Fire!

Whoa, there was a lot of helicopter noise all of a sudden and I looked up and my backyard was completely filled with smoke. It was like something out of Apocalypse Now. And then it passed. And then MonkeyBrains tweeted us this pic:

UPDATE: CBS has all the info.

UPDATE: From reader Jesse F., some striking photographs:

Burning Man attendees have returned and they’re parked all up on your sidewalk

[via Emily]

Here’s an opportunity to join the Secret Alley family

It’s a legendary place. You know you wanna.

Here’s the deal, according to Craigslist:

We are three women looking for a new officemate to share our unique space inside an incredibly unique arts collective space located in the Mission District. You are a full- or part-time creative freelancer type person, but we’re also open minded.

The shared space is an open 25″ x 10″ room with two white walls, one bright sea green wall, and one black wall. We have built three desks into the space using redwood and welded rebar. We also created a small chill space with two chairs, a coffee table, a record player, and a bar set-up. We’d love your creative input and help in finishing the design of the space, if that’s something that interests you.

[...]

We are not directly inside the arts space but rather right next door to it. We are considered part of the community and have access to the shared space inside, including a magical events space and kitchen/bar area. Other tenants include filmmakers and a community radio station. On the first floor is a gallery space that is currently being built out. Our space is on the second floor and there is a working elevator.

[link]

[via @eviloars]

Literally a sign of the times

Yeah, remember when this was Spanish-language beer ads for like ever? And oftentimes just blank?

Different times!

[Photo and title (and additional reporting) by Tanya Wheeler]

Empathy for the doomed old Sears in Oakland

From our favorite Oakland personality Ryan Christopher Parks:

The Sears is being demolished and turned into lofts.

[Photo by Google Maps]

The story of a little freeway fire in the East Bay

[via David Mohr]

Heroic firefighters perched atop the building they just saved

(Thanks, Erin!)

A much scarier view of the fire

[via Nick Carpenter]

Fire at 20th and San Carlos!

I’m sure you can hear the sirens. (Photo by Mike Chino.)

UPDATE: Lil Tuffy has more info:

Looks like it was started by some roofers. They saved a puppy from
Inside.

Cute!

Your missing compost bin is joyriding around town in a convertible

[via @cuhsandra]