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Celebrate International Day of Happiness March 20th, 2014!

Live Happy Magazine
Yes, It Exists: Live Happy Magazine! (All Photos By Gail. Click Any Image to Enlarge for Detail.)

The most popular song in the country right now is Pharrell Williams ridiculously contagious anthem, “Happy,” whose upbeat lyrics are full of positive advice for any day. But just in case you need a reminder, or a bit of gentle encouragement in your own life, you can get involved with creating and spreading Acts of Happiness on International Day of Happiness, coming up on Thursday, March 20th.

Acts of Happiness Info card

Earlier this week Actsofhappiness.org helped to set the mood and promote its Acts of Happiness campaign with a Happiness Happy Hour, hosted by Krupp Kommunications. Originally conceived by the United Nations, International Day of Happiness will see Happiness Walls built in more than 25 cities around the country — including San Francisco, New York, Dallas and Atlanta — so that people everywhere can celebrate and post their Acts of Happiness to spread and share joy.

Composing Acts of Happiness
Composing an Act of Happiness for the Wall.

The Wall of Happiness
Happiness Wall

To launch the campaign, Happiness Happy Hour attendees posted their own Acts of Happiness (#HappyActs) to start a Happiness Wall right there in the K2 Offices.

It was very fun and inspiring to share each others’ Acts of Happiness stories while enjoying tasty snacks and refreshing beverages, provided by K2.

Snack TableBeverage Table

Remember that no act of kindness is ever wasted and even what seems like a small gesture can have an impact that changes lives. Read about more fun ways that you and your friends can get involved in International Day of Happiness and find the location of a Happiness Wall near you at This Link.

Act of Happiness

San Francisco Taxi Drivers Need Your Support!

Pink Taxi with Driver Cartoon

San Francisco Locals, Bloggers And Press Needed In Front Of City Hall
Tuesday, October 16th From 12 Noon to 1:00

Indie Cab Drivers Need Show Of Numbers

October 12, 2012 (San Francisco, CA) — Small business owners will effectively be wiped out next week when the City of San Francisco once and for all takes taxi medallions from the waiting list and sells them for profit. Greed seems to be at the heart of this issue which local politicians either enforce or turn a blind eye to. Press and media have been silent on this story since August thereby leaving citizens uninformed.

San Francisco cab drivers, some of the City’s working poor, can be helped by local government representatives, like Supervisor Malia Cohen of District 10, if they will come to their aid on Tuesday. Cab drivers fervently hope that Supervisors, citizens and reporters will join them in front of City Hall on October 16th, 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has usurped rights to medallions (i.e. cab permits issued by the City). MTA has announced the cancellation of the medallion waiting list system effectively shutting out cab drivers who in San Francisco are forced to operate as independent businesses, but who are subject to restrictions and regulations unheard of in other industries including double taxation.

Under Prop K taxi medallions were non-transferable. They were issued exclusively to cab drivers who put their names on a waiting list. For cabbies medallion ownership brings significant advantages including choice of company to work for, shift scheduling and increased income (non-medallion cab driver income in San Francisco is approximately $20,000 a year including tips). Prop K allowed drivers who could never have afforded the purchase of a medallion to obtain one and to thereby have their own stake in the taxi industry. For the public this type of medallion system means a more experienced workforce, driving safer vehicles.

Currently about 1,400 drivers are on the medallion waiting list. Drivers like San Francisco native Iza Pardiñas, one of very few women cabbies in the City, have waited 16 years or more for a medallion (she is #246 on the list). Like Pardiñas, most drivers have little or no savings and cannot afford to buy medallions which now cost $300,000 per an MTA ruling in August (and will soon be sold for $400,000 or more).

Cab driver advocate Mark Gruberg and SF cab driver Iza Pardiñas are available for interviews, please contact Fly PR for details:
T. 323-667-1344
E. flypr@flypr.net

Sources-
www.drivingtestcancellations.co.uk

Pink Thing of The Day: The Tutu Project

Man on a Pier in Pink Tutu

Photographer Bob Carey has been taking photos of himself posed at varied and beautiful locations around the globe, clothed only in a Pink Tutu, since 2003. Carey is now selling signed, limited edition prints of these photographs and taking pre-orders for a book collection of the Pink Tutu Photos — entitled Ballerina — to be published this fall, with all proceeds going to organizations that fight breast cancer (Carey’s wife Linda is survivor). You can read the back story on The Tutu Project, see more of Bob’s awesome photos and get purchasing information at The Tutu Project.

Thanks to Neatorama for The Tip!

Tutu Project at San Franciscos Golden Gate Bridge

The Residents Release the Duck Stab EP


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On This Date in 1978: The Residents released their seven song , 7″ EP, Duck Stab

Happy Birthday, Janis Joplin!


