Posts Tagged ‘cable’

Cowboy Pilots, Air Safety and the Metric System: A Modest Defense of Fox News on AirAsia Flight QZ8501

Monday, December 29th, 2014

So cue the outrage here.

I don’t watch the cable TV news myself, but here are a few points:

1. American-style measurements are all over the aviation industry, like measurement of speed (in nautical miles per hour) and altitude (in feet). Pilot confusion with differing measurement systems has killed passengers and crew IRL.

2. And yes, international travel isn’t as safe as domestic travel, for a host of reasons. American pilots have better training, on average, and they have an easier job of it, not having to deal with the Intertropical Convergence Zone and Russian paramilitaries, for starters. Not a single passenger has died due to a crash on a domestic flight on a large (we’re talking about something bigger than a private jet or a regional airliner) jet since 9/11. And if you want to talk about international flight on 100+ seat jets either going to or coming from America, we’ve lost a total of three passengers (on an Asiana flight at SFO) since 2001, that horrible year.

3. And the thing about cowboys – that’s a reference to the Boeing / American approach to automation vs. the Airbus / international approach. So a “cowboy” pilot has greater power to do something stupid, but also a greater ability to get out of trouble. A “cowboy” is more likely to have military experience. A cowboy is the opposite of a “college boy.” Oddly enough, the computer-assisted cowboy and cowgirl pilots are doing better, on average, than the auto pilot-reliant college boys and girls.

The job of these hosts is to be appealing (by looking good in a suit or a fuchsia(?) minidress(?), to look somber (due to the tragedy) and to goad the invited expert into saying what s/he knows in an interesting way. Seems as if they were getting that job done.

So yeah, asking about the metric system sounds like a stupid question, I’ll agree. But everything the hosts were talking about comes from real life, it comes from someplace. It’s not just Fox News waving the flag.

IMO.

So laugh at Fox if you want, but they’re doing their job better than Jezebel / Isha Aran is doing its job of debunking Fox News. And, bonus, Fox News consulted an expert and Jezebel, which doesn’t know much about aviation, did not.

So, Fox News 1, Jezebel 0.

Update from TV-Land: “DID YOU KNOW the ‘X’ in ‘Xmas’ symbolically represents Christ?”

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

I guess I knew this.

Or maybe, the term Xmas is sacrilege?

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One or the other.

Gee, thanks cable TV! I don’t know how I lived without you the past year, and the year prior, and the year prior, and so on.

The More You Know…

How to Lock Up Your Bike in Golden Gate Park: Chain Lock, Cable Lock, Padlock, and a U-Lock

Monday, December 8th, 2014

This bike’s not going anywhere (but pieces of it might):

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How to Lock Up Your Bike: Taking the Time to See If You’re Also Locking Up Somebody Else’s Bike

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

The owner of the red Nishiki managed to catch the rear brake cable of the blue bike at bottom.

Oh well.

Fashionable Woman Goes Down Hard on the Cable Car Tracks at California and Battery – Thursday Morning, Sept 6th

Friday, September 7th, 2012

Don’t know why.

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You know, San Francisco is the most corrupt large city west of Chicago, probably, but you wouldn’t know it by solely looking at paramedic response in the 415. I’ve never seen dysfunction from this part of the “City Family.”

When you’re in trouble, the SFFD will care about you…

The San Francisco “Gymkhana Five” (Gymkhana 5) Video is Coming from Ken Block – It’s Amazing!

Friday, July 6th, 2012

It’s coming on Monday, July 9th. Teaser videos below.

But first, here’s some of the action caught by amateurs in May.

As promised, Jumping Taylor in a Fiesta. Wow:

And in the Financial, on California, near some fake cable cars:

More in Potrero Hill, on Bike to Work Day 2012:

And again in the Financial, being filmed by a radio-controlled chopper:

And Matier and Ross say that there were donuts being done on the Bay Bridge – did anybody see that?

Now, here’s the new stuff:

Teaser #1 – Impressive – Drifting on a Barge – Chopper Shot

Teaser #2 – All Talk, No Action – Dirt Bike injury? – Man, They Sure are Teasing Us

Teaser #3 – Oh Ma Gah – Drifting and Jumping at the Same Time – Is This Possible?

Free up some time on Monday so you can focus on getting to a place where you can watch this in high def.

#Gym5 is going to be the best thing ever, you’ll see.

Unbiased Report Concludes That CA State Film Credit Program Benefits are Exaggerated – What About SF’s?

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Does the “Scene in San Francisco” program work? I’m sure it does for some people, but does it succeed overall, you know, for the Commonweal?

No.

It’s the same deal with the CA state film subsidy program, which was recently looked at by the CA State Legislative Analyst’s Office.

See below.

Did San Francisco subsidize the horrible NBC non-hit show Trauma? Yes. Should it have? No. 

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All the deets:

Net Credit Benefit Likely Much Less Than Reported.

We have discussed five issues that could affect the results of the LAEDC and/or UCLA-IRLE studies:

 Unknown assumptions embedded in the LAEDC economic models and their failure to consider the benefits of alternative public or private uses of tax credit funds (which could result in the credit program having significantly less net benefit than shown in the studies).

