CSULA, USC to Digitize Mesoamerican & Spanish Colonial Archives in Joint Project

My latest story is available to read now at dot.LA. It’s about a joint project between California State University Los Angeles and the University of Southern California to digitize their respective archives of Mesoamerican and Spanish Colonial artifacts and photographs.


“We’re hoping to do some 3D printing on campus of some of the objects,” said Ramirez. “It’s supposed to be a teaching collection in many ways but, obviously, many of the artifacts are very delicate so we don’t want people accidentally dropping them. We’re hoping to 3D print some of them so that it’s feasible and students can actually handle some of them because we have a Mesoamerican Studies minor on our campus.”

The photography collection also includes nearly 10,000 images printed on 35mm slides. The images are dated from the 1950s to the 1980s and feature Mesoamerican objects held in museums in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, the US, and South America. Of these, Cunningham has digitized 4,500 of them.

Cunningham uses a different camera and process to digitize physical objects such as statues and jars. He uses a Phase One XF camera with a 100-megapixel Phase One IQ3 digital back. Normally, he shoots 32 images of each item from one of three angles for a total of 96 images to create a single 3D render of an object. The 3D render is processed using Agisoft Metashape.

Link: https://dot.la/usc-csula-digitize-mesoamerica-artifacts-2655544787.html

Memories of Pico-Union and USC

Many of my friends went out to USC for the big game against cross-town rival UCLA last night (USC beat UCLA 50 – 0). I’m not a fan of college sports but I do have a soft spot in my heart for USC.

I grew up in L.A.’s Pico-Union district of Central L.A. just two miles north of the campus, north of the I-10 freeway and a block or two away from Hoover St. The I-10 also serves as the border between Pico-Union/Central L.A. and University Park/South L.A. where USC is located.

Pico-Union is known for being the home of one of L.A.’s most notorious street gangs and for its large, mostly Mexican, immigrant population. Despite living in a crime-ridden, low income area, most of my memories of life in Pico-Union are happy ones.

The food certainly helped. Image courtesy Grub Street LA.

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Music, Protests, and Video Games: Photos from BMI’s Otoño Alternativo, Caifanes, Occupy LA and the Tetris Championship

The past week was an exciting and busy one as I covered a handful of interesting events for Remezcla and LA Weekly (all links in the photos).

First up, I made my way to the King King in Hollywood for BMI‘s Otoño Alternativo Latino Showcase featuring a number of up-and-coming Latin artists:



The Tender Box

V for Volume

Gustavo Galindo

I made my way out to the Nokia Theatre on Friday night to catch legendary Mexican Rock group Caifanes perform:

The next day, I met thousands of protesters outside of L.A.’s city hall:

And on Sunday, I had a brief discussion about neuroscience and video games with Henk Rogers of the Tetris company following the 2nd Annual Tetris Championship: