Posts Tagged ‘alley’

A Hater’s Guide to the San Francisco Geography of Pixar’s “Inside Out” – Realistic Enough, But a Sort of Generic SF

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Did I say “hater?” Nah, that’s not the case, as Inside Out is a fine film. But as far as far as portraying a realistic San Francisco, it’s no Big Hero Six.

Let’s get the Lloyd Bentsen-style sanctimony out of the way – let me school this new movie:

Inside Out, I served with Big Hero Six.

I knew Big Hero Six.

Big Hero Six was a friend of mine.

Inside Out, you are no Big Hero Six.

(Big Hero 6 is awesome – it’s geographically correct, for the most part. Check it.)

Now we’ll deal with IO’s moving-to-Frisco scenes.

1. Golden Gate Bridge seen from Marin County – This view is all kinds of messed up, IIRC, and I do.

2. Looking up at GGB from its roadbed – Perfect, almost photorealistic.

3. Foot of Market Street near the Ferry Building. – Perfectly fine.

4. 1000 block of Lombard Street – Cars are too small – it’s never that crowded, actually.

5. Red cable car #25 on Hyde Street? – A generic view, but pretty good.

6. 21 Royal Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 – Well, if you’re on the unit (000) block of an alley that goes up a hill and across a regular street to continue on to the 100 block of the very same alley, well, I think we’re out of luck.

Here’s the alley. The telephone pole and blue Recology garbage / recycling can are true-to-life:

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Now here’s the real-life 21 Allen – it’s as close as I can find.

(Let’s not get into driving and parking – the driver does about average, considering he just blew into town.)

So that’s it – Inside Out shows SF well, but it’s not up to the level of other efforts.

(And oh, speaker of haters, they unloaded gallons of Hater-Ade upon poor, poor Cars 2:

The (mostly false) narrative after that was that Pixar got sequel happy and the quality dipped. Cars 2 was as much a passion project for John Lasseter as a merchandising cash cow, and the film did earn $559m worldwide despite lousy reviews and a low (for Pixar) $191m domestic total.”

Cars 2 is awesome, compared with what people say about poor poor Cars 2. Oh well.)

Does San Francisco Really Have a “French Quarter?” Not Really, Despite What Microsoft Says

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Well, here it is, from the Bing Maps:

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(IDK, this is less offensive than “Uptown Tenderloin,” one supposes, you know, coming from San Francisco’s non-profit profiteers.)

French Quarter sounds a bit, grandiose?

Here’s the cure, as usual, from wilds of the Internet:

Ha. No one here knows by that name. There’s not a distinct boundary for the collection of French-serving restaurants and businesses near the French Consulate, the church and school of Notre Dame des Victoires on Bush Street. But apparently it’s been dubbed by some hotel marketing person as the “French Quarter.” Belden Alley and Claude Alley intersect with Bush Street, and each have some French cafes. On Bush/Grant Ave. is the Cafe de la Presse — a coffee house with French and international newspapers, and restaurant. There’s Cafe Claude on Claude and some other bistros. Plouf! is an excellent mussel house on Belden…”

All right, keep on Binging, Microsoft.

Angry, Angry Walrus and the Noose S/He’s Going to Use to Hang You – Alaska Commercial, 350 Cal

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Walruses, walruses everywhere down in the 94104.

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It’s payback time:

The Perpetually Wet and Smelly Alley Behind the Michelin-Starred Michael Mina Restaurant Gets a Boost from This Fellow

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Let’s call this place 50 Halleck, 94111.

This fellow took his full 21 seconds to wetten the ground in the Michael Mina delivery area, with an enviable flow and velocity, just whip it out in the middle of the street:

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Hurray. Hurray for Halleck!

Feel free to travel from the front room at Michael Mina on California through the kitchen to its back door on Halleck, but do it slowly, else you’ll get the Bends

The Historic Clocks of Van Ness Avenue, Chapter One: As Seen from Olive Alley

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Old school!

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Art Deco!

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I’ll say this – Auto Row aint what it used to be.

This has been The Historic Clocks of Van Ness Avenue, Chapter One: As Seen from Olive Alley.

Mid-Market Update: Marinello School of Beauty Declares WORLD’S SMALLEST DRUG-FREE ZONE – Just a Five Foot Radius

Monday, October 20th, 2014

This photo came from longtime SoMA resident Bluoz:

“New sign in the doorway of Marinello’s School of Beauty in Mid Market, San Francisco, where all this takes place

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He continues:

“Help us have four more years of this. Vote for Randy Shaw Jane Kim for District 6 Supervisor in San Francisco.”

CORN HOLE, Octavia Street

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

In the words of San Francisco’s Famous Akit:

“Just got back from a church bazaar. Who calls a children’s game ‘corn hole?'”

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I won’t even tell you what was happening on the very same day, the last Sunday of July, on nearby Dore Alley…

Know Better Your Obscure Public Parks: The Two-Star-Rated Cow Hollow Playground – It Looks Like Somebody’s Backyard

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Here it is, at Miley and Baker near Greenwich, San Francisco, CA 94123 – Marina/Cow Hollow.

Here’s the review:

“Place is hidden & small. Typically overcrowded (mainly due to size), but also a nice oasis in the sea of the city.”

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Now you Know Better Your Obscure Public Parks.

Octavia Update: “HELP SAVE OUR GARDEN – SIGN OUR PETITION” – Growing Home Community Garden

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Is this garden a thing? I wasn’t aware.

Anyway, when SFGov turns down your proposal to do something with some unused property just “temporary,” well, this is the reason why SFGov says no no no.

Anyway, this place is still there, for now

Six Seconds on Sixth Street Back in 2010: Open-Air Spanking, Backwards Stand-Up Trike, Sassing the SFPD

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Here’s what you could see over the course of six seconds on Sixth Street back in 2010:

Photo One – an open-air street spanking upon a willing participant for tout le monde to see:

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Photo Two – some kind of gravity trike being used by a FastPass-equipped pilot going backwards past the car you can see in Photo One. I’ve never seen this kind of vehicle before, don’t know what makes it go:

And Photo Three – an involved yell-fest with the popo:

It was quite an active scene down there betwixt Jesse and Stevenson, non?