Matt Sussman

The Daily Blurgh: Leaf us alone

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

If a tree falls in San Francisco will anyone hear it? Probably. But more importantly, concerned citizens will be able to track the felled arbor online thanks to the Urban Forest Map.

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Get out your Legos: Berkeley Art Museum/PFA is looking for new architectural proposals.

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The Daily Blurgh: Gaga pops, unsavory whiskers

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

Oaktown Art (via Eye on Blogs) takes us on a tour of "one of the largest rooftop gardens in the world" paid for with insurance premiums (we're only kidding with that last bit). Read more »

The Daily Blurgh: Tea Party Grammer

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

Finally, a true case of teabagging? Yes, Virginia, it IS possible to be the spokesperson for a new "right-wing TV network" while starring in "La Cage Aux Folles" on Broadway. Kelsey -- he is what he is.

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The Daily Blurgh: Sugar & Sassy & Death & Taxes (Donald Duck remix)

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

The 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival takes place next week, but over in France preparations are being made to reset the international festival circuit clock when Cannes '10 kicks off in May. The full-line up has been announced, and I am already curious about the new titles from Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Godard, Gregg Araki, Hong Sangsoo, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and many more. Here's to some of these being snatched up for SFIFF 54. And yes, there were movies 54 years ago.

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The Daily Blurgh: It lies beneath

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

What has risen may sink, and what has sunk may rise: "Years ago, when San Francisco was called Yerba Buena, a lake covered parts of the Mission. Washerwoman's Lagoon flowed through the Marina. The Sans Souci Creek traced a path now known to bicyclists as The Wiggle.

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In the "Hausu"

Watch out for that ramen bear! A recently rediscovered Japanese horror amalgamation that must be seen to be believed

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P>CULT FILM Words fail Hausu, Nobuhiko Obayashi's 1977 goofy and deranged horror flick. Hausu is the sort of film that makes a writer want, to borrow the site of one of the film's zanier set pieces, to draw deep from the tainted wells of cliché and hyperbole — to laud it as a trippy, must-be-seen-be-believed, insane, "like [blank] on acid," avalanche of WTF — precisely because such descriptions actually come close to doing it justice. Read more »

The Daily Blurgh: Whither Grindr, Kitty Boots?

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

"Call before you come over, I need to shave my ShoCha."

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That breathless traipse around Land's End really is about (re)fighting the Battle of the Bulge

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The Daily Blurgh: That cat should have won the prize

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

“We offer a kind of grittiness you can’t find much anymore,” said Randy Shaw, a longtime San Francisco housing advocate and a driving force behind the idea of Tenderloin tourism. “And what is grittier than the Tenderloin?”

Now that San Francisco is going to court the tourist dollars of baby boomers descending upon the TL in search of reawakening the pleasure centers of their youth – the music! the drugs! the picturesque squalor! – perhaps City Hall should also consider starting up tourism franchises in other "gritty" parts of the city? 

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The Daily Blurgh: Bros before trolls

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

For the love of God, iPad, or printed matter, please read former Guardian culture editor, and current lead editor of science and sci-fi wonderblog io9, Annalee Newitz's eye-opening summary of the 5 ways the Google Book settlement will change the future of reading (one plus: "pulp science fiction will make a comeback in ways you might not expect").

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The Daily Blurgh: Stick a Bjork in it

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Curiosities, quirks, oddites, and items from around the Bay and beyond

So what if the Fader posted this last week? Vallejo royalty E-40's new Bjork-sampling track, the Droop-E produced, "Spend the Night" is too fabulous not to share (and it looks like the NY Times likes it too). The icing on the cake is that Bjork cleared the samples, taken from "Oceanea" off of her, IMHO severely underrated, acapella album Medulla. And as Fader commenter bollocks noted, this isn't the first time Queen B has appeared on a local hip-hop track. The timpani-heavy riff from "Human Behavior" was used back in 2003, "by Bay Area legends Hieroglyphics, for 'Let It Roll,' off their classic album Full Circle." Thanks for the knowledge.

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