Posts Tagged ‘booksmith’

Uh, Did a Couple SFPD Officers Get Jumped by Street Kids on Haight Street Dec. 7? Emergency Surgery? Blurred Vision?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Uh, isn’t this sort of big news?

So how come nobody’s talking about it, except for Camden Avery of Uppercasing, The Upper Haight  Blog?

“What happened, according to the SFPD’s Park Station statement, was that at shortly after 11 PM Friday night, two uniformed officers in a cruiser stopped in the street to investigate a man lying down in the road. When they approached, he jumped up and punched one of the officers in the head. According to a security guard at Whole Foods, who witnessed the incident, the assailant called for help from a group of street kids nearby.”

Read all about it.

A hippie SFPD cop with “Stealie” clip identifier on his “assault weapon*”

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*As defined by Senator DiFi. (Of course most people would call a run-of-the-mill, police-issue handgun and handgun, but not DiFi.)

Prop L / Sit-Lie / Civil Sidewalks Update: The Reverend Billy at 1:00 PM Today – Praveen Madan’s Viewpoint – FTC’s Backyard

Monday, October 25th, 2010

First up comes the Reverend Billy, who plans to “exorcise” Proposition L today en La Mission. (Now, “Wheezy” wants me back at the Help Center so I can’t go, but this event should prove amusing.) Deets after the jump.

Next up, comes The BookSmith‘s Praveen Madan, who doesn’t like the sit / lie.

And here’s Scott James, who points out that “Without Cash, Sit/Lie Won’t Share Santa Cruz Program’s Success.”

And finally, let’s a take a look at a pro-Prop L rally from a while ago – it was held at FTC Skate Boarding, a close of neighbor of the aforementioned BookSmith book sto’.

This was the scene on Haight Street, with these people voicing opposition to L:

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And here’s FTC owner Kent Uyehara a few door down, talking about why he’s supporting Civil Sidewalks, with SFPD Police Chief George Gascon in the background there:

Now I can’t tell you all the shenanigans planned for this rally by some of the anti-L people because I don’t know all the deets, but nothing occurred because FTC’s secured and ginormous backyard was the venue. See? Look, Michela Alioto-Pier was there:

And here’s Paul Henderson, of the office of District Attorney Kamala Harris:

And speaking of District 2, candidate for Supervisor Mark Farrell was on the scene as well:

You get to this private backyard via a tunnel between two buildings on  Haight Street – it’s amazing. (Come the Revolution, this thing will become Peoples Park West, no doubt.) Note old-school bathtub:

And, oh, here’s District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu carrying water for Civil Sidewalks in the Middle / “Outer” Sunset (The Midset!) on Irving in the rain yesterday:

So that’s your Prop L / Sit-Lie / Civil Sidewalks Update.

The Rev. Billy, and more from Carmen, after the jump

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Local Journalism Panel Discussion Coming to The Booksmith in the Haight on August 9th

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The Booksmith bookstore at 1644 Haight will host a local journalism community panel discussion on August 9th at 7:30 PM. Check it:

“THE EVOLVING LANDSCAPE OF LOCAL JOURNALISM: A Panel Discussion with The Bay Citizen’s LISA FRAZIER, SF Public Press MICHAEL STOLL, Mission Local‘s LYDIA CHAVEZ”

See?

O.K. then.

“This evening we bring some key players in public-interest reporting to The Booksmith to discuss the emerging models which will compete [is compete really an ambitransitive verb?] and compliment the incumbents [nice digital press you have there, Chron baby!] bringing us Bay Area news.”

All right. I don’t know, if you look at the numbers it’s hard to say how “techtonic” a shift we’ve experienced yet, but oh well.  I understand the Chronicle’s business model, I think, IMO, they’re on a sustainable journey (though some might disagree).

Anyway, the price is right for this joint – get there early, as these kinds of BookSmith events fill up early.

See you there!

Remix: Famous Professor Larry Lessig at BookSmith on Haight Street

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

It was Standing Room Only last night at The Booksmith at 1644 Haight Street near Cole because famous Stanford professor Larry Lessig came to town to promote his new book Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy.

You can see a bit of what it was like here, from Larry’s recent appearance on the Colbert Report TV show.

And speaking of The BookSmith, they’re doing all right. See for yourself in yesterday’s clunky, kill-the-straw-dog (“As everyone knows,…”) bit from C.W. Nevius.

(And speaking of Nevius, thanks for all your hard work, See Dub. Without you, I don’t know what I’d “blog on.”)

Now the kids at the bookstore loved Larry but were saddened by the news that he and his fam will soon be off to Fair Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics

Good luck, Larry and family!

“For more than a decade, we’ve been waging a war on our kids in the name of the 20th Century’s model of “copyright law.” In this, the last of his books about copyright, Lawrence Lessig maps both a way back to the 19th century, and to the promise of the 21st. Our past teaches us about the value in “remix.” We need to relearn the lesson. The present teaches us about the potential in a new “hybrid economy” — one where commercial entities leverage value from sharing economies. That future will benefit both commerce and community. If the lawyers could get out of the way, it could be a future we could celebrate.”

Christian Lander Reads “Stuff White People Like” at The Booksmith

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

It was Standing Room Only tonight at The Booksmith on 1644 Haight Street near Cole because famous blogger Christian Lander came to town to promote Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions. The book started from a similarly-named blog:

“While the name has earned it controversy, the blog is not necessarily about the interests of all white people, but rather a subset of the larger population that can be variously described as affluent, well-educated (particularly in the liberal arts), left-wing (e.g. environmentally conscious, anti-corporate), and/or hipster. His book has made several bestseller lists. Lander was reportedly paid a $300,000 advance by the publisher, Random House, for the book rights.”

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Brother Christian read from six relevant passages, including #82 Hating Corporations and #16 Gifted Children.