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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Don't Forget to Check Out the Blood Moon

Posted By on Tue, Oct 7, 2014 at 7:36 AM

The Blood Moon of April 14. - PRAYITNO / FLICKR
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  • The Blood Moon of April 14.
Fret not fellow San Franciscans, the Blood Moon that Karl the Fog obscured last April is making a comeback on Wednesday when the Earth passes between the sun and moon, casting a shadow that produces a reddish-orange moon.

The second Blood Moon of the year, whose rare and recent rapid succession of appearance is slated to continue two more times next year in six month intervals, will return at 3:25 a.m. Oct. 8 and lasts for about an hour.

So this should give you insomniacs something to look forward to.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Videos Shows Gentrification of San Francisco in 1963

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Road beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, circa 1963 - YOUTUBE/BRITISH PATHE
San Francisco inthe '60s hardly resembled the city we see now. Affluent bros weren't gliding through the Tenderloin on electric-powered skateboards; Market Street wasn't glittering with high-rise luxury condos or Michelin-starred eateries.

Old-fashioned lampposts and marquees for the Fred Astaire Dance Studio still lit up the city's downtown corridor, and residents could still buy vegetables at the wholesale produce market area.

And yet, as one 1963 newsreel on the "Changing Face of San Francisco" warned, the city was about to undergo a drastic remodel.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Next Great Phone Innovation: The iCup

Posted By on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Steve Wozniak beta-tests the iCup.
  • Steve Wozniak beta-tests the iCup.
"We have created something so simple, that it is going to revolutionize the way we communicate," an iCups spokesman announces in a promotional video for a new bit of smartphone gadgetry: two paper cups linked together by a piece of 64-inch craft string.

Created by comedian-turned-entrepreneur Magdim Mukhametshin, the iCup is a fabulously simple bit of engineering: lightweight, battery-free, designed with high-quality paper and an adjustable chord (32 inches for "intimate" conversations; 128 inches for long distance).

Now Mukhametshin is hawking his iCups on Kickstarter, assuring that with $10,000 in crowd-sourced seed money, he can bring this piece of junk to the masses.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

S.F. Music Venues Use New Technology to Disable Cellphones at Shows

Posted By on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Now you can act like a drunk fool without any worry - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Now you can act like a drunk fool without any worry
Whether you know it or not, you're probably the subject, if not the background, of one too many images and videos shot by strangers via smartphone at concerts and other public places. 

If you're really unlucky, those images and videos have been uploaded somewhere for the world to witness. If that bothers you a bit, keep reading.

A new piece of technology has arrived in San Francisco which makes it impossible now for strangers to snap photos and record videos of you in designated spaces. Dubbed "Yondr", the easy-to-use technology is already making its rounds in various venues in San Francisco and Oakland, including the Stork Club in the Uptown.  

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Monday, September 22, 2014

San Francisco Is Crowdsourcing Ideas for a New Market Street

Posted By on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Theater hot spot. Redlight district. Line of boarded-up buildings and squats. Aspiring Champs-Elysees or 42nd Street. Tax-dodging tech corridor. Newly rejuvenated arts artery. Intersection point for so many battles over demography, redevelopment, and ultimately, the soul of San Francisco.

It seems the only thing that's consistent about Market Street is that it's consistently being reimagined, fraught with new symbolism, and transformed to fit whatever current vision the city has for itself. In 2005, San Francisco's Redevelopment Agency tried to rehabilitate the area by using eminent domain to convert vacant properties into affordable housing or retail; the plan flopped. In 2009, real estate mogul David P. Addington introduced an abortive ballot measure to put billboards on the properties between Fifth and Seventh streets. And in 2010, then-Mayor Gavin Newsom smugly acknowledged that Market Street "is not the Champs-Elysees," though he pledged to keep working at it.

