America creates jobs…

… guarding rocks. Here’s a photo of one of the security guards hired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to stand outside and guard a big rock (Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass). She has a graduate degree in philosophy and says that her main task is to discourage people from climbing on the rock.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Separately, photographers will appreciate the Stanley Kubrick exhibit, which includes a gorgeous array of lenses (see these photos from the Sony NEX-6 camera that I am testing). The exhibit will remind you that before computer 3D modeling people were forced to be creative.


  1. George

    November 21, 2012 @ 10:23 am


    No, she is not guarding the rock, she is guarding someone from doing a stupid thing such as climbing the rock, than falling and suing the City.

  2. Mitch Berkson

    November 21, 2012 @ 10:50 am


    More on the Levitated Mass exhibit. It took over four decades to find the right rock. So no wonder they’re being extra careful with it.

  3. Trevis Rothwell

    November 21, 2012 @ 11:06 am


    How do you like Google’s photo hosting compared to your own long-standing solution?

  4. philg

    November 21, 2012 @ 11:33 am


    Trevis: How do I like Picasa and Google Plus compared to what my students and I built back in the 1990s for I have to admit that it is a lot more convenient! I love the ease with which I can sort and crop on my desktop and then sync up to the Web. I’m not too embarrassed that Google, with infinite money and programming resources, has managed to surpass what I did roughly 15 years ago.

  5. Rami Fazool

    November 21, 2012 @ 2:11 pm


    @Mitch “It took over four decades to find the right rock”

    Very nice. I would like to take this opportunity to announce that today is the first day of my search for the perfect type of sand I wish to use for my art installation called The Giant Sandbox. The cost of this project is estimated to be 10 million 2012 US dollars. All private donors please send me a private message; your offers will be honored on a first come first served basis.

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