Tuesday, December 18, 2012

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” and the Dream of a Post Racial America

Beasts of the Southern Wild has been showing up on plenty of year end "Best of" lists lately.  But I'm not the only one who had some issues with the film's handling of its own subtext and its approach to race relations in a post Katrina southern Delta.  Head on over to The SF Informer to read my thoughts on just why, in the year of the Avengers and Twilight, Beasts of the Southern Wild may be the biggest stretch of escapist fantasy to hit theaters this year.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Inner Sunset Skeleton

This is the Inner Sunset Skeleton.  Its been up in the window of this apartment on the 1500 block of Irving for as long as I've lived here and this is only the most recent in its recent string of exciting costumes.  At first it was naked, but then it showed up one day dressed like Bumblebee from Transformers.  Its worn this exciting Sriracha inspired ensemble for the last couple of weeks (complete with fancy china) and will hopefully be sporting all sorts of great looks in the future.  Watch this space for updates.   

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hacker Collectives and the San Francisco Tech Scene

Source: Danny O Brien

What is the role of "hackers" in the 21st century?  And what does it mean to be a part of this culture as the main stream grows increasingly in demand of their skills?  This article that I've written for the SF Informer investigates how a hacker space in San Francisco, Noisebridge, is responding to these challenges through a combination of new technology and traditional, communal based ideas and decision making.