Here’s is all I know about the giant sundial:
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Big, isn’t it?
This Russian-made Yak-50 acrobatic airplane used to be seen all over the skies of the San Francisco Bay Area – buzzing Mount Tam in Marin County, checking out anti-abortion rallies along San Francisco’s waterfront, that kind of thing.
But here’s your take-away: These things had a working life of just 50 hours back in Mother Russia, as the stress of all them 9G loop de loops and whatnot led to bad things, such as “main spar collapse.” Ouch.
Anyway, looks like fun:
Circa 2005, Marin County, Canon 300mm 2.8L IS + 2x extender
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.
What’s this? Tiffany and Company is suing Costco for selling diamonds using the term “Tiffany setting” or something?
“We now know that there are at least hundreds, if not thousands, of Costco members who think they bought a Tiffany engagement ring at Costco, which they didn’t. Costco knew what it was doing when it used the Tiffany trademark to sell rings that had nothing to do with Tiffany. This is not the kind of behavior people expect from a company like Costco and this case will shed a much-needed light on this outrageous behavior,” says Jeffrey Mitchell, a lawyer with Dickstein Shapiro who is representing Tiffany in the case. “The Tiffany brand has been damaged, Costco members have been damaged and Costco has profited from the sale of engagement rings by misrepresenting what they were. We will get to the bottom of what Costco was up to and why, and right a terrible wrong.”
I cry foul.
You see, Tiffany, the phrase Tiffany mount and similar, well, that’s a genericized term these days, you know, like champagne.
Oh, and Tiffany, Costco marks up the price of its worthless rocks a lot less than you do, right? That’s why Costco will take back any diamonds people bought if they were stupid enough to be confused over this issue.
It’s not like they were selling the rings in little blue boxes, right?
OK, Tiffany, keep on keeping on.
Now I’ve got a little shopping to do: