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A Hater’s Guide to the San Francisco Geography of Pixar’s “Inside Out” – Realistic Enough, But a Sort of Generic SF

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Did I say “hater?” Nah, that’s not the case, as Inside Out is a fine film. But as far as far as portraying a realistic San Francisco, it’s no Big Hero Six.

Let’s get the Lloyd Bentsen-style sanctimony out of the way – let me school this new movie:

Inside Out, I served with Big Hero Six.

I knew Big Hero Six.

Big Hero Six was a friend of mine.

Inside Out, you are no Big Hero Six.

(Big Hero 6 is awesome – it’s geographically correct, for the most part. Check it.)

Now we’ll deal with IO’s moving-to-Frisco scenes.

1. Golden Gate Bridge seen from Marin County – This view is all kinds of messed up, IIRC, and I do.

2. Looking up at GGB from its roadbed – Perfect, almost photorealistic.

3. Foot of Market Street near the Ferry Building. – Perfectly fine.

4. 1000 block of Lombard Street – Cars are too small – it’s never that crowded, actually.

5. Red cable car #25 on Hyde Street? – A generic view, but pretty good.

6. 21 Royal Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 – Well, if you’re on the unit (000) block of an alley that goes up a hill and across a regular street to continue on to the 100 block of the very same alley, well, I think we’re out of luck.

Here’s the alley. The telephone pole and blue Recology garbage / recycling can are true-to-life:

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Now here’s the real-life 21 Allen – it’s as close as I can find.

(Let’s not get into driving and parking – the driver does about average, considering he just blew into town.)

So that’s it – Inside Out shows SF well, but it’s not up to the level of other efforts.

(And oh, speaker of haters, they unloaded gallons of Hater-Ade upon poor, poor Cars 2:

The (mostly false) narrative after that was that Pixar got sequel happy and the quality dipped. Cars 2 was as much a passion project for John Lasseter as a merchandising cash cow, and the film did earn $559m worldwide despite lousy reviews and a low (for Pixar) $191m domestic total.”

Cars 2 is awesome, compared with what people say about poor poor Cars 2. Oh well.)

“Sovereign” Beautifully Lordes Over the Western Addition – All Hail Our New Graffiti Royalty – No Curses, Just Cursive

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

As seen in Alamo Square:

However briefly…

You can be my ruler, Sovereign.

The Royal Tenenbaums, West Coast – McAllister Street

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Royal, Ari and Uzi:


OMG, Soccer! It’s the FA Cup Trophy at the British Consulate – Manchester City vs. Club America at AT&T Park This Saturday!

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

What’s this? AT&T Park is going to host its first international soccer match in a half decade this Saturday, July 16, 2011? Well that’s news to me!

Anyway, this was the scene today at the British Consulate, where Manchester City representative Gary Hopkins showed off the hard-won Football Association Challenge Cup Trophy to Acting British Consul General Mary Gilbert .

See? (If you want to see this historic trophy for yourself, it will be at the Union Square NikeTown sometime on Friday, July 15th.)

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So it will be Manchester City vs. Club America at 5:00 PM at AT&T this Saturday. Get your tickets here.

“International soccer powerhouses; England’s Manchester City and Mexico’s Club America are set to play each other in San Francisco, Calif. on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 5PM PST at AT&T Park as part of the World Football Challenge. 

With no shortage of funding, Manchester City (CITY) boasts one of the most star-studded rosters of any league after being owned by the ambitious Abu Dhabi Royal family. CITY is set to take Europe by storm this upcoming season after successfully defeating bitter rival, Manchester United, on their way to conquering the English FA Cup and finishing third in the English Premier League, thus providing automatic qualification in to the European Champions League, the most elite soccer competition on the planet. 

Mexico’s elite Club America is one of the most storied and legendary clubs south of the border with followers numbering in the millions, in Mexico City alone. This is truly an outstanding matchup for all soccer aficionados around the Bay.”

See you there!


ZOMG, It’s BritWeek 2011 in San Francisco! A Fortnight of British-California Events Runs Through May 12th

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Well it’s here, it’s BritWeek in the 415:

BritWeek 2011 will run from April 26th to May 11th in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and until May 12th in San Francisco. As usual, it will highlight the many British links with California, including art and design, literature, music, film and television, technology, business, sport, food and fashion. The program ranges from star-studded red carpet events, to concerts and exhibits, to conferences and symposiums.”

OK then.

Now it just so happens that the British are having a royal wedding during this Fifth Annual BritWeek. So why don’t you be a sport and head over to 1 Sansome #850 in the Financh and sign the royal wedding book? You can use the elocution what you learned by watching The King’s Speech:

“HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton will be married on 29 April 2011, at Westminster Abbey in London. The British Consulate General in San Francisco will be celebrating by engaging the Bay Area community in all of the excitement. The following activities are planned: ~A royal guest book will be available at the Consulate for the public to sign from April 26-28th (9am-4pm)…”

This is exactly what it’ll look like when you’re penning your best wishes:

Via Zillapix

All right, all the deets:

Throughout BritWeek
BritWalk SF:
Fashion • Retail • Hospitality • Restaurants • Offers

Fri Apr 29
Royal Ceremonial Ball Celebrating the Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Wedding. (This Event Is Sold Out)

Fri Apr 29
Celebrate the Royal Wedding with British Invasion Music at Cameron’s Pub in Half Moon Bay

Sat Apr 30
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Performs Elgar

Tues May 3
BritWeek SF is proud to support the Red Cross with an invitation-only VIP reception in the Penthouse of the Fairmont Hotel honoring sponsors and supporters of the Bay Area chapter.

Through May 5
54th San Francisco International Film Festival, featuring British films and coproductions

May 5 – Jun 5
An original Magna Carta on Display at the Legion of Honor. Exhibition organized by the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, made possible by Qualcomm, Irwin & Joan Jacobs, and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Thurs May 12
Business Innovation Awards

See you there!

Brace Yourselves! Queen Meg to Visit Goldman Sachs at the BofA Building on Election Day

Monday, June 7th, 2010

(I’ll tell you, I’ve yet to see one of the many commercials for Meg Whitman for Governor – I guess they don’t have political ads sponsoring Glee, or I’m able to scroll right through them on my VHS, a kind of analog DVR that was popular before you were born. But I’ve seen a few vids against her on the YouTube and, frankly, I didn’t like the claymation one as I thought it was a bit cruel. However, this Queen Meg parody is looking pretty good, so that’s nice. And I’ll tell you, you know who doesn’t like this kind of mockery about queens and royalty and couldyousaysenatorinsteadofma’am? Other Female Electeds of every political stripe, that’s who. They don’t truck with this crap. They consider this kind of thing anti-female, theywouldneversaythataboutamanwouldthey. But you won’t ever hear those beefs, so I thought I’d tell you. Moving on…)

OMG! Queen Meg is coming to visit Goldman Suchs  in the Financh nabe at Noon on primary Election Day,* June 8th, 2010.

“California’s future monarch, Queen Meg, is ‘rich enough to  rule,’ and will be making her case with a royal bus tour of  Her Golden State this June 1 through 8. This satire is inspired by the efforts of Meg Whitman  to undermine democracy with her bottomless campaign  treasury. That’s why Queen Meg says, ‘We can’t afford our democracy, so why not try a monarchy.’”
Look for this dog and pony show at the corner of California and Kearny right next to the Banker’s Heart.

Use your intuitive play/ ’cause maybe we have more play time than money/

For details contact Nato Green
phone: 510-273-2269.

See you there.

*Is this song actually good or am I a delayed victim of 1980’s imprinting / peer pressure / whatnot?