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The 2009 Hot 20 Under 40

What's "hot"? A pitcher with a killer arm, tech wizards bringing Wi-Fi to the world or a gender-bending performance artist?  One thing's for sure: Everyone below is under 40 and has a sense of self that belies their years. We're just lucky enough to benefit from it.

Time to Give Back

We did not have a “best of/worst of” roundup on the Greenopia website, but the oil spill near Ocean Beach would have made the “worst” and the Kill the Spill effort would certainly have been on the “best.” The volunteers who rallied to clean the coastline were definitely an inspiration. Officials who seemed slow to respond and clean the mess had frustrated many Bay Area residents. How great that this civilian crew was able to mobilize with their blog and take charge to get things done.


New Year’s Resolutions: Living Greener



It’s that time of year when we look back, and ahead, and make those New Year’s resolutions. Before the holidays, I asked everyone in the office to share their green resolutions for the New Year, and I expected a few sighs or some eye rolling, but everyone was forthcoming and enthusiastic about their do-good goals. (You can see the list here.)

Only in San Francisco …

I don’t love the “only in San Francisco” qualifier.

Likely because my mom in Michigan says this when I tell her about certain happenings in my life.

However, a truly “only in San Francisco” event occurred this year when Kink.com moved into the historic Mission Armory.

Peter Acworth, the CEO, decided to expand his adult entertainment empire and purchased the Armory for $14.5 million. Read more about Peter in 7x7's "The New Pornographers."

Peter Acworth of Kink.com

Absinthe Obsession

Wow, this headline “Hundreds Line Up in Alameda for Ancient Liquor” is crazy. Absinthe is cool, but who expected this response? I still stand by my prediction—at least half those people are not going to like the product once they taste it. (H/T to Camper for the link.)

Dept. of Silly Products, II



An electric martini maker? This should insult every bartender—or really anyone with use of his or her arms. Is it that hard to stir a martini or shake a margarita? C’mon!
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