Most studio kitchens are meager, to say the least; a small chunk of the wall with a few plates-worth of cabinets, a sink, a wisp of a stove, and virtually no counter space to devote to actually preparing a meal. On the other hand, find a studio that's big enough to actually cook in, and who wants to? When that quick sole meunière is bound to spend at least a week hanging out in your nearby sheets and pillows, it's just not worth the effort.
Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired (he's now a Senior Maverick there) and one of the greatest technology thinkers of our time, presents a provocative new theory of technology in his latest book, What Technology Wants. In it, he suggests that "the technium," is a living, evolving superorganism, driving itself towards inevitable steps of evolution. It's a heady concept, not just because it presents technology as something more sweeping than just gadgets and the Internet, but also in that it denies the role of the individual "inventor" in technological progress. I chatted with Kelly in between his lectures in New York to get a walk-through on the book and his theory.
1. Mission Treat The Bold Italic is throwing a microhood party down on Shotwell and 24th Street, what looks to be a dreadfully good time. Art and fashion as well as of course food and drink will be on offer, including Local Mission Eatery ($3 craft beers, oysters with apple gelle and pate with mustard and greens—yum) and La Victoria Bakery's Soul Cocina Kitchen, a pop-up headed by chef Roger Feeley. Thursday, October 28, 7 to 9 pm
For San Franciscans, the boot embodies the holy trinity of footwear—style, comfort, and durability.
1. Boogie Shoes
Hello, dancing shoes. The Say It Ain’t So boot by Joie is sexy and sophisticated, perfect for a night on the town.
$355; Smash Shoes, 2030 Chestnut St., 415-673-4736
2. The Workhorse
Never underestimate the durability of Frye’s Paige tall riding boot. It’s a solid choice that will hold up against San Francisco’s finicky weather, rain or shine.
$348; Azalea, 411 Hayes St., 415-861-9888
Take a walk on Alcatraz's wild side: Escape the crowds and head for the Agave Trail, only open for a few months every autumn and winter between bird nesting seasons. The trail just opened last weekend, making now a good time to go on a leisurely half-mile stroll that offers superb southerly views of San Francisco and has many points of interest spinning tales of the prison's colorful past.
Meat of the Matter
Marissa Guggiana’s Primal Cuts (Welcome Books, $38) is proof that our obsession with butchery and whole-beast cooking hasn’t yet reached a saturation point. Filled with interviews from butchers and chefs, recipes, and charts (on topics like sharing a cow)—Guggiana’s book is a modern meat manual that celebrates the craft of old-world butchery and sustainably-raised meat without resorting to overwrought praise and glorification.
We want to treat our fellow Giants fans right during these pulse-quickening times, so we've got a little giveaway to get your hands on, courtesy of smartphone fanciers Coveroo. We'll pick 7 people to give Giants-themed phone covers to so you can sport your team spirit all over town (and protect your precious phone)!
Just email us who your favorite player is and why by Monday the 25th, then we'll email YOU a special code you can use to get your free cover.
A few hours ago, parking guy (and rabid Giants fan) David La Bua, author of Finding the Sweet Spot, concocted a parking quiz to cheer you up on this gloomy Friday-- asking who gets the most parking tickets in the city per year. Think you have a lot of tickets to pay? The answer will make you feel a lot better about yourself!
Who receives the most parking tickets per year in San Francisco?
B) People with a Dodgers sticker on their bumper
E) Fed Ex
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