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Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Apocalyptic Hints

Some days everything seems ominous there are signs and portents of the end of all things.  It may be just an advertisement for a new show of Japanese art at the county museum, but the tiger above the "99-Cents Only" at Fairfax and Wilshire probably disconcerts anyone stopped in the constant heavy traffic there. Something is up. And why is the tiger leering at that Bridal Expo sign?

Tiger Billboard, advertisement for a new show of Japanese art at the county museum, above the "99-Cents Only" at Fairfax and Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Tiger Billboard, advertisement for a new show of Japanese art at the county museum, above the "99-Cents Only" at Fairfax and Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
Tiger Billboard, advertisement for a new show of Japanese art at the county museum, above the "99-Cents Only" at Fairfax and Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

Further down Fairfax, this may be a Beast of the Apocalypse, in the second shot being pursued by a halo of light (just lens-flare, actually)

Odd Beast sticker on traffic signal box, Fairfax Avenue, West Los Angeles
Odd Beast sticker on traffic signal box, Fairfax Avenue, West Los Angeles

Under the beast, the message, so now you know, and you know the date

Poster - All Hope is Gone - Fairfax Avenue, West Los Angeles

But around the corner you can buy something that counters any sense of doom. The Hansen bakery specializes in erotic cakes. Of course these cakes may themselves be a sign of the end of everything.

Erotic Cake, Hansen Bakery, Fairfax Avenue, West Los Angeles
Erotic Cake, Hansen Bakery, Fairfax Avenue, West Los Angeles

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Technical Note:

Photographs after March 3, 2008, were taken with a Nikon D200 or a Nikon D70 when noted. All previous photographs were taken with the D70. The lenses used are (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto, or (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. Photography here is modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  The earliest photography in the archives was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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