Posts Tagged ‘airport’

What It’s Like to Fly an Airbus A380 Super Jumbo Jet into SFO – Excellent Video – Multiple Angles

Friday, December 27th, 2013

See?

Sleeper! The Horizontal Elevators, the Driverless People-Movers of SFO

Friday, October 25th, 2013

So futuristic!

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“BEL-AIR INTL.” – The Best Sign Anywhere – It’s Obtuse _and_ Acute, But Only Mildly So

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Now myself, sure, I train pilots, from time to time, who doesn’t? But I ain’t no professional.

I’m not like these guys. They’re pros:

However, the Yelp reviews couldn’t be worse, so there you go…

Surprise! San Francisco Already Has an Operational Bike Share Program – Meet “SFO FlyCycle SoBi”

Friday, April 5th, 2013

It’s new. It’s the SFO FlyCycle SoBi program from Social Bicycles.

Here are some of the bikes parked at SFO these days…

…and here is a short video explaining the program. Note the drive shaft instead of a chain:

I’ll tell you, what Social Bicycles calls a headlight and a taillight aren’t all that bright.

And I’ll tell you, the helmet issue goes unaddressed.

And I’ll tell you, the reservation system looks cumbersome / unnecessary.

And how much this program costs us and how much it gets used, that’s also a mystery.

These bikes would get thrashed in San Francisco proper, say parked at 6th and Market, but they appear to be pretty safe in the San Francisco part of San Mateo County.

 

Meet the Team:

Ryan Rzepecki, CEO

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Ryan has a B.S. in Marketing from Penn State University and a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College. The bicycle has been his primary mode of transportation for the last four years, and bicycle advocacy has been both his passion and profession. Prior to developing SoBi, Ryan worked for the NYC Department of Transportation in the bicycle program. At the DOT, he sited bike racks, edited the bike map, conducted field research on bike facilities, and organized cycling promotions.

Nick Foley, Product Design

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Nick is a designer and bike mechanic who loves how bicycles make life more efficient. He studied industrial design at Pratt Institute where he experimented with bicycles that were optimized for ‘non-cyclist’ commuters. Nick gets excited about using design to make urban infrastructure more sustainable, and creating objects that return a sense of wonder to everyday activities.

Marcin Pyla, Software Development

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Marcin has 10 years of experience building websites, applications, and start-ups. He is currently founder and CEO of Leftbrain where he manages the 5 developers working for Social Bicycles. He oversees all software development including embedded Linux, Ruby on Rails, iOS, and Android.

Justin Willey, Business Development

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Justin has a B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from UC Berkeley. In 2009, he received a number of grants to establish a bike share and bicycle shop at UC Berkeley. Justin has since been involved in planning, designing, implementing, and managing bike share systems around the country. Justin is excited by the opportunity to transform the urban landscape through bicycles.

Patrick T. Hoffman, Project Management

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Patrick is a LEED AP and has a Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University in Philadelphia and a M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is an experienced Project Manager and has managed complex design, construction, research and product development projects involving public and private partners. Patrick is passionate about empowering people to create dynamic and vibrant communities.

Point/Counterpoint: Former Mayor Willie Brown Opposes Renaming SFO Havery Milk International for One Reason Only

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

“Supervisor David Campos is making a terrible move with his call to rename SFO for Harvey Milk.

WELL, THAT’S YOUR OPINION, ISN’T IT, WILLIE? HEY, HOW’S IT GOING WITH RENAMING 3RD STREET “WILLIE L BROWN, JR BOULEVARD” THE WAY YOU SO DESPERATELY WAN?. YOU KNOW, LIKE THIS:

OH, WHAT’S THAT? YOUR IDEA “BOMBED?”

WELL GEE, WHY WAS THAT? WAS IT DUE TO HOMOPHOBIA? NO. SEXISM? NO. RACISM? HEY THAT MUST BE IT, RIGHT? ALL RIGHT, GO ON, WILLIE.

If it makes the ballot and loses, it will be a disservice to Harvey’s memory.

NO IT WON’T. HEY, REMEMBER WHEN YOU WANTED TO RENAME SFO THE WILLIE L BROWN JR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT? HEY, THAT IDEA BOMBED TOO, RIGHT? BUT I’D BET YOU’D BE WILLING TO TAKE THE CHANCE ON A BALLOT, WOULDN’T YOU? YOU’RE LYING AGAIN, AREN’T YOU?

It will only create divisions within the city. Not because Milk was gay, but because renaming the airport after him makes no sense.

WELL, I DON’T KNOW. IT CERTAINLY WOULD MAKE SOME SENSE. THE QUESTION IS ABOUT WEIGHING THE PROS AND CONS.

Moscone Center is named after Mayor George Moscone because he negotiated the deal with various factions to get the place built, and a lot of low-income housing along with it.

WELL THAT WASN’T A GOOD IDEA NOW WAS IT? PERHAPS WE SHOULDN’T NAME ANYTHING AFTER POLITICIANS? AND WHY IS JFK AIRPORT NAMED AFTER JFK?

Harvey had no relationship with the airport. What Campos is doing is trying to heighten Milk’s symbolic stature as the liberator of gays.

