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Monday, May 19, 2008

San Francisco, Downhill

One of the things I love about living in the Bay Area is my proximity to the city of San Francisco. If you've never been, SF combines the architecture of commence-de-si├Ęcle 1900's with gritty, new-millennial urban realism, overlaid with a passion for everything new and hip set against some of the most beautiful vistas you will ever find on this planet Earth. One of the other things I love are the ubiquitous, sometimes inordinate, hills: growing up in Texas (read: flat), I never had anything like the views I've seen in Northern California, and driving in The City is a singular experience (especially when you're driving a stick).

The other great thing to come about from this combination of anachronistic architecture and undulating geography is that so many commercials and art films are set there, as it's the perfect showcase for all types of random objects rolling/ bouncing/ tumbling down the severe slope of a modern American boulevard. Case in point is this commercial for the Sony Bravia television, complete with a quarter of a million Superballs in the thrall of that mysterious, elemental force known as gravity. Enjoy the magic:
You can check out the making of the commercial here.

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