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Rocketeers—the definition of a blast!

Rocketeers—the definition of a blast!

Amateur rocketeers are n-n-n-nut-jobs. At least that was my impression of the handful of Rocketry Organization of California (ROC) members with whom I stood shivering in the 3° F-F-F-Fahrenheit February dawn on a vast, windswept expanse of scorched earth in the Mojave Desert, known as Lucerne Dry Lake.

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Rocketry Love

Rocketry Love

Covering rocketeers and amateur model rocketry was the good idea of my publisher Cyrus Krohn. Though I understood people like Burt Rutan were building breathtaking private sector spaceships, I still thought of model rocketry as something done by kids with modest kit rockets. Silly me…

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Saving Lt. Sulu (and making bank)

Saving Lt. Sulu (and making bank)

A few years ago, the Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, California closed its doors for good. The museum’s contents were auctioned off, putting the wax crew of Star Trek Enterprise in serious danger of being dispersed to the highest bidders.

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Alison Copeland, Owner, Rock'er Board Shop

SCHOOL OF ROCK’ER

MAR VISTA, CA — After a long and successful career in fashion, Alison Copeland opened Rock’er Board Shop only to learn that the gig, like surfing, came with its share of indignities.

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Shredding the envelope (w/goblins, rubber chickens & teriyaki rice bowls)

Shredding the envelope (w/goblins, rubber chickens & teriyaki rice bowls)

Didrik and I showed up at the Mojave Desert’s Lucerne Dry Lake bright and early for this February morning, Rocketry Organization of California launch. At 3ºF, it was about 50º colder on the lake bed than it had been in Venice when we left. The cold proved merely a short-lived distraction. The rocketeers’ high spirited, high-flying hijinks soon had our complete attention…

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Six-Hour Wall (time-lapse graffiti writing)

Six-Hour Wall (time-lapse graffiti writing)

I was at the Venice Pits all day with graff writers Dytch66, Gil and Gozer but this time-lapse piece is all Didrik Johnck — the shooting, the editing. Okay, I messed up the titles and blathered on the soundtrack, but other than that it’s all D-track.

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Smile Hard: How to win a Bollywood dance-off

Smile Hard: How to win a Bollywood dance-off

Participants in Bollywood film dance troupe competitions are nothing if not serious about winning… Didrik and I studied the oeuvre extensively and came up with this plan for world domination. Watch and learn.

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Space Grrl

Space Grrl

Espying a shapely Trekkie in a mini uniform as she took in the attractions at the WorldCon, I began discretely shooting some video of her (read: from behind) when a nearby voice said “And she’s a rocket scientist.”

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Thai Elvis

Thai Elvis: Currying Favor With the King

If there’s an Elvis in heaven, Kavee Thongprecha is the guy he wants paying him tribute. Kavee, aka Thai Elvis, aka Kevin, worships the King…
literally.

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douglas graff/winnie bago

The Ballad of Winnie Baygo’s Thrashed Undercarriage

I’m not so into treating animals badly. Plus I’m not gay- No, I swear. So officially kicking off the new gig by covering the 2006 L.A. Gay Rodeo might seem WTF-worthy, particularly given Yahoo’s determination to be perceived as MOR — despite its dirty, big, non-secret, Yahoo Groups.

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