Archive for January, 2011

Learning to Fly in Golden Gate Park – Corporate Games in the Panhandle – Jim Henson’s Wallenda Babies

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Just tie a line to a Eucalyptus and you’re in business.

Don’t forget your helmet:

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Daily Jumbo Jet Flights To Frankfurt Soon to Use Slightly Larger Airbus A380 – Lufthansa A New Deity for SFO’s Cargo Cult

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Where to begin on this one, uh, how about this bit from just last week talking about how long SFO has been waiting for the arrival of regular A380 service.

All right, well, as you might know by now, the news just recently came out about how Lufthansa is going to use Airbus A380’s instead of Boeing 747-400’s on daily flights from Frankfurt, Germany.

Is this really a “windfall,” as the Mayor said (or actually, as the Mayor’s holdover staff wrote)? Well, probably not, as a windfall is something you luck into, like when coconuts fall into your arms from a stiff breeze.

And actually, SFO has been planning for the arrival  of A380 for more than a decade now.

Here’s what it means to be “A380 ready.” See how one plane has three jetways in its gate? That’s one of the ways you can tell that SFO readied itself for the A380.

But actually, what we’re doing is losing service from one double-decker jumbo jet and gaining service from another, slightly bigger, jumbo jet.

Is the A380 really “the world’s most fuel-efficient aircraft” as the Mayor says it is?

Nope. A Boeing 747 or 777 making the same flight would burn less fuel.

And will these kinds of flights “help appease Peninsula residents who for decades have complained that it’s too loud to live near the airport or under flight paths?

Nope, not in the least.

And are some A380’s still grounded due to an issue with Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines?


And does Lufthansa use A380’s with Rolls Royce Trent 900 engines (instead of the more American, less blow-uppy Engine Alliance GP7200 engines?”


Oh well.

(Oh, in other news, the reason why Qantas (oh, snap! “Qantas Incident” is like the most popular search term on Google these days it seems) left us for Texas is because them melon farmers down there paid the Aussies $3.5 million buckaroos to make the move.)

See the press releases, after the jump. Try to contain your excitement…


Pixar’s Campus in Emeryville is Delightful – Complete With a Giant Luxo Junior You Can See From Space

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Can you see Luxo Jr?

How about now?

From Andyi’s Visit to Pixar:

Via Andyi

Charlie Sheen is On Fire – Media Criticism from Mission Mission – “Burning, Fire, Burning, Fired, Burning”

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Ariel Dovas from the Mission Mission has a nice catch.


Let’s get Fired Up!

Today’s Pink-and-Blue-Striped Australian Sunrise Over San Francisco – It’s a Boy, It’s a Girl, It’s a Boy…

Monday, January 31st, 2011

For some reason, San Francisco has more than its fair share of trees from Down Under.

Like these big ‘uns blocking your view of a Sky Blue Pink sunrise.

Each stripe represents a boy or a girl born in the 415 last night, right?

We’ve got Eucalyptus, Lilly Pilly, the works, all over town.

G’Day, Mate

MyDutchMoped: Get an Aging Batavus One-Cylinder Moped and You’ll Become Cool, Maybe Join the Tenderloin Creatures

Monday, January 31st, 2011

This Batavus Regency is a new one on me.

Did I spot a Creatures of the Loin reference in there? Check out Lauren “:)” Smiley’s historic bit right here, for the 411 on San Francisco’s formerly angry moped gangs.

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A manifesto of sorts, from a moribund webpage:

Media blackout begins. to clarify: the creatures of the loin are complete losers. a few of them, the more unsavory ones, are homeless. they are around 22 years old on average with a healthy number still being high school misfits who get made fun of by even the nerds. they are about 40% girls and have chosen the moped way due to a love of liberation, a desire for self sufficiency…”

Don’t stop believing, Batavus riders!

And get to know area gang members on peds of all stripes:

! Ching Chung Schlung !
#1 Flynn
( . ) ( . )
8====|) ~~~~
Amber Rico
Anne Borremans
Annelise Jeske
Bella Weinstein
Benadam X
Bret Hoffman
Brett Walker
Brian Pritchard
Chris Paz
Clare Crisafi
Connie Hwong
Craig Wong
Cristina Victor
Dan Webber Kastner
Dave Phrick
David Linehan
David Pilz
David W
David Cox
Dominique Lewis
Elliot Ortiz
Em Is Coco? Chilldance
Emily Kastner
Emily X
Erin Kearns
Graham French
Harold Smith
Harvey Mushman
Heather Rosner
J-Lo Timberlake
J.a.m. (justin) Creature
Jeremiah Robertson
Jesse Spelljammer
Jessica Lazer
Jordan Dewing
Joshua Franta
Kelly Ellis
Liam Devowski
Monica Schaefer
Nathan Jauvtis
Remy Spritzer
Round Boy
Rufus *
Silverfox Sullivan
Sin Hombre
Soraya Parker
Starbuck ****
Zac Monster Squad
Zach Levenberg
Zeke Jak

Attention Extras in that Matt Damon “Contagion” Movie: SF Minimum Wage is $9.92 Per Hour

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

[UPDATE: It’s all good, hard-working extras. Just got the call from Down South about how you all are going to get at least $80 per working day. They were all apologetic, saying stuff like, “Thanks, you really saved our bacon on this one.” Turns out that San Francisco County is the only place in the entire state what has a higher-than-CA min. wage.]  

That means that $64 ($8 times 8 hours) isn’t going to cut it, right?

