Project of the Day — The Doggie Diner heads once gazed on San Francisco like modern sphinxes. Help restore them.
This Saturday, in conjunction with the first Project Jams, we’ll be hosting meetups in 5 different cities. If you’re free Saturday Night (5/18), we’d love for you to join us!
Streets of San Francisco.
American Analog is a hand-made collection of 35mm photos shot on the streets of San Francisco. Coming from game designer, maker, and self-proclaimed “super nerd” Doc Pop, this project is an unexpected throwback to a time before Instagram.
Seeing is believing.
Way back in 2010, a grad student named Matthew Riese launched a project to build a DeLorean hovercraft. Cut to 2013, and he’s cruising through the San Francisco Bay in his Back to the Future-inspired vehicle.
Watch as this DeLorean hovercraft plays by the Golden Gate Bridge.
Snaps by the Bay.
A photography book chronicling four years of public protests and social movements in the San Francisco Bay Area, Bay Area Underground just launched last week. The book is available now in local bookstores and from Thought Publishing online.
Reeling in the years.
The Roxie is a San Francisco fixture nearly as permanent as the Painted Ladies and untouchable salsa verde. Now the oldest continually operating cinema in the country, The Roxie has enraptured denizens of the Mission since 1909.
Over the past few years, the theater has been undergoing a critical transformation into a nonprofit film center. Always a champion of independent programming, The Roxie is now making that passion part of an ongoing organizational commitment to filmmakers, patrons and neighbors.
It’s a rebirth after more than 100 years — but it won’t be possible without a groundswell of community support. Backers can score passes, DVDs, and memberships among other rewards, while ensuring that the community maintains a vital outlet for cinematic weirdness of all kinds.
The Eastern Addition is a dinner series that explores a different East Asian specialty each month through the culinary excursions of notable San Francisco chefs.
So far, the pop-up dinner has traveled from Burmese home cooking to Japanese-French fusion, each with an eye toward highlighting unsung cooks and lesser-known cuisines. With several feasts — and countries — to go, The Eastern Addition makes for a pretty tasty Project of the Day.
Gaymercon. A game and tech conference focused on the LGBT community. Happening in San Francisco. And looking good.
Join the co-working space Forage Kitchen at their Underground Market in San Francisco this Thursday at 9pm to celebrate the end of their Kickstarter project. Almost there, guys!
When I moved to San Francisco, I was impressed by the amount of art in the city - I spend many weekends exploring new corners of the city to find it. Downtown, right at the center of things, it’s staggering to see the amount of art that has been commissioned by the city and individuals. All the way from bold architecture to abstract, often large sculptures, these pieces leave a strong impression that accessible art is of great importance here.ArtAround, an interactive mobile app for exploring the street art of San Francisco, just posted a really cool update where a well-known street art photographer breaks down his favorite pieces from the city streets. Check it out.
The film’s director will be on hand, plus you can discover collaborating indie music, learn Taiwanese, and get down on some booze ‘n chow. They’re also giving away Design Thinking USB mini drives as prizes along with other funz.
"Design is a tool."
So are you if you don’t go. Just sayin’.
Creator Q&A: Dave & Dave from Coffee Joulies.
If you haven’t heard of East Coast Dave & West Coast Dave and their heralded magic bean project called “Coffee Joulies,” then you, sir or madam, do not read gadget blogs. With all of America, nay the world, going nuts for these mysterious steel vectors of science, I wanted to reach out to the gentlemen themselves and get the hard facts. They mercifully obliged. If you haven’t yet, check out their project. You may find yourself asking the same questions I did. Check out their (very tolerant) answers, below
How did you guys meet? Was it on the West Coast or East Coast? A neutral red state?
[Presumably West Coast] Dave and I grew up across the street from each other in Pennington, NJ, east coast.
Oh, cool. Have you ever kissed?
We were once dared to, but we didn’t go through with it.
So why the name “joulies”? Ex-girlfriend named Julie? Did you hope that by changing the spelling she wouldn’t notice?
Joule is the SI unit of energy; Joule… Joulie… Joulies! (no, she still hasn’t figured it out)
Would you consider licensing the tagline “Like ice, but hot!” from me for a few thousand dollars?
Please use our “Unsolicited Intellectual Property Dropbox” otherwise known as the comments tab of our kickstarter project, and we’ll get back to you right away.
So how do these things work? How would you explain these to your grandmother, provided she is not a physicist? Or a baby—how would you explain these to a baby, who is just so sick of her coffee getting cold too fast?
We actually spent a ridiculously long amount of time simplifying our message to get to what you now see on our Kickstarter profile page and in our video. We are engineers, and we speak engineer-ese accordingly (it’s a combination of graphs and Greek symbols). We were really tempted to write our page in engineer-ese, with all the graphs and whatnot, but we resisted and eventually boiled it down to, “Cools your coffee down three times as fast, and keeps it warm twice as long.” Seems to have worked nicely.
Do you have a toddler-safe version in the works?
Could you put these things in soup? Mashed potatoes? A too-hot bath? Have you ever taken a joulies-filled bath together, is what I’m asking.
Meaghan, what you do with your set of Joulies in the privacy of your own home is totally up to you. You backed us right? (ed: No, but I am now considering it!)
Okay, and now for the million dollar question:
Will these things leak and give you cancer?
Each Joulie will be individually leak-tested before leaving the factory. They will be extremely rugged, and it would be very unlikely that they will ever leak even after years of abuse. However, being that I’m an engineer, and now that it’s looking like were delivering 10’s of thousands of these things, I know that someone will probably find a way to get the magic goo to come out of at least one Joulie and then try to do something naughty with it. That’s why we chose a food based PCM that’s so completely harmless that you could actually drink it with no ill effects whatsoever. So no, no possibility of cancer.
You heard it here first, folks! Go forth and drink coffee.