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and then there’s always waterworld…


October 9, 2008 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

San Francisco: Vote No on Prop L, Yes on T

Those who have little are thought to have no right to anything
SF- Vote NO on Proposition L (Community Justice Center)
and YES on Proposition T (Treatment on Demand)

September 28, 2008 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

CCA’s Fall Lecture Series (yay!)

It’s fall again and no one likes to watch their tans fade. Buuuuut everyone loves a good pumpkin latte!

All pumpkins and tan lines aside, here’s about half of CCA’s fall lecture schedule. Let’s go! Afterwards, we can walk through the rainy mission drinking whiskey from a vitamin water bottle – forgetting our pasty legs.

Textiles: Crossing the Line
Group Exhibition
September 30–October 9
Oliver Art Center, Oakland campus
Reception: Thurs., Oct. 2, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 8:30 a.m.–noon and 1–4:30 p.m. (closed Wed. morning)
Info: 510.594.3747

One of the oldest aesthetic traditions in the world, textile art is currently on the cutting edge of contemporary art practice and critical inquiry. Rooted in material and process, the discipline is expanding to include intellectual discourses based on rich cultural meanings and the poetic nuances of the medium.
Faculty, staff, and students of the CCA Textiles Program use conceptual approaches, materiality, and craft processes to expand the traditional boundaries of the field.

Anne Wagner
Graduate Studies Lecture Series

September 28, 2008 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

A’s Bike Rally – Spread the Word!

Oakland A’s fans are taking to the streets on August 30 to bring the city and team exactly what they need: a rally parade!


From the East Bay Express:

Oakland Bike Rally for the Athletics

With the scraper bike craze in full force, two-wheel junkers are supplanting gas-guzzling automobiles as the sexy new form of transport in Oakland. Saturday’s bike rally for the Athletics attests for a new (albeit anachronistic) vision of civil society that’s gradually starting to catch on around here. Equipped with boom-boxes, noisemakers, and “tailgating grills,” the parade kicks off with a 10 a.m. breakfast at Lois the Pie Queen (851 60th St., Oakland) and runs through Oakland all day, stopping off at several BART stations before arriving at its final destination, the McAfee Coliseum parking lot. Then it’s off to watch the Oakland A’s spar the Minnesota Twins at 6:05 p.m. (Rally organizers will provide a safe space for participants to stow their bikes during the game.)

— By Rachel Swan

Price: free
Time & Date: Sat., Aug. 30, 10 a.m.
Lois the Pie Queen
851 60th St.
Emeryville CA 94608
Here’s the official schedule:
August 30, 2008:
10am Lois the Pie Queen
12pm Macarthur bart parking lot
2pm Ogawa park (in front of city hall on 14th and Broadway)
4pm Fruitvale shopping center (next to bart)
6pm Coliseum parking lot
I’d love to hear your feedback — T-shirts will be coming out soon!

August 23, 2008 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

The Cyclist About Town

First off, I want to thank David for posting info about The Village Bicycle’s Oakland A’s Rally, August 30 on his blog Brooklyn Avenue. Please contact me (kathymcguirehascome at gmail dot com) if you have and bike locks to donate or would like to volunteer. We’re expecting a fair amount of people and need help making sure eveyone’s safe and happy.

Next, the Embarcadero BART was truly awful this morning. I mean, it’s weird, people will stare at me trying to walk down the stairs with a bike on my shoulder and a dripping coffee in my hand (Peets gave me a cup when I asked for the coffee to be poured in my water bottle – grrr), and not move out of my way. It’s like they see me, they make eye contact, they admire my bike, and then walk up the center of the stairway. I can’t take up any less room, buddy, you need to move.

Speaking of commuting. Men’s Health put together a consumerist-fed article about biking your work commute instead of driving (and all the gear you need to buy to make it happen). While I don’t like to look at cycling in terms of how much gas money I’m saving as it just reiterates our dependency on oil, I do like that they measured how many pounds of C02 emissions we’re saving by commuting (check out – join the movement!)

Your Commute: 15 miles, average speed 14 to 18 MPH
Calories burned in one day: 1,476
Gas Money Saved in one month: $122.40
CO2 Savings in 1 year: 7,722 pounds

Your Commute: 10 miles, average speed 12 to 14 MPH
Calories burned in one day: 884
Gas Money Saved in one month: $81.60
CO2 Savings in 1 year: 5,148 pounds

Your Commute: 5 miles, average speed 10 to 12 MPH
Calories burned in one day: 410
Gas Money Saved in one month: $40.80
CO2 Savings in 1 year: 2,574 pounds

Pretty interesting. I’d love to hear your commuting stories, btw. Where do you go, what do you love the most about it, and why the 24th and Mission BART elevator smelled so god awful this evening.

And here’s a question for you all, well, at least for you Jackson: Are the Olympic BMX races really “uncool” because the bikes have clips? Sports Business Daily seems to think so.

August 20, 2008 at 7:57 pm 2 comments

Dead Ray “Steve” on SF Market Street

I know it’s not about bikes, but it’s disturbing.  The first story I heard about this was from a office buddy who described a huge Manta Ray flopping down the market street in downtown SF for about 20 feet or so, struggling for life before one final flop of death.  It broke my heart.  Who would do such a thing to an animal — and then, how did they do it?  Manta Rays are huge.

Judging from the comments posted on SFweekly’s report of the incident, it wasn’t a Manta Ray but possibly an Eagle, Bat, or Cow Ray.  Also, according to one commentor, the ray was dead when it was left on Market Street after having it’s tail chopped off by a fisherman.  What creeps me out about the commentor’s comment was that he knew the ray’s name was “Steve.”


From A.Crazy:

The ray’s name was Steve. He was caught by a fisherman for his tail and thrown away. someone found him and brought him to One Post in a bag.
It’s not sad that he ended up on Market street. It’s sad that he was caught for the soul purpose of harvesting his tail.

August 18, 2008 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

Summer Bike Swap

Summer Bike Swap

Sun Aug 17th, noon, at the Panhandle (off Masonic and Fell)
This Sunday, ride to the Panhandle for a party where you can upgrade your bike/bike-parts, or purchase newness at cut-rate prices from a multitude of vendors. There’ll also be a bake sale, bbq, and a bike Olympiad featuring a 100m adults-on-kiddy-bike dash, and “Bike Put”, described as “How far can you throw a fully loaded bicycle?” (or, if the bike’s nicer than yours, “How fast can you ride away on a fully loaded bicycle?”).
More details at

August 13, 2008 at 12:21 pm Leave a comment

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