Posts Tagged ‘new york’

Pack Mule Not Included: Used 1200mm Canon Camera Lens for $180K – “A Prodigious Measure of Ego Satisfaction”

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Consarnit, I remember back in aught-nine when a person could buy a 47-inch focal length EOS camera lens for a mere $120,000, but these days? In these days, the very same lens will run you $180,000:


Go ahead and slap it on your $400 Drebel – it’ll fit. No fancy IS Image Stabilization or nothing, but it’ll fit

All the deets:

“The Canon 1200/5.6L USM, the longest fixed telephoto lens ever built by Canon, contains 13 elements (2 Fluorite) in 10 groups and focus’ down to 49.5′. With an angle-of- view of about 2° on a full-frame 35 mm camera, calling this lens a ‘tele’ is like calling King Kong a monkey.

Built-to-order by Canon from 1993 to 2005, each lens was hand-crafted at the rate of about 2-per-year and a delivery time of about 18 months. Only a dozen-or-so were ever made. Who bought them? National Geographic magazine and Sports Illustrated are known to own a couple, the Feds probably have a few squirreled away somewhere, and a few well-heeled photo enthusiasts.

This particular lens is extremely clean inside and out. Included with this lens is a leather slip-on ‘lens cap’, the original fitted aluminum trunk case, a custom trunk case with wheels that holds the original trunk case, and a prodigious measure of ego satisfaction. Weighing in at over 36lbs and an overall length of 33 inches, a sturdy tripod and pan/tilt head is highly recommended.

Pack mule not included.

The Story of the Ironically-Named “GO-GETTERS PIZZA,” R.I.P – Was It “Aggressively Enterprising?” No, Not At All

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

[UPDATE: Let’s hope they do a better job at 100 Gough.]

Here’s how not to run a New York-style pizza-by-the-slice place in Hayes Valley:

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And another definition of a go getter is “a person who works very hard and who wants very much to succeed.”

Oh well. Go Getters in now Gone Getters…


Here’s the East Bay’s Giant “Left Coast Lifter,” Or What’s Left of It, After The Big Barge Went to New York

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

So the barge was the Left Coast Lifter and not the crane part?

As seen just a couple months ago in Oakland:

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Aviation Writer James Fallows Commits the MSM Blunder of the Year with “Don’t Blame Malaysia Airlines” in the NYT

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Hoo boy: “Don’t Blame Malaysia Airlines

“Was this disaster somehow the airline’s fault? The answer is no — but to understand why, you have to look at the complex realities of modern commercial aviation.”

My isn’t this a touch patronizing? Well, obviously the primary fault is with the crew and commanders of the Gadfly missile system used to shoot down the plane. But Malaysian Air Systems is partially to blame for its negligent operation.

“Malaysia Airlines, already world famous because of the still-missing flight MH370, appears to have been following all normal safety rules.”

Is anybody suggesting that this flight was somehow illegal? I don’t think so. So talking about Malaysian following the “rules” is pointless.

“…explicit prohibitions are critical, because the entire aviation system works on the premise that unless airspace is marked as off-limits, it is presumptively safe and legal for flight.

OK again, Jimmy, the flight was unsafe but legal. Nobody’s suggesting that the flight was not legal.

“…when they crossed this zone at 33,000 feet, they were neither cutting it razor-close nor bending the rules, but doing what many other airlines had done, in a way they assumed was both legal and safe.”

Again, Jimmy, why are you harping on what’s “legal” to make your point that Malaysian wasn’t negligent? It’s as if the New York Times has turned into the Public Relations arm of Malaysian Air Systems or the government of Malaysia.

All right, it’s time to review. Here’s a partial list of airlines that were specifically avoiding this part of eastern Ukraine before the shootdown:

Asiana Airlines

Korean Air Lines  

China Airlines

Air France

British Airways

Air Berlin [Germany’s second-largest airline]

The operators of these airlines would have been able to fly over eastern Ukraine legally, but they chose not to. Why’s that, Jimmy? Why would these airlines spend more on kerosene for no reason?

Mr. Fallows continues in The Atlantic:

Somehow I suspect that if it had been a Lufthansa plane that was attacked, there would be fewer starting-point assumptions that the carrier had somehow been cutting corners at the cost of its passengers’ safety. 

This sounds like it came straight from Malaysian Airlines, this racism (or whatever) argument he’s pushing. In any event, corner-cutting at the expense of passenger safety is exactly what occurred here.

And here’s the stinger:

“If a government or rogue faction shoots down a commercial plane, is that really an “air safety issue?” 

Well, hell yes it is, Jimmy. It’s exactly an air safety issue. That’s why all those airlines cited above, plus others, were avoiding the area. For safety.

