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JANUARY 3, 2011 5:33PM

Facebook Valuation Boggles the Mind

From the What's It Worth? Department - big news in the world of finance today:  the great minds at Goldman Sachs have conjured up a way for wealthy investors to get a piece of the Facebook action without actually having to take the company public.

Plunking down $450 million of its own… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 23, 2009 8:05PM

Apple Set to Ruin Christmas with January Tablet Event

Apple Tablet

Apple has booked the stage at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in downtown San Francisco for "several days" in late January, according to a report at Financial Times, leading to increased speculation the company is preparing to unveil the long-awaited "Apple Tablet."

Coming on the heels of … Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 3, 2009 3:29PM

The Future of Publishing: Not as Bleak as We Might Think

Going Rouge - An American Nightmare

While it is absolutely dead-certain you will hear about Sarah Palin's much-hyped memoir when it comes out on November 17, the mainstream media PR machine is likely to give short shrift to a compelling collection of essays that ought to make a lively companion piece to Palin's ode to… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 23, 2009 3:59PM

McCain Looks to Block Net Neutrality, Appease Telecom Donors

AZ Republican John McCain

In response to a Federal Communications Commission Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published Thursday, John McCain introduced his own Internet Freedom Act of 2009 in the United States Senate, revealing the administrative style the U.S. would likely have faced had he won the 2008 presidential el… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 4:53PM

America's Educational Challenge: Get Smart

School Sucks by liese-lotta

Image credit: liese-lotta



Only the educated are free.

President Barack Obama addressed the nation's school children without incident Tuesday, imploring millions of Americans aged 5 - 18 to "get serious this… Read full post »

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JULY 6, 2009 2:30AM

There's My Place in the Sun - Dakini Dancer's Memorial

Dakini's Ashes, Memorial Altar


Dakini Dancer's ashes rest in that pretty box, there, with the colorful bow and the lovely beads wrapped around it, looked over by a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a Christian Saint with whom she had a personal visitation late in her life, and who became an important… Read full post »

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MAY 1, 2009 3:00PM

1986 - I Was Detained in China, But Not for Espionage

Urban biking, China, 1986

In the fall of 1986 I traveled to Mainland China for the first time, with my friend Howie, a classmate from law school who shared my love of adventure and a predilection for exploring altered states in all their terrifying, magnificent glory.

I was just coming off a nine month stint… Read full post »

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APRIL 10, 2009 5:15PM

San Francisco Anniversary Meet-Up, Anyone?

San Francisco, CA

Image © CoastRanger


OK, well, Kerry has thrown down the gauntlet and I know there are a whole pack of Bay Area OS peeps, so we should be able to put something together to rival anything in New York, Chicago, Chattanooga, Baton Rouge ... uh ... sorry, I've got… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 11, 2009 1:22PM

Can I Bring You to Tears?

OK. Fine. You don't like foul-mouthed Tony Soprano and his menagerie of equally verbal etiquette-challenged friends and family? Then sit back and soak up the feel-good story of the season here.

This one especially goes out to all the OS peeps with differently-abled kids.

  Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 11, 2009 3:40AM

Every Curse, From Every Sopranos Episode - Ever

The question, of course, is: can you sit through the entire 27:18?
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DECEMBER 5, 2008 7:00AM

I'm Too Happy

I've never had a bad job. By some magical confluence of good fortune and an extreme aversion to doing anything I don't absolutely have to do, I have avoided working any job where I was likely to be killed or maimed or poisoned, or shamed by some sadistic boss with self-esteem… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 1, 2008 12:40PM

A Prescient Voice Goes Silent

TantaThose of us who follow in some detail the Kaubki Theater that is late-stage capitalism are sad to note the passing yesterday of one of the wisest, wittiest voices calling the play-by-play of the mortage industry and housing market collapse during the past few years.

