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
Muni To Stop Surprising Riders By Aborting Service Mid-Route
By Matt Smith
on Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM
Muni will end its practice of surprising riders by curtailing service mid-route, according to a new report delivered to the Board of Supervisors. The practice, known in the industry as "short-turn," occurs in response to situations where light-rail trains bunch up because some are behind schedule. In order to avoid a bottleneck in the Muni Metro Tunnel running underneath Market Street, managers and inspectors will sometimes turn a rail car around mid-route, leaving surprised passengers high and dry to wait for the next train.
Under a new policy, Muni won't stop aborting light rail routes. But it will take pains to warn riders that their train will not reach its destination. New practices will include making sure vehicle destination signs display where the train is actually going to end its route -- rather than where it should have gone. Operators will announce to riders when and where they can find a train going to their intended destination. And managers will avoid turning trains around prematurely if there's no train following within five minutes, the report said.
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End of the line
It turns out that "short turning" trains has become more routine as Muni managers struggle to keep the system running as smoothly as possible despite lapses in service. On the N-Judah line alone this year there have been an average of more than one short turn per day, with 378 such aborted trips between January and October on the line connecting the ocean to the bayside ballpark. That's up from 226 aborted N-Judah trips in all of 2009.
On the L-Taraval from downtown to the zoo, 97 trains were turned back early last year. From January to October of 2010, 177 trains turned around early, a "short turn" rate increase of around 100 percent.
Riders have not been happy. According to calls to the city's 311 complaint line, riders stuck on, or waiting for, a "short-turned" train have found themselves late, stuck, or hanging around a scary dark platform not knowing when they'll be able to leave.
The Muni report on the problem sampled some of these 311 calls and cited the following complaints:
Announcements were infrequent and there was little communication between
Operators and customers;
The destinations signs on the LRVs were incorrect;
Two back-to-back trains were switched back;
Customers had to wait too long for the next train;
The T Third Line had too many switched back trains in a row at Third and 23rd
Switching back trains after 10:00 p.m. may be unsafe for waiting customers.
That's what you get for assuming a train's destination is the one appearing on the sign.
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.'"