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A closer look at the Internet Archive

Last month, the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) took a field trip to the Internet Archive, the non-profit that took over the large church at Funston and Clement earlier this year. The Internet Archive, located online at archive.org, is a non-profit that was founded in 1996 for the purpose of creating an Internet library. Their goal is to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

If you’re curious about what the Internet Archive does and how they’re making use of their new churchly space, you’ll find the SSP account of their field trip to be interesting.

The next stop on the tour was “The Library,” the former sanctuary of the church… [Internet Archive founder Brewster] Kahle explained that they plan to make some changes to the space, like leveling the slanted floor, to turn it into some sort of yet-to-be-defined 21st Century “reading room,” combining physical presence and ubiquitous information. In the meantime they will use the lovely room and all its pews to present lectures and show films, presumably of neat materials uncovered in the archiving process.

Our group then crammed into a crowded room in the building next door — the scanning center. One of a number of scanning centers located in five countries, the long narrow room was lined with perhaps 20 stations that looked a little like curtained photo booths.

Kahle seems unfazed by the enormity of Internet Archive’s mission of “universal access to all knowledge.” Any content type the group asked about, it seemed, they have plans to ingest. They have begun to scan current books (those in print and in copyright). Once a book is scanned it is converted into multiple formats: Daisy, ePub, Mobi, PDF, and B&W PDF for POD, among them.

Read the full story at the SSP website

Sarah B.

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 10:54 am | Posted under Business | 1 comment

Presidio Landmark opens this month; 2-bedroom rents for $4,325 a month

The SF Examiner features a story in Sunday’s paper about the new Presidio Landmark apartments that are opening inside the 15th Avenue gate of the Presidio.

The building includes 154 rental units of varying layouts thanks to the challenge of transforming a 78-year old hospital into residential housing. The first tenants are expected to move in towards the end of July.

Rents aren’t cheap at the Presidio Landmark. A junior 1-bedroom rents for $2,125, a 1-bedroom for $2,875 and a 2-bedroom for $4,325. There are also townhomes on the property which are still under development.

The developer, Abigail Friedland of ForestCity, tells the Examiner that several hundred people signed up on a waiting list and are now being contacted and offered tours of the property. So at those prices, who will live there?

Many would-be tenants are active runners and cyclists who plan to keep fit on the Presidio’s extensive and picturesque trails, according to Friedland. Others are empty-nesters, singles and young couples.

While the rents are higher than a lot of Richmond District apartments, the Presidio Landmark does offer a lot of amenities – one parking spot per unit, a fitness center, wine storage (I know, I know), a wine tasting room, massage and yoga rooms, a bike storage room/workshop and interior courtyards with firepits.

Sarah B.

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A closer look at the new Presidio Landmark apartments

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 9:44 pm | Posted under Real Estate | 16 comments

Police Blotter – July 2, 2010

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of July 2, 2010. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

On July 1, 2010 Officers responded to JFK Drive at Transverse Drive in Golden Gate Park on a call of a dog attacking pedestrians. They arrived on the scene and found two people that had been attacked by a pair of dogs. One victim suffered serious injuries to her legs and the other suffered a deep bite wound on his ankle. Both victims were transported to a local hospital by ambulance for emergency treatment.

Officers responded from other districts to assist with a search for the dogs. We were assisted by Golden Gate Park Rangers and Officers from Animal Care and Control. During the search Officers located one quickly and the animal, a boxer-pit bull mix, was captured. The second dog, a fifty pound pit-bull, was located a short time later on a nearby trail. When this dog approached an officer in a menacing manner, and after a non lethal intervention failed, the officer was forced to shoot the animal. Even after being struck with a bullet the dog resisted the Animal Care and Control officer and struggled for some time. The animal ultimately gave up his struggle and walked to the Animal Care and Control van.

