Archive for the ‘paranormal’ Category

“CCTV Captures the Nighttime Insanity of the Tenderloin District” – An Oldie But a Goodie from the Former Adam’s Block

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Some people didn’t like youthful Adam pointing his video camera out from his place on Taylor, you know, 24-7 for months and months, so they threatened him so then he called the SFPD and moved away.

Oh well.

Our Poor SFMTA Slows Down the Speed of Its Aspirations: “@MuniRapid” Handle Changed to “@MuniForward”

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

MUNI is many things, but the one thing America’s slowest big-city transit system is NOT is rapid.

So that’s why so many people LOL’ed / WTF’ed when they first discovered the Twitter handle “@MuniRapid.”

But now the SFMTA wants to take more of YOUR money* to pay for Prop A, so it’s gearing up for the big November 2014 election by showering the love upon its passengers. (IRL, MUNI is more concerned about MUNI employees almost all of the rest of the time.)

Anywho, here it is:

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Now isn’t that delicious?

You see, because now all MUNI operators have to do is select the right gear and simply creep FORWARD, at any speed – there will be no expectation of MUNI RAPID-ly getting its customers anywhere.

At least they’re being honest.

*Hey, maybe you’re cool with that, I don’t know. What percentage of your property taxes will go to pay for the almost one billion dollar Prop A? IDK. How much money will it add up to? Hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of dollars over the years? Oh what’s that, you’re a renter with rent control? Well, here comes your Prop A “pass-through” rent increase. How much could that be? Hundreds? Thousands? Thousands and thousands? IDK, maybe. Would it be better to fund MUNI’s mad-money Prop A fund by simply taxing every resident $1000, you know, including infants? IDK. What I do know is that horrible MUNI is not even promising any kind of reform in exchange for the extra money it wants from us. MUNI thinks it’s great, srsly. MUNI thinks it offers us, and I’m srsly, “EXCELLENT TRANSPORTATION CHOICES.” If you agree with that, then you should prolly vote Yes on A, the way SFGov wants you to…

 

Giant Freeway Buddha, 101 South, Silicon Valley

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

As seen from the 101, somewhere south of SFO and north of Stanford:

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AirBNB in Marin: Crazed Tenant Struts About Nude, Fantasizes About Destroying Home Security System

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

I don’t see as much of the CW Nevius these days as he banned me from his Twitter a while back, but actual journalists occasionally  feel compelled to reTweet him, not sure why, perhaps it’s a part of of their KPI‘s, IDK.

(Oh, BTW, how many people paid money to the Chronicle to read CW’s pearls of wisdom online when there was that paywall? The answer is NOT MANY AT ALL. Oh well, bygones.)

Anyway, here’s his latest effort:

Sharing economy means putting your trust in complete strangers

A couple things just about the headline, one that The Neve might not have come up with himself, but even so:

1. The term “sharing economy” should be in quote marks, right? It’s a neologism, right? And it’s a euphemism, the very one that The Neve is criticizing. But it’s not in quotes and that’s noteworthy because CW long ago abandoned most of any sort of journalistic mission he had to become a prominent member of San Francisco’s dominant political faction, you know, the right-side-of-the-aisle faction, the one led by fellow SFGate columnist, Mayor Willie Brown, the one that has been / will be in power for a least a quarter-century (1996 to ???). And here’s the connection: Willie Brown’s political faction is primarily financed by just one person and that one person just happens to be the world’s number one proponent of the term “sharing economy.” So the woe-is-me, story-teller side of Nevius would favor using the quotes while the lickspittle side of Nevius would disfavor.

2. Shouldn’t the point of the headline be obvious to everybody by now, you know, including children? I think so.  So thank you, Captain Obvious.

Now on to the body:

1.We were having a great time until …” So this discovery ruined your staycation, srsly? Nevius, you’re no gen-i-us as I’m sure you’d agree, but are you stupid enough to expect your readers to believe that you’re this naive? Do you feel pressured to force your nothingburger anecdote into something like a woman-in-peril Lifetime Network made-for-TV movie?

2. “‘[C]ollege-age’ daughter?” Boy that’s a gratuitous detail, in’nt? But here’sthe answer to the woman-in-peril Lifetime Network made-for-TV movie question – yes, that’s what The Nevius was going for. Except, EXCEPT:

A. The camera wasn’t turned on.

B. The camera wasn’t hidden.

C. The camera wasn’t placed for ideal peeping.

D. Etc.

And wasn’t the Nevius against Airbnb rentals in his own condo building earlier this year? Yes he was, as he’s become a typical SF NIMBY already even though he started living here just recently. But when he wants to use Airbnb up in Marin, well then he doesn’t seem to care about NIMBY type issues.

And when Nevius rents a hotel room or gets in a cab, isn’t he dealing with”strangers” as well? I think so.

Oh well…

 

Peek-A-Boo Ja Vonne Hatfield, Pedestrian Bridge, Near Where the 101 Meets the I-80

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

All the deets on this guy:

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DPW’s Grisly Tableau – But Safety First, I Suppose

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Here it is:

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I suppose it’s OK for the DPW to lecture me about bike/ ped safety. But hey, DPW, would you, in turn, want to listen to me about the safety of your operations, about a culture of safety for your employees? Oh, no, not really?

OK fine…

The Mysterious Giant Summertime Christmas Tree of San Mateo County – Seen by Millions on the 280, the 380 and the 101

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

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Getting the Feeling that the People Fixing Our Firebombed Chinese Consulate Doorway DON’T Know What They’re Doing

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

(I don’t know how else to say it (without using even more gerunds…))

I’ve never seen anything like this – every weekend they’re out there on Laguna staring up at the damage caused by a Chinese citizen like nine months ago.

Does this ladder arrangement look safe to you, Gentle Reader?

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Mmmm…

Speaking of ladders above this doorway, one time the SFPD wanted to get above this doorway to rescue a woman who had fallen on a small balcony – she had a broken leg. The people at the consulate told the cops to get bent so they had to call the SFFD to use a ladder to get to the woman to take her to SFGH. That wasn’t very neighborly, Chinese Consulate.

Oh well.

A Billboard I Didn’t Understand: “M&A HACK”

Monday, September 15th, 2014

At first I though this billboard had something to do with the recent ill-starred Salesforce.com Hackathon.

Then I thought it was a beef from a laid-off salesperson.

But now I see it’s just another promotion for a business idea / patent.

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Boy, I love patents, don’t you?

Here’s my favorite:

“Method of exercising a cat
US 5443036 A
A method for inducing cats to exercise consists of directing a beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus onto the floor or wall or other opaque surface in the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser so as to cause the bright pattern of light to move in an irregular way fascinating to cats, and to any other animal with a chase instinct.”

Isn’t it adorable?

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Our Chinese Consulate is Still Struggling to Fix the Damage to Its Main Entrance from That Firebombing Nine Months Ago

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

As seen on Laguna:

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