Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
"When the dust gets thick on the back window of his Mini Cooper, Scott Wade uses it as a canvas to create temporary works of art.
"Wade lives off the unpaved Roadrunner Road north of San Marcos, which dusts the back windows of his car and gives him the canvases..."
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Rather than the obligatory large outdoor sculpture that developers use to apologize for (and draw attention away from) their 'cube factories', this London office park has installed a novel Rolling Bridge.
(cf This sculpture in front of the Bank of America building at California and Kearny. Locals call it 'the bankers heart')
Thanks Apartment Therapy SF
Monday, June 26, 2006
A few months ago Lani and I saw this movie starring Anthony Hopkins as the stoic Burt Munroe.
I was born 40 miles from where Burt lived, but I hadn't heard of Burt Munroe or his speed records until now. As a boy, it seemed to me that driving very fast in a straight line, or around a large banked oval track, or over the 1/4 mile, had more to do with automotive engineering than driver skill(As speeds have increased, my opinion has changed).
Invercargill, Southland and even Gore get mentioned in this movie! What an interesting story. I cringed through the first hour, thinking all manner of bad events would befall our hero. I worried for him in the lonely Invercargill suburbs, then worried for him more when he and his motorcycle reach LA. I only began to relax and enjoy the movie when he reached the Bonneville salt flats and got down to business.
Images from Indianmotorbikes.com
Sunday, June 25, 2006
These cars sold for over $2m in the late 80's when the market for Ferraris was hot. Today they change hands for around $1m.
June 26th, 2007
Thanks to an anonomous tip, and to the help of members of FerrariChat forum, I have come to the conclusion that this is not a real Ferrari 250 California Spyder.
After comparing this car to the car used in the movie "Ferris Buellers Day Off", I conclude that it is not one of those cars.
Thanks to the helpful people at FerrariChat, I've concluded that this is a reproduction of a 250 California Spyder, using some Ferrari parts.
Here is one of the forum comments:
"Based on the pictures, I'd guess it's a rebody of a later model Ferrari. Gauges, other trim pieces are from a newer model. Motor is a Ferrari motor, but looks larger than a 250. I'd guess that this is a rebody of a 330 or 365 2+2. But it's just a guess."
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
My Miniature Trailer tow bar arrived by UPS on Wednesday, and I spent two hours today attaching it to the car.
1) shows the car on axle stands with the rear bumper removed
2) the bumper reinforcement removed
3) the tow bar is attached behind the bumper reinforcement. You can see the 1.25" square receiver hitch above the exhaust pipes
4) and 5) the bumper cover is replaced, and the job is complete
Today was 62˚ and foggy in the Inner Sunset of SF. This is the normal cycle here. If we get three hot days, then the fog comes back.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Marco van Hout of Design and Emotion explains:
"After we have created website experiences that were focused on retrieving information, it is now the experience itself that has the focus in Web 2.0 developments.
"Even though many criticise the terminology of Web 2.0, I believe it is not such a bad thing to find the right name for an existing and developing phenomenon. Web 2.0 is all about experience... the web is not site-centric anymore, but user-centric. Where with Web 1.0, 1.5, etc. it was all about providing people with information and that was it, Web 2.0 refers to all of those sites that provide an experience."
Good examples are Flickr, del.icio.us, and Wikipedia.
103˚ when I left Fremont, and 70˚ at home in San Francisco.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
When I left work in Fremont at 4pm the thermometer on the Mini read 99˚ and stayed there until I got to Oakland, where it dropped to 85˚. It was still 85˚on the Bay Bridge and the Central Freeway in SF. It then dropped to 77˚ at the Pan Handle to Golden Gate Park near where we live.
A 22˚ temperature difference between the East Bay and the Inner Sunset of SF is typical. And sometimes the difference is even more dramatic: Driving up the Peninsula, it can be in the 90s at Redwood Shores. Then at Daly City I can take off my sunglasses and turn off the air conditioning because the fog has rolled in.
Tomorrow will be the first Spare the Air day. BART, MUNI, and most other public transportation in the Bay Area will be free so as to reduce pollution.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006
I see all types of ships on SF Bay when I'm cycling near Crissy Field and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Oil tankers, container ships, barges, cruise ships, Pilot vessels, Coast Guard rescues, tugs, ferries etc. Now I can figure out what I've seen by watching a time-lapse graphic of the ships. The ships are represented by colored vectors. Pause the time lapse feature and click on a vector to get the ships name, speed and dimensions. That's just so cool!
Thanks MetroBlogging San Francisco
Categories:San Francisco, Gadgets
Sunday, June 18, 2006
This Vixen 21 was parked on Marinship Way in Sausalito.
The 1986 Vixen 21 used a BMW 6 cylinder turbo diesel and a Renault 5-speed gearbox both mounted at the back. The roof has hinges on the right side for added headroom when parked. The selling points for this RV were fuel economy, handling, and it could be parked in a standard carport. Motoring journalists praised it for being fun to drive. Less than 400 BMW engined Vixens were built at the Pontiac, Michigan factory. Interestingly, they all have the BMW roundel on the front!
