Posts Tagged ‘tail’

Forked-Tail Doctor-Killer High Above the 415 – What JFK Jr. Would Have Been Flying a Generation or Two Ago

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Those V-tailed Beechcraft Bonanzas certainly look cool, I’ll give you that.

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However:

“The V-tail design gained a reputation as the “forked-tail doctor killer”, due to crashes by overconfident amateur pilots with high-level skills outside aviation.”

Oh well.

Know Your Wild Animals of the East Bay: It’s Not a Rat, It’s a Muskrat – Video from Peregrinating David Cruz

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

First check out this photo from David Cruz, who’s Everywhere You Want To Be.

Almost cute, huh?

But then check out these fun facts, and the video below, which shows how rat-like it is.

-Muskrats are large rodents that always live near water. They have thick brown fur and a long, furless, scaly tail. They can grow up to two feet long (with tail). Their rear feet are webbed for swimming, and their eyes and ears are very small.
-Muskrats live in marshes, or alongside ponds, lakes, rivers, and streams.
-They could stay underwater for 15 min
-People often kill Muskrats for their fur.
-Muskrats are very important as marsh managers, removing extra plants and making sure waterways are clear. (http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/muskrat.htm)

Keep up the great work, DC!

“TIGRE 99″ has a Tiger Tail on His Motorcycle AND He’s Happy to See You – Leathers by Le Tigre, Of Course

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Kenneth Cole’s dream motorcycle as seen on Bush:

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(And here’s the nightmare.)

All right, keep on keeping on, TIGRE 99!

 

The Humpback Whales of San Francisco County – Meet Mama, Papa and Junior – But Ouch: Big Killer Whale Bite

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

All right, I need to payoff on that headline.

Here are your humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) of San Francisco County, which, of course, includes a whole bunch of ocean (depending on how you look at it.)

A pair of namesake humps. This particular species is not endangered at all – there are tons of them out there.

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Horizontal tale = whale, of course. These things are huge, like almost 50 feet long and weighing as much as older DC-9 jetliners:

Here’s Mama and Papa and Junior, just a pod of freelance whales coming and going as they please:

And here’s what happens when a killer whale takes a big bite out of your hump. Chomp chomp:

Bon courage, cetaceans!

Letting Go in Miraloma Park: What Passes for a Backyard Bird in San Francisco (Hide Your Pets)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Just look at this monster, this Raptor from Miraloma Park:

1/6400th of a one second of Life via torbakhopper – click to expand

Craiglist Founder Craig Newmark lives on this same hill but further down, so he gets smaller backyard birds

Know Your Fireballs: A Giant Meteor High Above California, Nevada, and Arizona This Evening?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Is this the thing that everybody’s talking about tonight?

The LA Times says meteor.

Fireballs FAQ from your American Meteor Society.

Follow men’s eyes as they look to the skies 
The shifting shafts of shining weave the fabric of their dreams 

[UPDATE: Here we go, the impression of a Young Artist, suspiciously over-detailed:

Jill Padilla’s son Juan drew this pic right after seeing the strange lights. (credit: Juan Padilla)

Awesome!

Until next time…

Shooting stars never stop/

A New Raptor Nest for City Hall: Minerva’s Shield No Protection from Pesky Birds

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

An ideal nesting site high above the Polk Street Steps, don’t you think?

It’s protected from the rain and wind and of course there are plenty of rats scurrying about City Hall these days, non?

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This new nest matches the other one the Polk Side has.

How Jumbo is Too Jumbo? Airbus A380, SFO’s New Loadstar Aircraft, Bumps into Stuff Once Again

Monday, June 20th, 2011

I’ll tell you, I have no objection in particular about Airbus A380 superjumbo jets flying into and out of SFO, but over the past few years the arrival of this a/c got oversold, way oversold, by SFO, the old mayor’s office and the new mayor’s office.

They went on and on about how farsighted SFO was to become “A380-ready,” but after these kinds of taxiway incidents worldwide, I gotta ask:

Where’s your Messiah now, SFO?

Oh, here it is, at the Paris Air Show, bumping into buildings ‘n stuff. Sacre Bleu – Une Autre Allision!

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(Don’t call it a wing fence (or winglet or sharklet) the way some journalists do, oh no, call it a wingtip fence. Thusly: “The Superjumbo jet just lost another wingtip fence.)

The deets from Paris:

“While the crew had been informed that the taxiway was clear for the A380, said Airbus, and the aircraft was on the centreline, it hit a building belonging to Aeroports de Paris.”

Oh well.

Hey SFO, why don’t you actually do something by getting your runways farther apart so you’ll be future-ready instead of just A380-ready?

Just asking, SFO Bro.

SFO’s New Terminal Two is Just an Another Airport Terminal, SFO’s New Air France A380 Jet is Just Another Jet

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Is new Terminal 2 at SFO really set to “dazzle?

Sadly no. It’s just another airport terminal right? Let’s keep things in sperpective.

The other dazzling piece of news coming up from Millbrae is Air France saying it will fly in an A380 superjumbo daily from gay Paris during Tourist Season 2011.

The best guess is that the A380 burns about 3% per passenger less than the slightly smaller competition from Boeing. Is that something to get excited about? Not really.

Oh, here we go, here’s an Air France Airbus A380 making friends in New Yawk just yesterday. What a bully! (The YouTube view count  just went from 303 views five minutes ago up to 17,000, so let’s call that going viral.)

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Them A380′s are big, non?

Let’s hope that SFO can manage these big rigs better than JFK!

Anyway, to review, SFO’s New Terminal Two is Just an Another Airport Terminal, SFO’s New Air France A380 Jet is Just Another Jet.

No alarms, no surprises…

“Air France Flight 7 F-HPJD bound for Paris, was taxiing on a runway when its left wingtip struck the tail of Comair Flight 6293, which had just landed from Boston and was taxiing to its gate at Kennedy, one of the nation’s busiest airports…”

The Baby Red-Tailed Hawks of Golden Gate Park Look Like Little Walking Teddy Bears, Sometimes

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Viscous little teddy bears what crave raw meat 24-7, of course.

Anyway, this one looked like it was about to go for a walk high above Stow Lake:

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