Broke-Ass Stuart

Protesters haul away the wounded after Israeli forces opened fire during a border protest in Buriej, near Deir al-Bala, Gaza on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Israeli-Palestinian conflict through American eyes

“It’s complicated.” That’s what nearly everyone said. Traveling through Israel and Palestine…

Protesters haul away the wounded after Israeli forces opened fire during a border protest in Buriej, near Deir al-Bala, Gaza on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
The Speakeasy is an immersive theater experience that harkens back to San Francisco in 1923. (Courtesy The Speakeasy)

Speakeasy and carry a stiff drink

We approached a woman in an orange hat standing near the corner…

The Speakeasy is an immersive theater experience that harkens back to San Francisco in 1923. (Courtesy The Speakeasy)
People who spent their lives decrying weed are set to make fortunes while the people who created the industry end up with crumbs. (Courtesy photo)

Cannabis industry surges with snakes in the grass

If 17-year-old Stuart knew that one day he’d be able to walk…

People who spent their lives decrying weed are set to make fortunes while the people who created the industry end up with crumbs. (Courtesy photo)
Every time you are cruel online, you are making it more acceptable for others to be that way. (Courtesy image)

Save yourself: Don’t read the comments section

Earlier this week, reporter Joe Fitz tweeted out part of an angry…

Every time you are cruel online, you are making it more acceptable for others to be that way. (Courtesy image)
Austin, Texas, touts some impressive innovations when it comes to ride-hail vehicles and government transparency, but Chicken Shit Bingo is what most folks will remember. (Courtesy photo)

Chicken Shit Bingo among Austin’s brilliant ideas

Chicken Shit Bingo is exactly what it sounds like: A chicken walks…

Austin, Texas, touts some impressive innovations when it comes to ride-hail vehicles and government transparency, but Chicken Shit Bingo is what most folks will remember. (Courtesy photo)
Stop scrolling on Instagram and remember there are other people in the world. (Courtesy photo)

Analog etiquette in a digital world

A s decades pass, etiquette evolves. Many things that were once thought…

Stop scrolling on Instagram and remember there are other people in the world. (Courtesy photo)
The USS Potomac was once the eqivalent of Air Force One for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Now, it’s a party boat where revelers celebrate history and the end of Prohibition. (Courtesy Dennis Jarvis/Flickr)

Time traveling to celebrate the end of Prohibition

Last week, I became a time traveler: I was able to leave…

The USS Potomac was once the eqivalent of Air Force One for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Now, it’s a party boat where revelers celebrate history and the end of Prohibition. (Courtesy Dennis Jarvis/Flickr)
Sadly, San Franciscans have grown numb to seeing sidewalks littered with trash and needles. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)

Nothing in San Francisco is shocking anymore

Many of the things we shrug off as normal in San Francisco…

Sadly, San Franciscans have grown numb to seeing sidewalks littered with trash and needles. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)
Misuse of language can have a damning effect on important matters. (Courtesy photo)

Our words have power

When you repeat a word or a phrase enough times, its meaning…

Misuse of language can have a damning effect on important matters. (Courtesy photo)
Living in San Francisco means we have the pleasure of being the guinea pigs for all of the new technology-driven services that emerge. (Courtesy photo)

The Golden Age of Laziness

We’re living in the Golden Age of Laziness. A legendary epoch of…

Living in San Francisco means we have the pleasure of being the guinea pigs for all of the new technology-driven services that emerge. (Courtesy photo)
As automation becomes more prevalent, it’s time to seriously consider a Universal Basic Income. (Courtesy image)

Universal Basic Income could ease the pain of being replaced by robots

The future is upon us, and we are woefully unprepared. Earlier this…

As automation becomes more prevalent, it’s time to seriously consider a Universal Basic Income. (Courtesy image)
The Dodos perform at the Swedish American Hall on Monday night as part of the Noise Pop Festival. (Courtesy Paige K. Parsons)

Noise Pop captures the essence of long-lost San Francisco

The crowd was abuzz on Monday night as we shuffled around the…

The Dodos perform at the Swedish American Hall on Monday night as part of the Noise Pop Festival. (Courtesy Paige K. Parsons)
If you can remember life before online comments and status updates, it’s hard not to pine for the simpler times. (Courtesy photo)

Make room for mystery

I lived above Caffe Pergolesi in Santa Cruz for a couple years…

If you can remember life before online comments and status updates, it’s hard not to pine for the simpler times. (Courtesy photo)
Lefty O’Douls is one of the many San Francisco institutions that’s fallen victim to greedy commercial landlords. (Courtesy Kent Buckingham/Flickr)

Commercial landlords are stealing San Francisco’s soul

In the past seven years, San Francisco has been staggering under the…

Lefty O’Douls is one of the many San Francisco institutions that’s fallen victim to greedy commercial landlords. (Courtesy Kent Buckingham/Flickr)
Instead of calling it socialism, we should call it “free-health-care-and-education-for-you-and-your-kids-ism.” (Courtesy image)

Maybe we need to rebrand socialism

I’m a Democratic socialist. I know some of you just sneered reading…

Instead of calling it socialism, we should call it “free-health-care-and-education-for-you-and-your-kids-ism.” (Courtesy image)
Once publishers gave the keys to Facebook, the trouble started. (Courtesy photo)

Facebook dumped us, so where do we go?

Facebook announced earlier this month that it’s completely changing its algorithm —…

Once publishers gave the keys to Facebook, the trouble started. (Courtesy photo)
Reading a book in which the main characters are people you know in real life can be a trip. (Courtesy photo)

Books can teach us new things about ourselves

I’m probably way too excited by the fact that my new Kindle…

Reading a book in which the main characters are people you know in real life can be a trip. (Courtesy photo)
These days, it feels like people get on the internet with the expectation of being offended. (Courtesy photo)

Stop trying to be offended

I’ve been doing this whole Broke-Ass Stuart thing for 13-and-a-half years. If…

These days, it feels like people get on the internet with the expectation of being offended. (Courtesy photo)
If you’re sick of the nonstop grind in San Francisco, Nevada City is a perfect getaway destination. (Stuart Schuffman/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Escaping San Francisco on New Year’s Eve

It’s so hard to get back into the rhythm of work after…

If you’re sick of the nonstop grind in San Francisco, Nevada City is a perfect getaway destination. (Stuart Schuffman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
It’s been a tough year, but there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about 2018. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

Maybe this year will be better than the last

Now is the time of year when “A Long December” by Counting…

It’s been a tough year, but there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about 2018. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)