May 2008

All The Right Curves

by The Editors on May 23, 2008

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Carlsbad-based computer monitor company Ostendo Technologies has an ultra-wide curved display for those of us who need a little wider, undistorted view of the Internet.


The CRVD display has a 42.4″ diagonal and provides a 2880 x 900 pixel resolution (double WXGA+), greater than 300 nits of brightness, and a contrast ratio of greater than 10,000:1, and relies on the DLP image-creating MEMS (microelectromechanical-systems) engine developed by Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX).

Sign us up, we’ll test two of them for free, no problem.

[Link: Laser Focus World]

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Four Arrested In Alleged Foreclosure Scam

by The Editors on May 22, 2008

The DA and FBI agents served arrest and search warrants in Carlsbad for four people allegedly involved in a “home foreclosure scam that victimized 400 homeowners in San Diego County,” according to a story on 10News.com.

The defendants preyed on mostly non-English speaking Hispanic homeowners who were in foreclosure, claiming to offer assistance in preventing the victims from losing their homes,” said District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis. “These transactions were illegal and left the victims even worse off than they were before. Some of the victims have been evicted from their own homes when this scheme failed.”

Those arrested included: William Hutchings, 62, Xiaoke Li, 43, Edgar Martinez, 30, and Diego Gil Gil, 38. If convicted the four could each face 44 years in prison.

[Link: 10News.com]

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Free Music At The Dove Library

by The Editors on May 22, 2008

QuetzalWhile we found a while ago that there is all kinds of free music to be found at Carlsbad’s Dove Library (in the form of CDs that can be checked out and ripped, not that we’re suggesting that) this summer there is going to be some free live music on Sunday, June 8 with Quetzal, a a Latin alternative band performing son, boleros, folk, blues and rock in English and Spanish.

The show begin at 2pm in the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium on 1775 Dove Lane, in southern Carlsbad. Admission is free, with tickets given out at the door beginning at 1pm the day of the concert. For more information, call (760) 602-2012.

Follow the jump for more info.

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Meyer Indicted In Son’s Death

by The Editors on May 21, 2008

Elaine Meyer, 29, has been indicted by Kona grand jury on charges of “first-degree negligent homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant” in the death of her son Razak Meyer, 7, of Carlsbad on September 30, 2007.

Police said Meyer was traveling west on Kohala Ranch Road at 10:26 a.m. in a Pontiac G6 four-door sedan when she lost control, ran off the right side of the road and overturned.

If convicted Elaine could face 10 years in prison.

[Link: Honolulu Advertiser]

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Daimler Buys Carlsbad Design Center

by The Editors on May 21, 2008

In early March when Chrysler’s new owner Cerberus Captital Management LP announced that they were closing the Carlsbad-based Pacifica Advance Design Center we were kind of bummed for all the talented auto designers who worked there.

Now, we learn that Daimler AG, the owner of Mercedes (and former owner of Chrysler) recently purchased the design center for $7 million.

The German car-maker will take over the Chrysler Pacifica Advance Design Center in Carlsbad, California, within weeks, and in turn will close its own design centre in Irvine, California, the report said.

This means that we’ll see some new “Carlsbad inspired” auto designs coming from Mercedes (and maybe even some prototypes sneaking around town.

[Link: Forbes]

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2008 TGIF: Jazz In The Park Line-up

by The Editors on May 21, 2008

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The City of Carlsbad’s TGIF: Jazz In The Park Series has mostly left Carlsbadistan for the 2008 season which is kind of a bummer (no more walking to the shows), but truthfully, we don’t need those inland crowds cluttering up our streets anyway.

This year the 10 events shared among Stagecoach Park, Poinsettia Park, and Calavera Hills Park. The first concert is on Friday June 20 with the Debbie Davies Band at Stagecoach Park.

Follow the jump for all the other details and we will keep you posted all summer long.

[Link: City of Carlsbad]

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Arballo Takes Men’s And Boy’s Titles

by The Editors on May 21, 2008

Sp-Surf280Earlier this month Carlsbad High School sophomore Christian Abrallo, 16, took the Western Coast Championships in Men’s and Boy’s Shortboard at the Western Surfing Association Championships at Church’s, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

But Arballo’s victories are remarkable for the fact that the local surfer is excelling despite major heart defects that threatened his life and have prompted two surgeries to repair valves. . . . To hear him tell it, though, it’s no big deal. . . . “I don’t think about it at all,” Arballo said. “It doesn’t stop me from surfing or doing anything I want to do.”

Congrats, Chris.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Who’s That In Those Carlsbads

by The Editors on May 21, 2008

It’s strange to see Carlsbadistan imagined as a pair of sunglasses, but Columbia Sportswear has done it with their Hyper-lite TR90 Framed The Carlsbad. The glasses feature a “revolutionary new high-tech thermoplastic material that is extremely strong and shock resistant. . . triacetate cellulose formulated lens offers superior visual clarity.”

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We’re not sure it matches our particular style, but they’re not exactly ugly. Right?

[Link: Zappos.com]

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Wendel’s Killer Claims Self Defense

by The Editors on May 18, 2008

When David Sumner fired five shots from a .38 calibre handgun into James Jay Wendel outside Mr. Peabody’s in the Village Faire Center on January 19, 2007 his attorney claims he was defending himself, according to a story in the North County Times.

Defense attorney Jan Ronis insisted the shots were fired in self-defense, portraying Wendel as an out-of-control drunk whom Sumner believed was capable of beating him to death with his fists. “The law allows him to do what he did, whether you agree with it or not,” Ronis told the jury.

Obviously, the prosecution (and many logical minds) disagrees, however, it only matters what the 12 people on the jury decide. If found guilty Sumner could get 25 years in prison.

[Link: North County Times]

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Firefighters Ann Fans

by The Editors on May 18, 2008

Carlsbad’s firefighters union has endorsed city council member Ann Kulchin in her re-election bid, according to a story in the North County Times.

“We know who Ann Kulchin is, so we had no trouble endorsing her based on her … history,” union President Rick Fisher said Wednesday. . . . The union hasn’t yet made a decision on who to endorse for the second council seat that’s on the November election ballot, he said.

Apparently, the elections are in November and there are two seats up. Also, if you’d like to run you have until July 14 to officially register.

[Link: North County Times]

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