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The very southern tip of Los Angeles is San Pedro, the area around the LA Harbor.  Here are some photos that I took yesterday while we spent the day cycling around and lazing on my daughter’s boat.

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Today we took the kids to the Getty Center in the mountains of Los Angeles.  The architecture is superb; the art work terrible–a testament to money in the absence of taste.  The only piece that brought a smile and that captured the interest of the kids was the outdoors sculpture pictured here.  (more…)

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The world must have been a scary place when the kimberlite pipes were spouting.   In what is now Angola, at least 217 volcanoes were erupting to produce 160 pipes containing diamonds.  This scenario, which occurred well before the Cambrian, makes current environmental change seem trivial. 

                                                               Pre-Cambrian Sandstone

But then maybe it took a long, long time to occur and the  landscape was able to adjust at a rate that change-averse humans would find comforting.  No matter: if Lonrho mining has its way the change henceforth will be fast.  They want to drill six of the pipes in the hope there are enough diamonds to support six new mines. 

pre cambrian seabed

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The world must have been a scary place when the kimberlite pipes were spouting.   In what is now Angola, at least 217 volcanoes were erupting to produce 160 pipes containing diamonds.  This scenario, which occurred well before the Cambrian, makes current environmental change seem trivial. 

                                                               Pre-Cambrian Sandstone

But then maybe it took a long, long time to occur and the  landscape was able to adjust at a rate that change-averse humans would find comforting.  No matter: if Lonrho mining has its way the change henceforth will be fast.  They want to drill six of the pipes in the hope there are enough diamonds to support six new mines. 

pre cambrian seabed

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This is a picture of a scene I have enjoyed often: San Pedro Harbour, Vincent Thomas Bridge, Los Angeles, California.  I got a ticket for speeding across this bridge once; cost me all of $50. 

But that is nothing by what I have just been “fined.”  I have just had to cancel a stay with the Nomad Inn in Fort McMurray (the link to their site works intermittently–too busy charging cancellees.)  They charged me a whopping $216 cancellation fee.  Can’t say I have ever had that happen to me before: you know, cancel 36 hours before you sign in and you get whacked with a fee greater than the cost of your room.  True, the young girl was “new here”, and she also said sorry, but that hardly constitutes the kind of service intended to incline you to return to the hotel.

But then I suppose they just do not care.  This is the oil sands patch and there is no shortage of people wanting rooms and cars and services.  Screw the customer: make a buck of them and punish them if they do not come.   It kind of reminds you of the truth of the plea by the (obviously) old time Saskatchewan resident who writes with (obvious) horror:

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