Posts Tagged ‘made’

Can a $7000 Made-in-San Francisco McRoskey Mattress “Keep You Youthful?”

Friday, March 21st, 2014

No, it cannot.

And could McRoskey’s claim survive any kind of scrutiny?

No it could not.

And yet:

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The reviews are IN - read away.

The Airflex is a lonely child
Who’s waiting by the park
The Airflex is a door to finding 
Treasure in the dark
And watching over lucky clover
Isn’t that bizarre
Every little thing the Airflex does
Must be answered with a question mark

Bumper Sticker Tells All to “BUY AMERICAN!” – Except this Car was Hecho’ed en Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Isn’t it ironic?

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Don’tcha think?

Oh Nativists, will you ever win?

Fashion Update: How to Get $90 Lucky Brand Jeans at Costco for Just $17, Sort Of – The Miracle of “Urban Star”

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

All right, work with me here, people. Them stretchy 361 Vintage Straight jeans from Lucky Brand go for $90, right?

Or you can get them at the Lucky Outlet for like $60 or so. The outlet version has a different button but otherwise it’s the real deal.

Or you can get that very same outlet version at Costco #144 for like $36.

Now here’s the kicker. Costco also sells “Urban Star” jeans that are the same exact thing, pretty much, for just $16-something.

Look at the pockets – Lucky in the background, Urban Star in the foreground:

(Or you can get Urban Star from a reseller at Amazon for $25.)

So this means that the markup for Lucky is like 500%?

News to me.

Anyway, I guess what I’m saying is that, just as Soylent Green is people, Urban Star is Lucky Jeans.

Presenting the Rococo Fuji del Rey Road Bike from 1984 – A Little Rusty But Still on the Road

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Check out the old-school all-metal emblem – I would have thought something like that would have used in the 1960′s or the 1970′s, but this rig is from 1984.

Oak Green and Star Silver:

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Keep on keeping on, Fuji del Rey.

Don’t Ever Change, Costco: SUPERGA Shoes, the “People’s Shoes of Italy,” are Made in, Of Course, Vietnam

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

I don’t see how SUPERGA can boast about being the “People’s Shoe’s of Italy” whilst selling old-school kicks actually made in Vietnam.

See?

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Now the Italian brollies at Costco are different – they’re actually made in Italy.

But they kind of suck.

And they cost $100.

Oh well.

OMG, the Cute New Fiat 500 is Here! Finally! Direct From Toluca Mexico, Just $16K – Is It Cute Enough For You?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

It’s new, it’s you.

It’s the updated version of those old-school Fiat 500 cars you see about town.

Hecho en Mexico, it’s your 2012 Fiat 500:

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(Weren’t the boys from Chrysler using a Porsche Cayenne Turbo minivan film car to film these new Fiats in action on the Embarcadero not too many days ago? Yes, that’s my understanding.)

Anyway, here’s The Review.

All the deets:

United States:

The Fiat 500 had its US production debut at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show, and has been slated for a December 2010 production start: the production start date is December 13 as of now.

Fiat started the first North American preorders for the limited Prima Edizione version on July 10, 2010. As part of the annual convention of club Fiat Lancia Unlimited, Fiat North America head, Laura Soave, opened up the order books to these long time enthusiasts.

The North American version built in Toluca, Mexico, has same the trim levels as European 500: Pop, Lounge and Sport. The American version has some exterior differences compared to European version: a more rounded centre grille and a plastic lip that wraps onto the bottom of the spoiler and a reflector on the wheel arch edge, mostly to meet safety regulations. The American Sport version has a 1.4 litre Multiair engine, which is manufactured at Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance in Dundee, Michigan, United States. The cabriolet version 500C comes for sale a bit later in Spring 2011. The 500 Abarth is also confirmed for North American markets.The US 500 version was rated at 38 mpg-US (6.2 L/100 km; 46 mpg-imp) highway by United States

And Lush wrote a song for this car back in the day. All right, shake, baby, shake:

Shake, baby, shake
You know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake
Taking me in with all your charms

I’ve never been inside you but you’re so alluring
They call you “little mouse” by name in Rome and Turin
Looking now at your famous shape
They don’t make them like you anymore

Shake, baby, shake
You know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake
Taking me in with all your charms

When things are looking good there’s always complications
I can’t be with you so I’m at the railway station
Let’s run away and be so alive
Escape the drudgery of this nine to five

Shake, baby, shake
You know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake
Taking me in with all your charms

Shake, baby, shake
You know I worship from afar
Brake, baby, brake
How I wish you were my car

Shake, baby, shake
You know I can fit you in my arms
Brake, baby, brake
Taking me in with all your charms

Shake, baby, shake
Shake, baby, shake
Shake, baby, shake
Shake, baby, shake
I will

Dear SFMTA: Your Bike Lights Aren’t Really Bike Lights, So They Don’t Satisfy the California Vehicle Code

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

See what the SFMTA is giving out for free these days? It’s a Chinese flashlight with an adjustable mount so it can be used as a bike headlight. The problem with that is that it’s insufficient to put a nighttime cyclist in compliance with the California Vehicle Code. Check it:

Equipment Requirements. VC 21201 d) Every bicycle operated upon any highway during darkness shall be equipped with the following: 1. A lamp emitting a white light which illuminates the highway and is visible from a distance of 300 feet to the front and the sides of the bicycle.

