Posts Tagged ‘Golden Gate Bridge’

The Perils of Electric Moped / Scooter / Bike Ownership – A2B “Bicycles” are Back in Business

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

I think I saw an ad for these A2B bikes just today in the SF Weekly.

They were never very popular but I did my best to discourage purchases, to the dismay of the Ultra Motors people.

These days, Ultra Motors is gone but A2B bikes are making a comeback aided by more realistic pricing.

Thusly, as seen with a flat tire:

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IMO, you’re better off with a regular bike, one with puncture resistant tires and theft-hardened parts.

But that’s just me.

Orange Bridge, Blue Sky, White Airbus: A Very Nice Graphic From JetBlue

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Don’t you think?

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Oh, and white clouds.

San Francisco’s Connection to the North Korean Crisis: Pier 80, USS Tripoli, and THAAD Ballistic Missile Defense

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

1. Here’s the news of the day:

Anti-missile systems sent to Guam to counter North Korean threat

2. Those systems are called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).

3. THAAD was developed using the former USS Tripoli (LPH-10), an Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship that’s basically a mini aircraft carrier.

4. The USS Tripoli was based at Pier 80 in Dogpatch as recently as last year and it’s still there right now, for all I know.

That’s the connection.

That’s San Francisco’s contribution to the war effort.

(And, just saying, THAAD could come in handy when dealing with NK’s big buddy China…)

All the deets:

“She was decommissioned in 1995 and as of 2004, she was on loan to the Army, but remained laid up at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. In December 2006, the ship was towed to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where it now has a high-tech role as a launch platform with the nation’s developing ballistic missile defense program. Three times the ship was towed some 100 miles off shore and used to launch small ballistic missiles, which are then intercepted by Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Missiles, test-fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility. The last test in the series was performed 26 October, when the ship fired a “Scud-like” missile, which was successfully intercepted. The ship will be towed back to the San Francisco Bay Area for the winter. Kaua’i lacks a suitable land-based launch site, and the costs of building one would far exceed the approximately $600,000 per year it costs to use the old warship, so the vessel returned to Pearl Harbor for a second series of tests in late spring 2008.[1] As of 16 June 2012 she berthed at Pier 80 in San Francisco, CA.”

From 2008:

Well, look what just got towed in from Hawaii. Fresh from testing of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, San Francisco’s favorite former helicopter carrier, the former U.S.S. Tripoli (LPH-10), had its ups and downs in the Aloha State.

Read all about the post-retirement adventures of the USS Tripoli at Telstar Logistics.

Under the Golden Gate Bridge:

Who knows what the future will be for this old ship. Probably more missile launching.

And from 2010:

Now I could tell you all about the supr sekrt USS Tripoli (LPH-10 (Landing Platform, Helicopter)) but that would be MUY PRO HI BI DA DO (I say that in Spanish because that’s how not allowed it would be).

Suffice to say the old girl has been chilling in the Dogpatch lately, right next to ridiculously hilly Potrero Hill. See?

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Where, oh where, will it get towed to next?

What, oh what, will it next launch into the Heav’ns Above?

Courage.

The Trip as seen off of Kauai in the 808 State (or somewhere else in the wide Pacific) during the sum, sum, summertime. Whoosh:

E komo mai. Nou ka hale, USS Tripoli

The Grey Whales of San Francisco’s Baker Beach – Another Great Capture from Nature’s Lantern

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

I haven’t seen a whale from San Francisco lately.

But David Cruz has:

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Postcard From Marin: “This Bus Uses Clean-Air Technology” – But It’s a Diesel – So Diesel Equals “Clean Air?”

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Hey Marin! Why not say “This Bus is a Diesel,” you know, instead?

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It’s like, what are you so proud of?

Wow: A Different Kind of Golden Gate Bridge Sunset Photo – From Famous photographer David Yu

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

(If I ever see the sky this orange, I’ll be sure to call 911, or at least 311, to find out what in the Sam Hill is going on.)

This is an arresting shot, non? 

San Francisco Photographer David Yu does it again:

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Morning Blue Over San Francisco Bay – A Unique View by David Yu

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

See?

