Posts Tagged ‘electronic’

Interpreting MUNI Hieroglyphics: 43 + 54 + 69 = You’re Going To Be Late, Again, Again, Again

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Let’s see here:

43 Masonic;

54 minutes ’til the next bus; and

69* minutes ’til the bus after that

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What’s that, MUNI, you want more money?

But every other transit system in the world does more with less…

* Heh. Your algorithm should prolly round 69 minutes either down to 68 or up to 70, MUNI.**  I mean, you don’t see CA license plates saying 4SEX397 or anything, do you? There’s a reason for that.

**Yes, all caps even tho it’s not an acronym. It’s easy for readers to understand and it matches your iconic snake logo, MUNI, that’s why.

It’s Buster Bluth’s Bike! – It’s the Faraday Porteur Electronic, Just $3500! – Bamboo Fenders, Two Top Tubes!

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Some people bike as a hobby and others build bikes, sort of as a hobby, it looks like, the way rich Buster Bluth might.

This ride isn’t for everybody, but maybe it’s for you.

(Skirt wearers need not apply. Oh, and the message to the hundreds of semi-professional bike thieves of SF appears to be “Steal Me First!”And be sure to ask yourself, “Is my kickstand sourced from Switzerland and, if so, what does that say about me and my place in the world?)

Deets below

“Faraday Bicycles Announces Shipment Date For Porteur Electronic Bike - Porteur to be exhibited at E Ink booth at CES 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Faraday Bicycles, a San Francisco-based company, is pleased to debut the highly anticipated production version of the Faraday Porteur at the E Ink booth during the 2014 CES show.  The Porteur was launched on Kickstarter in fall 2012, and after a year in development, Faraday Bicycles will begin shipping its entirely pre-sold first production run in early 2014.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140107/NY41808)

Faraday Bicycles created the Porteur to be the first of a new breed of electric bicycles; a purpose-built design combining the speed and exhilaration of a state-of the-art e-bike with the timeless looks of a classic European city bike.  At less than 40 pounds, the Porteur is one of the lightest electric bikes on the market, while still delivering over 20 miles of range from its custom lithium-ion battery pack.  The Porteur’s intuitive and low-profile handlebar controls are complemented by an E Ink display that provides information on the bike’s battery status.  The high-contrast, low power, conformable display is an excellent match to Faraday’s brand attributes of technical sophistication and minimalist aesthetic design.

“The Faraday Porteur is in every way first and foremost a bicycle, from the way it looks to the experience of riding it,” said Faraday founder and CEO Adam Vollmer.  “We chose to use an E Ink display because it lets us clearly convey technical information to the rider without sacrificing Faraday’s ‘retro meets modern’ design philosophy.”

“We are extremely pleased to be part of such an innovative product as the Porteur,” said Giovanni Mancini director of product management for E Ink, “This is an excellent showcase of how E Ink displays enable design by giving designers the ability to display information where you would not think possible.”

Faraday’s limited edition, US-made pilot production run will begin shipping in early 2014, and is entirely sold out.  Pre-orders for Faraday’s second production run, with an expected ship date of Q3 2014, can be placed at www.faradaybikes.com.  For dealer and distributor inquiries, or more information, please contact info@faradaybikes.com, or visit www.faradaybikes.com.

The Faraday Porteur will be featured by E Ink in booth 31646 during the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV, from January 7-11, 2014.

About Faraday Bicycles
Faraday Bicycles was founded by designer and engineer Adam Vollmer and spun out of the renowned design and innovation firm, IDEO.  Originally conceived of as a concept, the brand was brought to life by the overwhelming popular response and enthusiasm for Faraday’s vision of the future of bicycling.  Together, the Faraday team brings together decades of experience designing sophisticated consumer electronics along with a shared passion for cleaner, healthier, and more enjoyable transportation alternatives.

