Posts Tagged ‘bell’

This is the Large Bell 412 Helicopter That’s Flying Low Over Town Right Now – It’s Sniffing for Radiation – Super Bowl 50-Related?

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Whucka, whucka, whucka, whucka…

This National Nuclear Security Administration bird is shaking the building I’m in right now, oh well. This is what is looks like:

radiation-copter

And here’s a shot from Frisco – yesterday, closer to the Financh

Bell 412, baby!

Stay frosty, people!

Whucka, whucka, whucka, whucka…

San Francisco Bay Area Aerial Radiation Assessment Survey

Press Release
Jan 27, 2016

(SAN JOSE and SAN FRANCISCO, California) – A helicopter may be seen flying at low altitudes over portions of the San Francisco Bay Area from January 29 through February 6, 2016. The purpose of the flyovers is to measure naturally occurring background radiation.

Officials from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced that the radiation assessment will cover a collection of areas spanning approximately 22 square miles. A twin-engine Bell 412 helicopter, operated by the Remote Sensing Laboratory Aerial Measuring System from Nellis Air Force Base, will be equipped with radiation sensing technology. The helicopter will fly in a grid pattern over the areas at 150 feet (or higher) above the ground surface at a speed of approximately 80 miles per hour. Flyovers will occur only during daylight hours and are estimated to take about three hours to complete per area.

The measurement of naturally occurring radiation to establish baseline levels is a normal part of security and emergency preparedness. NNSA is making the public aware of the upcoming flights so that citizens who see the low-flying aircraft are not alarmed.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear explosive testing; works to reduce the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad. Visit www.nnsa.energy.gov for more information.

What San Francisco 49ers Fever Looked Like on the Race to the Super Bowl – Great Photo from the Civic Center Blog

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

This shot from Michael Strickland almost looks as if it were staged, but it wasn’t:

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See you next year, same time, same place!

Until then, enjoy this folk art now installed on Geary in the Inner Richmond District:

Probably the Best Make-Out Place in Town: Bell Plumbing Van up on a Pole – Another “Elevated Everyday Object”

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Looks like them Duke boys are at it again:

As seen from the Bayshore Freeway, the 101.

Quick Description: An elevated van for Bell Plumbing on 26TH St in San Francisco, CA.

You Know Who Hasn’t Aged a Bit? Hot “Rod” from Bell Plumbing – His Friendly Request? “Please Call Me, (415) 550-0777”

Friday, September 27th, 2013

And then when you do, he never shows up!

It’s always some other dude who’s not as hot as Hot Rod.

Oh well.

Now, don’t even ask about Bitch Patrol in the OutSet, the Outer Sunset a waaaaay out there there in the West Bay.

And here’s this, from The Richmond:

Rod, you’re older than I yet you’ll bury us all.

Keep on keeping on!

The Legendary Whistle-Blowing Cyclist of San Francisco – Straight Outta Portlandia – My Very Own White Whale

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Here’s a whistling cyclist from Portland, sort of:

And here’s the San Francisco analogue, but IRL, and with an Andy Thornley (of the all-knowing, all-seeing SFMTA) bonus:

IDK, a ding ding bell not’s good enough for ya?

I think the problem with riding around with a whistle in your mouth is that you might tend to use it too much.

Anyway, job done. I now have a new white whale to chase down, you know, auditorially – it’s this guy with the train horn

Oh Wow, Here’s the New $100 Bill – See What It Looks Like, Front and Back, Plus Backlit and Under UV Light – It’s Awesome!

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Well, here it is, coming to a drug deal near you, the new $100 bill for 2013 and beyond.

You see, those North Koreans think it’s funny to counterfeit our money and this is the response from the U.S. Treasury.

All right, via  NewMoney.gov, from the front:

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Now, see it lit up from the back:

Here’s it lit with ultraviolet  light:

And here it is from the back:

“April 24, 2013

Federal Reserve Announces Day of Issue of Redesigned $100 Note

The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced that the redesigned $100 note will begin circulating on October 8, 2013. This note, which incorporates new security features such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon, will be easier for the public to authenticate but more difficult for counterfeiters to replicate.

The new design for the $100 note was unveiled in 2010, but its introduction was postponed following an unexpected production delay. To ensure a smooth transition to the redesigned note when it begins circulating in October, the U.S. Currency Education Program is reaching out to businesses and consumers around the world to raise awareness about the new design and inform them about how to use its security features. More information about the new design $100 note, as well as training and educational materials, can be found at www.newmoney.gov.

For media inquiries, call 202-452-2955.”

Dirty Harry 1970’s Time Capsule: Groove on KGO’s Orange Chopper and KPIX 5’s Robin’s Egg Blue Van

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Well, Dirty Harry debuted 40 years ago so let’s use his movie series to see what the 415 looked like back in the 1970’s.

From The Enforcer, here’s KGO Radio’s groovy orange Bell 47J Ranger, looking not that much different from the choppers they used on M*A*S*H*.

Above the old Embarcadero Freeway and close to the build site for Embarcadero 4 (our youngest Embarcadero, it turns out) and Embarcadero 5,  the crazy Hyatt Regency Embarcadero Hotel:

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And back then, the Equinox revolving restaurant actually revolved. See it atop the Hyatt?

