Don’t get me wrong: There are many wonderful bus drivers in L.A., and there are times when the subway absolutely makes using public transportation a pleasure — in fact, I have chosen to join a health club that is located downtown because the Red Line commute is so easy.
Alas, however, one of these days the system will not fulfill the expectations of the reborn Ms. Lewis, and I can only hope that she, like the majority of public-transportation riders in L.A., does not find herself yearning not for a better system but for the minimal dollars needed to buy a car!
In Judith Lewis’ story, she (correctly) quotes the Web site www.changingtheclimate.com as saying, “Every gallon of gas spits out 28 pounds of CO2.” Here, however, your editorial or fact-checking staff should have applied some common sense and realized that this is impossible. A gallon of gas tips the scales at about 8 pounds. If we could actually get 28 pounds of CO2 from this, it would probably be the greatest discovery of the century (and we still have 99 years to go). Of course, there’s that pesky First Law of Thermodynamics that we have to break, but why let that get in the way?
Re: Designfilms.org’s April 12 presentation of “Titles Then” at the American Cinematheque, and the Weekly’s promotion of that event. To see a series of film-title sequences rendered illegible by video projection, their original colors and contrast lost, was a painful experience. To have advertised the program as containing “clips of actual opening title sequences” and to have shown this travesty in a Kodak Screencheck™ theater with a reputation for image quality, is utterly misleading to anyone who expects to see movies in a movie theater. To have dedicated this program, which utterly dismisses the importance of color and texture in design, to the memory of titles artist Saul Bass, is to have belittled his contribution to visual art, and that of all the other designers victimized that night.
In the future, please try to identify video presentations of films and filmed material as such in your Calendar listings, so that people who give a damn can stay away.