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Ryan Rocha is a thinker, which you can probably tell by the detail in his paintings. In our interview, the Sactown-bred painter and illustrator breaks down his journey, from skating and making flyers for punk shows, to hanging with Grandma, to setting up shop in Oakland.

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Challenging the notion that humans are motivated by monetary rewards, Dan Pink presents a variety of studies that have tested this question to find out what truly motivates humans. I know, 10 minutes is kind of crucial, but this is one of those, “and after that I never thought the same again” videos. A paradigm […]


Amanda said, “science never ceases to amaze me.” And quite frankly I couldn’t agree more. Shit’s just hella fascinating. I think in our busy busy lives we (or at least I) don’t give science/the world/people the amount of time they deserve to really be understood. Recently, oceanic reef fossils were discovered in Australia, “proving” that […]

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By Matthew McDermott Once we’ve gotten our priorities straight regarding reducing the massive amount of oil we use in transportation – largely because we’ve built our communities into places where most people need to drive rather than walk, bike or take public transit -there’s another conceptually big issue that needs to tackled: What to do […]


Step 1. Get hub. Step 2. Embark. Step 3. Fight for Yours. Step 4. Fuck 5. Flop her This shit’s hilarious. Animals will forever amaze me. Meet the Darwin Beetle. After climbing a tree and dueling with other suitors the Beetle climbs his way into “bed” with his female counterpart, only to flop her after […]


I was kinda on the fence about this one. Lightweight made my stomach churn, but hella interesting at the same time. It’s crazy to me how the different stages of food welcome different life forms to it. When they’re ripe, we can fuck with it. And when they “go bad” they “go good,” for bugs […]


“In order to become a member of the Original Scraper Bike Team, you must: Be a resident of Oakland, CA. Be at least 7 years or older. Retain A 3.0 Grade Point Average, Create your own Scraper Bike…(It Has To Be Amazing, Or Else You Can’t Ride.) A single-file line when riding. After 10 rides […]


This is one of the more promising pieces of news I’ve heard in a long time. A few months ago, we featured an article from Fortune about Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s $600 Billion Challenge (now called The Giving Pledge), an initiative with an incredibly ambitious goal: to convince the world’s wealthiest figures to give […]


Damn, there really are folks that can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Known to the world as Parkour, the discipline stands for the art of movement, and specifically relates to one’s ability to adapt to their present environment. Originating in France, the non-competitive “sport” challenges its participants to get from one place to […]


Written By Muammar Reed What do vinyl records, 8-tracks, cassette tapes, the VCR, and the CD have in common? In a few years they will all be antiques, destined for private showings at museums. They will be replaced by the thumb drive, the iPod, the Android, the Blackberry, and all other types of media holding […]


For the most part, I think we can all agree that providing affordable, quality education should be a priority for the state government. So why is it that every time we need to trim the budget, school funds seem to be the first ones to get the ax? In looking at the effects of the […]


I think it was Twill that first introduced me to the Ted Conferences. We’ve showed you a few of them before, but in short, (very, very short) Ted Conferences consist of smart people discussing interesting shit. But please don’t let my generalization fool you. These folks will school you. In this presentation, Elizabeth Gilbert, author […]


Although a lot of times we like to celebrate the beauty of life here on Wine & Bowties, I think it’s equally important to expose the horrors of life, if for nothing else than to relate the multitude of experiences that humans endure, ultimately to provide clarity and perspective to help us appreciate our own […]

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