Posts Tagged ‘2016’

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.

The Urban School Expands All the Way to Oak Street – Here It Is, You Won’t be Able to Miss It

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

The house you see on the left used to be on the right – they moved it east a good 40 yards to make way.

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Anyway, this location on busy, busy Oak will soon raise the profile of The Urban School…

HerChurch up Near Twin Peaks Must be the Most Purplest Church in America, STILL

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

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And here’s the view down low:

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And here’s the building next door, or at least this is how things used to be – I didn’t notice it last time I was up there…

 

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Wow, the New “Red Carpet” Transit Lanes of Market Street Really Stand Out

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Or “so-called red carpet,” if you’d prefer.

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‘Cause that’s what people call them.

Even though they’re not.

Catching Up with the NEW Stow Lake Boat House – Photos – It’s Just the Same, Except for the “PRIVATE EVENTS”

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Well, I guess the transition to the new vendor at our Stow Lake Boat House in Golden Gate Park is fully complete, not that you could really tell. Four Yelp stars, currently.

Things were a little contentious for a while there, what with the crew from Save Stow Lake, who supported the former vendor what operated this place. Get a taste of that conflict here. (And see what became of SaveStowLake.org down below – it’s kind of funny.)

Here it is, looking more like Camp Crystal than what you’d expect to see in Frisco:

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Here’s your seating area for the cafe. The worry back in the aughts was that this room was going to go upscale, become an upscale dining establishment. That didn’t happen.

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Now back in the day, the old vendor simply raised prices without telling/getting permission from Rec and Park, so today’s prices are basically the same as back in the aughts. The new Family Boat seats six, I figure.

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Le Cafe, complete with pink popcorn for sale, as was desired by the alarmist preservationists who supported the former vendor:

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Oh, this is new – room rentals

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I don’t think the Save Stow Lake people saw this coming, ’cause I don’t recall them complaining about the specter of private parties in a public park, oh well. I think it’s like $100 an hour to have a birthday party in a rented room these days. Naturally, visitors will think a bathroom is where all the people are milling about, so this sign keeps them out and points them across the street, fair ‘nough.

Now if conditions get too rough for you out on the high seas of this quite artificial “lake,” well you can always dial the snack bar and they’ll talk you home, like the air traffic controllers from Airport ’75

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So that’s your update.

Now, here’s what’s become of SaveStowLake.org. So who’s selling what here? IDK, but, from Japan, it’s the “Telephone Lady” who has tax tips for you:

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Anyway, that’s the bizarre end to the bizarre movement to “save” Stow Lake, which of course is still with us even though these Save Stow Lake people lost, big-time.

Happy Boating!

Big Car, Regular Car, Tiny Car – This is How We Live Now, in 2016

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Look, it’s Twizy! In red these days:

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If Donald Trump Wants to Hold a Political Rally in Frisco He Should Do It Here, In Front of the Mt. Davidson Cross

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Frisco’s highest point, you know:

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He’d have no problem filling all available space with spectators.

It would be a spectacle and it would help him with Cruz supporters, just saying…

Edleeite: Official Google Results for Frisco Costco Displays Broken Auto Glass – Street Crime at Warehouse #144 in SoMA

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

I’ve never seen as much broken glass upon the Streets of San Francisco as I’ve seen in this year, 2016, so far. The current level is redolent of the late 80’s / early 90’s, IMO.

So try it, Gentle Reader. Google yourself for “Costco 144.” You get this:

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And that leads to this:

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Oh well.

MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY: It’s Time Once Again for the HOW WEIRD Street Faire – Sunday, Noon, SoMA – May 1, 2016

Friday, April 29th, 2016

It’s time once again for How Weird, so dress appropriately and get on out there – it’s cosmic!

“The 17th annual How Weird Street Faire
“The Cosmic Stew”
Sunday May 1, 2016 from Noon to 8pm
Centered at Howard and 2nd Streets, San Francisco, Earth
$20 for a Magic Sticker at the faire.
Use the hashtag #hwsf to talk about the How Weird Street Faire.”

It’s going to be The Most Diverse Gathering Ever Held, or something.

Coming this May Day May Day May Day.

Deets below.

Ah memories: Second Street in the SoMA:

“The Most Diverse Gathering Ever Held

The San Francisco Bay Area festival season begins with the 17th annual HowWeird Street Faire on Sunday May 1, 2016 from Noon to 8pm. For one day only, in the emerging heart of downtown San Francisco, there will be a sensational spectacle of creativity. The How Weird Street Faire is a menagerie of attractions, including a world renowned music festival featuring 10 stages of different styles of dance music, an open air art festival filling an expanded Art Alley, a unique market of interesting vendors and delicious food, and a platform for performers of every type.  People in colorful costumes from around the world will come together to celebrate diversity, multiculturism, and peace. This year’s theme is “The Cosmic Stew”, a fusion of individual perspectives and all of the different ways of living.