OMG, Now You Can Read “The Real Ed Lee – The Untold, Untold Story” Book Online With Searchable Text – Just Click the Link

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Apparently, there aren’t enough printing presses available in the Bay Area to keep up with the enormous demand the public has for The Real Ed Lee – The Untold, Untold, Story.” 

(Uh…, moving on.) 

Anyway, the upshot is that now you can see the text online in a searchable format. See below.

(Or kick it old-school with Bluoz, your choice.)

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To review:

“The book goes through the details of how Lee rose through the ranks at City Hall, along the way approving a couple of fraudulent vendors and getting caught up in Willie Brown’s sleaze. It discusses how his campaign is taking credit for other people’s work and ideas. It describes how he promised over an over not to run, then went ahead and did it anyway. It’s got a great picture of him steering a 139-foot yacht with the caption “I’m on a boat.”

(Nice link there, Tim Redmond – I hadn’t made the connection.)

All the deets:

“The Untold, Untold Story” Goes Online - Leland Yee campaign can’t print “The Real Ed Lee” book fast enough for demand

SAN FRANCISCO – The reviews are in and the “The Real Ed Lee: The Untold, Untold Story” is a smash hit!

Has a serious political point, but it’s actually funny, sometimes really funny, and it’s much easier to read than the plodding “Ed-Is-Greater-Than-God” prose of the original…. For once, we have a campaign piece that made me laugh instead of crying. - San Francisco Bay Guardian

OMG, A new best seller to be! – Some guy on the internet

Everyone is talking about it! – SFist

The 55-page parody shows Lee on the cover as downcast, grumpy and triple-chinned. The book recounts dozens of previously published stories detailing everything from the two district attorney investigations into alleged ethics violations by his supporters and alleged cronyism. – San Francisco Chronicle

The 56-page booklet is heavily footnoted with URLs – The Bay Citizen

I totally LOL’ed – The San Francisco Citizen

((*sound of crickets*)) – Interim Mayor Ed Lee

The slim volume oozes sarcasm as it covers the history of Ed Lee’s tenure as mayor, including his promise to not run for a full term and charges of inappropriate campaign donations from contractors. - San Francisco Examiner

This is the first “hit” recipe in political history. - Eric Jaye

Less than three-months hence, Lee’s campaign is beset by multiple criminal investigations into alleged campaign money laundering, ballot tampering and other campaign election violations. – Fog City Journal

[Ed Lee staff] were pretty disgusted by it. – Tony Winnicker

Painstakingly put together to resemble the original propaganda mailer to the smallest detail. The type fonts are identical. The jaunty writing style is mocked all too well. – SF Weekly

The Leland Yee for Mayor campaign has already distributed thousands of “The Real Ed Lee: The Untold, Untold Story” to voters throughout San Francisco, however, the demand for the book has been so great that today Yee’s campaign launched the book online at http://www.lelandyee.com/the-untold-untold-story.

“We can’t print the books fast enough,” said Jim Stearns, Yee’s campaign manager. “Now that it is online every San Franciscan will have the opportunity to read this accurate account of our interim mayor and be able to compare his tarnished and corruption-filled record to Leland Yee’s 23 years of leadership and experience fighting for our community, especially seniors, students, and the most vulnerable.”

“The Real Ed Lee: The Untold, Untold Story” is a response to a book produced by one Ed Lee’s billionaire IE committees, which falsely glorified the interim mayor and ignored the multiple scandals and ethics violations of his campaign. The highlights of “The Real Ed Lee: The Untold, Untold Story” include Lee becoming interim mayor on false pretenses, his approval of fraudulent contracts, giving “golden parachutes, embracing cronyism, failure to follow ethics laws, illegal campaign contributions, money laundering (well, the first time), voter fraud, and the city’s future if Ed Lee were elected. The book also includes “Willie [Brown] & Rose’s [Pak] ‘No Longer Secret’ Make-A-Mayor Recipe.”

