Posts Tagged ‘new’

Burning Daylight: Why are the Streetlights of Presidio Heights ON in the Daytime?

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Let’s see here, Presidio Heights has had fancier-than-average street lights for a while now, ’cause why not, right?

These days, LED lights are the new thang, so Presidio Heights is getting them as well. And SFGov puts up signs for the rich denizens asking, “Hey what do you think of the new lights, let us know,” kind of thing.

But these new lights are on like all the time. Like this:

Oh well.

Our streetlight people must think we’re made of money.

AND THAT REALLY GRINDS MY GEARS!*

Pick a stupid catch-phrase for the SFPUC to use about LED lights, which I’ve had in my crib for years:

1. leading edge

2. state of the art

3. world-class

The answers are #1 and #2 – I haven’t come across the SFPUC talking about the “world-class” lights they leave on all the live long day yet, but one of these days I prolly will.

Don’t stop believin’
Hold on to that feelin’
Streetlight people

*Not really. But I’m pointing out just one example of a pretty big difference betwixt how our PUC sees itself and how it actually is IRL.

Reader Notes:

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission invites interested community members to attend a public meeting to discuss our upcoming Street Light Wireless Control Pilot Project.

The purpose of this pilot project is to test a suite of leading edge wireless technologies which will be mounted on several new, environmentally friendly LED street light fixtures in the vicinity of Washington Street between Arguello and Presidio. Some of the wireless technologies will enable more effective monitoring and control of LED fixtures (including adaptive lighting, which allows for off-peak hour modification of street light levels), and some technologies will support other services, like electric meter reading, pollution monitoring and traffic signal control. The pilot project will allow us to try out the proposed technologies before the City begins converting all City-owned street lamps to LED fixtures.

MEETING DATE AND LOCATION:
January 16, 2013
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Presidio Branch, SF Public Library
3150 Sacramento Street, at Lyon
Downstairs Meeting Room
For more information, contact:  Kenya Briggs, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Communications Division,415-554-0715kbriggs@sfwater.org.
(Please note: this is not a Library Sponsored Program.)

And there’s this:

We’re testing a state-of-the-art street lighting system comprising light-emitting diode (LED) street lights and wireless monitoring and control equipment. The new remote controls and ultra-efficient LED fixtures, which replace high-pressure sodium street light fixtures, have been installed in these neighborhoods:
The Inner Sunset, on Irving Street between 7th Avenue and 14th Avenue
Presidio Heights, on Washington Street between Walnut Street and Maple Street
Our public survey period ended at close of business on February 24, 2014. Many, many thanks to everyone who participated in the online survey and live demonstration events. You can read a comprehensive analysis of the survey results here.

Residents and businesses in the test areas were briefed on the installations during community meetings last winter. The new, ultra-efficient LED street lights will consume 50% less energy and burn three-to-four times longer than existing lamps. In addition, the LED’s will be:

monitored and controlled remotely (removing the need for members of the public to report broken lamps)

equipped with an adaptive lighting feature which allows for energy-saving off-peak hour adjustment of street light levels

powered by 100% greenhouse gas-free Hetch Hetchy hydroelectric energy (just like all City street lights)

Thanks for your support! Please feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions at: LED@sfwater.org.

(NOTE: A third LED street light system with wireless controls, installed downtown on Pine Street between Davis and Montgomery, was not included in the online survey or live demonstration events. Live, on-site demonstrations of the Irving and Washington Street installations took place on January 22 and 23, 2014.)”

Driving Around the World in a Third-Generation New MINI Hatch (F56) – Sighted on Lombard – Next Stops: Germany, Japan

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Back in the 1990′s, Euros went Around The World via French House.

These days, they use tiny BMW’s:

“Around the World with a MINI F56 2014.
Start, 16. June 2014 in Germany.
7 countries, 2 months, 2 people, MINI takes the States, 22.000 km. Kick-off 16. June 2014″

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It’s Around the World in 60 Days.

Bon Courage, you daft punks.

UPDATE: This just came in, FYI:

“MINI TAKES THE STATES Motors Across The Country With High-Flying Send-Off From Tony Hawk

MINI owners from around the world rally from San Francisco to Boston: 14 states, 18 cities in 15 days

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., July 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Motorers, start your engines!  MINI TAKES THE STATES (MTTS) 2014 is now underway. The rally kicked off early on July 27(th) with fellow MINI owner and partner, Tony Hawk, performing a MINI inspired skateboarding stunt to send off MINI owners itching to hit the road.

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Changes are Coming to Sunset Boulevard Monday: “NEW SIGNALS TO BE ACTIVATED 7/28/2014″ – Near Wawona and Yorba

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Here are what these signs look like on Sunset Boulevard way out there in the Parkside / Sunset part of outer San Francisco County:

After the recent deaths in this area, SFGov appears to be highly motivated to make changes.

The signage around here is still a fucking mess, but one assumes that some of the older signals that are there might now be coming down this weekend when the new signals get turned on.

Here’s the tunnel view heading north as it stands now – how many signs and lights and banners has SFGov put up for drivers to look at here? I’m counting about three dozen and, actually, drivers can see even more further to the left and right of this scene, including an SFPD vehicle seemingly permanently parked on Yorba specifically for you bad drivers to see and react to.

IMO, the modified pedestrian-activated HAWK light experiment, signals that would flash yellow but never actually go red to stop traffic, is a massive failure.

IMO, SFGov continues to expect waaaaaay too much from its drivers (particularly elderly drivers, particularly those who shouldn’t be driving anymore) and its pedestrians (particularly elderly pedestrians).

IMO.

The Current La Playa Safeway is a Time Machine: It Will Take You Back – Visit Before It Gets Replaced, Replaced By This

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

I guess the Safeway people have resolved not to put any more money into the La Playa store, and that makes sense considering that The Future is just around the corner.

