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San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 – June 30, 2013

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San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 1

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 1

On Sunday, June 30, 2013, I attended the San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration in San Francisco, California USA.

The parade began near the foot of Market Street at 10:30am, and it continued for hours. I attended the first hour and a half of the parade with my dear friend Regina Aviles.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 2 - "Love Won" spelled with balloons

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 2 - "Love Won" spelled with balloons

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 3 - "Love Won" spelled with balloons

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 3 - "Love Won" spelled with balloons

After the parade, I walked up Market Street to Civic Center, where San Francisco City Hall is located. There were over 100,000 people there, I estimate. The weather was unusually warm and sunny for Summer in San Francisco. The mood was upbeat and vibrant.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 4 - man with balloons

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 4 - man with balloons

The mood was so bright because the United States Supreme Court on June 26, 2013 delivered astonishing news. Here is what Wikipedia has to say as of July 5, 2013:

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling on the appeal in the case Hollingsworth v. Perry, affirming that in accordance with numerous precedents, proponents of initiatives such as Proposition 8 did not possess legal standing in their own right to defend the resulting law in federal court, either to the Supreme Court or (previously) to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Therefore the Supreme Court both dismissed the appeal and directed the Ninth Circuit to vacate (withdraw) its decision, which had agreed with the district court ruling. The decision left the district court’s 2010 ruling as the final decision on Proposition 8.[8][9][10] On June 28, 2013, the Ninth Circuit lifted its stay of the district court’s ruling, enabling same-sex marriages to resume.[11]

The result is now the US Federal Government will recognize gay marriage for residents of US states where gay marriage is legal. Gay marriage is legal in California now, and gay couples have been getting married after June 26th.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 5 - trombone player with GoPro video camera attached to trombone to record parade

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 5 - trombone player with GoPro video camera attached to trombone to record parade

I was at City Hall the afternoon of July 5th, the day I wrote and posted this article. I was there to inquire about appealing the assessment of my home value, but I could not miss the many happy gay couples having their wedding photographs taken in the splendid halls of the restored building.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 6 - Woman capturing video of parade with an Apple iPad tablet computer

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 6 - Woman capturing video of parade with an Apple iPad tablet computer

I took over 3,000 pictures on Sunday at the parade and celebration, a record for one day in any context. My feet wore sore I did so much walking.

I now present 77 photographs from the event. I uploaded these at full size. Click on them twice in slow succession to see the full size versions. I used my Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera, which captures images at approximately 21 megapixels. I used three different lenses throughout the day: Canon 80-200mm F:2.8 L zoom, Canon 16-35mm F:2.8 L zoom, Canon 50mm F:2.5 macro lens. I edited all of these pictures in Adobe Photoshop.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 7 - with United States Senator from California, Nancy Pelosi, in purple dress

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 7 - with United States Senator from California, Nancy Pelosi, in purple dress

There were hundreds of nude men and women at this event. Such nudity at festivals and parades conducted via the permission of official city permits is entirely legal in San Francisco. I do not show any actual nudity in the photographs that follow, but be warned that there are some topless women wearing nipple coverings. If you are offended by such images, please don’t view the rest of the pictures associated with this post.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 8, June 30, 2013, with Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrilo, one of the couples that challenged Proposition 8 before the United States Supreme Court, Photo by Kevin Warnock

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 8, June 30, 2013, with Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrilo, one of the couples that challenged Proposition 8 before the United States Supreme Court

There are images of famous politicians below, including United States Senator Nancy Pelosi.

