Posts Tagged ‘hands’

If You’re Cool, You’ll RIde Your Bike Down Market Street Like This – Look Ma, No Hands – Coffee Cup Bonus

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

This dude is bad-ass.

Now, do you think this guy is on Strava going 60 MPH downhill, so fast he can’t stay in his lane?

Or do you think he’s the kind of Strava person who would plow through a Market Street crosswalk over the speed limit and then place all the blame for a ped death* on pedestrians?

I don’t.

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Dude’s just taking it easy.

No medallions, dreadlocks, or black fists it’s just that gangster glare, with gangster raps that gangster shit, that makes the gang of snaps, uhh.

*True story. It’s the Chris Bucchere story. Our District Attorney’s Office has offered him a verrrrrry generous plea bargain deal, but there’s no resolution yet.

Young Lovers Confront Market Street, Together on Bicycles – A Subcritical Mass

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

He works in SoMA and she works in the Financh, or vice versa.

Their daily ritual, just before parting:

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Justin Ryan Beck is Back! OccupySF = Hippie, Cop, Nervous Pup, Hipster, Black Power Salute, MUNI 1057 (Cincinnati, 1948)

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Famous San Francisco street photographer Justin Beck has bounced back from losing his camera on the mean Streets of San Francisco, looks like.  He’s got another Nikon to work with so that’s nice.

Check it, a canary yellow streetcar.

Is this an album cover? 

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Poor pooch. Daijoobu, daijobu. Gambate!

Governor Jerry Brown Vetoes the Bill That Would Have Banned “Texting While Cycling” in California

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

I’m still a little hazy on that AB28 bill that Governor Jerry Brown just decided to veto, per the KQED News Fix.

Anyway, forget about it, it’s history. So, it won’t be specifically illegal text while riding a bike in CA, AFAIK. That doesn’t mean you can’t get cited for doing just that, cause there’s lots of other ways the cops can get you.

I was all set to look into this sitch, but that won’t be necessary now.

So, Rage on, Ke$ha!

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Here’s part of the text of the bill, the latest version available:

“Section 21213.5 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
21213.5.

(a) A person shall not ride a bicycle while using an
electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a
text-based communication.

(b) As used in this section, “write, send, or read a text-based
communication” means using an electronic wireless communications
device to manually communicate with any person using a text-based
communication, including, but not limited to, communications referred
to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail.

(c) For purposes of this section, a person shall not be deemed to
be writing, reading, or sending a text-based communication if the
person reads, selects, or enters a telephone number or name in an
electronic wireless communications device for the purpose of making
or receiving a telephone call.”

And here’s some legislative analysis:

While the dangers of using electronic devices while driving are
well-documented
, this bill additionally extends the reach of

current law by proposing a prohibition against bicyclists using
a handheld phone or text messaging. Although such behavior by
bicyclists is clearly irresponsible, poses an obvious and
substantial danger to themselves, and puts pedestrians, runners,
and other bicyclists at some risk, it pales in comparison to the
specter of a two-ton steel-and-glass vehicle moving at 60 miles
per hour with the driver’s attention focused on a device on his
or her lap. Hence, there clearly is a lesser urgency in
deterring such behavior by bicyclists. Nevertheless, as the
bill establishes a comparatively small fine ($20 to $50) with no
penalty assessments and no assignment of driver violation points
for bicycle violations, one might judge these provisions to be
more educational in nature than punitive.”

Will a BlueTooth Headset Save You From Citations for Riding Your Bike While Texting, Talking on a Cell Phone?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

I don’t know.

I’m a little hazy on that AB28 bill that Governor Jerry Brown is about to sign.

Look out, Ke$ha!

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Anyway, here’s part of the text of the bill, the latest version available:

“Section 21213.5 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
21213.5.

(a) A person shall not ride a bicycle while using an
electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a
text-based communication.

(b) As used in this section, “write, send, or read a text-based
communication” means using an electronic wireless communications
device to manually communicate with any person using a text-based
communication, including, but not limited to, communications referred
to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail.

(c) For purposes of this section, a person shall not be deemed to
be writing, reading, or sending a text-based communication if the
person reads, selects, or enters a telephone number or name in an
electronic wireless communications device for the purpose of making
or receiving a telephone call.”

And here’s some legislative analysis:

While the dangers of using electronic devices while driving are
well-documented
, this bill additionally extends the reach of

current law by proposing a prohibition against bicyclists using
a handheld phone or text messaging. Although such behavior by
bicyclists is clearly irresponsible, poses an obvious and
substantial danger to themselves, and puts pedestrians, runners,
and other bicyclists at some risk, it pales in comparison to the
specter of a two-ton steel-and-glass vehicle moving at 60 miles
per hour with the driver’s attention focused on a device on his
or her lap. Hence, there clearly is a lesser urgency in
deterring such behavior by bicyclists. Nevertheless, as the
bill establishes a comparatively small fine ($20 to $50) with no
penalty assessments and no assignment of driver violation points
for bicycle violations, one might judge these provisions to be
more educational in nature than punitive.”

Famous San Francisco Street Photographer Justin Ryan Beck Gets Camera Stolen From His Hands at Arguello and Balboa

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Do you know how much bad art we pay for? I mean, there’s lots and lots of (government-funded and government-mandated) bad art around town, let me tell you.

OTOH, popular photographer Justin Ryan Beck does his good art, his street photography, for free for one and all – isn’t that nice?

