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Dec-30-2013

Photo: Presidio coyote


Photos by Laura Owen

Blog reader Jan sent us these photos of a coyote that was photographed by her daughter, Laura, in the Presidio last Friday morning.

She spotted the coyote just southwest of the cemetery, saying he was “large and impressive-looking”.

Sarah B.

5:15 am | Posted under Photos | 4 comments
Dec-27-2013

Photo: Winter sunset at Ocean Beach


Photo by Jeffrey. Taken December 23, 2013.

4:15 pm | Posted under Ocean Beach, Photos | 1 comment
Dec-17-2013

Neighborhood photos on exhibit at Richmond Library, Wednesday night

Photojournalist Frederic Larson recently held a series of photography workshops at the Richmond District branch library, inviting amateurs to come sharpen their skills while creating a visual snapshot of life in the neighborhood.

The results will be on display this Wednesday night at the library as Through Our Eyes: Visual Stories of the Richmond Neighborhood.

At the event, Larson will present some of the stories and a video documenting the students’ “neighborhood shoot” on a Saturday in November.

The free event runs from 6:30pm until 8:30pm in the Richmond District branch Library’s meeting room, 351 9th Avenue. Refreshments will be provided.

Sarah B.

12:30 pm | Posted under Art, Photos | 5 comments
Dec-16-2013

Photo: Street ad synergy


April 7, 2010. Photo by John C. Sun

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Nov-21-2013

Photo: Stow Lake at dawn


Photo by Eugene Kim

5:15 am | Posted under Golden Gate Park, Photos | 5 comments
Nov-11-2013

Photos: 2013 Leap Sandcastle Contest at Ocean Beach

After having to reschedule their event due to the government shutdown, Leap Arts finally held their 30th Annual Sandcastle Contest at Ocean Beach on Saturday.

Thousands came out to view the sand sculptures on what turned out to be a perfect day at Ocean Beach. The sculptures were created by elementary school students that had been teamed up with local architects, designers, contractors, corporations, and engineers.

This year’s theme was “Masterpieces in Sand”, and teams were encouraged to select a work of art from any period in history or art form as inspiration for their sand sculpture.

The Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila took home the best in show gold prize this year, with their sculpture of a sand dragon encircling a pyramid. The silver best in show went to Redding Elementary School for their locally flavored sculpture which depicted the Golden Gate Bridge and Victorian homes.


The best in show gold sculpture by The Chinese Immersion School at DeAvila

The third place best in show bronze award went to Miraloma Elementary School for their depiction of Harry Potter as a Vitruvian Man, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Neighborhood school George Peabody Elementary earned an award for the best site signage thanks to a wooden camel that accompanied their sculptures of the sphinx and the pyramids.

2012’s event raised $250,000 for LEAP, which goes towards funding their programs that serve over 8,000 students in over 40 schools across the Bay Area with hands-on learning experiences in the arts.

Congratulations to all who participated in this fun event – it was a great day!

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Sarah B.


The silver best in show scultpure from Redding Elementary School


The bronze best in show sculpture from Miraloma Elementary School


The sculpture and winning signage from George Peabody Elementary School

4:45 am | Posted under Events, Ocean Beach, Photos, Schools | 4 comments
Nov-8-2013

Photo: A rocky sunset


Photo by Hugh of ob-kc.com

12:44 pm | Posted under Ocean Beach, Photos | 1 comment
Nov-6-2013

Part of Internet Archive building badly burned in early morning fire

At about 3:45am this morning, SFFD responded to a fire at the Internet Archive at 1100 Clement between 12th Avenue and Funston.

The blaze consumed the side office of the Internet Archive, which housed the archive’s equipment for scanning books and old movies. The book scanning is part of the organization’s Digital Books Collections which includes over 5 million books and items from over 1,500-curated collections. The equipment was also being used to scan old home movies that are used in Rick Prelinger’s Lost Landscapes San Francisco films every year.

No one was injured in the fire, and Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle said the 7 to 10 office staff that worked in the building will temporarily relocate to their Richmond, CA facility. The damaged building was originally built in the 1940’s and used as a Christian Science reading room.

The former church next door, which also belongs to the Internet Archive, was not damaged in the fire.

Kahle was in remarkably good spirits when we spoke to him around 9am this morning, and was optimistic about their plans to rebuild the office. He said they mostly lost electronic equipment including cameras and scanners, and thankfully no cultural materials were destroyed in the fire. He said he was still waiting for word from the SFFD on what exactly caused the fire.

The fire was brought under control at around 5am this morning, but as of 9am, SFFD was still on the scene to watch for any lingering hot spots. On the nextdoor website, one neighbor reported seeing smoke from the fire as far over as 15th Avenue.

The Internet Archive was founded in 1996 for the purpose of building an all digital library to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections.

Originally located in the Presidio, the Archive moved to its Clement Street location in 2009.

The organization is most well known for its Wayback Machine which allows users to look up old versions of nearly any website on the internet. During the recent federal shutdown, shuttered government websites were redirecting traffic to the Internet Archive’s service so consumers could get access to their web content.

UPDATE: In a company blog post, the Internet Archive estimates that they lost $600,000 worth of high end digitization equipment. If you are interested in donating to help them rebuild their scanning center, you can donate through the IA website.

Sarah B.


Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle (L) talks to a reporter

10:29 am | Posted under Fire, Photos, Video | 18 comments
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