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January 18, 2008

More Love Not Hate ... Launch a SPAM Grenade!

Will it get past your spam filters?

From HATEGrenade team:

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December 5, 2007

December 12: Come Join A Massed Citizen Choir Singing Handel's Messiah!

Monday evening was fun. I was at the San Francisco Community Music Center with my friend Allison Lovejoy as she interviewed conductor Urs Leonhardt Steiner. It is part of a series of interviews with local composers, musicians, conductors, and singers that are part of the rich cultural scene of San Francisco/Silicon Valley.

She spoke with him during a break in rehearsals for the "Sing it yourself Messiah" upcoming on Wednesday, December 12 at 8pm, at Davies Symphony Hall.

At this event the audience are the performers, singing Handel's Messiah and everyone is welcome. It is now in its 29th year and has become a much-loved holiday tradition for many people.

Allison is a wonderful friend because she helps me to escape the geek world and peek into her world, that of a classical pianist, cabaret performer, and educator. If she can help me escape occasionally, then maybe she can do the same for some of my readers too :-)

"Sing it yourself Messiah" is at Davies Symphony Hall, December 12, 2007. Tickets: 415 401 9229 or www.sfsinfonietta.org

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uznnxmjqWt8

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Here is Allison Lovejoy performing Bartok:

YouTube - Allison Lovejoy plays Bartok

May 6, 2007

Yuri's Night Recap: World Space Party and Life on Mars

By Lucaso

A few weeks ago I headed to NASA's Ames Research Center to check out Yuri's night, an annual world space party celebrating humanity's first voyage into space. Inside the massive hangar music, airplanes, and science converged for a sexy, space party. We caught up with NASA scientist Chris McKay for a chat about life on Mars. He believes that alien life forms could be preserved in the Mars polar ice caps and would likely not be based on DNA, enabling a study of comparative biology for the first time ever.


March 30, 2007

Events: Yuri's Night - a celebration at NASA Ames - April 13

Maria Mouk writes:

Get ready for something entirely different.
On April 13th the Bay Area joins the world in celebration of space exploration in a unique convergence of artists, scientists, astronauts, performers and musicians.

Yuri's Night is a commemoration of humankind's first venture into space, by Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.  This gathering bridges national, cultural, generational and social barriers to ignite excitement about what is new on the horizon in space exploration and to remind us of the magnificent feats humanity is capable of.

Yuri's Night Bay Area will be held at Moffett Field in the NASA Ames Research Center's massive SOFIA hangar, home to the world's largest aerial observatory.

Our host for the evening is pioneering space traveler Anousheh Anasari, the first privately funded female to reach orbit.  She is joined by Dr. Chris McKay, world renowned expert in astrobiology and terraformation with the Space Science Division of NASA Ames Research Center, as they welcome you to a dazzling array of interactive art installations and science demos, interwoven with musical and acrobatic performances by some of the world's finest entertainers.

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December 12, 2006

diggrz_events : kultur shock sensation

By Maria Mouk

Snow falls on the Northern peaks, and cool weather glides across the Bay- strapping me into the comfort of boots and bindings.  If you have  an open schedule- mountains in Tahoe are open and powdered, so hit the slopes early in the week, as I wish I was. Discount lift ticketsare available from Snowbomb for various resorts.

 

audium If you're remaining on all 2- and last week's sound stimuli- was missed or unimpressive, glance at the Audium schedule and make it a point to take a  trip. Exploring the language of space in music,and the interaction between compositional needs and technological innovation, led to the creation of AUDIUM, variously described as a theatre of sound-sculptured space or a sound-space continuum.

Located in San Francisco, AUDIUM is a total environment, designed from floor to ceiling as an integrated concept. The theatre, open since 1975, consists of a foyer, a sound labyrinth and a main performance space.

It is a building within a building, conceived directly for this art form. Listeners sit in concentric circles, enveloped by 169 speakers in sloping walls, floating floor, and a suspended ceiling. Sounds travel above, around, below, and on multidimensional planes in space.

Exact control of sound movement, direction, speed and intensity is realized through a custom-designed electronic console, responsive to a "tape performer." Live, spatial performance of tape compositions allows each performance to be unique. Listeners are immersed in a kinetic sound realm wherein speakers and environment become the new electronic orchestra.

 

Now back to time that ticks; this week offers plenty to holiday cheer about- even if you realize that green and red clash.

Tuesday:

Join the San Francisco URBAN ALLIANCE FOR SUSTAINABILITY for their Holiday party at 111 Minna. A conscious celebration with drinks, food, and entertainment including DJ Alex Theory, Live music from Estas, insight from Darian Heyman of Craigslist Foundation, spoken word by Trathen Heckman of Daily Acts, and sustenance from Juicy Lucy.

The SFUAS is a local network of green businesses and community members who aim to create dynamic models of sustainability within the urban environment.

 

Wednesday: Be fashionably loud

winter_220x60.jpg Invisible Hero Industries presents performance, music, and fashion at RX Gallery with the WINTER GREEN FASHION SHOW. Come at 9:00pm for a Runway show featuring the designs of Type-A Clothing, K-Tuff, Joe Curv Jewelry, and handbag stylings of M.I.A, and K-Tuff

Performances throughout the night provided by the lovely ladies of The SOLID GOLDIGGERS BURLESQUE. Musical stylings for the evening made possible by Pompi-End Up/System Omar-Popscene Sleazemore-Lights Down Low Ollie Vaughn-Progress SF Live Turn tableist performance by Phleck and Gordo-Hit and Run MC performance by A-RON BACARDI featuring Dj Sheik -Hit and Run. $1 PBR's and $2 shots! 21+ $5 B4 11pm $10 after.

Seems like I'm lacking an ear or eyeful , as I keep pointing out the bright and shiny - but visual work space- Dimension 7 doesnt always host events. Wednesday also brings Futuresound Styleclash.

An experience in new music and fashion, D7 will host a designer soiree, fashion photoshoot, and runway shows, all set to a live music soundtrack taped for the fashion reality show = The Hot E*. 7 pm till late.

 Thursday:

STIRR's Winter Wonderland at the exploratorium will bring together Gabriel Venture and Partners to put together a startup holiday inspiration conversation. STIRR's goal is to catalyze entrepreneurial activity in the SF Bay Area and beyond.

The event includes a live catered buffet dinner, swing band, dj, an amazing space (the entire exploratorium is available to explore) under special lighting, and of course tons of companies and enterpreneurs.Gabriel has invested in over $22k of prizes including A Toshiba 42" Plasma T - 2 Bose Sound-Dock digital music system- A Cannon PowerShot SD630 6.0 mega pixel camera- A 4GB iPod nano- and Over 100 ipod friendly table prizes.There will be raffles, contest prizes, a mixer or two, and gift bags to keep at the end of the evening.

Event is semi formal, so this is your chance to doll up. Buy tickets in advance. Sponsorship opportunities available.

 

pic_kihachiro_kawamoto.jpg If you're feeling more like jeans-end of week, head to the Japanese Puppet Animation! The Exquisite World of Kihachiro Kawamoto show, starting at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Kihachiro Kawamoto, born in 1925, is regarded as the master of Japanese puppet animation.

In the 1960s he studied under Czech animation legend Jiri Trnka, and his work has been honored in retrospectives worldwide. Do not miss this opportunity: The films are not in distribution in the US, and the prints will be returned to Japan following the screenings.

December 7, 2006

diggrz: Kultur Shock: Santa sauce

[diggrz: an SVW tag for arts, culture, trends, and events in and around Silicon Valley- new from SVW] -

 By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watcher

Break out! Week thins out and makes for the weekend wander.

Tonight join me, your friends, and your friends freaks and geeks, at Mighty's 3rd Anniversary. Free admission all night with Open Bar until midnight. On the decks will be your favorite dj's from THE SPACE COWBOYS,TIGERBEAT6, OPEL PRODUCTIONS, EGGS, HOUSE OF LOTUS, MOXIE, THE FRINGE CAMP, GET YR FREAK ON, DEEP END, GUN CLUB, FUNKY COZY, FALSE PROFIT, EVIL BREAKS, bands, performances and much more.

Get some quiet daytime in before pressing your aural limitations at Friday night's Brutal Sound Effects Festival at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Running for its 11th year, this blanket of treble vibrance will numb your toes, and fluid your thoughts- until melody flows out of your inhalations. Special out of town guests will include Los Angeles Free
Music Society pioneer Joseph Hammer, and god-being from Baltimore “James Twig Harper”.” This multi-media concert and film event will feature the following bands:• Psichologico Tramas (Joseph Hammer, Loachfillet, Albert Ortega, Mitchell Brown)• James “Twig” Harper• Skozey Fetisch• Beandip Troubadours (Branpos/Antiear)• XOME• Hans Grusel’s Krankenkabinet• Core of the Coal Man• Spider Compass Good Crime Band• Ecomorti• and Sound effects presentation by heejay KROB. Only 8 bucks and show starts at 730.

Feeling frisky after getting a mind rock? Throw on your Super Santaman costume and get out early- as the Santas take over SF. SantaCon 2006 starts at 830 in the East Bay, or stumble in by 10am to the Carousel at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Come prepared for barhopping and lots and lots of Santas...

And now its Saturday night- and you find yourself standing at the doors of the RXGallery. Inside awaits you interactive "Device Art" and beats with Kontrol's METOPE, hailing from Berlin with tech-lectro to make you twitch till the AM. The current exhibit at RX is entitled Device Art; and is a year in the planning- featuring over 2 dozen interactive video pieces, optikinetic works; conceptual and performance. 

PLug in- Engage- Dissimenate.

