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How to Live in San Francisco Rent-Free for the Long Term – Just Get Yourself an RV, No Problem

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Eventually, NIMBY homeowners, who, you know, have nothing against you personally but they just want you gone gone gone, will contact the authoritahs and here’s what they’ll do. They’ll send somebody over to knock on your door to see what you’re up to.

And here’s what you’ll do: NOTHING. And then the cops will leave. Easy peasy.

Eventually, you’ll get a colony going, you’ll be trading tips and laughing at the uptight NIMBY homeowners, you know, those impotent people.

You’ll be there for years, saving all kinds of money on rent, utilities and whatnot.

Baker, recently:

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Post, a while back:


RV Living is Gaining in Popularity on the Streets of San Francisco

Monday, June 15th, 2009

You can save a lot of money on rent if you buy a mobile home and then start living in it for years on the streets of San Francisco.

All you need to do is fire her up once a week to avoid the street sweepers.

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Still Life in Mobile Homes. Click to expand

What was once a single recreational vehicle on this block is now a motionless convoy in 2009. Mercy me.

On It Goes…

“Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique” Continues at the Legion of Honor Museum

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Here are some more shots of the fantastic Artistic Luxury exhibit at the Legion of Honor Museum.

Read all about it.

Fabergé Imperial Lilies-of-the-Valley Basket, St. Petersburg, 1896. Yellow and green gold, silver, nephrite,pearl, rose-cut diamonds:

That was the Best in Show. Here are some more objets:


Coming up next – eggs, precious eggs, about eight or so…

See you there!

San Francisco Writer Attacks the “Persecution of Barry Bonds” in Playboy Magazine, April 2009

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

San Francisco-based author and journalist Jonathan Littman has a Playboy Special Report coming out in the upcoming April 2009 issue, but you can read the whole thing right now. Here’s some of the stuff Hugh Hefner’s magazine wants you to know:

– New Information Revealed in an Exclusive Report inside the BALCO Steroids Probe –

– Questions Raised About Real Motives Behind the Investigation

Things seemed much happier on San Francisco’s Barry Bonds Day near the Ferry Building back in 2007. Click to expand:

Playboy Special Report: The Persecution of Barry Bonds

‘Previously unknown facts uncovered in Littman’s report include:

 1.  NOVITZKY’S GAME: How Agent Jeff Novitzky got the green light for an unprecedented multi-million dollar IRS witch hunt. Before the 2003 raid on BALCO, before a single headline was ever written, Littman knew that Agent Novitzky, a then unheralded IRS agent, was obsessed with bringing down Barry Bonds.

Was this Playboy shoot of former mistress Kimberly Bell “one of the most liberating experiences of her life?” Yes, per KTVU. 

 2.  PROTECTING BUD: How Novitzky and the BALCO federal prosecutors seemingly protected Bud Selig and Major League baseball, by not calling the Commissioner or baseball’s owners to testify to their knowledge of rampant steroid use in baseball.

 3.  HIDING THE CLEAR: Previous press reports repeated the government account that The Clear, the centerpiece drug in BALCO was an illegal steroid. Secret grand jury testimony of Jeff Novitzky himself reveals that the government knew early on that it was not an illegal drug.

Barry was interviewed in this issue during a happier time a decade and a half ago. See? That’s why you’ve been saving these things:   

 4.  PERJURY TRAP: The BALCO investigation, far from an attempt to clean up sports, was designed to entrap one man, Barry Bonds.  How the government misled Bonds on the day of his Grand Jury testimony and
appears to have to set up baseball’s all-time home-run king on a perjury charge.

 5.  TRUTH TELLER UNMASKED: At the very time Agent Novitzky was given unprecedented powers and funds to trip up athletes in lies, the Treasury opened an investigation that questioned his credibility. The origins of a five-year-old secret investigation that has already caused the lawyer for one BALCO defendant to ask a judge to set aside a conviction and may imperil the Bonds case.

“For more than five years the national media coverage of the BALCO investigation has been fed by a national obsession to shame, humiliate and prosecute athletes for alleged lies about sports doping. In “The Persecution of Barry Bonds” San Francisco based author and journalist Jonathan Littman takes a different view of the greatest steroid sports scandal in history, one that asks what it was all about, and whether the point of the whole multi-million dollar investigation has been to divert attention from the real villains, Bud Selig, the Commissioner of Major League baseball and the owners who profited for more than a decade by a culture of rampant steroid abuse.  The full report is available online now at and will be printed in the April issue of Playboy, on newsstands Friday, March 20.