Our officers did a tremendous job in their response to this very serious incident. They closed off the affected area of the Park to prevent further injuries, saw to the prompt treatment of the victims and eliminated these vicious animals as a threat to our community. We are attempting to locate the owner of these unlicensed animals as part of our investigation. One victim remains hospitalized.

During the past week, there were 27 traffic accidents, 8 involving injuries. There were 2 arrests for driving under the influence.

On 06/25/10 at 4:50 pm an officer on foot patrol was flagged down by a MUNI driver at Geary & 6th Avenue . The driver told the officer that two kids that had just exited the rear door had been vandalizing the interior of the bus with graffiti. The officer detained two male juveniles. The driver, as well as a passenger on the bus, told the officers that the males had tagged the windows and placed stickers on the ceiling of the bus. They were charged with vandalism. The two juveniles were part of the group that had been detained on 06/23/10 for vandalizing a MUNI bus at 33rd Avenue and Geary.

On 06/29/10 at 1:40 am a male and a female victim were walking in the area of Geary and Arguello. A suspect, who was with five other males, made a derogatory comment and the female victim told him to shut up. The group followed the victims and the suspect grabbed the victim’s hat from her head. The victim grabbed the suspects arm in an attempt to get her hat back and the suspect pushed her several times. The male victim stepped in to separate the two and the suspect punched him several times. As this was going on, the female dropped her purse. One of the other males in the group fled the scene. The officers detained the main suspect, aged seventeen years, and he was charged with theft and battery.

On 07/01/10 at 2:15 am a victim was walking on Geary near 18th Avenue . A suspect who was standing outside a bar smoking said to a victim as he passed, “F**K the Red Sox!” The victim, who was wearing a Red Sox hat, ignored the suspect and kept walking. The suspect then called the victim a name and the victim said, “Don’t call me that”. The victim continued on his way and the suspect followed then punched him in the face. The 25 year old suspect was charged with battery.

Between 06/25/10 and 06/28/10 a suspect broke into a lock box affixed to the front of an apartment building on the 300 block of Locust. Inside the box was the key to the building’s garage which the suspect used to gain entry and take a bike.

On 06/26/10 at 4:20 am a resident of a home on the 3800 block of Clement Street awoke to the sound of his backyard gate being opened. The resident looked out the window and saw two suspects carrying two of resident’s bicycles out of the yard. The resident woke his father who shouted out the window to put the bikes down and then ran to the front of his house. The suspects had fled the scene, leaving the bikes behind. The suspects were described as males in their 20’s, one wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans with a red pattern on the pocket.

On 06/26/10 between 3:30 pm and 11:30 pm on the 7300 block of Geary Boulevard a suspect entered into a residence by prying open the garage door. The suspect took clothing, hats, jewelry and a video camera.

On 06/27/10 at 1:30 am the victim was walking on 11th Avenue near California Street . A green Honda stopped near him and two suspects exited the car. The suspects asked the victim for money and, when he said he had none, the suspects pushed him against a wall and started to pat him down. The victim punched one of the suspects. In response the suspects threw the victim to the ground and struck him in the head. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone and ran back to the Honda. The victim ran to 11th Avenue & Geary to call 911. The victim sustained minor injuries.

On 06/29/10 between 12:00 am and 6:55 am on the 3700 block of Geary a suspect threw a bicycle lock through the glass door of a business, causing the glass to completely shatter. The suspect then entered the business and opened the cash register and tip jar. Neither of them contained any money and the suspect fled the scene.

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 1:42 pm | Posted under Crime | 1 comment

Top of the world

A gorgeous shot from Sutro Park, taken right about where Adolph Sutro’s house would have overlooked the Cliff House and ocean. Photo by jakerome.

At his estate on the bluff anyone was welcome to stroll his elaborate gardens, embellished with statuary, gazebos, topiary and dazzling carpet-bed designs. There Sutro played host to presidents, writers, dancers and celebrities of the day. Everyone from Oscar Wilde to President Benjamin Harrison breakfasted with Sutro among the classical statues of his parapet high above Seal Rocks and the sea. Outsidelands.org

Sarah B.

