Entire SFMTA MUNI Bus “Wrapped” to Criticise Salesforce.com – I’ve Never Seen This

September 22nd, 2016

From a distance, I thought this was a school bus:

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Some other similar ads mock interns loading data into SF all summer long, something like that.

So now Salesforce has become an ogre itself, like Oracle, Microsoft, or IBM? IDK about that.

SFMTA “Beautification” Effort Fails at Great Highway and Kirkham – Why Not Paint What Should be Red Curbs Red?

September 22nd, 2016

The street triangles of the Outside Lands become an issue for the SFPD:

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You see, the problem here is that there isn’t any church around to persuade the SFMTA about how it’s OK to park next to a median, oh well…

They’re Here! – Meet “Boron,” Your New UBER Robot Car Being Tested in Frisco’s Financh

September 21st, 2016

No no, no silly names for UBER Technologies, like, IDK, PLATYPUS from the GM Cruise people. Just straight up science, like something out of Breaking Bad:

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Now let’s rack out to see the more of this new robot car, seen being driven at California and Sansome yesterday:

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The Future is Now…

It’s Official: Our Golden Gate Park Panhandle Bike Path to Shut Down at Certain Times from October to ???

September 21st, 2016

Here’s your Construction Closure Advisory:

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If you want to see the concomitant propaganda for Supervisor London Breed and Rec & Park, click here.

In mitigation, this whole deal is kind of a nothingburger – they’ll put up a few signs (but not speed limit signs for bike riders, cause, oh no, we wouldn’t want that, no sir) and I guess paint a kind of crosswalk for peds, to signal cyclists that peds cross over the bike path.

(IOW, RPD won’t do jack about the Panhandle’s Southern Path, which is in atrocious condition, ’cause, ’cause, give us more money, is what RPD says. There was a plan to put in irrigation first and then resurface the Oak Street area path, but the irrigation isn’t happening anytime soon, oh well. So I guess when joggers file claims against us, you know, after they fall down due to all the wavy waves of the pavement, RPD / SFGov just pays them off no big deal? Man, RPD is pretty fucked up, I’ll tell you. Anyway, I guess I’ll see joggers take tumbles on a weekly basis from now to eternity.)

Also in mitigation, they’ll open the bike path back up during commuting hours, which is pretty easy since they aren’t really doing anything significant, like widening the paved area to make the bike path 16 feet wide why not, you know, to reflect the increased usage the past decade or two?

Anyway, enjoy your underfunded “pedestrian safety” project, Frisco.

(Which is not to say I’m against painting something to tell some of our more aggressive bike riders to look out for peds in certain areas, but doing this kind of thing is an easy job, not one what requires a million thanks to glorious London Breed, and hey, why not vote for her soon, is basically what RPD is saying.

I mean, take a look:

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A certain type of roadie bike rider, who doesn’t want to break stride/cadence/whatever starts seeing red when he (generally he, overwhelmingly, like I can’t ever recall hearing a woman swearing at or seeing one crash into Panhandle peds) sees something like the above, oh well.)

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The Ground Delivery Robots of Balboa Street: Starship Technologies Tests in the Richmond District

September 21st, 2016

Well, here you go, as ably told by San Francisco Chronicle scribe Carolyn Said:

Starship robots try out deliveries on SF sidewalks

And here’s the scene, yesterday:

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Kind of cute, I suppose. Like something out of 1973’s Sleepers:

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This passerby was fascinated – she couldn’t get enough of this:

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And in the world capital of illegally parked Mercedes Benzes, what do we find on the sidewalks of the Outside Lands, of the Great Sand Wastes of the Middle Richmond, but this? The little robot took a while to think and then simply went around the scofflaw’s car, easy peasy:

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And of course, Facebook, Twitter and some video of this press event here.

Is this The Future?

Illegal Turn or Not? Can’t Tell – SFGov Doesn’t Do a Very Good Job of Regulating SFGov Drivers

September 20th, 2016

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If SFGov were serious about “Vision Zero” 2024, which it’s not, it would have already started with SFGov traffic.

Oh well.

The Guts of a Market Street Public Toilet – Lots of Electronics – You’ll be Amazed

September 20th, 2016

Tres complicated!

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So Ford Sponsors Bay Area Bike Share and then Ford 4×4 Pickups Park on the Sidewalks of Market at 5th?

September 20th, 2016

Right next to a BABS bike station?

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And not just one day:

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Day after day:

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Why do they all look so samesy? Why are they all four wheel drive? So maybe they’re not from FoMoCo (M stands for Mobile! Oh wait, “Mobility” in the parlance of 2016), you know, directly, but some company of contractors bought them as a tax write off and they’re working in the area? IDK.

They shouldn’t be parking on the sidewalk though, right, SFMTA?

Mayor Ed Lee Homeless Tent Update – Just This Solitary One Now, Under the 101 on Division

September 19th, 2016

Last year there were hundreds of tents here, and then they went away, and then a handful came back, and then they all had to leave again, about a month or two ago, and now, we have just this one:

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That’s the update from yesterday…

(So the Super Bowl L corporate party, which cost us a lot more than initially advertised oh well, plus the fear of a big El Nino (plus the rise of cheap $25 fiberglass-poled tents handed out in a semi-organized effort with assistance from at least one Morning Zoo-type radio station’s van – Choochi in the Morning, or something, led to the huge Tent City of 2015-2016, then media coverage led to a big crackdown, then were no tents at all, then they started coming back, say around July 2016, then they got cleared out again, by the San Francisco Clean Team and assorted DPW trucks and whathaveyou and now the people that first got kicked out of the Embarcadero / Financial, and then from Under the 101, twice, are filtering back north and east from the Mission District – this is my understanding.)

Larry Ellison’s ORACLE Takes Tech Media for a Ride Above Frisco – This Could Be You, Technology Reporter!

September 19th, 2016

What’s this – did Fleet Week come early yesterday?

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No, it’s just Oracle’s PA-34-200T Seneca II “media plane” flying in formation with Oracle’s Extra Flugzeugbau EA300 mono wing stunt plane, presumably flown by Company Pilot Sean D. Tucker, who was carrying an unknown member of the tech press, you know, as cargo:

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Here you go, book your own “media flight,” media:

BOOK A MEDIA FLIGHT – Soar in the Skies with Sean D. Tucker. To share the passion for aviation with media audiences, Tucker and his team welcome credentialed media for a flight with his crew.”