The two couples that brought their cases to the US Supreme Court are also pictured. Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrilo are pictured immediately above, and Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are pictured immediately below.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 9, June 30, 2013, with Kris Perry and Sandy Stier Photo, one of the couples that challenged Proposition 8 before the United States Supreme Court, by Kevin Warnock

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 9, June 30, 2013, with Kris Perry and Sandy Stier Photo, one of the couples that challenged Proposition 8 before the United States Supreme Court

I almost got a picture of Facebook co-founder and current Chief Executive Office Mark Zuckerberg. According to news reports, he was riding on the motorized cable car bus you will see below. I believe I didn’t get a picture of him because I was not on the correct side of the street to see him. I have never seen Zuckerberg in person before, so I was and remain disappointed I missed him. Facebook is currently an important social network on the Internet. You may find me on that network at Facebook.com/kevinlwarnock and I invite you to subscribe to my public updates.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 10, June 30, 2013, Miss California Plus America, Photo by Kevin Warnock

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 10, June 30, 2013, Miss California Plus America

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 11, June 30, 2013, Families watching parade, Photo by Kevin Warnock

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 11, June 30, 2013, Families watching parade

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 12, June 30, 2013, newly engaged gay couple, Photo by Kevin Warnock

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 12, June 30, 2013, newly engaged gay couple

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 13, June 30, 2013, gay couple celebrating 47 years together, Photo by Kevin Warnock

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 13, June 30, 2013, gay couple celebrating 47 years together

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 14, June 30, 2013, Photo by Kevin Warnock

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 14, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 15, June 30, 2013, with Mark Leno (in white shirt), Photo by Kevin Warnock

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 15, June 30, 2013, with Mark Leno (in white shirt)

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 16, June 30, 2013, with Supreme Court justices, Photo by Kevin Warnock

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 16, June 30, 2013, with Supreme Court justices

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 17, June 30, 2013, antique cars in parade make their way up Market Street, away from the Ferry Building in the distance

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 17, June 30, 2013, antique cars in parade make their way up Market Street, away from the Ferry Building in the distance

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 18, June 30, 2013, Shelby Cobra car

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 18, June 30, 2013, Shelby Cobra car

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 19, June 30, 2013, female couple each dressed in a half a wedding dress and half a tuxedo

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 19, June 30, 2013, female couple each dressed in a half a wedding dress and half a tuxedo

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 20, June 30, 2013, Tom Ammiano

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 20, June 30, 2013, Tom Ammiano

 

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 21, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 21, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 22, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 22, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 23, L. Julius M. Turman, San Francisco Police Commissioner, riding in antique convertible Lincoln automobile

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 23, L. Julius M. Turman, San Francisco Police Commissioner, riding in antique convertible Lincoln automobile

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 24, June 30, 2013, with Hedwig and the Angry Itch

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 24, June 30, 2013, with Hedwig and the Angry Itch

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 25, June 30, 2013, San Francisco City Treasurer José Cisneros

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 25, June 30, 2013, San Francisco City Treasurer José Cisneros

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 26, June 30, 2013, Facebook company banner

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 26, June 30, 2013, Facebook company banner

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 27, June 30, 2013, Facebook employees on motorized cable car parade float

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 27, June 30, 2013, Facebook employees on motorized cable car parade float

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 28, June 30, 2013, Facebook employee wielding a real life Like stamp. Note she has a Like stamp on her cheek. I believe she was stamping willing strangers she encountered.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 28, June 30, 2013, Facebook employee wielding a real life Like stamp. Note she has a Like stamp on her cheek. I believe she was stamping willing strangers she encountered.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 29, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 29, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 30, June 30, 2013, looking up Market Street during lull in the arrival of parade floats

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 30, June 30, 2013, looking up Market Street during lull in the arrival of parade floats

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 31, June 30, 2013, winged man on stilts

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 31, June 30, 2013, winged man on stilts

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 32, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 32, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 33, June 30, 2013. Note that these subjects were actively posing for multiple photographers, and knew that they were being photographed.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 33, June 30, 2013. Note that these subjects were actively posing for multiple photographers, and knew that they were being photographed.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 34, June 30, 2013, winged men on stilts

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 34, June 30, 2013, winged men on stilts

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 35, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 35, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 36, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 36, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 37, June 30, 2013, sidewalk chalk artists

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 37, June 30, 2013, sidewalk chalk artists

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 38, June 30, 2013, man handing out pride brochures in front of City Hall

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 38, June 30, 2013, man handing out pride brochures in front of City Hall

