Posts Tagged ‘discovery’

Mythbusters! Adam Savage Needs to Borrow a Large Aircraft in the Bay Area for a Few Days – Won’t You Help Him?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Adam Savage would like to borrow your airplane for a few days:

“ATTENTION! Anyone have a 200+ seat plane we can use (no flying) for 2-3 days in the Bay Area? We won’t blow it up. WRITE mb@beyond.com.au”

See? They won’t blow it up.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking, “What about the Getty Jet?”

Via All Valley Blogs 

But I think that old gas-guzzling Boeing 727* is too small.

But what about the big Google Jets? Either the 757 or wide-body 767 should work.

Now, what are the Mythbusters up to?

*There’s nothing wrong with The Jetty per se, it’s just that it’s old school so your chances of dying on it are one or two orders of magnitude greater that what they’d be on the JetBlue or something. And it’s not possible to upgrade all its low-bypass engines to a more modern design. Therefore it’s expensive to operate compared to jets that weren’t designed half a century ago.

SHN in 2012: “MYTHBUSTERS: Behind the Myths Tour” + “Mamma Mia!” + Monty Python’s “Spamalot”

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

All right, this is just a part of what SHN, Broadway in San Francisco, has for you in 2012, 1- 2-3:

MythBusters: Behind the Myths

MAMMA MIA!

SPAMALOT

News to me. Deets below.

Sometimes you’re the Jamie, sometimes you’re the Adam:

Via Robert Fujioka - don’t click to expand

Here it is:

Three Special Engagements for 2012!
SAN FRANCISCO (November 8, 2011) – SHN is thrilled to announce three special engagements for 2012: the all-new, live show MythBusters: Behind the Myths, and the return of favorites MAMMA MIA! and Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. 

MYTHBUSTERS: Behind the Myths Tour
Golden Gate Theatre – January 8

MythBusters: Behind the Myths, starring  Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” will debut at the Golden Gate Theatre for one night only, Sunday, January 8 at 7pm. It promises to be a fantastical evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. For the first time ever, fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-blowing and mind-twisting approach to science. “MythBusters: Behind the Myths brings you face-to-face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and members of the audience.
Tickets go on sale Friday, November 11 at 10AM.

Tickets for Mythbusters range in price from $45 – $160.

For more information on Mythbusters visit http://shnsf.com/shows/mythbusters

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Sunday, January 8 at 7pm

 

MAMMA MIA!
Orpheum Theatre – February 21 – March 4

MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill.  Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.  Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time atMAMMA MIA!

Tickets for MAMMA MIA! range in price for $30 – $100.

Groups of 15 or more may order now by calling Group Sales at 888 SHN 1799, Press 3 or visit http://shnsf.com/groupsales. Individual tickets will go on sale on a future date.

For more information on MAMMA MIA! visit http://shnsf.com/shows/mammamia

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
FEBRUARY 21 – MARCH 4
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Tue – Sat at 8pm
Wed, Sat & Sun at 2pm

 

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
Orpheum Theatre – April 10 – 22

The funniest show on earth is back to taunt San Francisco for a second time!  Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, the musical comedy sensation lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail,” now returns to spread laughter and cheer throughout the kingdom. SPAMALOT tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail.  But before they can find their grail, they’re taking a little side-trip to the fair city of San Francisco.

Tickets for SPAMALOT range in price for $30 – $100

Groups of 15 or more may order now by calling Group Sales at 888 SHN 1799 or visithttp://shnsf.com/groupsales. Individual tickets will go on sale on a future date.

For more information on SPAMALOT visit http://shnsf.com/shows/spamalot

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
APRIL 10 – 22
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Tue – Sat at 8pm
Wed, Sat & Sun at 2pm

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Tough Times for Pribot: Google Employee’s Robotic Toyota Prius Hybrid Gets in Fender Bender, Gets Ticketed

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Remember happier times back in aught-eight, when “Pribot,” the famous autonomous Prius, was roving the Streets of San Francisco with a huge SFPD escort and teams of camerapeople in tow?

Well, those halcyon days are over, so now Pribot has been relegated to getting ticketed by DPT, just like regular nonrobotic cars.

See?

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You can’t see the the damage from when Pribot scraped its left side exiting the Bay Bridge, but these days there’s evidence he/she/it has had more driving trouble.

See?

Did Pribot crash into something? Or maybe a careless San Francisco driver backed up too far? Or maybe a human master made a mistake?

(Of course, when you’re making an omelet, as Google is doing in full force in 2011, you’re going to break a few eggs. Anyway…)

Poor Pribot!

All I could do was put a spare Kraftwerk mixtape under one of its windshield wiper arms and then turn to walk away.

Pribot, you were the first, you are the ur-robotic Prius, you are the Jetfire of the autonomous car universe.

Bon courage, Pribot!

Wrong Way Driving: The Poorly-Designed Intersection of Grove and Hyde Sends Land Rover Driver Over the Edge

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

The poorly-designed intersection of Grove and Hyde, where traffic sometimes backs up to City Hall, sent the driver of this Land Rover Discovery over the edge.

See? He’s driving the wrong way. He felt that the drivers ahead of him weren’t being aggressive enough moving past the stop sign:

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Oh well. (It’s true that the drivers ahead of him could have paid more attention, I s’pose.) The driver shaved about five minutes off of his trip so I guess that’s a small victory for him.

Anyway, the way to avoid this mess is to cut through the Great Parking Lot of Fulton (minding the peds, of course, the worst in the world hang out around here) to get on Hyde easily. Otherwise, you’ll be in this mess on Grove for ten minutes or whatever.

Happy driving!

The View You Get From the 17th Hole of San Francisco’s Lincoln Park Golf Course

Monday, July 20th, 2009

What can you see here looking north from the 17th hole of the inexpensive and much-discussed Lincoln Park Golf Club (aka “Stinkin’ Lincoln”)? Well, there’s the teeing area, of course, but you can also see the Golden Gate and the Point Bonita Lighthouse, as well the houses of Muir Beach City and a good chunk of western Marin County.

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And when you get to the green, you get a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

 Not too shabby for just $1-something per hole, huh?

“Until the 1840s the strait was called the “Boca del Puerto de San Francisco” (Mouth of the Port of San Francisco). On 1 July 1846, before the discovery of gold in California, the entrance acquired a new name. In his memoirs, John C. Frémont wrote, “To this Gate I gave the name of “Chrysopylae”, or “Golden Gate“; for the same reasons that the harbor of Byzantium was called Chrysoceras, or Golden Horn”