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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Tech Twist to Christmas: Tech Boom's Holiday Special

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM

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The holiday season can be rough, emotionally and financially; and the mini web-series Tech Boom! 's holiday special deals with just that. À la John Steinbeck's The Pearl, one person sells an item to buy something for the other person only to discover that the other person has done the same. But this modern version takes a tech twist, as in San Francisco, some may be willing to give up a pricey heirloom before their internet connection. Check it out below.

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Creepy Christmas Critters: 2014's Holiday Book Trend is the Dead and Stuffed

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Christmas critter joy. - ANDREW MCMEEL PUBLISHING
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  • Christmas critter joy.

Forget the cute and cuddly — want to stand out and be a part of the trend? It's time to gift the animal kingdom's misfits who are preserved for our posterity (although we don't know if it's for better or worse). Some seem like human mistakes and others look like they were born that way, but for that pesky little relative who insists on a pet for a Christmas gift, wrap up these joys.

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The Write Stuff: Maya Gonzalez on Feeling What You Feel When You Feel It

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 8:00 AM

The Write Stuff is a series of interview profiles conducted by Litseen, where authors give exclusive readings from their work.

Maya Christina Gonzalez is a fine artist, educator, and the illustrator of more than twenty picture books, several of which she also wrote. Her award-winning titles include Laughing Tomatoes and Other Spring Poems, Nana’s Big Surprise, and Prietita and the Ghost Woman. Her book My Colors, My World won the prestigious Pura Belpré Award Honor from the American Library Association.

Her most recent picture book, Call Me Tree/Llámame Árbol, was released in November 2014 from the Children’s Book Press imprint of Lee & Low Books. 

When not in the studio, Maya works with children and educators to stress the importance of creativity as personal empowerment in the classroom. She has developed several lines of curriculum and training which can be found on her website. In 2009, Maya co-founded Reflection Press, an independent press that publishes radical and revolutionary children’s books, and she later co-created an online learning environment called School of the Free Mind that offers e-courses on creating children’s books and fostering creativity. 

Maya Christina Gonzalez lives in San Francisco with her husband, two children, and two rescue guinea pigs.

When people ask what you do, you tell them…

I tell them that I’m a children’s book author and artist. I don’t mention the educator, publisher part. People act surprised enough by the first part. I often imagine folks think I work at Rainbow or a tattoo parlor. Two awesome jobs! But not mine.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Santa Has Been Spotted in San Francisco!

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

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A reader let us know that he spotted Santa looking at the San Francisco sights. Check out his tour of the City!

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Tourism for Locals: Listening the to Nature Inspired Sounds of the San Francisco Wave Organ

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 2:32 PM

The Wave Organ provides a a symphony of seaside sounds. - WIKIPEDIA
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  • The Wave Organ provides a a symphony of seaside sounds.

Christmas music has reached its highest level of saturation this week — how many versions of "All I Want for Christmas is You" are playing in stores and restaurants across the U.S. right now? We shiver at the thought. If you want or need to catch a break, you might need to head out to the Marina to get away from it all. Yes, the Marina, that ONE district many of us try to avoid at all cost for its bro-y vibe, has one spot that is soothing to the eyes and most importantly — the ears. The Wave Organ, channels the surrounding tides to orchestra a cacophony of calming, oceanic sounds.

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Winter Solstice Video of San Francisco: Zone Out for Four Minutes

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM

San Francisco looks good in black-and-white. - VIMEO
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  • San Francisco looks good in black-and-white.

The black-and-white video "San Francsico: Winter Solstice," from David C. Hill popped up on Reddit late yesterday, and shares beautiful views of Bernal Hill and the cityscape. Clocking in at just a hair over four minutes, the footage almost seems like the opening credits to a movie, and the ambient music immediately made us tune out what was going on around us. 

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Surveys Say: San Francisco Among Best U.S. Cities for Singles

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Single in the Marina! - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
  • Christopher Victorio
  • Single in the Marina!

We associate the Marina (in part) with drunk former-sorority girls wearing tight yoga pants and holding an overpriced drink, but according to a recent study by Yelp and the online dating site Zoosk, the Marina is home to the most attractive singles over the age of 35. The most attractive singles under the age of 35 are, according to the study, are not in San Francisco at all, but across the bay in West Oakland. 

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Monday, December 22, 2014

What to Do On Christmas Day? These San Francisco Spots Will Be Open.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

If Christmas Day for you is less about sitting around a roaring TV fire and drinking spiked egg nog, and more about seeing movies and getting Chinese food, then take note! Here are some places that will be open on Christmas Day in San Francisco. 

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LGBT Military Expert Leads Discussion on "The Imitation Game"

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 10:34 AM

click image Alan Turing - ODC THEATER
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  • Alan Turing

Many are familiar by now with the name of it-boy British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, however, few might recognize the name of the man he portrays in the critically-lauded biopic The Imitation Game.  

Cumberbatch plays mathematician Alan Turing, who as the film depicts, was highly instrumental in the development of the model that broke Nazi Germany's Enigma code and eventually won World War II for the Allies. Turing's iconic work set the foundation for what would later be known as computer science. Despite his influence, Turing was later tried for and convicted of homosexual acts and ordered to undergo chemical castration as an alternative to prison.

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Timothy Spall Talks About Mr. Turner

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 7:37 AM


The official Mr. Turner poster shows us the painter, as inhabited by Timothy Spall, from something like his canvas’ point of view: palette in one hand, active brush in the other, his face half-obscured by a wide sidelong blaze of paint. At the start of an appointed hotel interview recently, where Spall met to tell us about his role in Mike Leigh’s new film, the poster stood nearby on an easel, with the actor carefully looking it over.

What do you think?

My granddaughter was on the tube — the subway, as you call it here — and she’s three, and has often been caught drawing with crayons on the wall. And she was with my son, her father, and she saw the poster on the tube, this poster, and said, “Naughty Granddad, drawing on the walls!” So now she thinks she’s got carte blanche.

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