Writer’s fans seek poetic license for his L.A. digs

first_imgBrutally frank and often obscene, Bukowski was a heavy drinker who wrote poems that rely on the musicality of colloquial speech, instead of rhyming meter. Born in Germany in 1920 and raised in Los Angeles, Bukowski won many readers in Europe before breaking through in the United States. But after he did break through with the 1971 novel “Post Office” – which he wrote at De Longpre – Bukowski’s public image was burnished as something more than the “dirty old man” he claimed to be. Movies were made about his life. He hung out with such luminaries as actor Sean Penn and moved to a nice house in San Pedro. Voice for down, out After he died in 1994, his papers were placed in a collection at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, where he had often dropped off his wife before going to Santa Anita to bet on the horses. Admirers describe Bukowski as the quintessential Los Angeles writer, and as a voice for the down and out. But the owners of the De Longpre fourplex apartment complex have a different view of the writer. And they say there’s no reason to designate the home he lived in from 1963 to 1972 as historic. One of their accusations has caught Bukowski readers off guard. “He was an anti-Semite, and he was pro-Nazi, and (Bukowski fans) have to read about it, and they have to know about it,” said Victoria Gureyeva, one of the property’s two owners. Gureyeva, a Jewish refugee from the Ukraine, said she bought the apartment complex five years ago not knowing that Bukowski had lived there. “At that time, if they loved him so much or so deeply, why no one during those five years said nothing, didn’t say a word about Charles Bukowski?” she asked. To support her accusation that Bukowski had fascist leanings, Gureyeva points to the writings of Ben Pleasants. A Bukowski acquaintance, Pleasants has written that Bukowski made anti-Semitic comments and expressed admiration for Nazism, especially as a young man. But Bukowski biographer Neeli Cherkovski, author of “Hank: The Life of Charles Bukowski,” said that was not the Bukowski he knew. As a Jewish teen impressed by some of Bukowski’s early writing, Cherkovski sought out a 40-year-old Bukowski in 1960, and the two started a friendship that spanned decades. “I challenge anybody to find any hint of anti-Semitism or pro-Nazism in any of his books,” Cherkovski said. Cherkovski also disputes what he calls another misconception about Bukowski – the title “Poet Laureate of Skid Row” that some give him. Hollywood years Bukowski lived for years in Hollywood, not on Skid Row, and he moved to a house in San Pedro with a pool and a couple of nice cars, Cherkovski said. The apartment on De Longpre, where Cherkovski spent a lot of time, was the lived-in, “mildewed” Hollywood – not the Hollywood of glitz and glamour that Bukowski loathed, Cherkovski said. There was a banana plant out front, and inside was a cluttered living room with an Underwood typewriter on a table near the window, he said. These days, the apartment complex is vacant, the residents all gone. The nearest neighbors are a homeless couple – George Padilla and Linda Vellutini – who live in an RV on the street out front. Every day for the past couple of weeks, at least one visitor interested in Bukowski – usually male and often of college age – has approached the chain-link fence surrounding the property. “They look around first and make sure that they’ve got the right spot,” said Vellutini, 56. “And so I talk to them and let them know that they do.” Lauren Everett, 26, a Silver Lake resident who works as a temp and started reading Bukowski in high school, is more than just a passing fan of Bukowski. She wrote the application seeking historical designation for the property after seeing the Craigslist ad. A city report before the Cultural Heritage Commission notes that when he lived at De Longpre, Bukowski wrote “Post Office,” his newspaper column “Notes of a Dirty Old Man” and other works, and he used the apartment as a setting for his novel “Women.” From outside, the apartment looks a lot like it did when Bukowski lived there, Everett said. “It’s not the most glamorous place. It’s pretty bare-bones,” she said. “But it doesn’t look any worse, certainly.” City Council President Eric Garcetti, who represents the area, supports the application to designate the property as historic, spokeswoman Julie Wong said. The application also has received the support of the city’s Office of Historic Resources and the Los Angeles Conservancy. “The nomination really makes a strong case that this particular residence was pivotal in the writer’s career,” said Mike Buhler, director of advocacy for the conservancy. Cherkovski, who remembers Bukowski as a wryly funny man who play-acted the wild-man part, noted that Bukowski’s real “temple” was the Santa Anita Race Track. The biographer said he wonders what Bukowski would think about a proposal to put a literary center at the old apartment. Cherkovski said, “A signpost would be fine.” [email protected] 818-546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Everyone agrees there’s nothing about the architecture that makes poet Charles Bukowski’s former Hollywood apartment stand out. At 5124 De Longpre Ave., it’s just a small, stucco structure. On a recent day, a lone shoe sat on the trash-strewn, cracked pavement fronting the low-slung home. A small chimney streaked with grime stands beside a tree, and everything is fenced off and boarded up. But it was here – before his glory days – that Bukowski lived for most of the 1960s, trudging off daily to his post office job and coming home every evening to get drunk and write. “This is where he stopped thinking of himself as a working-class stiff in a post office and realized he was a world-class poet,” said Richard Schave, 38, who leads a bus tour of Bukowski haunts and is pushing to have the home classified as a historic structure. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAnd if Bukowski’s fans succeed in their bid for historical designation, it will be one of the rare times the city has placed that status on a building solely because of who lived there, not for its architectural significance. In July, the owner of the apartment complex at 5124-51263/4 De Longpre in Hollywood posted a for-sale ad on Craigslist.com, suggesting a buyer could pay $1.3million for the property, tear down the buildings and build new. But the ad prompted a flurry of activity among Bukowski fans, who organized to try to save the property. While the building’s owners are vowing to fight the designation because of the restrictions it would carry, officials with the city and the Los Angeles Conservancy support the application from Bukowski’s fans. The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission is scheduled to consider the application for historic designation today. If the commission approves it, it will go to the City Council for a final vote. last_img read more

