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“Dude in Cole Hardware runs out exclaiming ‘it’s a volcano!!!'”

March 2, 2015

So Saturday the fire was in the sky. Some panoramas I made at 24th & Mission.

I liked how this rabbit hole picture turned out:

  

Hey Sutro:

A Burrito Justice agent atop Upper Market took this ominous looking shot:

And of course the epic GIF of lightning by @mahlie via Mission Mission:

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Here’s what the weather radar looked like as the storm passed through:

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And of course the erstwhile Sutro Sunset Cam timelapse set up by the honorable @rrmutt:

(slow to load, as Flickr invariably is, but worth it)

The headline of this post is via @AndyKosinski.

UPDATE: Andy provides more details on the Cole experience:

The History of a Piece of Oakland

January 27, 2015
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A year ago my now friend @brockwinstead wrote a fascinating series of blog posts digging into the people who used to own his house and the land on which it stands. He contacted BOOM: A Journal of California and it is now an article in the winter edition.

Brock had dug up lots of old and cool maps in his investigations. The awesome Jon Christensen at BOOM asked me if I’d be interested in making a digital mapping supplement to Brock’s article. Little did I know what I was getting into when I said “sure, that should be straightforward.”

Much Javascript and CSS and GeoJSON later, behold the historical slippy map showing how a ridiculously large land grant got whittled down by regime change and sub-divided over time. Click on the years to travel through time and space, hover or click over red things for more information. While it is certainly viewable on mobile, it is even better on a desktop. (Click on the image because WordPress hates iframes.)

1820 Rancho San Antonio

In the 1820s the Spanish government regularly granted good soldiers like Luis Peralta chunks of land larger than present-day San Francisco. In the 1850s, Americans forced them to sell most of it off. Seventy-five years after the grant, the Peraltas sold off their last piece of the grant.

Brock read his article and interviewed me on his BFF.fm show The Eastern Shore — we talked about the map and the people and what we learned making it (both historical and technical). Gracefully edited podcast version here:

http://tespodcast.com/e/the-eastern-shore-022-house-history-maps-and-burrito-justice/

What did I learn? While I would love to do this for more neighborhoods, it was a heavy, heavy lift. For those map and history nerds amongst you, the basic workflow was:

old maps —> NYPL Map Warper —(GeoTIFF)—> Google Earth —(KML)—> QGIS —(shp)—>
CartoDB —(GeoJSON)—> Leaflet —(JS/JQuery/CSS)—> dynamic slippy map

This is not a scalable workflow. I am pretty sure this needs to be an integrated product. I just need to figure out where I can work to make that happen.

NB: I have collected all the slippy maps onto http://maps.burritojustice.com for your viewing pleasure.

But before you think all the other websites get the good stuff, a Burrito Justice exclusive! Here’s a GIF of one of our first efforts to align actual Sanborn maps. (Click to zoom)

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Song Frankongsko

January 26, 2015

Hong Kong, 1841

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San Francisco, 1847

San Francisco 1847

(Hong Kong 1841 via the Corinthian Column. SF 1847 via the Big Map Blog.)

Sutrocene

January 26, 2015
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I have the best followers.

Heron’s Head Park

January 20, 2015

Such a nice spot. So much better than a Southern Crossing.

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And what great view of the Burrito Railgun.

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And Sutro and Bernal of course.

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Mars*tro

January 20, 2015
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Noticed something strange in the latest self-portrait by Curiosity.

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Dinosaurs Winning the Internet

December 21, 2014

The esteemed Peter Hartlaub came across this ridiculously awesome nativity scene in his Oakland neighborhood.

The answer, of course, is this innocent shadow play tweeted last year:

All hail our dinosaur jesus overlords.

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