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Re: “Ellen Cushing's Top Five Albums of 2013

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Posted by Editor on 11/26/2013 at 8:25 PM

Re: “How to Buy a Bike When You Don't Know Jack About Bikes

So a year and a half later I stumble upon this blog... and still don't know if you bought a bike or not. You should have gone to Veloria, a blooger who lives in Boston (http://lovelybike.blogspot.co.nz/2010/10/lovely-bicycle-on-budget-vintage-vs.html) who would answer every question you have. On her blog advice, we flew to Berlin, bought two Bella Ciao bikes and for the first time had a two-week vacation without a car. The shop boxed them up and we brought them home. Loved it. OK, they are more expensive (€800 plus vacation), so follow her advice and buy a Raleigh Lady Sports. I just checked Craigslist and there is one for $230. http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/bid/4107873923.html. It will be gone by tomorrow, so its just for illustration.

PS: once you start riding you will love it... and you may trade boyfriend #1 in for another model.

Posted by Eman Emanrus on 10/04/2013 at 6:48 PM

Re: “How to Buy Fresh, Locally Caught Fish

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Posted by Editor on 10/01/2013 at 2:34 PM

Re: “Cafe Hunting

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Posted by Editor on 09/29/2013 at 8:38 PM

Re: “The Five Best Cups of Coffee Right Now

This was moderately helpful for me, a long time Peet's drinker, and yeah, ex-Peet's barista as well. I don't really have a well-developed palate for coffee, and when fruitiness or certain flavors are described with nuance, I just roll my eyes and think--it's coffee.

Now I'm aware that this 3rd wave of roasters are approaching coffee roasting with a difference, not roasting as big a quantity for a shorter time and with what might be called 'medium' roasting, purportedly allowing the flavor of each individual bean variety to shine more.

Sorry--wasted on my palate. The coffee is either bitter or palatable, and I'm not able to discern nuances. In any case, I'm going to try the 3rd wavers...Bicycle, Four Barrel, Verve, and see what's what.

I'm guessing that it's all just going to taste like reasonably good coffee.

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Posted by chris juricich on 09/28/2013 at 10:32 AM

Re: “How to Buy Fresh, Locally Caught Fish

I love Carapace. I get many crabs from them each season, and they are some of the best tasting crab I've ever had. Around the holidays let us meet them at their dock to pick up the crabs - nothing like dungeness straight out I the water!!

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Posted by Rob Schipano on 09/27/2013 at 5:33 PM

Re: “How to Buy Fresh, Locally Caught Fish

Nice Article! Carapace fishing brings in the freshest, best tasting dungeuness crab I've ever had. I'm counting down the days until the season opens. :)

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Posted by danielpatusco on 09/27/2013 at 12:48 PM

Re: “How to Buy Fresh, Locally Caught Fish

I have personally been to Hudson Fish "plant". The place is beyond clean. I've worked in plenty of fish markets and believe me they do fish right!
Oh and then of course Mike and Yvette are very nice people too!

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Posted by Lori Vaccaro French on 09/25/2013 at 6:50 PM

Re: “The Five Best Cups of Coffee Right Now

the RIYLs are hilarious (and functional) ... nice job.

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Posted by Nate Seltenrich on 09/25/2013 at 12:39 PM

Re: “A Guide to Sour Beer

One can also stop by Ale Industries' Tap Room to try at least one sour on tap!

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Posted by Morgan Cox on 09/25/2013 at 9:09 AM

Re: “So You Want to Start a Food Business

For businesses who are already operating, for instance under the cottage food provisions or as a pop-up, Credibles offers a way to raise funds from your existing customers https://credibles.org

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Posted by Valerie Jackson on 08/20/2013 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Parachuting Into Coding

The best programmers are largely self taught, aside from theory, and formalized standards, it remains, like most scientific pursuits, the domain of self-driven/actualized people.

It is possible to become a world class Web 3.0 developer without spending ANY money on training, one only needs a computer, internet access, and a slightly above average IQ to be successful.
Seriously: Udacity, Edx, MIT Opencourse, and Codecademy all offer world class training for free.
I actually found the Udacity/SJSU partnership to be excellent, especially when compared to online offerings from other State Universities and Junior Colleges, however, the free offerings from Udacity are more well developed/comprehensive.
Being taught Computer Science by a Psychologist is well, ridiculous, as they have a limited appreciation for objective reality.
Also, like most of the traditional internet, most standards based, open languages have a ridiculous amount of tutorials, training,etc.

As an IT professional who has done worked with quite a few software developers, I can tell you that large parts of their days are composed of looking up documentation and learning new things.
It is a thinking mans game, and not a "skilled trade" rather, a lifestyle subscription, similar to Monkhood, or the Philosophers of antiquity.

It seems that what these "training programs" are really about is creating factory coders: people who can plugin to whatever cloned, vc-backed startup requires.

Seriously, how many idiot proof rehashes of basic services do we really need?
Instagrey-picture anyone?
What is really needed is a class in how to solve real world problems, unfortunately, this remains out of reach as the VC money has basically ruined innovation in the valley.

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Posted by Corbett Baker on 08/15/2013 at 6:44 PM

Re: “So You Want to Start a Food Business

Wish I had this info back in '09; back then it seemed scattered about & hard to find. Still working twds starting my biz.....thanks for the info. :)

Posted by JayTee on 08/15/2013 at 9:26 AM

Re: “So You Want to Start a Food Business

Aslo, women can get small (interest free I think) loans if they go through the training provided by Women's Initiative http://www.womensinitiative.org

great and helpful article

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Posted by Karen Hester on 08/14/2013 at 3:23 PM

Re: “So You Want to Start a Food Business

There is also free counseling to food entrepreneurs offered by the Alameda County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) see acsbdc.org

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Posted by Lee Lambert on 08/14/2013 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Parachuting Into Coding

I personally find it inspiring to witness the profound advances that individuals can experience with an intense learning environment. It's not for everyone, because it can be extremely difficult, but online programs like Bloc or in-person bootcamps like Dev Bootcamp and Hack Reactor are clearly getting something right.

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Posted by Dave Paola on 08/14/2013 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Parachuting Into Coding

I have seen first-hand how well these bootcamp/apprenticeship style course can fill a huge gap in the market. I'd add www.Bloc.io tothis list, which is an online-only version of this apprenticeship model founded by two very smart founders in SF.

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Posted by Clint Schmidt on 08/14/2013 at 9:30 AM

Re: “So You Want to Start a Food Business

Excellent article!

Posted by Oliver Isaac Scott on 08/14/2013 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Last-Minute Northern California Vacations

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Posted by Editor on 08/01/2013 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Rent Prices Soar in Oakland

Krista - thanks for the tips and encouragement! I have been looking for a new place via Craiglist, but have come up empty so far. Do you know of any individuals renting apartments or other resources to find potential rentals?
Any help is greatly appreciated!

I'm open to recommendations from others who may want to weigh in on this per their experience.

Thanks all :)

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Posted by mette madsen on 07/10/2013 at 10:59 PM

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