The current set-up is straight outta the 1970′s and it looks it, for better or worse – it’s shabby-chic but without the chic:

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No matter, Safeway La Playa is the place people hit for bonfire wood and cheap beer before heading out to an evening at Ocean Beach, and that will always be true.

Twas ever thus.

Meet Your New South of Market San Francisco Skyline: One Rincon Hill South Tower, North Tower, Mount Diablo

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

That’s the new North Tower in the middle there – seems a little stubby compared with the older South Tower:

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I already know what the South Tower looks like

…but it’s harder to describe the North Tower as it’s a more generic kind of building, IMO.

Of course, no matter where you live in One Rincon Hill, this will be your view of Sutro Tower – you’ll see it almost as an equal, high above the clouds:

And of course, both of the One Rincon Hill towers totally pwn “The Inifnity,” aka Infinity Towers, aka 300 Spear:

This has been Meet Your New South of Market San Francisco Skyline: One Rincon Hill South Tower, North Tower, Mount Diablo

Now, Microsoft / Bing Maps has Jumped on the “SoMissPo” Bandwagon: SoMA + Mission + Potrero = ???

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Does anybody in town actually use the term SoMissPo?

Not that I’m aware of. Yet, here it is:

Sometimes I just don’t know…

California Coast: Our California Academy of Sciences Unveils a New 2,000-Gallon Aquarium Tank Brimming with Colorful Marine Life

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Here’s your brand-new 2000-gallon tank downstairs at our world-famous California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park – let’s see here, we’ve got a Strawberry Anemone, a Greenstriped Rockfish, and a Vermillion Sea Star all in a row:

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That’s the Rocky Reefs part of the new California Coast Exhibit.

(And if you want to see more of our California coasts, check out these great shots archived at Cold Water Images – it’s a colorful world down below.)

All right, see you there!

All the deets:

“Explore new views of the California Coast: California Academy of Sciences unveils new 2,000-gallon aquarium tank brimming with colorful marine life

SAN FRANCISCO (June 6, 2014) — Today, the Academy unveiled the latest addition to its aquarium—a colorful and charismatic 2,000-gallon tank filled with strawberry anemones, painted greenlings, and rosy rockfish, giving visitors a glimpse into the vibrant communities that thrive in California’s National Marine Sanctuaries. This striking addition to the Academy’s California Coast aquarium exhibit will become a permanent fixture and will offer spectacular new views and insights into these rich underwater ecosystems, from kelp forests filled with leopard sharks and wolf eels to rocky reefs blanketed in vibrant pink anemones and colorful corals.

“Presenting the wonders of the natural world is at the core of the Academy’s mission, and we’re thrilled to share this new addition to our aquarium with visitors,” says Bart Shepherd, Director of the Academy’s Steinhart Aquarium. “By showcasing the biodiversity found in our own backyard, we hope to engage and inspire visitors with the importance of studying and sustaining these ecosystems—locally and around the world.”

In addition to the exhibit’s larger tanks, a series of jewel tanks showcase some of the area’s most fascinating marine creatures, while interactive displays illustrate the migration pathways of sea turtles, humpback whales, and sharks that pass through these rich marine habitats.

At a Citizen Science station, visitors can contribute to an ongoing Academy research project—and learn more about how to protect California’s vibrant and vital coastal ecosystems. At the Discovery Tidepool, visitors can touch and examine a variety of ocean creatures, where aquarium biologists and docents help visitors of all ages interact with and learn about starfish, sea urchins, and other marine life native to the California coastline. Special magnifying cameras are also available, encouraging an unusually close look at tidepool residents.

In addition to the many informative and interactive exhibits, visitors can learn about marine biodiversity and the importance of sustaining these vibrant ocean ecosystems during daily programs, including:

Coral Reef Dive
Daily at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
Watch as a diver suits up in SCUBA gear and plunges into the world’s deepest living coral reef exhibit. Outfitted with an underwater microphone, the diver will answer all of your reef-related questions.

Ocean Action – The Power of pH!
Daily at 1:00 pm
Have you ever wondered what sea shells, the ocean, and our atmosphere have in common? Come find out at this fun, experiment-based program as we explore the ocean and its special chemistry. Learn about the simple steps you can take to help keep oceans and the marine animals that live in them healthy.”

Freaking Out at the Corner of Haight and Masonic – The Colors, Man, the Colors – A Very Vivid Structure

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

This is what it looks like

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If You Don’t Stare Into the Pretty Eyes of Our San Francisco Zoo’s First Red Panda, You’ll See He’s Just Like a Raccoon

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Meet Tenzing, currently causing panda-monium at our San Francisco Zoo

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A little shy when I passed through, but oh well.

Anyway, they have some great shots of this critter on the Twitter.

See you there!

Yet Another “My Father Was The Zodiac Killer” Story, But This One is a Book from HarperCollins: “The Most Dangerous Animal of All”

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Here’s the pitch:

“An explosive and historic book of true crime and an emotionally powerful and revelatory memoir of a man whose ten-year search for his biological father leads to a chilling discovery: His father is one of the most notorious-and still at large-serial killers in America.

Soon after his birth mother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. It was a quest that would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world.

Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan D. Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long search for his father following a complex trail of startling twists and connections. Combing through government records and news reports and through conversations with his father’s relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues, including forensic evidence, identifying his father as one of the most infamous and still-wanted serial killers in American history.”

But hey, what does the SFPD have to say about all this? Have they even had a chance?

I asked if HarperCollins had contact with the San Francisco Police Department, for verification purposes. No, and apparently for good reason. According to the book, Andreadis said, the San Francisco Police Department “knew more than they’re willing to admit.”

All right, well officially this book is being published today, May 13th, 2014.

That’s the news