Posts Tagged ‘orange’

San Francisco’s Gaudiest Native Bird Has Got To Be the Northern Flicker – Bright Orange with Polka Dots in Sutro “Forest”

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) woodpeckers were hot  in San Francisco back in the day, back when they were getting attention from former City Lights Luminary and craigslist founder Craig Newmark, and the SFWeekly.

Here’s a female spotted back in aught-nine at the “Blair Witchy” Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve on University of California land above UCSF. Maybe she was the life partner of the male Craig used to see in his backyard located lower down the hill? Could have been.

Work it, GF!

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Also known as a “clape, gaffer woodpecker, harry-wicket, heigh-ho, wake-up, walk-up, wick-up, yarrup, or gawker bird.”

Love your polka dots, little Flicker.

The Most Beautiful Project Ever Created by CalTrans: Melty Orange and Blue Cupcakes – They’re Mesmerizing!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

This one’s an oldie but a goodie.

You see, Governor Arnold was late for the grand “West Approach” party for the Bay Bridge and it was a sunny day, so:

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And then Arnold came in rolling on 22′s*, wearing cowboy boots, and then he cut the chain to open the freeway segment using an oxy-acetylene welding torch.

Good times.

*Black SUV, 22-inch wheels, ultra-low profile tires.

Man I’m rollin’ through the city, old school on them big boys
12 inch woofers in the trunk making big noise
Got the big toys (toys), dont make me have to flash
Let a hundred rounds go, you do a hundred yard dash

Fake San Francisco Transit: SHORT BUS vs. SCHOL BUS – Smart Car ForTwo vs. Hummer H2

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

All right now, class. Which bus is the girl bus?

As seen in the Western Addition:

And which is the boy bus?

As seen on Polk near the former German Embassy / controversial cooking school in the Tenderloin:

And which bus is a cry for attention?

You’re all correct! Both of them are.

The San Mateo County Flintstone House is Blood Orange These Days? – If You Lived Here, You’d Be Weird By Now

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

In my day, this residence was white. And that was the way we liked it.

All the deets:

The Flintstone House is a free-form, single-family residence in Hillsborough, California overlooking, and best seen from the Eugene A. Doran Memorial Bridge on Interstate 280. It was designed by architect William Nicholson and built in 1976 as an experiment in new building materials, in the form of a series of domes. It was constructed by spraying shotcrete onto steel rebar and wire mesh frames over inflated balloons. Originally off-white in color, it was repainted a deep orange in the mid-2000s. The house contains three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Message From Our Corporate Coffee Overlords: We Own the Sidewalk at 225 Bush Street, More or Less

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

 As was foretold, the newly-approved bench and table and chairs at 225 Bush are kind of a mess. What’s the point in having a super wide sidewalk in the 94104 Financh if there’s going to be a bottleneck betwixt a giant 17 foot tall ad (a former newspaper kiosk long since closed down) and all this?

Check it:

I cry foul.

Actually, I didn’t cry foul afore the deadline to do so passed by in June 2013. As I’m not a NIMBY. And now that we can see the bench but also the table and the chairs, we can see that all this stuff takes up too much space and leaves like three feet of space for the peds to squeeze by.

Even Coffee Culture lovers / customers were appalled by these cheesy plastic chairs when they first appeared.

IDK, maybe this sitch has fixed itself the past few weeks, but this system of having a trial and putting up a sign for people to complain to SFGov doesn’t work if corporations do a bait and switch deal with the layout.

Again, I cry foul.

Oh, and speaking of corporations:

Here’s coffee dude’s website, srsly.

Dude, do you think you leased the sidewalk too?

Approve not I do.

Disrupt Parking: The Kids from the SpotOn Parking App Have Got the NoPA Western Addition Covered – Look for Iconic Orange Cones

Friday, August 9th, 2013

They’re trying, I’ll give you that.

See?

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Yeah, I don’t know….

You know, if I dropped out of an Ivy to start up a transportation app in Frisco, I think I’d offer an Android version, you know, for the 79% of the world what rolls that way.

But that’s just me.