Remember those “unfortunate,” “innocent” 18-year-old faux prostitutes in Chinatown from the time that horrible Trauma series came to the 415 all lies and jest? Those people got paid way more than $64 a day – it was close to $80. So why should you Contagion extras get paid any less?

Is it possible that Rich King* Casting doesn’t know the minimum wage in the area where it’s casting?


Those playing hos back in ought-nine got paid minimum wage, so why not you?

Feel the excitement:

(And the beauty part is that there are “no fees to apply” Really? No fees to stand around for hours trying to get a gig that doesn’t pay minimum wage? Sweet, Thanks Rich King Casting.)

So, extras, practice this line: “I knows I gots to get paid!”

Start chanting all together and then your $64 paychecks will increase to $79.36 paychecks tout de suite.

Of course, if they take you to the East Bay or if they shoot on Federal land(?) in the 415, well then maybe you won’t get your full $9.92 per hour. But they’re talking about filming at Candlestick Park and Chinatown,** where San Francisco laws are in full effect.

In closing, these pretzels are making me thirsty!***

Extras Needed for New Matt Damon Film “Contagion”
Filming in SF February 9-19, 2011
Casting Call
– 1/29/11 Fort Mason,
– 1/30/11 Embarcadero YMCA

Filming starts on February 9th and goes through the 19th. Before shooting though, we will be coming to San Francisco to do an open casting call for those who may be interested in working on this film on Jan 29th and 30th. We are looking for Men and Women all shapes, sizes, types and ethnicities to be background performers for this feature.

We look forward to offering the opportunity for fun,exciting PAID work to San Francisco and Bay Area area residents. We will be casting lots of locals in the production.

The date and times for the open call castings are:

January 29, 2011 (2pm-6pm)
Landmark Building C
Room C260


January 30, 2011 (10am-4pm)
Embarcadero YMCA

All applicants need only a pen, a small photo of themselves and a great attitude. It’s as easy as that!

>> For more information about the casting call: 415-373-4202

*C’mon, “Rich King?” I suppose that’s better than Sandy Beach or something. (Never trust anyone from the movie biz.)

**Contagion in Chinatown? Hey, remember SARS? Restaurant owners would come out on Grant and to try to, physically, pull diners inside.  Bad times.

***That’s from the comments section on SFGate. (Kramer was going to be more than an extra on that Woody Allen film, but anyway…)

Lamborghini Schadenfreude! Italian Exoticar Towed With Extreme Prejudice From the Apple Store Red Zone

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

You know why you almost never see Lamborghinis with licence plates on the back in the 415? ‘Cause when you register them in CA, it costs low five-figures, baby.

And that’s a lot of scratch for a toy.

(Of course, if you want a sexy, imported, Lambo two seater for a little cheaper, there’s always the tandem Viaggio bicycle, right?)

Now, take it away Andyi – here’s an accounting of the fuss in Union Square last night:

I dunno. There’s something about a expensive supercar being towed from a no-parking zone with the same care and indignity as a Toyota Celica that makes you smile and take photos. One thing worries me, though. This is:

1) A super-expensive car,
2) With no license plate,
3) Parked illegally,
4) Outside the Apple Store.

I’m 10% sure that I might have just missed a Steve Jobs sighting.

(Aside: another demo of the Nikon P7000’s special super-high-sensitivity shooting mode. The feature really shines in street shots like this one, where there’s enough light to see by but not enough to get a good shot from a normal camera. Apart from the low 3-megapixel resolution, there’s really nothing wrong with this shot. I tweaked it a little bit in Aperture, but no more than I’d adjust a shot I took in bright sunlight with any other camera. It was more or less fine as-is.)”

Million dollar pig junior
You’re my Bangladesh
I’m crazy dynamite
I’m the cactus man
I drive a Lambourghini
I stop for petrol

You mangle my pig junior
There’s tornadoes in Spain
I’m alone tonight
I’m the cactus man
I drive a Lambourghini
I stop for petrol

Mangle my pig junior
Mangle my pig junior
So far away
So far away…

San Francisco BICYCLE SURVEY: “Daddy, Tell Me Again, What Does “Self-Selection Bias” Mean?”

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Well Honey, self-selection bias:

“…arises is any situation in which individuals select themselves into a group, causing abiased sample with nonprobability sampling, It is commonly used to describe situations where the characteristics of the people which cause them to select themselves in the group create abnormal or undesirable conditions in the group.

Self-selection bias is a major problem in research in sociologypsychologyeconomics and many other social sciences.

While the effects of self-selection bias are closely related to those of selection bias, the problem arises for rather different reasons; thus there may be a purposeful intent on the part of respondents leading to self-selection bias whereas other types of selection bias may arise more inadvertently, possibly as the result of mistakes by those designing any given study.”

As seen on Market Street. (Sure, the survey-takers have vests, but what about helmets ‘n stuff?)

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“Daddy? Why do people talk crap about Wikipedia all the time even though Wiki is way smarter than the people who talk crap about Wiki all the time?”

“I don’t know Cupcake, ask your mother…”

Someday, My Closet Will Look Just Like This – Bon Anniversaire 1MX Rainbow Shirts!

Friday, January 28th, 2011

It’s like a rainbow, all the way, whoooh! at the Great Mall of Market Street:

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What’s that, Express? $50? Maybe I’ll stick with the $16 no-iron cotton bidness shirts* and the $12-something jeans at Costco #144.

Nice rainbow, though.

*36-inch sleeve lengths? Perfect! Higher quality than anything the Express would ever sell? Natch.