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Noe Valley’s 23rd Street Proves Too Much for This Google Bus – Its Rear End Gets Stuck at the Bottom of a Hill

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Oh well:

Via Jim Greer of online gaming site Kongregate – click to expand

Google Bus/

Google Bus/

It’s not your fault

Wouldn’t the Google Bus have been better off on 24th? I think so.

And hey, didn’t former Supervisor Bevan Dufty meet with area NIMBY’s to iron things out a half-decade ago?

I think so. Actually, I know so. It looked like this:

But the wealthy, white, wizened NIMBYs of Noe still weren’t satisfied.

Oh well.

I hope you’re happy, NIMBIES! Look what you made Google do.

(Or maybe the driver just got lost. You’d think he’d have a map with no-go areas marked out.)

(Do Googlers Google on Sundays? Not that I know of, but they go on fun field trips from time to time, wine tastings and the like, I hear.)

I’ll tell you, Google prolly hasn’t been this embarrassed since that federal cop busted the Maps Car in the Presidio.

Here’s the chase, recorded by Google itself:

And here’s the bust, apparently for not getting a permit from the Presidio Trust after the Presidio Trust told Google it would need a permit:

All right, let’s be careful out there, Google!

If You Think You’re Brave, Why Don’t You Open a Wine Shop Called “The Serial Grapist” in Sonoma County?

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Some guy up in Healdsburg just did that, he changed the name of his shop to “The Serial Grapist.

Srsly.

See?

Needless to say, the name change didn’t go well.

Anyway, if you think you’re brave…

UCSF Medical School Continues to Kick Ass, Take Names – Ranks Highly in “America’s Best Graduate Schools” 2012

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

All the deets, below.

The view from Parnassus, where building support columns are covered with tiny black-and-white shots of alum:

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Bon courage, people of UCSF!

The deets, here and after the jump:

UCSF Ranks Among Best Medical, Nursing Schools in Survey

UCSF is ranked among the nation’s top four schools for medicine and nursing, according to a new survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report.

Results are published in the magazine’s 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” which appeared online on March 15, 2011 at www.usnews.com and will be available on newsstands on April 5.

The survey ranks schools according to the quality of training in both research and primary care. UCSF has the only school of medicine in the nation that ranks in the top five in both categories — fourth in the United States for primary care and fifth nationally for research.

The report ranks the UCSF School of Nursing fourth overall and first nationwide in the nursing specialties of family nurse practitioner, psychiatric/mental health clinical nursing, and adult/medical surgical nursing. The university also received top ratings in many medical specialties and scientific sub-disciplines.

The rankings also include previous assessments of other types of schools, which U.S. News surveys, but not on an annual basis. In its most recent ranking, in 2008, UCSF School of Pharmacy was ranked number one. In its most recent ranking, in 2010, the UCSF graduate programs in the biological sciences tied for seventh place, with the specialties of immunology/infectious disease ranked second and neuroscience ranked third. The surveys do not rank dental schools.

“These rankings showcase the high quality of UCSF’s educational and research enterprise across the board,” said UCSF chancellor, Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann. “But moving beyond the numbers, they reflect the excellence and hard work of all the UCSF faculty and staff and the breadth of experience available to every student who comes here to study.”

According to the magazine, the overall medical school rankings are based on two types of data: surveys sent last fall to medical school deans and administrators, and statistical indicators provided by 126 medical schools fully accredited in 2010 by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, as well as by the 20 schools of osteopathic medicine fully accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.

These data measured such factors as acceptance rates, faculty resources, and the number of graduates entering primary care. Research activity also was measured by funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Specialty rankings for medical schools were based on surveys of medical school deans and senior faculty. Rankings for nursing were based on surveys sent to deans, administrators, and faculty at programs in those fields.

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Know Your Monoliths of Market Street – The Crown-Zellerbach Building at One Bush Plaza

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

This monolith looks like it just sidled up to One Bush Plaza all of a sudden one day…

Try to control yourself as you pass by…

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Learn all about the Mad Men-era building at One Bush Street:

“One Bush Plaza also known as the Crown-Zellerbach Building is an office building on from Bush Street and Battery Street at Market Street in the Financial District of San FranciscoCalifornia. The 20 storey 94 metres (308 ft) building was completed in 1959.

