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A Brief History of the Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

“I’ll tell you, Mavericks used to be something, man. But now it’s all corporate and shit, man.”

Sort of.

Hey, isn’t the Mavericks surf contest just like the Burning Man festival? Just look where they got started – same beach, different county:

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I’ll you, ten years from now, you’ll hear about some underground event what’s been gaining in popularity and I’ll bet you it will have gotten its start on one of these Bay Area beaches that you can see in the photo.

Anyway, Mavs is on, once again, this coming Friday, January 24th, 2014.

Now back in the day, to see Mavericks you’d just park you ride on the Pacific Coast Highway and then ride your bikes to the beach. Easy peasy.

And then they’d let you climb up on the bluff for a good view (even though people fell off of it all the time).

This big green thing:

(Mmmm… why do these rocks a “breakwater?”)

And then they didn’t want people on the bluff so they put up an “event village” or something on the beach below.

Dangerous hilarity ensued, due to what they called a “sneaker wave,” but really it was just kind of a regular wave

Via dwan.mac click to expand

And then, Mavs went Hollywood:

But, you know, I guess it’s really the same event as it always was.

Fundamentally.

(Just as with Burning Man.)

So, look for all the same thrills chills and spills as back in the day:

Darryl “Flea” Virostko was a tad aggressive in the first round of 2008:

Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF 300mm 2.8 IS plus Canon 2x II extender at f8.0

And if you’re on a boat with an aggressive Captain, this will be your view on Friday, January 23rd, 2014:

All right, see you there!

But let’s hope we have more lulz than lulls.

‘Cause nobody wants to see too many heats like this:

Tink happy tots!

OMG, MUJI Food, MUJI Food, MUJI Food! Japanese Clothing Store in SoMA Now Offers Food

Friday, January 17th, 2014

All the deets:

“New Arrival – MUJI Food

NEW YORK – Thursday, January 16. 2014 – MUJI U.S.A. Limited announces that MUJI Food will be launched at MUJI SOMA and MUJI San Jose store January 17, following the encouraging start at MUJI Hollywood Flagship store. The store will offer a wide range of popular MUJI food with 23 snacks, 14 teas, and 3 seasonings. All merchandise is subject to availability.”

MUJI SOMA

540 9th street

(Between Bryant and Brannan Streets)

Tel: 415.694.5981

Monday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Store Directions
Free Parking Available

MUJI offers good quality products such as a wide variety of stationeries, household items and apparel at reasonable prices. Mujirushi Ryohin,“MUJI” in Japanese means “no-brand quality goods”. The value of the MUJI product is in its effectiveness without the renowned brand or designer name. The essence of MUJI products lies in its simplicity, flexibility and modesty to fit different life styles and individual preferences. MUJI, originally founded in Japan, does not direct its products to be affected by any trends and “isms”, rather, aims to be universally relevant. MUJI products maintain reasonable price levels, not by compromising quality, but by avoiding the waste typical of many products’ manufacturing and distribution — unnecessary functionality, excess decoration, and needless packaging.

About MUJI U.S. A. LIMITED
MUJI U.S.A. LIMITED is the U.S. subsidiary of Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd. which is MUJI’s corporate entity incorporated in Japan. Since its founding in 1980, MUJI has expanded around the world and has 379 stores in Japan and has 206 stores in other countries as of February 2013. Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd., is a public company traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (ticker number: 7453) with $2.35 billion in sales in 2012.

Man, This Looks Like a Lot of Effort to Carry Around Just Two Pedicabs – The Massive “Cabrio Mobile” Chevy Suburban

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

At first I figured a trailer would be easier, but this rig has a trailer as well – Cabrio Mobile.

