Posts Tagged ‘bay area’

Flowery Graffiti: San Francisco Chronicle News Rack – “To OUST?”

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Some fonts I just can’t read:

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Stanley Roberts Gets Results: SFMTA People Behaving Less Badly After Report on KRON4

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Here’s the result: MUNI workers parking in the exclusive MUNI-only parking lot:

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Of course, this might seem a little odd since our SFMTA MUNI has a “transit-first” policy, but this sitch is an improvement over what’s been going on for years, an improvement over City Family workers allowing other City Family workers to park wherever the Heck they want.

Anyway, I just happened to notice this distinct Caddy car, which used to improperly park all the live-long day on Geary

Here’s the early August report from Stanley Roberts what embarrassed our SFMTA MUNI into compliance, if only for a short while so far:

FGBOTD: Your Ford GoBike of the Day – Impression, Sunrise – Submerged in the Briny Deep of Lake Merritt

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Yet another quite wet Ford GoBikevia Ruth Miller, no filter:

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La mise-en-scene:

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Hey, why don’t we try taking off the FORD logo from all these bikes if this is how the reaction is?

(And why doesn’t Ford PAY people for the data it gathers, if it values this data so so much?)

Question: Does Citibank track “bikeshare” rental users in New Yawk the way Ford is now doing in the Bay Area? Non. Non non non! ‘Cause Ford is getting more data. Now, why is that? (Hey, did our local government officials make a bad deal?) Anyway, that’s something to consider.

I mean, if you install FordPass to rent a bike for 30 minutes, what happens next and for the rest of the life of your smartphone?

Oh, look:

Information We Collect. We collect the following types of information through your use of FordPass or third-party services that integrate with FordPass, such as Ford GoBike, which we also may combine with other information you have previously provided, or that we have collected from other sources:

Information you provide to create an account or sign-in to an existing account, such as name, email address, street address, telephone number, credit card, and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). You must have an account to use FordPass.

Information we collect through FordPass includes:

Location information collected from your mobile device and/or vehicle, such as Global Positioning System (GPS) and location derived from IP address, which can be used to determine your device or vehicle’s current location, travel direction, and speed.

Mobile Device Information, such as software or operating system version, unique device identifiers, IP address, mobile network information, and mobile phone number.

Vehicle Information, such as the VIN, hardware model and part numbers, status of vehicle systems (e.g., fluid levels, tire pressure, and locks), vehicle diagnostics, odometer, and other information about how the vehicle is performing.

Driving Characteristics, such as speed, use of accelerator, brakes, steering, seat belts, and other similar information about how the vehicle is used.

Information about how you use FordPass or third-party services that integrate with FordPass, such as when and for how long you use features and when you contact us, a record of your communication.

FordPass may also contain online tracking technologies (e.g. Adobe Analytics and Aptelligent) on your mobile device that collect non-personal information about how FordPass is used and how it is performing including if it crashes, and which may be able to be connected across devices and over time. These technologies cannot be deactivated in FordPass and do not respond to “Do-Not-Track” requests.

How We Use Information We Collect: We use your personal information – information that reasonably identifies you – to provide you with great functionality and services, allow you to control certain vehicle features, fulfill requests you’ve made in FordPass, personalize your experience, troubleshoot problems, develop new and improved products, services, and marketing strategies and research, to protect safety, property, privacy, and security, or to comply with legal requirements. WE MAY send communications about products, services, offers, promotions, news, and more that are customized based on your personal information, including your location, speed, and driving characteristics. You may choose not to provide certain personal information (such as not entering a VIN to connect to your vehicle or not entering a credit card to use My Wallet services), but this may limit or prevent use of certain features. We may use and share non-personal information for any purpose.”

Is this a fair deal?

[UPDATE: Oh, I guess it got fished out today around 3:00 PM – who knows, maybe it’s back in service already.]

FGBOTD: Your Ford GoBike of the Day – #12535 Headed to the Chop Shop – Harvest, Harvest Time

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Neoliberalism is having a hard time getting going in Frisco.

Take a look, via Nishant.

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The Ford Motor Company workers laboring (in the Bay Area? North Carolina?) are stumped as to this location – can you guess? Hint: alTrainCay racks-tay.

Myself, I’d rather steal a $98 Walmart bike (like the 21-speed 29’er I lost near Cal / Battery last year – it had a nice bell, and one good replacement tire, and a wiener-friendly replacement seat) than a pretty much useless yet very expensive ($1200!) Ford Motor Company GoBike rolling advertisement.

