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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Here Are All the Film Locations From Hollywood's Recent Attempts to Destroy San Francisco, Mapped

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 2:53 PM

A tsunami takes out the Golden Gate Bridge in San Andreas - YOUTUBE/WARNER BROTHERS
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  • A tsunami takes out the Golden Gate Bridge in San Andreas

Hollywood loves to take down San Francisco. Maybe it's our instantly recognizable landmarks. Maybe it's our overweening sense of self-importance. Either way, there's been a surfeit of disaster films focused on flattening Frisco in recent years.

Perhaps due in part to the efforts of Supervisor Mark Farrell and Governor Jerry Brown, an increasing number of those Coit Tower toppling, Embarcadero flooding, and cable car crashing scenes are actually filmed here in the city. 

Now you can check out the exact location of every scene filmed in SF since 2013, thanks to Max Galka of Metrocosm. 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I Can't Stop Thinking About Shade Balls

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 1:53 PM

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The city of Los Angeles completed the process of dumping 96 million 4-inch plastic "shade balls" into the LA Reservoir yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reports, proving that when it comes to dumping millions of plastic balls into the public water supply, LA totally has SF beat. 

According to the LA Times, the shade balls help prevent evaporation and will save three billion gallons of water over ten years. That's apparently worth the $36.5 million price tag (about $0.36 a ball) for the drought-ridden city, especially considering that a tarp would (outrageously) cost $300 million. 

Still, science and cost-saving aside, whoever came up with shade balls was a hilarious, crafty, possibly evil, and presumably rich genius. Who looks at a reservoir, imagines turning it into a bouncy ball pit, and manages to convince the government of one of the nation's largest cities to give him the money to do just that?* A genius, that's who. 

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Dancing Up San Francisco's Steepest Hills

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 2:44 PM

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Here's a Monday afternoon pick-me-up from dancer Karen X. Cheng

On Reddit, Cheng said she spent a week scouting for the steepest hills in San Francisco to make this video. If only a tilt of the camera was enough to flatten them out when we're carrying groceries. 


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Watch This Badass Artist Use a 3D Pen to Doodle the Golden Gate Bridge (VIDEO)

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 11:29 AM


Whether you like it or not, technology is ubiquitous (as are the people who make it). You can't escape the awesomeness and the evilness (take your pick) of technology. Not even artists. 

To be honest, 3D printing/drawing has been one of the many evolving technologies we haven't been able to totally get our head around. Thank God for YouTube. Colorful artist and YouTube user The Official Rainbow Girl posted this very illustrative video of her doodling the Golden Gate Bridge, with the real Golden Gate Bridge in the backdrop, using a 3D pen.

So now we kinda get it: The pen uses plastic which then melts quickly and makes an artist's drawing come off the page. It's hard to explain, so just watch:

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

VIDEO: Seattle Symphony Entertains Passengers on Delayed Alaska Airlines Flight

Posted By on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 8:33 AM

It's pretty safe conclude that a delayed flight is never a pleasurable experience. Unless of course you're lucky enough to get stuck on the tarmac with members of the Grammy-award winning Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Then it's a really good time. 

Passengers aboard an Alaska Airlines flight were abruptly treated to a symphony show this week when members of the Seattle Symphony busted out their instruments and started playing away for miffed, tired, and distressed passengers experiencing a flight delay in Seattle. 

But enough from us, listen to these guys an gals: 

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bear Force One: Adorably Named Helicopter Joins UCSF Medical Center

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 2:41 PM

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Say what you will about the other ventures of tech titans-turned-philanthropists Marc Benioff and Ron Conway, but the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Mission Bay will be an undeniable beacon of hope in some people's lives. So, once we've dispensed with the politics, here's a new added bonus: Bay Area moms and newborns will soon be watched over by the hospital's adorably named "Bear Force One."

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Italian Astronaut Posts Amazing Photo of Bay Area From Outer Space

Posted By on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 1:13 PM

There's always a reliable cache of images showing off the Bay Area, specifically San Francisco, and all its ubiquitous beauty. But rarely do we get to see live pics of the region tweeted from outer space. 

Sam Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman in space, posted to her Twitter account this beautiful image from the International Space Station.  

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Haight-Ashbury Man Creates "Hippie Trap" to Catch (And Release) Feral Hippies (VIDEO)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 4:28 PM

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  • Alleged hippies.

From the creator of the bubble stroller — the one that floods the air with bubbles during Bay to Breakers — comes the Haight Ashbury Hippie Trap, an event event hosted by one man who claims he encapsulated the minds of hippies high on DMT.

The Hippie Trap Guy sprung his cylindrical light show to life just before Christmas Day, drawing revelers that gazed up beneath it and illuminating the Haight Street sidewalk until Saturday when a neighbor whose window faced the throbbing lights complained that it was disturbing the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

"Turns out you can only please 99.9 percent of people," The Hippie Trap Guy said. "The 0.1 percent had their bedroom right next to it, so fair enough."

Apart from the uninteresting electronics and LEDs, this guy constructed the marvel from his daughter’s wiffle ball, two hula hoops he found on the street and spliced together, four dollar store Christmas decorations and a 2-by-4 plank. Oh, and twist ties, a plastic bucket and some clothes lines.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hey, Giants Fans: Now You Can Get Your Own Buster Posey Ringtone

Posted By on Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 8:06 AM

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Our friends at Blue Scout Music sent us some ringtones to pump up our part-time readers, and full-time Giants fanatics, during the postseason. They said they had some fun while creating the tones, and we believe them.

Our personal favorite: 

We asked Joey Prather of Blue Scout Music why the Buster Posey ringtone sounded like something out of a Prince song. His response?

"Buster is always classy," Prather said. "So the music had to reflect that."

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

You Probably Slept Through the Lunar Eclipse, Here Is What You Missed

Posted By on Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 7:38 AM

We tried to give you plenty of heads up yesterday about the gorgeous Blood Moon that made a cameo in San Francisco at about 3 a.m. today. Alas, not even a pretty moon could get you out of bed that early.

No worries, we pulled together some stellar snapshots from around the globe for your post-3 a.m. viewing pleasure. 

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