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Friday, October 2, 2015

SF Weekly Takes a (Pod) Nap

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Peter Lawrence Kane gets comfortable.
  • Peter Lawrence Kane gets comfortable.

I've been having trouble sleeping. 

I could blame work and stress and capitalism and patriarchy, but I think mostly it's due to the bug bites I acquired Sunday night when I gathered a group of local misandrists to worship the Super Blood Moon and cast spells on the patriarchy. (I think we killed it. Go us.) 

My ankles itch. I wake up every couple of hours to run them under freezing cold water in my bathtub and then try to fall asleep again before they regain sensation. This strategy has not been working that well. My ankles still itch. 

So when the deeply unhappy people who spend their time making fun of startups/job creators/innovators/the future on Twitter* turned their attention to DozeSF, a new San Francisco company that offers 25 minutes in a high tech nap pod for $20 a pop, I immediately scheduled one for myself.

And, since everything's more fun if you bring two somewhat reluctant co-workers along, I signed up SF Weekly Arts Editor Peter Lawrence Kane and Music Editor Matt Saincome as well.

Group naps! It's a thing! (DozeSF also has a promotion going on for this, it's first week in business, so our naps were free.)

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Friday, April 24, 2015

You Guys, the Warriors Are on Fiyah!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 8:11 AM

Let us pause from the seemingly endless stream of news and chatter about tech, restaurants, housing costs, and the drought.

If you've lived in San Francisco longer than five minutes, you may know that among the region's major league sports teams, the Golden State Warriors are kind of the freckle-faced step children.

But some of us believe the Warriors are pretty remarkable, and that they have been since they came here from Philadelphia in 1962. They are actually Phoenix-like in their ability to continually rise from the jaws (or ashes) of defeat, a trait much admired in these parts.

While we can't  claim to have been around back in the day when the team first arrived, we were on hand during the '74-'75 season, when former Warriors player-turned-coach Al Attles led the team to an NBA title. Back in that day, we marveled at the swift, sharp athletic ability — and DREAMY EYES — of one Jamaal "Silk"  Wilkes; we gawked, perpetually elated, and yes, surprised at the toughness and precision of Rick Barry.

And during a long, long drought (the bulk of the '80s and '90s), some of us never gave up on the Warriors, even as they sagged along at the rear of the league year after year.

Now they're on a tear. And if you're not paying attention, well, enjoy that craft beer and whichever new app-based frivolity it is that holds your attention for the next ten minutes. We'll just be right here, amped up and riveted by the Warriors' tenacity and creativity in the paint.

Never more so than last night, when the team staged an incredible comeback overtime win against the New Orleans Pelicans in game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs. They surmounted a 20-point deficit with furious rebounding and defensive play — and a heart-stopping 3-pointer by Stephen Curry in the final seconds of the game  — to claim victory.

They're now up 3-0 over the Pelicans in the playoff series.

From The New York Times:

But it was offensive rebounding that was crucial to the Warriors’ latest amazing feat, a 20-point fourth-quarter comeback against the host New Orleans Pelicans late Thursday night.

It was the third biggest fourth-quarter comeback in N.B.A. playoff history

When a team comes from that far back, a lot must go right. Ordinarily, a lot goes wrong for the other team too. But offensively, at least, the Pelicans did not play terribly in the quarter, scoring 19 points, not a horrible total.

And for the first six minutes of the quarter, there were no signs the game was slipping away: the Pelicans still led by 17. But after a dunk by Norris Cole to give New Orleans a 15-point lead with five minutes left, the game turned. The Pelicans made just one field goal and three free throws in the rest of regulation.

And a look at the amazing final minutes, via ESPN:

Warriors Image: Courtesy of Tyson Beck
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Monday, February 23, 2015

BART Cops Help House Homeless Vet

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM

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  • Jack Hanna
Even for all its good, BART gets a bad rap,  whether it's for hellish labor strikes or bacteria-laden seats and escalators coated in human feces. And Vietnam veteran Jack Hanna was once among the crowd of BART haters, but for reasons that had nothing to do with delayed trains.

Hanna spent five years dodging BART police officers as a homeless man who spent nights in the stations. 