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The Happy Jumping Dolphins of San Francisco’s Lands End – A Nice Photo and Some Video from David Cruz

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Another nice San Francisco nature shot from famous photographer David Cruz.

Dolphins Breaching at Lands End – San Francisco, Dec. 7, 2012:

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And here’s the video, with a good half-dozen critters swimming about:

Nature is Everywhere, even in a big city like San Francisco

 

27th Annual TIBET DAY Fair & Evening Concert Coming to Berkeley on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Hey, remember this one?

“ONE WORLD, ONE DREAM – FREE TIBET”

Good times.

Anyway, Tibet Day is back in the Bay Area – deets below.

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“Tibet Day Info and Buy Tickets online: http://friends-of-tibet.org/tibet-day/tibet-day-2012
 
Dear Friends,
On behalf of the Bay Area Friends of Tibet (BAFoT) and Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC), I would like to warmly invite you to the next edition of Tibet Day “A Celebration of Community, Culture, and Heroic Compassion” at the Berkeley Adult School, 1701 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702.
Tibet Day is cosponsored by The Dalai Lama Foundation, Committee of 100 for Tibet, Everest Waterproofing and Restoration,  Sharon Bacon, Dorji Lama of Tibet Shop, and Sierra Friends of Tibet. It will be a wondrous display of all things Tibet and San Francisco Team Tibet unity and love of Tibet and the Tibetan people.
Fair - 9 AM – 6 PM
Evening Concert with Special Guest Star Loten Namling from Switzerland -7-9:30 PM.
ENTRANCE DONATION REDUCED!
FAIR – $5 – Main Auditorium
EVENING CONCERT – $15 – Main Auditorium
Room 21 – Films, Panel, Meditation
Lhamo Tso, wife of the wrongfully-imprisoned Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen will be available all day in Room 21, next to the main auditorium and there will be morning and afternoon screening of her husband’s documentary film work, “Leaving Fear Behind” as well as actions you can take to Free Dhondup Wangchen and his monk-friend Jigme Gyatso (Golog Jigme) who is currently appears to being framed for murder for helping Dhondup Wangchen. Room 21 will also feature Tibet Flame of Truth Film with the Director Lobsang Lhasian. At 5 PM there will be a Panel Discussion on the Self-Immolations and Compassion and at 6 PM there will be a Chenrezi Meditation Puja by the Dharma Bums.
FAIR
We are pleased the following vendors, nonprofit organization, artists and groups expected at the Fair:
THI VAN ANH THACH – YOGA FOR SELF-COMPASSION @ 9 AM
TIBETAN ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
TENZING TIBETAN GIFT SHOP TIBURON
TIBETAN NYINGMA RELIEF FOUNDATION
WELLS FARGO
SIERRA FRIEND OF TIBET
SAN FRANCISO TIBETAN YOUTH CONGRESS
STUDENTS FOR A FREE TIBET
COMMITTEE OF 100 FOR TIBET
SYNERGY ORGANIC CLOTHING
CHEPPU HIMAL
AIDE AU ZANSKAR
BAY AREA FRIENDS OF TIBET
JAMYONG SINGYE – THANGKA PAINTING
LOTEN NAMLING
DHARMA BUMS
TSERING YOUDON
GYURME TETHONG
TSERING LODOE
SEMSHUK PHUNDA BAND
TANC’S CHILDRENS CHOIR
MANDIA – INDIAN FLUTIES
TSERING DORJEE BAWA, TASHI TSERING, AND TSERING KHASHITSANG
TSERINGCHO
PENPA TSERING – TIBETAN WOODCARVER
Evening Rangzen Concert
Semshuk Phunda
Tsering Youdon
Tsering Lodoe
TseringCho
Loten Namling
Dharma Bums
Proceeds help benefit TANC’s Building Restoration Project, the Dhondup Wangchen & Lhamo Tso Freedom Fund, and BAFoT’s celebration of Tibetan culture and struggle for Tibetan independence. Please join us today.
For more information visit: www.tanc.org and www.friends-of-tibet.org
See you at Tibet Day!
Giovanni Vassallo | President | Bay Area Friends of Tibet
www.friends-of-tibet.org

Wow: “Moonset Over Golden Gate Bridge” by David Yu

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

A unique view from David Yu:

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