Michael Jackson Has Been Buried, Now I Can Post This

Jonathan Haeber, the photographer responsible for documenting Michael Jackson’s infamous Neverland Ranch, tells the story of how he came to be at Neverland Ranch and the affect the Ranch had on him.


Haeber begins with, “as someone who finds significance in historic architecture, I neither saw Neverland as significant, nor historic.”  It was only after the thought occured to him, “why couldn’t Neverland be ‘historic’ in my mind?” that Haeber decided to pick up his camera and document the place.


Despite trespassing numerous times on different properties in order to get a picture, Haeber had a bit of reservation stepping onto Michael’s “private park.” Haeber consoles himself with the thought,” Michael truly wanted to share his world. It was a genuine wish of his for everyone to understand things the way he did.”


To Haeber the experience was “surreal” and everything he viewed indicated that Michael was an “innocent man.”


Haeber’s one regret? He didn’t ride down the Super Slide.


Read the entire story and see newly released pictures on Bearings.

What’s That Building in Downtown Oakland?

I used to be quite the walker when I first moved back to the Bay. I had an active social life and no car to support it. One of the things I would almost always see and wonder about on my walks is this building at 1100 Broadway in Oakland.

Luckily, Jonathan Haeber, a local urban explorer, was also curious about the building and dedicated one of his urban explorations to uncovering what the building looks like now and what the history of the building is.

Turns out the building used to house the privately owned company Key System.[link] Key System provided mass transit to most of the Bay Area from 1903 to 1960.

According to Wikipedia, Key System was dismantled around 1958. Declining ridership and lobbying by National City Lines [link], an affliate of General Motors ended much of the company’s rail ways.  In 1949, National City Lines, along with General Motors, Firestone Tire, Standard Oil of California, and others (Phillips Petroleum, Mack) were sued by the United States for conspiracy to form a “transportation monopoly, and conspiring to monopolize sales of buses and supplies to companies owned by City Lines.” [link]

To find out what else Haeber discovered –like rave flyers from the 80s on one of the floors, and see more photos, check out Haber’s post on Bearings. [link]

Are You Serial? Lollipop-Pies!? WANT!

Every so often, an idea comes along and I’m like “That’s so freaking smart! How did I NOT think about this?” That’s how I felt when I saw a post about Lollipop-Pies a.k.a tiny pies for your mouth on the website Luxirare. [link]

Luxi Rare, writes an overview about making Lollipop-Pies saying that the reason Lollipop-Pies exist is because sometimes Luxi wants “a couple of bites” and wants “to be done with it.”

“I want to eat pie, but I don’t want a whole slice…. I want little pies, yes, with more pie crust than filling. 50 calories or less, no guilt. Eating pie slices makes me feel fat.”


Through links and comments in the original post, you too can learn how to make your own Lollipop-Pies.

Making pie filling. FROM SCRATCH.

Filling the pie.

Laying the stick.

Finished product. Nom. Nom. Nom. Nom.

You can read the entire post here. And here’s a link to a store selling lollipop sticks. There’s no reason for you not to get started.

Michael Jackson Has Passed, Now I Can Post This

Well, I don’t know that really. Either way…

Last spring when Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch was up for auction, Jonathan Haeber of Bearings blog, a website for urban explorers, posted renegade nightime photos of the infamous ranch.

Some of the photos were released, but not all. The photos that were released were beautiful and amazing. So, without further ado, here are some of the photos.

The front gate.


On the left side of the front gate is this picture.


The infamous Disney-like train station.


The train station in black and white.


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Snuggies Don’t Die, They Multiply

Poor bastird

Poor bastird

I thought by now, that maybe that damn Snuggie product would fade away — back to the hell that it spawned from. But no.

At the Yelp Snuggie Pub Crawl in SF, there were many poor misguided bastirds donning the product, ensuring that the Cult of Snuggie may never die or that it will be a long time before the product fades away. Some donned the original factory designed Snuggie. And then there were these bastirds.

Captain Snuggie

Captain Snuggie

Snuggie Spice

Snuggie Spice

Sadly, even SF Gate is warming to the cult.  -Sigh-  More misguided souls lost to the Cult of Snuggie.

Be aware that the Cult of Snuggie has no lines it won’t cross. Even conservatives like Tucker Carlson have been ensnared by the treacherous cult. And Joe the Plumber looks a little too comfortable in that Snuggie. I wonder if he’s ever worn a white version.

Does this come with a matching hood?

Just kidding Joe.

The Taco Bell Conspiracy

Sombrero Man

Sombrero Man

One night, at a dinner party with my friends, I ran across a peculiar picture while watching a Flickr slide show.

We had just finished watching Sarah Haskins from infoMania do her Superbowl Special on Current, which was freaking hilarious. (The special is montage of her best clips so if you don’t know who Sarah Haskins is, here’s your chance.) When the special ended,  I began a Flickr slide show for the search term “taco.”

Now there are many things that are notable about this search. The two things that stuck out the most to me are:

  1. It took at least 24 pictures before we saw a picture of a taco. There were lots of pictures of dogs, horses, and birds though.
  2. There were awesome pictures of old and new Taco Bell signs and branding.

It is from #2 that we discover our conspiracy.

While the slide show was playing, a picture of the first Taco Bell location showed. In the left-corner of the picture is a curious looking mascot figure. It’s a short man, with a sombrero, who’s basically dressed like Speedy Gonzalez.

Another picture in the stream shows the mascot figure re-painted (above). I decided to look for information on the mascot and it turned out to be like looking for a needle in a haystack. I finally found a piece of information about the figure from the Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food.

In an entry, labeled mascots, there is paragraph that states:

“Not all mascots … have been successful …. Taco Bell initially had a sleepy Mexican wearing a sombrero. When PepsiCo acquired Taco Bell, it jettisoned the existing icon and replaced it with a mission bell.”

Further research reveals that Taco Bell first opened its doors 1962 and was purchased by PepsiCo in 1978. For 16 years this mascot existed and yet there is no mention of the mascot on the Taco Bell Wikipedia page and most search results for “Taco Bell mascot” only have some thing to do with the “Yo Quiero Taco Bell” dog.

Is the sleepy sombrero man being quietly written out of our history? Or could it be a coincidence? It is a mystery for time to solve.

Another thing discovered in the Flickr stream is Taco Bells’ promotional album featuring Herb Alpert, called “Tijuana Taxi.” For the curious, I’ve posted the song below, frisky dancing is extra.



View more pictures from the Vintage Taco Bell pool on Flickr.