Posts Tagged ‘China’

Living the Dream: $500 Indiegogo Electric Fat Bike Spotted in the Wild – At Home on Ocean Beach

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Background here.

And what’s this?

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It’s a Sonders E-bike, being ridden as it was meant to be.

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So I guess some kickstarter-type deals work out for some people – that’s the lesson.

Lobos Creek Doesn’t Look Very Frisco at All

Monday, March 27th, 2017

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Wiki has a critical stance:

Broken pipes also leak raw sewage into the creek, causing a pool at Baker Beach and Lobos Creek where children play to be the most contaminated in the Bay Area.[5]

I would say, AT TIMES most contaminated, sure.

(It can’t be so so contaminated all of the time, right? Else our ER’s would be full, right? I mean, people swim in these pools on Baker Beach…)

Falun Gong Show: What You Need to Know About “SHEN YUN Dec 31 – Jan 8,” Playing at Our War Memorial Opera House

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Well let’s see. There’s this:

The Falun Gong Show: SFist Goes To The NTDTV Chinese New Year

(I think it’s the 10th anniversary of this piece of service journalism, back when blogs were big.)

And there’s the Yelp entry.

Oh, a red, white, and green theme this year – how Christmassy!

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And oh yeah, the government of the Unitary Communist State known as the People’s Republic of China just hates this show, so you can find a few “facts” from the propaganda arm of the PRC on the web, pretty high up in Google searches, as well.

IMO, one should be able to know a bit about this show afore seeing it, that’s all…

Falun Gong Takes Over Frisco with Large Rallies at U. N. Plaza and a Parade Over the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, October 24th, 2016

At least that’s where I saw all these people this past weekend.

This was Saturday:

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Something about SOS and human organ harvesting in the People’s Republic of China, and other things as well I’m sure. Here’s Sunday on the GGB:

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On It Goes…

Quadrilla is the Best Game Ever, If You’re Three Years Old – And Up – Expensive But Worth It? Maybe

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

This is the marble run: Hape Quadrilla Cyclone.

And here’s how much it costs. Which is to say Amazon will sell this set to you for something between $90-something and $190-something.

Here’s one way to set it up:

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The Wall Street Journal approves, anyway.

Here’s the Cyclone set in action:

And here’s a mish-mash of two other sets:

Oh, made in China, natch.

IDK, read the comments section in Amazon for a few minutes and then You Make The Call.

I myself paid on the low end of Amazon’s absurdly wide pricing range, so I’m not complaining…

License Plate Update: It’s Not Just Bridge Toll Evaders, Now Law Enforcement Likes to Use Paper “Dealer Plates” – A Strange Convoy

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Here we go – mercy sakes alive, looks like we’ve got us a convoy, on Webster Street. Who inside? IDK, prolly a VIP from some authoritarian regime, like the Peoples Republic of somewhere or some other place where they occasionally need to roll the tanks through the capital to maintain power. Here’s the driver, with a giant black Mercedes / Chrysler Sprinter maxi-van with tinted windows:

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Tinted windows don’t mean nothing – we know who’s inside

Well, fair enough, it’s a free country over here, right? But what’s this – no license plates? Is that kosher? Could it be a violation of the California Vehicle Code Section 5200? Mmmm. Or maybe this van was bought just last week, down in the OC*?

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And who’s running with flashing red and blue lights in the convoy? An escort of about eight SUVs with illegally tinted front windows and, guess what, more paper license plates:

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Oh whoops, here’s an SUV with a regular plate, the only one I could see:

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Anyway, I’ve never seen this kind of thing.

*Don’t call it that.

Ugly New Statue Appears South of Market – Like the Goddess of Democracy But Without Arms – “Venus de Rent Control”

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Man, this thing is surprisingly ugly. Here’s prolly the best way to show it, with the perpetually-clogged 8th Street (considered “excess road space” by our corrupt SFMTA, somehow).

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A little closer and now it looks out of focus, non? The buildings in front and behind look to be in focus, but not the thing itself.

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And here it is. (I swear this is in focus.)

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Anyway, just like the real Goddess of Democracy, this thing was made in China, for better or worse.

IDK, man. Who signed off on this? Wouldn’t it have been better to have taxed the Father of Rent Control $5,000,000 and then have put the money in our General Fund?

Some Pig! – Our Asian Art Museum Invites You to Take a Photo with #HAPPYDRAGON by Artist #HungYi

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Thought it could have a been a pig

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…but I was wrong:

“Dragon on our steps? Don’t be alarmed! Here’s a peek at our newest friend, a VERY by artist 🌸🐲🌸

So now you can to go to McAllister and Larkin in Civic Center to take photos like this and this.

See it all at AsianArt.Org

Historic Koshland Mansion, Frisco’s Most Expensive Listing, is Taken Over by HandyCam-Toting Skateboarders – Another Indignity at 3800 Washington

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

For one brief shining moment, some thought Taylor Swift would buy this long-empty fixer-upper up in Presidio Heights.

Then there was the art-thieving squatter – he’s imprisoned now, AFAIK.

And now this is how things looked last week:

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I count five sk8tr boyz recording their tricks up there.

Look for the results on the YouTube.

Our poor, poor Koshland Mansion…

Parkmerced Update: The “Townhomes” of Infamous “800 Summit” (“From the Low $1,000,000’s”) are the McMansions of Frisco

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Well Summit 800 has certainly been getting attention the past week.

(And I’ve commented earlier.)

So now let’s take a visit Way Down South, even souther and wester than Parkmerced, which everyone would agree is pretty far south and west already, and make the case that these condos / townhomes / whatever are the McMansions of Frisco.

So what’s a McMansion, big housing on a small lot?

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Well, you can’t get smaller lots than this, right? I mean, these places are abutting:

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And take a look at this wall, below – no windows, right? Are they going to put more condos / townhomes / whatever in later on to cover this up? I mean, nobody else has windows on the side. Anyway, this is your McMansion hallmark – such a small separation betwixt units that there’s no real use for windows on the side:

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“No City Limits” is the sign what’s mounted near the city limits, oddly. I mean this is the city limits, right?

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All right, take a look. (And I’ll add that I’m not saying these units are McMansions, I’m saying that they’re the McMansions of Frisco.)

“In U.S. suburban communities, McMansion is a pejorative term for a “mass-produced mansion”. An example of a McWord, “McMansion” associates the generic quality of these luxury homes with that of mass-produced fast food by evoking the McDonald’s restaurant chain.[1] The neologism “McMansion” seems to have been coined sometime in the early 1980s.[2] It appeared in the Los Angeles Times in 1990[3][4] and the New York Times in 1998.[5] Related terms include “Persian palace”,[6] “garage Mahal”, “starter castle”, and “Hummer house”

The term “McMansion” is generally used to denote a new, or recent, multi-story house of no clear architectural style,[8] which prizes superficial appearance, and sheer size, over quality.
Such very large, indeed expensive, but “mass produced” homes may sit on large lots: that is to say, an entire division of McMansions may be created (perhaps dozens or more at once), each on a large lot. However, in another usage “McMansion” is used pejoratively to refer to a house which replaced a smaller house, in a neighborhood of smaller houses, which seems far too large for its lot and thus crowds adjacent homes. (Indeed, such a McMansion may lack side windows due to the proximity to the boundaries – another McMansion-related cliché”