Monthly Archives: July 2010

Chewbacca fights Nazis while riding mutant squirrel

Chewbacca fights Nazis while riding mutant squirrel – Boing Boing.

Perhaps originally from: chewy comission fur on fur.

Posted in found on the web | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the brains!

Split Lip — My Fair Zombie T-Shirt.

Posted in found on the web | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Minor Earthquake and Current Photos

A minor earthquake did no apparent damage, but was a good reminder of what’s at stake in making the buildings along Esplanade Ave. safe. It also gave a great excuse to tour the beach below the properties, look for new dirt falls, and check out the current works along the bluff.

[iframe: width=”425″ height=”350″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ src=”http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=e&doflg=ptm&ie=UTF8&t=h&msa=0&msid=115213187397391141253.00048c24af89b2b710efa&ll=37.679065,-122.505455&spn=0.047551,0.072956&z=13&iwloc=00048c24af8d9a7743699&output=embed”>]
View M3.2 – OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – 2010 July 23 21:29:10 UTC in a larger map

USGS: Magnitude 3.2 – OFFSHORE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, 2010 July 23 21:29:10 UTC

310 and 320 Esplanade Ave as seen from the Beach

As seen from the base of the bluff below the “dog park” by Lands End on Esplanade Ave, this is 310 Esplanade on the center left, and 320 Esplanade on the right.

South end of 320 Esplanade

This view of the south end of 320 Esplanade shows the undercut cement of the apartment patios. On the right is 330 Esplande. It is missing between 40 and 45 of patios, as well as all of its decks and railings. The shredded material below 330 is the remnants of the sprayed cement “shotcrete” wal and soil nails intended to halt the bluff erosion and protect the property.

South end of 320 Esplanade – Detail

The majority of 320 Esplanade continues to rest on solid bluff, but the right corner of the building’s foundation is unsupported. This smaller part of the building was its laundry room. The dangling sandbags and black plastic is all that’s left of a large tarp placed to stop rain and water erosion.

330 Esplanade Bluff and Dirt

The surface of the bluff below 330 Esplanade was sealed with sprayed shotcrete cement. The project to anchor all of the cement with steel rods after only the top three or four courses of rods. The contractor stated that the wall failed because it was incomplete, and recently it has sued the property owner for lack of payment for the work.

Completed Textured Cement Wall Below 360 Esplanade

This is apparently what a finished shot crete and soil nail wall would like. The cement is colored and textured to make it blend with the neighboring sandy bluff.

330 Esplanade Bluff and Wall

The ends of clusters of long metal rods called soil nails are bolted together in rows at the top of the bluff. The sprayed cement sealed the sandy bluff surface to protect it from rain and spray, but was not meant to be the final, permanent outer surface. The project stopped befiore it was done, apparently because the owner did not pay the bills.




For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

South end of 320 Esplanade

This view of the south end of 320 Esplanade shows the undercut cement of the apartment patios. On the right is 330 Esplande. It is missing between 40 and 45 of patios, as well as all of its decks and railings. The shredded material below 330 is the remnants of the sprayed cement “shotcrete” wal and soil nails intended to halt the bluff erosion and protect the property.

Posted in esplanade, local news, photography | 1 Comment

Killed by being swung around by the heels by a circus clown.

Mostly Forbidden Zone – Killed by being swung around by the heels by a….

Posted in found on the web | Tagged | Leave a comment

Tribute to Escher

Interactive computer graphics (CG) 3D panorama – awesome!

Be sure to:

  1. go fullscreen (button top left)
  2. right-click on the image to change the projection. Try “little planet” for ultra trippiness.

Statement by Nico Roig, the artist:

This is … a full CG generated panorama – don’t expect to find it anywhere!

I made it to give special recognition to M.C.Escher’s work, a very talented artist widely known. This impossible world was inspired by Escher’s lithograph “Relativity”. Be careful not to get sick wandering around!

Visit the artist’s web page for more info on this project and access to the rest of his photos and panoramas: http://www.360cities.net/image/tribute-to-escher#58.88,-0.03,16.2

Posted in found on the web | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Right to Bear Arms (Winnie the Hulk)

Art of Andrew: One More I Forgot To Add via Boing Boing Winnie the Hulk.

Posted in found on the web | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Owner misses deadline for plan to save Pacifica cliff apartments – San Jose Mercury News

Cliffside apartment building owner Millard Tong failed to meet a deadline to submit a timeline for repairs to the cliff behind his evacuated building Monday, but building officials said they don’t plan to enforce it.

