Posts Tagged ‘norway’

The Scary, Batlike Hummingbirds of Golden Gate Park – And This Other One has a Costume for Halloween 2015

Friday, October 30th, 2015

This little critter startled me the other day, as it’s in the same bush where I saw a roof rat a few weeks back.

Dese boids generally have an all-carbs diet, but sometimes they need a little protein. This the last thing some spiders see:

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Sort of looks like a bat to me.

But now it’s time for costumes. This little feller’s mantle is saying, “Hey ladies, look at me!”


(Hey, you know, speaking of scary, area Republican Ron Conway, through his interest in Pinterest, has made more money off of this shot than I have. Taken more than a decade ago with a $4500 camera and $4500 worth of glass it was. I’m in the wrong “business.”)

Happy Halloween!

The Emboldened Roof Rats of San Francisco’s Playgrounds – Say Hello to “Blackie” – WSPTOTC?

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Now I’ve seen rats on grass and dirt and whatnot around town, and near garbage cans in the Financh and C-Town and the Fish Wharf, but I aint never seen a full-sized rat strutting about on pavement in a playground in Frisco. And yet, here s/he is:

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I saw what I thought was a dead Norway rat up against a playground fence in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle the other day, but I don’t know much about varmints

All right, Get Out And Play, With Rats!

Hot Tub Time Machine! Don’t You Want to Party on this Aging Party Boat / Tech Incubator Tied Up at Pier 50?

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Here it is, the Maritol, seen with One Rincon in the background:

And here’s the famed on-deck hot tub, camera right:

I’ll tell you, I can’t imagine a boat like this being a party boat without its hot tub and I can’t imagine any boat like this with a hot tub not being a party boat.

So deny it all you want, party boat owners – nobody believes you.

How Old People Have Fun in the Outer Sunset: Posing for Photos – As Seen at 46th and Judah

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Look up this photo yourself on the street view, if you want. This is right across the street from Trouble Coffee:

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He held this pose for a while.

Now let’s travel to Europe, where this kind of thing has gotten out of hand:

They had heard the mapping vehicle was in their tiny town that day, so they set up lounge chairs to sit while waiting. The whole sequence of photos is amusing. You should check it out, Gentle Reader

OMG, It’s Your Larger, $555,000,000 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) – Free Ground-Level Galleries Coming!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Well, here it is, from Snøhetta Arkitektur Landskap AS with love, it’s your new SFMOMA.

That white structure shows what the expansion will look like come 2016:

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And check the video:

Get all the deets from your SFMOMA OPEN SPACE Blog:

“This morning, SFMOMA unveiled new design details of the expanded building project. The expansion, as you likely know by now,  is being designed by architectural firm Snøhetta in collaboration with SFMOMA, and this morning Craig Dykers, one of the principals of the firm, talkedSFMOMA staff through a presentation of the new designs. There will be new education spaces, lots of light, and ground-level galleries and orientation spaces that will be free to the public.  Craig will be presenting and discussing details of the new design for the first time in public tomorrow evening, in YBCA’s Novellus theater. You’ll also be able to watch his presentation LIVEonline, HERE.

Have you got questions for the architects? Don’t miss Rooftop TV: The Future SFMOMA, a special interactive webcast conversation with Craig and some fantastic guests, Friday morning, 11:00 a.m.

Groundbreaking for the expansion is scheduled for summer 2013, with completion of new digs projected for early 2016.  Here’s the PRESS RELEASE. There’s more detailed info on our expansion page.”

All right, a few more images of all the new work below and ever more deets after the jump

Bon courage, SFMOMA!

Isn’t it kewl?


Brave Euros Lie in Wait for the Google Maps Car – A Chase Down the Street in Full Snorkel Gear – Poor Google!

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Do Euros really sit around in snorkel gear just waiting for the Google Maps car to show up?

Euros do.

Check it out – a few shots earlier, you can see them reading the paper while waiting in folding chairs. Then the chase begins:

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Well, it’s better to have playfully irate frogmen after you than the Federal police

Norway Rat Almost, But Not Quite, Makes it Out of Golden Gate Park Alive. Poison?

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Like Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, this critter almost succeeded in a making a run for the border.

The western entrance to Golden Gate Park:

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If I had to guess, I’d say that this Golden Gate Park rat was poisoned, but who knows.

Norway Day Festival 2010 Comes to San Francisco This Weekend – May 1-2, 2010

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Have you been to Norway? The whole place is filled with Beautiful People – everybody looks like they are or they used to be Abercrombe & Fitch models. Well, guess what, this weekend Norway is coming to the Bay Area and YOU”RE invited.

