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As seen on O’Farrell:
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Oh the shame, the shame of being forced to wear a mask.
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(Of course our SFPD has the same basic vessel, SFPD Marine 1, except I don’t think they’ve ever used it the way it was meant to be used. So yes it’s cool to have an all aluminum lifeboat but it’s pretty stupid for the SFPD to operate it, IMO. In a better world, we’d just give it to the Philippines or someplace.)
Anyway, Semper Paratus (Always Ready)
|Displacement:||18 t (20 short tons)|
|Length:||14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)|
|Beam:||4.27 m (14 ft 0 in)|
|Draught:||1.37 m (4 ft 6 in)|
|Propulsion:||2 × Detroit Diesel 6V92TA DDEC-IV engines, 435 hp (324 kW) each
1,500 liter (373 usable imperial gallons) fuel capacity 
|Speed:||25 knots (29 mph; 46 km/h) maximum
22 knots (25 mph; 41 km/h) cruising
|Range:||200 nmi (370 km) cruising|
|Complement:||34 Persons, 4 crew, 30 passengers|
|Armament:||1 × M240B machine gun (optional)|
As seen over the weekend. SFO is to the right
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It’s the same fog as seen by photographer David Yu here.
Per the SFPD Richmond Station:
If you are on surface streets in San Francisco and dial 911, your call will be answered by the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management Services. Once the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management Services determines what emergency services are needed, they will then route your 911 call to the San Francisco Police Department or the San Francisco Fire Department, including ambulance service.
If you are on or near a freeway in San Francisco and dial 911, your call will be answered by either by the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management Services or the California Highway Patrol Dispatch Center. Regardless, your 911 call will be routed to the proper emergency agency, the San Francisco Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, or the San Francisco Fire Department, including ambulance service.”
I’ve always wondered about this.
THE MORE YOU KNOW…
So like you’ll regularly see a couple dozen in the field with only a few left at the Music Concourse.
This is new on me – I was used to seeing only six or eight tourists on this things at any given time.
See ‘em? Two teams, two leaders:
Them Segways themselves, well they represent failure, but Segway rentals in GGP in 2013, well that represents success, looks like.
There I was, taking Heckle and Jeckle out for a walk when I noticed that the rear patio of world-famous McDonalds 3566 was entirely bereft of loiters AND I noticed a private security guard walking by.
I’ve never noticed either of these two things before.
Stay hungry, my friends.
You see, first it was all like this, abandoned, empty:
Then it was all like this, as seen from 225 Bush, a slightly older and slightly shorter building:
And then you could see through the thing, as seen earlier this year:
And now it’s a beacon at night.
I guess it’s called 140NM now? Ok fine.
So, first this building was commercial office space, then they wanted to change it to condos, and then they changed it back to office space, and now I’ll bet they wished they had stuck with the condo idea. Oh well.
Anyway, get all the deets on the Pacific Bell Building right here.
Hey look, it’s GoldieBloxeses’ “our letter to the Beastie Boys.”
Dear Adam and Mike,
We don’t want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans.
UH, LET ME CALL BULLSHIT ON THIS RIGHT NOW. YES YOU DID WANT TO FIGHT THEM. REMEMBER?
When we made our parody version of your song, ‘Girls’, we did it with the best of intentions.
WHO WROTE THIS, A LAWYER? THAT’S YOUR CONCLUSION, ABOUT THE PARODY, RIGHT? THIS IS AWFULLY “ON MESSAGE” FOR AN APOLOGY LETTER. AND YOU DID IT WITH THE BEST INTENTIONS? HOW DO WE KNOW THAT? I THINK YOU DID IT WITH THE PURPOSE OF MAKING MONEY. IS THAT A GOOD INTENTION?
We wanted to take a song we weren’t too proud of, and transform it into a powerful anthem for girls.
WHY WERE YOU NOT TOO PROUD OF IT? DID YOU WRITE IT, DO YOU OWN IT? I THINK IT’S THE BEASTIE BOYS THEMSELVES WHO HAVE ALREADY SAID THEY WEREN’T PROUD OF IT AND THAT WAS TWO DECADES AGO.
Over the past week, parents have sent us pictures and videos of their kids singing the new lyrics with pride, building their own Rube Goldberg machines in their living rooms and declaring an interest in engineering. It’s been incredible to watch.
IS THIS AN AD FOR YOUR COMPANY?
Our hearts sank last week when your lawyers called us with threats that we took very seriously.
YOUR HEARTS SANK? WHOSE? YOUR VC BACKERS’ AND YOURS?
As a small company, we had no choice but to stand up for ourselves.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? WHY DIDN’T YOU GET PERMISSION FIRST OR CHOOSE A DIFFERENT SONG OR MARKET YOURSELVES DIFFERENTLY? WHY NOT JUST STOP USING THE SONG? DID YOU EVER THINK OF THAT? HERE’S WHAT THE BOYS SAID: “When we tried to simply ask how and why our song “Girls” had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US.” THAT WAS THE “THREAT.”
We did so sincerely hoping we could come to a peaceful settlement with you.
We want you to know that when we posted the video, we were completely unaware that the late, great Adam Yauch had requested in his will that the Beastie Boys songs never be used in advertising.
WELL GEE, IF YOU HAD ASKED, YOU WOULD HAVE LEARNED THAT, POSSIBLY, RIGHT? YOU DON’T REALLY NEED TO KNOW ALL THIS INFORMATION ANYWAY, RIGHT? YOU JUST NEED TO NOT INFRINGE, RIGHT? DON’T YOU KNOW THAT?
Although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours.
SO, YOU’VE GOTTEN TONS OF FREE PUBLICITY FOR YOUR TOY COMPANY AND NOW YOU WANT TO RESPECT WISHES. OK FINE.
Since actions speak louder than words, we have already removed the song from our video.
NOT ON VIMEO, NOT YET, BUT PROLLY BY TOMORROW, SURE.
In addition, we are ready to stop the lawsuit as long as this means we will no longer be under threat from your legal team.
IS THIS FROM YOUR LAWYERS AGAIN? IS THIS THEIR SETTLEMENT OFFER? THE ONLY REASON YOU’RE UNDER “THREAT” IS BECAUSE OF YOUR ACTIONS, RIGHT?
We don’t want to spend our time fighting legal battles.
EVEN IF IT WILL GET YOU ATTENTION? I DON’T BELIEVE IT.
We want to inspire the next generation. We want to be good role models. And we want to be your friends.
Debbie + Team GoldieBlox
WHAT A CROCK OF SHIT. ALL RIGHT, WELL, HAPPY HOLIDAYS. OH WAIT, THE CHRISTMAS GIFT SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. WHAT A CONVENIENT TIME TO BECOME “FRIENDS,” WHAT A COINCIDENCE!