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
When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
However, Schofield does know penises. He manned a booth at the recent Folsom Street Fair explaining the practice of foreskin reconstruction, and was happy to describe the procedure to us.
"It involves stretching the skin to cover the glans of the
penis," he said. "Once the
skin is lengthened, the head of the penis becomes more sensitive.
There's a process called keratinization, the thickening of the tissue on
the head of the penis, to protect it. Once the foreskin is restored
enough, the tissue becomes -- it's actually mucous tissue -- and it becomes
more moist, more sensitive, and more natural, and more normal.
Apparently, there's more sensitivity there."
As in, Schofield has no firsthand knowledge? For the first time in 20
years of journalism, I was compelled to ask an interview subject about
his penis. Did he have the procedure done himself?
"This is not about me personally. I don't want to talk about my penis, frankly," he said.
don't usually want to talk about interview subjects' penises either.
But this is a germane issue concerning the backer of a drive to get a
circumcision ban on the ballot, don't you think?
sure everybody thinks this is germane and their business, but I want
the focus to be the issue, and not me. People say, 'Oh, he's
uncircumcised and he wants everyone else that way,'" he said.
Hmm. No, I hadn't thought of that. What do you mean?
must think he's uncircumcised, and it's so ugly. And it's only because
he has an ugly penis that he wants to do this. But I'm not embarrassed.
I'm not ashamed," he said.
I wasn't aware some people thought uncircumcised penises were ugly.
yes, in the U.S. there's a stigma, and it's against intact men," he
explained. "Just look at blogs. It seems like people only feel comfortable
with what they're used to, and I do feel there is way that intact men
are stigmatized. I think it's unfortunate people should be stigmatized
one way or another."
I hadn't read blogs that said uncircumcised penises were ugly. Is this common?
very much so. It's social pressure. It's understandable, if everybody
is one sway, and somebody is a little different, that person is singled
out," he said.
Schofield said prejudice against uncircumcised men is so acceptable that Hollywood celebrities espouse it.
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.'"