Ski San Francisco
. Ski wax company trucks a bunch of snow into SF, dumps it on Fillmore St., skiers and snowboarders get air while others take pictures.
posted by planetkyoto
on Sep 30, 2005 -
For lovers of the hard-boiled crime story, life began with the black bird.
It's a tale of greed and a wisecracking gumshoe. The femme fatale is a liar. The object of the hero's search is a statuette of a falcon. Published exactly 75 years ago
on Valentine's Day, Dashiell Hammett
's private-eye novel "The Maltese Falcon
"' immediately won critical acclaim. And when it was made into a 1941 movie
starring Humphrey Bogart
, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre (and directed by a rookie
), Hammett's story found a worldwide
audience and his hero, Sam Spade
, became a household name. Now
, three-quarters of a century later, that's still the case
. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Feb 14, 2005 -
- Jon Sung takes us on a magical journey through San Francisco, and its many fluffy dogs.
posted by Simon!
on Jan 23, 2005 -
If you are an American consumer
and live in the Bay Area
, the TiVo company on Friday will give away
40GB Series 2 recorders to Comcast customers who bring their cable bill and a gift for The Family Giving Tree charity to TiVo headquarters in Alviso, Calif. The giveaway will last from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until they run out of units, and will be limited to one recorder per household.
posted by Mean Mr. Bucket
on Dec 16, 2004 -
Due to temporary budget shortfalls, I find myself spending my Saturdays elbow deep in breadmaking. Sourdough
bread is perhaps one of the most primal forms of bread relying an an artificial ecosystem of hundreds of different bacteria and yeasts
to digest grain flours and produce gas. The souring of the dough has complex effects
on the flavor of the resulting bread and is necessary for low-protein flours such as rye. Free starter cultures can be obtained from the friends of Carl
who continue his tradition of mailing his culture to anyone who sent a self-addressed stamped envelope. You can buy cultures from around the world,
but if you want to live dangerously, you can cultivate your own by just using a mixture of flour and water relying on microbial flora growing on the flour. Sourdough in some ways puts the art of hacking back into breadmaking
because it requires a deeper understanding of what is going on beyond just throwing a set of dry and wet ingredients into a bread machine.
Which could explain why I'm still lucky to get something other than a brick. But like beermaking, the DIY satisfaction makes up for many flaws in the final product. (And on final edit, I can't get away with making this post without the obligatory link to the sourdough faqs.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Jul 3, 2004 -
Chicken John is quitting!
(SanFranciscoFilter) It looks like the Odeon
is looking for new management. Does this mean the end of good/bad/scary performance art in SF, or is it just a new beginning?
posted by badstone
on May 12, 2004 -
Flowers for all!!! "Today a coworker of mine had a thought to send flowers to a random couple waiting in line at SF city hall.
He called a florist and they agreed to do it. He told them to deliver to any couple -- it didn't matter who -- standing in line to get married, with his blessing. The card will read simply "With love, from Minneapolis, Minnesota."
Once they understood, they were very touched and thought it was a great idea.
He told another co-worker who did the same thing. And now we want to start a movement. Wouldn't that be cool if people from all over the country, gay, straight and otherwise, started sending flowers to the people waiting in line to get married.
Call it The Big Gay Bouquet call it Flowers from the Heartland. Call it whatever you want, but help us get this off the ground.
Call Flowers on the Bay at 888-217-9119 and order a bouquet to be delivered tomorrow at noon.
And Tell all of your friends to do it.
Because straight or gay, we believe and we know many people who believe, support and celebrate the right to marriage. And we'd like to show it. We'd like to see all of the people standing in line with flowers of support from all over the country."
Apparently, flower shops in San Fran are starting to get overwhelmed...
posted by matty
on Feb 19, 2004 -
Pretty cool flash app that lets you view photos of the same walls in San Francisco over time, as the many layers of graffiti accumulate. To anyone that has ever ridden the Caltrain, a lot of these walls should look familiar.
posted by mathowie
on Dec 20, 2003 -
Lesser of two goods?
(SanFranciscoFilter) SFWeekly's John Mecklin sums up the wild ride in San Francisco's mayoral race, from Matt Gonzalez's late entry
, to the baffling Guardian endorsement
, to the obvious Chronicle Gavin Newsom endorsement
, to the downright surreal Alioto endorsement debacle.
Oh, and then there's the Chron's not so coincidental "Shame " series
on homelessness, Newsom's defining issue, in the final days of the election.
In all, Mecklin concludes we're pretty damn lucky to have the fortune in this day and age to choose between two candidates that both have the capacity to do a decent job. Is this relevant to non-San Franciscans? Well, if Matt
wins (and the odds are even), that puts a Green at the helm of a fairly important US city and may help counter the effect of Arnie.
posted by badstone
on Dec 4, 2003 -
R.I.P. Bay Area Transit Information Page,
1994-2003. The site, started by two Berkeley
students, provided quick access to transit information in the San Francisco Bay Area, who later received funding for their efforts in 1996. Instead, it gets replaced by this abomination
of web design. On the other hand, it is very unusual
for a web site to keep the same user interface
over the span of almost a decade. Already, there have been user interface rants
, complaints about not finding information
, sarcastic commentary
, and a brief eulogy
delivered from one of the original creators, and it hasn't even been the first day. Is content over style dead or are information sites like this (flash)
the wave of the future?
posted by calwatch
on Nov 4, 2003 -
Might as well jump. JUMP!