It’s Norway Day Festival 2010 and it’s coming to San Francisco’s Fort Mason this weekend, Saturday May 1st and Sunday May 2nd, 2010! It’s as cheap as nine bucks to get in, or something. (Pretty cheap compared to Oktoberfest By The Bay or something.)

Typical Norwegians. They’ll be there, just like last year:
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And best of all, Tom Perkins will be there too, giving the keynote. And straight outta Osloartist Kristine Maudal, who came to SoMA last year to do Norwegian Instant Art, will also be there. Here’s her release:  Other Rhythms_press_eng 
And bonus, free Iced lattes from Seattle’s Best Coffee. The big red fridge will be there in Fort Mason giving cold cans away on both days.
All right, see you there!
2010 Norway Day Festival Schedule
Saturday, May 1
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Time Event
 10:00 a.m.  Festival Opens
 10:45 a.m.  Opening Ceremonies w/National Anthems
 11:00 a.m.  Entertainment Begins on Main Stage & in Pub
 6:00 p.m.  Last Entry Into Festival
 7:00 p.m.  Festival Closes
 8:30 p.m.  Evening Concert Event at Cafe Du Nord

Sunday, May 2
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Time Event
 10:00 a.m.  Festival Opens
 11:00 a.m.  Entertainment Begins on Main Stage
 12:00 p.m.  Entertainment Begins in Pub
 4:30 p.m.  Raffle on Main Stage
 5:00 p.m.  Festival Closes

Norway Comes to SoMA – Come See Norwegian Instant Art Tomorrow Night, 11-12-09

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Well, øh my! If you have any interest in Norway and/or art, you ought to mark your calendar for 6:00 PM tomorrow, November 12th, 2009, cause that’s when you can see Norwegian Instant Art at Dow Place, aka the little alley off of Second Street between Folsom and Harrison across the street from Maya. I hear they’ll have some vin there, plus the Honorable Consul General – he’ll be there, plus maybe you can buy some art. Check it:

“Norwegian artists painting in the streets of San Francisco. Four female Norwegian artists are exploring the local art scene in an on-site art project entitled Norwegian Instant Art.  Their goal is to develop and present Norwegian contemporary art in San Francisco, and to fuel future cultural exchange by donating sales proceeds to the Norwegian American Cultural Foundation.”

Presenting, straight outta Oslo, artists Kristin Romberg, Ingrid A. TronstadPippip Ferner and Kristine Maudal. Do you think they’re having fun in the 415? Anyway, they were painting up a storm yesterday afternoon:


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Everybody loves Norway, right? See you there!

Nov. 2-11: EXPLORE San Francisco and the Bay Area, and TRANSFORM impressions into art. Place:  In and outside 77 Dow Place

Nov. 12: PERFORM by presenting the project and artwork to the public in an exhibition at  Anodyne Designs premises

November 12, 2009,  Anodyne Designs, 77 Dow Place, Suite 100  
6:00 pm    Mingling            
6:30 pm    Welcome/Official opening by the Norwegian Consul, Geir Tønnessen
7:00 pm    Artists’ presentation  and walk through exhibition. Enjoy the art/food/drinks/good friends
10:00 pm  The end

Proceeds will be donated to the Norwegian American Cultural Foundation.


  • NHF Cultural Grants, Norwegian House Foundation
  • Norwegian American Cultural Foundation
  • Norwegian Consulate
  • H&H Partners
  • ABB Norway
  • Moods of Norway
  • Jensen & Scheele bil as
  • Ferner Jacobsen
  • Kunst for Alle
  • GreatVibes Frogner
  • Shoelounge
  • These four contemporary artists, Ingrid A. Tronstad, Kristine Maudal, Pippip Ferner and Kristin Romberg, are all based in the Oslo area. They explain their project as starting on blank sheets of paper with four open minds. They do not really know what the actual outcome will be. The project thus is as much about exploring the process as it is about creating a result. 

    These are all well established artists withinteresting backgrounds – both educational and projectwise, with several solo/project exhibitions and group exhibitis. Their permanent installations in public or corporate spaces range from Kristine Maudal’s piece in the Cave Bar in Barcelona to Kristin Romberg’s works in the Norwegian Embassy in Riga (Latvia).

    This is the third issue of the Instant Art project series.  For ten days the artists will explore San Francisco and the Bay area and instantly transform their impressions into art.  There will be a project exhibition on November 12, hosted by the Norwegian Consulate, and opened by the Norwegian Consul Geir Tønnesen.  The event will take place at Anodyne Designs premises on 77 Dow Place at 6pm-10pm.

    To the general public, this project is unique in that it offers a chance to meet four individually different Norwegian artists in one show.  Also, people are invited to participate in the creative process from start to finish, either through the project blog or by dropping in while they work.
    The project is sponsored locally by
    Norway House Foundation and the Norwegian Consulate in addition to commercial investors H&H partners.