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The Dorian in San Francisco is Selling a $50 Gold-Covered Cheeseburger

The Dorian in San Francisco’s Marina District has found an ingenious way to woo pandemic-wary diners back to in-person eating: coat everything in gold. In early June the restaurant launched a new happy hour, deemed the “Golden Hour”, which it holds from 4:00–6:00 p.m, Tuesday through Friday. During Golden Hour, the Dorian serves a special menu of discounted drinks and specials, as well as two dishes that incorporate real, edible gold.
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Why You Should Try Date Honey

It seems like every day there’s a new sweetener vying for space on our pantry shelves and making the rounds online. Stevia! Monk fruit extract! Agave nectar! Many of the new sweeteners promise magical properties — they’re all-natural, calorie-free, sustainable, or check off some other essential health food box. Old-fashioned saccharin — or, perish the thought, sugar — don’t stand a chance against this new crop of sweetening hopefuls.
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How to Prepare for a Bay Area Public Safety Power Shutoff

In 2018, Pacific Gas and Electric warned all Californians that they should be ready for planned power shutoffs. If the risk of wildfires was too high, PGE said they would shut down parts of their grid to avoid the risk of damaged equipment sparking fires. Californians were told to prepare for up to five days with no power.
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How to Modify a Recipe for the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Have a recipe your love, and want to cook it in your Instant Pot? Maybe it’s an old family recipe, or something you found online that’s designed for a slow cooker or the stove top. Maybe you’ve got a recipe in a cookbook and you don’t have the time for a long slow-cooking process.
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What Was the First Bay Area Public Safety Power Shutoff Like?

It came completely out of the blue. All across the San Francisco Bay Area, on the afternoon of October 7th, 2019, people got the messages. They came in the form a cryptic text from our electric utility, Pacific Gas and Electric. PGE is the only show in town, so everyone in the Bay Area depends on them for power. The messages said simply “Due to weather forecast, PGE may turn off power on 10/9. Prepare a plan.”
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Hot Pavement Can Burn Your Dog's Paws in the Summer

We’ve all heard the horror stories. It’s high noon in a sunny place like California. Someone decides to take their dog for a walk, even though it’s hot outside. They walk for a while on hot pavement. The dog seems antsy, but the owner keeps going. When they get back, the dog doesn’t seem himself. The owner checks his paws, only to see that they’ve been burned by the hot asphalt.
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Kodachrome Film Captures the Past in Vibrant Color

The 19th and 20th centuries saw a dizzying array of photographic technologies, from the daguerreotypes that launched modern photography (and used toxic chemicals combined with polished sheets of silver to capture images) to tintypes, cyanotypes, lantern slides, gelatin silver prints, autochromes and so on, all the way up to the 1990s and the explosion of digital photography.
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LB Steak Grand Opening is Wednesday at City Center Bishop Ranch

After more than two years, LB Steak is finally having its long-awaited grand opening at City Center Bishop Ranch in San Ramon, California. Almost since the upscale shopping center opened, one storefront has been graced with a large sign showing a close-up of sizzling meat, as well as the LB Steak logo. Over the last month, the placeholder sign came down, and the facade of LB Steak began to emerge.
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5 Everyday Items That Are Surprisingly Radioactive

When I was a kid, I remember opening up a smoke detector and finding the international symbol for radiation printed on its innards. I knew that nuclear power plants, nuclear weapons and Spiderman all used radiation. But really, a smoke detector? Was that true, or was there some kind of printing error?
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How to Fix a Dryer That Won’t Dry Your Clothes

Even fancy dryers are ultimately pretty simple devices. There’s a big, spinning drum filled with wet clothes. Hot air (heated either by natural gas or electricity) blows into the drum as the clothes spin. The heat evaporates water from your clothes into the air, and an outlet hose carries the damp air away, venting it outside your home. Your clothes emerge dry and (hopefully) unwrinkled.
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Bay Area Discovery Museum Launches Three New Sections

Over the last several months, the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, California has launched three new sections, several of which are years in the making. The popular children’s museum--which draws families from all over the Bay Area and beyond--launched its brand new Try It Studio and How Things Work sections, as well as a newly designed and completely remodeled Tot Spot. The new areas focus on experiential learning, play for younger kids, and early STEM education.
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Looking Back at the Beginning of the Bay Area's Lockdown

As the Covid-19 pandemic wears into its second year and things are beginning to reopen in the Bay Area, I wanted to share an article I wrote right at the beginning of the pandemic. I originally wrote this on March 17th, 2020, a few days after the Bay Area's lockdown began. It's a reminder of the uncertainty which was present at the beginning of the pandemic, and also of how much has changed locally over the last year.
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I’ll Never Leave Silicon Valley

When my wife and I flew across the country from Baltimore to the Silicon Valley in 2012 to present a then-fledgling robot project at a Python conference, I had no idea that I’d soon move to this place and never want to leave. Driving around Santa Clara near the convention center where the conference took place, I saw building after building adorned with the logos of services and products I had used all my life — Evernote, Cisco, TiVo — with the tracks of the VTA light rail wending their way through it all. It was thrilling.