Towse: views from the hill

March 2, 2009

Obama vs. The Fear

Filed under: commentary,government,news,politics — Towse @ 5:41 pm

Obama vs. The Fear / Grin and be enthralled, or tremble and stuff dollar bills into your mattress?


This seems to be the bottom line, at least for now. We have, for the first time in just about forever, an enormously ambitious, confident, risk-taking president so full of grand and even borderline radical ideas they barely fit into a single generation, much less a single speech, and we have him at a time when we need, well, someone exactly like that.

That he just so happens to be tremendously intelligent, progressive, serene as an oak tree and utterly magnetizing? I guess you just call that a bonus.

What he (“he” being Mark Morford) said.

Other classic, and annoying, Facebook types

Filed under: life,news,San Francisco,web2.0 — Towse @ 5:16 am

As a follow-on to Peter Harlaub’s

The 9 types of Facebook friends

which the Chron ran last Sunday, today they ran

Other classic, and annoying, Facebook types

Probably the two most annoying types of FB friends I’d add to the list: “The Infected” – seems to exist on Facebook to propagate memes (make lists and tag others) and share their quiz results. “The Activist” – almost every day they invite you to join a new cause, sign a petition, or send you a “lil green patch” request. They occasionally inspire the urge to explain why you don’t believe in a cause or how you feel their demands are a bit unrealistic, which you refrain from indulging.

- Sarah Lockhar, Oakland


in praise of sardines: Zagat on Contigo

Filed under: restaurants,San Francisco — Towse @ 5:03 am

in praise of sardines: Zagat on Contigo

Best of luck to Brett and Contigo (now scheduled to open … momentarily) but since when does Zagat feature restaurants that aren’t even open yet?

One Yelp review gave Contigo one star because …

i have never gone here. i probably wont. not for any reason except that i dont live close, work nights and hate shameless promotion. the food is probably great; the atmosphere, transcendent. i would probably fall in love with cava and ask her to run away with me. but…. they have six reviews from people who have never eaten here, and in my quest for justice and equality i must say…bullshit. you didnt love it. YOU DIDNT EVEN EAT THERE BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT OPEN YET.


I’ll wait until the restaurant actually opens before I stop by and see whether it’s worth returning to.

Yelp reviewers might take a hint.

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