Posts Tagged ‘rocks’

The Craziest Billboard Ever: “Visit Beautiful Island! Dodko, Korea!” – Insincerely Looming Over the I-80 in SoMA

Friday, August 30th, 2013

All right, here we go:

“The Liancourt Rocks … are a group of small islets in the Sea of Japan.”

Visiting these rocks for just 20 minutes, maximum, would involve a two lengthy flights* and then a 14-hour round-trip boat ride.

So this billboard, which is getting a lot of attention in South Korea, isn’t to promote tourism, it’s to promote politics:

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So it’s just like this one** (that used to be near AT&T Park?) that was put up by a Yelp three-star dentist from San Jose, who*** probably charges too much money if he has the spare cash to produce ineffectual billboards like these.

Which is fair enough.

I s’pose.

Now the thing about the “East Sea” is that every sea is an east sea, right? So we should rename the Atlantic Ocean the East Ocean because that’s how it seems from our perspective? And without Japan, the Sea of Japan would just be the Pacific Ocean, right?

All right, I’ll just sit back and wait for the invasion of the Liancourt Rocks, which is never going to happen, but if it did, it would go a little something like this.

All the deets:

“The Liancourt Rocks, also known as Dokdo or Tokto (독도/獨島, literally “solitary island”) in Korean, and Takeshima (たけしま/竹島?, literally “bamboo island”) in Japanese,[1] are a group of small islets in the Sea of Japan.” 

* Crew Resource Management optional?

** Significant? No. Nobody cared about the World Baseball Classic, 90% of San Franciscans have no knowledge of it.

*** Am I supposed to know what “Top Best *8*” means? I don’t.

How Do Thieves Break Your Car Windows Quietly on the Streets of San Francisco? With Tiny Ninja Rocks!

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Has it been ten years since Ninja Rocks have been enshrined in our California Criminal Code? Yes!

Celebrate by breaking into cars this year, as people are already doing on McAllister Street right near City Hall.

But don’t use a hammer to get car booty. Hammers are heavy.

Use ninja rocks to break windows instead. (They’re super light so they’re easy to carry around.)

Thusly:

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PENAL CODE SECTION 466-469

“466. Every person having upon him or her in his or her possession a
picklock, crow, keybit, crowbar, screwdriver, vise grip pliers,
water-pump pliers, slidehammer, slim jim, tension bar, lock pick gun,
tubular lock pick, bump key, floor-safe door puller, master key,
ceramic or porcelain spark plug chips or pieces, or other instrument
or tool with intent feloniously to break or enter into…”

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.

Video: “Black Bloc” “Street Battle” with SFPD on Oct 6 – “Fuck Columbus Day” – 22 Arrested in the Financh

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Well, yesterday’s West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist March didn’t last all that long, as this four-minute video will show you:

OK then.

(The revolution won’t be televised but it will be on the Facebook, apparently.)

communique:

Columbus Day 2012 marks the 520 year anniversary of the genocidal and ecocidal project of Empire building and colonial expansion that began with the conquistador invasion of this continent and continues to this day through the daily violence and exploitation of global capitalism. 

It also marks the 20 year anniversary of the first American Black Bloc which disrupted the 1992 Columbus Day Parade in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. 

This year during Columbus Day weekend, a West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist convergence is being organized in San Francisco. As a contribution to this effort, we are calling for friends and comrades to gather at 2pm on Saturday, October 6 for a rowdy march through the heart of the city’s financial district. 

We will honor the memories of all those who fought back and resisted the onslaught of empire over the past five centuries by unleashing the power of our own resistance in the very heart of capitalism on the West Coast. We are proud to stand in solidarity with others whose fierce struggles continue to hold off the machinery of domination and exploitation. 

We draw inspiration from the countless struggles of indigenous resistance to capitalist projects of development and expansion: from the mountains of Black Mesa, where elders fiercely protect their way of life in the shadow of a coal mine, to the rebel autonomous municipality of Chéran in Michoacán, México where both the repressive forces of the state and the drug cartels have been expelled while loggers infringing upon indigenous territory have been chased off communal lands, to the far north of Canada where indigenous peoples block roads and disrupt plans for expanding resource extraction while students and radicals in Montreal riot outside the gates of the Plan du Nord summit. These brave fighters motivate us to spread the fires of resistance in the ongoing struggles against colonialism and capitalism. 

It is also fitting that October 7 marks the 11 year anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, another brutal example of colonial domination’s recent manifestations. We invite all those who stand in opposition to Empire and in solidarity with the struggles of the Afghan people to join us on this march. 

The Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist March will gather at Justin Herman Plaza for a rally at 2pm and the march will begin at 3pm sharp. Stay tuned for additional details and ways to get involved. 

This action is part of the Decolonize the New World 2012: West Coast Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist Convergence in San Francisco during Columbus Day weekend. The convergence is being called for by Decolonize and Anti-Capitalist comrades in the Pacific Northwest and Bay Area. 

