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Urban Prototyping: Magical Pieces of the Future

Living in San Francisco, I’ve come to appreciate and almost expect my fellow residents’ relentless drive for innovative use of urban spaces, to redefine what it means to live and interact with each other. Caused by an acute awareness of the role our wasteful western habits and a lack of imagination have played in creating uninspiring environments, there’s a be-the-change-you-wish-to-see-in the-world DNA in our blood that leads us to embrace alternative ways for sharing space. dig deeper

Another cool catch from Sunday Streets. Love their version of Ring of Fire. These guys were parked on a sidewalk on Valencia Street between 20th and 21st. Featuring some nice crowd shots, including a little girl chasing bubbles. La Familia Peña Govea plays Ring of Fire Runtime3:01 View count297

May 102011

Here’s another great musical discovery from this week’s Sunday Streets. The band’s name is Con Brio (meaning with spirit, or with vigor), and they were the perfectly spirited match for a spirited event. People of all ages and backgrounds in the streets, on wheels and on foot, taking in the groovy, funky and sometimes raunchy sounds. I’d apologize for the sometimes gusty crackles if they didn’t actually match the mood. This song is called Ghostrider, dig deeper

Random Acts of Music

Walking down 24th Street yesterday on the occasion of Sunday Streets I found myself stopped in my tracks by some crisp acoustic guitar music coming from up above. Notice the lack of cars. music from the window Runtime0:30 View count57 Here are a couple of photos for a better view…

USPS Releases Go Green Stamp (An Ode to the Letter)

by Sven Eberlein Last week the US Postal Service released its newest stamp series, Go Green. It’s a series of 16 stamps designed by Eli Noyes, a 68-year old farmers’ market going, veggie growing, composting San Francisco artist and designer. While the word “green” has become a bit of a cliche in recent years and suffered a lot of abuse at the hands of clever marketing slogans cashing in on our collective desire to be dig deeper

Apr 142011

This cool Laurie Anderson video landed in my inbox this morning. I’ve always thought questions were much more important than answers, so this makes my heart sing. It’s from a project called Dropping Knowledge that invites you to question yourself and the world around you, sparking new dialogue. I highly recommend some of the other videos of folks asking questions. Some of them you’ll know, some you won’t. laurie anderson Ask question Runtime3:05 View count53,330

Apr 132011
Liberated Moments

My favorite photographer just opened shop, I mean blog. It’s not just because she’s my partner in crime and creativity that I’m saying this, but if you want to see some old school black and white prints that evoke a deep sense of the spaces between, make sure to follow Debra Baida’s new photo blog, Liberated Moments. I’m hoping for some representation in the Visuals gallery soon. photo by Debra Baida

This is a really cool bike rap put together by the city of Amsterdam to call attention to how much of the 17th and 18th century city remains not as a museum but as a living, breathing, charming city as the city was once defined. Amsterdam Loves Bikes! Runtime4:43 View count88,450 I got turned on to it during a talk by the Dutch Consul General Bart van Bolhuis, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David dig deeper

Tuber Creations relaunches

Today is the official launch of the new site!!! No matter where you stand on the state of the planet, there seems to be a consensus that things cannot go on the way they have been. We humans are creatures of habit, and some habits, like a good rhythm, are worth keeping. But there’s also a feeling in the air that something bigger and more fundamental within us has to shift, so that our daily dig deeper

FODfest just launched a new weekly radio show called the FODcast. Hosted by Todd Mack & Lynnette Najimy, it features live cuts from FODfest concerts and is an eclectic mix of music, ideas, and cultures. If you haven’t heard about this great project, FODfest began in 2005 as a backyard jam honoring Daniel Pearl who believed in the power of music to connect people. It has since grown into an international concert tour bringing together dig deeper