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By Molly Freedenberg

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Photo (and shirt) by www.thinkgeek.com.

Thanks to my geeky roommate, I’ve discovered my favorite new time-waster: the Binary-to-Text translator.

And yes, it’s just what it sounds like it is. Read more »

The Larder: Peko-Peko gets sole

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Diana Dunkelberger gets the scoop on yummy local edibles. View her last installment here.

For this week’s installation of The Larder, we’ve gotten some help from Sylvan Mishima Brackett, the longtime assistant to Alice Waters at Chez Panisse, and the owner of Peko-Peko, a fantastic Japanese catering company that specializes in the robust fare of the izakaya (Japanese tavern). Read more »

Shop Local contest winner

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By Molly Freedenberg

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It’s finally time! We’re announcing the winner to our Shop Local contest, in which we challenged readers to send us stories about how they spent at least $100 at locally-owned and operated businesses during the 2008 holiday season. We received so many fantastic entries, we extended the deadline way beyond Christmas day. Read more »

Street Threads: Look of the Day

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SFBG photog Ariel Soto scoops SF street fashion. See her last Street Threads installment here.

Today's Look: Michael, 18th St. and Castro

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Tell us about your look: "My fashion philosophy is all about layers. The weather is so unpredictable; I just always layer up in the morning."

Very happy ox: Chinese New Year's parade pics

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Text and photos by Ariel Soto

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The Year of the Ox started with a bang of firecrackers and a gigantic parade that made its way through downtown San Francisco. Families lined up early to get a prime viewing spot along the parade route, while munching on steam buns and pot stickers to keep them warm. Read more »

Lit: What about Iraqi women?

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By Marke B.

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To a slightly lesser extent than the invasion of Afghanistan -- where Taliban assholes are still spraying young girls' faces with acid -- the occupation of Iraq was touted as a women's liberation project. Read more »

Romantically delicious: Le P'tit Laurent

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SFBG TV goes to Le P'tit Laurent restaurant in Glen Park. Video slideshow by Ariel Soto

Commercial politics: Yes we can!

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It's something like an Obamanenon, the way his campaign catchphrases have infiltrated the wholly commercial realm quicker than you can say, "Yes we can!"

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We all know the most obvious instance, the fusion of Pepsi and Obama. Perhaps he triggered it by adopting a remarkably similar campaign symbol:

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But Pepsi is determined to consume him -- and us. Read more »

Blog Love: Hot dads online now!

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Juliette Tang shouts out to local bloggers. Read her last installment here.

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There is a particular breed of San Franciscan male who is sensitive, nurturing, and never gets tired of communicating. I know what you're thinking. What's his phone number and why haven't you met him yet? You haven't met him because he's at home, sitting in front of the computer, and taking care of the kids. Read more »

Up the wall: "Bay Area Graffiti" transcends urban scrawl

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By Juliette Tang

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There is some seriously beautiful graffiti in the Bay Area, along with some unbelievably atrocious scribbling as well. Read more »