Posts Tagged ‘foggy’

It’s Hard: Spot the Pedestrian in the Uncontrolled Crosswalks of UCSF’s Parnassus Heights on a Foggy Night

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Probably every crosswalk up there should be controlled by a traffic signal:

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JMO

Wow: Check Out This Morning’s Perseid Meteor Shower Photo from Eureka Valley: Meteor, Sutro Tower, Fog

Monday, August 13th, 2012

From trophygeek, a shot of the icy ether and a chilly Twin Peaks:

Perseid meteor over Sutro Tower, San Francisco Aug 13, 2012: Set up the camera to take 8 second exposures all night and caught this large meteor as it streaked over San Francisco. The lights near the tower are cars up on Twin Peaks shining their headlights into the fog. I happened to be checking on the camera when it happened so I saw it too!”

Wow, I’m speechless:

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Me with nothing to say
You in your Autumn sweater

OMG, Come Up to Twin Peaks to See the Perseid Meteor Show Tonight! Here’s What It Will Look Like

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Alls I know is that tonight, Saturday, August 11, 2012 will be your best chance all year to see a meteor shower.

What I don’t know is what the cloud / fog situation will be like, but you could see a lot of blue sky this AM so that bodes well.

Get the deets from Sarah Medina and UpOut.

Here’s what it will look like:

Perseid meteor shower, artist’s conception

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Oh wait, here’s the real deal, from Christmas Tree Road, a half-decade back, August 12th, 11:41 PM:

Canon 5D, 15mm 2.8 Fisheye, f/5.6, 5 seconds, ISO 1600

But people, you need to dress warm – gloves, beanies, etc and maybe a sleeping bag if you’re serious.

All right, see you there!

Shooting stars never stop/ even when they reach the top.

“No Voy a Comprar Windows Ocho” – Repeat: “I Will Not Buy Windows 8″ – Take the Pledge, Here’s Why

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Dude, I remember Windows 3.0. And, after that one, I remember Windows 95, 98, 98SE, Me, XP, Vista, and, of course, Seven.

And I’ll tell you, I wasn’t reverse to using any of them.

I even got a Vista box from Dell, even though many people were (and still are) sticking with XP. I didn’t care.

But Windows 8* is a big no-go.

So, say it now, aloud: “I Will Not Buy Windows 8.

Again: “No Voy a Comprar Windows Ocho.”

Buying Windows 8 is muy prohibidado. (I wrote that it in Spanish because that’s how exotic and not allowed it is.)

Now here’s everything you need to know about W8:

Fear and Loathing and Windows 8 (Or: Why Windows 8 Scares Me — and Should Scare You Too)

Well, maybe that’s a bit too much, but how about these primary conclusions:

1. Windows 8 is not Windows, it’s a new operating system with Windows 7 compatibility tacked onto it.

2. Although Windows 8 looks pretty and is great for tablet-style content consumption, I question its benefits for traditional PC productivity tasks.

3. Big OS transitions like this one traditionally cause users to reconsider their OS decision and potentially switch to something else. 

4. Microsoft has worsened the risk that people will migrate away from Windows 8, by disabling some key features of Windows 7, and mishandling the consumer “preview” program.

OK then.

Oh, remember that Farhad Manjoo, that writer who hated the Sunset District so much he just had to move away?

Well, he hates Windows 8 even more than he hates the foggy, foggy Sunset.

OK then.

So here’s what you do, you get a 16 GB, 2TB ZT Systems from the Costco.com (or from Walmart online or something) for like $600. That’ll come with Windows 7 and that’ll last you a good long time. And then you’ll be ready for Windows 8 Plus or Windows 9 or whatever shakes out.

OK then.

*Now maybe they’ll offer W8 (rhymes with wait – get it?) on a phone or a tablet or something what uses a touchscreen and maybe that’ll be OK (depending on the price, of course). But if you want to get something done with a PC, then why not just stick with W7?

Wow: Shrouded City by Joe Azure

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Azure means blue, right?

Well here’s your blue:

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San Francisco’s Sunset District Gets Called “Land of Misery” in National Media: “Fog – Thick, Endless, Depressive Clouds”

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Cover your eyes, avert your gaze, West Bay realtors:

“If you start at the Bay Bridge and head west along most major streets in San Francisco, you’ll eventually get to a magical land of misery known as the Sunset. The name is a joke, and perhaps even a way to trick tourists: The sun rarely visits the Sunset, not even when it sets. The primary weather element in the Sunset is fog—thick, endless, depressive clouds of it that wash up from the ocean to completely saturate the land. I lived in the Sunset for a single, terrible year. Before I moved there, I used to be one of those snobby city-dwellers who’d look down on suburbanites who couldn’t handle San Francisco’s famously capricious climate. I’d heard the Sunset’s weather wasn’t great, but hey, how bad could it be?

It was bad. Too bad for me; after our lease was up, my wife and I moved to the suburbs. Looking back, what bothered me most wasn’t the terrible climate—though I did hate it—but the vast difference between the Sunset’s weather and the weather everywhere else. Whatever meteorological patterns applied in normal parts of San Francisco didn’t seem to apply to the Sunset, which meant that forecasts for the city held no sway there. If the weatherman said it was going to be 80 and sunny, it was probably 55 and cloudy at my house.

Wow, harsh.

Of course, former Supervisor Ed Jew famously claimed to live in the Sunset, but instead of actually doing that he preferred to risk jail, which is where he’s at right now. Oh well.

What a great place for a high-cost, low-productivity photovoltaic power plant using panels costing many times more than the going market rate. Oh well: 

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But it could be worse. The writer could have started talking about the “houses” of the Sunset District. Here they are, in no particular order:

Halfway houses

Cat houses

Grow houses

Oh well.

Keep on keeping on, Sunset District.

A 2.5-Minute Exposure – “Waiting for the Sun” – Marin Headlands, Diablo, Yerba Buena, Bridges, Skyline

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Not a cloud in the sky:

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Better Know Your Annual San Francisco Mission District Illegal Fourth of July Fireworks Show, 2011

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between official and illegal fireworks shows.

Take this shot from Bluoz from last night’s Fourth of July 2011 celebration, for instance:

La Mision as seen from the SoMA: 

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Some of these rockets can get pretty high:

Via Bluoz

“80′s Barbie” and Her Blue BMW Convertible Teleport from a Quarter-Century Ago to Clement Street

Monday, June 27th, 2011

You kids are too young to remember the 1980′s, but this is exactly what it looked like.

Exactly…

Note TSV (triangular side vent) windows and tiny, tiny (by today’s standards) stock wheels:

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Don’t ever change, BMW 3-series E30.

As seen in the West Bay on a dread sunny day.

(You certainly couldn’t call it Inclement Street yesterday, that’s for sure…)


Good Morning San Francisco – A Typical Foggy June Day – Is Ghostbusters Weather the Reason Our 49ers Want to Leave?

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Can you ID the structures in the distance?

From left

1 Rincon Hill – home to Famous People and post-IPO computer nerds

100 McAllister – home to UC Hastings, the largest and oldest law school in the West; and

City Hall - home to the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere

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