From Julia Scott and the San Mateo County Times:


For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

Posted in esplanade, local news | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

the routine

Posted in found on the web | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Pacifica Sidewalk Fireworks – 2010 (Photo metadata)

This post accompanies: Pacifica Sidewalk Fireworks – 2010 (Photos)

Image Data without thumbnails

N fileName
rating
title shutter iso focalLength Time
1 _MG_5278.CR2
5
Sidewalk Fountain in Pacifica 1/4 ISO 100 235 mm 9:02:17 PM
2 _MG_5282.CR2
4
Patriotic Display 1/6 ISO 100 400 mm 9:02:27 PM
3 _MG_5283.CR2
5
Black and White Blazing Rebel Fountain 1/2 ISO 100 400 mm 9:02:31 PM
4 _MG_5284.CR2
4
Coast-side Wind 1/2 ISO 100 400 mm 9:02:33 PM
5 _MG_5290.CR2
5
Streamers and Spiders 1/6 ISO 100 400 mm 9:03:49 PM
6 _MG_5296.CR2
4
Tumbling Stars 1/2 ISO 100 400 mm 9:04:02 PM
7 _MG_5304.CR2
5
Slice of Cake 1/10 ISO 100 115 mm 9:05:38 PM
8 _MG_5308.CR2
5
Bangs and Flashes 1/13 ISO 100 235 mm 9:05:58 PM
9 _MG_5309.CR2
5
Spray in Black and White 1/10 ISO 100 235 mm 9:05:59 PM
10 _MG_5322.CR2
5
Nike Guy Having Fun 1/8 ISO 100 100 mm 9:07:01 PM
11 _MG_5333.CR2
5
Noisy Swoop 1/5 ISO 100 105 mm 9:08:51 PM
12 _MG_5334.CR2
5
Question Marked 1/5 ISO 100 300 mm 9:08:57 PM
13 _MG_5345.CR2
4
Green Lightning 1/2 ISO 100 120 mm 9:09:51 PM
14 _MG_5357.CR2
5
Fire Tree 1/5 ISO 100 115 mm 9:11:25 PM
15 _MG_5396.CR2
5
Center Light, Dim 1/40 ISO 100 235 mm 9:13:34 PM
16 _MG_5442.CR2
5
Tiger, new and spent 1/20 ISO 100 330 mm 9:15:59 PM
17 _MG_5443.CR2
5
Jet Burst 1/20 ISO 100 330 mm 9:16:01 PM
18 _MG_5447.CR2
4
Fire, Clouds, Wind, Fog = Fireworks at the Coast 1/20 ISO 100 160 mm 9:16:08 PM
19 _MG_5448.CR2
5
Tender 1/8 ISO 100 160 mm 9:16:11 PM
20 _MG_5472.CR2
4
Wind Tossed 1/13 ISO 100 400 mm 9:17:47 PM
21 _MG_5494.CR2
5
Violet, Green, Red, Orange 1/10 ISO 100 210 mm 9:19:24 PM
22 _MG_5528.CR2
5
A Little Past 2 1/3 ISO 100 100 mm 9:21:55 PM
23 _MG_5530.CR2
4
Fire Dance 1/3 ISO 100 100 mm 9:22:39 PM
24 _MG_5535.CR2
3
Downwind 1/6 ISO 100 100 mm 9:22:51 PM
25 _MG_5557.CR2
5
Preparations 1.6″ ISO 3200 100 mm 9:26:05 PM
26 _MG_5569.CR2
5
Fire, Fog and Light 1/2 ISO 400 190 mm 9:29:22 PM
27 _MG_5570.CR2
5
Lights and Lit 1/2 ISO 400 190 mm 9:29:24 PM
28 _MG_5597.CR2
5
Corkscrews 1/2 ISO 100 130 mm 9:32:11 PM
29 _MG_5599.CR2
4
Golden Hay 1/2 ISO 100 160 mm 9:32:15 PM
30 _MG_5604.CR2
5
Abstract – Dashes 1/25 ISO 100 160 mm 9:32:23 PM
31 _MG_5605.CR2
5
Abstract – Wind 1/25 ISO 100 340 mm 9:32:24 PM
32 _MG_5608.CR2
5
Explosive Gold 1/25 ISO 100 340 mm 9:32:29 PM
33 _MG_5641.CR2
5
Lens Flare Ghost 1/4 ISO 100 100 mm 9:36:46 PM
34 _MG_5781.CR2
5
Fire Flower 1/2 ISO 100 220 mm 9:51:33 PM
35 _MG_5792.CR2
4
Feather Duster 1/4 ISO 100 210 mm 9:52:46 PM
36 _MG_5811.CR2
4
Fire Stack 1/5 ISO 100 100 mm 9:54:16 PM
37 _MG_5817.CR2
4
Abstract – Fire and Flash 1/80 ISO 100 220 mm 9:54:56 PM
38 _MG_5825.CR2
5
Fountain Pops 1 1/6 ISO 100 220 mm 9:55:05 PM
39 _MG_5830.CR2
5
Fountain Pops 2 1/13 ISO 100 340 mm 9:55:25 PM
40 _MG_5857.CR2
5
Abstract – Fire 1/50 ISO 100 340 mm 9:56:13 PM
41 _MG_5864.CR2
5
Looking UP 1/50 ISO 100 340 mm 9:57:08 PM
42 _MG_5866.CR2
5
Zot – BANG 1/15 ISO 100 340 mm 9:57:13 PM
43 _MG_5921.CR2
4
Camera Play 1/6 ISO 100 100 mm 10:06:30 PM

