Posts Tagged ‘lighting’

From Obama to Nobama: Official San Francisco Says No to Obama-Themed Christmas Train This Year

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Observe, that at first there was nothing desirable to be seen, for Mclaren Lodge Lawn was without form, and void; it was confusion, and emptiness.

And then, the Pikachu train came on the scene.

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And it was Good.

But not good enough, for then, He arrived. See?

As seen a few years back:

This made national news. (Hey whatever happened to Zoe Stagg, anyway?)

Then it was all like this:

(Artist’s conception, but the window was painted over for a while.)

And then it was all like this*

And now, just before the Great Lighting Ceremony of 2011, there’s no train at all:

Poor Obama!

(I’ll check and see if the Obama train pops up before Christmas. It’s a mystery to me. Of course, this is in Golden Gate Park on public land, as is the Prayer Book Cross and other things. Sometimes, We, those of us way out West, lose track of that nettlesome Bill of Rights.)

*Fear the beard and all. You know, I don’t think certain people, people like MC Hammer, understand that they threw their weight behind the Republican choice** for Mayor, understand that they (blindly?) supported the first choice of just 7% of San Francisco. We’ll see if they do this again. 

**Ed Lee was the only viable candidate on the San Francisco Republican’s Endorsements webpage. 

Christmas on Sixth Street! At Long Last, Our City Family Puts Up Lighted Snowflakes from Lower Market to Mid-Market

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

This is unprecedented.

This is the City Family extending the Market Street lighted Christmas snowflake zone all the way to Mid-Market.

See?

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They used to stop at 5th Street, but now they don’t – they go farther this year.

Hurray!

Won’t this please our corporate overlords at Twitter? (Probably not, but, you know, can’t hurt to try.)

All right, come to the annual lighting ceremony with the Mayor this Thursday evening, if you want:

“Snowflakes on Market – Lighting Ceremony
Nov. 17, 2011 through mid-January 2012

More than 140 five-foot-wide energy-saving LED illuminated snowflakes will decorate Market Street’s signature “Path of Gold” light poles this winter from Second to Sixth streets. A lighting ceremony, featuring dancers from the San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker, is scheduled for Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. near the cable car turnaround at Powell and Market streets. The event is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.marketstreetassociation.org

It will go a little something like this, probably.

Dixitque Gavin fiat lux, et facta est lux:

Those are Nutcracker-starring “Snowflakes” from the San Francisco Ballet. (The run starts up again December 9th this year.) Jessica Carter is the snowflake in the middle, so I’m told.

Happy Holidays!

Legislation by David Chiu, Scott Wiener, and Dennis Herrera Takes on Security Issues at Parking Lots

Friday, September 30th, 2011

I’d put this one in the “Worthy Initiative” category, but some parking lot owners might not.

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I could see this saving a few lives over the years…

All the deets:

Legislation by Chiu, Wiener, and Herrera takes on security issues at parking garages and lots

Proposed amendment to SF Police Code seeks to improve the safety of patrons of San Francisco’s vibrant entertainment industry and the surrounding neighborhoods

SAN FRANCISCO (Sept. 29, 2011) — Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, Supervisor Scott Wiener, and City Attorney Dennis Herrera today announced a major legislative step to curb late night public nuisance and criminal activities in parking garages and lots, in particular at those garages and lots near entertainment establishments. The proposed ordinance seeks to amend sections of the San Francisco Police Code regarding commercial parking permits and empower the City Attorney’s Office to pursue civil action against those who violate those sections.

“Making parking lots near nightclubs more secure will make it safer for people to patronize our vital entertainment industry,” said Supervisor David Chiu. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with Supervisor Wiener, City Attorney Herrera and the industry to put forward this much-needed legislation.”

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Coit Tower Goes Red, White, and Blue for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11: Looks Like a Giant Firecracker Popsicle

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Another Great Capture from Whole Wheat Toast.

It goes cherry, white lemon, blue raspberry:

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Just like a Popsicle Firecracker, non?

Did you know that the first popsicle was made in San Francisco by 11-year-old on a freezing night in 1905?

Frank W. Epperson invented the Popsicle on an extraordinarily cold night in San Francisco 

No sir, did not know that. Thanks Wiki!

Meh: Meet Your Boeing 737 “Next Generation” Workhorse with New “Sky Interior”

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

I don’t know, there’s not much you can do with an older aircraft design like the Boeing 737. Anyway, this is it, your new “Sky Interior.”

See the scalloping by the windows? And the bins, they’re new. And they use LED lights to mimic the blue of the sky. It can also do the warm glow of sunrise.

O.K., Boeing.

Fly AirBerlin:

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The saving grace for this airplane is that it’s signif. lighter than the Airbus 320. That will have to do until Big B redoes the 737.

All the deets:

New interior options for the 737NG in 2010 included the 787-style Boeing Sky Interior. Designed using Boeing’s new cabin concepts, the Sky Interior features sculpted sidewalls and redesigned window housings, along with increased headroom and LED mood lighting. Larger pivot-bins similar to those on the 777 and 787 have more luggage space than prior designs. The Sky Interior is also designed to improve cabin noise levels by 2-4 dB. The first 737 equipped with the Boeing Sky Interior was delivered to Flydubai in the fourth quarter of 2010. TUIFly and Continental Airlines have also taken delivery of Sky Interiors.”

