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Frisco’s Very Own Sunken Radioactive Aircraft Carrier – See the USS Independence Courtesy of Dr Robert Ballard

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Here’s the history of the USS Independence wreck, down 2600 feet, near the Farallon Islands, and here’s the video feed live, like right now, or a little delayed, but good enough.

Before Bikini Atoll:

And after:

And now live video…

Hydraulic Seismic Dampers: These Contraptions are What’s Going to Keep You Alive When Another Big One Hits Frisco

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

These kinds of things are what holds up Frisco’s State Building in Civic Center:

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Normally you can’t see them, but Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP designed a nice window for at least one:

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Hurrah SOM!

The Speed Limit on a Stretch of JFK Drive is Now 10 MPH

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

This official “SLOW TO 10 MPH” sign was up near Speedway Meadow during Outside Lands 2016, but it’s still there now long after OL’s blown town:

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The limit goes back up to 25 MPH near 30th Avenue?

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(This trailer doesn’t “see” bikes, AFAIK, unlike some others.)

Changes to the “access” we have to JFK are coming soon, but I don’t know what they are and if this is a part of it.

Our Presidio sometimes records license plate numbers and checks timestamps to see who’s “cutting through” the park (instead of having the Presidio as a destination in itself). The Presidio People think “Cut Through Traffic” is evil, but really, all traffic is cut-through traffic to somebody. Oh well.

If SFGov wants people to use Fulton instead of JFK, there will be some problems with that…

Look at the Efforts We Go To So That EVERYBODY CAN HAVE A CORNER OFFICE – Donald Trump’s “Triple Nickel,” Sort Of

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Our BofA Building, the largest in Frisco, is known by one and all as “Triple Five Cal” AFAIK, but there was an effort to start calling it the Triple Nickel not too long ago. Oh, and Donald Trump owns a piece of it, so that explains the “sort of.”

Anyway, the whole sawtoothed design on the exterior was so that every windowed office was a corner office. See?

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(Afore the Carnelian Room went out of biz I sat for dinner in one of these corners on the second highest floor – San Francisco Magazine (the actual physical magazine) had a coupon (made of cardboard, an insert) inside what said “Complete Dinner For Two” for just $49.95. “Score,” I said. 180 degrees of window, man. Ah memories. I suppose I had the same view as all the office workers. Impressive, sure. The view, that is.)

But how do you clean the windows – like this, with a giant telescoping arm what needs to jut out more and more as the workers descend?

Wow, a little scary…

If You’re Not Monitoring a Half-Dozen Cell Phones Mounted on the Dash of Your Car, Why Bother Driving?

Friday, July 8th, 2016

As seen on Battery, which is basically an on-ramp for the I-80:

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Wow.

Crayfish: It’s What’s for Dinner in Golden Gate Park – Everybody’s Eating These Tiny Lobsters

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Here’s what I saw the other day:

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I’m supposing it’s crayfish from the bottom of Stow Lake.

Now let’s review

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Sometimes crayfish look very red, like a lobster, sometimes not?

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Great blue herons throw them up in the air and then catch ’em with a big thwack. THWACK:

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There’s mudbug juice everywhere.

But pied-billed grebes are neater

There you go, Junior:

Eat some crawdads:

All right, stay safe, mudbugs.

Procambarus clarkii is a freshwater crayfish species, native to the Southeastern United States, but found also on other continents, where it is often an invasive pest. It is known variously as the red swamp crawfish, red swamp crayfish,Louisiana crawfish, Louisiana crayfish or mudbug.

Mysterious Machine Collects Data at the Intersection of Fell and Masonic

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Here’s the machine at work:

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And here’s the business end, way up high:

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It’s doing something like this.

All the deets:

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With offices in Renton, Washington and Northern California, we employ a group of experienced professionals and technicians. Members of our team have earned a strong reputation for service and creative problem solving. Our goal is to apply efficient and creative solutions to acquire data for a variety of needs.

Our Operations Managers, Mark Skaggs (Washington) and Deon Fouche (California) are experienced and forward-thinking multimodal data collection project managers. Our team has over 13 years of experience and have established excellent rapport and strong relationships with clients ranging from cities, counties, private companies, and real estate developers. Our team has conducted over 10,000 ADT counts, more than 6,000 speed studies, over 15,000 turning movement counts, as well as travel time studies, parking studies, and origin-destination video studies. We use a variety of methodologies, and utilize the latest technologies to conduct efficient studies best suited to the unique needs of each client.

Contact us today.

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Patio Furniture, Golden Gate Park

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

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Move In Right Next Door to Mark Zuckerberg in the Mission for Just $3.5 Million? Open House Tomorrow, March 8th

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Shown in the middle here – Zuck’s place (under construction at the time of the photo) is on the left

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(And consider that the Zuckerbergs paid $10 mil.)

All the deets on Your New Home:

3442 21st St,
San Francisco, CA 94110
5,139 sqft

FOR SALE
$3,495,000

Experience the pinnacle of San Francisco living – be inspired by bridge-to-bridge views from this trophy property atop the Liberty Hill Historic District. This grand scale Marina-style building sits on a 30′ x 114′ lot and features two full-floor flats and a two-level garden apartment (unwarranted). The home is detached on 3 sides providing abundant light and a serene sense of openness to each of the units. The top 2 floors feature over-sized, light-filled rooms, hardwood floors, crown molding, and wood burning fireplaces. A lush rear garden, abundant storage, workshop and parking for 3 cars finish this home perfectly. Located at the crest of Fair Oaks, the home is dramatic from the entry facade to the panoramic views from each level

OPEN HOUSE
3/8 12pm-1:30pm

FACTS
Lot: 3,419 sqft
Multi Family
Built in 1928
3 days on Zillow
Views since listing: 864
All time views: 865
6 shoppers saved this home
Price/sqft: $680
MLS #: 442697″

Hot Times in the Richmond District: This Crowd on Geary is Waiting for GOOD CHEAP FOOD or a GAMBLING BUS

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

As seen on Geary:

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I’m thinking it’s a gambling bus pick up point and these people are just waiting around. Or it could be like San Tung, which is about to get its 5000th Yelp review.

(Actually, lots of times when joints get national attention, they raised prices, oh well.)

Anyway, Richmond District NIMBYs won’t appreciate a bus stop like this, I’ll bet. People are already complaining about this kind of thing in the less-trafficked parts of the Sunset…