Posts Tagged ‘model’

The Future is Now: Getting to Know Embarcadero Center by Looking at a 3D Model

Monday, August 20th, 2012

All right, what most people consider Embarcadero Center are the taller buildings all in a row, from left to right, EC1, EC2, EC3, and EC4.

And then the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero is considered Embarcadero Center 5. (The boxy thing on top used to be a revolving restaurant, but, sadly, it don’t revolve no mo.)

And then, along came Embarcadero West (275 Battery), the black sheep of the family, as seen on the left:

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(I guess they threw in short, short 301 Battery for completeness, but it’s been there for a good long time so it doesn’t belong in here.)

Now you better know Embarcadero Center.

All the deets:

“By 1862, this area of moored ships was nicknamed the Barbary Coast and had become a raucous district of prostitution, dance halls and thievery. The Coast continued to flourish until 1911, when Mayor James Rolph initiated a clean-up. Shut down for good in the early 1920’s, the area became San Francisco’s Produce District. A forerunner of the weekend Farmer’s Market that exists near Embarcadero Center today, the area’s narrow streets were lined with vendors selling fruits and vegetables. 

When urban renewal laws took hold in San Francisco in the 1950’s, city planner M. Justin Herman spearheaded a plan to redevelop the site where Embarcadero Center now stands into a mixed-use “city within a city.” David Rockefeller, John Portman, and Trammel-Crow submitted the winning proposal to develop the 8.5 acre site. 

Embarcadero Center’s four office towers were built in phases, beginning in 1968 and ending in 1983. The office towers, which have a daily population of 16,000, quickly became the corporate headquarters for many major companies. 

Further expansion occurred during the mid-1980’s when commercial property became available directly west of the complex. The project was expanded to include Embarcadero Center West located at 275 Battery Street. 

The Embarcadero Roadway Project has led to an entire renewal of the Downtown Waterfront District that is ensuring a bright future for Embarcadero Center. The Center is just steps away from the 42,000-seat AT&T Park, home to the San Francisco Giants baseball team, which opened in April 2000. The waterfront is also the scene of the new Muni F-Line transportation system featuring historic streetcars from around the world. Future projects include a cruise ship terminal and dozens of new restaurants, condominiums, hotels, and entertainment attractions. 

Embarcadero Center successfully combines a desirable office address with over 120 quality shops and restaurants. Stores range from local, independent retailers to names that are internationally recognized, while restaurants provide a diversity of cuisine and dining styles. The Embarcadero Center Cinema is a leading exhibitor of first-run art, foreign language and special interest films. The Center is also the site of frequent special events that include wine and music festivals, art exhibits, garden shows, summer Total Wellness fair and the Embarcadero Center holiday ice rink.”

The San Francisco Bath Salts Company Tells Us That That Zombie Attacker in Miami Was NOT High on “Bath Salts”

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

You know, that whole Miami face-eater incident has put our San Francisco Bath Salts Company (“THE AUTHORITY ON BATH SALTS”) on edge these days. So much so that its president just issued a press release to tell us all not to fear.

Deets below.

Fret not, it’s just salt, pretty much, so go ahead and take a bath:

chantel beam photography in the Ingleside

“Zombie Attacker Not High on ‘Bath Salts’ – San Francisco Bath Salt Company Reacts

SAN FRANCISCO, July 2, 2012 — Following weeks of assumption that the street drug “bath salts” was to blame for Miami’s flesh-eating attack, local and national media outlets are reporting that medical examiners determined that Rudy Eugene did not have any “bath salts” in his system at the time of the attack. San Francisco Bath Salt Company (SFBSC), a manufacturer of legitimate bath salts, is pleased to learn that the sensationalized controversy over bath salts and whether they will turn you into a crazed zombie has finally been debunked.

“It was clear from the beginning that real bath salts were not the cause of this attack,” SFBSC president Lee Williamson said. “However, it is reassuring to finally put the speculation surrounding this particular issue to rest.”

Though most commonly known as “bath salts,” the street drug is also sold under other innocent names such as “plant food” and “glass cleaner.” “The mass media really overused the term ‘bath salts’ with this case. They were able to take something so seemingly innocuous as ‘bath salts’ and elevate the story to national prominence with shock value,” adds Williamson.

“Any extra exposure that our industry can get is generally a good thing. But I never would have imagined that a street drug commonly known as ‘bath salts’ would become a national crisis, resulting in a media frenzy,” Williamson admits.

The bath salts manufactured and sold by SFBSC contain only natural sea salt enhanced with other quality ingredients such as essential oils and natural fragrances. Their products are manufactured to offer therapeutic solutions for sore muscles and dry skin, among other benefits.

Visit the new SFBSC website for more details on the vast array of bath salts available at

About San Francisco Salt Company

The San Francisco Salt Company designs, develops, and sells an extensive line of bath and shower salts to soothe, cure, and promote relaxation, as well as a line of gourmet chef salts to guarantee just the right flavors for your dishes.

Their mission is to raise your awareness of the amazing benefits of natural sea salts – to harness the power of the ocean to enhance your well-being, from the inside out.”

