Posts Tagged ‘Innovation’

Oak Street Blues: What Happens to Your Bike When You Lock It Up in Appointed Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

So yeah, the chain and the padlock worked, but you’re going to need some way of keeping the wheels attached, when the freaks come out, at night.

Click to expand

In mitigation, this ride wasn’t all that expensive to begin with…

Lesson: You Gotta Lock That Down

$2000 Per Month Private High School Advertised in the Lower Haight: SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

OK fine:

Click to expand

Learning From Japan, 2013: Cell Phone Towers Everywhere – Excellent Coverage – How Different From San Francisco!

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Now this is how you get good cell phone service.

A common scene in the Land of the Rising  Sun. These antennas are all over the place:

Click to expand

If San Francisco is the “World Capital of Innovation,” then every city in Japan is also The World Capital of Innovation.

Endgame: The Great Pit of California Street Has Now Been Filled Up, Hurray

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

I don’t know about manhole covers and I don’t know why it took four months to do something that should have taken one day.

Click to expand

Anyway, I think this issue has been resolved…

The Great Hole of California Streets Demonstrates How a Place Like Mexico City is More “Innovative” Than San Francisco

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

This what what you would find on California Street in the Financial District since last year – a manhole* cover hole right in the path of cyclists on Davis Street:

Click to expand

I don’t know, I thought that San Francisco could have handled things a different way. So I made this post.

But the next day? Nothing. And since then, nothing, until just a few days back when we got this solitary cone:

OK fine, I guess that’ll do, but I wondered why this half-assed solution took months and months.

Anyway, here’s the scene from just one day later, last night, actually:

See? Somebody actually cared enough to implement a better, temporary solution. Let’s call this a three-quarter-assed approach.

After four fucking months, that is.

Now down in Mexico City, a man in a sombrero would have looked at similar hole in the street and he would have said, “Mañana. We’ll fix it tomorrow.” And then, you know what? They would have actually fixed things the next day! They would have put up cones or safety sawhorses or whathaveyou.

Which, of course, is what eventually happened in the heart of San Francisco’s  Financial District but only after months and months.

Let’s all look forward to Mayor Ed Lee’s next pronouncement about us being the Innovation Capital of the World

*Person hole, people hole? C’mon, just tell me what to call it these days and I will, I don’t care about using the old term or some new term.

 

After Four Short Months, San Francisco Finally Fixes The Great Four-Inch Crater of California Street in the Financial

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

See, first the intersection of California and Davis was all like this.

Which I thought could be a little dangerous for cyclists, especially roadies, especially in the rain and whatnot.

But of course nothing happened for four months.

But now it’s all like this:

Click to expand

What can I say but thanks to the SFMTA or the DPW or whomever for this “innovative” solution.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Ed Lee Gets It Done!

Run Ed Run!

Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.

Hello, San Francisco Chronicle? Um, Our City Doesn’t Actually Have a Central Dispatch System for Taxicabs, Does It?

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Uh, did San Francisco Chronicle writer Jimmy Temple just move into town?

Let’s investigate:

“…on Friday and Saturday the city, California College of the Arts and Mix & Stir Studio are sponsoring an “unhackathon” to get designers, software engineers and others to tackle the clearly broken central dispatch system for San Francisco’s taxi system.

But Jimmy, we don’t actually have “a central dispatch system* for San Francisco’s taxi system.”*

Therefore it’s not “broken.”

Therefore it’s not “clearly” broken.

Hey, now speaking of broken, why don’t all these college boys and girls take on San Francisco’s pension “system?” Shouldn’t it be reformed ‘n stuff? Like for real this time?

And hey, speaking of broken, why don’t all these college boys and girls take on the “system” what pays for pork-barrelly Bridges to Nowhere and Roads to Bridges to Nowhere and Central Subways?

Oh well, maybe next year.**

Leave us close with a typical SF cabbie:

Click to expand

Well, maybe not typical, but she was a fully-licensed hack back in the day at least, back when she hijacked a meeting on the steps of City Hall. (Her “K” sticker shows her support for Prop K, but shhh, don’t tell the unhacksters about Prop K, oh no.)

The point is, Jimmy, is that you’re covering a political issue, one having to do with the Twitterloin and the sf.citi PAC and whatnot, as if it weren’t a political issue.

