Archive for the ‘parks’ Category

ROBOTS ARE COMING FOR OUR JOBS, Ch. CLXVII: The $50,000 “SPIDER ILD 02,” Official Robotic Lawnmower of San Francisco – From Czechia with Love

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Oh, I guess these things are old, but they’re new on me – I suppose I should get out more…

Here it is in Golden Gate Park, with an official, screaming chicken government seal and everything, so that’s why I call it the Official Lawnmower of Frisco:

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Look no seat and no handle for an operator – Dey Terk Er Jerbs!

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Well maybe there is an operator for this 800-pound beast, but dude didn’t seem to be doing much. It’s radio controlled. From the Czech Republic it is. Anyway, it kept busy in Big Rec, despite the nearby presence of non-robotic, bright orange French helicopter yesterday:

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The ILD02 has no fear of slopes, that’s for sure:

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I don’t see what’s preventing this rig from going Full Roomba, just saying…

The Strongest Frisco Rainbow I’ve Ever Seen – No Filter – From Back When They Called Strybing Arboretum Strybing Arboretum

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

This kind of thing is why I continue to call our San Francisco Botanical Garden the Strybing Arboretum.

Anyway, here’s your single rainbow, all the way, as seen near Heidelberg Hill, back when everybody called Strybing Strybing:

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This shot doesn’t look very SF, but there you go…

Continuing to Fail to See the Million Dollars Worth of Damage Due to the Koret Children’s Quarter Arson

Monday, December 11th, 2017

All right, so I had this last week but I suppose I didn’t articulate myself so well, so here you go, this is what the “million-dollar” hole looks like at Koret Chil’rens Quarter some six months after the arson:

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Of course they’ve cleaned up a bit already, perhaps they’ve spent $100,000 so far, IDK, but couldn’t they have filled in this hole with stuff already and couldn’t they have budgeted less than seven figures?

(Note that the clean up so far doesn’t include hauling away all the green plastic melty, as you can still see it right there.)

Anyway, that’s my beef, my Beef Of The Week…

Failing to See the Million Dollars Worth of Damage Due to the Koret Children’s Quarter Arson

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

JMO:

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So where’s the million dollars worth of damage? It’s in the middle somewhere. There’s sort of a hole where the non salvageable stuff was.

Apply the Mexico City test – would this damage have been all fixed up by now Down Mexico Way? Oh yes. And would the bill be for _less_ than $1,000,000?

Oh yes.

And you know, a half-year later, some of the melty plastic masses on the ground from the heat are still there, for some reason.

Turns Out This Giant Mystery Signpost in Golden Gate Park is Merely Going to Say, “The Panhandle”

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Man, this installation took a long time, man:

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And now it’s here, in a rather over-engineered fashion, some might think:

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I guess this is what they mean by “wayfinding,” for all those people who suddenly forget which part of Golden Gate Park they’re in:

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It almost looks like a map of Oklahoma, non?

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Hashtag: #THEPANHANDLEISOK!

So IDK, man. What’s the point of this? You know, if this sign went up back in the day, in the age that it’s aping, that would be a different matter. But IRL, it’s just expensive faux Victorian / Edwardian crap, similar to the twee benches also recently installed as part of some “safety” project.

I just don’t get this, man.

Twee Overload: Another Non-Safety-Related, Non-Improvement “Safety” “Improvement” for the Panhandle – How Does This Pole Help?

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Somehow, Rec and Park is trying to turn Golden Gate Park into some kind of old-school, National Park fantasyland, like something out of Every Day Is Like Sunday, these days.

So we’re paying for stuff like these Edwardian-era wooden benches, which to me don’t match the Panhandle’s current situation.

(Speaking of which, the wooden graffiti benches are getting used, but perhaps not by those intended by RPD. So people will check-in in the daytime, then you see them still there at the end of the day, and then they’re still there the next day, not that I care, but I question how much RPD knows about GGP, and the Panhandle part of it in particular.)

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Anywho, that’s your background. And here’s what’s new:

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The concrete base has been at this location for a while now. I was thinking it could be for an LED light pole, but I was also thinking I’d be wrong. Turns out we’re getting a sign.

What will it say? Prolly the Rec and Park board would prefer something not allowed, such as ED LEE GETS IT DONE, XXX OOO, RPD, but maybe it will say, “Golden Gate Park?”

IDK.

Now what I think RPD should do is widen the neighboring multi-use path that abuts Fell, but that might be too much of a heavy lift for them, oh well.

On it goes…

Bucolic Douglass Playground: You Could Film a Western Here, 1000 Feet from 24th and Castro

Friday, October 27th, 2017

See?

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What Color Would the Water of Our Vaillancourt Fountain be If It Weren’t Dyed Electric Blue? Take a Look

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Ah, August 2017, before the blue, the phathomless blue:

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This shot is from @JKBartleby, who sez:

“What should we do about the Vaillancourt Fountain?”

“Clean it?”

“Nah.”

“Run water through it again?”

Is sewer runoff cheaper than water?”

(Mmmm, wonder what it smelled like.)

And the next day or so things went blue blue blue.

And now the iceman season cometh, so the water’s gone again, until January 2018 at the earliest.

Anyway, we’ll have to wait to see which color RPD chooses to dye this water next year…

What Does RPD Think Golden Gate Park Needs? – More Boulders, Apparently – With All Its Problems, We Get This

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

IDK, man

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I said, IDK, man:

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I mean, it’s like RPD has some vision of what GGP should be like, so it spends money on this kind of thing:

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But then operations. Well, it’s anything goes, whatever, a half-assed job is good enough for us, oh, we just put another citizen into the hospital / morgue? Oh whatever, we’ve got giant cranes to hire, and aestheticisms to consult…

JMO.

(Oh, notice more giant rocks in the first photo.