Saturday night also offers the Opel Holiday Season Soiree @ Shine. A holiday season party with all the trappings of egg nog, decor, mistletoe, and snazzy outfits. No dress code per se, but we're requesting you dress up a bit: bust out that cocktail dress you've been dying to wear or the styled out get up too nice for work. Performing will be SYd Gris, Smoove, Dutch, ViaJay, Aaron Jae, Nathan Vain, Dulce Vita, Cosmic Selector, and Dex Stakker.

This weekend- 2 trunk shows offer you unique gifting options for the winter days.

Saturday; Pandora's Trunk- at 916 Natoma offers a designer sample sale, art/fashion production performance, rotating indie artists, gourmet food, massage, and free play pinball all under one roof.

Sunday: Younique Boutique features bay area artisans and crafters such as ViaJay and Green Girl, Ruby Pearl: pussy art, jewelry and soaps, Lindy Kehoe: fine art prints and originals, books, Cheryl Kerr: silver and Paua shell jewelry, paintings, Elwyn Crawford: velour cloches, fabric-college head scarves, Sequoia: art prints, glass art, handmade poi for dancing
Dee Dee Russell: glitter and feather clothing, and more Im sure. At Anon Gallery 285 9th street- noon to 7. 

Monday evening; join Dave Eggers, writer of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, at the Herbst Theatre for conversation about his most recent book ;What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng. Epic in scope and full of adventure, tragedy, and triumph, What is the What depicts the recent history of civil war in Sudan through the eyes of two young men. It is based on the true story of Valentino Achak Deng, a survivor of a 1000-mile exodus and one of Sudan's "Lost Boys." In 2003, Eggers and Deng traveled by cargo plane to southern Sudan where Deng was reunited with his parents, who he was separated from seventeen years earlier during the Second Sudanese Civil War. Deng will be on site as well.

2007 Lurks... so gather inspiration but travel light.

[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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December 4, 2006

Kultur Shock: Decadent Dec

[diggrz: an SVW tag for arts, culture, trends, and events in and around Silicon Valley- new from SVW] -

By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watcher

Yes, its already December, and with 55F degree temps it can make one forget that this is winter! So roll up your sleeves and check out all the decadent detours December has to offer.

Herzogpic.jpgStarting this week; the SFMOMA presents a retrospective on German film director/ screenwriter Werner Hezog in conjunction with Anselm Kiefer, whose art is on view in the galleries. The film series samples the full range of Herzog's work, from fictional features to documentaries and shorts. Beginning with a lineup of six films in November and December, the series continues in January with seven additional screenings.

Trying to find meaning from exerting (or lacking) energy (E)? Want to know what to do with your mass (m)? Or how much energy you really need in your low lit (c=speed of light) space of an office? You might want to Ask a Scientist. This month discussion heads towards Einstein's legendary equation; e=mc2, as we explore energy, mass, matter, antimatter, and those pesky missing pieces of the universe: dark matter and dark energy. Hitoshi Murayama; Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley, and Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, speak at the Canvas Gallery

Tuesday Eve

Tuesday bring in Aimee Mann's 1st Annual Christmas Show at Bimbo's. Think soothing, songwriting which sometimes wrecks songs with literary quality. Surprise special guests are promised.

sing.jpgThis Tuesday is also the monthly session of SF's Green Drinks. Held at Varnish Fine Art from 5:30-7:30 p.m, come to discuss or collaborate on business possibilities in the environmental field, and stay for happy hour priced drinks and an art gallery with the current exhibit titled Life Aquatic.

Also Tuesday, is the Converting Your Passion into a Real Business Panel & Mixer at Stanford University in Palo Alto. Presented by Women 2.0 (a division of Entrepreneur27) and Stanford BASES, evening will include vloggers, bloggers, and seasoned entrepreneur panelists such as Nick Douglas, Valleywag Immediate Past Editor, Liz Gannes, GigaOM Reporter, Shannon McClenaghan, JimmyJane President, Amy Andersen, LinxDating Founder and CEO, Christopher Surdi, Global Educational Program (GEP) Co-Founder & President, Michael Cerda, Jangl CEO, and Moderator: Ariel Polero CEO of TextMarks. Topics will include; getting started, getting funding, and how to run a successful business. Please register here.


Wednesday Eve

Teched out? Then get decked out! on Wednesday all day.  NOOWORKS and GUARDIAN PRESENT: WINTER FASHION FEST 2006. Get your holiday shopping done at the bar. The trunk show at 12 Galaxies will feature the best local designers, artisans and merchants bringing their creations to the savviest shoppers in the middle of a rockin' party! Admission is FREE! DJs, food and drink come together. While you're shopping, bring your receipts totaling $100 to the Guardian's table to receive the fabulously chic DVD of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA! While supplies last.yellow_02.jpg Not too shabby for a December kick off, huh? Glad you agree.


[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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November 30, 2006

Resistance is Futile: Diggrz: Lifestyles and Relationships

Lucaso's Note: It's the lifestyle of the new millenium: digitally enabled, creative, environmental conscious, community minded, and productive. We are a band of merry travelers and crafty curators, contributing our new gifts to a world uninhibited by the constraints of the past. We are the people we've been waiting for.

Introducing our new Diggrz lifestyles column is ZigZag. ZigZag is a writer, life coach and poet. She calls herself a practical mystic. You can usually find her inspiring everyone she meets to live their dreams. She has her own life coaching practice, is working on her first book, and takes the stage with her spoken word. Her blog, mszigzag.com, "exposes the unexposed" as she gets personal about dating, relationships, bikini waxes and good books.

By ZigZag for Sillicon Valley Watcher

Cirquemystique_1Whether you are sitting in a cubicle, wearing an Italian suit, bartending, or working for “the man,” odds are you have a project or a dream separate from that working life. You might be conjuring up the newest technological brainstorm, fire dancing on Sunday nights in vinyl Speedos, or strategizing your way into a new galaxy of modern voo-doo We are the Diggrs, a kultur of the 21Century, and we are on a mission.


Leanne_2 One thing I have discovered is that it ain’t easy to have a mission. For instance, my mission is to build a successful business as a writer, speaker, poet and life coach. I have become my own one-woman show, and this is no easy task. To some degree we are all a one-person show, creatively growing and discovering new pathways to inner peace, financial freedom, and a world of unlimited potential.

However, don’t be fooled by the hype. At first it sounds delicious. It’s a world of possibility, but the first thing to know is that you will resist. We are children of habit, so breaking free from a lifetime of comfort zones can be daunting. As you enter into the “discomfort zone” remember that resistance becomes your friend. Think about it, how many times have you heard yourself saying things like: “I don’t have time to do this,  ” “Maybe this isn’t my thing, ”  or "I'll do it later." Listen to your cues, if you think you are in resistance, it means you’re on the right track.Billboard_1

As a society stuck in fear, our friends and family might try and get us to take the safe road. Afterall, we might fail at something, and so we shoot low hoping that at least we walk away with a small prize because we don’t think we deserve the grand prize. Luckily, we know that we can shoot high, instead of aiming low, because the truth is that all successful people fail. They just recover fast and keep going.

“Races are not won by the fastest athletes. Fights are not won by the strongest men. But the races are won and the fights are won by those who want to win most of all.” – Tommy Lasorda

They say that there is a lot of tension when you embark on a journey or mission, and the tension builds slowly until the most tension is felt right before the biggest breakthrough. The problem is that most people give up at 11:59 when they should have held on until 12:00.

So hold on tight. Enjoy the ride. Make it bumpy. Fall down a few times, and then, when you’re ready, fly...or should I say, dig.

 

kultur shock : string sling

By Maria Mouk for Sillicon Valley Watcher.

quartet.jpg Its that time again, so get your days-off with your kicks, beats, and percussions-in.

Friday Eve

The Kronos Quartet performs Friday evening at Stanford University Lively Arts Center. Talented string musicians that have been at it for the last 30 years, Kronos differsifies by covering a very broad range of musical genres.(Past work has included movie soundtracks, experimental, Mexican, etc...)

Also Friday evening; the Unity Church of San Leandro (501 Joaquin Ave, San Leandro, CA)will have a showing of the movie "The Secret". Though the concepts behind the movie are simple, they are groundbreaking in the sense that there is finally a practical presentation for the ideas that focus on the law of attraction and manifestation. If you don't watch it now, check it out online. It's worth the watch.

After you've blissed out, head over to Ambiotica, a new edge salon, hosted by record label Cyberset and collective Anon Salon, from 8:30 to 3am. This month's trip will begin with the MindMeld discussion circle at the Lofty Thoughts Gallery (1286 Folsom Street) followed by an evening of inspired music, art and interaction at the adjacent Anon Salon Gallery/Climate Theater. MindMelt topic spans "What is your religion?" with Erik Davis, author of Techgnosis, Visionary State (Religion of Vision), Chris Deckker; founder Earthdance International (Religion of Peace), and Jim Wanlesscreator, creator of Voyager Tarot. Musical performances will include B. Smiley, Medicine Man, Leslie Shill, Neptune, Irina Mikhailova, Estas Tonne, amd Waterjuice. I'll be on hand serving smart Amazonian herb cocktails.Chillin_flyer

If all that sounds like outer space, get grounded, at the Chillin Productions Holiday Sale Fashion Show. Mezzanine will host 60 fashion designers, 80 painters/photographers, and 60 filmmakers, with musical performances by DJ JOHANSON, Russell Vargas, DJ Laron, Kerowack, Dirtyhertz, Dave Madix, and more. A personal fav presenting will be KAYO, with her winter line of fleece apparel. Drop on in, and leave with something saucy.

Saturday Eve

Saturday night, Addictech presents a breaks breakdown, with peformers spanning the globe, including Autobots, Lawgiverz, SOTEG, Kosmikniel, and locally loved Eskmo, Audiovoid, Ripple, Dov, Aaron Jae, Friction,Evan Bender, Bertzerker & Hypnotech! Go big or go home.

