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 the phrase “Twitter Flight School” appeared in my feed this morning, I wondered if the company was somehow going to teach me to pilot an airliner. But, alas, it turned out to be just an online tutorial teaching marketers how to use Twitter. Or, more accurately, a gauntlet of blandly comforting, if distinctly plying, materials trying to convince marketers to use Twitter.
Twitter, you may recall, is in a funk, with gloomy investors casting disappointed looks over growth reports, like so many disapproving in-laws. The flight school is a gimmick the company threw at marketing agencies a few years ago, and either because it worked or because you’ll try anything once when you’re taking on water (could go either way), now anybody can “enroll.”
Marketing to marketers is surely a violation of the old “don’t con a con man” principle, but let’s give this thing a fair shake. I chose the “Executive Flight Path,” because it sounded like the closest I’d come to flying business class this year.
What follows is a series of exemplar Tweets from celebrities and Twitter employees, accompanied by slogans that hurl at you like fastballs from a pitching machine, with arguably the same result on your cognitive capacity. Examples:
The clock is ticking, and those tower-sized Super Bowl ads downtown are coming down...sort of. City officials did a double-take when the huger-than-huge Verizon and VISA billboards appeared on the sides of Embarcadero Four and One Market Street, respectively. If they’re not gone by 5 p.m. today, subpoenas will fly.
According to the city attorney, at least the Verizon ad is illegal twice over. First, it’s a violation of Article 6 of the planning code, a venerable 1965-era law that says you’re only allowed to put a giant sign on the side of your building if it’s advertising the businesses in that building. On top of that, voters passed a law in 2002 barring new billboards. City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s complaint letter to Verizon spells it out:
Last night, Tesla debuted its new $130K Model X — an electric SUV with self-opening gull-wing doors, a bioweapon defense button, and other bells and whistles that have tech gawkers calling this thing a computer with tires. Two years in the making, the car has generated a lot of hype, but its big unveiling last night near the Tesla factory in Fremont left some people pretty pissed off.
Yuri Milner, a Russian billionaire and tech entrepreneur, announced today that he’s donating $100 million to a 10-year international effort led by UC Berkeley to make contact with extraterrestrial life. As theChronicle reports, Berkeley has a major Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) project at its Science Space Laboratory.
Ellen Pao’s resignation today as interim CEO of Reddit marks the sorry end to a saga of sexism and racism that, by now, is a familiar one in tech. In an interview quoted by The New York Times, Pao described her reasons for leaving as creative and strategic differences with Reddit’s board, but last week’s raucous insurrection from Reddit users and moderators almost certainly played a part.
The cost of doing business in San Francisco, like the cost of everything else, is unforgiving. According to theSan Francisco Business Times, a city report released last fall showed an 884 percent increase in business closures and relocations, with much of the turnover affecting nonprofits and so-called “legacy businesses.” Indeed, some of the city’s most vibrant outposts — including Esta Noche and the Lexington Club — have shuttered in the past few years, leaving a vacuum in the city’s cultural life.
Supervisor David Campos has a plan to stanch the bloodletting. Per the Business Times, Campos and three other supes have endorsed a ballot initiative to establish a city fund for historic businesses. This follows the board’s unanimous decision last year to designate up to 300 businesses per year as “cultural assets,” meaning they’ve operated for at least 30 years and play a vital role in their neighborhoods.
The legacy fund will pay $500-per-employee grants to qualifying businesses, while landlords will get $4.50 per square foot (up to a max annual grant of $22,500) if they offer legacy businesses a 10-year lease. Campos told the Business Times that 3,000 businesses may be eligible for the fund and estimated the cost of the program at $3 million per year.
This is welcome news for small business owners facing untenable rent hikes. Earlier this year, Jeffrey’s Toys, which had operated in the city for 45 years, was forced to close up shop after being told its rent could jump to $40,000 per month. And the flight of nonprofits out of the city to Oakland and other cities in the Bay Area as rents rise continues apace. In November, Bloomberg quoted a city report indicating that nearly 2,000 nonprofits (one-quarter of the city’s total) had to decamp or shut down between 2011 and 2013.
It seems just a matter of time before even franchises can’t afford to stay afloat in San Francisco. According to CBS 5, at least three McDonald’s locations have closed recently. It’s a cutthroat situation that mirrors New York’s, where cracks have started to appear in Starbucks’s stranglehold on real estate — some stores are downsizing rather than pay astronomical leases.
Campos told the Business Times that the legacy fund he’s proposing would be the first of its kind in the country. “We helped Twitter, why not help these businesses that have truly given character to these neighborhoods?” he added.
Your World Champion Giants are in the market for ushers, Fan Lot attendants, events staff, recycling center workers, maintenance employees, field crew, and a third baseman. Each position comes with surprisingly detailed requirements. If a career in ballpark service sounds appetizing, check out these stipulations:
Cannabis connoisseurs rejoice, there's now a new weed delivery option catered exclusively to you. San Francisco-based Marvina is a new marijuana delivery service in the city, but with a twist: It aims to deliver a mix of new top-shelf strains every month, hand-selected for customers.
“It’s like when you’re in the grocery store at the wine aisle; we didn’t know what to do,” Marvina co-founder Dane Pieri told OZY.com. Picking the right strain from a budtender brought an intimidation factor, leading to the foundation of Marvina as a way to educate amateur stoners on the best strains out there.
San Francisco's bid to host the 2024 Olympics remains a divisive issue at home, even as Mayor Ed Lee, Giants CEO Larry Baer, and venture capitalist Steve Strandberg gear up to make their pitch in Redwood City.
They'll be sparring with mayors from Los Angeles, Boston, and Washington, D.C. for the honor, which might not be that daunting. Boston's anti-Olympics bloc has already hired TaskRabbits to hold a banner decrying their city's Olympic effort. Opponents have also created a fervid No Boston Olympics Twitter feed to promote their cause. D.C., meanwhile, seems like a lost cause, according to local blogger SFCitizen.
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.'"