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We Have Signs

From Flickr user Rubin Starset.

Via Laughing Squid:

San Francisco’s Answer to Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Baptist Church showed up to protest in front of Twitter’s San Francisco office on Thursday, but found themselves severely outnumbered by a crowd of absurdist pranksters, including guest blogger EDW Lynch above.

One of the best ways to deal with extremist haters, IMHO.

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Spirit, xkcd.com

A tragicomic comic look at the amazing story of the Spirit Mars Rover.

xkcd.com Spirit via Boing Boing.

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‘Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther’ by A.E. Stallings

He's a Devil in His Own Home Town

Why should the Devil get all the good tunes,
The booze and the neon and Saturday night,
The swaying in darkness, the lovers like spoons?
Why should the Devil get all the good tunes?
Does he hum them to while away sad afternoons
And the long, lonesome Sundays? Or sing them for spite?
Why should the Devil get all the good tunes,
The booze and the neon and Saturday night?

‘Triolet on a Line Apocryphally Attributed to Martin Luther’ by A.E. Stallings via Poetry Dispatch.

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Today’s word is above*

* Not a major entry today, but it

* Not a major entry today, but it’s amazing what you
can do with a spare comma.

My First Dictionary Today’s word is above*.

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Through Their Lens: Bats1234

“This Battlestation Is Fully Operational” by Bats1234

“This Battlestation Is Fully Operational” by Bats1234

Excerpted from Caliber, a must-see photography website with a lot of images from San Francisco:

Talk about your chosen image? When was it taken? Where? Why did you take it? What did you think of your image once processed?

This photo was taken in an open stairway at the Embarcadero Center – a place that has always fascinated me.  The Center is a failed urban experiment of concrete walkways, offices, and businesses.  Built in the late 1960’s and 70’s, it’s bold and cold – a giant habitrail that never quite lived up the planner’s vision of warm and efficient workplace, shopping center, and gathering spot.  The picture captures that – the massive power and abandoned coldness of the Center’s underbelly.

CALIBER Through Their Lens: Bats1234.

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PHD comic: Statistics, Polls and Science…

PHD Comics: 01/20/10 PHD comic: ‘63% of internet readers will like this comic’.

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Sunday 01/24/10 Work on reinforcing the bluff, more rain on the way

Sunday 01/24/10 Work on reinforcing the bluff, more rain on the way

  • From Saturday, KTVU-TV 2 (Fox) PACIFICA CLIFF: Helicopter Video Of Work Beginning Saturday To Shore Up Pacifica Cliff
  • San Francisco Chronicle – SFGate, Spectators riveted as Pacifica buildings teeter. About 15 workers have been toiling through 12-hour days, drilling rebar 50 feet horizontally into the cliffs. When 250 rods have been inserted, crews plan to create a giant sea wall by coating the cliff face with fiber-reinforced concrete, a supervisor for one of the contracting firms, Drill Tech, said Sunday. Sample image, click the article link for details and more images.
  • KGO-TV 7 (ABC) City watches Pacifica apartment project – Amy Hollyfield. This piece combines a confused, incorrect description of the work to reinforce the bluff with a brief excerpt of an interview with Pacifica Mayor Sue Digre. In response to a question about the city’s role, the Mayor responded: “We have no right to tell the building owner what to do.” Ms. Hollyfield ends with an important reminder: “At this point the city hasn’t spent any money on the effort to save this cliff.”
  • 2:40 PM PST SUN JAN 24 2010. National Weather Service: Hazardous Weather Outlook.

    A HIGH SURF ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT ALONG THE COAST…STARTING AT 4 AM
    IN SONOMA COUNTY AND NOON FROM SAN FRANCISCO SOUTHWARD TO MONTEREY
    COUNTY. THE HIGH SURF ADVISORY WILL EXPIRE AT 11:59 PM MONDAY NIGHT.
    PLEASE SEE THE HIGH SURF ADVISORY PRODUCT FOR MORE DETAILS.

    * HIGH SURF ADVISORY…COASTAL HAZARD MESSAGE WHUS46 KMTR SFOCFWMTR *

    IN ADDITION TO THE HIGH SURF…PERIODS OF RAIN ARE FORECAST THROUGH
    TUESDAY WITH THE HEAVIEST RAIN EXPECTED MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
    THERE IS ALSO A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS ON TUESDAY. THE SOIL
    IS SATURATED AFTER A WEEK OF SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL. THEREFORE…
    ADDITIONAL RAINFALL WILL RESULT IN RAPID RUNOFF. STREAMS AND CREEKS
    ACROSS THE AREA WILL RISE QUICKLY IN RESPONSE TO HEAVY RAINFALL.
    MINOR URBAN AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING IS POSSIBLE…ESPECIALLY ON
    MONDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

    =============================

    HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM MONDAY TO MIDNIGHT PST MONDAY NIGHT…

    A HIGH ENERGY WAVE TRAIN IS EXPECTED TO BRING LARGE WAVES TO THE
    NORTH COAST BY DAWN MONDAY MORNING. THESE LARGE NORTHWEST SWELL
    WILL PERSIST ALONG THE COASTAL WATERS THROUGH MONDAY AND WILL
    RANGE FROM 13 TO 15 FEET WITH PERIODS OF 16 SECONDS. SWELL OF THIS
    SIZE WILL PRODUCE LARGE BREAKING WAVES AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS
    WITHIN THE SURF ZONE.

