Posts Tagged ‘China’

Historic Koshland Mansion, Frisco’s Most Expensive Listing, is Taken Over by HandyCam-Toting Skateboarders – Another Indignity at 3800 Washington

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

For one brief shining moment, some thought Taylor Swift would buy this long-empty fixer-upper up in Presidio Heights.

Then there was the art-thieving squatter – he’s imprisoned now, AFAIK.

And now this is how things looked last week:

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I count five sk8tr boyz recording their tricks up there.

Look for the results on the YouTube.

Our poor, poor Koshland Mansion…

Parkmerced Update: The “Townhomes” of Infamous “800 Summit” (“From the Low $1,000,000’s”) are the McMansions of Frisco

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Well Summit 800 has certainly been getting attention the past week.

(And I’ve commented earlier.)

So now let’s take a visit Way Down South, even souther and wester than Parkmerced, which everyone would agree is pretty far south and west already, and make the case that these condos / townhomes / whatever are the McMansions of Frisco.

So what’s a McMansion, big housing on a small lot?

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Well, you can’t get smaller lots than this, right? I mean, these places are abutting:

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And take a look at this wall, below – no windows, right? Are they going to put more condos / townhomes / whatever in later on to cover this up? I mean, nobody else has windows on the side. Anyway, this is your McMansion hallmark – such a small separation betwixt units that there’s no real use for windows on the side:

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“No City Limits” is the sign what’s mounted near the city limits, oddly. I mean this is the city limits, right?

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All right, take a look. (And I’ll add that I’m not saying these units are McMansions, I’m saying that they’re the McMansions of Frisco.)

“In U.S. suburban communities, McMansion is a pejorative term for a “mass-produced mansion”. An example of a McWord, “McMansion” associates the generic quality of these luxury homes with that of mass-produced fast food by evoking the McDonald’s restaurant chain.[1] The neologism “McMansion” seems to have been coined sometime in the early 1980s.[2] It appeared in the Los Angeles Times in 1990[3][4] and the New York Times in 1998.[5] Related terms include “Persian palace”,[6] “garage Mahal”, “starter castle”, and “Hummer house”

The term “McMansion” is generally used to denote a new, or recent, multi-story house of no clear architectural style,[8] which prizes superficial appearance, and sheer size, over quality.
Such very large, indeed expensive, but “mass produced” homes may sit on large lots: that is to say, an entire division of McMansions may be created (perhaps dozens or more at once), each on a large lot. However, in another usage “McMansion” is used pejoratively to refer to a house which replaced a smaller house, in a neighborhood of smaller houses, which seems far too large for its lot and thus crowds adjacent homes. (Indeed, such a McMansion may lack side windows due to the proximity to the boundaries – another McMansion-related cliché”

 

Using Photoshop to Market Blue Skies to Foreigners – Selling Summit 800 Condos/Townhomes Deep in the Fog Belt

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Well, here you go, it’s Summit 800, “from the low millions.”

It’s the talk of the town these days.

But Google “summit 800 san francisco” and all you see are highly uncharacteristic blue skies. Isn’t that odd? I mean, we’re deep in the Frisco Fog Belt down there in the lower left corner of SF County, right?

Anyway, these shots come up in the above search. Don’t these Honolulu-style cloud look familiar? Aren’t they exactly the same in both images? What are the odds of that?

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(Something’s gone wrong here!)

IDK, man. I just feel sorry for the out of towners buying these places.

Enjoy your fog, Newcomers!

Pier 80 is Now Known for Being a Homeless Shelter, But 5 Years Ago, It Was Home to This SCUD Launcher – THAAD, North Korea and Us

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

This was the view we had of Dogpatch / Pier 80 a few years back:

Basically, that’s an old Marine Corps junior aircraft carrier that would get towed annually to Kauai, Hawaii to launch SCUD-like missiles for testing of Lockheed Martin’s now-famous THAAD missile defense system.

And here’s the news of the day, in early 2016:

China warns South Korea that deploying THAAD missile system would trigger a Cold War-like arms race

Yeah, maybe. Is THAAD a good idea for the Korean Peninsula? I have no idea. But, this is recent Bay Area military history, which there’s not too much of these days.

