Posts Tagged ‘command’

Union Square Shoplifters Agree: SFPD Mobile Command Two is Soooo Much Nicer Than the Older Mobile Command One

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Word on the street is that San Francisco Police Mobile Command Two is soooo much nicer inside than the older San Francisco Police Mobile Command One.

Guess they got all the bugs worked out…

(Note hydraulic legs helping to level out the parking job.)

Presenting, the van that thinks it’s a house, redux:

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And here’s MC One, also seen on Market Street. (Its bigger-looking booty is just an optical delusion.)

Straight out of Louisiana, Mobile Command One from Ferrara Fire Apparatus and Applied Global Technologies might be the center of attention the next time San Francisco faces a crisis:

Baby got back, non?

Learn to love me
Assemble the ways
Now, today, tomorrow and always
My only weakness is a listed crime
My only weakness is … well, never mind, never mind
Oh, shoplifters of the world
Unite and take over

Shoplifters of the world
Hand it over
Hand it over
Hand it over at U. N Plaza
Learn to love me
And assemble the ways
Now, today, tomorrow, and always
My only weakness is a listed crime
But last night the plans of a future war
Was all I saw on Channel Four
Shoplifters of the world
Unite and take over
Shoplifters of the world
Hand it over
Hand it over
Hand it over
A heartless hand on my shoulder
A push – and it’s over
Alabaster crashes down
(Six months is a long time)
Tried living in the real world
Instead of a shell
But before I began …
I was bored before I even began

Shoplifters of the world
Unite and take over
Shoplifters of the world
Unite and take over
Shoplifters of the world
Unite and take over
Shoplifters of the world
Take over

Using Adobe PhotoShop Match Color Command as a One-Click-Fix for Photos

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Sometimes, due to harsh lighting conditions, the people you photograph can turn out all orange or pink or whatnot.

Thusly:

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One way to avoid this situation is to use a powerful flash in the daytime to fill-in the shadows. (That’s what that Gene guy does at highly-rated and ironically-named Orange Photography. Saw him on Barry Bonds Day a few years back using a flash along with a strong filter (like sunglasses) on his lens – if you’re paying a pro for photos, why not have them done the right way, right?) Anyway, with an ideal set-up, that’s what you’d do. Oh well.

Now, here’s a shot taken of the same people at about the same time, excepting that this shot doesn’t have the harsh backlighting:

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See? More better, less Oompa Loompa.

Now, what if you could throw these two shots into ‘Shop and have the orange-y photo try to copy the colors of the nicer photo. That command is called “Match Color.” Here’s the result with the slider at 100%, full-on Match Color:  

Now, I’m not saying that this is perfect or anything. If it were important, you could do other things as well. But, as a dumbed-down command, Match Color can get the job done with one click.

Or you can convert the whole shebang to black and white. (That might serve to also get you an “arty” look, for better or worse.)  

And There You Have It.

Does Mayor Newsom’s SUV Have an Engine Larger than Those in the Old CultureBuses?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Yes. Mayor Gavin Newsom‘s official vehicle (or one of the official vehicles, anyway) has an engine with a larger displacement and more power than those in the Culturebuses that used to roam the City.

Here’s the famous SUV, recently seen parked in a bike lane near Golden Gate Park. Note the T.V. antenna (maybe it’s used for other things, but fundamentally, it’s a TV antenna) on top:

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And here’s one of the huge CultureBuses, from a time before the whole program got cancelled:

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Does the mayor of San Jose, a nearby town with (unlike S.F.) more than a million people, have a “Mobile Command Vehicle” too? Mmmm.

Oh well.