Posts Tagged ‘eye’

Yet Another Illegal Sidewalk Advertisement on the Streets of San Francisco: “BAG RAIDERS SF 6.9” – Don’t Tell Dennis

Monday, April 10th, 2017

As seen on Ashbury, promoting this event:

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City Attorney Dennis Herrera does NOT appreciate this kind of thing.

Salesforce Tower is Coming Along Nicely in SoMA – Giant “Eye of Sauron the Great” to be Installed Next Week

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

As it looks from my ‘hood at Zero Dark Thirty:


Artist’s conception of finished tower after installation:


The Terrible Zigûr will keep an “eye” on Mount Sutro, depicted at right, and maybe buy Twitter, who knows.

When asked for comment, Gorthaur the Cruel cryptically bellowed, “Bedrock, baby!”

That’s a good one, Sauron. Keep ’em coming.

Welcome to town, Dark Lord.

Why I Favor UCSF Over the Mount Sutro “Cloud” “Forest” NIMBYs: #1 – UCSF Does Stuff, the NIMBYs Don’t

Monday, March 4th, 2013

UCSF is finally getting off its ass and doing something about all those eucalyptus trees and this is the response?

I cry foul.

Now, leaving aside the fact that the Mount Sutro “cloud forest” aint a cloud forest and it aint a forest* neither, UCSF does stuff.

What do the whiny millionaire NIMBY neighbors of UCSF do? Nothing.

Advantage: UCSF.

Of course, there are impoverished hippies who similarly oppose UCSF doing anything to manage this area, so I’m going to look into this when I can.

But the assumption is:


See? UCSF does stuff. What do YOU do? 

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To Be Continued…

*What is it really? A stand, a grove, a wood? (Which is the most insulting?) Alls I know is that Christopher Robin used to play in the Hundred Acre Wood, not the Hundred Acre Forest, right?

Green Eyes, Red Hair: Mid-Market’s “PARA BELLUM VERDE” Has Got To Be The World’s Narrowest Cafe

Friday, October 5th, 2012

This is it:

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This is all of it.

The Incoming Hipsters of Mid Market Enjoy Overpriced Coffee From Tiny, Oddly-Named “Para Bellum Verde”

Friday, January 20th, 2012

My sensitive Radar O’Reilly ears are telling me “we’ve got choppers,” or rather, hipsters, right here these days in the Mid-Market.

See? There they are in front of this tiny place that sells coffee priced higher than Peets and Starbucks:

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And what does “Para Bellum Verde” mean? Prepare for Green War? I think so.

Anyway, look for the unusual sign with the all-seeing eye and then enjoy.

What It Was Like Joining the Marines in San Francisco 69 Years Ago, December 1941

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Another great one from Shorpy.

December 1941. Enlisting in the Marines. Recruiting office, San Francisco:

Nitrate negative by John Collier, Office of War Information

The Best Photos and Videos from the Great 2010 Valentines Day Pillow Fight

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Can you make sense of this scene at San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza near the Embarcadero Ferry Building? (Perhaps a black-and-white, slo-mo Raging Bull-style video or this official 1080p will help.)

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It was the Yelp-rated Great Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight of February 14th, 2010! This joint went down yesterday despite a threatened crackdown from San Francisco’s Park Rangers and an ominous warning from San Francisco Director of Public Health Mitchell Katz – he fretted about the risk of corneal abrasions, penetrating injuries, and even orbital fractures.” Captain Bringdown, M.D. documented 17 injuries from last year that were serious enough to require medical attention at emergency rooms. Hope 2010 was safer.


Let’s take a look from the beginning. Just hop on the BART…


…don a disuise to protect your identity…


…or your corneas…


…allow our gorgeous (red hair, blue feathers) media types (SF Stationwhat’s that?) time enough to give the command to roll cameras…


…and leave us commence:


A chicken fight with goose feathers – is that allowed?


Beefcake, BEEFCAKE!


Some took a defensive posture…


…while others went mano a mano, no holds barred:


Verily, it was the Great Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight of 2010:


See you next year!

[Update: Mission Local has some good shots as well.]

The Camera Setup that San Francisco Society Reporter Catherine Bigelow Needs

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

That Catherine Bigelow, you know, she’s Everywhere You Want To Be. But she is probably taking photos for Social City using one of them stylish little digicams with the flash just above and to the side of the lens. That leads to red-eye, which needs to get fixed, as here (unless I’m mistaken and this fellow just naturally has coal-black, Simpsons cartoon eyes), and there are other issues as well.  

Let’s get started, credit card at the ready:

Canon digital SLR – any type, it doesn’t matter. How about a Rebel XS (aka 1000D) for $449? Take off the kit lens and sell it on the craigslist or throw it at somebody you don’t like – just get rid of it.  

Canon 35mm 2.0 lens – $320. (I paid $100 for mine, but it was used.) 

Canon 580EX flash – $399

It will all look like this:

Then here’s what you do:

Put the camera in Manual Mode and leave it that way forever.

Set it for 1/100th of  second exposure at f/2.5 with ISO sensitivity of 800, something like that.

Carry the camera and flash separately and then put them together at the event, making sure to lift up the white card thing on top of the flash.

Get your people together, hold the camera horizontally and press the shutter button – it will focus (with a gentle red light assist, if necessary) and take three shots, all within a second or two.

Then when you’re done, just take the flash off of the camera and they’ll both turn themselves off, ready to wake up as soon as you couple them again.

So yes, this approach is going to cost four figures and use stuff that’s a lot bigger and heavier than a $200 digicam. But it will produce images that complement the subjects and it will produce images that look good all the time, as opposed to just some of the time.

The primary benefit is having a soft flash coming from above the lens, as opposed to a sometimes-harsh flash coming from right next to the lens.

That’s my two cents.

Seeing Eye to Eye with the Hungry Fish of Stow Lake

Monday, April 6th, 2009

This decently-sized fish just couldn’t get enough wonderful Rainbow Bread (can you see a slice getting devored on the left?) the other day at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park. Keep a look out for these critters when you rent a boat at Stow, just a stone’s throw away from the de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences.

Num num:

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The Sleepy Hooded Merganser Ducks of Golden Gate Park

Monday, March 9th, 2009

This pair of Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) are definitely taking a rest with their heads tucked in.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean they close their  golden eyes…

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As seen in the Wildfowl Pond in the San Francisco Botanical Garden (nee Strybing) inside Golden Gate Park.