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OMG, Saturday Was Move-In Day 2014 at the University of San Francisco – The Great Tow-Away on Fulton

Monday, August 18th, 2014

If you ask me, Fulton should have traffic signals in the USF area. But nobody asked me, so what our horrible SFMTA did recently instead of that was to take out a couple lanes.

So now this stretch of has a lower capacity in exchange for a dubious stab at increased safety.

Anyway, this is new on me, but it looks like Fulton can no longer handle annual USF Move-In Day without it being a big event complete with cars getting towed, with extreme prejudice.  Ivan Valladares has the details:

I saw around 20 cars getting towed away this morning on Fulton street, I’m sure it was more then that, just because students were moving in to SF STATE [sic] and were exclusively using the right lane to line up. This city sucks.”

Here it is, complete with home-made signs directing traffic:

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Later in the day, the owner of this minivan parked at what’s normally a legal space for about ten minutes but then got swarmed by the popo with a quickness:

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Unsponsored Link: The Time to Buy Tickets for the 2013 San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker is Now – Prices Going Up

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Here’s the latest from our San Francisco Ballet. If you think you might want to go this year, the time to buy is now. It’s not like you’re going to have a bunch of empty seats around you come December, so just get your ticks and put it in your calendar and you’re good to go.

All the deets:

“Don’t Miss Your Last Chance to Purchase Nutcracker Tickets at the Best Prices of the Season!

Tickets are going fast for SF Ballet’s spectacular production of Nutcracker! Current prices are guaranteed only through September 30, so dont miss your chance to enjoy the best seats at the very best prices of the season.

SF Ballet’s Nutcracker is an unforgettable holiday experience for all ages, featuring exquisite costumes and scenery, breathtaking effects, and spectacular dance by one of the world’s premier companies. Join us as the lights dim, the curtain rises, and the wonder of the holiday season comes to life in Nutcracker: a uniquely San Francisco tradition.

Order now before prices increase Oct 1!

Make Nutcracker a special occasion!
From our VIP Box Experience with an elegant reception, to Family Performances with special gifts for the first 500 children and complimentary treats at intermission, SF Ballet offers a variety of special performances to make Nutcracker an unforgettable experience.Learn more here!

Groups have more fun—and save up to 20%!
Gather 20 friends or colleagues and save up to 20% on select performances and seating areas. Learn more or call 415.865.6785.

Remember, after September 30, Nutcracker ticket prices are subject to change, so don’t delay, reserve your seats today!

Order Online: sfballet.org/nutcracker

Call:
 415.865.2000 Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm

Visit sfballet.org/nutcracker for a full schedule of Nutcracker performances and events.

Showing How STRAVA, Inc is Dealing with Its Legal Challenges: Here’s What the “Hyde Street Bomb!” Looks Like

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Take a look at this segment created by the “Strava Community” of troubled Strava, Inc. owners, managers, and/or users.

See? This is a bike trip down Nob Hill through the Tenderloin to the Mid Market:

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Note the innocuous-sounding title: Hyde/Market st.

But also note the URL up there. The name of this segment used to be “Hyde Street Bomb!” But that doesn’t look so hot when you’re in the national news for getting sued.

Oh, here it is, have a go on the YouTube – will the cyclist beat all those cagers in Priuseses what stop for red lights? Hells yes:

Now, do you think that the “Strava Community” might have had an effect on the behavior of this cyclist?

You Make The Call.

And oh, here’s how that Strava webpage looked before, was it just a day ago? Two days ago? I don’t know. But this is quite a recent change. Alls I know is that somebody in the “Strava Community,” be it an owner, manager, legal advisor, person following instructions from a legal advisor, cyclist, or, really, anybody in the entire world, created this segment and/or edited it.

The people at Strava, Inc. aren’t what you call transparent, so it’s hard to tell.

Anyway, here’s your Hyde Street Bomb!

Does registering for Strava and racing down Nob Hill in this fashion make you an “athlete?”

Again, You Make The Call.

So Let’s Hear From Michael Horvath, CEO and Co-Founder of Troubled, SF-Based STRAVA, Inc. – Lawsuit Blog Post

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Well here’s The Statement, from a few days back:

“Stand with Us”

UH, “STAND WITH US” WHILE WE GET SUED INTO OBLIVION? IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT ON THE EVE OF THE NEWS OF YOUR BIG WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT? OK.

“Posted by Michael Horvath on June 17th, 2012″

JUNE 17TH – LOOK AT THE TIMING, JUST BEFORE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS. MMMM…

Each and every day we strive to improve Strava for you,­ the athlete. We are athletes too, just like you.