Remember, Ford doesn’t track you through the bike, but through the app what you use to get the bike. Think on that. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

HOW FORD TRACKS YOU

Look closely. ⬆️⬆️⬆️

Weepin’ time reapin’ time harvest harvest time
You reap what you sow I reap what I sow

ATTENTION FRISCO LANDLORDS: You Can’t Charge a $49.50 Application Fee – Take a Look at This Example on Page

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Here we go:

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Now let’s hear from the California Apartment Association:

“As you consider prospective renters in 2017, remember that your applicant screening fee can only cover the expenses you incur in the process. This includes the actual money spent gathering information, as well as time spent by you or your staff. But no matter how much you pay for tenant screening, your fee to applicants may not exceed $47.72. That figure represents this year’s maximum applicant-screening charge. Each December, the state of California adjusts its cap on applicant-screening fees based on changes to the Consumer Price Index. This year’s adjustment amounted to an increase of $1.05.”

A landlord not following what the CAA says is a bad sign from the get-go.

The kind of people who overcharge on the application fee are the kind of people who do other things wrong as landlords as well.

(OTOH, I’m sure many landlords would prefer naive, moneyed tenants who say, “Take my money, take my money,” as they are less likely to complain about other issues.)

Anyway, the cost of doing a background check has come down over the years, non? So why not just charge prospective tenants the eight dollars or whatever you are out of pocket? Cause I’ll tell you, this isn’t a good look, this nickel-and-diming at the start of a potential $40-something thousand dollar land deal.

Speaking of which, back in the day, Before the Aughts, back during DotCom 1.0, let’s say 1998 or so, you’d see 50 people showing up at open houses. They’d each pay an application fee of $50 or so and then the manager / landlord / agent would have a nice multi-thousand dollar tax-free payday just by depositing a bunch of checks at the bank. Not bad for a few hours “work.” And they wouldn’t even do a background check on you, the sucker prospective tenant, ’cause that would increase costs.

A cite from that era:

“Some landlords in the San Francisco Bay Area were found guilty of charging application fees of $50 or more and/or collecting application fees when no rentals were even available.”

That’s what happens when people treat the application process as a profit center.

Anyway, choose wisely, tenants.

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Mystery Machine: “Toyota Van” AKA MasterAce Surf AKA Wonderwagon AKA VanWagon

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Proper!

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In Lieu of Speed Limit Signs for Bicycles in the GGP Panhandle, We Now Have, “SLOW DOWN! – ENJOY the PANHANDLE”

Friday, August 11th, 2017

See? Note the care that this tagger used to not block the new “wayfinding” feature.

I saw one of these notices near Baker. This is near Ashbury:

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I’m guessing an Area Pedestrian thinks some go too fast on their bikes.

And actually, you don’t even need to pedal when coming inbound – starting at 0 MPH at Stanyan, you can coast all the way to the DMV and end up going 16.3 MPH, on knobby tires no less, just saying…

This Tall Palm Tree has a Secret Purpose – You’ll Never Guess What

Friday, August 11th, 2017

I guess somebody promised to put up a non-ugly cell phone tower and this is the result what looks like it was created by someone unfamiliar with what real trees look like:

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IDK…

Ford Motor Company GoBike Regrets Promoting Rental Bike Racing in Marin, Going Over Bridges, Competing with Locals

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Let’s see if I can pay off on that headline.

Here’s the recent GoBike race on Conzelman in the GGNRA:

Now, who thought this was great, but the corporate employees/contractors @FordGoBike in, who knows, North Carolina, Michigan, New Yawk? Someplace like that. (Someplace where Ford can rightfully call $16.13 per hour “living wages” the way they call that very same hourly rate a living wage in Frisco. But anyway.)

Proof of this is in the ghost of the deleted Tweet, what the Ford People took down. See?

Speaking of which, you can’t race Ford Motor Company rental bikes. It’s against your agreement. (Say hey, did these roadie racers even sign an agreement and pay their money and their overtime fees? Who paid for the expense of this hours-long Ford Motor Company bikeshare promotion on the Golden Gate Bridge? IDK, but it appears to have been organized through FaceBook.)

Speaking of which, Ford Motor Company made a commitment to not compete with legacy Frisco-to-Sausalito bike rental outfits. And yet, compete they do, over and over, every day, over the bridge and back. If you don’t believe me, have your editor assign you to the GoBike beat and ask for the GPS record for these bikes, why not? Oh, what’s that, there’s no GPS on Ford Motor Company rental bikes? Mmmm, so how is Ford tracking all these people? Perhaps through their smartphones? Perhaps 24-7, like how fast you drive your car, how hard you press your brakes, gee, do people realize that they’re signing up for all this? NB: Search for “DO NOT TRACK” to see how the GOBIKE people react to such a command? (Spoiler: Ford has zero respect for any such Do Not Track anything, sry.))

Speaking of which, didn’t Ford agree to get rid of its Gobike On The Bridge marketing, due to its competition with local rental mom and pops? Well, Tweeting about this race kind of goes against that, non?

So for all these reasons, RACING, BRIDGING, COMPETING, Ford Motor Company rethought the matter and then deleted its Tweet(s).

FIN.

Can’t Touch This: 1964 Mercury Montclair Breezeway

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

A “touchless car” at the Fell Street ARCO watering hole:

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And best of all, you can open up that crazy rear window for a chance of breathing a little exhaust…