Posts Tagged ‘II’

Death of the Dust Trombone: Canon Replaces Legendary 100-400mm Telephoto Lens – Good-Bye Push-Pull Zoom

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Canon’s aging beast, the Clinton-era EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM lens is no more – after 16 years of production, it’s being replaced by the EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS USM II, a more conventional design. 

Here are some “dust trombones*” right here, back about a decade ago, all extended to the 400mm telephoto setting, the better to see the Blue Angels over Fort Mason, my dear:

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The thing about the old lens is that it offered IMAGE STABILIZATION (IS) plus an “ULTRASONIC” MOTOR (USM) (for fast auto-focus) in the same package. At the time, Nikon couldn’t keep up, so it would make you choose betwixt one feature or the other, if you were lucky. Nikon lost a lot of customers during the Aughts for just this reason.

Read all about it.

I’m sure the updated lens will be better (and of course, lots pricier) in most respects.

Adieu, push-pull lens.

*Pull it in fast enough and you can feel the breeze on your face, since all that air inside needs to go somewhere…

Document: San Francisco Resident Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II Indicted For Possession Of An Improvised Explosive Device

Friday, June 13th, 2014

I’m failing to see how our FBI has “botched” this case.

In fact, I’d say that the only way the Fibbies could have botched this case so far would have been to not pursue it.

Of course, if you want to support Ryan Chamberlain, that’s fine. But we’re just going to have to wait to see who, if anyone, botched what when.

Here’s the latest:

San Francisco Resident Indicted For Possession Of An Improvised Explosive Device

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II yesterday with possession of an unregistered destructive device, and possession of a firearm with the manufacturer’s serial number removed, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl, and Tatum King, Acting Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in San Francisco.

The two-count Indictment alleges that Chamberlain, 42, of San Francisco, possessed a destructive device that was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and a handgun with an obliterated serial number that had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce. According to an affidavit filed by an agent of the FBI in connection with a criminal complaint filed previously in the same matter, the destructive device was an improvised explosive device complete with a power source, wire conductors, switching mechanism, shrapnel, and a remote controlled detonation system.

Chamberlain was the subject of a recent manhunt which resulted in his arrest near Crissy Field in San Francisco, Calif., on June 2, 2014. Chamberlain came to the attention of authorities during an investigation of his alleged activities on the “Deep Web.”

Chamberlain made his initial appearance in federal court in San Francisco on June 3, 2014, and is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing on Monday, June 16, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., before the Honorable Nathanael Cousins, United States Magistrate Court Judge.

An Indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, followed by a 3-year period of supervised release, and $10,000 fine, for a violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d), and a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, followed by a 3-year period of supervised release, and $250,000 fine, for a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(k). However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

Philip J. Kearney is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Patricia Mahoney. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI, ATF, and ICE HSI.

(Chamberlain II indictment)

The Smelliest Car in San Francisco is This Chevy II from the 1960′s – Incomplete Combustion – Maximum Functionalism with Thrift

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

This thing smells like a gas station, like 20% of the fuel goes out the tailpipe unburned:

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Oh well.

Harsh: San Francisco Apple Fanboys and Fangirls Get Cruelly Mocked in New Samsung Galaxy S II Phone Commercial

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

[UPDATE: Comments Camarografo:

“Dude, you’re a barista.”]

Dude, harsh:

Via bcasement 

Samsung 4EVR.

And HTC in the hiz-ouse.

Central Subway Boondoggle Update: Government Audits & Oversight Committee Hearing This Thursday

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Well, here it is, coming up at 10:00 AM on October 27th, 2011:

“Hearing on the recently published 2010-2011 Civil Grand Jury report entitled “Central Subway Too Much Money For Too Little Benefit.”

Leave us review why the Central Subway sucks so much:

 It has a pattern of increasing cost estimates.

 San Francisco will be responsible for any cost overruns which could be substantial.

 The addition of a new subway line will add to an existing operating deficit and could stretch the existing maintenance environment to the breaking point.

 There are no plans to address existing problems on the Stockton corridor before project completion.

 There is no effective transfer to the Muni Metro and BART systems.

 It ignores service to the Financial District.

 It ignores current transportation trends

So, the reply from the Central Subway people is that these criticisms are the same old thing. But they’re still valid criticisms, right?

A premature celebration? 

Save Muni will be on the scene at City Hall, looks like:

SaveMuni strongly condemns Mayor Ed Lee’s careless and highly inaccurate response to the Grand Jury’s carefully researched report on the Central Subway

On October 27, the Board of Supervisors Government Audits and Oversight Committee will consider the results of the Grand Jury’s seven month investigation of the Central Subway debacle.  SaveMuni will support the well reasoned conclusions of the Grand Jury’s report and provide new information about the Central Subway and its failings.