“Littman broke the inside story of BALCO in May 2004 for Playboy in “Gunning for the Big Guy.” He has reported on this story for nearly six years, filing more than fifty stories on the topic.  Littman has met and interviewed the key players in this drama dozens of times over the past half decade. The only journalist to have interviewed three of the four original BALCO investigators, Littman has attended nearly every trial and hearing in the sprawling, massively covered scandal, from the BALCO trials to the hearings in the perjury case against Barry Bonds, to the Clemens Congressional hearing.

Fantastic New Exhibition at the Legion – Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

Have you gotten a chance to get up to San Francisco’s Legion of Honor Museum to see the new show Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique.

You ought to. It’s fantastic.

See you there!

Kremlin Clock Tower, c. 1913, House of Fabergé Click to expand

Artistic Luxury: Fabergé · Tiffany · Lalique

Opens February 7 at the Legion of Honor

Exhibition Dates:   February 7 — May 31, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO (Feb 6, 2009) — At the end of the 19th century, three ateliers in New York, Paris and St. Petersburg were preparing the final touches on spectacular examples of decorative objects and jewelry for an event with global implications – the 1900 International Exposition in Paris, which would be attended by over 50 million visitors.  There the work of three artists, Peter Carl Fabergé, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Rene Lalique, would be exhibited at the same venue for the first and only time. Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique returns to that historic moment and explores the master techniques and artistry of the three prominent designers ― and the rivalry between them.  The exhibition is organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and will be on view from February 7 through May 31, 2009, at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco.
 Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique brings together nearly 250 objects from more than 40 international lenders including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco, as well as institutions and private lenders in London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, and across the United States.
Exhibition highlights include:
· Seven Easter eggs by Fabergé, including Imperial examples such as the Imperial Blue Serpent Egg Clock owned by Princess Grace of Monaco, one rare Imperial Easter egg by Cartier, and the Imperial Basket of Flowers by Fabergé, as well as bibelots and jewelry designed for the Russian Tsars and their family and later sold by the Bolsheviks. 
· The United States debut of the Magnolia Window by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Studios.  This stained glass window was purchased in Paris in 1901 for the collection of Baron Stieglitz, a close courtier of Tsar Nicholas II in St. Petersburg, and has only recently been exhibited in Russia.
· Major examples of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Favrile glass including vases and a large selection of his incomparable glass lamps.
· Spectacular jewelry featuring diamonds and rare gemstones by Tiffany & Co.
· René Lalique’s extraordinary Art Nouveau designs for artistic jewelry incorporating stylized insects and birds, plant forms, mythical creatures, and idealized female figures. Lalique’s glass will also be featured, including his Frogs and Lily Pads Vase.
· Stylized bronze sculptures of women metamorphosing into butterflies that decorated Lalique’s booth at the 1900 Exposition.

 Artistic Luxury takes a critical look at the development, design, and marketing of each artist and explores how Fabergé, Tiffany, and Lalique responded to the demand for luxury decorative objects at the turn of the 20th century. Although all three designers competed for the same commissions and customers – royalty, political leaders, actors, and captains of industry, each was known for his own characteristic style, which will be displayed through separate galleries devoted to each designer.  In the end, the three artists were united by a common purpose: to elevate the mundane object (umbrella handles, lamps, inkwells, etc.)  into the most luxurious and artistic creations imaginable for their illustrious clientele. Their work became the ultimate status symbol of the Gilded Age.
 The three designers drew inspiration from both historicism, reviving popular motifs from the past, and new currents in design such as Art Nouveau and Modernism.  Fabergé, who catered primarily to the tastes of the Russian and British royal families, was the most conservative in design of the three. Tiffany had the broadest range of customers and gained a reputation for providing the most extraordinary objects of personal adornment.  Lalique pushed the boundaries of his artistry towards the avant-garde and attracted the patronage of influential members of the artistic and literary circles. All three are credited with the elevation of indigenous multi-colored gemstones, in contrast to the profusion of white diamonds and pearls favored by the world’s aristocracy.  Likewise, the use of humble materials such as horn, ivory, glass and hard stones enabled the designers to spotlight their natural colorations and concentrate on the sculptural possibilities inherent in the material.

