Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Chewbacca Sells Out – Gets a Lexus Wagon, Moves to the ‘Burbs

Monday, January 5th, 2015

What do you have to say for yourself, man?

Oh, what’s that, you’re all, “Arwwwwwaaaaaaaarrrrrrahahahahahhaahhhhaa?”

Well, that’s your answer to everything.

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I remember when you used to be cool, Chewie!

Cafe Playfield, 94132: Where Every Hot Dog Comes with a Seagull Theft Insurance Policy

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

I’ve never seen a hot dog replacement request not fulfilled

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Seagulls are voracious monsters, certainly.

Is This the Marissa Mayer / Zack Bogue Cast-Iron Bison Paddock Sign that has “Taken a Beating?”

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Here you go:

Marissa Mayer And David Sacks Are Backing San Francisco’s Bison

Bradshaw tells us he later saw the sign a bit worse for wear, having “taken a beating.” Weird. Who dislikes bison?”

And here’s the sign in question, I think. It’s on the east end of the paddock, on JFK in GGP. And it’s cast iron, I think. Pretty indestructible, IMO. It’s the color of iron oxide:

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It’s a little bit lighter in color on the left side, but otherwise it looks A-OK to me, condition-wise.

Anyway, I don’t know what “taken a beating” means.

Stand-Up Paddle Boarder Tends His Crab Pots Outside of the Golden Gate

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Here are the rules to the game:

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Dude was about a quarter mile away from the beaches of northwest Frisco.

IMO, this fellow (who was, granted, west of the Golden Gate) was in San Francisco Bay. But the rules for dungeness crab trapping seem to indicate that he was _outside_ of SF Bay. Ergo, this hobby is A-OK.

News to me…

Best MUNI Bus Ad Ever: “Have a Compassionate Holiday Season” – Be Kind to Turkeys” – UNITED POULTRY CONCERN

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Turkeys – Who Are They?

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A San Francisco YOLO Bird – You Only Live Once, So Steal As Many Peanuts As You Can – A Stellar Jay

Monday, December 15th, 2014

This Steller’s Jay didn’t have time to eat the peanut in its beak, but it did have time to grab two more.

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YOLO.

Don’t Forget Your Broccoli! – It’s Time to Go Diving at the California Academy of Sciences

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Fish at our California Academy of Sciences Steinhart Aquarium love broccoli, apparently.

Arc of a diver/ broco-co-li:

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Who knows, maybe the seasonal reindeer do too?

Of course the big thing these days at the CAS is ‘Tis the Season for Science, running through January 4th, 2015.

And don’t miss out on the Shake House, which does a pretty good impression of the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989…

San Francisco Opposes the Feds Killing Off Mice on the Farallon Islands? Fear of Dead Seagulls Scaring Tourists?

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Well, this is news to me.

All the Feds want to do is kill off the mice of the Farallones and San Francisco is standing in the way?

Check out how our Federales scored a “rip-roaring conservation success” exterminating vermin up in Alaska at Hawadex Island, which was known for centuries as “Rat Island.”

I’ll tell you, I can’t name any of the “visionary policies and innovative programs” created by SF Environment that Director Deborah Raphael boasts of.

Can you, Gentle Reader?

One down, a million to go – here’s the big version, via nature photographer Jenny Erbes.

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A San Francisco Nuclear Family – Dogs are Cheaper Than Kids, So Use the Money You Save to Buy a Convertible Porsche

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Mommy and Daddy up front, and two canine furballs in the back:

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There’s your big city living right there. There’s your sign of the times…

Iconic Sign Design: “BAY AREA BIRD HOSPITAL” on Taraval – Surely a Future Museum Piece

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

A bit of color in the cold, foggy Parkside District:

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(They have another sign that shows a giant parrot / parakeet atop the Golden Gate Bridge, but it’s less iconic ‘n stuff.)

I don’t know how old these signs are, but they probably precede the era of escaped pet parrots going feral and flying about The Avenues in huge flocks. Check it, the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill are now all over the place, like here, in the cold, foggy Sunset District, around Noriega, just a few blocks north of the cold, foggy Parkside:

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They might look like hated pigeons from a distance, but their loud squawking gives them away every time. It’s still amazing to me to see these birds flying about the 415:

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Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders…