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Transported: Clipper Card Privacy Issues?

Welcome to "Transported", our 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.

Just as the SFMTA, BART and five other Bay Area transit agencies are forcing the Clipper Card switch upon all riders, the San Francisco Examiner brings to light some interesting privacy issues surrounding the new card.  All your daily transit movements could be easily tracked through the Clipper's embedded chip, exposing a what state Senator Joe Simitian worries is an accessible "roadmap to your life."

Mavericks Roars Back to Life

Mavericks is back! Check out the first video of the action, shot last Wednesday by Powerlines Productions and just posted today on Surfline.com. Look out for the "tombstoning" at 3:10, (this happens when you get held down so far, your leash pulls your board up looking like a tombstone at a cemetary...ouch).

Google, Apple, Zynga, Yelp Enter the Boxing Ring (Literally)

For those who have wanted to see Google and Apple duke it out in the boxing ring, Thursday's your chance. While it won't be Jobs and Sergey throwing punches over smart phones, White Collar Brawler (the site behind the ever-popular 'Don't Stop Believing' Giants Video) has rounded up employees from Google, Apple, IBM, Zynga and Yelp to determine who's the "toughest geek in the valley."

Warren Miller's 'Wintervention': Serious Snow Stoke-Age Hits SF

If you know a snow buff or bunny, it's likely they have plants to see Warren Miller's latest, Wintervention, tonight at the Roxie to get pumped for the season. From the Arctic Circle into the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, Miller's 61st highlights sweet skiers and snowboarders doing sweet stuff on untouched descents. The film's narrated by local skiing icon Jonny Moseley, and contains footage from the top names in snow: Lindsey Vonn, Chris Davenport, JJ Thomas, Andy Mahre, Jossi Wells and Zach Black, to name a few. To increase the stoke, the film features music from the likes of Radiohead, Vampire Weekend and Jonsi.

Weekend Sherpa: Bike Ride Fern Canyon Trail

To experience one of the most beautiful bike rides in Northern California shift into gear on Fern Canyon Trail in Van Damme State Park. A wide and flat dirt trail takes you deep into this velvety green canyon of dewy bishop pines, redwoods, and thick ferns, bisected by the Little River. Crisscross the river over several perfectly arched wooden bridges that keep the pedaling playful. At 2.5 miles there's a junction where a signed bike-friendly trail veers right. Then it's a 1-mile huff-and-puff climb leading out of the canyon and up to the Pygmy Forest.

New Weekly Feature: Ask a Vet from the SF SPCA

You need only look to the 30,000+  votes we received in this year's first annual Pet Poll as evidence that San Francisco loves its furry ones.

So to help you, Fluffy and Fido on your quest towards city pet awesomeness, we've enlisted the San Francisco SPCA to write a weekly "Ask the Vet" column on 7x7.

Photos: The Giants Parade

Photography by Joseph Schell

Scuba Diver Gets in on Giants Pride

By now you've probably seen a splattering of World Series victory lap photos. Here's an unusual one to add to the mix: A decked-out diver in the tank at The Cal Academy of Sciences.

 

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Tips for the US Half Marathon This Weekend

It's the US Half Marathon this Sunday, a 13.1-mile course that begins in Aquatic Park, crosses the Golden Gate Bridge and winds its way back through the Presidio to the starting point (check out an interactive course map here). 5,000 people have entered, and the times to beat are 1:08:20 for men (Fernando Cabada of Fresno, CA in 2007) and 1:18:58 for women (Jane Kibii of Kenya in 2007). Intense. But even if you're not out for a record-breaker, the course, one of the most picturesque in the country, can be challenging.

Big, Beautiful Waves Headed for SF

Want to check out some giant waves? Tomorrow is your day. A quite large WNW (West-North-West) swell is on tap and with beautiful, calm winds. Waves are forecasted to be 20 feet plus, with sets up to 3-4 times overhead. It truly might be a Big Wednesday (Classic Surf Flick, a clip below). Be safe out there and get some!

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