Posts Tagged ‘2002’

The Only Thing Owners of Aging BMW 2002′s Want from Modern BMWs are Tiny Wheels, Apparently

Monday, January 6th, 2014

I’m sure the 1975 3-series was better in every way compared with the 1974 BMW 2002. The problem is that everybody loves the 2002 but nobody loves the 320i E21.

The wheels for the E21 are oftentimes seen on 2002′s – that’s all the owners seem interested in:

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How sad!

A Hella BMW in the Western Addition – Hella Hella Hella Hella!

Friday, February 8th, 2013

This BMW 2002 has just about every accessory a car could have.

It’s “Hella.” See?

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Cupid’s Span, That Big Sculpture on The Embarcadero, Has Become a Skateboard Park for Local Youth – Don Fisher’s Legacy

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Avert your gaze, “art” lovers.

Via Uptown Almanac and Fecal Face: “Dropping in Diptych – San Francisco, CA – My buddy Trevor dropping in on Cupids arrow on the way to Atnt park.”

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Is this what Gap founder Don Fisher would have wanted?

Cupid’s Span

Rincon Park, San Francisco, California.

Stainless steel, structural carbon steel, fiber-reinforced plastic, cast epoxy, polyvinyl chloride foam; painted with polyester gelcoat
64 ft. x 143 ft. 9 in. x 17 ft. 3/8 in.

Commissioned by D&DF Foundation, San Francisco
Installed November 2002

Statement by the Artists:

Inspired by San Francisco’s reputation as the home port of Eros, we began our project for a small park on the Embarcadero along San Francisco Bay by trying out the subject of Cupid’s stereotypical bow and arrow. The first sketches were made of the subject with the bowstring drawn back, poised on the feathers of the arrow, which pointed up to the sky.

When Coosje van Bruggen found this position too stiff and literal, she suggested turning the image upside down: the arrow and the central part of the bow could be buried in the ground, and the tail feathers, usually downplayed, would be the focus of attention. That way the image became metamorphic, looking like both a ship and a tightened version of a suspension bridge, which seemed to us the perfect accompaniment to the site. In addition, the object functioned as a frame for the highly scenic situation, enclosing — depending on where one stood — either the massed buildings of the city’s downtown or the wide vista over the water and the Bay Bridge toward the distant mountains.

As a counterpoint to romantic nostalgia, we evoked the mythological account of Eros shooting his arrow into the earth to make it fertile. The sculpture was placed on a hill, where one could imagine the arrow being sunk under the surface of plants and prairie grasses. By slanting the bow’s position, Coosje added a sense of acceleration to the Cupid’s Span. Seen from its “stern,” the bow-as-boat seems to be tacking on its course toward the white tower of the city’s Ferry Building.”

From the peanut gallery:

“This thing is awful.  I do not understand putting up a piece of ‘art’ that looks like it should be at Disneyland’s California Adventure, smack-dab in the middle of an already amazing view.  Everytime I go by it it pisses me off.  Leave the Bay view alone to it’s own devices.”

“This Disneyland crap makes me want to barf. If only Chicken John had been elected mayor, he would have run his pickup truck into this eyesore and San Francisco would have looked like a real city again”

“Ugh. Really? It’s hideous and tacky. It belongs in Cleveland, not San Francisco.”

The Somewhat-Racist Italian Flag Light-Pole Stickers of North Beach and What One Chinese Dude Did About Them Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

One thing that me and our local real estate cabal agree upon is the sanctity of Broadway as a neighborhood dividing line on the east si-iiiide of San Francisco.

So I’ll admit that any area above B’Way isn’t a part of Chinatown. Fine.

But, you know, Chinese/Asian businesses started a foothold in North Beach proper, above B’Way, back in the day and certain people didn’t like it, not one bit.

So, these Italian light pole flags started going up a few decades ago as a response to the encroachment, the Asian Invasion. Take a look below.

Now I’ll tell you, one person who didn’t cotton to these flags was furniture store owner Ed Yee. You see, he preferred American flags. Read all about his campaign against colori italiani in this bit by Ilene Lelchuk from all the way back in aught-two. Ed’s windmill-tilting even made the Fox News back then.

But, after some blowback from people like Louis Calabro of the “European American Issues Forum“ the City Family came down on Ed so his campaign to put up American flags on the Italian poles ended.

Count them, go ahead. These things are all over the place:

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Oh well.

Back in the 1800′s, people in North Beach would throw rocks at Chinese and Chinese Americans who ventured north of Broadway. You know, to send a message about who belongs where.

These days, we “defend” the Italian-ness, the whiteness of North Beach in a different way.