As if you don’t have a clue…

*System!

**Or never, how about never? 

The Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM Asks Who of the Following Do You Think is a Journalist?

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Get up to speed here and then see what Lois Beckett and Leanne Maxwell  have to say about last night’s event.  

Click to expand.

Your Choice for Wednesday: Meet Your Mar or Meet the New Face of San Francisco Media

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

What are you plans for the night of Wednesday, March 24th, 2010?

Option One is Meet Your Mar featuring District One San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar:

“The League of Young Voters presents…MEET YOUR MAR from 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM at Park Life (220 Clement @ 3rd) on Wednesday March 24th. FREE! There will be art, snacks, drinks, tunes, a bunch of fresh kids chillin…plus Eric Mar, chattin and getting schooled about his constituents (ie, you). Come play human bingo (to win Park Life gear!), ask Mar questions, and tell him what he should really be working on in your hood. It’s his job to listen.”

A recent Critical Mar bike rally on Clement the Richmond District:

That’s Option One.

Option Two will occur at about the same time. It’s an Inforum event at the Commonwealth Club: If Not the Chronicle, Then What?” / “Who is the New Face of San Francisco Media?

First up at 6:30 PM is a panel called ”If Not the Chronicle*, Then What?”

Jeff Hunt, Editor, Muni Diaries
Brock Keeling, Editor, SFist.com
Michael Maness, VP of Innovation and Design, Gannett Co. Inc.; Director, The Bold Italic
Robin Sloan, Media Partnerships, Twitter – Moderator

Then, after that, it’s “Who is the New Face of San Francisco Media?”

“Sites like SFist.com and the Muni Diaries are doing more than just keeping San Franciscans in the know about the latest bar openings or bus brawls. They represent the shift to a new media model based on the interest and participation of the many; gatekeepers no longer decide what the masses want to see or hear, or who gets to give it to them. With heavy-hitting new media companies like Twitter, Yelp, Digg, Wikipedia and Flickr headquartered in the city, it’s no wonder that San Francisco is widely regarded as the home of new media. Get an insider’s perspective from the new leaders of media in SF.
 
“Where do you go for your daily local news jolt? Whose writing is so fresh, witty, hilarious or gutsy that you savor each piece like it’s the last of the cake? After the panel, we are hosting up-and-coming media personalities of San Francisco, invitation provided by you. Tell us who just HAS to be there, then vote for who should be crowned king or queen of SF new media. Come to the party to meet, mingle andgush your fandom in person!
 
What is INFORUM?
The idea of INFORUM began with the basic tenet that young people not only deserve but desire unbiased, trustworthy information from a full range of stances, and that they want their sources qualified. The Commonwealth Club has a 103 year tradition of civic debate, and INFORUM honors and continues this tradition by providing a forum for young people to access the best informed, most involved, and brightest minds – be they politicians, business gurus, policy workers, thought leaders, trendsetters or culture-jammers.

The voting’s all over on this one, but feel free to cheer loudly when they whip out a tiara for the crowning ceremony.

Deets below. See you there, who knows maybe at both places.

*I know what you’re thinking - petitio principii, right? Like, what if the San Francisco Chronicle is the new San Francisco Chronicle?  

Anyway, the royal court of San Francisco new media:

Cecilia Vega (Bio)
KGO-7

Brock Keeling
SFist

Melissa Griffin (Blog)
Blogger/SF Examiner

Jaimal Yogis (Bio)
San Francisco Magazine

Markos Moulitsas Zתniga
DailyKos

Michael Bauer
SF Chronicle

MissionMission

Mark Frauenfedler
Boing Boing

Lea Troeh (Blog)
The Week Intro

Mac McClelland (Bio)
Mother Jones

Andy Wright (Articles)
SF Weekly

Vanessa Carr
Mission Local

Tana Ganeva (Blog)
AlterNet.org

Laughing Squid

Curbed SF

Eater SF

Dyanna Pure and JT Paradox
The SF Style

Alexia Tsotsis
SF Weekly

Joe Eskenazi
SF Weekly

Lois Beckett
SF Weekly

Broke-ass Stuart
brokeassstuart.com

Jeff Hunt
munidiaries.com 

 
Location: SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, The Blue Room
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. networking reception
Cost: $12 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)