Posts Tagged ‘national’

Airport Backscatter X-Ray Smackdown: UCSF Faculty vs. The White House – National Opt Out Day Coming November 24th

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Get up to speed here on the whole airport security backscatter X-ray issue right here.

Since that time, Blogger Bob over at the TSA Blog took the time to say no biggee and point out this response from Health and Human Services.

Well, the UCSF crew remains unpersuaded:

Per John Sedat, a UCSF professor of biochemistry and biophysics and member of the National Academy of Sciences, “There are many misconceptions, and we will write a careful answer pointing out their errors. Because four people are working on this, it will not be done in one day.”

O.K. then.

And National Opt Out Day is coming up November 24th, the day before Thanksgiving. Are millions of travelers going to jam up the nation’s airports?

We’ll see…

Giants Fever Sweeps Over Civic Center – A Huge Crowd Already This Morning – All the Good Vantage Points are Gone

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Well it’s still early but there’s already pandemonium on the streets of San Francisco over the Giants winning the World Series 4-1.

As you can see, spectators are already lined up, camped out. The parade and celebration will soon begin.

And Placido Domingo, the greatest opera singer in modern times, is in the house.

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Our SFMOMA has an idea about the ideal viewing spot, but I don’t think anyone will be allowed up there but police snipers, prob:

“Clark” and “Lincecum” just came by BART:

If you have to watch over the office while your colleagues join the madding crowd, feel free to take in the action on UStream.

In the meantime, just crank up the Giants-themed smooth reggae from Michael Franti and Spearhead.

Congratulations, GIANTS!

¡Enhorabuena, GIGANTES!

Free Books! Former HEW Secretary Joseph A. Califano, Jr Speaks About Kids and Drugs September 27th

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Joseph A. Califano, Jr wants to give you a copy of his latest book, How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents.

To get it, all you need to do is register and show up to hear him speak on Monday, September 27, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El up there at 2 Lake Street.

Easy peasy, right? But act now – you need to be among the first 400 to register to be able to claim your tome gratis

Did you know that JAC is ”now one of only two living former secretaries of Health, Education, and Welfare?” Wiki makes mention of this factoid. Srlsy.

All the deets:

Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA* Chairman and Founder, in San Francisco to Discuss His Parenting Book, ‘How to Raise A Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents’

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 — Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Founder and Chairman of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, will discuss his new book How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents on Monday, September 27, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. at The Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA.  This is a free community event.  Complimentary books for the first 400 people to register at www.emanuelsf.org/register.

Califano will share almost 20 years worth of insight and research on what really prevents children from using drugs and alcohol and will help parents understand that they have the greatest influence on their children’s decision to use drugs and alcohol.

Califano will offer advice on how to discuss many of the most daunting parenting topics like:

 –  When and how to talk to your kids about drugs and alcohol.
 –  How to respond when your kid asks, “Did you ever try drugs?”
 –  How to know when your child is most at risk.
 –  How to prepare your teen for the freedoms and perils of college.

Califano will be introduced by Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, D.D., Ph.D.  Following the presentation will be a Q&A session and book signing.

WHAT: Advice driven presentation based on parenting book How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid: The Straight Dope for Parents

 WHO: Joseph A. Califano, Jr., CASA Founder and Chairman

 WHERE: The Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA.

 WHEN:        Monday, September 27, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.

*The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University is neither affiliated with, nor sponsored by, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (also known as “CASA”) or any of its member organizations, or any other organizations with the name of “CASA”.

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Joseph A. Califano, Jr.

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Google Isn’t the Only Company Mapping the Presidio – What is this Subaru Detecting All Over Town?

Friday, August 27th, 2010

[UPDATE: OMG, the blue car below might actually be from Google. See the comments. I fear the worst. Courage...]

[REUPDATE: Bluoz, that guy who just loves to hate on Randy Shaw and that whole Tenderloin Housing Clinic / BeyondChron public-private real-estate/media empire, confirms the Googleness of this Subaru. It says "Google" right on the side of the thing. They're ba-aaaack! First chemtrails and now this.]

Remember this scene back from aught-eight, when the Google Maps car got pulled over in San Francisco’s Presidio?

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Now, it turned out that the Google Car driver  got ticketed, but not for a moving violation. Apparently, Google didn’t feel the need to secure a permit to photograph this National Park for commercial purposes, even after discussing the issue with the Presidio Trust. But Google showed up anyway so somebody called the federales and Google got an expensive citation.

Well, Google isn’t the only operator of maps cars about town, it seems. Check out this new one, one that only just recently ventured into our Presidio:

What is the driver mapping with that masted array? And does the Silicon Valley company that sent it here doing whatever it is it’s doing  have permission from the Presidio Trust?

Don’t know and don’t know.

Keep a look out.

And to our corporate overlords, I say this: Any Car Color But Black:

“Project requirements
20 cars where allocated to Germany. We felt that the remaining visible black on the cars was still playing a negative role especially with the derogatory press that Street View had received in the past year.

