if you’re going to san francisco

As some people already know, I’m moving to San Francisco in early September. One thing I had trouble finding was a map of the San Francisco microclimates. But here’s one:

It’s from this book.

I’ll be living on the border of North Beach and Russian Hill (which is in the warm zone, 6). No place in San Francisco is really “hot”, despite what that map says. But the patterns of fog and relative coolness are correct.


Sorry that my blogging and open-source output has been light; I’m recovering from serious RSI problems. The fact that you see this post at all is a sign that things are getting better, though.

18 responses

  1. I just moved to San Francisco right next to Dolores park. That map is interesting because it is often the case that there are clear skies over the mission, and I can see the fog over the financial district. It is odd that the map lumps the whole east side of the city together.

  2. I live in the heart of #6, and it’s been nowhere near anything resembling “warm” for most of July. Yes, that’s JU-LY. If you’re going to San Francisco, make sure you stuff enough flowers in your hair to cover your ears.

  3. Sounds like we’ll practically be neighbors. I’m on the corner of Union and Leavenworth, which is considered “Russian Hill” but feels closer to North Beach.

    Great map, btw. The weather is so damn volatile here, though, that one big section described as, “really cold, nice, or hot” might be more accurate :) And I thought northeast Ohio had funny weather…

  4. I love that about San Fran. I’ve always wanted to move there, but never had things line up. Always at an East Coast company or startup…

    Get better. I might have a patch for that Interlock issue soon, btw.


  5. hey man, sorry to hear that.

    i mostly fixed mine with the following:

    – don’t work (type) more than 10 hours a day :(

    – get a chin-up bar, put it on a door you walk under frequently and do a few chinups each time you walk under said door.

    – get one of those squeezy things that exercise your grip

    My RSI is mostly due to my weak, weak arms atrophying away and once I started building some muscles back in them, most of the pain went away.

  6. Thanks for having the courage to mention RSI. I think a lot of developers experience it but think they are alone.

    I had problems in 2000-2001 and I’m not exactly sure what fixed it. I got a good chair, adjustable-height monitor stands, learned Dvorak, and use a keyboard that’s comfortable for me.

  7. Thanks for the tips; I’ll try the arm strength thing especially.

    I’m going to write a blog post about the RSI issues in a month or so. In the interests of helping people who are in pain right now, I’ll mention some of the things I’ve tried (some from doctor recommendation):

    * Spending significantly less time at the computer.

    * Sending less txt messages.

    * No PlayStation, especially Guitar Hero, which is totally brutal on your hands.

    * MacSpeech Dictate voice recognition software, with a theBoom headset. I use this for e-mails, blogging, and chatting. It took a long time to get used to. I also use the headset with my phone.

    * MacBreakz software to encourage me to stretch every 20 minutes. This helps a lot.

    * A custom Dvorak layout to reduce pinky-shifting.

    * A multivitamin, and also a B6 supplement.

    * Less carbs and alcohol, which impede nerve healing. Also, I avoid painkillers, because I need to listen to my body when it complains.

    * I have a book about trigger point stretches, but I don’t really use it. It’s probably good.

    * Ending the work-from-home situation, in progress.

    Really it comes down to two things: reducing the sheer number of impacts, and changing your immediate physical environment. I was already using an ergonomic keyboard before and that kind of thing, so I have to take drastic steps.

  8. I’ve used pretty much every trick in the book: I have a good chair, learned a custom Dvorak layout, use speech recognition when practical (most non-code sections of RailsSpace were dictated), etc. Massage (both professional and self) has helped a lot with muscle issues, but these days I have weird range-of-motion problems in my right shoulder, probably from long, relatively immobile periods mousing. Several times I thought I’d “fixed” the problem, but RSI is a strange beast, always seeming to find a way to escape its cage; it’s a struggle trying to stay one step ahead. In the end, I think that staying strong and (alas) hacking less are the only solutions.

  9. Hey, that’s an awesome map. In hindsight, it would have been useful to know even for our short holiday there a few months back

  10. I have had problems with RSI as well. A couple of things that I did –

    got a kinesis keyboard,

    went to an acupuncturist

    worked on my posture.

    This last one might be one of the most important, as the RSI is often not just a wrist issue, but connected to the whole musculoskeletal system.

    good luck

  11. Evan,

    An interesting map! I’m surprised somebody spent the time to map it out. Pretty cool.

    One thing that’s worked wonders for some of the guys in the same building as I is getting rid of a mouse and replacing it with a graphics tablet. They’re really cheap these days (~£30, so I guess about $55). One of the guys thought he was going to have to give up developing, until he started using one. Look up Wacom tablets on Amazon and see what deals they have.