Archive for May 2012

Anatomy 25 Celebration

After a semester of hard work, (and an ‘A’ for my effort!) here is much of my study clan from Human Anatomy class, drinking at Zeitgeist May 30th!

Kyle, Melissa, Julie, Lauren, Jeremy, Anne-Marie, Pam, and I – Anatomy Study Clan!

Things to go in the Bay Area

I’ve built up a huge list of Fun Things to do in the Bay Area. When I want to find something fun, I go to my bookmarks and just open up ALL of these links and scroll through them looking for a muse. It often works out well.

Things to do


SF FunCheap

San Francisco Bay Guardian

The Dark Room: Theater, Comedy, Music, Bad Movie Night and more

Clash SF

| Fireside Storytelling

18 Reasons | Engaging Our Community Through Food and Art

BACDS — The Bay Area Country Dance Society Website

Bawdy Storytelling – Adventurous adults telling their true stories

Nerd Nite SF: Welcome to Nerd Nite SF — Every 3rd Wednesday!

HappyCortex – Event Listings – Home

Concert and Lecture Series

San Francisco Walking Tours | City Guides

Bay Area Flashmob


SFGate Entertainment — Guide to arts, culture, nightlife and things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area

Stage Werx Theatre

Make-Out Room Events

San Francisco Social Meals, Meet New Friends, Group Dining | Grubwithus – Never Eat Alone

SFAA Online Membership Form

SHN: The Official Site of Broadway In San Francisco – tickets, subscriptions, shows & events at the Curran, Golden Gate and Orpheum Theatres

SOMArts — Calendar

The blog

Friends of the Urban Forest – Other Projects – Tree Tours

ReidAboutSex | Reid’s Calendar


NightLife: California Academy of Sciences

After Dark: Evening Hours for Adults | Exploratorium

Friday Nights at the de Young | de Young Museum


The Independent :: San Francisco, California :: Live Music Live

Broke-Ass Stuart’s Goddamn Website

readers | Quiet Lightning

Down to a Science – A San Francisco Science Cafe and Science Blog

Events | Books Inc. – The West’s Oldest Independent Bookseller

The Starry Plough Pub and Nightclub

Viracocha Sf

Welcome to 27Bards – The Best of Science by the Bay. | The Best of Science in the Bay Area

| Freight & Salvage

Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center

San Francisco Salsa Dance Club Bay Area Salsa Dancing Lessons



CCSF Astronomy

SFSU Observatory




RIP Squidlist 2013 :-(

Any Opinions on Virgin Mobile in Bay Area?

I’m thinking of switching from my AT&T cell phone plan with an Android phone (Samsung Captivate, AKA SGH-I897, AKA Galaxy S) to Virgin Mobile.

What is your experience?

It looks like the difference is:

AT&T (monthly)
200 MB data
1000 texts
450 Rollover minutes
Unlimited talking with other AT&T cell phones

Virgin Mobile
$45 ($30 less!)
unlimited MB data (I dunno if I could use more than 500 MB/month)
unlimited texts (I sometimes use 500 texts/month)
1200 minutes (plenty)

It looks like I can sell my phone on eBay for $100, buy an LG Optimus Elite for $150, and start saving $30/month.

Why shouldn’t I do this? Leave a comment.

Decreasing Blog Readership

So what’s up with this?

Is this related to the Facebookification of the internet? No matter, I blog so my friends (and I) know what’s up in my world. Still, it’d be nice if I were super-famous and stuff.

Finally Automatic Email Followup! Boomerang!

I have been wanting this email feature for oh my god, like 20 years. Thank you internets!

Boomerang for Gmail is awesome! (that is a referral link, if you use it, we both get some free prizes like these.

Here’s a video showing Boomerang in action

You know when you send an important email and a timely response is important but you aren’t sure the person is going to respond quickly? How do you keep track of this important tidbit? What I used to do was copy-and-paste the email into a Calendar item… which is cumbersome and a PITA to do on a regular basis!

From their website:

Boomerang allows you to schedule messages to be sent or returned at a later date. Write a message now, send it whenever, even if you’re not online. Track messages to make sure you hear back, and schedule reminders right inside Gmail

I’ve been using it for a week and it works as advertised! I’m in!

There is Boomerang for Gmail on Chrome, Firefox, and Safari (Hahah, no Internet Explorer!), and Outlook too.

Android Essentials Update

These are all Android apps I heartily use and recommend for my AT&T Galaxy S phone.
Find all these apps on Google Play for your Android phone.

RealCalc Scientific Calculator – a great calculator. The stock calculator suuuuucks but RealCalc is great (and costs like a buck or something!)

NoLED – It turns on the screen and tells you when you’ve missed a call or text. Essential (I can’t believe Samsung forgot this functionality!)

Google Goggles – great for scanning QR codes (those fancy new computer bar codes). It holds promise for doing a lot more, but not much more yet.

Fish Bowl – photo gallery

Clock – The built in Clock app with the wake-me-ever-so-gently “Smart Alarm” is my daily alarm clock and I love it.

Lord Of Magic – fun shoot’em up

Gmail – of course
Google Maps – of course

Silent Time – Works great to keep my phone quiet for my weekly appointments.

SwiFTP FTP Server – I use this and an FTP client on my home computer to move files from my computer to my phone

Hi-Q MP3 Recorder – Rock solid
I use this every day to record lectures and people giving me information. It is indispensable.

Chase Mobile – it’s pretty convenient depositing checks remotely!

Google Voice – works great. Once every couple months it doesn’t let me listen to voicemails but generally works great.

Andmade Share – makes sending attachments and such way easier

Astro Player – Music playback. Love it for the equalizer and playback speed adjuster. I record lectures in school. I use the equalizer to make the recordings listenable and I use the playback speed changer to scroll through the lectures quickly. Win!

BART Usher – It’s my go-to schedule travelling through BART

Data Traffic Monitor– Helped me diagnose a bandwidth hog program

Screen Filter – Indispensable brightness control for my AT&T Galaxy S phone.

Tasker – It is supposed to be super-duper powerful but the best use I found was that I created 6 (pretty useful) buttons with it that have obvious purposes: Sound On/Off, Wifi On/Off, 3G On/Off.

Wifi Manager – Lets me see the wifi networks around me at a glance. Nice.

Google Authenticator – If you use Gmail, you should use 2-Step Verification to protect your account! How to enable it. And a friendly video that walks you through it.

Here are the maybe/maybe-nots

Groupme – I WANT to love it but 2 of my friends don’t receive the messages reliably :-(

SomaFM Radio Player – I WANT to love it but It uses a bit (30kb/min… 43 megabytes/day) of bandwidth and a lot of battery even when paused. I don’t have unlimited monthly 3G bandwidth so I’m wary to use the app.

Prey – It is supposed to track my phone in case I lose it. So far I haven’t gotten it to work right. But I’m on it.