Dan Gentile
Dan Gentile
Culture editor at @sfgate. New in town, ATX ex-pat. Recovering freelancer. Vinyl DJ. House producer. Coffee, BBQ, and disco. Dan.Gentile@sfgate.comSource
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Podcast reveals this social network wouldn't exist without this Bay Area train

Podcast reveals this social network wouldn't exist without this Bay Area train

Although it's still a mystery to many , TikTok is a global phenomenon. The video-based social media network has 689 million monthly active users worldwide as of .Most people know it as a source of viral dance moves or as a fantastic place to learn some new . But even the most dedicated users probably didn't know a power fact revealed in the first episode of season two of Bloomberg's . It turns out that the technology that served as the foundation for TikTok was basically inspired by a Caltrain ride.🚨OUT TODAY: Foundering Season 2🚨 explores how a mysterious founder from China hatched the...

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Dan Gentile
Apr 22
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New doc investigates whether Sasquatch killed NorCal pot farmers

New doc investigates whether Sasquatch killed NorCal pot farmers

The most interesting true crimes are often the ones that sound so unlikely that they verge on fiction, spiraling from headlines into myths. Hulu’s new series “Sasquatch” covers that type of crime, investigating rumors that three cannabis farmworkers were murdered in a gruesome fashion attributed to legendary forest monster Sasquatch.Directed by Joshua Rofé (“Lorena”), the Hulu series follows gonzo journalist David Holthouse as he investigates an anecdote he heard at a cannabis farm in Northern California in the 1990s. The area best known as a hotbed of cannabis cultivation has gained a...

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Dan Gentile
Apr 19
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SF musician launches service 'like DoorDash' for live bands

SF musician launches service 'like DoorDash' for live bands

Live music has been largely been on pause in the Bay Area for the past year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The California Department of Public Health recently released guidelines for reopening indoor performances, but in the meantime, one San Francisco promoter has found a way to safely keep the music playing.reports that , a musician known for producing concerts across the Bay Area at large venues such as the Fillmore, as well as intimate house shows, has launched a new venture called the .“The client is buying the show and I’m bringing it to them like DoorDash,” Turner told the...

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Apr 6
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These tech workers left SF for Austin. They don't regret it.

These tech workers left SF for Austin. They don't regret it.

Austin has something of a mythic reputation in the Bay Area. The Texas capital has come to represent a land of opportunity for those priced out of San Francisco, and especially during the coronavirus pandemic, an escape route for tech workers .The moniker “Silicon Hills,” a nickname that’s seldom spoken aloud within the Lone Star State, has come to represent the city’s burgeoning reputation as a tech hub. From Dell’s ascent in the 1990s to the SXSW conference’s function as a start-up launching pad to Apple’s forthcoming , the city has long punched above its weight in the tech world. And...

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Dan Gentile
Mar 31
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The last outpost of old-school SF music could only exist in the Bayview

The last outpost of old-school SF music could only exist in the Bayview

Form left to right: Parker T.Gibbs, Elton Cunniffe, China Tamblyn, and Nick Dumitriu.is like a time capsule to a different San Francisco, one where the reels on the Grateful Dead’s vintage tape recording machines still spin and dozens of local bands rehearse in partitioned practice spaces under a watchful eyeball sculpture created by ‘70s musical pranksters The Residents.The massive warehouse is split into a world-class recording studio and 56 rented by the month. It’s the type of place where any conversation is easily derailed with anecdotes about Neil Young’s session musicians and debates...

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Dan Gentile
Mar 21
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What the Hyperloop from SF to LA will look, feel and sound like

What the Hyperloop from SF to LA will look, feel and sound like

Traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes may seem like a fantasy, but for , the Hyperloop is well on its way to becoming a reality.On Nov. 8, 2020, a successful run proved the viability of the concept. And during a SXSW Online 2021 panel on Tuesday titled “Designing the Hyperloop Passenger Experience,” Sara Luchian from Virgin Hyperloop interviewed several designers who shared insights into what this entirely new transportation experience might feel like. They shared renderings throughout the panel of interiors and exteriors.“If you think about your life as a designer, how...

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Mar 19
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This Twitter account announces open Bay Area vaccine appointments

This Twitter account announces open Bay Area vaccine appointments

As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available, understanding access has become a real challenge. For those who aren't tech savvy, altruistic Bay Area to create online resources like , which quickly enlisted more than 300 volunteers when it launched in January to call providers to identify open appointments and make them easily searchable via a website.But for those who are looking for constant updates, there's another way to parse the state's vaccination distribution program. Security engineer created , a Twitter bot that publishes up-to-the-minute availability of vaccines in San...

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Dan Gentile
Mar 9
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The Crystal Mirror Space is SF's coolest Airbnb Experience

The Crystal Mirror Space is SF's coolest Airbnb Experience

When walking into the in the Bayview, it’s not hard to tell which 150-square-foot space in the huge artist warehouse belongs to .In the back corner of the second floor, mirrored mylar spills out onto the wooden walkway. Inside, the small music studio is wallpapered in silver and Luis “The Genie” Monterrosa wears a glossy reflective suit to match, his long dreadlocks poking out behind a mask that looks like a cross between recently deceased rapper ’s signature faceplate and a cheese grater. Even out into the parking lot, his car interior is draped in sparkling decorations.The aesthetic began...

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Mar 3
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What this Reddit post gets wrong about moving from SF to TX, according to a Texan

What this Reddit post gets wrong about moving from SF to TX, according to a Texan

As a recent Texas ex-pat who moved to San Francisco in 2019, I was surprised to learn about the Bay Area’s Austin fetish. Most people I met expressed confusion about my arrival, thinking of Austin as a greener grass paradise of three figure rent. That fascination has only increased during the pandemic, with Texas’s lack of state income tax serving as a beacon for those no longer bound by a commute.A larger story I was writing about this phenomenon was derailed by the natural disaster that struck Texas last month, in which people spent a week without power battling temperatures that I hadn’t...

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Mar 5
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Everything you ever wondered about Rotten Tomatoes

Everything you ever wondered about Rotten Tomatoes

If you’re the type to do your homework before you buy a movie ticket, odds are you’ve consulted the Tomatometer. The backbone of the film website Rotten Tomatoes, the meter aggregates ratings from both critics and readers. It serves up an impartial snapshot of a movie’s public perception, but there’s a uniquely Bay Area story behind the score. The history of Rotten Tomatoes, like so many Bay Area legacies, began in the tech boom of the late 1990s. Senh Duong, Stephen Wang and Patrick Lee met at UC Berkeley while practicing Wushu martial arts and started a web design firm called Design...

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Dan Gentile
Jun 23
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