Building a Human

An Instructional Film made by The Visitors for Human Collaborators on Edité-Frignim (Earth).

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DNA Lounge: Wherein 4AM Last Call has been defeated, again.

To the great surprise of nobody, Senator Leno's bill that would have been the first step (of many) in allowing San Francisco to move Last Call from 2AM to 4AM has been defeated.

The last time we tried this was in 2004, and it did not go well that time either.

The Facebook page says:

We did not get the 6 votes needed to keep this bill alive in the state senate. This is sad news for the over 10,000 folks who emailed the state senators and all the people who wanted this to become real, we do have an opportunity.

It's telling that when you google for information about this, the only hits you find are the various "Stop SB 635" sites put up by the prohibitionists. Not even a statement on its defeat from Leno, that I can find. Clearly the opposition out-spent and out-organized those of us who wanted the laws governing how San Franciscans may spend their evenings to come from San Francisco instead of Sacramento.

There's some talk of a ballot measure to try again, but that can't happen before 2016, and it will surely just be out-organized and out-spent, like this one was.


SOMA Nature Walk: Everybody Mom Chung Tonight

Your intrepid reporter froze his ass off for an hour and a half to bring you these important images. It was a very slow process, and is ongoing. They have to be done by 5AM to reopen the road, but I didn't have the stamina/layers.

This disc is the engine that the cutting blades attach to. The other piece on the truck, which I think goes behind this one, goes into the hole on Monday night. The cutting blades go on some time later. "Everyone shows up for that", said the foreman. "Those are really cool."

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DNA Lounge: Wherein Prince has left the building.

Our hard tickets were pretty sweet.

Well, that was four of the best shows I've ever seen in my life. I just watched Prince perform for six to eight hours, and I would have watched a third night as well if we were lucky enough to have one.

He's just mind-blowing. He is a force of nature. And his band is amazing, too. Here, read some reviews:

My mom couldn't stop talking about how much this show reminded her of seeing Hendrix at Woodstock.

This has been an exhausting few weeks, but: we nailed it.

Our staff did such a fantastic job under incredibly stressful conditions! Many of them put in double shifts, two days in a row.

In fact, a number of customers who were sending us hate mail complemented the staff, e.g., "This show was terrible and this is the worst venue the world has ever seen, even though the staff was nice." We got two phone calls today from people calling to say only, "You guys did a great job and your staff was awesome." Nobody ever calls, or even emails, to say things like that. People only call to complain about something!

So let's hear it for the DNA crew. Well done, folks!

Lots of people were pissed off about lots of things, though. The entitlement ran deep. So very deep. A few of the more popular things that people hated on us over:

  • It was so expensive, you're so greedy. (The ticket price wasn't our decision, but even so, I'd say that the fact that all four shows sold out in 90 minutes means that the market says that it was underpriced. Also, you'd have paid that much for seats in section 1 of the Oakland Coliseum and still been seated as far from the stage as DNA Lounge is from Slim's!)

  • It was totally unfair of you to announce the show and put tickets on sale at the same time. (Also not our decision, but I can't think of anything more "fair" than leaving your opportunity to get a ticket almost entirely to chance.)

  • It was totally unfair of you to release 40 more tickets for a discounted price on the day of the show, so you should give me (and, presumably, the other 3,000 people) a refund. (Also not our decision, but come on, these people apparently believe that if any product ever goes on sale, every person who has ever bought one should get their money back.)

  • It was crowded, it shouldn't have been crowded. (Presumably they'd rather we let half as many people in, charge twice as much, and halve their chances of being able to attend at all?)

  • I got here late and chose to stand at the back behind a tall guy and couldn't see, you suck.

  • It's unfair that you won't give me a VIP booth for free, because I'm old / my wife is pregnant / my service animal doesn't like to stand for that long.

Overall, though, response has been overwhelmingly positive.

We must live in a far more violent world than I realized, though, because it seems that about one in fifteen people are mugged and have their credit cards stolen over any given three week period. These were all people trying to use scalped tickets, hoping that if they all gave us exactly the same obvious story, we wouldn't check their credit card at will-call. Probably a couple of them were telling the truth, but we heard this story so many times it's just statistically impossible.

At its peak, the line wrapped all the way around the block: it turned the corner onto Tenth Street. Here's some video I shot of it, when it was not-quite-yet turning the corner:

Still, once the doors were open, we got all those people inside in about 20 minutes.

One of the things Prince wanted was a curtain at the front of the stage. We don't have one, so we rented one, and it was pretty awesome, check this out:

Once the band was set up, though, the curtain was kind of in the way, so they decided not to use it at all. Bummer.

I've realized that I never told our Prince story from 2000! We were deep in the throes of remodeling, and there was no floor in the main room: they were excavating the drains, so it was basically piles of dirt and open trenches full of rust and horror. It looked like this. This is the view from standing on the stage, looking at where the main bar is now:

And then we got a phone call: Prince would like to play a secret after-show there in three days.

Barry and I stood on top of one of those piles of dirt staring at that room for hours, yelling at each other and trying to figure out how we were going to cover this open pit with plywood and rent and install an entire sound system in two days. Because you do not say no to Prince. But we did. We said no.

Thirteen years later, though!

Here's a view we don't get to see very often: Prince's tour bus, shot from a neighbor's apartment:

This is approximately as close as you were allowed to get to Prince with a camera in hand.

Even I couldn't get a photo pass. In my own club.

But you don't say no to Prince.


SOMA Nature Walk

Since I knew you were all wondering, I asked: they are not manufacturing the wall tiles on site like in that video, but are shipping them in from Germany.

So there you go.

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Sweet ride.

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Manic Pixie Prostitute

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Tomás Saraceno.

On Space Time Foam:

"In Cube Hangar Bicocca, three membranes swell and transparent plastic, suspended 16 meters in height. Few people floating, walking on a dome organic than 1,200 square meters. And space distorts any liability ratio of the distance."

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