Posts Tagged ‘towers’

Man, the Infinity Towers Would be a LOT MORE BALLER without 1 Rincon Sitting Right Next Door

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Rincon Hill on the right and Infinity Towers in the muddle, in the middle:

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Presenting the Infinity Towers Fight Song:

I wish I was a little bit taller
I wish I was a baller
I wish I was a little bit taller y’all
I wish I was a baller
I wish I was a baller
I wish I was a baller

I wish, I wish, I wish

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This Photo is Your Best Shot of Seeing the Blue Angels During San Francisco Fleet Week 2013 – Federal Sequester Blues

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

A photo from the Presidio, from back in the day, from an innocent time when we didn’t know what a “sequester” was, you know, federal-wise:

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But yes, they would fly them jets ‘neath the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Learning From Japan, 2013: Cell Phone Towers Everywhere – Excellent Coverage – How Different From San Francisco!

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Now this is how you get good cell phone service.

A common scene in the Land of the Rising  Sun. These antennas are all over the place:

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If San Francisco is the “World Capital of Innovation,” then every city in Japan is also The World Capital of Innovation.

Wow: A Different Kind of Golden Gate Bridge Sunset Photo – From Famous photographer David Yu

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

(If I ever see the sky this orange, I’ll be sure to call 911, or at least 311, to find out what in the Sam Hill is going on.)

This is an arresting shot, non? 

San Francisco Photographer David Yu does it again:

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Wow, the Best Photo of the Bay Bridge I’ve Ever Seen – Another One From Famous Photographer David Yu

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

This is from the western span, you know, the one with the functional towers:

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Of course, the eastern span, the one they’re still working on decades after the Big One of 1989, will have an ornamental tower. Oh well.

Anyway, this is a nice shot.

 

ZOMG, the Ziptrek Zipline is Coming Back to San Francisco for the Summer of 2011! Just $29 a Ride

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Here’s the news from AkitIt’s ba-aaaack! Its the ZipTrek EcoTours zipline* (or ziplines, as they will have two, side-by-side). Deets are below.

Now, last year, back in 2010, the rides were free, so people were lining up at 3:00 AM. But this year, the cost will be $29, so that will certainly cut down on the riff-raff, and therefore surely shorten the queue.

(And oh, our friends from up in the Great White North just told me that they will be highly disappointed if Edwin Lee, San Francisco’s once (and future?) Mayor chickens out, if he blows off his obligation. Other Mayors have done it and it all worked out fine. See below for one example…)

This could be you:

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The deets:

All guests are required to sign an Assumption of Risks and Release of Liability Agreement (coming soon) before zipping. Under 19 requires signature by a parent or guardian.

The ziplines are gravity fed, so guests do not have to worry about controlling their own speed. Guides are stationed at each tower to connect (launch platform) and disconnect (landing platform) each and every guest. Age restrictions apply and guests must weigh more than 65 pounds and no more than a maximum of 275 pounds.

When:
Summer 2011
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. *

Where:
Justin Herman Plaza at Embarcadero Square, San Francisco, California

* times may vary on certain days”

Will you have the guts to climb a temporary tower (80 feet tall!) just like this one from 2010 to earn the right to tell your friends you rode the Justin Herman Plaza Zip Line?

Just asking.

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But first, you’ll need to wait in line next to the abysmal Vaillancourt Fountain, sign a waiver, and get harnessed up.

Le mise-en-scene.

You’ll ascend the 80 foot tower and encounter a friendly Canadian guide at the top. If you need a pep talk, you’ll get one:

You’ll soon be steadying your nerves by glancing at your jump buddy…

…and then you’ll be off, into the wild bleu.

Sisters doing it for themselves:

Can you see the nervous giggles? There’s your team bonding right there.

And this is what it felt like last year. Everything zooms by with a quickness, and there’s a loud buzzing above your noggin. Some people go upside-down even.

And they’ll totally let you bring a camera to make your own YouTube:

You owe it to yourself to try.

Don’t dissappoint lovely Ashleigh. She brought her Olympic Gold all the way down here last year just so you’d consider Vancouver as the starting point for your next vacation:

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And I’ll tell you, last year the kids from Project Insight were quite amused to see former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown take a run on the fantastic British Columbia Zip-Line near the Ferry Building.

Here’s an account from John Coté.

Willie, sporting cashmere, handed out souvenir mittens (I still have a pair sitting in the back seat of Mom’s Taxi) from Up North:

Then it was time to harness up:

A reluctant exchange of headgear:

It’s go time.

 

Then he was off:

 

Here’s a close-up of those cardinal socks:

The landing tower. Here’s the reverse angle from David Paul Morris

And then a press conference:

His reaction after flying through the sky?

“I was scared as Hell, but there was no way I was going to show it!”

Good for you, Mr. Brown. Will you ride again in 2011?

Anyway, if he can do it, you can too.

See you there this summer!

And get the latest info direct from la source here:

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*Aka flying fox, foefie slide, zip wire, aerial runway, aerial ropeslide, death slide or tyrolean crossing

The Washing Machine & The Curling Iron: Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption & Carillon Tower

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Back in the 1990′s one time, former Mayor Willie Brown had sex, sort of, AFAIK, with my then girlfriend’s then roommate at the top of one of these buildings.

Or maybe it was nearby Cathedral Hill Tower, memory fades…

Regardless, here’s another excellent capture from that wandering troubador The Tens.

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Enjoy!


The Death Star is Everywhere, Fighting Those NIMBYs – We Need MORE Antennas, Hang Those Who Talk of Less

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

You know, I read this and I think, “Wow, five bars on AT&T?* That’s pretty sweet, huh?” I mean, I’d put that info front and center in a craigslist “roommates wanted” ad, and then I’d open the blinds to prove to prospective roomies I was telling the truth.

Hey, why don’t we install a modern communications infrastructure in town** first, and then tune things up for aesthetics later?

D’accord? D’accord!

If AT&T were to start stalking you, it would look like this:

Vaya con Gaia, AT&T. You should put your antennas wherever your engineers think it best.

Proper!

Joe Turner: I’d like to go back to the 415.
Joubert: You have not much future there. It will happen this way. You may be walking. Maybe the first sunny day of the spring. And a van will slow beside you, and a door will open, and someone you know, maybe even trust, will get out of the car. And he will smile, a becoming smile. But he will leave open the door of the van and offer to give you a lift.”

And then, kapow!

*I’ve never used the AT&T myself. I’m spoiled by the mad bars you can get from Sprint 24-7 (except for the basement of the State Building, the EMF Death Zone).

** You know, so we could finally catch up to Dubuque, Iowa or someplace.

 

The Towers of San Francisco: Raygun Gothic Rocketship, Ferry Building, and Coit Tower from the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

First up is the Ferry Building Tower from 1898. It’s a straight-up, four-faced clock tower, the likes of which they’ve been building in Europe for 700 years.

Next up is Coit Tower from 1933. It’s from a woman who had a “special relationship” with firefighters, she had a thing for firefighters. It’s a little different.

Last up is the Raygun Gothic Rocketship from 2009. It’s very different.

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What kind of new iconic (and ironic, that seems to be the trend) tower will we erect in the 22nd century?