Here you go, as seen in the Great Central Valley near the I-80:
And here’s another view of Fairfield – windmills, light poles, flagpoles and a giant inflatable bald eagle draped in an ‘Merican flag.
God Bless America.
Via KQED – oh, I see.
Interestingly enough, elements of the designerly community plus a North Bay tech firm’s marketing department are colluding to ban our current Oro en Paz, Fierro en Guerra City of San Francisco rising phoenix flag and replace it with something like Chicago‘s, or something.
Until that time, look forward to more 41510-style SF/Oakland mashup logos from our SFPD Academy.
Opposition is mounting against the recent push to ashcan our San Francisco flag.
Here’s what San Franciscans are so opposed to, this Party Line:
Isn’t this along the line of YOUR VACUUM CLEANER SUCKS – MR DYSON HAS A PLAN TO FIX IT, BY SELLING YOU … A DYSON MODEL?
Hey, but maybe your non-designer, non-Dyson, SHARK ROTATOR vacuum bought on sale for $159.99 from Costco #144 is actually BETTER / CHEAPER (it depends on the model*) than anything Mr. Dyson can sell you, what about that?
Here’s the plan these, these people have, the plan is to try to make Friscans dissatisfied with Our Flag and then, only after starting up some high-profile contest, would we consider which new design to pick.
But here you go, this is what the Designerly Community has in mind from the get-go, something like this…
Is this what you want, Frisco?
All right, we’ll just have to wait and see how many “city officials” will join in this marketing effort for a North Bay tech firm, how many electeds will bring “color of authority” to this misinformed effort.
I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.
END OF LINE
*Look at the half-pint motor on this thing – it’s not even a real Dyson, it’s like a loss leader, except it costs a mint. C’mon!
Here it is, a shot via c_nilsen, showing fringe upon fringe:
The yellow border, now reproduced as a part of the flag was originally intended to be a gold fringe, but mistakenly became incorporated into the design. When used indoors, as is the custom, a gold fringe is added to what was originally intended to be the fringe.
Now say what you will about the current version of our phoenix flag, regardless of that, I’ll concede that this fringe upon fringe look, used for ceremonies mostly, looks stupid.
So, there. Room for common ground with the pay-us-money-to-follow-this-year’s-fashion designerly community.
Up next? #2 That stupid-looking cartoon bird…
Here it is: http://www.sanfranciscoflag.com/
1. First of all, that’s a nice old-tyme skyline photo you got there – what is it, pre-Cosco Busan? It’s certainly pre-One Rincon – that’s what jumps out at me. Hey, does “good design” prevent giving credit for the best element of your new website? Let’s fix that: Christian Mehlführer, AKA User: Chmehl. of Vienna, Austria. Bro goes around the world, around the wo-orld to take good photos, right?
2. The designerly name: “Roman Mars.” Mmmm… (It detracts, it distracts, non?) Well, my name is Ares Greek – pleased to meet you!
3. Ted Talk? Strike two!
4. Driving people to an 18-minute video instead of typing out your manifesto with bullet points? Does that work? (It didn’t work on me, sorry.)
5. Already being on double-secret logo probation for supporting UC’s recent inchoate “good-design” logo/monogram/whatever effort.
So those are the comments.
1. 99% Invisible is 99% good. It’s excellent, you know, generally, when it’s not taking time out to defend the Designerly Community.
2. The Bros of AutoDesk are all right as well. Just look at them maintaining focus under heavy pressure back when the Bay to Breakers fun run wasn’t completely shaped by an unholy alliance of Christian Billionaire Philip Anschutz + touchy millionaire NIMBY homeowners:
But why would Autodesk want to kill our flag?
I’ll tell you, our flag is bad-ass. Look what you can do with it:
You want to talk history? Let’s talk history – see below, from the Wiki.
In closing, The Bird Is The Word. And if you succeed* in changing it significantly, I’ll work tirelessly to get it changed back.
END OF LINE.
“the reason people don’t use it often is kind of an obvious one: it’s not very good.” UH, NOPE! “OBVIOUS” TO YOU, PERHAPS.
“a symbol that San Franciscans tend to rally behind” UH, COULD THERE BE _OTHER_ REASONS WE DON’T “TEND TO RALLY BEHIND” ANY PARTICULAR SYMBOL?
“overhaul?” YOU MEAN _COMPLETELY REPLACE_, RIGHT?
“design community?” AHAHAHAHAHAHA! “WE FEW, WE PROUD, DESIGNERLY FEW!”
“Does it really matter if San Francisco has a better flag or not?” GOOD QUESTION. NOPE!
“San Francisco has a chance to define its values through an enduring, recognizable symbol.” MEH. BUT IF YOU WANT TO GET STARTED, HIRE A LOBBYIST TO START LOBBYING THE SUPES. IT’LL RUN YOU SOMETHING LIKE $10,000 A MONTH FOR MANY, MANY MONTHS. WELCOME TO FRISCO, OAKLANDER. P.S. HEY, GUESS WHAT – YOUR FLAG SUCKS TOO. IT VIOLATES ALL THE RULES ME AND MY CREW MADE UP. LET’S CHANGE IT NOW. TO WHAT, I DON’T KNOW, I WON’T SAY. JUST ANYTHING BUT AN OAK TREE, WHICH, YOU KNOW, HAS BEEN DONE, LIKE BY PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND AND MANY OTHERS. PLUS, IT SAYS “OAKLAND” RIGHT ON THE THING. WHAT COULD BE MORE BANAL? KELL DOMAGE!
