Posts Tagged ‘name’

Win $400 with the SFMTA’s “ON-BOARD TRANSIT SURVEY?” And Oh, Let’s Talk “Sample Bias”

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Here’s what it looks like:


You only get entered into the lottery if you give your name, address, and phone number, I think.

You can win like $400, I think. Or maybe just something worth $400, IDK.

IMO, MUNI is a Lesser Transit Agency what has lots of room for improvement. But you won’t find my opinions on SFMTA’s website here, for example. I don’t like the whole SFMTA operation, so why would give it my digits? So what the SFMTA should say is something like, “Of the people who like MUNI, here’s what they think about MUNI.”

(The big problem with the SFMTA is that it’s run for the employees of the SFMTA.)

(And hey, what’s this “customer” stuff? If a PCO issues a ticket and puts it on your car, are you its “customer?” Well, you’d make a payment at Customer Service, so go figure. Or what if you live in LA and your car has never been in Frisco and you get a ticket in the mail – would you then be a “customer” in this kind of mix-up?)

Anyway, you can’t win if you don’t play…

Bi-Rite Market vs. Bi-Rite Market: Know the Difference – Balboa Out in the Richmond vs. the Regular Kind

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Here’s one kind of Bi-Rite, as seen en La Misión


…and here’s the other kind, as seen en El Distrito de Richmond:


As you can see, there’s quite a difference.

They Call Me MISTER Platypus! – GM’s Self-Driving Car has a New Name, for Some Reason – My White Whale Spotted, Again

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

This is the closest I’ve gotten to this now-famous ride:

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“PLATYPUS” – go figure. I don’t think Old GM had a platypus car…

The Most-Improved Official Government Place-Name Sign in California, 20th Century Edition – Could Be Room For Improvement Though

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Here you go, from the Great Central Valley in 2016, a sign pointing to the American River:

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Only the name remains on the opposite side of the river from where African American miners first started mining gold in 1849-1850. Negro Bar State Park is a reminder that a mining camp once bore a similar name.”

Frisco’s Newest Micro-Neighborhood: “Fellbury” – It’s at Fell and Ashbury, Get It? – “What Am I Wearing? Fellbury, Of Course”

Friday, December 18th, 2015

In the spirit of McBaker, at McAllister and Baker, comes “Fellbury.”

As seen (guess where!) at the intersection of Fell and Ashbury:

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$31 T-shirts will never be the same.

What’s next – Claybury, Colbury, Shrabury, or Stanbury? Or perhaps Fellton, Fellon, Fellder, or Fellyan?

We Can Only Hope.

Hilarious: Upper Haight Building in the Western Addition Near Clayton ID’s Itself as “CLAYTONIA”

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Oh dahling, you simply MUST flee your humid, steaming walk-up in the Mission – come to the West and spend the summer months with me at my Estate, CLAYTONIA:

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Google Maps Changes San Francisco’s “Calle Broadway” Back to Plain Old Broadway – Hurray! – Yesterday’s Death of Map Maker

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

This is how things looked on the Google Maps last week:

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But now it’s back to regular old Broadway.

I don’t know if this change was made by hand down in Mtn View – I suspect it was – or if the recent changes to Map Makr did the trick.

I’m thinking the GMaps ppl agree with me on this one.

Perhaps somebody thought our history of being a possession of Spain or a part of Mexico should be reflected in all street names, IDK. (Here’s a little history on Spanishtown and Dagoville (the Sunset and the Richmond together, basically.))

On It Goes…


Why Does Google Maps Call San Francisco’s Broadway “Calle Broadway?” – It’s a Mystery

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Here it is:

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Making things easier for tourists/foreigners/newcomers would be just one good reason for Google to stop doing stuff like this…

SF Paratransit Vans Now [DO NOT] Have the Name of the Driver on the Side, As If They Were Fighter Jets?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

[UPDATE: Hoo boy, I’ve just discovered the red circles on the sides of these vans are to honor those “who helped make paratransit possible” – see Comments. My bad. But seriously, I thought regular drivers had their names stamped on the side to give them more pride in work, to encourage them to drive and park more safely. (Of course, I still think that’s a good idea, even if the drivers wouldn’t like it…)]

Well, this kind of thing should be mandatory for Toyota Prius drivers:

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And Interim Mayor Ed Lee’s Chevy Volt should have this too, the better to spot when it’s double parked.

If I were a driver, I’d ask for a radio call sign like Maverick, Goose, or Jester…


Monday, March 30th, 2015

You know, back in the aughts, I was thinking that De Avila Elementary / Dudley Stone School was going to keep its name after it reopened to become a Chinese-language immersion school. But no, the name of this place, if you had to say it in just three words, is “CHINESE IMMERSION SCHOOL.”


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It looks like a private school, non?

Now mostly, they prefer to teach Cantonese, as opposed to Mandarin.

The answer to WHY’S THAT has to do with local politics.

OTOH, if you want to get all nuanced, then:

Why Cantonese First?

I can think of a few other reasons, but anyway…

So there’s your branding, and now I know why nobody understands when I mention the de Avila school…