Archive for November, 2017

Area Man Can’t Wrap His Head Around the Idea of Paying $80 per Night to Stay in a Motel Six in Hayward

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

A tad expensive for a Motel 6, non?

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The Vanishing White Deer of Point Reyes – “White raises them to mythical status” – Soon They’ll All be Gone

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

As close as I got back in aught-10, as seen from Pierce Point Road:

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And here’s the whole story.

Females only these days, Jurassic Park-style. They should die off by 2021 or so…

Sutro Tower and Salesforce Tower Now Bookend Frisco

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Mighty Sutro on the left and brand-new SFT on the right, with Mt. Tam in betwixt, in this view anyway:

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Still adjusting to seeing SFT from many many places all over our Bay Area…

Funston, Bitches: Area Aeronaut Couldn’t Be More Chill

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

As seen from Fort Funston, GGNRA:

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Tesla Forgets the Lesson Toyota Taught GM in Fremont: “Build fast, fix later: speed hurts quality at Tesla”

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Read and learn, from NPR:

“At the old GM plant in Fremont, Calif., the system had been totally different and there was one cardinal rule that everyone knew: the assembly line could never stop.

“You just didn’t see the line stop,” Madrid said. “I saw a guy fall in the pit and they didn’t stop the line.”

Lee, the supervisor who oversaw the plant summed it up this way: “You saw a problem, you stopped that line: you were fired.”

As a result, vehicles at the plant had lots of defects. Haggerty saw all kinds of mistakes go right down the line.

“So we had Monte Carlos with Regal front ends and vice versa,” he recalled. There were cars with engines put in backwards, cars without steering wheels or brakes. Workers fixed them later in a yard outside — sometimes doing more damage to the vehicles.”

So those were the bad old days of GM in Fremont. But then came the Toyota Way of doing things during the NUMMI era:

At the NUMMI plant you can see Toyota’s solution to this — a thin nylon rope that hangs on hooks along the assembly line. It’s called the andon cord and when pulled, it will stop the line.

The first pull summons a team leader. Workers try to correct the problem on the line. If it takes too long to fix, the line stops. The andon cord also plays a surprisingly cheerful little song that workers can chose. For longtime GM workers who switched to the NUMMI system, all this was a revelation.

After two decades at the GM Fremont plant, Earl Ferguson flew to Japan to learn a whole new way of making cars.

When Madrid trained in Japan, he saw workers stop the line to fix a bolt.

“That impressed me,” he said. “I said, ‘Gee that makes sense.’ Fix it now so you don’t have to go through all this stuff. That’s when it dawned on me. We can do it. One bolt. One bolt changed my attitude.”

And guess what’s made at that very same factory down south in Fremont today – that’s right, Teslas:

After Tesla’s Model S sedans and Model X SUVs roll off the company’s Fremont, California assembly line, the electric vehicles usually make another stop – for repairs, nine current and former employees have told Reuters.

The luxury cars regularly require fixes before they can leave the factory, according to the workers. Quality checks have routinely revealed defects in more than 90 percent of Model S and Model X vehicles inspected after assembly, these individuals said, citing figures from Tesla’s internal tracking system as recently as October. Some of these people told Reuters of seeing problems as far back as 2012.

By now, the reader should have realized that New Tesla is sort of like Old GM.

Artist’s conception of Elon Musk wearing Mens crocs size XXL, if he ever were to do that and then pose awkwardly in/on an expensive vehicle that obviously didn’t fit him (or Arnold, or Gavin, or a lot of others who Wanted To Believe):

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The Most People I’ve Ever Seen on Just One “Bicycle” in Frisco – A Party on Wheels

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

Later on, I saw that they had these rides at work – “meeting bikes” or something they were called, like you could call a meeting for up to seven people and then ride around whilst conducting bidness. But I never saw a bike meeting IRL.

And actually, I haven’t seen this ride too much since 2009 either:

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Maintenance is a bear, I understand…

Shame of the California Highway Patrol: The Implications of “MEMBER – 11-99 FOUNDATION – “Can You Buy A License to Speed?”

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

SSIIRRISLY.

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All the deets on this Culture of Corruption.

This is Not/ America: Old-School House on Stanyan Doesn’t Match the Others – The Steepest Roof in Frisco?

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Near Hayes:

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It doesn’t feel like America, anyway.

Why No Ambulance Company on Yelp has a Lower Rating than KING-AMERICAN – And Yet, They Cruise About in Benzes – One Simple Trick

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Ahem.

(Oh, and don’t miss the happy fun (possible) slander hour at Secret Yelp und ze BBB either.)

Hey, shouldn’t King-American work on the basics afore buying Mercedes Benzes for their employees ala The Firm? 

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All right, play us out, KPIX:

ConsumerWatch: Ambulance Calls Can Hurt Your Wallet

“Nultemier also cited the high number of homeless and uninsured. “50 percent of the calls we go on we don’t get any re-imbursement for,” he said.  How does he make up for it? “The insured pay,” Nultemeier said. “The insurance companies get billed at higher rates to make up for the people that didn’t have the insurance. That’s the unfortunate truth.”

Mayor Ed Lee’s Super Bowl City of 2015 on Division Looks Just the Same, But There’s Less of It Nowadays – A Two-Year Anniversary

Monday, November 27th, 2017

I first noticed the original Super Bowl City in the first week of December back in 2015, but I’m informed it really got going a few weeks earlier in mid to late November.

Here’s how things look these days in the same basic place. Not hundreds of tents, but dozens, certainly.

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That’s the update.