Posts Tagged ‘island’

Troubled Anthony Levandowski’s PRIBOT Prius, Last Seen Banged Up in the Western Addition Six Years Ago

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Was reading this…

Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google? Inside the vicious patent fight over self-driving technology. By Max Chafkin and Mark Bergen

…and that reminded me of this, the last time I saw PRIBOT, the ur-car, left forgotten on the mean Streets of San Francisco:

Poor Pribot!

In closing:

“He’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.”

 

Heron Roost of the Palace of Fine Arts, The Marina District, Frisco

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Black Crowned Night Herons mostly, I suppose. The teenagers of this species are brown:

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I count nine, but who knows how many are lurking about in this stand of trees…

75 Years: Happy Anniversary, Little Yellow Buoy, I Guess

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Nearby Alcatraz had this anniversary back in aught-nine – perhaps that has something to do with something…

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Here’s Your New 400 Block of 11th Street, for Better or Worse, from Our SFMTA

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Here’s what this one small block of 11th Street looks like now, after the SFMTA started changing things.

I can’t say I understand what the SFMTA’s doing here.

But I do understand what this means:

Muni Bus that Killed Cyclist Cheng Jin Lai Missing Key Safety Equipment

Yeah, the same small block.

Anyway, the yellow lines are back closer to where you’d expect them to be, so that’s nice. (I guess this scene from last month was just for construction.)

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So now this block has 2.5 sidewalks.

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Why not four or five? IDK, maybe next year…

An Enlarged Sidewalk / Bus Depot for 11th and Harrison?

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Here’s the new sitch, looking north from Division:

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I suppose a lot of parking spaces will be sacrificed at the altar of the 9 San Bruno “Rapid” [LIMITED] Project, a joint from the SFMTA’s MUNI Great Leap Forward, Comrades.

And looking south from Folsom:

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Disrupt Sea Cliff: Somebody’s Buying 7200 Square Feet of Real Estate Near West Clay Street But It’s a Communal Driveway for Millionaires?

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Reddit asks, “Is this a joke?

But it’s right here on the MLS – yours for $35,000:

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And here’s an aerial view:

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That was the wind-up, now here’s the pitch:

“Existing driveway that has easements for all owners to use. You will own property in San Francisco and control the driveway. You can not build or park anything in this driveway since there is no room. Lot with no warranties expressed or implied about use or zoning. I know, it’s crazy, but this is a way to own real estate in the city! And yes, you will own the air and underground rights. Get creative!

I don’t see how the buyer is going to get any money out of this parcel, but I’m not so creative.

If you have more money to burn like this, consider nearby Red Rock Island and the northern tip of San Francisco County

A View of the East Bay From Top to Bottom: Mt Diablo, Oakland, San Francisco – How an Accident of History Put Part of The City on Alameda Island

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Here you go:

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IOW:

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The Port of Oakland showed respect for the SF City Limits – can you see how the landfill project in the upper right ends abruptly? That’s the border. But the US military just didn’t care and it kept filling until it was satisfied. (You can see how the SF part looks different – it’s a wetter / greener area.)

Ans here’s another way of saying it – see our little homeslice?

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Anyway, lots of people still don’t believe me. But you do, right, Gentle Reader?

Pier 80 is Now Known for Being a Homeless Shelter, But 5 Years Ago, It Was Home to This SCUD Launcher – THAAD, North Korea and Us

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

This was the view we had of Dogpatch / Pier 80 a few years back:

Basically, that’s an old Marine Corps junior aircraft carrier that would get towed annually to Kauai, Hawaii to launch SCUD-like missiles for testing of Lockheed Martin’s now-famous THAAD missile defense system.

And here’s the news of the day, in early 2016:

China warns South Korea that deploying THAAD missile system would trigger a Cold War-like arms race

Yeah, maybe. Is THAAD a good idea for the Korean Peninsula? I have no idea. But, this is recent Bay Area military history, which there’s not too much of these days.

I’d wondered about this vessel since I first noticed it back in aught-seven. Read all about it:

From 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 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.

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:

And 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.

E komo mai. Nou ka hale, USS Tripoli

The Drone Bros of Emerald Bay State Park go MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…

Monday, September 21st, 2015

Ah let’s head back to nature. Do you see – it’s hard to spot:

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This is better:

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Here we go, at the bottom – there’s a clear shot:

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And then, back to its master:

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Are drones legal in California State Parks like 4.5 starred Emerald Bay?

Sure, for now.

That’s good, ’cause people be flying drones all over the place these days. (You’ll hear them before you see them, most likely. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…)

Color Photograph: Sunset or Moonrise? Telegraph Hill, Sailboat, Cruise Ship, Alcatraz, and Angel Island

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The answer will amaze you, or not:

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This is the sun, as seen from a span of our troubled San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

It looked like the moon though.

That could be the troubled Star Princess, which should be norovirus-free these days. Let’s hope so. And if it’s not the Princess, well, let’s hope it’s norovirus-free as well…