Posts Tagged ‘newspaper’

A Y-Combinator Startup Named FLOCK is Mounting License Plate Scanners in the Street Trees of Frisco – Here’s 20th and Guerrero

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Check it out, Gentle Reader. Via Mike Murphy, we see this:

Early stage: This surveillance startup wants to put cameras in your neighborhood – The cameras already have captured evidence of two crimes

That leads us to this:

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And that is the intersection of 20th and Guerrero, call it 3699 20th Street if you want:

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Just look at this poor Indian Laurel Fig (Ficus retusa) – it’s literally in “poor condition” already and then Y Combinator / Flock nails on a license plate camera to monetize the sidewalk trees of Frisco by spying on you and yours?

Sure looks that way.

And this is just a block or so away from Mark Zuckerberg’s San Francisco residence?

Sure looks that way.

So this is/was a “demonstration?” How long did it last, one wonders? And SFGov signed off on this?

Mmmm…

Mercedes Driver Commits a Parallel Parking Foul, Whether or Not This is Legal

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The Man allows you a foot and a half spacing from your tires to the curb, but you can do better than that, right? Check out this Mercedes SUV:

How wide is this newspaper? IDK, but man is this a lousy parking job.

IMO, 17 inches is far from acceptable, even though it’s legal.

Lots of room for improvement here on Fell Street:

If you can’t handle this simple task, maybe you shouldn’t be driving.

Just saying.

Shakedown 1998: How the Neighbors of Sutro Tower Held Digital TV Hostage for Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

Friday, July 21st, 2017

[Feel free to boot up (Shakedown) 1979 by the Smashing Pumpkins while you read – that’s the reference.]

Here it is, noble Sutro Tower, beloved symbol of Frisco. The vertical part in the middle is an add-on – it brought / brings digital TV to the Bay Area.

Well, two decades ago it caused consternation to certain (and certainly now) millionaire homeowners of Midtown Terrace, Forrest Knolls and basically the whole Twin Peaks area what’s located in the “fall zone.” (Uh, that’s in quotes due to the fact that this phrase was made up by some area attorney homeowner back in the day. But it’s center of gravity is like 16 underground, so as long as it stays together as a rigid body (and, you know, it probably will – I’m not promising you anything though), I don’t think it can fall down.

Anyway, noble Sutro. I think this is as close as I’ve ever been to it at an altitude higher than the base, if that makes sense:

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So, just as area attorneys (and USF law students) banded together back in the 1970’s to deprive us of our landmark, area attorneys banded together in the 1990’s to fight the relatively minor addition of a 100-foot long metal “auxiliary antenna” for digital TV broadcast.

All this digital antenna fooforall was ably covered by INTERESTED PARTY the San Francisco Chronicle in 1998. And look:

“The 977-foot Sutro Tower is owned by four television stations: KRON, KTVU, KGO and KPIX. KRON is owned by Chronicle Publishing Co., which also controls The Chronicle.” 

Hello! (The writer properly put fall zone in quote marks. Good.)

Obviously the fretful homeowner lawyers were threatening to sue, but also obviously we now have this auxiliary antenna, so how did that happen? Well, Sutro Tower Inc. (STI) had to fork over some cold hard cash:

“STI agrees to contribute:

a. $3,000.00 per year to the Midtown Terrace Home Owners Association. The initial contribution payable prior to December 31, 2008. Subsequent contributions to be made on or before July 1 of each year

b. $4,500.00 one time contribution to the Twin Peaks Improvement Association for an open space improvement project.

c. $6,000.00 one time contribution to the Forrest Knolls Neighborhood Organization to replace the Forrest Knolls entrance sign.

d. $ 10,000.00 one time contribution for the benefit of the surrounding area to purchase two drinking fountains one each at the walking paths around two area reservoirs. The contribution will be payable only when the fountains are approved by the appropriate agencies and actually purchased.”

The big winner? Well it’s gotta be the MTHOA, which gets three grand every year from here to eternity, paid for by Channels 2, 4,* 5, und 7.** All that’s gotta add up to a couple hundred thou eventually.

Read the rest of the agreement if you want. (You don’t hear so much about the RF concerns anymore – I guess people have other things to worry about these days. And what else, a few people were complaining about red and white lead paint chips falling down and landing in the soil a while back. I haven’t heard about that issue lately either.)

On the up side, the people who live there have benefited from some nice middle class welfare over the years such as mortgage interest deductibility, Prop 13, and massive massive home price appreciation since the 1970s / 1990’s, the times when the yammering was going full tilt.

It’s pretty much a happy ending. Play us out, Wiki:

Despite the initial revulsion of some residents, Sutro Tower is now recognized by many as a Bay Area icon, it appears in local art, television shows, and movies as one of the architectural symbols of the city. The tower is featured in video games, business logos, on clothing, as furniture and even tattoos. The U.S. band Information Society used it on the cover of their album Don’t Be Afraid. A local entertainment guide, SF Station, uses it as a logo, as does the collaborative art game SFZero and the Expose SF art competition.”

And Don’t Be Afraid, Midtown. Your tower is 100% Pure Energy. It brings us our Information Society.***

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And oh, I just came across this:

Sutro Tower: The Origins of an ‘Eyesore’ By Jessica Placzek

Enjoy.

*Which is no longer owned by the Chronic – it’s master is now Nexstar Media Group.

