SFO delays?

So the Internet tells me that there’s crazy rain in the Bay, which means that it looks like Becky and my flights will probably be delayed by a couple of hours tomorrow. Argh.

Cyrus and MC Hammer!

The interview went awesomely! MC Hammer was a gentleman and was happy to let me monopolize his time for the better part of an hour.

After the interview, we totally geeked out, comparing our iPhones — he was giddy over the Labrnyinth game for the iPhone. He was cooler than I ever could have imagined.

San Francisco Public Library online photo archive

I just found this link to the SFPL online photo archive, courtesy of Telstar Logistics.

After spending the better part of an hour perusing the collection, here are my six favorite pics:

1952 Dec. 8.

Written on back: “The beach sand dunes at the foot of the Sunset District was the dumping ground for outmoded horse and cable cars at the turn of the century. They were much in demand by enterprising citizens who converted the old cars into both beach houses and permanent homes. A few exist even to this day.”.

Night view of San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge looking toward San Francisco

1938 June 24

1935 May 2

1933 Oct. 23

On payphones

SF Bay Guardian:

But after the 1989 Loma Prieta quake and after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City, residents found there was still a way to reach their loved ones and let the world know they were OK; they used an old-fashioned communications tool that’s low tech, securely grounded, publicly accessible, and reliable.

It’s called a pay phone.


There is a reason for their survival: Public telephones are one of the stranger cash cows in city finance. Not because of the coins that are fed into them, but rather because of the millions upon millions that companies are willing to pay to put ads on them.

The phone kiosks generate $62 million in advertising revenue annually — and last year the city got $13.7 million of the take, triple what it pulled in from calls.

Transbay Terminal designs released!

The three final selections for the new Transbay Terminal have been unveiled at a ceremony earlier this week.


The proposal: An 82-story tower topped by a wind turbine that includes offices, housing and a hotel next to a transit center that would have fresh food markets and cultural facilities.

The architects: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. The London firm’s current projects include a tower for the World Trade Center site in New York City. Founder Richard Rogers is the winner of the 2007 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the profession’s highest honor. Assisting the Rogers team is SMWM, a San Francisco firm.

The developers: Forest City Enterprises with MacFarlane Partners. Cleveland-based Forest City was a developer of Westfield San Francisco Centre. McFarlane Partners is headquartered in San Francisco and is working with Forest City on the Uptown housing project in Oakland.

Yay shows!

Many of my favorite acts/bands are playing shows in San Francisco in the coming weeks and months:

Eddie Izzard
Marines Memorial Theater – August 6

The New Pornographers
Warfield – September 17

Arctic Monkeys
Bill Graham Civic – September 27

They Might Be Giants
Fillmore – September 30

Also of note:

Youssou N’Dour at the Masonic – November 30
Ira Glass & David Rakoff at Zellerbach (Berkeley) – February 23