Social bookmarking. An interview with del.icio.us creator Joshua Schachter

Like for so many, bookmarking web pages has always been a chore for me. With multiple computers and browsers, it’s a never ending battle to maintain bookmarks across platforms. One option is to add the bookmark to the Yahoo home page but that involves multiple steps and is cumbersome. So I recently stumbled upon del.icio.us. del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site. According to Wiki, “Social bookmarking sites generally organize their content using tags. Social bookmarking sites are an increasingly popular way to locate, classify, rank, and share Internet resources through the practice of tagging and inferences drawn from grouping and analysis of tags.” At first, I had no idea what the spelling of del.icio.us stood for. It wasn’t until I heard this interview with creator Joshua Schachter that I realized that it was pronounced “delicious”. Being a new user, I haven’t really explored all the features of the site yet but I have moved many of my bookmarks off my browser. One feature I would like to see is the ability to sort bookmarks by popularity. For example, when I search for bookmarks for photography, I get almost 282,000 results presented in seemingly random order. The home page does have a ‘hot list’ button but that only shows recent bookmarks. They should take a page out of Digg.com and YouTube and offer an option of presenting the results in a format selectable by recent, today, this week, this month, and this year.

Yahoo acquired del.icio.us last year and Joshua Schachter now works at Yahoo as the director of engineering in the social search group at Yahoo.

See a list of my bookmarks on del.icio.us

Clueless in San Clemente. Woman calls 911 when Burger King wouldn’t let her have it her way.

Remember the old Burger King slogan “Have it your way”. It seems a woman in San Clemente, CA didn’t get her way so she called 911 to have them send a deputy for “protection”. Protection against what is open to question. Maybe she thought the western barbeque cheeseburger she wanted was the only safe route against the impending threat of a regular hamburger. She gives new meaning to the word clueless.

Listen to the two and half minute audio.

San Francisco Folsom Street Fair to be held on September 24th


This uniquely San Francisco event is upon us again for its 23rd year. People from all over the world attend this fair and if you’ve never been to it, you owe it to yourself to check it out with an open mind. Images from the 2005 Folsom Street Fair can be found here.

Additional information from their press release:

FOLSOM STREET EVENTS™ PRESENTS SIZZLING SONIC EXPERIENCE AT FOLSOM STREET FAIR™

Strongest Entertainment Lineup Ever

On Sunday, September 24, 2006 from 11:00am – 6:00pm, Folsom Street Events™ presents Folsom Street Fair™, the final major event of its 23rd annual fair season. The organization plans to attract record donations by finalizing one of the strongest entertainment line ups in its history. Already voted Best Street Fair for 2006 by the readers of the SF Bay Guardian, Folsom Street Fair will be showcasing a roster of world-renowned alternative rock acts along side up-and-coming talent from far and wide.

The current (still tentative) stage line up is:

7th Street Stage Line Up 12th Street Stage Line Up
11:30a Exhibition 11:30a The Ethel Merman Experience
12:15p Catalog 12:15p Space Vacuum from Outer Space
1:15p Logan Lynn 1:00p Daniel Cartier
2:00p Vibatron 1:45p The May Fire
2:45p Groin 2:30p Unknown Boy
3:15p Trannyshack 3:15p Hot Mute
4:00p Smash-Up Derby 4:00p The Presets
4:45p My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult 5:00p Blowoff (with Bob Mould and Richard Morel)

According to Jeff Johnson, Entertainment Chair of Folsom Street Events, “Folsom Street Fair is an incomparable event for the worldwide leather community. We are extremely excited to showcase such famous artists as My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and Blowoff, with celebrated alt-rocker Bob Mould of Hüsker Dü.” Demetri Moshoyannis, Executive Director, said “The focus on our live acts promises to draw a wider cross-section of the adult alternative lifestyle community to the Fair. Personally, I can’t wait to see Logan Lynn, The May Fire, Unknown Boy, and The Presets.” My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult and The Presets are finalizing a full gig for the next night (Monday, September 25TH) at The Independent.

