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Thursday, September 1, 2011

BAM Magazine Is Coming Back -- As a Website

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 5:13 PM

BAM's July 7, 1978 issue
  • BAM's July 7, 1978 issue

Remember BAM? If you followed By Area music between, oh, 1976 and 1999, you probably read it all the time. And if you didn't, you'll get a chance to -- there's a revived version coming to the web in a couple of weeks.

Some background: BAM was a free biweekly print mag focusing on Bay Area music (hence the title) and later the state as a whole. Along with club and concert listings, it carried features and reviews on mostly rock and pop, but with some other genres thrown in. In the '80s, the publication expanded to Southern California -- publishing two separate editions -- and reached a circulation high of 130,000 (if Wikipedia, citing a Chronicle story we can't find, is to be believed.)

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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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Monday, December 7, 2009

Tech Scene Rickroll: Then the Internet Ate Itself, and Exploded.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 7, 2009 at 5:42 PM

We've been discussing the emergence of a new species of meta-nerd here at; as this Paste Magazine infographic demonstrates, being cool in late 2009 means donning your "Three Memes One Shirt" shirt to work, interrupting your co-workers with "Im'ma let you finish ...," and/or buying your family Christmas ornaments replete with ironic Twitter #hashtags, all signifiers that you too have heard about the Internet and you are down with it.

Perhaps a tipping point of this pop cultural thrust towards Meta-meta or "Super-sonic Meta" nerdiness happened this Friday at an all-technology "#web2hos vs #web2bros" Karaoke event in San Francisco, where key members of the online press and S.F. tech scene including Techcrunch bloggers MG Siegler and Jason Kincaid, Pandora CTO Tom Conrad, CNET reporter Carolyn McCarthy, Former Imeemer Steve Jang, MTV's Maya Baratz, Insidefacebook's Eric Eldon, Microsoft's Jacob Mullins and ourselves got Rickrolled by the song line-up. Video evidence below.

You can follow more of our nerdventures at @alexiatsotsis and @sfweekly.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tweeting From the Future: How to Make a Tweet Link to Itself

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 7:33 PM

We saw this in Techmeme CEO Gabe Rivera's Twitter stream a while back and were puzzled and downright confused; his infi-tweet was so meta it hurts. Our first inclination was to believe that Gabe had someone at Twitter set up the nerd magic trick for him, something along the lines of predicting the URL of his next tweet so he could tweet from the future, as it were.

And so we let it go. But when our co-worker thought we had sent her a lengthened link to the homepage this morning, we were reminded of this Ouroboros-inspired tweet and set out to solve it. Our process, below:

1. Hit up a URL shortener site that allows you to customize URL like and Tinyurl. In this case we used Tinyurl because it seemed easiest.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

Legacy Locker: Death Goes Digital

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 4:54 PM


Death goes mobile. - (CREDIT: ESHOPAFRICA.COM)
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We spend a lot of time protecting our online identity; namely, making sure our passwords are secure so nobody can hack our accounts. (Hey you, maybe it's time to chuck that Post-it with all of your passwords written on it. You'll thank us later.) But what happens when you actually NEED to let others have access to your accounts? Namely, what happens to your online identity and assets when you log off for the final time? A San Francisco-based business,, is helping you tackle this most morbid - yet

important - of subjects.

When we make a will, we ensure that our physical assets are

accounted for. Houses, cars, bank accounts, offspring. Tangible parts of our

lives that will need tending to when we're no longer around to do it ourselves.

But with much of our life now happening online, many people are overlooking a

huge part of their assets: their digital ones.

Legacy Locker aims to make this easy, by transferring your login

credentials to your named beneficiaries in the event of your death. You can

choose who would receive access to each account; perhaps you send your spouse

your eBay information but your work passwords to your colleague. And it's not

only online services; you can also keep encrypted versions of important

documents - such as stock certificates, the deed to your house, contracts, and even

a "Legacy Letter" or video to your loved ones - safeguarded to be sent to your

beneficiaries posthumously. Because you always have access to this information,

this service doubles as an easy way to keep a safe copy of your personal

artifacts, such as your ID or credit cards, for quick access should they get

lost or stolen. For those of us prone to 'misplacing' our wallets, this feature

is worth the $30/year (or $300 for a lifetime account) price tag alone.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Flux Summit Brings Together Electronic Music Industry Pros

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 11:44 AM


Tomorrow's Flux Summit promises to be a watershed event for SF's electronic music scene. Held at Pyramind Studios, it's an industry mixer, panel discussion, and music review session all rolled into one. The inaugural event in what could be an annual happening, the Flux Summit will address a hot topic: "21st Century PR for Independent Labels and Artists," moderated by Tomas Palermo, Managing Editor of WireTap magazine and KUSF DJ. According to the press release, "The discussion will cover effective marketing and promotion campaigns, online tools, how to engage media outlets, what methods are relevant these days, and what a decent campaign should cost. The discussion will also touch on digital promo servicing, web presence, social networks as well as the differences between doing PR independently and using professional services." The Flux Summit also includes a music review session run by TestPress and software demos by PreSonus . Best of all, the Flux Summit is free to attend, though an RSVP is required. Click here to register.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Lovemakers' Big Score

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Who's Makin' Love?: The Lovemakers
  • Who's Makin' Love?: The Lovemakers

Oakland indie-pop darlings and double-entendre addicts The Lovemakers hit the jackpot when their new single "Love is Dead" registered more than 400,000 digital downloads on iTunes -- in just one week. With numbers like that, who needs brick-and-mortar retailers, major-label infrastructure, or commercial radio? The new Lovemakers album, Let's Be Friends, was released in physical form yesterday (September 15). Listen to the entire CD online here .

