city: san francisco

philo farnsworth’s laboratory

from television posted in technology by pete_nice

Philo Fransworth, the inventor of the all-electronic television, first demonstrated television at his laboratory at this address in 1927.

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postcard row

from full house posted in television by pete_nice

The opening credits of the sitcom Full House feature the Painted Ladies on Postcard Row (pictured below).

These picturesque homes, located at 710–720 Steiner Street across from Alamo Park, are frequently used in San Francisco montages. They were built between 1892 and 1896 and survived the San Francisco fire of 1906.

The exterior that serves as the Tanner family home is on Broderick St.

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brooks hall (closed)

from computers, internet posted in technology by prof_improbable

Underneath the Civic Center in San Francisco is a windowless bunker of an exhibition hall called Brooks Hall.

Currently closed and used as storage, Brooks Hall was the location of the "Mother of All Demos."

On December 9, 1968, computer warlock Douglas Engelbart gave a demonstration at the Fall Joint Computer Conference at Brooks Hall.

For the first time in one computer system, Engelbart demonstrated almost all the fundamental elements of modern personal computing: multiple windows, hypertext, graphics, the computer mouse (which he helped invent), word processing, and several other systems.

After about 1,000 computer scientists gave Engelbart a standing ovation, the attendees went back to their own work, now more fully aware of the new paradigm of possibilities.

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jack london’s birthplace

from jack london posted in literature by corporate_sunshine

John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney) was born at this location on January 12, 1876.

The American author who wrote the novels The Call of the Wild and White Fang, and the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life", spent the early years of his life at this location.

The home burned down in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake fire, and the plaque celebrating London was placed here in 1953.

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the matrix (former)

from hunter s. thompson, jefferson airplane posted in literature by pete_nice

From 1965 to 1972, this location was the headquarters to the "San Francisco Sound" called The Matrix. Several blues and psychedelic bands played the venue in the 60s, and Jefferson Airplane was the house band from 1965 to 1966.

According to the movie Gonzo: The Life and Work of Hunter S. Thompson, HST would frequent The Matrix and had a crush on J.A. lead singer, Grace Slick.

A memorable scene from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas recreates a flashback from the bathroom of The Matrix with Johnny Depp and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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