Posts Tagged ‘flashlight’

An “Urbanist’s” Dream: Here’s Your Chance to Help Plan the Future of the Clipper Card – It’s “FutureOfClipper.Org”

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

I had a Clipper Card once. Well, a TransLink, the Clipper’s predecessor. Turns out it couldn’t handle a little acetone:

And now I have no Clipper Cards, AFAIK

But you, you love the (somewhat racist?) Clipper. So why not help the MTC try to make it better?

All the deets:

“Help Plan the Future of Clipper - MTC and Bay Area Transit Agencies Invite Public Input

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Where would you like to use Clipper, and how would you like to use it? That’s what the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Bay Area transit agencies want to know.

Clipper is the transit fare payment system for the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently accepted for payment on 13 transit agencies. The reloadable card was launched in 2006. Today, the system has more than 1.4 million cards in circulation and is used for more than 700,000 daily trips.

Whether you use Clipper right now or not, you can provide valuable feedback that will help MTC and its partner agencies design the fare payment system that best serves Bay Area transit riders.

Visit futureofclipper.com and click the link to take a survey to provide your feedback. You can also share your experiences with Clipper and what you’d like to see in the future via email at feedback@futureofclipper.com or via voicemail at 510.817.5680.

Clipper is a service provided by Bay Area transit operators and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

Note: Clipper is accepted on AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, Fairfield-Suisun Transit (FAST), Golden Gate Transit and Ferry, Marin Transit, Muni, SamTrans, San Francisco Bay Ferry, SolTrans, Vacaville City Coach, VINE and VTA.”

Your MUNI Clipper Card Takes an Acetone Bath – See What the Guts Look Like – Translink Card is Much Different

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I don’t know, I’d say that the Clipper Card that they’re giving away for free these days is pretty tough. I mean, it took an acetone bath for more than a day and it still held up. Of course, non-invasive techniques can only go so far.

Anyway, this is what a Clipper looks like after you peel away the layers and cut out three-quarters of the remaining plastic or acetate or whatever it is that laughs off an acetone bath: 

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See? Copper wiring gets looped around the edges and then hooks up with the RFID-style chip that’s in there. (That’s why cutting into a Clipper with a pair of scissors will kill it tout de suite.)

But the Clipper photoed above still works though.

Now, via Tara at the Muni Diaries today, comes news of what the old-fashioned TransLink cards were like:

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See? It’s two chips, two chips in one!

Now, how will you attack your Clipper Card?

Remember, it’s “free” to get a replacement, just like how calling 311 is “free.”

Exceslior, ever upward!

What’s Inside Your Clipper Card – Mapping the Hidden RFID-Style Chip With a $3 Chinese Flashlight

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Get up to speed on the mystery of the Clipper / TransLink buspass card right here.

Now, there’s no need for an X-ray machine, just put an LED flashlight underneath your card so you can see all its architecture tout de suite.

Here’s my setup, just to make taking a photo more easier:

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Oh, here it is, a little rectangle with metal leads stretching out from each corner:

Now, what’s stopping you from cutting off the top three-quarters of your card to be the first kid on your block to have the tiniest of Clipper Cards? Well, there very well might be a perimeter antenna in there, that’s what. Your “contactless smart card” chip might very well be very sensitive to antenna length and alignment.

But you could probably cut out about half the plastic to leave a gaping hole in your card. It should still function.

If you wanted to.

Next step: Acetone bath. You’ll soon be free little contactless smart card chip!

P.S. MUNI sux.

P.P.S. The Central Subway sux as well. Can’t we just stop and then give the money back?

SFPark Has Some Competition – These Fellows with Flashlights Will Tell You Where You Can Park

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

These guys with the flashlights at night on Post Street (and other places about town) provide the questionable “service” of pointing out where empty parking spaces are. They’ll guide you in and then expect compensation of an undefined amount.

This casual parking program is certainly cheaper than SFPark, cause, you know, that’s going to add up when we start paying back the Feds the eight figures they’re fronting for all those sensors on the ground.

However, the flashlight people are even more patronizing than the people that made the SFPark marketing materials, because they don’t do anything. I mean, if you’re looking for parking, how could you miss these spaces plain as day?  

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Oh well.

Shots Fired in the Western Addition, and a Huge Response from the SFPD

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Just happened to be passing through the Western Addition last night, north of the North of Panhandle / NOPA area, when it was fairly obvious the SFPD was bringing it to the intersection of Eddy and Divisadero, like 20 vehicles and cops walking around with AR-15′s, the works.

Welcome machine* gun – as seen on a sidewalk of Divisadero Street last night. Click to expand:

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Word on the street is that somebody fired a weapon (a shotgun? a “12-gauge shotgun”?) at somebody and then ran through the unlit parking lot of the New Liberation Presbyterian Church. Here’s the Google Maps (now with real-time bus arrival information, apparently) map:

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And here’s the manhunt, in progress, complete with a Fillmore Center-style skyscraper residential building (is that an old failure of the bad old Redevelopment Agency or a new failure of the “new and improved” Redevelopment Agency? I can’t tell the difference, really) in the background.

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(I gotta say, there appeared to be excellent trigger control and muzzle discipline from all the officers brandishing long guns - and that’s a Good Thing.)

So the manhunt continued through the parking lot for a while until everyone was satisfied that nobody was lurking about. The cops then widened the search. (A church-goer was going on about how the SFPD was “claiming” that shot(s) were fired in the area, and I was thinking, well, do you suppose the cops just all of a sudden decided to take their damn machine guns out for a midnight stroll? Oh well.)

Is this kind of police call a common occurrence? I don’t know. Since nobody got injured, apparently, it’s not something likely to make the papers or SFist.com but at the time it seemed like a war was going on.

The block of Eddy shown above was the very one where District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was planting shrubbery on Saturday (and actually the photo above shows some of the new plants).

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You can’t say that the government is ignoring this particular block of San Francisco, that’s for sure.

Speaking of which, here’s Eddy and Divisadero pre-Redevelopment-era, from 1947:

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No bike lanes of course, but no ugly medians either.

And a streetcar, don’t forget the streetcar.

For all I know, this is just another day in the Western A, but it seemed like a big deal at the time. If there were reports of shots being fired on my block, I wouldn’t mind a massive response from the SFPD. Just saying.

[UPDATE: EveryBlock has the story, or at least a few details...]

Shots fired
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Appended call

1200 block of Pierce St. Gun-shot detector
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Unknown

Pierce St. and Ellis St. Shots fired
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Appended call

1100 block of Pierce St. Gun-shot detector
Call received on August 12, 2009. Result: Assignment handled

*Not really a machine gun, but a kissing cousin of an M-16 assault rifle.