Posts Tagged ‘south bay’

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:

Click to expand, of course

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.”

Why is Bay Area Congressman Mike Honda So Blue? A Lesson in White Balance

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Somewhere down there in Silicon Valley / San Jose is California’s 15th Congressional District, represented by Congressman Mike Honda, O.K. fine.

Now, this is, or used to be, or still sort of is his official photo, possibly taken in Washington D.C., possibly a digital image that got scanned in, O.K. fine.

Now, was he wearing a white shirt that day? Honda in Bleu:

Can’t tell.

Oh, here were go. This alteration assumes he was wearing a white shirt and that his white hairs are, in fact, white, or colorless or whatever you want to call it. A few clicks yields:

Probably a bit on the purple side but oh well.

But this is what a professional illustrator did, taking things a bit further, white balance-wise and clicks-wise:

Point being, you can’t just scan in a photo and call it day, you gots to make sure that white is still white.

That is all.

 

Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day a Huge Success in Haight Ashbury, Despite Sit/Lie Violations

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

These little gutterpunks think they can just sit down on the sidewalk at the intersection of Haight and Ashbury and eat ice cream all day. Can you imagine?

Anyway, Ben and Jerry’s Free Cone Day 2010 is a huge success today, with the line running the length of four Victorian houses.

Click to expand.

The line at Macy’s Union Square is much shorter, as per usual on FCD. Choose or lose.

Thanks Ben, thanks, Jerry!

Free Cone Day 2010 at Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream: Tuesday Tuesday Tuesday!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

It’s on. Once again, it’s on. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream is having its 32nd Annual Free Cone Day this Tuesday, March 22, 2010 from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 PM. 

There’ll be five four places in San Francisco (79 Jefferson, where you at?) for you to get your cone on. Click onward to see the locations for the South, East, und North Bays on the jump page or just go here to see all locations in northern North America

On Tuesday, this udder will be equipped to dispense four new flavors:

Milk & Cookies - After the company’s recent announcement of its commitment to a full Fair Trade line-up, this new flavor is leading the pack using Fair Trade ingredients. Vanilla Ice Cream with a Chocolate Cookie Swirl, Chocolatey Chip & Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Pieces.

Chocowlate Chip - Fair Trade Certified Vanilla Ice Cream with Fudge Cows. (Available in Scoop Shops only)

Peanut Brittle - Peanut Brittle Ice Cream with Peanut Brittle Pieces and a Caramel Swirl.

Maple Blondie - Maple Ice Cream with Blonde Brownie Chunks and a Maple Caramel Swirl - all in honor of Olympic Medalist Hannah Teter

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mkdougal via Flickr

Or just go for the cone, your choice.

Be aware that the B&J outlet at Haight and Ashbury can get a little crunchy and also quite a bit busy after school lets out. And without the (mostly harmless) sit/lie law on the books yet, look out for this kind of Nevius Nightmare:

Look at them there, they were just sitting / lying on the sidewalks back on Free Cone Day ’08. If I owned a house in the outer East Bay, well, my sensibilities would have been offended and my blood would have been boiling.

Anyway, observe proper Free Cone Day etiquette and…

See you there!

All the places, after the jump.

West Bay: 

Ben & Jerry’s Argonaut
475 Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
           
Ben & Jerry’s Jefferson Street
79 Jefferson Street
Rocket Shop
San Francisco, CA 94133

          
Ben & Jerry’s Fisherman’s Wharf
Pier 41
San Francisco, CA 94133
           
Ben & Jerry’s Macy’s
Macy’s Department Store
San Francisco, CA 94102
            
Ben & Jerry’s Haight Ashbury
1480 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117  

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Yelp Drinks Week 2010 Coming to the West Bay, East Bay, South Bay: Booze Half Off

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

From Laura at the Uptown Almanac comes news of Yelp Drinks Week 2010, a solid week of discounted, “hand-crafted” (no robots, no no no) drinks available at selected joints.

San Francisco: March 1-7

Silicon Valley / San Hoser: March 8-14

East Bay: March 15-21

Soon, you’ll be able to get a $1 cans of Olympia at Oakland’s Kingfish Pub or a “Yelp, I Need Somebody”(?) at San Francisco’s Four Seasons for $7.50 – your choice. Just mention the Y-word and then order away. Deets below.