An interesting article (nicked from linkfilter
) about suicide and the Golden Gate Bridge. Only 26 people are known to have survived the 220 ft drop into water 350ft deep. I have been across the bridge once and was "amused" by the fact that there is a free counselling phone as you get halfway across. Reading this article and realising the numbers involved, it suddenly seems less funny...
BTW, the jumper (who before he went a second time was one of the 26) protesting the Iraq War was discussed here
posted by jontyjago
on Oct 7, 2003 -
This new film
[25MB, QuickTime] documents the 3rd annual Bring Your Own Big Wheel race, in which a bunch of crazed fools raced headlong down San Francisco's Lombard Street
(aka: the crookedest street in the world) on Big Wheels. Good drunk fun! Here are some pics
for the bandwidth-challenged.
posted by scarabic
on Sep 30, 2003 -
"We're walking from Chicago to San Francisco. Many have responded with, "You guys are stupid!
" Some, on the other hand, have said, "Wow, that's cool!" Either way, we hope you'll keep coming back to see what will happen next in our walking adventures."
Current mileage, photo galleries, and journal entries abound -- and really, when was the last time you
walked 627 miles (inside of 60 days)?
posted by wells
on Jul 24, 2003 -
The wonderful online history journal Common-Place
is presenting a special issue entitled "Early Cities of the Americas."
Nineteen essays, each concerning a particular incident, person, place or encounter in the early life of a city, together provide a "worm's eye view" of what urban life was like in early postcolonial North and South America. Learn about vigilante justice and press sensationalism in 1856 San Francisco
, or about a day in the life of a peasant family in Lima
of the 1760s. Other essays concern the 17th-century "treasure city" of Havana
, searching for salvation as a slave in 1647 New Amsterdam (New York)
, and capital punishment in colonial Paramaribo
, Suriname. "Reading these essays cannot but help readers gain some historical perspective on the modern condition," especially as you see how many of the issues we associate with modern urban life (poverty, crime, bowling?
) are not exactly recent developments.
posted by arco
on Jul 15, 2003 -
Buddhism tames the amygdala
Covered recently on Metafilter (here
), new research at the University of California San Francisco Medical Centre ( into the "Happy Buddhist" phenomenon ) shows that Buddhist meditation techniques "can tame the amygdala, an area of the brain which is the hub of fear memory."
[BBC] -Is this the Rx for a nation of Americans gripped by fear? Do Christianity, Islam or Judaism have effective techniques to tame the amygdala too?
posted by troutfishing
on May 22, 2003 -
Hooters is coming to San Francisco
Oh My, Hooters
, The ultimate in crass disgusting guy-ness and un-PC-ness is finally coming to San Francisco-the utlimate in PC-ness and "new-age-king-of-guy-ness." Will San Francisco be able to handle it? Granted the self-professed "slightly tacky yet unrefined" Hooters IS going into Fisherman's Wharf, which is tacky tourist-central. But, "it's about so much more than...that..." you know.
posted by aacheson
on May 20, 2003 -
The Gumball Rally 3000
is almost upon us. San Francisco to Miami in five days all in the spirit of the classic movie
With an entrance fee of $20k and A List celebs like Johnny Knoxville and Jason Priestly participating... Not to mention the Bikini Bandits
it's sure to be a wonder to behold. Starts at the Fairmont
today at 9. Be sure to say hi to the Hustler Honeys in their twin turbocharged Lamborghini....
posted by zeoslap
on Apr 17, 2003 -
Who Is Frank Chu?
A Craigslister put up an interview with various SF residents, and Frank Chu himself. For people not from the Bay Area, Frank Chu has been a downtown fixture
for some time -- notable for his silent protest of bizarre space-crimes committed by ex-presidents.
posted by hammurderer
on Jan 27, 2003 -
was a secret, cold-war era project to determine vulnerabilities of US warships to various chemical and biological attacks. While lots is known about what happened
, there's still a lot of information that hasn't been released yet.
In the early 1950s, the US Army sprayed the bacteria Serratia Marcesens
over San Francisco. While the government thought that it was safe, many people ended up checking into the hospital. One elderly man even died as a result of the US testing chemical and biological agents against it's own citizens.
posted by manero
on Jan 22, 2003 -
is a project made possible by proliferation of gigabytes of affordable disk space, digital cameras, photo composition applications, and a lot of time. Take a 30 mile pedestrian tour of San Francisco
posted by mnology
on Nov 20, 2002 -
Police in San Francisco control the kinds of music clubs may play and promote. In key parts of the city, rap music has basically been outlawed.
posted by xowie
on Oct 27, 2002 -