Posts Tagged ‘Drone’

Boy, This is One Heck of a Screengrab: Drone as Seen by a Camera Mounted High Atop Decorative Tower of Troubled Bay Bridge

Monday, October 12th, 2015

(Uh, yes it is a decorative tower – we can talk about that some time.)

Here it is, via Aviation Week, a drone buzzing the unfinished tower of our already-failed San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge’s eastern span:


Was this a hobbyist’s drone from back when the new cable-stayed span was still under construction OR was it an authorized drone inspecting recent work? IDK.

Still, a heck of a shot.


Monday, September 21st, 2015

Ah let’s head back to nature. Do you see – it’s hard to spot:

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This is better:

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Here we go, at the bottom – there’s a clear shot:

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And then, back to its master:

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Are drones legal in California State Parks like 4.5 starred Emerald Bay?

Sure, for now.

That’s good, ’cause people be flying drones all over the place these days. (You’ll hear them before you see them, most likely. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…)

The Drone Bros of Golden Gate Park: Whose Drone is Hovering Three Feet from Your Bathroom Window on Fell Street? This Dude’s

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Here’s the scene without any arrows pointing things out:

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And here are the arrows:

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And here are the bros:

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Now it could be that bro was just checking out his own pad using his new toy, but man, some people might have been surprised if they saw this drone hovering just outside their windows.

The drone slowly increased altitude to rooftop level and I didn’t stick around to see where it went next.

This is How We Live in 2015…

Tech Bros Use a Drone to Lasso Our Famous McKinley Statue with a Hula Hoop? Sure Looks That Way

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Of all the insults Bill McKinley has endured over the years, this has got to be the worst.

Don’t say side-boob, don’t say side-boob…


Now if you filled the hula hoop up with something, there’s a chance that could you impart enough momentum to toss it up there.

But if this is just a regular, unaltered hoop, then a drone is prolly what these, these urban thugs used.

I am the ghost of Troubled Joe / Hoop’d by his pretty white neck / Some eighteen days ago

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And our somewhat corrupt RPD is now droneless, oh no!

I call for a General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper to loiter above the eastern portion of the GGP Panhandle, you know, an armed patrol, to show the tech bros that WE MEAN BUSINESS!

And who are the prime suspects? It’s these two, recently spotted loitering near the monument:

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And if not them, then it was this crew.


Two Tech Bros/Nerds Enjoy Their New Drone in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015


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Just some good ol’ bros nerds
Never meanin’ no harm.
Beats all you never saw
Been in trouble with their drones
Since the day they was born

Peepin’ through your windows
Crashin’ on your head
Someday the mountain might get ’em
But the law never will

The Drones of Golden Gate Park: Brocephus Takes His “Parrot Quadricopter” for a Flight in the Panhandle

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

1903: The Wright Brothers perfect controlled, heavier-than-air flight* in Kitty Hawk

2013: A couple of Bros perfect drone** flight just south of NoPA:

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(Look for this device hovering just outside your bathroom window when you shower – the flashing red light will tell you that you’re being video’ed.)

*Actually, they worked everything out with gliders in 1902. I’m talking about 3-axis control, actual real flight. And then they backed it up in ’03. So, sorry about that, you French and Russians and Brazilians and whomever, but the Wright Bros were first.

**$47? Wow, that’s cheap!

Attention News-Gatherers: Now You Can Buy a News-Gathering Drone for $290 at Costco #144 – Control with Cell Phone

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

It’s kind of  new, it’s totally for you. It’s the Parrot Quadricopter AR Drone 2.0.

I told you all about this contraption before, but at the time it was only available online. These days, you can head on down to the SoMA Costco (America’s First Urban Costco) and get one for less than $300.

Then, you train your new pet to listen to simple commands from your cell phone (yes, there’s an app for that) and then you’re on your way to a Pulitzer:

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Attention Bay Area Media: Buy a Drone – Built-In Camcorder – Operate with iPhone – $320 at Costco – Do It

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

It’s new, it’s you. It’s the Parrot Quadricopter AR Drone 2.0.

Your Android or iOS device, which you already have, can run an app to tell this thing where to go.

Then you can get video like this.

Oh, and they throw in an extra battery for you.

And don’t worry too much about any legal hassles.

Get with the times, people.