Posts Tagged ‘adam’s block’

“CCTV Captures the Nighttime Insanity of the Tenderloin District” – An Oldie But a Goodie from the Former Adam’s Block

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Some people didn’t like youthful Adam pointing his video camera out from his place on Taylor, you know, 24-7 for months and months, so they threatened him so then he called the SFPD and moved away.

Oh well.

Another Slaying in the Uptown Tenderloin? Too Bad AdamsBlock.Com Isn’t Operating Anymore

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Here’s the latest from our Uptown Tenderloin:

“Gunfire erupted at about 3:20 PM on the sidewalk of the 100 block of Turk Street near Taylor Street. The victim was shot multiple times at close range with a semi-automatic handgun…”

Hey, didn’t that used to be Adam’s Block? Yes it did.

Hey, wouldn’t it be helpful to have a little HD of the events leading up to the shooting? Yes it would.

But the bullying NIMBYs of the Tenderloin saw fit to shut AdamsBlock down.

Oh well.

LED Streetlights Come to Town, Saving San Francisco a Couple Bucks a Month Each

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

See yesterday’s news conference in the “crime-riddenTenderloin / Adam’s Block area concerning Light Emitting Diode (LED) streetlights here with photos taken by Bill Wilson, and read all about this new technology here. The United States Department of Energy and PG&E have recently helped San Francisco conduct a beauty contest of competing brands of LED lights – read the gritty nitty here (.pdf, you might need to right click, Save File As… or whatever).

The upshot is that it’s not really worth pulling out existing street lighting to install LED lights. You can save a few bucks a month in electricity by converting a streetlight to LED and there are other benefits as well, so it appears we’ll eventually, slowly convert over with the hope that prices of these new kind of bulbs will go down. 

Take a look at the Before and After:

That’s a scene from the test in Outer Sunset. The first shot is lit with your typical High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlight. See how everything looks yellow, just like the background of all your nighttime photos taken outside? That’s due to sodium’s low color temperature, around 2000K or so. The same area lit by LED shows a more natural look, probably 4000-something Kelvin. If LED’s do nothing else, they’ll improve night photography in San Francisco.   

And here are the LEDs in action:

Hello lamppost,
What cha knowing?
I’ve come to watch your diodes glowing.

And speaking of the DoE, big ups to America’s new Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu. He just recently labored as a professor of physics and molecular and cellular biology at the University of California, Berkeley and he used to be the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

More deets about the new lights in San Francisco after the jump.

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Adam Jackson from AdamsBlock.com to Appear on KQED’s Forum

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Hey kids, you know what frequency modulation radio is, don’t you? It’s like the Internet without pictures (but WITH multipath). On Tuesday, December 16th at 9:00 AM, tune into KQED-FM 88.5 to listen to Adam Jackson’s sad tale concerning the Adam’s Block website.

“When Adam Jackson pointed a web cam outside his apartment in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, he says he just wanted to let his parents and friends see the crime and hear the noise that was keeping him up at night. But his website became a sensation, attracting national attention. In the first half hour, Jackson joins us to talk about the experience — and about why he shut down the site last week.”

Will members of the Twelve Oz. Crew put down their paint cans for a moment to call into FM OG Michael Krasney? No doubt!

The Eyes of Sauron above Taylor Street. Were we Safe Under Watchful Eyes? Click to expand:

Or better yet, put down your choke ring antenna and download the mp3 or listen live.

Bonus! When Adam’s bit ends at 9:30 AM, Craig Newmark (he was like the Adam Jackson of the 1990′s) will come on to discuss the following:

“In the second half hour, we talk with Craigslist founder Craig Newmark. President-elect Barack Obama’s platform calls for a “Craigslist for service” that would “leverage technology to increase awareness of and participation in service opportunities.” Newmark joins us to share his vision for using technology to expand civic engagement.”

UPDATE: it turns out Adam got bumped by some breaking news having to do with Obama. Oh noes! But rescheduling appears to in the offing. Stayed tuned… 

Death Threats Force San Francisco’s AdamsBlock Website to Shut Down

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Well, it had a good run, but the famous San Francisco website AdamBlock.com is no more.

A few death threats and some stalking played a role in that.

The sort of view you used to have:

Click to expand.

Now some might feel that Adam Jackson’s site got hacked, but his Twitter tells the tale:

http://adamsblock.com. This is the last time I’ll mention it. I’m done.
ReTweet: @adamsblock Writing an apology to the group who has destroyed my life.

Read all about it in Adam’s words (AN OPEN APOLOGY TO SAN FRANCISCO, MY NEIGHBORHOOD AND GROUPS WHO THREATENED MY LIFE) after the jump.

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A Death Threat in the Tenderloin for AdamsBlock.com Website Founder

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

Adam Jackson, of the famous 24-hour Tenderloin webcam website Adam’sBlock.com, received a death threat this morning. All the attention he’s paid to the intersection at Taylor and Ellis must have rubbed somebody the wrong way. Related via Twitter:

“Just received my first death threat. Time to start rethinking my privacy. Fame sucks”

Well that’s too bad. This site is proving popular and it’s getting all kinds of attention. Adam is not correct when he states he lives in the “worst neighborhood in San Francisco” (we know that because you can still get pizza delivery during the day at least). (But it IS home to felony arrests, vanishing construction workers, adventurous 49′ers cheerleaders (sort of), Little Saigon, effective red light cameras, and, of course, concrete and clay and general decay.)

This video shows perfectly how the Critical Mass bike parade generally works.

Adam’s recordings could help crime victims and the wrongfully acused as well, so that’s a good thing.

Let’s be careful out there.