If ever a group of humans decided to get together and have a competition to see who could roll their eyes hardest, The Dream's "Slow It Down" (featuring Fabolous) would be an ideal song to get the ball rolling. There are so many heinous cliches and nonsensical assertions in this track, it's hard to ... More >>
San Francisco police inspectors are asking you to help them find the person who killed 29-year-old Gabriel Zavala, a NASA engineer, eight years ago. To motivate people, Mayor Ed Lee's Office has authorized a $10,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction the p ... More >>
There are 11 more shopping days until Christmas, but only seven until the end of the world, assuming you believe that Dec. 21, the end of the Mayan calendar, is your last day on Earth. The Mayans, you know, those pre-Columbians who lived in Central America before the Spanish got there, measured tim ... More >>
Nightlife in San Francisco is a big deal -- we live in the kind of town that takes its partying seriously. Naturally, then, there's a near-obsessive level of detail when it comes to club sound. Look back, and the history of the city is littered with acoustic temples and stories of wild club owners o ... More >>
I loved, loved the Flaming Lips' Embryonic, and find The Soft Bulletin to be a pretty magical cornucopia. Pretty big fan of 1995's Clouds Taste Metallic as well. Yet I've never considered for even a second if the Lips could be one of my Favorite Bands. They might've struck gold three-ish times, but ... More >>
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the U.S. Department of Transportation, claiming that the feds are withholding important details about drones -- the unmanned aircraft used in the military -- and under what circumstances public and private entities be allowed to use them. Accordin ... More >>
Colin Young-WolffWe've seen this before... The good folks of Identity Festival, which comes to Shoreline this Saturday, don't want to lie to you. Yet despite what they've claimed, they're not the first-ever electronic touring festival ever seen in America. It's merely the first electronic-onl ... More >>
Turns out, not even this is considered unfortunateHave you ever noticed that you consistently experience positive interactions with Apple employees? Theoretically, you should be able to go to any of the 326 Apple stores and receive the same kind treatment. Here is the reason why: The Silicon Vall ... More >>
People in San Francisco like to play that they've always known the glory of free-range quail terrine and grew up foraging for truffles with their French papa. Don't front. The vast majority of us grew up celebrating all holidays, birthdays, and special events at a buffet. Won a Little League socc ... More >>
"There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact it's all dark."Science and religion make for an odious mixture. But tonight, legions of astronomers of the professional and amateur variety will be praying for clear skies to better see a total lunar eclipse. Should their prayers not be an ... More >>
Ben Altadonna, seen here with Ed McMahon amazingly enough, is not the state's favorite chiropractorBent out of shape by the alleged actions of chiropractor Benjamin Altadonna, the state of California has filed suit, claiming the health practitioner is deeply crooked. In a case filed in Alameda Co ... More >>
Will face-recognition technology get an accused killer off the hook?
Iron MaidenDream Theater@Sleep Train PavilionSunday, June 20, 2010Better than: Any other metal band with 35 years under its belt. Iron Maiden has always fallen into that category of venerable metal or hard-rock outfit that you simply do not miss when they come to town. You don't miss Slaye ... More >>
But if E.T. uses an iPhone -- you're fuckedIf space aliens ever discover cell phones or cable TV, they'll be able to hide from us forever.That's the verdict of scientists smirking at eccentric billionaire Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft. He put up money for the Paul Allen Array, a group of 35 ... More >>
This weekend's torrential downpour was enough to keep us inside with a bottle of Jim Beam's finest, streaming Hallmark made-for-TV Criterion movies on Netflix. But in spite of the wretched weather, we managed to pull on our on-trend galoshes and slog out into the night.Richard HaickNerds and musi ... More >>
New York's Vulture blog recently posted a link to the music Carl Sagan helped provide for robotic probes Voyager 1 and 2 back in the early days of space exploration. According to Lapham's Quarterly, Sagan was part of a curatorial crew that etched a soundtrack perfect for galaxy viewing into a "12-in ... More >>
Sacre bleu!Get ready for some serious galactic debris, San Francisco. According to NASA, the peak visibility of the Perseids meteor shower will come tonight around midnight (most visible after the moon sets), revealing dozens of streaming fireballs across the night sky every hour until dawn. Soun ... More >>
If you're going to be instantaneously transported from Hippie Hill to the zoo, it isn't happening without this guy's helpA man with a fondness for large amounts of cheap alcohol and an apparent ability to teleport across the city was arrested Wednesday evening for bothering children and animals at t ... More >>
Ky MichaelsonCombine rockets and toilets and you get this ... and Gavin Newsom's big donors. Credit where credit is due: If there's one thing Gavin Newsom can do with elan, it's accept a check. Perhaps sometimes there's a little too much elan -- he recently returned a hefty donation from Russell Wei ... More >>
Berlin-based DJ Paul van Dyk has just announced an appearance at the Cow Palace May 23, as part of the ETD POP festival, an electronic music extravaganza (okay, it's a rave) sponsored by Skills Workshop, expected to draw 10,000 people to the same venue once popular among arena rock acts and ro ... More >>
Coachella has the 2009 music festival advantage by being one of the first outta the gate to announce its gigantic lineup. Although standing in the desert sun with billions of music fans doesn't sound like my kinda weekend, I'm nonetheless very impressed with the scope of the performers at this year' ... More >>
Encounters at the End of the World Landmark Lumiere Theatre June 28, 2008 "The Wild Blue Yonder" is one of my favorite movies from the last couple years. It's also one of director Werner Herzog's wackier cinematic visions: the loose story of an alien invasion, as told through actual NASA footage of ... More >>
Jason Segel uses his balls to great effect in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Mark your calendars, stargazers: Wednesday evening (7:01 PM to be precise) the Bay Area will be treated to a total lunar eclipse, when the moon crawls through the earth's shadow. The celestial show is slated to end around 8:00 PM and scientists advise die-hards to move inland for the best viewing be ... More >>
Bill Pullman's new docudrama mixes astronauts' psychological profiles with trapeze artistry
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