Now, the Mayor's Office is asking residents for more ideas for the ever-changing corridor. Next year, the city will host its first Market Street Prototyping Festival, featuring installations that depict new visions for Market Street, all along the city's sidewalks. Urban designers have until October 10 to submit their proposals and compete for funding and workspace that might bring their ideas to fruition.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Intense Solar Storm Headed Toward Earth

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM

A temperate Indian summer may have settled into the Bay Area, but evidently huge storms are brewing in outer space. 

And now, they're headed toward Earth. 

No, this isn't the beginning of a low-budget sci-fi film. In the last two days, the sun has emitted two bursts of radiation called coronal mass ejections (CME)s, both associated with solar flares — the most intense types of explosions in the solar system. According to NASA, the second flare is an X1.6 class.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tenderloin Sign Featuring Hooker in High Heels Is Now Public Domain

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 3:03 PM

"I fucking love this," a Reddit commenter gushes, appraising the not-so-new, but recently resurrected Tenderloin District sign by user badmonkey0001.

Blogger SF Citizen wholeheartedly agrees: "Bro was on when he made this one."

Designed in 2005, the sign was intended as a parody of the Japan Town signs that dot Van Ness Avenue, albeit with the logo switched from a Peace pagoda to a high-heeled hooker, and the Kanji script switched to graffiti letters. ("Da TL" is the proper translation of "Tenderloin," badmonkey insists).

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Dick Runner: Q&A with Claire Wyckoff, the San Francisco Woman Who Draws Dicks With Nike+

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Why yes, that is a giant dick over Cole Valley; and it took runner, and San Francisco resident, Claire Wyckoff just a hair over 48 minutes to create. Using Nike+ to create art out of her runs, she's been posting the masterpieces to her blog: Running Drawing. Her works of running art include Space Invader, Slimer from Ghostbusters, and everyone's favorite: dicks. Her Instagram account says she's "just trying to save the world."

SF Weekly recently caught up with Wyckoff to discuss her process, aspirations and whether life dick-tates art, or art dick-tates life.   

How long have you been running?

I’ve been running off and on for the last 10 years. I run more when I feel fat. Less when I don’t feel fat. 

Why do you draw shapes when you run?

It just seemed funny. And I think there’s something great about using things for the opposite of what they were intended for. I don’t think Nike intended for dicks. That’s funny to me. 

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Stand Up: A New Way For Women To Pee On The Go (Or at Outside Lands)

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 8:22 AM

When you gotta go, you go girl. - STAND UP
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  • When you gotta go, you go girl.
Outside Lands is this weekend and that means lots of food, drinks, and music — it also means waiting in line for hours at a time to use the bathroom. Even if you do manage to get a stall, you quickly find that they are cesspools of filth that no one in their right mind would want to sit down in unless they have to.

Luckily, one San Francisco entrepreneur has found a solution. It's called the Stand-Up, and its a cone-shaped "peeing accessory" for the ladies.  Founder, Sara "Queen Pee" Grossman created the device, er, umm, "accessory," (she says devices are utilitarian instruments, while accessories are expressions of choice and fun) so that women can keep their distance from toilet seats.

"There’s just no winning when it comes to squat-peeing, which is why I invented the Stand Up," says Grossman, who debuted the device earlier this year. "I believe women can have a hygienic and dignified peeing experience if they so choose."

The Stand Up is disposable, biodegradable and it easily either fits in a purse or a pocket. It's made of a gloss-finished card stock. When folded, the discrete object looks like a pink triangle and stands 4 by 4.5 inches.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Look at These Blue Sea Creatures That Popped Up at Ocean Beach

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:26 PM

That's the thing about Facebook — it let's you experience the beach even on days you're not lucky enough to go. Alas, we're guessing we were typing away at our desk when these blue beauties were spotted at Ocean Beach this week.

Lucky for us, a beach-goer snapped a photo for us to enjoy. Unsure what these animals could be, we inquired further, and experts at the Monterey Bay Aquarium confirmed that they are Velella, also known as "purple sails" or "sea rafts."

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