Posts Tagged ‘tree’

The Reason Why the Late Winter Cherry Blossoms You’re Seeing in San Francisco ARE NOT Proof of Global Warming

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

What’s that, when you were a mere pup cherry trees blossomed in March or April and now you’re seeing blooms in late January and the start of February?

Like here on Grove yesterday, and all over SF pretty soon:

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But actually, the trees you’re seeing are actually flowering plums, which are known for their early blooms. So what you’re doing is comparing apples with oranges, or cherries with plums.

And actually, the plum blossoms are late this year, at least compared with recent history.

What’s that, plum and cherry are basically the same? NOPE. They’re in the same family, of course, but the flowering plums that you think are cherries are famous for early blooming.

What’s that, you just saw the blooms in Japantown, so you know you saw cherry trees? NOPE. J-town has a lot of new plum trees, for whatever reason.

What’s that, global warming IS happening? Well, no doubt, but that’s not the reason why you think the cherry trees of your youth are blooming three months earlier these days.

I’ll agree that these trees are closely related and that they look very similar.

(If you still don’t believe me, check the Urban Forest Map.)

How the SFMTA Got Me – I Mistakenly Blocked 30 Feet of the Western Addition from Street Sweeping – Street Trees

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Here’s what the signs look like around the corner:

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Good, because it was a Friday.

Oh, here we go:

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But then you get a ticket, anyway.

Whoops. Here’s what the signs actually say:

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(At least this street tree didn’t topple over and kill me, as street trees have killed and injured so many others.)

I can tell you chapter and verse about this nabe, mostly about who got shot where, but I haven’t kept up with the street cleaning signs….

Xtracycle Bicycle Cyclist Gets Into the Holidays with a Rolling Christmas Tree Tableau

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Ho ho ho:

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President Barack Obama Replaced by Elderly White Man on Rec and Park’s Official Holiday Train

Friday, December 12th, 2014

When President Barack Obama was a more popular,* he made the grade in Golden Gate Park:

It was a thing.

But now, he’s been replaced. As seen in December 2014:

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Oh well.

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Actually, I was surprised to see both Obama and Father Christmas on official gov’mint display in Golden Gate Park.

Who will be honored next year…?

*I remember this at Civic Center. The “Hillary People” had some unkind things to say, but it was a real big deal, a memorable event

The Train was Already Full, But Area Cyclist Manages to Squeeze in Anyway

Friday, December 5th, 2014

As seen on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park during RPD’s 85th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting event:

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You’ve Got Less Than 24 Hours to Save This Dead Tree on Fell Street – DPW Gets Serious – “EMERGENCY TREE REMOVAL”

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Saw  a guy on McAllister one time reading a similar notice on a similar kind of sidewalk tree. He was having none of it. He was all, “I fucking know an arborist.” Perhaps Dude saved that one particular tree – I’ll have to check and see if its still there.

But this tree is a goner. Now you’d think DPW would have noticed that this particular tree was dead a loooooong time ago, but better late than never, I suppose.

He’s dead, Jim:

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IMO, DPW should take care of the trees it already has instead of planting new ones, but that’s just me…

Instead of an Orange-and-Black Hoodie Saying “Go Giants,” How About a Orange-and-Black Hoodie Saying “Grow Giants?”

Monday, June 30th, 2014

As seen at the former Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park:

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And oh yes, rest assured that this pullover was “PRINTED IN THE HAIGHT ASHBURY.”

A mere $45…

Painful Press Release of the Week: “SF-Made Amour Vert Stays Close To Home For Its First Retail Store” – $130 T-Shirts?

Monday, June 30th, 2014

[UPDATE: Oh, what I meant to say was:

Local womenswear brand Amour Vert is a favorite for its combination of California cool with French chic—all with a major eco-conscious stamp of sustainability.”

OK fine!]

Here you go, here’s your new T, straight outta “up-and-coming” Hayes Valley:

You see, it’s made out of rayon. Check it.