Sunday was Girly Photography Day in San Francisco – But Can You Tell Who’s the Model and Who’s the Photographer?

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

I couldn’t.

Hey, remember this?


I do.

Anyway, these days I suppose you can be both a model and photographer, why not?

The first one in Golden Gate Park here is easier:

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But this one, spotted just two minutes later, I still haven’t figured out:

Happy Spring!

“Funny, She Doesn’t _Look_ Aryan” – San Francisco’s Flagship Abercrombie & Fitch Store Uses Non-Aryan Model

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Well this is novel.

As seen at Fifth and Market:

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Of course, dude there is still looking pretty Aryan, but the gal there doesn’t look Aryan at all. 

Baby steps, Abercrombie.

Baby steps!


No Matter How Hard MUNI Tries, that American Apparel Hitler Mustache Just Won’t Come Off

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Oh well:

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Do you know that the MUNI drivers union is suing us again because they didn’t get every last thing on their wishlist in arbitration?

It’s true.

*Look at that dark upper left corner – 1/8000 of a second. Pray for the shutter on my Canon 5D. Born: 2005, Oita City, Kyushu, Japan. Dying: 2012, San Francisco, California USA

Icebreaker, That Upscale Merino Wool Designer Where Orlando Bloom Buys His Underwear, Opens in San Francisco

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

[UPDATE – Here’s the official spiel:

“Icebreaker makes Outdoor, Running, Cycling, Travel, Kids, Underwear and Lifestyle apparel from handpicked merino wool born in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. It’s non-itch, easy to wash, lightweight, versatile, easily packable and no-stink (because merino is naturally anti-mircrobrial, you can wear it for days ow weeks without a wash).

Sustainability has been part of Icebreaker’s ethos since the start. It has strict animal welfare and farm standards, and has a traceability program (called “Baacode”) that enables people to use a unique code sewn inside their garment to trace the fiber back to the sheep stations that grew it all the way through its supply chain.”

And OMG, it’s “Ramotaur” and “Nature Girl” on the streets of SF:

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And one last thing:

Ramotar will be appearing next weekend Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12/2-12/4, 12pm-3pm, fliers in key SF locales, Union Square, Embarcadero, Ferry Building, etc. Also Friday and Saturday, 12/9-12/10, 12pm-3pm in the same locales.

O.K. then.]

So Icebreaker is that fashionable merino wool store from New Zealand where actor Orlando Bloom goes shopping for woolens

sometimes along with his gf, model Miranda Kerr:

Well guess what, this was the week that Icebreaker opened its first “TouchLab” store in Northern California. It’s down at 170 Post in Union Square.


OMG, is that a wool chandelier?

All right, find out about the landlord, Grosvenor Americas, after the jump.

See you there!


OMG, “Playland at the Conservatory” is Totally Awesome – Annual Garden Railway Show Has Beach Ephemera

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Get all the deets right here, and here at the Richmond District Blog, and below.

This show will run through April 15, 2012.

Check it, Playland at the Beach ephemera:

All photos by Nina Sazevich – click to expand

“Take a trip down memory lane as a bygone era of seaside amusement comes to miniature life in this season’s Conservatory of Flowers garden railway exhibition

November 18, 2011 ­ – April 15, 2012

Step right up for a ride back in time as the Conservatory of Flowers presents an all new garden railway display celebrating the legendary Playland at the Beach and a bygone era of seaside amusement that was located on San Francisco’s West End. In a dazzling display landscaped with hundreds of dwarf plants, model trains and trolleys wend their way past the famed Sutro Baths, zip around a replica of the Victorian-era Cliff House and whiz through a fantastic mini version of San Francisco’s beloved Playland at the Beach. 

Playland at the Conservatory, the conservatory’s 4th Annual Garden Railway, is an entirely new layout that resurrects the heyday of San Francisco’s west end, an area that flourished as a destination for fun and thrills after a new railroad built in 1884 made travel out to the ocean affordable. A dozen San Francisco landmarks, now mostly lost to time, are recreated in miniature and set in a landscape of hundreds of dwarf plants that bring the rocky cliffs and sandy shores of the area to life. Sutro Baths, the fantastical 7-pool swimming complex built in 1896 by eccentric mayor Adolph Sutro, nestles under Sutro’s other attraction, the Cliff House, which he transformed in that same year into a 7-story Victorian chateau. 

No doubt the recreated Playland at the Beach will be the star of the garden railway. Young and old alike will marvel at the sight of Playland’s most famous attractions in miniature, all in swirling motion and bright with twinkling carnival lights, while the sounds of the arcade and even Laffing Sal’s boisterous voice transport visitors right back to the midway. Wee rollercoaster cars climb the steep tracks of the Big Dipper, Playland’s biggest thrill ride from the 1920s to the 1950s, while a mini Airplane Ride spins and spins in circles. Other attractions include the treacherous Diving Bell, the Fun House and Playland¹s famed food arcade where hungry revelers could grab an enchilada at the Hot House or a sweet at the Candy Factory. 

