Posts Tagged ‘cool’

The SF Recreation and Park Department Picks a Cold December Day to Confiscate This Communal Tent in GGP

Monday, December 9th, 2013

I’ll tell you, it’s just 59 degrees up near the ceiling of my living room this chilly AM, but I think I’m getting used to our current cold snap. People who might feel differently would be those who were making this big-ass tent their home in Golden Gate Park as recently as Thursday night.

Man, that was a big-ass tent:

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Do hippies really try to pitch tents within a couple hundred yards of the Conservatory of Flowers? Hippies do. Apparently. I guess it makes for an easy commute to Upper Haight or wherever.

Anyway, here’s the scene about an hour later, with this woman yelling, incredulous, saying, “The tent’s gone? They took the fucking tent?” And dude up the hill was all, ” I tried to stop them.”

I know that RPD staffers get irked by homeless people living in GGP but the 415 is experiencing a pretty epic cold snap these days and Golden Gate Park has the coldest places in the city, like four or five degrees colder than what gets officially reported for San Francisco.

So I think I’d probably let the hippies be until things warm up a bit, just saying.

Tiny Raptor Struggles to Stay Warm During Typical Francisco San Summer – Standing on One Leg in the Western Addition

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

This critter is probably too small to eat a mouse, but insects are good I’m sure.

Anyway, standing on just one leg helps it stay warm on a blustery evening:

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Know Your Faked Viral Videos, Made with GoPro Cameras or Not, In San Francisco or Not, Involving Seagulls or Not

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

This one was for Lego Indiana Jones something, recorded in Potrero Hill by the Butler or something ad agency up in Marin County:

Yeah, fake.

For these reasons and more:

And here’s a faked GoPro seagull video made in France:

And here’s the latest, a faked GoPro video made in San Francisco by a woman from France, apparemment, you know, ostensibly:

In closing, GoPro, GoPro, GoPro! Yay for GoPro! Buy one, or three, today!

Three Decades After Birth, The 1981 Chevy Monte Carlo Becomes Cool – The Kids Love It

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

I know this car. I definitely know this car, in a way. “Cause I remember how lame the fourth-generation Chevrolet Monte Carlo seemed when compared with imported cars of the 1980′s.

But the kids of San Francisco have now embraced it. 

A one-vehicle Carnival de Monte Carlo as seen on the Streets of San Francisco:  

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Keep an eye out for this kind of long, low box on wheels. Or buy one for yourself while they’re still sort of cheap.

Enjoy.

Was the Giant Lego Boulder Video Actually Produced by Teak Motion Visuals?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

By now you’ve seen the latest viral video recreating Indiana Jones’ famous Boulder Dash? From the Gootube:

“We built a huge LEGO boulder and then made our friend dress up as Indy and run from it. Fun times!

(How respectful the Youtube poster was of our corporate overlords, taking care to CAPITALIZE corporate names.)

Anyway, it sure got plenty of Diggs. 

However, some have alleged that the giant Lego ball was styrofoam and that the makers merely sought to promote a new game. (Who knows, you might like it.)

Irregardless, this has led to confusion on the Internets.   

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From Flickr via tillwe, are these LEGO bricks or not? (Commenter Phill says nay. Commenter Martin says it’s Duplo.)

Some appear to have lost their faith in the Web:

Viral is so mid-2000s, now it’s just being exploited and we’re all gonna hate it.

And the famous Laughing Squid is now trying to give credit to the entire crew that pieced together all 5 million Legos, to no avail.

Was Teak Motion Visuals or Teak Films Production behind this corporate subterfuge? Some think Sausalito’s Butler Shine and Stern  (wouldn’t it be nice to be “hanging out on a fucking sailboat, while getting paid coupla hundred an hour“) may have had a hand in it.

Only Time Will Tell.

But in the meantime and while we’re on the topic, take a look at  Teak Motion Visuals’ attempt at verisimilitude. How contrived does this scene appear on a scale from 1 to 10? Can’t you just see the guy with a baseball cap plotting out the most effective bouquet of garbage?

Are we really suppose to listen to this Amazing Group of Talented Creatives, and then ”Clean the Bay” and “Start With This Beach?” This particular beach at Crissy Field? Srsly? Until the sexy but trash-strewn drunkfest known as the Bay to Breakers Footrace gets rerouted, the Crissy Field Protection Area will never look like that. (If you want real, then check out San Francisco’s Warm Water Cove - it still looks like this.)  

The makers of these contrived bits probably had a good time getting paid to do them, but when you start fibbing and shilling… Will this LEGO stunt end up on the list of Great Examples of Guerilla Marketing Gone Wrong?

Fail

Epic Fail.

The Fixed Gear Bike Crowd Now Turns to Mountain Biking

Friday, April 18th, 2008

What’s the funniest line in this article from San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer Dan Giesin – Single-minded cyclists have old-school cool 

“We’re shedding new light on an old tradition,”

“You feel like a purist,”

“You don’t need all those fancy gears.”

Too many gears can actually spoil the ride.

“…we single-speeders…”

“They are such a cool group,”

“It’s kind of a counter-culture,”

“There is that underground element: a little bit different, a little bit dangerous.”

This is called starting your own league, so it’s the same old thing. These people aren’t really dangerous either. They’re just having fun on bikes, nothing wrong with that. But you can have fun on bikes with or without gears, right?

There’s probably a more extreme element of fixed gear MTB-ers out there that eschews even having brakes. The photo below clearly shows the typical non-fixed, freewheeling setup:

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It’s the same crowd that’s attracted to fixed gear city bikes that find single-speed mountain bikes appealing.

And arthroscopic surgery is becoming cheaper and cheaper these days, so you should get in on this fun as well.