Anyway, they’re not per se illegal from the get-go, and that’s so unlike a lot of Ron Conway*-type startups what litter the 415 these days, so they’ve got that going for them…

*Hey, did Ron Conway really try to improperly intervene with SFGov over the parking spaces near Pinterest HQ? Ooh, that’s pretty cheesy, RC!

Oh Boy, “Civic Center Community Benefits District” “Community Ambassadors” Look Like They’re in a Bob Fosse Dance Routine

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

I think it’s the hat what does it.

Let’s see here, what does the CCCBD do with the tax* money levied on local bidness and institutions?

Oh look, it’s a Community Ambassador narcing to the SFPD:

Boy, I’ll bet the local street toughs will never ever notice this kind of thing:

Let’s see, what else. Oh look, it’s Our Dear Leader at some North Korean-style photo op posted on the CCCBD FB.

And check it, the map of so-called Civic Center is a perfect giant arrow pointed down. How apropo! Did corrupt non-profit “leader” Randy Shaw play a role in drawing the borders of this district as well? We can only hope.

Someday I’ll tell you, Gentle Reader, all about the now-defunct Fillmore CBD, Ooh, about a quarter of the taxes were spent on just one person to show up at meetings to say how great the FCBD was.

But here’s the Party Line, Dear Comrade, from the all-seeing and all-knowing SFGov. See how that works? No problems here!

In closing, I’d just like to say “hi” to area Vanity Google Searcher and Mayoral Spokesmodel Christine Falvey. (Someday, someday, I’ll get a kickback job what pays me six figures to Google my very own name all the live-long day. Someday, someday, Dominion

All the deets: 

The Civic Center Community Benefit District (CBD) is a special assessment district conceived and organized by a group of concerned Civic Center property owners, arts organizations, government entities, and other stakeholders. The goal of the CBD is to improve coordination and communication around the management, image, safety, beautification and cleanliness of the greater Civic Center area for the benefit of patrons, residents, employees, merchants, property owners and other visitors within the district.

*If you want to get technical and say that the charges assessed aren’t actually taxes, well then go ahead. But, fundamentally, they’re taxes.

1990-Era Nike Air Max Shoes are Back, Baby! – Sighted in the Wilds of the Twitterloin – Orange and Black are IN Again

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

I remember when these kicks were being sold the first time around…

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Mayor Ed Lee Should Be Forced to Drive Around Solely in This Orange Vehicle Until the Giants Start Winning Again

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Hey, didn’t appointed Mayor Ed Lee inherit a World Champion baseball team?

Yes.

And didn’t he feel bummed out when nobody cared about him in DC when the San Francisco Giants met Obama a couple years back?

Yes.

And wasn’t that the reason he gave for purportedly changing his mind about running for Mayor and thereby, you know,  betray David Chiu and the unaware members of the BOS ‘n stuff?

Yes.

So why shouldn’t Ed Lee suffer when “his” team loses?

Just asking.

Actually, this ride is operated by a True Fan looking for parking on Masonic:

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And for the benefit of Vanity Googler Christine Falvey, I’d like to say this:

Christine Falvey!

(Oh and check out Time Magazine online about stop and frisk this week. You might learn a thing or two, CV. Or not. Hey how’s that America’s Cup going for you?)

The Crowded Sidewalks of Bush Street: Is There Room for Chairs Betwixt “Curry Up Now” and “Coffee Cultures?”

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Uh, no, there’s not.

See?

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Ah, here’s a quieter time between the most popular food truck in the bay area and the new cawfee shawp inside of the Standard Oil Building at 225 Bush:

Now I’ll tell you, I couldn’t care less* about this issue, but you? You have a lot of time on your hands…

If I were in charge, I’d probably say thumbs down on the street furniture, but I’d allow them some signage.

Of course, I’m not in charge and, as stated, I don’t care.

Super don’t care.

As always, I’ll find a way** to navigate the Streets of San Francisco regardless.

Courage.

*Obviously, things are going to be a bit crowded at lunchtime, ’cause that curry truck is uber popular. OTOH, passersby might not ever realize that’s there’s a new upscale coffee place there unless they see people hanging about sipping away. (This reminds me of parklets, which some business owners think they own because the process for getting one is so costly.) 

**But I don’t use a wheelchair…