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Holi Hindu Festival of Colors at UC Berkeley

By on Apr 19, 2015 in All, Bay Area, Berkeley, Culture | 1 comment

As Spring festivals go, Holi is among the most fun. Forget about the Maypole, during the Indian Holi festival people douse each other with bright colors. It usually takes place during March, but UC Berkeley’s Indian Student Association has their Holi celebration in April. The UC Berkeley Holi festival is a dance party. The DJ mixed house hits with Indian pop music. The event is free, and you can buy color from the Indian Student Association ahead¬† time, or day of, until they run out. Ten packets (500 grams altogether) is sufficient but you could use twice as much so it really depends. Try to hold your colors until you make eye contact with someone. Though it can be tempting to merrily toss color into the air when the bass drops or even to toss a little color on someone’s back if their shirt is looking a little too naked of the stuff in your hand. More than once I gave in to...

Acrobats Perform Aerial Show Off of Berkeley Sather Clocktower

By on Apr 18, 2015 in All, Bay Area, Berkeley | 1 comment

This is the Sather Tower, the best known landmark of UC Berkeley…probably the most recognizable building in all of Berkeley. It is one of the few landmarks in the East Bay you can recognize from most vistas in San Francisco. Today the Sather Clock Tower (also known as the Campanile) turned 100. The Berkeley Clock Tower is the third tallest tower in the world (correction: third tallest university clock tower). Did you notice the tiny yellow and orange dots at the top there? Those are people. Let’s get a little closer. They’re acrobats. BANDALOOP do vertical dances hanging from the sides of buildings. Today they performed to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Campanile. They started on the hour, so the dance was preceded by the sounds of the grand carillon of bells from the clock tower. It was a beautiful day, typical of the Bay Area. Hot and bright enough to...

Check Out My Guest Posts on Learn HTML With Song

By on Oct 21, 2014 in San Francisco, Tech, Writers |

A cool new site just launched all about producing educational coding music videos. The idea is that if you’re going to get a catchy song stuck in your head, why not have those lyrics teach you HTML, the language of the web? It’s called Learn HTML With Song, and it’s made by a San Francisco coder, Diane Presler, with more than 20 years experience as an HTML teacher. Here’s an example of one of their videos. Learning the HTML IMG Tag With Claude Parnell In addition to videos, Learn HTML With Song has seven beginner HTML lessons already since their launch this month, and they’re releasing new ones every week. Unlike most dry coding sites, every lesson is filled with fun images and it’s written in a clear conversational tone that’s easy to understand. The lessons are starting from scratch so you don’t have to know a thing about coding to get...

Decompression San Francisco 2014

By on Oct 14, 2014 in Bay Area, Culture, San Francisco |

Decompression is a street festival celebrating the return of Burning Man participants.¬† It’s a way for those who’ve returned from the Playa to get one last whiff of that Burning Man magic while giving tourists a chance to see some of the art, mutant vehicles and outfits still freshly covered in dust. I’ve attended Decompression for years now, but it was my first time going after my freshman year as a burner. I found myself seeking people who’ve been there, not because I wanted to be exclusionary. I’d arrived several hours before my friends, which meant approaching strangers. It was easier to approach burners because I knew they would be likely to practice the principle of radical inclusion. I met some beautiful people in any case. Below are some of my favorites moments. The San Francisco Mission Brass Band I’ve seen these guys around San Francisco...

A Walk in Oakland

By on Sep 13, 2014 in All, Bay Area, Oakland |

Small Bits of Beauty Between Temescal and West Oakland My friend Jennifer has a tumblog, Mission Walks, where she chronicles the stuff she sees when she walks her dog (Poe) through the Mission. One thing I love about her blog is the spontaneity. It’s not that she sees the most interesting things you’ll find in the city. Instead each small item captures the weird and random detritus of a bustling metropolitan ecosystem. Maybe you didn’t know, but I too have a Bay Area tumblr blog wherein I strive to take a photograph of everything I see that makes me excited to live in the San Francisco Bay area. Sometimes I feel like the photographs I take on my own tumblog can’t capture how amazing NorCal is because each photo of each item is isolated. The odd things I find could be miles and weeks apart. But they’re not. Today on my walk to the post office and I decided...

San Francisco Pride 2014 Photos

By on Jun 30, 2014 in All, Bay Area, Culture, Feminism, San Francisco |

Photos from the San Francisco Pride festival, Sunday June 29th 2014. Fly your rainbow freak flag my pretties.