Also Saturday, techno collective Kontrol makes you itch with Fred Giannelli aka The Kooky Scientist's live PA. Talk about ooold school. From his early work with Psychic TV to collaborations with Richie Hawtin and Dan Bell, this man has seen and done it all, twice. If you missed out on the DEMF this year, this is your opportunity to catch this tick. Playing also is [a]pendics.shuffle, LA's multi-monikered maestro with dirty, dance-floor destroying minimal.

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If you're looking to go the distance or to a strange Gypsy slinging rockout, Primus plays with Gogol Bordello opening, at the Berkeley Community Theatre. A bizarre combination indeed but its sure to be a night of well, like I said, Gypsy slinging.

After you've recovered from any weekend overextension, there's still time in the weekend to make the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Winterfest at SomArts. Bikes, apparel, gourmets, designers, and salons, will be on hand, ready to convert you or confirm your cycling love.

After The Buzz Wears Off

And dont forget First Tuesdays of the month mean free museum crawl. So take an early day or extended lunch, and take advantage of one of SF's creative possibilities.

November 27, 2006

Weeklet- November Reload

By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watcher coup.jpg

Whether you celebrated or not, I'm sure you've gotten your fill of turkey stuffing and stuffy grocery stores.  Time to burn off the mind-halt and not let the cooling nights deter you from gaining inspiration and riding on productivity.

Tuesday Eve

Head over to the Independent for an 8:30 show by The Coup and Mr.Lif. Politically radical and banging out lyrical beats since the early 90's, 'Coup' is characterized by electronic sounds and bass driven backbeats overlaid by humorous, cynical, and sometimes violent lyrics criticizing American politics.

Wednesday Eve

Get your art snob fix, by going over to SF Camerawork for their 2006 Auction Preview Reception of fine photographic prints(6pm). Scope out the shots worth your walls before bidding at the Live Auction on Saturday afternoon. 006xl.jpg

Also, Wednesday is the SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for Web 2.0 Presentation. Held in Mountain View, at Google Inc. from 6 to 9pm, the event will focus on increasing traffic, ranking, and structural barriers limiting indexability and maximizing the spiderability of web sites.

Speakers for Web 2.0 include Adam Lasnik-SEO Strategist-Google, David Hahn-Director of Advertising-LinkedIn, Markus Hoevener-Chief Visionary-Bloofusion, and Joelle Kaufman-Vice President Experience-of Engage.com. The event is hosted by the Silicon Valley WebGuild with a focus on providing a collaborative environments within monthly meetings.

Thursday Eve

Drop into the Commonwealth Club, for Defining the Self in a Virtual World: Online Personas. They are founders of the most successful and innovative web sites allowing people to interact, trade, meet and network. They will explore how their sites are evolving to keep up with the future of online networking.

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Do some physical networking beyond the screen Thursday eve at DNA Lounge, for Reload, brought to you by tech talkers and music junkies. Included will be a Second Life virtual and live performance, with the assistance of Electric Sheep Company, an intro Podcast meetup, drink specials thanks to Splashcast, blog cast/ mp3 casts through IODA Promonet, including music with DJ Cez, Pants Pants Pants, Black Fiction,Halou w/ Zoe Keating, and DJ Tom Thump. For information you email [email protected]

Editor's Note: We're trying something new here at Diggrz and including a link to the band's music for you to preview before the event. Check out Black Fiction:

Ghost Ride"Magic Hands" (mp3)
from "Ghost Ride"
by Black Fiction
Howells Transmitter

Buy at iTunes Music Store
Stream from RealNetworks / Rhapsody

November 19, 2006

Laughing Squid: Be there...

The place to be Saturday was afternoon at the Podcast camp at the Swedish American Hall, and then at Scott Beale's  Laughing Squid party in the evening. Lots of familiar faces... Nick Douglas, Nick Denton, (Nick Denton  has been doing a stellar job in filling in for N.G ) (N.G still won't tell me what he is up to...)

Chris Pirillo and Robert Scoble cruise by in a stretch limo ...

Also: This is the first time I've seen Scott Beale without a camera around his neck... Mrs Beale was dealing with the guest list and doing a very good job of it. Inside, lots of music, but not too loud to chatter.

I usually try to avoid weekend events but these ones  were worth while. And they show a growing San Francisco geek community, which is interesting.

November 17, 2006

Kultur Shock: laugh with the squid: Decade 2; Here kitty, kitty, kitty; Synergenesis

by lucaso for Silicon Valley Watcher

Just back from an Alaskan blizzard experience and I'm ready to shake off the land of the midnight sun and wreck havoc on a sucker-free jaunt through the city of love. Diggrz weekend Kultur Shock begins NOW!

Tonight, shake your thang with Luke Vibert at the Rx Gallery(132 Eddy St.). An eclectic DJ grounded in hip-hop cut-and- paste aesthetics, Vibert is sure to get your body moving with BA-Ba-BASS, dig?

If shakin' it ain't your thang and you feel like ploppin it in front of the silver screen for a few good laughs, then head out to the movies and catch "Borat."(sure to have you in stitches) If you haven't seen Borat, then check him out on youtube(too funny!)

Heerrreeee kittty, kitty, kiity... REORRW!

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That's right, it's the CFA International Cat Show! This weekend in San Mateo it's time to take a stroll with the finest felines in the world! Garfeild, Hello Kitty, and Morris impersonators welcome! ROAR!

Laughing On...

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Saturday night will be one to remember as Laughing Squid celebrates their 11th anniversary at Mighty. Laughing Squid is one of the Bay area's top portals and has to be one of my personal favs. The diggrz will be there to shoot a vidcast of the event.

The Camp before the Squid...

Need a lil intellectual stimuli before(or after) the big squid down? Then head over to PodCamp West to catch up with all of the west coast podders and talk shop.

If you're looking for something with a unique and diifferent vibe, then head over to the Red Ink Studios for the third annual Synergenesis. IMG_0751.jpg From Synergenesis:

"Synergenesis is evidence of a world that does not yet fully exist, a world that we are calling into being through the experience of this event. This is intended to be a magnetic portal, bringing diverse yet aligned people together to exchange ideas, share resources, observe art, integrate experience and create culture."

That means Sunday I'll be kicking it, watching the game! Until next....


November 14, 2006

Mid-Week Events: Lords and Masters; Pink Martini; "Howl"

by lucaso for Silicon Valley Watcher

The diggrz have been on the road this week. Mouk is in Northern Cali enjoying the trees and ladyQi and I have been fighting a blizzard, filming a documentary vidcast up in Alaska.

But that won't stop the diggrz mid-week-let events listings!(altho, this week we're keeping it quick and dirty :)

Boo-yah! And we're off...

Tonight, head over to 12 Galaxies for Vertiver and get your dose of some home grown music by a SF based music.
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Not in the mood for home grown music? Then head over to the Warfield to hang with the Lords and Masters of GWAR, sure to be a horror-fying show! (and their Cyber-Fortress website is quite bloody...)

Quieres algo mas? How about hitting the 10th annual International Latino Film Festival. This afternoon at 2pm is the Animation & Indigenous Shorts at the CCSF Visual Arts Building.
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Tomorrow, head over to the 50th year Anniversary Celebration of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" at the Commonwealth Club of California.
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Or, if you're still itching for some good music, hit the Warfield for Portland's Pink Martini. Always a beautiful show, Pink Martini delivers classy melodies with energetic rhythms! Great event for pre-show wine and post show snuggles.

Didn't get enough geek-ery at Web 2.0? Then head to SF Beta November: The Web 2.0 Mixer at Shine Lounge Thursday night. From meetup:

Got a lack of tag clouds in your life? Looking for that perfect Rails mashup? Feeling like you're on the short end of the longtail?Welcome to Beta, a new monthly mixer for the San Francisco Web 2.0 community. Join us for a relaxed, informal evening full of entrepreneurs, developers, bloggers -- anyone with an interest in the future of the web.

Gotta luv the things that get you through the week!

For me, I need an automatic blizzard remover to get me on a plane and out of Alaska(please God!) Until then....


November 8, 2006

Kultur Shock: Wknd Night Light: green.nuskool_breaks.messy_monkeys

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By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watcher

Days have gotten shorter, so embrace the longer nights as the Bay culture saturates the darker hours with possibility. Thursday evening starts off with the SF Sustainable Business Happy Hour at Elixir (16th St. @ Guerrero.) from 6:00 - 8:00PM, where this week Michelle from Organic Vintners will be pouring Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Savignon, and Tawny Port samples. Also, Green Zebra will be joining in to promote their new coupon book for green businesses.

Modeselektor_1 Friday; Modeselektor, of label BPitch, and recent release 'Hello, Mom' are performing at 1015 Folsom. Coming all the way from Berlin and hailing a pretty amazing IDM glitch hiphop sprawl, this show is not to be missed. Also on deck will be Adam Freeland, a UK based DJ and Producer specializing in nu skool breaks with quite a history of his own, and keep your ears open while you're out for the free special underground venue performance. Freeland

Dont forget to stop by to the Grist Happy Hour on Friday. The environmental news and commentary publication from Seattle will be at 111 Minna Gallery serving up conversation and a variety of organic food and cocktails.


Saturday afternoon, the Messy Monkey Arts has teamed up with the Ghetto Gourmet, voted BEST OF THE BAY for their exclusive gourmet dinner parties. Also voted BEST OF THE BAY, will be Das Frachtgut, known for their legendary veggie-fueled orange party bus to take you on adventure throughout the City & beyond.

Messygbn6836_5 The "Teacher With the Bus" will pick you up and stop at different hidden pockets to engage in intriguing activities such as painting with brooms and feet to live music by our special guests, the Bluebellies;  as well as engaging in an enticing 4-course meal, with only the finest cuisine prepared by the Ghetto Gourmet. Between intervals, guests will hop back on the bus where drinking and dancing are both allowed and encouraged. It will end with champagne toasts and a fashion show. Vague and interesting. 

