When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
Guys, don't buy monkeys. I know everybody wants to, we can't help it. I used to make up names for my future monkey and draw the awesome matching outfits we'd wear. But monkeys shouldn't be pets! Let's learn from Joey's story (btdubs, I think I love Stephen Fry, is that weird? Or is it like wanting a pet monkey and you just can't help it?):
Are you totally over the Fourth of July? I'm not! So check out this frozen Fourth of July cake from Bitter Sweet Blog. The cake part is red velvet--isn't everyone obsessed with red velvet cake? Remember when it was tacky? How times have changed. I'm hoping slap bracelets come back next. I'll tell you what's never going out of style: ice cream cake. It's just the awesomest, right? If your parents got you an ice cream cake for your bday when you were little, that was love. Imagine if they made you this sexy number!:
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NFL-player Arian Foster has adopted a vegan diet! People are giving him crap about it because, you know, veganism is for sissies. Hey! I don't make the rules! JK, veganism is totally going macho. I guess NFL fans aren't hip to that yet.
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This is kind of early, but you know me! Always planning ahead! Plus, if I don't tell you now, I might forget. But this September, Animal Place in Grass Valley, CA is hosting their 2nd annual Music in the Meadow celebration! It sounds super cool. There's going to be live music, vendors, vegan food, a silent auction, and you can visit the animals on their 600 acre property! You get to meet pigs! OMG PIGS! There are still places for vendors and if you want to attend, you get some kind of swag bag if you pre-order tickets. There's not much in the world I love more than swag bags and pigs.
The Washington Post has another interesting story from Taiwan. A young photographer has dedicated his time to documenting the last moments in the lives of shelter dogs destined for euthanasia in a Taiwan animal shelter. He says his goal is that "these images will arouse the viewers to contemplate and feel for these unfortunate lives, and understand the inhumanity we the society are putting them through." Intense.
Alright, not to go all Tiger Beat on you but EEEEEK! To raise money for his animal shelter project, Ian Somerhalder is auctioning off a date for one lucky/nutty bidder! The bids are up to $6,750 as of this morning. Now HE is an omni I would date. I find him devastatingly handsome. I want to hit that more than I want to meet pigs or buy a monkey. So, can somebody loan me like ten grand? It's for a good cause!: Upgrading my sexual promiscuity.
Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"