Posts Tagged ‘watching’

If You Go to the Baseball Game, You Probably Ought to Watch the Baseball Game, Non? Giants vs. Rockies

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

At least the good parts, anyway:

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OMG, Your Best Way to Spend $125: 2012 Farallon Island Whale Watching Season Starts May 26th!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Check it, our very own Oceanic Society is kicking off annual Farallon Island whale watching season on May 26, 2012.

All the deets:

WHALE WATCH/NATURE CRUISES TO FARALLON ISLANDS BEGIN MAY 26 
 
San Francisco, California – Oceanic Society’s educational day long boat trips to the Farallon Islands, just 27 miles west of San Francisco, will operate May 26 through November 25, with departures available from San Francisco and Sausalito. 
 
Blue whales (the largest animal to have ever lived on earth), Humpback whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, Harbor porpoises, Risso’s dolphins and Northern right whale dolphins all may be encountered during the whale-watch cruises to the islands and the nearby continental shelf. 
 
An exceptional wilderness area, the Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge is the largest seabird rookery in the eastern Pacific south of Alaska – including nesting Tufted puffins, Pigeon guillemots, Rhinoceros auklets, Common murres, Black oystercatchers and cormorants. The Islands are also a breeding haven and home to California sea lions, northern elephant seals, Steller sea lions, Harbor seals and fur seals. 
 
Though only scientists are permitted on the islands, the abundance of wildlife may be closely observed and photographed from aboard the Salty Lady, Oceanic Society’s 56-foot, Coast Guard-certified vessel. The boat holds 48 passengers. 
 
Experienced naturalists lead each excursion to help identify seabirds and locate whales and interpret their behavior. The naturalists also provide informal discussions on marine wildlife and on the history of the islands. Passengers also benefit from the presence of whale researchers from the Cascadia Research Collective, scientists who have studied these whales since the early 1990’s. 
 
Oceanic Society trips to the Farallon Islands depart Saturdays, Sundays and select Fridays from the Marina Green in San Francisco. Trips begin at 8 a.m. and last about eight hours.  Passengers also have the option of departing at 7:15 a.m. from the Sausalito Clipper Yacht Harbor. The minimum age is 10, and an adult must accompany children under 15.  Participants supply their own food and beverages. 
 
The fee is $125 per person, with special group rates available. The fee includes a copy of “The Farallon Islands: Past, Present, and Future,” a 42-minute DVD produced by the Oceanic Society in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The DVD offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the natural and human history of the Farallon Islands and provides a virtual land tour of the islands. (Additional DVDs cost $15.)
 
Founded in 1969, the mission of the Oceanic Society is to protect marine wildlife and oceanic biodiversity through an integrated program of scientific research and environmental education. An official partner of the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, Oceanic Society has offered educational whale-watch cruises since 1984 and is the only nonprofit organization that offers whale-watch trips year round in the Bay Area. 
 
Reservations for the Farallon Islands whale-watch trips are advised. Please call 415- 256-9941 or 800-326-7491 or register atwww.oceanicsociety.org. For recorded information on current wildlife sightings, call 415-258-8220.

Sea you there!

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!

Late Night Pacific Heights Tableau: Cagney & Lacey and Baker & Banker

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Or maybe the people upstairs from highly-rated Baker & Banker are watching the Food Network:

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Who knows…

Every Seagull in San Francisco was Born on Alcatraz, It Seems

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

If you want to see 1000+ more Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis) taking wing in San Francisco County, head on over to Alcatraz, where half the place seems to be a nesting colony. The things are everwhere these days.

They’re hanging about all over:

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And why not? They’re protected from any kind of threat you’d imagine.

Verily, Alcatraz Island is a kind of Paradise, a resort island for gulls.

Trauma Dies Today: It was Bad for NBC But Was it Good for San Francisco?

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Word comes today from Anna Bloom of the NewYork TimesesesBay Area Blog about how production of NBC’s horrible Trauma TV series will shut down tonight.

Certainly, Trauma has been traumatic for NBC, but what about San Francisco? Would we have been better off without subsidizing this inchoate production? Did we really pay SFPD officers to just hang out around the set for the filming of twelve episodes instead of having the cops do their regular jobs? 

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How does the Scene in San Francisco scheme work? The TV people pay for the cops but then we turn around and give the TV people all the money back?

“What costs are eligible for refund?

  • Fees paid to City Departments for the use or rental of City property, equipment or employees including: Port, MUNI, SPFD [SFPD?], SFFD, DPT, DPW, Treasure Island, Recreation and Parks, and all City buildings
  • All daily use fees paid to the San Francisco Film Commission
  • All payroll taxes paid to the City and County of San Francisco.”

So after Unfortunate, Innocent-Looking Whore In Tube Top and Flip Flops #5 cashes her minimum-wage paycheck for two days of temping (no benefits obviously) and we pay the cops full salary (or full salary plus?) to not do their jobs, what are we left with?

Certainly, Trauma was good for certain people in San Francisco, but was it good for San Francisco and San Franciscans overall? Is this the kind of thing we want to do again? Are there any Lessons to be Learned here?

Mmmmm….

There are Only Eight More Episodes of NBC’s Trauma Left – Let’s Savor Each One.

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Now, I’m not up to speed here – is Glenn the gay guy that just came out? Anyway, find out tonight on Channel 3.

Glenn’s attempt to follow his heart puts his career — and safety — on the line. Meanwhile, Marisa gets a surprise visit from an old friend. Elsewhere, Rabbit helps a patient deal with his devastating loss.”

