Archive for February, 2013

Attention Comrades! Please Attend Glorious JFK Drive Bike Lane Re-Education Camp Tonight – Attendance Mandatory!

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

From the Richmond District Blog comes news of tonight’s Richmond District Democratic Club meeting regarding the horrible new bike lanes on JFK Jr Drive in Golden Gate Park.

Longtime area cyclist and capitalist running dog Steven T. Jones typifies the type of person who will most benefit from re-education via the corrupt SFMTA and the messianic San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. See?

New JFK bike lanes are bad for everyone

I’d post a photo but the SFMTA has me watching an educational movie, you know, A Clockwork Orange-style.

And they DID admit that some fine-tuning possibly might be in order.

And my restraints are actually quite comfortable.

Maybe these horrible, one-of-a-kind bike lanes aren’t so horrible after all.

In closing, I Love Big Brother.

The Financial District’s Ugliest Building – A Clock Tower in the 94105? – It’s the Retro Future!

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

What the Hell is this, just south of the slot at Market and Second?

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I cry foul.


Infusion Lounge: Our “Upscale Nightclub of Choice for Hipsters, Celebrities, and Global Jet-Setters” – Yish

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

I’ll tell you, I saw “upscale nightclub of choice for hipsters” and I was settling in for an epic press release, perhaps the best of 2013 so far.

But then it turned into a more normal press release, into something like listening to an acquaintance talk about a recent trip that was turbo, turbo fun.

Here it is, below, with the more appalling sections in bold.

On the catwalk, well you know what I mean, I like to do my little dance on the catwalk, oh on the catwalk…

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“Infusion Lounge in San Francisco Reveals Spectacular Redesign at Four Year Anniversary Event”

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 27, 2013 — Infusion Lounge, San Francisco’s upscale nightclub of choice for hipsters, celebrities, and global jet-setters, unveiled a dazzling new redesign and lighting installations at its glamorous Four Year Anniversary celebration on Saturday, February 23.

On the red carpet for the official launch were local legends and international icons, including San Francisco 49er Donte Whitner, Bar and Nightclub Magazine’s two-time DJ of the Year, DJ Ikon, and the award-winning designer, Kinney Chan, who originally created the opulent Asian-inspired interior.

Since its Grand Opening on New Year’s 2009, Infusion Lounge has welcomed over a half million of the Bay Area’s finest club goers and has hosted some of the biggest names in music, film and sports, including P Diddy, Mary J Blige, Lebron James, Gerard Butler, LMFAO, Dave Chappelle, Mario Lopez, Vernon Davis, Sergio Romo, Catt Sadler, Kevin Dillon,, Terrell Owens, Vida Guerra, Clinton Sparks, ‘Lil John, Rob Thomas, Jake Shields, Tim Lincecum, Jesse Metcalf, Pablo Sandoval and many more.

The extensive new redesign within the 6500 sq. ft club enhances the nightlife experience with the addition of premium VIP tables and a new dance floor area. The brand new state-of-the-art lighting & sound system features a custom-made DJ booth faced with a 7′ digital screen, the latest crowd-scanning laser, 8 stunning new mirror scanner dance lights, a smoke machine, and a custom-designed LED chandelier.

Executive Chef Evan Turner debuted his all-new lounge menu that includes delectable savory appetizers to complement the newly-expanded cocktail menu. The chef has received multiple Diner’s Choice Awards from OpenTable for his Pan-Asian cuisine.

Guests also had the opportunity to enjoy the property’s unique ‘4D’ Experience, which includes Drinks, Dining, Dancing, and Dreamy overnight accommodations at the Hotel Fusion directly upstairs.

Named by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine as one of the World’s “Top 35” New Nightclubs, Infusion Lounge is located at 124 Ellis Street at Powell near Union Square. It is open Tuesdays-Saturdays from 6 PM-2 AM, with dinner service until 9 PM.

Guest list registration, dinner reservations, and more information are available at

About Infusion Lounge and Hotel Fusion

Infusion Lounge San Francisco and Hotel Fusion are licensed concepts of the InfusionLounge Licensing Corporation and are managed by the C-Two Group.

SOURCE  C-Two Group

C-Two Group”

The Joys of Buzzing Market Street in Your Aging Cessna 310 Twin – What’s the “Minimum Safe Altitude” Over SF?

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

This is a Cessna 310, or something similar, just after it buzzed the Financial at well under Minimum Safe Altitude, which in this case is 1000-something feet above ground level.

Escaping to the northeast:

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Now, do I have your tail number? No I don’t. So you win this round, Flyboy.

Regardless, I cry foul.

Until next time…

(And try to not kill yourself or your  passengers or any ground-dwellers before then.)



A 2013 Update for Albert Bartal, the Firefighter Seriously Injured after that Jack in the Box Fight in 2011

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

And when I say fight, I mean he ended up getting run over by a car on Geary near the infamous late-night Jack in the Box of the Inner Richmond.

Here’s the update:

Albert Bartal Support Group

“Elizabeth got to visit her Daddy on 1.18.13.”

I’m ignorant of the disposition of this case so I wouldn’t necessarily be protected if wrote about what I think of all this.

But why don’t you look into things and draw your own conclusion about what happened?

And then, why don’t you make a contribution?

The Case Against Gannett Co Inc’s “The Bold Italic” Website – Exh 1: Dismal, Dismal Numbers

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

The question of the day is whether The Bold Italic website from Gannett Company, Incorporated (NYSEGCI,FWBGTTS&P 500 Component) is “villainous” – that’s the talk of the town, lately.

