Posts Tagged ‘Santa Clara’

Mountain View View, Sometimes – The Boeing 747-200 What They Call Air Force One Right Next to the 101 Freeway

Friday, October 25th, 2013

What you can see from the freeway, sometimes:

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And then you’ll see the support aircraft at and around SFO, in the next county up the 101.

Living on Easy Street, Santa Clara County, California, USA

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

15-Foot Goth Dude Freaks Me Out: This Levi’s Model Should Become the New Mascot of the San Francisco 49ers

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

You know. when Levis Field opens up down in Santa Clara:

As seen on Market Street, it’s Sourdough Samuel:

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The Tiny Town of Santa Clara Says,”I’m a Big Boy Now!” – An Odd 49ers/Super Bowl-Related Press Release

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

“Silicon Valley’s Santa Clara Stadium Awaits 49ers”

YEP. HOW IS THIS NEWS?

“SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 / — The city of Santa Clara is surrounded by San Francisco to the north and San Jose next door to the south. Its population of just over 118,000 is well below these neighboring cities, yet as of August, 2014 the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers will be playing home games in Santa Clara, California. Already longtime headquarters for the team, the city is poised for permanent placement in the national and international sports spotlight.

UH, ACTUALLY, SC, YOU’RE SURROUNDED BY _SAN JOSE_ TO THE SOUTH.

RIGHT?

ALL RIGHT, READ THE REST, GENTLE READER, TO TRY TO SEE THE POINT OF THIS RELEASE. TTFN!

“The $1.2 billion Santa Clara Stadium will have the flexibility to host domestic and international soccer, college football, motocross, concerts, various civic events, and can be expanded for major events such as the Super Bowl. In fact, it has already been announced that the stadium is one of two finalists to host Super Bowl L in February, 2016 or Super LI in February, 2017. The stadium also will be home to the annual NCAA college football Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl beginning in 2014. Santa Clara Stadium will be the first professional football stadium to open with LEED certification, the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability.

Surrounding this unique sports venue is the city’s Santa Clara Convention Center, California’s Great America theme park, high-tech giants including Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems, and many others as well as a variety of major brand and independent hotels. For more details and images of Santa Clara, California and the new Santa Clara Stadium, visit www.SantaClara.org/Media.

www.santaclara.org

CONTACT: David Andre
408.380.1235
david.andre@santaclara.org

SOURCE Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Santa Clara Convention and Visitors Bureau

Web Site: http://www.santaclara.org

GBUS TO MTV: A Confirmed Sighting of an Actual Google Bus on the Streets of San Francisco

Friday, July 6th, 2012

See? It’s black over white:

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And you can barely see, but the caption up there says “GBUS to MTV.”

Which stands for “Google Bus to Mountain View.”

Enjoy your WiFi-enabled reverse commute, Googlers!

 

OMG, San Jose Has a Skyline That You Can See From SF – City Hall, Bank of America Building – They’re Just Like Us!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Well this is the view you can get from Buena Vista Park in the middle of San Francisco.

That’s world-famous* Candlestick Park, Home of the 49ers and the Gold Rush, in the foreground, and in the background camera left is the City of San Jose, California’s third-largest and the Capitol of the Bay Area:

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Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking, “Enhance that image.”

Well here you go, it’s downtown San Jose with all those tall buildings. See? It’s San Jose City Hall, “The 88″ residential building (which is actually only 87 meters high but let’s not dwell** on that), the Bank of America Building (nee Bank of Italy) from 1926, and the “Knight Ridder Building” (per Google Earth, I don’t know what they call it these days).

Oh, and somewhere in the mix there’s also Mineta San José International Airport – Silicon Valley’s Airport and the San Mateo Bridge and the Dumbarton Bridge.***

Anyway, I didn’t know San Jose had a skyline what you can see from the 415.

But don’t look for it to get any easier to spot in the future owing to the fact that that SJC international airstrip is right in the middle of it all and there’s a height limit of 87 meters (I think?) in the area.

So, San Joser has a big, domed City Hall and a tall Bank of America Building and whatnot. They’re just like us!

(Oh, and speaking of the Niners, enjoy our winning football team(s), Santa Clara County.)

*No, not “world-class.” 

