Posts Tagged ‘Article’

POINT / COUNTERPOINT: TechCrunch on “AirPooler is Lyft for Private Airplanes”

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

AirPooler is Lyft for Private Airplanes

“Law prohibits private pilots from profiting from passengers so you only pay for your share of the cost of the flight plus a 20 percent fee to AirPooler”

UH, THE PILOTS _ARE_ PROFITING FROM PASSENGERS, ARGUABLY.

The Federal Aviation Administration also bars private plane pilots from advertising flights, which is why AirPooler is careful to never promote any specific flights.

THIS IS STARTING TO READ LIKE A PRESS RELEASE, TECH-CRUNCH!

It’s hired as its general council the former assistant chief council of regulation of the FAA to make sure it doesn’t break the law.

ALTHOUGH OF COURSE IT’S ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT AIRPOOLER WILL BE FOUND TO BE OUTSIDE OF THE REGULATIONS – OF COURSE HIRING ANY PARTICULAR PERSON DOESN’T CHANGE THIS FACT. ALSO, “assistant chief council” SHOULD BE “COUNSEL,” AS THE DUDE COUNSELS PEOPLE – THAT’S HOW YOU REMEMBER THE DIFFERENCE

So why the hell would you want to get in a stranger’s airplane? Because the alternatives, namely driving and commercial air travel, can be a nightmare.

OF COURSE CRASHING AND BURNING CAN BE A GENERAL AVIATION “NIGHTMARE” AS WELL, RIGHT?

It says to fly from Palo Alto to Tahoe using AirPooler it would take about an hour and cost $50.

ABOUT AN HOUR _AND SOMETHING_, MORE CORRECTLY, RIGHT?

Fifty-five percent of pilots in a small survey in Boston said they’d even add additional flights to take AirPooler passengers.

UH, THIS IS STARTING TO SOUND LIKE AN AIR TAXI TO ME

Lewis admits the core challenge will be gaining consumer mind share and convincing them AirPooler is safe and simple, which it might not be.

WELL, HOW REFRESHING. YES, GENERAL AVIATION ISN’T ALL THAT SAFE, INDEED. PLUS FIVE FOR GRYFFINDOR!

Luckily, prop planes are relatively safe compared to other transportation methods, and the planes can glide back to the ground in case of an engine failure.

WTF? MINUS 20 FOR GRYFFINDOR HOUSE! PROP PLANES ARE ABSOLUTELY NOT SAFE COMPARED WITH OTHER TRANSPORTATION METHODS. IN MOST GA MISHAPS, THE AIRPLANE AINT “GLIDING” WHEN IT TOUCHES GROUND. GENERAL AVIATION IS AT LEAST AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE _LESS_ SAFE THAN DRIVING ON THE FREEWAY*

Still, accidents are most common with pilots with fewer than 100 hours of experience.

WRONG! IRL, ACCIDENTS ARE MORE COMMON WITH PILOTS WITH _MORE_ THAN 100 HOURS OF EXPERIENCE.

As more of our formerly prized possessions like albums and photos get digitized, society is putting a higher and higher value on experiences.

WHAT?

ALL RIGHT, THAT’S MOST OF IT.

*OF LOVE, IN A PINK CADILLAC.

Slate.Com Wrote About San Francisco and Yelp and Cities.Data.Gov Today – But What Does It Mean?

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Take a look here:

The Most Important Information Missing From Yelp – Crowdsourcing sites and local government should pool their data to better inform consumers.”

Let’s check it:

“Last month, four major cities—San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and Seattle—put statistics on things like crime reports, restaurant ratings, bed bug complaints, and public restroom locations online at cities.data.gov.”

So can we easily look up info about bed bugs in San Francisco on this newish website?

Nope!

Also:

“…a major frustration in urban centers is the amount of time spent trying to find a parking spot. To address this problem and improve air quality, San Francisco launched SFPark…”

So has SFPark reduced the amount of time spent trying to find a parking spot?

Nope!

And has SFPark improved air quality?

Nope!

SFPark is all about getting more money to the SFMTA, IRL.

Continuing:

“…consider the Bike Accident Tracker, a tool created by the Bay Citizen that mapped all reported bicycling accidents in San Francisco over a five-year period. On the map, the intersection of Market and Castro was identified as a hot spot…”

Uh, I think we kind of already knew about hot spots as the MSM regularly reports on them and it’s been doing that for donkey’s years.

Continuing:

” Just this past April a cyclist hit and killed a pedestrian at that same intersection, according the San Francisco Chronicle. If accident data were integrated with a site like Google Maps, making the critical information more easily available, is it possible that the deadly accident at Market and Castro could have been avoided? I’m not sure, but it’s worth looking into.”