SaveMuni will also expose and rebut the MTA’s weak response to the Grand Jury report, which consists mainly of vague generalizations intended to defend the status quo at all costs.   Because of MTA’s and Mayor’s inadequate responses we will call upon the Board of Supervisors to table the matter until such time as the MTA and Mayor Lee have provided detailed and well thought out responses to each of the Grand Jury’s findings and recommendations.

Government Audits & Oversight Committee

Civil Grand Jury Report:  “Central Subway – Too Much Money For Too Little Benefit”

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2011, 10:00 AM

City Hall Room 263, San Francisco

Agenda:  http://www.sfbos.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=39945

 www.SaveMuni.com

All right, see you there!
Ever more deets:
 
September 17, 2011 - Central Subway Charts:  Compares ridership, costs and trip Times.  Highlights SFMTA’s deceptive marketing practices.
September 9, 2011 – San Francisco City Attorney and Mayoral candidate Dennis Herrera comes out strongly against the Central Subway. 
http://herreraformayor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Central-Subway-Issue-Paper-FINAL.pdf
September 9, 2011 - San Francisco Examiner:  “Central Subway federal funds in jeopardy”.
http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/2011/09/central-subway-faces-funding-threat
September 4, 2011 – San Francisco Chronicle editorial blasts  Central Subway.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/09/04/INLN1KU8H8.DTL
August 31,  2011 – Former Board of Supervisors Presdent Aaron Peskins strongly opposes Central Subway.
https://sites.google.com/a/savemuni.com/save-san-francisco-s-muni/aaron-peskin-blasts-central-subway-1
August 29, 2011 – SaveMuni.com summary of how the Central Subway was deceptively marketed to San Francisco.
https://sites.google.com/a/savemuni.com/save-san-francisco-s-muni/summary-of-sfmta-deception
August 23, 2011 – San Francisco Bay Guardian comes out against the Central Subway.
http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2011/08/23/central-subway-gravy-train-shows-how-city-hall-works
August 23, 2011 – Wall Street Journal editorial blasts Central Subway.
https://sites.google.com/a/savemuni.com/save-san-francisco-s-muni/wall-street-journal—august-23-2011 
August 18, 2011 – Jake McGoldrick, former Chair, San Francisco County Transportation Authority, announces his strong opposition to the project.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/08/18/EDV61KOL4I.DTL
August 14,  2011 – Other Muni improvements.  For a plan for Stockton Street click on Download.  For other Muni improvements click on https://sites.google.com/a/savemuni.com/save-san-francisco-s-muni/save-muni-summit
July 22,2011 – Cal Watchdog digs into the Central Subway mess.
https://sites.google.com/a/savemuni.com/save-san-francisco-s-muni/cal-watchdog-article
July 16, 2011 – Judge Quentin L. Kopp blasts the project.
Download  
 
July 1, 2011 – San Francisco Grand Jury Releases Report is released.
 May 9, 2011 – Sierra Club Resolution calling for Central Subway funds to be put to better use on behalf of Muni. 
https://sites.google.com/a/savemuni.com/save-san-francisco-s-muni/sierra-club-central-subway-resolution
November 9, 2010 – SaveMuni.com Central Subway White Paper relased

Wow, the WillieBrownGavinNewsomEdLee-Approved Corrupt Twitterloin Never Looked So Good – “You Stay Classy!”

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Wow, this one has it all – MUNI’s aqua blue DC Transit #1076, these green Market Street bike lanes, and the Furniture Mart Building, whose former owner created the Twitterloin with a little help from King Willie II, Gavin Newsom.

Of course, King Willie I, the original, is taking credit for the corrupt Twitterloin as well, as is King Willie III, Ed Lee.

A fantastic capture from Nick Fisher:

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Apple Haterade: San Francisco Public Library Hosts Bilingual Presentation on the Shortcomings of Apple’s iPad 2

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

[UPDATE: Our SFPL offers this in reply:

“FYI – we did do an iPad 2 training and demo a few months ago. Patrons specifically asked about Chinese-made tablets so the International Center Librarian specifically reached out to find some manufacturers to learn about their tablet computers. No sales pitches can be made. It’s purely informational session about the device and how it can work with library’s resources such as eBook downloads.”

[UPDATE II: Well, let’s consider the language below a first draft, as some of it is gone now. Check the current sched to see that there are now listed similar classes what focus on the iPad 2.]

Uh, our San Francisco Pubic Library has a “Chinese Center” that puts on bilingual demonstrations about how tablet PC’s like the Acer Iconia Tab and ASUS Eee Tab Transformer are better than Apple’s iPad 2?

