Monday, September 15, 2014

Joe Sample, RIP -- September 15, 2014

I was sad to learn about the death of Joe Sample.  I liked the Jazz Crusaders. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

What is Left of the University at Louvain -- September 14, 2014

100 years ago the German Army, in the process of violating the neutrality of Belgium, burned much of the city of Louvain (Leuven), including the university's renowned library.  The Germans made crazy claims that the son of the burgomaster had shot a German officer, but that did not happen.  The Germans did execute civilians and burn much of the town. 

In this photo from the 16-September-1914 Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger, we see "What is left of the university at Louvain.  The huge 45-centimetre Krupp guns used by the Germans in their mad rush toward Paris played havoc with the historic buildings in the Belgian cities." 

Be sure to click on the image to see a larger version. 

Read about the burning of Louvain:

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Siemens to Build New Muni LRVs -- September 13, 2014

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved a $1.2 billion contract with Siemens Industry, Inc to build Muni's third generation of LRVs.  Siemens will assemble the S200 cars in its Sacramento plant.  These will be high floor cars with movable steps, like the Boeing and Breda LRVs.  Muni should receive the prototype in in December, 2016. 

They won't look like the car in this photo. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Soma/Flaming Lotus Girls -- September 12, 2014

There is a new art installation by the Agricultural Building on the Embarcadero.  It is by the Flaming Lotus Girls ( and it is called Soma.  It has lights that go on if you push a button after dark. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ferry Golden Gate -- September 11, 2014

MV Golden Gate is a high speed catamaran ferry operated by Golden Gate Ferries.  She is their second Golden Gate.  She was built in 1999 for Washington State Ferries as Chinook, but they got rid of their passenger-only ferries and sold Chinook and her sister Snohomish to Golden Gate Ferries.  Snohomish is now the Napa.  I took the photo in September, 2014. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

You Can Shoot Alligators and Eat Oranges -- September 10, 2014

Or you can eat alligators and shoot oranges. 

This ad, from Railway Agent, February 1899, describes the wonders of the Mexican Central Railway, a US-owned line from Mexico City to Ciudad Juárez.  The Mexican government nationalized it in 1906-1909.    Now it is part of Kansas City Southern de México.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014