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SFBGRadio: Kids, God and lies

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A little bit of a break from our usual political ranting: Johnny talks about telling his kids about death and we discuss why it's so easy to sugarcoat it (and talk about God and an afterlife) but in a secular household, it's better to tell your kids the truth about everything, from death to sex and drugs. Agree? No? Listen and argue with us after the jump. Read more »

Speed Reading: Matt Furie's Hot Topik and boy's club 4

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I got an orange Pepe T-shirt at Needles and Pens' release party for Matt Furie's new comic Hot Topik. What better way to also celebrate the fourth and latest issue of Furie's boy's club, in which Pepe and pals Andy, Brett, and Landwolf are joined by two new characters, Whitey (a zit), and Bird-Dog? Read more »

California is an even richer state

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Jerry Brown pointed out in his State of the State address that California is a rich state; I'm not sure Jerry saw the latest from Vanity Fair, but I think his estimates of increased personal income might be a bit low. VF loves to dig into the lives (and fortunes) of Hollywood types, and the latest list of the highest-paid people in the film industry is interesting.Read more »

KUSF update: Week two at City Hall, donations needed

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The battle to save KUSF reached City Hall for the second consecutive week yesterday, with a rally including music, and Board of Supervisors discussion of the resolution asking USF and the FCC to rescind the sale of the station. Outside, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi spoke to the crowd, placing the sale of KUSF within the context of a larger attack on public access to media in the city, state, and country, and asking those present to be "warriors on behalf of public access" in the event that the resolution doesn't pass with unanamity and an emergency committee hearing must be held. KUSF Music Director Irwin Swirnoff also spoke, and then introduced new Drag City artist Ty Segall, a former USF student whose albums have been KUSF mainstays. On its Facebook page, the campaign to Save KUSF is directing people to www.savekusf.org to make contributions towards the $10,000 needed by the end of this week for it to retain its FCC lawyer. (As of Wednesday, $3000 has been raised.) A look at some of yesterday's events after the jump.

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I'm not Das Racist, but...

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Social construct-questioning rap duo (trio if you count the group's hypeman, we should) Das Racist is coming to the Independent tonight – but don't worry white people, the show's already sold out, which means that rather than sit through a scene like this, you can read the following blog post and still be able to participate in discussions of the group's artistic merit and stainless steel balls with your friends at brunch this weekend. 

Here we have assembled an Interwebs dossier on the three Wesleyan boys that would call racism on oh-so-many things in our modern day society. Who would have ever thought, back in those halcyon “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell” days that we'd be calling them astute lyricists. Which we are. And to say they're self-important, well that would be like saying it about Kanye West: a waste of time. Anyways, here's your Das Racist 101. Read more »

Live Shots: Stag Dining "Speakeasy" Clandestine Dinner, 01/29/2011

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These days, it's hip to be in the know of well-kept secrets. OK, maybe that's confusing, but what I'm trying to say is there's an ever-growing list of underground events going on in San Francisco, but if you don't know about them, well, than you better start getting on it. Now. I'll give you a hint. Secret restaurants are popping up everywhere and it's the kind of eating experience you don't want to miss out on.

Case in point: this past weekend, Stag Dining Group hosted a clandestine dinner at a mysterious locale, which included a myriad interesting dishes, from Japanese lobster custard to skewered duck hearts in mole sauce.

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Happy Lamb's Milk Day

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According to my trusty old Farmer’s Almanac, the Celts knew Feb. 1 as “Imbolc,” or Lamb’s Milk Day,  because it signaled the beginning of the lambing season. And though I didn’t see any lambs today, I did encounter a rambunctious herd of City Grazing’s goats nibbling on mallow plants in the pasture between the SF Bay Railroad and the cement recycling plan. Read more »

How to avoid saying dumb shit about Egypt

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I came across this guide to avoid saying stupid things about Egypt, while communicating via Facebook with a former reporter whose husband is Egyptian.

