Archive for the ‘paranormal’ Category

Oh, Here’s Why All These Street Lights in Golden Gate Park Have Been Burning 24-7 for Half a Year – Lazy Lazy SFGov

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

The switches up there are photovoltaic? So when they get covered with grime and whatnot the lights stay lit even in the daytime – that’s your clue that you need to fix the light.

Except this is Frisco, where the way to become a department head is, more or less, through elections fraud and/or sharing sports activities (such as jogging) with a so-called Strong Mayor. Ergo, the focus is on the political, as opposed to, what, common sense?

Anyway, our SFGov figures it’s easier to let streetlamps burn 300,000 minutes in a row, and counting, than letting the streetlight people do simple maintenance.

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On It Goes…

Golden Gate Park Update: Collegiate Muggle Quidditch or Post-Collegiate Corporate Team-Building?

Friday, July 24th, 2015

This one’s too close to call:

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Frisco’s Smallest Statuary: Riled-Up NIMBYs Celebrate Winning “The Freeway Revolt” – Raising the Roof on Gough

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Ironically, freeways are a safer way of getting about. Oh well.

Here it is, from across the street in NIMBY Stronghold Specific Whites Pacific Heights:

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Detail. Call and response: “CAN I GET A ‘HELL YEAH?’ CAN I GET A ‘PAC HEIGHTS?'”

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NIMBY Fever – Catch It.

Wealthy White Wizened Homeowners – There’s Nothing They Can’t Do.

For better or worse…

Longtime Republican Ron Conway’s Evolution on Gun Control: Stated, “I Could Care Less” Back in 2001

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Here you go, do a simple Bing* or Yahoo* Search for this phrase:

“gun control? I could care less”

That gets us to “The Godfather of Silicon Valley: Ron Conway and the Fall of the Dot-coms.”

(And by that, Ronny meant (you know, idiomatically speaking) he could not care less.)

Or I should say he did not care less, as it seems he’s evolved on the topic of gun control. To say the least. Here he is a few years later:

“Taking gun control to the tweets: can tech mogul Ron Conway use social media to oust 45 senators?”

Who knows what he really thinks…

*Heh.

Fell Street Blues: The Street Lights That Have Been Burning 24-7 for MONTHS Now Have Company – A New Mystery

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Here you go, four streetlights in and around the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. From left to right:

1. ON ALL THE TIME SINCE EARLY 2015, on RPD Property.

2. ON ALL THE TIME SINCE EARLY 2015, on DPW Property.

3. ON ALL THE TIME SINCE THE PAST WEEK, on DPW Property.

4. ON ONLY AT NIGHT, on DPW Property – this one’s in the control group.

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FAQ:

Q. Well, maybe this was at dusk, when the lights were turning on?

A. Nope. Daytime, nighttime, bright days, not-so-bright days. All the time. 

Q. Well, this is just a few lamps, so this waste doesn’t amount to much, right? 

A. Nope. There are other lights on as well. Just take a look at the Panhandle as you pass by, as thousands of well-compensated SFGov employees have similarly done. You can see these lights shining brightly, from a bus, from a car, whilst walking, whilst biking, you can see them from a box, you can see them with a fox, you can see them from a house, you can see them with a mouse. It all adds up.

Q. Well why don’t you just call 311 then?

A. ‘Cause 311 is for losers.* Actually, RPD is well-aware of this issue, one that they can see from their clubhouse at the end of … Fell Street. RPD just doesn’t give a fuck. Sorry.

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*Oh sorry, loosers (if reading on the Internet).

Old White Guy, Old White Guy, Less Old White Guy: A Random Sample of SF’s Supposedly “Diverse” Golf Course in San Mateo County

Monday, July 6th, 2015

So that’s 100% white guys. (Of “course,” our n=3 here, but even so. I mean, the people who take advantage of this golfing subsidy skew white, male, older, wealthier, right? I mean, am I wrong here? Disabuse me, Gentle Reader, if necessary.)

