Posts Tagged ‘i.’

Death of the Dust Trombone: Canon Replaces Legendary 100-400mm Telephoto Lens – Good-Bye Push-Pull Zoom

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Canon’s aging beast, the Clinton-era EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM lens is no more – after 16 years of production, it’s being replaced by the EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM II, a more conventional design. 

Here are some “dust trombones*” right here, back about a decade ago, all extended to the 400mm telephoto setting, the better to see the Blue Angels over Fort Mason, my dear:

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The thing about the old lens is that it offered IMAGE STABILIZATION (IS) plus an “ULTRASONIC” MOTOR (USM) (for fast auto-focus) in the same package. At the time, Nikon couldn’t keep up, so it would make you choose betwixt one feature or the other, if you were lucky. Nikon lost a lot of customers during the Aughts for just this reason.

Read all about it.

I’m sure the updated lens will be better (and of course, lots pricier) in most respects.

Adieu, push-pull lens.

*Pull it in fast enough and you can feel the breeze on your face, since all that air inside needs to go somewhere…

OMG, the New Mitsubishi i Cars are Here – All-Electric Fleet Vehicles Come to City CarShare

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Well, here it is:

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All the deets:

“Mitsubishi Motors Makes First Fleet Delivery of the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) to Bay Area’s City CarShare

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 8, 2011  – Representatives from Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA), along with San Rafael Mitsubishi, conducted the very first fleet delivery of the all-new 100% electric-powered 2012 Mitsubishi i to the California Bay Area’s City CarShare in a special ceremony held at the Green Vehicle Showcase located in front of San Francisco City Hall Plaza on Thursday, December 8 at 9:00 a.m.

City CarShare is a Bay Area nonprofit organization founded in 2001 with the help of several other local nonprofits and the cities of San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Their mission is to promote innovative mobility options to improve the environment and the quality of life in the Bay Area. By providing short-term access to cars City CarShare is reducing traffic congestion, parking problems and dependence on oil while promoting cleaner air and quieter streets.

“We are very pleased to introduce the all electric Mitsubishi i into our fleet. This vehicle brings us one step closer toward our goal of having 50% of our fleet run on alternative fuel as part of our mission to decrease carbon emissions in the Bay Area,” said Rick Hutchinson, CEO, City CarShare.

Numerous fleet orders have already been placed for the innovative, environmentally-friendly and fun-to-drive Mitsubishi i by a wide variety of organizations – multinational corporations, municipalities large and small, major utilities and nonprofit organizations – from New York to Hawaii.

“We thank the Bay Area’s City CarShare for being the first fleet recipient of our innovative 100% electric-powered vehicle,” said Yoichi Yokozawa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). “City CarShare’s stated goals are to help promote modes of personal transportation that help improve the environment while reducing noise pollution as well as fossil fuel dependence, so the 2012 Mitsubishi i is the perfect vehicle to help achieve this nonprofit’s ambitious mission.”

The 2012 Mitsubishi i is the first of several new advanced, alternative-fuel production vehicles that the Japanese auto manufacturer plans on bringing to the North American market in the next few years.

For more information about the 2012 Mitsubishi i, please visit media.mitsubishicars.com and i.mitsubishicars.com; for fleet sales information on Mitsubishi’s electric vehicle please log on to mitsubishicars.com/iMiEVfleet.

More information on the Bay Area’s City CarShare can be found at citycarshare.org.

SOURCE  Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.”

Wow, the WillieBrownGavinNewsomEdLee-Approved Corrupt Twitterloin Never Looked So Good – “You Stay Classy!”

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Wow, this one has it all – MUNI’s aqua blue DC Transit #1076, these green Market Street bike lanes, and the Furniture Mart Building, whose former owner created the Twitterloin with a little help from King Willie II, Gavin Newsom.

Of course, King Willie I, the original, is taking credit for the corrupt Twitterloin as well, as is King Willie III, Ed Lee.

A fantastic capture from Nick Fisher:

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BARTtv is Back on the Air: Explaining Why BART Detained Journalists Yesterday – No Linton Johnson, No Comments Allowed

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Well here’s BART’s version of the story of last night’s events at Powell Station.

IMO, the MSM on hand weren’t too satisfied with what they were hearing, but listen for yourself:

The nugget’s at 4:30 or so where some woman starts off with, “Actually…”

Normally, you can comment on YouTube videos, but not this particular one, for some reason.

