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This 3D-Printed Model of Future San Francisco is Fabulous


I am still a novice to 3D printing but this captures the process quite well.

Autodesk and Steelblue have partnered to create this connex 500 printed 3d model of a portion of San Francisco. The model was created to aid real-estate developer Tishman Speyer in telling the story of urban development in the rapidly changing SOMA neighborhood. It can help with urban planning and building construction decisions that are better understood with the kind of physicality that only a real-world 3D replica offers compared to digital images or digital models.

They didn’t depict all the evictions, however.

Watch below…

3D printed model of San Francisco – making of from steelblue on Vimeo.

San Francisco: Hackers Co-opt Street Sign to Warn of Godzilla Attack


PR for the movie?

Someone hacked into an electronic traffic sign on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco Wednesday, posting alerts that said “Godzilla Attack” and “Turn Back.”

Ali Wunderman spotted the signs just after 9 p.m. and took pictures. At first she thought it was a PR campaign for the new Godzilla movie.

Paul Indelicato of Pacific Highway Rentals told SFGate that the digital signs were set up in order to warn drivers about street delays for the Bay to Breakers race on Sunday.

Nice. I need to learn to hack these signs. If you could do so, what would you message?

Via NBC New York


Ceremony for SF’s Bay Lights Exhibit Tonight (VIDEO)

Tonight marks the official debut of a new art piece to adorn the Bay Bridge for the next two years.  The Bay Lights installation, conceived by artist Leo Villareal, is made up of 25,000 individually programmed LEDs hung across the bridge, stretching 1.8 miles across the water. While I hate crowds and will not attend the “official” ceremonies, I can see the Bay Bridge from my ‘hood and will take a walk to check them out a bit closer to home.

You can also watch a live webcast tonight here.

And here’s an artist rendition from the art installation’s site…watch below.

The Bay Lights – Artist Rendering 2 from Words Pictures Ideas on Vimeo.

Gay Rights Advocate Larry Brinkin Arrested For Child Pornography

Larry Brinkin’s arrest for possession of child porn shocked many in the San Francisco gay rights scene. From CBS News:

Veteran San Francisco gay rights advocate Larry Brinkin was arrested Friday for felony possession of child pornography, which included images of children as young as a year-old engaging in sex acts with adults, police said.

Investigators said Brinkin, 66, had pornographic images on email attachments that appear to show infants and toddlers performing sex acts on men, reported the San Francisco Chronicle. Representatives of America Online contacted authorities after coming across the email attachments from one of its subscriber’s accounts.

The LAPD traced the IP address associated with the account to Brinkin, who resides in San Francisco, according to court records.  The LAPD then forwarded the case to San Francisco police, who executed a search warrant Friday and seized computer equipment.

Brinkin was taken into custody Friday night. He spent the night in jail before he was released on bail. The district attorney’s office will decide Tuesday whether to file charges.

“We’re still reviewing the case,” district attorney’s spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman said Monday.

Brinkin worked for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission before his retirement in 2010. During his 22-year tenure at the Human Rights Commission, Brinkin was best known for championing equal rights for gays and lesbians, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

1…2…3: Cue wing nut response:

Fox News Lies…Again

Leave it to Fox News to take one story and embellish it as a “liberal” example of hypocrisy. On Saturday, a bunch of drunk San Franciscans trashed a park at our city’s Fort Mason. The next day (Sunday) was Earth Day, the celebration had more to do with the 80 degree weather and had nothing to do with activism or the environment. SFist wrote a post about the park thrashing and when Fox picked it up, it was reengineered as the story above. From SFist:

SFist’s photos of a messier-than-usualaftermath at Fort Mason last Saturday got the right wingers frothing at the mouth, apparently. After the story was picked up by the Huffington Post, conservative bloggers from the Gateway Pundit and Fox Nation seized the opportunity to repurpose a couple photos along with an entirely fabricated story pinning the blame on Earth Day partiers and “Green Activists.”

The original post is laden with comments from Tea Partiers who have likely never visited the Bay Area (nor will ever view another news source).

Ugh. Leave it to Fox to once again deliver “fair and balanced” news.




San FranDrama: Mayor Vs. Sheriff (VIDEO)

I don’t know if you all have followed the drama taking place in my fair city, San Francisco. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was sentenced Monday to three years of probation in a domestic-violence case involving his wife, a former Venezuelan telenovela star. Mayor Ed Lee (both he and Mirkarimi were elected in November) has demanded that the Sheriff step down from his role and Mirkarimi has refused.

It’s tense and full of drama – and there are no gay men involved (that I can tell). It’s nice to have drama at the other end of Market Street for once!

Here’s more about the mucky mess from KGO in San Francisco:

Read more here