Archive for the ‘paranormal’ Category

Chronicle Writer CWNevius IN FAVOR OF But Also AGAINST “Endangering Our Judiciary”

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

So here’s CWNevius in June 2016, worried that the Stanford rape case might “endanger our judiciary” due to the loud complaints about the judge’s sentencing. Fine.

But here’s the very same CW Nevius, also in June 2016, telling people to “complain loudly” about the decisions of local judges. See?

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So what’s the deal? Is he trying to curry favor with our unpopular Mayor again while at the same time fulfilling an assignment to write something, anything, about a local story what’s gone national?

IDK, but it don’t add up.

North Bay Techies and an East Bay Podcaster Want Us to Abandon Frisco’s Flag – Here’s Their Progress the Past Year

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Uh nothing?

That’s what they’ve gotten done the past year. Nothing. So this post from June 2015 is still as relevant as ever.

Hey, were we supposed to have some competition of proposed New San Francisco Flag ideas last year, complete with an unnamed “San Francisco official” as one of the judges, you know, for color of authority? Yep. But did that actually happen? Nope.

Like, who in SFGov would do this kind of thing? Our Unpopular Mayor? IDTS. He’s got enough real problems. Well, who else? IDK. Who wants to risk reelection over something like this?

A more honest approach would be to design a super great flag what follows all the current rules and then propose it as a replacement for San Francisco’s flag. That’s a one-step process. The problem with the two-step proposal from “Roman” “Mars” and, oddly, AutoDesk is that you could very easily end up with a design what’s less popular than the current design, right?

Step 1: Dump Haterade on the current flag so much so that we start a damn fool design contest to dump the current flag in favor of some undisclosed “improved” flag. 

Step 2: Decide on a new flag that Friscans like less than the current design.

(So yeah, old flags is funny. Sometimes they get updated per the “rules” in fashion at the time they get updated – such is life.)

Anyway, I’m sorry designerly community, but sometimes new ideas are bad ideas and sometimes self-indulgent efforts to change things for the sake of change isn’t good for your fellow taxpayers / citizens. That’s my sperpective from this side of the Bay…

Ah, memories:

“Here it is: http://www.sanfranciscoflag.com/

1. First of all, that’s a nice old-tyme skyline photo you got there – what is it, pre-Cosco Busan? It’s certainly pre-One Rincon – that’s what jumps out at me. Hey, does “good design” prevent giving credit for the best element of your new website? Let’s fix that: Christian Mehlführer, AKA User: Chmehl. of Vienna, Austria. Bro goes around the world, around the wo-orld to take good photos, right? [UPDATE: Oh, I see! A credit might “mar” the simplicity of your painfully oh-so-2015 well-designed website? Well, boo hoo!]

2. The designerly name: “Roman Mars.” Mmmm…  (It detracts, it distracts, non?) Well, my name is Ares Greek – pleased to meet you!

3. Ted Talk? Strike two!

4. Driving people to an 18-minute video instead of typing out your manifesto with bullet points? Does that work? (It didn’t work on me, sorry.)

5. Already being on double-secret logo probation for supporting UC’s recent inchoate “good-design” logo/monogram/whatever effort.

So those are the comments.

In mitigation:

1. 99% Invisible is 99% good. It’s excellent, you know, generally, when it’s not taking time out to defend the Designerly Community.

2. The Bros of AutoDesk are all right as well. Just look at them maintaining focus under heavy pressure back when the Bay to Breakers fun run wasn’t completely shaped by an unholy alliance of Christian Billionaire Philip Anschutz + touchy millionaire NIMBY homeowners:

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But why would Autodesk want to kill our flag? 

I’ll tell you, our flag is bad-ass. Look what you can do with it:

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You want to talk history? Let’s talk history – see below, from the Wiki.

In closing, The Bird Is The Word. And if you succeed* in changing it significantly, I’ll work tirelessly to get it changed back. 

END OF LINE.

UPDATE:  INSIDE THE CAMPAIGN TO REDESIGN SF’S SUCK-TASTIC FLAG

“the reason people don’t use it often is kind of an obvious one: it’s not very good.” UH, NOPE! “OBVIOUS” TO YOU, PERHAPS.