Folsom Street Events welcomes LIVE 105 as its exclusive radio partner, offering broadcasts of interviews with bands and fair-goers alike. Other sponsors of the event are Miller Lite/MGD, Tattoo, Cuervo, RECON.com, TitanMen, Elbow Grease, Dungeonbeds, Blow Buddies, Hot House Entertainment, Steamworks, Mustang Studios, Mr. S Leather, BigMuscle, Leatherpost, Renoir Hotel, and Powerhouse.

2006 Beneficiaries

This year’s benefiting charities include: AIDS/HIV/Hep C Nightline, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, Bay Area Young Positives, Episcopal Community Services, The Family Link, Frameline, Immune Enhancement Project, Lesbian Health Research Center, Magnet, SF Gay Men’s Chorus, Tenderloin Health (the merger of Tenderloin AIDS Resource Center and Continuum), and Visual Aid.

About Folsom Street Events

Folsom Street Events™, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, produces Up Your Alley™, Magnitude™, and Folsom Street Fair™. The mission of Folsom Street Events™ is to create volunteer-driven leather events that provide the adult alternative lifestyle community with safe venues for self-expression while emphasizing freedom, fun, frolic and fetish and raising critical funds to benefit San Francisco charities. In 2005, Folsom Street Events marked the 22nd Folsom Street Fair™ with nearly 400,000 attendees and over $280,000 donated to San Francisco charities.

For More Information

For more information about the Folsom Street Events, the Up Your Alley Fair™, Folsom Street Fair™, Magnitude, or volunteer opportunities please see our Web site: folsomstreetevents.org

or contact:

Demetri Moshoyannis
Folsom Street Events
[email protected]
(415) 861-3247

San Francisco Love Parade returns in 2006 as ‘Love Fest’

The San Francisco Love Parade returns for a third year on September 23rd as Love Fest. The name was changed because the Love Parade Berlin organization did not renew any of their worldwide licenses not already under contract so they could focus on their own event. Regardless of the name, the event is expected to draw a large crowd. The first Love Parade in San Francisco opened with a small following of an estimated 37,000 people. Last year’s parade was longer and bigger with an attendance of 50-60,000 people. According to Wikipedia, “The Love Parade has its roots in the spirit of a changing Europe. In 1989, it was first celebrated 4 months before the demolition of the Berlin Wall. It was started by the fresh Berlin Underground under the initiative of Matthias Roeingh aka “Dr. Motte”. It was held as a political demonstration for peace and international understanding through music.”

Check out my gallery of 400 images from the 2005 Love Parade

More information of the Love Parade

Saffron Rare Threads and Estrella Tadeo opens studio/boutique

San Francisco designers Saffron Rare Threads and Estrella Tadeo has teamed together to open their own studio/boutique in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. Located at 3579 17th Street at Delores, the space serves as a working studio and retail store for these veteran San Francisco designers. I first met Yugula in 2003 in one of my first fashion shows as a photographer. Yugula and Priya form the dynamic team that is Saffron Rare Threads. Their warm personalities and fashion forward designs have endeared them to so many fashionistas in San Francisco. Saffron’s style is sophisticated, feminine, and rich with vivid colors. I’ve spent enough time with these designers to call them friends and I can tell you they breathe and live fashion even when they are not working. Aside from her collaboration with Priya on Saffron Rare Threads, Yugula also has her own line of of tops and dresses made of colorful patterned prints. Estrella Tadeo rounds out the studio with her line of cool reconstructed menswear. If you’re in the area, stop by and check them out. They are just up the block from Tartine Bakery and a short walk from my favorite San Francisco restaurant Delfina.

Priya Saraswati (left) and Yugala Priti (right) in front of their studio/boutique

Priya Saraswati (left) and Estrella Tadeo (right)

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Yugula’s line from a recent fashion show

Saffron Rare Threads from a recent fashion show