Posts Tagged ‘machine’

Look at All the Useless Things You Can Buy at the Hilton from the Most Expensive Vending Machine in the World

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

One supposes some business travelers can simply expense these kinds of purchases?

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But if you need a brass knuckles case for your iPhone like right now…

Screw ObamaCare – Prognosis Positive, Per the Gro Sto Machine – Doctors, Who Needs Them?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

I’m feeling lucky at the Lucky –  Prognosis not Negative at all:

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Mid-Market Mien: Mean Man Defends “Machine Coffee & Deli” from Harmless Woman by Kicking at Her

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Thusly. This was right next to Show Dogs, in the troubled Twitterloin.

Welcome to the Machine – may I kick you?

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Jean-Claude Van Damme here (look at his stance) considered her a nuisance, wanted her to go away from the sidewalk in front of MACHINE COFFEE.

For some reason.

No medallions, dreadlocks, or black fists
It’s just that
Gangster glare
With gangster raps
That gangster shit

Makes a gang of snaps

A Message From the City Family To the City Family: “NEEDS TEETH, DON’T FORGET!”

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Don’t even think about using a Wirtgen W1500 asphalt profiler/reclaimer to repave the streets that area ward healers want repaved without the necessary teeth

See? 

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The Toughest Job in Town: Window Washing the Alcoa Building Through Its Unusual Exoskeleton

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

See what I mean?

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They must use extension sticks or something.

 

San Francisco’s Civic Center Snow Park 2011 a Huge Success – Local Youth Sure Enjoyed the Slopes

Monday, December 19th, 2011

See?

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AAAAAAAAAAGH!

Early morning setup:

Civic Center looked just like the North Pole, complete with Santa and at least one elf:

See you next year!

Just $45 Will Get You a T-Shirt With the 4th Amendment Written With Metallic Letters, You Know, for When the TSA X-Rays You

Monday, November 29th, 2010

That Laughing Squid has another good one today.

Not sure how much good 4th Amendment Wear will do for you, but oh well.

And I’m not sure how apropos this pithy bit of law is neither:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Oh well.

“Avoid the 8″ DUI Checkpoint at Pine and Montgomery a Huge Success

Monday, December 21st, 2009

This was the scene over the weekend in the Financh where eight (or four, whatever) local police agencies teamed up for a DUI checkpoint on southbound Montgomery at Pine Street. Never seen one of these before – let’s take a look.

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Not all the traffic coming down from North Beach to SoMA last Friday night had to stop – lots of cars were directed straight on through. But those that weren’t had to pull over to the right for a brief convo with a peace officer of some stripe.

Like the driver of this Mercedes E350, for example. Don’t think she was a drunkie, but she had some sort of registration hassle it appeared (and that’s not all that uncommon in this age of shut-down, furloughed DMVs.) Stop sign holder graciously provided by PG&E:

Oh well. But let’s say you fail your field sobriety test on Montgomery Street.  This is what’s in store for you – a trip into the huge mobile command post  parked on the same block. No waiting:

Meet your breathalyzer, the Intoxilyzer 5000 infrared spectrometry breath alcohol measurement tool. (This is important, cause if your shyster is going to get you off, well, however that ends up being, it will most likely have something to do with attacking the procedures used to record the .15 BAC score you blew. Again.) Speaking of mouthpieces, you’ll get your own 28-cent plastic disposable mouthpiece to blow on. (Always wondered how that worked.)

Most people didn’t seem to mind, and the way that Montgomery is set up with three-way lights (to let the throngs of imagined evening-hour financial district peds scramble across Montgomery any which way they want) being picked to be a part of the checkpoint might not actually have slowed the journeys to the nearest freeway onramp:

Check out Friday’s tally of arrests and tows from CBS5. And here’s the scorecard from a another recent checkpoint at Geary and Steiner, and here’s another from Monterey near San Jose.

So, hurray. There’s not a lot to object to here, unless you’re a mouthpiece for the American Beverage Institute that is.

Look for more checkpoints in the coming weeks…

“Unexpected Item in Bagging Area” – the Refrain of Self Checkout at Lucky

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Remember how it was, back in the day, back when Lucky Supermarket (nee Albertsons) introduced the Self-Checkout Machines and they actually worked as designed? Those days are long gone. See for yourself here on the YouTube, where you can espy otherwise-competent Kurenai the Red Ninja getting pwned by an SCO machine. 

In the video an electronic voice goes,”Unexpected Item in Bagging Area.” But then when the cosplay kids remove said item, they are then told, “Item Removed from Bagging Area.” Of course the “bagging area” has a sensitive scale so it can tell what’s going on, but the system doesn’t seem to work the way it should.

The horror, the horror of Self Check-Out at the Lucky Supermarket:

Before, a shopper could bypass all this fooferall by merely pressing the “Skip Bagging” button.  But nowadays that just ensures you get into, “Please Wait for Assistance” mode, where you have to wait for help.

Of course, technology can help us generally, but It’s In The Way You Use It that makes all the difference. When this SCO system is poorly managed or fighting shoplifting to the nth degree, then it can be frustrating to almost all customers. One supposes that earlier on, the system was tuned towards speedy checkout and now is tuned for shoplifting suppression.

What’s the solution?

Going to the regular, old fashioned queue with actual people to ring you up?

Pressing the “I Brought My Own Bag” button?

Placing the scanned item down on the bagging area ASAP with a quickness?

Only buying one thing and then jamming a banknote (you know, folding money, with a value that exceeds the price of your item) into the machine? (This one works for sure, by not giving the system the chance to think.)

The ball’s in your court, Lucky.

iPod Vending Machine Inside of Macy’s Union Square is Just 299 Feet From an Apple Store

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Some people think purchasing an iPod out of a vending machine “could probably be categorized as an impulse buy.”

Well that’s certainly true in San Francisco’s Union Square, which has a Zoom Systems iPod vending machine inside the “women’s Macy’s” but also a full-fledged Apple Store a scant 299 feet away.  

You’re probably better off suppressing your impulses for the two minutes it takes to walk a block (downhill, bonus!) on Stockton.

Just saying.

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