John M. Hendricks

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Demystifying Sound at the Vintage Synthesizer Museum

click to enlarge<p>Lance Hill dismounted his bike and, using two hands, opened a steel sliding door in an industrial complex in Emeryville. Inside, he …

Synthesizers

After Ghost Ship, Russell E.L. Butler Commits to Life in Electronic Music

click to enlarge<p>As with many artists in Oakland's underground music scene, Russell E.L. Butler's life took a major turn after 2016's Ghost Ship fire. …

San Francisco

Welcome to the Wikipedia for Terms of Service Agreements

Most people spend very little time thinking about the terms of service that govern life online. The agreement appears in a flash, we affirm that "I …

GDPR

Geoffrey Pete: Oakland's Black Business Leader/Historian/Culture Keeper

Geoffrey Pete is the kind of public figure who is easily shrouded in mythology. He’s been described as a power broker, kingmaker and city boss—lofty …

City Politics

Mapping San Francisco’s 17 most glorious fountains - Curbed SF

<i>Editor’s note: This piece was originally published in August 2017. It has since been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>Now that temperatures in San Francisco have broken the <i>blistering</i> 70-degree mark, it’s time to take on the outdoors, folks. In lieu of heading to the beach or taking a hike, …

Golden Gate Park
City Halls

12 Hours in the Mercantile Library

Inside an inconspicuous lobby in an office building on Walnut Street, there is a small express elevator with only one button to press: Floor 11. Hit …

Books

West Oakland's Food Desert Remains

click to enlarge<p>West Oakland has long been classified as a food desert because of the lack of grocery stores in the area. And the neighborhood may …

Journalism

Supersized Plans and Potential Problems for this BART Adjacent Project

While plans for a 417-unit development to rise up to 8 stories in height on the vacant 3-acre Caltrans lot bounded by Kirkham, 7th, Union and 5th …

Here Come The Copyright Bots For Hire, With Lawyers In Tow

Anyone can now find infringers, send take-down requests, and quickly demand thousands in damages. Can the trolls be far behind?<p>Christy Turner will do a lot for a good picture of the night sky. The Calgary-based photographer feeds her passion for the Northern Lights by monitoring weather conditions …

Internet

Crystal Palace Market Once Stood Where S.F.'s New Whole Foods Will Go - February 21, 2018

Last week, we learned that San Francisco will get a very large Whole Foods — the city’s eighth and also its biggest — inside Trinity Place, on the …

Pedestrian etiquette guide: How to use the sidewalk like a good person

Step up your game<p><i>Originally published in 2017, this article has been updated with recent information and republished because some San Francisco pedestrians still need a refresher course.</i><p>Update: In honor of Walk to Work Day SF, wherein thousands of city dwellers hoof it to and from their place of …

San Francisco

The Beauty of Backyard Birds.

<i>Please click on the images to magnify and clarify them.</i><p>Want to add a little beauty and life to your backyard? Try putting up a birdfeeder or two. In …

The Divas Diaries - February 7, 2018

Tuesday, May 2, 2006 I arrive at Divas at a quarter to midnight, and the pickings are slim as ever: cisgender men and a few Motherlode Girls. None of …

Oakland’s Black Artists Make Space for Themselves

Responding to gentrification and the political climate, artists are creating work reflecting an increasing urgency to preserve the local legacy of …

Black Culture

Is This Mural at the Edge of the Castro God, Satan, or Something Else? - January 10, 2018

The scores of pedestrians and drivers who pass by Colette Crutcher’s mural every day can sense that the central figure is a woman of great substance. …

Demons

Saying Goodbye to Una Pizza Napoletana

Every week since news broke that pizzaiolo Anthony Mangieri would be closing his essential SoMa pizza shop, I've wondered whether I could squeeze in one last visit. I’ve managed to get in a few more through sheer force of worry, but because I'll be spending the holidays back East with family, I'll …

San Francisco

Bedtime for the Night Light Means a New Day for the Elbo Room

Owners of the storied Mission District dive, which is slated for demolition, will re-launch the struggling Night Light bar and venue as Elbo Room …

Planned Parenthood

One of SF's largest neighborhoods has only two laundromats left—that's bad for everyone

Brainwash wasn't just a cool cafe, it was the last decent place in SoMa to do laundry<p>Last week, Brainwash Cafe shut down after 28 years in business. In the days since, it has been fondly remembered as an affordable eatery, a community gathering place, and a talent incubator for dozens of local …

San Francisco

Pending Eviction of Former Black Panther Aunti Frances Highlights Just-Cause 'Loophole'

Tenant advocates say the longtime community organizer's pending eviction illustrates an increasingly common tactic for vacating duplexes and …

Black Panther

Georgia Copyrighted Its Own Laws. Now, It’s Suing a Nonprofit Group for Publishing Them.

The state of Georgia has one, and only one, official set of laws: the Official Code of Georgia Annotated.<p>There’s just one tiny problem for Georgia …

The Sonny Bono Memorial Collection fights copyright creep.

The internet has made it easier than ever to access information that you once had to dig through stacks and archives to find. You don’t have to have …

Humanities

Evictions After Ghost Ship

After the deadly warehouse fire, Oakland city officials vowed to help improve the safety of unpermitted live-work spaces without displacing …

Housing

Fail better

<b>Fail better</b><p>What makes a good writer? Is writing an expression of self, or, as TS Eliot argued, 'an escape from personality'? Do novelists have a …

Literature
Internet

12 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Google Maps Could Do

Some of the best features of Google’s mapping app are among the hardest to find—until you know where to look.<p>Google Maps is great for just getting around. But don’t be fooled: The app is much more than a glorified Garmin. Maps has all sorts of powerful features and time-saving shortcuts that aren’t …

Maps

Courtroom Insight Relaunches As Private Law Firm Platform for KM and Analytics about Experts and Others

When Courtroom Insight launched in 2010, its focus was on being a kind-of Yelp for rating and reviewing expert witnesses and arbitrators. The idea, …

The Post

The Innovation Fetish and Slow Librarianship: What Librarians Can Learn From the Juicero

<b>In Brief</b><br>This essay reflects on the effects of capitalism and corporatization on the work habits of librarians, and critiques the profession’s …

Judicata Readies Release of Powerful Tool to Analyze Briefs, Like Moneyball for Motions

The legal research platform Judicata will soon roll out a powerful tool that uses statistical insights to provide detailed analysis and grading of …

Moneyball