Shorts are the new features!

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By Jesse Hawthorne Ficks

From the Sundance Film Festival: Midnites for Maniacs programmer and Guardian contributor Jesse Hawthorne Ficks reports on some fest favorites so far.

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Aquarium - directed by Rob Meyer (17min)
Even though you've seen Rushmore and Freaks and Geeks, this awkward white kid angst flick delivers exactly what you've come to want. Read more »

Love me some Dolly...and pass the birthday pie at El Rio

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By Todd Lavoie

All right, I’m giving some heads up time here so you can plan your weekend accordingly: Dolly Parton turns 62 this Saturday, Jan. 19. Oh, the possibilities for celebration are endless, aren’t they? Maybe a spin of her 1971 classic Coat of Many Colors (RCA), or how about slappin’ 9 to 5 (oh, my sweet baby Jesus, so that flick is really from 1980?! Read more »

But how much is postage?

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Speaking of my newest fetish-to-be, the MacBook Air, Cool Hunting has already revealed my very favorite (and OK, the first I've seen,) accessory for it.

Check it out the posting here.

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Clever clever! This laptop sleeve (yes, really) is called AirMail. Get it? Get it?

Geek lust

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Technology turns me on. Which is not to say I’m a gadget geek – far from it. In fact, the most advanced piece of equipment I own is a first generation miniPod my ex-boyfriend gave me. But I do think there’s something inherently sexy about Technology with a capital T – all those big, pulsing brains working and sweating late into the night, over and over, to create objects that are not only useful, but also beautiful. And the objects themselves – sleek, smooth, and often warm and humming. Read more »

Get Health! The LA noise combo gives up their secrets

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Everybody's talkin' 'bout Health - as well as Dan Deacon, who the LA noise combo plays with tonight, Jan. 17, at Great American Music Hall. It'll be an awesome show. I traded e-mails with the outfit this week, and here's what they graciously coughed up.

SFBG: How did your name come about?

John: We wanted a name like Television, an everyday word. Went down a list with the interweb. Health was left. Read more »

Ammiano: hi, you've reached 9ll

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Hi, you've reached 9ll. If you're being attacked by a tiger, please press pounce. Uh. I mean pound.

(From the answering machine of Sup. Tom Ammiano on Thursday, Jan. l7, 2008.) B3

The staph sensation

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I have to give it to Michael Petrelis -- he's taken a nice whack at the staph hysteria story. And it's created quite a discussion on dailykos.

A new report on an outbreak of drug-resistant staph is news, absolutely. But it's hard to argue that this wasn't a bit sensationalized. And since when are gay men not part of the "general population"?

Taxi taxi

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For those of us who are fascinated by the San Francisco taxi industry, there's an interesting report from the city Controller's office here. It relates to a few pieces of legislation that are coming up in the next few weeks. Sup. Read more »

Holy fuckin' wonderful!

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By Jennique Mason

This documentary film by Sam Wainwright Douglas and Paul Lovelace achieves the unbelievable feat of capturing Greenwich Village’s two most notorious folkies: Steve Weber and Peter Stampfel. In the wake of the Beats and the
dawn of the hippies, the Holy Modal Rounders destroyed what was then the relatively predictable boundaries of the folk genre. Read more »

New College still poorly managed, report says

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The beleaguered New College of California is facing another gloomy report just released from its accrediting agency after first being placed on probation last July. Meanwhile, two trustees of the school, Peter Gabel and Colleen O’Neal, reportedly resigned from the school’s board Jan. Read more »