Comes now aviation writer Christine Negroni to offer views contrary to that of flyboy fanboy James Fallows:

So while Malaysia is self-evidently correct it its statements; the airspace was open and hundreds flights between Europe and Asia were using it every day, it is a weak reply to a valid question of responsibility


Why James Fallows wants to shut down the conversation about the question of responsibility is a mystery to me…

UCSF Architecture Update: One of These Things is Not Like the Other – Spot the “CIRM Worm”

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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Assignment Desk: Covering the 16 Single Women Who Just Flew from NYC to Meet SF Men – Tonight at Skylark Bar

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Remember that whole Dating Ring thing, with the matchmaking website hoping to “bring single New York women to male-dominant San Francisco?”

Well, it’s on. Tonight, May 24th, 2014.

But instead of a wide-body aircraft filled to the bulkheads with women, imagine just a couple rows’ worth.

Think about it – you, the sole journalist left in San Francisco this Memorial Day Weekend, will be sure to get some great quotes from the attendees. Check out the Skylark starting at 9:00 PM, 3089 16th Street at Valencia Street en la Mision.

Or simply cough up $20 for a ticket and join in on the fun, your choice:

Gentleman Ticket 3h 28m $20.00 $2.09  
Gentle Lady Ticket 3h 28m $20.00 $2.09

Berkeley Contractor Randy Shaw’s Adoration for His Paymaster Has Gone Over the Moon – How Can Anyone Take Him Seriously?

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Let’s see here, who in San Francisco takes Randy Shaw seriously?

1. CW Nevius (Maybe not a few years back, but these days, certainly)

2. San Francisco Magazine (Maybe not a few years back, but these days, certainly)

I think that’s it. (Nobody in SFGov takes him seriously, not really.)

Now here’s the latest:

And here’s part of it:

“Lee’s ‘Neptune Shot’ (a planet far further from earth than the moon) is off to a good start.”

So, let’s get this straight. Being appointed Mayor of San Francisco for nine years (effectively), by breaking a promise about being only an “interim Mayor,” is something similar, in some way, to sending a manned mission to planet Neptune, an ice giant?

OK fine.

Reader Notes:

Does Randy Shaw think that the moon is a planet? I don’t think so, but I can’t tell for sure.

Is BeyondChron really “The Voice Of The Rest?” No, it’s the voice of a white government contractor who lives in a large house in the Berkeley hills.

Is BeyondChron really the “Best Local Website” per the SFBG? No.

Well then why has that tagline been displayed there for years and years? IDK

It’s the “CIRM Worm” in Situ – San Francisco’s Craziest Building is at UCSF – Hanging Off of Mount Sutro

Friday, January 24th, 2014

See it on the right?

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OMG, BJORN AGAIN! Disgraced San Francisco PR Flack Peter Ragone Lands a Job with Mayor Bill de Blasio in NYC

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Well, here’s the news, look who just got appointed to the Bill de Blasio regime in New Yawk:

“Peter Ragone, a consultant who worked with de Blasio at HUD before going on to handle communications for Al Gores 2000 presidential run and for Gov. Cuomo’s 2002 primary bid, as a senior advisor.”

Now let’s travel all the way back to 2007:

“[Newsom’s] admission[*] came as his aggressive and seasoned spokesman, Peter Ragone, was fighting his own battles: A local investigative television team had reported that Ragone was posting hostile comments about Newsom’s critics on a local blog under names other than his own. When confronted with the fact that the postings had been traced to his home computer, Ragone insisted that the author, “John Nelson,” was his best friend who often stayed at his home. Ragone later admitted that he had posted the comments, but he said he did so to reflect Nelson’s views. Ragone also posted under the name “Bjorn.”

Indeed. The “local blog” mentioned by the LAT is SFist.

All the deets:

Gavin’s Sock Puppet

RagoneWatch (A Day Late)

Peter Ragone By The Numbers

After all this, Peter Ragone had to go – he got voted off the island.

So I’m afraid that I’m going to have to disagree with the quite lengthy Wikipedia entry on Peter Ragone III, you know, the one written by … Peter Ragone! Or “John Nelson!” Or “Bjorn!” You see, Ragone writes that he “sparked a minor controversy after admitting he posted…” So maybe you could spin it that way, but the real controversy was actually about all the lies he told after he got busted. That’s why he had to go.

Now let’s see how well he does on that island off the east coast of America.

(Look out, Gothamist.)

*This was around the time that man-child Gavin Newsom decided it would be a good time start hanging out** with a teenaged Republican restaurant hostess. I’ll tell you, the people behind the mayor Willie Brown / Gavin Newsom / Ed Lee administration are deeeeeeeeeeeeelighted not to have to deal with Gavin Newsom drama anymore.

**Dating? Alcohol? You make the call

Here’s What Our Massive “Left Coast Lifter” Barge Crane is Doing These Days: Nothing – Soon, Off to NYC?

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Could be:

“The massive crane is expected to be used during construction of the New Tappan Zee Bridge, a replacement for the Tappan Zee Bridge across the Hudson River in New York State by Tappan Zee Constructors, a consortium of companies that includes American Bridge Company.”

As she appeared last week:

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