Apparently:

San Francisco Public Library The Library’s Chinese Center hosts a demonstration about tablet computers from Taiwan in this bilingual program in Chinese and English: http://www.sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1007278301 -  Sat, 10/15/2011, 1:30 – 3:30.”

Acer Inc., a  top computer company in Taiwan, and Central Computers Co. will talk and demo the features of the popular Acer Iconia Tab and ASUS Eee Tab Transformer, including what iPad 2 doesn’t have. The program will be in English and Chinese.”

O.K. then.

News to me…

Best San Francisco Examiner Newspaper Cover Ever: “Art Money for a Dog Killer” Re: Central Subway Art

Friday, September 16th, 2011

There’s no reason for me to read the actual bit, AFAIAC, ’cause I already don’t like our troubled CentralSubwayBigDigSubwayToNowhere.

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But as for you, enjoy.

Central T Subway: Connecting People, Connecting Communities, Giving Money to Dog Killers 

BTW, here are the policies for the ridiculous Central Subway blog, you know, in case it gets a reader or commenter some day.

“Central Subway is Phase 2 of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) Third Street Light Rail Project.  It will operate as an extension of the T Third line and will extend light rail service with a surface stop on 4th Street near Brannan Street, and subway service under the South of Market (SoMa), Union Square and Chinatown neighborhoods.  The Central Subway project is a critical transportation improvement linking neighborhoods in the southeastern part of San Francisco with the retail and employment centers downtown and in Chinatown, and it will provide much needed and improved transportation to an under-served portion of the City.

The Central Subway Blog is monitored and maintained by the project’s Outreach Team.

Comment Policy

The Central Subway Blog serves as a forum for open communication about San Francisco’s Central Subway project.  We welcome your comments and expect that our conversation will follow the general rules of respectful civil discourse – we expect this community to treat its members with respect.

Bloggers are fully responsible for everything they include in their comments, and all posted comments are in the public domain.  We do not discriminate against any views, but we reserve the right not to post comments.  The Central Subway Blog will remove any comments that include personal attacks, slurs, offensive language, or otherwise inappropriate content.

Thank you for visiting the Central Subway Blog!

Linking Policy and Disclaimer of Endorsement

The views expressed by official authors of the Central Subway Blog reflect the official opinion of the Central Subway project and SFMTA.  The views of public comments may not necessarily reflect those of Central Subway, SFMTA or the City of San Francisco.

The Central Subway Blog includes useful hypertext links to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations and individuals’ blogs.  The Central Subway and SFMTA share these links solely for the public’s information and convenience.

When you select a link to an outside Web site, you are leaving the Central Subway Blog and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside Web site.

The Central Subway and SFMTA do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked Web site.

The Central Subway and SFMTA do not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked Web sites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.

The Central Subway and SFMTA cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites.  Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Those who provide comments are responsible for the copyright of the text they provide.

The Central Subway and SFMTA are not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked Web sites.

The Central Subway and SFMTA do not guarantee that outside Web sites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.”

Hey, SPUR – Why Don’t You Take Your Precious Central Subway and Shove It Up Your Ass? A Reasoned Retort

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Let’s check in on the Central Subway.

Comes now SPURious establishmentarian Stephen L. Taber to sneer at those who don’t don skirts and wave pom poms for San Francisco’s very own, quasi-federally funded Subway to Nowhere, or Big Dig II if that prior terms offends. Read his words and a brief retort below.

But first, let’s check in with “Auntie Rose” Pak, who looks like she’s celebrating the Central Subway already:

Charming!

Now, how much of an exaggeration is this?

“In order to get from Chinatown to the Market street metro lines/BART, you go down ten stories, ride one stop, then you have to go up 10 stories, walk 3 football fields, and then go down another 7 stories and wait for your train.”

I’ll tell you, not much.

Leave us begin:

[I]n San Francisco nothing new has ever been proposed that does not draw opposition just because it is new.

Or, maybe people oppose the corrupt Central Subway because it sucks air, instead of because it’s new? Isn’t that at least a possibility? I think you’re jumping to conclusions, SLT. They call that a dicto simpliciter, don’t they, counselor?

A small band of shortsighted naysayers has emerged with the irrational notion that a subway line would be slower than traffic-choked bus lines and that merely adding more slow buses would solve the problem.

Uh, most sensible people who have looked at the spiraling costs of Big Dig West have concluded that it’s Too Much Money for Too Little Benefit - like the Civil Grand Jury of San Francisco, 2010-2011, for example. Are the members of the Grand Jury “irrational?” Should they, as a group, be hospitalized for mental illness?