Must be a bear to park this thing:

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OMG, It’s the Free Adobe Photoshop Destination CC Tour! Thursday, Oct 17, 2013, 6-10 PM in San Jose

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Register now, if you want to go:

Photoshop Destination CC Tour
Oct 17, 2013 6PM – 10PM
San Jose, CA - 
Calling Photographers of all levels; Hobbyists to Professional. You deserve an event where you learn what you REALLY need. Learn how to work smart and fast while getting the most out of your photographs easily. One of the most accomplished Photoshop Gurus in the world is coming to your city to share his secrets for one evening only at this free event. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to take your Photoshop skills to the next level and learn all the essential new features of Photoshop CC.This event is FREE, but seating is limited — reserve your spot by registering below.
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The Craziest Billboard Ever: “Visit Beautiful Island! Dodko, Korea!” – Insincerely Looming Over the I-80 in SoMA

Friday, August 30th, 2013

All right, here we go:

“The Liancourt Rocks … are a group of small islets in the Sea of Japan.”

Visiting these rocks for just 20 minutes, maximum, would involve a two lengthy flights* and then a 14-hour round-trip boat ride.

So this billboard, which is getting a lot of attention in South Korea, isn’t to promote tourism, it’s to promote politics:

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So it’s just like this one** (that used to be near AT&T Park?) that was put up by a Yelp three-star dentist from San Jose, who*** probably charges too much money if he has the spare cash to produce ineffectual billboards like these.

Which is fair enough.

I s’pose.

Now the thing about the “East Sea” is that every sea is an east sea, right? So we should rename the Atlantic Ocean the East Ocean because that’s how it seems from our perspective? And without Japan, the Sea of Japan would just be the Pacific Ocean, right?

All right, I’ll just sit back and wait for the invasion of the Liancourt Rocks, which is never going to happen, but if it did, it would go a little something like this.

All the deets:

“The Liancourt Rocks, also known as Dokdo or Tokto (독도/獨島, literally “solitary island”) in Korean, and Takeshima (たけしま/竹島?, literally “bamboo island”) in Japanese,[1] are a group of small islets in the Sea of Japan.” 

* Crew Resource Management optional?

** Significant? No. Nobody cared about the World Baseball Classic, 90% of San Franciscans have no knowledge of it.

*** Am I supposed to know what “Top Best *8*” means? I don’t.

The New Cirque du Soleil Show is Going to be Awesome – AMALUNA Starts 11-15-13 in SF, 1-22-14 in SJ – Buy Ticks Now

Monday, June 10th, 2013

I’ll ask you, have you ever been to a bad Cirque du Soleil?

Now, supposedly we had a bad one blow through town a few years back down at the Cow Palace. Your local MSM Arts crew was non-enthusiastic – not all of them wanted to go review it, see?  So comped tickets made it all the way down to people involved with lesser blogs, such as your truly.

And I’ll tell you, C du S in that ugly, ugly Daly City concrete blockhouse was awesome. They had like 17 bits to do and 16 of them were very impressive or better. And keep in mind that this was an older show that was put on not under the big tent.

So now we have a brand new show coming to town starting November 15th, 2013.

The time to buy tickets for it is right now. You’ll thank yourself later on.

All the deets:

 

AMALUNA UNDER THE BIG TOP
ACCESS TICKETS BEFORE EVERYONE ELSE 

Bonjour. Time is quickly running out for the pre-sale ofAmaluna in Northern California — tickets will be made available to the general public on June 14.*

San Francisco, CA
               At AT&T Park
Opening November 15, 2013
> Buy pre-sale tickets

San Jose, CA
               At Taylor Street Bridge – E Lot
Opening January 22, 2014
> Buy pre-sale tickets

Don’t miss this last chance to secure the best seats before everyone else!

We look forward to seeing you under the Big Top!

À bientôt !

PREVIEW THE SHOW
PREVIEW THE SHOW

OMG, Burger King Delivery is Coming to the Greater San Francisco Area! – “BK Delivers” – “Innovative Packaging”

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Deliver me three Quad Stackers stat!

That’s what you’ll be saying soon enough, once BK Delivers gets going.

MEAT CHEESE BACON REPEAT. We really knew how to live back in the aughts: 

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Mind you, Burger King has enough trouble in the notoriously high cost 415 without worrying about delivery, but read the news and turn the pages, below. (Looks like Oakland’s going to beat us, once again.)