By comparison, Leland Yee has released several detailed plans on job creation, environmental protection, transportation, and schools. Maybe the most important of his plans – “An Independent City Hall” – would clean up City Hall, bring real transparency and accountability, kick out the powerbrokers, and return our local government to the people. To read Yee’s plan, visit http://www.lelandyee.com/issues/plan-for-an-independent-city-hall/.

Here It Is: The Entire “The Real Ed Lee – The Untold, Untold Story” Scanned-In for Your Pleasure – Read the Whole Thing

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

You remember this?

Well, now it’s time to read the whole thing without you having to leave your iPad or whatever.

It’s courtesy of the ever-resourceful Bluoz.

Here’s just one page:

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(Remember that one from former Mayor Gavin Newsom? “You’re not just changing your mind. You’re breaking a promise to these people.” That was just 2.5 months ago. Oh well.)

All right, enjoy!

Internal SFMTA Emails Reveal a “Very Messy Situation” – Why They Want Ad Money From Taxi Drivers

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Remember that whole deal about how taxi drivers were fighting the sainted SFMTA, the worst-run agency in town, over those 5% credit card fees and rear seat Passenger Information Monitors (PIMs) and electronic waybills and whatnot?

Well, some people at the SFMTA thinks that the SFMTA should get a piece of the ad revenue pie.

See? 

Read all about this from driver John Han at Taxi Town SF:

“The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) may explore ways to get a share of taxi advertising revenues in the future.

Recently, the United Taxi Workers (UTW) filed a public information request, and obtained materials regarding the City’s regulation on 5% credit card fees, rear seat Passenger Information Monitors (PIMs), and electronic waybills.

Included in the material was a copy of an email sent by MTA Deputy Director of Taxi Services Christiane Hayashi dated March 25th, 2011, and addressed to Sonali Bose, the agency’s chief financial officer, and other recipients.

In that email, Hayashi responds to two questions being posed at her by Nathaniel Ford, who was the MTA chief at the time, and backed up by Sonali Bose, regarding the distribution of ad revenues generated by rear seat PIMs.

Bose’s first question to Hayashi was, “Who negotiated the 90%-10% split and under what authority?” Her second question was, “Why isn’t the MTA getting a portion of the ad revenue?”

The following is an excerpt from the email in which Hayashi answers Bose’s two questions…

“As to the question of ‘who negotiated the deal,’ I guess my response is that it’s not a deal so much as a regulation – while I did my due diligence and circulated a draft memo to the TAC, it comes from a place of regulatory authority, not negotiation. The SFMTA has no privity of contract with the equipment providers – Veriphone, Wireless Edge and CMT have contracts with the taxi companies.

Why 10% to the Driver Fund? Because, like the medallion sales program, I felt it important to be able to point to some benefit to drivers in order to make the very unpopular change go down more smoothly.

If he question is why not a share to the SFMTA, I guess my answer is that this is equipment that is owned by third party vendors and being installed at no cost in privately-owned vehicles driven by independent contractors. We come at it as a regulator, and the permit fees we receive are supposed to cover the cost of administrating our program. I think that I would have gotten tremendous resistance from both companies and equipment vendors if I tried to demand a slice of advertising revenues for the SFMTA as part of the price for a company to get a waiver from the regulator. It would be like granting a building permit on the condition that the Planning Department could have a share of the advertising revenues from the building.

Of course, as we have discussed previously, there may be a place for bringing taxi advertising generally into the SFMTA, but if we do it would have to be a cooperative situation with the companies, where we agree to bear the administrative burden and use our greater negotiating power to increase their revenues in exchange for a share. That is a distinct possibility that we can continue to explore. I think the companies would embrace it if we can improve their advertising yield and reduce their administrative costs. I think I mentioned to you that the good time to broach this would be when we propose uniform top lights for all taxis with uniform advertising space that we could manage on behalf of the companies. That is something we accomplish during the next fiscal year if that is the policy direction.

I hope I have explained a very messy situation. Let me know if you have further questions.”

A scanned version of the emails text (sometimes hard to read because it’s scanned) is available and can be viewed by CLICKING HERE

Well well.

