Meetro Does Microsoft

January 8th, 2007

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I returned from holidays on the East Coast to find this postcard in my mailbox. It’s the guys from Meetro (a startup here in San Francisco) done up like Bill Gates and the first Microsoft team back in the 70s.

Bravo, Paul & co. Details here.

Trendspotting: Shakers Gone Wild

October 30th, 2006

For several weeks it seemed the Shaker thang going down around here was just another flash-in-the-pan San Francisco quirk:


But now our correspondents are chiming in about similar happenings from the sidewalks of Milan:


…to the boutiques of Shibuya:


Now the pattern is clear. For Spring 2007, woodcut is the new black. You heard it here first.

Six-Word Stories

October 23rd, 2006

Hemingway wrote a classic 6-word story, supposedly on a bet: “For sale: baby shoes, never used.” (In my book, just one supershort story tops that: Julius Caesar’s classic “Veni, vidi, vici.”)

Flickr’s Caterina Fake sent out a call for new 6-word stories. What fun! I threw these into the mix:

  • This Kool Aid tastes like cyanide.
  • America goes the way of Rome.
  • Sting ray fells hunter of crocs.
  • I’m sorry, that lump is cancer.
  • Boy meets girl. Girl sautees boy.

Unkind Donuts

June 30th, 2006
Unkind Donuts

“Put the ‘D’ at the end, you get ‘Unkind Donuts,’ which I’ve had a few of in my day.”

– Merl Reagle, in Wordplay

What Matters

December 27th, 2005

It’s not where you go that matters. It’s whether you put the toilet seat down afterwards.

When Life Gives You SARS

October 10th, 2003

“When life gives your SARS, make sarsaparilla.”

– Cory Doctorow

It Takes a Village

August 6th, 2003

“It takes a village to raise a village idiot.”

– Cooper Wiseman

Large Room Neighboring Quaint Manhattan Hive – Just $500

June 28th, 2003

$500 / 0br – Large Manhattan Room (one catch)

Reply to:
Date: Fri Jun 13 11:35:52 2003

I have a large 15×10 room in a relatively large East Village apartment for rent. The apartment has one full bath and a half bath which is in my room. There is a large common area. It’s a great space. There is one catch you should be aware of. I am a professional bee keeper. I maintain a rather large hive of Africanized honey bees. Due to the economic downturn and the reduced demand for honey I was unable to maintain my work studio and therefore I now work from home. The hive is located in the living room. I have plenty of protective gear and they mostly keep to themselves and go about their business of collecting pollen and producing delicious and reasonably priced honey. However, occasionally something sets them off and hive becomes enraged and tends to swarm. Generally you should be ok if you just keep your door shut but this can be a hassle at times. If you have any allergies to bee stings or maintain a large collection of predatory insects this is probably not the place for you.

it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
this is in or around E Village

Sushi Freakshow

February 14th, 2003

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Last night I went with housemate Dav to my new favorite restaurant: a crazy, cozy, wonderful sushi joint called Country Station. It was a bizarre meal, indeed.

A strange drunk woman told Dav she was entranced by his “look.” She immediately began photographing Dav, and she continued to snap shots and compliment him for about an hour, until we paid our bill and headed out. Then she stumbled along after Dav, babbling and snapping photos on the street.

Later we headed to a bar a few blocks away, and guess who was there? His new groupie lurched over and happily began a new photo session. Then I started photographing her photographing him.

Things became interesting as the other bar patrons tried to figure out who this celebrity was. A smarmy yuppie sidled up next to me and said, “Yo bruh. Who’s your friend? Oh come on bruh, tell me his name.”

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So I said, “Come on now, leave him alone. He never goes out anymore because people harass him like this wherever he goes. Do you know what I had to go through to drag him out tonight? I promised not to answer any questions about him; if you want his name you’ll have to ask him.”

“Fine. My girlfriend will know anyway,” he said. “She knows who all the celebrities are.”

Five minutes later, just as Groupie Number One wrapped up her final photo shoot, the girlfriend showed up and began interrogating Dav.

“I know you’re someone famous, who are you? Are you David Navarro? Seriously, you are David Navarro aren’t you?”

(Incidentally, who the hell is David Navarro?)

[UPDATE: She was thinking of Dave Navarro, guitarist for Jane’s Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Thanks commenter Adam for pointing that out.]

Dav — who emphasizes now that he did not adore the attention — had to escape eventually, so I hailed a cab and we headed to one of those oddball San Francisco parties where a naked woman lies on a table, and chefs carefully cover her body with freshly prepared sushi for the guests.

Yes indeed. Last night, sushi was the magic word.

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Groucho vs. Gates

January 5th, 2003

Groucho Marx can teach us a lot about Bill Gates.

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