(A later model used a GM 3.8L V6/automatic, and had a higher fixed roof)
Saturday, June 17, 2006
I'm using a new Firefox based Browser called Flock to write this. I have Flickr open in the top bar and delicious is open in the side bar. That's everything I need.
Flock co-founder and Chief Executive Bart Decrem says the web is no longer "a big library, a collection of documents to search and consume". He says that people are spending a lot more time sharing on the Web.
So this browser just might be perfect for blogging.
Blogged with Flock
Friday, June 16, 2006
Gehry's cardboard furniture designs are from 1971!
I liked the chairs because the design appears to use the slight flex of the layered cardboard for comfort.
This table uses tempered glass for a smooth top surface.
(BTW Glass shops that repair storefronts will usually keep the old tempered glass from the front doors. The glass is strong and makes a good tabletop. Plus it's tempered, so it's up to code.)
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Monday, June 12, 2006
I think about using the cheap products from Ikea to make other things. Like using these solid berch boxes to make a copy of this Blue Dot bookcase
But design student Kieren Jones takes this concept to a higher level.
From website Moco Loco:
"Kieren Jones uses IKEAs best selling products, the Poang chair and Bumerang clothes hangers, to create new products such as a sled, a stags head and a crossbow that fires IKEA pencils."
Sunday, June 11, 2006
The Mini Cooper S has twin exhaust pipes that exit under the bumper at the center rear of the car. Up until now the only way to fit a tow bar was to buy the Mini Fini Sport-Link and custom attachments, and then cut holes through the rear bumper. But now there's an excellent alternative that uses the existing hole for the center mounted reverse light, and a standard 1 1/4" tow hitch!
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Friday, June 09, 2006
If your (North American market) car is a 1996 or newer model, you can plug this gadget into the wiring harness and have a car 'computer' that displays rpm, mpg, coolant temperature, distance to empty, maximum speed, battery voltage, intake air temperature ...
Installation involves plugging the connecting cable into the wiring harness under the dashboard. That's it! $170.
Thanks Gizmodo and ThinkGeek
Categories: Cars Gadgets
Thursday, June 08, 2006
This area near 8th and Townsend has the San Francisco Design Center and dozens of furniture stores. You could spend days going through all the warehouses. I started looking through the Design Center, but I tired after covering just one floor of the building. Outside, next to the new sidewalk, were parked these Minis. On the other side of the street pedestrians are still walking in traffic.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
We're getting closer to moving to our new apartment at 8th and Kirkham. Tomorrow evening we meet with the other owners for our first co-op meeting and social get-together. I'm dying to get the keys to our new place so I can take measurements for furniture and rugs.
The first room to furnish will be the bedroom. Our new bedroom will be smaller, so we need a queen size bed that's not too massive. This cantilever bed design from Zeitraum might be the ticket. It appears to hover above the floor, giving the illusion of lightness and space.
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Townsend Street between 4th and 7th remains unimproved (and this is not a street worthy of preservation) while new development takes place all around it: The Embarcadero, Giants Stadium, 3rd street light rail, residential towers, SF Design Center...
This must be one of the last streets in The City without a sidewalk. The south side of the street is bordered by a chain link fence that encloses the Caltrain rail yard. And the north side is bounded by warehouses. On both sides of the street cars are parked perpendicular. When you get off the train at 4th and Townsend, you have to walk along the street between the moving traffic and the parked cars. It's all very uncivilized.
But now the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is working to add a footpath and bike lanes on Townsend, and we can help by signing their online petition.
Photo from SFBC
Monday, June 05, 2006
On the way home today I saw this rare electric Corbin Sparrow on Highway 880 in Fremont.
The first Sparrow was built in 1996, and sold for $13,900. The later model seen here sold for $17,000. The body is a fiberglass monocoque holding four batteries up front and four batteries under the seat. Top speed is 65mph and the range is 30 miles. It uses belt drive to the rear wheel, and has three disk brakes. Entry is through a door on the right side.
A total of only 285 Corbin Sparrows were registered, and very few are actually driven because of mechanical and electrical problems. This and financial problems forced Corbin Motors into bankruptcy in 2003.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Saturday, June 03, 2006
The 'Indy' name is in celebration of Maserati victories at the Indianapolis 500 in 1939 and 1940. This US market version was called the Indy America, and has a 4.7l V8 and 5-speed. 0-60 in 7.5 seconds and a top speed over 155mph.
Just over 1100 Indys were produced from 1969 to 1975. Initially it had a 4.2l engine. Later versions had a 4.7l and then 4.9l engine. The 4.9l model can be distinguished by an extra bonnet grille in front of the wipers. Surprisingly, the rear suspension uses a live axle and leaf springs.
The Indy is a proper 4 seater. There looked to be plenty of leg room in the back seat, plus room for luggage.