On the front page of today's New York Times, there is a story about a software program that can instantly grade essays. The system was designed by EdX, a non-profit group founded by Harvard and MIT, and it is gaining momentum. Last year, Hewlett-Packard's grant-making arm held two contests, each w ... More >>
It's been about a week since the annual Santa-splosion has happened at Marlena's, the gay/dive bar on the main drag in Hayes Valley. This year brings 1,400 Santas of varying shapes, sizes, and species, literally everywhere you look in the small room -- hanging from the ceiling, chilling on every ima ... More >>
For all you crazy cat ladies out there, here's your chance to get even crazier with your feline. Santa Claus is coming to the Peninsula Humane Society specifically to let your pets sit on his lap and bark, meow, or hiss what it is they would like for Christmas this year. If that sounds weird, it's ... More >>
Yesterday, we found out from a British music news website that, like Santa Claus, Barack Obama keeps a "Nice" list -- or rather a list of people he wants to have supporting him in his re-election campaign. We've seen the list, and alongside all of the alphabetized politicians, business and sports ... More >>
Whether you're Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Shinto, Shaman, anti-consumerist, or Mr. Grinch, you could be one of the millions who don't leave cookies out for an old fat man who illegally enters your home via fireplace-shimmying. And that's okay! Because here in America, we're known for ... More >>
Did you know that in Belgium, people leave mugs of rich holiday ale for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve? Actually, we made that up. But it surely sounds plausible. Enjoying "Kerstbier" seems to be an annual national pastime, culminating in a world-renowned festival that boasts upwards of 150 w ... More >>
We knew you didn't exist Readers may recall an eye-catching story we had earlier about jolly old St. Nick himself knocking over the East Providence Yacht Club in Rhode Island. This, we postulated, was reason enough to award the America's Cup to San Francisco and not Newport. Kris Kringle may tell ... More >>
Oh dear God, is there a worse time of year for music than Christmas? We certainly don't think so. Walking into anywhere public right about now is like having our ears pelted from on high by sleigh bells (no, not that duo from Brooklyn -- we quite like them) and snowballs filled with glass. But! Bein ... More >>
A B & The SeaWe've apparently reached the point where it's cool for indie-pop bands to record their own irony-free Christmas songs. The latest addition: a collaboration between local beach-poppers A B & the Sea and garage-boppers The She's, entitled "Christmas (Baby Come Home)." Hear and ... More >>
Not just Santa Claus is coming to town this holiday, folks. State, federal and city law via Flikr by McBLG97On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a DUI from the SFPD....enforcement will be out in force for 17 days starting this weekend to nail your drunk ass if you get behind the ... More >>
View more photos in Gretchen Robinette's "Santacon SF" slideshow.What could possibly threaten the humor of Dadaist Santas? Try torrential rain. Saturday was SantaCon, an international festival of irrational exuberance where people dress in Santa Claus costumes and converge by agreement at various b ... More >>
This will unavoidable this Halloween.Spooky Muni! [Muni Diaries]Trick or Treat! Who wants to live in a candy factory? [Curbed]Absolutely ridiculous photo collection of pets in costume. [SF Gate]Need a last minute costume idea? Go as the entire city of San Francisco. [The Tens]Snarf, Kris Kringle. ... More >>
This promises to be an introspective year for art.
By Peter JamisonLike many of my colleagues in the blogosphere, I've repeatedly found myself unsettled this holiday season by the appearance of a freakish new incarnation of Santa. This vest-sporting and dubiously gendered hipster isn't to be found, as you might expect, after midnight at Pop's. Rathe ... More >>
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