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 39, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 39, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 40, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 40, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 41, June 30, 2013, woman with rainbow colored hair

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 41, June 30, 2013, woman with rainbow colored hair

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 42, June 30, 2013. It was unusually warm in San Francisco this day, and this person must have been sweltering in their black outfit.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 42, June 30, 2013. It was unusually warm in San Francisco this day, and this person must have been sweltering in their black outfit.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 43, June 30, 2013, City Hall

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 43, June 30, 2013, City Hall

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 44, June 30, 2013, City Hall from side

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 44, June 30, 2013, City Hall from side

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 45, June 30, 2013, woman dancing

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 45, June 30, 2013, woman dancing

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 46, June 30, 2013, women dancing on Federal Building ledge

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 46, June 30, 2013, women dancing on Federal Building ledge

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 47, June 30, 2013, dancing on Federal Building ledge

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 47, June 30, 2013, dancing on Federal Building ledge

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 48, June 30, 2013, dancing on Federal Building ledge

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 48, June 30, 2013, dancing on Federal Building ledge

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 49, June 30, 2013, woman with bow in hair

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 49, June 30, 2013, woman with bow in hair

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 50, June 30, 2013, woman dancing on Federal Building ledge

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 50, June 30, 2013, woman dancing on Federal Building ledge

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 51, June 30, 2013, beer bong being filled by woman riding piggyback

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 51, June 30, 2013, beer bong being filled by woman riding piggyback

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 52, June 30, 2013, women riding piggyback playing with rainbow flag

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 52, June 30, 2013, women riding piggyback playing with rainbow flag

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 53, June 30, 2013, women riding piggyback playing with rainbow flag

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 53, June 30, 2013, women riding piggyback playing with rainbow flag

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 54, June 30, 2013, women riding piggyback while dancing

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 54, June 30, 2013, women riding piggyback while dancing

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 55, June 30, 2013, Dylan, left, kissing Sarah in posed picture that subjects volunteered for. Note the man carrying the sign on the left. That man has been carrying a sign around the financial district for years and years. I remember him when I had my office on Montgomery Street. He's been covered in the newspaper before. I have never introduced myself to him.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 55, June 30, 2013, Dylan, left, kissing Sarah in posed picture that subjects volunteered for. Note the man carrying the sign on the left. That man has been carrying a sign around the financial district for years and years. I remember him when I had my office on Montgomery Street. He's been covered in the newspaper before. I have never introduced myself to him.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 56, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 56, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 57, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 57, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 58, June 30, 2013, red mohawk couple

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 58, June 30, 2013, red mohawk couple

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 59, June 30, 2013, woman dancing on stage in front of speakers

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 59, June 30, 2013, woman dancing on stage in front of speakers

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 60, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 60, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 61, June 30, 2013, woman dancing on stage in front of speaker columns

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 61, June 30, 2013, woman dancing on stage in front of speaker columns

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 62, June 30, 2013, woman in a Pink Floyd 'Dark Side of the Moon' t-shirt dancing on stage

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 62, June 30, 2013, woman in a Pink Floyd 'Dark Side of the Moon' t-shirt dancing on stage

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 63, June 30, 2013, couple dancing wild against the side of the Wild 94.9 FM van that was stationed near City Hall

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 63, June 30, 2013, couple dancing wild against the side of the Wild 94.9 FM van that was stationed near City Hall

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 64, June 30, 2013, woman Hula Hooping

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 64, June 30, 2013, woman Hula Hooping

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 65, June 30, 2013, woman with a Facebook 'Like' stamp on her arm. I believe a Facebook employee was going around stamping people with a rubber stamp inked with blue ink.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 65, June 30, 2013, woman with a Facebook 'Like' stamp on her arm. I believe a Facebook employee was going around stamping people with a rubber stamp inked with blue ink.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 66, June 30, 2013, woman with animal mask

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 66, June 30, 2013, woman with animal mask

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 67, June 30, 2013, pair making heart shapes with their hands

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 67, June 30, 2013, pair making heart shapes with their hands

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 68, June 30, 2013, man and woman dancing together

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 68, June 30, 2013, man and woman dancing together

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 69, June 30, 2013, feather mohawk

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 69, June 30, 2013, feather mohawk

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 70, June 30, 2013, woman dancing on ledge of Federal Building

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 70, June 30, 2013, woman dancing on ledge of Federal Building

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 71, June 30, 2013, man with red equality stamp on his face. This year numerous people temporarily replaced their Facebook Profile picture with an image of this equality stamp.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 71, June 30, 2013, man with red equality stamp on his face. This year numerous people temporarily replaced their Facebook Profile picture with an image of this equality stamp.

