Posts Tagged ‘san francisco’

Outside Lands 2011

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Outside Lands is a 3-day annual music festival in Golden Gate Park. I haven’t been to it in a couple of years, but I’m hoping to make it this year. Here’s the lineup:

(click to enlarge)

San Francisco: The City of Smells

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Some people have contested my claim that San Francisco is widely known as “The City Of Smells”. I’m not claiming that San Francisco is the only city to sport a distinctive set of scents, much like Paris is not the only city with lights… same idea. I have assembled some photographic evidence of this fact.

Caption: A cloud of a smell envelops downtown San Francisco

Caption: Former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom addresses a crowd of supporters: “If there’s one thing San Francisco is known as, it is The City of Smells.” Newsom continued, “It has been the policy of my administration to preserve and enhance the wide variety of smells that permeate this city, so that they may continue to be enjoyed by all San Franciscans today and for years to come.”

Caption: One of San Francisco’s many hills. The hills were built in the 1970s in order to separate different “scent zones” of the city, giving it the name “The City of Smells”.

Caption: The fire following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake converted many flavors into the smells that San Franciscans take for granted today.

Thanks for reading. I now consider this matter closed.

Bay area footage

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

Here are a couple of videos of the SF Bay Area that I found particularly enjoyable.

The first was taken with some sort of remote-controlled helicopter (I assume that the footage was stabilized in post-processing, because it’s amazingly smooth):

Aerial video – San Francisco from Jason Lam on Vimeo.

(via spots unknown)

This is time-lapse footage of notable scenes around the region:

Another Cloud Reel … from Delrious on Vimeo.

(via andrew sullivan)

Finished moving (mostly)

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

My posting has been sparse lately because I’ve been busy moving to a new apartment in San Francisco’s Mission District. Moving is always a horrendous ordeal, but I’m glad to have made it here. I have plenty more exploring to do in the Mission. It’s by far the most culturally, racially, and economically diverse place I’ve lived. There’s a lot to do around here, easy access to transportation, and our neighbors are pretty cool (everyone in this building is in their 20s, as far as I know). There’s also a great view on the roof as well as a surprisingly-enjoyable trampoline in the back yard. I’ll take some pictures once things are a bit more set up.

And, yes, now I’m one of the “trendy Goolge professionals” ruining the Mission.

Wall art

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Using 5 HD projectors to animate the walls of the San Francisco Mint:

Not sure why I didn’t hear of this earlier- it would have been awesome to see live.

Easter pictures

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Last Sunday I went to Baker Beach and the 2009 Bring Your Own Big Wheel (warning: link has annoying music). This was the first time I’d been to the big wheel race. It’s basically (mostly) adults on children’s big wheel bikes careening down a steep, twisted street on Portrero Hill. In costumes, of course.

Here’s my favorite picture, mostly because of Elmo’s expression:

Watching the race was a lot of fun. Wheels were flying off all over the place, people careened into each other, and the costumes were very entertaining. My favorite costumes were Elmo, duct tape Transformer, bubble wrap guy, and the guy wearing chain mail (you know, for safety).

Here’s the whole set:

I took some videos, as well, but they didn’t come out too well.

A few new header images…

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

Taken during Kowalski’s visit last weekend (mostly on the boat to/from Alcatraz):

View the whole set

I may want to start retiring some of the older ones soon, I just have to figure out which I like the least.


Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

From Richard Florida’s analysis of a recent poll:

happy states are also apparently those greater concentrations bohemians (.43), immigrants (.36 ), and gays (.32), as well as states with higher levels of high-tech industry (.22) or those with more innovative potential.

Wow, what part of the US does that sound like?


I hope you hipsters had fun…

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Last month’s pillow fight cost the city $40,000
(via waxy)

Ocean Beach run

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

I drove over to Ocean Beach today to go running. The weather was perfect: 60 degrees and sunny with a cool wind. I decided to take my camera with me on the run, and stopped in a few places to take pictures:

My route took me north through Ocean Beach up through Lincoln Park and back, then I meandered a bit in Golden Gate Park (mostly to check out the windmill). I think I totaled somewhere between 3 and 4 miles. I hope to go back there tomorrow to explore more of that end of Golden Gate Park.

Eventually I plan on taking the bus to the beach and running back home through the park, or taking the bus there and running to the presidio to take the bus back. I want to explore a bit more first, though.