Posts Tagged ‘island’

“Moonset Over San Francisco” by Famous San Francisco Photographer David Yu

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Easter Moon, 2012, San Francisco:

Via David Yu. Used with Permission. Click to expand

“Until next time, May 5 2012, to chase the full moon….”

The Unbearable Lightness of Being CW Nevius: Chronicle Writer Changes His Position on the America’s Cup Once Again

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Let’s see here, remember back when when it took three months for San Francisco Chronicle writer CW Nevius to pull a 180 on the original America’s Cup deal? Leave us review:

CW Nevius, the bleating sheep of San Francisco’s Animal Farm, seems to have had a change of heart about Larry Ellison’s one and only offer for us to pay for his little boat party in a few years.

You see, back in the day, a way back in September 2010, Chuckles thought the idea of San Francisco losing nine figures for the right to host the next America’s Cup, the concept called the “Southern Waterfront” proposal, was:

“…a wonderful opportunity without a downside.”

But now, less than three months later, the very same exact proposal has become:

“…an irresponsible giveaway and bad for San Francisco.”

Remember that? (You see, at the time The Neve was trying to frame in high relief the differences between two different proposals so that was his technique. Either he’s stupid or he thinks his readers are stupid. Or both.)

Anyway, since then, the AC13 people took Chuckie on a boat ride for him to witness a staged catamaran crash near the Marina so then he became fully “on board” with this venture. Let’s call him cheerleader number one for this aquatic boondoggle.

Here’s his latest position. I don’t know. The Chuckinator is starting to sound conflicted, once again.

Oh, I know, why don’t we just call the whole thing off, why not? It would teach certain people a lesson and we wouldn’t be mortgaging San Francisco’s future to Larry fucking Ellison. Sounds like a win-win to me.

And hey, do you think that CW benefits personally from SF hosting the America’s Cup? I think he does, just as he’s personally benefited from eight(!) Olympiads.

Here we go:

“I would just add this. I covered eight Olympic Games. In nearly every case, there were huge problems with the host cities – bitter feelings, angry denunciations and threats of revenge. But on the day of the Opening Ceremony, all was forgiven.”

Really, all was forgiven? Really? Aren’t the people of Greece, for example, still suffering from the effects of the 1996 Olympics? I think so. Don’t you know that Chuckles?

The Olympics are corruption, simply stated. And America’s Cup is corruption. Same deal.

But at least people actually seem to be interested in the Olympics.

Oh well.

“The animals who inhabit the Manor Farm are mistreated and abused. The animals rebel and take over. Soon, however, the pigs (who represent the party bosses) begin to take special privileges for themselves, e.g. extra food. They enlist the farm’s dogs as enforcers to put down any dissent, and they teach the sheep to speak the party line on demand. At first, this is, “Four legs good, two legs bad”- animals (four legs) are good, humans (exploiters) are bad. As time passes, the Seven Commandments (Animal Farm’s Constitution) undergo subtle changes as the pigs rewrite it to suit their own agenda. When Boxer the horse (symbolizing blue-collar labor, the “workers,”) becomes too old to work, the pigs sell him to the horse butcher, whom they tell the other animals is really the veterinarian. The pigs eventually learn to walk on two legs, thus imitating the animals’ original exploiters, and they teach the sheep to bleat, “Four legs good, two legs better!”

Don’t Miss Today’s Big Meeting About Adding a Bike Path to the Western Span of the Bay Bridge – 5:30 PM, 100 Van Ness

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Via LivaSOMA comes news of today’s big meeting about putting a bike lane on the western span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge.

It’ll look like this:

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All the deets:

“Open House to Unveil Design Alternatives for Bay Bridge West Span Bike/Ped Path Project - December 13 Meeting to Highlight Concepts, Challenges, Opportunities

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

SFCTA Board Room
100 Van Ness Avenue, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA

The Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), in partnership with Caltrans and the City and County of San Francisco, has developed several design alternatives for a bicycle/pedestrian/maintenance path project on the West Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and will present these alternatives for public review and consideration at an informational open house on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m in the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board Room, 100 Van Ness Avenue, 26th Floor, in San Francisco.

The open house will advance development of a Project Initiation Document (PID) for what is formally known as the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Bicycle Pedestrian Maintenance Path Project. The PID is intended to update the feasibility study performed in 2001. In addition to featuring design alternatives, the open house will outline key challenges and constraints, project costs, and the development process for the project. The public is invited to view project exhibits and talk with project team members. A presentation will be made at 6 p.m. and at 6:45 p.m.  Please note the same presentation will be given at both times.

The proposed pathway project would extend the bicycle/pedestrian path already being constructed on the Bay Bridge’s new East Span by taking it around Yerba Buena Island and across the bridge’s West Span into San Francisco. In addition to providing a continuous bike/ped route from Oakland to San Francisco, the path project also would provide improved bridge access for Caltrans maintenance crews, thereby reducing maintenance closures on the bridge. Please note that these are preliminary designs and that funding for this project has not yet been identified.