Perhaps you recognize Hanna who was a fixture at the Civic Center station over the past few years. You won't see him there anymore. That's because he now has a room in a shelter, thanks to the efforts of BART employees.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday, December 29, 2014

Donations Soar for Window Washer Who Survived 11 Story Fall

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 2:58 PM

A group of window washers in front of the building at California and Montgomery streets where Pedro Perez would fall minutes later Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Coincidentally, the photographer had happened to "start watching these guys setup and get the gear ready hoping for a good photo." - MARCELL TURNER
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  • A group of window washers in front of the building at California and Montgomery streets where Pedro Perez would fall minutes later Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. Coincidentally, the photographer had happened to "start watching these guys setup and get the gear ready hoping for a good photo."

The family of the window washer who survived an 11-story fall from a Financial District building last month has gathered more than $70,000 in donations for its 58-year-old breadwinner, now recovering from life-threatening injuries in a hospital bed.

Pedro Perez, a high-rise window washer from San Leandro, suffered extensive brain trauma, a fractured pelvis, a broken arm and a ruptured artery, after he fell 11 storied onto a car, according to the family's online rehabilitation fund. The car saved his life, but he was "deeply hemorrhaging internally."

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Get Your DVR Ready: This Week, The Simpsons Go to Burning Man

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 7:20 AM


Has Burning Man jumped the shark? First Grover Norquist headed to Black Rock, then the techies stormed the party with fancy private accommodations amounting to nearly $25,000 a person. It seems like everyone wants in on the artistic, free-form festival, and Burners for the most part have not been happy about it. 

But perhaps the newest additions to the Nevada desert gathering will be more welcome: The Simpsons. 

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Best Halloween Costume: Guy Poses As Douchey Dropbox Employee with Permit

Posted By on Fri, Oct 31, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Brandon Nickell in full soccer douche regalia. - TWITTER/M@FACTS

San Francisco's gleeful indignation over the Mission Playground permit fight — in which a small army of tech bros booted a neighborhood pickup soccer game from a park on Valencia Street — has almost subsided. Under intense pressure from local activists, SF Rec & Park rescinded its "pay-to-play" policy; meanwhile, Dropbox tweeted a mea culpa after a viral video of the incident showed one of the company's employees squabbling with Latino teenage soccer players.

"Who gives a shit...about the neighborhood?" the Dropbox guy famously whined. He'd inadvertently delivered a new tech bro credo.

And now he's being resurrected as a Halloween costume in San Francisco, by an artist who's giving the sexy Ebola nurse a run for her money. 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Dark Room Reopens: Bad Movie Night Is Back

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 12:41 PM

After a string of bad luck — broken sound equipment, busted chairs, and a cease-and-desist letter from the owners of the Spamalot franchise — brought the Dark Room's production of Monty Python and the Holy Grail to a screeching halt in May, the theater's owner, Jim Fourniadis, faced a tough choice: buttonhole his loyal donors for yet more money, or temporarily shut the doors.

He chose the latter, and the beloved Mission District art house went dark for two months. But now, Fourniadis says, it's back open. Bad Movie Night has already restarted on Mondays — you can stop by tonight and catch the '70s sci-fi flick Escape from the Planet of the Apes for just $6.99. On Wednesdays local comedian Matt Lieb will host a new weekly showcase called the Tabernacle. (Its predecessor, The Business, migrated to Lost Weekend Video in June.)

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

San Francisco Turns Into Gotham City So 5-Year-Old Cancer Patient Can Be Batkid

Posted By on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 8:27 AM

Miles, a pro super hero - MAKE A WISH
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No BART delay or Muni runaway train is going to ruin tomorrow in San Francisco. The entire city will be transformed into Gotham City for 5-year-old Miles, a leukemia patient whose one wish was to be a crime-fighting super hero -- specifically Batkid.

So the amazing folks over at the Make-A-Wish Foundation are making this wish come true tomorrow. The police chief, Mayor Ed Lee, and the SFMTA, to name a few, will be calling upon "Batkid" to help a troubled San Francisco.

Batkid is going to be really busy tomorrow, and here's why:

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Community Raises Money for Valencia Street Fire Victims Who Are Now Homeless

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 2:10 PM

  • @KristinHanes via Twitter

There are good and kind people in the world, contrary to what you experienced on the highway today. And it's those very people who are rallying to help the 21 victims who were displaced by a massive fire along Valencia Street earlier this week.

Cash has been flowing in via for the residents who lived at 25th and Valencia where multiple flats were destroyed in the Monday afternoon fire. Although everyone was able to get out in time, their lives have been turned upside down; the blaze burned most their possessions and left them homeless.

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