Chad

34 Flips | 15 Magazines | 1,212 Likes | 63 Following | 53 Followers | @chd | Chad Woodford is a transactional intellectual property (IP) and technology attorney, freelance writer and filmmaker (producing, post-production) based in San Francisco. Chad is interested in the ways that technology can improve our lives. He's also probably a little too into yoga.

Stephen Colbert on Making The Late Show His Own | GQ

Since last winter, after laying to rest the blowhard host of The Colbert Report and inheriting Letterman’s seat on The Late Show, the most inventive comic of his generation has been consumed with one very large question: Who will he be now? Stephen Colbert—the real one—gives a sneak peek. And in …

Phones?! Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Phones!

Initial Impressions of the Apple Watch<p>I got my Apple Watch last week and it has really impressed me, despite my initial skepticism. Not bad for a …

Cat Fish

India, You’re Breaking My Heart (Part 2)

Tolerance and Wonder<p><i>“In the middle of chaos is grace.” — </i>Kai Mayerfeld, <i>India Bites You Somehow</i><p>[If you haven’t read Part 1, you can find it here.]<p>On …

Marc Maron Opens Up About Friend and Comedian Bill Hicks

The late Hicks's comedy will get a new theatrical and digital release in April.<p>Is a new generation ready for Bill Hicks? The deceased, quietly controversial comic, who smiled sweetly while launching socially significant smart-bombs at his audience? Comedy Dynamics, owned by New Wave Entertainment, …

Comedy

Vince Vaughn and Co-stars Pose for Idiotic Stock Photos You Can Have for Free

Stock photos have a bad rap. They're campy and cheesy and the butt of plenty of jokes. But what's great about them is they're often the catalyst for …

Glog

Any Yoga Is Good

Even If It’s Not “Traditional”<p>I’m a white American and I love yoga. It’s a huge part of my life. And, because I live in San Francisco, one of the …

The 7 Best Waterfall Hikes Near San Francisco – The Bold Italic

The Seven Best Waterfall Hikes Near San Francisco<p><b>By Sierra Hartman</b><p>After this week’s spattering of rainfall, the Bay Area’s scenic waterways have …

Hiking

16 Things

We don’t invest in themes; we invest in special founders with breakthrough ideas. Which means we don’t make investments based on a pre-existing …

Ben Horowitz

India, You’re Breaking My Heart (Part 1)

<i>How even yoga can’t prepare you for India (although it helps)</i><p><b>by Chad Woodford</b><p>I’m sitting in the chapel of an old abbey in the Tuscan hills listening …

Jennifer in paradise: the story of the first Photoshopped image

One holiday snap has been manipulated thousands of times on thousands of computers. Here's how a woman on a beach in Bora Bora taught the whole world to tinker with pictures<p>It hardly looks like an image that shook the world. But this photograph, taken in 1987 by John Knoll, could be as central to …

Watch last night's NBC interview with Edward Snowden

Last night, NBC's Brian Williams conducted the first US TV interview with Edward Snowden. You won't find any new NSA programs or Silicon Valley secrets, but it's an excellent summary of who Snowden is, what he's done, and why he did it, in his own words. The roughly 40-minute interview is split …

The Boys of Benchmark Talk About S.F.'s Tenderloin, Diversity and Artisanal Venture Capitalism (Part One)

"We try to think of it as artisans practicing a craft."<p>Recently, I made my way down to the relatively new offices of Benchmark in the still-sketchy Tenderloin area of San Francisco for a visit with the foursome that now runs the famous venture firm. That would be Peter Fenton, Matt Cohler, Mitch …

Hypnotic GIFs of Anthony Howe's Kinetic Wind Sculptures

Artist Anthony Howe's 3D kinetic sculptures are massive, moving pieces that utilize the united visual power of wind, metal, and mirrors. We first discovered his spectacular work earlier this year and now, thanks to VICE's <i>The Creators Project</i>, a series of equally hypnotic gifs (created by Jordan …

Art

Dogs imitate crawling baby

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Breaking Bad Recap: Nothing Personal

Written and directed by Peter Gould (“Hazard Pay,” “Problem Dog”), last night’s penultimate <i>Breaking Bad</i> episode, “Granite State,” was one in which …

Cheryl Strayed: On “Binge Writing,” Doling Out Advice & Finding Clarity

Cheryl Strayed believes she was put on this earth to do one thing: write like a motherf*cker. She wrote through her mother’s death, through a …

Writing

Judge smash: Prenda’s porn-trolling days are over

Prenda lawyers take the Fifth. And a federal judge will assume the worst.<p>The number of observers watching the spectacularly flailing …

New California "Right to Know" Act Would Let Consumers Find Out Who Has Their Personal Data -- And Get a Copy of It

Aereo wins major court battle against TV networks

A remarkably tech-savvy decision<p>The United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals just rejected an appeal from TV networks against web-television company Aereo by a 2-1 vote, concluding that Aereo's system does not infringe the broadcaster's copyrights. Broadcasters argued that unlike Cablevision, …

Cleared for stripping

DAVE KELLETT and Fred Schroeder set out to shoot a documentary about the art of cartooning. In the process, however, the film, called "Stripped", …

Google brings real-time NYC subway schedule data to Google Maps

Back in December, the MTA unveiled a new smartphone app that provided up-to-the-minute tracking for seven New York City transit lines. The backend data would also be made available to developers, MTA officials said at the time, and three months later you can now find live schedule info in Google …

Glam Out with the New Teaser for Soderbergh’s Liberace Biopic

Reports of Steven Soderbergh’s retirement appear to have been greatly exaggerated, but we still can’t wait to get a look at <i>Behind the Candelabra</i>, his …

Entertainment

The incredible soaring Bay Area home prices

Tuesday’s S&P/Case-Shiller report underscored the rapid run-up in Bay Area home prices, showing that the San Francisco metro area — Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties — saw home prices surge 17.5% in January compared to a year ago. That outpaced the national run-up …

How the internet is making us poor

Everyone knows the story of how robots replaced humans on the factory floor. But in the broader sweep of automation versus labor, a trend with far greater significance for the middle class—in rich countries, at any rate—has been relatively overlooked: the replacement of knowledge workers with …

Income Inequality

Bay Bridge inspections: busted bolts

At least 30 of the giant bolts that hold together the new, $6.4 billion eastern span of the Bay Bridge have snapped.<p>As a result, Caltrans is considering replacing all 288 of the bolts on the new bridge before it opens, The Chronicle has learned.<p>Caltrans insists the new span is safe and that plans …

Engineering