So you got your crew, your crew conveyance and some port-a-potties out there, and probably some hand tools
Take out the port-a-potties and the van and this scene could be from 1916 just saying…
Now myself, sure, I train pilots, from time to time, who doesn’t? But I ain’t no professional.
I’m not like these guys. They’re pros:
However, the Yelp reviews couldn’t be worse, so there you go…
From California Street, starting in the lower right:
500 California, the Omni Hotel, these days anyway, ___ feet tall, 1927
650 California, the Hartford Building, 466 feet tall, 1964
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There’s a lot of history in this photo. Do you see the trend – taller and less ornate until, whoops we went too far…
You know who should write about this kind of stuff? John King. Get him a camera like this or something.
W.A.S.I. Investment Advisory Services at 432 Clement has a new-school look about it,* so the latest tagger to come by honored that with a similarly minimalist scribble.
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Let’s all applaud this youthful artiste de rue for his restraint, for his thoughtfulness.
*Complete with a sliding-glass(!) main-entrance door (and a sign telling everybody how to operate it).
Well, take a look and then I’ll talk about it:
Well, they’re bringing back the old logo at JAL, the one with the crane as opposed to the suggestion of a crane’s wing or whatever some consultant or whomever got paid seven figures to wax on about back in ought-two.
Nine years ago, we had a couple of fun, smiling guys, right? But these days, we’ve got only sourpusses, stern fellows who take their jobs all serious. (Note the ID badge, as if CEO-dude would actually need one.)
Now, back in the day, I’m sure the JAL would want you to notice the latest and greatest long-haul carrier of the time, the 747-400. Of course even then it was kind of an old model. I’m sure they wanted you to notice the winglets, which were relatively new for Boeing.
Now, the Queen of the Skies these days (as far as JAL is concerned) is the second-gen Boeing 777, with humongous, high-bypass engines from GE. And with raked wingtips, ’cause that’s the new thang. Thanks for showing us your best plane!
Bon Courage, JAL
When they’re done fixing up the Civic Center Burger King at Hyde and Market, they ought to just leave the scaffolding and the netting.
Why? Because this is the best-looking BK in the land. It’s a giant black box with the logo barely visible.
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Just take down the Open During Construction sign and you’re done.
Anyway, this is the first I’ve heard of the effort. Check it.
Look for this next time your in the Presidio:
SAN FRANCISCO, May 24 — PhilippeBecker (www.beckersf.com), a San Francisco branding and design agency announced today that it is one of11 international designers and artists commissioned to create art for public display in the Presidio, in the first-ever public art project conceived for a National Park.
Commissioned in 2009 by the FOR-SITE Foundation in partnership with the Presidio Trust, 25 designers and artists were invited to submit habitat proposals for specific animal residents of the Presidio. 11 submissions were selected and commissioned for the Presidio Habitats art installation, including PhilippeBecker’s “Winged Wisdom”. [http://for-site.org/presidioHabitats/artist.php?code=2]
Winged Wisdom was conceived by Brody Hartman, director of creative strategy for PhilippeBecker, and designed in collaboration with Philippe Becker, creative director. “The American robin is an enduring icon in our landscape. It is a beloved bird whose behavior demonstrates nature’s ‘wisdom’, which in turn teaches us valuable lessons about how to relate to the land and with each other,” says Hartman. Winged Wisdom is composed of three-dimensional letters that spell out within the landscape three of the robins’ wise behaviors: ‘resolve conflict with song’, ‘adapt to change’, and ‘nest from the inside out’.
Each letter, built of steel armature and mesh netting, is filled with sterile straw, providing ideal nesting material for the robin. “Our hope is to give park visitors an unexpected, yet mindful provocation of nature’s strength and wisdom,” says Hartman.
Other installations include Fritz Haeg’s Snag Tower, Ogrydziak/Prillinger Architects’ Exhibition Pavilion, and Ai Weiwei’s Western Screech Owl Habitats. Overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio Habitats installations will be on view for a full year. More information is available at http://www.for-site.org/presidioHabitats/about.php
PhilippeBecker is a branding and design agency founded in 1998. Agency clients include Clorox, Del Monte, Disney, Gap, Hewlett-Packard, IDEO, Jamba Juice, JCPenney, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, Safeway, Starbucks, T-Mobile, Walmart, Whole Foods Market, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., and Wrigley. More information is available at www.beckersf.com.
About the FOR-SITE Foundation
The FOR-SITE Foundation, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to the creation, understanding, and presentation of art about place. FOR-SITE was created in 2003 to encourage the development of new work for exhibition in public institutions. Presidio/Site/Sculpture, a site-based initiative of the FOR-SITE Foundation launched in 2008 with Andy Goldsworthy’s Spire, provides the public with new ways to see, understand, and appreciate the natural, historic, and cultural resources of San Francisco’s Presidio, a 1,491-acre urban national park. More information is available at http://for-site.org/.
Our corporate overlords at the Gap have teamed up with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to celebrate SFMOMA‘s 75th anniversary with artistic T-shirts. Admission is free at the SoMA MoMA for this weekend’s festivities, so you’ll be assured of having plenty of mad money jingling in your pockets:
“Gap and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art are collaborating to introduce a unique line of eight, limited edition artist-designed T-shirts as part of the museum’s 75th anniversary.
Starting Saturday, January 16, the T-shirts [$24.50] will be available in 13 Bay Area Gap stores [see complete list below], the SFMOMA MuseumStore and online at www.sfmoma.org/museumstore.
The T-shirts are designed by nine well-known artists with Bay Area connections, including Rosana Castrillo Díaz, Simon Evans, Chris Johanson, Kerry James Marshall, Barry McGee, Ed Ruscha, Leslie Shows, and Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel. See “About the Artists” below for more information on individual artists.”
This could be you:
All the deets, after the jump
Check out just one of the handful of Italian-made three-wheel Piaggio MP3 scooters I’ve seen recently on the Streets of San Francisco. Is it one of them new gas-electric hybrid models? Non so, can’t tell them apart. But let’s imagine it’s a 125cc hybrid with electric boost. Kewl.
You’ll note that Piaggio did it the hard way, by having two wheels up front. These little putt putts stand up by themselves until you get the revs over 1400 RPM – at that point the front wheels unlock from each other so you can turn.
This fellow heading up Kearny had no complaints, anyway:
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And fashionable Italian women just seem to love these newfangled contraptions. See?
Don’t forget your helmet. Safety first:
Esaminilo, madre! Nessun mani!
The tragedy of helmet hair:
Let’s hear from the folks at Modern Vespa from just east of the bay area in Walnut Creek, way out in CoCo County:
And people start cross-country journey on these things in our little burg owing to the fact that the Lincoln Highway used to end here.
They start at just $7200 – order yours today!
Remember all those Plywood Padlock Pigeons hanging above San Francisco a year and a half ago? Sure you do, they were Everywhere You Wanted To Be.
As here, seen back in ought-seven hanging about the MoMA in the SoMA on 3rd Street Willie Brown Way:
Well, now those “berds” from Browne in “Los Berdgeles, CA” can have a place to stay, courtesy of the birdhouses appearing above the Streets of San Francisco these days.
As here, in the Mission, Mission District District, with famous Sutro Tower (it’s analog AND digital, thanks for asking!) in the background:
Hey, have you heard? Teh Berd is the Word.