A messy situation indeed.

“This Is Going On YouTube, Baby!” – Two South African Tourists are Delighted by the Shoplifters of Fishermans Wharf

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Via Bluoz, here it is.

“These people are thieves…”

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Loses Famous LovEvolution Event (aka The Love Parade) to Oakland for 2011

Friday, July 1st, 2011

This year’s lovEvolution Dance Music Festival will be in Oakland instead of San Francisco?

Apparently.

See?

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(Are there street parties still around in the 415 these days?)

Compared to all the other counties out there in America, San Francisco is the highest cost and highest hassle location to do any kind of event. Why is that?

Instead of this:

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We’re going to have this – sad hipsters all dressed up with no place to go excepting the Oakland Coliseum:

Via Ben Chaney

Good-Bye Love Parade. Come back someday if you can.

Ah, memories. (I wonder if all the hyperlinks still work…) Anyway, enjoy 2009:

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LovEvolution 2009 (or LoveFest or the Love Parade, call it what you will, gallery here) went down in Civic Center yesterday- what a huge turnout it had.

Here are the best photos uploaded to Flickr.

Auric Goldfinger really started a trend, back in the day:

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Cf. this shot from the Chronicle’s Frederic Larson - showing why you generally want to keep your white people skin tone magentas lower than the yellows. As always, click to expand.

Hey buddy, get gold or get gone – chest hair is no excuse:

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Here we go, a little gold goes a long way:

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Kanaka again

All right, that’s it for gold. Now how about orange?

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Beefcake beefcake, beefcake!

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DJ Baybe flew in from Spain just for this event:

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The Center of Attention:

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Furry boots on top of the truck require an extra hand or two to secure footing:

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via Kanaka

And let’s give it up for the DJs:

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Everybody is a participant, everybody is an observer:

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It’s all fur this year, either up top or on your platform shoes.

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Market Street was just packed, baby:

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And if you can’t afford the entrance fee, just neck outside the double chain link – show them all why they call it LovEvolution:

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LovEvolution 2009 (or LoveFest or the Love Parade, call it what you will) is still going strong down in Civic Center today – what a huge turnout it has – check the best photos from Flickr and some more photos posted on SFist. Now this year everybody’s paying $10 to get in, so that helps to pay for San Francisco’s excessive fees for doing anything, anytime, anywhere. Anyway, it’s fuzzy cowboy hats as far as the eye can see. And MUNI is FUBAR’ed beyond all recognition. Oh well.

Remember, this type of gathering is Why They Hate Us. Not Fleet Week or nothing, it’s this kind of stuff that They hate. Oh well. Here’s a slide show of photos to ponder. And here’s the post-first, edit-later (Go Go Gorgeous is a person, really? “Kobayash,” is a last name, really?) San Francisco Chronicle’s take, along with 23 photos. And here’s David Yu’s shots.

The cage dancers of Market go rolling up the street. Go Go Gorgeous!

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Sandra Gorgeous of GGG, (“a full-service Go Go company“) blowing you a kiss - the whole team is “all about adding that sexy, fun, and friendly energy to good events. Pour some gorgeous into your event!” Available, I’m sure, for weddings, bar mitzvahs….

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They had a ton of floats going uptown to Civic Center…

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…populated by people like these representatives from Sweet Tooth Entertainment:

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2009 on the left, 1969 on the right. Dude was baked:

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Do people really spray paint their Dell Inspiron laptop computers gold and then take them on parade? People do. Gold! I love goooold!”

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And they all ended up in Civic Center, thusly. Just look at all these good-for-nothing pukes clogging up the place – is this why my grandfather fought the Second World War, and spent his weekends on the Jersey shore?

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Pretty much.

See you next year!

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SF LovEvolution Fast Facts

WHAT: San Francisco LovEvolution : A Dance Music Parade & FestivalLove Week page for more info.San Francisco LovEvolution Event Changes this year : on the need for a $10 entrance fee to the festival site at Civic Center Plaza

WHEN: Love Week starts Wednesday, September 30th with official and affiliated parties each night all week and through the weekend.
The main LovEvolution event is Saturday, October 3rd from 12noon – 8:00pm.

