Posts Tagged ‘back’

Wow, This YouTube Video of a Pan Am Boeing 747 Takeoff and Landing Incident from 1971 at SFO is an Eye-Opener

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

In this case, the case of Pan Am Flight 845, registration N747PA, the cure was worse than the disease.

The disease was making mistakes on how to take off from a shortened runway while ensuring the jetwash from this jumbo didn’t affect cars driving along near SFO.

The cure was telling people to evacuate from the nose while it was rising up higher and higher.

Oh, and the emergency landing was no picnic either, giving the already-damaged landing gear an unnecessary thwack:

Check the YouTube starting at 5:30 or so.

Inside of Asiana 214, I think I’d have been all GTFO. But with PanAm 845, I would have ambled down to steerage and simply hopped onto the tarmac.

I don’t think I’d have listened to the flight crew to just drop 60 feet down, I don’t think I’d have been a player in Back Injury Theatre  is what I’m saying…

OMG, Sting Plays Frisco June 2nd! At the “America’s Cup Pavilion?” Yes – That’s the New Name for Piers 27-29

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

I’ll tell you, I don’t know why former Mayor Gavin Newsom trying to cut a sweetheart deal with Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison in exchange for being made Honorable, Grand Exalted Ambassador at Large for the America’s Cup 2013 isn’t considered a form of bribery, but there you go.

Anyway, the upshot is that Sting will have a place to perform his greatest hits in the 415 on June 2nd, 2013. Ticks go on sale February 22nd. Deets below.

Uh, how many motor yachts are going to putt-putt across the Atlantic and through the Panama canal to see a staged race of overly-large catamarans and how much money will the Eurotrash spend in town while they’re here? Not as many/much as “projected,” that’s for sure. Presenting your wasteful (and yet somehow “sustainable”) America’s Cup 34:

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All the deets, after the jump.

Sting: Back To Bass Tour Extends Through 2013

NEW NORTH AMERICAN & EUROPEAN DATES ANNOUNCED

Performing His Most Celebrated Hits, Stripped Down With A 5-Piece Band

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Here’s Something New: Position-Aware Wheel Bike Lights – White in Front and Red in Back

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Now when I say “new” I mean it’s new to me, Gentle Reader.

How do these lights know when to flash on?

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This kind of thing is similar to but different from revolights, right?

Wow: Seeing San Francisco From Above the Mission District Through “Omni-Vision” – Rear Window, Cessna Skyhawk

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Hey man, nice shot.

Via singlespeeder2007:

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Viewing notes:

Hey, can you guess which street in San Francisco was remade to be a firebreak, you know, around 1906? Sure you can. Just look at the photo. You see, it, unlike the useless, quarter-mile long, Octavia Boulevard “Livable Streets” experiment, is wide for a reason. 

Omni-Vision – This referred to the rear windows on some Cessna singles, starting with the 182 and 210 in 1962, the 172 in 1963 and the 150 in 1964. The term was intended to make the pilot feel visibility was improved on the notably poor-visibility Cessna line. The introduction of the rear window caused in most models a loss of cruise speed due to the extra drag, while not adding any useful visibility

Better Know Your Pied-Billed Grebes of Golden Gate Park – Adorable, Adorable Chicks Ride on Mama’s Back

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Here’s the father:

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And here’s Mom:

Four young-uns in this nest:

A safe place to be:

Hungry, always hungry:

Warm:

TTFN:

The Large Sutro Tower-Related Back Tattoo That the San Francisco Chronicle DOES NOT Want You to See.

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

For some reason.

For some reason, The Chronic wants to use a thumbnail of this image below to promote a recent bit about Sutro, but The Chronic doesn’t want people to see the actual photo.

A bit of tease, non?

Anyway, here it is, a larger version plus a link to the source. It’s Famous Bay Area web technologist Elly Jonez from back when she was keeping busy making this tat – it took two years.

Oh, and look for the raven*:

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*For some reason, IRL, ravens and crows love the Sutro Tower – sometimes they congregate way up at the top high above San Francisco.

The Best San Francisco-Related Tattoo Ever – “Two Years Later, This Is Finally Done” – Sutro Tower and Corvid

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Famous Bay Area web technologist Elly Jonez has been keeping busy, looks like:

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Does Your Motorcycle Jacket have a Prominent Metallic Spine? If Not, Why Not?

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Here’s the thing about this red leather motosickle jacket from Icon – you need to scuff up the metal part before you go around wearing this indoors, as this fellow was doing. It’s no good to be at a getogether with your spine all polished up and shiny. You gots to have scuffed up, as if you wreck every couple of weeks or so.

Just as Oprah doesn’t want to see unburned candles around the house, or plastic sheeting on couches neither, see? You gotta live, baby. So burn down those candle wicks, even if it’s just for a second or two, and then scuff up your carbon fiber encased jacket spine. Isn’t it boss?  

Dude looks like a ninja turtle, and what’s wrong so with that?

Jerry Brown Throws Down – Massive Medi-Cal Fraud Case Against Medical Labs

Friday, March 20th, 2009

The phrase of the day is “qui tam.” It’s Latin for “million dollar payday,” assuming of course you are a False Claims Act whistleblower and you win, the way this federal case worked out.

California State Attorney General Jerry Brownannounced this morning news of a case in San Mateo concerning fraud and kickbacks and hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s a doozy. Read all about it in his words, below.

Brown Sues to Recover Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Illegally Diverted from Medi-Cal

LOS ANGELES – Responding to a whistleblower’s allegation of “massive Medi-Cal fraud and kickbacks,” Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. joined legal action against seven private laboratories to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal overcharges to the state’s medical program for the poor.

“In the face of declining state revenues, these medical laboratories have siphoned off hundreds of millions of dollars from programs intended for the most vulnerable California families.” Attorney General Brown said. “Such a pattern of massive Medi-Cal fraud and kickbacks cannot be tolerated, and I will take every action the law allows to recover what is owed,” Brown added.

According to whistleblower Chris Riedel, the CEO of Hunter Laboratories, “I confirmed with the California Department of Health Care Services that these practices were illegal. We then had a choice–either join the other labs in violating the law or be unable to compete for business. We choose to suffer the financial consequence, and follow the law.”

The lawsuit, which is pending in San Mateo Superior Court, contends that the 7 medical labs systematically overcharged the Medi-Cal program over the past 15 years.

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After 64 years, Smokey the Bear gets a Makeover. “Get Your Smokey On!”

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

Guess what. Smokey the Bear is back, baby. And he’s all bear. Smokey recently came to San Francisco’s City Hall to show off his new look.

Kind of a gender bending ad campaign, you might think. Check the video if you want. CGI S.B. is now voiced by Sam Elliot, sort of.

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What would you make of this scene?

Feel free to check things out. The Bear is Back, after all.

The problem with this new Poochie-esque makeover of shirtless Smokey is that, at least in San Francisco, this is a bear:

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via markjhandel’s flickrstream

But if the new half Fonzerelli/half Smoking Joe Camel Smokey doesn’t do it for you, there’s always the national Real Time Wildfire Map to look at. It’s kind of cool.

And your kids might like this. Stay safe this summer!