Posts Tagged ‘earthquake’

Concrete and Clay and General Decay: Maintaining a Tall Christian Cross High Atop Earthquake Country Must Not Be Easy

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

As seen in the Western Addition:

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Note internal cross-bracing…

With Love from Japan: Earthquake-Proof and Tsunami-Proof Soccer Ball Houses – As Seen at the Randall Museum

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Oh c’mon!

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Head on up to our Randall Museum to see other outside of the box / 20-sided truncated icosahedron ideas on earthquake safety.

From the source, the “Barier” people:

“Is your present house OK? Is it strong enough to endure a great earthquake or flood to be caused by global warming? Barier offers a safe, living space, a multi-functional, elegant and playful space, emphasizing each individual personality.

Barier is a soccer ball-shaped house developed by us (international patent pending). A soccer ball with which you played in your childhood gets bigger like a dream ball and appears as a place to live in. It floats on the sea and can be a rescue ship. We believe it will be a gift to those who never give up a dream.”

1906 Earthquake Shack: Reclaimed Wood From Before It Was Reclaimed

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

This is what they looked like back in the day, before getting gussied up:

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The Next Big One, she is coming. Sooner or later. In the meantime, be sure to check out Earthquake: Life on a Dynamic Planet, a major exhibit at our California Academy of Sciences

Don’t Forget Your Broccoli! – It’s Time to Go Diving at the California Academy of Sciences

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Fish at our California Academy of Sciences Steinhart Aquarium love broccoli, apparently.

Arc of a diver/ broco-co-li:

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Who knows, maybe the seasonal reindeer do too?

Of course the big thing these days at the CAS is ‘Tis the Season for Science, running through January 4th, 2015.

And don’t miss out on the Shake House, which does a pretty good impression of the Loma Prieta Earthquake of 1989…

The Shame and Embarrassment of Your Building Having a “Soft Story” – This is What It Looks Like

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

If you’d look inside of this crib in the Marina Landfill, you’d see a whole lot of nothing, just parking space for cars mostly.

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Prolly wasn’t a good idea to put up these kinds of buildings in the Marina, but oh well…

“Quake Shaming,” Frisco-Style: Millionaire Property Owners Won’t Like Seeing These Large EARTHQUAKE WARNING Postings

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

I’d heard of these newish warnings, but hadn’t actually seen them.

Les mise-en-scene

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Complete with exclamation points:

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Is this what they call an “unfunded mandate?”

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Ah tink so!

Well, Check Out This New Video from the New York Times: “On Shaky Ground” – 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Check it:

Thursday 10/17 marks the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake in northern California. and Retro Report teamed up to create this documentary-style video of the 1989 earthquake that shook San Francisco and sent out a wake-up call that continues to echo across the country.

Retro Report looks back at the major stories that shaped the world using fresh interviews, analysis and compelling archival footage.

Certainly, it’s well-produced:

Trendy Lingo Update: “CRO” – SF Now Has a “Chief Resilience Officer?” – Come Meet SFGov’s Overpaid Patrick Otellini

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

When I first heard the neologism Chief Resilience Officer, I figured things out pretty quickly – I thought about earthquakes in the 415, fine.

And then I thought, “What’s the angle? How does this concept put money into the pockets of the members of San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown’s political faction / machine?”

And I couldn’t think of an angle, so I thought maybe this could be a rare case of SFGov just trying to do its job, you know, sans politique.

And then I looked into it and came away mostly disappointed. I’ll tell you why below.

But you reporters out there should get on this new CRO business – it’s terra incognita, locally. [UPDATE: Whoops, I missed this one.]

So here it is:

Meet San Francisco’s Patrick Otellini, the world’s first Chief Resilience Officer.

And here’s his headshot:


And here’s the rah rah SFGov, born-and-raised blather, redolent of Supervisor Mark Farrell:

“I am unapologetically pro-San Francisco. Four generations of my family currently live here and I love this city. San Francisco’s work regarding resilience has been substantial. This work has been developed by the community just as much as it has been by City Hall.”

Is Dude running for office? It sure seems that way. But IRL, SF is the most corrupt big American city west of Chicago, so how does that square, cadre? STRIKE ONE. Moving on…

And oh no, SPUR! Is Dude a member of SPUR, that infamous outfit responsible for Urban Renewing the Fillmore, you know, because it was the trendy thing to do at that time? Take a look:

“San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) released a report called ‘Resilient Cities’ a few years ago, which has become the roadmap for resiliency planning in San Francisco.”

Turns out that Dude is a card-carrying Member of SPUR. STRIKE TWO.

And what does this Brownieyoure-doing-a-heck-of-a-jobtype job pay? Like how many hundreds of thousands of dollars per year? The answer is two:

“Total pay & benefits: $183,397.91.”

More or less. I mean, that was Dude’s pay package last year when he was only Director of Earthquake Safety, so you gotta figure he’s gotten a big bump to go along with the new CRO title, right? What’s that, not really? He’s still just another SFGov MANAGER IV but now with a shiny new title? OK fine, it’s old wine in a new bottle. Let’s call that BALL ONE.

But what’s this, IRL what you are actually is a long-time, politically-connected “building permit consultant and expediter?” Mmmm… STRIKE THREE!

Speaking of which:


Which then yields this. [Welcome to Scion Country Safari, Africa USA.]

So, Brownie, bring on the earthquake-related ruckus, bring on the blather, the Newspeak, fine. Maybe you’ll be appointed Supervisor, and then maybe Mayor, someday.

But be sure to count your lucky stars, to say your prayers every night to Thank Goodness you live in a town where Scion/Expediter is a career path…

Living Large in the Inner Richmond, High on the Hog Above a Building’s Weak “Soft Story,” Just Waiting for the Quake, The Big One

Monday, May 19th, 2014


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Progress Report at SFO: Goofy New ATC Tower, Unsafe Old ATC Tower, Tower Crane, AA Jet – Pukao Mounted!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Ah, progress!

You see, first the new air traffic control tower was all like this.

But now it’s all like this:

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Pukao are the hats or topknots formerly placed on top of some moai statues on Easter Island. They were all carved from a very light red volcanic stone scoria, which was quarried from a single source at Puna Pau.”