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
For someone who lives in the downtown corridor — all right, the Tenderloin — the idea of going to Ocean Beach for pizza is rife with potential pratfalls: high Uber fares, lengthy Muni trips, ever-present fog, jet lag.
Meet Sohaib Athar. Until very recently, he had quietly used Twitter to tell about his life as an IT consultant living in Pakistan under the name @ReallyVirtual. On early Sunday morning, however, he seemingly (and unknowingly) Tweeted the assassination of Osama bin Laden, as it happened, in Abbottabad, starting with this soon-to-be-famous Tweet: "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)."
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The timeline seems to match up exactly with events as they have been reported in multiple outlets. Four helicopters, reportedly under the command of a Navy SEAL surgical strike team, raided a compound in the small, wealthy suburb of Abbottabad early this morning. One of the helicopters was reportedly damaged by enemy gunfire. According to a statement by President Barack Obama this evening, Osama bin Laden was killed after a firefight with U.S. operatives.
You can see Athar's full Twitter feed since this morning, as he learns about the death of bin Laden, what he witnessed, and his own sudden fame. "Uh oh," he writes, "now I'm the guy who liveblogged the Osama raid without knowing it."
Thus far he seems to be remaining level-headed. "I am JUST a tweeter, awake at the time of the crash," he wrote. "Not many twitter users in Abbottabad, these guys are more into facebook. That's all."
UPDATE, 10:08 AM: Athar, after sleeping briefly, seems to be turning into something of a nexus of news about the Osama bin Laden raid. He just posted the following YouTube video on his Twitter feed, showing Osama bin Laden's hideout.
His here is full Twitter feed, in reverse chronological order, from the time of the helicopter raid onward until early Monday morning, Pakistan time:
I guess an 'is now following you' GMail filter is the next logical step
Mon May 02 06:47:15 +0000 2011
For the people who are trying to email me to reach me, I simply can't filter out the notifications from the emails :-(
Mon May 02 06:33:15 +0000 2011
Interesting, I didn't think my name would trend on twtter before releasing a couple of rock albums and a few award-winning software....
Mon May 02 06:25:34 +0000 2011
@saidation D saidation People don't use twitter here, hence they don't realize the attention they're getting. Ignorance is bliss.
Mon May 02 06:08:31 +0000 2011
@ahmedbilal Yea now I'm waiting for the bounty money ;-)
Mon May 02 06:03:06 +0000 2011
@ahmedbilal I am working. On the PC. The coffeeshop staff can't reach here due to traffic blocks, so tell me how I can manage that? lol
Mon May 02 06:02:29 +0000 2011
It is a good thing my blog server is infected with malware today, I guess :-/
Mon May 02 06:01:12 +0000 2011
@ahmedbilal nah, can't handle the rush at the moment ;-)
Mon May 02 06:00:18 +0000 2011
@ExecSkelton I was at least 2-3 km away from that area. Planning to stay alive, if they let me live, lol.
Mon May 02 05:59:01 +0000 2011
I am JUST a tweeter, awake at the time of the crash. Not many twitter users in Abbottabad, these guys are more into facebook. That's all.
Mon May 02 05:57:46 +0000 2011
@sabahat24 Irony follows me everywhere I go :-/
Mon May 02 05:54:47 +0000 2011
@bweixlmann Thanks for the concern, I'm alive so far :-)
Mon May 02 05:52:46 +0000 2011
@saidation People who dream about twitter follower counts need a shrink, seriously
Mon May 02 05:50:54 +0000 2011
And the big question is - now that OBL does not live in Abbottabad, is it open to terrorist attacks too?
Mon May 02 05:49:52 +0000 2011
The shopping plaza I'm in is almost entirely closed, probably mainly because the traffic is blocked in a few places
Mon May 02 05:47:58 +0000 2011
Uh oh, time to log out of Skype, this is insane
Mon May 02 05:46:29 +0000 2011
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.'"