“a symbol that San Franciscans tend to rally behind” UH, COULD THERE BE _OTHER_ REASONS WE DON’T “TEND TO RALLY BEHIND” ANY PARTICULAR SYMBOL?

“overhaul?” YOU MEAN _COMPLETELY REPLACE_, RIGHT?

“design community?” AHAHAHAHAHAHA! “WE FEW, WE PROUD, DESIGNERLY FEW!”

“Does it really matter if San Francisco has a better flag or not?” GOOD QUESTION. NOPE!

“San Francisco has a chance to define its values through an enduring, recognizable symbol.” MEH. BUT IF YOU WANT TO GET STARTED, HIRE A LOBBYIST TO START LOBBYING THE SUPES. IT’LL RUN YOU SOMETHING LIKE $10,000 A MONTH FOR MANY, MANY MONTHS. WELCOME TO FRISCO, OAKLANDER. P.S. HEY, GUESS WHAT – YOUR FLAG SUCKS TOO. IT VIOLATES ALL THE RULES ME AND MY CREW MADE UP. LET’S CHANGE IT NOW. TO WHAT, I DON’T KNOW, I WON’T SAY. JUST ANYTHING BUT AN OAK TREE, WHICH, YOU KNOW, HAS BEEN DONE, LIKE BY PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND AND MANY OTHERS. PLUS, IT SAYS “OAKLAND” RIGHT ON THE THING. WHAT COULD BE MORE BANAL? KELL DOMAGE!

Reader notes:

Caption from “War & Dissent: The U.S. in the Philippines, 1898-1902″ exhibit. Curated by Randolph Delehanty, Ph.D. of the Presidio Trust.

“In 1900, banker and art patron Mayor James Duval Phelan, mayor from 1897 to 1902, recommended to the Board of Supervisors that San Francisco adopt a flag and motto. Over 100 designs were submitted and John M. Gamble’s proposal was selected. It depicts a phoenix rising from its ashes on a white field. The mythological phoenix appears in many ancient cultures and is a symbol of immortality. When the long-lived phoenix feels death is near, it builds a nest of aromatic wood and sets it afire. A new phoenix then arises from the ashes, just as San Francisco arose from the great fires of the 1850s. The motto “Oro en paz y fierro en guerra” “Gold in Peace and Iron in War” refers to the city’s then-recent experience during the Spanish–American War as the embarkation point for troops to the Philippines in 1898.”

*The primary way our elites end up successfully imposing their “good design” upon San Franciscans is through turning an aesthetic issue into a health and safety** matter.

**See how that works? The high school student who hasn’t actually hurt anybody IRLAFAIK is described as one who has “hurt a lot of people.” And in this town, some who are convicted of homicides end up getting probation or something like several months in jail…

U2’s Bono Quoted by Local Government Agency as If He Were Gandhi or Buddha or Jesus or Chairman Mao

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

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Dear SFMTA: Your ideas are intriguing to me and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

(One time, I couldn’t get to any music on my aging iPod Touch except for the latest U2 album, which of course I didn’t ask for. I don’t know why that happened.)

Who Can Explain These Antennas / Transmitters / Transceivers Now Mounted Above Busy 19th Avenue Way Out on the West Side?

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Not me.

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Planet Fitness Describes Itself as a “Judgement” Free Zone – “Oh, Excuse Me, Mate—are We in Bloody England?”

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

As seen in Frisco:

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Oh, it’s one of them deliberate typos?

On its signs and labels, my gym describes itself as a “judgement free zone.” Oh, excuse me, mate—are we in bloody England? I know it’s slightly anti-intuitive, but here in America, we like our judgment (and our program and our aluminum) just fine, thank you!”

Appointed Supervisor Katy Tang Goes Off on Twitter over “Supervisor slams brakes on L-Taraval changes”

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Here you go:

Supervisor slams brakes on L-Taraval changes By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Und:

Parking Over Pedestrians: Tang Shuts Down L-Taraval Safety Plan BY JACK MORSE

And then came the blowback. First, from the long-time, SFG0v-connected, right-of-center SPUR:

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So what does that mean? The hed’s sensationalistic – well why’s that? I don’t get it, man. Katy Tang’s certainly not jamming the pedal to the metal, right?

