Posts Tagged ‘rock’

Can You Name the Extreme Points of San Francisco – North, South, East, and West? It’s Hard!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

[UPDATE: Oh, man, you people are clever:

1. So what about SFO airport as southernmost? Well, that place is “owned and policed by the City and County of San Francisco, but is located in and entirely surrounded by adjacent San Mateo County.” So that’s why the San Mateo County Coroner was involved in the SFFD’s bungled handling of the Asiana 214 crash landing. Another situation would be with San Francisco’s O’Shaughnessy Dam up in Hetch Hetchy near Yosemite - a murder on top of that dam would be prosecuted by the Tuolumne County DA (or maybe the Feds – you all might be right, IDK), not by the SFDA. Don’t ask me about which DA would handle a stabbing at San Francisco Jails #5 or #6 down in San Bruno, San Mateo County. (Perhaps the counties have an agreement over prosecution? IDK.) OTOH, a crime on the western tip of Alameda Island would be handled by the SFDA.

2. And Candlestick Point (and the entire southern border of mainland SF)? It’s ever just ever north of the southernmost part of the Farallones – that’s a real close call.)

This is hard, this game of identifying the northernmost, southernmost, westernmost, and easternmost points of San Francisco.

If you guess, you’re going to make mistakes.

All right, in no particular order, here are the answers:

Seal Rock, aka Saddle Rock

Red Rock

North Farallon Islands

Alameda Island 

I’m srsly.

1. Northermost: Red Rock Island. It’s about eight miles north of Fisherman’s Wharf. Seems as if it’s always for sale. You can get there by kayak and then hike to the top if you want – put that on your bucket list.

As seen from the mainland of San Francisco. The Richmond San Rafael Bridge and East Brother Island are in the background:

Red Rock at 600mm on a very clear day. Don’t try this with your iPhone camera – your shot might not come out so hot.

2. Southernmost: Seal Rock, South Farallon Islands. It’s south of Southeast Farallon Island. It can be seen on the left side here.

And here it is as seen from Twin Peaks:

840mm, on a very clear day.

3. Westernmost: North Farallon Islands.

Actually, it’s this islet in the upper left here, seen with North Farallon Island and St. James Island in the lower right. (I’m surprised that this unnamed rock hasn’t yet been named for a longtime local political strongman like Willie Brown or Rose Pak):

4, Easternmost: Alameda Island. Surprise! Work out your denial issues here.

As seen from the (old) Bay Bridge, the eastern span, the one that was never named for a local political strongman, like Willie Brown or Rose Pak: 

Here are the four points, underlined, to sum up:

Oh, even better is if you let Google Maps highlight the county line in red. (If you zoom in on the linked page, you can also see a couple of places on Angel Island that Google similarly correctly ID’ed as parts of San Francisco.)

Thanks for playing!

The Mysterious Boulders That Have Just Popped in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Friday, December 14th, 2012

I think these boulders are telling us that The Solstice is coming soon, or something.

Or maybe the Panhandle Park Stewards have something to do with these new arrivals.

Foreground and background – are these rocks and others nearby going to stay here?

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Oh, by the way, Stewards. People are still kind of pissed about how local real estate interests chased away the harmless Panhandle Bandshell a half-decade back. And, you know, Stewards, you all seem kind of cozy with area realtors (lower-case “r” as always) and homeowners associations. So what I’m saying is that most residents would prefer a muddier Panhandle with the Bandshell than a less muddy Panhandle with whatever it is that you’re spearheading.

Just saying, Bro-ham.

The Zen Gardens of Eddy Street: So This is What Ended Up Happening to That Parcel at Eddy and Scott

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

A brand-new, fenced-off, empty, manicured Zen Garden:

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Hurray?

 

OMG, Your Chance to Audition for the “X Factor” Show on Fox-TV is Coming Up April 18-20, 2012 – See You at the Cow Palace!

Friday, March 9th, 2012

All your deets are right here.

Good luck!

“What are we looking for?

We’re looking for solo singers, girl groups, duos, boy bands or vocal groups. Maybe you and your friends have always wanted to form a group? Now is your time!

The competition is open to everyone that is 12 years old (as of January 1, 2012) and above, with no age cap.

Any type of music works – pop, rock, rap, country, R&B, alternative, hip-hop… you name it!

Where are we going?

This could be your first step to competing for the chance to win a $5 Million dollar recording contract with Sony Music. We are only going to six cities, so make your plans now!

Kansas City, MO – Kemper Arena March 14th (registration March 12 &13)
Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center March 22nd (registration March 20 & 21)
San Francisco, CA – Cow Palace April 20th (registration April 18 & 19)
Greensboro, N.C. – Greensboro Coliseum May 1st (registration April 29 & 30)
Providence, Rode Island – Dunkin Donuts Center May 10th (registration May 9)

How does it work?

Registration

You MUST register and pick up your wristband the day prior to the audition. The registration is simple – you can stop by anytime within 24 hours prior to the audition day – starting at 6am. If you plan on bringing family and friends to your audition, they must register as well.

You MUST bring two (2) forms of ID to registration day that show proof of your age and a photograph (for example, a birth certificate and driver’s license or a birth certificate and a passport or a birth certificate and a school ID card).

Eligibility:

You must be a US citizen, or eligible to work freely in the US, and not currently under a recording contract.

