SOMA Gentrification, 1984 Edition

The Center Of Strange In San Francisco

In City Hall, South-of-Market is spoken of in optimistic tones, as "improving." That means that alleys formerly fit only for truck deliveries and sleeping men are now inexplicably filled with people waiting in line. Rents are going up. Sculptor Aris Demetrios, who has kept a studio South-of-Market for 20 years, is watching the warehouse space in nearby buildings go for $1.50 a square foot--a jump straight up from 25 cents. [...]

The Ramrod is a headquarters for this riding-crop set. At Eighth and Folsom, it was formerly nestled comfortably between wholesale foam outlets and welding companies. Now that the neighborhood's gone Yuppie, the Ramrod shares the block with four new restaurants and a conceptual art gallery. [...] Inside it's homier than one might imagine, with a piano bar and a mural that looks like the weight room at the YMCA. The black-leather cowboys, still here though their numbers are diminishing, bar-hop on Folsom, looking fearsome and jingling their chains and spurs.


DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein you should come see Star Girls because the Facebook Morality Police would prefer that you not.

The Bay Bridge bike path designs are completely insane.

To call me an advocate for bicycling infrastructure would be putting it mildly... but the money it would require to put a bike lane on the Bay Bridge is an idiotic use of public funds that completely dwarfs the Super Bowl and the America's Cup combined by several orders of magnitude. I can't believe they're still spending money -- and so much money -- still even thinking about this.

They've already set fire to ten million dollars just on this study! That's more than half of SFMTA's 2015 budget for bike infrastructure ($17.8M) for this powerpoint of science fiction nonsense. That's real bike lanes you are not riding on right now.

How about something more practical, like a six mile bicycle zip-line, or the Alameda-Weehawken burrito tunnel.

I mean come on:

Another big question is how to get the path across Yerba Buena Island. The options include a bike and walking path that would be suspended from the ceiling of the Yerba Buena Tunnel, providing a direct connection to the west span. Less costly options include building paths above or below Hillcrest Road, which winds around steep terrain on the south side of the island.

In San Francisco, the project would also feature "dual high-capacity and high-speed elevators" on the Embarcadero to quickly move people on and off the path. One option being considered would be to have the elevators open first, in lieu of a ramp touchdown, which could be built later. [...]

Part of the current design effort is to find a design that can be built for under $300 million -- far less than early estimates for the project. Bay Area Toll Authority officials said they are considering raising bridge tolls to cover the cost as part of a regional measure that would also fund a number of other transportation projects. [...]

"We hoped we would come to this day where the political will is lined up," said Rivera. "This project feels like it has so much momentum. It feels like there's no going back."

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Anti Anti-Homeless Spikes

"Nothing says 'keep out' to a person more than rows of sharpened buttplugs laid out to stop people from enjoying or using public space."

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This is completely tragic.

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I hope your tattoos came with an assignment of copyright.

Videogame Maker Sued for Copyright Infringement Over LeBron James' Tattoos

The action was filed on Monday in New York federal court by Solid Oak Sketches, which claims to own copyright to several tattoo designs featured on the bodies of NBA stars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kenyon Martin, DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe. Solid Oak is suing Take-Two Interactive Software and other companies associated with the videogame NBA 2K16 for unauthorized reproductions of those tattoo designs.

The question over whether tattoo designs are copyrightable has never been fully decided by a court, as acknowledged in the new lawsuit. Victor Whitmill's lawsuit against Warner Bros. over Hangover 2 settled as has other disputes including one by a tattoo artist, Christopher Escobedo, who inked a UFC fighter and later asked a bankruptcy court to determine the value of his tattoo claim against videogame publisher THQ.

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*Monster of the Week* has returned!

I was sad that this excellent cartoon re-cap of The X-Files stalled out at Season 4, but guess what -- there's a new season!


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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein I have some things to say about kangaroo dongs.

Mark your calendars

Upcoming events of note:

Fri, Feb 05:   Star Girls @ DNA Lounge
Tue, Feb 09:   Odd Salon @ DNA Lounge
Fri, Feb 19:   Turbo Drive: Dance With The Dead @ DNA Lounge
Sun, Feb 28+29:   B Sides @ DNA Lounge
Fri, Mar 04:   Boots @ Rickshaw Stop
Sat, Mar 05:   Trapeze @ Rickshaw Stop
Sat, Mar 05:   Jessie Evans @ Hemlock Tavern
Fri, Mar 18:   Blanck Mass @ Rickshaw Stop
Wed, Mar 30:   Joy Formidable @ Great American Music Hall
Sun, Apr 17:   Lush @ Warfield
Mon, Apr 18:   Chvrches, Wolf Alice @ Fox Theater
Wed, Apr 20:   Grimes @ Fox Theater
Sun, Jul 10:   Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge @ DNA Lounge

What have you got?

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Vulture cleared of spying, eagles tackle drones

Exhibit A:
Dutch Police Train Eagles to Tackle Drones

They aim to create a fleet of eagles that can take to the skies and prey on drones that infringe air space or hamper official operations such as emergency air ambulance landings. According to Guard from Above, the goal is to draw on the bird's "hunting instincts" to make them hunt down drones.

Exhibit B:
Lebanon returns Israeli vulture cleared of spying

A huge vulture detained in Lebanon on suspicion of spying for Israel has been returned home after UN peacekeepers intervened, Israeli officials said.

The bird flew over the border from an Israeli game reserve and was caught by Lebanese villagers on Tuesday. They became suspicious as the griffon vulture had a tracking device attached to its tail. As well as a GPS transmitter, it had tags on its wings and an engraved metal ring on its leg saying: "Tel Aviv Univ Israel".

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