Oakland

Oakland Idyll, Dec. 23, 2013 (4 Photos).

FAIL
Out of order parking meter reads "FAIL." Looking forward to seeing one that says "pwned."
Out of order parking meter reads “FAIL.” Looking forward to seeing one that says “pwned” next time.

 

The Buena Vista Social Club Pays a Visit

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If you're going to park on the front lawn, always try to block the walkway.
If you’re going to park on the front lawn, always try to block the walkway.

 

A SCANNER DARKLY.

Philip K. Dick, longtime Oakland resident, would understand.
Philip K. Dick, longtime Oakland resident, would understand all too well.

Look closely below the right tail-light. You’re starting to see these new square bar codes everywhere. Their design makes them easier to capture with a portable scanner, such as a smart phone. It only makes sense that they would now show up on vehicles.

Think about how old-school it is for cops to have to pull up close enough to read off a license plate into the radio Adam-12 style: “Alpha Charlie Diamond, One, Four, Six. Tags are current. Copy?” when instead they could convey all the information with a quick scan of the bar code.

Expect to see these on vehicles everywhere, sooner than you think.

THE WEEK THAT WAS. DECEMBER 10-13, 2013.

The Palm Tree and the Pine.

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A uniquely Californian pairing. I photograph them together every chance I get.

Easter Island Style

At this strip mall on the edge of East San Jose, I looked up at these trees and realized I was looking at the gangsta lean silhouette of the mysterious Easter Island statues.

 

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Note the white pinprick of the half-moon (top-center).

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East San Jose Lavanderia.

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Lake Merritt

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Alameda

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Magic Hour in San Jose.

As the entire street was engulfed in deepening shadows, this one house on the end seemed to light up.
As the entire street was engulfed in deepening shadows, this one house on the end seemed to light up.

Ford Falcon Ranchero. San Jose.

This was my last stop of the day on Thursday. I had never seen anything like this Falcon Ranchero before. It was good light for photography, but the old guys on the block were all gathered at the corner. I knew they would be watching me, so I settled for these two furtive shots from across the street.

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The Mission.

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It's good to see that parts of the Mission don't change.
It’s good to see that parts of the Mission don’t change.

Trees of San Leandro/San Lorenzo

 

 

 

 

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This thing is pruned to look like a Fram oil filter.
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Me and the tree.