These are the only people I’ve ever seen at the white elephant known as Sharp Park, which, oddly, is operated by San Francisco even though it’s not even located in San Francisco.

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So, why would Interim Mayor Ed Lee go against the Board of Supervisors, who wanted to sell off / give away / otherwise rid ourselves of this light-skinned loxodontine from Way Down In Pacifica? Well, middle-class welfare tends to be hard to eliminate.

And then there’s this constituency:

“City management of the golf course is handicapped by a sclerotic labor contract that has some employees earning six-figure salaries* for work that pays less than half of that on most golf courses.”

Oh well. I suppose our southernmost “run-down” golf course will continue to make us a national laughingstock.

And who’s going to pay for the $20-$30 million* worth of deferred work what this ball-and-chain needs?

I don’t know.

Oh well.

*Practically everything in Frisco is “sustainable” these these days. But what about Sharp Park? And then there’s this, from our drought-addled Year of the Lord 2015:

Dan Noyes:How do you respond to this not being fixed for four years?”
Gavin Newsom’s Jogging Buddy / Political Booster / Lawyer: “Well, that’s probably not exactly accurate. There are a series of leaks in the system and we manage them as best we can.” 

50,000 gallons? That’s a Cosco Busan bunker oil spill-worth of water daily. Oh well.

Zagat Survey Creates Firestorm by Calling Frisco “San Fran” on Twitter – A Hasty Correction Fails to Satisfy

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Here you go, from yesterday:

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And here come the umbrage-takers:

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It’s still going on, the umbrage-taking, even a day later, even after a modified Tweet from Zagat what used Our Full Name, all 13 characters.

I know that saying “San Fran” is risible to some hot-headed residents of Frisco, but I don’t know _why_.

(Like “foodie” is offensive to some as it’s diminutive, right? It’s crazy to worked up about such matters, but at least I get that one.)

Someday, somebody will explain it to me…

Nickname(s): The City by the Bay; Fog City; San Fran;[1] Frisco (antiquated);[2][3][4][5] The City that Knows How (antiquated);[6] Baghdad by the Bay (antiquated);[7] The Paris of the West[8]

Vaunted “Box-Spring” Revealed to be the Scam That It Is

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

I’ve always wondered this, I’ve wondered of what use is a box spring.

People tell me, “It’s to support the mattress.” And I think, oh, the way the floor would?

Now for all I know, this Wiki entry has been hijacked by the North Carolina Box Spring Institute, but here we go:

The purpose of the box-spring is threefold:

  • to raise the mattress’ height, making it easier to get in and out of bed; [OH, OK, SO IT’S A BED HEIGHTENER – CHECK]
  • to absorb shock and reduce wear to the mattress; [THIS SOUNDS LIKE BS TO ME. HOW DOES THE MATTRESS KNOW THAT IT’S NOT SIMPLY ON THE FLOOR? DOES THE MATTRESS SAY TO ITSELF, ”
    OH, I’M NOT ON THE FLOOR SO I’LL CONSCIOUSLY MAKE THE EFFORT TO WEAR OUT SLOWER] and
  • to create a flat and firm structure for the mattress to lie upon. [OH, THE THE WAY THE FLOOR WOULD?]

Another dissatisfied customer, earlier taken in by the ongoing boxspring scam:

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Here we go, revised propaganda from this century:

  • You can put the mattress on the floor. This actually gives the mattress proper support, but it doesn’t look as nice, is more difficult to get in and out of bed, and isn’t as sanitary since you’re right on the floor.

Oh that’s right, sometimes the Norway rats make it past the encircling ring of traps around my bed and then spend the night sleeping on my face. Come to think of it, that’s not sanitary at all!

So that’s the answer – a boxspring is an overwrought platform to enheighten your mattress.

But I don’t see how a mattress platform could possibly “wear out.” And I don’t see why people pay thousands of dollars for them.

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94117 Update: Letting Your Freak Flag Fly on the Panhandle Bike Path – Shiny Cape Definitely Required

Friday, June 12th, 2015

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