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Rover making its way around the “Roverscape” — a large fenced area intended to simulate Mars or similar surfaces. NASA-Ames open house at Moffett Field this weekend (9 of 15) #Ames75

Rover making its way around the “Roverscape” — a large fenced area intended to simulate Mars or similar surfaces. NASA-Ames open house at Moffett Field this weekend (9 of 15) #Ames75

Huge back vent where the wind from the wind tunnel goes. NASA-Ames open house at Moffett Field this weekend (8 of 15) #Ames75

Huge back vent where the wind from the wind tunnel goes. NASA-Ames open house at Moffett Field this weekend (8 of 15) #Ames75

The massive wind tunnel (with the doors open) at the NASA-Ames open house at Moffett Field this weekend (7 of 15) #Ames75

The massive wind tunnel (with the doors open) at the NASA-Ames open house at Moffett Field this weekend (7 of 15) #Ames75

Tiny rover demonstration, the NASA-Ames open house at Moffett Field this weekend (6 of 15) #Ames75

Tiny rover demonstration, the NASA-Ames open house at Moffett Field this weekend (6 of 15) #Ames75

Inflatable model of the International Space Station, so you could experience what it was like to be inside. NASA-Ames open house at Moffett Field this weekend (5 of 15) #Ames75

Silicon Valley board game, “In the Chips,” among the old computers at the NASA-Ames open house at Moffett Field this weekend (4 of 15) #Ames75

Silicon Valley board game, “In the Chips,” among the old computers at the NASA-Ames open house at Moffett Field this weekend (4 of 15) #Ames75

Museum of obsolete computers at the NASA-Ames open house at Moffett Field this weekend (3 of 15) #Ames75

Unmanned research vehicles on display at the NASA-Ames open house at Moffett Field this weekend. “We don’t like to call them drones,” the attendant told me. (2 of 15) #Ames75

The NASA-Ames open house at Moffett Field this weekend (1 of 15) #Ames75

The biggest news this month is that SLEATER-KINNEY ARE BACK, so I just wanted to make sure y’all saw that the new album was recorded at our very own Tiny Telephone, John Vanderslice’s legendary studio in Portrero Hill.

The SF Weekly did a nice profile of Tiny Telephone here, and Engadget did a more tech-oriented profile that you can read here.

Tiny Telephone is one of the brightest jewels in SF’s arts crown, and Mr. Vanderslice has absolutely earned his reputation as “the Nicest Guy in Indie Rock.” So happy for him that he got to participate in the year’s biggest comeback.

New chessboard pieces at Market and Battery. Did someone already steal the nice wire-framed ones?

New chessboard pieces at Market and Battery. Did someone already steal the nice wire-framed ones?

19th at Mission

19th at Mission

Woman playing Gershwin on a piano on Market. As you do.

How the other half lives, California and Taylor

How the other half lives, California and Taylor

The Phelan Building, then (1925) and now. No, it didn’t become curved recently, that’s my Autostitch app — I had to stitch multiple photos together since I couldn’t stand as far back as they did in the 1925 pic. Old photo from this super-interesting and well-researched article about the building’s history: https://medium.com/urban-explorations/mr-phelans-building-839fe6441405