Monthly Archives: May 2008

Ritual Launches New Site

Take a look at Ritual Roasters’ slick new site. Napa location coming soon.


Frida, Finally

My high school art history project research and affinity for painter Frida Kahlo’s work came back when I was in Mexico City recently. The colors! The monkeys! The imagery! But my frustration with her art being on tour during my visit was relieved by the exhibition’s upcoming stop at the SF MOMA this June. Locals need no explanation of why the museum is such a good one with its frequently changing exhibits and a size that’s more manageable than New York’s. They’ll be doing timed appointment-style tickets for the Kahlo show (which is here until late September) to limit the number of attendees at any given time. Ticket costs are a steep $20 but I can’t resist.

Lots o’ Tech

Two upcoming Bay Area events for the gadget-and-film set:

  • Women 2.0, a Silicon Valley-focused entrepreneurship group known for its business plan contest sponsorship, is hosting a conference in Palo Alto with Stanford Women in Business on May 10. Frog Design, and a handful of startups make for an intriguing list of presenters. I’m excited that so many forums are opening for us novices working in this space to interact with the people we look up to (I’m a Girls in Tech fan myself but also able to get behind the idea of the more, the merrier).
  • Bay Area Women in Film and Television’s monthly meeting on May 14 will focus on marketing your media and will include panelists from online video analytics and distribution company Tubemogul and PodTech. The get togethers are a fun way to meet other young producers, video hosts and the like. The SF School of Digital Filmmaking is worth a visit even if not for this event (although I’d eat beforehand–the falafel at the April meeting had me running scared). The $5 to attend will be money well spent, and signing up in advance is recommended.

Make More

Had a most enjoyable time at this weekend’s Maker Faire at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. The creators of Make Magazine and the Weekend Projects Podcast I dearly love drew an eclectic group of crafters, kids, and tech-heads. A Lego truck and wooden bikes invited participation, and it was fun to see the reactions hundreds of people had to seeing the visual explosion of Diet Coke and Mentos (my video from the back of the crowd doesn’t do it justice–the original viral clip┬áis much more enticing).

Act Out

I never thought I’d feature Will Ferrell video clips (now that just sounds snobbish) but his recent work for the US Campaign for Burma, a U.S.-based group that works to empower grassroots activists in bringing an end to the military dictatorship in Burma, deserves attention. Sure, I do really like his line about being alone in your room in Toledo and not knowing what you can do to help, but it’s the cause to get one million people to work toward international intervention that really appeals. Say what you will about celebrity endorsements, but this at least invites a different audience to be exposed to news about Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and hear about the National League for Democracy for the first time.