Sam Devine

Feast: 9 breakfasts to go

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Going without breakfast can turn your brain into a fritzing light bulb that repeatedly buzzes: "Eat something ... zzz ... Eat something." But who wants to take the time for a real meal when you can press snooze another 10 times? Read more »

Careers & Ed: Paid by Pandora

How Tim Westergren built the world's smartest jukebox
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Before Tim Westergren founded the Music Genome Project and Pandora, an online radio station–music recommendation site that's developed a cultlike following, he had no idea what he was going to do for a living. Read more »

Summertime ... and the swimmin' is easy

A guide to Bay Area public pools
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By Sam Devine

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It just doesn't feel like summer without a trip to the pool. Marco Polo, chips and soda, suntan lotion on your face, pushing your brother in the deep end — it's all a part of your balanced, nutritious summertime experience. But don't fret if you don't happen to have a lap pool on the roof of your railroad apartment. Read more »

Locals only?

Not For Tourists Guide to San Francisco may not be for residents either
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BOOK REVIEW Not for Tourists Guidebooks has just released the fourth edition of its Not for Tourists Guide to San Francisco. Besides having a mad grip of inaccuracies, the title is problematic: this tome is definitely not not for tourists.

The first thing I found wrong with the book was its only foldout map. It's a highway map, which is weird, since most city dwellers tend to stay clear of the damn things. They're for the bridge-and-tunnel crowd and, uh, the tourists. Read more »

A law school of their own

Social justice programs are changing the legal landscape
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In today's "I'm gonna sue you" world, in which lawyers are called sharks (and often rightly so), getting a law degree from a school that offers the class "Education for a Just, Sacred and Sustainable World" might seem a little backward. Read more »

Superlist No. 823: Antique SF bars

Drink like a pirate, pimp, or whore at these olde watering holes
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San Francisco was crazy during the '60s — the 1860s, that is. Back then the city's beer halls and saloons were fueled by the gold-lined pockets and salty tongues of sailors, pimps, con artists, and whores. The city is actually pretty tame compared with how it used to be. Prostitutes no longer hang naked from windows, and bartenders have stopped drugging clients and selling them into indentured servitude on the high seas. Read more »

Mission: fresh-air beer

Outdoor alcoholic outposts
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Listen up, troops: Spring is here and decent weather may be on the radar. It's time to escape from the barracks and attack life with a blitzkrieg of beer and BBQ. Below is a list of checkpoints that are reported to condone and encourage the outdoor consumption of alcohol.

Good luck, soldier. Now get out there and knock 'em back!

Big guns

ZEITGEIST

The HQ of patio bars — the grand pooh-bah, the big cheese. Hands down the biggest, baddest patio west of the bay. Read more »

Valentine's Day date ideas

Plan a date with a view and ensure that, even if it’s a horrible night, at least its backdrop will look beautiful
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Putting together a good date can be like planning a bank robbery. You're investing time, you’re fronting a bunch of money, and you’re coordinating complicated logistics — all in hopes of breaking the law. In this case, Murphy's Law. I mean, let's face it, half the time Valentine's Day dates carry so much nervous tension and promptitude that we should all consider ourselves lucky if we wake up on February 15 with all our fingers — never mind whether we wake up alone! Read more »