2010 Human Development Index rankings

first_imgSouth Africa has improved its position on the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP’s) Human Development Index released today in New York. South Africa is considered a medium development country and was ranked 110 (out of 169) in the latest report. This was a marginal improvement from 129 (out of 189) year-on-year.The Human Development Index (HDI) is a composite statistic used to rank countries by level of “human development” and separates developed (high development), developing (middle development), and underdeveloped (low development) countries in three broad areas covering life expectancy, education and per-capita GDP (as an indicator of standard of living).“While Brand South Africa works to lift the profile of South Africa’s global competitiveness around the world, it is always mindful of the broader reputation drivers and the context these bring to a purely investment driven conversation by our stakeholders. Reports like the HDI are important in this light, not just because they inform reputation, but also because they inform perceptions of future investment potential for our country in terms of a healthy and educated work force capable of a high level of productivity,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.South Africa’s overall HDI score experienced gradual improvements between 1990 and 2005. Since 2005, its overall score has remained stable and continues to trend in line with the global average. “South Africa ranks eighth out of the broader Sub-Saharan region, behind that of Tunisia, Libya, Botswana, Algeria, Gabon and Namibia. However, South Africa performs well in the region when assessing the levels of multidimensional poverty, where it is scored the best,” he said.Multidimensional poverty is a measure of serious deprivations in the dimensions of health, education and living standards that combines the number of deprived with the intensity of their deprivation. In Sub-Saharan Africa South Africa has 3% of its population living in some form of deprivational poverty relative to a country like Niger which has 93%.Among emerging markets which make up the BRIC structures, South Africa performed ahead of India (ranked 119) and behind Brazil (73), Russia (65) and China (89).  “It is important to contextualize South Africa’s development alongside other emerging markets to ensure that not only our economic growth but our people dimensions are enhanced at a similar rate to other comparable nations,” said Miller Matola. Endslast_img read more

