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Here you go – “CAR-FREE,” as seen at the western end of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park:
Is being without a car a good thing? IDK. The neutral approach would be something like NO CARS, or NO CAR DAY or NO CARS DAY. We should think about a befuddled foreigner in a rental car – what should be our message to him/her? Here’s how other cities do it, you know, in a politics-free manner:
See how that works? Yeah, JFK is a road through GGP, and yeah, people have been driving cars on it for well-nigh more than a century, but today is different. Today, this particular day, cars are banned. It’s NO CARS DAY. That’s the message you want to send, IMO. How about instructing these poor souls to USE FULTON OR LINCOLN instead? I mean we know they want to go west, so why not ease their befuddlement? Moving on…
To this – “CAR SHARE.” Did you know that “the sharing economy isn’t about sharing at all?” Let’s check the Harvard Business Review:
“When ‘sharing’ is market-mediated — when a company is an intermediary between consumers who don’t know each other — it is no longer sharing at all.”
So “car share” should be rental car or rent-a-car or car hire or something like that. Just anything but this:
Now why should SFGov favor one rental car company over another, why it should actively be promoting the so-called “sharing economy” is a mystery to me, but oh well.
Oh, here’s something, from Gerry Shih of Reuters:
That’s appointed Mayor Ed Lee and longtime Republican Ron Conway.
Perhaps whoever ordered these stencils was trying to please Ron Conway…
Usually, they’re new ones I see on flatbeds
Oh Jaguar, will you ever win?
Presenting the “Discolyft theme car”
I’m guessing this Lyfter doesn’t moonlight for Uber…
A Hater’s Guide to the San Francisco Geography of Pixar’s “Inside Out” – Realistic Enough, But a Sort of Generic SFTuesday, June 23rd, 2015
Did I say “hater?” Nah, that’s not the case, as Inside Out is a fine film. But as far as far as portraying a realistic San Francisco, it’s no Big Hero Six.
Let’s get the Lloyd Bentsen-style sanctimony out of the way – let me school this new movie:
Inside Out, I served with Big Hero Six.
I knew Big Hero Six.
Big Hero Six was a friend of mine.
Inside Out, you are no Big Hero Six.
Now we’ll deal with IO’s moving-to-Frisco scenes.
1. Golden Gate Bridge seen from Marin County – This view is all kinds of messed up, IIRC, and I do.
2. Looking up at GGB from its roadbed – Perfect, almost photorealistic.
3. Foot of Market Street near the Ferry Building. – Perfectly fine.
4. 1000 block of Lombard Street – Cars are too small – it’s never that crowded, actually.
5. Red cable car #25 on Hyde Street? – A generic view, but pretty good.
6. 21 Royal Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 – Well, if you’re on the unit (000) block of an alley that goes up a hill and across a regular street to continue on to the 100 block of the very same alley, well, I think we’re out of luck.
Here’s the alley. The telephone pole and blue Recology garbage / recycling can are true-to-life:
Now here’s the real-life 21 Allen – it’s as close as I can find.
(Let’s not get into driving and parking – the driver does about average, considering he just blew into town.)
So that’s it – Inside Out shows SF well, but it’s not up to the level of other efforts.
(And oh, speaker of haters, they unloaded gallons of Hater-Ade upon poor, poor Cars 2:
“The (mostly false) narrative after that was that Pixar got sequel happy and the quality dipped. Cars 2 was as much a passion project for John Lasseter as a merchandising cash cow, and the film did earn $559m worldwide despite lousy reviews and a low (for Pixar) $191m domestic total.”
Cars 2 is awesome, compared with what people say about poor poor Cars 2. Oh well.)
How to Live Rent-Free in San Francisco: Get an RV and Then Park It In Front of a Church (and Not a House)Friday, June 19th, 2015
‘Cause if you sleep in your RV in front of a house, its millionaire homeowners will, hackles raised, not rest until you are gone gone gone.
But churches are a different story – you’re less likely to have to deal with complaints to the SFPD / SFMTA. (You might trigger an internal debate about why-do-we-even-have-this-congregation-in-the-first-place, you very well might do that.)
Simply, church-goers are much, much less likely to call out the popo on you.
I’ll tell you, the same RVs I saw ten years ago parked on Post and Geary and Fell and Oak at night are now, after recently being chased away by new legislation, parked on Masonic and Presidio and Hayes, as here.
On It Goes…
You know, just saying.
Well, the car’s pointing in the wrong direction, that’s all.
You know, just asking.
“There’s more to color than meets the eye. This summer, the California Academy of Sciences will unveil Color of Life, a major new exhibit that explores the connection between charismatic colors and their starring role in the natural world. Celebrate the opening of this exhibit with fun programs and performances all weekend.
Program Partners include EnChroma, Inc., Conservatory of Flowers, California Wolf Center, Little Artistas, Bryson Voirin, California Academy of Sciences Exhibit Studio (Saturday only), and California Academy of Sciences Department of Botany (Sunday only).
Activities will take place in the Piazza from 10AM to 4PM on Saturday, June 13 and Sunday, June 14.”