What we did
We co-ordinated with Googles Geo team, logistics team and Street View car teams to produce a full car wrap that would cover the whole car. The chosen designs were then implemented by Picture onto 20 cars over a period of 5 days in Stuttgart.”

President Obama Appoints Three to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors

Monday, August 9th, 2010

President Barack Obama has just appointed three familiar names to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors. Here they are:

David H. Grubb, William R. Hambrecht, and Charlene Harvey.

Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton has the news, below.

A few changes for the Board:

“PRESIDENT OBAMA NAMES THREE TO PRESIDIO TRUST’S BOARD. APPOINTEES BRING EXPERIENCE, LOVE OF PARK
 
“Presidio of San Francisco (August 9, 2010) – President Barack Obama has appointed two prominent Bay Area business leaders and a longtime parks advocate to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors. David H. Grubb, William R. Hambrecht, and Charlene Harvey will replace outgoing board members T. Robert Burke, Nancy Connor and Curtis Feeny, all of whose terms have expired.

All the deets, after the jump.

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Nat Ford Presides Over San Francisco’s First Taxi Medallion Sale – #354 Goes for Quarter-Mil

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Here’s what you need to know about San Francisco raising money through the sale of taxi medallions - it’s not going so hot so far.

In any event, the City’s first taxi medallion sale in recent San Francisco history was celebrated at City Hall today.

Nat Ford engages the crowd:

Handing over a $250,000 piece of aluminum:

Carl Macmurdo, President of the Medallion Holders Association, was on hand with his terrific suit. Keep up with his organization here.

On It Goes

The Fox Network’s “National Dance Day” Celebrated at Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Did you know that the Fox Network goes around and starts up national holidays? Apparently, they’re on their way:

National Dance Day on July 31, 2010,… was created by So You Think You Can Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness across the U.S.”

At first I thought these kids from “Illegal Talent” were filming a Spike Jonez* / Fatboy Slim Praise You remake but that proved incorrect:

Ahora, con contraste - the reverse angle:

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See you next year!

*The jerk boyfriend from the beginning of Lost in Translation, IRL.

Come See the “Presidio Habitats” Art Exhibition Plus the New Presidio Park Trail

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Have you seen Presidio Habitats,” the Site-Based Art Exhibition Celebrating Presidio Nature and Wildlife? Well, then get up there, it’s ending May 15, 2011.

Bring your walking shoes and then make the Triskelion (srsly, that’s what they call it) pavilion at Fort Winfield Scott your starting point.

Forty-foot shipping containers never looked so good:

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Here it is from the outside:

And here’s the starting gate of Presidio Habitats:

Something to do with bunnnies and turtles, take a look:

O.K. then. Here’s Patience by Jensen Architects. or part of it anyway:

The mise-en-scene:

Western Screech Owl Habitats by Ai Weiwei:

A 600mm shot shows that these porcelain palaces are move-in ready:

Winged Wisdom by Phillippe Becker Design / Brody Hartman:

A closer view:

Sculpture Habitat for the Gray Fox by CEBRA

Owl Dome by Taalman Koch Architecture:

That’s just a taste. The whole point is that you’re supposed to get out there and go see everything for yourself. The more the merrier.

As these people realized on Saturday, walking along the new/improved Park Trail. (Learn more about the changes to this trail after the jump.)

The entire place is one giant art gallery but without the white wine.

And, oh yes, here’s one concept that didn’t make it. I guess you’d need to suppose that a bird made a nest and laid eggs in a golf cart and then somebody hoisted it into the air. Anyway, here’s the Photoshopped proposal: 

(This installation might serve to hack off the golfers of the Presidio, I don’t know…)

There you have it. Here are some upcoming events for PH and you can find the deets of the Park Trail after the jump.

Exhibition Pavilion and Self-Guided Tours
The starting point for the Presidio Habitatsexperience is an indoor exhibition space created from repurposed shipping containers. Here visitors can view all 25 proposals submitted for the exhibition, scale models, and other artist material, as well as video about the Presidio’s plants and wildlife. An Exhibition Mapwill lead you on a self-guided journey encompassing all installation sites. The Exhibition Pavilion hours through October 31, 2010: 11 am – 5 pm, Wednesday-Sunday. It is located at the corner of Storey Avenue and Ralston Avenue in the Fort Scott District.

Log Cabin Series
The Presidio Trust presents a year-long series of talks, multimedia presentations, and performances at the historic Log Cabin. Inspired by the Presidio, its wildlife, and Habitats art, the Log Cabin Series will host events on the second Thursday of each month. The Exhibition Pavilion will be open until 7 pm on these evenings.

Animal Estates and Edible Estates: An Evening with Fritz Haeg
Thursday, June 10, 7–8:30 pm
Author, designer, and artist Fritz Haeg created Snag Tower, a vertical dwelling for native species and currently an installation of Presidio Habitats. Learn about his project Animal Estates, proposing the re-introduction of native animals into cities, and his book Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn.