The building was once the headquarters of the Crown-Zellerbach, a Fortune 500 forestry and paper products conglomerate acquired in 1986 by the James River Company, which in turn became a part of Georgia-Pacific in 2000. Later it was the headquarters of Hambrecht & Quist. The building was the first significant downtown San Francisco structure erected in the 30 years following the start of the Great Depression, and as such was the first International Style glass curtain wall building in San Francisco and second curtain wall International Style building in the United States, being built shortly after the Lever House.

It is controversial due to the decision for the building to face Bush St. instead of Market St., Market St. being in decline during the time it was built. It is notable for taking up an entire city block and being freestanding. It is directly facing the Shell Building, an iconic Art Deco skyscraper in San Francisco.

The architectural firm of this building was Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill.

Today, 12/11/10 Only: The Kimochi Silver Bells Arts and Crafts Fair at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Gough

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

See you there!

“KIMOCHI’S SILVER BELLS ARTS & CRAFTS FAIRE Saturday, December 11, 2010 (one day only!) 10:00AM-4:00PM
The Event Center at St Mary’s Cathedral 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Conveniently located at the corner of Gough St. & Geary Blvd., walking distance from Japantown.

Free Admission ∗ Free Parking (space available basis) ∗ Free Kimochi shuttle service to/from Japantown (pick-up/drop-off at Peace Plaza on Post St.)

Mark your calendar and have fun as you get plenty of holidays shopping done at this free one-day event featuring handcrafted items made by more than 80 talented Asian and Pacific Islander artisans.

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2010 Silver Bell Vendor List

A THOUSAND WORDS PHOTOGRAPHY
ALAINA SHIU DESIGNS
ASIAN GIFT DESIGNS
ASIAN PAIR
CHIC MODERNE
CLASSIC HAWAIIAN DESIGNS
CREATIVE ACCENTS
CURLEW CRAFTS
CYNTHIA SASAKI DESIGNS
DONNA TOJO
FOUR YAMS
HARTSTRING JEWELRY
HOMIEWEAR4DOGS
ISLAND CLOUD
J. SUGIHARA
KATHY YOSHIHARA DESIGN
KAYOKO DESIGNS
KIMOCHI ARTS & CRAFTS
KIMOCHI CERAMICS
LABIT’S ARTS & CRAFTS
LESLIE DESIGNS
LITTLE BUDDHA BABY
LUV PAWS
LYNN, LAURA & JUDY (ASOBI ARTS)
MI NICHE
MIKO DOLLS/WAW
MINGEI COMPANY
MODERN M
NISHIMURA DESIGNS
OKADA ORIGINALS
PAISLEY AND STRIPES
PERSIMMON DESIGNS
PIGS FLY
RANDALL ENTERPRISES
RM CREATIONS
SEW ASIAN
SHIMADA STLYES
SUGAR CLAY CAFÉ
SUMOFISH
THE HEAD PANDA
TLC QUILTING
TOBI CREATIONS
TOMODACHI8
WAKA OZAWA
WWW CRAFTS
YUME GLASS ART
ST. FRANCIS HALL
CHICKIE BABIES CRAFTS
COLLETTE & JULIE KONDO
DARDIE ISHIDA
DICK YAT NG CHINESE PAINTINGS
ELLEN NAKAI & FRIENDS
FABRICATIONS
FAT RABBIT FARM
GRACEFUL CRYSTALS
HANKO DESIGNS
ISLAND DESIGNS
KAWAII CREATIONS
MADE IN HAWAII
MARIKO III
PATRICIA JEONG
QUILT STYLES OF HAWAII
SENTE
SIENA GLOBAL DESIGNS
THE ASIATTIC/TWO LULUS
HALL A HALL B
FANCY FOUR PAWS
H.S.K. CREATIONS
HUGASUMO
IMEI CHEN
JCCCNC
KAROLYN FUJIMOTO DESIGNS
MIGGY’S ISLAND KETTLE KORN
NATURAL IMITATIONS
ORANGE CATERPILLAR
POLYNESIAN GIFT HUT
HALAU O KA UA LILILEHUA
J-TOWN ARTS
JEANNINE CALCAGNO NIEHAUS
NANCY FUNK CERAMICS
NIKONINA
OMIYAGE/HAPPY SHIRTS
POMEGRANATE DESIGNS
T. MORE CREATIONS
THE LOCAL SPOT/DALIANO DESIGNS

Signs of Life for the Academy of Art’s St. Brigid Church at Van Ness and Union

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

It’s been a long journey for St. Brigid’s Church at 2151 Van Ness but these ironworkers seem to think that the bulk of the necessary fix-up work has been completed.