If you're feeling political, with the voting agenda that befell this week's activity, be the riot at BeThe Riott. On Saturday, a huge concert lands at Bill Graham Auditorium, with artists such as The Rapture, Diplo, Saul Williams, Breakestra, and more. The Riott aims to be a culture expo, featuring the most cohesive representation of music, street fashion, and art in the nation. Should make for an exciting evening and culturally diverse evening.

Scorpio Ball also falls on Saturday night, at Kink.com's Porn Palace.This years theme is titled "The Tropic of Scorpio", so slather on the bain du soleil and dive deep into the sounds of Eskmo, Dave Seied, Ripple, Syd Gris, Mozaic, and then some.

Lasting all weekend is the San Francisco Green Festival (Nov 10th- 12th), at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center. Speakers, exhibitors, individuals, business and community leaders will come together to discuss social and environmental issues of personal, local, national, and global concern.

[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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November 6, 2006

diggrz: Week-let: Web Shock

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By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watcher

This week starts out immediately productive if you have made it your agenda to attend the Third Annual Web 2.0 Conference at Palace Hotel in San Francisco, lasting Nov 7th to Nov 9th. The Web 2.0 Conference focuses on emerging business and technology developments that utilize the Web as a platform and will be a gathering of top-notch presenters, leaders, and experts in the field. Be sure to catch Wednesday mornings' discussion on "Net Neutrality" with Tim O'Reilly , Vinton G. Cerf , and Robert Pepper, or "What Google Knows" on Thursday with Marissa Mayer (with many more on the schedule for you to explore.)

Wednesday evening find yourself at the Creative Commons monthly salon at Shine, with this weeks lineup featuring Flickr, Annalee Newitz, Bittorrent, the Homebrew Mobile Club, and the music of the Kleptones. Goes all eve, so show up, even afterhours. Alternately (or in addition to) drop over to Dorkbot, where Greg Hazel will present Incoherence: Stereo Field Spectrum Analysis which displays stereo field and frequency information together, in real-time. It can show frequency-dependent phase information in an intuitive way. The demo will include an introduction to the display layout, basic functions, and music demonstrations. Matt Chisholm and Ross Cohen present The Neighborhood Project, a map of city neighborhoods based on the collective opinions of internet users.

Still if you're looking for stimulation beyond speculation, Wednesday 6pm-8pm, put your physical efforts and gusto into setting up for the two day Web 2point2 Unconference at the Microsoft Conference Center (1 Market Street) held on Nov 9th and 10th; Web2Point2 aims to be an event driven by participants and based on conversations, not powerpoints, though they're surely booking hype from their larger Web 2.0 brother event (or those who can't pocket to attend.) Email [email protected] or call 415.577.9022, if in fact you're interested. Afterparty at Fluid (662 Mission) on Thursday, and free admission with event badge.grist.gif

 

Thursday evening, at 111 Minna Gallery, the good people of Grist, (Environmental News and Commentary) are in San Francisco to host a Grist Organic Happy Hour. Chat it up to the writers and join forces, or just offer suggestions, and if the amazing menu isn't enough (choc full of local organic delicacies and libations from Square One Vodka, Bison Brewery, Organic Vintners, Sambazon juice and Guayaki Yerba Mate,)  Flexcar will be there as well donating 5 free memberships that include 5 free hours a month for 6 months, and Clif Bar will be offsetting all emissions for the event via their Cool Tags program with Native Energy. RSVP now.

Thursday night rocks on with Canadian Ninjatune artist Kid Koala at the Mezzanine, with 12 dollar advance tickets. His recent tours have included up to 8 turntables and sounds: unforgettable! Think jazz-hop-scratchathon. 01.jpg

SFlickr; a monthly meeting of San Francisco Flickr users, starts 7pm at Crossroads Café (699 Delancey St.) This is an opportunity to meet local Flickr users and discuss camera specs/ photo tips. Falls in time with the recent re-release of JPG Magazine, where readers (viewers) can submit photos to issues and themes for consideration in the magazine. ($100 per photo used.)it.jpg


See you Thursday, till then; avoid all shell shock from Web related activity. Though the days are cooler; get out, as time away from the safety net of technology (sit.. stare.. type) make for better productivity in the long term.

 

[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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November 5, 2006

The Vloggies Vidcast!

by lucaso for Silicon Valley Watcher.

Here's the diggrz vidcast from the vloggies!

November 3, 2006

Vidcast: "Burnt" fundraiser for Africaburns(a South African burningman) at Nimby

by ladyQi and lucaso for Silicon Valley Watcher.

Two weeks ago the diggrz headed to the Nimby Warehouse in Oakland, CA to check out "Burnt," a fundraiser for Africaburns (South Africa's incarnation of Burningman) The event was massive, featuring large scale fire installations, aerial performances, and a ton of stellar musicians. Enjoy!

Kultur Shock: November flow

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 By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watcher DoDPostCard2006.jpg

With the time change this weekend came the weather tide, pulling out the heat of Indian summer and making way to seemingly winter rain. It's always bittersweet to feel the flux of the seasons, but in all change lies evolution... and I look forward to days of pensive skies.

Crazy Castro shooting Halloween! If this year came close to cancellation, I see no reason for having an event that contributes to 9 people being shot next year. What is wrong citizens? Stray fire at a Halloween Party? Blows my mind... Very disturbing.

Put your thoughts into a positive process: move, make, and involve yourself. Maybe you found inspiration at the Brazilian Girls show Thursday night at the Warfield. Or braved the rain in the Mission march for Day of the Dead. This week has more options for burning off your Halloween candy.

If you really feel like doing a body good- head to the Apple on the East. The New York City Marathon starts Sunday morning Nov 5th, and if you havent qualified to run- you can still cheer on the thousands who attend.

For the rest on the home Bay, weekend is jam packed with suggested events such as Clandestine; a Cold War themed costume party set in Berlin, 1962 to benefit Workspace Limited, who provide affordable studio space for artists. Saturday afternoon: Of interest may be the Plants & Magic: Exploring Our Spiritual Connection to Plants show at the Conservatory of Flowers and the San Francisco Botanical Garden where renouned ethnobotonists will speak about the sacred role of plants and the plant-based rituals of Earth's diverse cultures. Learn about shamanic uses of plants, and join in on the Kava Lounge for inspired conversation while moving to the sounds of Brazilian drummers.

vloggieslogo.png Saturday also rolls on with the VLOGGIES at the Swedish American Music Hall. Yes, the first award ceremony for online video documentation presented by Irina Slutsky (the name just slides off the tongue doesnt it? ;) ) of GeekTV. After party at Café du Nord. Also this weekend, geek out at the Vintage Computer Festival 9.0, at the Computer History Museum, in Mountain View.

If you're looking for a little more action, check out the ICER AIR  Festival at ATT Park, on Saturday, with performances by Ladytron and Jurassic 5, beyond the skate & BMX vert demo, wakeboarding exhibition, and the big air/ ski and snowboard competition. Lombardi Sports will be having a blowout 50 percent ski and snowboard sale to accompany the event. Attending will be most accomplished world-class skiers and snowboarders of Olympic and X-Games fame.

Sunday evening (8pm), stop into the Little Baobab (3388 19th St @ Capp St.), for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Calabash Music Mixer. EFF is the leading civil liberties organization defending rights online. Calabash Music is a top online distributor of music from
around the world, providing its entire catalog in MP3 format and splitting sales revenue 50-50 with artists. Mingle, chat, and dance with EFF staff members.

Power weekend! Invest your time.efforts and Enjoy.

[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution.


The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski

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October 30, 2006

Kultur Shock: Hello! ween Part 2

By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watcher
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Halloween has yet to arrive, but Tuesday(October 31st) will be costume number 3 for many. I do feel an extended vacation in the air and am only glad to prolong liberating moments such as these... costumes, parties, and more costumes.

If you're hoping to avoid the crowds of Halloween in the Castro, head over to see BatBoy the Musical, at the School of the Arts Theater. It'll having you smiling at worst. :)

Seems like mischievious Halloween spirits spread far and wide... even to the art world where pranksters have "decorated", (no serious damage, I'd say) Dan Das Mann and Karen Cusolito’s “Passage” sculpture on San Francisco’s Embarcadero at Pier 14. This incident follows another recent “bong & lighter prank”.

If 10 tons of steel can get seasonally adorned, you can find inspiration enough to attend one of the happenings on Hallow's eve.

eagle3.jpgThe Extra Action Marching Band has returned to perform (after an extended hiatus:( ) at their big “Scary Halloween Bash" (12 Galaxies in San Francisco). They will be performing Black Sabbath’s First Album which is sure to get you roaring. Sour Mash Hug Band and Live Human open the show.

Alternately, hit the DNA Lounge, for their Halloween Extravaganza, with the musical talents of Rosin Coven, burlesquin of Creepshow Peepshow, Living Dead Girlz, a ton of DJ's, and a $1000 costume contest.


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I also suggest stopping by the Manifesto Gathering fundraiser at Obscura Digital for local flavor with an extended cause.  El Papachango, Shawna, Adam Ohana, Boreta, Kitty-D, Abai, Freek Factory's Haj, and Mozaic will be repping with promised surprises. The event is a fundraiser for an intended gathering December 5th thru December 12th on the Finca Otra Vista Farm, on the Nicoya Peninsula, in MalPais, Costa Rica. (sigh) Heaven.

Raise the bar on what you'd normally do. We are human. Engage the exploration of our potential. Happy frollicking!

 


[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .


The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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October 25, 2006

Kultur Shock: Hello! Ween...

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By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watcher

Twas the weekend of costumes and all through the city, techs and geeks went parading through the bars, talking witty. Fearing Vista (for windows) more than Castro with riot, armed with Silicon Valley Kultur Watch in their mind.

