Posts Tagged ‘book’

Oh My Gosh, It’s a Mash Letter from France: “San Francisco, La Grille Sur Les Collines / The Grid Meets the Hills” – Mapping SF

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Via famed bay area mapmaker Doug McCune comes word of a book from 1999:

San Francisco, la grille sur les collines / the grid meets the hills (English and French Edition) Paperback – June 17, 1999, by Florence Lipsky ISBN: 9782863640777

Oh Ma Ga! I missed this one, both in 1999 and in 2010, when a mini-review appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle:

‘Grid Meets the Hills’ shows terrain shaping S.F

Take a look at these scans from 99% Invisible, a “tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.”

And here’s a peek from the Google Books.

Check it, it’s Vallejo and Jones:

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I’m going to get this book and read through it…

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!

Yet Another “My Father Was The Zodiac Killer” Story, But This One is a Book from HarperCollins: “The Most Dangerous Animal of All”

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Here’s the pitch:

“An explosive and historic book of true crime and an emotionally powerful and revelatory memoir of a man whose ten-year search for his biological father leads to a chilling discovery: His father is one of the most notorious-and still at large-serial killers in America.

Soon after his birth mother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. It was a quest that would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world.

Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan D. Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long search for his father following a complex trail of startling twists and connections. Combing through government records and news reports and through conversations with his father’s relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues, including forensic evidence, identifying his father as one of the most infamous and still-wanted serial killers in American history.”

But hey, what does the SFPD have to say about all this? Have they even had a chance?

I asked if HarperCollins had contact with the San Francisco Police Department, for verification purposes. No, and apparently for good reason. According to the book, Andreadis said, the San Francisco Police Department “knew more than they’re willing to admit.”

All right, well officially this book is being published today, May 13th, 2014.

That’s the news

Lean Over: The Photo of a “Female Plumber” That Sheryl Sandberg Doesn’t Want You to See

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Let’s see here:

“When a friend of Sheryl Sandberg’s was looking for a stock image of a female plumber, all she found online were women posing in lingerie and clutching wrenches.”

Mmmm. What if I tried to find stock images of a “female plumber?” Here, take a look, no foolsies.

Well, wrenches, sure, that’s the whole point. Holding a plumber’s wrench = plumber, right?

But “posing in lingerie?” Not so much.

In fact not at all! But this one is close, I ‘spose:

Gentle Reader, I’ll make the impolite suggestion that billionaire* Sheryl Sandberg’s conveniently-unidentified millionaire* friend doesn’t know what she* is doing when she hunts for images online.

Why not sell books and lead by NOT (re)telling lies/stories that don’t add up?

END OF LINE.

*Prolly.

OMG, It’s Republican Week at the Commonwealth Club: P.J. O’Rourke, Tom Perkins, and Amy Chua & Feb 12-14

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Your Commonwealth Club has gone stark raving mad for the Grand Old Party this week!

Check it here are the top three joints that the CC is promoting right now:

PJ O’Rourkewas the original Republican Party Reptile.

And Tom Perkins, he’s registered, baby. (NB: Nobody gives a flying foxtrot about your golf-delta watch, Tom Perkins. So you shouldn’t ever show it to people without them asking about it first.)

And Tiger Mother Amy Chua* et vir,** well, they sure sound Republican.

But rest assured, the following week features Barbara Boxer and other Dems flogging their books and causes and whatnot, so everything’ll be back to normal soon ‘nough.

Hurray!

This concludes OMG, It’s Republican Week at the Commonwealth Club: P.J. O’Rourke, Tom Perkins, and Amy Chua & Jed Rubenfeld Feb 12-14.

*”Provocative and profound, Chua and Rubenfeld will transform the way we think about success and achievement.” Uh, nope!

**Namely, Tiger Mother Baby Daddy (TMBD) Jed Rubenfeld. Who’s he? Let’s check his Wiki – “Personal life: Rubenfeld is Jewish.” OK then.

Oh No, Now Even Our San Francisco Zoo is Working Blue – “The Scoop on Poop” Opens January 25th 2014

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Taking a cue from our naughty, naughty PUC, your San Francisco Zoo has a new exhibition called The Scoop on Poop.

I’m appalled.

But your kids will love it.

And afterwards, check out the brand-new ELINOR FRIEND PLAYGROUND.

All right, see you there!