Here’s the flyer for SF:

Of course there are a few rules:

“Yeah, boyeeeee! Who’s up for a sweet Bay Area-wide happy hour?!?

For three weeks in March, Yelp brings you YELP DRINKS, where you’ll get a chance to sip on lip-smackingly good adult libations at locations that locals love all over the Bay Area! Participating bars and restaurants will feature up to 3 delicious, hand-crafted cocktails for 50% off throughout the promotion. Nothing like saving a few ducks while you get crunk, huh?

San Francisco Yelp Drinks Week: Monday, March 1st – Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Silicon Valley Yelp Drinks Week: Monday, March 8th – Sunday, March 14th, 2010

East Bay Yelp Drinks Week: Monday, March 15th – Sunday, March 21st, 2010

A few quick notes:

1) Though we’re calling this a happy hour, it’s better – Yelp Drinks prices are good all day Monday through all day Sunday *while supplies last.
2) Please tip on the regular price of the drinks.
3) And please, consume responsibly!”

All the places, after the jump

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Minor Bay Area Earthquake of June 6, 2009 – 3.2 on the Richter Scale

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

We certainly could sense it in San Francisco, anyway, but it definitely was smaller than what occurred on March 30, 2009.  No reports of injuries or damage so far.  See the deets below. It felt very small in San Francisco. It felt “short and sharp” to those a mile away from the epicenter in the East Bay. At least one “weenie Texan” transplant “thought it was a five.” And Commenter Jane says “It felt like a big truck drove up the street in Point Richmond.”

Those in the State Building in San Francisco’s Civic Center probably didn’t feel a thing. Mayor Gavin Newsom would probably like to remind you about upgrading your “soft story” structure. And good thing City Attorney Dennis Herrera is Suing  for Seismic Safety Upgrades at the Mirant Power Plant, right?

Gaia is stirring…

 quake

An earthquake occurred at 3:30:56 PM (PDT) on Saturday, June 6, 2009.
The magnitude ? (not yet determined) event occurred 1 km (1 miles) NE of El Cerrito, CA.
The hypocentral depth is 6 km ( 4 miles).


Magnitude 3.2
Time Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 3:30:56 PM (PDT)
Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 22:30:56 (UTC)
Distance from El Cerrito, CA – 1 km (1 miles) NE (37 degrees)
Kensington, CA – 2 km (2 miles) NNW (330 degrees)
East Richmond Heights, CA – 3 km (2 miles) SE (139 degrees)
Berkeley, CA – 6 km (4 miles) NNW (345 degrees)
Oakland, CA – 16 km (10 miles) NNW (339 degrees)
Coordinates 37 deg. 55.5 min. N (37.925N), 122 deg. 17.6 min. W (122.293W)
Depth 6.1 km (3.8 miles)
Location Quality Excellent
Location Quality Parameters Nst= 25, Nph= 25, Dmin=4 km, Rmss=0.1 sec, Erho=0.2 km, Erzz=0.5 km, Gp=39.6 degrees
Event ID# nc40237749
Additional Information map with fault names
Google Earth KML (Requires Google Earth.)
Waveforms

The Minor Bay Area Earthquake of March 30, 2009 – a 4.3 on the Richter Scale

Monday, March 30th, 2009

That didn’t feel so bad in the 415. A little scary at first, for a second or two. After that you could tell it wasn’t going to be a big deal…

Magnitude 4.3
Date-Time
  • Monday, March 30, 2009 at 17:40:29 UTC
  • Monday, March 30, 2009 at 10:40:29 AM at epicenter
Location 37.285°N, 121.620°W
Depth 6.2 km (3.9 miles)
Region NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Distances
  • 18 km (11 miles) N (7°) from Morgan Hill, CA
  • 19 km (12 miles) E (91°) from Seven Trees, CA
  • 20 km (13 miles) ESE (117°) from Alum Rock, CA
  • 25 km (16 miles) ESE (104°) from San Jose City Hall, CA
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 0.1 km (0.1 miles); depth +/- 0.3 km (0.2 miles)
Parameters NST=250, Nph=250, Dmin=7 km, Rmss=0.08 sec, Gp= 58°,
M-type=duration magnitude (Md), Version=1
Source
Event ID nc40234037