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
A day without Wikipedia was one thing, but can you imagine your life without Facebook? That's one way to test your allegiance to Anonymous, the online hacktivist group, best known locally for revealing personal information of BART police officers. The group is asking you to set aside your social-networking needs on Jan. 28 to help crash Facebook, in what it hopes will be a massive online protest.
According to a YouTube video released today purportedly by Anonymous, this attack needs to be coordinated at a specific time in order to successfully bring down Facebook's servers. So, the narrator asks that all of you who support this cause, please participate in this planned attack on Jan. 28 at midnight EST. The video narrator kindly gives specific instructions what you need to do.
"An online war has begun between Anonymous, the people, and the
government of the United States," the narrator says, citing SOPA,
PIPA and other perceived threats to Internet rights.
"Do not fear. There is no way you can get
caught. They cannot take down that large of a group."
The video doesn't really make clear why Anonymous is picking on Facebook, but for some reason it associates the Bay Area tech company with the government.
"While it is true that Facebook has at least 60,000 servers, it is still possible to bring it down," according to the video. "Anonymous needs the help of the people, the people who want to take a stand against the government."
Anyway, here's your chance to show Facebook how you really feel about its crappy timeline feature that make public all your old, embarrassing photos.
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.'"