Posts Tagged ‘alternative’

OMG, Your Chance to Audition for the “X Factor” Show on Fox-TV is Coming Up April 18-20, 2012 – See You at the Cow Palace!

Friday, March 9th, 2012

All your deets are right here.

Good luck!

“What are we looking for?

We’re looking for solo singers, girl groups, duos, boy bands or vocal groups. Maybe you and your friends have always wanted to form a group? Now is your time!

The competition is open to everyone that is 12 years old (as of January 1, 2012) and above, with no age cap.

Any type of music works – pop, rock, rap, country, R&B, alternative, hip-hop… you name it!

Where are we going?

This could be your first step to competing for the chance to win a $5 Million dollar recording contract with Sony Music. We are only going to six cities, so make your plans now!

Kansas City, MO – Kemper Arena March 14th (registration March 12 &13)
Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center March 22nd (registration March 20 & 21)
San Francisco, CA – Cow Palace April 20th (registration April 18 & 19)
Greensboro, N.C. – Greensboro Coliseum May 1st (registration April 29 & 30)
Providence, Rode Island – Dunkin Donuts Center May 10th (registration May 9)

How does it work?

Registration

You MUST register and pick up your wristband the day prior to the audition. The registration is simple – you can stop by anytime within 24 hours prior to the audition day – starting at 6am. If you plan on bringing family and friends to your audition, they must register as well.

You MUST bring two (2) forms of ID to registration day that show proof of your age and a photograph (for example, a birth certificate and driver’s license or a birth certificate and a passport or a birth certificate and a school ID card).

Eligibility:

You must be a US citizen, or eligible to work freely in the US, and not currently under a recording contract.

Anyone younger than 18, that will be attending the auditions (auditioning or not) must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Minors or those without a driver’s license, who are auditioning or supporters of those auditioning, may use a school ID or acceptable substitute (such as a yearbook page that includes a printed name with photo AND a birth certificate matching the name).
If the minor is too young to have any form of photo ID, then that minor’s parent or guardian should present a photo ID and the child’s birth certificate that includes the parent’s name with the child’s name on the certificate.

Check out the eligibility requirements on http://www.thexfactorusa.com/ and make sure you are eligible to participate!

Audition

On the day of the audition, you need to arrive at the venue before 8am. Please prepare a verse and a chorus of 3 songs without tracks or instruments. Pick your song choice wisely as it should represent you as an artist. Whether you are a soloist or a vocal group, remember this is your time to shine, so make sure that you are well rehearsed and dressed to impress!

There will be a long wait so prepare for the day with suitable snacks, drinks and dress appropriately for the weather. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.thexfactorusa.com/.

If successful, you will need to be available the next day

DISCLOSURE: The fact that you have received this message should not be interpreted as a guarantee of eligibility or success in our competition. Response (or lack of response) to this message, and forwarding (or not forwarding) this message will have NO influence on your standing, if you choose to attend auditions. This is merely an attempt to inform the performing community at large of our open auditions.”

Good Times: Throwing Pieces of Structural Iron Off the Third Floor of John Swett Alternative Elementary School

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Do people actually get paid to huck heavy pieces of metal off of the top of John Swett Alternative Elementary School on McAllister at sunrise?

People do.

Heck, if they called me up, I’d do it for free, watching them triangles accelerate at 9.8 meters per second until the satisfying crash landing. Boooooonk! 

This activity sounds like a pile driver. It’s enough to wake the entire neighborhood on a Saturday morning.

What do these things weigh, 20 pounds? Fire in the hole!

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A third of a second later:

Another third of a second later:

 

And another third of a second later. See it at the bottom?

Hurray!

Attention San Francisco: A Gas-Powered Toyota Prius Taxi is Not an Alternative Fuel Vehicle

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The Question of the Day is whether a car powered by regular old gasoline is an alternative fuel vehicle. Let’s go to the source, and let’s leave out the ifs, ands, or buts while we’re at it: 

Hybrid electric vehicles such as the Toyota Prius are not actually alternative fuel vehicles…”

So, now you’re up to speed when you read the latest Governing By Press Release press release below.

No Aaron, don’t put plain old gasoline into daddy’s anthropomorphic Prius, put in the alternative fuel instead:

via Goldberg

Now, when you want to abuse the English language, the proper way to do it is explicitly, the way they do it on Wikipedia. Or, indeed, the way the Feds do it when they define Canadian-made cars as “American” cars.