Check out some of the history from the Academy of Art’s Paul Correa, below

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“A good example is the school’s building at 2151 Van Ness, the former St. Bridget’s church. It was dilapidated, leaking and slated for demolition when the Academy acquired it in 2005. The former owners couldn’t afford the very expensive seismic retrofit it needed, and other buyers weren’t interested for the same reason. In 2005 and ’06, our contractor cleaned up the water damage and did asbestos abatement. That was phase one. In phase two we filed our permit application for seismic upgrading; this was July of 2006. In February 2009, the historic commission granted a certificate of appropriateness for the retrofitting work and ADA improvements … actually all the improvements at that site. We’re planning on starting the seismic work at the end of spring semester. So the work has been going on for 2-1/2 or 3 years. Because it’s a historical building, the process of applying and reviewing the plans to get permits and begin work is challenging and time-consuming. But otherwise it’s typical of the effort that goes into making sure our buildings are safe and meet code. And it will be worth the effort to save a beautiful historic building that was endangered.”

The Tenderloin’s St. Boniface Parish Celebrates 150 Years – Church is 110 Years Young

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

San Francisco’s St. Boniface Parish is celebrating 150 years in San Francisco this month.

It’s an impressive facility, nullus? Check it:

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And a random saint from the massive south wall for good measure, let’s call him St. Peter:

Happy birthday, Saint Boniface Parish!

The Sad End of the WWII-era Locomotives of the Old San Francisco Belt Railroad

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Here’s where they sit now, Numbers 25 and 23 from the oddball San Francisco Belt Railroad. That was the shortline that California started in 1891

These locomotives were built during World War II to haul stuff around the waterfront, but since 1993 they’ve generally been cloistered inside Pier 96, making a few short trips now and then.

As seen at the end of Cargo Way near Heron’s Head Park:

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Here’s what the “roundhouse” used to look like at Sansome and Embarcadero. Check it, the building is still there – can you see where the tracks were?

Tourism is a much more important biz than freight-hauling these days, so don’t look for rail to make a comeback along the waterfront anytime soon. But maybe we’ll get the Fort Mason Tunnel open again for transit, once the goddamn NIMBYs of the Marina stop screaming about it.

Maybe…

Debut of Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet a Huge Success at the Ferry Building

Friday, March 26th, 2010

As promised, famed Taylor’s Automatic Refresher has a new name as of yesterday: Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet.

The reviews are already in for yesterday’s completely free party:

Expectations:  a long line of grumpy people and a halfway decent burger. Reality: A fast moving line with friendly people, friendly staff and a fun event with a DJ. 3 choices, ahi, cheeseburger, kimchee pulled pork. All came with fries and a drink (soda, champagne, beer). I was so surprised that they did the whole meal not just the free burger! The burger was cooked perfectly medium, fries were perfect and beer was good.”

Throw in 1000 free red shirts and it turned out to be quite the shindig. We’re talking crunk crunk, junk junk, drunk drunk.

Ah, Cristal, my T-shirt, and a couple of free ahi burgers – why not?  

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Yesterday’s mise-en-scene:

Verily, it was a “dancin’ on the tables kinda night.”

Bon Chance, Gott’s Roadside!

Actual Trauma on the Set of NBC’s Trauma – Star Aimee Garcia Busts Her Finger

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Lovely “Helicopter Hero” Aimee Garcia had a mishap a few days back in San Francisco while filming a scene for new (and improved?) Trauma.

As she recently related to NBC’s Natalie Morales:

“I was doing a scene where my ex-military boyfriend gets in a fight, and it was scripted that I just stand there … I just got involved. I pulled one actor off of another and they loved it. They said, ‘Keep doing it.’ We did it 12 times and I didn’t realize on the first take I broke my finger.”

Here’s the video from the Today Show.

A finger mishap always makes for good TV of course, especially when you don’t lie about it.  

Let’s hope Aimee can get her left hand back on that giant twirlypopper’s collective control sooner rather than later.

Courage.