Posts Tagged ‘free’

Google Cardboard from the New York Times Already Recycled by Being Placed in a Street Tree

Thursday, November 19th, 2015


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My aging cell phone, which was the King Of The Hill back in 2012, crashed after I installed the app found at NYTimes.Com/vr, oh well.

But someday I’ll VR.


Here’s Your Chance to Try BAY AREA BIKE SHARE for Free – FRIDAY FRIDAY FRIDAY, November 20th, 2015 – Get Your Code Now

Friday, November 13th, 2015

The problem with this

. and sponsor Bay Area Bike Share’s first-ever Free Ride Day on 11/20! Get your ride code today

…is that November 20th, 2015 isn’t exactly going to be Free Ride Day, it’s going to be more like Free Ride for a Half-Hour Day.

And if you think I’m quibbling, check out how our tourists have reacted to us subsidizing this program for them:


(And that’s even with the requisite number of 5-star shill reviews – some, perhaps, with a profit motive…)

And some private company will end up making millions off of this program what costs us tens of millions of dollars, oh well. And this is the same company what profits handsomely when people, including lots of tourists from all over the world with perhaps not the best handle on English, interpret phrases like FREE RIDE DAY as a FREE RIDE DAY or RIDE ALL DAY FOR $9 as RIDE ALL DAY FOR $9, but then end up getting charged $68.50 or whatever instead of the $9.

(My problem is that the minimum charge to pedal one of these expensive yet heavy rides around the block just to see what it’s like is $9.)

But look what’s coming up:

“On Friday, November 20, riders can enjoy free Bay Area Bike Share trips, courtesy of Target and Instacart!

Taking advantage of the promotion is easy. Register here (or at right) to receive a free 24-hour pass code by email. Then, on Friday, November 20, use that code at any Bay Area Bike Share station. The 24-hour pass, typically $9, will cost nothing thanks to Target and Instacart.

A credit or debit card is required as usage fees still will apply to all trips over 30 minutes. Riders can choose to take multiple rides during the 24-hour period simply by going to the kiosk and selecting “Request a New Ride Code”.

Station locations and real-time bike and dock availability can be viewed at or by downloading the free CycleFinder app for iPhone or Android devices.”

So Friday will be your chance to try things out.

Bon Courage.

Useless Octavia Street Turned Into Free Parking for People Living in the Projects

Monday, October 12th, 2015

They called it “Redevelopment.”

It failed:

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It’s not housing, it’s not a road, it’s just a waste of space is what it is…

Fantastic Negrito Plays THE INDEPENDENT in NoPA FOR FREE on September 11th: A Make-Up for Outside Lands

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Here’s the link – it was dispensing free tickets as of 2:20 PM today. Registration with Ticketfly required.



I guess that whole deal about getting detained by the SFPD at Outside Lands 2015 got worked out…

Imagine you’d want to show up super early for this one.

You Can Enter the Japanese Tea Garden for Free Three Hours Each Week, But the New Signs Don’t Tell You – Why’s That?

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Here’s the old sign out in front of the JTG in GGP –  it was there going all the way back to aught-six:


And here’s the new sign, which is the same except now the free hours are kept secret:

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I guess advertising the free hours on a big sign out front attracted too many skinflints?

Looks that way.

Now back in the day, they’d let you linger after closing hours, but no longer. So you now can’t see the frolicking skunks of after-hours at the JTG

Oh well, that’s Progress for you.

5000+ Volunteers Wanted for 2016 Super Bowl Week – Here’s How to Sign Up – But Your Rewards Will Be Few

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

See below. I’ve bolded the relevant portions – you’re welcome!

Basically, your carrot for volunteering is this:

One (1) Super Bowl 50 volunteer uniform (Generic “VISA” windbreaker + generic shirt + generic cap)

Two (2) tickets to the NFL Experience. (Act all surprised when they present them to you. I guess that’s a SPOILER for you. Sorry about that, Chief.)

In exchange for that, here are the sticks what will lessen your ardor for becoming an unpaid worker for millionaires and billionaires. I call it the 0-1-2-3 Plan!

Zero (0) gigs available inside the stadium on Game Day AND  zero (0) tickets available to compensate workers. (Oh. So why would people volunteer then? I’m not getting this.)

One (1) background check required, of you. (You can’t have multiple domestic violence convictions and then expect to labor for the NFL, right?)

Two (2) or more (moar?!) unpaid training session(s) required before Super Bowl Week. (Who knows, you might be “leadership” material, and that would lead to extra training. In this case, feel free to add this experience to your LinkedIn next year as supervisory experience, I’m srsly.)

Three (3) shifts (minimum) required to fulfill your obligations. (I don’t know how they could compel you to actually show up after you get your swag – perhaps that mechanism will be in all the paperwork you’ll be signing.)

