Zuppa, good for the soul

Zuppa (564 4th St, San Francisco, 415.777.5900), an Italian restaurant around the corner from the Six Apart office, opened its doors today. Ginevra has been following their progress closely as they transformed the grey, bunker-like structure into an airy SOMA enoteca. After chatting up the head chef (which she confessed that she had thought was the general contractor), she scored invites for the Six Aparters to come to their opening to sample their food. We were the first in the door and were encouraged to try all their dishes so we could give the kitchen a dry run.

Wine was poured liberally and we availed ourselves of their menu which ran from smoked hams and salami to olives and mozerella. Everyone enjoyed the mussels in wild garlic, Jason’s wild beans & homemade pasta looked wonderful and I enjoyed a hearty meal of roast pork and beets.

But the nicest thing about the evening was the time to chat away from the office with all my work mates. It was great to catch up on what everyone is up to and sit around a big long table like one big happy family. We really don’t do that enough and as the office gets bigger, it gets harder and harder to organize such gatherings. Thank you Ginevra for organizing and thank you Zuppa for hosting us and stuffing our bellies with such delicious food!

Thanks to sis for the picture above. More photos of the evening over at Kokochi.

Class of ’84 Update

Dear Middlesex Class of 1984,

It’s that time of year again – the lazy days of Summer are upon us. What better time than to take stock of your lives and share your accomplishments with your classmates.

Comments are due back to Fundraising Headquarters by July 31st so if you can click on “Comments” below and leave your piece by July 15th, I’d be most grateful. Looking forward to hearing from all of you!

Current Events

Skiddaddling Alarm Clock


Ever had one of those mornings where you hit the snooze bar one too many times and end up having to rush out the door with a bagel in your mouth because you’re late? Gauri Nanda, a researcher at the MIT Media Lab has a device that will solve that for you.

When the alarm clock goes off and the snooze button is pressed, Clocky will roll off the bedside table and wheel away, bumping mindlessly into objects on the floor until it eventually finds a spot to rest. Minutes later, when the alarm sounds again, the sleeper must get up out of bed and search for Clocky. This ensures that the person is fully awake before turning it off. Small wheels that are concealed by Clocky’s shag enable it to move and reposition itself, and an internal processor helps it find a new hiding spot every day.

Problem solved until you’re one of those people with a pistol in your bedside drawer.