**I can’t host a Super Bowl party when NBC is doing the broadcast, cause I’m a cutter, a cable cutter since like aught-nine. And no Olympics either. 

***Or Vast Wasteland, your pick. When somebody presses the remote button wrong, the digital TV turns on. Like 16 channels – home shopping network, plus Spanish and Chinese language programs.  

Marin County Attorney Chris Dolan, the Convent Fighter, Hearts Local Media So Much He Bought His Own News Box – Amazing

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Here you go.

And here you go:

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And what was inside? Useless, useless phone books.

I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen this…

 

Good-Bye Old School News Racks – Or Hello – Can’t Really Tell

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Most of this type of news rack were put out of business by the new-school green monster “pedmount” racks that became popular for some reason.

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“Retired” Chronicle Writer CW Nevius is Now a Part Time Sports Writer in Santa Rosa – Plus He’s Playing the Marsh

Monday, March 13th, 2017

You can take the boy out of the suburbs but you can’t take the suburbs out of the boy, one assumes.

Anyway, that’s the new news – he’ll be a once-a-week writer a way up there.

And here’s the old news – his one man show at the Marsh

“ARE YOU GOING TO BE FOR US OR AGAINST US?” by Chuck Nevius
In 1980, I arrived at the San Francisco Chronicle to cover the Oakland Raiders. I had only been to California once in my life (when I was 12 years old), didn’t know a soul in San Francisco, and was scared to death that I wouldn’t be up to covering the “Hell’s Angels of the NFL.” My previous experience was writing for the SECOND-largest paper in Colorado Springs, and four years before that I was a high school English teacher. What followed was a tempestuous, and eventually miraculous, season that seemed like it would change everything. And then life happened.”

Of course, since he moved to Cali, he’s lived mostly in the ‘burbs, way out east. NTTAWWT, but he sort of omits that part of his bio. Anyway, here’s the venue:

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Oh, he debuts tonight…

“Retired” Right-of-Center Columnist CW Nevius REBORN as an “Emerging Solo Performer” – “Chuck” Nevius Plays The Marsh March 13th & 27th

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

His new one-man show at The Marsh inside of the Hotel Utah is called “COMING SOON*” – sounds like it could get a little blue.

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So borderline septuagenarian CW emerges as friendly “Chuck,” who will be the cleanup hitter after three one-woman shows.

Let’s hope he hits a home run (and that he pays his MUNI fare on his way to the theatre.)

From MNF to Monday Night Marsh – WALSTIB. (I recommend the $100 per ticket reserved seating option for these shows, Gentle Reader.)

Break a leg, “Chuck.”

*TWSS!

How Wrong is Oakland Warriors Co-Owner Peter Guber About the “Certainty” of “E-Sports” Video Gaming Becoming “an Olympic Sport in 2020?” – VERY

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Here you go:

Gaming revolution: Millennials make e-sports billion-dollar business By Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle February 1, 2017

And here’s the problem:

“Let me say something very provocative — I think there is a high certainty e-sports will be an Olympic sport in 2020.”

Well first of all, when did video games become a “sport?” Which of course is:

an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Oh so you think video games can fit in there? What about chess then? Let me say something very provocative, Gentle Reader – I think there is a high certainty chess will be an Olympic sport in 2020. That’s the ticket.

And second of all, look for any mention of any video games at all here:

Following the 2012 Games, the IOC assessed the 26 sports held in London, with the remit of selecting 25 ‘core’ sports to join new entrants golf and rugby sevens at the 2020 Games. In effect, this would involve the dropping of one sport from the 2016 Games program. This would leave a single vacancy in the 2020 Games program, which the IOC would seek to fill from a shortlist containing seven unrepresented sports and the removed sport. On 12 February 2013, IOC leaders voted to drop wrestling from the Olympic program, a surprise decision that removed one of the oldest Olympic sports from the 2020 Games. Wrestling, which combines freestyle and Greco-Roman events, goes back to the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896,[26] and even further to the Ancient Olympic Games. The decision to drop wrestling was opposed in many countries and by their NOCs.[27][28][29][30] Wrestling therefore joined other sports in a short list applying for inclusion in the 2020 Games. On 29 May 2013, it was announced that three sports made the final shortlist; squash, baseball/softball, and wrestling.[31] Five other sports (karate, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding, and wushu) were excluded from consideration at this point.[32] On 8 September 2013, at the 125th IOC Session, the IOC selected wrestling to be included in the Olympic program for 2020 and 2024. Wrestling secured 49 votes, while baseball/softball secured 24 votes and squash got 22 votes.[33]

So what’s up with that?

And note that the Guber didn’t say by 2020, he said “in 2020.” So I don’t see how it’s even remotely possible that there’s a “certainty” that “E-Sports” video gaming will somehow become “an Olympic sport in 2020.”

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“LEGION CORPORATION” Spotted in the Twitterloin – Using SFChron/SFGate to Spread Your Message in a Post-CWNevius World

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

It’s sort of funny how a man who likes to threaten to sue the San Francisco Chronicle ended up with this, this thing placed(?) on SFGate to praise him.

(And now with CWNevius gone, how else will this character get such laudatory coverage, one wonders.)

Anywho, this is the LEGION CORPORATION what paid for the above to appear on  SFGate, ostensibly.

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As seen Golden Gate Ave n the northern part of the taxpayer-funded Twitterloin Enterprise Zone…