Posts Tagged ‘google’

Troubled Anthony Levandowski’s PRIBOT Prius, Last Seen Banged Up in the Western Addition Six Years Ago

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Was reading this…

Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google? Inside the vicious patent fight over self-driving technology. By Max Chafkin and Mark Bergen

…and that reminded me of this, the last time I saw PRIBOT, the ur-car, left forgotten on the mean Streets of San Francisco:

Poor Pribot!

In closing:

“He’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole.”

 

The Zeitgeist of 2017

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Right here:

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Here’s what you do, you attach the lens of an old Google Glass onto the side of some Snapchat Spectacles and then put on a red Make America Great Again baseball cap and then sidle on into the ZG randomly saying, “OK Glass” every ten seconds or so and then see how that works out..

UBER is Now Recruiting “Vehicle Operators” in Frisco – Help Improve Their Sad Self-Driving Cars – $24/Hr + Snacks/Drinks

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

And then when your ride wants to sail through a red light, say the unexpected one installed mid-block out in front of our world-famous SFMOMA on Third, well, you just might get terminated, with extreme prejudice, oh well.

All the deets, via code1zero:

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OTOH, snacks!

The Secret Bus of Pets: How Can You Tell If a Bus is DOG FRIENDLY? – Just Look for This Sign Up Front –

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

As seen in the North of NoPA DivCo Divisadero Corridor Western Addition:

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MUNI sure aint dog-friendly.

Imagine a Google Bus on Market Without Protesters in Front of It: Google Maps Goes BEYOND THE ROAD in Frisco Today

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

All the deets.

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Maybe you can still register for the 3:00 PM event at this late hour, IDK. It’ll be at “The Village” or “The Wilson” or across the street at The Warfield next to The Crazy Horse.

What? 
Beyond the Road is a global Google Maps APIs event series where we share our vision for the next wave of maps and location intelligence and demonstrate how that impacts businesses both large and small.

Google experts, our technology partners and customers will share insights and trends in maps and location data and answer questions on how that affects global businesses today, as well as in the future.

There will also be time for one on one conversations with our experts and opportunities to connect with other local business leaders.

Why?
Google has spent over a decade building the most advanced, dynamic maps possible. Come and join us to learn how Google Maps is evolving to give enterprises new ways to leverage location intelligence.

Who?
If you are a senior level professional and want to find out how Google location services can benefit your business, please register here.

API means what now? Anyway, nice bus, G!

Know Your Google Bus from the Front, Side and Back

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

These are the new robin’s egg blue decals from the SFMTA – the “pilot” bus program is over, so the old light green decals have expired now.

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If you have any beefs with these buses, you’re supposed to call 311, that’s what the new phone icon means. And then you tell them, “Bus 09-5016 just run me over,” or something. That’s the system, baby.

The prefix “09” means LUX LEASING LLC. What’s that? Who the Hell knows, Gentle Reader. It’s some company, somewhere.

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And now we’re at the back. Here’s something new to me – a HOW’S MY DRIVING sticker:

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‘Cause the “Luxury” Leasing ppl want you complaining to them afore you call up SFGov with your bus beef.

This is how things stand with corporate buses in Frisco in the second half of 2016…

Here’s All What’s Left of 1994’s Giant “Gold Mountain” Mural at Romolo Place in North Beach – Graffiti

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

First, the giant mural of Romolo was all like this:

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But now it’s all like this – I haven’t been through this way since it got painted over, thusly:

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Due to this:

“I’m done with them. That’s why the mural is painted over,” Sherry said. She said that during the 2004 restoration, which took almost a year, she worked on the mural six days a week for almost a year and was only compensated for transportation and lunch. “It was an absolute nightmare,” she said. “All they could pay me was coming out of their poor little pockets, so I accepted it because at the time I could afford to take a lot of time to do this. … So I basically just did the work, and they let it go to hell again.

There was a theory that murals discourage graffiti. I don’t know well that theory worked out…

On The Job Training: This is What It Looks Like When a Corporate Bus BLOCKS THE BOX at Fell and Masonic

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

You don’t see MUNI operators doing this at this particular intersection, but here you go – a corporate bus driver trying to head south on Masonic at Fell. Westbound traffic ended up simply going around the back of the bus, with priority going to your nimbler forms of transpo:

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HONK HONK HONK went the numerous blocked drivers, some of whom were delayed for like a minute and a half, oh well.

I’m not saying it’s easy driving in Frisco. It’s just something that you have to get used to…

Our Google/Waze Gods Must Be Crazy: Routing Sacto-Frisco Traffic Through a “ONE LANE ROAD” in the Delta – (But It Worked)

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

I’ll tell you, the way from Sack-Town back to Frisco is the I-80, the Great Freeway Across America. Unless there’s three accidents upon it in your Yolo / Solano (Yolano! Heh) counties area like around Vacaville (Cow-town! That’s how it translates, Amiga).

So then your Google Maps gets a little crazy and suggests that Route 160 will save you 30 minutes. So you think YOLO and then head south on the I-5 and then you exit and then this:

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ONE LANE ROAD? What does that mean?

Oh:

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So there’s your Montana big sky with a tiny road from rural Hawaii. IMO.

Did I make a wrong turn somewhere? IDTS. I think Google would have told me.

Anyway, the east bay’s El Diablo is your lodestar on this route. Is this Wyoming?

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Sometimes traffic is speeding along on smooth levy roads and other times your jouncing along slowly on bumpy tract roads. And then you make it to Antioch and then it’s freeways the rest of the way.

It’s Route 160. It’s NorCal’s Route 66, sort of…

It’s the Mother Road.

The New Corporate Shuttle Bus Terminal on Fell is Now Fully Operational – Oh, It’s For FaceBook? – And a Note About SFGH Naming RIghts

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Here you go, you can click here and then click some more to learn about the lengthy new corporate bus-only bus stop at Fell and Masonic.

But here’s endgame – an officially marked, new-school bus stop what’s 100-something feet long. And look, it’s for Facebook (among others, presumably).

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But our Teamster drivers from the Central Valley, they don’t seem to want to pull all the way into the stop. I guess overhanging trees are an issue? IDK. So Fell gets blocked a bit for a little while oh well:

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Anyway, that’s that, a mystery solved. But look, just one block away is a bus stop (a famous one ’cause it’s just nine second away from another on this very short block, but that’s another story) what has an ad for Zuckerberg Hospital. So, the nine families who are pissed off about the new bus terminal on Fell can think about how they themselves didn’t buy naming rights for SFGH?

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Oh, the ad’s on the other side of the bus stop, but it kind of looks like this:

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Is this for real – ZSFGcare.org? Hey, instead of just buying naming rights, why didn’t we make Zuck pay for the whole thing? I’m thinking he got off cheap.

We could have gotten more money out of the Zucks, ergo we should have. Hey Zuck, why not make a check out for the difference, like what, half a billion, and make it out to SF General Fund and have somebody drop it off at City Hall. (They’ll know what to do with it.) And then you’ll be a pioneering philanthropist instead of being like all the others.

Like, if you’re name’s going to be on the thing like this forever, then you should have paid for all of it, lock, stock and barrel.

Just saying, Z.