Posts Tagged ‘wave’

Frisco Resorts to “Evaporative Coolers” During Brief Heat Wave

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Do these things work well in the 415? IDK.


My dad called these things swamp coolers.

Anyway, once you’ve set it up with a gallon or so of water, throw the box out your window onto the sidewalks of Fell Street – I’m sure somebody will come by to pick it up…

Special “Rolling Billboard” Advertising Truck Parking on the Sidewalks of Market Street – Your 1st Amendment in Action

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

I’ll tell you, SFGov DOES NOT LIKE these advertising trucks rolling about the streets of San Francisco, but there’s not much Frisco can do about them.

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I suppose a parking ticket would be in order…

Did a “Rogue Wave” Overturn SFFD Marina District’s Rescue Boat? CERTAINLY NOT – How About a Sneaker, Sleeper or Set Wave Instead?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016


There has been speculation among officials that the boat capsized due to a large, rogue wave, although the matter is still under investigation.”

Non, non, non!


Rogue waves (also known as freak waves, monster waves, episodic waves, killer waves, extreme waves, and abnormal waves) are large and spontaneous surface waves that occur far out in open water, and can be extremely dangerous, even to large ships such as ocean liners.”

Ocean Beach aint in open water, right?

So SFGov spokesmodels should pick a different adjective.

How about sneaker wave? You know, the kind that sneak up on the unwary. Or sleeper wave, for the sleepyheaded mariner. Or set wave, if you’re a surfer.

Speaking of which, take a look:


I suppose, if you don’t know what you’re doing, then you could try to pass the buck by calling this a rogue wave (or an Act of God). But that would just go to show that you didn’t know what you’re doing.

Oh here we go, CNN does my job for me here.

How common was the wave what overturned our rescue boat? Was it a once in a day wave, or a once every ten years wave? IDK. But it certainly wasn’t a rogue wave.

If only we had a highly trained branch of the US military stationed nearby, standing by to help people in the water…

Semper Paratus, Gentle Reader

Divisadero Update: Bus Stop That Doesn’t Get You Wet in the Rain Replaced With Bus Stop That Does

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012


That’s the old bus stop, having just been removed and loaded up on a flat bed truck:

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Oh well.

Aesthetics uber alles…

Owner of All-Electric Nissan Leaf Car Smugly Waves Good-Bye to British Petroleum

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012


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Quick question: Is this the front of the car or the rear? Mmmm….

San Francisco’s MUNI Bus Service on Any Given Sunday: Fuck It – Lower Haight, 44 Degrees, Blustery, Waiting, Waiting, Waiting…

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Oh, I’m sorry, it’s spelled “Phuket.”

But close enough:

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And if you wait for MUNI there long enough, that video camera will document your abduction or assault, as it has for others so many times before.

And if you wait even longer, the promise of that bus “shelter” dissipating sine-wave “roof” will be fulfilled by The Big One, you know, the one that will kill thousands.

And if you wait even longer than that, San Franciscans will have an SFMTA that actually is “somewhat independent” of the Mayor.

Keep waiting!

PS: MUNI sucks.

Photographer Alex Mizuno Goes the Extra Mile at Marshall Beach – Getting All Wet Near the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Well first it was all like this, but then it was all like this.

That’s a photographer with all his equipment down there in the briny waters of four-star-Yelp-rated Marshall Beach:

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Let’s be careful out there…

The Crazy Wavy Cloudy Weather of World Series Game 2 – “Looked Like Ghostbusters” – A Painted Sky at 4500 Feet

Friday, October 29th, 2010

This is what our skies looked like during the Second Game of the World Series against Texas last night (and that link has an orange and black pump shot for you foot fetishists / women’s shoe salesmen*).

Here’s the reaction about town:

Allan Hough from Mission Mission tells us that the Environmental Protection Agency Shuts Down Ghost-Busting Operation

Stuart from Caliber SF says That Sky Last Night” “Looked Like Ghostbusters

What do you say?

A lonely airliner at exactly 4000 feet heading towards SFO, just under all the commotion:

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Another look:

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders

*Those categories overlap more than you might imagine…

8th Annual Mavericks Surf Contest Wave Watch Window Starts November 1, 2010 – All the Deets

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Believe it or not, Mavericks, or at least the waiting period for Mavericks, will start up again in just three short months.

(And guess what, I haven’t seen any self-rightous falderal burbling up from San Mateo County lately – that that can only be a good thing.)

As promised, all the deets, below.

Dorian “Doc” Paskowitz at Opening Ceremonies 2009 – ISI Photos, click to expand

Mavericks Gears Up for the 8th Annual Mavericks Surf Contest®

$150,000 Prize Purse Offered for 2nd Year; Initial Sponsors On Board; Enhancements to Epic Contest to be Unveiled in Coming Months

Half Moon Bay, CA/San Francisco, CA – August 3, 2010 – On the heels of perhaps the greatest big-wave surfing contest in history last February, Mavericks is back and bigger than ever. Preparations are underway for the 8th annual Mavericks Surf Contest® showcasing 24 of the world’s finest big-wave surfers battling for the largest prize purse in big-wave surfing.  The 2010/2011 Contest is poised to return to Half Moon Bay, California later this year and will include a number of enhancements to bring Mavericks to an even broader audience, while continuing to honor the spot, the riders, and the local community. 

The Contest Is Back.  Mavericks Surf Ventures is very proud to make this first announcement laying the groundwork for the 2010/2011 Mavericks Surf Contest®, picking up right where last season left off.  The dedicated team has been very busy in the off-season and has just completed a fundraising round that will greatly benefit this year’s event, the riders, the coastside community, and the future of Mavericks and big-wave surfing for years to come. “Our goal is to keep the focus on the soul of the event and respect for the spot, giving the power to the surfers to make ‘the call’ and helping to bring the Mavericks’ ocean phenomenon to a broader global audience,” said Mavericks CEO Keir J. Beadling.

Convergance vs. divergance. See?

Ever more deets, after the jump


Public Not Invited to Mavericks Surf Contest Public Safety Meeting in Moss Beach

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is going to hold a “critical incident debrief” this morning down in Moss Beach – organizers of the 2010 Mavericks Surf Contest have been invited to discuss the 2009-2010 season. The public and the media are specifically not invited. Well, that doesn’t sit well with some down Coastsigh-eeeeede way. Oh well.

Here’s Critical Incident Exhibit A from the 2010 contest on February 13th, 2010, when an unlucky 13 got hammered by the waves:  

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Now check out the new piece from Katie Worth, and then decide if you agree with this:

Mavericks Surf Ventures passes the buck to San Mateo County, County Counsel Michael Murphy passes the buck to Harbor District Manager Peter Grenell who passes the buck to Vandenberg Air Force Base who promptly pass the buck  to Army Corps of Engineers and then  the buck circles back to Mavericks Surf Ventures.”

And leave us travel back to 2006, during another Mavericks contest with crowd injuries. That was the year that Diana Rivers of Redwood City filed a lawsuit after being injured when the crowd on the bluff apparently dislodged some rocks sending them on down towards the beach. Check out this quote in a bit about the 2006 rock slide victims:

“We feel for the Rivers family and it was a terrible accident. But we’ve always regarded safety issues with the utmost importance. All managers have taken and will be taking all measures necessary to provide a safe contest for surfers and visitors.”

IMO, the post-injury palliative cliches from 2006 don’t square with the post-injury palliative cliches from 2010.


To Be Continued…