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Pacifica cliff no longer in emergency state (soil nails)

Wednesday December 30, 2009

  • ABC7 KGO-TV Focus of Pacifica cliff repair shifts to second phase. Great story, knits together the end of the emergency phase one repairs and the plans for phase two work to reinforce the top of the cliff.
    • “330 is pretty much completed. Coastal Commission came down and looked at it. We’re going to tune it up a little bit per their requirements,” said engineer Tony Fortunato. The engineers are reviewing several methods for stabilizing the still-eroding top of the cliff. The one they will probably go with is called a “Soil Nailing System.” The City of Pacifica still has to approve the use of a horizontal steel rod system and engineers have to pre-determine precisely what angle to insert them to hold the soil together. If permits are fast-tracked the work could begin in a couple days.
  • SF Examiner, Pacifica cliff no longer in emergency state. According to Tony Fortunato, superintendent at Engineered Soil Repairs Inc., the company hired to put the boulders in place, “The upper bluff is falling as well,” Fortunato said. “We have to fix that somehow.” He said the crews have been considering inserting soil nails, or large metal rods, into the cliff to stabilize it, but said he doesn’t know how long that process would take.
    Perhaps the quote from yesterday’s KGO-TV story was in error when it referred to using metal plates or sheets at the top of the cliff.
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Bill Slowsky’s Career Advice

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All I’m saying is, going to university might give you some other skills you can fall back on, just in case you DON’T get chosen to be a mutant ninja.

The Slowskys – Hide And Seek

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PULL, RUDOLF, PULL! #%^!** LAYOFFS…

Marshall Ramsey

Cartoons and blog http://www.clarionledger.com/mramsey

Editorial cartoonist at the Clarion Ledger of Mississippi http://www.clarionledger.com

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#3839: IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE A PIPE, IDIOT

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ASCII Art Farts #3839: IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE A PIPE, IDIOT.

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Man From Mars, Stanislaw Lem

Stanislaw Lem from “Man from Mars”, translated from the Polish by Peter Swirski

The street sizzled. The clatter of skytrains, the car horns, the rattle of speeding trolleys, the twitter of traffic lights and the massive hubbub of human voices, all seethed in dark blue air, sliced into smithereens by columns of light of all colors and shades. Like giant serpents, endless throngs poured this way and that, filling sidewalks to capacity, lit up by square shop windows and by house lights sinking into the twilight. Freshly watered asphalt hissed under hundreds of car tires. Slithery black and silver bodies of elongated vehicles flitted by, one after another.

Without aim or thought I kept walking, a small indivisible particle pressed into the crowd, letting it carry me like a cork buoyed by waves.

The street breathed, murmured and rumbled, drenching me with cascades of lights and wafts of women’s heavy perfumes, sometimes with the acrid sharp smoke of southern cigarettes, other times with the choking sweetness of opium-laced cigars. Neon letters of dimming and illuminating advertisements scampered frenetically up the fronts of buildings, fountains swooshed upward, wisps of flares and fireworks flickered madly, showering the heads in the crowd with their dying glints.

I walked past gigantic portals shimmering with light, past dark storefronts, past sky-high columns of unfamiliar edifices, wedged into the mobile, multilingual mass of people engaged in a perpetual conversation, and yet more alone than on a desert island. Hands in pockets, mechanically I jingled a couple of nickels, my entire fortune.

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WWB: From Man from Mars by Stanislaw Lem, translated from the Polish by Peter Swirski.

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Thank your parents for both.

Indexed Thank your parents for both..

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Official NORAD Santa Tracker

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Official NORAD Santa Tracker.

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High Wind and Estimate of Property Values

Tuesday December 22, 2009

  • 10:50 PM I found a rough map of the property lines that showed the beach front is actually a part of 360 Esplanade. In this diagram from Zillow.com, a real estate marketplace properties are labeled with estimated values:
    $1.38M – 330 Esplanade
    $1.24M – 340 Esplanade
    $1.33M – 350 Esplanade
    $3.1M – 360 Esplanade
  • 6:30 PM. Pacifica Riptide: Opinion: Beach Armor—Sea Walls Fail to Protect. I agree with the point made by this author, but in the midst of this crisis she chooses not to provide any particular cautions or advice. Probably wise. Anyway the point seems to be: “Every beach that is “armored” will lose near-beach habitat, so that in 10 to 20 years the beach will erode completely. … Instead of trying to hold back the sea (an impossibility), we should plan for habitat to “migrate,” and work around it. The general public will not approve using federal tax monies to keep out the ocean.”
  • 6:30 PM. Windy this morning, crews not working the cranes. KGO-TV 7 Winds slow crews working on Pacifica cliff. Video shows good progress on finishing the access road down from Manor and Esplanade, and the weather makes it clear why the road is needed.
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Mummy Was A Robot, Daddy Was A Small Non-Stick Kitchen Utensil


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Illustrations by E. Benyaminson for Hello, I'm Robot! by Stanislav Zigunenko (Russia, 1989).


A Journey Round My Skull: Mummy Was A Robot, Daddy Was A Small Non-Stick Kitchen Utensil.

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You think of it. Quickly, it’s gone. It can’t stay in your mind because it doesn’t fit with now, doesn’t fit with the whole now style, with what now says yes and no to without thinking. It might be a shard from a pot from a better future.

by Anne Herbert

Peace and Love and Noticing the Details title unknown.

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12/24/09: Free Peets Coffee Day

At participating Peets Coffee’s

via FunCheapSF.com» FunCheapSF | Free & Cheap Things to Do in the San Francsico Bay Area 12/24/09: Free Peets Coffee Day.

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Xmaspunk raygun

Andrew Colunga

Andrew Colunga’s X-maspunk Ray Gun is a whimsical and wonderful device for conquering the universe and defending Santa’s sleigh from marauding Martians.

via Boing Boing Xmaspunk raygun.

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