Posts Tagged ‘Next’

The Great Twitterloin Four-Way Telephone Exchange is History – WiFi Replaced It – Oh, Wait a Second…

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

WiFi has not replaced these pay phones, not yet anyway.

Hey, remember that State of the City address from that former Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, you know, the one who promised free WiFi for the entire 415?

I do. It was like six years ago. (Hey, how’s that working out? Not well, last time I checked.)

Anywho, we now have a new Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, you know, the one who promised that Twitter would pay for Twitterloin-area WiFi, you know, instead of paying its fair share of taxes.

(Hey, how’s that working out? Nothing so far.)

Anywho, in anticipation, out go the famous pay phones at the corner of 6th and Market:

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Nowadays if you want to make a phone call and you don’t have a cellie, you’ll have to buy a stolen iPhone the next block over.

And maybe, just maybe, we’ll get fee citywide WiFi from the next Mayor / Willie Brown appointee, perhaps around 2020.

On it goes…

Looks as If Great Horned Owl Season is In Full Swing in Golden Gate Park

Monday, February 6th, 2012

See?

Californian Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus pacificus) parent and chick nesting in GGP, as recently seen by photographer David Cruz:

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Warning: “The Next 911 is Coming” – Oh, It’s Just a Porsche Ad – Plus, Parking the Busted Panamera on Geary Blvd.

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Bad form, Porsche:

Hey, why not change the name back to 901, you know, kick it old school?

Porsche, go forth and sin no more.

Now, you know how many aging Hondas and Toyotas fill up this town? Tens of thousands. And yet, you never see old Hondas or Toyotas parked in the middle of Geary “Avenue” blocking traffic, oh no.

But if you have a brand new Porsche Panamera, feel free:

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Bad form, Porsche driver

Pick Your Litmus Test: The Next SFPD Police Chief Will Be Non-Male? Non-White? Gaysexual? And What About Tasers?

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I’m thinking, gee there aren’t a whole bunch of women at the reins of power in San Francisco these days, right? Let’s see here, the prospects of having a female Mayor, Board of Supervisors President, City Attorney, District Attorney, Public Defender, Assessor-Recorder, or Treasurer anytime soon would appear remote.

So, yes, we have a woman fire chief, but even so, there’ll be a lot of pressure to find candidates of the female persuasion for SFPD Chief, wouldn’t you think?

So let’s say that candidate is you. The first thing you’ll need to do is figure out is what you’re going to do about the TASER issue. If, as is the case with former* Chief George Gascon, you’re a firm believer in the TASER then you should get that info to the deciders ASAP. Say something like, “Forget about me if you won’t let me start up a well-run TASER program ASAP, with or without community input.”

That would be a bold move, huh? But otherwise, you’re not going to get any kind of TASER program during your term.

Stay tuned below, for a TASER program ranking.

Yes this is a TASER in SF, but it’s on the holster of a CHP officer:

So, a ranking of Taser programs, from worst to first:

3. A half-assed program, the kind run by BART

2. No program at all.

1. A well-run program, the kind that the SFPD would most likely have.

Has the lack of an SFPD TASER program resulted in a few deaths the past year? It would so appear.

*So far, assuming his appointment to District Attorney holds….

Wow, San Francisco Magazine: Four Pages of Flowcharts From Chris Smith Will Tell You Who’ll Become Our Next Mayor

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Chris Smith’s article with graphics in the current San Francisco Magazine appears to have been created last month, but that’s O.K. – it still works just fine and it should stay relevant over the coming 12 months.

Check out the the half-a-yard-wide, double double-truck flowcharts right here starting at page 50.

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In related news, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu‘s star appears to be rising.

And here’s the latest take from San Francisco’s smartest media person“Sweet Melissa” Griffin.

Or, you can chuck all that and just get a Ouija board in order to consult with a favorite passed-away political consultant – your choice.

Wow, Supervisor Chris Daly Speaks Out Against David Chiu in the Pages of the Fog City Journal – Who Will Be Our Next Mayor?

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Well, Supervisor Chris Daly leaves no doubt that he doesn’t want David Chiu, the President of the Board of Supervisors, becoming San Francisco’s next Mayor.

Read the whole thing for yourself, over at the Fog City Journal:

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It’s a doozie.

David Chiu by Luke Thomas, Fog City Journal

Oh My: See the TasteTV “TASTY AWARDS” at the Sundance Kabuki in January, 2010

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Let’s see here, the TasteTV Network is going to put on the TASTY Awards Show” at the Sundance Kabuki in Japantown on Thursday, January 14th, 2010. It will be:

“…the most exciting and prestigious event ever to celebrate food and fashion programs on television, in film, and online.”

O.K. then. But why food and fashion together?

“The viewer appetite and response to food and style programs has surged over recent years, making them some of the highest watched video content. The TASTY AWARDS spotlight the year’s best achievements in food and fashion programs on television, in film, and on the web.”

All right, now I’m on the trolley. But who’s going to be the draw? Well it’ll be hosted by Zane Lamprey, who will introduce to the crowd:

Tyler Florence (Food Network), Joanne Weir (PBS), G. Garvin (TV One), Tanya Holland (Food Network), Leslie Sbrocco (PBS), Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine Library TV), Marcy Smothers (Radio), Novella Carpenter (Author), Anita Chu (Author), Dominique Crenn (Food Network – Next Iron Chef)), Brian Solis (New Media Guru), Marissa Churchill (Bravo, Top Chef)

OMG, it’s Tyler!  

