California (San Francisco) locations
With David Backman
Spring and Summer 2009
One of the joys of a place like San Francisco is that there is not a shortage of interesting things to do and see. Dave and NOT get a chance to explore different events and things to do and see.
Celebrated annually on March 14th (specifically 3/14 at 1:59) at the Exploratorium, the holiday honors everyone's favorite ratio of any circle's circumference to its diameter. It also happens to be Albert Einstein's birthday - a geek twofor!
NOT and Pi Day Founder Larry Shaw stand at the Pi Shrine Plaque in the Exploratorium.
NOT starts to try and memorize the first 100 digits of Pi.
All that Pi and no Apple or Cherry? Friends Mark Cohen and Sandi Shorago help celebrate, even if it is no ala mode.
Despite the jokes being near San Francisco, Fairyland is a park in Oakland that "where children’s literature comes to life and kids can be kids." NOT visited during their annual gala.
Sleeping? Sounds like a good idea to NOT.
That's for Tiny Nots, right?
Well at least one of the group gets to go swimming! Especially helpful after finding out that the toilet really was for Tiny Tots and not Tiny Nots.
Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park
In the middle of Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park is the Chinese Pavilion, gift of Taipei to it's sister city of San Francisco in 1981.
Two sister cities were made, side by side and hand in hand, is peoples
well-being thus made.
Residing in this wide world, cooperating closely from our hearts, the universal brotherhood is thus made.
A scenic spot in U.S.A. for ascending remained, easterly coming culture, a real friend can not be wanting in this wide world.
A great ocean on R.O.C. for crossing lain, westerly looking from the golden gate, the world although so wide becomes as near as in the neighborhood.
/s/ Mayor of Taipei, R.O.C.
/s/Speaker of Taipei City Council, R.O.C.
A lone paddleboat drifts on the lake, set loose by Dave and friends after an unpleasant encounter with some surly teenage workers.
Letterman Digital Arts Center
At the Presidio in San Francisco, there is a 23 acre complex called the Letterman Digital Arts Center that houses Lucasfilm, Ltd. divisions including LucasArts and his a special effects company.
The Lucas complex is unmarked. By any signage that is. The presence of Jedi master Yoda does not help the complex hide. Maureen and Mike Johnson found it.
NOT could only gaze from a distance at the Thermal Detonator Leia threatened Jabba the Hutt with in Return of the Jedi.
Stop motion pioneer, and Oakland native, Willis O'Brien pioneered stop motion animation in the cinema with such characters as King Kong (1933).
Going really "Old School" NOT also visited with Eadweard James Muybridge, father of cinema. Famous for his use of multiple cameras to capture motion, and his zoopraxiscope, a device for projecting motion pictures that pre-dated the flexible perforated film strip that is used today, Muybridge was the first to film a horse in gallop, confirming that all four hooves leave the ground in the process. NOT's feet never left the ground in this photograph.
San Francisco Sights
The foggy hills of San Francisco was the stomping ground for Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade. In the Maltese Falcon, Sam's partner Miles Archer is murdered early in the story in an alley. The death of this fictional character is commemorated by a plaque at Burritt Alley that, for some reason, stands about seven feet off the ground, which helps account for NOT's flight in the photo. Then again, when at the site of a murder, remaining a moving target makes it harder for you to be the next victim.
The song goes "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands" not "She's Got the Whole City On Her Head." This piece of massive headwear is part of the costume for the San Francisco show "Beach Blanket Babylon" displayed in the airport for the shows 35th anniversary.
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Photos courtesy of David Backman
Last Updated January 2010