Archive for May, 2008

The Senior Action Network Wants Bikes Off of San Francisco’s Sidewalks

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

The Senior Action Network reminds us:

According to the City Traffic Code Article 5, Sec. 96, it shall be unlawful to ride a bicycle upon any sidewalk area, except juveniles under the age of 13 and not in front of schools, stores, or buildings used for business purposes.

To get the word out, they’re back with their sidewalk stencils. Take the bike survey, if you dare.


McAllister and Van Ness, San Francisco

Ordering an Orange Porsche is a “Harmless Form of Aggression”

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Check out the paint job on this Limited Edition Porsche Boxster. Appalling, in’nt?


You’ll certainly attract lots of attention driving around in the orangest car in the world, much as you would walking around in a white suit, ala Tom Wolfe.

Zoom zoom.

Best-O-Burger in San Francisco’s Financial District – Meh

Friday, May 30th, 2008

San Francisco’s latest lunchtime hotspot in the Financh is doing land-office business so far, but the reviews are sort of meh.

Per Sue L.:

Burgers – reminiscent of White Castle
Fries – reminiscent of Burger King
Onion Strings – reminiscent of Asqew Grill
Hype – reminiscent of In & Out

It looks like a chain, but it’s not. People line up out the door during lunchtime, but it’s not that long a wait. The burgers, fries and onion ring string things taste good. A little pricey for what you get.

Maybe it’s for you, maybe it’s not.


493 Pine at Belden Lane near Kearny

It’s Come to This: Cadillac and Lamborghini Bicycles

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Here’s what’s missing in your life – bicycles from Cadillac or Lamborghini. Get yours from Amazon or the Costco today!

Now when you drive your Lamborghini, you won’t need to stop for petrol. And you can be assured that your bike is the Cadillac of Bikes. But as the Cadillac Man says:

“Our target customer is someone not necessarily bicycle-brand conscious, but brand conscious.”

Oh, snap! That kind of sounds like an insult.


randomduck via Flickr 

Perhaps your new Caddy won’t give you the street cred you so richly deserve, but these branded bikes seem to offer a nice alternative to spending 400 bones at Valencia Cyclery. Actually, it seems that these two-wheelers are all sourced from Taiwan, or China (or one of the Chinas anyway), so prices seem fairly reasonable.  

Plus, you can get a back rest (just like an office chair!) for the saddle of your full suspension ride. Wouldn’t that impress everyone at the next Urban Bike Training session put on by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition?

Tiny Moppet Gets into Yoga, via the San Francisco Health Plan.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

This toddler on the side of a MUNI bus on San Francisco’s Market Street is shown all by her lonesome finding inner peace via yoga in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. (Thank goodness all the trash was removed by that “Save the Bay” shooting crew.)


Perhaps the San Francisco Health Plan is something for you? Available en Espanol.

Every Day is Spring at San Francisco Botanical Garden

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

At least that’s the way it seems to visitors at Strybing Arboretum, aka San Francisco Botanical Garden  in Golden Gate Park. Something is always blooming in there, throughout the year.

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From Chile, with love

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Like to Eat Flowers

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

San Francisco’s famous wild parrots have spread out a bit lately, so they’re easier to spot these days.

Watch them eating springtime blossoms (cherry? plum?). You can listen to them also. And of course, you can read all about them.

Click to expand. (With your help, we can fight moiré):


Mmmmm…, flowers.

Don’t Miss Out on CupCakeCamp, Sunday Sunday Sunday!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

It’s on! It’s Laughing Squid approved.

It’s wonderful. See you there!


Sadly, these cupcakes DNQ‘ed due to El Sol. Don’t let this happen to you on Sunday.

Seal Commands All Must Attend Black and White Ball

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Our benevolent style leader requests your attendance at Saturday’s Black and White Ball.


Of course it’s $250 a ticket for seats that “may not have ideal audio quality” and may have “impaired sightlines.”

But that’s a small price to pay for Seal.  

Let’s not disappoint him. Seal has a posse, after all.

Got Conspiracy? The Cabal That Keeps Milk Prices High in California

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

So, the state of California won’t allow lower milk prices? Sure seems that way. Here’s how it looked at a San Francisco Lucky Supermarket the other day:


The Soviets over at the California Department of Food and Agriculture regulate milk prices? Yes, srsly.

You see, dairy farmers and the state of California like high milk prices. This cabal works together thusly:

California Dairy farmers want state to raise milk prices

Record milk price provides relief for dairies

Read the news and turn the pages:

Dairy Industry Crushed Innovator Who Bested Price-Control System


15-farm empire bucks industry

Not only does Food and Ag play a role in keeping milk prices high, they seem to relish offering excuses for their behaviour.



So, by the numbers:

4. Q: Why are milk prices regulated?
A: Another way to ask the same question is, “To what extent is governmental intervention still needed to achieve orderly marketing of dairy products?”

No, the way to ask the question is “why are milk prices regulated?” Or, why are milk prices so damn high? Or, why the hell is there a minimum price on milk? Answer: To please Big Dairy.

Next question:

5. Q: How do California’s milk standards differ from other states?
From the nutritionist’s standpoint, California’s fluid milk standard is healthier

No, the proper answer is “in a trivial fashion.” Why would California have such a minor difference in milk standards? To segment the market in order to please Big Dairy, that’s why.

Next question:

11. Q: How much does it cost to produce a gallon of milk?
Input costs, such as processing labor, delivery and raw product costs vary considerably.

Why on earth should the Kalifornia Kommisars even care about this issue?


Dairy Division on patrol, looking for illegal sales of low priced milk. 

The final outrage:

16. Q: Can outsourcing milk to other states reduce the retail price of milk?

Outsourcing“? Don’t they mean importing? Yes they do, but the word importing has a neutral point of view.

Thankfully, we’ve made it to the bottom of the FAQ page.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is required to comply with the wishes of the Legislature and the Governor, of course. The mystery is why Food and Ag feels it necessary to defend the wishes of the Legislature and the Governor with this extremely bogus and self-serving FAQ page. The World Wonders.

(And if you like high milk prices, you’re going to love getting sprayed with crop dusters over your house this summer. BAM!