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Golden Gate Park Gets an iPhone App

Being lost in Golden Gate Park (I know it's happened to all of you), just got more entertaining. The California Academy of Sciences unveiled its Golden Gate Park Field Guide app today, a cool tool that helps you discover what lies within that 1,017-acre urban oasis of ours. Apparently there are wild coyotes in the park, which are one of the 170 plant and animal species highlighted in the app's Field Guide. The app also features tour routes for foot, bicycle or car and the opportunity to unleash your inner Dora the Explorer and add your own sightings and photos to its growing database.

San Francisco's New Wave of New Media

It’s a Thursday night, and the Herbst Theatre is buzzing with people, including a disproportionate number of 20- and 30-somethings sporting some article of vintage attire. It seems as though the entire San Francisco writing community is here. There’s the creative director of Mother Jones, a couple of Wired editors, The New Yorker writers, and folks from McSweeney’s and Salon.

New Smart Meter Sensors Just Installed in the Marina

We heard through the grapevine that the folks at SFMTA and SFPark (purveyors of the city's snazzy new smart meters) tore up a few blocks of Chestnut Street this week. The Marina is the latest 'hood to get wireless sensors (SOMA, Fisherman's Wharf and Civic Center are others) installed in each parking spot for their congestion-based pricing project.

Where the Ladies At? Ratio Finder Tells You

Put data behind those girl-to--guy ratio complaints with Ratio Finder, a site that scrapes Foursquare and tells you where the (social media-savvy) ladies (and gents) at.

Some surprises:
Bourbon & Branch: 23% more guys than girls
Bus Stop: 3% more girls than guys

Some givens:
Grumpy's American Pub: 15% more girls (Grumpy's is also known as William-Sonoma's cafeteria)
Zeitgeist: 29% more guys

Check how your favorite spots weigh in here. Lots of blue (which is for guys) in bars and clubs and lots of pink (which is for girls) in markets and parks.

Date 1 Without Facebook, Google, or LinkedIn ... Scary!

Q: I met a guy on OKCupid. We’ve IMed, and he’s asked me out, which is all fine. But I can’t Google him, and he’s not on Facebook or even on LinkedIn. I notice I feel uncomfortable about going out with him. Am I crazy? I don’t think he’s a serial killer or anything but even my 76-year-old Cincinnati grandmother shows up on a Google search these days!
 

Transported: The Best Transportation Apps Out There

Welcome to "Transported", our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on Muni without losing your mind.

There are a million smart phone apps out there for hopping from place to place in the Bay Area, so how do you know which are worth downloading? Let us know which you use the most!

Free Delivery from Rosamunde, Jay's Cheesesteaks to Dolores Park with CityMint's iPhone App

Lazy Sundays in Dolores Park are about to get a whole lot lazier, thanks to CityMint's new iPhone app. It's a free service that delivers meals from nearby restaurants straight to your picnic blanket. They launched in New York's Central Park last month and are now bringing their service DP revelers.

Beginning this Saturday, you'll be able to order delivery from Rhea's Deli (which we coincidentally just endorsed in our 'Stuff We Like' blog), Serrano's Pizza, Rosamunde, Jay's Cheesesteaks and Frjtz Gourmet Belgium Fries directly to the park. Orders are charged at regular menu price and the delivery is free through eco-friendly bike-delivery service TCB Courier.

SF Arts Guide iPhone App Helps You Navigate the City's Art World

When you want to find a restaurant, a bar or nail salon on-the-go, you probably turn to Yelp's iPhone app. But for local arts and entertainment  knowledge, the going's not so easy. That's why we're delighted to learn that a new SF Arts Guide iPhone & iPad app is stepping in to fill the void, featuring a database of over 1,200 local events each month.

 

Vuvuzelas? There's an App For That

Love 'em or hate 'em, vuvuzelas are going down as one of the most iconic images (and sounds) of 2010.

48 Hour Mag: Writing, Editing, Designing and Shipping a Magazine in 48 Hours

The editors behind 48 Hour Magazine, which launches its whirwind of a publishing experiment tomorrow, must have nerves of steel. The concept is this: the editors announce a theme for the issue and contributors  (you can sign up to be one on their homeage) rev their engines and crank out content within a 24 hour window. The subsequent 24 hours are devoted to selecting pieces, editing, designing, printing and shipping the issue (in both online and print form).  48 Hour Magazine takes it one step further and aims to pay their contributors.

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