The Bay Area Runs on Petroleum – A Dozen Tankers at Anchorage 9, the Former Hangout of the Exxon Valdez

October 30th, 2014

Here’s four of them:

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The big ships offload to smaller tankers – a process called lightering.

Oddly enough, San Francisco’s inept SFMTA transit agency has spilled more petroleum into SF Bay than any single vessel spill over the past 40 years. We had the Cosco Busan mishap a few years back, but that was a container ship and it only spilled fuel it was going to use on its trip across the Pacific. The Bay Area has never had a big big oil tanker spill.

The 1971 SF Bay Oil Spill was as close as we came…

The Cougars of NoPA – Here It Is, a Bike Trailer What Costs More Than My First Car – Presenting the Chariot Cougar

October 30th, 2014

So of course, with something so valued, you gotta lock that down.

As seen in the Western Addition – this thing runs $1000-something, believe it or not:

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OTOH, my bike trailer costed $100-something, but I don’t think it has bearings or whatnot. (Like Robinson Caruso, it’s as primitive as can be, kind of like a Roman chariot, actually.)

But it gets the job done and it keeps me out of Cougar Country, so fine…

World Series Update: “FUCK SFMTA” – “Only in SF Do People Hate the Transit Agency More Than the Cops”

October 30th, 2014

Word on the Street, via @SFNick, @robertol, and @kevinmonty:

 RT : Only in SF do people hate the transit agency more than the cops. (photo via )”

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Hey, how’s Prop A doing? The last polling I saw it wasn’t doing so hot, but that was a while ago.

Oh look, media coverage:

The Ides of “May”: The Language of the Mayor’s Pet $500 Million Bond “May” Alarm You

Meanwhile, the people at the SFMTA claim to be offering, “Excellent Transportation Choices.” And they ask the public for advice about MUNI can become “more perfect.”

Something’s gotta give here – I suppose we’ll find out next week…

Instead of Concentrating on the 7th Game of the World Series, Mayor Ed Lee is Playing Ping Pong at a Political Event?

October 29th, 2014

In the words of the great John MalkovichWTF to that:

“…fundraiser for Evan Low is happening tonight in SoMa from 6-8 PM! With an open bar, amazing food, a live DJ set, and Mayor Ed Lee playing ping pong, this is an event not to be missed.”

And this official fundraiser graphic is odd, certainly, and “500 DOLLAR BUY IN” seems very “off-message.”

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Oh, there’ll be some TVs on that the Mayor Airbnb can glance at, perhaps in between sets with Ron Conway? All right.

(Hey, who’s Evan Low – what does he have to do with San Francisco?)

No wonder Senator Mark Leno is ahead in the polls, already, in next year’s mayoral race…

[UPDATE: And here it is, as advertised, incredibly.]

(South) San Francisco World Series Fan: Chevy + Dubs = SF Giants Love

October 29th, 2014

Another one from San Francisco photographer James Corrigan:

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The Price of Gasoline in High-Cost San Francisco Will Soon be … Two-Something Dollars Per Gallon – Here’s $3.25 Right Now

October 29th, 2014

I remember the first time I spent $20 to fill up a gas tank. It was for an Audi 5000 in Hawaii in the 1990′s.

And I remember the first time I spent $100 to fill a gas tank. It was for a Toyota Land Cruiser in Marin County in the 2000′s (by that, I mean The Aughts).

Ah mem’ries.

Now here’s present day SF, at the infamous Fell Street ARCO:

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Now I’ll tell you, my Nana, who just had stomach surgery Back East, so she’s been slowed down a bit, well, she just told me about paying 30 cents per gallon for gasoline something like 60 years ago, back in ’54. Adjust that for inflation and that works out to two-something dollars a gallon, right?

And back then, America was a poorer country, right?

And back then, you couldn’t buy no hybrid cars to get super-high mileage, right?

Obviously, changes are afoot. Obviously. But the Peak Oil crowd (the latest gathering was circa 2007 or so) has been proven wrong, once again – it’s like clockwork, since the 1800′s.

Just saying…

Attention Tour Bus Operators: After a Fender-Bender, Get Your Rigs Out of the Middle Lane of Oak Street – Don’t Be Calling Your Insurance Agent

October 29th, 2014

So, yes, you had a little fender-bender with your big bus, and yes, it was related to the endless tinkering  done by the SFMTA MUNI DPT DPW bowl of alphabet soup. So what! It’s not that big of a deal. CSI San Francisco isn’t going to send it’s Go Team and the NTSB isn’t coming neither.

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Therefore, get your bus out of the roadway, pull it over. Sure, take a couple iPhone shots first, sure. But then get outta the way. THIS IS SFPD POLICY. Don’t you know this? You had at least two employees on the scene, why not have one, I don’t know, let’s call him the Driver, drive the bus to one side of the road or the other. Did you call the SFPD? IDK, but if you did, don’t you want them to show up? Now, how are they going to do that if you block the road, which, as stated, is a noteworthy bottleneck already, due to ongoing construction efforts, for umpty-ump minutes?

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I cry foul.

The Q! – How Any Monkey Can Use Photoshop on This Shot of San Quentin – The Miracle of the Healing Brush Tool

October 29th, 2014

I’ll tell you, I know every street, alley and pathway of northern San Francisco and southern Marin, you know, like the back me hand, Matey. But this part of Marin, near San Quentin Prison, I don’t know that well, so I figured I’d take a shot and then later on ID those peaks on the ridge and also that massive-looking apartment-looking building on the right there. (Or is it a hospital? IDK, maybe. I think I’ve been there, actually. It sure is tall for Marin County…)

Anywho, here’s the shot – note those light poles with direct sunlight on them.

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I’ll bet the Spot Healing Brush Tool could clear things up in a jiffy. You just drag your mouse over the stuff you want gone and poof, it’s gone. Photoshop simply guesses at what it thinks is there IRL. It’s like magic, no skillz required:

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Is this acceptable? Well, sure. It depends on what you’re using a shot for. I don’t think this thing would fly with the San Francisco Chronicle, but for an ad or something, sure.

Just don’t release two versions of the same shot, ala Kent State, and you should be fine.

Probably.

YOU MIGHT BE A GADFLY IF … the SF City Attorney’s Office Makes a Webpage Just for YOUR Records Requests

October 28th, 2014

Like this:

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Nonsensical Billboard Message of the Day: “It Takes The Hood To Save The Hood”

October 28th, 2014

So therefore what, is the message “Give Us More Money?”

Sure seems that way:

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