To wit:

“They’re hardly the villains in this town.”

Well let’s see.

I’ll tell you, over the years I thought that TBI was just one dude, a dude that I came across all the way back in 2010. He was proud that the average TBI visitor stayed on the site (or on a webpage or something) for like five minutes. Now we’ll see about that stat in a moment, but I’m just shocked that TBI has/had all those employees plus a custom-made clubhouse complete with reclaimed wood in Hayes Valley. That’s where I’m coming from.

Hey did you know that’s there’s a website called The Gannett Blog and it’s based in San Francisco? (I didn’t.) Anywho, let’s hear about the TBI from Anonymous:

The revenue plan was mysterious because there was no revenue. Not for the first 24 months anyway. The Bold Italic had a burn rate that rivals some of the most infamous fizz outs. They blew through $2 million a year for the first 2 years, before snagging a whopping $41k in revenue based on their skimming from entertainment ticket / event sales.”

Is that true? I don’t know. But where did that $41k figure come from? Such specificity!

Of course public relations doctrine from your S&P 500 type of companies is to say that such a specific statement such as this is “false” or “way off.” That kind of thing is called a pregnant denial by some.

So, has The Gannet Company, Incorporated spent millions and millions of dollars on The TBI the past few years?

Sure looks that way.


That’s starting to remind me of The Bay Citizen, actually. (Of course the TBC produced a lot of great journalism, IMO.)

So that’s one side of the ledger, millions upon millions spent, or wasted, whichever, but what about revenue coming in? What about the number of readers, for example.

Let’s check Alexa, The Web Information Company.

Ooh, here’s something:

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The above graph show what the Alexa people think has been going on the past week. The San Francisco Chronicle / is in there as a baseline – it’s consistently something like the 1000th most popular website in the world, or something. No surprise there.

And look, this pathetic blog, the one you’re looking at right now, the one filled with animal photos and whatnot, the one with overhead of less than $100 per year, managed to make the grade as well. I can assure you that this is anomalous – either it’s a mistake or maybe a big website pointed to one bit and that generated a burst of traffic. I don’t actually know, or care to know, to be honest, and even if I did, I don’t know how to find out, oh well.

The real test is how TBI does compared with someplace like SFist, which is basically run by one dude. Check out Alexa – you can see that TBI gets beat by SFist consistently and thoroughly, week after week, month after month, year after year.


And I suspect that blue bump you see up there, when TBI clearly broke into top 100,000 territory, mostly had to do with the controversy related to a recent post from KevMo, Kevin Montgomery of TUA, The Uptown Almanac.


And even that minutes-spent-onsite-per-visitor stat, the one that’s supposed to Have Meaning, turns out to be three minutes for both The TBI and


Of course there are other ways of getting revenue than simply having people look at your site.

Like there’s “partnerships” ‘n stuff.

That issue will be Exhibit 2 in the case against TBI.

(I haven’t proven villainousness yet, I’ll agree. I’m still on the fence. But I’ll look into it.)

All right, TBC, To Be Continued…

Stolen iPhone Spot Market – Meet the Gentlemen Who Fenced Your Apple Device – Mid-Market, SF, USA

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Hanging out at 7th and Market in front of the check-cashing place in the heart of San Francisco’s corrupt Twitterloin / “Uptown” Tenderloin.

Good  times:

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Now I’ll tell you, there will come a time when fencing an iPhone will become less lucrative. You know, the way it’s becoming in New York City. (Right? ‘Cause if you all can’t actually use the iPhone you just bought off of craigslist for cheap, then you all will stop buying them and that will be the end of the bulk of the stolen iPhone market.)

If only SFGov and the SFPD were so “innovative.”

But remember, appointed Mayor “Ed Lee Get’s It Done,” unless he doesn’t, as in this case.

And so many others

When Oh When Will People Start Paying Attention to the “Sharrows” Painted on Our Streets?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

You see, “sharrows” are down there to tell cyclists that they’re “salmoning,” that they’re going the wrong way.


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When, oh when, will we learn?

Uh, Sorry, LA Times, But Your “49 New Sweet Spots” for Visitors to San Francisco are Not New – YouTube

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

What’s “new” here except for the video itself?

San Francisco’s new sweet spots by losangelestimes:

In closing, “Oh … I don’t go to the Avenues.”


In mitigation:

I want to live in los angeles 
Not the one in los angeles 
No, not the one in south california 
They got one in south patagonia 

San Francisco’s “Official Tourism Marketing Organization” Invites Tech Conventioneers to Sex / Strip Clubs?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Here’s the  giant ad from the back of today’s never-been-thinner San Francisco Examiner.

“San Francisco’s Finest Adult Clubs welcome RSA CONFERENCE Feb 25 – Mar, San Francisco Travel

Check it:

So what’s the San Francisco Travel Association logo doing in there?

I’m confused.

(But oh, let me assure all you horny nerd conventio tourists in town for the next few days. There IS sex in the champagne room (or whatever they’re calling the champagne room these days), despite what you might have heard.NB: Bring cash. NNB: Lots and lots of cash.)

Executive Team

Joe D’Alessandro
President & CEO

Paul Frentsos
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Tom Kiely
Executive Vice President, Tourism

John Reys
Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Officer

Matt Stiker
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer

Tina Wu
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer