Last night was the big fundraiser and debate between San Francisco mayoral candidates Chicken John and Josh Wolf, which took place at Chez Poulet in San Francisco. As it turns out, they actually agree on most issues and generally support each other’s candidacy. John Law challenged them to find an issue that they violently disagreed about, but ultimately they both are in agreement that it couldn’t hurt for Gavin Newsom to have a challenger in the election, especially one who is dedicated to making San Francisco an even better place to live.
Here are my photos from the debate.
Both mayoral hopefuls are currently trying to raise the $5000 that is required by San Francisco in order to be added to the ballot. If you are interested in helping out, donations can be made online for both Chicken John and Josh Wolf.
UPDATE 2: Here’s video of the debate from the live stream.
I recently sold my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens to Google software engineer Bob Lee via our Virtual Garage Sale and he immediately made great use of it shooting photos of Science Foo Camp with his 5D. The second annual Science Foo Camp, organized by Nature, O’Reilly and Google, took place over the weekend at the Googleplex and is similar to O’Reilly’s annual Foo Camp, but with a focus on science.
Here’s Bob’s full gallery of photos from Science Foo Camp. My favorite has to be the photo he shot of Martha Stewart and David Pescovitz, who must be either talking about Martha’s top secret new show for Make Magazine or her new role as the 5th contributor to Boing Boing.
Tiki Oasis 7, Hawaii A Go Go takes place August 16-19 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego (rooms are still available). Produced by Tiki News (Otto von Stroheim from Tiki News was one of our DJ’s at Paradise Lost), Tiki Oasis is an annual weekend long celebration of all things tiki, including exotica and surf music. Check out their great line of up entertainment and tiki vendors. Here’s the full schedule.
A gathering of the tribes for Tiki lovers, featuring live entertainment, Tiki bazaar with over 40 vendors, costume contests, educational symposiums, burlesque, go go dancers, live Tiki carving, Tiki tours, and more! Imagine tropical cocktails such as Zombies or Pirate Grogs are served poolside so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your chaise lounge. If this is not tropical enough for you take a stroll into the secluded Tiki atrium and listen to the soft waterfall serenade. As the sun begins to set the band takes the stage – its Tiki Oasis time!
San Francisco Mayoral candidate Josh Wolf is having a fundraiser tomorrow night, Monday, August 6th at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. The event starts at 7pm, with a suggested donation of $8-$500 and features music by Fuckwolf, The Greening and Nick Culp.
Josh Wolf holds the record for the longest incarceration in US history for upholding his journalistic principles. He was released on April 3 of this year after spending 226 days in a Federal Detention Center. Josh is running a campaign centered on participatory democracy and hopes it will serve as a model for the future. His platform is focused on working with the board of supervisors and the community at large to solve the problems plaguing our city. Heâ€™s committed to open government and has pledged to a wear a webcam during all city business in order to eliminate backroom deals and ensure accountability.
Josh needs to raise $5000 in order to become a candidate in the mayoral election. If you can’t make the event and want to help out, you can make a donation online:
This morning San Francisco’s Department of Public Works, along with a team of volunteers from Green Connect and San Francisco Community Clean Team painted over the popular graffiti and street art at Warm Water Cove aka Toxic Tire Beach in Dogpatch near 3rd and 24th Streets. All that is left now is a dark green wall.
As Dav notes, this location has been home to many events in the San Francisco art scene, including the La Contessa Burial at Sea earlier this year as well as legendary Popcorn Anti-Theater performances, just to name a few. Dive Bar even had their Tasting Labs event there a couple of years ago.
Here’s more coverage from Chicken John, SFist, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner and Graffiti Archaeology News is keeping an updated list of blogs and media covering this story.
Dav has started a Warm Water Cove discussion group to help address this situation.
Our friend Brad Stone of The New York Times has just broke the story that he has solved the mystery regarding the real identity of Fake Steve Jobs, the anonymous writer behind the enormously popular blog The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs. It turns out that it is Daniel Lyons, a senior editor at Forbes Magazine. Here’s the full story: “A Mystery Solved: ‘Fake Steve’ Blogger Comes Clean”
Mr. Lyons said he invented the Fake Steve character last year, when a small group of chief executives turned bloggers attracted some media attention. He noticed that they rarely spoke candidly. “I thought, wouldnâ€™t it be funny if a C.E.O. kept a blog that really told you what he thought? That was the gist of it.”
Mr. Lyons says he recalled trying out the voices of several chief executives before settling on the colorful Apple co-founder. He twice tried to relinquish the blog, but started again after being deluged by fans e-mailing to ask why Fake Steve had disappeared.
Daniel has been working on a book “Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, a Parody”, which will be published by Da Capo Press in October. The book in part helped Brad in identifying Daniel Lyons as Fake Steve Jobs.
Earlier today Brad Stone attempted to publicly out Daniel Lyons in his article “The Trial of Fake Steve Jobs”, which then promptly lead to Daniel admitting that he was in fact the real Fake Steve Jobs. For months dozens of journalists, bloggers and media outlets have been working non-stop trying to determine FSJ’s real identity. Well today, the mystery has been solved. Bravo Brad, great detective work!
Oh and it’s interesting to note that Daniel Lyons was the guy who wrote the controversial “Attack of the Blogs” cover story for Forbes in November 2005, where he trashed bloggers, calling them “lynch mobs” and provided information on how to fight back against them. Funny that he should now be unmasked as the guy who writes one of the world’s most popular blogs.
UPDATE: Fake Steve Jobs Responds
Fake Steve Jobs, now know as Daniel Lyons, has just updated The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, admitting that he has been busted by Brad Stone, making a point that at least it was the New York Times, not Valleywag that outed him.
Well it had to happen. Honestly I can’t believe it’s taken this long. But as you may have heard, I’ve been busted by a newspaper reporter. My cover has been blown. Guy named Brad Stone, who works for the New York Times. Have you heard of him? Well, tip of the hat to you, Brad Stone. You did the sleuthing. You put the pieces of the puzzle together. You went through my trash, hacked into my computer, and put listening devices in my home. Now you’ve ruined the mystery of Fake Steve, robbing thousands of people around the world of their sense of childlike wonder. Hope you feel good about yourself, you mangina. One bright side is that at least I was busted by the Times and not Valleywag. I really, really enjoyed seeing those guys keep guessing wrong. For six months Dr. Evil and Mr. Bigglesworth put their big brains together and couldn’t come up with the answer. Guy from the Times did it in a week. So much for the trope about smarty-pants bloggers disrupting old media. Brilliant. My only regret is that we didn’t get a chance to see Bigglesworth take a few more swings and misses.
Los Angeles pop culture artist and notorious satirist Plastic God has been working with Glendale based vinyl art toy company Super Rad Toys to create his LEGO-like series of Axis of Evil toys, which will be available this September/October.
Plastic God’s Axis of Evil is a limited edition boxed set of 5” rotocast collectibles, featuring everyone’s favorite cast of current political icons: Saddam Hussein, Tony Blair, Kim Jong-il, George “W” Bush and Osama bin Laden. The dolls have 7 points of articulation and come packed together in a flip open window door box
Plastic God is also working with Cardboard Spaceship in Santa Cruz to create a limited edition Jail House version of his Axis of Evil toy series.