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Monday, August 31, 2009

TwestivalSF is Coming Up: Venue Announced Today

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Do you like Twitter? How about charity? And booze - you love booze, don't you? Have I got the event for you! On September 11th a "tweet-up" (ugh) for charity (yay!) begins at 8pm, lasting until the wee small hours of the morning - or 1am - whichever comes first.

The original Twestival (held on February 12th of this year) was a global affair with 202 cities participating. September's event brings Twestival local and has been organized almost exclusively online and through Twitter. 100% of the proceeds will go to Operation Smile - an organization founded to help children born with cleft palates get the surgery they need and can't afford.

Although there are lots of details about the event at the TwestivalSF website, I personally found the page to be the most accessible and concise of the two, although the whereabouts of the space were mysteriously NOT LISTED.

Appropriately enough, I turned to Twitter for the answer to this question and received this @reply from TwestivalSF's coordinator Krystyl.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Serious About Your Social Media? Watch This Show

Posted By on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 3:04 PM

While most of us live on the outskirts of the social media landscape, tweeting the occasional brain fart and using facebook to update our relationship status, there are a select few who choose to take their engagement with the networks that be to a whole new level. For those special people who throw a fit when Twitter is down for five minutes, who get most of their news from the front page of fark or reddit or digg (and obsessively watch their "digg status" rise on the Top 1000 list), there is now a new place to rub virtual elbows with like-minded folk and maybe learn a thing or three.

We speak of the Social Blade Show, which, as of tonight, will be in its fifth week. The show is loosely divvied up into sections in which social media stories of the week are dissected and knowledge is gleaned from the guest of the week. It's largely interactive, with visitors and hosts dropping comments into a chat room below the live stream.

California resident and show host JD Rucker (also a social media powerhouse - just check out the links on his profile) took some time to chat with us about the Social Blade Show - which runs Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. Pacific.

Whose idea was the Social Blade Show? How did that get started? (And for the digg n00bs in the house, where did the name come from?)

JD: Patrick Parise wanted to do a show. We talked about it and decided that the best niche for our "skills and opinions" was social media. Patricks' a killer Digg user three times over and I dangle my own wares on Digg, Twitter, Facebook, StumbleUpon - basically anywhere that people listen (or at least pretend to listen) to what we have to offer.

The name was one that Urgo and I came up with almost two years ago. The idea is that the site "slices through" the data flowing through the front pages of social news sites. Digg is the primary (well, only) site that it focuses on for now, but I'm sure it will eventually cover every social media site in existence. There's three or four, last time I checked.

Is the show too inside-baseball? Will a regular Joe who diggs or stumbles the occasional story and uses facebook now and then feel lost watching it?
JD: The show definitely caters to the heavy users of social media, but the topics can have a general appeal. Viewers who know nothing about social media other than "I've heard of that tweeter and facespace thing, but I don't know much about them" will still be able to benefit from the "insider knowledge" they can gain. We don't discuss advanced strategies or topics, as those discussions are saved for those of us in the "Evil Social Media Power User Fraternity." I can't say much beyond that until the FBI investigation is concluded.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

10 Reasons Sightglass Coffee Has Not Returned My Emails

Posted By on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Image Source: Juliale on Flickr

I have been trying to get someone from Sightglass Coffee (270 Seventh Street @ Folsom) to talk to me for well over a month now - to no avail. Who does a person have to touch inappropriately to get in contact with these guys? 

Sightglass, according to Twitter, appears to be the darling of the SOMA/web 2.0 set  - frequented by the likes of Kevin Rose, Jack Dorsey, and Alex Payne. My guess is the owners are friends of these internet superstars. They even have their own Flickr group (Sightglass be all cloud computing and s**t)! I haven't had a chance to get down to the space in person because I'm a tech blogger and I don't get out of my pajamas for less than 6,000,000 hits a day, but from the pics it looks great with marbled cement floors, shiny expensive machinery, and the requisite exposed brick of all 2.0 ventures. It appears to be everything a Twitter/Digg clientele would want in a schmancy coffee shop. Unfortunately, they must have placed some sort of Kiala Kazebee embargo on the place because, as I stated before, no one will get back to me. Therefore, in lieu of a proper interview, I've created a list of possible reasons the Sightglass people continue to shun me.

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