Project materials will be posted to mtc.ca.gov/westspanbikepath after the meeting. Meeting facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations should be directed to Meghan Daniels at m.daniels@circlepoint.com or 415.227.1100 x118.”

What It’s Like to Commute From Treasure Island to the Financial District – If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Here’s a great shot by Mike Behnken taken* from Yerba Buena Island:

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If you move to that new city they’re building on sinking Treasure Island, your commute will take you from camera right onto the western span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge and then right into SoMA.

On a good day, that would take like four minutes…

*Wow, a 30-second exposure, but there’s no good place to put a tripod except for the roadway. I’ve seen people hanging out taking photos close to here but they looked none too comfortable owing to the slope.

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:

Via Jazure - click to expand

Better Know Your Local, Historic, U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers: “Rum, Vodka, Wiskey” Aboard Alameda’s USS Hornet (CV-12)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The previous U.S.S Hornet (CV-8) made it about a year before being sunk in WWII, so the Navy recycled the name for CV-12, the museum ship we have berthed in Alameda these days.

That’s your Lesson of the Day.

Now, pour yourself a drink:

Via Monica’s Dad – click to expand

Tough Times for Pribot: Google Employee’s Robotic Toyota Prius Hybrid Gets in Fender Bender, Gets Ticketed

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Remember happier times back in aught-eight, when “Pribot,” the famous autonomous Prius, was roving the Streets of San Francisco with a huge SFPD escort and teams of camerapeople in tow?

Well, those halcyon days are over, so now Pribot has been relegated to getting ticketed by DPT, just like regular nonrobotic cars.

See?

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You can’t see the the damage from when Pribot scraped its left side exiting the Bay Bridge, but these days there’s evidence he/she/it has had more driving trouble.

See?

Did Pribot crash into something? Or maybe a careless San Francisco driver backed up too far? Or maybe a human master made a mistake?

(Of course, when you’re making an omelet, as Google is doing in full force in 2011, you’re going to break a few eggs. Anyway…)

Poor Pribot!

All I could do was put a spare Kraftwerk mixtape under one of its windshield wiper arms and then turn to walk away.

Pribot, you were the first, you are the ur-robotic Prius, you are the Jetfire of the autonomous car universe.

Bon courage, Pribot!

What, a Family Foundation in Texas is Paying $100,000 to Study Moving the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier to SF, CA?

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Apparently.

Some people think it’d be a great idea to move this WWII monster from Alameda to San Francisco, in order to get more visitors the thinking goes.

But where would we put it? 

The USS Hornet what didn’t get sunk by the Japanese Navy – click to expand

Seems like a long-shot, but who knows?

In the meantime, don’t forget about Living Ship Day, September 17th, 2011 in Alameda.

All the deets:

“USS Hornet Museum Receives $100,000 Matching Grant From Texas Foundation

KINGSLAND, Texas, Sept. 12, 2011  – The Wreyford Family Foundation has awarded a $100,000 matching grant to the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda, CA. The grant will assist in the museum’s relocation effort to move the USS Hornet to San Francisco.

“Our organization is proud to be a partner with the USS Hornet Museum on its relocation plans and believes that this effort will ultimately be as successful as the USS Intrepid and USS Midway are in their own communities,” said Deborah A. Wreyford, President, Wreyford Family Foundation.

For more information, contact www.WreyfordFamilyFoundation.org

The Wreyford Family Foundation is a privately funded non-profit organization founded in 2009 by prominent businessman Donald M. Wreyford and his wife Annette. With keen interest in aerospace science, the organization supports The W Foundation and co-sponsors the “Navy in Space” exhibit on display during San Francisco Fleet Week.

SOURCE Wreyford Family Foundation

CONTACT: Deborah Wreyford, President, The Wreyford Family Foundation”

San Francisco’s Back 40: What Should We Do With Our Unused 40 Acres in Alameda? How About a Casino?

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Isn’t San Francisco’s green triangle of landfill over in the East Bay beautiful?

Why don’t we do something with it, like put in a casino or something? People’d take a ferry from Fishermans Wharf or South Beach.

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And think of the revenues from all those America’s Cup richers.

Shockingly, Part of San Francisco is in the East Bay on Alameda Island – This Photo Tells the Story

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Here it is a map showing the borders of San Francisco. And here’s the view of two East Bay peninsulas looking south from the Bay Bridge.

See? The nearer peninsula, the one with the big white crane, is part of the City of Oakland. It shows respect for the Alameda / San Francisco county border by stopping exactly where it should. But the farther one, part of the City of Alameda, simply juts all the way into San Francisco County.

How wude!

Here’s the borderline:

Anyway, it’s our land but it’s in the East Bay.

Somehow.

All the deets:

“Looking eastward from Twin Peaks, San Francisco. That’s Mission Bay / Dogpatch in the foreground with Oakland in the background.

Here’s your first choice. Does this line represent the border betwixt the counties?

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And here’s your second, with the westernmost portion of Alameda in the City and County of San Francisco:

And here’s your third choice, right down the channel:

And here’s your answer, it’s photo #2, for some odd reason.

Now, you Better Know the Bay Area.

Thanks for playing!”