIthink people find novel.  The suggestion that her lyrics are some sort of generational calling cardIfind bizarre, considering that her lyrics are such simple “baby baby” lines and so deeply swamped in reverb and delay that they’reapractically indiscernible as sonic texture gibberish. If there’s some sort of message in there no one’s going to understand it. I’ve listened to “Visions” probably 30 times now andIhave no idea WTF she’s singing If her art is supposed to have some sort of impactIdon’t see it either-while the Oblivion video was really beautiful visually it didn’t hit on anything particularly new asatheme and her other work just seems like an art school graduation portfolio. There was some sort of commentary in the Genesis video that hintsareaction to lady gaga’s pop masquerading as avante garde butIwould say its nearly as shallow (and certainly more boring) than the Die Antwoord take on the subject.  In reality think the most groundbreaking part of Grime’s success today is just the fact that she’safemale solo electronic act that’s makingareal mark-there’s actually beenabit ofaglass ceiling there thatIdon’t think most folks are totally aware of. If you look at other popular female-fronted electronic acts, all haveaman in the background on stage pushing the buttons, but Grimes seems generally in 100% control of her production and performance which isapretty big deal.  She makes pretty music and broke some feminist boundaries, but the voice ofanew generation?Idoubt it