Posts Tagged ‘seal’

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!

Here’s What Happens to Your Mylar Helium Balloons: They Fly to Middle Farallon Island and Mess with the Sea Lions

Monday, December 30th, 2013

See?

Perhaps from a Raider’s game, or a black celebration:

Steller sea lion with Mylar balloons near Middle Farallon (photo by CS) – click to expand

Get all the deets on westernmost San Francisco from Notes from Smellephant IslandThe adventures of a wayward biologist living with seals on the Farallon Islands”

 

Uh, Are There Really U.S. Navy SEAL License Plates Out There?

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

‘Cause, if so, I’m going to get one for my giant Toyota.

Wouldn’t something like this be badass?

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If a certain course case goes a certain way, that is.

Yeah, that’s the ticket, me and SCORP9, we were SEALS, yeah sure, why not?

(Hey remember when McGarrett was trying to figure out who was killing a SEAL team one by one on Hawaii 5-0? I’ll bet he wouldn’t approve of Navy SEAL license plates…)

“Enrage Them With Fear Until They Feel Justified in Their Violence” – Is That Baby Harp Seal Blood on Sarah Palin?

Monday, March 21st, 2011

I’m betting it’s baby harp seal blood:

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Remembering 2010…

Check Out Our Public Library’s New Kid-Friendly Website: Ahora en Espanol, Chinese

Monday, March 1st, 2010

The San Francisco Public Library is relaunching its website today – check it out, if you’d like.

I don’t know all what the changes are, but you’ll see the differences I’m sure.

If the noisy new kids section irritates you within two seconds, well, that just goes to show you’re not a kid. Turn down your speakers first, Gramps.  

The deets:

SanFrancisco Public Library Re-launches sfpl.org
         
After two years of planning and design, San Francisco Public Library is pleased to unveil its new Web site at sfpl.org.
The new site is intended to be more user friendly and inclusive; it provides a variety of formats to locate online information from SFPL. For example, the online catalog of materials, with a query box located in the upper right hand corner of the Web site, enables patrons to search for materials using either the classic catalog or the new Explore catalog which leverages Web 2.0 technology to offer more items related to a search.
“Among the major new enhancements to our Web site is the ability to offer a wealth of online resources and information to our diverse community, thanks to translated versions of web pages in Spanish and Chinese,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.
SFPL staff devoted time to studying the needs of its patrons and the development of Web 2.0 features and then worked with Desite Design, a San Francisco web development firm, to execute and deploy the new online presence.
The overall site offers a more modern display of information intended to keep library patrons and online visitors better informed about the variety of collections, programs, services and calendar of events provided by San Francisco Public Library.
New links enable all to obtain quicker access to information such as dynamic listings of events linked by branch or by series of interest. Links on each event page make it easier to share information from the calendar. Users also can learn about current highlights at the library through a series of rotating spotlights on the home page.
Online visitors can find information about the branches in the SFPL system by clicking to a dedicated page for each branch. The site also offers Library podcasts and videos and new photo gallery features. To enhance the user experience, the site is programmed with print settings that avoid wasting paper and the ability to change text size for readability.
The children’s section of sfpl.org was also redesigned. The colorful and engaging kid’s site includes a cable car, a seal, Sutro Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge and of course the city’s ever-present fog. Desite worked with illustrator Shawn Rosenberger to create a colorful and interactive area that is very distinct from the main site.

The Happy Jumping Sea Lions of San Francisco Bay

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Wasn’t sure what this critter was at first, but it sure seemed happy jumping around by the weekend anglers at Piers 30 / 32, site of the recent AVP Pro Beach Volleyball event.

Thought it could have been a dolphin. Oh well, maybe next time.

Our only wish, to catch a fish, so juicy sweet. Click to expand:

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Pier fishing fever – catch it!

The Least Politically-Correct Government Seal in All Christendom

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

That award would have to go to the official seal of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

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Sam the Eagle has his talons sunk into the Earth’s northern polar region and he aint letting go.

Seal Commands All Must Attend Black and White Ball

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Our benevolent style leader requests your attendance at Saturday’s Black and White Ball.

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Of course it’s $250 a ticket for seats that “may not have ideal audio quality” and may have “impaired sightlines.”

But that’s a small price to pay for Seal.  

Let’s not disappoint him. Seal has a posse, after all.