Posts Tagged ‘legacy’

The Legacy of the America’s Cup: This Mural Next to City Hall, That’s Pretty Much It

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

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PG&E is Going All Out to Get You to Loooooove SmartMeters – Testing Old Meters Side-By-Side

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

I’m not exactly sure what you people are worried about with the new SmartMeters from our corporate overlords at Pigs, Giraffes, and Elephants. One issue is radiation. Really? Can a frequency make you sick?

“Hart says the electromagnetic frequency, the EMF, which is used to remotely send information from the SmartMeter on the side of your home to PG&E can make people sick.”

I don’t think so, pardner. Anyway, concerns persist over the electromagnetic fields surrounding these rigs. So, PG&E is taking steps today to make sure you get all the paliative cliches you can handle. Read all about what they’re going to do after the jump.

Now, the other issue people seem to have is meter accuracy. So, get ready for the Old vs. New side-by-side test results.

Some Californians have two meters metering just to prove that SmartMeters work:

Seems pretty close to me but, as always, You Make The Call:

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All right, all the deets of SmartMeter Best Practices after the jump. 


Harvard Law Review Pwns Federal Trade Commission’s New Blogger Guidelines

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The Harvard Law Review has just said, “How About No” to the FTC’s overbroad blogger guidelines. Check it:

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revised their Endorsement and Testimonial Guides (Guides) to cover “consumer generated media” such as blogs and other internet media forms. In the interest of providing consumers with full disclosure, the Guides require bloggers to disclose any “material connection[s]” they have with producers of any products that they “endorse” on their blogs. A “material connection” includes not only monetary compensation, but also any free good received by the blogger — even if that good was provided unsolicited, with no conditions attached, for the purpose of allowing the blogger to review the product.

Yet a constitutional analysis of unpaid blogger endorsements shows that such endorsements are not commercial speech — which receives reduced constitutional protection — but rather noncommercial speech entitled to full First Amendment protection. Not only do the Guides burden bloggers’ protected speech, they also create an unfair double standard by exempting legacy media from the Guides’ disclosure requirements. Therefore, the Guides should be ruled unconstitutional as applied to bloggers.

O.K. then.

Wonder when they’ll take down these smarmy videos

“State Museums of Berlin” Show Opens at the Legion of Honor Museum

Friday, October 17th, 2008


“The State Museums of Berlin and the Legacy of James Simon” exhibition will run at the Legion of Honor museum until January 2009. This show has a little bit of everything:


Egyptian and Near Eastern antiquities, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque sculptures, Old Master paintings, works on paper including eighteenth and nineteenth-century Japanese woodcuts, art of the Silk Road, and European folk art.


What these things have in common is that they are all on loan from the State Museums of Berlin and they were all originally donated by James Simon.



Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Board President Diane “Dede” Wilsey recently took time out from raising half a billion(!) dollars for the UCSF Mission Bay campus to comment about how the James Simon show is “full of gems,” which it is.


This exhibit dovetails nicely with the next Cinema Supper Club Series: Berliner Film Fest, which will show Metropolis, Cabaret, Grand Hotel, Run Lola Run, and Wings of Desire.


See you there!


More details after the jump


A PZEV Subaru is Better Than a Non-PZEV Subaru, For What It’s Worth.

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Those PZEV logos are appearing all over the place on the backs of some cars in the Bay Area. A Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle makes no claim about carbon dioxide emissions, but it does pretty good with regular old air pollution.

It’s complicated, but if it costs Subaru $1500 to upgrade a Legacy or Outback to PZEV status and they only charge you $200 extra, well that sounds all right.  


Fair enough.