Archive for November, 2011

The Humpback Whales of San Francisco County – Meet Mama, Papa and Junior – But Ouch: Big Killer Whale Bite

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

All right, I need to payoff on that headline.

Here are your humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) of San Francisco County, which, of course, includes a whole bunch of ocean (depending on how you look at it.)

A pair of namesake humps. This particular species is not endangered at all – there are tons of them out there.

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Horizontal tale = whale, of course. These things are huge, like almost 50 feet long and weighing as much as older DC-9 jetliners:

Here’s Mama and Papa and Junior, just a pod of freelance whales coming and going as they please:

And here’s what happens when a killer whale takes a big bite out of your hump. Chomp chomp:

Bon courage, cetaceans!

OMG, It’s Your Larger, $555,000,000 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) – Free Ground-Level Galleries Coming!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Well, here it is, from Snøhetta Arkitektur Landskap AS with love, it’s your new SFMOMA.

That white structure shows what the expansion will look like come 2016:

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And check the video:

Get all the deets from your SFMOMA OPEN SPACE Blog:

“This morning, SFMOMA unveiled new design details of the expanded building project. The expansion, as you likely know by now,  is being designed by architectural firm Snøhetta in collaboration with SFMOMA, and this morning Craig Dykers, one of the principals of the firm, talkedSFMOMA staff through a presentation of the new designs. There will be new education spaces, lots of light, and ground-level galleries and orientation spaces that will be free to the public.  Craig will be presenting and discussing details of the new design for the first time in public tomorrow evening, in YBCA’s Novellus theater. You’ll also be able to watch his presentation LIVEonline, HERE.

Have you got questions for the architects? Don’t miss Rooftop TV: The Future SFMOMA, a special interactive webcast conversation with Craig and some fantastic guests, Friday morning, 11:00 a.m.

Groundbreaking for the expansion is scheduled for summer 2013, with completion of new digs projected for early 2016.  Here’s the PRESS RELEASE. There’s more detailed info on our expansion page.”

All right, a few more images of all the new work below and ever more deets after the jump

Bon courage, SFMOMA!

Isn’t it kewl?


Yelp Fraud: New Stow Lake Boathouse a Huge Success in Golden Gate Park, But Old Regime Just Can’t Let Go

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

[UPDATE: Bagdad by the Bay just looked into things.]

Well, everything’s going great at your new and improved yet-pretty-much-the-same-except-for-the-food Stow Lake Boathouse in Golden Gate Park.

Here’s what it looks like these days:

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Just check the Yelp for early reviews. They’re almost all highly positive.*

But what’s this? Some “brother” from Oakland, “Les. L,” is not happy, not one bit! He’s the only Yelper giving a less than positive review.

I’ll allege that Les is not some youngish dude from Oakland, but rather a wealthy, white, preservationist-minded, NIMBY-mentalitied, real-estate-obsessed, highly-opinionated woman of a certain age who lives in the West Bay.

Let’s check it out her one-star report:

“What happened to the cool local people that worked there?”

Um, this is an improbable start to a Yelp review. Gee, maybe they busy themselves with sock puppetry on Yelp these days, just like you, “Les L?”

“Everyone we saw was white, which is weird for SF. We drove over from the East Bay to rent boats with my 2 kids and my mom.”

Oh what’s that, Les? There’s not enough flava for you over here in the West Bay? That’s funny? Did you know that all the people behind the old boat house and the Save the Boat House Coalition are white, or pretty much? What were you expecting?

“The kids couldn’t reach the pedals in the boat we rented. How’s that? It’s for kids, right?”

The old boats, the ones sold off for $500, maybe they were inappropriate for adults? Maybe the kids can just come along for the ride? A paddleboat is a paddleboat, pretty much.

“After a unhappy boatride, my mom tripped on the crappy stairs in front of the boathouse. She was bleeding, the kids were crying, and no one bothered to help us.”

What were you unhappy about, Les? That Bruce lost his lease? It happens. Or you were unhappy because there were too many Whities about?

“An old man sitting on a bench helped us and said the boathouse was just taken over by a New Mexico chain. We won’t be back.”

More improbability. Oh well.

Oddly, Les L., straight outta Oak-Town, also has a big beef with Chicago Title Co. in lily-white Campbell, CA, the wealthiest(?) part of the South Bay.

And, oddly, “his” dentist, with whom “he” also has a big beef, is clear all the way in the burbs of the West Bay.

On It Goes…

*Perhaps too positive. “Ashley c.” is a another one of those Yelp fraudsters, it would appear.

Open Air Bathroom, Buena Vista Park, San Francisco, California

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

As seen from the sidewalk of BVP East:

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St. Agnes: Inclusive, Diverse, Jesuit – Serving the Haight Since 1893

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

That’s what they say:

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Word on the Street: TRUMP/SHEEN 2012, SERIOUS CHANGE

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

You can’t argue with that.

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Once Again, the San Francisco Examiner Overestimates Demand

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Oh well.

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Russian Orthodox House: Onion Dome, Pumpkin, White Prius, Black Prius – Parking on the Front Lawn

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

This is how San Francisco millionaires live:

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And inside the garage? A silver Prius, natch.

How to Tell that the DPT Really, Really Doesn’t Like You: The Chalking of the Hong Fook Center Econoline

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Of course, DPT needed to chalk the tires on this Ford, but look how it was done:

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This chalking was done in anger, looks like.

DPT: Tough People, Good Jobs 

Gracious Urban Living: A Yale Box on Stilts, Filled with Mini-Blinds – 767 Buena Vista Park East, San Francisco, California

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

From Bauhaus to our house:

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“At Yale the students generally began to notice that everything they designed, everything the faculty members designed, everything the visiting critics (who gave critiques of the students) designed…started to look the same. Everyone designed the same box…of glass…and steel and concrete, with tiny beige bricks substituted occasionally. This came to be known as the Yale Box.”