All right, OpBART V – A New Beginning, is the next protest against BART’s shooting and 1st Amendment policies. It’s coming at 5:00 PM on Monday, September 12th, 2011

The i-MiEV’s are Here, the i-MiEV’s are Here! PG&E is Road-Testing Tiny Electric Cars from Mitsubishi

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Apparently, PG&E has been testing these Mitsubishi i-MiEV‘s (“Mitsubishi In-wheel motor Electric Vehicle” or “Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle”) for a while, but this is my first time seeing one. PG&E fleet-tests all sorts of electric vehicles all the time, of course.

Isn’t that a wonderful contribution from a great local corporation? They’re a great company that gets it.

[What, what did I just say? What? Oh, why’d I say that? Mmmm. Now, is PG&E the outfit that lies about how they killed people or are they my number one booster?* Both, maybe? I’m conflicted. Note to self: Hire fashionable spokesmodel to clean up this mess. Get money from PG&E people to hire said spokesmodel. That’s using the old bean! Bingo-bango.]

Now, where was I? Oh, the electric motors are in the wheels – this is the approach Mitsu is taking. So that’s a little more advanced than what other companies (like Tesla Motors and (heh) CODA Automotive) are doing. Is that a good idea? We’ll see.

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Those stalk things are your manual mirror adjustment controls – old school!

All the deets:

ALL-NEW, 100% ELECTRIC.
Welcome to a whole new era of fleet efficiency. The result of more than four decades of dedicated EV engineering, the 100% electric Mitsubishi i offers a host of advantages over traditional gas-powered fleet vehicles.

The Mitsubishi i has less moving parts than its gas-powered counterparts which can translate to reduced maintenance requirements and less downtime for repairs.
Volatile, rising fuel costs make it difficult to project expenses. Charging with electricity can stabilize that variability and help keep you in control of your budget.
With a low acquisition fee of under $30,000 and an operating cost of just $.03 per mile*, the Mitsubishi i is remarkably cost-effective.
Of course, the Mitsubishi i isn’t just about improving your bottom line. Featuring world-class performance, a targeted range of 85 miles,† comfortable seating for four and zero on-road emissions, this EV is equipped to handle a wide variety of tasks—and demonstrate your company’s commitment to the environment.

* Estimate based on 5.3 miles per kWh at .15 cents per kWh.
† Targeted LA4 EPA city cycle. Actual range will vary depending on driving / charging habits, speed, conditions, weather, temperature and battery age.”

You’ll be able to buy one for yourself next year. Maybe they’ll be calling it the Mitsubishi i by that point.

In other news, the big anti-PG&E protest will be tomorrow at noon

Jail the PG&E Corporate Criminals For Murder-Public Power Now 

NO MORE SAN BRUNOS! 

Rally Friday, Sept. 9 at Noon 
1st Anniversary of the 
CRIMINAL SAN BRUNO BLAST 

Protest PG&E 
for its Arrogance, 
Incompetence & 
Criminal Negligence! 
Public Power Now! 

PG&E Headquarters 
77 Beale Street, SF 

Sponsored by Terry Joan Baum for Mayor 2011 
email: staff(at)terryjoanbaum.com 
phone: 415-553-8847″

See you there!

*Actually, I was in the Presidio one time, IRL, I’m srsly, and while I was there a PG&E employee came up and told me, twice, that “it would be in your interest” for me to pull my post about PG&E hiring people from Nevada to canvas for some proposition in the Mission. And then, when I was huffing up Arguello to get home later that evening, she offered me a ride in her car! I didn’t get in. (“Never get in the van.” – that’s the lesson I learned from Three Days of the Condor)

Joubert: It will happen this way. You may be walking. Maybe the first sunny day of the spring. And a car will slow beside you, and a door will open, and someone you know, maybe even trust, will get out of the car. And he will smile, a becoming smile…

KALW Does a Bit on Bolinas, That Marin County Town That’s Friendly, and yet Not Friendly

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

KALW‘s Steven Short finds Bolinas, CA a “friendly town” – check out his new CrossCurrents bit here, why not?

Now, here’s my version of the story. Enjoy:

Inbetwixt the friendly elephant seals of the Point Reyes National Seashore…

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(This was from at least double the official keep-away distance, we’re talking hundreds of yards, so I don’t want to hear it. Made using the remarkable 1999-2010 Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM and EF 2x II Extender, handheld.) 

…and the friendly regular seals of Bolinas Lagoon…

…you’ll find the unfriendly town of Bolinas, CA:

The reason why the locals, some of whom, for some reason, feel quite empowered to bully auslanders, always tear down the road signs on the Pacific Coast Highway is because their USPS letter carrier already knows how to get there.