“Canada is considered to be part of the United States when determining the “domestic” content of cars. Let’s see what U.S. Code TITLE 49 > SUBTITLE VI > PART C > CHAPTER 323 > § 32304 Passenger motor vehicle country of origin ­labeling has to say:

“6. ‘foreign content’ means passenger motor vehicle equipment that is not of United States/Canadian origin.”

See? That’s how you show you know what you’re doing. That’s the way you do it.

Time for some remedial reading - how about Physics for Future Presidents instead of yet another damn poetry book? (You might not agree with everything in there and you might not enjoy the process, but you’d be a better person for it. This is not to say that a manager needs to spend all his or her time on the gritty nitty, but investing a few hours, a few days or so, well that’d be nice.)

Just saying.

“I don’t know what you mean by ‘glory,’” Alice said.
Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. “Of course you don’t – till I tell you. I meant ‘there’s a nice knock-down argument for you!’”
“But ‘glory’ doesn’t mean ‘a nice knock-down argument,’” Alice objected.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in a rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.”
“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”
“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master – that’s all.”
Alice was too much puzzled to say anything, so after a minute Humpty Dumpty began again.
“They’ve a temper, some of them – particularly verbs, they’re the proudest – adjectives you can do anything with, but not verbs – however, I can manage the whole lot! Impenetrability! That’s what I say!”

Leaving you with the News of the Day:

 MAYOR NEWSOM ANNOUNCES THAT MORE THAN HALF OF SAN FRANCISCO TAXI FLEET IS ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES

San Francisco, CA— Mayor Gavin Newsom, the San Francisco Municipal
Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the Department of the Environment joined
the San Francisco taxi industry today to announce that 57 percent of the
taxi fleet is comprised of hybrid or compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.
There are 788 alternative fuel vehicles out of a total of 1,378 eligible
vehicles. The CNG vehicles account for 131 of those and the hybrids account
for 657.
“The clean taxi program shows that aggressive action is possible at the
local level to make major reductions in carbon emissions,” said Mayor
Newsom. “Today’s announcement reinforces our commitment to bringing these
emissions to zero.”
In addition, less than two years after the City passed a law requiring taxi
companies to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20 percent from
1990 levels by 2012, emissions from San Francisco taxis are now at 12
percent of 1990 levels. With only 8 percent in reductions remaining, the
taxi companies are now more than halfway in meeting the 20 percent required
by the legislation.
Phasing in hybrid electric and compressed natural gas (CNG) taxis into the
taxi fleet has resulted in roughly 35,000 tons of GHG emissions savings
each year, which is the same as reducing fuel consumption by 2.9 million
gallons per year. That is equivalent to taking 4,700 regular passenger cars
off of the road, or saving roughly $9.5 million dollars annually in fuel
costs.
“The SFMTA is proud to continue the work begun by the industry and the Taxi
Commission,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA Executive Director/CEO.
“This collaboration is an important part of creating a comprehensive
transportation system that is environmentally sustainable.”
This number of alternative fuel vehicles continues to rise because the
hybrid and CNG vehicles, while contributing to cleaner air for San
Francisco, are also very popular with taxi drivers. Although the fee
charged to a taxi driver to take out an alternative fuel vehicle is a bit
higher at $104.50 per 10-hour shift instead of $96.50 for a gasoline fueled
vehicle, the savings in fuel costs are substantial. For example, gasoline
for one shift is approximately $28 to $35, whereas filling up a hybrid
vehicle after a shift costs about half of that, around $15.  The hybrid
vehicles provide an additional economic benefit to taxi companies in that
they require less time and money for brake repairs. San Francisco’s hills
require the Crown Victoria taxis to have their brakes changed about once a
month. Hybrids can go six to eight months on a single set of brakes.
The gradual and flexible nature of the clean taxi program facilitated its
success. The program was accompanied by economic incentives from the City
to vehicle purchasers in the form of grant subsidies and gate fee increases
for alternative fuel vehicles. The SFMTA has continued the work of the
former Taxi Commission in coordination with the Department of the
Environment to encourage companies to purchase alternative fuel vehicles by
providing a Clean Air Taxi Grant incentive. Grants of $2,000 per new
alternative fuel vehicle are available to purchasers on a first come-first
served basis. The SFMTA merged with the Taxi Commission in March 2009 and
will oversee the ongoing upgrade of the San Francisco taxi fleet.
“Innovative solutions like the clean taxi program will keep San Francisco
beautiful,” said David Assmann, SF Environment Acting Director. “By working
in concert with the industry, San Francisco has created a program that gets
results.”
San Francisco currently has 1,474 taxis in service. Of these, 96 are ramp
taxi vehicles that are not subject to clean air vehicle requirements due to
the lack of good alternative fuel wheelchair accessible vans available on
the market. San Francisco taxi vehicles typically have about a four year
useful life and must be taken out of service once they have reached 350,000
miles.
The clean taxi ordinance was drafted in 2007 and originally published as
Police Code Section 1135.3.  The SFMTA re-enacted the requirement as
Transportation Code, Division II, Sections 1106(m) (emissions reductions)
and 1114(e)(9)(A) (annual reporting requirement). The next report from taxi
companies on their plans for vehicle upgrades going forward is due June 1.

