The Price of Gasoline in High-Cost San Francisco Will Soon be … Two-Something Dollars Per Gallon – Here’s $3.25 Right Now

October 29th, 2014

I remember the first time I spent $20 to fill up a gas tank. It was for an Audi 5000 in Hawaii in the 1990′s.

And I remember the first time I spent $100 to fill a gas tank. It was for a Toyota Land Cruiser in Marin County in the 2000′s (by that, I mean The Aughts).

Ah mem’ries.

Now here’s present day SF, at the infamous Fell Street ARCO:

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Now I’ll tell you, my Nana, who just had stomach surgery Back East, so she’s been slowed down a bit, well, she just told me about paying 30 cents per gallon for gasoline something like 60 years ago, back in ’54. Adjust that for inflation and that works out to two-something dollars a gallon, right?

And back then, America was a poorer country, right?

And back then, you couldn’t buy no hybrid cars to get super-high mileage, right?

Obviously, changes are afoot. Obviously. But the Peak Oil crowd (the latest gathering was circa 2007 or so) has been proven wrong, once again – it’s like clockwork, since the 1800′s.

Just saying…

Attention Tour Bus Operators: After a Fender-Bender, Get Your Rigs Out of the Middle Lane of Oak Street – Don’t Be Calling Your Insurance Agent

October 29th, 2014

So, yes, you had a little fender-bender with your big bus, and yes, it was related to the endless tinkering ¬†done by the SFMTA MUNI DPT DPW bowl of alphabet soup. So what! It’s not that big of a deal. CSI San Francisco isn’t going to send it’s Go Team and the NTSB isn’t coming neither.

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Therefore, get your bus out of the roadway, pull it over. Sure, take a couple iPhone shots first, sure. But then get outta the way. THIS IS SFPD POLICY. Don’t you know this? You had at least two employees on the scene, why not have one, I don’t know, let’s call him the Driver, drive the bus to one side of the road or the other. Did you call the SFPD? IDK, but if you did, don’t you want them to show up? Now, how are they going to do that if you block the road, which, as stated, is a noteworthy bottleneck already, due to ongoing construction efforts, for umpty-ump minutes?

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I cry foul.

The Q! – How Any Monkey Can Use Photoshop on This Shot of San Quentin – The Miracle of the Healing Brush Tool

October 29th, 2014

I’ll tell you, I know every street, alley and pathway of northern San Francisco and southern Marin, you know, like the back me hand, Matey. But this part of Marin, near San Quentin Prison, I don’t know that well, so I figured I’d take a shot and then later on ID those peaks on the ridge and also that massive-looking apartment-looking building on the right there. (Or is it a hospital? IDK, maybe. I think I’ve been there, actually. It sure is tall for Marin County…)

Anywho, here’s the shot – note those light poles with direct sunlight on them.

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I’ll bet the Spot Healing Brush Tool could clear things up in a jiffy. You just drag your mouse over the stuff you want gone and poof, it’s gone. Photoshop simply guesses at what it thinks is there IRL. It’s like magic, no skillz required:

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Is this acceptable? Well, sure. It depends on what you’re using a shot for. I don’t think this thing would fly with the San Francisco Chronicle, but for an ad or something, sure.

Just don’t release two versions of the same shot, ala Kent State, and you should be fine.

Probably.

YOU MIGHT BE A GADFLY IF … the SF City Attorney’s Office Makes a Webpage Just for YOUR Records Requests

October 28th, 2014

Like this:

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Nonsensical Billboard Message of the Day: “It Takes The Hood To Save The Hood”

October 28th, 2014

So therefore what, is the message “Give Us More Money?”

Sure seems that way:

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San Francisco: “A City on the Grow” – Tower Cranes Everywhere

October 28th, 2014

It’s $an Francisco, 2014:

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Click to grow

This “Ask Jeeves” Billboard Asks “Where Does the Bay Bridge Troll Live?” – The Answer Involves the Residence of Jaxon Van Derbeken

October 28th, 2014

Ya dig? ‘Cause dude’s been trolling that horribly-managed bridge¬†project for a while now:

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Gluten-Free + Southern + Breakfast & Brunch = GREASE BOX, an Icon of North Oakland

October 28th, 2014

Yelp is polarized:

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The Trouble with Moving to a Place on MUSEUM WAY and then Getting Testy During THE MUSEUM’s Busiest Four Hours of the Year

October 27th, 2014

The problem with doing that is that you end up looking like this noticeably-irritated turkey in the Nissan:

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Cf. living on AIRPORT DRIVE and complaining about airplane noise.

Cf. living on Lombard Street and complaining about how all those tourists make you not want to go on living any more…

Breaking Bad, Corona Heights

October 27th, 2014

I know there’s something going on/

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There’s something going on/
There’s something going on…