Doris Dungey, a former mortg… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 29, 2008 12:15PM

Six Clicks: More iPhone Pics #2

I'm back with six more pics from the iPhone, taken on a jaunt yesterday afternoon to one of my favorite places here in the Bay Area. See if you can guess wehre I took them before you get to the final photo.

I know of at least two OS members who… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 16, 2008 12:12PM

Six Clicks: More Cell Phone Pics (for mishima666)

Something I've observed with joy here at OS is the inspiration we contributors give and take among each other.

Whether it's someone starting a meme designed to let us take a look inside and bring something more of ourselves into the open, or a posted rebuttal to something one of… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 6, 2008 7:13PM

Barack, be a cool dad and get the girls a Basenji

They are known as the barkless dog. Basenjis originally came from Africa and were bred for hunting. I like them because they are on the smaller side, have short hair and a nearly non-existent slobber factor. That and the no barking thing. Plus, when they can sing like this, well,… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 26, 2008 3:35AM

Happy Howloween

Pets on parade

So, here's the deal.

Despite being unemployed, I don't have a lot of time during the week to put together posts on OS.

I steal the odd half hour here and there to keep up with the goings on, and I chip in a mental farthing or two… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 22, 2008 6:26PM

El Jefe

el Jefe

My father was called many things by many people in his life. But I and my friends, once we became teenagers and found the temerity to approach him on what we fancied was something like equal footing, called him The Chief.

In reality, he and his accomplishments towered… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 19, 2008 1:24PM

Don't Get Smart With Me!

Smart is as smart does.

You think you're pretty smart, don't you? I mean, really, why else would you even be here?

Well, here's a little Sunday diversion for you while you wait for the late NFL game, or the exciting Seventh Game conclusion to a great American League playoff series, or perhaps while… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 15, 2008 12:10AM

Train in Vain

It's been said we've been dumbed down over the past couple of generations in America. Our schools have failed us, turning out apathetic, underachieving mediocrities with short attention spans, overinflated egos and insatiable expectations of entitlement.

The thinking goes, that, even at the highest… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 13, 2008 11:58AM

Invasion of the Poster People

More Cowbell

Building on the theme I raised a few weeks ago regarding the unique degree of creative inspiration Barack Obama's candidacy has engendered among the American body politic, I bring you this morning Rene Wanner's Poster Page, on which are collected dozens of posters inspired by the original Oba… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 10, 2008 4:07PM

Don't you touch hard liquor, just a cup of cold coffee.

7Eleven Electoral Map

There's a buncha ways to skin a moose, as they say in some parts, but I think it's safe to say there ain't a state in the Union that doesn't have a heckuva lotta 7Eleven stores.

Those stores do a mighty fine bit of business in the coffee trade, too,… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2008 4:24PM

I Defy You


In looking for a way to withstand the fusillade of verbiage that passes in some quarters for "analysis" about the various abilities and appearances of the candidates, be they "presidential," or "pretentious," or merely "pretending," I believe I have found a salient hook, one which, pleasingly… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2008 4:30PM

Native Americans Return to Ocean Beach After 106 Years

Buffalo Bill's Wild West, Ocean Beach, San Francisco - 1902

In 1902, William F. Cody brought his then hugely popular Buffalo Bill's Wild West to San Francisco, where more than 100 American Indians on horseback posed for the photograph above on Ocean Beach, below the City's famous Cliff House.

Cody called his show "an educational exposition on a… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2008 12:52AM

All Down the Line - Running Guns for the Rolling Stones

"Dude, I really need your help."

Bear's voice is insistent, though not frantic, and I know the difference with him.

He is a successful stock broker at the biggest firm in Memphis and we go back a long way. As kids we used to… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2008 3:38AM

When the Lord Gets Ready, You Got to Move

Wierd FlyerWhen I poured my first beer from behind the bar at Nickie's BBQ on Haight Street in San Francisco back in the winter of 1989, I didn't consider that I might still be pouring beers there nearly fourteen years later.

I couldn't have imagined at that point how my little dive… Read full post »