Posts Tagged ‘water’

Front Lawn, Frisco, During the Great Drought of Aught 15-16

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

How would you water this wobbly putting green high up near Turtle Hill / Grand View Park? Do you wait for the rain of Yosemite to accumulate and then make its way through hundreds of miles of the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct to get to Frisco and then have somebody pump it up to your house so that you can waste “America’s Best Drinking Water” for your own suburban-style glorification?

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I think that’s the system, man.

But brown is the new green, man.

Canada Reclaims Our Hideous Vaillancourt Fountain on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day – “Quebec libre!” on the Embarcadero

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Here you go, this was the scene at Justin Herman Plaza last week:

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And here’s the explanation, but I’ve flipped the image so that the English part comes first, ’cause ‘Mericah:

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(I’ve already said my piece on this art piece right here. We should get rid of it.)

But hey, the home-made banner added to it last week is well made. It’s great:

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All the deets:

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day[1] (French: Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste), officially known in Quebec as La fête nationale,[2] (English: National Holiday)[3] is a holiday celebrated annually on June 24, the feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. In Quebec, it is a public holiday[3][4][5] with festivities occurring on June 23 and 24 which are publicly financed and organized by a Comité organisateur de la fête nationale[6] (Organizing Committee of the National Holiday). June 24 is also celebrated as a festival of French Canadianculture in other Canadian provinces[7][8][9] and the United States.[10][11]

A Freeway is Easy to Tear Down, But Hideous Art What Used to Riff on the Same Freeway is FOREVER

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Here you go:

When Vaillancourt designed the fountain, the Embarcadero Freeway or Interstate 480, was still in existence along Market Street and the Embarcadero. The fountain was designed with the freeway environment in mind…”

Kind of like this:

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(Of course this was back when Frisco had cheap water and cheap power.)

But now the freeway is gone.

Long gone.

So what do we need this Vaillancourt Fountain thing anymore for anyway?

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It’s not worth powering the water pumps these days, so that’s one good thing.

But why do we still have this monstrosity???

Three Iconic Vessels on Frisco Bay: Lil’ Yellow Water Taxi, RocketBoat! and USA76, a Reminder of Our Failed America’s Cup

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Here we go:

Lil’ Water Taxi

RocketBoat! (Cue music! DO YOU LIKE LOUD MUSIC? I SAID, “DO YOU LIKE LOUD MUSIC?!” It’s a rocket on the water! It’s ROCKETBOAT!)

USA76 (which Donald Trump would call “a loser.” Sad!)

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They’re all in there. Which do you choose?

See you on the water!

Another Failed Donald Trump Biz: “TRUMP ICE” – But Don’t Drink THIS Kool-Aid – The Label’s Good for a Laugh Tho

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

I LOL’ed when I saw this, as seen on The Donald’s aging corporate jet, the one that used be a low-cost Mexican airliner, from a now-bankrupt airline:

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So, when you’re on Air Trump One, this is supposed to be your souvenir, as if being on ATO equates to being on Air Force One

Good Timez: The Shrooms of Our Presidio, as Seen at Night

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Do not touch, do not ingest:

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I’m srsly

Tire in the Western Addition on Its Side Filled with Rainwater – Oh, So That’s Where the Mosquitoes of the 94117 are Coming From

Friday, November 6th, 2015

One supposes.

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I aint never seen so many ‘skeeters in the middle part of the 415 as I’ve seen lately.

In all my years…

Golden Gate Park is Going Back to Nature a Quarter-Acre at a Time? – Look What’s Growing on This Formerly Grassy Knoll

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Here’s the update for the Panhandle’s formerly grassy knoll between the intersection of Fell / Ashbury and the Panhandle Bathroom:

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So the bacteria is chugging away down there and whatever wants to grow there is a growing. This is quite a change from the quite unnatural and quite thirsty grass what made this little hill look like a small part of a big golf course.

In a way, this patch is almost an experiment ala our California Academy of Sciencese’s Living Roof, non?

To be continued…

Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay During Our Great Drought – The Bay Looks Tough To Get In And Out Of These Days

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Here’s a snapshot from last year

…and here’s a snapshot from this year:

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BETTER THAN REAL: Hey, What’s Better than Real Grass? ARTIFICIAL GRASS, That’s What – Here’s the Truck That Proves It

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

How We Live, 2015:

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