My reporter friend told me that her husband’s parents, who live in Cairo, have been able to go out and buy food and visit their relatives, and that while they live in Cairo, they are not in the downtown area, which is where most of the protests have been going on. Read more »

California is a rich state

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My favorite part of the State of the State speech (full text here) was a bit of perspective that almost everyone has ignored. It went like this:Read more »

Why it has to be Green Bay

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I mean, not if the 49ers were playing. And I have this ancient loyalty to my old hometown Jets, who won Super Bowl III against Baltimore when I was 11 years old. (I still remember Joe Namath sitting by the pool the day before, sipping a drink and proclaiming that his 21-point underdog team was so certain of victory he could "guarantee it." And Joe was cool. A jerk, but cool. And Emerson Boozer was a great name for a running back.)Read more »

Possibility: "Gush" presents Joe Goode the curator

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Audiences can thank Raelle Myrick-Hodges, Artistic Director of Brava Theater, for cutting Joe Goode loose in curating “Gush,” Brava’s first dance theater specific series. Rather than defining dance theater, Goode, during his three-weekend series, showed us its possibilities. He served as a tastemaker and also opened minds in choosing a theme to frame and present Ledoh and Salt Farm Productions (a performance collective with roots in Butoh), Axis Dance Company (a contemporary mixed-ability dance company), as well as his own company, Joe Goode Performance GroupRead more »

Editorial: No tax breaks for Twitter

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Twitter, the company that gave the world 140-character communications, is threatening to leave San Francisco and take 350 employees to a new headquarters in Brisbane. City officials are nervous — losing a world famous high-tech outfit that has plans to double its workforce in the next few years would be a blow to the city's reputation as a technology incubator.

So the Mayor's Office of Economic Development is scrambling to cut a deal, and the latest plans call for a payroll tax exemption that would cap the company's future tax bills at $250,000. Twitter's looking at office space on Ninth and Market streets, an area that needs an economic boost, and the supervisors — particularly Jane Kim, who represents that district — will be under immense pressure to sign off on the deal. In fact, Kim told us that Twitter has delivered a very clear message: either give us the tax break or we'll leave. Read more »

Wiener proposes economic study on nightlife

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While the basic ideological makeup of the new Board of Supervisors didn't change much, there are a few notable differences between the newbies and their predecessors. Much has been made of Sup. Jane Kim's greater willingness than Chris Daly to vote against her progressive colleagues (we have a story in tomorrow's paper about that), but another significant one is Sup. Scott Wiener's support for nightlife and concerns about what we've called the Death of Fun.Read more »

"I guess I just want other people to solve the Rubik's cube"

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This much was clear. A conference room full of middle and high schoolers had been assembled and were now working out math problems. On a Sunday. To someone who wept through stats homework, it seemed like a game of Clue, who done this? At the lectern, a man shared formulas one might find useful in attempting a rapid solution of the Rubik's cube. A series of x's and y's to the nth power flashed before the hushed underage audience.

Were these kids really into what was going on, or was this some well-orchestrated parent plot to shut down a perfectly good weekend? It was Mom in the living room with the bribes and threats about not getting into college! But board game detective I was not. This became apparent when the young man in a hoody sitting on my left picked up a cube offhandedly. Without fanfare, his hands began to blur. He lined up the colors in well under a minute and set the cube back down. Welcome to last weekend's Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, where math, it appeared, was not just a problem to be solved.

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5 things you didn't know about cable cars

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Get it out of the way now: roll those eyes. The cable cars are something no native San Franciscan would ever bring up in polite (that is, local) company, let alone write about in a blog post. But fact is, there's a reason why these things are iconic. Those cars have as speckled and quirky a history as the City by the Bay. 

San Franciscans steeped in facts and figures about the tourist-movers probably know that ours is the last operating cable car system in the world and that its design hasn’t changed much since Andrew Hallidie devised it upon seeing an overloaded horse-car slip down a hill in the rain. Perhaps you’ve heard that the four remaining lines each rely on a continuous loop of cable running under your feet at a constant 9.5 miles per hour, powered by electrical motors and a system of pulleys and huge wheels. If you’ve ever visited the Cable Car Museum (c’mon folks, it’s free) you’ve seen the sheaves pulling the cable along, and you’ve learned that the cars operate by grabbing the cable with giant pliers that reach through the floor and into a slot in the street where the cable runs. 

Bored yet? Stifle that yawn, we're just getting started. Read on for five things you haven’t heard about those postcard pretties. Read more »