Brand South Africa calls on patriots to support an authentic South African story #Matwetwe

first_imgBrand South Africa’s mission is to encourage citizens to find opportunities that promote Nation Brand pride and patriotism. The importance of a patriotic society results in a strengthened Nation Brand image and competitiveness.This is why South African multi award-winning record producer DJ Black Coffee in partnership with stand-up comedian, actor and writer Kagiso Lediga are bringing to the cinemas, their highly anticipated film MATWETWE (WIZARD) from Friday, 25th January 2019.MATWETWE is a coming of age adventure following Lefa (Sibusiso Khwinana) and Papi (Tebatso Mashishi), best friends and recent high school graduates, as they hustle through their young lives. Over the course of an action-packed New Years Eve in the iconic township of Atteridgeville, the boys try to score a huge deal, dodge a kingpin gangster and his violent minions, get the girl and ultimately save their lives in this hilarious escapade.The South African film industry has had a positive  impact on the economy, as confirmed by The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in its Economic Impact Assessment study. The film industry had a R5.4 billion contribution to the GDP, compared to the R3.5 billion in 2013.Brand South Africa calls on citizens to go out in their numbers to support this local production at the more than 800 cinemas across the country in support of this authentic South African story filled with adventure and comedy. #MatwetweWatch the trailer Matwetwe (Wizard)last_img read more