All of my pictures on the Esplanade evacuations:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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/

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Quote For The Day – George Washington and Party Disputes


Much indeed to be regretted, party disputes are now carried to such a length, and truth is so enveloped in mist and false representation, that it is extremely difficult to know through what channel to seek it. This difficulty to one, who is of no party, and whose sole wish is to pursue with undeviating steps a path which would lead this country to respectability, wealth, and happiness, is exceedingly to be lamented. But such, for wise purposes, it is presumed, is the turbulence of human passions in party disputes, when victory more than truth is the palm contended for.”
George Washington, in a letter to Timothy Pickering, July 27, 1795.

via The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

from Quote For The Day.

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comScore: In 2009 Facebook Doubled In Size

Facebook.com Trend

via All Facebook comScore: In 2009 Facebook Doubled In Size.

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Thursday 01/21/10 – 320 Esplanade partially red-tagged and we move out

5:15 or so Thursday morning: a knock at the door, “the bluff had fallen away from the back of 320 Esplanade.” Sleepy, worried, we wondered: do we need to leave now? Then we saw that the ice plant-covered bluff, railing and cement walkway had entirely fallen away from behind the three apartments closest to the vacant, red-tagged building at 330 Esplanade. [See for yourself, Why We Left 320 Esplanade (Photo Gallery).] No question in our minds… even if Doug Rider, Chief Building Official of the city of Pacifica, told us we could stay – we were done. Enough of worrying if the cliff would fall away each night as we went to bed.

Thursday 1/21/2010 Chronology of events, as well as we remember them:

  • Approximately 3:00 AM Friday a lot of the bluff fell away into the rock and surf.
  • 6:00 AM – we get out back to see for ourselves. 45 feet of cement walkway and railing are gone. Since the apartments were 15′ wide, this meant just about exactly 3 apartments-worth of bluff + railing + cement had fallen. Later we heard that 60 to 80 feet total may have fallen but from just our vantage just above the bluff it’s actually hard to tell.
  • I have pictures of the broken railing and missing bluff, and will update this post when I get them uploaded. UPDATE: Pictures are here, Why We Left 320 Esplanade (Photo Gallery).
  • 6:30 AM – voluntary evacuation. Residents of the apartments with the missing cement and railings should clear out. Since 320 Esplanade is two storeys, this meant that 6 apartments should be vacated. We’re not in any of those apartments, but close.
  • 7:30 AM – we’re packing and discussing the situation. We decide once we realize that we’ve had enough of surprises and diminishing safety margins. Calls go out to the moving company that we had on stand-by and friends.
  • Approximately 8:00 to 11:00. PG&E concerned about a pipe rupture wants to shut down service to the entire building. A way is found to shut off just the affected part of the building, and gas is left on for the rest of the building. Apparently if the gas had been shut off, then the entire building would have been red-tagged.
  • 9:00 AM – the rental office at a close-by complex opens. Good news! The apartment we had liked best when we had done all of our looking and exploring back in late December was still available.
  • Approximately 9:00 to 11:00 – Doug Rider, Chief Building Official of the city of Pacifica, changes the voluntary evacuation to a mandatory one. Red tags are a fixed to all 6 doors.
  • An aside: we were incredulous about this decision. It made as much sense to us as would being “a little bit pregnant”. Our only explanation for this is that the engineers and city must plan to monitor the situation so closely that residents will be warned before anything bad can happen.
  • 11:00 – our movers arrive and we start boxing and moving.
  • Of course the time line continued well into Thursday night since we had to box everything, take two trips with the truck, and figure out what to do with a 30 year old but sweet-sounding, well loved piano.

All of my pictures on the Esplanade evacuations:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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/

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They Have Come To An Understanding

Number 1584: They Have Come To An Understanding

From Questionable Content: New comics every Monday through Friday by Jeph Jacques. From Jeph’s FAQ:

I heard you make a living off of this comic. How does that work?
I DO make a living off of the comic. QC has supported my wife and I since September of 2004. We sell merchandise and ad space on the website.

So visit the Questionable Content Store and buy stuff!

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How to price your work | greyscalegorilla/blog

How to price your work | greyscalegorilla/blog.

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