 In-state film activity that would occur in California without any tax credit (which results in the credit program having less economic and tax net benefits than shown in the LAEDC study).

 In-state economic and employment activity resulting from out-of-state productions (which results in the credit program having less net benefit than shown in the studies).

 Crowding out effects (which result in the credit program having less net benefit than shown in the studies in at least some years).

 Effects of film-related tourism (which would likely not result in significant changes in net benefits in most years).

While the total effects of these issues are impossible to quantify, their combined effects are likely to be negative in any given fiscal year—that is, resulting in the net benefit of the credit program being less than shown in both the LAEDC and UCLA-IRLE studies.

Given the conclusion that the net benefit of the credit program is likely less than shown in the LAEDC study, the LAEDC’s finding that the output-to-credit ratio was about 20-to-1 is likely overstated, as is its estimate of job gains resulting from the credit program. Moreover, given that UCLA-IRLE adjusted downward to $1.04 the projected state and local tax revenue return from every credit dollar and given that we find that this also was overstated, we believe it is likely that the state and local tax revenue return would be under $1.00 for every tax credit dollar—perhaps well under $1.00 for every tax credit dollar in many years.

In any event, even if the combined state and local tax revenue return is right around $1.00 for every tax credit dollar, the state government’s tax revenue return would by definition be less than $1.00 for every tax credit dollar. The credit program, therefore, appears to result in a net decline in state revenues.”

These Four Videos Show Why Ken Block’s Recent “Gymkhana V” Filming was the Best Thing Ever – Jumping Taylor in a Fiesta

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

As promised, Jumping Taylor in a Fiesta. Wow:

And in the Financial, on California, near some fake cable cars:

More in Potrero Hill, on Bike to Work Day 2012:

And again in the Financial, being filmed by a radio-controlled chopper:

Matier and Ross say that there were donuts being done on the Bay Bridge – did anybody see that?

In closing, These Four Videos Showed Why Ken Block’s Recent “Gymkhana V” Filming was the Best Thing Ever.

OMG, Free Ice Cream at Historic Swensen’s Ice Cream in Russian Hill – ScoutMob Offer at Union And Hyde

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

You can’t beat that:

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SHN in 2012: “MYTHBUSTERS: Behind the Myths Tour” + “Mamma Mia!” + Monty Python’s “Spamalot”

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

All right, this is just a part of what SHN, Broadway in San Francisco, has for you in 2012, 1- 2-3:

MythBusters: Behind the Myths

MAMMA MIA!

SPAMALOT

News to me. Deets below.

Sometimes you’re the Jamie, sometimes you’re the Adam:

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Here it is:

Three Special Engagements for 2012!
SAN FRANCISCO (November 8, 2011) – SHN is thrilled to announce three special engagements for 2012: the all-new, live show MythBusters: Behind the Myths, and the return of favorites MAMMA MIA! and Monty Python’s SPAMALOT. 

MYTHBUSTERS: Behind the Myths Tour
Golden Gate Theatre – January 8

MythBusters: Behind the Myths, starring  Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, co-hosts of the Emmy-nominated Discovery series “MythBusters,” will debut at the Golden Gate Theatre for one night only, Sunday, January 8 at 7pm. It promises to be a fantastical evening of on-stage experiments, audience participation, rocking video and behind-the-scenes stories. For the first time ever, fans will join Jamie and Adam on stage and assist in their mind-blowing and mind-twisting approach to science. “MythBusters: Behind the Myths brings you face-to-face with the curious world of Jamie and Adam as the duo matches wits on stage with each other and members of the audience.
Tickets go on sale Friday, November 11 at 10AM.

Tickets for Mythbusters range in price from $45 – $160.

For more information on Mythbusters visit http://shnsf.com/shows/mythbusters

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Sunday, January 8 at 7pm

 

MAMMA MIA!
Orpheum Theatre – February 21 – March 4

MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill.  Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship.  Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time atMAMMA MIA!

Tickets for MAMMA MIA! range in price for $30 – $100.

Groups of 15 or more may order now by calling Group Sales at 888 SHN 1799, Press 3 or visit http://shnsf.com/groupsales. Individual tickets will go on sale on a future date.

For more information on MAMMA MIA! visit http://shnsf.com/shows/mammamia

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
FEBRUARY 21 – MARCH 4
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Tue – Sat at 8pm
Wed, Sat & Sun at 2pm

 

MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
Orpheum Theatre – April 10 – 22

The funniest show on earth is back to taunt San Francisco for a second time!  Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT, the musical comedy sensation lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail,” now returns to spread laughter and cheer throughout the kingdom. SPAMALOT tells the tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they embark on their quest for the Holy Grail.  But before they can find their grail, they’re taking a little side-trip to the fair city of San Francisco.

Tickets for SPAMALOT range in price for $30 – $100

Groups of 15 or more may order now by calling Group Sales at 888 SHN 1799 or visithttp://shnsf.com/groupsales. Individual tickets will go on sale on a future date.

For more information on SPAMALOT visit http://shnsf.com/shows/spamalot

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
APRIL 10 – 22
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Tue – Sat at 8pm
Wed, Sat & Sun at 2pm

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