Posts Tagged ‘camera’

The Typical Ford GoBike Rental Bike Customer I Encounter

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

FBOW:

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Twin Peaks Update: How Things Look Since the Most Recent Murder and Before the Nighttime Road Shutdown

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Well, here’s your background – just keep reading down.

Photographer Ed French was killed in July 2017.

And here’s the latest:

SF Leaders Consider Proposal to Close Twin Peaks at Nighttime – By Terry McSweeney

(Of course, people would still go up atop Twin Peaks, but not with their cars, so that would certainly lower the SFPD / RPD workload.)

Impressions: Sunrise

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Here’s where one of the gates could go, on Twin Peaks Blvd. The 30 MPH speed limit seems a tad on the high side, but there you go:

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And here’s where the SFPD hangs out – you can pretty much see everybody who comes and goes from this spot:

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And here’s your greeting these days:

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Repeating endlessly:

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Speaking of which, here’s your broken auto glass report. I think I saw strong evidence of at least three break-ins last time I was up there:

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And:

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And:

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This is quite an improvement from earlier this summer, when all the broken glass really stood out on the newly laid macadam. So a rate of about 1000 break ins per year has dropped a lot, due to the heightened SFPD presence.

The popo aren’t up there now as much as in August 2017, but they’re still up there.

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As are your shutterbugs:

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All over, actually:

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Hey, did this woman sleep overnight on the less-trafficked, “car-free” side of this hill? IDK. She looked like a sleepyhead when I saw her one morning:

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So there you have it. I can understand why it’s easier for SFGov to just throw its hands up and say, “Screw it, let’s put up some gates on TPB.”

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As for whether that’s the best course of action, well, that’s up to you, Gentle Reader.

A Y-Combinator Startup Named FLOCK is Mounting License Plate Scanners in the Street Trees of Frisco – Here’s 20th and Guerrero

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Check it out, Gentle Reader. Via Mike Murphy, we see this:

Early stage: This surveillance startup wants to put cameras in your neighborhood – The cameras already have captured evidence of two crimes

That leads us to this:

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And that is the intersection of 20th and Guerrero, call it 3699 20th Street if you want:

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Just look at this poor Indian Laurel Fig (Ficus retusa) – it’s literally in “poor condition” already and then Y Combinator / Flock nails on a license plate camera to monetize the sidewalk trees of Frisco by spying on you and yours?

Sure looks that way.

And this is just a block or so away from Mark Zuckerberg’s San Francisco residence?

Sure looks that way.

So this is/was a “demonstration?” How long did it last, one wonders? And SFGov signed off on this?

Mmmm…

Something New: Checkpoint Charlie Atop Twin Peaks – SFPD “Community Policing” of a Sort

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

I’ve been up to Twin Peaks seven days out of the past eight – this is the first I’ve seen anything like this:

There was an SFPD presence up here even before the killing of last week, but it has stepped up quite a bit now.

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VIDEO: San Francisco police step up patrols on Twin Peaks after 71-year-old man murdered by thieves

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A Rough Start for Ford Motor Company’s GoBike Bicycle Rental – Let’s See What Users Have to Say

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Oh, here’s one. Actually, ever since these new bikes came out I haven’t been able to cross The Bridge without seeing tourists on branded bikes heading to or coming back from Marin County. I suppose if they cost only $12 per hour to rent, then that price might seem reasonable compared with that charge by the legacy local bike rental businesses already established in tourist areas, so over to Sausalito they go:

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And here’s your vox populi, the three entries into Yelp the past week:

“I picked 2 Bikes for the day pass for $9.95 each. I thought that was good price for a day and only rode 2 hours and 15 minutes and returned the Bikes. However, they charged me $73 that is super expensive.

Original price was $88, now $149, a increase of $61.

“…irritating pricing structure: you only get 30 minutes at a time even if you buy a day pass. Apparently this structure was a result of pressure from Blazing Saddles on the government to protect their high margin tourist business. These heavy bikes can’t take you far in 30 minutes, so I think that’ll have to change for the system to work for anyone other than the most casual occasional user or dedicated bike share enthusiast. The bike we got on a day pass ended up costing an extra $6 for a grand total of $16 for 48 minutes of bike riding.

That’s how things are going in our Brave New World of Corporate Marketing In The Year Of Our Ford 1.

I’m Glad I Got My Giant Heron Nesting Photos Done BEFORE Camera Thieves Took Over Stow Lake

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Here’s the news:

SFPD INVESTIGATING RASH OF CAMERA ROBBERIES IN GOLDEN GATE PARK

Here’s my effort, from a few years back, when dese boids nested on a different island, taken with a 12-pound lens on a spindly tripod. Isn’t it beautiful?

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You’re welcome.

Troubled Anthony Levandowski’s PRIBOT Prius, Last Seen Banged Up in the Western Addition Six Years Ago

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Was reading this…

Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google? Inside the vicious patent fight over self-driving technology. By Max Chafkin and Mark Bergen

…and that reminded me of this, the last time I saw PRIBOT, the ur-car, left forgotten on the mean Streets of San Francisco:

Poor Pribot!

In closing:

“He’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.”

 

The Storm Warning Flag Some Homeowner on Lower Great Highway Flies near Ocean Beach, on Windy Days

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Quite a private weather station up there, around Rivera or so, IIRC:

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Is This UBER Filming an S-Class Mercedes-Benz Driving About Frisco’s Financh?

Friday, December 9th, 2016

And when I say UBER, I mean some people hired by UBER for some marketing effort.

And when I say filming, I mean videoing, or recording, or whathaveyou, as it’s prolly a digital camera what Bro was pointing out of the back of the black SUV, as seen on California in the 94104.

Anyway, one Googles and sees:

Uber Has Apparently Ordered $10 Billion Worth of Mercedes S-Class Sedans. That’s a lot of expensive luxury cars for an app dedicated to undercutting local taxi prices.

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Perhaps there’s a connection here, IDK.

Oh Lord, won’t you buy me 100,000 self-driving Mercedes Benzes?
My friends all have Porsches, I must makes amendses

“SPECTACLES?” – Is That a Camera?

Monday, September 26th, 2016

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

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A tad confusing for some ordinary consumers, non?