Under Construction: 5 (Mostly) Green Alternatives to Dolores Park

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San Franciscans are all too familiar with cramped spaces and obligatory shoulder-to-shoulder contact with strangers.

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Man vs. Robot: An Epic Ping Pong Battle

Ping Pong gets intense

Update, March 11: The epic match is already over, watch what happened and see who won (link below).

Tomorrow, one of the top table tennis players in the world, Timo Boll, will take on the fastest robot ever built, KUKA KR AGILUS, in a game for the ages.

The match will be featured on kuka-timoboll.com; but, currently, the site is not able to handle the amount of traffic coming in. So we're going to give the first point to Boll. Sorry KUKA, this doesn't bode well for you if IT can't handle a website. (Update: The site is working, but slow to load, so you can watch the duel on YouTube.)

We hope they figure out the site soon, we haven't been this excited to watch a ping pong match since Forest Gump versus China.

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The Perez Brothers Weigh In on Discrimination with Latest Video

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For those of you who happen to live under a rock, the Winter Olympicsare currently taking place in Sochi, Russia.

Due to laws passed by Russia in June 2013 that prohibit anyone from distributing any information about homosexuality to children, many people -- citizens and officials alike -- are boycotting the Olympics. Award-winning film directors The Perez Brothers have made their opinions on the subject known in their latest short film The Weigh In. It simultaneously gives the finger to homophobia and a new meaning to the term "contact sports."

You may be familiar with other works by The Perez Brothers; they've made several music videos for bands such as Mister Loveless and the Oakland band Tremor Low. Their films have also appeared on ESPN.

Check out The Weigh In:

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In the Hole: Urban Putt to Open First Indoor Mini-Golf Course in San Francisco

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Turning the San Francisco skyline into a mini-golf course.

Steve Fox sure knows how to play a mean game of mini golf.

From getting the grip just right on the putter to navigating the obstacles in every hole, mini golf has truly taken over his mind and life. In fact, he and his wife are truly possessed by the sport.

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Steve Fox holding an unfinished model of the mini-golf version of the Transamerica Pyramid.

"I'm a big mini-golf man and starting in '93, my wife and I would host these mini-golf extravaganzas where people would design golf hole and we'd built them," Fox said. "They become more and more elaborate as time went on. We'd have tubes going through the walls from upstairs to downstairs. I almost destroyed the house many times. It was very much like Burning Man Put Put."

He even quit his job as a professional journalist after 35 years to pursue mini golf full time.

But instead of keeping it be a personal obsession, Fox is turning his passion into San Francisco's first indoor mini-golf course that has interactive kinetic sculptures depicting San Francisco landmarks, history, culture fused with Jules Verne/ Rube Goldberg steam punk. The mini-golf course will also feature an adjoining restaurant and bar area.

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Your Brain on Sports: Author Eric Simons Talks About the Science of Obsessing Over Your Favorite Teams

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By Emilie Mutert

Bay Area sports fan and journalist Eric Simons wasn't sure why he stayed so faithful to his favorite teams -- the Bears and the Sharks -- even though they were notorious chokers. Was his loyalty based on romantic love? Was it an addiction? And what was going on inside his mind and body during games that would get his pulse up and make him sweat, as though he were one of those athletes down on the field?

Simons' new book, The Secret Lives of Sports Fans: The Science of Sports Obsession, explains the research about what's going on inside our minds and bodies when our favorite teams win, lose, and keep us on the edge of our seats. He interviewed leaders in the fields of psychology, neuroscience and endocrinology, along with some seriously devoted sports fans in his quest for an explanation.

As college basketball comes to a close and the baseball season gets underway, Simons covers some of the finer points with us. The conclusions? As with most relationships, it's complicated.

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Linsanity Shows a Rarely Seen Side of Basketball Star Jeremy Lin

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Evan Jackson Leong, the director of "Linsanity"
In the opening minutes of Evan Jackson Leong's documentary, Linsanity, basketball star Jeremy Lin remembers security guards stopping him when he was walking into the players' entrance at Madison Square Garden, not recognizing he was on the team.

"That scene has a lot of layers," Leong says. "It shows a lot about racism and how Jeremy deals with it -- he can laugh about it. He doesn't let it bother him. He's on the team, and they don't know he's on the team and never think an Asian guy would be on the team."

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Five Questions for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master


In 1993, the Gracie family of Brazil changed the martial arts world forever. They held a no-holds-barred fighting tournament in Denver, CO., billed as the Ultimate Fighting Championship. There were no weight classes, very few rules, and experts from several different fighting styles were invited to compete. The smallest competitor, Royce Gracie, won the competition, defeating all of his opponents in under five minutes. Royce credited his family's style of jiu-jitsu with his success.

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Put Buster Posey on the Cover of a Videogame

Who you gonna call?

Calling all Buster Posey fans (or everyone who wants Giants representation in as many conceivable forms of media as possible)! Here's your chance to put the much-adored SF Giants catcher, and recently named NL MVP, on the cover of the videogame MLB 13: The Show .

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Video of the Day: Fight Hunger with Football

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former Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick, now of the 49ers.

Just when AT&T Park has had a chance to cool off after the Giants' World Series win, another high profile event comes to town. But this one's in tune with the holiday spirit. The Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Game, recently renamed from the previous incarnation as the Emerald Bowl, is the premiere event in the college football bowl lineup.

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S.F. a Cappella Group the House Jacks Add Voice to Monday Night Football and The Sing-Off

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Berlin-Style Ping Pong and Dance Karaoke with DJ Purple? The World Better Not End Thursday!

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You've probably played ping pong, the miniature version of tennis once seen only in frat houses and summer camps, but has since found its place in the limelight, with help from Forrest Gump and the Olympics. With Berlin-style ping pong, we are asked to, as the Germans never say, "sample lederhosen of a different variety." This game takes as many people as can fit around a table, gives them all a paddle, and allows them one shot to volley the ball across the net. If they nail it, they move out of the way and rejoin the circle. If flub it, they're out, until only one person is left, reaping all the glory that can be mustered from group ping pong.

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Instagram Parody of Nickelback's "Photograph" Is Hilarious and True (Video)

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