Fin.

“Korean Comics: A Society Through Small Frames” Coming to the Main Library March 13th

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Here’s what’s coming up at your free San Francisco Public Library:

“Korean Comics: A Society Through Small Frames – Exhibition in the Library’s Jewett Gallery, March 13th – June 13th, 2010. San Francisco Public Library is pleased to present, Korean Comics: A Society Through Small Frames, an exhibition of 83 framed works by 21 of Korea’s most talented cartoonists drawn over a period of four decades, on view March 13–June 13 in the Jewett Gallery at the Main Library, 100 Larkin St.”

O.K. then.

I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. Oh, wait a second, this is the cover of North Korea’s version of Animal Farm. I forget which one is the Queen Bee, is it the Dear Leader, the Great Leader? One of them, anyway. Good times:  

Cho Pyŏng-Kwon (Story) / Im Wal-Yong (Art), The Great General Mighty Wing (1994), Published in 1994 by Gold Star Children’s Press

All the deets, after the jump

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Before I Self Destruct – See 50 Cent’s New Movie for Free at Metreon November 10th

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Here’s what you do – you check out the old trailer for 50 Cents‘ “gritty” new movie, Before I Self Destruct, or log onto Yahoo! Movies to see the new trailer. And if you like that, then sign up for free tickets. San Francisco’s showing will be at the Metreon in the SoMA on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 at 8:30 PM sharp.  

Don’t expect the tunes from the movie to have anything to do with the album with the same name, but 50 said he sweated the details making sure the soundtrack would be right. So, sign up now before all the ticks are gone.

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See you there.

50 Cent Announces a Ten City Screening Tour of His Directorial Debut Film: BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT

Fans can download their tickets* exclusively through MovieTickets.com Yahoo! Movies premiers a new BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT Trailer

This November 50 Cent will be hitting the road to screen his latest film, BEFORE I SELF DESTRUCT. Beginning on Tuesday Oct. 27th, fans can log on to www.movietickets.com/50 to download their tickets* to these exclusive screenings.

 Date     Market
 2-Nov    Boston
 3-Nov    Philadelphia
 4-Nov    DC
 5-Nov    NYC
 7-Nov    Atlanta
 9-Nov    Chicago
 10-Nov   San Francisco
 11-Nov   Los Angeles
 12-Nov   Houston
 13-Nov   Dallas

Spookyvision:

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 About the Film, after the jump

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission Throws Up Useful Signs on Market Street

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Thanks MTC / 511.org!

(The ball is in your court, 311.)

Keep ‘em coming, 511:

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Hit and Run Hula from Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu a Huge Hit in San Francisco

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

See? The dancers of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu made a big stir in San Francisco yesterday with Hit & Run Hula. Read all about their peregrinations via Leanne’s report at SFist.com.

In front of the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Click to expand:

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And then poof, they’re gone almost before you know it. But they came back to pose for a group shot:

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All and all, quite a successful execution of Hit and Run Hula.

Hit & Run Hula
Saturday, August 15
Will you be there when dozens of hula dancers ambush a San Francisco hot spot and break into dance?
Visit the Hit & Run Hula Event Page for more information!

This ONSITE performance is generously supported by: Grants for the Arts, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, San Francisco Foundation and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

  • 10:00am – Ferry Building (south end)
  • 10:45am – Pier 39
  • 11:30am – Union Square Plaza. Follow us around for more performances in the area.
    Podcast: Download the Hawaiian chant translation and play it while you watch the performance. Get mp3
  • 2:15pm – Dolores Park
  • 2:45pm – Castro (Market & 17th Street)
  • 3:30pm – Academy of Sciences
  • 4:30pm – Ocean Beach. Join us for a picnic!
  • And here are some future performances:

    Saturday, September 19
    Nā Mamo No’eau Presents:
    Wehiwa  – Choice
    Time: 8pm
    Price: $35
    Location: Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, San Ramon, CA
    Info: San Ramon Performing Arts

    Sunday, September 27
    Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
    (Rescheduled Performance)
    Time: 1-2:30pm
    Price: Free!
    Location: Yerba Buena Gardens,
    San Francisco, CA
    Info: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

    Saturday, October 17 – 8pm
    Sunday, October 18 – 2pm
    Director/Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakāne & Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu present:
    Hawaiian Music Legend – Jerry Santos

    Price: $35/$40 Reserved
    Tickets on sale Wed, 7/22
    Location: Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco, CA
    Info: CityBoxOffice.com / Tickets.com