Posts Tagged ‘hurricane’

Owner of All-Electric Nissan Leaf Car Smugly Waves Good-Bye to British Petroleum

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Thusly: 

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Quick question: Is this the front of the car or the rear? Mmmm….

Awesome Video: It’s a Jet Ski Critical Mass – Cruising Flooded Long Island Town During Hurricane Irene Aftermath

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Wow:

“Long Islander responds to Hurricane Irene in most Long Island way possible: with jet skis and Linkin Park”

In San Francisco, Critical Mass has become a term synonymous with ignoring red lights,* right?

Now, what if you could critical mass in a flooded town on a Jet Ski?

That’s gotta be the flattest town in all creation. (Alluvial plain?) Don’t try this on Market Street, you know, post-global warming – it’s got slight rises that would ruin your Jet Ski fun.

This video only has 139K views?

It should have more by now, IMO.

*Now, I’ll admit CM treats red lights a bit differently, but, in my book, ignoring red lights = ignoring red lights.

OMG, David Eggers is Coming! David Eggers is Coming This Thursday to Our Main Library – It’s One City One Book 2010

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Our San Francisco Public Library invites you to a talk by author Dave Eggers, at the Koret Auditorium in the S.F. Main Library. It’s a part of One City One Book 2010:

Dave Eggers will be in conversation with humorist/writer Beth Lisick on Thursday, Oct. 14, starting at 6 p.m. He’ll be talking about his book, Zeitoun, the One City One Book selection for 2010. The event is at the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, in the Koret Auditorium. It’s one of the few chances to hear Dave live and for free. There will be no taping of this event, so it’s the only chance to see him.”

Check it out:

The San Francisco Public Library invites San Franciscans to participate in the 6th annual One City One Book: San Francisco Reads program, by announcing the selection of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.

“The One City One Book program strives to provide a book that is thought provoking and illuminating for our diverse residents while uniting us in a common literary effort,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “The selection of San Francisco writer Dave Eggers’ book about a family in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina brings forth important issues about communities in the wake of disaster that is sure to resonate with readers citywide.”

Eggers’ nonfiction book is about Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American father of four, who chose to stay in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck to protect his house and his contracting business. In the days that followed, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could.
 
 Eggers’s riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun’s roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy—an American who converted to Islam—and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the U.S., in general) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun became possible. Zeitoun was written in close collaboration with its subjects and involved vast research—in the U.S., Spain, and Syria.
 
This true story is a page turner that is sure to engage readers this summer and the Library encourages them to participate in informative programs in September and October.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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S.F. Public Library Announces “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers as “One City One Book” Selection for 2010

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Our San Francisco Public Library has just announced its pick for One City One Book 2010. All the deets are below.

(Pretty soon, all of San Francisco will be one giant book discussion group, so don’t get left behind.)

And best of all, you can look forward to a talk by author Dave Eggers, in conversation with Beth Lisick, in the Koret Auditorium at the Main Library on Oct. 14, 2010.

Check it out:

The San Francisco Public Library invites San Franciscans to participate in the 6th annual One City One Book: San Francisco Reads program, by announcing the selection of Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.

“The One City One Book program strives to provide a book that is thought provoking and illuminating for our diverse residents while uniting us in a common literary effort,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “The selection of San Francisco writer Dave Eggers’ book about a family in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina brings forth important issues about communities in the wake of disaster that is sure to resonate with readers citywide.”

Eggers’ nonfiction book is about Abdulrahman Zeitoun, a prosperous Syrian-American father of four, who chose to stay in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck to protect his house and his contracting business. In the days that followed, he traveled the flooded streets in a secondhand canoe, passing on supplies and helping those he could.
 
 Eggers’s riveting nonfiction book, three years in the making, explores Zeitoun’s roots in Syria, his marriage to Kathy—an American who converted to Islam—and their children, and the surreal atmosphere (in New Orleans and the U.S., in general) in which what happened to Abdulrahman Zeitoun became possible. Zeitoun was written in close collaboration with its subjects and involved vast research—in the U.S., Spain, and Syria.
 
This true story is a page turner that is sure to engage readers this summer and the Library encourages them to participate in informative programs in September and October.

Ever more deets, after the jump

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What Happened to the Fences at Strybing Arboretum?

Monday, December 1st, 2008

This is the scene at the western end of popular San Francisco Botanical Gardens at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park. Officially, we only have the Main Gate and the Friend Gate for people to get in, but these days there are a few areas of squashed cyclone fence that function as open gates.

From an area near the Children’s Garden. Click to expand:  

Should “Thou Shalt Not Enter But Through Designated Entrances” be added to the Ten Commandments of Strybing?

Of course it could be that recent pruning has revealed fence holes that have been there a while, and it would be impossible to keep determined people out of the gardens at night anyway. But a solid foundation would seem to be called for here when repairs are made.

The people at the Botanical Gardens have a great 2009 shaping up anyway it looks like, with the “Echoes of Darwin” watercolor exhibit starting up next year. See details below. It’s all a part of Strybing’s involvement with mysterious Evolve2009, which is also sponsored by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, and the California Academy of Sciences.

You’ll find out more about Evolve 2009 once they get the website at EvolveAlready.com (how cheeky!) fully operational. Here’s a preview:

Five Misconceptions about Evolution 

Evolution is a Fact and a Theory

God and Evolution: Can you accept both?


(Nothing controversial or anything!) 

Here are the details of the watercolor show, and check out the December 2008 schedule for Strybing after the jump.

See you there! Keep a lookout for the geese, and the foxes, and the quail, and the…

CALENDAR LISTING – ART EXHIBITS/GALLERIES:
What: “Echoes of Darwin” an exhibition of watercolors by the San Francisco Botanical Garden Masterclass Artists 

When: The exhibit is open to the public January 2 through March 31, 2009
            Library Hours: 10am-4pm, Open Daily

           Artists’ Reception celebrating Darwin’s 200th Birthday:
             5-7pm, Thursday, February 12, 2009
 
Where: Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture
               San Francisco Botanical Garden At Strybing Arboretum
               Golden Gate Park
                9th Avenue at Lincoln Way, San Francisco

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