Anchor your anchor

Time for another roundup of curious things we’ve seen locked to bike racks:

And remember, everyone:

Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope. -Epictetus

[via Less Jokes]

Ellis Acting a 98 year old

Another week, another use of the Ellis Act to evict long time SF residents. 98 year old Mary Phillips has lived on Dolores Street for 50 years, and she’s now being told that she has to leave by her landlord, a real estate company called Urban Green Investments. According to KRON 4, when she heard the news, Mary said “I didn’t sit down and cry, I just refused to believe it. They’re going to have to take me out of here feet first.” She says that she has never been late on her rent and has nowhere else to go. Heartbreaking. This is really where we’re at.

Way back in DotCom1 when my single mom and I were illegally evicted from our Dolores Street apartment, the Tenants Union was a big help. You can become a member or donate to them on their site.

UPDATE: According to Business Insider, Urban Green has released a statement revealing that they will allow Mary Phillips to remain in her apartment for the rest of her life, rent free.

“Contrary to recent reports, we have always planned to provide for Mary in this way,” said McCloskey. “We have made no comment about Ms. Phillips’ situation to this date as we have been negotiating with her attorney in good faith, but the recent media reports have made today’s comment necessary in order to clarify the facts.”

UPDATE 2: According to some, the deal that McCloskey wrote to Business Insider about was never acceptable to Phillips. The larger issue for her may be that her caregiver, Sarah Brandt, is still being evicted, making the living situation too unsafe for Phillips to remain. Though I’m seeing conflicting takes on who’s offering what and when they offered it. More on Brandt and her relationship with Phillips here.

They say a car loses half of its value the moment it’s driven off the dealer’s lot


Looks like these folks took that just a little too seriously…

You’re aware that Ronnie Spector (of the Ronettes, yes) is playing in the Mission this weekend, right?

Here’s more info, not that it should matter:

Featuring M.C. Peaches Christ & DJ Carnita
And Special Guests!
Milk N’ Cookies, NOBUNNY, Sloths, Harold Ray
Sat, July 5, 2014
Doors: 9:00 pm
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
San Francisco, CA

RSVP and invite your friends! Get tickets here while you still can.

P.S. She’s also playing in Oakland at Burger Boogaloo in Mosswood Park — along with Reigning Sound, the Phantom Surfers, Shannon and the Clams, Nobunny, the Bananas, and more. Burger Boogaloo is super fun:

What’s your favorite Beatles song?

Feel free to select from this handy list inside the jukebox at Taqueria San Jose:

Not pictured:

  • While My Guitar Gently Sweeps
  • Eleanor Pigby
  • Back in the K.K.K.
  • In My Wife
  • She Came All Over the Bathroom Window
  • Ass Onion
  • Frig a Pony
  • I Am the Porpoise
  • I Want to Hold Your Gland
  • I Saw Her Standing Bare
  • Revolution 6

[via @blickblondhi]

P.S. …



We Built This City spotted this dude on 17th and Mission today.


Happy Father’s Day, cool dads!

To celebrate, let’s take a look back at our famous “Cool Dads” post from 5 years ago. Here it is, along with its star-studded comments section:

Cool Dads

Posted Feb 16, 2009 at 2:33 am by Allan Hough
Categories: Fashion

Hipster-related comment of the week, courtesy of Aaron Mayfield-Sunshine:

hipsters cannot be 30 or 40 something. 32 is the max! after that you become a cool dad.



“Cool Kid” not “Hipster”

7 Responses to “Cool Dads”

  1. ct says:

    Our first child is due 2 days before my 32nd birthday. So, uh, apparently.

  2. zinzin says:

    i waited till i was 38. what happened to me in the middle there? 6 years in stereotype limbo. explains some things….

  3. kiya says:

    This means i’ve got exactly 7 months left before i’m not longer a hipster?
    How can i become a “cool dad” without any children?

  4. zinzin says:

    you can borrow mine for an afternoon if you like. prefers organic fruit, listens to the ramones, likes to draw pictures. makes for a pleasant time….

  5. johnny0 says:

    So does your kid actually have to be able to indicate you are a cool dad with words, or does a 6 month old’s giant giggling smile suffice?

  6. johnny0 says:

    zinzin, I like that idea — we can trick the aging hipsters into providing us cool dads with child care…

  7. johnny0 says:

    I am saddened by the lack of “cool dad” references in this story.

    Cool dads are the only way new hipsters get created. We are the future!


From One Day in SF

On April 26th over a hundred local filmmakers took their cameras to the streets to document life in San Francisco over a 24 hour period. It was part of a new doc series from the people who made the feature length documentary One Day on Earth. One Day in SF was produced by local filmmaker Winnie Wong, and on the same day filmmakers in ten other cities around the US were participating simultaneously. I was out there with the BAYCAT crew, interviewing people in front of the Roxie and at The Secret Alley. The One Day on Earth team is putting all the pieces together for a 3-part documentary series that we’ll be hearing more about later in the year. You can see the locations of everyone’s videos and watch them on the interactive map, and I’ve included some selections below, mostly Mission-based.

Riding along with an ambulance for the night. Great night shots, and nice profiles of the EMTs:

Kind of has a perfect opening line:


Magic Curry Man on at Noon

Today’s Burrito Justice Radio guest on, your award-winning Internet radio station? The Magic Curry Man himself. Tune in at noon!

magic curry kart, thai burger, basil burger, food, hamburger, food cart, san francisco, mission district

We’ll be talking about his Magic Curry Paste Kickstarter, maps, the neighborhood, cooking classes, and more.

UPDATE: Thanks for listening everyone! The archive of this week’s show is now up.


3D City: Accidents In Stereo

3D City is a year long stereoscopic photography project by Doctor Popular

Film is temperamental. Old cameras can be too. I’ve been shooting on my Nimslo 3D camera long enough to have a decent pile of fuck-ups, but accidents and film aren’t always bad thing. Some of these shots had something wrong happen in developing, others were the result of the film not properly advancing. I hated them when checking them out through the loupe, but found that when I turned them into animations (the Nimslo shots 4 side by side shots at the same time), they took on a life of their own.

More shots after the bump.