Archive for October, 2013

Clean Diesel? Does This Audi TDI Diesel “Protect the Environment” and Would You “Look Good” “Doing It?”

Thursday, October 31st, 2013


Remember ethanol? It’s still around I guess. Ethanol sucks.

So ask me in forty years or so and I’ll probably have an answer about the merits of “clean diesel.”

As seen above TJ’s #100 on Masonic:

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The Spooky Bull Whip Kelp of Point Reyes – Using a Found Object Creatively in Marin County – Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

This is certainly a creative use of some of the Mapplethorpe-style seaweed that you encounter on the beaches up in Marin County.

Scary, scary Nereocystis luetkeana, aka Mermaid’s bladder:

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Once Again, Official San Francisco Urges All to Stay “Home for Halloween” – Are We Still Paying for This Crummy Website?

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

This one, from City Hall hanger-on David Perry.

Obviously it’s been updated for 2013.

But nobody’s reading it, so it’s worthless.

Did the people of San Francisco pay $40k for this POS site back in the day?

Are we paying $40k for it this year?


But why should we have paid David Perry anything at all for this sad effort?

Well Sure, Malia Cohen and the Supes Just “Banned” Assault Weapons in SF, But They Also Banned Run-of-the-Mill Handguns

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

The news of the day:

Banning assault rifles only scratches the surface.”

Fair enough, except:

1. There are reasons why federal, state, and local authorities haven’t already done the same thing.

Which is also fair enough, as I’m sure Malia Cohen et al are aware of all that. Except:

2. A handgun connected to a 10-round magazine isn’t an assault rifle (of course) and it’s not even an “assault weapon.”

And here’s a test. Would you, gentle reader, call the guns that most of the SFPD strap on every day assault weapons? I don’t think so. So like for instance, “the sergeant drew her assault weapon and pointed it at the suspect.” If you said something like that, I wouldn’t know what you were talking about. Most likely, you’d use the term pistol or handgun or revolver or something like that, right?

So that’s why calling an everyday, run-of-the-mill handgun an “assault weapon”   isn’t the right thing to do.

You’ve gone beyond George Lakoff-style “framing” all the way to Orwellian.

Just saying.

Hey Look, It’s the SFPD Bicycle Patrol on the Sidewalks of the 6th Street Part of the Tenderloin

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Back in the day, back in the 1990’s, you could hear shift commanders just begging SFPD officers to work on a bike instead of a car. Extol the virtues of exercise they would.

I don’t know if things are like that these days.

Anyway, this is new to me, I don’t know how unusual it is.

IMO, it’s a good way for the SFPD to patrol this area:

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NB: Don’t tell area poverty pimp Randy Shaw that the northern blocks of 6th Street are effectively part of the Tenderloin these days. I don’t think he could handle it.

By the summer of 2008, going “uptown” in San Francisco will mean heading to the Tenderloin.

Forked-Tail Doctor-Killer High Above the 415 – What JFK Jr. Would Have Been Flying a Generation or Two Ago

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Those V-tailed Beechcraft Bonanzas certainly look cool, I’ll give you that.

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“The V-tail design gained a reputation as the “forked-tail doctor killer”, due to crashes by overconfident amateur pilots with high-level skills outside aviation.”

Oh well.

More Signs of Life at 1751 Fulton, the Death Zone for Restaurants – Former Poleng Lounge / Social Club / Storyville Avail for $18K/Mo

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

I don’t know, what kind of business could you run to cover the $4 per square foot per month rent on this foggy, windblown section of Fulton across the street from the Lucky?

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Back in the day, it looked like this on the weekends, with college kids barfing up here and there:

Of course, back in the day the business that actually made money on this side of the block was the quite active whorehouse called Gabin. These days, it’s world famous Papalote what’s earning the dollars with their expensive burritos.

But what kind of restaurant would you put in to meet your payroll and pay the rent of $1000 a day in this out-of-the-way location?

I’m clueless


So the Fulton #5 Line Just Went from Overhead Electricity to Diesel? News to Me

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

I was thinking that the the Fulton 5L’s would be the diesels, so that the drivers could nimbly get around the electric buses.

But no, the overhead electric rides are now the 5L’s and the 5’s are the new and old diesels.

See? 5L on the left and 5 on the right:

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Geary Boulevard Update: Hot Pants, Cold City

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

50 degrees.

Blustery, swirly conditions.

Even I was cold, an I’m a moose.

And yet:

Official SFGov DPW Life-Size Diorama at Sunday Streets Blames Cyclists for Accidents with Street Sweepers

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

So I guess DPW goes to Sunday Streets to promote itself?

OK fine, but what in the Hell is this at the recent debut of the very chilly/windy Sunday Streets The Richmond District?? Is it a life-size diorama of the aftermath of an imaginary DPW street-sweeper vs. bike collision that happens to be the cyclists fault?

Click to expand – oh my Lumix camera doesn’t have safety shift turned on from the factory?  News to me – I’m used to cameras what adjust exposure more better. Anyway, this shot was overexposed by about three stops, sorry.

So DPW, I know what you’re trying to do, but you’re doing it wrong.