Archive for the ‘bay area’ Category

Iconic Bay Area: Alcatraz, The Slot, Mount Tamalpais

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

West Peak, Middle Peak, and the East Peak of Mount Tam in Marin County, all above a very good place to look for wind and fog and general cloudiness:

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A 2.5-Minute Exposure – “Waiting for the Sun” – Marin Headlands, Diablo, Yerba Buena, Bridges, Skyline

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Not a cloud in the sky:

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The Giant “Left Coast Lifter” Floating Crane was 100% Made in China, So That’s Why It’s Painted Red, White, and Blue

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

This thing is straight outta Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, but it’s the biggest red-white-and-blue whatever that you’ll ever see:

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These days it’s just hanging out in the East Bay, looking for work, as many others are.

When will it be moved, when will it get used again?

Nobody knows…

The Best Place to See San Francisco is at Hendrik Point at Battery Spencer, Above the Golden Gate Bridge

Friday, August 26th, 2011

And if you’re staying at Cavallo Point, it’s a nice little hike.

The path to Hendrik Point:

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The reverse angle, showing where 4.5 Yelp-star-rated Battery Spencer used to be:

Those people way up there look like little ants, huh?

San Francisco’s Back 40: What Should We Do With Our Unused 40 Acres in Alameda? How About a Casino?

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Isn’t San Francisco’s green triangle of landfill over in the East Bay beautiful?

Why don’t we do something with it, like put in a casino or something? People’d take a ferry from Fishermans Wharf or South Beach.

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And think of the revenues from all those America’s Cup richers.

Shockingly, Part of San Francisco is in the East Bay on Alameda Island – This Photo Tells the Story

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Here it is a map showing the borders of San Francisco. And here’s the view of two East Bay peninsulas looking south from the Bay Bridge.

See? The nearer peninsula, the one with the big white crane, is part of the City of Oakland. It shows respect for the Alameda / San Francisco county border by stopping exactly where it should. But the farther one, part of the City of Alameda, simply juts all the way into San Francisco County.

How wude!

Here’s the borderline:

Anyway, it’s our land but it’s in the East Bay.

Somehow.

All the deets:

“Looking eastward from Twin Peaks, San Francisco. That’s Mission Bay / Dogpatch in the foreground with Oakland in the background.

Here’s your first choice. Does this line represent the border betwixt the counties?

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And here’s your second, with the westernmost portion of Alameda in the City and County of San Francisco:

And here’s your third choice, right down the channel:

And here’s your answer, it’s photo #2, for some odd reason.

Now, you Better Know the Bay Area.

Thanks for playing!”

WTH: Huffington Post “Bay Area Street Safety” Blogger is Fronting for a Plaintiff’s Law Firm?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

All right, work with me here. There’s a new blogger on the HuffPoSF. Check it:

“Ben Buchwalter lives in San Francisco’s Mission District and writes a blog on Bay Area street safety.”

But then you click over to the so-called “Bay Area street safety” blog only to see that, en realidad, it’s an “Accident Attorney’s Blog” for an oddly-named law firm.

R.I.P. Lionel

Now, that blog has some curious entries complete with curious phrases, like “clear safety dilemma” used twice in three paragraphs.

Mmmmm…

Who Supports the T-Mobile AT&T Merger? Almost Everybody in Silicon Valley! Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle…

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Michael J de la Merced has all the deets about how everybody”s telling the FCC how great AT&T-Mobile would be.

How could this marriage go wrong with so many supporters (like AVAYA, Brocade, Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, Qualcomm, RIM, Yahoo)?

Will Sprint and Verizon be the only ones to object? Will Steve Jobs and Apple weigh in at some point?  

Anyway, read below for what popped up my inbox this AM.