The History Of Insulation

first_imgPodcasts: Podcast:Air Barriers vs. Vapor BarriersHow Heat Moves Through HomesEfflorescence = Water Damage Insulation Retrofits on Old Masonry BuildingsHow Air Affects a House RELATED ARTICLES Insulation OverviewInsulating Roofs, Walls, and FloorsInstalling Fiberglass Right”Insulation ChoicesCan Foam Insulation Be Too Thick?The Global Warming Impact of Insulation CONSTRUCTION DETAILS Video: GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE InsulationBlown InsulationBatt InsulationBoard InsulationFoam Insulation Video: Superinsulating a Home with Rigid FoamA Home Energy AuditGreen Builder Won’t Compromise on the Envelopecenter_img Logs and adobe have pretty good R-valueBut if you have a chunk of steel…let’s say you have a 1-inch steel flange on your I-beam; the R-value is about 0.004. When you start saying point zero anything in R-values, you know you’re a loser. So, none of these materials actually has a hope of working. It’s only when you get up into this range—you know, that 10-inch-thick log cabin with 12-inch-diameter logs—R-10. That’s not that bad. It actually meets the comfort requirements [and] avoids surface condensation. People say, “Oh, you can’t live in a log cabin. That’s got no R-value.” Well, that’s three times better than your standard curtain wall, and it doesn’t have any solar gain problems.But we’ve gotten so brainwashed by the propaganda that insulation is something you buy in a bag from the Home Despot, that we forgot 10 inches of wood or 12 inches of adobe—not a bad product actually, because it’s continuous and it’s solid. That’s why it works. This wall—pretty crappy R-value, having that much rock. But this wall, made out of aluminum, which has an R-value of 0.001 per inch, well, is it any surprise that we have problems with thermal performance in these buildings? Or that the energy consumption numbers don’t go down?Insulation affects our fashion choices, tooNow, what we obviously need—we’re coming to crunch time, the oil price before this session was at $133.69 a barrel—we’re going to need more in-flow control. People are going to want to do something smarter about insulation. (They’re also going to want to change these unbelievably stupid bulbs, but I’m sure they’ll get around to that shortly.) There are also more environmental concerns, climate change, more demanding comfort standards. People used to put up with cold places in the winter and hot places in the summer. And we’ve gotten spoiled into saying, “No, I want a more comfortable environment.” So, the temperature ranges that are tolerable have narrowed quite considerably. In fact, the Europeans make quite a bit of fun of the North Americans on that basis. They’re saying, “What the big deal? Why don’t you just wear short-sleeve shirts in the summer and wear a cardigan in the winter?” We actually do the opposite. I don’t know about you, but in my office I actually have to wear thin shirts in the wintertime, because otherwise I sweat. And in the summertime I have to take a fleece to school, because if I wear my shorts and a T-shirt, well, I’ll freeze to death in my air-conditioned office. So, we actually flip it around completely. That might come to an end soon.Another thing people don’t realize is that when we used to have condensation on our steel single-glazed windows, it dripped onto brick—and so, big whoop. Now, when we have condensation, it drips onto paper-faced gypsum, and we have mold. Mold kills babies. And so people pull the fire alarm and run screaming from the building because they have mold on their drywall. That’s changed owners’ concerns about condensation. It used to be, “Ah, suck it up.” Now it’s like, “Uh-oh, this is a problem.” Right or wrong, that’s how they’re reacting.Fiberglass and insulation from the futureSo, let’s look at some of the insulation materials we have to help us control heat flow. First of all, accept that density of the insulation material matters; moisture content, airspace content, temperature difference—all these things matter. The combination of the insulation and the air in it is actually what gives us the R-value. Still air is about R-6 per inch. The trick is how do I keep the air still? Fiberglass is a triumph because think of what they’ve done. They’ve taken a material…glass is a horrible insulator. But if you make it really fluffy so it’s not actually glass anymore, it’s just the thing that stops air from convecting, you actually get decent R-values out of it—R-3.5 per inch, R-4 per inch —even though still air is R-6… eh, fiberglass isn’t perfect. The only way to improve that R-value of R-6 per inch is to use gas fills, like HCFCs and pentenes, and in the good old days, CFCs, Freon, and so on. That would give us slightly higher R-values.There are some future products I’ll talk about…. Vacuum panels: This is a product from Germany—Porextherm, I think it’s called—two layers of 3/8-inch polystyrene on either side of a vacuum panel. So, it basically makes a Thermos. And you get about R-20 to -30 per inch, depending on the product. Not bad. Now, it costs you per R-value about 10 to 50 times more than using spray polyurethane foam insulation. But at least you could do it. If you really had Frank Gehry’s budget, you could spend it all on ridiculous insulation. Not all of us have that option. Nanogels and aerogels are also products that are commercially available now at horrific prices that will get you R-12 to -20 per inch. So, we can do it, but it’s unlikely we’re going to do it.The applications of these things are quite interesting, actually. You want to ship some frozen seafood from Singapore to London, and it’s a 14-hour flight. The normal way was to put a refrigeration unit in a container, put the fish in there, and send it to London. But that refrigeration unit weighs 1,000 pounds. Flying 1,000 pounds from Singapore to London costs $10,000. So, instead what you do is use 100 pounds of superinsulation, throw 20 pounds of dry ice into a 40-foot container, and you fly it to London and save yourself 900 pounds in shipping and 9,000 dollars in cost on the first flight. So, those guys really care about volume-constrained insulation products. In buildings, you just make your walls thicker. Get over it. People like deep windowsills; they like that happy, comfortable feeling.How much insulation is enough?Inside most of our insulations we have conduction, convection and radiation going on. Ideally, if we have closed cell foam insulation—actually, most open cell as well—we have suppressed all convection; no air movement goes through it. That’s one reason why all foam insulation gets higher R-value; it’s pretty easy. But we do still have to deal with conduction and radiation. At very low densities, you can’t get good R-value. Because there’s so little stuff there, you get lots of radiation, and convection loops start forming. As you add more fibers, more blockers to air flow and radiation, the density of the material goes up. Most fiberglass insulations are in the 0.7 to 1.1 pound a cubic foot range, and that’s an economic optimum. But you can get higher-density fiberglass; rockwool is typically a higher-density product, and with that you can get R-4.1, 4.2, 4.3 per inch.So, how much insulation does it take to get to R-20? R-20 is kind of a touchstone. Four inches of extruded polystyrene—the blue stuff, pink, the color doesn’t affect heat transfer much—4 inches will do it, no matter what the product. Bad insulation, about 6 inches. Sawdust, about 8 inches. Sawdust used to be a pretty popular insulation product, but it no longer had a standard because nobody was actually producing it on purpose. And if it doesn’t have a standard, it can’t be accepted into a code, and therefore, it pretty quickly fell out of use. So in the ’50s and ’60s, people stopped using sawdust, even though 8 inches will get you about R-8; it’s a pretty good system. But since no one is making money on it, of course we can’t buy it anymore. Softwood, you’d need about 18 inches or so to get to R-20. It’s pretty hard these days to get buildings made out of 18 inches of solid wood, so that’s not a popular solution. Adobe, 2 feet. There are a lot of older buildings in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which have walls that are this thick of adobe, and they are getting about R-20. And they perform really well.Dirt is not a great insulationThen we have the loose dry sand, which I include in this plot to remind people that green roofs—where they put the goats on them—you don’t get any insulation value out of the dirt. If dirt were good insulation, they would probably sell dirt in the insulation aisle at the Home Depot. But they don’t. They sell it in the gardening section, because the R-value of dirt really sucks. This is about the best I could get: 4 feet of dry sand. If you make it actually potting soil and keep it moist enough to grow plants, you need about 6 feet. So, you wouldn’t put the dirt on there for insulation; you’d put the dirt on there to grow plants. That’s why you put it there. In our last episode, Dr. John talked about How Heat Moves Through Homes and why radiant barriers work better in outer space than on earth.In this episode, Dr. John talks about the history of insulation, how different materials work, and where they make sense.TRANSCRIPTThe history of insulation comes about because of the history of structural engineering. Now, I’m a recovering structural engineer, which is probably why I like to think of it that way.But in the old days, when we didn’t have good structural engineers, to be able to build a building you had to use a lot of material—and it had to be solid. You couldn’t put a lot of windows in there, and it needed to be pretty thick. So, you got decent R-value, just because…yeah, you used a lot. As we got smarter structural engineers, they were able to thin the layer of material down, until the point where a concrete wall 4 inches thick of 3000-psi concrete—you could build a 10-story building with that. But what’s the R-value of 4 inches of concrete? Bupkus. And then we go one step further: We were able to concentrate that 4 inches of concrete into a steel column every 20 feet. If you look at the R-value of concrete, it’s 0.07 per inch, so 4 inches of it gives you a quarter of an R. Woo! RELATED MULTIMEDIA Energy Star checklist detailsInsulating behind tub with rigid foamAir sealing behind tubFoundation/Floor IntersectionsRoof/Wall IntersectionsWall/Floor Intersectionslast_img read more