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He’ll be there. And who could get awards whether they show up or not? Well, for starters, how about toothy Giada De Laurentiis?

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You can’t beat that. And there’ll be some VIP after-party at the New People Building down the street. Are you all a Twitter yet? (NB: They”ll have lots o’ chocolate.)

The deets, after the jump.

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A Thrilling End to AVP Pro Beach VolleyBall 2009 in San Francisco

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Get up to speed on professional volleyball’s recent four-day visit to San Francisco right here. And read on to see what it was like yesterday during the Finals.  

Pro beach volleyball with gold medal Olympians under the golden Sun - what better use could you have for the old Piers of San Francisco? Click to expand:

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Let’s pass by the sponsor’s tent to see the rainbow of Crocs shoes…

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…and here’s the mise en scene at Centre Court in the mini-stadium. This is a pretty good transformation of Piers 30-32. You don’t get the total SoCal experience as you might in counties Los Angeles, Orange (yes, The O.C.) 0r Fun Diego, but it isn’t bad at all:

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First the Women’s Final. (Results here and better photos here.) Nicole Branagh and Elaine Youngs took on Jen Kessy and April Ross. See how high above the net they can get?

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You don’t know where the spike is going to go. Will the ball go to the left or the right…

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…or just slam right through your arms? (NB: KGC stands for Kentucky Grilled Chicken)

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And on to the Men’s Final, with John Hyden and Sean Scott taking on recent gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser. Here’s Phil the Thrillhissself:

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These fellows are a little tall. See? Todd Rogers injured finger didn’t seem to slow him down too much:

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And here’s the “Beast of Beijing” flying along above the sand:

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Guess who won?

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Joe Gallo presenting the giant check. Barefoot Wines is owned by Gallo? Did not know that.

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So there you have it – an accessible, world-class sporting event that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg, right here in our little town. That’s the AVP San Francisco Open.

See you next year!

AVP Pro Beach Volleyball in Full Swing in San Francisco. Finals Tomorrow

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Read all about the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball competition in San Francisco right here. And, bonus, watch it live right now, right here(assuming you can handle a little Microsoft SilverLight software, that is.)

And you can also see some action on Comcast cable TV (somehow, not sure which channel) starting at 2:00 PM Sunday.

New mom Kerri Walsh wins a point in a close match yesterday. Click to expand:

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See? The first game went into overtime:

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No 90-pound weaklings here. Beefcake, Beefcake, BEEFCAKE!

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Lucky fans can find a giant key in the sand to win, win, win! I think this was for a luxury stay at a Hyatt:

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And the Marines are recruiting, using their giant red Hummer.

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See you there!

See Gold Medal Olympians Play Pro Beach Volleyball – AVP in SF, CA Thru Sunday

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Well, construction is all finished at Piers 30-32 so the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open is on today, tomorrow and the next. Read the press release below.

Competition in the Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup yesterday. The finals  on Sunday will be in the temporary stadium. 

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Hunter/House and Kaslow/Wooliver Win Inagural Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup and Break into Main Draw of AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot Wine
Main Draw play begins 8 a.m.  FRIDAY

SAN FRANCISCO (August 13, 2009) – Two beach volleyball teams have earned their shot at professional beach volleyball stardom Thursday at the inaugural Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup. Colleen Hunter and Meghan House (St. Louis), and Colin Kaslow and Tim Wooliver (Austin) have played into the Main Draw of the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot Wine, professional beach volleyball’s only stop in the Bay Area.

The Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup featured the best players from sixteen volleyball leagues around the nation, each of whom qualified to play in San Francisco in the hopes of getting their chance to make it into the main event, the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot Wine.

On the women’s side, Hunter and House defeated New York’s Dana Fiume and Ginger Schuster 18-21, 21-17, 16-14 to take home the first-ever women’s Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup title.

“We’re in shock,” House said. “As soon as the ball hit that net, we just started bawling.”

Hunter and House, now seeded 24th in the Main Draw, will take on ninth-seeded Angie Akers and Tyra Turner at 8 a.m. on Friday.

On the men’s side, Kaslow and Wooliver defeated St. Louis’ Phil Goedecker and Wayne Scott 13-21, 25-23, 15-10 in the final.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” Wooliver said. “That’s why we play, to eventually make it to the AVP.”

Kaslow and Wooliver, also now seeded 24th, will attempt to upset ninth-seeded Billy Allen and Braidy Halverson.

Friday marks the start of Main Draw action at the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot wine. Athletes set to play include Santa Clara native, Stanford graduate and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh and 2008 gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, as well as Beijing Olympian and Orinda native Nicole Branagh. Stanford graduates Matt Fuerbringer and Ashley Ivy will also take to the sand Friday.

The AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Bud Light continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Piers 30/32 in San Francisco. Sunday’s men’s and women’s finals will be broadcast live on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area, starting at 2 p.m. PDT.

Tickets are available at www.avp.com, www.sfgiants.com or at the onsite box office.

Along the piers they have more tents set up than you would find at a typical Quidditch World Cup. They were handing out free Barefoot Wine yesterday:

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See you there!