**Check it: 

Eighty-eight (88) symbolizes fortune and good luck since the word 8 sounds similar to the word Fā (发, which implies 发财, or wealth, in Mandarin). The number 8 is considered to be the luckiest number of all in Chinese culture and prices in Chinese supermarkets can often be found containing many 8′s (see numbers in Chinese culture). The Chinese government has even been auctioning auto license plates containing many 8s for tens of thousands of dollars. The 2008 Beijing Olympics opened on 8/8/08 at 8 p.m. The shape of the Chinese character for 8 (八) also implies that a person will have a great, wide future as the character starts narrow and gets wider toward the bottom. 88 is used to mean “bye bye”; found in Chinese-language chat, text, SMS, IM. 88 is pronounced in Chinese Mandarin language as “ba ba” (“bā bā” to be precise), simulating the sound of the English language farewell “bye bye”.

And there’s this:

Eighty-eight is used as code among Neo-Nazis to identify each other. H is the 8th letter of the alphabet, so 88 is taken to stand for HH which in turn means Heil Hitler.For example, the number is used in the song “88 rock’n'roll band” by the neo-Nazi group Landser. The late convictedOrder terrorist David Lane wrote “Fourteen Words” and 88 Precepts, and the numbers are often found in combination (1488, 14/88, etc.). This form of the number has inspired the naming of the groups Column 88Unit 88, White Legion 88 and Barselc88. Holocaust museum shooter James von Brunn often signed his writings as “JVB-88.”

***Both of which were featured in the 1992 Robert Redford movie Sneakers. Hurray!

“Redford tries to describe to Strathairn, who is blind, what he heard while in the trunk of a car. He remembers going across a bridge and being in San Francisco it means one of four possible bridges: Golden Gate, Bay Bridge, San Mateo, and the Dumbarton. They rule out the first two and then narrow it down to San Mateo based on the sound and frequency of the seams in the concrete.”

Getting to Know Your New “San Francisco” 49ers Stadium and Testing Your Internet Connection at the Same Time

Monday, June 13th, 2011

If you haven’t seen what the 49ers are saying will be their home come 2015, here it is.

(You kids don’t remember dial-up modems, but this site brings back memories for me. Click, load. Click, load. So much for the “high-speed” connection I have…)

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Are the Niners really going to leave?

Oh well…

OMG, Now You Can Buy Tickets to See the San Francisco 49ers Cheerleaders Tryouts – Just $20, March 31st!

Monday, March 21st, 2011

But for some reason, they’re having the tryouts in Santa Clara or someplace Way Down There.

Isn’t that funny?*

See you there!*

*Not really.

2011 Gold Rush Final Auditions
3/31/2011 7:00 PM
 
 

For the first time ever, Gold Rush Cheerleader auditions are open to the public. Come and watch the final round of women compete for a spot on the 2011 squad.

Date:
Thursday, March 31, 2011.

Time:
7:00pm – 9:00pm. Doors open at 6:45pm

Location:
Santa Clara Convention Center Theater
5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, California 95054

General Admission seating. All tickets are $20 per individual.

 

 

If You Work for Apple, You Can Opt Out of Public Transportation by Riding the Supr Sekrt “Van Ness Express”

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Hurray!

Apple’s Van Ness Express bus taking Apple workers home to the Marina after a long day’s work:

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Can you imaging having to take MUNI and CalTrain to get to work?

(Perish the thought.)

The funny thing is that the taxes that Apple and its employees pay to subsidize transit just don’t even factor in. It’s just easier for them to opt out of the whole system.

Don’t you wish you could opt out too?

 

OMG, the Embarcadero Station Clipper Customer Service Center is Up and Running!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

They promised it, and now it’s here, up and running. Hurray!

Deets below.

“If there was a problem yo I’ll solve it. Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it”

That’s right, the transit kiosk in the Embarcadero Station has been “re-engineered and rebranded.”

Starting Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011, your Embarcadero BART/Muni station is going all-out for Clipper. That means that you’ll have a convenient  place to go if you want to trade-in your damaged Clipper Card ‘n stuff.

“Clipper(SM) Customer Service Centers to Open in San Francisco

Background: The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has re-engineered and rebranded the transit kiosk in the Embarcadero BART/Muni station to focus on Clipper card customer service. In addition to basic card purchase and add-value transactions available at all Clipper retailers (including more than 100 Walgreens stores), the kiosk offers a higher level of service and equipment, allowing travelers to:

– exchange a damaged or defective card for a new one
– receive senior and youth Clipper cards
– use transit benefit vouchers and/or debit cards to load value onto a Clipper card
– get answers to questions about the Clipper program

Clipper is now used to pay fares on 374,000 transit trips each weekday. Participating operators include AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, San Francisco Muni, Golden Gate Transit & Ferry, Dumbarton Express, SamTrans, and Santa Clara County’s Valley Transportation Authority. MTC is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.”