And much to do, indeed! If you're even half as enthused as I am about the closest thing to fall the Bay area grants, then throw on your garb (or your "this is my costume" t-shirt) and go do "social" this weekend.

leibovitz.jpgFriday Annie Leibovitz, a portrait photographer with a 10 year history at RollingStone magazine and Vanity Fair, has a book signing and talk at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California Street, SF. Her new book, 'A Photographer's Life: 1990 - 2005', is well worth buying.

Afterward, gear up for the Critical Mass costumed bike ride and ride into the Castro Theatre's Halloween Horror Film Festival, playing triple feature old school horror classics for only 10 bucks.

If you're feeling extravagant, the Old federal Reserve Bank Bulding(301 Battery St) presents its 1st annual Spider Ball, with performances by Om Records' Collette, Dj Smoove, Tamo, and Cherry Bomb. This event will include a hosted bar, fortune tellers, and a voodoo lounge. VIP table with bottle service is optional.

Friday also brings forward the infamous Exotic/Erotic Ball (in its 27th year) at the Cow Palace. Think DJ's, porn stars, go go dancers, and wild wild costuming (or lack thereof). Definitely not for the faint of heart.

diagramb.gifSaturday start the night out with Berkeley's Mobile Movie Mob (much like Flashmob). Their weekend mission entails creating a true Guerilla Drive-in experience. The mob forms around a vechicle with a projector and an FM transmitter, projecting movies onto a specified warehouse wall. Participants drive up and tune in. This weekend screens "The House on Haunted Hill"at 7 and "Nosferatu (1922)" at 8:45PM. Visit the site for directions.

Mighty(at 119 Utah) celebrates Halloween weekend with well known dj/producer Bassnectar headlining along with the Bassbin Twins.

I'm headed south to Santa Cruz on Saturday for the Freakers Ball, an epic evening of costumes and musical performance. This year hosts too many musical talents to mention, but a quick glance points to Freq Nasty, Bassnectar (before his set in SF), SPORQUE (Ooah and ZILLA), Random Rab, Lil John, and Brother. Circus freaks, aerial performances, live drumming and costume contests all included.

ci_abt_costumes_2_th.jpgAnd if you're determined to impress with your costume but haven't even thought of what to pull together, call the A.C.T (American Conservatory Theatre). They have beautiful costume theatre apparrel for rent, with accessories and a fitting for $125.

A Glorious weekend to you!

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[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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October 23, 2006

Events week-let

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By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watcher

It's the week before Halloween and never too early to get your freak on... or your tech on.

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Tuesday evening starts off with a series of free public film screenings at San Francisco Art Institute, in conjunction with the exhibition Sarkis: Alive and After.

Sarkis: Alive and After is the first major US exhibition to examine the new work of Paris-based artist Sarkis, whose works are focused on humanity, and, in the words of Hou Hanru, “unfold a personal universe from the contrasts between light and darkness, green and red, material and immaterial, appearance and disappearance . . .”.

The screenings, selected by Sarkis, as having influenced his work; begin with Tarkovsky’s USSR 1979 film, Stalker, where two disenchanted intellectuals wish to explore the Zone, a mysterious region with a room at the center, said to offer knowledge of one’s most secret desires.

The weeks to follow also offer Sympathy for the Devil by Jean-Luc Godard (October 31); Tie Xi Qu: West of Tracks (Saturday & Sunday, November 4 & 5, 11am-2pm, 2:30pm-5:30pm, 7pm-10pm); and The Seasons by Artavazd Pelechian.

Once you tire of sitting, head over to Mighty on Wednesday for Man Vs. Machine: bass-heavy glitchy Slop and diamond Cut noise-hop served by L.A and Yay area favorites OOAH, Kraddy, Boreta, and the Luxury Tax. Free beer from 9-10, though I cannot vouch for the quality of free hops.

With the seemingly sunny weather, one may forget that snowboarding season is months away, so the is nigh to head over to the Sports Basement in the Presidio for the SnowPal.org mixer on Thursday eve. You'll have an opportunity to meet snow sports activity partners in your area, for trips to Tahoe, and to connect for rideshares and lodging shares (beyond the discounted season passes).

A week perfectly blended to keep you going until the next, even if Halloween in the Castro seems to be a no show blow.

oh, yea, and a lil' dancing code if you need a quick fix.

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[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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October 20, 2006

Viva la opera de vagabond vidcast!

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 Story by lucaso, vidcast by ladyQi, for Silicon Valley Watcher

Last weekend the diggrz hit the accordian apocalypse repair shop for a dance with the Vagabond Opera, a talented group of musicians from Portland, OR. The music ranged from klezmer to jazz; from slavic traditional to energetic gypsy swing. Whiskey flasks wrapped in brown paper bags were passed between dancing new millenium gypsies. Here is a two min diggrz wrap up vid:

October 18, 2006

weekend kultur shock

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 By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watcher

If your work week has left you grounded and attached to fonts, unload and unwind with the possibilities in this weekend's inter-action.

Friday night, the Red Vic Movie House,on Haight, screens: 'Waking Life'.  If you've never seen it, the movie follows the protagonist's wandering in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like appearance and reality, free will, our relationships with others, existentialism,and posthumanism. A great lift off point for thought.

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After you've gotten your fill of mind stretch, and its your legs that need to move, head over to the Supperclub on Friday night, for the "Return of the Serpent Mother"; an evening celebration of the Flaming Girls amazing structure at this year' s Burningman. Included will be a photo exhibit and silent auction. Performances will include La Salle Neige, M3, Majitope, Laird, Goldilox, and SISTERSF. 

Saturday follows with a massive fundraiser for Africa Burns , at Oakland's welding art space, Nimby (1649 28th St). Artfagmafia is working towards enabling "4 Artists from the United States to travel to South Africa to conduct workshops and showcase their art at Africa Burns" and to help fund a sculpture entitled the '12 Key'. Expect live music, drumming, aerial/fire performances, and bolts of lightning.

If you're looking for something a little less flammable, head to the The Dark Room's Attaboy’s 2nd Annual Art Sale, for some eclectic Bay art by Attaboy himself, or check out Lap-Pop 3.0 at Space 180 for blogging, vlogging, performance art collaboration.

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This weekend is your opportunity to catch the Fourth Annual Studio Nocturne; showcasing night photography at its finest--and the options that exist with late exposure, shutter speed, or aperture adjustments. Displays on Saturday and Sunday 11-6pm at Fort Mason center.

Also this weekend; is the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, with 3,400 "biological pioneers" and visionaries attending from throughout the world to share tales of leading social and scientific relevance--in attempts to find practical solutions for restoring the Earth and its peoples. High goals.

Saturday night also brings the new Ambiotica 1.2 salon; hosted by independent record label Cyberset and well known Bay local event organizer Anon Salon. The night plans to be one of many; in an ongoing experiment of a social and cultural stimulation. Inspiration includes speakers, artists, DJ's, film presentations, interactive art, and refreshments via the new Smart Bar (body/mind tonics with kava, maca, and other natural catalysts – and introducing the powerful Zavita for those desiring overdrive shift).This week's guests feature: up and coming artist Welder, Alex Theory, Rob Brezsny, and Ralph Metzner to name a few. Elegant dress is encouraged.

Sunday; spend the day (11-6) at the CAPSULE Street Festival for Design in Hayes Park, between Fell and Hayes on Octavia. Over 115 designers will be representing and selling innovative and much original clothing, accessories, prints, and products.

And, this weekend, remember to step away from all thoughts and habits that drive you mad as human. Take a break to watch the passing sky and breathe in the Indian summer with the back of your ribs. Life is for the living. Make the most of your experience, and don't make Monday mundane!

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[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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October 17, 2006

lil events week-let - things to do

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 By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watcher

vagabond.jpg Instead of heading to L.A. this past weekend, I stayed in town and caught up with some local Bay area flava. First stop was a show at the Apocolypse Accordion Repair Shop, where Vagabond Opera rekindled a many's;Balkan music love.
Vocal cords, accordions, saxaphones, and cellos- all singing out minor melodies-- swept me into the nostalgia of Moscow past.

This week offers more opportunities to get an earful, with Matmos performing at the Great American Music Hall on Wednesday eve. Matmos has long toyed around with using experimental sound to create a unique, sampled orchestra. Sounds have included: pages of bibles turning, kisses, water hitting copper plates, the runout grooves of a vinyl record, liposuction surgery, violins, rat cages, field recordings of conversations in hot tubs, electrical interference generated by laser eye surgery, and latex fetish clothing. Enough to keep you interested and the imagination stirring, to say the least.

Wednesday eve starting at 8PM, the San Francisco Late Night Coalition hosts a fundraiser at the Supperclub. After your 6 course dinner, lying amonst white pillows and ambient lighting, enjoy the walking masseuse options and A-list DJ's. (This Wed night includes Michael Anthony, M3, Ellen Ferrato, Laird, Late Night Sneaky, Adnan, Kepi and Kat, Smoove, and JT Donaldson.)

This gig goes till 2am for the late-nighters as SFLNC's goal is to "protect, preserve and promote San Francisco's late-night culture and to make significant contributions to the economy and artistic diversity of this city."

Hopefully you've long reserved your tickets for San Francisco's Free Theatre Night 2006, going on this Thursday the 19th. Free tickets for over 100 performances! If you didnt book early on; tixbayarea is still a wonderful place to find discounted and half price tickets for most major productions.


businessweekimage.jpgThursday shifts into Web 2.0 as our understanding of internet possibilities and capabilities are redefined, again. Aloft, a virtual futuristic hotel loft, debuts in Second Lifewith a launch party from 7 to 9pm with a special appearance by Ben Folds Five. Brought to you by the owner of the Westin, Sheraton, and W chain; Ben Folds will give people a chance to be the first to hear new tracks off of his upcoming album-supersunnyspeedgraphic.To attend the launch party, send an e-mail to [email protected]. Read more about real money in virtual worlds on this businessweek article.