They would let the $1.3 billion in federal and state funding be sent to other cities to solve their transit problems, leaving San Francisco without a similar opportunity to correct our dysfunctional transit system for decades to come.

Uh, does free federal money “solve problems?” Really? Sometimes not. You see, what the Grand Jury is worried about is how dysfunctional the rest of MUNI is now. The Grand Jury, in its wisdom, knows all about the free money from Uncle Sucker, but that doesn’t mean that the Central Subway is good for San Francisco.

These opponents have called this project a “Subway to Nowhere.”

Well, that’s a reference to Sarah Palin’s Bridge to Nowhere, aka the Gravina Island Bridge. Now that particular project had mindless boosters as well, just like the Central Subway has SPUR and corrupt Chinatown “leaders.” And the idea of building a Golden Gate Bridge to an island with 50 people on it was a boondoggle too. So why are you bringing this up, dude?

It is an offense to our Chinese community, whose historic Chinatown, a vibrant and bustling commercial and residential neighborhood, is certainly “somewhere” and clearly warrants rapid transit service.

Uh, I think you mean Chinese-American, right, in the parlance of the day, right? And I think you’re being too touchy there, dude. But all right, how about Big Dig II or Big Dig West? I’m an opponent now and that’s my name for your corruption. Does that offend?

Conspiracy theorists argue that the Central Subway is simply the result of a political deal.

Well now you’re talking. Yes, yes, it’s the result of a political deal. Don’t you know? Let’s let John Diaz of the San Francisco Chronicle take over now: “A vigorous debate about the Central Subway inevitably would lead to a focus on interim Mayor Ed Lee’s relationship with ex-Mayor Willie Brown and Chinatown powerbroker Rose Pak, two chief proponents of the project, and their allies who have enjoyed a slice of the contracts to date.” Am I a conspiracy theorist? I don’t know, not generally, like I think Oswald alone when he killed JFK, for example. As far as the CS is concerned, of course there was a political deal – this is common knowledge about town.

But this claim overlooks the real history. The Central Subway was a key component of the “four corridors plan” developed by a citywide citizen’s committee and approved by the voters as part of Proposition B in 1989. 

Doesn’t this 4 Corridor plan go back much farther than that, per the Grand Jury? Are you familiar with the Grand Jury’s recent report? They go on and on about it, FYI. It’s like you haven’t read it, like you haven’t acknowledged it…

Because Muni will retain the No. 30 bus line in order to provide local service, the critics will not have to ride the Central Subway, but can sit on an uncrowded 30-Stockton bus while the bulk of the travelers speed past them underground.

No, don’t you get it, the Central Subway is too much money for too little benefit, right? A few riders will benefit from the CS, but most of the benefit will accrue to the builders and their allies, the Powers That Be. Overall, this subway will be a burden on MUNI. Hey, why don’t we call it Solyndra II?

Stephen L. Taber is chairman of the SPUR Central Subway Task Force, a former SPUR board member and current member of its advisory council. He is a San Francisco native and an attorney at Meyers Nave.

Oh, you’re a San Francisco Native. Well, why didn’t you say so? Now that changes everything. All hail Stephen L. fucking Taber who had the god-damned foresight to be borned in the 415. Withdrawn, forget my reasoned reply.

Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown, San Francisco’s corrupt Chinatown.

Talking Points:

 It has a pattern of increasing cost estimates.
 San Francisco will be responsible for any cost overruns
which could be substantial.
 The addition of a new subway line will add to an existing
operating deficit and could stretch the existing maintenance
environment to the breaking point.
 There are no plans to address existing problems on the
Stockton corridor before project completion.
 There is no effective transfer to the Muni Metro and
BART systems.
 It ignores service to the Financial District.
 It ignores current transportation trends

DODOcase? What a Stupid Name! And a Front-Loading Tricycle? What a Stupid Way to Do Marketing

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

You know what? I used to be in P.R.

Hurray!

What that means that I get to sit on my ass all day long and pass judgment on all those, those people (who are younger/cuter/smarter/more educated than I) what try to do P.R. or marketing or whathaveyou in the 415.

Like when they send me those pfd or pdf or whatever-they’re called files, you know those exotic things that you need special software to open, you know some program they probably make you pay for. Boy, that really grinds my gears!

Now, take the case of this new DODOcase company. Handmade cases for your iPads and Kindles ‘n stuff? How stupid! And this stupid tricycle thing? That’s stupid too! Doesn’t anybody know how to do things the right way, the way I used to do things?

Apparently not! How is this supposed to attract attention?

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Hey, did I mention I used to be in P.R.?