Google on Surveillance Earlier this week, Google cited its right under the First Amendment to disclose more details to the public about its role in the U.S. government’s surveillance programs. In a document filed with the secret U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the company said it needed to reveal more because “Google’s reputation and business […]
There are lots of reasons why traffic stalls on Bay Area freeways. Now you can add car stunts to the list. Drivers who like to spin their cars in “sideshow” doughnuts apparently stopped traffic on Interstate 880 in Oakland over the weekend to indulge in their pastime, reportedly backing up traffic for miles. The smoke […]
Listen to the opening night concert SFJAZZ Center got off to a swinging start Wednesday night. The concert and new music hall got enthusiastic reviews. Here’s the New York Times: The Miner auditorium, a steeply raked cube of a hall, offers a lot of promise right out of the gate: its sound is clear and […]
Click play below to watch a time-lapse video of the 15-minute-long San Francisco New Year’s Eve fireworks display, via Spectra Media Corp: If you have 15 minutes to spare, here is video of the entire show.
Want to know what the Bay Area coast will look like in years to come? Tides are rising to a their highest levels of the year Thursday and Friday. A rare juxtaposition of the sun and moon is pulling the water two or three feet above its normal levels, and has caused minor flooding around […]
Red Bull Flugtag, a contest of human-powered flying machines, made a big splash in San Francisco’s McCovey Cove on Saturday. Ostensibly a competition for who can fly the farthest, long ago turned into a celebration of wackiness. Red Bull first held Flugtag (German for “flying day”) in San Francisco in 2002, so Saturday’s meet was […]
You may have wondered from time to time who made the device you are using to read this blog post. Now a video being circulated on the Internet apparently offers an unobstructed view. Nothing much happens in this video. AnteboyanROX, who posted it, explains that he or she found the video on a Hewlett Packard […]
NASA’s Curiosity rover, which landed successfully on Mars Sunday night, has started beaming back its first photos. The Ames center in Mountain View designed the robot’s chemical and mineralogy (CheMin) instrument and made other key contributions. NASA engineers, who were nervous about the difficult landing, celebrate in this Associated Press video.
In November San Franciscans choose their next mayor through an electoral process called ranked-choice voting (RCV). Also known as “instant run-off voting,” voters will pick three candidates (instead of one), and rank them in order of preference, eliminating the need for a separate runoff election. Although this is not the first time San Francisco has […]