Anyone younger than 18, that will be attending the auditions (auditioning or not) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Minors or those without a driver’s license, who are auditioning or supporters of those auditioning, may use a school ID or acceptable substitute (such as a yearbook page that includes a printed name with photo AND a birth certificate matching the name).
If the minor is too young to have any form of photo ID, then that minor’s parent or guardian should present a photo ID and the child’s birth certificate that includes the parent’s name with the child’s name on the certificate.

Check out the eligibility requirements on http://www.thexfactorusa.com/ and make sure you are eligible to participate!

Audition

On the day of the audition, you need to arrive at the venue before 8am. Please prepare a verse and a chorus of 3 songs without tracks or instruments. Pick your song choice wisely as it should represent you as an artist. Whether you are a soloist or a vocal group, remember this is your time to shine, so make sure that you are well rehearsed and dressed to impress!

There will be a long wait so prepare for the day with suitable snacks, drinks and dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.thexfactorusa.com/.

If successful, you will need to be available the next day

DISCLOSURE: The fact that you have received this message should not be interpreted as a guarantee of eligibility or success in our competition. Response (or lack of response) to this message, and forwarding (or not forwarding) this message will have NO influence on your standing, if you choose to attend auditions. This is merely an attempt to inform the performing community at large of our open auditions.”

Caught in the Act: The Late-Night Pigeon-Feeders of Union Square

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

People actually go out and feed pigeons in San Francisco.

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I don’t know why.

Family Fun for the Holidays: Going Crabbing at Torpedo Wharf Under the Golden Gate Bridge for Free – No Permits Required

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Why, this bucolic scene almost looks like Mayberry, R.F.D., excepting for the famous bridge up high.

Check it:

You can legally fish or crab without a license at Torpedo Wharf at the west end of Crissy Field. Look for posted regulations.”

Them’s crabbers down there, that’s what they are, those West End girls and boys

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It’s easy to get started.

All the deets.

Know Your Fireballs: A Giant Meteor High Above California, Nevada, and Arizona This Evening?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Is this the thing that everybody’s talking about tonight?

The LA Times says meteor.

Fireballs FAQ from your American Meteor Society.

Follow men’s eyes as they look to the skies 
The shifting shafts of shining weave the fabric of their dreams 

[UPDATE: Here we go, the impression of a Young Artist, suspiciously over-detailed:

Jill Padilla’s son Juan drew this pic right after seeing the strange lights. (credit: Juan Padilla)

Awesome!

Until next time…

Shooting stars never stop/

Monterey Sea Otter Mother Shows Her Pup How to Use a Rock to Eat Some Crab

Friday, August 26th, 2011

This has a better, closer view from the same area along 17 Mile Drive. (No pup though.)

Pup, rock, mom:

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Smash, smash, smash. And then:

Pup, crab, mom:

Nom, nom, nom.

OMG, OMG, It’s the Debut of “SFGate Radio” from Earbits! – A “Free Online Radio Service Designed to Spotlight Local Musicians”

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

It’s here, SFGate Radio is finally here, man:

“With Spotify coming to America, Pandora Media debuting on Wall Street, Rdio possibly hooking up with Facebook and Slacker Radio making a splash, the spotlight on online music has never been more intense. Today, SFGate.com jumps into the competition with SFGate Radio, a free online radio service designed to spotlight local musicians and performances. SFGate is the online home of The Chronicle and both are owned by Hearst Communications Inc.”

All the deets:

“Earbits, one of the more recent entrants to the online radio game which raised $605,000 in seed funding last month, has announced a partnership with SFgate.com, home of the San Francisco Chronicle. The service — dubbed SFGate Radio — will allow listeners to find regional shows and focus exclusively on Bay Area artists and those touring through the region.”

Here’s an early review from Bagdad By The Bay.

Hurray?

Give it a try!

So let’s say that you like what Marie Hines sounds and/or looks like – well then you can see that she will perform at a joint on Arguello tonight:

That’s kind of how it works.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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This Little Scamp in SoMA is Just Part of the Reason Why It’s Hard to Do Bizness in the 415 – Skipping Stones Across 9th Street

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

This street imp was looking like all the others, just a slob like one of us, until he pulls a rock out of his hoodie and hurls a 70 mph fastball across 9th without really breaking stride. He reared back and hurled but then resumed walking with a quickness.

I was supposing he was throwing the rock at a person but his target was a business vehicle, a white van.

The thing is he threw it down and counted on a random bounce get it up to where it could do some damage.

Anyway, here he is, walking away, all casual, IndyBay personified. If you looked around after getting struck you wouldn’t necessarily suspect him. This kid’s a pro, a professional:

And here’s his rock, found right in the middle of the sidewalk across the street, seen next to a fat lawyer’s shoe for comparison:

How many more stones does this kid have in his hoodie’s marsupial pocket? Probably lots.

So this is why your window gets broken randomly, for no reason.

Now you’d think the hormones coursing through his veins would be telling him to get out there and try to impress girls, or boys, or whomever, you know, so he could have sex or something, right? But no, all that frustration and energy gets poured into another kind of release, the satisfaction of hearing breaking windows or causing grievous bodily injury to random pedestrians on the mean streets of San Francisco.

Oh well…