Tech-tock continues as Thursday eve also offers Beta's Web 2.0 monthly mixer at Dada. Only second month in and this mixer is attracting founders, entrepreneurs, developers, bloggers, investors, journalists, and revolutionaries.This is a great networking event and this week brings Haiku Pitches from seven of the Bay Area's hottest companies including: 1. Meetro (Vinnie Lauria / VP), 2. CivicEvolution (Brian Sullivan / Founder), 3. Rooftop Comedy (Will Rogers / Co-Founder), 4. ShopCastTV (Eric Swan / Founder), 5. The Forbin Group (Cindy Phung / Worker Bee),6. BuzzShout (James Yu / Co-Founder), and 7. Diigo (Maggie Tsai / Co-Founder). Be there at 7pm and please RSVP.<

Some astrologists and tarot workers have predicted an event of Ultra Violet ray significance today--where all energies will be heightened as a "force" collides with the earth. Being of a scientific nature and a skeptic, I'm not sure how much I buy into it. But I still recon its a good enough reason to manifest and project my positive desires.

Be it an alien invasion or not, its still an opportunity to do a bit of positive work on the self. Being driven as a group unmasses great results. And as the law of attraction says: " Think it- See it- and you already Have it."

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[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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October 12, 2006

weekend kultur shock: Living Liberally

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 By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watcher

Diggrz weekend kultur shock.

Classics, anniversaries, clowns, and creative contemporary

dresden.jpgDid you catch the Dresden Dolls at Bimbo's? If not... they're performing again tonight, Friday the 13th at 8pm! Cabaret theatre at its finest.

This weekend also marks the official 1 year anniversary of the re-opening of the de Young. To celebrate the integration of art and architecture(or slow departure of a construction zone), and over 1.6 million visitors later, the First Anniversary Bash has been planned. 5 bucks gets you in. Five to midnight, with an array of music, dance and spoken word. There is a also a community-wide Free Day on Saturday, October 14.

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, if you dig indie-rock, voted Best Band of 2005. They're performing on Friday at the Warfield (982 Market Street). Along with Melbourne hailing, Architecture in Helsinki and Takka Takka.

If you're reading from the right side(think New York), I recommend taking full advantage of the 10th annual DUMBO Arts Festival, going all weekend long in Brooklyn (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Gallery openings, simultaneous projections, interactive art, water art, designers, architects, and an opportunity to explore New York's most fertile art ground(makes me wish I was inhaling car fumes all over again).

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Back in the Bay there's more burlesque and Balkan performance to catch. Portland's Vagabond Opera plays Saturday at the Accordion Apocalypse Repair Shop, and Sunday at Amnesia. Full of Eastern-Euro French Cabaret; stilt walking, accordionists, acrobalancers, and fire artisans, its sure to light and delight your evening.

Also on Saturday,CELLspace joins the anniversary rounds with their 10 year Anniversary Gala. CELLspace currently houses nine visual arts studios, a 10,000 square foot performance space, adult arts education programming, a visual arts gallery, a metal shop, woodshop, and a community flea and farmers market. It's well worth dropping $20 at the door to support this ambitious space.

Ladytron

Take Sunday to relax because Monday at the Filmore hails(my personal favorite) electro legend; Ladytron. And if you're in the mood for something a bit more intellectually stirring, UC Berkeley Center for New Media hosts "Recent Experiments in Modern Composition, Software and Stand-Up Comedy" with Cory Arcangel as part of their  "Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium" at 7:30pm.

I will be in L.A. for their version of Burningman Decompression. I call it: necessary tra-vel-ution and dissemination of ideas! :)

 

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[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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October 6, 2006

weekend kultur shok

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 By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watchercameragirl.20797.jpg

The Weekend is here- and for most living in the Bay Area, Friday signals cultural and social opportunities. This weekend promises a halt to the seemingly close winter rains. So scroll through the possibilities, catch some sun, and make sure you see some art-- whether its dancing to beats, visiting the opera house, or whatever speaks to your flavor this weekend.

Starting on Friday (Fri: 3-7pm / Sat-Sun: 11am-7pm) and lasting through Sunday, is the 6th annual free Hardly Strictly Blue Grass Festival at Golden Gate Park-:Speedway Meadow, featuring legends like Elvis Costello, T Bone Burnett, Hot Tuna , Gillian Welch, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris(to name a few)- making this the highest meet and dance of bluegrass, roots, and even jug bands.

After your fill of banjo music, keep local inspiration going at the Oakland Arts Crash From 7-10pm at the Malonga Casquelourd Center Theater, the OAC showcases live music, dance, and visual arts by local Oakland artists. Proceeds from this Oakland arts adventure will benefit youth dance progams in Oakland. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see a collaboration between the primer-black-moto riders of the East Bay Rats and the Carnaval-hued Brazilian dance troupe Fogo Na Roupa.

If something requiring a little more dress and composure seems more your flavor, grab your beloved and head over to the Oakland Metro Operahouse for the final installment of Philip Glass' trilogy, Les Enfants Terribles. The theatre pieces are based on the work of French writer/filmaker Jean Cocteau and combine opera and dance to explore the darker side of love. If you miss it now, make sure to attend before its closing date on Oct 22nd.

Closing out the weekend on Sunday, Potrero Hill (Indiana St. bet. Mariposa and 22nd) will be overtaken by thousands celebrating and reminiscing about their recent BurningMan experience at the 7th annual BurningMan Decompression Party. The party starts at 12pm and goes until midnight, with after hours soirees for those with no Monday work agendas. Consuming 6 city blocks and featuring hundreds of artists, performers, musicians, mutant vehicles, theme camps, and costumes- this is a party not to be missed(Unless you fear feathers, faux fur, or stilts ;) $10 suggested donation in Black Rock couture; $20 in streetwear.

Break out, live the life you live, and make Monday happy- by taking advantage of the culturally diverse city we live in.

Month ahead:

Capsule: A Street Festival for Design. Sunday, October 22, 2006 Hayes Valley hosts 115 clothing and accessory designers, lifestyle product designers and graphic artists.

Freakers Ball- Halloween Sat October 28th 2006 12th Annual FREAKER'S BALL in beautiful Santa Cruz. Circus freaks, Arial Dance, Drummers, Dancers, and musicians Featuring: Freq Nasty, Bassnectar (lorin), Jeno, Brother, Little John,Glitch Mob, Sporque, Welder, Random Rab, Mozaic, Haj, Bigga Happiness Sound sys, Mr.Projectile, Adam Ohanna, Dave Jolley, Strydah, Digital Honey Patricio, OOAh, Edit, Kraddy, Da-Vid, Rob Monroy, Satsi, Kamm and more.

And, of course, if Bevan Dufty doesn't cancel Halloween in the Castro. Oct 31st- 2006, it's a must go.

Photo credit: Cameragirl

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[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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October 5, 2006

vidcast: the master of scratch, DJ Qbert, sits down with diggrz

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 By Lucaso for Silicon Valley Watcher

Last week at the San Francisco Summer Music Conference, the diggrz team caught up with DJ Qbert.

Q stretched the sound check into an early bird set and the club was a buzz as industry folks mingled through the sound of the monitor mix.

Qbert is one of the top scratch DJs, or turntablists, in the world. He has won the world champion of disc mixing four times and is a member of the DJ Hall of Fame.

We caught up with him between sets and asked about a few of his upcoming projects including Q-quest, an "American Idol" for scratch DJs.

Lucaso interviews DJ Qbert for Diggrz

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[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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September 27, 2006

San Francisco Summer Music Conference(at the end of September!)

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 By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watchersmc.gif

Tommorow, Thursday 28th- 2006, marks the beginning of San Francisco's Summer Music Conference ,including two days of panels followed my innumerable performances the entire weekend, featuring leading industry developers, pioneers, trendsetters, world dj's, artists, and producers.

Those musically driven, should grab an All Access Pass which provides entry into all conference panels & presentations, Technology Expo, the InGrooves A&R Contest, 6 Months FREE subscription to Remix Magazine, discounts to all SMC Events, and a Backstage Pass for the SMC Festival on Saturday September 30th, 2006 with FREE drinks from 1pm to 6pm.

Highlights this weekend include:

Thursday evenings' SMC Industry Party @ 1015 Folsom with the one and only Dj QBert.

Friday panels covering technology - industry standards, tools of the trade, branding and earning potential, and new marketing distribution concepts with speakers ranging from ProTools, IODA, Ingrooves, Om Records, RealNetworks, to name a few.

Friday night brings too many music options to name, but I suggest you stop over to Crystal [email protected] Ruby Skye, Tipper @ Mighty, Ministry of [email protected] Temple, or check out the NiteVibe SMC Guide to decide for yourself.

SMCFestival , with proceeds going to the Music Education 4 Children's Fund.


Tag: diggrz

[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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September 26, 2006

diggrz: Symbosis Gathering

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 By Maria Mouk for Silicon Valley Watcher

Look up symbiosis in the dictionary and you're unlikely to find photos of this past weekend's Symbosis Gathering at Angels Camp in the Sierra Nevadas. Yet "A close, prolonged association between two or more different organisms of different species" is quite an accurate description of the experience this past weekend.

Second year in the making, and growing to twice its original size, Symbiosis brought together a variety of creative and curious minds.

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From the tree tops and city skylines and from all over the west coast corridor, heads of all sub-cultures gathered to hear over 90 acts. Musical artists representing live bands, breaks, hiphop, psy, and experimental genres, with world names such as Shpongle, Germany's X-Dream , Spoonbill of Australia, Tipper, EdIT, Skream, and Zilla, played continuos music for over three days.

Personally impressive, was my discovery of Abstract Rude, stemming from the LA hiphop underground, with lyrical flow so conscious and smooth, that I was inspired enough to hike uphill to camp just to jot down some of my own.