As in past years, these replicas are all creatively crafted in miniature from recycled and repurposed materials. Playland’s historic 1906 carousel was created from a discarded light fixture, a slide carousel and a record player. The individual cages of the Rock-O-Plane are made from old pencil sharpeners. 

The exhibit also includes real memorabilia and photographs from Playland and beyond in a fascinating display that tells the story of San Francisco’s lost ocean-front treasures. Original wool bathing suits from Sutro Baths, the toothpick amusement park made by San Quentin inmate Jack Harrington that was displayed in the museum at the Baths, a Dodger bumper car, an original Playland sign and more provide visitors with an engaging way to experience and learn about San Francisco’s past. Period arcade games offer a hands-on history lesson with a chance to get your future from Zoltar, step into a vintage 1960s photo booth or goof around in the fun house mirrors, while a special scavenger hunt spinning wheel is a great, interactive way for young children to explore the exhibit. Portions of the popular documentary “Remembering Playland” will also be showing in the gallery.”

All right, see you there!

“IF YOU”RE NOT THE MODEL, BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER” – A Mystery Solved – Photographer in Ad Actually a Model

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

O.K., so skip down below to see the ad from Target / Converse Shoes that caused a stir a while back. You know, over the whole “IF YOU”RE NOT THE MODEL, BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER” thing.

So I was thinking the photographer gal shown might actually have been a photographer who became a model for the first time because somebody took a photo of her OTJ photographing models.

And then I just saw this link here from Erin Williams talking about “the ad that I shot for Converse,” so I thought, yeah, she is a photographer IRL:

“My mom told me about this blog post that someone saw online in regards to the ad that I shot for Converse for Target. The tagline in the ad is “If you can’t be the model, be the photographer”.  I guess not everyone liked the line…  What do you think?”

But then one more click to one of the galleries on her website reveals she’s a model model:

(Because, of course, “the ad that I shot for Converse” can mean different things depending on whether you’re a model or a photographer.)

So, as stated, mystery solved.


Keep up the good work, Erin Williams.

Ah, memories:

“Maybe you can look at this new ad from Target and just lol.

But not Steve Meyer Photography, oh no:

“i just saw this ad on the back of a magazine. i feel so offended i need to take another deep breath before i start ranting. the tag line is “If you’re not the model, be the photographer.”

And Tzulin is not impressed, not at all:

I’m a girl and I was like…what! Converse, my favorite brand, is saying … If you can’t be a model…then be the photographer, those who can’t do..teach:) so offended !

But You Make The Call.*

As seen on Masonic:

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*Uh yes, she’s particularly not ugly, she’s a cutie. And yes, IRL, she’s a model, if she wasn’t before she certainly is now. Isn’t it ironic, don’tcha think?

Hope for the Ugly: “IF YOU”RE NOT THE MODEL, BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER” – Harsh TARGET Ad for Converse Shoes

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Maybe you can look at this new ad from Target and just lol.

But not Steve Meyer Photography, oh no:

“i just saw this ad on the back of a magazine. i feel so offended i need to take another deep breath before i start ranting. the tag line is “If you’re not the model, be the photographer.”

And Tzulin is not impressed, not at all:

I’m a girl and I was like…what! Converse, my favorite brand, is saying … If you can’t be a model…then be the photographer, those who can’t do..teach:) so offended !

But You Make The Call.*

As seen on Masonic:

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Are these Target shoe models** too beautiful to be photographers?


*Uh yes, she’s particularly not ugly, she’s a cutie. And yes, IRL, she’s a model, if she wasn’t before she certainly is now. Isn’t it ironic, don’tcha think?

**If you have your Connies, you don’t need pants or socks, apparently.

Finally! A “DO NOT ENTER TUNNEL” Sign That Even a Toyota Prius Driver Can’t Miss – At Duboce and Church

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

See it? It’s all lit up 24-7, like a giant Hasbro Lite Brite toy.

Haighteration showed just how bright this light is right here and check out Potato Potato’s take right here.

Thanks, SFMTA!

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Or should I say “Thanks, SOUTHERN MANUFACTURING of Orlando, FL” instead?

(And I still don’t know what’s up with Prius drivers. They’re a breed apart is what I’m saying…)

“Southern Manufacturing is proud to be
recognized as a leading manufacturer of
Blank Out and Lane Control signs. Southern
can design and engineer energy efficient
LED signs using standard MUTCD symbols as
well as unique displays. At Southern
Manufacturing, dedication to continuous
improvements in the technology and
fabrication of Blank Out and Lane Control
signs has led to great developments in
quality and design. We manufacture a
variety of sizes ranging from 24 inches up to
60 inches wide.
Using solid state, high flux/high output light
emitting diodes these signs are engineered
to withstand 110 mile per hour winds. With
a minimum projected life of 50,000 hours,
cost of operation has become a major
decision factor in the engineering and
fabrication of these signs.
Constructed from sheet aluminum the body
and frame is light weight and durable. The
sign bodies are continuously welded for
superior strength and weather protection.
Door frame and body are powder coated to
a standard black, with additional finishes