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 72, June 30, 2013, woman piggybacker

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 72, June 30, 2013, woman piggybacker

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 73, June 30, 2013, motorcyclist giving celebrants the high five as he drives very slowly through dance floor near City Hall

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 73, June 30, 2013, motorcyclist giving celebrants the high five as he drives very slowly through dance floor near City Hall

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 74, June 30, 2013, women posing for the camera

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 74, June 30, 2013, women posing for the camera

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 75, June 30, 2013. couple posing for the camera

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 75, June 30, 2013. couple posing for the camera

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 76, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 76, June 30, 2013

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 77, June 30, 2013, beautiful woman

San Francisco Pride Parade and Celebration 2013 - picture 77, June 30, 2013, beautiful woman

I am sorry for the delay in posting this article, but it is a lot of work to go through 3,000 plus pictures and then edit and post the best 77 images.

Smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detectors should chirp to signal low battery condition only during waking hours – here is how

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Jeff Clavier on left August 30 2012 at Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum Photo by Kevin Warnock

Jeff Clavier, left, August 30, 2012, at Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum at University of California Berkeley

I have learned that smoke and fire detectors almost always signal low battery condition in the early morning between midnight and five o’clock. This wakes me up and forces me to replace batteries when I am sleepy. I suspect many people don’t have spare batteries always on hand like I do, and simply take the batteries out until they can go to the store. This leaves the premises less well protected, and I suspect fires have started during this period and that people have died.

The fix is so simple I can’t believe I only thought of it today.

Simply include a clock in all battery operated smoke, fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Have this clock powered by its own battery that can last a decade or more. Set this clock at the factory for the part of the world where the detectors will be sold. The low battery circuitry should consult this on board clock, and should suppress the chirping ‘low battery’ notification during typical sleeping hours, say from 10pm to 8am. The chirping can resume at 8am each day until the batteries are replaced. Alarms typically will chirp for months before they run out of power entirely, so the delay in chirping during the night will not cause a significant safety issue.

The clock should be user resettable so the detector can be moved between time zones by the buyer, or set to accommodate unusual sleep schedules.

I suspect the clock I am proposing costs no more than USD $.50 in bulk, and the feature that it will enable can be promoted to boost sales. I suspect such a detector will sell well because I suspect everyone with a detector has been awakened by their chirping.

Chirping during waking hours is likely to be a measurable advance in fire and poisoning safety, since awake and alert people are less likely to make mistakes, like removing the batteries or putting in replacement batteries backwards.

Jeff Clavier's Facebook Wall as of March 22, 2013

Jeff Clavier's Facebook Wall as of March 22, 2013

While the circuit designers are at it, they should program the detectors to keep track of the passing years and notify the user when the detector has reached its end of life, around ten years after manufacture. I am sure there are millions of ‘expired’ detectors still in use because people forget when to replace them.

This is my second post on how to improve detectors. My first post Smoke detectors should send activation warnings via text messages via Wi-Fi I wrote July 23, 2011.

I believe detectors chirp now early in the morning because batteries deliver less power when cold, and in many homes the temperature drops lowest early in the morning. Here’s a post by The San Diego Real Estate Inspection Company that agrees with me.

Thank you to SoftTech VC venture capitalist Jeff Clavier for sparking my imagination today to think up this fix. Clavier asked on Facebook this morning why detectors report low batteries exclusively at 3:30am. It’s then that I thought of including an internal clock to solve the problem. I posted my suggestion in a comment on Clavier’s Facebook Wall, and then decided to write this post to formalize my suggestion, with the hope the idea gets discovered and implemented.

