Posts Tagged ‘mountains’

Antenna Farm: The Misty Mountains of San Bruno – Or, the Reason Why You Can’t Watch the Olympics Using Rabbit Ears

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

These stubby nubbins are no match for Twin Peaks, so that’s why you can’t watch NBC without paying The Man on a monthly basis.

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It’s also why you can’t host a Super Bowl Party once every three years.

BTW, your local electeds just looove the Comcast monopoly – it’s kind of a failure of Democracy.

In closing, death to Comcast, death to Time Warner. Rise up, Comrades!

 

Here’s What You Need: An “IMZ-Ural Patrol” 2WD Sidecar Motorcycle Trike – Dog Included – From Russia With Love

Monday, January 27th, 2014

How adorkable!

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Always with the dogs in the sidecar. Always.

A worthy effort, but not up to the level of SURF Alaska, the gold standard of San Francisco hipsterdom.

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.

Rich Berkeley Woman Can Afford a $5000 Bike, But Not a $5 Bike Map

Friday, March 19th, 2010

I’m thinking that people still expect too much from the new free Google Maps beta called Bike There. Of course, lots of folks asked Google for it, so, as of this month, we have it.

But, Bike There is not enough for at least one Berkeley resident at the tersely-named Berkeley Blog. And believe it or not, Sylvia Paull‘s recent tale of woe got a mention in the New York Timeseses’ The Bay Area. Seems that, after consulting her PC and starting a journey on her $5000* custom-made, carbon/titanium/unobtainium Ben Serrota ride:

‘Ms. Paul found herself pushing her bike up ‘Everest’ hills. ‘If Google bicycle maps had told me the truth,’ she said, ‘I think I would have missed the party or found a ride with friends.’”

She should ask for a full refund from Google or something, huh? Or, alternatively, she could invest $5 or so in a bike map that shows hills.

Over here in the West Si-iiide of the Bay, people use the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition‘s SF Bike Map and Walking Guide to see how hilly the streets are. On the East si-iiide, you all have a wealth of free online sources plus the East Bay Bicycle Coalition‘s East of the Hills Map. It looks a bit like this:

Easy peasy, right?

Of course, some people like Get There more than others, but oh well.

*Mas o menos, those things cost muy dinero, especially the ones that are “much easier” to carry on BART than a laptop PC.