Posts Tagged ‘academy of sciences’

Forget About That Blue and Gold Dress: Do You See Two Cats or a Cat and a Pig?

Friday, July 24th, 2015

The one on the left is definitely ID’ed as a cat, but I’m seeing a lot of bear or pig or bear-pig in the unlabeled and supposed “cat” on the right:

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Bears have muzzles and piggies have muzzles, but cats don’t have muzzles, right?

See for yourself at our CalAcademy in GGP

The Roof of Our World-Famous California Academy of Sciences Now Smells Exactly Like a Burger King – Exactly

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

I’m talking exactly.


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Of course the nearby Inner Sunset district used to have the World’s Smallest Burger King (just a skosh under the then all-important 1000 square foot threshold), but it, just as with Cole Valley’s Bacon Bacon, had issues with neighbors complaining about the smell.

So head on up to the wavy wavy roof for a sniff. And while you’re there, check out Color of Life. It’s excellent.

Official UBER Log-In Photo Depicts Illegal Driving on Music Concourse Drive in Golden Gate Park

Friday, June 12th, 2015

You know, just saying.

What’s this, a Photoshopped California Academy of Sciences being used on an Uber website? I think so.

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Well, the car’s pointing in the wrong direction, that’s all.

Hey, does the our California Academy of Sciences or Recreation and Park Department get any Uber money for helping fill out with commercial photography?

You know, just asking.

If now you’re yearning for a little color after deconstructing this desaturated image, check out the grand opening of Color of Life this weekend:

“There’s more to color than meets the eye. This summer, the California Academy of Sciences will unveil Color of Life, a major new exhibit that explores the connection between charismatic colors and their starring role in the natural world. Celebrate the opening of this exhibit with fun programs and performances all weekend.

Program Partners include EnChroma, Inc., Conservatory of Flowers, California Wolf Center, Little Artistas, Bryson Voirin, California Academy of Sciences Exhibit Studio (Saturday only), and California Academy of Sciences Department of Botany (Sunday only).

Activities will take place in the Piazza from 10AM to 4PM on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14.”

If You Live in SF, You and Your Fam Can Visit the Academy of Sciences for Free, Courtesy of Target Stores

Monday, February 23rd, 2015


Of course there are other days you can visit this place for free, but the lines can be quite long because the whole world is invited. It can look like this:

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Or at least that’s my impression. Just look at this – these people in the pouring rain on JFK Drive were hundreds and hundreds of yards away from the main entrance. The nice thing about zip code-based free neighborhood weekends is that it’s not as crowded as this, plus they throw in Fridays too.

Anyway, the days for 2015 go from February 27th to March 22.

All the deets:

“San Francisco residents enjoy free admission on designated weekends each spring and fall, according to zip code.

Free admission is available for San Francisco residents of each zip code during the designated dates listed below. Visiting adults are limited to six children for free entry. Proof of residency* is required.

Bernal Heights, Castro, Cole Valley, Glen Park, Haight, Lake Merced, Mission, Noe Valley, St. Francis Wood
Zip codes: 94110, 94114, 94117, 94127, 94131, 94132
Spring 2015 Free Days: Feb. 27, 28, Mar. 1

Parkside, Sunset
Zip codes: 94116, 94122
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 6, 7, 8

Chinatown, Marina, Nob Hill, North Beach, Presidio, Richmond, Russian Hill, Seacliff, Telegraph Hill, Western Addition
Zip codes: 94108, 94109, 94115, 94118, 94121, 94123, 94126, 94129, 94133
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 13, 14, 15

Bayview-Hunters Point, Downtown, Hayes Valley, Ingelside-Excelsior, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, SoMa, Tenderloin, Treasure Island, Visitacion Valley
Zip codes: 94102, 94103, 94104, 94105, 94107, 94111, 94112, 94124, 94130, 94134, 94158
Spring 2015 Free Days: Mar. 20, 21, 22

* Each visiting adult must show a valid photo ID with proof of residency. The following items or combinations are acceptable:

A driver license or state ID card

Photo ID plus postmarked envelope, postcard, or magazine label with name and date

Photo ID plus utility bill (gas/electric/cable), bank statement, or letter from a government agency with name and home address (not a P.O. Box)”

R.I.P. Moss Room Restaurant – Now Here’s the Outdoorsy, More Casual “Terrace” at the California Academy of Sciences

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

[UPDATE: So I’ve been looking for any kind of support for The San Francisco Chronicle’s objections to Sodexo, but I’m not finding much. Throw in this rewrite from well-trafficked EaterSF of the Chronicle bit linked below and see that the obviously-well-trafficked Chron got a total of four comments on the matter.

And, oh look, The Terrace is now officially approved by District One Supervisor Eric Mar and District Four Supervisor Katy Tang.

And here’s what the place looks like on a foggier day.

And now we’ve also got these posts:

Academy of Sciences opens “The Terrace” cafe for garden dining from The Richmond District Blog

New academy restaurant maintains Bay Area culinary trend by David Boitano, Steinhart Aquarium[!] Examiner

And here’s the new menu of The Terrace

So that’s a wrap on the Academy’s new eatery.]

Or The Terrace, if you prefer, at our California Academy of Sciences

Believe it or not, this is a color photo:

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Oh, this is better:

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Comes now the San Francisco Chronicle’s Paolo Lucchesi to complain about the choice of vendor for this eatery (and BTW, it’s also the new vendor for  Academy Cafe, about which more anon). 

So I don’t know – basically what’s happening is we’re losing the subterranean fine dining Moss Room but gaining the more casual Terrace. I’ll tell you, I was invited to sample the food twice at the Moss Room, both for the first iteration a while back and then for one of the more recent efforts, and I declined because I’m not really competent to judge food, frankly. (But at the time I wondered how the place would do considering its location, which aint good for several reasons…)

Anyway, I don’t get the beef over the new vendor. I assume that everything will work out fine.

Speaking of which, here’s the new menu from the Academy Cafe, which just started up October 1st or so:


Now back to the Terrace – here you go, some bites with goat cheese. It was yummy:

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And here’s a salad:

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And here’s what’s in the salad:

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And here’s the pizetta:

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And so on…

Do you see what I mean here? The Terrace isn’t a replacement for the Moss Room – it’s just what came next after the Moss Room didn’t work out. And the basement location of the Moss Room would appear to make a great semi-hidden event space…

(I can recall how upset some people were about getting a new vendor at the nearby Stow Lake Boathouse a few years back. The “local” vendor basically responded to the RPD beauty contest with a real half-assed attitude – he thought he deserved the contract no matter what. I didn’t agree with that either.)

Anyway, if the food writers of the Chronicle want to head out to the Park to see the set-up, I’m sure they’d be welcome to do so…

All the deets:


Coyote Warnings are Out Again in Golden Gate Park – At the Conservatory and Academy – But Don’t Say, “Clever Girl!”

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

I’m not sure when CW Nevius SF Coyote Hysteria hit its peak – I think it was a year or two after he moved to town, so it must have been a year or two ago. Here’s a sample, where the SF newcomer uses the term “we” as if he were a long-timer:

Simple-Minded San Francisco Chronicle Writer CW Nevius Considers Urban Coyotes Dangerous and Pit Bulls Harmless

So how many people have been nipped at by San Francisco coyotes since the Era of Alarmism? How about zero? Compare that with the number of people hospitalized from dog attacks over the same period.  Mmmm…

Anyway, there are more signs than usual on the East Si-iiide of the park these days:

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And here’s some mockery of these now-famous coyote signs, from back in the day


Arc of a Diver, Effortlessly: Cleaning the Childrens Eel Garden, Academy of Sciences

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

It’s Kid’s Only at the Childrens Eel Garden at our world-famous Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park:

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OMG, Baby Pygmy Seahorses at Our California Academy of Sciences! Watch This Short Video – You Won’t Believe Your Eyes

Friday, July 4th, 2014

All right, play SPOT THE SEAHORSE right now.

There’s a pencil, some coral, some water and a seahorse here:

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Or should they be called seafoals, IDK.

Check it:

Baby Pygmy Seahorses Are Even Cuter Than You Think

The deets:

Meet the Academy’s brood of baby pygmy seahorses—the first ever to be born in an aquarium. Get close up view of these adorable babies in this behind-the-scenes video. To learn more about the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences visit:…

In closing:

 Baby Pygmy Seahorses!

 Baby Pygmy Seahorses!

 Baby Pygmy Seahorses!

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: Penguins + Pajamas + Your Family = Fun at the Academy of Sciences Sleepover This Friday

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Word comes from Scholastic that it will bring a bunch of books to San Francisco to promote its Summer Reading Challenge at this Friday’s Penguins + Pajamas event:

“The California Academy of Sciences will be hosting an “Penguins + Pajamas” event (their wildly popular kid museum sleepover) in partnership with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge on Friday June 13th at 6 p.m. CT.  

We plan on providing over 300 children’s books (The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System), Harry Potter and The Magic School Bus posters Captain Underpants trading cards, WordGirl stickers, Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge glow-in-the-dark bookmarks, EVEREADY flashlights and batteries (our sponsor this year), tote bags, reading certificates, summer reading book lists and more as kids learn about the night sky at one the nation’s most well-respected and popular scientific and cultural institutions.”

That was the wind-up, now here’s the pitch:

“On Friday, June 13, join us for a Brain Power Sleepover. Explore the museum at night while you have fun putting your brain power to work. Solve mind-boggling puzzles, marvel at the stars in a late night planetarium show, participate in the 2014 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and get a free book! Learn about everything from brains to biology with interactive programs, live demos, and hands-on activities.”

(And if you’re going to do this, you might as well get a Membership, just saying.)

Just think, this could be you:

See you there!

2-Minute Video: The View from Hamon Tower, de Young Museum – One Lap of the 9th Floor on a Dreaded Sunny Day

Monday, March 24th, 2014