If this idea makes money for you or your company, please send me an industry average royalty for using this, out of the goodness of your heart. I am guessing that will amount to about USD $.05 per detector, but that could result in my getting ever more wealthy over time given every residence on Earth should have multiple detectors forever. Thank you!

I will not patent this so it’s now in the public domain if it hasn’t already been patented, which is not unlikely given how simple the idea is. I could quickly find no mention of this idea after performing a Google search for this idea.

I wrote about Jeff Clavier last year, and I took the picture of him that accompanies this post. Clavier speaks colorfully. My favorite quote from when I saw him speak August 30, 2012?

“I passed on airbnb that some showed me when it was called air bed and breakfast and I said ‘air bed and breakfast… are you f—ing kidding me?”

My preference is that the world move quickly towards hard wired sealed detectors that have backup batteries that will last ten years. It also seems that non hard wired detectors should have solar cells like calculators and watches, to keep the batteries from having to drain themselves so quickly.

My clock idea I present here is still relevant to such detectors, since I would prefer to learn the detector needs replacing while I am awake and likely to buy a new one at once.

Written by Kevin Warnock

March 22nd, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Photographs of Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012, San Francisco, California USA

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Observe the octopus on this woman at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Yesterday afternoon, Sunday, September 23, 2012, I attended the famous Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, California USA.

The Folsom Street Fair is a BDSM and leather subculture street fair.

The organizer, Folsom Street Events, has a page on Facebook. There is a lengthy article on WikiPediA about the Folsom Street Fair — the largest fair of its type in the world.

This post contains photographs that might be rated PG-13 if this were a Hollywood movie. All nipples are covered in this post, but in some cases just barely, with pasties or adhesive tape. Please skip this post if you are squeamish about nudity or sexuality.

If, however, you want to see more outlandish photographs taken by other photographers, they may be found on Yahoo’s Flickr website. The Flickr pictures are by The Golden Gate Express newspaper.

Beautiful woman at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Woman about to be flogged by the man on the left, at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

I took the pictures you see on this page with my Canon 5D Mark II. I used a Canon 50mm macro lens for some of the pictures, and a Canon 70-200 F:2.8 L zoom lens for the rest. Click on the pictures twice in delayed succession to see the images at full size. I uploaded the pictures at maximum resolution and maximum JPG quality of 12.

San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012. Photo of woman having her body painted.

I have attended the Folsom Street Fair three times in my life — yesterday, in 2010, and in the 1990s.

I am not into BDSM or the leather subculture, but I enjoy the fair.

Yesterday was the first time I went alone, and the first time I brought a good camera with me. I was nervous about being a guy with a camera taking a lot of pictures, but there was no need to be. There were thousands of cameras there. I doubt anyone arrived without a camera. In so many instances, the subjects you see here were actively posing for photographers. Some groups had a dozen photographers at a time trying to photograph them.

San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012. Group dancing in the Sun.

There was a lot of full nudity at the fair, especially among the men. I estimate there were 200 completely nude men walking around. I only saw one completely nude woman walking around. There were dozens of topless women walking around, without pasties or tape over their nipples.

Woman poses for the camera at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

I am straight, so I focused more of my energies towards photographing the many attractive women in attendance. I photographed some men too to capture the ambiance of the event and out of fairness.

San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012. Man lifting a man off the ground.

I gave my card to some of my subjects, and to my amazement, fully half the people I gave my card to emailed me and asked me to send them a copy of the picture I took of them. I happily obliged. Next time I go to the fair, I will offer my card to everyone I photograph, instead of waiting to be asked for it like I did yesterday. One of the women I photographed is a model, and I asked her if she would like to do a shoot with me, and she wrote back that yes, she would. For any of the other women that I have included in this post, I would like to schedule a photo shoot with you as well. You may contact me via Facebook. While you’re there, consider subscribing to my public posts.