So how the heck is the NFL going to get thousands and thousands of people to sign up for this?

Anyway, take a look – here’s your consideration, here’s your compensation: SWAG! (It’ll be just like last year’s, one supposes.)

Hey, what about the drugs? It’s not a prob:

 “We do not require a drug test in order to participate as a volunteer

OK then. (The NFL certainly doesn’t seem to mind some drugs, anyway.)

(You know, of all the events our local Establishment works years and years on, you know, to bring EXCITEMENT to the bay area, a Santa Clara Super Bowl is prolly the best. Like, it’s not a small-time scam like an America’s Cup (cost to tax and fee payers = eight (8) figures) and it’s not a big-time scam like a corrupt Summer Olympics (cost to tax and fee payers = eleven (11) figures). So things could be worse. I can’t say I approve of all the deets in the secret NFL contract what brings the SB to SC, but a Super Bowl is a real event that won’t require new stadiums, so that’s nice.)

All right, all the deets:


5000+ Volunteers Needed for the Bay Area’s Super Bowl Week

SAN FRANCISCO — Today the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee opens its Volunteer Program application process. The Host Committee is calling for 5,000+ volunteers to welcome guests to the Bay Area and provide them with a helping hand during Super Bowl Week, which begins January 30, 2016.

The official volunteer application is available on the Host Committee’s website at

According to the Host Committee, a variety of volunteer opportunities and shifts will be available to accommodate the skills and schedules of volunteers. Volunteers will be stationed around the Bay Area in hotels, airports, major tourist destinations, and ferry and train terminals. Volunteers will also be stationed at Super Bowl City in San Francisco and the South Bay during Super Bowl Week. On Game Day, the NFL will not require any volunteer support inside the stadium.

“We are looking for enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers to help us give a warm welcome to more than one million visitors during Super Bowl Week,” said Keith Bruce, CEO for the Host Committee. “Volunteers are key ambassadors for both Super Bowl 50 and the Bay Area, so we are looking to build a volunteer corps that showcases the tremendous diversity, spirit and character of our communities.”

Volunteers will receive a free Super Bowl 50 volunteer uniform, as well as volunteer training in advance of Super Bowl Week. Volunteers will not receive tickets for Super Bowl 50.

All participants must be available to work at least three volunteers shifts. While most of the volunteer opportunities will be available for participants who are at least 18 years old, there are also a limited number of opportunities for youth ages 14-17. All participants must also undergo a background check.

About the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee:

Working in partnership with Bay Area public officials and the NFL, the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee is responsible for Super Bowl 50 and its celebration elements, including public exhibits, planning of game day logistics and Super Bowl City, its fan village in San Francisco. The Host Committee will donate 25% of every dollar raised to Bay Area community initiatives and high-performing nonprofits through 50 Fund. To be hosted in the state-of-the-art Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara in 2016, Super Bowl 50 will be celebrated through a series of events that showcase all the Bay Area has to offer. For more information, visit

And here’s the site, complete with “256 SSL bit encryption.”*

“The Host Committee is looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to serve in a number of capacities. Whatever your interest, talent or background, there is an opportunity waiting for you!

The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee Volunteer Program is officially accepting applications!

Apply to be a Volunteer HERE.

Please keep in mind that submission of an application does not guarantee a volunteer role.

Please know that our application system is protected with a 256 SSL bit encryption. To view our security, clicking the “Verified & Secured” icon in the footer of the application.

Have questions? Check out our #SB50 Volunteer Program FAQ

If you are interested in learning more about the Volunteer program, please sign up for our newsletter below and connect with us on LinkedIn.

Read more at″

*Uh, how about 256-bit SSL encryption instead, NFL?

If You Think BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN During Our Great Drought, Get This Free Sign from Our SFPUC

Friday, April 17th, 2015

If you want to do something about the North American Drought of 2012 – 20xx, you can always drop by at our expensive SFPUC building in the western Twitterloin:

“Signage is available for pick-up at the SFPUC Customer Service Center, 525 Golden Gate Avenue, 1st Floor. Request larger quantities by email”

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Tech Bros Waiting for the Market Street “Amazon Web Services” Pop-Up Hacker Dojo to Open

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

This is How We Live Now:

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Wednesday, March 18th, 2015


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The High Cost of Free Parking: Federal Housing Project + Reserved Space for a CL600 V-12 Mercedes Benz = ???

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Oh my, I’m guessing maintenance for this high-maintenance V12 monster (which cost, I’m guessing here, and let’s throw in license and reg and whatnot, NORTH OF FREAKING $130K, back in the aughts) costs more than rent:

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Imagine that in San Francisco…