Posts Tagged ‘pt’

YouTube Video: Mean Great Blue Heron Kills Gophers in Richmond Just for Fun?

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Sure looks that way:

Those Segway Personal Transporter Rentals in Golden Gate Park are Proving Popular

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

So like you’ll regularly see a couple dozen in the field with only a few left at the Music Concourse.

This is new on me – I was used to seeing only six or eight tourists on this things at any given time.

See ‘em? Two teams, two leaders:

Them Segways themselves, well they represent failure, but Segway rentals in GGP in 2013, well that represents success, looks like.

The Spooky Bull Whip Kelp of Point Reyes – Using a Found Object Creatively in Marin County – Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

This is certainly a creative use of some of the Mapplethorpe-style seaweed that you encounter on the beaches up in Marin County.

Scary, scary Nereocystis luetkeana, aka Mermaid’s bladder:

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If You Think a Segway Personal Transporter is Right for You, Then You Should Consider an A2B Electric Bike, Like This Guy’s

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I’ll tell you, some of the people from the (former?) Ultra Motors company or whatever just hate my guts ’cause I don’t put on my old high school cheerleading uniform (it still fits! can you believe it?) and wave my pom-poms for the overweight, overexpensive, overstyled A2B electric bike-scooter things being made the past half-decade.

I think they had an HQ office in San Francisco once.

Anyway, these days you can buy an A2B on craigslist for like $1000-something and there is a subculture of users out there.

(Somebody should interview these people about the pros and cons of commuting on an overly-expensive, high maintenance A2B…)

Like this guy, I see him on McAllister a lot:

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Now that personal transporter contraption from Segway was supposed to create a transportation revolution or something, but it didn’t. There are still a handful of people around town who use them, or fantasize about using them to get to work ‘n stuff.

IMO, the Segway people would be better off using an A2B bike for commuting.

Just saying…

Via Coastodian.Org, Images of the Killer Whale that Washed Up on a Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The Coastodian, run by Richard James* up in Marin County, has some shots of the killer whale that recently washed up at Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Click on over to see all the photos.

Orca at Point Reyes Beach – ©Richard James Photography 

*Who has a campaign against plastic bottles.

Know Your Area Lighthouses – Point Bonita in Marin, Complete With Dedicated Tunnel and Brokedown Bridge

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Remember back in the day, back when you could visit the Pt. Bonita Lighthouse? Well, bide your time, cause you’ll be able to go there once again come 2012 after the mini suspension bridge gets fixed.

Actually, the commitment to being back in bidness  is sort of a half-assed promise and it’s coming from the Feds, so give them half a decade or so.

Click to expand, it’ll get big. Five people max on the bridge. And that’s the town of Muir Beach in the background:

Take note:

“NOTE: The tunnel to the suspension bridge/lighthouse is open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. However the lighthouse is not accessible due to the suspension bridge closure. Currently the bridge is due to be replaced and open to the public in the Spring of 2012.”

Hey Feds, why not put in a mini Golden Gate Bridge if we have to wait for so long? Thusly:

Oh well. At least they’ll let you walk through the tunnel, occasionally.

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

The Spooky Bull Whip Kelp on the Hiking Trails of Marin County

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

This is certainly a creative use of some of the Mapplethorpe-style seaweed that you encounter on the beaches up in Marin County.

Scary, scary Nereocystis luetkeana, aka Mermaid’s bladder:

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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 View You Get From the 17th Hole of San Francisco’s Lincoln Park Golf Course

Monday, July 20th, 2009

What can you see here looking north from the 17th hole of the inexpensive and much-discussed Lincoln Park Golf Club (aka “Stinkin’ Lincoln”)? Well, there’s the teeing area, of course, but you can also see the Golden Gate and the Point Bonita Lighthouse, as well the houses of Muir Beach City and a good chunk of western Marin County.

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And when you get to the green, you get a nice view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

 Not too shabby for just $1-something per hole, huh?

“Until the 1840s the strait was called the “Boca del Puerto de San Francisco” (Mouth of the Port of San Francisco). On 1 July 1846, before the discovery of gold in California, the entrance acquired a new name. In his memoirs, John C. Frémont wrote, “To this Gate I gave the name of “Chrysopylae”, or “Golden Gate“; for the same reasons that the harbor of Byzantium was called Chrysoceras, or Golden Horn”