Archive for July, 2008

Summer Bike Swap Comes to Panhandle

High up on the list of things I can’t enough of locally are the Panhandle, bikes, and bartering. Enter the Panhandle Bike Swap and Summer Party on the afternoon of August 17, a date at which it may just be starting to feel like summer in other parts of the state.

According to a local fixed gear aficionado/friend, “There’s talk of a ‘bike Olympics’ competition that would potentially include bike polo, Goldsprints (racing on rollers) and a bike toss (as in, how far you can throw an already wrecked frame). No confirmation on this yet.”

Participants are encouraged to bring bike parts for Cycles of Change, an East Bay program that provides cycling and nutrition education to urban youth. The organization offers a summer touring program that takes young students on bike trips around California after teaching them about safe urban riding. Sounds like something we could all use.

SFFS: Mad for Manchester

Ian Curtis
[Ian Curtis, singer of Joy Division. Photo attribution unknown; I found it here.]

If you’re looking for something to do tonight and you’re into Joy Division, SF360 is running a program at one of our favorite clubs, Mezzanine, all about the late-70s rock group Joy Division. Remember Joy Division? Sure you do. After singer Ian Curtis committed suicide a few weeks shy of his 24th birthday, the group re-formed as New Order. If you don’t know either one … where have you been, anyway?

The program consists of two films and a musical interlude. The first film, which screens at 7:30, is a documentary about the band directed by Grant Gee, the same guy who did the Radiohead doc, Meeting People is Easy. The second film starts at 10:00; it’s a biopic about Ian Curtis, called Control. I’m not much for biopics, but I’ve heard good things about this one.

The musical interlude is going to be a Manchester-themed set spun by DJ Axelson.

Event page here; tix $12. Hope to see you there!

Send mugwumpin to Egypt (and back)

mugwumpin, the experimental theater group whose show super:anti:reluctant I wrote about in November 2006, has been accepted to perform the play at the Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre, and they’re looking for help. You can send them money or airline miles (contact Chris at 415.341.7838 or and get these American beauties to the cradle of civilization — and back!


Check out BBTV’s coverage of the Long Now’s mechanicrawl, which took place on July 12th of this year. In case you aren’t familiar The Long Now foundation is an incredible (local) organization, focused on long term thinking.

The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996* to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

And we are treated to video coverage…

Boing Boing tv guest correspondent Todd Lappin (R) and cameraninja Eddie Codel (L) trek to the Long Now Foundation’s first-ever Mechanicrawl event, and bring back tales of early analog computing, fantastic timepieces, and impossibly eccentric mechanical things.


Also from Laughing Squid.

Pic courtesy of Todd Lappin.

TV back on ‘Streets of San Francisco’

streets-of-san-francisco.jpgCBS will release a new version of the 1970s TV series “The Streets of San Francisco.” The original series, starring Karl Malden and Michael Douglas (seen at left), ran for five seasons from 1972 to 1977.

Producers of the new show suggested the old cop-young cop pairing of the series — to be duplicated in the new show — was similar to the 2008 presidential race. “One, like Obama, wants to be active and believes in rehabilitation, while the other one, like McCain, doesn’t quite believe in rehabilitation and believes that the enemy is the enemy,” said one of the writers.

Pic of the Day: View from the Marriot


Taken by Ville Miettinen, aka wili_hybrid.

Mohr and more writing

Congratulations to San Francisco’s Joshua Mohr, whose debut novel “Some Things That Meant the World To Me” has been sold as part of a two-book deal, according to Publisher’s Marketplace. Mohr teaches a writing course at the local The Writing Salon and has had several short stories in litmags. But as far as I can tell from Google, he has neither a website nor a blog. So he actually might write a second book some day!

In Marin, the literary scene in remote but picturesque Point Reyes Station [map] was the subject of a long article in the Marin Independent Journal on Sunday. The piece draws attention to the visits by nationally known authors and political figures, as well as a recent three-day Stegner conference.

And the folks at Stephen Elliott‘s Progressive Reading Series are excited about the upcoming August 16 show to be headlined by Jonathan Franzen.

Introducing The Hub


If Metblogs is a city, hub.metblogs is the playground. We kept hearing from people that one of their favorite parts of Metblogs was meeting and interacting with readers and writers from other parts of the world, as well as getting requests for more ways that readers could be involved besides just posting comments. We thought about this for a while and decided that with a network like this, a giant community area where folks from all over the world could hang out, post photos and videos, talk with each other, form groups, play games, send messages, and do about a million other things was probably a pretty fun idea. The Hub is that.

If you have any tech ideas or suggestions join this group and speak up. See you on hub.metblogs!

Bad week for Weiner

weiner.gifIt’s been a bad week for comedian Michael Weiner, whose national broadcasts as “Michael Savage” from a San Francisco studio have dirtied the airwaves for several years. First his network was forced to clarify and backtrack on his July 16 comments that children with autism are likely just “brats” who should be told to “act like a man” and “told to cut the act out.”

Protests against Weiner continued Sunday with a demonstration in front of San Francisco station KNEW, where he records his nationally syndicated program.

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What We Need is More Ts.

At the Renegade Craft Fair at Fort Mason recently I came across Campfire Goods, an Ohio-based company graphic design trio that prints typographic city-themed T-shirts. It’s not an earth-shattering concept, but their simple use of illustration makes the wares interesting. Personal favorites of the Bay Area variety include “City of the Sunny Side/Oakland” and an iconic Alcatraz cutout (although “I Got My Burrito In San Francisco” feels less than fresh). It seems unclear how the company plans to keep a location-based fashion idea novel, but it makes for an easy summer birthday gift for now.

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