Posts Tagged ‘Blue’

You’re Supposed to Call 311 on Corporate Shuttle Buses, But the Companies Would Prefer You To Call New “How’s My Driving” Numbers

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

You can barely see the telephone icon on the blue SFMTA sticker – it’s right next to the “311” you’re supposed to dial if you’re a “vigilante” who’s seen some improper bus driving behavior. But OTOH, it’s easy to see the How’s My Driving? sticker, so one imagines that 311 would get fewer complaint calls now?

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The companies certainly don’t want to end up like Bauer’s, with all those 311 calls, that’s for sure

Haight Update, 2016: “A squawking Seahawks bar in 49ers territory” – Yes, Indeed

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Just as the Tenderloin has Ace’s, for the New Yawk crowd, the Lower Haight has DANNY COYLES, apparently, on Any Given Sunday:

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Oakland Warriors Pay $25K to Plant Their Logo in Golden Gate Park – See It Starting Sept 10th

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

[UPDATE: Will the new logo be for the Warriors, like this recent effort, or will Centre Court feature something called the “Good Tidings Foundation,” located, oddly, down in the Peninsula. It all has to do with the all-important “donor recognition plan” and the “donor recognition court markings.” Note that there is “no known opposition” to all these square yards of blue paint, mostly ’cause most people don’t know about it yet. Mostly. Oh, and if you wanted local support for your corporate logos from people in the Haight Ashbury area, you’d be better off calling your nonprofit the Good Wiccan Foundation, and I’m srsly. Merry part.]

Here’s how things looked last month, August 2016, at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Basketball Courts:

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And here’s how things looked in late August – new blacktop and new blackboards, about what I expected:

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But oh ho, now it’s all like this – an ocean of blue.

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Warriors Blue:

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Specifically Warriors Royal Blue (#006BB6; RGB: 0,107,182) and Golden Yellow (#FDB927; RGB: 237,23,76).

IDK, man, isn’t that a bit much?

And look, here’s what’s coming – a GSW roundel in the middle. Like this:

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Like what the troubled Brown, Jr., Willie Middle School has, somewhat controversially.

I’ll tell you a story.

Just south of the (formerly) blacktop courts of the Panhandle…

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…lies the Panhandle Playground. It looks like this:

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It’s a Kid’s Kingdom, just like many other playgrounds in America. General Motors paid for it back in the 1990’s. But of course now you can’t see who paid for it because Area Residents chipped away at the dedication plaque until it became illegible. It used to say, “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN DEALER.”

See what I mean here? This sign was pretty subtle compared with what the Oakland Warriors have in store for us.

How big will the logo be? IDK, exactly. But will it be the largest corporate logo in Golden Gate Park? We’ll see.

Oh what’s that? All this is for Nate Thurmond who just passed on? Well yeah, but it already was for Nate. See?

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This pedestal has been here since the year 2000:

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Somehow, we managed to honor Nate without a sea of blue paint.

Here’s the agreement itself, if case you want to paint GGP in your own corporate colors.

“…a grant-in-place, valued at approximately $25,000 to perform maintenance and repairs to the Courts (the “Grant”) including, without limitation:  Resurfacing the courts  Painting new court lines and center court symbol  Demolishing the existing basketball post and backboard systems  Installing new basketball post and backboard systems…”

Take a look yourself at the contract with SFGov. It says the courts “need” new paint, but, in fact, they didn’t. Paint some new court lines, sure, but where is all this blueness mentioned in the K itself? We managed just fine without the Ocean of Blue we have now and the yellow “symbol” (logo) we’ll soon get, right?

The blue dominates the dojo now, wouldn’t you agree?

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And oh yeah, the regulars don’t like the courts being closed. So they lash out:

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Actually, the courts have been playable for a while now, but I guess they’re still fenced off in anticipation of the ribbon cutting on Saturday. (Oh, and the hoops themselves each have plastic chastity belt covers locked on to prevent any premature use.)

Anyway, here’s your notice:

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All right, let’s leave this scene…

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..and ponder whether GM should be allowed to buy a $25,000 ad on the neighboring Panhandle Playground. After all, GM paid for the playground originally, and they’d even pay for all the materials for their giant logo ad. And what the heck, we could let them paint everything GM Cobalt Blue (#0F3796; 15, 55, 150), as long as they paid for the paint itself, and then Everybody Would Know how great GM is. So what’s the diff between this idea and the actual deal Rec and Park just agreed to?

