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Friday, July 17, 2015

San Francisco Symphony Performs Back to the Future Score This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 9:29 AM

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Great Scott! It's been 30 years since the characters of Marty McFly and Emmett “Doc” Brown first thrilled audiences on the silver screen in the beloved sci-fi flick Back to the Future — and local fans can celebrate the anniversary with two very special events this weekend in the city. The San Francisco Symphony continues its highly successful film and concert series, where a movie is shown using a unique technology that removes the music soundtrack (leaving the dialogue and other sound) so that the orchestra can perform the score live, all synced up perfectly with the action on screen.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Scientists Think Pop Music is More Depressing Now -- So We Double Checked

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 at 8:10 AM

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According to a couple of sciencey types (named Glenn Schellenberg and Christian Von Scheve), pop music has been getting steadily more depressing over the last 50 years. The pair's study -- published in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts -- analyzed over a thousand Top 40 hits from between 1965 and 2009, and found that the number of slower songs increased over time, as did the number of them songs in minor chords. Here at ASD, we were a little skeptical about the findings, so we decided to do some (not very) scientific research of our own by looking at No. 1 one songs released between 1965 and 2005, all from the last week of August (because it's, like, the last week of August). Here are the stunning results.


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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

We Got Radiohead's Universal Sigh Newspaper in S.F. Did You?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Got it (happy sigh).
  • Got it (happy sigh).
At about 1:30 p.m. today, after 40 minutes of waiting on Mission Street, we were handed a copy of Radiohead's much-ballyhooed newspaper, The Universal Sigh. It's 12 pages, with color on the front, back, and middle. It contains a lot of first-person writing, some Radiohead lyrics from the new King of Limbs album (which came out on vinyl and CD today), and pretty much zero news.

Getting it wasn't hard. When we showed up to 16th and Mission at about 12:45 -- 15 minutes before the distribution time given on the website -- a line stretched  from a random-seeming door on 16th Street around the corner and up Mission Street. Someone in front of us counted the people in line; we were probably 120th from the front. By the time the line started moving about 1:20 p.m., there were about another 50-70 people behind us.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ever Wonder What a Musical Interpretation of Pi Sounds Like?

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM


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In anticipation of March 14th, which is international Pi day (or the ides of March, if you're a Shakespeare fiend), one ambitious nerd/musician by the name of Michael John Blake decided to transpose the first 32 digits of Pi to the musical scales for notes and chords, and then lay down a tune at 157 BPM (which is half of 314). And surprisingly, it worked.

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Play Your Way To Work With MTA.me -- But Where's the SF Muni Version?

Posted By on Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 11:00 AM


Looks like it's gonna be a tough race, but so far Conductor is narrowly edging out Freaky the Scary Snowman for "most weirdly therapeutic random Internet find of the week." A script designed by Alexander Chen -- perhaps you have heard the fetching electro-twee ditties he records as Boy In Static? -- Conductor uses route and schedule data from New York City's subway system to create a pseudo-random string instrument based on a sped-up run of the paths and speeds of its different train lines.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Turns Out Michael Chabon Is a Huge Hip-Hop Nerd

Posted By on Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 12:02 PM

MIchael Chabon, wishing he was bangin' some Wu-Tang
  • MIchael Chabon, wishing he was bangin' some Wu-Tang

If you haven't been obsessively up to date with the world of Internet news,

Bay Area author Michael Chabon has been guest editing the culture section of

The Atlantic's culture blog this week.

The nifty gig also revealed perhaps one of

the lesser known facets of the man -- he's a hip-hop nerd.

Really.


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Friday, August 27, 2010

A Nerdy Love Poem Written Entirely in Song Titles (Pic)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 4:36 PM

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Well, here's our winner for geeky creation of the day. It's a poem written entirely in song titles using Spotify, a music-streaming service we sadly aren't able to use here in the U.S. To appreciate the full ridiculousness without hurting your eyes, read the large version here.

[Geekosystem via Gizmodo]

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pic: S.F. Artist Imagines an Incredible Star Wars Theme Park

Posted By on Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 9:10 AM

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​We won't be among the many Star Wars fans converging in Orange County later this week for Star Wars Celebration V, a fete of all things related to George Lucas' iconic sci-fi franchise. But this image is the first thing that's made us kinda sad about that. San Francisco artist Tom Hodges created this poster of what he calls the "Star Wars Universe Dream Park." Look closely at this -- it's detailed and imaginative enough to be a kick-ass theme park. (Just tell us where to buy a light saber!) Hodges will be selling prints of this at the Star Wars Celebration and doing a live Ustream show on Friday at 6 p.m. in which he'll talk about his other Star Wars-related projects.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Geeks Take a Break from Social Media to Celebrate Social Media

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 11:44 AM

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"Today is Social Media Day! How are you celebrating?" a Twitter user tweeted.

"Refreshing Twitter to see how everyone else is staying at home on Twitter," would have been the predictable answer. Instead, users responded: "Getting a cake." "Heading to Boston tonight." "Watching fireworks."

Sure enough, they intend to carry out these activities not in the virtual Second Life, but in Real Life. Oh, the irony. People finally communicating outside of Facebook to go outside to talk about Facebook.

Mashable, the social media news site that inspired the unofficial Social Media Day, has geeks congregating worldwide to meet with like-minded social media enthusiasts. In San Francisco, locals are invited to social network over drinks at 6 p.m.  We don't need to tell you that you can watch the meetups online, streaming from as far away as Romania, Costa Rica, and India.

The best part about Social Media Day? Coming back home after an exhausting day of conversing and looking people in the eye to discover 50 pending friend requests.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Captains of the Star Trek Enterprise Smackdown: Picard vs. Kirk

Posted By on Sun, Jan 24, 2010 at 3:24 PM

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One of the highlights of this weekend's Star Trek Convention was the unusual appearances of both Sir Patrick Stewart (who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation) and William Shatner (who played Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series), who took to the stage and played BFF's for their fans on Sunday, answering (and in some cases dodging) some of the nerdiest questions known to mankind. Highlights of this Q&A included Shatner threatening a 10 year-old child, and Stewart scolding a crowd member in the front row for eating potato chips too loudly.

The next part of this post has to be prefaced with an important caveat: according to sources very close to the Federation (the interstellar federal government system ... duh), no captains of the same fleet would ever, EVER, fight one another. In the world of Star Trek, according to sources, Captain Picard and Captain Kirk aren't competitors, and no such competition should be encouraged.

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  • BFFs?
That being said, seeing the two on stage together this weekend made the comparison almost impossible to ignore. It didn't help that Shatner kept asking Stewart to put a good word in for him with monarchy in the hopes of being knighted. So SF Weekly decided to conduct a poll of the people who one would assume might make the most informed decisions about all Star Trek-related matters -- trekkies who showed at the convention, of course -- and asked each of them three pressing questions. These are the final results.

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