Cyclist Chris Bucchere really, really liked Strava.com, and he really liked going fast downhill in urban areas, and he actually raised the idea of Strava segment “winners” (so-called “Kings of the Mountain”) “winning” coffee as an incentive/reward just a few days before the death of Sutchi Hui. I’m totally baffled how hot spot data dissemination would have affected anything.

All right, well that’s the first webpage of the article by Alissa Black (an ASU student?). I think I’ll stop here.

Uh, the reason why data about which hotels have bed bugs isn’t more widely disseminated is because the hotel industry doesn’t like that kind of thing.

And the reason why people walking into San Francisco restaurants don’t see a letter grade displayed out front is because the Golden Gate Restaurant Association doesn’t  want that kind of thing.

I don’t think the writer of the linked bit above understands how SF works.

JMO.

Oh Wow: Tony Robles, Former Doorman at the Pricey Presidio Landmark Apartments, Unloads in the Pages of Poor Magazine

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Oh wow, man. Former Presidio Landmark Apartments doorman Tony Robles tells his tale in Poor Magazine (aka Prensa Pobre).

Alls I can say is that it’s an interesting mix of fact and opinion. One of the first grafs is below and the whole thing is in the link above.

Anyway, I guess a lot more people are living there these days – here’s what’s on Yelp about this building.

And here’s the place itself, way on the right, from the deck of one of those nearby multi-floor townhomes:

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Here it is:

“The edifice I refer to is the Presidio Landmark Apartments, located in the city’s Presidio on Wedemeyer St. near 14th Ave.  I was working at this insular, hermetically sealed, self-aggrandizing, pseudo palace—home to CEO’s and hedge funders—in the capacity of door attendant.  My brown face was the first you’d see when walking through the French doors.  There I would sit, donning a somewhat comical habiliment of tan dockers, innocuous (save for the itching) cotton candy blue shirt, bottomed off with clunky Timberland shoes.  The Presidio Landmark—an ideal locale for one of those obnoxious Lexus Christmas commercials—home to some of the city’s highest rents–nearly $3000 a month for a “junior” one bedroom, $3200-3800 for a one-bedroom, upwards of $4000-5000 for a 2 bedroom, and $7000+ for a multi-floor townhome located in the periphery.  The building casts an ominous presence when approached.  It is situated on a grassy slope, adorned with foliage including succulents, native plants, African varieties—underneath canopy-like palm trees, impassive and pale, stripped of their natural skin.  One gets the impression when approaching this fortress-like structure that something is terribly wrong.  This home of the upwardly mobile, the hedge funders, gentrifiers of neighborhoods—this colonized place sits on the ancestral home of Native people.  It is the structure that was once known as the Merchant Marine and Public Health Service Hospitals.  It was a place that provided free care to native people, including native Hawaiians, people with leprosy, merchant marines and people who didn’t have access to decent healthcare.  It is part of the 42 acre Public Health Service District.  It is the place that was abandoned in the mid 80’s when it was decommissioned by the Reagan administration.  It is a place whose cries can be heard, a place where ancestral spirits cry out for justice against land grabbing developers like Forest City, who, with the Presidio Trust, took the sacred Ohlone land to satisfy its voracious corporate hunger.  The Presidio Landmark: home to the 1%.”

But what’s this, here’s an ad for just $2150, so maybe they’ve lowered their asking prices lately:

*Junior One Bedroom, One Bathroom available for move in 2/8/2012 
*Brand New Luxury Apartment Home 
*Presidio National Park address 
*Beautiful finishes including hardwood floors, granite countertops and stainless steel energy efficient appliances 
*Bosch full-size, in-suite washer and dryer 

Presidio Landmark Features:
LEED Gold Certification 
24-hour Door Attendant
Concierge Services
On-site Maintenance Team 
Massage Room and Spa Services
Private Dining Room with Wine Cellar 
Jacuzzi Hot Tub
Fitness Center/Yoga Room
Beautiful Interior Gardens with Fire Pit and breathtaking views
Parking available at $150/month

Live in luxury at the Presidio Landmark where there is plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the great outdoors; you will have immediate access to the Marina, Laurel Heights and Presidio Heights. Nowhere else in San Francisco will you find an historic building that has been sustainably renovated with modern comforts and conveniences built right in. Host a private dinner party in our Dining Room or catch the MUNI to the Financial District for a night out. 

And there you have it.

OMG, It’s the Twelve Days of Christmas at Your San Francisco Zoo! Starts Wednesday, Ends on December 25th, 2011

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Oh, and here’s Stephanie Lee on Tanya Peterson, the person in charge of the San Francisco Zoo these days.

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All the deets:

Enjoy the holidays at the San Francisco Zoo! The reindeer are back and there’s a brand new “green” skating rink, plus much, much more. Check out all of the activities happening through New Year’s Day.

