Filed under: Food for Thought, fun!, san francisco | Tags: dream jobs, Flour Bakery, Frankenartmart
Filed under: architecture, san francisco, travel | Tags: Dominus, Herzog & de Meuron
offices on the 2nd floor
Filed under: fun!, san francisco | Tags: Dolores Park, Home Run Hero, Red Bull Soap Box Derby
San Francisco loves crazy events! The weirder, the better. So, it’s no surprise that Red Bull decided to host their Soap Box Derby in Dolores Park in the Mission District this past weekend. Somewhere close to 100,000 people showed up for the show. 36 different teams built their own soap box cars and raced down a steep hill, over a jump, and tried to get to the finish line without crashing. The crazier the contraption, the more the crowd cheered.
One of my friends was on the Home Run Hero team. They were one of 2 teams to score perfect 10’s from the judges, but somehow they didn’t win. They did finish 3rd for fan favorite, though.
All in all, I’d say a good time was had by all. I’m hoping this becomes a yearly event. Check out the highlights here:
Filed under: environmental issues, fun!, san francisco | Tags: parking day, Rebar, the trust for public land
Do you ever get tired of the city life, the concrete jungle as they say? Long for your own little patch of grass? Well, then find a park, or just make your own. That’s what we did last Friday for Parking Day 2008. It was a great success! It’s amazing how people were drawn to the sight of green… or maybe they just thought it was weird to see a park in the middle of cars on a busy road. Either way, it garnered a lot of attention and all the feedback was positive. Some people even ask us if we could make it permanent. That could be a little difficult (grass doesn’t usually grow well on asphalt), but we can always use more green. You can check out all the mini parks around the world here on Flickr. I also saw Method’s park on my way home and wanted to give them some props as well. There was so much creativity involved in all the parks! I already can’t wait for next year!
our bamboo jungle…
Filed under: environmental issues, san francisco | Tags: park, PARK(ing) Day 2008, parking spot, Rebar, san francisco
At the last minute, I decided to throw together a Parking day group at work. For those of you that don’t know, PARK(ing) Day was started by a San Francisco group called Rebar. They’re a group of artists, designers, and activists and they came up with the idea back in 2005. They picked a specific spot in downtown SF that’s under served by public open space and they set up an “intervention”. They fed the meter and set up a small park. The installation garnered a lot of press and quickly turned into a global movement. Since then, more people have joined the efforts each year in cities around the world. Everyone’s invited to join in and create your own park wherever you see the need. This year’s PARK(ing) Day is on Friday, Sept. 19th. The website has a very helpful manual describing exactly how to set everything up and join in the fun. I’ll upload pictures from our park next week. We’ll be at Folsom & Spear if you feel like joining us!
I just felt my first earthquake! It seems practically like a rite of passage as a San Francisco resident and I hate to admit it, but I’ve been looking forward to it. I know that’s not right, but I’m being honest! My apartment shook for just a second or two. By the time I figured out what was going on, it was over. Apparently, it was a 4.0 magnitude. (For some perspective, the big one in 1989 was 6.9 and lasted about 15 seconds.) So, that’s it. I won’t wish for anymore. I promise! I definitely don’t want to feel anything stronger than that!
Filed under: Food for Thought, san francisco | Tags: Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms, San Francisco victory garden, slow food nation, The Omnivore's Dilemma
Get excited, Slow Food Nation is coming to SF next weekend! The Slow Food Movement (as we’ve mentioned before) has been gaining momentum for some time now. They’ve organized one of the largest events so far and it’s coming up next weekend, right here in San Francisco.
Here are some of the highlights you should check out:
-Attend a lecture by Joel Salatin of Polyface farms. He’ll talk specifically about the sustainable farming practices he employs. (He’s a featured in the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma.)
-You can browse thousands of booths in the taste pavilions and gorge yourself on some really tasty food.
-You can sign up to volunteer for various projects around the city. For example, they planted a Victory Garden outside city hall on July 1st and all the food that’s harvested from it will be donated to local food banks and meal programs.
-Listen to some great music from people like Gnarls Barkley, The New Pornographers, and more.
-Pick a special dinner to attend with one of your favorite Bay Area restaurants
You better hurry, they’ve already sold out of morning tickets for both Saturday and Sunday!