WELL, IS THAT A CRIME?

It’s a mistake, and I hope enough gay leaders say so before this splits the town.

NO, WHAT YOU HOPE FOR IS THE WILLIE L BROWN JR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. WHY DON’T YOU JUST COME OUT AND SAY IT?

OH, AND IN NEWS FROM OTHER LYING POLITICIANS:

“I just want to make sure there is clear thinking about it, and the whole city family should be engaged in it.

OR MAYBE THE VOTERS WILL DECIDE AND THE “WHOLE CITY FAMILY” WILL JUST HAVE TO DEAL, HUH?

THAT’S THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING NOW. C’MON, THINK. HEY, WHAT ABOUT THAT LETTER HARVEY WROTE TO  JIMMY CARTER? WHY DON’T YOU PUBLICIZE THAT? OR GET BEHIND  SOME OTHER CANDIDATE? CAUSE, RIGHT NOW, THE WILLIE BROWN ED LEE POLITICAL FACTION IS LOSING ON THIS ONE.

JUST SAYING…

The Real Cost of Renaming SFO as Harvey Milk International Airport is Much More Than $250K – It’s Billions and Billions

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

The real cost of renaming SFO for Harvey Milk would be the losing the equity of the highly-recognized SFO “brand.”

What’s it worth? IDK, but it’s on a par with the annual budget of the City and County of San Francisco.

Check out the effort those crazy kids down in Millbrae make in order to curate SFO’s brand identity. To wit:

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Like, go around the world and show people the letters SFO and they’ll tell you what it means.

SFO is a “world-class” IATA code, right up there with LAX and JFK, right?

Also, what if we kick-off an SFO renaming campaign for Harvey and the process gets hijacked by San Francisco Shadow Mayor Willie L Brown Jr.?

You know he wants something like that, right?

Real bad.

Just saying.

PS: Oh, and what would the new IATA code be? MLK? Well, that code is already taken, by someplace in Montana. And also, well, MLK, just don’t go there, girlfriend. If you wanted to say something like “SFO, An International Airport from Harvey Milk” or something like that, the damage would be lessened.

Here It Is: “NANCY PELOSI DRIVE” – San Francisco, CA – Formerly Known as Pork Barrel Parkway

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Enjoy:

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I don’t know, is this a thank you for all the fed money we’re getting for the wasteful Central Subway?

Perhaps.

Next stop, Willie L. Brown Jr. Boulevard!

Thank you, drive through.

Uh, shouldn’t we wait until people die before honoring their legacy? 

I think so.

Otherwise you end up with something like Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti International Airport, with Uday Terminal and Qusay Terminal, right?

(Incidentally, Willie Brown was behind a push to change the name of SFO to Willie Brown International back in the 1990′s. I’m srlsy. Then the airport people came back with a study showing how the IATA code letters SFO constituted one of the world’s best-known “brands.” So that was the end of that proposal. But the impulse is the same, in’nt?  The desire to have one’s name all over the place, statues, busts and the like. How sad!)

If You Want to Park Illegally at SFO, Just Slap the Russian Coat of Arms on Your Car’s License Plate

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Thusly, right at the entrance to International Arrivals:

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And thusly:

I should add that it would help if you had a Rolls Royce, and if your license plate had no letters* on it, and if you had a chauffeur to keep an eye on the car…

Oh, to hail from Mother Russia!

*See? ‘Cause it’s “special.”

**Someday, I’ll be special. (I’m a driver, I’m a winner. Things are gonna change, I can feel it.) In the meantime I’ll just have to circle around powered by my straight-outta-Toyota-City 2UZ-FE V-8 with hypereutectic pistons, you know, an engine from this century. The one  what will surely outlive whichever visiting comrade happened to be coming in from Moscow on this particular day…

*** Someday.

OMG, It’s “Zeppelin Flight Timelapse: San Francisco, California!” – Video of Cruising Low and Slow Over the 415

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here’s what the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin looks like from San Francisco…

…and here’s what San Francisco looks like from the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin:

Ah, mem’ries:

Passing by Coit Tower:

A close up view, click to enlarge. Can you see pilot Fritz Guenther and his Peltor brand headphones? Sure you can.

And an adorable piggly tail in the back:

There we go, back to normal:

The Great Twitterloin Four-Way Telephone Exchange is History – WiFi Replaced It – Oh, Wait a Second…

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

WiFi has not replaced these pay phones, not yet anyway.

Hey, remember that State of the City address from that former Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, you know, the one who promised free WiFi for the entire 415?

I do. It was like six years ago. (Hey, how’s that working out? Not well, last time I checked.)

Anywho, we now have a new Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, you know, the one who promised that Twitter would pay for Twitterloin-area WiFi, you know, instead of paying its fair share of taxes.

(Hey, how’s that working out? Nothing so far.)

Anywho, in anticipation, out go the famous pay phones at the corner of 6th and Market:

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Nowadays if you want to make a phone call and you don’t have a cellie, you’ll have to buy a stolen iPhone the next block over.

And maybe, just maybe, we’ll get fee citywide WiFi from the next Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, perhaps around 2020.

On it goes…