Flippin the bird at the Bird

There are nuisance birds flocking on sidewalks and other public areas in Venice and Santa Monica – they are the “Bird” electric scooters, not animal birds. The real – live birds are generally welcomed by most residents.

These birds are the result of a so called “disruptor” and much like others in that game, they start without proper licenses and with no other focus than to make a quick “buck”. In the cause of this they risk other peoples well being and in some instances even peoples lives may be at risk. To ride any motorized vehicle in the state of California some basic requirements are that you have to wear a helmet, have a valid drivers license and to obey ll traffic laws including not riding on sidewalks and areas meant for pedestrians only – common sense, right? Another adverse effect is to all legitimate rental businesses that rent bicycles and other modes of transportation along the bike path and in both Santa Monica  and Venice in general, they have seen a drop in business after the nuisance birds arrived.

Nuisance birds on the sidewalk in Venice.
Nuisance birds on the sidewalk in Venice.

The police in Santa Monica has started issuing fines to riders, and the can get very costly – no license, driving on sidewalks, not wearing a helmet etc. etc. the fines can amount to hundreds of dollars.

The LAPD need to step up enforcement in general – as it is there are problems with regular bicycles coming down Ocean Front Walk, sometimes narrowly avoiding crashing into pedestrians walking on the “Boardwalk” LAPD need to start enforcing the municipal codes that bans all vehicles and on Ocean Front Walk – please note that running in parallel with OFW is the Bike path which is meant for bicycles, so there is no reason whatsoever other than stupidity to ride your bicycle on Ocean Front Walk.

Birds left laying in front of a bicycle and rental place on the beach - the  legal rental places are adversely affected by the nuisance birds.
Birds left laying in front of a bicycle and rental place on the beach – the legal rental places are adversely affected by the nuisance birds.

Paris flooding

Paris is currently experiencing a flooding of the river Seine. The high water is the result of higher than normal amounts of rainfall during this winter. It shows the importance of the Paris agreement on climate change. It also underscores the fact that all nations have a duty to participate in the agreement, not only for their own sake, but also for the sake of others!

This picture is from a few weeks ago, January 6 2018 - today theater in the Seine is even higher.
This picture is from a few weeks ago, January 6 2018 – today the water in the Seine is even higher.

It was already evident at the very beginning of the year that the river Seine was at higher water levels than normal, and since then it has only gotten higher. The Louvre museum has closed parts and have plans for evacuating some artworks should the threat become imminent.

The Seine with Ile Saint-Louis and Notre Dame in the background.
The Seine with Ile Saint-Louis and Notre Dame in the background.
A view of the swollen river Seine.
A view of the swollen river Seine.
Looking out over the river Seine with Ice St-louis in the background, notice the trees underwater in the foreground, that is normally a parklike area with a walkway.
Looking out over the river Seine with Ile Saint-Louis in the background, notice the trees underwater in the foreground, that is normally a parklike little area next to the river.
Flooded stairs leading down to a walkway by the Seine.
Flooded stairs leading down to a walkway by the Seine.
Another view of the river Seine towards Ice Saint-Louis.
Another view of the river Seine towards Ile Saint-Louis.
The birds love all the water...
The birds love all the water…

André Derain

Andre Derain at Center Pompidou Exhibit Poster.
Andre Derain at Centre Pompidou Exhibition Poster.

André Derain together with Henri Matisse started fauvism in 1905. They worked together during the summer of 1905 painting in a small mediterranean village named Collioure. When they later during the fall exhibited their works at the Salon d’Automne in Paris they were labelled “les fauves” (“the wild beasts”), by a critic because of their use of vivid – unnatural colors in the paintings and thus “fauvism” was born!

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André Derain self - portrait from 1913-14.
André Derain self – portrait from 1913-14.

It is evident from the below painting by André Derain how different the use of bright and strong colors in the fauvism paintings were compared to most other artists of the time.

The drying of sails (of fishing boats) 1905.
The drying of sails (of fishing boats) 1905.