Posts Tagged ‘marin’

The “World’s Most Rodent-Packed Island” is in San Francisco – When Will We Let the Feds Kill the Mice on South Farallon?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Here we go, from the USA Today from a few months back:

“Those suffering from musophobia would be wise to steer clear of the South Farallon Islands. The archipelago, which sits just 27 miles off San Francisco, is the most rodent-dense island in the world, with an average of 500 Eurasian house mice occupying each of its 120 acres (that’s 60,000 total).”

Now I’ll tell you, I have had it with these motherfucking mice on this motherfucking island.

So why don’t we finally get rid of them, like this:

South Farallon Islands Invasive House Mouse Eradication Project: Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement

(That’s posted on a either pro-mouse or anti-mouse website – I just can’t tell and don’t really care.)

A few years back, up in Alaska, the Feds killed off all the rats on Rat Island in the Rat Island Group:

THE RAT ISLAND RAT ERADICATION PROJECT: A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF NONTARGET MORTALITY - Final report issued December 2010

See? That was a huge success. Now the chopper pilots were nervous up there ’cause a big storm was coming so they wanted to bug out of there with a quickness so they didn’t follow their marching orders very well so more bald eagles died than was necessary. But they killed all the rats on Rat Island, hurray!

All we need to do is nothing. Then the feds can get off their asses and start killing all the mice.

“More study” is NOT needed.

That’s your update.

A relatively fog-free day in the Sunset District.

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Through the tinted glass of the ginourmous windows of Yelp-rated Sava Pool

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From a higher sperspective in the Twin Peaks area, on an exceptionally clear morning.

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Can you see the lighthouse on the top of South East Farallon Island?

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Noisy Canon 10D at 840mm, from Christmas Tree Point Road, a skosh more than 30 miles away…

The Cyclists of the 280 – Legally Riding Your Bike on “The Most Beautiful Freeway in the World,” San Mateo County

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Yes, the 280, the Junipero Serra, aka the Most Beautiful Freeway in the World.

Anyway, Brocephus here is using his bike on an onramp heading north.

And it’s legal. Check it:

Riding Your Bike on the Freeway in California: It’s Not as Illegal as You Might Think – As Here, on the 101 in Marin County

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Enjoy!

Marin, America’s Richest County, Just Loves Toyotas – Lots of Priuseses Mostly – They Heart Luxury Cars and Toyotas

Friday, November 1st, 2013

See?  On the 101, southbound.

The place looks like Prius NASCAR sometimes:

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Regular Americans like my Nana have are switching over to the Korean competition, but Marinites are staying loyal to Big T, it seems.

The Spooky Bull Whip Kelp of Point Reyes – Using a Found Object Creatively in Marin County – Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

This is certainly a creative use of some of the Mapplethorpe-style seaweed that you encounter on the beaches up in Marin County.

Scary, scary Nereocystis luetkeana, aka Mermaid’s bladder:

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OMG, “METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER” to Premiere at 36th Mill Valley Film Festival – Sept 17, $85

Friday, August 30th, 2013
“JAMES HETFIELD, LARS ULRICH, KIRK HAMMETT and ROBERT TRUJILLO TOGETHER IN HOMETOWN MARIN COUNTY FOR U.S. PUBLIC PREMIERE

“METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER”

San Rafael, CA, August 30, 2013 – The Mill Valley Film Festival is excited to announce a special kick-off event in anticipation of the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo will be on hand to present the U.S. Public Premiere of their new 3D feature film that combines a spectacular arena live performance with a surreal adventure story. Picturehouse’s new release METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER is a feature film starring members of the iconic rock band and emerging young star Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the PinesKill Your DarlingsThe Amazing Spider-Man 2).

In this music-driven, 3D motion picture event, award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal (PredatorsKontroll) immerses audiences in a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience with spectacular live performance footage of Metallica’s most iconic songs – created exclusively for film – combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaan portrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission, during the Metallica’s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena.  The film features dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and state-of-the-art 3-D photography, captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously. Picturehouse will releaseM ETALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER in North America on September 27, 2013exclusively in over 300 IMAX® 3D Theatres, and will expand into additional theaters on October 4, 2013.

WHO:             Metallica – James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo, along with Dane DeHaan and Nimród Antal

WHAT:            METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER Pre Festival Screening
U.S. Public Premiere
Followed by on-stage interview and audience Q&A, moderated by Mark Fishkin, Executive Director, California Film Institute and Founder, Mill Valley Film Festival

WHEN:           Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:15 PM

WHERE:        Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901

TICKETS:        $85 General Admission. For ticket information please visit                                                www.mvff.com

About the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival 
Presented by the California Film Institute, the 36th Mill Valley Film Festival runsOctober 3-13, 2013 at the CinéArts@Sequoia (25 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley), Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center (1118 Fourth Street, San Rafael), and other venues throughout the Bay Area.