Wonder if BK’ll accept EBT Electronic Benefit Transfer food stamps as payment the way some San Francisco Burgers King do already, you know, gladly.

Anyway:

“Burger King® Expands Its Delivery Service To Chicago, Los Angeles And San Francisco

Innovative Packaging Technology Delivers Hot, Freshly Prepared BK® Meals Directly to Guests in more Regions of the U.S.

MIAMI, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Burger King Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: BKW) invites guests in greater Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles to discover why TASTE IS KING(SM) from the comfort of their home or office as the BURGER KING® brand expands the BK(®) Delivers program. With as many as 20 participating restaurants in Chicago and Los Angeles and 15 more in the San Francisco Bay Area, guests can now enjoy their favorites, like the WHOPPER(®) sandwich and hot, crispy fries, delivered to the address of their choosing.

“BK(®) Delivers is already performing well in New York, Miami, Houston and greater Washington, D.C.  As its popularity has grown, we have seen an increasing demand for the program in other markets,” said Alex Macedo, President of North America, Burger King Worldwide, Inc.  ”Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago have some of our most loyal guests and the BURGER KING® brand is excited to offer them the opportunity to enjoy the food they love, delivered to them in the comfort of their home, dorm or office.

BK(®) Delivers allows guests in the delivery zone to customize and order their BK® favorites simply by visiting BKDelivers.com  from a computer or mobile phone or by calling toll free to 855-ORDER-BK (855-673-3725). Guests receive hot food that is hot, and cold items which stay cold, thanks to BK(®) proprietary thermal packaging technology, all without leaving the comfort of their home or office. Best of all, the system remembers guests’ orders for simple, one touch ordering with each subsequent order.

BK(®) Delivers plans to continue to expand and be available in even more locations in the Chicago metropolitan area over the next several months, serving Lincoln Park, Evanston, Skokie, The Loop, Cicero, Downers Grove and Logan Square.  In Southern California, BK® Delivers will be available across a wide area, including Central LA, Echo Park, Glendale, Burbank, Hollywood, Eagle Rock, Anaheim, Covina, Garden Grove, La Puente, Chinatown, Koreatown and Santa Ana.  In the San Francisco bay area, service will be rolled out to Oakland, Union City, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Jose, Milpitas, Cupertino, Sunnyvale and Alum Rock shortly.

There are a wide variety of markets in which guests and franchisees have shown tremendous interest in receiving BK® Delivers.  The company is looking to expand and would like its’ guests to have input on its’ direction.  For those guests, whose cities aren’t mentioned above, that would like to see BK(®) Delivers come to them, please visit BKDelivers.com  and log your zip code to let BURGER KING(®) know where you live; then simply add your email address to get alerts once BK® Delivers arrives in your area.

BK(®) Delivers is currently available in New York, Miami, Houston and greater Washington, D.C.  It has shown wide scale traction since its inception, including the ability to attract and maintain loyal customers with an amazing loyalty program that offers up FREE sandwiches and exciting news surrounding the BK® Delivers program.

With a minimum food order of $10, guests can choose from a wide variety of established favorites, as well as popular new limited time menu items.  These include the brand’s signature WHOPPER(®) sandwich, as well as the new Loaded Tater Tots(TM)and its line of real fruit smoothies. Orders can be placed during delivery operating hours of 11 am until 10 pm. Delivery must be to a physical address that falls within a delivery zone of a participating restaurant. Delivery times and prices vary by location.

Please visit BKDelivers.com to see the complete menu or for a list of participating restaurants.

Follow us on our BK® Delivers Facebook or visit our Twitter page for exciting promotions and to see when it will be available in your area.

ABOUT BURGER KING WORLDWIDE, INC.
Founded in 1954, BURGER KING(®) (NYSE: BKW) is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER(®), the BURGER KING(®) system operates in nearly 13,000 locations serving over 11 million guests daily in 86 countries and territories worldwide. Approximately 97 percent of BURGER KING(®) restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about Burger King Worldwide, please visit the company’s website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

SOURCE  Burger King Worldwide, Inc.

