Oh, and here’s another.
I’ll point out that sometimes it’s the unregistered sex offenders…
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This was the scene last night at the Century San Francisco Centre 9 Theatres above Bloomingdales in the Great WestField Mall of SoMA. Sneak peekers of the latest horrible teen vampire/werewolf flick had to check their mobiles.
How could they stand for this, for even a couple hours?
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(Can you imagine what this box would be worth in the Mid-Market just a few blocks away on 7th Street, you know the World Capitol of Stolen Phones for Sale? A lot of cabbage, that’s for sure…)
Wasn’t there to see it but this was the scene on Fulton Street at the African American Art & Culture Complex yesterday.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and the AAACC crew with a large check from AT&T:
All the deets:
“AT&T GIVES $50,000 FOR YOUTH ARTS PROGRAMMING AT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ART & CULTURE COMPLEX
SAN FRANCISCO – On December 9, 2010, AT&T will present the African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC) with a $50,000 contribution to support its free arts programming for youth primarily residing in San Francisco’s Western Addition Community. The contribution will fund the “Youth Program Improvement and Capacity Expansion Initiative” that includes computer software upgrades, equipment enhancement, and the attainment and retention of quality instructors. There will be a small ceremony at the African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street, on December 9th at 12:30pm.
“I am truly excited that AT&T is honoring the African American Art & Culture Complex with this contribution. This institution serves not just as an arts space, but a safe space for youth in the Western Addition community, to express their artistic talents through visual and performing arts,” said Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.
The Youth Program Improvement and Capacity Expansion Initiative will enhance art and technology classes in the recording studio including audio engineering, film production and graphic art. The classes will serve youth in the general after school program for ages 7-12 and a specialized teen program for ages 14-18.
“At AT&T, we are committed to making a real difference in the communities where we live and work, especially by supporting innovative programs that inspire and enrich the community as a whole,” said Tedi Vriheas, AT&T External Affairs Manager. “That’s why we’re proud to salute the African American Art & Culture Complex and the great work they are doing to provide art and cultural programming that enriches the Western Addition and entire San Francisco community.”
“With the loss of visual and performing arts classes in our public schools, it is more important than ever that we provide other opportunities for children to experience the arts and we want to thank AT&T for recognizing the importance of the arts in the lives of children,” said AAACC Board President Naomi Kelly.
About the African American Art & Culture Complex
Since 1989, the African American Art & Culture Complex has empowered youth, promoted the work of emerging local artists, and served as a vital resource to residents and visitors. The AAACC fosters commitment to service and activism through Afro-centric artistic and cultural performance, exhibition and programming.
WHAT: Presentation of $50,000 contribution
WHEN: Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: 762 Fulton Street, San Francisco
PARTICIPANTS: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
AAACC Executive Director London Breed
AAACC Board President Naomi Kelly
AT&T External Affairs Manager Tedi Vriheas
This was the scene over the weekend in the Financh where eight (or four, whatever) local police agencies teamed up for a DUI checkpoint on southbound Montgomery at Pine Street. Never seen one of these before – let’s take a look.
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Not all the traffic coming down from North Beach to SoMA last Friday night had to stop – lots of cars were directed straight on through. But those that weren’t had to pull over to the right for a brief convo with a peace officer of some stripe.
Like the driver of this Mercedes E350, for example. Don’t think she was a drunkie, but she had some sort of registration hassle it appeared (and that’s not all that uncommon in this age of shut-down, furloughed DMVs.) Stop sign holder graciously provided by PG&E:
Oh well. But let’s say you fail your field sobriety test on Montgomery Street. This is what’s in store for you – a trip into the huge mobile command post parked on the same block. No waiting:
Meet your breathalyzer, the Intoxilyzer 5000 infrared spectrometry breath alcohol measurement tool. (This is important, cause if your shyster is going to get you off, well, however that ends up being, it will most likely have something to do with attacking the procedures used to record the .15 BAC score you blew. Again.) Speaking of mouthpieces, you’ll get your own 28-cent plastic disposable mouthpiece to blow on. (Always wondered how that worked.)
Most people didn’t seem to mind, and the way that Montgomery is set up with three-way lights (to let the throngs of imagined evening-hour financial district peds scramble across Montgomery any which way they want) being picked to be a part of the checkpoint might not actually have slowed the journeys to the nearest freeway onramp:
So, hurray. There’s not a lot to object to here, unless you’re a mouthpiece for the American Beverage Institute that is.
Look for more checkpoints in the coming weeks…
Remember how it was, back in the day, back when Lucky Supermarket (nee Albertsons) introduced the Self-Checkout Machines and they actually worked as designed? Those days are long gone. See for yourself here on the YouTube, where you can espy otherwise-competent Kurenai the Red Ninja getting pwned by an SCO machine.
In the video an electronic voice goes,”Unexpected Item in Bagging Area.” But then when the cosplay kids remove said item, they are then told, “Item Removed from Bagging Area.” Of course the “bagging area” has a sensitive scale so it can tell what’s going on, but the system doesn’t seem to work the way it should.
The horror, the horror of Self Check-Out at the Lucky Supermarket:
Before, a shopper could bypass all this fooferall by merely pressing the “Skip Bagging” button. But nowadays that just ensures you get into, “Please Wait for Assistance” mode, where you have to wait for help.
Of course, technology can help us generally, but It’s In The Way You Use It that makes all the difference. When this SCO system is poorly managed or fighting shoplifting to the nth degree, then it can be frustrating to almost all customers. One supposes that earlier on, the system was tuned towards speedy checkout and now is tuned for shoplifting suppression.
What’s the solution?
Going to the regular, old fashioned queue with actual people to ring you up?
Pressing the “I Brought My Own Bag” button?
Placing the scanned item down on the bagging area ASAP with a quickness?
Only buying one thing and then jamming a banknote (you know, folding money, with a value that exceeds the price of your item) into the machine? (This one works for sure, by not giving the system the chance to think.)
The ball’s in your court, Lucky.