This setup up sends out zero light to the sides. In fact, the way it’s made it sort of has a hood. Now, it’s not illegal per se and it’s better than nothing but it’s not up to code in California, you know, where we all live.

Also, this jury rigged system is ridiculous. For example, it’s too bright, IMO. So if it’s pointed level with the ground then it will be certain to irritate oncoming traffic. Build quality is lower than standard if the standard is a typical Chinese flashlight. (It doesn’t say “Made in China” or anything, which was probably a selling point for the buyer, but where else could it have been made?) The big attraction for SFMTA with this setup must have been the giant SFMTA logo. Hey, SFMTA! Did it cost more to put the logo on than to buy these sub-$5 one-star-rated lights in the first place?

Now, click here to see a real bike light, with a blinking function, a decent quick release, longer time betwixt battery changes, and, of course, it complies with the CVC. Oh well.

And here’s what SFMTA thinks is a bike light:

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And as for the rear lights they’re giving out, they’re flimsy as all get-out, but that’s nothing that couldn’t be fixed with some super glue. The best course with those red lights would be to just glue the entire affair to itself and leave it on the bike 24-7.

I know what you’re trying to do, SFMTA, but you never do anything right. Why not try to do one small program that’s not FUBARed from the get-go? (Or maybe somebody can tell me something that the SFMTA does right?)

(Hey, SFMTA! Remember that big meeting when Nate Ford was maybe just a tad agitated about that big article, the one he “never read(!),” in the SF Weekly that was all about how you suck as an agency? Wouldn’t it be funny if somebody, maybe one of your very own, somehow made an mp3 audio recording of that little get-together? You know, surreptitious-like? Boy, that’d be funny, huh? Good times.)

Anyway, there’s no law that says you can’t give away flashlights to advertise your agency, but calling them bike lights, that’s what I’m taking issue with.

Combined SFMTA SFBC Bike Light Giveaway a Huge Success – Look Forward to Three More Sessions on Your Commute Home

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Despite some issues people might have with the giveaway SFMTA-branded lights themselves, last night’s somewhat-publicized bike light giveaway in front of Fox Plaza near 10th and Market was a huge success.

They’ll be doing this kind of thing again over the coming months, but you’re not going to hear about it beforehand – the tents will just pop up somewhere on your commute home betwixt 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM.

But mind the rules – you gots to have a bike to get your lights and your bike can’t already have lights.

Queuing up on Market:

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Check out this SFPD bike cop. He’d direct Lightless People to the queue but he didn’t get too much of a response. Oh well. (I suppose he could detain you first –  I’m sure that would increase interest dramatically, but he doesn’t need the hassle, right?)

(When a typical SFPD officer gives you ticket for rolling through a stop sign on your bike or riding around at night without lights on your bike or something like that, it’s for one or both of these reasons:

1. There’s an enforcement action going on, one where SFPD higher-ups have specifically mentioned that they want to see more of a certain type of citation, or

2. You’ve gone out of your way, your behavior really, really sets you apart from the crowd such that the cop is somehow personally offended by you.)

Anyway, Fiat Lux, let there be light…

San Francisco Photo: How Many of These Parked Cars were Made in America?

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Out of the more than two dozen vehicles (there are others around the corner where the street goes left) parked on this bricked-up San Francisco street, how many were made in the United States?

(Careful, it’s a trick!)

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The answer: Zero percent. What about that big old Chrysler Town & Country minivan you say? Ooops, it was made in Canada, eh.

Hey, did you know that Canada is considered to be part of the United States when determining the “domestic” content of cars? Let’s see what U.S. Code TITLE 49 > SUBTITLE VI > PART C > CHAPTER 323 > § 32304 Passenger motor vehicle country of origin ­labeling has to say:

“6. ‘foreign content’ means passenger motor vehicle equipment that is not of United States/Canadian origin.”

It’s like Canada is the 51st State of America, or something. How convenient.

But hey, what aboot Mexico, eh? They make cars too? Yes, but no matter, Mexicans are foreigners and Canadians are Americans, under da law.

But what about Buying Local, isn’t belief in the wisdom of buying local a kind of San Francisco religion or something?

Well, yes it is a kind of religion, but it doesn’t apply to vehicles, manifestly. San Franciscans’ vehicles need to come from far-off locations like the Black Forest or Scandinavia or Toyota City.

But what about supporting unions, are these cars union-made? Well, the German ones most likely are, some other ones aren’t and the Japanese ones are made by so-called “union” workers.

All right, here’s your bonus question. Which vehicle is most likely to be on the road in 30 years? The Land Cruiser of course. It’s 100% made in Japan and the fact that it wasn’t in-style when it was made means that it won’t go out of style in the coming years.

This concludes San Francisco Photo: How Many of These Parked Cars were Made in America?

The Obsolete, 153-Pound CRT Televisions of the Streets of San Francisco

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Ho hum, just another abandoned TV on the sidewalks of the City and County. But this one weighs 153 pounds – who’s supposed to haul this thing away?

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And here’s another thing. This monster boob tube went from brand new to abandoned obsolensce in less than 3.5 years.

Next time, try ecoFinderrr, why not?