Looking out into the night; cascading lights- radiant art pieces, altars mimicking dragons from afar, and tapestries waving in the trees with projections of dream states-- it reminded me of a civilization untapped by pop media, yet impressive enough to be a full blown LA stage production.

Besides the music, live painting, guest speakers(like Erik Davis), raw food, and starry nights, there were also workshops, films, and the possibility to exchange ideas with rappers, vegans, or enlightened newbies.

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As summer fades to fall, recall- that the ability to maximize cooperation with other species is what most directly contributes to an organism's ablility to endure in nature. We take example and converge.

Tag: diggrz

[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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diggrz: Hypervideo, CG reality, Metroproper: On the Radar

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 By lucaso for Silicon Valley Watcher

As hypertext transformed the written web, so too may hypervideo transform the multimedia web.

Imagine watching a video piece on the web. Up pops an image of Hunter S. Thompson. You click on the image and the video you're watching stops and takes you to a video interview with the Gonzo journalist and Johnny Depp. You click on the image of Johnny Depp and you're brought to a clip of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas." You complete the clip of "Fear and Loathing..." and you're brought back to the original clip where you first saw Thompson. This is hypervideo: a non-linear approach to web video viewing that is now in the early stages of development. Thanks to Crazy Wanda for pointing this one out to me.

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CG reality

Is this photo real or CG? Spirit Monkey posted this on his tribe blog today and I was definitely blown away. Check out the CG society for more info on CG developments.

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Metroproper: On the radar

My friend Phil Tadros has been working hard on this project for over a year. He tells me they're very close to launch date. Metroproper is a social network for business or personal profiles with citizen journalism in 400 cities around the world. I like the design a lot and I had sneak peak at the interface, which looks hot. Sign up to be notified when they go live at Metroproper.

September 25, 2006

diggrz: Podcast and Portable Media Expo, "Freestyle Soundkit" at Conflux, Summer Music Conference, and The Vloggies

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 By lucaso for Silicon Valley Watcher

Podcast and Portable Media Expo.

Word from my network is that PPE is where new media problems are solved. Begins this Friday with open registration for free exhibits and keynote passes (full conference is $299) From PPE: "The 2nd Annual Podcast & Portable Media Expo is the only industry event that brings together influential podcasters, media, corporate executives and device makers to cover the complete range of business objectives for podcasting and portable media."

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"Freestyle Soundkit" at Conflux

We sampled the Soundbike installation during our ZeroOne coverage last month. Last week at Conflux in Brooklyn, NYC, artist Jessica Thompson showed another one of her sound projects, Freestyle Soundkit. From Conflux: "Freestyle SoundKit is a wearable sound piece that generates and broadcasts electronic beats as users move through the urban environment." Maybe she should hook up with the Dvinsk Clan?(flickr photo credit: rabbitsliketrumpets')



Summer Music Conference

The Summer Music Conference begins this Wednesday, September 27th and runs through October 1st, featuring a TON of music. From SMC: "SUMMER MUSIC CONFERENCE BRINGS TOGETHER PROFESSIONALS IN MUSIC, MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY TO GENERATE NEW OPPORTUNITIES, CREATE SYNERGIES AND IDENTIFY TRENDS FOR THE FUTURE." Don't miss the free outdoor festival on Saturday, September 30th, 12pm-7pm at 81 Natoma St in Downtown San Francisco.

The Vloggies

And don't forget to submit your favorite vlogs for The Vloggies, happening Nov. 4th at the Swedish American Music Hall in San Francisco.

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[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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diggrz: "bullet-riddled '65 mustang", cyberpunk lecture, "dah-ling, we simply MUST stop by the new Westfield", and "Oh, my Mighty!"

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"bullet-riddled '65 mustang"

Gallery16(3rd and Byrant St., SOMA) hosts Charles Linder and his found object art exhibit, Crazy Horse: new dreams and wishes come true.(running now through October 14th) From Gallery 16: "The centerpiece of the show is a totally, bullet-riddled 1965 mustang which has been transformed from abandoned desert target to gleaming gallery stallion."


cyberpunk lecture

Bruce Sterling, cyberpunk author extrodinaire, is giving a lecture Tuesday night at the California College of the Arts, 7pm. Who doesn't love cyberpunk?

"dah-ling, we simply MUST stop by the new Westfield"

The grand opening of the new Westfield San Francisco Centre(with the second largest Bloomingdales next to NY) opens this Thursday, September 28th. Check out the dome, sample the food, or grab a SF inspired Bloomingdales shopping bag. Plenty of opening events to keep you busy... or delay your commute through downtown!

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"Oh, my Mighty!"

Mighty is hosting a couple of hot acts this week. First, Thursday night rent some skates at the door(or bring your own) and enjoy the 7th heaven Roller Disco. Then, Friday catch the Tribal Summit 5 featuring (one of my favorite DJs) Tipper.




Tag: diggrz

[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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September 24, 2006

diggrz: SF JAZZ festival gets underway with a BANG!

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 By Sara Kremer for Silicon Valley Watcher

Kicking off the SFJazz Fall Festival Season with a bang, Planet Drum played a pre-festival concert at the Nob Hill Masonic Center Saturday night.

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Planet Drum, made up of the world's most accomplished percussionists representing five continents, has been a successful world music fusion project of Mickey Hart (best known as the innovative drummer for the Grateful Dead) and became the first world music group to ever win a grammy in 1991. Fifteen years later, featuring far-flung percussion virtuosos like Indian tabla phenomenon Zakir Hussain, conga maestro Giovanni Hidalgo, talking drum master Sikiru Adepoju, Brazillian drummer/impromptu singer Airto Moreira, and electronic musician/drummer Mickey Hart, this latest incarnation of Planet Drum is still at the forefront of the world's top percussionists.

Upon entering the theater, I was awe struck by the five elaborate percussion setups that impressively filled the stage. Quickly into the show, I realized that the drums, representing the sounds and heartbeats of indigenous cultures, were giving me visions of the world's jungles and far off natural environments. The rhythms transported me from an African Safari to the beaches of Brazil within one measure of body shaking beats. The flow of the show spanned from melodic floaty jams to hard hitting solos and call-and response sessions that made the audience laugh out loud in delight.

I was especially impressed by the interplay between Hidalgo, the conga player (whose fingers moved faster than my eyes could focus) and Hussein, the tabla player. Each banged out rhythms and matched each other in a way that inspired shouts and cries from the audience.

Mickey hart has been experimenting with electronic sounds over the years, and between his synth and electronic samples, live percussion, congas, talking drum, tabla, and vocals, the sound was fresh and exciting. In tibute to Grateful Dead philosophy, both recording devices and audience interaction were both allowed and encouraged. It was difficult to keep still, and the crowd was brimming with people grooving in their seats and even some in the aisles.

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This is just the beginning of SFJazz's Fall season, and there are a slew of great shows to come. Here is the schedule for the fall season. Tickets for shows can be bought here. Be sure to get tickets early as shows are bound to fill up quickly.

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[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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September 21, 2006

diggrz: palate pleasing Decibel Festival 2006

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By Sara Kremer for Silicon Valley Watcher

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At the Decibel festival in Seattle last weekend a more musically sophisticated crowd sat to a gamut of electronic beats. The mood was academic, partial to experimental, ambient, and techno sub-genres, and featured the most cutting edge producers.

This festival was like a wine tasting party for the finest of wine makers.

Decibel brought out a host of international talent, made up largely of artists performing original live sets (as opposed to pre-recorded DJ sets) with live video projections as a visual accompaniment. Musical producers, artists, and avid electronic music aficionados formed an appreciative crowd for over 100 performances and showcases, including mind-numbing sets by Apparat, Deru, Murcof,Ryoichi Kurokawa, and the long-time techno legend Speedy J

I was insanely impressed by the amount of innovative sonic explorations I experienced featuring new audio interfaces, sounds, and performance techniques. Creatively and musically inspired, I was ready to rush home to SF and start creating fresh laptop music of my own.

This unique and visionary festival is in its third year, draws over 6,000 attendees, and was well worth the treck from the Bay Area. Decibel promises to pump out more amazing lineups in the years to come.

diggrz: electric biorhytms, tribal tourism, and hands-free-photoblogging

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 By Lucaso for Silicon Valley Watcher

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Biorhythms are hot.

Ever since I witnessed Pimp My Heart at Zero One, I've been fascinated by technology that reacts to the body.

Phillips Designs is exploring how technology can be woven into our clothes to react to our personalities and emotions.

And artist Suzi Weber is creating electricskin.

Tribal Tourism

If you've ever wished you could chuck your laptop in the bay and move to a tech-free, REAL tribal community on a tropical Fijian island of Vorovor, then this is your chance to join a tribe. And, yes, there are still quite a few openings on Vorovoro.

Hands-free PhotoBlogging

Tired of pushing the shutter button on the camera?

Waymarkr documents your life continuously and effortlessly by taking random photos from your phone and sending them to a remote server so your phone never runs out of space.

Of course, it helps if you wear the phone around your neck. But then again (if you have a flash), it might be more interesting to see what's in your pocket!

[diggrz refers to a nomadic lifestyle made possible by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name also salutes some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture and its focus on commonly owned technologies created through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

September 19, 2006

diggrz: Beat museum Gala opening; Beethoven in bondage and Liszt in leather

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There is a similarity between the Beat and Blogging cultures . . . each celebrates a raw, passionate literary expression. The Beat Generation and Beatniks are strongly associated with the San Francisco/Bay area-- and so is the Blogging movement.