Image thumbnails and data

Image

Title
Filename

Focal Length Shutter Aperture ISO Time Distance

Sidewalk Fountain
in Pacifica

_MG_5278.jpg

235.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:02:17 PM 18.1 m

Patriotic Display

_MG_5282.jpg

400.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:02:27 PM 22.8 m

Black and White Blazing
Rebel Fountain

_MG_5283.jpg

400.0 mm 0.4 5.6 100 9:02:31 PM 22.8 m

Coast-side Wind

_MG_5284.jpg

400.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:02:33 PM 22.8 m

Streamers and Spiders

_MG_5290.jpg

400.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:03:49 PM 22.8 m

Tumbling Stars

_MG_5296.jpg

400.0 mm 0.6 5.6 100 9:04:02 PM 22.8 m

Slice of Cake

_MG_5304.jpg

115.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:05:38 PM 7.42 m

Bangs and Flashes

_MG_5308.jpg

235.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:05:58 PM 7.42 m

Spray in Black and White

_MG_5309.jpg

235.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:05:59 PM 8.36 m

Nike Guy Having Fun

_MG_5322.jpg

100.0 mm 1/8 5.6 100 9:07:01 PM 9.44 m

Noisy Swoop

_MG_5333.jpg

105.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:08:51 PM 12.6 m

Question Marked

_MG_5334.jpg

300.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:08:57 PM 12.6 m

Green Lightning

_MG_5345.jpg

120.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:09:51 PM 10.8 m

Fire Tree

_MG_5357.jpg

115.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:11:25 PM 12.6 m

Center Light, Dim

_MG_5396.jpg

235.0 mm 1/40 5.6 100 9:13:34 PM 10.8 m

Tiger, new and spent

_MG_5442.jpg

330.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:15:59 PM 10.8 m

Jet Burst

_MG_5443.jpg

330.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:16:01 PM 12.6 m

Fire, Clouds, Wind, Fog =
Fireworks at the Coast

_MG_5447.jpg

160.0 mm 1/20 5.6 100 9:16:08 PM 10.8 m

Tender

_MG_5448.jpg

160.0 mm 1/8 5.6 100 9:16:11 PM 10.8 m

Wind Tossed

_MG_5472.jpg

400.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:17:47 PM 14.9 m

Violet, Green,
Red, Orange

_MG_5494.jpg

210.0 mm 1/10 5.6 100 9:19:24 PM 14.9 m

A Little Past 2

_MG_5528.jpg

100.0 mm 0.3 5.6 100 9:21:55 PM 12.6 m

Fire Dance

_MG_5530.jpg

100.0 mm 0.3 5.6 100 9:22:39 PM 14.9 m

Downwind

_MG_5535.jpg

100.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:22:51 PM 12.6 m

Preparations

_MG_5557.jpg

100.0 mm 1.6 5.6 3200 9:26:05 PM 18.1 m

Fire, Fog and Light

_MG_5569.jpg

190.0 mm 0.4 5.6 400 9:29:22 PM 18.1 m

Lights and Lit

_MG_5570.jpg

190.0 mm 0.4 5.6 400 9:29:24 PM 18.1 m

Corkscrews

_MG_5597.jpg

130.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:32:11 PM 14.9 m

Golden Hay

_MG_5599.jpg

160.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:32:15 PM 14.9 m

Abstract – Dashes

_MG_5604.jpg

160.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:23 PM 18.1 m

Abstract – Wind

_MG_5605.jpg

340.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:24 PM 18.1 m

Explosive Gold

_MG_5608.jpg

340.0 mm 1/25 5.6 100 9:32:29 PM 18.1 m

Lens Flare Ghost

_MG_5641.jpg

100.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:36:46 PM 14.9 m

Fire Flower

_MG_5781.jpg

220.0 mm 0.5 5.6 100 9:51:33 PM 14.9 m

Feather Duster

_MG_5792.jpg

210.0 mm 1/4 5.6 100 9:52:46 PM 18.1 m

Fire Stack

_MG_5811.jpg

100.0 mm 1/5 5.6 100 9:54:16 PM 14.9 m

Abstract – Fire and Flash

_MG_5817.jpg

220.0 mm 1/80 5.6 100 9:54:56 PM 18.1 m

Fountain Pops 1

_MG_5825.jpg

220.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 9:55:05 PM 18.1 m

Fountain Pops 2

_MG_5830.jpg

340.0 mm 1/13 5.6 100 9:55:25 PM 22.8 m

Abstract – Fire

_MG_5857.jpg

340.0 mm 1/50 5.6 100 9:56:13 PM 22.8 m

Looking UP

_MG_5864.jpg

340.0 mm 1/50 5.6 100 9:57:08 PM 18.1 m

Zot – BANG

_MG_5866.jpg

340.0 mm 1/15 5.6 100 9:57:13 PM 18.1 m

Camera Play

_MG_5921.jpg

100.0 mm 1/6 5.6 100 10:06:30 PM 12.6 m

This post accompanies: Pacifica Sidewalk Fireworks – 2010 (Photos)

Posted in esplanade, photography | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

November 2009 Bid for work behind 310 and 320 Esplanade

The Current Complaint

