Stanford vs. Cal: A visual history of the Big Game

The triumph and the tragedy…the Play and the Revenge of the Play…the Rugby Years? A photographic historical tour of the Bay Area’s most heated football tradition By Charles Russo Dating back to the 1890s, the Big Game — the annual Stanford-Berkeley showdown — is the oldest sports rivalry in the West. (Courtesy of the Stanford Historical Photograph Collection) This weekend will see the 122nd incarnation of The Big Game, one of the oldest, most well-known and contentious rivalries ...

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Journalist Franklin Foer tackles Silicon Valley’s “sham populism”

The Atlantic’s staff writer talks big tech (and whether or not we should just throw our smart phones into the sea). By Charles Russo (Illustration by Kaz Palladino) It still doesn’t seem all that long ago that the likes of Google and Facebook were still just enterprising young companies, with slogans like “Don’t Be Evil,” pointing us towards a dynamic futurism. In the last decade, the sweeping influence and staggering power of those same corporations ...

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Citizen Zuckerberg: The Rise and Fall of An Internet Tycoon

Pondering (or perhaps just pandering) the legacy of a legend The year is 2115. Everyone on earth has access to the Internet, Amazon Prime, and their own Etsy store as humanity continues to prosper in a brave new world. At the moment, everyone’s looking forward to the upcoming summer blockbuster, The Fast and the Furious 97: Very Fast But Not That Furious. However, the excitement is drowned out by the unexpected death ...

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Check out 15 years worth of Bridge School Benefit concert photography

Photographer Erika Carrillo shares more than 15 years of imagery from Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit. Photos by Erika Carrillo/Text by Charles Russo Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters (and Nirvana fame) performing at the Bridge School Benefit in 2011, one of many times he has played the concert. (Photo by Erika Carrillo) This final weekend in October will mark what would have been the 32nd year of the annual all-acoustic charity-based Bridge School Benefit ...

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Strangers with Candy: Reverse trick-or-treating in Silicon Valley

What happens when you go to Redwood City’s scariest Halloween houses to give THEM candy? You make some very interesting new friends… Stay off my lawn! Scary skeletors menace one and all on this Redwood City street. (Photo by Justin Smith) Traipsing down the dark cul-de-sac, I hear a frictious screech that resembles a haunted version of my favorite childhood playground structure. Sure enough, drawing near, I see a nightmarish seesaw with demented, bloody riders ...

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Crushing it with the winery world underdogs of Russian Ridge

How a San Carlos nurse won top wine awards (and developed purple hands in the process) Nicole Ruiz Hudson Russian Ridge Winery owner Scott Townsend (imbibing at left) and his son Spencer at their tasting room in San Carlos. (Photo by Charles Russo) The inside of Russian Ridge Winery is comfortably cool compared to the midday heat broiling the industrial San Carlos neighborhood just outside the roll-up doors. A huge skylight illuminates the winery’s interior workspace ...

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The final days of Redwood City’s world-renowned roller skating mecca

Long before the internet, Redwood Roller Rink was exporting artistic roller skating to the rest of the world. How a Redwood City icon became the home of world champions. by Kali Shiloh (Photos by Philip Wartena and Kali Shiloh) Competitive skater Ashley Clifford has traveled abroad six times for world championships. Here in the U.S., the college student has won 29 national championships. In the heart of the high-tech capital of the world stands a vault ...

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5 great CSAs in the 650

5 fresh farm boxes for Silicon Valley foodies For the Peninsula, CSA’s worth committing to…. Gone are the days when people signed up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box out of grim determination to do what was right, suffering through too many of the wrong kinds of vegetables or just too many vegetables, period. Farms today are wising up and offering biweekly boxes with high-quality extras like pastured eggs, grass-fed meat, and ...

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Hatch chiles are back on the Peninsula.

Trust us, you want in on this. Where to find the fabled green chile of New Mexico while supplies last. If you’ve ever lived in New Mexico, or visited in fall, you know the smell of roasting Hatch chiles. When I was growing up in Albuquerque, semis full of freshly harvested green chiles from the southern half of the state would pull onto dirt lots, set up a mesh barrel roaster over ...

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Dear Bay Area Parents: Your Toddler Is Falling Behind In the Following Ways

We noted several areas for improvement that we think will help Emma reach the board-recommended goal of self-actualization by age seven. Illustration by Shannon Corey/The Six Fifty Dear Mr. and Mrs. Veron, Printed on this Etsy-sourced eggshell stationery is your child’s progress report for today. Overall, Emma Gladstone-Fitzgerald Veron was well-behaved, but we noted several areas for improvement that we think will help Emma reach the board-recommended goal of self-actualization by age seven. Here at Los ...

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