Posts Tagged ‘pacifica’

Here’s What It Looks Like to Coast Down the New Devil’s Slide Trail, Just South of Pacifica

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Joshua Cassidy of KQED has all the deets on the soon-to-open Devil’s Slide path.

And here’s what it looks like to coast down, via CoastSider:

Better Know Your Pacific Ocean Beaches of the Bay Area: NASA Photos Shows Half Moon Bay to Point Reyes

Friday, July 15th, 2011

NASA just posted a photo from the last Space Shuttle flight. It’s big, like 4000 pixels.

Here are some annotations. (The white line is the mighty San Andreas fault.)

Click to expand.“This image featuring the San Francisco Bay area was recorded with a still camera using a 180-mm lens by one of the Expedition 26 crew members aboard the International Space Station, flying 220 miles above Earth.”

And here’s the plain version at 1800 pixels:

Surf’s up.

San Francisco’s Famous Ponytailed and Besuited Segway Pilot Just Keeps Trucking Along

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Market Street’s most famous Segway rider is still at it, after all these years.

What drives him so?

The encounter. Before…

…during…

…and after:

Move aside/
and
let the man go through/
Let the man go through

Magnitude 3.2 Earthquake: San Francsico, 2:29 PM Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

This must be a twin of the one we just felt on June 28th. Did You Feel It?

Mag= 3.5 3.2, MMI= IV

All the deets of Event nc71436076:

 Magnitude 3.5
Date-Time
  • Friday, July 23, 2010 at 21:29:10 UTC
  • Friday, July 23, 2010 at 02:29:10 PM at epicenter
Location 37.665°N, 122.516°W
Depth 6.7 km (4.2 miles)
Region OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Distances
  • 5 km (3 miles) NNW (331°) from Pacifica, CA
  • 5 km (3 miles) WSW (237°) from Daly City, CA
  • 5 km (3 miles) WSW (254°) from Colma, CA
  • 15 km (9 miles) SW (215°) from San Francisco City Hall, CA
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.2 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.4 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters Nph= 75, Dmin=5 km, Rmss=0.13 sec, Gp=104°,
M-type=local magnitude (ML), Version=2
Source
Event ID nc71436076

 

A San Franciscan is Actually Commuting Using a Segway Electric Scooter

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Now I’m sure that other people are out there on the Streets of San Francisco (™, a Quinn Martin Production) commuting to work on a Segway scooter, but this guy, this guy*, he’s the man. Why? Staying power, baby. He’s been doing it for while. With style.

Note the black suit, black gloves, stick-it-to-the-Man lawyer’s ponytail(?), saddlebag, auxilliary lighting – it’s got to be the same dude I used to see years ago on Market Street. Apparently, he has a safe and convenient way of storing his rig at home and at work, and he’s worked out a good-enough system for safekeeping while performing errands. Good for him.

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Click to expand. On Market crossing problematic Octavia Boulevard, San Francisco’s Greatest Public Policy Disaster of the 21st Century**

You see, he’s not riding on the sidewalk, not tromping on the grass, not riding on the train tracks, not clowning around in Golden Gate Park like Lily, not skylarking himself into a painful (at the very least – that poor, poor woman) faceplant, not killing himself at 5 MPH,  not playing soulja boy, and not wearing a tuxedo while escorting a high-heeled woman(!) to the exclusive Black and White Ball.

In short, the man has his dignity.

Quite unlike Gob, for another example:

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Truth be told, the San Francisco man you see in the first photo is using the cleverly-designed Segway exactly as it was meant to be used. (There was some issue before about allowing Segways on sidewalks, but all the effort by a bunch of lobbyists failed. So, the street is where these things belong, apparently.)

The problem Segway Inc. has is that there was no way IT (a former name, along with “Ginger”) could possibly live up to the hype that came from Segway Inc. and Various Famous People.

But that’s ancient history now. What’s the future of the Seqway PT? Only Time Will Tell.

*Note the use of a Canon 135mm 2.0 lens avec full-frame digital camera. The key is to use this combo wide-open, so you use either Aperture Priority or Manual Mode to set the lens to f/stop 2.0. (That’s the full Clockwork Orange setting, no squinting allowed.) You end up with a diffuse, fuzzy background (depending on geometry of where you’re standing, etc.) and clear view of whatever you focused upon, assuming the not-so-hot auto focus feature of your Canon 5D (Mark II or Mark I) got the job done. This special kind of look is why some people get digital SLR cameras.) 

**So far. The NIMBYs of Hayes Valley have nine decades left to top themselves.

The Bay Area Plover Wars Continue into 2009 – R U a Plover Lover?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

San Francisco has had its share of battles about beaches, dogs and Western Snowy Plover birds so it’s only logical that nearby Pacifica, CA gets into the act as well. Some dog owners down there are hopping mad, as you might expect in light of San Francisco’s recent experience.

But, as you can see from this shot from Ingrid Taylar‘s About.com San Francisco, these little dickens have cuteness on their side. And that always helps.

Stay smooth, Pacifica.

Brace yourself, this photo of an adult plover on Ocean Beach gets extra big when you click on it:

Of course San Francisco is for Plovers, as the T-shirt says:

More deets after the jump.

Godspeed, little plovers!

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Segway Scooters are Now a Fixture in Golden Gate Park.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

You know those Segway scooters, right? Have you seen the latest crash footage, like the Sex in the City faceplant? (Ouch, it hoits to even watch.) Of course you have, you’ve even seen Japanese chimpanzees riding the things.

Nowadays, the best place to see a Segway is in Golden Gate Park. They’re all over the place. On the roads, the paths, the sidewalks, all over.

Does this Segway rental experience look like a good use of $90? Click to expand:

Maybe there are better places for these things? The Marina District? Sonoma? On stage with Lil Wayne?

Now back in the day, Segways were supposed to change the world. They were the Tesla Roadsters of their day:

“When it was launched in December 2001 the annual sales target was 40,000 units, and the company expected to sell 50,000 to 100,000 units in the first 13 months. Segway Inc’s investors were optimistic. Inventor Dean Kamen predicted that the Segway “will be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy.” John Doerr, a venture capitalist who invested in the company, predicted that Segway, Inc. would be the fastest company to reach $1 billion in sales. In fact only about 30,000 Segways were sold from 2001 to 2007. Critics point to Segway Inc’s silence over its financial performance as an indication that the company is still not profitable, as about $100 million was spent developing the Segway.”

Oh well.