The internationally acclaimed Mill Valley Film Festival is greatly anticipated by cinema aficionados and film industry professionals alike, is well known for the quality of its programming, and is considered a major launching pad for the annual awards season.  It has established an impressive track record for launching new films and new filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a filmmakers’ festival by offering a high-profile, prestigious, noncompetitive environment for celebrating the best in independent and world cinema. MVFF holds the distinction of presenting premieres of four of the last five films that have gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Picture (Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, The Artist, Argo).

Each year, the 11-day Festival welcomes more than 200 filmmakers, representing over 50 countries from around the world. Festival sections include: World Cinema; US Cinema; Valley of the Docs; Children’s FilmFest; 5@5, a daily shorts program; and Active Cinema, MVFF’s activist films initiative. Gala celebrations, tributes to actors and filmmakers, workshops, panels and seminars, as well as opportunities to mingle with filmmakers in the spectacular setting of the San Francisco Bay Area are just a few of the reasons Screen International named Mill Valley one of its top 10 US film festivals.
Tickets are $14.00 (CFI Members, $11.50), unless otherwise noted and are available for purchase starting on September 8 for CFI or MVFF Fast Pass holders, Premier Patron and Cinema Benefactors only; September 9 for Director’s Circle and above; September 10 for Gold Star and above; September 12 for all CFI Members only and September 14 for the general public. For tickets and additional information, please visit www.mvff.com or call 877.874.MVFF (6833).

About Metallica
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide and playing to millions of fans the world over. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991′s Metallica (commonly referred to as “The Black Album”), which is the best selling album in history of Soundscan scanning 16 million albums in the United States alone.  Their latest album, Death Magnetic, was certified platinum just six weeks after it debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in October 2008. Death Magnetic charted at #1 in 32 countries. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.  The band recently celebrated its 30th-Anniversary with a week’s worth of Fan Club concerts at the Fillmore Theater in San Francisco, CA.  In 2012, they announced the launch of Orion Music + More, an annual two-day festival curated and headlined by the band.  Last summer, Metallica played eight shows to nearly 180,000 fans at the Sports Arena in Mexico City and unveiled a brand new stage in that contained iconic elements that spanned its 30+ year career.  The stage is featured in the upcoming film Metallica Through the Never which will be released this fall.  Metallica is currently on a run of dates throughout Asia and recently set the record for the fastest sell out concert by a Western band at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China.  For more information please visitwww.metallica.com.

About the California Film Institute
The nonprofit California Film Institute celebrates and promotes film as art and education through the presentation of the Mill Valley Film Festival and year-round exhibitions at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, film distribution by CFI Releasing, and building the next generation of filmmakers and audiences through the CFI Education program. For more information www.cafilm.org or (415) 383-5256.

Supporters
As a nonprofit arts organization, CFI relies on the generosity of its community to sustain not only the Festival, but also the year-round programs of the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center and CFI Education. The invaluable support of our sponsors, foundations, and individual donors ensures our continued success as we celebrate our 36th year.

CFI is once again proud to acknowledge the leadership support of Christopher B. and Jeannie Meg Smith, and the continued major support of Jennifer Coslett MacCready, Ken and Jackie Broad Family Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation, the Gruber Family Foundation, the Marin Community Foundation, the Christine Zecca Foundation and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. We are also fortunate to have the continued contributions of the following Major Sponsors of the Mill Valley Film Festival: Wells Fargo, Maroevich, O’Shea & Coghlan Insurance Services, Frantoio Ristorante and Olive Oil Co., Zaentz Media Center/A Wareham and Development.

ZRNIC! Failed James Bond Villain of the 1970′s or San Francisco Medical Professional of Today?

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

I could go either way:

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Either way, probably a dude from Marin

OMG, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Fox, 2014) is Filming RIght Now in North Beach – San Francisco is NOT Looking Its Best

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Per Twitterer AlexSavidge

“North Beach looks like a disaster. Luckily it’s Hollywood magic, filming scenes from new “Planet of the Apes” movie pic.twitter.com/yoLpHuN6jZ

As seen Saturday AM, July 27, 2013:

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And here’s a shot from lovely @katieutehs, Freelance Reporter @KTVU/Cyclist/Skier/@UW  katieutehs.com

This is 800 California near the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Stockton Street:

And here are your teaser trailers.

Directed by Matt Reeves
Produced by Peter Chernin
Dylan Clark
Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Screenplay by Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Scott Z. Burns
Mark Bomback
Story by Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Based on Premise suggested by Planet of the Apes
by Pierre Boulle
Starring Andy Serkis
Gary Oldman
Jason Clarke
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Keri Russell
Judy Greer
Music by Michael Giacchino[1]
Cinematography Michael Seresin
Studio Chernin Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • July 18, 2014
Country United States
Language English
Budget $120 million

Flyers Just Posted All Over Town: $5000.00 REWARD – MISSING PERSON – SEAN SIDI – MEDICALLY DEPENDENT

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

A reward has just been offered.

