July 17 Photos of The Day
NEW SAN FRANCISCO SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SWORN IN
Carlos Garcia, left, was officially sworn in as new Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) early Monday in a private ceremony, followed by celebratory Oath of Office by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom on the Mayor’s Balcony of San Francisco City Hall surrounded by colleagues, officials, family, and friends.
Photos by Bill Wilson
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel
Lifetime school mavens Tom Ammiano, left, and Dennis Kelly welcome Garcia. San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano is a former San Francisco school teacher later elected to the SFUSD Board. Skilled longtime negotiator Dennis Kelly is President of the United Educators of San Francisco.
July 17 Videos of The Day
A TRIBUTE TO GRANDMOTHERS
JULY 17 BIRTHDAY LORE
You are self-reliant, resourceful, and very understanding. You spend much time and thought in making your home artistic and attractive. You enjoy entertaining and are an interesting and brilliant conversationalist. By your kindly manner, you will create a happy and pleasant home life.
ADVICE FOR JULY 17
Your arm is about ten times longer than the distance between your eyes. That fact, together with a bit of applied trigonometry, can be used to estimate the distance between you and any object of approximately known size.
Imagine, for example, that you’re standing on the side of a hill, trying to decide how far it is to the top of a low hill on the other side of the valley. Just below the hilltop is a barn, which you feel reasonably sure is about 100 feet wide on the side facing you.
Hold one arm straight out in front of you, elbow straight, thumb pointing up. Close one eye, and align one edge of your thumb with one edge of the barn. Without moving your head or arm, switch eyes, now sighting with the eye that was closed and closing the other. Your thumb will appear to jump sideways as a result of the change in perspective.
How far did it move? (Be sure to sight the same edge of your thumb when you switch eyes.) Let’s say it jumped about five times the width of the barn, or about 500 feet. Now multiply that figure by the handy constant 10 (the ratio of the length of your arm to the distance between your eyes), and you get the distance between you and the barn — 5,000 feet, or about one mile. The accompanying diagram should make the whole process clear.
With a little practice, you’ll find that you can perform a quick thumb-jump estimate in just a few seconds, and the result will usually be more accurate than an out-and-out guess. At a minimum, it will provide some assurance that the figure is in the ballpark — which, in many cases, is as close as you need to get.
JULY 17 WORD OF THE DAY
Celestial sphere. Defintion: An imaginary sphere projected into space that represents the entire sky, with an observer on Earth at its center. All celestial bodies other than Earth are imagined as being on its inside surface.
JULY 17 IN HISTORY
Died: Joseph Maher (actor), 1998. Atlanta, Georgia, received its 14th consecutive day of rain, 1994.
Tuesday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming partly sunny, with a high near 66. West southwest wind between 8 and 13 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. West southwest wind between 6 and 13 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. West southwest wind between 6 and 13 mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West wind between 6 and 13 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.
Thursday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.
Friday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 70.
Friday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.
Saturday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 72.
Saturday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.
Sunday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.
Sunday Night: Patchy fog after 11pm. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.
Monday: Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past three years.