O.K. fine.

But I don’t approve.

We ought to take all these stickers down.

In closing:

“It’s a visual and therefore a visceral betrayal. Stop it!”

John Malkovich, Transformers III: Dark of the Moon

A Tale of Two Drivers – Talking With Your Hands When Confronting Red-Light Runners

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Here’s your baseline, with the old-left-elbow-on-the-door approach from a BMW 2002 (totally max, with proper “target-style” tail lamps) driver. This is nominal, but dude already notices something:

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Alpaca Out of Freaking Nowhere! A dumb cluck exits the freeway at Bryant and 9th in her black 4Runner blowing the red by two or three seconds, looks like. The Beemer driver responds with an whats-a-matter-you? hand gesture. (This shot is the climax of the post. Feel free to move on to other parts of the WWW if you’re losing interest.)

To no avail. The DC in the Toyota (CA 6GZU456) doesn’t notice as she neatly merges into the left hand lane at the same speed as traffic oblivious to the cold stares directed her way.

All the BMW driver can do is lower his hand, back to normal.

But he’s locked and loaded for the next visitor from San Mateo…

And DC, this is your wake-up call. You’re making the drivers of old Volvos and new Priuseses look good…

Design Perfection From 10,000 Li Away – BMW’s Neue Klasse of 1968-1973 – Square Body, Round Tail Lights

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Here it is, it’s a first-generation BMW 2002 New Class.

Drive one of these things around town and you’ll get more tail than Sinatra:

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And it comes standard with loads of negative camber. Natch

Just in Time for New Year’s: A Rainbow of Dom Pérignon – Andy Warhol’s “Iconic Colour Games” Come to Costco

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Look what you can get at the Costco#144 these days – it’s Dom Pérignon sparkling wine / champagne with primary-colored boxes and labels.

I’m speechless.

(Wonder what Dead Andy Warhol could do with the soup aisle?)

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Believe it’s just random chance which label color you get. No peeking!

All the deets:

“With the creation of an exclusive collection of three bottles by the Design Laboratory at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design, Dom Pérignon pays tribute to Andy Warhol, creative genius and one of the most illustrious artists of the 20th century.

Andy Warhol and Dom Pérignon:
“Went to the gallery where they were having a little exhibition of the glittery Shoes, and had to do interviews and pics for the German newspaper and then we had to go back to the hotel and be picked up by the “ 2,000” people – it’s a club of twenty guys who got together and they’re going to buy 2,000 bottles of Dom Pérignon which they will put in a sealed room until the year 2,000 and then open it up and drink it and so the running joke is who will be around and who won’t…”

This is an entry from Andy Warhol’s diary on March 8th, 1981. The pope of Pop Art and a leading figure of the New York underground art scene had just returned from Munich where he had had a show, and was recounting what he had seen. He really loved this story. Not surprising. He once said that he had been to thousands of parties in his life, and in the late 1970s he liked to go to New York’s Studio 54, the wildest and most theatrical club of the period (along with Le Palace in Paris), with his friends and drink Dom Pérignon.

A Tribute to Andy Warhol by Dom Pérignon
Inspired by Warhol’s unconventional representation of icons, and the playful use of codes and colour in his work, Dom Pérignon commissioned the Design Laboratory at Central Saint Martin ’s School of Art & Design to reinterpret its timeless bottle. The result is a unique collection of three bottles, each with its distinct label in red, blue or yellow, paying homage to Warhol’s iconic colour games.

The Abandoned Floor Typewriters of Hunters Point Naval Shipyard – Your Government At Work

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

That Telstar Logistics, he’s Everywhere You Want To Be. Like down at Hunters Point, in Building 253.

The former Cryptography Section looked like this eight years ago. What would you bet nothing’s changed since then?

Oh well.

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Is That What You All Call Snow, Bay Area? Nothing Beats the Winter of Ought-Two for Snow

Monday, December 7th, 2009

If it’s colder than normal this AM and there’s some white stuff on the ground, well then I guess you could say it snowed in the San Francisco Bay Area. But back before the global warming the climate change, back in 2002, we had SNOW, baby.

As here, in ought-two up in Marin County on Mount Tamalpais, when I was out prospecting for gold with my donkey and/or on my Trek 8000 mountain bike (born 1991, Waterloo Wisconsin, died 2006, Civic Center, San Francisco). This is what it looked like in the afternoon ’til the rain melted everything.

Click to expand, why not? Heading to the East Peak with the Richmond San Rafael Bridge below:

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Now that was snow, the most we’ve had since 1976.

So, nothing after 1976 has beaten 2002 for snow in the bay area. (I think.)

Stay warm!