WHO: SF LovEvolution is all ages & all friendly peoples.

WHAT’S MORE: A parade starts from 2nd & Market St. in downtown San Francisco with ~25 floats heading West down Market St.  The parade is free and all ages.

THEN WHAT: The floats arrive at Civic Center plaza where they park to becomes 25 stages on a transformed festival grounds with food, beverage, a new live electronic and performance stage, and outstanding revelry.  There is a $10 entrance fee to the festival grounds, children under 12 with their parents are Free.  All ages welcome.  No outside alcohol.

WHY: The entrance fee was necessary for the survival of the event due to significantly higher city related fees.  Please read the whole story below!

THERE’S MORE (!): After the festival ends at 8:00pm a number of after parties kick off all over the city, including the Official After Party produced by Skills & Spundae on site at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.  After parties have their own admission and age policies.  See the

LOVE: YES

As anyone who attended last years event knows, SF LovEvolution is now the largest electronic music event in America. Thanks to all those who have faithfully supported us and to the many new Lovers who attended last year. Because of the growth of LovEvolution, however, and to preserve our ability to parade down Market Street and party right in front of San Francisco City Hall, we’ve had to institute a few changes to this years event.

First, because of escalating city fees and the events growth last year, LovEvolution 2009 will require a large increase in all levels of traffic, police, security and medical personnel. This translates into a very large increase in how much money it costs to pull off this special event. As this is a non-profit event with minimal corporate sponsorship, we will be charging a $10 admission to LovEvolution this year in order to pay for the increased staff and other event expenses. We’ve always asked for a $10 donation but since most people do not give, donations are not sufficient to fund and improve the event. In order to be able to continue the event, we received special permission from the city for a $10 admission plan. This is as close to free as we could make it and at $10 for 250 world class DJs, LovEvolution is still the best bargain for an event of this scale in America. **We pay 100% of the costs back to the city, so without this change, we could not have the event. Please note kids under 12 with their parents are FREE. You can also get in free by volunteering. Of course – the parade is FREE to all and the entire event from 12noon- 8:00pm is still ALL AGES.** (After parties will vary by event).

Second, there will be no glass or outside alcohol allowed in the event. This has always been a condition of our permits, but when the event was smaller we never had to enforce. But the site was littered with broken glass last year that presented a safety hazard, so we now have to enforce this policy. This is for all our safety and is no different than at any concert or gated event, so please don’t bring alcohol or glass, it will be confiscated or you’ll be turned away at the gates.

On the bright side, the $10 admission will allow us to continue having this amazing event as well as to add some special production elements in Civic Center plaza. This year we are premiering the LovEvolution Live stage in front of city hall featuring an all out performance by The Mutaytor, and much more tba. The $10 admission will also allow us to reduce prices at our bars since we are now not as dependent upon alcohol sales to pay for the event. We’ll also be eventually eliminating entry fees fees for the floats so producers can make their floats even better. And YES – there will be ins and out allowed. And YES, kids under 12 with their parents are FREE.

Last but not least, the $10 admission will allow us to increase the amount of our non-profit contributions to other worthy organizations. Non-profits that received funds last year and/or we expect to donate to this year include:

Friends of the Main Library
Next Aid
Aids Housing Alliance
The Center for Sex and Culture
Beat University Scholarship Fund
Black Rock Arts Foundation
Bay Area Young Positives
Burners Without Borders
San Francisco Suicide Prevention/HIV AIDS Nightline
Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity
Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity

Thanks for your support and looking forwarding to a fabulous LovEvolution 2009!!

Obsolete Bookstores Have a Good Cry Over “Pottermore,” Author JK Rowling’s New Harry Potter Joint

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Remember those Harry Potter midnight bookstore parties back in the day? I don’t, personally, but I understand that a good time was had by all.