Or least it was nice, until yesterday, when the digital camera he was using got stolen out of his hands in the Richmond District at four-something PM in the afternoon:

I’m OK but was just robbed at the corner of Arguello and Balboa. Talked to cops. Time for a new camera I guess. :/” 

Here’s his last photo. It appears he’ll be on a break for a while.

Oh well.

How can we get a DSLR, preferably a new Nikon along with a wide anglish lens or two, back into the hands of JRB, you know, where it rightfully belongs?

“Cookie Man” Scott Alexander Has Come to Town to Sit on Street Couches and Hand Out Cookies

Friday, January 14th, 2011

See?

Check it:

(Noo Yawk has a Union Square too!? What are the odds?)

Anyway, the po-po have already kicked him and his couch off the intersection of 18th and Castro ‘n stuff, but otherwise, he continues handing out the sweet treats.

Bon Courage, Cookie Man.

And, here’s a message from Scott Alexander hisself:

“Hello ,

Perhaps you or someone you know has already been offered a homemade cookie by a fellow sitting on an inflatable couch at a random street corner. That likely would have been me.

I’ve been doing this in the Bay Area for a few months now and plan on continuing for the foreseeable future. Perhaps it’d make a good story for you. I’d certainly be grateful for the attention, plus you could get some cookies!

I started doing this a little over a year ago while I was living in New York City. As an unnoticed independent musician, I was tired of promoting myself. I didn’t have the ego for it, and found it a huge distraction. I still needed people to take an interest in me, it only seemed fair that I took more of an interest in them. I didn’t really know anyone who’d become famous by simply meeting thousands of people, yet it seemed the most reasonable thing to do.

So how is a married, non-drinkier supposed to meet people, and of all types and backgrounds on a massive scale? Not the internet!

Social networking made it quite obvious to me that most people want to make friends and share things about themselves. But it didn’t seem to be happening off line. I do use the Internet, as well as my 24 hour Free Cookie Hotline, to announce my whereabouts and post video journals of folks I meet. But the real action is on the street,

Somehow it just seemed like a good idea to hang out on an inflatable couch with homemade cookies, and it’s turned out quite well.

I … usually make appearances 1-3 times a week. I post my exact time and location once I’ve figured them out. at FreeCookies.Net Facebook.com/FreeCookiesNyc and twitter.com/freecookiesNYC

I also announce on the 24 hour Free Cookie Hotline 347-829-4YUM.

Learn more about my adventures at FreeCookies.Net, or better yet, come find me sometime and have some cookies!

Happy January!
Scott Alexander

“In a world of virtual friendships, Scott Alexander is playing it old school” NY POST

“Despite less than traditional ingredients, [the cookies] tasted chewey and chocolately” Santa Barbara News-Press (front page)

“Was it fate that brought [us] to his Craigslist ad at one o’clock in the morning? Or just undying cheapness that has us perusing the “free” board at bedtime?” Village Voice

“Scott Alexander is the kind of friend we all wish we had” Eats.Com

“Who doesn’t want free cookies from a complete stranger on an inflatable couch?” Gothamist.com

“Alexander has no plans to give up his mouthwatering hobby.” NY Daily News

Hands Across the Sand / Slash Oil a Huge Success at Dreary Ocean Beach

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

This is what Hands Across the Sand looked like today over at less-foggy-than-expected Ocean Beach way out there in western San Francisco.

“Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA – Ocean Beach across from the Beach Chalet, 1000 Great Highway Joining hands at noon. The Ocean beach event includes spelling out a large “Don’t Drill” using people to make the letters. It will photographed from the air. Be there by 10:30 for that.”

Yes, that’s media hound Frank Chu in there:

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We’ll just have to wait to see the photos from the air. (Did they use a petroleum-burning twirlypopper to take the photo, or maybe they used a kite? We’ll have to wait and see…)

[UPDATE: They used a twirlypopper, a Robinson actually, which is kind of a helicopter. A Republican one, ironically, from the Frank D. Robinson Helicopter company. Let's see here, Robinson's delivered something like 900 choppers so far and they've only had 262+(!) fatal accidents, per the Wiki. Wow. Also, it would be nice if this R44 model had inflatable floats for over-water operations, but oh well. A kite, and a DSLR (plus a surfboard, if necessary) also could have worked, by the way. I know it would have been less exciting...]

San Francisco Holocaust Museum Bounces Back After Attacks

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

Well, this rather complete story by Amber Lee over at KTVU Channel 2 about the Monday’s vandal attack at the San Francisco Holocaust Memorial will get you up to speed on this issue right quick. But that won’t satisfy young Joe Eskenazi, who would like a more detailed description of the culprits involved.

Did it really cost $8,000 to hastily clean up the red spray paint? Apparently.

This is what part of it looks like now, after the cleanup. Click to expand:

Newly-installed SFPD Richmond Station Captain Richard Corriea was on the scene before starting his shift on what must have been a busy new year’s evening. The belated news of this recent attack attracted many to the memorial yesterday:

The vandal spray painted “ISRAEL THERE IS BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS” or something like that on the white wall seen here. A prior attack had a different appearance.

People speculate on the timing, which seems particularly off-message, depending on what message was intended. Over at IndyBay they have a message, of sorts.

All that’s left to do now is to figure out what was intended by the following from the KCBS:

“KCBS reporter Doug Sovern says the vandalism has shaken some Jews, concerned about the possibility of a rise in anti-Semitism and well-meaning people reacting the wrong way to renewed hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians.”

(Good luck with that.)