Just What You Always Wanted: A Webcam Capturing the Nonstop Action at -- the Farallones?
As of today, you'll be able to see whomever it is potentially listening to those games on the chain of islands 27 miles off the city's westernmost tip thanks to a live Webcam. This solar-powered camera is a project of the California Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the aforementioned PRBO.
What do you stand to see? Birds. Sea lions. Sharks. Jimmy Hoffa. The world is your oyster (but you won't see any oysters).
Anyway, here's the technical jargon:
The Webcam is an Axis 233D network dome camera with half hi-definition resolution. It beams image data via a microwave link between the Southeast Farallon Island and San Francisco's Twin Peaks. The pan, tilt, and zoom features of the camera will provide 360-degree views of the island.
Network infrastructure for the Webcam was provided by the City and County of San Francisco's Department of Technology -- so you can insert your own joke about the mayor being forced to glean the passwords from a jailed renegated techie here.
Photo | Jim Herd