I’d wondered about this vessel since I first noticed it back in aught-seven. Read all about it:

From 2013:

1. Here’s the news of the day:

Anti-missile systems sent to Guam to counter North Korean threat

2. Those systems are called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).

3. THAAD was developed using the former USS Tripoli (LPH-10), an Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship that’s basically a mini aircraft carrier.

4. The USS Tripoli was based at Pier 80 in Dogpatch as recently as last year and it’s still there right now, for all I know.

That’s the connection.

That’s San Francisco’s contribution to the war effort.

(And, just saying, THAAD could come in handy when dealing with NK’s big buddy China…)

All the deets:

“She was decommissioned in 1995 and as of 2004, she was on loan to the Army, but remained laid up at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. In December 2006, the ship was towed to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where it now has a high-tech role as a launch platform with the nation’s developing ballistic missile defense program. Three times the ship was towed some 100 miles off shore and used to launch small ballistic missiles, which are then intercepted by Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Missiles, test-fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility. The last test in the series was performed 26 October, when the ship fired a “Scud-like” missile, which was successfully intercepted. The ship will be towed back to the San Francisco Bay Area for the winter. Kaua’i lacks a suitable land-based launch site, and the costs of building one would far exceed the approximately $600,000 per year it costs to use the old warship, so the vessel returned to Pearl Harbor for a second series of tests in late spring 2008.[1] As of 16 June 2012 she berthed at Pier 80 in San Francisco, CA.”

 

From 2010:

Now I could tell you all about the supr sekrt USS Tripoli (LPH-10 (Landing Platform, Helicopter)) but that would be MUY PRO HI BI DA DO (I say that in Spanish because that’s how not allowed it would be).

Suffice to say the old girl has been chilling in the Dogpatch lately, right next to ridiculously hilly Potrero Hill.

Where, oh where, will it get towed to next?

What, oh what, will it next launch into the Heav’ns Above?

Courage.

The Trip as seen off of Kauai in the 808 State (or somewhere else in the wide Pacific) during the sum, sum, summertime. Whoosh:

And from 2008:

Well, look what just got towed in from Hawaii. Fresh from testing of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, San Francisco’s favorite former helicopter carrier, the former U.S.S. Tripoli (LPH-10), had its ups and downs in the Aloha State.

Read all about the post-retirement adventures of the USS Tripoli at Telstar Logistics.

Under the Golden Gate Bridge:

Who knows what the future will be for this old ship. Probably more missile launching.

E komo mai. Nou ka hale, USS Tripoli

What’s Going on Here, a Caravan of Consecutively-Numbered, Blacked-Out SUV’s Carrying Chinese People from Louisiana?

Friday, February 12th, 2016

[UPDATE: Oh, I see, “California State Public Highway One” (in simplified Chinese) SUV Tours, something like that. A mystery solved…]

Photographer James Corrigan is wondering what’s going on here out in the west si-ide:

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I aint never seen this. The left side means Californy and the right side means public something or other?

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IDK. But I’ll find out, soon ‘nough.

(Maybe it’s a race to see who can buy more houses in the Sunset?)

The Falun Gong Show Returns for 2016: Shen Yun Plays San Jose, San Francisco

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Read and learn:

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Aaron Peskin, a Man of the People, Spotted Campaigning at the California and Hyde TJ’s, with Cable Cars Dinging By

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Via the Somewhat Fair Use Doctrine, let’s catch up with the Once and Future Supervisor of District 3:

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Speaking of which, I got a little blowback from a couple people over this JULIE CHRISTENSEN DESIGNED THE CANDY-APPLE RED KITCHENAID MIXER business put forth by the Ron Conway Crew, but I’m not moved. I’ll say that I’m sure she had something to do with something, but she certainly didn’t “design” an appliance what’s fundamentally unchanged since the 1930’s AND she didn’t come up with the idea of making ’em various colors, which started up in the 1950’s afore she was even born. Now, if she picked one louder shade of red than what came before, well, maybe she did, but that don’t mean she “designed” no iconic kitchen appliance.

