Thursday morning music moment: Luke Sweeney

I can’t stop listening to this haunting melody from our pal Luke Sweeney.  It kind of reminds me of the Kinks, but at the same time establishes its own distinct sound.  I guess I’ll just have to go and check out more of his stuff on May 1 when he’s playing at the Eagle!

Canine motorists are just as frustrated by all this traffic as you are

“So do you think you can hurry up and move along, buddy?  Just trying to get home over here.”

Hot new look for Spring: Ultimate pop culture backpack

This one’s got everything: politics, magic, and video games.  It takes all of your heroes and combines them in one striking fashion statement.

Harry Potter, Obama, and Sonic the Hedgehog (and maybe the Rose Parade?).  What does it mean?  What doesn’t it mean!  Hopefully Josh Yule picked it up after taking the most important photo so far of 2014.

Update: I’m an idiot and should have googled “sonic obama backpack” before posting this.

The cutest little ugly dog in the neighborhood

Just look at this little guy, sitting there all alone while his owners brunch it up at St. Francis Fountain.  I definitely understand why he’s looking so pissed off, too–I mean, if I was missing out on their delectable biscuits and gravy, I’d probably feel the same way!

Hang in there, little fella!

Meter maids don’t care if your benevolent neighbor absolves your terrible parking


Our classy neighbors are back to doling out second chances again, despite some folks’ continued insistence on parking like jackasses:


However, our crafty city street patrollers could care less about altruism:



Homemade organic injera


Now that Pal’s Take Away has officially left the building to open their own sandwich shop, the lovely Ethiopian couple who run the market on 24th and York Hampshire have begun a new endeavor by offering fresh, homemade injera! In case you don’t know, injera is that wonderfully spongy sourdough-like stuff that’s used to eat Ethiopian food in lieu of utensils. And they’re selling packs of six for only five dollars!


Look at all that yeasty goodness! Just don’t do what I did and eat the whole pack in one night, because you might feel somewhat, well, incapacitated the next day…

DIY secret skate ramp


Seriously, did someone just roll by and pour concrete here to make their own mini skatepark? How does one even go about doing that? And who goes around tagging “Dodger” in this town???

(Spotted by our pal Jason, the dapper gentleman pictured here holding my bike)

Party with Andrew McKinley and Adobe Books this Friday!

For the very first book published by the new collective!

Since Adobe’s inception 25 years ago, Andrew McKinley has been photographing neighbors, customers, musicians, poets, friends, loiterers & the Tartine girls. For years these portraits, dubbed Friends of Adobe, have decorated the bookshop & served as a visual representation of the Adobe community.

For the first time, a selection of Andrew’s photographs have been complied into a book. “Friends of Adobe Books” is the first book published by the Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative, edited by Calcagno Cullen and Katie Conry, design by Kyle Knobel, and photographs by the one and only Andrew McKinley.

Check out all the details here!

(And after that’s over, finish off your night with some karaoke ping pong!)

Watch out for kamikaze ninja squirrels!

You don’t see that many squirrels around the neighborhood, do you?  The reason why might be far more insidious than you suspect.  In the past month, I’ve almost been attacked TWICE while riding my bike to work.  Here’s the account of the first attempted assault I originally posted on facebook:

i hit a squirrel on my bike ride to work this morning. i didn’t mean to–the little sucker darted out across the bike path, then darted back, and finally darted right back into my front wheel just as i was passing him.

fortunately, i didn’t squash his head, but the force from my wheel knocking him in the head propelled him up onto my left leg pants leg (which was, thankfully, rolled down all the way, because it was cold and the chain is on the right side) where he grabbed on for a few seconds until i managed to shake him off.

he ran off to the side and i stopped to see how he was, but luckily he was jumping around in a nearby tree so i figured he was ok. But seriously, little guy, my wheel is one damn inch wide and you just had to re-cross right as i was going by? WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH SQUIRRELS THESE DAYS???

A few weeks went by without any further fury offensives, but that all changed this morning:

biking along a quiet street on the way to work again, and this time a squirrel darted out just as i was nearing.  he was coming straight for me with less than a second’s notice, so there was nothing i could do.  i didn’t even have time to react at all.  miraculously, the squirrel somehow ran right between my front and rear wheels and crossed to the other side of the street.  mind you, i was going at least 15mph, perhaps 20.  this lucky little dude’s margin for error was minuscule, yet he still made it across in one piece.

i can only assume that this was a probing test for future attacks.

So basically, what I’m saying is to be careful out there.  Now let’s rock out!

Hot new look for rain: Tiger face backpack on Caltrain

But just try your best to keep that fuzzy dude dry!  There’s nothing sadder on this Earth than a soaking wet tiger head.

[Photo by Jozias, who's got a bunch of other rad ones you should check out, like this one!]

Andrew Sarkarati

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Andrew likes pizza, videogames, and bicycles. He also plays drums in La Corde. His greatest contribution to mankind is Taco Thursday.