Here’s your release:

“San Francisco-Made Amour Vert Stays Close To Home For Its First Retail Store

SAN FRANCISCO, June 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Contemporary eco-fashion brand, Amour Vert is happy to announce the opening of its first retail store in its home city of San Francisco. With all garments made and designed within a 20 mile radius, the store is the latest addition to the up and coming Hayes Valley neighborhood.

Amour Vert’s retail space reflects their commitment to sustainability. The environmentally conscious store features ecological ingredients and co-founders, Christoph Frehsee and Linda Balti employed local contractors and local interior design stores to bring the eco-forward store to life. Bringing the environment indoors, a focal point of the store will be a living wall, which the brand is installing with the help of San Francisco native, model and philanthropist, Lily Kwong. The wall will serve as a nod to “green love” – the English translation of the brand’s French name.

About Amour Vert

Based on the principal that women shouldn’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability, Amour Vert proves that it is possible to be both fashionable and environmentally responsible. Using the highest quality organic and sustainable fabrics, Amour Vert, offers style and fashion as well as one of the softest t-shirts in the world. Taking its commitment to the environment seriously, the company developed its T(r)EE program, in partnership with American Forests®, planting a tree in America for every purchase of an Amour Vert t-shirt. Based in San Francisco, Amour Vert’s products are all hand made in California.”

I’ll tell you, I don’t know how our Austrian “neighbors” make fancy “eco-forward” rayon, but here’s how you make regular rayon. Enjoy:

  • Cellulose: Production begins with processed cellulose
  • Immersion: The cellulose is dissolved in caustic soda: (C6H10O5)n + nNaOH → (C6H9O4ONa)n + nH2O
  • Pressing: The solution is then pressed between rollers to remove excess liquid
  • White Crumb: The pressed sheets are crumbled or shredded to produce what is known as “white crumb”
  • Aging: The “white crumb” is aged through exposure to oxygen
  • Xanthation: The aged “white crumb” is mixed with carbon disulfide in a process known as Xanthation, the aged alkali cellulose crumbs are placed in vats and are allowed to react with carbon disulfide under controlled temperature (20 to 30 °C) to form cellulose xanthate: (C6H9O4ONa)n + nCS2 → (C6H9O4O-SC-SNa)n
  • Yellow Crumb: Xanthation changes the chemical makeup of the cellulose mixture and the resulting product is now called “yellow crumb”
  • Viscose: The “yellow crumb” is dissolved in a caustic solution to form viscose
  • Ripening: The viscose is set to stand for a period of time, allowing it to ripen: (C6H9O4O-SC-SNa)n + nH2O → (C6H10O5)n + nCS2 + nNaOH
  • Filtering: After ripening, the viscose is filtered to remove any undissolved particles
  • Degassing: Any bubbles of air are pressed from the viscose in a degassing process
  • Extruding: The viscose solution is extruded through a spinneret, which resembles a shower head with many small holes
  • Acid Bath: As the viscose exits the spinneret, it lands in a bath of sulfuric acid, resulting in the formation of rayon filaments: (C6H9O4O-SC-SNa)n + ½nH2SO4 → (C6H10O5)n + nCS2 + ½nNa2SO4

MONSTERS ARE COMING! – This Shot of a Useless Fence Around a Tree Shows SFGov’s Attitude Towards the Annual Bay to Breakers

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

So would this tree have died without this temporary fence?

It’s like the outsiders, the auslanders, the auslanders are coming!

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April Fools! Those “Cherry” Trees You Saw Blooming in January are Actually Plums – Yes, Even in Japantown – Proof

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Here’s your proof, here’s how things are looking in Buchanan Plaza in April 2014:

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That would be a couple plums on the left and genuine cherry on the right.

Why did people plant plum trees in J-Town? IDK, perhaps to make it look like we had cherry trees blooming in mid-winter?

Anyway, proof promised, proof delivered.