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Man, That Mavericks Surf Contest Aint What It Used To Be, Man – (Just as with Burning Man!) – A Brief History of Mavs

Friday, January 18th, 2013

I’ll tell you, Mavericks used to be something, man. But now it’s all corporate and shit, man.

Sort of.

Hey, isn’t the Mavericks surf contest just like the Burning Man? Just look where they got started – same beach, different county:

Click to expand

I’ll you, ten years from now, you’ll hear about some underground event what’s been gaining in popularity and I’ll bet you it will have gotten its start on one of these Bay Area, Pacific Coast beaches that you can see in the photo.

Anyway, Mavs is on, once again, this coming Sunday, January 20th, 2013.

Now back in the day, to see Mavericks you’d just park you ride on the Pacific Coast Highway and then ride your bikes to the beach. Easy peasy.

And then they’d let you climb up on the bluff for a good view (even though people fell off of it all the time).

This thing:

(Mmmm… why do these rocks a “breakwater”)

And then they didn’t want people on the bluff so they put up an “event village” or something on the beach below.

Dangerous hilarity ensued:

Via dwan.mac click to expand

And then, Mavs went Hollywood:

But, you know, I guess it’s really the same event as it always was.

Fundamentally.

(Just as with Burning Man.)

So, look for all the same thrills chills and spills as back in the day:

Darryl “Flea” Virostko was a tad aggressive in the first round of 2008:

Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF 300mm 2.8 IS plus Canon 2x II extender at f8.0

And if you’re on a boat with an aggressive Captain, this will be your view on Sunday* January 20th, 2013:

All right, see you there!

But let’s hope we have more lulz than lulls.

‘Cause nobody wants to see too many heats like this:

Tink happy tots!

*Boy, isn’t that a sponsor-friendly day of the week? How convenient! Let’s hope the waves show up in addition to all the sponsors and advertisers…

OMG, “Pi In The Sky” is Coming in September! Five Skywriting Planes Flying Over Your Favorite Tech Company

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

This isn’t for me, but maybe it’s for you.

Presenting “ZERO1 Biennial, Seeking Silicon Valley”

This’ll take place mostly in the San Hoser area, but they’ll have stuff up here in the 415 as well.

All the deets below and after the jump.

And here’s the highlight of the show:

San Francisco designer known as ISHKY is creating a spectacular public artwork called Pi in the Sky. Sending five synchronized skywriting planes on a two hour journey across the Bay Area – over a pantheon of mathematically inclined institutions: NASA Ames, Livermore Labs, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple – Pi in the Sky will fill the blue expanse with streams of numbers, 3.14159265… The planes, which will be released sometime during the opening weekend of the Biennial when the weather is optimal, will be equipped with dot-matrix skywriting technology that produces numbers nearly a quarter-mile tall. 

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders

ZERO1 Biennial
Seeking Silicon Valley
September 12 – December 8, 2012

August 2012, San Jose, CA – ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network is pleased to announce schedule highlights for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial, one of the world’s only Biennials to focus on the convergence of contemporary art and technology, taking place in Silicon Valley, around the Bay Area, and beyond this September 12 to December 8.

Inviting more than 150 artists from over 13 countries, the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial will present works at the forefront of media art – collaborating with local, regional, national and international cultural institutions and iconic Silicon Valley companies to showcase three months of exhibitions, events, and performances – in museums and galleries, in skywriting above San Francisco, in the streets and storefronts of Silicon Valley, on iPads and smartphones, and across the World Wide Web.

The 2012 ZERO1 Biennial theme and the core Biennial exhibition, Seeking Silicon Valley, was inspired by Silicon Valley’s globally renowned reputation as the hub of high-tech entrepreneurial innovation and networked creativity, as much as from the region’s conspicuous lack of publicly accessible features including borders, a defining architecture, a singular culture, and a cohesive sense of place. Biennial artists and the Biennial’s partnering organizations have been charged with articulating the2012 theme Seeking Silicon Valley in all of the showcased performances, exhibitions, events and panels.

