Something’s wrong here.
See? The board icon has become a unibrow and the wheels have become eyes.
And a stickerer has covered over the NO in NO SKATEBOARDS.
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Did you know that people make up their own signs to fool the public into thinking that their official? People do.
(You know what other signs you can see in Japantown these days? “FOR LEASE” signs. Oh well.)
The news of this mural going away had escaped my attention the past couple of months.
Here’s what it looked like before….
…and here’s what it looks like now:
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Gen Fujioka of the Chinatown Community Development Center is involved with promoting the horrible Central Subway to Nowhere.
Artist Ann Sherry is fortunate to get a five-figure commission for anything, so I’m not sure why she’s so perpetually cranky.
It’s not smart to put up images of authority figures (you know, people in military of police uniforms) in a sort of wild part of town
I don’t know, maybe this was a bad idea from the start?
I don’t know, maybe San Francisco government has lots of bad ideas, you know, from the start?
What can we learn from this episode?
As seen at City Hall:
Here’s highly ebullient:
And here’s ebullient (nominal), a third of a second later:
And here’s the “I don’t know what you’re talking about” look, the “you’re not a member of the City Family, are you” look, a third of a second after that:
And one second later, it’s the “get this guy out of here” look, directed towards security:
And there you have it.
Which is the look of a veteran political survivor / law school graduate? Or, in other words, which look is real?
I’d say #3 or #4…
This documentary about an unsolved crime in Cambodia is airing in the Bay Area Sunday night. Deets below.
Finding Face to air in San Francisco
Shoppers and vendors swarmed around Tat Marina as strangers beat her to the ground in a crowded Phnom Penh marketplace. She felt as if her assailants had dowsed her head with water, but as the liquid they had thrown settled, it began to rapidly burn the flesh off her face. The substance was actually nitric acid, a highly corrosive chemical oxidizer. Within minutes, Marina’sface had melted.
Portland filmmakers Skye Fitzgerald and Patti Duncan of SpinFilm portray this episode in their recent documentary Finding Face, an emotionally loaded manifesto in which victims to speak out against acid violence. The film conveys the emerging worldwide prevalence of this type of cruelty through Marina’s narration of her gruesome recovery.
Marina’s attack was an act of revenge. She was only 16 at the time, and had become romantically involved with Svay Sitha, the powerful Undersecretary of State in Cambodia. His wife, Khoun Sophal, discovered the affair and perpetrated the assault. The documentary details the resulting fracturing of Marina’s family across national borders, as well as her family members’ disparate responses to the fact that Marina’s attackers have never been arrested and there has never been justice in her case.
Finding Face will air on KRCB December 12th at 10:30pm.
Filmmakers Skye Fitzgerald and Patti Duncan premiered the film at the Festival du Film et Forum International Sur les Droits Humains, in Geneva in 2009. The film recently won Best Documentary Feature at the prestigious San Diego Asian Film Festival.
To watch the film trailer, visit findingface.org.
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.
Here’s what the little monsters know – they know that if they tag a big old transformer box or what have you, then it’ll simply get painted over by the City or a property owner, sometimes with a quickness. But painting over a mural, such as the one called Gold Mountain at Romolo Place in North Beach near the intersection of Columbus and Broadway, well that throws all the stakeholders into paralysis and so scribblings will remain for tout le monde to see.
Ideally, you’d have the original muralist come over and do a touchup for free. Ideally. But the long-lived tagging on Gold Mountain has epoxy in it, so it’s really hard to take off of the wall without erasing everything. And then after you do a fix-up another tagger will come along, despite your use of anti-graffiti coatings and whatnot.
Here, take a look at the mural on Romolo from six-plus years ago – nice and clean.
But WholeWheatToast‘s photo from 2008 looks just like every other recent photo that you can find online:
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And the pic on MapJack looks the same as well. Oh well.
Now honestly, I’m not sure how much good putting up video cameras would do unless you had somebody to watch a live feed 24-7. I mean the value of showing the SFPD grainy night-time footage of some skinny, 5′ 8″, hoodie-wearing hood isn’t much, right?
For all I know these tags are still there today, with more added on, possibly. I’ll check it out the next time I’m in the area.
Leaving you with what the Chinatown Community Development Center has to say about all this:
“Gold Mountain Mural Restoration
The Gold Mountain Mural is located at Romolo Alley, near Broadway and Columbus, on the side of the Swiss American building owned and managed by Chinatown CDC. It is the joint effort of Ms. Ann Sherry, the muralist, and Chinatown CDC depicting the lives of Chinese Americans in San Francisco. It was created in 1994, and once restored in 2004 due to heavy tagging. At that time, to honor her, we added the image of our local heroine, Ms. Betty Ann Ong. Ms. Ong is the American Airline stewardess who was the first one to contact ground crew informing them of the plane being hijacked on that fatal flight into the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Recently, this historic mural caught the eyes of the President of the National Museum of Murals and Mosaics in Philadelphia, and will be featured in their online museum website.
Once again, due to tagging, we will start restoring the mural in the near future. We have so far secured some funding to install surveillance cameras to safeguard the mural. Once restoration is complete, we will daily monitor the mural and assist the SFPD to apprehend taggers. (Volunteers interested to help can contact Cathie Lam at 415-984-1461.)
Via the beloved Laughing Squid blog (which is celebrating its fifth anniversary today - congratulations to the King of All Webhosts!) comes this link to The Big Picture showing New Year celebrations from around the world.
And this below is what the fireworks performance around the Ferry Building looked like early this morning via the camera of sebastiansuk, who now has a nice set of photos to remember his visit to San Francisco.
Would having people in these fireworks photos (plus seeing their names and hometowns) appeal to you? Well then click here.
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Have a great 2010!