How Wude! Barack Obama Painted Over in Golden Gate Park – The “Yes We Can Express” Replaced by Giants Fever

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Barack Obama fever has given way to Giants fever, it would seem.

Check it out tonight at 5:00 PM when the Christmas Tree lighting gets going.

From this, a couple years back:

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To this, last week*

To this, currently:

Poor Obama!

*Artist’s conception, but the window was all painted over last weekend

Gavin Newsom, Spencer Christian and the San Francisco Ballet Snowflakes to Light Up Market Street at 6:30 PM Tonight

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Our Market Street Association is hosting the 3rd Annual Market Street Snowflake Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 PM tonight.

Just like last year.

Mayor Gavin Newsom with the Snowflake Girls in 2009 near the Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround at the dramatic “Moment of Lighting.” Dixitque Gavin fiat lux, et facta est lux:

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Market Street Snowflake Lighting

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Powell & Market Street

3rd Annual Market Street Snowflake Lighting Ceremony
November 18th at 6:30pm
Powell & Market Streets at the Cable Car turnaround

The Market Street Association organized event of the 3rd annual Market Street Holiday Snowflake lighting will kick off the downtown Holiday season. 142 snowflake decorations will adorn the historic Path of Gold lampposts from 2nd through 6th Streets. Spencer Christian of ABC 7 news will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the event. “Snowflakes” from the SF Ballet will be on hand to help with the count down to the official lighting.

Sign-holding Frank Chu and Jesus Loves You Guy expected.

See you there!

24th Annual SPCA Macy’s Holiday Windows Pet Display Starts November 19th – Volunteers Still Wanted

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Macy’s Holiday Windows will fire up once again in Union Square come November 19th, 2010.

Volunteer, won’t you?

“The SF SPCA is also seeking volunteers to interact with jolly holiday shoppers and the many visitors to the Windows. Volunteers representing the SF SPCA answer questions about the animals and collect donations in front of the Windows on Stockton and O’Farrell streets. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to sign up online at www.sfspca.org/support/volunteer.”

And the old-school displays are based upon the Yes, Virginia animated movie? Apparently.

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The San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s Team Up for 24th Annual Macy’s Holiday Windows Pet Adoption Campaign

The San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s Unveil Adoptable Pets on Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. in Annual Union Square Event to Help Homeless Cats and Dogs Find Loving New Homes

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 11, 2010  – The San Francisco SPCA is teaming up with Macy’s for the 24th annual Macy’s Holiday Windows featuring adoptable animals from the SF SPCA. The Windows will be unveiled on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 and last through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. Shoppers and pet-lovers alike are encouraged to visit and adopt some of San Francisco’s cutest cats and dogs from the Windows located at Stockton and O’Farrell streets in Union Square. The SF SPCA has a goal of 320 adoptions by Jan. 2, 2011.

KNTV’s (NBC, Bay Area) Emmy Award winning meteorologist Craig Herrera joins the festivities again this year and will host the unveiling ceremony at 5 p.m. on Nov. 19 with students from San Francisco’s De Marillac Academy.

“The Macy’s Holiday Windows featuring adoptable animals from the SF SPCA has become synonymous with the holidays among San Franciscans and has been an enormous boon to our efforts to bring comfort to the many adorable animals we care for through donations and adoptions,” said Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, SF SPCA interim co-president. “Through this wonderful partnership with Macy’s, I hope we inspire visitors to open their hearts and their homes to these precious cats and dogs.”

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The Lights are On But No One’s Home at the Presidio’s Abandoned Building 1201

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Here’s the entrance to our Presidio‘s abandoned Building 1201 up at Fort Winfield Scott.

It’s just as you’d expect, with a padlock on the door and a somewhat phallic military theme up front:

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And there’s a Keep Out sign, of course, as expected:

But, why are its interior lights on 24-7?

Just askin’

Star of Bethlehem Fails to Appear Atop Civic Center’s Giant Christmas Tree 2009

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Our 2007 Civic Center Christmas / Holiday tree had a big Star of Bethlehem on top all the way through the season.

Our 2008 tree had a star that came and went.

And now, our 2009 tree has no star at all. Oh well. Looks a little plain now, huh?

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Speaking of plain, take note of the Great Gravel Plain of Civic Center – it’s what we get this year instead of grass or a Victory Garden the way we had last year.

Oh well.

If you like holiday trees, head to City Hall, where Rita Moreno (ask about her Grammy, Oscar, Emmy,and Tony) will star at the Rainbow World Fund Tree of Hope 2009 lighting celebration.

“Come to the tree lighting celebrationat City Hall with Mayor Gavin Newsom. Join us as we gather wishes and hopes for the future of our global community and give them wings. The event takes place on the rotunda inside San Francisco City Hall and features a concert by the San Francisco Boys Chous, Veronica Klaus and more. Free beverages and light refreshments.

 

  • 5:30 pm – Concert by the San Francisco Boys Chorus
  • 6:00 pm – Tree lighting celebration – Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk, will deliver a message of hope Presentations by actresses Rita Moreno, Sharon Gless and Yasumasa Nagamine, the Consul General of Japan.
  • 6:30 pm – Veronica Klaus will perform at a party to follow till 8:00 pm.

Send a wish to the Rainbow World Fund and they’ll turn it into an origami crane which they’ll add to the tree.

See you there.