Posts Tagged ‘cameras’

The Google Shopping Express Car, Complete with Antlers – Add It to the List of Google Vehicles

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

This is a Google Shopping Express car, complete with antlers, seen in the 94117 during Christmastime 2013

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Now enjoy a trip down memory lane:

Well, here it is, the current generation Google Maps Car. (A Subaru, judging by the Pleiades icon on the nose – for some reason, Google stripped the badges from the rear of these cars.) Are there cameras and SICK laser range finders and WiFi detectors and whatnot on top of this Subie? Who knows…

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And here’s what these rides looked like before they got wrapped:

And this was the first generation Map Car, seen getting busted by the Federal popo in the Presidio.

(I’ve heard from four people who suppor contradictory stories (so that’s four people promoting two completely different tales) on why this particular Googler got busted, or not busted as the case may be. Oh well. Did the Presidio Trust tell the Google to get a permit? And did Google ignore that request? Don’t know.)

And the Google Bikes:

And the Google office:

And the Google Kitchen – it’s just like a 7-11 except shoplifting is encouraged:

And here’s the concomitant G-Toilet – it costs $700, it has over 20 buttons for its full operation, it’s made in Japan:

So that’s Google’s world.

Spotted: New Google Lexus SUV – It’s Self Driving Of Course – And Check Out All These Other Google Conveyances

Friday, June 21st, 2013

On McAllister Street near Alamo Square in the Western Addition, June 20, 2013:

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The sad thing was that on this block there was a ton of people waiting for San Francisco’s incompetent bus service, MUNI. (It’s the slowest big city transit system in the history of America.)

And here it is, from a little while back, the current generation Google Maps Car. (A Subaru, judging by the Pleiades icon on the nose – for some reason, Google stripped the badges from the rear of these cars.) Are there cameras and SICK laser range finders and WiFi detectors and whatnot on top of this Subie? Who knows…

And here’s what these rides looked like before they got wrapped:

And this was the first generation Map Car, seen getting busted by the Federal popo in the Presidio.

I’ve heard contradictory stories (so that’s four people promoting two completely different narratives) on why this particular Googler got busted, or not busted as the case may be. Oh well. Did the Presidio Trust tell Google to get a permit? And did Google ignore that request? Don’t know.

And of course, don’t forget about the Google Bus:

And the Google Bikes:

And the Google office:

And the Google Kitchen – it’s just like a 7-11 except shoplifting is encouraged:

And here’s the concomitant G-Toilet – it costs $700, it has over 20 buttons for its full operation, it’s made in Japan:

So that’s Google’s world.

Now, there are a lot of counterfeit Google Map Cars out there as well:

Accept No Substitutes.

Bon Courage, Googlers!

Here’s Why Mercedes Drivers Use the Bus Lane on Montgomery in the Financh – High Reward, Low Risk

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Let’s take a look up Bush Street from Sansome to see what it’s like during the evening drive.

It can start pretty early – look at the shadows:

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It’s not gridlock, but it’s very slow. Drivers make it one or two car lengths per light cycle.

Starting on Bush to get to 1st Street to get to the coveted Bay Bridge on-ramp can take more than a half-hour.

Now what some people in this situation do is say this is ridiculous and then find another way to the bridge. They substitute

Others just stew in their rides – some of these people enjoy honking, you know, as an outlet.

And there’s yet another option.

You can just use the little-used left turn lane after Montgomery and then, and this is key, go straight through the intersection at Sansome to use the BUS TAXI ONLY lane to pass all those su

Thusly:

Now it seems that drivers would get ticketed for this maneuver, but I’ve never seen it happen.

(Cops hate traffic more than you do, so they never hang out here. Come to think of it, I don’t see too many buses or taxis using this special lane either. And I don’t think any forward-facing cameras on any SFMTA vehicle can get you neither)

Of course, then you gotta make it another four arduous blocks to the bridge, oh well.

But otherwise, this is the perfect crime.

Shhhhhh…

OMG, It’s the Biggest Photowalk in World History – A Huge Success for Google Plus

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

I’ll tell you, I checked out this moving Mid-Market menagerie tonight and I half expected to see a soggy Robert Scoble wearing nothing but Google Glass in the vanguard leading the parade.

There were hundreds of them! With millions of dollars worth of photography equipment blithely making their way through the troubled Microsoft Yammerloin.

As seen heading down Market in front of the now-shuttered Market Street Cinema strip club, which has supposedly “closed for remodeling” (or so they claim) for months. (I weep for the strippers – how will they pay their way through grad school now?)

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Oh we go, a girl PhotoWalker, among all the photo geeks and Glassholes, at the foot of McAllister Street in the heart of the world’s largest open-air stolen iPhone store, you know, in corrupt Randy Shaw’s corrupt Twitterloin. You know, he himself helped draw the Twitter tax exclusion zone.)

Hai, chiizu, moribund Hibernia Bank!

I’ll tell you, whenever I photowalk through the gritty “Uptown Tenderloin” NeMa New Market NoSoMa North of South of Market area , I always wear four inch heels and carry a $700 full-size carbon fiber tripod, natch.

All right, I dare anyone to watch this two-hour video of this evening’s event.

UPDATE: Oh, Dave Martinez won a pair of Glass.

All right, keep on keeping on, and clicking and walking, Photowalkers!

Virtual Photo Walks™ originally shared this post:
Google+ San Francisco +Virtual Photo Walks™  with +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Karen Hutton and special guest in the HOA +Dave Veffer From +Trey Ratcliff Watch the SF PhotoWalk Live tonight!I’ve updated the PhotoWalk event at http://goo.gl/FqJcw with everything, but here’s the skinny!

Can’t make the photowalk?  Watch live tonight with +Karen Hutton  and+Virtual Photo Walks™  !! It will be shared live here to my own stream as well.

