Archive for November, 2008

Burning the Midnight Oil at San Francisco’s New Federal Building

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

San Francisco’s famous New Federal Building on 7th Street (near the pizza-free Flank) might be too green for Platinum LEED status, but at least it illuminates the city at night, what with all these lights burning brightly.

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What happened to Lights Out SF? What happened to Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin’s “lights out” proposal?

Should the Watt Cops be called?

The Happy, Robotic Chauffeurs of Emirates Airlines

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

If you fly First or Business Class on Emirates, a mechanical robot will be happy to pick you up and take you to SFO for free. You’ll know he’s ready for you when the yellow light embedded in his forehead turns on.

At least that’s the way things seem after seeing this creepy MUNI bus ad.

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Of course, things could be worse.

A Purse Explosion on Ashbury Street

Friday, November 28th, 2008

The remnants of an exploded purse on San Francisco’s Ashbury Street.

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San Francisco’s Parallel Parker of the Year, 2008

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

The driver of this aging Volvo either managed to parallel park with amazing aplomb, or managed to get stuck through the poor practice of at least one other driver.

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You should always leave room for others to get out, of course.

San Francisco’s Victory Garden 2008 is Now in the History Books

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

San Francisco’s Slow Food Nation Victory Garden in Civic Center is finished for 2008.

So, say good-bye to the windmill and the veggies and the exhortation “ALL OUT FOOD PRODUCTION!”

Will the VG be back next year?

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America’s Tenth-Largest City Wishes You a Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Consider San Jose, California. Just think about it. El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe is the Thanksgiving capital of the Bay Area. Why? Because the place where The Fun Never Stops is just loaded with turkey.

Does your area have huge wild turkeys strutting around inside the city limits? Enough said.   

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San Francisco’s Castro Theatre Begins MILK Run Today

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Check the sked – can you see Sean Penn’s face filling up the entire calendar? It’s ALL MILK, ALL THE TIME starting this very moment at the Castro Theatre. Harvey Milk’s story is the talk of the nation today.

The film is highly thought of, with a very high 92% positive score on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatomater.

If you go, you can see all your friends as extras. And the theater itself was practically a co-star:

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So get your Milk on as soon as you can. Obtain your tickets online, why don’t you?

Showtimes Nov 26-Dec 9
(10am), 1pm, 4pm, 7pm, 10pm

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See you there!

Remembering Aubrey Abrakasa, a Student Slain in 2006

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

This was the headline from more than two years ago, when Aubrey Abrakasa was killed at Grove and Baker:

High school boy with full life shot dead in Northern Panhandle neighborhood. He was hit by fire from an automatic weapon near home”

An SFPD reward annoucement was issued in 2006 and and reissued earlier this year.

It seems that many people haven’t forgotten about Aubrey.

The Crayola Colors of San Francisco’s Outer Sunset

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

When people aren’t out there paving over their driveways, they’re painting up a storm of pastels, it seems.

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That’s the Sunset District for you…

Japanese American Experience at the Presidio: Return and Remembrance

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Aging veteran Thomas Sakamoto was honored at the Presidio Saturday for his labors during World War II and beyond. This is how it looked at the ceremony on Mason Street in front of Building 640, originally built as a 10,000 square foot aircraft hangar.

Colonel Sakamoto listens to Consul General Yasumasa Nagamine, who represents Japan in San Francisco and Northern California. “This is a history all of us must know.”  Click to expand:

Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton spoke about the ongoing project to fix up the historic building. “Let’s get this done.”

The mise-en-scene:

A sign from 1942:

Read on for more details of the day.