Posts Tagged ‘2016’

SFGov’s Vaunted “Baldies” Revealed to be Mere Minions

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Does our giant SFMTA/SFGov operate giant Navistar International trucks painted yellow? Apparently.

Anyway, here they are, the “baldies” of SFGov:

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Ancient Airliners Over Frisco – Engines Sound Like a Military Jet for Good Reason – A Gas Guzzler in the Sky

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

If I had to guess, I’d say this is an aging McDonnell Douglas MD-83 with ancient Pratt and Whitney JT8D low-bypass engines. But at first when I looked up to see what was making all the racket, I thought I’d see a military fighter:

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Man this thing was loud.

Hey, you can start your own airline too, why not? By buying obsolete jetliners for like $4 million or so. Sure, your fuel bill will be high, but so what, you can still make a bit of dough. You can call it something like [YOUR NAME] Air – yeah, that’s the ticket.

Your ego trip awaits, Gentle Reader…

Word from an Official SFMTA MUNI Bus: “Thank You, Israel, for Fighting Our Shared Enemies for Us”

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

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This one’s new. I’m seeing it all over town. It makes me think of transparent dangling carrots, I’m srsly. It gives me an earworm is what I’m saying.

Oh what’s that, SFMTA – you don’t really want to weigh in on the Mideast, but the money’s just too good to say no?

Imagine a future SFMTA with 10,000 employees, which will happen soon enough. Maybe at that point it will start issuing foreign policy papers.

But until then, this ad program will just have to do…

If You’re Serious About Low Profile Tires, Then This Setup is For You – Learning from Judge Lance Ito

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Judge Lance regretted his dalliance with 25 series tires, so maybe you would too:

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As seen in the Western Addition:

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Wow

Market Street Update: Stripper at Crazy Horse Gentlemen’s Club Hearts Handguns?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

980 Market as seen from Market:

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

Thursday, 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?

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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 ???

Wednesday, 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

Wednesday, 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?