Posts Tagged ‘bus’

Balboa Dip, Two Angles

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Who says The Richmond is boring?


This is, and has been, a thing – see?


Hey, should these two blocks be on the Strava? Well, since there’re stop signs at the bottom of the dip, the answer is NO. Unless the “King of the Mountain” can actually stop, wait for any cross traffic to clear and then climb up to the next intersection in just 13 seconds…

If only Strava had more lawyer-advisors, you know, instead of the lawyer-investors, then Strava might look at this issue differently…

Imagine a Google Bus on Market Without Protesters in Front of It: Google Maps Goes BEYOND THE ROAD in Frisco Today

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

All the deets.


Maybe you can still register for the 3:00 PM event at this late hour, IDK. It’ll be at “The Village” or “The Wilson” or across the street at The Warfield next to The Crazy Horse.

Beyond the Road is a global Google Maps APIs event series where we share our vision for the next wave of maps and location intelligence and demonstrate how that impacts businesses both large and small.

Google experts, our technology partners and customers will share insights and trends in maps and location data and answer questions on how that affects global businesses today, as well as in the future.

There will also be time for one on one conversations with our experts and opportunities to connect with other local business leaders.

Google has spent over a decade building the most advanced, dynamic maps possible. Come and join us to learn how Google Maps is evolving to give enterprises new ways to leverage location intelligence.

If you are a senior level professional and want to find out how Google location services can benefit your business, please register here.

API means what now? Anyway, nice bus, G!

It’s Come To This: “FOOD BAR”

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

I started yelling at all the people on this crowded bus, “SOYLENT WHITE IS PEOPLE! SOYLENT WHITE IS PEOPLE!” But then I saw that nobody was on the bus, and then I thought, gee what happened to all the people. Then I thought, uh oh.


In closing, they’re cheaper by the dozen. Chewse wisely.


Win $400 with the SFMTA’s “ON-BOARD TRANSIT SURVEY?” And Oh, Let’s Talk “Sample Bias”

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Here’s what it looks like:


You only get entered into the lottery if you give your name, address, and phone number, I think.

You can win like $400, I think. Or maybe just something worth $400, IDK.

IMO, MUNI is a Lesser Transit Agency what has lots of room for improvement. But you won’t find my opinions on SFMTA’s website here, for example. I don’t like the whole SFMTA operation, so why would give it my digits? So what the SFMTA should say is something like, “Of the people who like MUNI, here’s what they think about MUNI.”

(The big problem with the SFMTA is that it’s run for the employees of the SFMTA.)

(And hey, what’s this “customer” stuff? If a PCO issues a ticket and puts it on your car, are you its “customer?” Well, you’d make a payment at Customer Service, so go figure. Or what if you live in LA and your car has never been in Frisco and you get a ticket in the mail – would you then be a “customer” in this kind of mix-up?)

Anyway, you can’t win if you don’t play…

If You Don’t Approve of an SFMTA MUNI Bus Ad About Palestine or Israel, Just Tear It Off, Like This

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

If you want to see this ad from before, click here.

Anyway, here’s how one of the ads looks now – riiiiiip:


Church Street Update: Two Cars Turning Left – One from the Left Lane and One from the RIght Lane

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Both these drivers wanted to turn left on northbound Church and left turns are allowed on weekends, but I can’t tell you which driver is turning left from the wrong lane.


Oh well.

There’s a similar situation on nearby Octavia “Boulevard” with right turns – drivers wonder if it’s legal to turn right from the middle lane. Apparently, putting up signs is considered “bad design,” which is ironic since all of Octavia Boulevard is bad design.

Oh well…

“SPECTACLES?” – Is That a Camera?

Monday, September 26th, 2016

So now there’s SPECTACLES from the Snapchat and there’s SPECTACLES in Union Square:


A tad confusing for some ordinary consumers, non?

Word from an Official SFMTA MUNI Bus: “Thank You, Israel, for Fighting Our Shared Enemies for Us”

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

[UPDATE: Obviously, our state and federal constitutions don’t require MUNI to carry political ads. MUNI does so in order to make money. MUNI wants to make money, right? If MUNI really really didn’t like these ads on the sides of their buses, they’re fully empowered to eliminate them. But they don’t. Why? Can you guess? Because of the money. How else can one explain that? And if you don’t understand something what’s hotlinked, you’re supposed to click on the link instead of complaining about how you don’t understand pop culture. ENDOFLINE.]


This one’s new. I’m seeing it all over town. It makes me think of transparent dangling carrots, I’m srsly. It gives me an earworm is what I’m saying.

Oh what’s that, SFMTA – you don’t really want to weigh in on the Mideast, but the money’s just too good to say no?

Imagine a future SFMTA with 10,000 employees, which will happen soon enough. Maybe at that point it will start issuing foreign policy papers.

But until then, this ad program will just have to do…

Entire SFMTA MUNI Bus “Wrapped” to Criticise – I’ve Never Seen This

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

From a distance, I thought this was a school bus:


Some other similar ads mock interns loading data into SF all summer long, something like that.

So now Salesforce has become an ogre itself, like Oracle, Microsoft, or IBM? IDK about that.

Passive-Aggressive #5 Fulton Driver Purposefully Blocks Bike Rider, for Some Reason – An Unsmooth Operator

Friday, September 16th, 2016

So maybe this bus driver thought this bike rider should have held back and not try to enter the two feet of space betwixt the moving bus and the parked cars on the right as the bus rolled its way to the Financh So the driver turned to the right and stopped, with the nose of the bus right next to a parked car, forcing the rider to pass on the left, as seen:


I’ve never seen this kind of purposeful blocking. Perhaps the driver was teaching a lesson about the wisdom of entering what was (admittedly) a tight space. That’s prolly the most optimistic interpretation.

Or perhaps this MUNI operator was having Yet Another Bad Day and this is some kind of portent.

IDK, man. A bus isn’t a toy, right SFMTA?