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Help find Sean Sidi

WHEN:  July 14, 2013  between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE:  On Broderick between Fell and Oak opposite Peet’s coffee.

             There is parking in the DMV lot  

WHAT:  Pick up new fliers with the Reward Offering. Receive a location assignment for posting of fliers. 

Sidi Friends and the San Francisco Community,

We would like to express our gratitude for all the tremendous support that we have received from you.   So many of you have brought us food, donated money, spent hours posting fliers and helped in any way possible.   This outpouring of love and kindness has kept us going in the absence of our beautiful son Sean.   

We have yet to receive a single clue of Sean’s location.   As many of you know, we have placed fliers all over San Francisco, Marin, and some in the East Bay.  We have sent search parties from San Francisco all the way to the Oregon border.   Last weekend, Claude (Sean’s dad) and two friends flew up to Montana to the Rainbow Gathering.   This was a gathering of as many as 10,000 hippies and transient individuals.   Some of the Rainbow family were in the park when Sean disappeared and it was speculated that he might be at this gathering.   Unfortunately, Sean was not at the event, however, Claude and his friends managed to spread the word and hand out hundreds of photos and fliers.   

At this point it is time to bring the search to the next level.  We are now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Sean’s safe return.  We are hoping this will stimulate further interest and some possible solid leads.   As a result, we need your help to post these new fliers and help spread this information. 

If you are able to help us out, please join us this Sunday, July 14th.   We will have 6,000 freshly printed fliers available to distribute.  There are specific neighborhoods/locations that we would like to be certain to cover, however, if you prefer you have the option of placing the fliers in your own neighborhood.  Be sure to bring a staple gun or tape (or both).  

Thank you so very much, 

The Sidi Family”

San Francisco Cityscape Overshadowed by Mount Tam

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Mount Tamalpais* (West Peak with former military base, East Peak with former ranger station)

Fog over the Golden Gate

Cityscape (with the Bank of America Building, One Rincon and the Transamerica Building standing out)

San Francisco Bay (aka the “racecourse” of the already-failed 34th America’s Cup)

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*Hey, was the top of the West Peak higher ’til the Air Force blowed it up for missile base housing? I think so.

$22 Million! Green! High Tech! “Villa Belvedere” is the “Perfect Location to Entertain During the America’s Cup”

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Like maybe you guys can watch TV on a big screen or something during the America’s Cup, you know, that event the “little people” across the Bay paid for, you know, so that pretty-boy man-child former Mayor Gavin Newsom (IQ = 95, look it up) could be named “America’s Cup ‘Ambassador’ at Large.”

(And then he blows off the Opening Ceremony because he knows what a stink bomb it’s become, oh well.)

Anywho, up in Marin County people like Olivia Hsu Decker still think that the America’s Cup is a good reason for real estate inflation. See below.

“$45,000,000 Belvedere Waterfront Home on San Francisco Bay to be Auctioned with a Starting Bid of $25,000,000

The perfect location to entertain during the America’s Cup

SAN FRANCISCO, July 10, 2013 — The newly constructed “Villa Belvedere,” a hi-tech, “Certified Green” home, is known as the finest in Northern California. Previously listed for $45 million and located on the prestigious South Shore of Belvedere Island on San Francisco Bay, it will be offered at auction with a minimum bid of $25 million and no reserve. The deadline to submit a bid is August 22nd. Luxury home auction consultant, Guy Masters, has been engaged by the seller in cooperation with listing agent Olivia Decker of Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty to market this unparalleled property.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130710/SF45566)

The appx. 15,176-square-foot, newly constructed residence features 7 bedrooms, 9 full baths + 2 half baths, and over 5,000 square feet of waterfront terraces. Breathtaking views of The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, and Sausalito can be seen from nearly every room. The gated and lushly landscaped 1.14-acre double lot includes a 200-foot driveway and motor court, providing parking for 15+ cars. Amenities include a theatre, wine cellar, gym with sauna/steam rooms, elevator, 50-foot gallery/entertainment room with bar/ catering kitchen, and pool with cabana/spa, while Smart-House technology operates home systems from iPhone or iPad on site or from anywhere in the world with internet access.

Painstakingly designed and constructed over four years, this magnificent residence was the 2012 Marin Designer Showcase. “I started with the world-class site, then I worked with my design team to create a home whose luxury and style equals the world-class panoramic views created by Mother Nature,” says Jeff Paster, the owner. Ms. Decker adds, “In my 30 years of marketing luxury homes in the Bay Area, this home is truly one-of-a-kind, like a rare Picasso or Rothko, and appropriate to offer at auction to connoisseurs of luxury homes.”

The property may be previewed by appointment or by attending one of the special viewing events. Brokers protected. For auction information and Terms and Conditions, please contact Guy Masters: 1-707-331-0525 or visit www.BelvedereAuction.com.

SOURCE  Guy Masters, Auction Consultant

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Guy Masters, Auction Consultant

Web Site: http://www.belvedereauction.com