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 9:46 am | Posted under Photos | 1 comment

Richmond District moms share “A Little Yummyness”

There’s more than just me blogging here in the Richmond District… The blog A Little Yummyness was started earlier this year by two neighborhood moms, Stacie and Simran.

According to their info page, the site “chronicles our experiences as moms pursuing a passion for eating, cooking, and sharing food adventures with our kids.” On the blog you’ll find recipes, ideas for family meals and chronicles of their culinary adventures with the kids.

There’s a great article about baking a cake for the 4th of July, finding good onion buns on Clement Street, and one story about an expedition to the Mission for “dogs, pies and cookies.”

Check out A Little Yummyness

Sarah B.

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 7:17 am | Posted under Food | Comments Off

Have a musical 4th of July in the Richmond

If you’re staying home for the long weekend, you might want to check out one of these musical events to celebrate our independence.

Park Chalet live music and BBQ | Saturday, July 3rd 2pm-4pm
Kick off the 4th of July weekend with music from a 50 piece patriotic band that includes the Half Moon Bay “Sit-Down” Marching Band playing patriotic tunes, The Deutscher Musikverein of San Francisco and the Heiwa Taiko Drummers providing cultural music that is central to our country of immigrants.

Outdoor BBQ in the back opens at 10am, drop by and bring your picnic blanket for what promises to be a great show. Park Chalet is located behind the Beach Chalet restaurant, 1000 Great Highway @ Ocean Beach between Fulton St. and Lincoln Way.

Independence Day Concert | Golden Gate Park Bandshell, July 4 at 1pm
The Golden Gate Park Band will perform a free concert of American patriotic music, featuring Sousa, Irving Berlin and Tchaikovsky.

And let’s hope the weather cooperates for a clear night of fireworks on Sunday!

Sarah B.

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 11:05 am | Posted under Events, Live Music | Comments Off

Three injured in dog attacks in Golden Gate Park

KCBS reports that around 6:40 this morning, three people were attacked by dogs in Golden Gate Park in the area of John F. Kennedy Drive and Transverse Drives, near Lloyd Lake.

The victims sustained bite on their legs. All three were taken to the hospital to treat their injuries which did not appear to be life threatening.

One dog, a boxer, was captured by animal control and another, a bulldog mix approximately 60-70 pounds, was shot in the head with a shotgun by a police officer. He did not die on the scene and was taken away for treatment.

No one has come forward to declare ownership of the dogs.

Get all the facts from the Examiner

Captain Richard Correia talks to CBS5
Video of dog capture from CBS5

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 9:40 am | Posted under Golden Gate Park, News | 6 comments

Win tickets to the de Young’s Bastille Day celebration, July 14

In keeping with their Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay exhibition, the de Young is hosting a special evening program called “French Kiss: ArtPoint’s Bastille Day Celebration”.

The romance, the art, the joie de vivre! Please your palate with light, French-inspired fare and an array of specialty drinks from our open bar, including some deliciously unique absinthe cocktails. Expand your knowledge of European art and lose all inhibition on the dance floor with music from Bardot A Go Go. French Kiss takes inspiration from many eras throughout the history of France, calling for you to dress festively and prepare to immerse yourself in all things French.

“French Kiss” takes place on Wednesday, July 14 from 7pm until 11pm at the de Young (21 and over only). And thanks to the museum, I have 4 pairs of tickets to give away to RichmondSFBlog readers!

To enter, find the answer to the question below and then send it in using the contact us form:

Q: What is the formal, French name for Bastille Day?

I’ll draw the winners randomly from the correct entries, which are are due by noon on Tuesday, July 6.

The event is put on by ArtPoint, the young professionals’ organization dedicated to promoting an awareness of, interest in, and a long-term commitment to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the de Young and Legion of Honor.

Bonne chance!

Sarah B.

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 6:38 am | Posted under Art, Museums | 1 comment