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Outer outer space

From Turkish Star Wars to Phantom Planet -- "Starship Vortex" sci-fi flick series dwells in forgotten netherworlds of cosmic fantasy

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FILM Nothing dates faster than yesterday's futurism. Yet particularly at a moment when half the country seems bent on ordering us back to the past — a past that might variably be identified as the Victorian era, the Inquisition, and the Dark Ages — there is something comforting in revisiting old visions of the future. For the next seven Thursdays the Vortex Room boldly goes a few places you've probably been before, several that earn brownie points for foreknowledge, and others that separate the sci-fi nerd from the sci-fi mega scholar.Read more »

Beyond the glitz at the Game Developer's Conference

This is not a game: Cutting edge technology and top video gaming honors doled out right here in San Francisco

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GAMER There are only so many times we can celebrate the world's top-selling entertainment industry before it starts to feel self-congratulatory. The Game Developer's Conference, held at San Francisco's Moscone Center, marks the beginning of a year packed with conferences and expos that run well into September, each aimed at announcing new games and boasting new technologies. In kicking off the year's lineup, the GDC hopes to lead by example, putting the industry's stars and its someday-somebodies first.Read more »

Gamer road trip: E3 report!

Hyped at E3, first-person shooterBioShock Infinite will be released in 2012.

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If last week's E3 press conferences in Los Angeles are any indication, game consoles are no longer just about games. The Electronic Entertainment Expo, the year's biggest video game industry event, lavishly presented gamers with a sneak peek at the most-anticipated titles and hardware goodies looking to lighten wallets later this year. Read more »

Deadlock over Ma’s trash bill

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A State Assembly committee deadlocked Monday over Assemblymember Fiona Ma’s AB 1178, which opponents say would make it easier for Recology to send San Francisco trash by train to Yuba County.Read more »

Ma's bill would make it harder to resist big city trash

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Assemblymember Fiona Ma has thrown another curve ball at San Francisco’s already hotly contested plan to dispose trash in Yuba County: Ma recently introduced AB 1178 which would authorize a local agency to assess special fees, rather than local cities and counties. Currently, local cities and counties hold the authority to “assess special fees of a reasonable amount on the importation of waste from outside of the county to publicly owned or privately owned facilities.” And that’s exactly what Yuba County has been discussing in face of having San Francisco’s trash buried in its backyard, starting 2015.
Equally importantly, Ma’s bill seeks to prohibit a city, county, or local agency from otherwise restricting or limiting in any way the importation of solid waste into that city or county based on place of origin. And that's another topic that's been hotly debated in Yuba County as residents there have come to realize that their local dump will quickly get filled by San Francisco's big city trash--ultimately forcing Yuba County to export its own trash elsewhere in coming years. Read more »