And also, wasn’t she FOR Aaron Peskin before she was against him? I think so. She herself seems like a prototypical Telegraph Hill Dweller, you know, herself.

And hey, here’s an idea, pick ANY RANDOM PERSON living in District Three and that person would do a better job for SF than JC – I’m 90% sure that would be an upgrade, I’m saying the odds would be in our favor.

All right, D3 residents, we’re counting on to vote for checks and balances in SFGov, for 2016, anyway…

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And best of all, as you can see, Aaron already has a posse.

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So hop on the bandwagon, D3.

Hagiography Watch: Did Interim Supervisor Julie Christensen Really “‘Design’ the KitchenAid Candy-Apple-Red Mixer?

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Here’s the oft-repeated contention about District 3’s gaffe-prone, appointed interim rookie Supervisor Julie Christensen – she:

…helped design the KitchenAid candy-apple-red mixer.

And that was her accomplishment what’s offered as a substitute for her not having elected experience. (NTTAWWT, I don’t oppose her for that reason. I oppose her for being a lackey (past, present, and future) of area billionaire Ron Conway. Incidentally, this lack of electoral experience explains why she didn’t learn lessons she should have learned (about how all mics are hot mics etc etc etc) almost a half-century ago, you know, as an intern…)

All right, SPOILER ALERT: Here’s the Model K from all the way back from 1937, from before when you, Gentle Reader, and even she were even born.

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There it is – it’s the same basic thing today as like seven decades ago, and look, it’s got the same accessories port (a kind of power takeoff (PTO)) up front such that accessories made for this Model K back in the 1930’s will work on your brand-new mixer.*

All right, turn out the lights, the party’s over… OH WHAT’S THAT, GENTLE READER? You say her claim to greatness was merely that she “helped design” the particular candy-apple red model?

Well, let’s see, what you’re saying is that she was in some meeting and she said, “How about red?”

Does this kind of thing really make you a Designer?

Mmmm….

Hey, colors! When did KitchenAid get lots of colors? It was the 1950’s, I’m srsly.

So she “designed” our KA mixers by suggesting not the idea of various colors, but one particular shade like decades and decades after all the real work was done and that’s her experience what’s going to empower her to enact the longtime Republican Ron Conway (oh yes, Ron Conway, right away, Ron Conway, oh it’s an honor to finally meet you, Ron Conway, oh you’re so clever, Ron Conway) Agenda for all of Frisco?

IDK.

Hey, look. I’m going to design a KitchenAid, like right now. Here’s my mock-up. Isn’t it bold and brassy and oh so au courant and won’t the young hipsters love it?

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SURPRISE! I didn’t greenlight this metal finish at all. But it’s a real thing, born in the, ahem, fifties.

Perhaps JC can come up with another way to impress the soccer moms of D3?

Just asking…

Oh, no matter, Aaron the Giant has a Posse, see?

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We’ll just have to wait and see if they‘ll turn out, on and before Election Day…

*It’s kind of an amazing company – KA sends all its returned items back to the factory to see what went wrong (there’s your quality) and then they offer it for sale at a discount. I bought mine new from the Costco – I think it was $100 off or something, you can’t beat that. The one on sale now** is tiny – doesn’t seem all that good a deal, oh well.

**Yes it’s bright red but not even Ron Conway hisself would claim that JC invented / designed the color Admiral Red

Twitterloin Update: Highly-Rated Kahn & Keville Mechanics Mock Vladimir Putin for Losing His Siberian Tiger to China

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Well, this is News To Me:

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Poor Pooty!

BTW, Kahn & Keville has a verrry high Yelp rating, just saying.

Cosco Indonesia Meets Point Bonita Lighthouse

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

If you liked the Cosco Busan, you’ll love the Cosco Indo – it’s lots bigger:

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Hey, did you know that our U.S. Coast Guard is a branch of the U.S. military? Hey, you know who knew that at the time of the Cosco Busan Petroleum Spill? The crew of the Cosco Busan, hence the lack cooperation after one of our well-paid* bar pilots screwed up, big-time.

*Hey, who pays our bar pilots? You do. You do when you buy an iPhone, and other tings…