Saturday, April 28, 2007

We're No. 7!

A relocation company came up with a list of the Top 10 best places to live in the U.S.

San Francisco was 7th:

1. Asheville, N.C.
2. Traverse City, Mich.
3. Ithaca, N.Y.
4. Chicago
5. Cary, N.C.
6. Portland, Maine
7. San Francisco
8. Stevens Point, Wis.
9. O'Fallon, Mo.
10. Spencer, Iowa

Given the crazy criteria they usually use for these kinds of studies (cost of living, distance to the nearest Wal-Mart, etc.), I'm surprised S.F. is on there at all. But still, it's a little sad to be behind Cary, N.C.

The only other city on the list I can really endorse is Chicago -- and maybe Portland, Maine, though I've always thought it was just a glorified Northampton. (Not that there's anything wrong with Northampton!)

Friday, April 27, 2007

Notice to Hollywood

Quaint, historic New England towns do not have names like Stars Hollow or Knights Ridge -- those sound like tract-home subdivisions.

A real New England town name is Belchertown or Chicopee or Rutland or Swampscott.

Get it right.

Damn You, Muni

A lot of people are complaining about Muni Metro's new T-Third line, since it's unreliable and has screwed up the whole system. Well, yeah, that's bothered me too -- but I have a different complaint.

If you ride the Muni trains, you know that when one arrives with two cars, they say the letter of the line twice, e.g., "N N" for the N-Judah.

So far, they haven't been running many two-car T-Thirds, only one-car trains. They say it's because there isn't enough demand for two cars, but really I think it's so they don't have to say "T T," thus robbing me of a chance to say, "Look, I can see a teetee!!"

Friday, April 20, 2007

Gavin's Minions

As a Gavin supporter, I was very inspired by this clip of two blogresses pouring their drinks on the blogger behind GavinSucks.com. (I do have to agree, though, that the actual pouring wasn't captured very well on camera.)

I met Gavin once, and he was very charismatic. His voice was surprising gravelly -- but in a good way. Okay, that's all I'll say.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Best Cities to Find a Mate

When I was growing up, we always seemed to have a subscription to "Men's Health." I'm not sure who was reading it exactly, since every cover story seemed to be about ways to "lose that gut" (something no one in our family was intent on doing). I became more confused as I got older and realized "Men's Health" was by, for and about gay men.

If there's any doubt about that, check out this Men's Health study on the best cities to find a mate. Their No. 1 choice: San Francisco.

What's odd is they make a token effort to refer to male-female ratios, but it's never clear what they mean. For instance, here's what they say about San Jose (No. 3 on the list, oddly):

San Jose, Calif.: Not only did it have the best ratio of single men to women, but as the hub of Silicon Valley, San Jose is a magnet for men looking to flex their mental muscle. What's more, with over 300 sunny days a year, the city gives guys a built-in incentive to stay in shape and balance work with play (it was tops in fitness level and chemistry-building activities).


By "best ratio of single men to women," do they mean there are hardly any women? Because that's certainly my experience. And the rest of the description sounds, uh, totally gay (not that there's anything wrong with that).

Chimps Can Be Smarter Than Humans

I'm not sure if this news is going to help or hurt the chuman movement. But if you want a kid with a better short-term memory, chuman crossbreeding is the way to go!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

A Real Ho

Wow, does it seem coincidental that during the same week as the "nappy-headed hos" controversy, Don Ho would die? Do you think he was disturbed by his name being used in an insulting way?

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Editor's Dilemma

This whole Don Imus controversy has created an interesting problem for copy editors -- one that BuboBlog has struggled with in the past: how to properly spell "hos."

If you omit the apostrophe, which seems more consistent with general AP style, you run the risk that people will pronounce it "haas." If you add the apostrophe ("ho's"), it looks like perhaps there's a possessive involved. And if you spell it "hoes," it sounds like you're referring to a garden implement.

It seems like the AP (as well as my own employer) is going with "hos," but the Chronicle chose to use "ho's."

Fun Experiment

I came across this Washington Post article thanks to the Freakonomics blog. It was a really great article -- long, but definitely worth reading.

The premise is, they take famed violinist Joshua Bell and have him perform inside a Washington subway station -- just to see how people react. Despite the fact that he's one of the greatest violinists living today, no one notices him and he only makes $35 in tips.

I feel like if I had passed by him, I would have recognized him -- we've seen him live twice. But since he was performing in the morning commute, I can understand people not stopping. I never have time to stop in the morning. The evening would be a different story.

Hey, speaking of Joshua Bell, what's with the random shout-out in today's edition of "Dennis the Menace." (I couldn't find a link to today's strip.)

Monday, April 09, 2007

'Fissure' Update

Some good news/bad news on the "Fissure" movie project. First of all, they posted a "teaser" trailer that is pretty cool. It's not a full trailer because I think it needs some finishing touches and maybe some cheesy voice-over ("One man..."), but it looks good to me. I like the music too.

The bad news is, it looks like Barry Corbin (Maurice from "Northern Exposure") has a scheduling conflict and won't be able to be in the movie. So the director is looking around for some other "name" talent in Hollywood. (By "name," I think he means an actor you might find vaguely familiar — even if you had no idea what his actual name was.)

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Black Squirrels...in Indiana

Some town councilman in Indiana wanted to honor the area's black squirrels. Apparently the idea got shot down.

But how is that the story doesn't mention Haverford?

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

One Rincon

What's with all this hateration directed at the new One Rincon Hill tower (left)?

It's maybe not my favorite building, and yes, it has a late-1990s green glassiness that seems a little dated. (The green tint is not as evident in this picture as in real life.)

But it's still going to be pretty kick-ass, and its closeness to the bridge makes it all the awesomer.

I've heard some complaints that it's going to be too Miami-like. Well, is that really so bad? A wise man once told me that Miami where tha booty at.

UPDATE: Kelly says I am confused. The building people say is too Miami-like is the Infinity (see below), which is a few blocks away. BuboBlog regrets its error. (My thoughts about Miami stand.)

'My Humps'

This Alanis Morissette version of "My Humps" is actually pretty awesome.

I do think the video undercuts the humor a bit, though, since it's silly. She should have just sung it straight, in front of a piano or something.

Next I would like to see Sarah McLachlan cover Lil' Kim's "Suck My D***."

Bourbon & Branch

Saturday we went with some friends to a bar in the Tenderloin called Bourbon & Branch. The gimmick is that it's like a speakeasy. They don't have any sign out front, and you have to ring the bell and give a password (ours was "Mazuma") to get in.

I've noticed a backlash against this place because the drinks are "super-expensive" and it's "kind of pretentious." And I would tend to agree. But it's pretty cool if you actually plan to sip whiskey straight, since they have a pretty good selection. If you just want to drink cocktails, it's a total ripoff -- the cocktails are like $15 apiece. (It was also really dark -- I nearly injured myself coming in.)

We had two drinks each and our bill (for Kelly and me) including tip was $70+. Ouch. Afterwards we went next door to this Indian place Chutney for dinner and it was like $8 apiece. That's what I'm talking about.