1)      AVAYA, Brocade, Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, Qualcomm, RIM, Yahoo!: “The challenge of keeping pace with consumer demand and continuing to lead globally in wireless broadband services and products requires that we tackle the issue on multiple fronts. Many policy related efforts will not be able to quickly address near term capacity needs. The  FCC must seriously weigh the benefits of this merger and approve it. Such action will help to meet the near term wireless broadband needs of consumers and ensure that we are globally competitive as the world increasingly embraces wireless broadband connectivity.”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021686027

2)      Sequoia Capital: “From the microchip to the mainframe to the PC to the Internet to mobile computing, venture capital have been an integral part of an economic model that has stimulated growth time-and-time again. The technology start-ups we work with will be a key beneficiary of this more efficient and robust national wireless network. We are in favor of the Commission approving this transaction.”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021686028

3)      Joint Venture Capitalist Letter (Charles River Ventures, Technology Crossover Ventures, Matrix Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Radar Partners, Lightspeed Ventures): “Many of the fast-growing companies we invest in are technology firms that would benefit greatly from the combination of AT&T and T-Mobile, a merger that will drive job growth, innovation and economic opportunity through a more efficient and robust national wireless network…By combining the physical infrastructure and spectrum positions of the two companies, the merged entity will be able to accomplish what neither firm can do on its own: namely, deploying a 4G LTE broadband infrastructure to more than 97% of the United States population…This merger represents a critical part of the solution to our spectrum crisis in the United States.”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021686024

4)      Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers: “This commitment would help millions of Americans throughout the United States gain access to a network that can support innovative technologies, applications and devices….We are in favor of the Commission approving this transaction”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021686025

5)      Information Technology Industry Council (ITI): “Unfortunately, even if Congress were to act today, consumers would not experience the benefits of making new spectrum available for at least five years. Which is why a combined AT&T/T-Mobile has some real appeal for many. The new entity would likely result in meaningful near and long-term improvements to the nation’s networks…The Internet, and Americans’ ability to access it from almost anywhere, has been one of the greatest drivers of our economy. Supporting initiatives that will increase infrastructure investment and enable even greater access to the Internet whether it’s over a wired or wireless connection is smart public policy, smart economic policy, and smart consumer policy. Our nation needs more spectrum, more investment, and broader adoption and accessibility.”

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/ecfs/document/view?id=7021685985

Enter The Nevius: He’s Thoroughly Impressed With This Week’s International Pow Wow Tourist Convention Convention

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

[UPDATE: And here's Civic Center Mike's take.]

You know, until I read The Neviusese’s* latest joint, I didn’t realize that San Francisco had a tourist industry.

Oh, wait a sec, rather, I had merely forgotten the importance of San Francisco’s number one source of money. Did you know that tourists pay taxes? Wow, thanks for reminding us all, The Nevius! Thanks for hammering the same point over and over again, avec trite quotes from cocktail party chatter, until you hit your word count. (Wow after reading Nevius, I’ll never tax a Happy Meal or vote for a Democrat again, or something.)

But, uh oh, can you call a convention of travel agents a “Pow Wow” in this day and age?

“The term has been used to describe any gathering of Native Americans of any tribe, and as such is occasionally heard in older Western movies. The word has also been used to refer to a meeting, especially a meeting of powerful people such as officers in the military. However, such use can also be viewed as disrespectful to Native culture.”

I’ll tell you, that’s the first thing I thought about when I heard that the 415 would host this year’s effort. Even The Nevius raised an eyebrow over the issue.

Anyway, ponder that as you ride the Great Ferris Wheel of Civic Center:

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Well, not you, you’re not invited, but the conventioneers, maybe they should think about a new name while they take in the sights…

In closing, hurray for tourists!

*The CW part of his name stands for “conventional wisdom,” or Chuck Wilbur or something – your choice.

Cloud City: Spot Your Place in This Aerial View of Noe Valley and Surrounding Areas

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Check out this shot at the Telstar Logistics Flickrstream to get the annotations.

Our West Bay under the clouds, as per usual:

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Looks a little hilly, huh?