Beating up the Google bus (piñata)

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Not that many folks seemed to come out for yesterday’s gentrification demonstration, although that didn’t stop those who did from beating down the Google bus piñata as promised.

I think the police were the most disappointed, as they had all assembled nearby, zip-ties and paddy wagons waiting for protestor violence that never happened. Don’t feel sorry for them too much though; at least they got a chance to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at nearby Pancho Villa:

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Celebrating 40 years of cellphones

Wired decided to mark the 40th anniversary of the first cellphone call with a look back at 12 very influential cellphones. Here’s what they have to say about the Motorola Razr:

The Razr was the first must-have phone. The thin flip phone was stylish and, if the commercials were to believed, would stick like a knife if dropped onto the floor.

While throwing the phone at walls like a knife was a bad idea, the Razr had a great four-year run, selling 130 million units. Is there any wonder why?

The Razr looked like it was straight out of the future. The numerical keyboard was cut from a single piece of metal. Its clamshell aluminum body and colored glass screen were gorgeous. And the damn thing worked like a charm. It was the last dumb phone that truly mattered.

Mission Mission wouldn’t be what it is if it weren’t for my old Razr V3 (pictured above). It took nice photos and browsed the web, and generally got me more in the habit of behaving like a blogger. Miss u bb ;)

(Oh and Hot Faces definitely wouldn’t have happened.)

Read on for the 11 other phones. [via kottke.org]

Finally figured out how to listen to DSTVV’s tapes in the car

Took some doing, but it was awesome, just like DSTVV were at the Bender’s happy hour the other day. People keep complaining that the cassette format is making such a comeback, but I’m into it. Hassles can be fun!

(Good work, Nattles!)

UPDATE: This might work too.

Time machine on 16th Street

Not quite as cool as when the Delorean from Back to the Future was hanging out, but still cool.

I wonder what year this dude came from:

Thanks, Jason!

What does it take to get some phone reception in this city?

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So I’ve got this rainbow of an idea…

How can we keep the Mission cool?

Obvs.

The invisible bicycle helmet?

What started as a school project for these two Swedish designers turned into 7 years of research, 10 million dollars in venture funding, and what might be the hot new solution to helmet hair. I’m not going to spoil it for you, so you should watch the video for yourself. If it works, it’d be pret-ty incredible.

[via Booooooom]

Mission Script, the Mission’s own script

If you can’t already tell, I’m a huge fan of local typographer James T. Edmondson and his contributions to the world of letters. Well, James has done it again. Mission Script is a tribute of the hand-painted signage of the liquor stores, taquerias, doughnut shops, and bodegas of our neighborhood, and it’s the first typeface to come out of Lost Type’s Mission Collection.

You can download Mission Script (and a bunch of other snazzy typefaces) over at Lost Type. And do consider making a contribution if you’re really going to use it.

BurritoBot, a burrito-making robot, coming soon to a future near you

By now, we’re all familiar with the complaints of how New York sucks at burritos. A graduate design student at NYU has taken the matter into his own hands, and has invented a robot that makes customizable burritos using 3D printing technology.

Unlike the TacoCopter, the BurritoBot does not appear to be a joke. Just check out this accompanying stop motion video, which hints at a future Kickstarter campaign:

Now, how long until I can train one to make me Taqueria Cancun veggie burritos, black beans/no dairy/extra salsa?

[via Fastco]

Mission-inspired typefaces in the works

Lost Type is an amazing pay-what-you-want type foundry, also known as the place where that trendy new restaurant got those cool fonts for their menus. They’re also previously known for releasing a font inspired by Mission laundromats.

They’ve just completed Field Trip SF, a four-day reality TV-style trip to San Francisco, where “a handful of Lost Type’s designers [lived] under one roof with a common goal – to create a typeface inspired by San Francisco.”

As it turns out, the designers spent a lot of time in the Mission, developing type inspired by St. Francis Fountain, liquor store signage, that one optometrist/art gallery place on Valencia, and other notable Mission landmarks.

Lost Type plans to release three typefaces produced during Field Trip as a Mission-themed collection in the near future, so get excited, type nerds!

P.S. These guys aren’t the first to delve into Mission-themed typography. Just check out our sidebar headers, all referencing iconic Mission signage and all designed by our buddy Sexpigeon. Can you identify them all?