But the book series is over, so it’s time to move on. Move on to Pottermore, where you can get more Potter.

Now what’s that, do I hear the After All I’ve Done For You card being played? Yes I do:

We’re… disappointed that, having been a key factor in the growth of the Harry Potter phenomenon since the first book was published, the book trade is effectively banned from selling the long-awaited e-book editions,” he said.

But Life Goes On.

Oh well.

People, Turn Off Your iPods and Whatnot When You’re Below 10,000 Feet the Way They Tell You – Here’s Why

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Now it’s sort remarkable how no passenger has died the past decade in an Airbus or Boeing jetliner that either took off or landed in the United States. Of course there was the 9/11 and shortly after that at the end of 2001 there was American Airlines Flight 587, but since then, nothing. That’s a pretty good record, non?

But you people, you don’t listen when they tell you to turn off your portable electronic devices during critical phases of flight. And then stuff like this happens.

Just saying, bro-ham.

Ah the daily Lufthansa flight from Frankfort, Germany. This happens to be an aging Boeing 747-400, but in a few months it will get replaced by a superjumbo A380.* Can you see someone iPodding or texting up there? I can:

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*No, contrary to what the Mayor’s Office tells you, the A380 doesn’t use less fuel than legacy aircraft. And the version that’ll soon be coming to SFO each and every day has wings that are too big for its body, and it’s overweight, and blah blah blah. But oh well.

Jerry Brown Throws Down: No More Strawberry, Chocolate, Banana or Cookies-and-Cream Flavored E-Cigarettes for Kids

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Our California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide companies that market electronic cigarettes to minors, so he just did something about it, again. All the deets, below.

Mmmmm…. yummers:

El Protector de la Gente, Jerry Brown:

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Electronic Cigarette Maker Agrees to Stop Marketing to Minors

OAKLAND – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a settlement to prevent Smoking Everywhere, one of the country’s largest electronic cigarette sellers, from targeting minors and claiming that its products are a safe alternative to smoking.

“Smoking Everywhere aimed ads at minors and falsely claimed its products were safe,” Brown said. “This settlement stops the company from marketing these addictive products to kids or claiming they aren’t dangerous.”

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery-operated devices with nicotine cartridges designed to look and feel like conventional cigarettes. Instead of actual smoke, e-cigarettes produce a vapor from the nicotine cartridge that is inhaled by the user.

Smoking Everywhere and other electronic cigarette makers have claimed that e-cigarettes are safe because they contain no carcinogens or tar, and produce no second-hand smoke.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, found that some electronic cigarettes contain a variety of dangerous chemicals, including nicotine, carcinogens such as nitrosamines, and one brand also contained diethylene glycol, commonly known as antifreeze.

Some e-cigarettes come in strawberry, chocolate, mint, banana and cookies-and-cream flavors designed to appeal to a young audience.

Today’s settlement prohibits Smoking Everywhere from marketing to minors and from making false or misleading claims about electronic cigarettes. Specifically, the company has agreed that it will not:

- Market or sell electronic cigarettes to minors. Its website will be age-restricted, and a customer will need to show a government-issued ID. Retail products will be behind a counter. Advertising must note the age restriction.
- Sell flavored electronic cigarette cartridges such as strawberry, mint or bubblegum that could appeal to minors.
- Advertise its products as a smoking cessation device unless the FDA approves them for that purpose.
- Claim that its products are safer than cigarettes or contain no tobacco, tar or carcinogens, and produce no second-hand smoke unless there is competent reliable scientific evidence to support the claims.

Smoking Everywhere also agreed to implement quality control standards to eliminate harmful substances in its products and submit to independent audits.

Smoking Everywhere will also provide a Proposition 65 warning that its products contain nicotine, a chemical known to be addictive and to cause birth defects or reproductive harm. The warning must appear on product packaging, Smoking Everywhere’s website and at retail sites.

Smoking Everywhere and its owner will pay $170,000 in penalties and fees.