Quentin Kopp’s Beale Street Alternative for High Speed Rail Attacked by SoMA Residents

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Via Jamie Whitaker’s Rincon Hill blog comes news of a fight against consideration of the so-called “Beale Street Alternative“ for the San Francsico terminus of California’s nascent High Speed Rail line.

I don’t have a dog in this hunt, but you, well take a gander if you’d like:

Save High Speed Rail in San Francisco

Targeting: Supervisor Chris Daly (District 6, City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisor), Medhi Morshed (Executive Director, CA High Speed Rail Authority) and Curt Pringle (Chair of the Board, CA High Speed Rail Authority)

Started by: April Veneracion

Demand the California High Speed Rail Authority stop its consideration of the infeasible Beale Street Alternative that is…

· Risking over $400 million in federal funding to the Transbay Transit Center

· Harming property values in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco

· Wasting millions of Prop 1A dollars on study of infeasible alternatives that should be spent on construction”

So that’s the issue. All the deets, below.

Quentin Kopp with youthful HSR supporters at San Francisco City Hall during happier times last year:

The whole magilla:

“As a strong supporter of building High Speed Rail throughout the state and into San Francisco’s downtown Transbay Transit Center, I am appalled at your consideration of the Beale Street Alternative. This study is not only wasteful, it risks over $400 million in federal funding for the Transbay Transit Center and is harming property values in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.

Your study of the Beale Street Alternative was proposed to you by a lobbying and law firm on behalf of an unidentified special interest. This location has already been rejected as a technically and economically infeasible terminus for High Speed Rail in San Francisco. San Franciscans overwhelmingly voted for Proposition 1A to bring high speed rail to our Transit Center. Your study of the Beale Street Alternative, widely thought to be pushed by Board Member Quentin Kopp, is a wasteful expenditure of limited Proposition 1A money that should be applied to construction of the project.

With the passage of Proposition 1A, we believe that your study of the Beale Street Alternative is illegal. The voter approved mandate codifies in State law that the northern terminus for high speed rail will be the Transbay Transit Center.

The Transbay Transit Center is a federally approved project currently in construction in downtown San Francisco that has received the support of the San Francisco electorate on multiple occasions. Over $2 billion in funds have already been secured, independent of Proposition 1A. This Center is designed to accommodate high speed rail to downtown San Francisco.

The existence of this project is reason enough to drop your study of the Beale Street Alternative. Additionally, the Beale Street Alternative would likely result in the taking of more than 1,800 current and future residential units in the South of Market area. Your study alone has made many of our homes unmarketable by the required disclosure of your irresponsible study into any potential home sale. In contrast, the approved downtown extension to Transbay will take only 2 dozen residences. Given San Francisco’s housing crisis, this is a far more reasonable approach.

Meanwhile, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority has applied for $400 million in ARRA funds to build the rail box in the Transit Center. While this application has the support of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, we understand that the Federal Rail Authority has expressed concern about your Beale Street Alternative. We are worried that the Beale Street Alternative is not about adequately addressing environmental issues, it’s about political brinkmanship.

It’s time to put high speed rail to San Francisco back on track.