And what “betrays the truth?” Hey, you know what the phrase could mean IRL? It could mean that somebody’s unintentionally revealing something, like, hey man I didn’t steal a _red_ car and then park it in a barn down near the big cafe in La Honda. Anyway, that’s what that phrase could mean.

And hey, here comes the appointed Supervisor herself:

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“Shameful?” WOW.

Also, “news” in quotes? OUCH. The ‘Xam isn’t news?

And here’s your stinger:

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Oh, so all this is Twitter’s fault? I think that’s what I’m hearing.

Of course, our local transit activists won’t ever be happy, but I don’t see what’s wrong with the SFMTA changing Taraval. If I were Traffic Czar, I’d put in a mess of traffic lights west of 19th, to like 25th or so, but that’s just me. And if I were Traffic Czar, I wouldn’t care what local small business owners think – that’s what would make me a czar, the lack of pressure from the Taraval Historic District Business Owners Association, or whatever these people might call themselves.

Anyway, this is what you get with appointed Supervisors, IMO.

A Few Beefs with the SFMTA’s Marketing of Its Plan to (Somehow) “Increase Access” to Twin Peaks

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Here you go:

Making Room to Enjoy Spectacular Twin Peaks by Aaron Bialick
Friday, April 15, 2016

But the SFMTA isn’t really making anything is it?

Access by foot and bike is pretty limited, the road that loops around the mountain top in a “figure 8” is underused by car traffic and the loop’s intersections are confusing.

OK, well, “access” by foot and bike will still be “pretty limited” after the SFMTA completes the scheme it came up with, right? And let’s take a look at that road, on a dreaded sunny day:

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Now, would you say that the east (left) side of this figure 8 is “underused?” No, not at all!

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Hey, is being “car-free” a good thing? Like is it as good as being something like herpes-free? One wonders.

On Tuesday, the SFMTA Board of Directors will consider approval of a pilot phase…

This means that the SFMTA is going to do what it wants to do, with the little bit of money it can scrape up to enact its ideology.

The project was shaped with community feedback…

First of all, there’s no community up there atop Twin Peaks. Second of all, if there is, it’s tourists (international, national, regional, and local) and this plan cooked up by the SFMTA is about as anti-tourist as one could imagine.

We’d also create legitimate parking spaces at the center and south intersections to address the illegal parking that already occurs.

WHAT WHAT? So all these People With Cars, the hundreds of People what congregate up there sometimes, they’re parking on the side of the highway “illegitimately?” So it’s legal but it doesn’t comport with SFMTA ideology? Or maybe it’s illegal, but our SFMTA hasn’t seen fit to put up signage what explains things nice and clear for visitors who don’t really have a good handle on English? And so all the scores of places where people park now and, indeed, the past century, all of that was not and is not “legitimate?” Whoo boy.

So the plan is to decrease access IRL and advertise this paint job (that doesn’t add ANYTHING) as one what will “increase” access.

Will that cost anything? Yes.

Will it cost the vaunted SFMTA anything. No, not really. Just a bit of paint…

 

A View of the East Bay From Top to Bottom: Mt Diablo, Oakland, San Francisco – How an Accident of History Put Part of The City on Alameda Island

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Here you go:

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IOW:

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The Port of Oakland showed respect for the SF City Limits – can you see how the landfill project in the upper right ends abruptly? That’s the border. But the US military just didn’t care and it kept filling until it was satisfied. (You can see how the SF part looks different – it’s a wetter / greener area.)

Ans here’s another way of saying it – see our little homeslice?

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Anyway, lots of people still don’t believe me. But you do, right, Gentle Reader?

A Postcard from Five Years Ago, as Seen on the Streets of San Francisco: “TRUMP / SHEEN 2012” – So, Donald + Charlie = SERIOUS CHANGE?

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Here’s how things looked back in aught-eleven:

Change that 2012 to 2016 and you’ve got yourself a revivified meme.

Ahora mas que nunca!

(But some persuasion might be required…)

Another Failed Donald Trump Biz: “TRUMP ICE” – But Don’t Drink THIS Kool-Aid – The Label’s Good for a Laugh Tho

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

I LOL’ed when I saw this, as seen on The Donald’s aging corporate jet, the one that used be a low-cost Mexican airliner, from a now-bankrupt airline:

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So, when you’re on Air Trump One, this is supposed to be your souvenir, as if being on ATO equates to being on Air Force One