The 1900 Paris International Exposition
From April through November of 1900, over 50 million visitors attended this international world’s fair where nearly 60 countries presented 85,000 exhibitions of the best of their art and culture, scientific innovations and manufacturing accomplishments.  Visitors were wowed by innovations such as the escalator, the moving sidewalk, the wireless telegraph, the first projected sound films and the world’s most powerful telescope.  The Exposition’s legacy included many grand Parisian buildings that were constructed as venues for the Exposition such as the Grand Palais, the Gare de Lyon, the Gare D’Orsay (now the Musee D’Orsay), the Pont Alexander III and the Petit Palais. The second Olympic Games were held in Paris during five months of the Exposition and included the first female athletes.

Artistic Luxury:  Fabergé Tiffany Lalique is organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Credit Information
The San Francisco presentation is made possible by Major Patrons John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn, Lead Sponsor William Fries II, and sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Goss, II, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Gross and Diana Dollar Knowles.   Generous support was provided by Mr. and Mrs. Adolphus Andrews Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Phillip E. Bowles, Mr. and Mrs. Staffan Encrantz, Mrs. George Hopper Fitch and the Fifth Age of Man Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Clare C. McEvoy Charitable Remainder Unitrust and Jay D. McEvoy Trust, Hurlbut-Johnson Charitable Trusts, and through bequests from Alfred H. Peet, the Evelyn A. Westberg Trust, and the Michael J. Weller Trust.

A catalog, Artistic Luxury: Fabergé, Tiffany, Lalique by Stephen Harrison, Emmanuel Ducamp and Jeannine Falino with contributions by Christie Mayer Lefkowith, Pilar Velez, Catherine Walworth and Wilfried Zeisler (Cleveland Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press, 2008) accompanies the exhibition. 

Visiting the Legion of Honor
The Legion of Honor displays a collection of over 4,000 years of ancient and European art and houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in a Beaux-Arts style building overlooking Lincoln Park and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Address: Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue and Clement Street
  San Francisco, CA 94121, 415.750.3600
Hours:  Tuesday–Sunday, 9:30 am–5:15 pm; closed on Monday
Admission: $20 – adults
 $17 – seniors
 $16 – youths 13–17 and students with college I.D.
  Members and children 12 and under are free.
  ($10 admission for permanent collection only)
General admission is free the first Tuesday of every month ($10 surcharge for Artistic Luxury still applies).

The Hottest Bicycle Party of the Year – WINTERFEST this Sunday

Friday, December 5th, 2008

That’s right. It’s time for another SFBC San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Winterfest this SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY starting at 6:00 PM inside of 934 Brannan Street. You’ll meet tons of people:

See you there!

 Come party with us on Sunday, December 7th 2008

The hottest bike party this year, do not miss the 13th Annual Winterfest member party, auction, art show and SFBC fundraiser. 

WHEN: Sunday, December 7th from 6-10:30pm.
Art preview, Saturday eve 6-8pm
WHERE: SOMArts Gallery, 934 Brannan St at 8th St
Free Valet Bike Parking provided 

Over 1,000 SF bicycling advocates of all stripes — SFBC members, corporate sponsors, local artists and politicians coming together for a festive evening to celebrate the growth of San Francisco bicycling. An occasion to raise a glass to the SFBC & our members for being 10,000 current-members strong!

  • Great deals in the silent and live auctions for new bikes, bike-gear, local artwork and the best local restaurant & health gift certificates and many, many other goodies.
  • Endlessly flowing beer taps courtesy of New Belgium Brewery
  • Booty shaking live music by Brass Mafia, featuring Dublin & grooves by DJ a record player named adam
  • The famously fun photobooth
  • Food provided by Askew Grill
  • A regular who’s who of local politicians, and your favorite bike pals.

$15/Sliding Scale admission for SFBC Members.
$40 for people joining at the door (Includes SFBC membership + admission)

Admission includes:

  • Two New Belgium beer tickets
  • Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages
  • A sense of fulfillment knowing you are supporting San Francisco’s most effective bicycle advocacy organization!

Living Off The Grid Yet On The Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Lots of people would like to live in San Francisco, but rents can be high. So, some just get an RV and just put it in a place where it’s free to park overnight. Which is pretty much everywhere in San Francisco.

Get a quiet Blue Max generator (chugga chugga chugga...) to keep your laptop charged up (but don’t tell the CARB!) and find a free source of WiFi, and then you’ll stay connected when you’re living rent-free in the City. Off the grid.


Still life in mobile homes.

You should be fine as long as you don’t try this in the Sunset district, where they’d run you out of town in a New York minute.