And guess what? Ratings are up a bit lately. If only certain judgmental people hadn’t been so negative, and if it didn’t cost millions and millions to film old-school, episodic, Hill Street Blues-style television in pricey San Francisco, well who knows, maybe Trauma could have gone a full season.

See this “delicious young lady doctor” tonight:

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And see Aimee Garcia whenever you want, right here. (You know, some people were able to walk off the Hindenburg without a scratch - maybe A.G. will similarly escape Trauma without injury) 

Read about the five reasons Trauma got axed here before you tune in tonight.

Set your Tivo for 9:00 PM.

Trauma is as Good as Cancelled – NBC Picks Up All Its Other New Series for Full Seasons

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Leave us travel back in time to October 21st, 2009, when we last heard from NBC Universal Television Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gaspin and NBC Entertainment chief Angela Bromstad:

Gaspin and Bromstad are expected to make their next key moves to boost NBC’s fortunes within the next few days, when the network will decide the short-term fates of newcomers such as ‘Mercy,’ ‘Community,’ ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘Trauma.’”

Trauma? Don’t they film that in our little town, (the fourth-largest in the whole state, I’m proud to say)? Yes they do! Maybe NBC could commit to nine more episodes (the “back nine”) so we could have a full season of on-location shoots?

Well, here’s the news from last Saturday (the Day Without Wind, incidentally):

“NBC has picked up full seasons of Thursday night comedies “Community” and “Parks and Recreation,” as well as its Wednesday night medical drama “‘Mercy.’”

Well, what about Trauma? Hello-oooo, NBC? Hello-ooooooooo?

Uh oh.

No matter, twirlypopper pilot Aimee Garcia will still maintain her official website regardless of when Trauma gets cancelled. (You all seem to just love her.)

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In light of recent developments, the unofficial NBC Trauma Deathwatch™ over-under date has been officially moved up to: November 30, 2009.

Adjust your wagers accordingly.

Enjoy it while it lasts – a new show (the Halloween one?) is on tonight at 9:00 PM.

[UPDATE: News tonight from the Hollywood Reporter is that Trauma is history as of today, October 28th, 2009. Oh well.]

Will the Makers of NBC’s Trauma Accept Nurses’ Invite to Conference in San Jose?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Get up to speed on the slow-motion car crash that is Trauma here. Finished? Bon, je vous laisse continuer.

Here’s the latest – turns out that the flight nurses are even more pissed off about this show than pilots, paramedics, EMTs and doctors. So, the nurses have invited the Trauma crew down to San Hoser for the 2009 Air Medical Transport Conference to learn a few things about portraying emergency response.

Read all about it, after the jump.

Now let’s hear from an extra on the set. A sample from what Allie Pape of 7×7 magazine had to say about her recent experience making cold hard off of the production of the show – her opinion of Trauma?

“…on life support in the ratings, vapid, seems doomed to a quick and painful death, truly terrible show, headache-inducing, the dialogue painfully bad, the characters pre-packaged, it makes me want to claw out my own eyeballs…”

Ooh, harsh. Harsh but fair.

All right, let’s see here, we got to have a photo – how about pilot Aimee Garcia’s preflight checklist:

Giant chopper? Check

Giant Rabbit? Check

Giant helmet that’s way too big for her melon? Check

Let’s roll:

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As promised, another spanking for NBC, after the jump.

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Filming for NBC’s Trauma Comes to Pacific Heights Thursday and Friday – Cars Will Be Towed

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

I can tell you that one thing that the specific whites of Pacific Heights don’t like is commotion. But that’s what they’re going to get come tomorrow based upon this photo taken by San Franciscan Jeffrey Baker of the tow-away signs that are up there right now.

OMG, Trauma is coming! Will the circling choppers play Wagner ala Apocalypse Now? We Can Only Hope. (Does the digital trickery used by the makers of Trauma look better than Francis Ford Coppola’s analog efforts from three+ decades ago? Discuss.)

The horror, the horror of inconvenience for the sake of Art:

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Local punter Professor Z offers some advice today to the Traumatics:

“The only thing this show has going for it is the San Francisco scenery. Why the decision to exclude compelling characters, story arcs, or central conflicts? This show didn’t have to follow the ER model or the House model, but it should try to adhere to some basic storytelling model.

“I vote for bringing back the Zodiac killer in a three-story arc that offs every character not called Rabbit, then rebooting the show with at least a few C-list actors.”

How wude! Oh well. The good professor is tough, tough but fair.

And oh, check out San Francisco’s Newest Blogger - ebullient, radiant Aimee Garcia:

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(She knows her choppers, anyway.)

Lastly, a message for Pac Heights: Brace, Brace, Heads Down, Stay Down!”

You don’t want to have your car towed. But if that happens, just call DPT at (415) 701-5400 to get your ride back. Ask for the Trauma discount! Obviously, you don’t want to end up like this Craigslister. Oh well

Unfairly towed for Nike Womens Marathon on Sunday? (marina / cow hollow)

Me too! $417 out of the tow yard + another $53 ticket is WAY TOO MUCH. Not to mention I saw no sign of the event on Polk street near Aquatic Park besides the metal fences on the sidewalk ready for deployment at 3am. In addition, the street was completely full of cars at 1:30am, and towing began at 3am….if there were signs, were all these people idiots like me to ignore them? I doubt it. If your car was towed anywhere along the route, and you want to team up to appeal the tow and ticket fines, let me know – dammit. Thanks!