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With Elaine Santore

Photo(s) by Luke Thomas

By Elaine Santore


April 30, 2007

Geeks Gone Wild!

On Friday night, Wired magazine hosted its annual Rave Awards at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. The SF-based Techie Bible selected 22 individuals they believed to make the biggest innovations in culture and technology this year. Frankly, I expected a party full of geeks and stale food. But, as Krissy Keefer said to us before we left for the event, "Open bar? I'm an open book."

Rave Awards attendees getting their geek on. Work it!

Wired honored Arianna Huffington for her work on the Huffington Post, which launched in May 2005. Fog City inquired whether or not Huffington, a candidate in the 2003 California gubernatorial recall of Gray Davis, would take another shot at the governor's race. Huffington demurred stating, "I'm very happy with my day job."

One-time Gubernatorial candidate Arianna Huffington poses with Justin.tv's Justin Kan

Not content with Huffington's politically prudent answer, denying her future in politics, Fog City asked if she might be interested in setting her sights on the San Francisco mayor's race, to which she also declined while turning to leave in a huff!

She's fabulous, owns a BlackBerry and she'd probably have Tim Robbins as her Chief of Staff. Arianna Huffington for mayor!

I met Justin Kan of Justin.tv, where the 23-year-old "lifecasts" himself 24/7. According to the site, "Justin wears the camera 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even in the bathroom. Even on a date." Go to Justin's blog to watch his brief interview with Fog City Journal on April 27th.

Not in attendance: the Guvenator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was recognized for his recent shift towards science and technological issues.

The Guvenator starts his shift to all things scientific and techno-wonderous

Though not an honoree (as yet), I ran into local blogger Jackson West, who I first met at last week's Fourth Fake Question Time.

Former SFistor Jackson West donning a Trilby.

And just for giggles...

A couple of cougars attacked Elaine's plus-one. Step off, ladies!

D'ya hear me up there cougars?

Blind Items

Which SF daily, known for ripping off every publication in town without flinching, claimed to "break" a Fog City scoop exclusive (a week late, as usual)? Worse, they had the audacity to write off the scoop as "speculation."

Which famous party-girl flak, chummy with SF's golden couple, maintains her ubiquitous mug all over the society pages by desperately bear-hugging the nearest and dearest love-you-let's-do-lunch "friend", into her power-hungry grasp?

Whatev. No shame in the game, honey!

Which local blog, whose name is funny but its content isn't, claimed to be in a "blog war" with an even less inspired blog? Too bad the moderators of both blogs won't be honored at next year's Oscars, but they did manage to dupe a torch-bearing activist-journalist into their shameless publicity ruse.




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