Triskelion: The Story of the Presidio Habitats Exhibition Pavilion
Thursday, July 8, 7–8 pm

San Francisco Architects Zoe Prillinger and Luke Ogrydziak, known for their progressive, modern designs that include new media technologies, discuss their creation of the Presidio HabitatsExhibit Pavilion from repurposed shipping containers arranged at 120 degree angles around a central atrium.

The Birds and the Bees: A Presidio Experience
Thursday, August 12, 7–8 pm

About 200 bird species and 57 bee species buzz and fly through the Presidio. Gain a new perspective on the different shapes and sizes of wildlife homes within the Presidio from Presidio Trust natural resource experts.

The Art of Patience: Meet Architect Mark Jensen
Thursday, September 9, 7–8 pm
Architect Mark Jensen will discuss his Habitats installation Patience, featuring dramatically austere yellow chairs that afford visitors a unique perspective on the Presidio’s Great Blue Herons.

Family Program: Create with Nature
Saturday, June 12, 10 am to 2 pm
Saturday, August 7, 10 am to 2 pm

Kids and grown-ups alike will get creative with natural materials in an outdoor Presidio setting. The ingredients for the day include wood, leaves, stone, pine cones, bark, branches, water, and imagination. Bring a picnic lunch or snack. Meet at the Exhibition Pavilion.

Guided Adventures
Presidio staff, friends, and FOR-SITE Foundation representatives will lead visitors on guided walks. Meet at the Exhibition Pavilion. RSVP is required to (415) 561-5418 or presidio@presidiotrust.gov.

Presidio Butterflies 101 Walk
RSVP to (415) 561-5418 or presidio@presidiotrust.gov
Sunday, July 18, 10 am to Noon
Sunday, August 29, 10 am to Noon

Presidio Habitats Curatorial Walk
RSVP to (415) 561-5418 or presidio@presidiotrust.gov
Saturday, July 24, 10 am to Noon
Saturday, August 7, 10 am to Noon

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The Happy Sea Lions that You Can See from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Understand that this was taken about 500 feet above the ocean, but nevertheless, this is what you can see from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Point Reyes right by the famous lighthouse:

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You’ll hear them before you see them.

Aar, arr, arr, arr….”

The Presidio Landmark Apartments in the Old PHSH Hospital are Mega Turbo Double Awesome

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

There I was at the Presidio Landmark apartments the other day only to find out that that Philip Ferrato from Curbed SF already beat me to the punch. His metaphorical footprints were all over the place. No matter, let’s take another gander.

And who knows, maybe you’ll have the coin to sign a lease. (And included in that, you’ll get an assigned parking space* for each bedroom(!) you rent. Shhh… don’t tell the StreetsBlog.)

Here it is, as it looked yesterday, with Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton out front talking about what constitutes “Presidio Magic.”

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Hey, didn’t this building used to be a hospital?

A hospital for merchant marines and sailors?

So it would seem.

And hey, wasn’t this place filled with graffiti not too long ago?

Oh yes, but things are all cleaned up now. See? Here’s the very same staircase:

O.K. then.

Now, realize that developer Forest City wants you to come by (by appointment, there’s a waiting list just to see the place, I think) and move in. Look at the greeting you’ll get:

Building 1801 will soon be open for business. (How many tripods do you see in this shot?)

Now, let’s head up on the famous staircase. You won’t find a doorless, open design like this in a SoMA skyscraper owing to fire code regulations. The LandMark will make use of an emergency water curtain setup:

But look here, the old metal handrail assembly was just plopped onto the marble way back in 1932, can you see? No matter, a little rust never hurt no one. This building doesn’t deny its history, that’s for sure.

Now, let’s check out the rooms.

This is part of a one-bedroom that has about 1050(!) square feet. (This particular unit would be used as a three-bedroom in most any other part of the 415.)

And here’s your view. Can you see Mount Sutro? Yes, barely.

But hey, where would former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown hang his red socks to dry after handwashing if he were to live in this building – which is the nicest unit? How about this suite? The entrance is extra long, good for displaying your art, non?  

And here’s the kitchen, complete with island and hood for indoor BBQ.

One of these wings is not like the other/ One of these wings just doesn’t belong…

Right, it’s a three-story add-on! See it on the left? If this building is “anchor-shaped,” you’re looking from the ring down the shank and towards the left fluke. (This will all be clear the next time one of the satellites from Google’s fleet passes over to update the Google Maps.

And there’s a hot tub! It has benches in there so you can face those sitting in the deck chairs.

That’s the tour.

So, here’s the old Public Health Service Hospital back as she was in 1935. (Note just one GGB tower back there.)

And here’s how she was not too long ago with the ugly wings out front:

You’ve come a long way, PHSH.

People are moving in August 1st or something. Will you join them?

*Or you can get a credit for foregoing each parking space, but it won’t be all that much, I’m sure.