“The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is a large, imposing exposed concrete structure. It was built in 1972, designed by notorious architect John Portman. He is known for his outlandish designs. The Hyatt Regency here is no exception. It’s hard to describe, but I’ll try. It was built as a modern concrete structure around an atrium with extensive use of odd angles…presumably to take advantage of the odd, triangular-shaped property and beautiful bay/city views. From some angles it looks like a normal building, others like a pyramid, and from yet others like spires shooting up to the sky. It’s extremely unique and enjoyable to look at by us architecture and engineering dweebs. To everyone else, it’s a big gaudy hotel that is seriously starting to look dated architecturally.”

Now here’s Harry leaving City Hall back in the mid-1970’s – can you imagine an uglier color than this blue?

I can’t.

Anyway, stay groovy…

Haight Shoe Repair – Birkenstock, Welcome!

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Or maybe you’d prefer the old sign?

The Yelpers seem to like this store, but they’re hardly unified on the matter.

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Jerry Brown Throws Down: Brings It to Bell, CA – Establishes Voter Fraud Hotline

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Our California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide political cabals taking over California towns, towns like notorious Bell, CA. So he’s doing something about it today.

Take a look, below. Seems like a good start.

El Protector de la Gente, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk

All the deets:

Brown Expands Bell Probe and Establishes Hotline for Voting Fraud Complaints

LOS ANGELES — Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. subpoenaed personal financial records of present and former officials involved in the City of Bell salary scandal today and ordered them to appear for depositions to be taken under oath within two weeks.

Brown also announced that his office has set up a toll-free telephone hotline for citizens to report allegations of possible illegal election conduct by Bell officials.

“My office has received several reports from residents of Bell indicating that city officials encouraged them to fill out absentee ballots and then collected the ballots,” Brown said. “We have seen similar reports in the Los Angeles Times. If these allegations are true, this could be a serious violation of state law.”

California law requires that absentee ballots must be mailed or brought to a polling place by the voter unless the voter is disabled or ill.

In the case of Bell, it appears as though improper procedures may have been followed by public officials in the very election that allowed the city to give out these outrageous salaries. If so, there may be grounds to seek additional civil or even criminal penalties.

“When city employees of a tiny suburb of L.A. make as much as or nearly double the salary of the President of the United States, things are out of control,” Brown said.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Omisoka! Ring in the New Year Tomorrow Morning at the Asian Art Museum, Japanese Style

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Our highly-rated Asian Art Museum on Larkin Street in Civic Center will welcome all to its 24th Annual Japanese New Year Bell Ringing Ceremony tomorrow, December 31st 2009

All the deets are below. Show up early (or better yet, become a member and show up earlier still) and maybe you and the fam will get a chance to ring the big bell yourself, thereby striking a blow against one of the 108 earthly desires.

This is how it’ll look:

(And then, on January 9th, it’ll be rice pounding time at the Mochisuki Mochi Pounding Ceremony.)

See you there!

24th Annual Japanese New Year

Bell Ringing Ceremony

A unique, fun, and family friendly way to ring in the new year!

Thursday, December 31, 2009
FREE with museum admission
Children 12 and under always admitted free!

9:30–11:00 am: Bell Ringing for Asian Art Museum Members
10:00 am–2:00 pm: Art Activities
11:00 am: Bell Ringing Ceremony

Say goodbye to 2009 with family and friends…by taking a swing at a giant temple bell!

Bring your loved ones to the Asian Art Museum and literally “ring in” the New Year, Japanese-style.

Everyone is invited to participate in the auspicious Japanese tradition of striking a temple bell. This popular event offers the community a memorable opportunity to reflect peacefully upon the passing year.

As in past observances, a 2100-lb., sixteenth-century Japanese bronze bell originally from a temple in Tajima Province in Japan and now part of the museum’s permanent collection will be struck 108 times with a large custom-hewn log. According to Japanese custom, this symbolically welcomes the New Year and curbs the 108 bonno (mortal desires) which, according to Buddhist belief, torment humankind.

It is hoped that with each reverberation the bad experiences, wrong deeds, and ill luck of the past year will be wiped away. Thus, tolling heralds the start of a joyous, fresh New Year.

There will be a short performance of Japanese folk songs preceding the ceremony. Then, Zen Buddhist priest Gengo Akiba Roshi will conduct a blessing and begin the bell ringing. Akiba Roshi is director of the Soto Zen Buddhism North American office. He is also Zen teacher at Oakland’s Kojin-an Zendo.

Hands-on art activities are offered in the education studios to entertain families while waiting for their turn at the bell. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy the special exhibition, Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma.

Tickets

Numbered tickets to ring the bell are assigned to visitors on a first-come, first-serve basis in South Court beginning at 10:00 am, when the museum opens to the public. No advance reservations are accepted. 108 groups of four to six people will be assembled to strike the bell.

Bell Ringing for Asian Art Museum Members

Asian Art Museum members are invited to a special members-only bell-ringing ceremony at 9:30 am. Doors open at 9:00 am. Numbered tickets distributed at the Membership Desk. RSVP: members@asianart.org