The Latest SFMTA Bus Ads: “I BIKE TO … BURRITOS” & “WE BIKE TO … BRUNCH ON MARKET?”

May 26th, 2015

Here you go:

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And:

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So let’s see here. The SFMTA isn’t* allowed to endorse, say, Ed Lee for Mayor, but the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, coincidentally, is, as so it did about four years ago and that’s what it’s done/will do again for this “cycle” and that’s kind of funny since SFGov is the SFBC’s biggest benefactor, as evidenced by its giving the SFBC hundreds of thousands of dollars* per year.

And then the SFBC spends* its mad money on SFMTA bus ads, to return the favor, or is it a payment in kind, sort of to say, thanks for endorsing the right-of-center incumbent again*, or maybe somebody else is paying for all these new ads?

Mmmmm…

And this comes at a time of falling membership (from over 12000 in aught-11*) to what, 9000-something* these days?

And what’s the point of the ads? To remind restaurant owners who’s buttering their bread?

OK fine.

*Correct me if I’m wrong here, Gentle Reader

The Drone Bros of Golden Gate Park: Whose Drone is Hovering Three Feet from Your Bathroom Window on Fell Street? This Dude’s

May 26th, 2015

Here’s the scene without any arrows pointing things out:

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And here are the arrows:

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And here are the bros:

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Now it could be that bro was just checking out his own pad using his new toy, but man, some people might have been surprised if they saw this drone hovering just outside their windows.

The drone slowly increased altitude to rooftop level and I didn’t stick around to see where it went next.

This is How We Live in 2015…

The Most Hostile Tip Jar Notice I’ve Ever Seen: “Nice People Always Tip! [Smiley Face] Thanks!”

May 26th, 2015

Here you go:

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So, just logically here, uh, ergo:

If you’ve ever failed to leave a tip in any tip jar you’ve encountered, you know, ever, then you can’t possibly be a nice person.

Just saying…

SFPD Busted Brake Light – You’d Think They’d Check for This Stuff – Consider This a Fix It Ticket

May 26th, 2015

Issued to radio car #169:

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Pack Mule Not Included: Used 1200mm Canon Camera Lens for $180K – “A Prodigious Measure of Ego Satisfaction”

May 25th, 2015

Consarnit, I remember back in aught-nine when a person could buy a 47-inch focal length EOS camera lens for a mere $120,000, but these days? In these days, the very same lens will run you $180,000:

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Go ahead and slap it on your $400 Drebel – it’ll fit. No fancy IS Image Stabilization or nothing, but it’ll fit

All the deets:

“The Canon 1200/5.6L USM, the longest fixed telephoto lens ever built by Canon, contains 13 elements (2 Fluorite) in 10 groups and focus’ down to 49.5′. With an angle-of- view of about 2° on a full-frame 35 mm camera, calling this lens a ‘tele’ is like calling King Kong a monkey.

Built-to-order by Canon from 1993 to 2005, each lens was hand-crafted at the rate of about 2-per-year and a delivery time of about 18 months. Only a dozen-or-so were ever made. Who bought them? National Geographic magazine and Sports Illustrated are known to own a couple, the Feds probably have a few squirreled away somewhere, and a few well-heeled photo enthusiasts.

This particular lens is extremely clean inside and out. Included with this lens is a leather slip-on ‘lens cap’, the original fitted aluminum trunk case, a custom trunk case with wheels that holds the original trunk case, and a prodigious measure of ego satisfaction. Weighing in at over 36lbs and an overall length of 33 inches, a sturdy tripod and pan/tilt head is highly recommended.

Pack mule not included.

A Sad, Month-Long Search for a Soccer Ball in the Richmond District – “I Will Know Who the Thief is”

May 22nd, 2015

I think I would have gone with LOST rather than STOLEN!

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But that’s just me.

Twitterloin Update: At the NeMA “New Market” Building Across the Street from Twitter HQ – A Dream Realized

May 22nd, 2015

What have we here, in the historically troubled Mid Market Twitterloin area?

We have luxury cars (Mercedes Benz, BMW, BMW), inane slogans, and $4000 a month studio apartments, not that I care.

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Mission Accomplished, I suppose. Somebody’s mission, anyway.

Enjoy your New Market Street, everybody.

This is How We Live Now, 2015.

Color Photograph: Sunset or Moonrise? Telegraph Hill, Sailboat, Cruise Ship, Alcatraz, and Angel Island

May 22nd, 2015

The answer will amaze you, or not:

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This is the sun, as seen from a span of our troubled San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

It looked like the moon though.

That could be the troubled Star Princess, which should be norovirus-free these days. Let’s hope so. And if it’s not the Princess, well, let’s hope it’s norovirus-free as well…

The Infamous Fell Street ARCO Gas Station Offers Helpful Queuing Tips for Its Customers, Via an SFMTA Graphic

May 21st, 2015

Ah, memories.

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Things are better now, at Fell and Divis, usually. We lost a few parking spaces on Fell, but, you know, the Needs of the Many, yada yada yada…

How the SFPD Rolls: Look Ma, No Hands!

May 21st, 2015

Thusly:

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Not that I care, not that I don’t do the same myself sometimes:

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Anyway, FTR