For more information please visit http://www.decolonizethenewworld.noblogs.org

SFPD:

Officer Injured, Weapons Recovered from Protesters in the Financial District on 10/6/12

On October 6, 2012 at approximately 2:50pm, a group of protesters gathered at Justin Herman Plaza.  The group began a unpermitted march west bound on Market Street.  The group, a number of them wearing black clothing, masks covering their faces, took to the streets disrupting the normal flow of traffic.  Officers arrived in the area and were struck by projectiles thrown at them by members of this group.  One officer was struck in the head and sustained non-life threatening injuries.  The protesters were admonished multiple times that the march was unpermitted and there were causing a public safety hazard. 
When the group failed to leave the roadway, Officers encircled them at California and Battery and the protesters threw flares and bags of paint at the officers.  Some of the bags of paint contained rocks.  A portion of this group ran to the area of Pine and Sansome where they were detained. A number of police officers and their uniforms were covered in paint.
Police made approximately 22 arrests from both locations.  The suspects were arrested on one or more of the following charges: conspiracy, riot, refusing to obey a lawful order from a peace officer and resisting, delaying and obstructing a peace officer, and assault and battery on a peace officer.  A lawful search of the arrested suspects’ backpacks revealed that many were armed with hammers, an ice pick, flares and other weapons and more bags of paint containing rocks.  The suspects vandalized vehicles and businesses as the walked.  Any witnesses to these acts of vandalism are encouraged to notify the SFPD.  Attached are photos of some of the weapons the protesters had in their possession.”
See you next year!

And Now, Another Moment of Zen: Those Crazy Balanced Rocks of Northern San Francisco and Southern Marin

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

I’ll tell you, when you travel hither and yon and you tell people that you’re from San Francisco, what they’ll say in reply is that they visited the 415 and they want to know what kind of glue holds “those crazy rocks from Sausalito together.

I’m seriously.

Anyway, enjoy the reverse angle – from Marin towards San Francisco:

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Balanced rocks – hurray!

And Now, Your Moment of Zen: Those Crazy Balanced Rocks of Northern San Francisco and Southern Marin

Friday, July 15th, 2011

I’ll tell you, when you travel hither and yon and you tell people that you’re from San Francisco*, what they’ll say in reply is that they visited the 415 and they want to know what kind of glue holds “those crazy rocks from Sausalito” together.

I’m seriously.

Anyway, enjoy:

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*Which you know, a lot of people do since saying that is easier than saying the truth: Tracy or Danville or Alamo or San Rafael.

The Mean Little Crabs of San Francisco County are Just Waiting to Pinch You – Pinch, Pinch, Pinch!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Take a look here to see why you shouldn’t go poking around rocky crevices near the waters of San Francisco.

Can you see this critter’s left eye?

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Whatever you do, be careful. You don’t want to end up starring in a crab pinch video, right?

Decorative Rocks Sure Make It Tough to Ride a Bike Down the Middle of the Embarcadero

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Man, these rocks sure make for a bumpy ride.

Whoever put them it ought to get fired.

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In the middle of the road,
Is my private cul de sac.
I can’t get from the cab to the curb,
Without some little jerk on my back,
Don’t harass me kid,
Can’t you tell I’m going home, I’m tired as hell,
I’m not the cat I used to be,
I’ve got a kid, I’m thirty-three baby.
Get in the road.
Come on now,
In the middle of the road.

Cougar vs. Bear – The Eternal Struggle at 8th Avenue Entrance of Golden Gate Park

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

The is the scene at Golden Gate Park‘s Brown Gate near 8th Avenue and Fulton – it’s Bear vs. Cougar in soft metal. Actually, the everyday meanings of both these words have changed over the century since these sculptures went up, so how about Brown Bear vs. Mountain Lion instead?

(San Francisco has more people bears and people cougars than ever. Oh well.)  

Bear has the reach but Cougar appears to want it more.

“We were playing Cat and Bear, you know, and Cat was chasing me and I ran panicked over logs and through streams, you know, maddened with primal terror, you know, and I turned and raked my deadly claws against his howling snout, you know, and I rose to my hind feet, towering, and still bellowing he came, and I mewled and spewed gore from my wounds and snot from my flaring wild maw and… and… and we were locked like lovers and, and, and, and I was encircled by spotted feline bodies and my entrails were hanging out and I tried a savage feral roar but, alas, my force was spent.”

Look for them the next time you pass by on the #5 Fulton.

The Devil Strikes Prada – May Day Attack Actually Improves Look of Italian Retailer

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Just look at what los diablitos did to Prada on the evening of May Day in San Francisco’s Union Square – the anarchists done tore up storefronts on Grant Street. Well that’s par for the course, but the aftermath of the attack on these massive glass doors at the Prada outlet looks so cool that customers couldn’t tell that vandals had dropped by.

People pay good money for this kind of effect, of course.

Store clerks just propped open one of the doors so you could tell that they were open for business and life went on as before. Click to expand:

That looks much better than gauche plywood, doesn’t it? How banal!

Busted tempered glass looks interesting:

What will the Black Block do next?