All the deets:

The Scoop on Poop! Opening Day

Special Members-Only Preview: January 25, 9:00 – 10:00 am
Open to Public: January 25, 10:00 am in the Pachyderm Building

Poop. Doo-doo. Dung. Number 2. No matter what you call it, you’ll be able to learn all about it at The Scoop on Poop, our latest special exhibition on view in the Pachyderm Building. Based on a popular children’s book by the same name by Dr. Wayne Lynch, The Scoop on Poop leads visitors on an investigation of what poop is and how animals and humans use it.

Animals use poop to build homes, hide from enemies, attract mates, send messages, and cool off – some even eat it! Veterinarians, farmers, naturalists, paleontologists, Maasai tribesmen, and power companies use it, too. Poop is a scientific puzzle, and with a little detective work, you can learn a lot about an animal by what it leaves behind.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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Julian Guthrie, the Oracle for Oracle’s Larry Ellison, Thinks That Larry is “Funding” the America’s Cup – WTF?

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Oh poor Larry Ellison!

Apparently, having the taxpayers of San Francisco fund his boat race debacle is taxing his nerves.

Per sycophantic Julian Guthrie:

Larry talked to me candidly about the challenge of working with the city. So if he wins again, I would guess that unless the city comes up with a lot of money to keep the cup here, it’s going elsewhere. Larry’s not going to keep funding it himself. Personally, I can’t imagine that there would be an America’s Cup in San Francisco again.”

Now, does Larry have an official spokesmodel? (I don’t think so. Else Larry might have issued a statement after the death of Andrew Simpson.) So I guess Julian Guthrie is serving in this capacity? OK fine.

Uh, Larry Ellison/Julian Guthrie, don’t you realize that the City of San Francisco is funding the 2013 America’s Cup? 

So, Larry Ellison, it’s you who owes us money, not the other way ’round.

That’s Issue One.

Issue Two is this: Julian Guthrie, you’ve ridden this douche canoe so far upriver that you’ve lost touch with reality. You have access, but what have you done with it?

Painting the “Russian Embassy” of the Western Addition is a Biiiiiig Job – A Freaking Decayed Giant – Start at the Bottom

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Here’s the quote, from the 1960′s:

Up at Fulton and Scott is a great shambling old Gothic house, a freaking decayed giant, known as The Russian Embassy

And here she is now, getting one shade of muddy green replaced with another:

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It would take me all summer to paint this monster

UPDATE: Apparently, someone spray painted “NO PERMIT PARKING IN ALAMO SQUARE” on the side of this hulk last month. As opposed to just hanging a sign? Would a frustrated, car-owning Alamo Square NIMBY do that to a house as an ironic punishment or did the owners themselves do it? It’s a  mystery. Haighteration, the Lower Haight Blog, has the latest on the issue of the SFMTA’s horrible horrible permit parking scheme.*

*I’m eligible to pay MUNI $104 per year for a permit but I don’t believe in the system so I don’t buy the permit. I’m sure the SFMTA would love to jack up the cost  to like $1000 but they can only charge a “fee” based on expenses. I believe that the “expenses” included the pay, benefits and retirement of 15 Parking Control Officers / meter maids but I don’t know that for sure. Quite sneaky to do that, SFMTA.

Why is This Lady CHP Officer Standing on the Central Freeway? The Better to Stop and/or Tase You

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

I have no idea how anyone could think that it was a good idea to end America’s primary east-west interstate freeway at Market and Octavia, but that’s what we have with the two-lane Central Freeway off-ramp these days.

Anyway right at the end of the off-ramp, the shoulder turns into a right-turn-only lane. And that’s right where this California Highway Patrol officer was standing the other day, with her prowler blocking your path.

Thusly.

“The current standard issue firearm for CHP officers is the Smith & Wesson Model 4006 TSW in .40 S&W. Each CHP patrol car is equipped with a Remington 870 Police 12‑gauge shotgun and a Colt AR‑15A2 in .223. Additionally, some officers are authorized to carry a taser.” If she has a Taser, she would be carrying it like this.

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So I guess she was looking for CVC 21755 Pass on Right Safely violators?

Due to the perpetually congested traffic conditions there’s no place for you to hide after seeing the black and white Crown Vic.

It’s a living.

Anyway, I’ve never seen this kind of law enforcement technique of standing about on a freeway and waiting for the perps…

OMG, Listen to Lawrence Wright Talk About His New Book, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief”

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Right here.

OMG, right?

Holding the cans, on Market:

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In closing, OMG