|Such a bargain!|
|Such a bargain!|
At first, we assumed she was interested in helping your dad (but not your mom) with his heroin habits. But then it occurred to us that she's not actually offering to help anyone with heroin or anything for that matter, which made this random SOMA flyer all that more bewildering.
So we did exactly what any curious person trapped in a cubicle would do: We dialed the 1-800 number listed on the green flyer to find out what the hell is going on here.More »
After a spate of setbacks in December -- including a precipitous dip in value, a ban in China, and opprobrium from various economic-minded tech bloggers -- Bitcoin has announced its triumphant return.
A single coin currently goes for about $980 US dollars (a figure that keeps jostling, even as we type), which theoretically is enough to pay a month's rent in the Richmond, or fund several doctor's appointments. Bitcoin Not Bombs donated hundreds of hooded sweatshirts to the city's homeless, and local tech company Zynga is testing a Bitcoin payment system for some of its online games.
To top it all off, Bitcoin billboards have gone up throughout the Bay Area. Ironically, boosters of the high-tech currency have chosen a rather low-tech advertising vessel to spread their message. And they say it's working: The 40 billboards scattered have an "estimated exposure" of more than 10 million impressions thus far.More »
|Everyone cleared out before this could happen again|
Just like the Bay Area's Tule fog, San Francisco's semi-famous Bikini Jogger is both mysterious and seasonal.
Once again, the always-engaged folks over at Bernalwood spotted the Bikini Jogger -- the woman who has made a local name for herself by perplexing her neighbors with her running attire: a bikini.More »
After negotiating an amicable settlement with workers and treating Bay Area TV viewers to a long, rambling, ceremonial armistice, BART employees confronted yet another problem when they returned to work this morning: While the transit system's staff were mired in contract disputes on Monday, vandals snuck in and defaced two station platforms.
This morning, Glen Park station bore a black Juggalo clown silhouette (see definition here) and several spray-painted tags, some of which smudged out a sign on the station platform. The culprits hit Balboa station, too, suggesting they may have also redecorated a mile-long tunnel between them. BART's Deputy Chief of Patrol Operations Ben Fairow couldn't confirm that, but says he's still investigating the situation.More »
If the 49ers need a morale boost after Sunday's crushing Seahawks loss, they can take solace in being nowhere near as pitiable as Oracle Team USA, which narrowly lost Race 10 to Emirates Team New Zealand at the extremely disappointing -- and now widely disparaged -- America's Cup regatta.
That puts the score at 7-1 in the best-of-17 race series, which could end as soon as Tuesday.
Despite a billionaire backer, a far-reaching technology pipeline, and a hand-picked home advantage, things have gone badly for Oracle. Add to that the $13.4 million that San Francisco squandered on this ill-fated regatta as of June, to recoup only $8.4 million from private fund-raisers. It's been a debacle on the water and off.
Things have gone so badly, in fact, that a group planning theatrical protests of the America's Cup and yachting billionaire Larry Ellison have called off the show -- over pity for Ellison.
That's right. The San Francisco Institute of Possibility, which had planned a series of stunts to mock America's Cup, announced Sunday that it would forgo the proceedings.More »