The Difference Between Wanting Better Results and Being Willing to Produce

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now A couple of years ago an entrepreneurial salesperson came up to me during the workshop I was facilitating to tell me that she believed everything I said about what was necessary to grow her business and improve her results. Then she said, “I want to grow my business, and I want to make more money, but I don’t want to do any of the things that you said.”A few weeks ago at another workshop I recommended that people spend more time face-to-face with their prospective clients. Some of them are doing quite well closing opportunities over the phone. But not well enough. They’d like to do twice as much as they are doing now.Two people walked up to speak to me after the workshop to tell me about their revenue and that they would like to increase it dramatically. When I recommended that they do more work in the field face-to-face with their prospective clients, they tried to smile, they nodded ever so slightly, and they walked away.Wanting better results and wanting to make more money are not the same thing as being willing to produce better results and willing to do what is necessary to make more money.What you’re doing now is producing the results you are presently generating. If you want to produce different results, you have to do something different.Change almost always requires that you do something that makes you uncomfortable.The results you want may require that you do something that you’re not presently doing now, including things you don’t really want to do. Your desired results may also require that you stop doing something that you’re doing now even though you are comfortable doing it and you’d prefer not to.This is a universal law, like gravity. You don’t have to believe in gravity, and you don’t have to like gravity, but it exists, and you are going to obey it either way.If you want better results, you have to be willing to change in order to have them.last_img read more