For three months throughout the Bay Area the Biennial will feature installations, interactive media, sculptures, online works, videos and performances by artists who are utilizing technology to create contemporary art in original and provocative ways. The lineup of Biennial artists for 2012 include such notable art world figures as Lynn Hershman Leeson, whose new cinematic installationPresent Tense – examining the human effects of global water toxicity and including high definition videos of babies swimming under water – will debut as part of the Biennial’s main exhibition,Seeking Silicon Valley. Partnering with eBay Inc., Jer Thorp, the New York Times’ lauded Data Artist in Residence, and Columbia professor Mark Hansen have been commissioned to create a data-driven work. The public can view the piece  – which ties excerpts from classic literature to eBay listings and transactions – as it is projected on the Internet giant’s North Campus entrance starting September 12, 2012 when the Biennial launches.

Like all of the artworks in this uniquely collaborative Biennial – a dynamic network of shows and events involving an established and esteemed group of cultural partners, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University Institute for Creativity and the Arts,New York’s Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Russia’s Ural Industrial Biennial, and the South Korean biennial Media City Seoul – the eBay Inc. installation was inspired by the 2012 Biennial theme Seeking Silicon Valley.

“Silicon Valley is an idea as much as a place,” says Biennial Lead Curator and ZERO1’s Director of Programs Jaime Austin. “Renowned globally as a hub of entrepreneurship and innovation, Silicon Valley is notoriously difficult to experience. More than a specific location it is a network of freeways, technologies, companies, and relationships connected in a complex physical and virtual web. Modeling this networked nature, the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial is a network of curators from different countries bringing a global perspective to the Biennial exhibition, a network of contemporary artists sharing and presenting work, as well as a network of Biennial partners presenting exhibitions, events and performances connecting Silicon Valley and beyond.”

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OMG, It’s “War Horse” at Our Curran Theatre – A Spectacle – Positive to Enthusiastic Reviews – Ends Sept. 9th

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

I don’t know what you’re looking for in a play, but how’s this?

2011 Tony Awards:
  • Best Play
  • Best Direction (Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris)
  • Best Scenic Design (Rae Smith, winner)
  • Best Lighting Design (Paule Constable, winner)
  • Best Sound Design (Christopher Shutt, winner)

In addition, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones of Handspring Puppet Company won the Special Tony Award for War Horse.

So yeah, War Horse at our SHN Curran Theatre is a puppet show based on a children’s book, but it looks amazing.

Speaking of which, here’s SFPD horse “Hammer” meeting SHN horse puppet “Joey” the other day in Golden Gate Park – check the video:

Click to expand – more deets on this equine experiment from Kavin Fagan here

And, the reviews:

Miracles abound in the electrifying “War Horse per Robert Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle

A theatrical coup” per long-time San Francisco critic Janos Gereben

It’s “spellbinding” per Karen D’Souza of the San Jose Mercury News

War Horse earns its stripesper Ken Marks of KQED

War Horse is the one touring show that shouldn’t be missed“ per Cy Ashley Webb of the Stark Insider

Four stars out of five per Albert Goodwyn, SF Performing Arts Examiner

It’s a great show. You (and your kin aged 12 and up) ought to go see it.

And oh, BTW, if you don’t already have tickets for The Book of Mormon, you know, the Best Musical of the Century (already!) per the New York Times, well, it’s time to start freaking out. You can’t buy tickets now because the only way to do that is to get a subscription for the 2012-2013 season (you know, Lion King, Wicked, etc.) but here’s the catch: SOLD OUT, baby! Already. So you’re going to need to move move move when individual tickets go on sale, whenever that will be. BoM, which is, fundamentally, a “love letter to religion written by an atheist,” however foul-mouthed it may be, will only be here for five short weeks. Every last show will sell out, just saying.