Cliff Samaniego

SF Station Writer

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Old School Style
By Cliff Samaniego (Jul 21, 2006)
There's a Fillmore time capsule waiting for you to unearth. Rainbow colored adidas pepper Harputs' walls on opposite sides of the room. These shoes have made it through decades of stock rotation. From cellar rooms 50 feet deep, they're making their final curtain call. Without a doubt, Harputs shoe store has the most extensive classic adidas shoe selection in the world. More »
By Cliff Samaniego (Jul 21, 2006)
As the hot air of the inland valley merges with the cool coastal winds, magic happens for many San Francisco kite enthusiasts. Winds sweep across Ocean Beach and the Marina Green and set the stage for a visual playground. Kites leisurely billow in the air. Like kids induced by a sugar coated high, you'll find kite flyers looking to the sky in wide-eyed excitement. More »
Pictures of an imperfect world
By Cliff Samaniego (Jul 21, 2006)
Don't get caught in the megapixel madness when you're about to purchase a new digital camera. Loosen the vise that technology and precision have on you. There's a cheaper camera alternative on the market. With only a grip of $5 bills, you'll be able to buy cameras for you and your whole crew. All you need to do is point, click, and shoot. More »
New Toys
By Cliff Samaniego (Jul 21, 2006)
While shopping Haight Street for the latest ironic t-shirt, stop in Kidrobot, a new store along the main strip. Nestled amongst shops filled with clunky shoes and whispers of "sticky kind buds," Kidrobot will appeal to anyone from dot-com techies to skateboard junkies and Marina prepsters or Mission hipsters. As Kora Thomas, Kidrobot manager explains, "So many different kinds of people come in here-it would be hard to put them in any category." More »
By Cliff Samaniego (Jul 18, 2006)
How many times have you been caught empty-handed while attending a birthday, anniversary, or wedding? You're in a need of a quick gift, but procrastination got the best of you. Here are four gift stores that not only help you save face, but make you look hip in the process. Heartfelt, tutti frutti, Rainbow Station, and kar'ikter will make gift shopping as easy as ordering a Big Mac combo through your local drive-thru. More »
By Cliff Samaniego (Jul 18, 2006)
In the United States celebrating death is a macabre endeavor. Very seldom do we rejoice when departed souls diminish from existence and join the nether world. Dia de los Muertos, in the Mexican community, is a departure from our consternation. It celebrates death as the bedfellow of life, each sharing the yin and yang of our being. Visit Casa Bonampak and Studio 24 "en el Corazon de la Mision" (in the heart of the Mission) for Dia de los Muertos culture, education, and supplies. More »
By Cliff Samaniego (Mar 22, 2005)
During a recent trip to Japan, I masqueraded in the densely populated streets hoping to dig into Japanese culture. As I walked around the Shibuya borough of Tokyo, I couldnt help but uncover a unique part of Japanese consumer culture. Whether young or old, male or female, there was a rich display of keitai (cell phone) culture. The Japanese have commodified all areas of the device, from antennae covers, wristbands, stickers, faceplates, phone covers and carrying cases. The most prevalent accessory is the wrist strap. This is an important cell phone add-on used while talking on the phone in high traffic situations or simply carrying the More »
Photo Printing in the Digital Age
By Cliff Samaniego (Feb 25, 2005)
Digital photography has leveled the playing field for amateur and professional photographers. Skills once acquired during arduous hours in the darkroom are now replaced by point and click novices using Photoshop. A consistent grief among amateur photographers is the lack of professional printing. Uploading photos onto a website is easy, but obtaining quality prints can be a struggle. Let's take a look at some important questions to ask and see which San Francisco photo labs make the digital mark. More »
A Hybrid Solution to Bay Area Gas Woes
By Cliff Samaniego (Feb 18, 2005)
The IRS and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are fueling the sale of hybrids by offering a $2000 tax deduction (depending on your tax bracket) and opening up California's commuter lanes for hybrid drivers (even if you're a single occupant). In 2004 alone 79,000 hybrid automobiles were sold in the United States. Becoming a quick alternative to gas guzzling SUVs, hybrids reduce our dependence on foreign oil and decrease fuel emissions. But are hybrids affordable for the average Joe? What makes and models are available for a test drive? Let's kick the tires and give the Toyota Prius and Honda Civic a jumpstart. More »
Asian Pop Culture & Beyond
By Cliff Samaniego (Sep 09, 2004)
In 1994, a newly published magazine provided an uplifting voice for Asian Americans. Giant Robot (GR), created by Eric Nakamura and Martin Wong, covered everything from instant ramen noodles and Hong Kong actor Chow Yun Fat to energy drink taste tests... More »
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