Posts Tagged ‘eyes’

The Origami Toyotas of the Western Addition – 1982 Celica Uses Camouflaged Eyes to Escape Larger Predators

Monday, December 6th, 2010

This 1982-or-later Toyota Celica has, not wholly unlike the foureye butterflyfish, camouflaged eyes to fool larger vehicles into attacking from the rear.

That’s the way this relatively small car has survived the mean streets of San Francisco for almost three decades:

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Toyota returned to a fish theme for the 2nd-generation Toyota Prius:

Look forward to the next fish car from Japan.

How Can You Say No to Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales? Just Try It! Try Looking Into His Eyes and Then Saying No

Monday, November 15th, 2010

OMG, I can’t stand it. Every time I go to the Wiki, I see the outlaw Jimmy Wales and it freaks me out. The eyes, the eyes!

Ohhh, ohhhhhhhh!

All right, here take $50, Jimbo.

To speak is a sin/ you look first then stare:

Or, in other words, from TroyMcClureSF:

“Jimmy Wales’ eyes reach further and further into my soul every year.”

Indeed.

What’s that? Meet for drinks at your place later, Jimmy? Well, my boyfriend wouldn’t really…oh, oh really? Mmmm, oh O.K. 9:00 PM is fine Jimmy, whatever you say.

All right, here, take another $100, just make it stop.

Make it stop!

Las palabras del Wiki:

“I got a lot of funny looks ten years ago when I started talking to people about Wikipedia.

Let’s just say some people were skeptical of the notion that volunteers from all across the world could come together to create a remarkable pool of human knowledge – all for the simple purpose of sharing.

No ads. No agenda. No strings attached.

A decade after its founding, nearly 400 million people use Wikipedia and its sister sites every month – almost a third of the Internet-connected world.

It is the 5th most popular website in the world – but Wikipedia isn’t anything like a commercial website. It is a community creation, written by volunteers making one entry at a time. You are part of our community. And I’m writing today to ask you to protect and sustain Wikipedia.

Together, we can keep it free of charge and free of advertising. We can keep it open – you can use the information in Wikipedia any way you want. We can keep it growing – spreading knowledge everywhere, and inviting participation from everyone.

Each year at this time, we reach out to ask you and others all across the Wikimedia community to help sustain our joint enterprise with a modest donation of $20, $35, $50 or more.

If you value Wikipedia as a source of information – and a source of inspiration – I hope you’ll choose to act right now.

All the best,

Jimmy Wales

Founder, Wikipedia

P.S. Wikipedia is about the power of people like us to do extraordinary things. People like us write Wikipedia, one word at a time. People like us fund it, one donation at a time. It’s proof of our collective potential to change the world.”

UPDATE: And reader Andrew writes in pointing to this effort:

21-Inch Skull with Light-Up LED Eyes the Best Thing Ever Sold at Costco – It’s Christmas in July

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Well actually, make that Halloween in July, ’cause that’s when these giant skull novelties went on sale at Costco Warehouse 144 in the SoMA.

Christmas comes to Costco, as Scott James points out today, in August. Like clockwork.

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Maybe we’ll get an actual Christmas in July next year. Who knows…

The Happiest Breakfast in the World is as Close as Your Nearest Costco

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

When you’re in training for the rigorous straight-outta-British Columbia Justin Herman Plaza Zipline, well, you need to exercise and eat right.

And after your work out, what could more entertaining than noshing on this still-life tabletop tableau?

See? The gorgeous green Granny Ramsey Smith* apples** are the eyes. They’re from the Yakima Valley, all the way up there near the aforementioned B.C., Canada.

Does the fact that they are from a thousand li away upset you?   

Should that upset you?

*Call them “baking apples” and I’ll cut you. Super-crunchy Grannies like these are for eating, not baking.

**Leave us not discuss Costco’s bananas in the 415 area. They are consistently substandard, IMO.

Laser-Equipped Giant Walrus Destroys San Francisco in this Mural at 232 Haight in the Lower Haight

Friday, February 26th, 2010

[Andrew Dalton, That Aggressive Panhandler, has all the deets of the somewhat similar laser kittehs mural going up on Divisadero at the Harding Theatre, our Brokedown Palace.]

A laser beam-enabled giant walrus is depicted on this mural in a large arched window at 232 Fillmore near Laussat just up from Waller in the Lower Haight.

Enjoy:

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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.

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

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…don a disuise to protect your identity…

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…or your corneas…

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

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…and leave us commence:

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A chicken fight with goose feathers – is that allowed?

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Beefcake, BEEFCAKE!

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Some took a defensive posture…

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

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

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See you next year!

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

The Feds Sure are Proud About Putting San Francisco to Work in the Tenderloin

Monday, November 9th, 2009

It’s not clear what actual work they’re putting us to. Can you tell? The only new thing I can see on this stretch of Tenderloin District is the Wonderland public art graffiti experiment.

See the eyes on the left? They’re all over Mid Market dees days:

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“PUTTING AMERICA TO WORK”

“PROJECT FUNDED BY THE American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” of 2009 (ARRA)

Recovery.org

USDOT TIGER.

But maybe you can figure things out – have at it.

San Francisco is only getting stimulated 354 different ways, so this task should take you no time at all.