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero joins Chelsea as free agent

first_imgGoalkeeper Willy Caballero has joined Premier League champions Chelsea as a free agent after being released by Manchester City, the London-based club said on Saturday.Caballero, 35, moved to England in the summer of 2014 from Malaga and made 26 appearances for City under Pep Guardiola last season.He will serve as back-up to Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea, who sold second-choice keeper Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth in May.”I am very happy to join Chelsea, the champions of England. I am looking forward to meeting the guys and helping the club achieve more success in the coming season,” Caballero told the club’s website.last_img

Time found to be fixed to terrain for Papua New Guinea tribe

first_imgIn interviewing many of the people that live in Gua, the researchers found that when asked questions about the past or the future, their responses were almost always relative to their position along the river. The past was downriver, the future was upriver, regardless of which direction the river happened to be flowing.Interestingly, the perspective of time changed for the villagers when inside their homes. There the past was represented by the doorway, and the future away from the door, which might seem counterintuitive until noting that for those that live in Gua, the doorway is always seen as downhill which is likely to promote drainage after rains; both water and time, flowing away when viewed from the vantage point of those sitting safely inside their homes. The Yupno people live in a village called Gua. There are no roads leading in or out and the only other people the villagers see are the occasional missionaries, researchers or governmental health workers. Thus, their way of life hasn’t changed much, as most of the rest of the world marched into what we now perceive as a very modern society. And because of that, the Yupno people have retained their own interpretation of time, and for them, it’s all about the river. And because of that, time for them can be construed as running straight, as it does for us westerners, but only where the river runs straight. Where it kinks, so too does time. Future is uphill; past is downhill. Image (c) [i]Cognition[/i], DOI:10.1016/j.cognition.2012.03.007 © 2012 Phys.Org Journal information: Cognition This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Contours of time: Topographic construals of past, present, and future in the Yupno valley of Papua New Guinea, Cognition, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2012.03.007AbstractTime, an everyday yet fundamentally abstract domain, is conceptualized in terms of space throughout the world’s cultures. Linguists and psychologists have presented evidence of a widespread pattern in which deictic time—past, present, and future—is construed along the front/back axis, a construal that is linear and ego-based. To investigate the universality of this pattern, we studied the construal of deictic time among the Yupno, an indigenous group from the mountains of Papua New Guinea, whose language makes extensive use of allocentric topographic (uphill/downhill) terms for describing spatial relations. We measured the pointing direction of Yupno speakers’ gestures—produced naturally and without prompting—as they explained common expressions related to the past, present, and future. Results show that the Yupno spontaneously construe deictic time spatially in terms of allocentric topography: the past is construed as downhill, the present as co-located with the speaker, and the future as uphill. Moreover, the Yupno construal is not linear, but exhibits a particular geometry that appears to reflect the local terrain. The findings shed light on how, our universal human embodiment notwithstanding, linguistic, cultural, and environmental pressures come to shape abstract concepts. Citation: Time found to be fixed to terrain for Papua New Guinea tribe (2012, June 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-terrain-papua-guinea-tribe.html (Phys.org) — For most of western history, people have assumed that what is true of “us” in most cases, must be true for “them,” i.e. other groups about which we may actually know little. One example is the concept of time. In virtually all western societies, people envision time in the same abstract way; as a line moving from the past, through us, and on into the future. We speak of back in the past, or moving forward into the future. And because our way of thinking about time is so ingrained in us it’s difficult to imagine that others might really see time in radically different ways. And yet, some do, as evidenced by a remote tribe of people currently living in Papua New Guinea. The Yupno, a team of researchers has found, relate time to the river that dominates their life. The past is water that has already flowed by, while the future is represented by its source, which for them, lies uphill. Rafael Núñeza, Kensy Cooperridera, D Doana and Jürg Wassmannb studied the Yupno and found, as they report in their paper published in Cognition, that some people living in circumstances far different than that seen in the western world, really do see time in a completely different way. Explore further Learned, not innate human intuition: Study finds twist to the story of the number linelast_img read more