Image By Jim Marshall

The late, great Janis Joplin was born on this day, January 19, in 1943.

The S F in San Francisco Stands For So Fun!


Andy Warhol Live at the DeYoung. I Saw It.

Hey what’s up. I got back last night from my rad trip to San Francisco, where I had the time of my life nonstop for five days, taking only short breaks in the extreme fun-having for tiny bouts of sleeping. San Francisco is so awesome I can hardly even remain alive now that I am back in NYC. Some of you (having read my most recent post) may recall that I journeyed to the west coast last Thursday to attend the Bartmizvah Palooza of Griffin Sloves. Griffin is the adorable and genius son (national chess championship finalist at age 5) of my good friends from College (and former roommates) Jonathan and Diana, who are just seriously two of the best people on the planet. Let me get you caught up with the Reader’s Digest Condensed version of how I spent my time while I was away from the blog.

Since I arrived in SF on Thursday evening, I had all day Friday free before Barbara (my hostess and fellow Bar Mitzvah attendee) and I had to drive a million miles in rush hour traffic to the suburbs for the Bar Mitzvah Pre-show activates. That left me with many free hours to hang out with Michelle, another super cool SF-based music industry pal of mine. Michelle is so very ass kicking. She and I spent the afternoon at and around Fisherman’s Wharf, doing touristy things like visiting the Aquarium and snapping pics of me posed by the bay with landmarks like The Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island in the background. It was also about 70 degrees on Friday, so it was fun to run around without a coat on. Weee!

Gail, Alcatraz in Background

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Bar Mitzvah Palooza 2009

Sadly I Could Not Locate an Existing JPEG That Said “Barmitzvah Palooza,” So This Will Have to Do

Later this afternoon I’ll be flying out to the west coast to attend the Bar Mitzvah (aka Barmitzvah Palooza) of Mr. Griffin Sloves. Of course, Barmitzvah Palooza will not encompass the entire weekend, so mixed up with the Torah Reading and such, there will also be a bit of San Francisco touristy site seeing, friend visiting, eating, drinking and more eating. Besides rubbing in your very attractive faces the fact that I’m taking a little vacation, I just wanted to let you know this blog will be unmanned until I get back to New York next Tuesday. I am sorry to leave you without web  clevernesss for a few days, but it really could not be helped. Please enjoy perusing a few of my classic Rock Star Interview Archives while I’m away.

Gummy Bear Chandelier


Light and Sweet

Thinking back on the Jello Model City of San Francisco, you can’t deny that gelatinous substances look fantastic when illuminated from within! This chandelier is made almost entirely out of strung together Gummy Bear candies and was created by artist YaYa Chou. Such gorgeousness!

Link from Geekologie via Too Much Free Time.

San Francisco, City of Jello

“Watch it Wiggle…”

Artist Liz Hickok has created something truly unique and beautiful with her sculpture project, San Francisco in Jell-O. Liz explains, “This project consists of photographs and video, which depict various San Francisco landscapes. I make the landscapes by constructing scale models of the architectural elements which I use to make molds. I then cast the buildings in Jell-O. Similar to making a movie set, I add backdrops, which I often paint, and elements such as mountains or trees, and then I dramatically light the scenes from the back or underneath. The Jell-O sculptures quickly decay, leaving the photographs and video as the remains.” Read more about the project at This Link.


Simulated Earthquake

Alamo Square

View From Alcatraz Island

Must See Art: Dale Chihuly at the de Young, San Francisco

Dale Chihuly Blown Glass Sculptures
All Dale Chihuly Photos By Vincent J. Han (2008)
(For more photos like these, check out my visit to Seattle’s Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum)

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are presenting a major exhibition of the gorgeous blown glass sculptures by artist Dale Chihuly through September 28, 2008 at both the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor. My old college pal, Vince just attended the exhibit at the de Young and sent me nearly a dozen astounding and utterly breathtaking photos he took. As you can see, there is really nothing like these sculptures on earth, and they must be seen to be believed. I’ve been a huge fan of Dale Chihuly for years and personally cannot wait until an exhibition of his work comes to a museum in NYC. You can get more details about the Chihuly at the de Young exhibit at Chihuly Dot Com.

Dale Chihuly Blown Glass Sculptures

Dale Chihuly Blown Glass Sculptures

Dale Chihuly Blown Glass Sculptures

Dale Chihuly Blown Glass Sculptures

Dale Chihuly Blown Glass Sculptures

Dale Chihuly Blown Glass Sculptures

Dale Chihuly Blown Glass Sculptures

Dale Chihuly Blown Glass Sculptures

Dale Chihuly Blown Glass Sculptures

Dale Chihuly Blown Glass Sculptures