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You Say “Goodbye” and I say “Hello”

I find it painful to say “goodbye” to any business, even one that I don’t patronize. Not too long ago, in my post <i>Rumor Has It</i>, I wrote about some of …

San Francisco Bay Area

Spoiled for Choice

I don’t envy parents of young children these days. When I was growing up, the process of putting your child through school—at least, up until …

Education

Upping our Cred

Happy holidays! I’m amazed at how quickly this year is passing. I’m tempted to say that I can’t believe that it is almost Christmas, but that would …

San Francisco Bay Area

Groundbreaking fMRI study finds four distinct neurological subtypes of depression

New research from Weill Cornell has isolated four distinct neurotypes of depression. But its knock-on effects are much wider in scope. The work …

The Brain

Hitting the Streets

If you keep an eye on any of the local news sources, or if you follow the City’s posts via email or Twitter or some such, you’re probably well aware …

Urban Design

Mr. Know-it-All

When you are a parent there is a time when your kids look up to you, thinking that you know almost everything. Until your kids learn how the world …

San Francisco Bay Area

New therapies offer some hope for those facing glioblastoma brain tumors

One day, perhaps in the next five years, I will develop a malignant brain tumor called a glioblastoma that could take just 15 months to kill me.<p>As a former practicing doctor, I know that these tumors are some of the hardest to treat — which is why this short prognosis has remained largely unchanged …

Cancer

New captivating images from photographer Erik Almas’ latest Hang Gliding series

New captivating images from photographer Erik Almas’ latest <i>Hang Gliding</i> series. A recurring theme in Erik’s work, in the set hang gliders float through surreal and dreamlike landscapes.<p>You can read more about about this fascination and view the entire set in his latest blog post “The Mythology of Flying”.<p>To see more work from Erik, click here.

Rumor Has It

Since the election there has been a great deal of analysis around why our most recent election turned out as it did. While it will probably be years …

News Media

The King of Tides

Not too long ago many of us were eagerly looking forward to the sight of a rare supermoon rising over Redwood City. On the evening of November 14, …

Construction

Heading for the Border

This week I took a nice long walk to a part of town that I hadn’t been to in a while: the area around the intersection of Charter Street and Bay …

San Francisco Bay Area

Walking off the Election Blues

I am not registered for vote-by-mail: I prefer to vote in person. For me, physically going to my polling place and stepping into the booth (or what …

San Francisco Bay Area

14 Stylish Home Buys from Your Favorite Menswear Brands

As the weather gets colder, staying in sounds increasingly appealing. And liking your digs will help the whole thing seem less like a punishment, and more like a luxury. It'll even inspire you to open your door to others, which is always good for business. Luckily, some of our favorite designers …

Menswear

Science Isn’t Broken

If you follow the headlines, your confidence in science may have taken a hit lately. Peer review? More like self-review. An investigation in November …

Science

Missing Meetings

One of the great things about working for oneself (as I have for the last couple of years) is not having to attend a lot of meetings. For most of my …

Housing

Nobody wants to buy this bizarre house in a wealthy San Francisco suburb — but you can rent it for $750 a night

The strategy to sell a bizarre home in Hillsborough, California, is changing course.<p>The unique house remained unsold after over a year the market, and now is being offered on — where else? — Airbnb, for $750 a night.<p>Known as the "Flintstones House" to Bay Area locals, the house was originally …

Northern California

A decade of deadlock over Alzheimer's treatment may be drawing to a close

The next phase of trials for a new Alzheimer’s drug will answer the real question: are brain plaques the root cause of the disease, or just a symptom?<p>When Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s he recalled his wife’s relief that he hadn’t got a brain tumour. “All I could think then was, ‘I …

10 Key Takeaways from the 2016 National Brain Tumor Society Scientific Summit - News & Blog | National Brain Tumor Society

National Brain Tumor Society hosted its Annual Scientific Summit on Thursday, September 29, 2016, convening experts from some of the world’s top …

Cancer

Retro Freak Lets You Rip Your Classic Video Games And Take Them Anywhere

I brought back more than gashapon from Japan. I hit up four Super Potato stores, multiple Yodobashi and Bic Camera locations, and pretty much every …

Retro

Someone created a giant Donald Trump portrait on a cornfield in Italy

As if these U.S. presidential elections weren't crazy enough, a giant portrait of Donald Trump has suddenly popped up in a cornfield near Verona, Italy.<p>Artist Dario Gambarin has used his tractor to draw the <i>yuge</i> portrait on a 25,000-square-meter field.<p>via GIPHY<p>He also wrote "Ciao" beneath Trump's …

Republicans

It’s the Lease I Can Do

My wife and I regularly drive for Meals on Wheels, which means that each Friday we make the drive down to Menlo Park and back (our local Meals on …

San Francisco Bay Area

A Luxury Treehouse Is a Glamper’s Dream

Spending time in nature doesn’t have to mean giving up the comforts of modern life. In the UK, you can sleep in a tree while still enjoying a soft …

World’s Most Expensive Potato Chips Cost $11 a Piece, Come in Boxes of Five

In an attempt to create a special snack to go with their high quality beer, Sweetish brewery St. Erik’s has created the world’s most expensive potato …

I Want to Become a Ping Pong Jedi Just So I Can Open Soda Bottles With the Ball

There’s not much fame that comes with being a championship ping pong player. You don’t get shoe deals, ticker tape parades, or cameos in movies. You …

Cool Stuff

Airbnb hosted a night in Dracula's Transylvanian castle onHalloween

Halloween nights don’t get much spookier than this.<p>Earlier this month, Airbnb announced that Bran Castle in Romania, also known as “Dracula’s Castle”, would be listed on its website for the night of October 31.<p>Halloween counter<p>Two brave souls had the chance to spend Halloween in the imposing …

Waterside Developments

With all of the activity going on downtown it is easy to forget that there is development going on in other parts of the city as well. It’s been a …

San Francisco Bay Area

"Trumpkins" Are The Most Terrifying Halloween Decorations

Cotton ball spider webs and peeled grape-eyeballs, begone! Because this year, the hottest new Halloween decoration is set to be the "Trumpkin," or a pumpkin carved in striking resemblance to none other than Donald Trump.<p>That's right, with little more than a carving knife, a bad wig and the biggest, …

Halloween

8 Posh Tiny Houses You Can Rent Right Now

Live large in a small space.<p>The tiny house movement has been underway for quite a while already, but for a lot of people, the idea of staying in one …