Molly Wood, CNET's Executive Editor, and the host of a daily web show covering technology, posted to her blog last week under the headline: "Welcome to the age of data. Watch your back!"
In a conversation with 7x7, she said that the current "information boom" sweeping through the Bay Area can be summed up by one word -- data.
"The startups have this in common. They harvest data, use it to make connections, to advertise to you, or to use the web as a giant recommendation engine. Essentially, they are forming a kind of supercomputer made of users and their data."
She notes the "dark side" of all this. "The level of information out there about you and me is staggering. They can sell this data. So the cost of 'free' has never been higher."
Last year, when editor Howard Junker wrote in Zyzzyva, his popular arts and literary magazine, that he was looking for a successor, an entry-level editorial assistant at another small pub in SF emailed him asking for the job. At 29, Laura Cogan wasn’t much older than the quarterly Junker founded in 1985 and operated out of the ground floor of his home near Golden Gate Park. But Cogan had been reading the journal since she was 8, after her parents moved the family to Sausalito and placed a subscription on the coffee table.
Though London and San Francisco are in two different time zones, on April 29 royalty and commoners everywhere were celebrating Prince William's marriage to Catherine Middleton.
Cinco de Mayo isn't all about sipping a ton of tequila, but a little never hurt anyone. Here are a few ways to soak up the celebration.
SF Giants Cinco de Mayo Celebration, May 6, 7:15 pm
Mixing Los Gigantes and Cinco de Mayo just makes sense. On the evening of May 6th, head to AT&T Park to watch our orange-and-black-clad boys battle the Colorado Rockies. If you grab a special ticket for the night, you'll score a "Los Gigantes" rally poncho (perfect to keep you warm at night games) and access to the stadium's game pre-party in Seals Plaza, where there will be live music, margaritas, and more. Try dinner at Tres in SOMA before the game with your crew.
The offices of 7x7 are located smack-dab in Union Square and so close to the gates of Chinatown that I can almost feel our building on Grant Street pulsing with the chirps of the toy crickets for sale. Double-deckers rumble by, clouding the air with puffs of exhaust, cable car tracks clatter, and doormen whistle for cabs.
The man behind cult classics like Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. Demented will dirty up the JCC with his crass humor. If sick and twisted is not your thing, check out Mayor Ed Lee at the Commonwealth Club instead.
When: 7 p.m., Tues. 5/3
Where: Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St.
"Where's the beef from?" and "Is that grass-fed?" are common queries in the San Francisco food world. And with local offerings like 4505 Meats' meat-filled CSAs and things like pork happy hour at Fatted Calf in Hayes Valley, butchery practices are working their way even further into the city's vernacular. Now Avedano's Tia Harrison and Primal Cuts author Marissa Guggiana are taking things one step further wtih The Butcher's Guild, one of our country's first support groups for ethically-minded butchers. With local whole-animal advocates Ryan Farr and Chris Cosentino among the group's 23 charter members, The Guild is now reaching out to other members of the industry to expand its reach in the early going. Later this summer, they'll be recruiting lay people (i.e. meat geeks) as members.
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