|This is probably the most touristy thing I took a photo of other than looking back on the Ferry Building from an adjacent pier.
|This hybrid Fisker Karma is about 3,000 times cooler than my hybrid Prius. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket.
|This is USGBC Founder and CEO Rick Fedrizzi delivering a message to the anti-LEED lobby during the Opening Plenary session. I work for a construction product company, but I also help write and maintain LEED. Politics is a complicated beast.
TED talk on harnessing the problem solving and creativity of gamers to crowd source solutions to difficult problems.
The next speaker is a prominent architect and proponent of regenerative design, William McDonough. Among others, his most widely known project is the redesign of the Ford Rouge Truck Plant. From the perspective of moving towards a Net Zero future, he raised the fundamental question of "What's Next?"
William McDonough has very strong opinions on materials in design. His consulting group has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies. His TED talk tracks many of the concepts brought forth at Greenbuild.
|This cursive typeface is unique to Royal portables from the 1960s. Mine is a grey on grey Futura 800/
And the last Greenbuild related photo below is the view from the Google Green Team lair. The food was fabulous as well.
Here are a few scenes from around San Francisco. For anyone who is curious, all shots were taken with a Sony NEX-3 with the kit lens or 16mm f2.8 pancake lens. Many of the street photos were taken by pointing the camera in the right direction without looking at the view screen. The auto-focus is quick enough to shoot from the hip and capture casual scenes.
|Public skating rink at Union Square. The sight of palm trees and a giant Christmas tree together was only a little disconcerting.
|The homeless fleet massing across from the Ferry Building. In my limited experience, I found the panhandlers to be far less aggressive here than in Atlanta, Chicago or Washington, D.C.
|Public protest is a way of life in San Francisco. This is across from the cordoned off entrance to the Federal Reserve building.
|Again, public protest is a common event. However, this guy was angry, loud and semi-intelligible. Even the locals were giving him wide berth.
|This much vacant sidewalk at midday is a rarity.
|Yeah, it was sunny all week while I was in the convention center (sigh). This gives a little bit of the flavor of the area.
|One of the cool specialty stores. Well, cool if you enjoy irony. They even had an Underwood 3-bank portable for sale!
Super 7 Store! Imagine, a store full of giant robot, Star Wars, giant monster and urban vinyl paraphernalia. Nerd heaven!
Unexpected bonus: the first Kid Robot store was just up the street!
And with one last awesome storefront, we shall bid the fair city of San Francisco adieu.
Hmmm...let us see if I can think of something creatively snarky to say about my Copyright to the text and images contained herein this little blog of mine. Well, I own it all! Bwa, ha, ha. Yes, so greedy of me in this open-source world; but that is just the way it is. Images may be used for non-commercial purposes with attribution pointing back to this blog or to my Picasa collection. They may not be utilized for commercial purposes without express permission from the owner - that being Dwayne F. I know: that which can be published digitally can be hacked. Go ahead. Just see what happens. I happen to have a fleet of giant robots and monsters at my command. Remember what happened to poor San Francisco in my last post. I repeat: bwa, ha, ha.