How Weird 2016 will be a weird World’s Fair of traditional and post-modern communities, mixed together to form a cosmic stew of new potential, and reach a deeper level of understanding. It will be a chance to experience the world in one place. The faire will bring tens of thousands of unique cultures together to coexist in peace, proving that it is possible. The How Weird Street Faire celebrates acceptance, showing the world that relative differences can be a good thing, and that being weird is wonderful. It’s a weird, weird world that’s becoming more connected every day. It is urgent that we learn to live together peacefully.

The How Weird Street Faire is centered at Howard and 2nd Streets, or 37°47’12.4″ N, 122°23’53.7″ W. The faire is located in the SoMa district of San Francisco, what has become the center of the technology industry for the city, and perhaps the world. How Weird attracts many of the area’s innovative technologists and internet pioneers, who are making a profound effect on the world with their digital tools. The area is home to a large concentration of art galleries and museums. How Weird attracts many types of artists and lovers of art and culture. The faire, the area, and the participants represent the convergence of art and technology, the fusion of creativity and possibilities. HowWeird is a place where evolutionary ideas can form, paving the way for fresh perspectives and new ways of viewing the world.

This year, the three entrances to the faire are at Howard and 1st Streets, at Howard and New Montgomery Streets, and at Mission and 2nd Streets. It is strongly recommended to take public transportation to the faire. The How WeirdStreet Faire is located a short walk from Market Street and the Montgomery BART station, as well as Caltrains Station, Transbay Terminal, and many MUNI lines.

Once again, there will be aerialists from Sky High Odditorium performing over the center intersection. Check the How Weird website for times.

Art Alley will showcase the visual arts, with live and exhibited artwork, interactive pieces, and local craft vendors. See the extreme creativity that San Francisco is famous for, and participate in the creation of exquisite art. Art Alley will expand again this year, filling all of Tehama Street from 1st Street to 2nd Street. Stroll the legendary open air gallery, and be inspired. Art Alley features fantastic visionary artists from around the Bay Area, surrounded by the sounds of eclectic downtempo music.

Music and dance will be featured throughout the faire. How Weird showcases some of the best electronic music played on some of the world’s most advanced sound technology. Cutting-edge artists from across the Bay Area will provide an ideal soundtrack for your dancing pleasure. Each stage represents different styles and communities. Together they form one of the most diverse and talented music festivals ever held.

For 2016, there will be 10 stages of dance music produced by Symbiosis, Opel, Opulent Temple, Muti Music, Enchanted Forest, Northern Nights, Underground Nomads, Hookahdome, Pulse SF, Party Babas, Mountain Lion Hi-Fi, Think You Can DJ, Huntinanny, and more. There will also be live bands along the new First Street Wrap Around, bridging the divide between Howard Street and Art Alley.

The How Weird Street Faire will participate in National Dance Week again, for the fourth year. Join with people from across the country in a special dance for 2016, and watch dance performers of many different styles on the Dance Stage near the center intersection. Celebrate the wonders of dancing, and all the many forms dance takes.

The How Weird Street Faire is filled with vendors from around the world selling unique and designer goods. From clothing to art to jewelry and accessories, you can find interesting things and new styles for the beginning of the 2016 festival season. How Weird features an unusually diverse shopping experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Seven food trucks will offer a wide variety of meals, and five bars will provide delicious drinks. See the How Weird website to find out who will be there, and what specials they will be offering.

$20 is the cost of the Magic Sticker, which comes with even more magic. You can get the Magic Sticker at the faire entrances, or you can get them online before the faire.
Enjoy all that the faire has to offer. The How Weird Street Faire is a donation-based event, and $20 is the requested donation which also gets participants a Magic Sticker. The sticker comes with lots of discounts and fun activities and many free things at all of the faire vendors and bars. How Weird recommends getting the presale Magic Stickers to save money and save time upon arrival. Your contributions keep the faire going.

How Weird welcomes all ages, and all types of people. The faire is handicapped accessible. Glass bottles and weapons are not allowed in the faire. Please come to the faire with an open mind, dancing shoes, and a colorful costume.

The How Weird Street Faire is a project of the educational non-profit World Peace Through Technology Organization. For more information on the non-profit and peace visit http://www.peacetour.org

Presale Magic Stickers are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/howweird-2016-tickets-22471620221

Commemorating 501 Weeks on the Streets of San Francisco: The FALLEN, FALLEN IS BABYLON Guy

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Just a guess on the 501 weeks part, but this guy’s been out there on Market a long, long time – at least since the aughts.

Anyway, this “one original” man must have “endless stories” of Life on the Street by now.

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Remember when Willie Brown turned Market Street into the Champs-Élysées Of The West? I do. And then a good part of it “transformed” into the “world-class” Twitterloin.

But all I see is how much the place has stayed the same…