• The Snitch reports that two people fainted — actually fainted — at an Embarcadero Center Cinemas showing of Danny Boyle’s film 127 Hours. And apparently, they’re not the only ones. The immediate cause: A brutal scene depicting a self-amputation. My sight-unseen review: Guh-ross! I think I’ll stick to fainting at the $11.00 ticket price.
  • Calpensions reports on a new wave of pension-reform proposals in California. The usual contentious debate at the end of the post follows…
  • Oakland North sent four reporters to Oakland International Airport, each using a different mode of transportation — bike, bus, BART, and car — to see how long each took. Here is their story:

  • Dan Brekke

    Let me just say, re; “127 Hours”: This is the Aron Ralston story. Remember the young mountaineer guy who was trapped in a remote Utah canyon when a boulder pinned his arm? Him. He freed himself by way of the self-amputation referred to above. Having read his account of the ordeal, and having been amazed by his incredible resourcefulness and intelligence in trying everything possible to free himself before he resorted to the extreme measure of amputating his own arm, I’m not sure I need to see it played out on the big screen. (And yes, he committed what he readily acknowledges was a grave error by telling no one where he was hiking, thus ensuring no one would be looking for him.)


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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