12 Days of Christmas - Dec 14, 2011 – Dec 25, 2011

This year, the San Francisco Zoo is taking “The 12 Days of Christmas” literally by enriching its animals with special holiday treats designed to encourage naturalistic behaviors. Each day between December 14 and December 25, at 2 p.m., a different animal will receive a holiday surprise. Check out the list below and make plans to see your favorite animal rummage, forage, play with and enjoy their holiday gifts.

The 12 Days of Christmas Schedule: 2 p.m. each day
December 14: Chimpanzee climbing
December 15: Lemurs a leaping
December 16: Giraffes nuzzling
December 17: Anteaters Investigating
December 18: Meerkats patrolling
December 19: Snow leopard hunting
December 20: Tamarins exploring
December 21: A polar bear sledding
December 22: Rhinos charging
December 23: Lions roaring
December 24: Prairie Dogs barking
December 25: Ground hornbills foraging

Reindeer Romp! - Nov 19, 2011 – Jan 01, 2012

Each day 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Reindeer Romp returns with your favorite reindeer friends. These four, wonderful animals mark the return of the holidays here at the Zoo and will be on exhibit every day starting November 19 through New Year’s Day. Stop by and check out the “real” story behind these amazing creatures and you just might learn a thing or two about why they are so special.

“Green” Holiday Skating Rink - Nov 5, 2011 – Jan 08, 2012

Weekdays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Weekends & Holidays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This holiday season, take a spin on our brand new, environmentally friendly, synthetic skating rink made of recycled materials. It’s just as much fun as being on real ice! This eco-friendly skating rink will feel like the real thing but slightly slower – like skating on a frozen pond but without the need to bundle up. Great for beginners and kids wanting to get their feet wet, without getting their feet wet. Come give it a try now through New Year’s Day. Cost (includes skates): $5 per person

Holiday Discounts & Activities

Make a difference not just for the animals, but for our community too during this holiday season. Check out the following donation opportunities and discounts for you and your family.

San Francisco Fire Fighter’s Toy Drive
Dec 17, 2011 – Dec 18, 2011

Drop by the Zoo with an unwrapped toy, valued at $5 or more, and donate it to the San Francisco Fire Fighter’s Toy Program to receive one free kid’s pass. Plus, get an inside look at a vintage fire engine and take your photo with Santa ($5 suggested donation.) Limit one pass per family.”

See you there!

Supervisor Eric Mar Calls for More Protections Against Second-Hand Smoke

Monday, February 1st, 2010

[UPDATE: Joshua Sabatini has an update – the next committee hearing will be on February 22, 2010.]

Your San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar wants to expand Article 19F of the San Francisco Public Health Code – you know, the one from 1994 that prohibits smoking in enclosed areas and sports stadiums.

Check out the current rules after the jump, but don’t get used to them as they could be changing soon. This afternoon’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors Committee on Land Use & Economic Development could lead to some changes.

A graphic from this afternoon’s rally – secondhand smoke levels from outdoor dining areas at two unnamed cafes in North Beach are considered dangerous by the EPA:

80 souls were there before the committee meeting began:

Eric Mar and supporters enjoying a healthy smoke-free ride in the Richmond District back in 2008:

Brace yourselves: 

COMMUNITY RALLY TO SUPPORT EXPANDING PROTECTIONS FROM SECOND HAND SMOKE 

     Rally & Press Conference Before the Board of Supervisors Committee
      Hearing on Ordinance that Closes the Gaps in Public Health Code 
                        Polk Street City Hall Steps
                      Monday, February 1 at 12:00 noon 
  WHAT:    A rally and press conference to support an ordinance that will
           expand protection from second hand smoke by closing gaps in the
           San Francisco Public Health Code.  San Francisco is poised to
           join 18 other Bay Area cities in offering protection from
           second hand smoke by prohibiting smoking in many outdoor areas
           such as farmers markets, outdoor dining areas, theater and ATM
           lines, hotel and motel lobby areas, and other places frequented
           by members of the public.  The rally will convene just before
           the meeting of the Board of Supervisors Committee on Land Use &
           Economic Development, which will hear the proposed legislation
           for the first time. 
  WHO: A large crowd of community members including families, tenants,
           tenant advocates, members of the Chinese Progressive
           Association and San Francisco Tobacco Free Coalition;
           Supervisor Eric Mar, Supervisor John Avalos, Jul Lynn Parsons
           (Co-Chair of Mayor’s Disability Council), Carol McGruder
           (Tobacco Free Coalition member); Alex Tom (Tobacco Free
           Coalition; Chinese Progressive Association) and others. 

  BACKGROUND: 

The proposed ordinance would update Article 19F of the San Francisco Health Code, the landmark legislation adopted in 1994 that protects residents and visitors from second hand smoke. If approved by the Board of Supervisors and signed by the Mayor, San Francisco would join a long list of other Bay Area cities that have already expanded protection from second hand smoke for their residents to include many outdoor areas. 

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