The Plan: Look, it’s possible security may throw us out of our meeting spot (inside the event at http://goo.gl/FqJcw ) right away, and I may not be able to jump up on a bench and give my Mussolini-esque speech.  If that happens, here is the plan:

Had lots of fun doing a +Virtual Photo Walks™  If you missed it live; you can watch it NOW on demand here.

A special thanks to +John Butterill  and +Bruce Garber  for helping to organize these virtual photo walks.

To learn more about +Virtual Photo Walks™  please visithttp://VirtualPhotoWalks.com where we walk the walk for those who can’t and have a lot of fun in the process.

If you would like to join us on a +Virtual Photo Walks™  or know some one who would please contact us http://VirtualPhotoWalks.org to learn how. 

Circle us on Google+  http://VirtualPhotoWalks.com 

Please feel free to help share places we visit, by sharing this post and video with your circle of family and friends.

Thank you for your help and compassion.

“To Know, To Care, To Act”

Had lots of fun doing a +Virtual Photo Walks™  ! If you missed it live; you can watch it NOW on demand here.

A special thanks to +John Butterill and +Bruce Garber for helping to organize these virtual photo walks.

To learn more about +Virtual Photo Walks™ please visithttp://VirtualPhotoWalks.com where we walk the walk for those who can’t and have a lot of fun in the process.

If you would like to join us on a +Virtual Photo Walks™ or know some one who would please contact us http://VirtualPhotoWalks.org to learn how. 

Circle us on Google+  http://VirtualPhotoWalks.com 

Please feel free to help share places we visit, by sharing this post and video with your circle of family and friends.

Thank you for your help and compassion.

“To Know, To Care, To Act”

Here’s How the SFMTA / MUNI / DPT / SFBC Spies on You, With Video Cameras Everywhere on Some Buses

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Figure one of these cams is constantly scanning license plates and the other is used on accident investigations:

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And there are other cameras on this bus as well. For MUNI fights ‘n stuff.

Anyway, if the SFPD is looking for you and you park your ride on a bus line street or, really, if you just drive it around the 415, this bus-mounted camera scanner is how they found you.

And if you park illegally in a bus stop, SFMTA employees will read your plate from the video and use that to issue you a ticket.

Cameras, cameras everywhere…

Poorly-Designed Octavia “Boulevard” Proves Too Much for Mercedes-Driving Mom – Plows into NIMBY Green

Monday, December 31st, 2012

To the right of this accident scene is Octavia Boulevard.

And to the left, a block away, is Octavia Street.

And in the middle, you’ll see NIMBY Green with a newish Mercedes Benz CLS sitting on top.

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You see, Octavia used to be a regular old street until Redevelopment (a bad idea from the 20th century) and the failed Octavia “Boulevard” experiment (a bad idea from the 21st century) came along.

Anyway. this is what results when “activists” are valued more than traffic engineers

Sunday was Girly Photography Day in San Francisco – But Can You Tell Who’s the Model and Who’s the Photographer?

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

I couldn’t.

Hey, remember this?

IF YOU”RE NOT THE MODEL, BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER

I do.

Anyway, these days I suppose you can be both a model and photographer, why not?

The first one in Golden Gate Park here is easier:

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But this one, spotted just two minutes later, I still haven’t figured out:

Happy Spring!

Gold Mountain Mural in North Beach is Gone, Long Gone, Owing to Graffiti Vandals – Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The news of this mural going away had escaped my attention the past couple of months.

Here’s what it looked like before….

…and here’s what it looks like now:

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Here are your reading notes:

Gen Fujioka of the Chinatown Community Development Center is involved with promoting the horrible Central Subway to Nowhere.

Artist Ann Sherry is fortunate to get a five-figure commission for anything, so I’m not sure why she’s so perpetually cranky. 

It’s not smart to put up images of authority figures (you know, people in military of police uniforms) in a sort of wild part of town

I don’t know, maybe this was a bad idea from the start?

I don’t know, maybe San Francisco government has lots of bad ideas, you know, from the start?

What can we learn from this episode?

Well, Here They Are: Brand New Red Light Cameras and Signals at Fell and Masonic

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Enjoy.

Will this…

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…plus this:

…eliminate this…

…and this?

Well, not actually because this particular car vs. bike from last year happened to be the impatient cyclist’s fault, because he went across against a red, because bike riders don’t have as much time to cross as they used to, owing to the newish dedicated cyclist light Oh well.

Anyway, I would have said that Santa installed all the new hardware, but I was beaten to the punch by Dale Danley / Panhandle Park Stewards, who naively wonder why the Panhandle Bandshell went away despite the fact that the “partners” of PPS are the same people who made the harmless bandshell go away.

(So I don’t know, I’ll consider the Panhandle Park Stewards ranking someplace north of that horribly corrupt Willie Brown S.L.U.G. vehicle for the while. Enjoy your “partnership” with the corrupt RPD, and the NIMBYed-up NoPNA, and the millionaires’ kid’s school as you garden, Deutsches Jungvolk und Bund Deutscher Mädel.)

Anyway, you can look forward to the flashing lights of traffic cams when errant drivers err at Fell and Masonic. (UCSF shuttle van drivers beware, beware!)

Justin Ryan Beck is Back! OccupySF = Hippie, Cop, Nervous Pup, Hipster, Black Power Salute, MUNI 1057 (Cincinnati, 1948)

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Famous San Francisco street photographer Justin Beck has bounced back from losing his camera on the mean Streets of San Francisco, looks like.  He’s got another Nikon to work with so that’s nice.

Check it, a canary yellow streetcar.

Is this an album cover? 

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Poor pooch. Daijoobu, daijobu. Gambate!