On July 2 a lawsuit for breach of contract was filed in San Mateo Superior Court by the subcontractor that did the aerial drilling behind / beneath 330 Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica CA., Drill Tech Drilling & Shoring, Inc., against the the prime contractor. Engineering Soil Resources Inc. Also named in the suit was the owner of 330 Esplanade, Farshid Samsami. The suit alleges that Drill Tech Drilling & Shoring began work as contracted but was never paid. Work behind 330 Esplanade halted in February (Monday or Tuesday 2/15 or 2/16) before it was completed, and subsequently in April failed (for pictures and details see my post Further bluff collapse beneath 320 Esplanade).

You can see the case documents on the San Mateo Superior Court “Open Access” website, Unlimited Civil case, 496610, “Case CIV496610 – DRILL TECH DRILLING VS ENGINEERED SOIL REPAIRS“.

We observed the work with interest since it involved a big red crane hoisting workers in a basket over the coast side apartment building, and it seemed pretty obvious at the time that the work ended abruptly, unfinished. Now it seems we know why the work stopped, but of course do not know why invoices for the work have gone unpaid. Like much else of the story behind the actions on Esplanade, we wait for the details to come out in court.

Buried in the July 2 complaint, however, was a document that appears to reference an altogether different property.

Something Odd: November 2009 Bid

The first attachment in the complaint, presumably intended to represent the contract between the parties (exhibit “A”) does not reference 330 Esplanade at all. Instead it appears to be a bid that Drill Tech submitted to ESR dated November 12, 2009 for a similar soil-nail project to be done for 310 and 320 Esplanade.

November 2009 was weeks before the bluff erosion and collapse that ultimately closed 330, and eventually also shuttered 320 Esplanade.

Here are scans of the pages from the complaint:

..




For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

Posted in esplanade, local news | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Legal mess over Pacifica cliff work grows

A second lawsuit seeking compensation for unpaid construction bills has been filed over the effort to shore up a crumbling cliff that forced the evacuation of two coastside apartment buildings.

Drill Tech Drilling & Shoring alleges that Engineered Soil Repairs owes it $373,100 for work it did to build a retaining wall, according to a lawsuit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court on July 2. That wall was designed to keep any more of the bluff behind the apartments at 330 Esplanade Ave. from tumbling into the Pacific Ocean.

The owner of the vacant 12-unit building, Farshid Samsami, is also named in the lawsuit.

See the whole article for details:


For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

Posted in esplanade, local news | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Downwind Faster Than the Wind – Video from Record Attempt

In the following video something simple happens. The problem is that it seems so counter-intuitive that most people will deny it is even possible.

So what happens? At the start of the video a car-like vehicle with a large propeller stands still, with a strong wind blowing from directly behind it. The operator of the vehicle releases some sort of brake, the propeller slowly starts to turn, and the car starts to move. The car gradually accelerates until it matches the speed of the wind. (As viewers we know this because we can see a wind vane on a pace car point idly, and hear the wind noise on the videographer’s microphone drop to nothing.) The the “impossible” happens. The car continues to accelerate strongly, until it is going quite obviously faster than wind itself. In fact, according to the instrumentation at the test run, the car went about triple the speed of the wind.

I don’t doubt what I’m seeing, there’s too much supporting evidence. I don’t know how it is possible though. At least not yet, but I do suspect some variation of the mechanism that allows catamarans and ice boats to exceed wind speeds, though they do it on what is termed by sailors as a “broad reach”, not a “run”.

Ride Like the Wind (only faster): Video from Richard Jenkins – World Land Speed Record Holder.

Posted in found on the web | Tagged , | Leave a comment