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SF Sketchfest

The Onion’s coming to San Francisco

My brother is coming to town next week from Brooklyn. He’s a writer for The Onion. He’s on a panel as part of SF Sketchfest, a sketch comedy festival.

He’s joined on the panel by two other Onion writers (of six total) and the editor, as well as Dave Eggers. They go 8pm, Monday January 24th, at Cobb’s Comedy Club in SF.

The Hitherto Impossible in Photography is Our Specialty

Here is an amazing page of photos taken from a kite-mounted camera in post-earthquake 1906 San Francisco. As you can see in this photo, the city has been literally leveled by the quake and fire.

This novel aerial perspective drew world attention. Flown two thousand feet above the bay, the lens scanned the waterfront.

The photos were taked by George R. Lawrence at least three weeks after three days of fires — caused by the earthquake — left at least the two hundred thousand homeless.

Event – Film Screening: See The Elephant!

SEE THE ELEPHANT! – A Political Video Installation about the 2004 Republican National Convention
Created by Ryan Junell – Music by Lesser

About the movie:

“See the Elephant!” is an immerse four-screen video installation with surround sound audio that features convergent viewpoints during the 2004 Republican National Convention. The four video trajectories take place inside the RNC, outside the venue with the authorities, in the streets with the demonstrators, and at arms-length with mass media. Content for the projected piece includes natural sound, impromptu interviews, and overlapping content.

After touring with the video through the swing states in the weeks before the recent election, creator Ryan Junell brings this hour long political experience to his homebase of San Francisco. Proceeds from the screenings go directly to the creation of the interactive dvd of the installation. “See the Elephant!” dvds will be available for pre-order. See for more details about the installation.


Friday, November 26th
Saturday, November 27th

Seatings at 8pm and 9:30pm
$5 or $10 w/drink or $20 w/dvd
(tho the broke are warmly welcomed)

Studio 1-2-3
401 Alabama Street (@ 17th)
San Francisco

If you’d like to attend any of these showings, please RSVP in the comments sections below.

In ryan’s email to me, he included the following quote

I know revisiting political stuff right now is kinda sensitive… but f%#k it. We witnessed so much crazy stuff that the mass media just didn’t want to describe. Half a million people showed up in the streets of NYC to protest the policies of the president and his administration. The Republican machine used their power of authority to suppress political dissent by arresting thousands of demonstrators. Meanwhile, oil men, fundamentalists, and actors took the stage inside Madison Square Garden to rally the conservative base on a platform of fear and war. This event is worth remembering.

ryan junell

Poo Sticks

San Francisco is a city of neighborhoods. The Haight, The Mission, North Beach, Bernal Heights, SoMa (South of Market).

SoMa’s great, I lived and worked there for the first couple San Francisco years. It’s where all the internet companies are (were?), a landscape of warehouses and lofts, machine shops and furniture stores, artist studios and galleries, and diverse overall.

But a thing about SoMa is that there’s an amazing amount of feces laying around. While some people may think that any amount amazing — and I’d be one of these people — there really is a substantial quantity laying around.

Human feces mostly, but that presence seems to encourage dog owners to be slightly more lackadaisical with their collection duties.

I’m not exactly sure why that is. There are lots of homeless people in SoMa, so that obviously contributes. (It’s a flat neighborhood, and probably gets more sun – less fog – than any other area of The City.). In addition to the homeless population, there’s also a lot of drug users and druggie services like rehab clinics and probation offices. I’m not sure if folks that do hard drugs at the end of back alleys also like to shit on the sidewalk, but I wouldn’t put it past ‘em.

Well, at least it’s being put to good use now:

My friend Brian from 1000 Journals sent me this link. Thanks Brian!

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Last time we felt a small earthquake at work I dug up some resources. Well, we felt another one this morning:

In the last 24 28 minutes, there have been at least 21 29 earthquakes on the San Andreas fault about 135 miles south-east of where I work. The strongest had a magnitude of 5.9. Another was 5.0, with the remainder between 1.9 and 4.7… They’re all within a few miles of Parkfield California.

It’s interesting to note that there has been up to One or Two Quakes a Minute in Washington where Rumbling at Mount St. Helens Triggers Alert:

Seismic activity at Mount St. Helens has changed significantly during the past 24 hours and the changes make us believe that there is an increased likelihood of a hazardous event

Meanwhile, about 150km north-west of Tokyo, Mt Asama erupted again on Thurdsay after burst back into life earlier this month in its biggest eruption in 21 years.

Check out the global seismic monitor to remember that disasters aren’t always man made.

U.S. Geological Survey, Earthquake Info

Quake: Latest Quake Info U.S. Geological Survey, Earthquake Hazards Program – maps, news, updates

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