A great place to find out more about the Beats is in San Francisco's North Beach district. The newly created Beat Museum is having its Gala Grand Opening party on Wednesday September 27th 7pm.  A host of VIPs include:

- Michael McClure - Beat Poet of Six at Six Gallery fame.
- Al Hinkle - childhood friend of Neal Cassady from Denver and Kerouac character "Big Ed Dunkle" in On The Road.
- John Allen Cassady - Raconteur
- Magda Cregg - Life Companion to Lew Welch
- Wavy Gravy - Beat Poet & Merry Prankster (aka Hugh Romney)
- Stanley Mouse - famed sixties Poster Artist
- Jack Hirschman - Current San Francisco Poet Laureate

The Beat Museum 540 Broadway (at Columbus)

http://www.thebeatmuseum.org/pressrelease.html


Related:

1960's UNREST PHOTO EXHIBIT - THE WHOLE WORLD'S WATCHING
Harold Adler, whose terrific series of photos of Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure and Lawrence Ferlinghetti are currently on exhibit at The Beat Museum, is curating a show at the Berkeley Art Center called "The Whole World's Watching" from September 24th - November 10th.  This show features hundreds of photos of 1960's unrest by dozens of photographers including both Harold Adler and Larry Keenan.
http://www.berkeleyartcenter.org/pages/exhibitions.html#current

SVW on the Beat culture:

Let it roll: A celebration of beat and blog literature; shoot-from-the-hip-one-take-journalism
The Beats: celebrating the obscenity of literature
You have to read this!!! Evelyn Rodriguez on Salons and the Beat writers....
The new and old Beatniks celebrate Neal Cassady's birthday

Beethoven in bondage + Liszt in leather . . .

It's a provocative title but it is probably an island of sanity that Saturday because of the Folsom Street fair and the Love Parade happening that same day. 


Winners of the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra Competition play Beethoven and Liszt Saturday, September 23   5 pm
St John's Episcopal Church 1661 15th st (near Valencia) $25


Pianists Allison Lovejoy and Stephen Bailey will be performing Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto.


Ann Dimedio and Seth Montfort perform Liszt concertos
Some cabaret selections will also be featured...











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[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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diggrz: DJs spin not speak; Musical dating; Bake a cake for Amanda she's coming this way . . .

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By Lucaso for Silicon Valley Watcher
Lately, I've been deleting music podcasts because I'm tired of hearing a DJ's voice, even for the track listing.

If I wanted to know the track info, I'd look it up on the chapter list in iTunes or read the playlist. Save the chatter for the new Skype wi-fi cellie and let the music of the podcast speak for itself, dig?

If a picture is worth a thousand words than a song is worth at least 999. So, with that in mind . . . here are two of my new favorite podcasts: BetterPropoganda and Memekast.

BetterPropoganda is an established digital music portal and  Memekast features guest DJs doing live mixes. Both are electronic/breakbeat/dance focused, and even if you're only dancing in your chair, they're still hot.These two podcasts have taken over my iPod by giving me 30-40 minute sessions that are mixed live and uninterrupted... perfect for repeat play.

Music to meet people by . . .  Similar to Last.fm, Mog lets you discover "people through music and music through people."

Not enough video sharing sites . . .    Dabble lets you search, collect and organize your favorite web videos. What's different about Dabble and other video sharing sites? Hmmm ... the UI?

Dave.tv, another video sharing beta. The difference with Dave.tv is that you can create an entire broadcasting channel to put it anywhere on the web.

Amanda is heading this way. . . Yes, old Rocketboom anchor and videoblog actress Amanda Congdon is headed west. You can check out her trip across the states at Amanda Across America.

. . .

Come back to Silicon Valley Watcher for more diggrz: arts and culture and events posts throughout the week.

[diggrz refers to the nomadic lifestyle offered by mobile digital technologies and gadgets - creating a "nomadig" culture. The diggrz name is also a tip-of-the-hat to some of the ideas of the Diggers, a democratic group that arose in 1649, out of the English revolution .

The Diggers were a radical group that cultivated and protected common lands, and sought to create egalitarian, self-sustaining communities. The Diggers would have found  kindred spirits in today's software engineer culture,  and the focus on creating  commonly owned technologies through egalitarian open source community projects. - Tom Foremski]

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September 7, 2006

Nomadig or Bedouin? Life in the cloud . . .

My good buddy Om Malik has launched a new blog called WebWorkerDaily to chronicle the virtual nature of work and its always-on effect:

Connectivity is only part of the equation, for the virtual nature of work brings up lifestyle issues. It brings up questions about how to work, and when not to work.

Link to Introducing WebWorkerDaily.

Om cites a post called "Going Bedouin" by Greg Olsen in February 2006.

By focusing almost exclusively on service-based infrastructure options, a business could operate as a sort of neo-Bedouin clan - with workers as a roaming nomadic tribe carrying laptops & cell phones and able to set up shop wherever there is an Internet connection, chairs, tables, and sources of caffeine. "Going Bedouin" is an interesting concept . . .

This is an interesting concept and something I explored in an essay in October of 2005. I chose the word "nomadig" to describe the lifestyle made possible by our mobile technologies:

We seem to be going back to our roots and becoming nomadic peoples again--or rather "nomadig" people: living in digitally-enabled groups but not necessarily *technology* focused ...

And this time around, we are no longer tied to a particular geography, and nor is our thinking. Much of the culture of innovation is no longer tied to Silicon Valley, there are centers of innovation all over the planet.

We are mobile and seemingly in constant motion, travelling thousands of miles in a day, in a week, in a month, yet we remain rooted within our online worlds as if we hadn't budged an inch. Our physical address changes more often than our online address.

And our digital technology is disappearing into our surroundings, becoming embedded and almost invisible; as the word "digital" is embedded and almost invisible in the word "nomadig."

The essay is here.

Nomadig is the basis for SVW's future arts and culture magazine that we spoke about late last year, and mentioned in early August.

It was to be called diggrz but that name will probably be changed to avoid association with Digg - the news aggregator. I wanted to make the connection with the Diggers, the 17th century English revolutionary group that advocated a defense of the commons, and despised wealth and privilege; sentiments often expressed in today's software engineer culture.

August 25, 2006

ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA2006 Symposium: Final Wrap Up

By Lucaso for Silicon Valley Watcher

The ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA 2006 Symposium happened this past month in San Jose, CA. Some of the world's top international electronic artists traveled to Silicon Valley to share their latest and greatest exhibits as this arts festival and academic symposium took over the city.

The SVW team was there to film the highlights and take you for a visual ride through the festival. Here are three videos from our week in San Jose, as well as a wrapup from SVW friend Sara Kramer.











Wrap up!



Opening Night Reception.










MashUp!

ZeroOne San Jose Wrap Up

By Sara Kremer for Silicon Valley Watcher

I had the pleasure of spending last week at the ZeroOne San Jose electronic arts festival in San Jose, meeting multi-media artists representing all corners of the globe, and soaking in some of the most cutting edge new media I've witnessed to date in the intersection of art and technology. It was easy to be overwhelmed by over 100 artworks on display, the multitude of video projections, audio installations, robots, and interactive art.

From Pia Tikka's Obsession to Morten Schjodt's Switching, I was quite impressed by these artists attempts to transform a passive movie watching experience into "interactive cinema." With biosensors hidden in chairs and remotes handed out to the audience, the viewer was enabled both consciously and subconsiously to act as a participant in "directing" the order that scenes played and looped.

Douglas Edric Stanley's Concrescence and Game Machine + (^3) was my favorite interactive sound installation. Composed of a rubix-cube and complex sensors that can detect the various configurations of the colors on the cube, the audience was able to "play" with the cube, trigger various sound samples, and participate directly in making music. This tool is evidence of amazing new technologies that are currently redefining the way laptop music producers can perform their music in more interesting ways in front of a live audience.

The climax of the festival occured on Friday night when the internationally acclaimed Bay Area based group Survival Research Labs put on an impressive display of their large scale kinetic robot creations. The performance was an intense sensory experience, requiring audience members to wear earplugs to safely allow them to hear the orchestra of booming sounds. The robots created futuristic landscapes complete with a motif of destruction, fire, and explosions!

August 9, 2006

ZeroOne Opening Night Reception, San Jose Museum of Art:

Here's a short video from the opening night reception of the ZeroOne art festival at the San Jose Museum of Art.

Brought to you by Lucaso, SVW's Arts and Culture editor:


ZeroOne: Art on the Edge in San Jose all week!

The place to be Tuesday evening was at the excellent San Jose Museum of Art for the opening reception for the ZeroOne arts festival, featuring a lot of interactive tech-based exhibits and performances.

It's an incredibly ambitious program of events and exhibits and it is happening all over downtown San Jose. It's a great setting, warm summer evenings (unlike cold San Francisco evenings) and broad sidewalks, it creates a wonderful atmosphere for the events.

San Jose is not associated with too many cultural events, mostly it hosts business shows and conferences. And the downtown area is largely shunned by most locals, which is a shame because it it could be a great place to hang out and walk and talk--maybe ZeroOne will help revitalize the downtown area.

Lucaso, our arts and culture editor and team will be down there posting some video and other things on SVW, and also on Diggrz.net, our new artz and culture site that is in development.

The ZeroOne festival builds momentum towards the weekend so pop in and take a look and let me know what you've seen. I'll post it up if you do :-)

Here is a collage of my Tuesday evening:

Continue reading "ZeroOne: Art on the Edge in San Jose all week!" »

August 8, 2006

ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA2006 Symposium: The SVW video mashup

Here's a quick video introduction to the ZeroOne art fest, which is running in downtown San Jose through the week. Brought to you by Lucaso, SVW's Arts and Culture editor:









August 7, 2006

ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA2006 Symposium

By Lucaso for Silicon Valley Watcher

Today begins ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA 2006 Symposium, a global festival of art from the edge. The city of San Jose will be transformed into an interactive playground with more than 150 international artists participating and plenty of opportunities for YOU to get involved. The festival runs until August 13th, with a daily schedule of events, exhibits, workshops, performances and chats that will make you dizzy.

Here is the list of featured artists and ticket information. Look for video coverage of the event from the SVW team throughout the week.

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