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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Feminists Need to Realize Booth Babes Are a Meritocracy

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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By SF Techie

The E3 game expo has come and gone like a Bay Area prostitute, and once again Social Justice Warriors, the media, and my mom are complaining about one of the most important and innovative parts of the gaming industry: Booth Babes.

This happens every year. It's gotten as predictable as a sexual harassment lawsuit. Which – come on, people – if you can’t threaten to rape someone on Twitter, where can you? It’s like freedom of speech doesn’t mean anything ever since women got it.

If the tech industry and the Sons of the Confederacy agree on one thing, it’s that white males need to be in charge. But just try saying that at a Mission sex party. I thought you people liked being dominated! Isn’t that what the handcuffs are for?

Sometimes I don’t understand this country.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Artist Qinmin Liu Painted a 328-Foot-Long Line of Code at Twitter

Posted By on Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 3:36 PM

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Qinmin Liu
, the biting Dadaist artist known for trading her kidneys for Apple watches and walking across San Francisco in the hopes of establishing some interpersonal connection, is back. Her Coding Project is a roundabout attempt to address the inequities of tech and the mysterious alchemy by which long strings of ones and zeroes become the architecture for modernity (and, by extension, the basis for widening inequality here in San Francisco).

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Displaced by Tech? Sleep in the Tech Museum for $99/Night!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM


For the sake of argument, let’s say you pay $3000 a month in rent. $100 a night to live in your own home is an exorbitant figure that Bay Area residents are growing, um, uncomfortably comfortable with. For good or for ill, one industry in particular gets a lot of the blame for making the housing market become nearly as obscene as the contemporary art market. But that’s not stopping the Tech Museum of Innovation from charging only a little less for a sleepover night called Tucked in @ the Tech. Tens of thousands of Bay Area residents are losing sleep over the cost of housing, after all.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

California's Largest Company Might Surprise You

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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The list — and accompanying map — of largest companies by revenue in each state tells you a little something about each state’s culture. Some are obvious (Michigan’s is General Motors, Arkansas’s is Walmart, Oregon’s is Nike, Nebraska’s is Berkshire Hathaway.)

California’s, you might assume, would be Apple, the tech giant that’s basically the world’s ur-corporation right now. But while the Cupertino-based firm’s market capitalization (i.e., total stock value) is massive, it has a smaller revenue base than a certain oil multinational based in San Ramon: Chevron.

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Gray Area Festival Asks If We're in a New Renaissance

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2015 at 8:00 AM

  • Benjamin Wachs
What if we held a Renaissance and nobody knew about it?

The exhibits and discussions at the Gray Area Foundation’s Gray Area Festival this past weekend raised the question of whether we’d even know a new Renaissance if it strapped a biometric sensor to our heads.

It’s hard to know exactly what we’re looking at: As panelists pointed out, the very term “digital art” now encompasses so many different things — from the glorious Bot & Dolly demo of surface mapping images to moving objects, to Evan Roth’s sprawling Internet Cache Self Portrait, to GMUNK’s visual remix of the Adobe logo – that the term is essentially useless.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Dating App "The Grade" Grades Its Users, Eliminates Users With Low Grades

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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Ever since the first time I downloaded — and, consequently, was disappointed by — a dating app, I've been saying there should be a dating app with a Yelp-like feature so that users can "review" other users. I thought that if each person's profile was reviewed by other users who had talked to them, then awkward, unsavory, or just plan irritating dating app interactions would happen much less frequently.

The new(-ish) dating app The Grade has answered my prayers. 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Robots Set to Collide at BattleBots 2015 Championship

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2015 at 3:00 PM

Ray Billings used to teach computer networking at an adult college – now he fights robots.

Billing’s boss was interested in BattleBots, recording the TV show and bringing it to work for the two to watch in-between classes in his office. The duo planned to build a robot together but life got in the way for Billing’s superior.

“But the seed was firmly planted in me,” Billings said. “It’s turned into a really great father-son project between me and my son.”

Billings has built over 50 different combat robots throughout the years, but is most well-known for Last Rights, a heavyweight-classed robot that competed at the RoboGames and ComBots Cup, two events that have been held in the San Francisco area for the last 10 years.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Best of SFIFF: Douglas Trumbull's State of Cinema Address

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 4:00 PM

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On Sunday, May 3, Douglas Trumbull gave the mostly-annual State of Cinema Address at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival. I say "mostly" because there wasn't one last year, for whatever reason; perhaps it's because everyone was still recovering from Steven Soderbergh's now-legendary 2013 speech in which he solidly eviscerated the studio system. Trumbull played a couple clips from Soderbergh's speech (the entirety of which you can read or watch at your leisure, and you should), but this year's speech went in a different, more gloriously gear-headed direction.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Uber Goes Kozmo?

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 5:01 PM


If you haven’t heeded the warnings that the tech bubble is in fact a very bloated bubble, tumescent with a toxic gas that will kill all of Silicon Valley’s unicorns, well, here’s some proof that it’s basically 1999 all over again.

Uber is planning a delivery program. It’s arguably not entirely different from Amazon Prime or Google Express, but with overtones of luxury that harken back to the days of (which was the toast of my dorm at NYU). It differs from Kozmo in that delivery is not free, of course. Ride-sharing won't lead to merch-sharing, people.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Startup Culture Can't Get More Frivolous Than Tittygram

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Just when you thought start-ups couldn’t get any more frivolous than giving awards to a housekeeping app that organizes your other housekeeping apps, they throw some rank sexism into the mix. For $9.95, a Moscow-based company called Tittygram will send a buxom woman with a message written across her breasts. (A $29.95 “business” version includes the model of your choice and a keepsake hi-res photo without a watermark.)

Although the video doesn’t make it explicit, you aren’t restricted to Cyrillic script, but do mind that 35-character limit. (Keeping things to one-quarter of a tweet sounds like a guarantee that only the raunchiest of remarks will ever get sent, so if you wanted to send your significant other the sonnets of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, rent a skywriter.)

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