C. Amina Peterson at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

I publish a photography blog in addition to this blog at KevinWarnock.com. I only publish results from my photo shoots to my photography blog, not candid images of strangers like you see here.

Man poses for the camera at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

You may see my photography portfolio at the site ModelMayhem. Model Mayhem is like Facebook for models, photographers and related artists.

Naked man wearing a US President Barack Obama mask helps the President collect votes at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

The craziest thing I saw at the Folsom Street Fair this year was a nude African American man wearing a rubber Barack Obama mask and holding an Obama/Biden campaign poster. He stood in the same location for hours, allowing himself to be photographed by hundreds of people. Barack Obama is the current President of the United States of America, and he is running for reelection in November, 2012, later this year.

Band performs on stage at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012. Woman in sun glasses.

Woman uses her Apple iPhone at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Sign over booth for Freedominchrist-sf.org at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Woman with flowing blue hair at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Woman with backlit red hair at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Woman with a beautiful smile at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Woman with jet black hair at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Woman in profile at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Man with horns on his hat at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Two women pose for the camera at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Two women and a man pose for the camera at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Woman with hula hoop at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

A couple walks together in the Sun at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Woman with amazing ear rings poses for the camera at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Woman with large yellow glasses at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Three women pose for the camera at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

A beautiful tall woman at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

A group of men talking at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Two woman paddle a man at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

A group of women talk at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Woman with purple hair at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

 

Woman dancing at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Performers on the stage at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Woman with bloody teeth at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Man poses for the camera at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012. Photo of person in Fox costume.

Woman wearing pasties at the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair, September 23, 2012.

Written by Kevin Warnock

September 24th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

The story of the Microsoft IPO, as told by Fortune

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Fortune Magazine cover from 1986 featuring Microsoft IPO

Fortune Magazine cover from 1986 featuring Microsoft IPO

Inside the Deal That Made Bill Gates $350,000,000 is the title of a story by Fortune that covers what happened behind the scenes with the initial public offering of stock in Microsoft. Yes, that was in 1986, but these kinds of stories are not commonly ever made public, to my knowledge, so I thought I would make note of it here. I certainly learned something. For example, Microsoft, Oracle and Sun all went public within days of each other. Wow.

I remain a big believer in Microsoft, and I use Visual Studio, Windows Server, SQL Server and their Office software to run my company’s website, gOffice. Microsoft’s products are unfairly derided, in my view. Sure, I have my unhappy moments with their products a few times a year. But no other company makes an office suite as rich and genuinely powerful as Office. There is no way to substitute any other programs for Word and Excel for really serious work, because the macro language in Word and Excel lets you do almost anything. Online office products are terrible by comparison, including my company’s own gOffice product. Microsoft has thousands of smart people working on this stuff constantly, and it shows. Sure, the products could be better, but they’re already quite good today.

I think Microsoft will be around longer than Google.

Google doesn’t hold the monopoly power afforded Microsoft by its ownership of Office and to a lesser extent, Windows. People other than advertisers and website owners can stop using all of Google’s products without too much pain. But who can not use Excel for serious corporate work with others?

I recognize these are remarkably unpopular positions to take, but my job here is to tells things as I see them, not recite the popular viewpoint.

By the way, Microsoft considers gOffice a ‘competitor.’ I find this humorous given our tiny market position relative to theirs, but it is nice to see your company name in Microsoft’s 10K annual report for the most recent 5 years in a row. Don’t believe me? Look it up on the Microsoft website here.

gOffice has been depressingly and uncharacteristically quiet for years now, but all that will change this year, and I have modest but wildly realistic plans to revive the brand and product. Stay tuned.

One final crazy point: I think the market value of Facebook will eclipse that of Google and Microsoft, but probably only temporarily. Facebook has a tremendous network effect advantage that will be tough to break, and people really can’t substitute any other site for Facebook, since that’s the only site where all your friends are nearly certain to be.

Friend me on Facebook at Facebook.com/kevinlwarnock to help prove the market power Facebook holds.

Written by Kevin Warnock

March 20th, 2011 at 5:00 am