Don’t be a #Hathahater! 

“It’s not really Anne Hathaway I ‘hate,’ ” said Sarah Nicole Prickett, a writer for Vice and The New Inquiry, a culture and commentary site. “It’s all the lesser, real-life Anne Hathaways I have known — princessy, theater-schooled girls who have no game and no sex appeal and eat raisins for dessert.”

Don’t be a #Hathahater! 

“It’s not really Anne Hathaway I ‘hate,’ ” said Sarah Nicole Prickett, a writer for Vice and The New Inquiry, a culture and commentary site. “It’s all the lesser, real-life Anne Hathaways I have known — princessy, theater-schooled girls who have no game and no sex appeal and eat raisins for dessert.”

Happy funemployed Valentine’s Day to me! Coffee toffee & cinnamon snickerdoodle, sugar cone, sunshine. (at Bi-Rite Creamery)

Happy funemployed Valentine’s Day to me! Coffee toffee & cinnamon snickerdoodle, sugar cone, sunshine. (at Bi-Rite Creamery)

Moonwalk

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Nokia’s loss is Samsung’s Gain | in my  ”Tech” ideas collection at http://brt.li/b4 on Britely. #Britely #Tech

Nokia’s loss is Samsung’s Gain | in my  ”Tech” ideas collection at http://brt.li/b4 on Britely. #Britely #Tech

Britely is now in private beta. Get your invite now at britely.com.

Britely is now in private beta.

Get your invite now at britely.com.

iPhone gramophone. Restoration Hardware knows what its doing these days.

iPhone gramophone. Restoration Hardware knows what its doing these days.

mackbekarian:

Dancing in front of a video installation at the Oakland Museum of California. (Nov 2012)

Embeddable Quora Quote

Read Quote of Simon Therrien’s answer to Disqus: How does a web widget like Disqus get the first 10,000 users? on Quora

"Real startups tend to discover the problem they’re solving by a process of evolution. Someone has an idea for something; they build it; and in doing so (and probably only by doing so) they realize the problem they should be solving is another one."

Paul Graham (via piyushnp)

"You cannot sprinkle growth on top of the product as an afterthought. [The] product is the vehicle for growth."

Blake Commagere, founder of MediaSpike (via wesgarnett)

How to Find a Babysitter in Palo Alto & the San Francisco Bay Area

Finding is a babysitter essential for parenting happiness! But it’s also hard. When you live far away from helpful family (like many of us are in the Bay Area), here are some good options: 

1. Free or Cheap Listings: Craigslist and Care.com are only okay in quality (you have to do a lot of screening to find a winner - not ideal for a one night babysitter hunt), but they’re easy. Craigslist is free. Care.com has a small membership fee (something like $25).

2. Expensive agencies: Town & Country and Aunt Ann’s Staffing are great, but kind of snobby feeling (at least to me) and expensive - fees can range from 1,000-5,000 dollars! That may be appropriate if you don’t have time to hunt for the perfect permanent nanny, but a lot of fuss for a night out. (I will however plug Amy Osborn’s more down to earth agency, Genuine Nannies - we used them and love our nanny!) 

3. Babysitting Exchanges (The New Old-Fashioned Way): The best option is to join and nurture a local network of parents who live near you, then trade nights. 

  • How it works: Put your kids to bed, then your friend comes over and their spouse stays home with their own kids. You go out. (In some babysitting exchange groups, the friend babysitting earns two nights of babysitting if the kid wakes up while they’re on duty, and one night if they don’t.) The friend babysitting gets a relaxing night reading, catching up on emails, or just watching TV at your house, and you get a free night out with your lover! (Remember those?)
  • How to find the network? Most cities have one you can join. BigTent.com hosts a lot of them online. Palo Alto has PAMP (the Parent’s Club of Palo Alto & Menlo Park). SF has GGMG (the Golden Gate Mothers Group) which charges a membership fee but offers a lot and is usually worth it - you’re paying high rent anyway and live one of the least family friendly cities in America! Treat yourself!  (I’m lucky - SF’s Potrero Hill has it’s own free neighborhood group which totally ROCKS - email me for details.)

4. Use an online babysitter service: Great for when all of your friends are busy, your mom lives far away, your whole neighborhood network is on vacation, but you really need a night out! Here are three I know about:

  • WonderSitter.com…I’ve heard great things from several friends who use them. SF only I think. How it works: They screen and interview everybody for you, so you just tell them when you need your sitter and if there are any special needs or qualifications (e.g., driving, pets) and they send somebody. $15/hr plus $15 booking fee. You can book in advance or even try last minute.
  • UrbanSitter.com. My friends in Foster City use it and love it - they’re nationwide. 
  • SitterCity.com also works in Palo Alto but I haven’t heard much about them except in articles (it’s a husband and wife startup; cute story). 

Good luck with your search, have fun, and when in doubt always remember - DATE NIGHTS ARE CHEAPER THAN DIVORCE ATTORNEYS! BABYSITTERS ARE CHEAPER THAN THERAPISTS! You hereby have permission to enjoy. :)

Awesome golden gate bridge wallpaper & raw wood @ wework sf (Taken with Instagram at WeWork SOMA)

Awesome golden gate bridge wallpaper & raw wood @ wework sf (Taken with Instagram at WeWork SOMA)

Thank you Caltrain for giving us this beautiful delay, to sit and watch the Bay wake up to the sun over the tracks. (Taken with Instagram at South San Francisco, CA)

Thank you Caltrain for giving us this beautiful delay, to sit and watch the Bay wake up to the sun over the tracks. (Taken with Instagram at South San Francisco, CA)

Running to catch your train: So worth it! #andthatswhyidontwearheels (Taken with Instagram at 22nd Street Caltrain Station)

Running to catch your train: So worth it! #andthatswhyidontwearheels (Taken with Instagram at 22nd Street Caltrain Station)