Caption from “War & Dissent: The U.S. in the Philippines, 1898-1902″ exhibit. Curated by Randolph Delehanty, Ph.D. of the Presidio Trust.
“In 1900, banker and art patron Mayor James Duval Phelan, mayor from 1897 to 1902, recommended to the Board of Supervisors that San Francisco adopt a flag and motto. Over 100 designs were submitted and John M. Gamble’s proposal was selected. It depicts a phoenix rising from its ashes on a white field. The mythological phoenix appears in many ancient cultures and is a symbol of immortality. When the long-lived phoenix feels death is near, it builds a nest of aromatic wood and sets it afire. A new phoenix then arises from the ashes, just as San Francisco arose from the great fires of the 1850s. The motto “Oro en paz y fierro en guerra” “Gold in Peace and Iron in War” refers to the city’s then-recent experience during the Spanish–American War as the embarkation point for troops to the Philippines in 1898.”
**See how that works? The high school student who hasn’t actually hurt anybody IRLAFAIK is described as one who has “hurt a lot of people.” And in this town, some who are convicted of homicides end up getting probation or something like several months in jail…
Coming to save the melon-farming da-a-ay:
Here’s the scene down in Civic Center, with 18 flags in front of the Highest* Classical Dome in the Western Hemisphere (and fifth-highest in the world, I believe):
You can see the state flag of Texas camera left, red side down, as it’s supposed to be.
But here’s how things look these days:
See? It’s flying butter-side-down:
IDK if this is being done on purpose, as a dig against Our Great Competitor, or if this is being done out of ignorance. It’s been this way for a while – this isn’t just a one-day thing. (Maybe we’re still mad about losing QANTAS to Dallas/Fort Worth.)
Now, is the 415 an unlikely place for the Lone Star Flag? Some think so:
Here’s your answer:
“The name and star [of CA’s original flag] are said to be inspired by Texas, so maybe that’s why that state got included.”
*Yes, higher than the Capitol Dome in DC. By like a foot or two. On purpose. And any other dome you’re thinking about isn’t classical and/or it’s in the eastern hemisphere…
“#rubbingitin Can’t confirm this is Larry Ellison’s boat but if so kinda rude to fly Bermuda flag. Site of next Am Cup”
CW Nevius should know that as she was the only real “superyacht”** that showed up for the America’s Cup race that CW Nevius, a recent East Bay transplant who arrived here in 2010, started promoting in 2010. Let’s remember who was the number one cheerleader for our Failed America’s Cup:
“Holding the America’s Cup race in San Francisco is a wonderful opportunity without a downside. It is a win-win that will bring cargo bags of cash to the Bay Area and revitalize the southern waterfront.”
So let’s see here, a sailor died, right? Could that be considered a possible downside? And it turned out to be a win-lose, right? San Francisco certainly lost. And the “cargo bags of cash” were taken from us, right – we lost eight figures, right? And mind you, this was Larry Ellison’s first offer, the one with 99 year leases for waterfront land simply given to … Larry Ellison.
So that’s your background.
And here are a few reasons why CWNevius shouldn’t have taken umbrage.
1. IT”S OK IF PEOPLE WANT TO LEAVE TOWN, RIGHT?
If George Lucas doesn’t want to deal with SF, it’s OK if he builds his museum in Chicago or Oakland, right? You know, for example. But CW Nevius took umbrage. And if horrible romance novel writer Danielle Steel wants to spend most of her time in France these days, that’s OK too, right? But CW Nevius seemed to feel spurned by her. So yeah, Larry Ellison is taking his little boat race to Bermuda, but that’s OK, right? It won’t cost us any tax and fee payer money at all right? Isn’t that a good thing?
2. WE CAN’T REALLY EXPECT LARRY ELLISON TO CHANGE THE REGISTRATION OF HIS YACHT SO AS TO NOT OFFEND ELEMENTS OF THE MSM, RIGHT?
One supposes he could have an American flag on the back, but that would cost him bank, right? The “use tax” could cost him far more than what we lost hosting the 34th America’s Cup, right? So it’s not like he’s flying the flag of Bermuda to “rub it in,” not at all.
3. THAT YACHT WASN’T FLYING THE MARITIME FLAG OF BERMUDA ANYWAY, RIGHT?
Larry’s big actually flies the ensign, the maritime flag of the Cayman Islands. So he’s not rubbing anything in anyway, right? It’s just your imagination/ running away with you, CW Nevius.
So, for all those reasons, it was improper for Chuck to so umbrage-take.
Perhaps he feels emotional due to guilt over his responsibility.
I’ll tell you, for whatever reason, it seems about half of the mistakes coming from Chron writers come from just one writer.
ODE TO #CWNEVIUS, THE 62*** YEAR OLD CUB REPORTER, THE 62*** YEAR OLD ROOKIE:
It’s alright, just wait and see
Your string of lights is still bright to me
Oh, who you are is not what you’ve been
You’re still an innocent
It’s okay, life is a tough crowd
62, and still growin’ up now
Who you are is not what you did.
You’re still an innocent.
*Oddly named after a sunken battleship made to keep the US Navy in check – it was discovered by Paul Allen just a few weeks back.
**A “fleet of superyachts” was supposed to arrive in SF, you know, after motoring through the Panama Canal and we were supposed to make bank selling fuel to the owners, and polishing the decks for minimum wage, that kind of thing. The Eurotrash stayed home
***Just a guess – it rhymes with “32,” sort of.