I’ll tell you, the GSW new logo (one supposes it will be installed afore September 10th, 2016, the day of its coming out party) will be seen, every day, by many many UCSF people from the nearby Parnassus Campus. How do you think they’re going to react when they see it, after all the Warriors have done to screw over UCSF at Mission Bay?

We’ll see.

“GRANT AGREEMENT AND PERMIT TO ENTER Between Good Tidings Foundation and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (dated June 23, 2016 for reference purposes) This Grant Acceptance Agreement and Permit to Enter (the “Agreement”), is dated for reference purposes only as of _________________, 2016, by and between the City and County of San Francisco (“City”), acting through the Recreation and Park Department (the “Department” or “RPD”), and Good Tidings Foundation (“Good Tidings”), a California nonprofit public benefit corporation (collectively referred to herein as the “Parties”) yada yada yada…

Oh, Hello SalesForce Tower – Gee, You’re Kind of Blue

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Temporarily, I s’pose.

Still, it’s quite striking if you’re not yet used to seeing this building.

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Hey, Salesforce Tower – do you, you know, considering the landfill issue, go all the way down to bedrock? Oh you do? Awesome.

Careful Now, Ladies – There are MEN AT WORK at the CalTrain

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Oh, I’m sorry, I shouldda said, “CalTrans,” the way people call the Cal Train on the Internet, sometimes:

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Are these old old signs for these old old trains around still*? Perhaps they’ve been grandfathered in as historic relics…

*This shot is From The Aughts.

Dragonflies Join Mile High Club in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Not flying:

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Then flying:

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This is news to me – you can fly and have sex at the same time, if you’re a Common Green Darner anyway.

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The Dragonflies and Damselflies of San Francisco Bay Area sure have colorful names…

Facepainted Pokemon-GO Player on Mission – This is How We Live Now, in 2016

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Let’s see – he’s got the shirt and the visor and matching blue hair and blue beard. I think he just might be playing PG.

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GO Catch all those Pocket Monsters!

Multitasking: Commemorating the 4th of July and Your Busted Car Windows at the Same Time

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Don’t look at reported incidents, just look at real life.

Anyway, the silvery piece of cardboard looked white, so this driver was in the spirit of July 4th 2016:

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Some are just giving up fixing their windows, it seems, in this year especially. Most passersby will not try to get into your car of course, and the ones who do just might have done it anyway, so what’s the point in hurrying up and repairing the damage today, or this week, or this year?

Cf. this long-term fix. See? Much less festive, but actually a pretty good job:

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On It Goes…

Canada Reclaims Our Hideous Vaillancourt Fountain on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day – “Quebec libre!” on the Embarcadero

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Here you go, this was the scene at Justin Herman Plaza last week:

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And here’s the explanation, but I’ve flipped the image so that the English part comes first, ’cause ‘Mericah:

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(I’ve already said my piece on this art piece right here. We should get rid of it.)

But hey, the home-made banner added to it last week is well made. It’s great:

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All the deets:

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day[1] (French: Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste), officially known in Quebec as La fête nationale,[2] (English: National Holiday)[3] is a holiday celebrated annually on June 24, the feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. In Quebec, it is a public holiday[3][4][5] with festivities occurring on June 23 and 24 which are publicly financed and organized by a Comité organisateur de la fête nationale[6] (Organizing Committee of the National Holiday). June 24 is also celebrated as a festival of French Canadianculture in other Canadian provinces[7][8][9] and the United States.[10][11]

License Plate Update: It’s Not Just Bridge Toll Evaders, Now Law Enforcement Likes to Use Paper “Dealer Plates” – A Strange Convoy

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Here we go – mercy sakes alive, looks like we’ve got us a convoy, on Webster Street. Who inside? IDK, prolly a VIP from some authoritarian regime, like the Peoples Republic of somewhere or some other place where they occasionally need to roll the tanks through the capital to maintain power. Here’s the driver, with a giant black Mercedes / Chrysler Sprinter maxi-van with tinted windows:

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Tinted windows don’t mean nothing – we know who’s inside

Well, fair enough, it’s a free country over here, right? But what’s this – no license plates? Is that kosher? Could it be a violation of the California Vehicle Code Section 5200? Mmmm. Or maybe this van was bought just last week, down in the OC*?

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And who’s running with flashing red and blue lights in the convoy? An escort of about eight SUVs with illegally tinted front windows and, guess what, more paper license plates:

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Oh whoops, here’s an SUV with a regular plate, the only one I could see:

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Anyway, I’ve never seen this kind of thing.

*Don’t call it that.