Posts Tagged ‘amazon’

Oh My Gosh, It’s a Mash Letter from France: “San Francisco, La Grille Sur Les Collines / The Grid Meets the Hills” – Mapping SF

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Via famed bay area mapmaker Doug McCune comes word of a book from 1999:

San Francisco, la grille sur les collines / the grid meets the hills (English and French Edition) Paperback – June 17, 1999, by Florence Lipsky ISBN: 9782863640777

Oh Ma Ga! I missed this one, both in 1999 and in 2010, when a mini-review appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle:

‘Grid Meets the Hills’ shows terrain shaping S.F

Take a look at these scans from 99% Invisible, a “tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world.”

And here’s a peek from the Google Books.

Check it, it’s Vallejo and Jones:

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I’m going to get this book and read through it…

We had Webvan in 1999 and now in 2014 We have Amazon Fresh – What Will 2029 Bring Us?

Friday, January 17th, 2014

1999

Man, WebVan was crazy – they didn’t last too long.

2014, on Fell Street:

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Of course, Webvan was dead for eight years, only to be resurrected by … Amazon.

That’s the update.

Happy shopping!

OMG, It’s Here, AmazonFresh is Here – FREE 30-Day Trial for “Select” San Francisco Zip Codes, Hurray!

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

[UPDATE: Oh, after the first 30 days of free service, the cost is $299 per year, I'm told.]

Oh man, it’s fresh.*

(Remember WebVan? I do. My roommates would get the craziest things delivered for free. Like rental DVD’s from Blockbuster. And then they’d send another van to pick up the DVD after you watched it. Crazy times. The only things left after the bankruptcy were the vans themselves and some Aeron chairs. Anyway, turns out that Amazon bought the name a few years back. Funny that.)

Anyway, it’s all right here, babe.

I’m going to burn my Safeway card right now…

*”The song introduced a new meaning to the word “fresh,” meaning “good.

Fashion Update: How to Get $90 Lucky Brand Jeans at Costco for Just $17, Sort Of – The Miracle of “Urban Star”

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

All right, work with me here, people. Them stretchy 361 Vintage Straight jeans from Lucky Brand go for $90, right?

Or you can get them at the Lucky Outlet for like $60 or so. The outlet version has a different button but otherwise it’s the real deal.

Or you can get that very same outlet version at Costco #144 for like $36.

Now here’s the kicker. Costco also sells “Urban Star” jeans that are the same exact thing, pretty much, for just $16-something.

Look at the pockets – Lucky in the background, Urban Star in the foreground:

(Or you can get Urban Star from a reseller at Amazon for $25.)

So this means that the markup for Lucky is like 500%?

News to me.

Anyway, I guess what I’m saying is that, just as Soylent Green is people, Urban Star is Lucky Jeans.

OMG, the “Google Shopping Express” Trial is Finally Here – It’s Like Amazon Prime on Steroids – Apply Today

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

It’s now, it’s wow, it’s Google Shopping Express.

And it’s free to check out for six months, if you qualify.

Check it:

“Get free delivery for six months. We’re opening our pilot to a limited number of testers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Testers receive a free6-month membership for unlimited same-day delivery.”

Brace Yourselves: Amazon.com Lockers are Here – A New Way to Beat the Moms and Pops – Amigo! – Brogan!

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Now that Amazon.com is charging sales tax (or “use tax” IRL, same smell), there’s no reason that it can’t set up local warehouses and then offer same-day delivery service,right?

So you go to work in the Financh, decide you want a replacement battery for your car keys and order online. Then that evening on your way home you’ll pick it up at an Amazon Locker at 300 California. Or wherever.

That’s called Same Day Delivery. I don’t know if we have that yet but what we do have some new lockers installed all over town these days.

See? 

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Hi Hayes!

The locker names are kind of goofy.

See?

All the deets:

1. Search for a Locker location near you.

2. “Select” a Locker to add it to your Address Book. Next time you add an item to your cart, click “Ship to this address” to ship it to your favorite Locker location.

3. Once your package is delivered to the Amazon Locker, you’ll receive an e-mail or text message with instructions and a unique pick-up code. Enter your pickup code and the Locker slot with your package will open. Your package will be available for pick-up for three business days after you receive your pickup code.ow Amazon Locker Works - To ship your order at an Amazon Locker:

Via Amazon.Com, a Book from 2001: “Touched – The Jerry Sandusky Story”

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Oh wow, man:

“Jerry Sandusky retired as defensive coordinator of the Penn State University football team following the 1999 season. He spent 32 years at Penn State, all as an assistant to legendary head coach Joe Paterno, including the last 23 as defensive coordinator.

Sandusky is the founder of The Second Mile, a charitable foundations that has touched the lives of more than 100,000 children.”

  • Paperback: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582613575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582613574
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

And, wait for it:

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought The Paterno Legacy.”

Now that’s a good question – what is the Paterno Legacy right about now?

“Let’s Keep Not Paying Taxes – YAY!” Taiwan’s NMA-TV Takes on the Amazon v. State of CA Sales Tax Fight

Monday, July 18th, 2011

NMA-TV out of Taiwan, Free Republic of China, well, they’ve got us pegged. They know all about what goes on in California and they show that with pithy animated videos.

As here, with the whole Governor Jerry Brown vs. Jeff Bezos / Amazon.com sales tax / “use tax”* issue. NMA already has a proposed slogan for the statewide initiative that’s coming our way from Amazon.

See?

And here’s Jeff Bezos (fresh from swimming in a pool of his money) explaining things to California Governor Jerry Brown and our Official State Animal, who looks hungry for a little tax money.

It’s going to be a tough row to hoe getting people to vote for the Amazon tax next year, IMO.

Anyway, good job NMA-TV.

*The tax is on your “use” in CA of whatever you buy. It’s pretty much like a sales tax except it’s based on the tax rate of where you live (as opposed to sales tax, which is based upon where you buy something). 

DODOcase? What a Stupid Name! And a Front-Loading Tricycle? What a Stupid Way to Do Marketing

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

You know what? I used to be in P.R.

Hurray!

What that means that I get to sit on my ass all day long and pass judgment on all those, those people (who are younger/cuter/smarter/more educated than I) what try to do P.R. or marketing or whathaveyou in the 415.

Like when they send me those pfd or pdf or whatever-they’re called files, you know those exotic things that you need special software to open, you know some program they probably make you pay for. Boy, that really grinds my gears!

Now, take the case of this new DODOcase company. Handmade cases for your iPads and Kindles ‘n stuff? How stupid! And this stupid tricycle thing? That’s stupid too! Doesn’t anybody know how to do things the right way, the way I used to do things?

Apparently not! How is this supposed to attract attention?

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Hey, did I mention I used to be in P.R.?

Forget About Track Bikes and Fixies, the Latest Thing is the Kick Bike – It’s the Ur-Bicycle Reborn – It’s Now, It’s Wow

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Here’s what you need – a Kick Bike!

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And, actually, it’s the ur-bike. It’s just like this Draisine / Laufmaschine from the ’20′s.

That’s the 1820′s, partner:

Whether you want to stand or sit, a push bike is for you. There’s no pesky chain to get in the way of a True Bicycling Experience.

And Amazon has them for like $110.

See you on Valencia!