As a supporter of high speed rail and Proposition 1A, I demand you halt your irresponsible study of the infeasible Beale Street Alternatives. I also ask that you hold a formal meeting of the California High Speed Rail Authority in San Francisco, to hold yourselves accountable to the people whose properties and projects you are jeopardizing.”

To Be Continued…

Art Car Wars: Sausalito vs. San Francisco – Alternative Fuel Source? Baby Juice

Monday, October 12th, 2009

First check out the Sausalito entry here at Bluoz.com and then check out the photos below, as seen in the Western Addition.

This vehicle used to be a Honda Civic:

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Here’s a close-up of the trunk:

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Click to expand, or not.

The Civic owner is a fan of thrash metal band GWAR, believe it or not.

The winner? San Francisco, by a nose.

No More Embarrassment for Thomson Reuters – Genepax Water Car is Dead

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Remember the Genepax Water Car from way back in 2008, when gasoline and diesel prices were just a skosh higher than these days? This video from Thomson Reuters is still up, so enjoy.  The claim:

“Japanese company Genepax presents its eco-friendly car that runs on nothing but water.”

As stated before, the car in the vid wasn’t running on “nothing but water.” Anywho, the whole idea is officially kaput right now, so there’ll be no more embarrassment for Thomson Reuters. Read below for details.

“We provide the right information at the right time.” Maybe so, TR, but not in this case.

And, the inevitable “things didn’t work out after all” letter from Genepax:

Thank you for visiting our website.

We at GENEPAX have strived to develop new technologies to enable environment friendly energy systems, to mitigate environmental risks such as those posed by global warming. The systems that we have proposed have received warm words of support from many people. However, we have yet to overcome the many obstacles we face in the current world, to bring our systems to market. Moreover, the costs of development have become very large. As our resources are very limited, we need to retrench and reassess our resources and our development plans at this time, and we are accordingly closing our website.

We express our deep gratitude for the supportive messages we have received. We hope that you will continue to be supportive of efforts to develop cleaner and more environment friendly energies, and we will continue to strive to develop systems to preserve our environment.

February 10th, 2009
Yasuyuki Takahashi
Representative Director
GENEPAX

GENEPAXのホームページに来ていただき、ありがとうございます。

弊社では、温室効果ガスの排出による地球の温暖化に代表されるような自然環境の破壊を食い止めたいとの思いから、これまで環境に負荷をかけないエネルギーシステムの開発に取り組んでまいりました。弊社が提案するシステムについては、多くの方から暖かいご声援をいただきながらも、一方では様々な障害を乗り越えるには至らず、弊社の力不足を痛感しております。また、開発に要するコストも膨れ上がっており、そのような状況の中で、弊社のリソースにも限界があるため、弊社としましてはここでいったん弊社のリソースを再整理して商品開発の計画を再考させていただくこととし、本ホームページを閉鎖させていただきます。

これまで弊社に対して暖かいご声援をくださった皆様には深く感謝申し上げます。弊社も地球環境の保護のために更に努力を積み重ねてまいりますので、皆様におかれましては今後とも地球環境にやさしいエネルギーの開発をご支援くださるよう、お願いいたします。

2009年2月10日
株式会社ジェネパックス
代表取締役 高橋 廉幸

 

Oh well…

Thomson Reuters Embarrasses Itself with Japanese Water Car Story.

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Reuters has a short video report from a few weeks back about Japanese company claiming to be working on a car that “runs on water.” Check it: “Water-fuel car unveiled in Japan.

Now, here’s the beef, this quote from reporter(?) Michelle Carlile-Alkhouri: “…Genepax may well have the solution they’ve been looking for.” No. Genepax does not have the solution they’ve been looking for. Simple as that. You’d think there might be a retraction from Reuters by now, and yes, a few days ago they ran a kind of follow-up: “Professor doubts water car claims“ 

The problem with the title of the follow-up report is that the professor doesn’t just doubt the claims, he thinks it’s impossible for the Japanese company’s claims to be true. Now if Reuters had put these two stories together and maybe paid an editor to be a little more careful with the final product, then the news service wouldn’t have anything to be embarrassed about.  

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As an alternative, Reuters could do a story on my Japanese water car. I won’t let them see what’s inside the magic engine box – they’ll just have to trust me.    

See you  in the funny pages (or the MSM)!