LET’S SEE HERE, SIGNING UP FOR STRAVA = BEING AN ATHLETE. GOT IT. YOU DON’T HAVE TO TELL ME TWICE. OH,  WELL I GUESS YOU JUST DID. UH, ALL RIGHT, YOU DON’T HAVE TO TELL ME _THREE_ TIMES.

As the Strava community grows, we all need to follow a few simple guideposts to ensure that Strava’s impact is positive.

GUIDEPOSTS AND NOT RULES? ALL RIGHT.

This is what we, the Strava community, stand for:

NOW WAIT A SECOND, AREN’T YOU THE FOUNDER AND CEO, MICHAEL HORVATH? I THINK SO. BUT ARE YOU A PART OF THE “STRAVA COMMUNITY?” REALLY? BUT _YOUR_ COMPANY IS GETTING SUED THOUGH, RIGHT? NOT THE “ATHLETES” WHAT MAKE UP YOUR USER BASE. I THINK YOU ARE CONFLATING THE OWNERS/MANAGERS OF STRAVA WITH THE USERS OF STRAVA, JUST SAYING. ALL RIGHT, OFF YOU GO THEN…

We know the rules. Laws and rules are created for our protection. Cycling, running and swimming are inherently dangerous and following the law, and common sense, when it comes to traffic, weather, or conditions, reduces our odds of getting hurt or hurting others. It’s as simple as that.

SO, I’LL STILL BE ABLE TO HAVE MY TIMES POSTED SHOWING ME GOING 20 MPH OVER THE LIMIT? CAUSE, YOU SEE, THAT’S NOT FOLLOWING THE “LAWS,” RIGHT? BUT I GUESS, AFTER YOU TALKED WITH A LAWYER OR TWO, YOU’RE TELLING YOUR USERS, THE SAINTED “ATHLETES” YOU WRITE ABOUT, TO FOLLOW THE LAW? OK FINE.

We rest. We listen to our bodies to avoid injury and we inspire in ways other than by being #1. We don’t burn ourselves out. We enjoy our recovery days because they too tell our story on Strava.

WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH YOU BEING SUED? DOES THIS EVEN BELONG HERE?

We kudo sportsmanship. We all want to get kudos by being great at our sport. We are courteous and treat others with respect. We earn our spots on the leaderboards through clean competition.

UH, KUDO IS NOT A VERB, RIGHT? OK YOU KNOW THAT BUT YOU’RE BREAKING NEW GROUND, OK FINE. UH, IS BIKE-RIDING A SPORT? I THINK I’M SEEING THE PROBLEM HERE. WAS CHRIS BUCCHERE ENGAGING IN SPORT WHEN HE WAS GOING WAY TOO FAST ACROSS MARKET STREET? SHOULD HE HAVE BEEN? IS DRIVING A CAR DOWN MARKET STREET A SPORT? SHOULD IT BE? I DON’T THINK SO. AND IF MEMBERS OF THE “STRAVA COMMUNITY” AREN’T COURTEOUS AND RESPECTFUL, DO THEY GET COUNSELING OR SOMETHING? OR DO THEY JUST GET KICKED OUT? CAUSE  I CAN THINK OF A FEW OF YOUR MEMBERS WHO HAVEN’T KILLED THEMSELVES/OTHERS, SO, YOU KNOW, THEY’RE NOT AS WELL-KNOWN AS SOME OF THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE STRAVA FAMILY, BUT THEY DON’T MEET YOUR STANDARD AS STATED HERE – THEY AIN’T COURTEOUS/RESPECTFUL AT ALL. AND LASTLY, DOES “CLEAN COMPETITION” INCLUDE RUNNING RED LIGHTS? I’M NOT SURE.

We think ahead. We showcase a lot of awesome data about where we go, who we work out with and how hard we push ourselves. If we don’t want everyone to know what we’re up to, we take the necessary privacy precautions before we upload, like setting privacy zones and choosing who can follow us and what they can see.

UH ISN’T THIS A MISH-MASH OF THREE DIFFERENT CONCEPTS?

We’ve got each other’s backs. We watch out for one another. The community does what it can to keep things safe for everyone by looking out for potentially dangerous situations and flagging segments as hazardous.

SO, SELF-POLICING IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY AT STRAVA? HEY, DIDN’T THE “SOUTH PARK DESCENT” GET FLAGGED AFTER KIM FLINT’S DEATH? I THINK IT DID. BUT DIDN’T IT COME BACK, COURTESY OF THE “STRAVA COMMUNITY?” YES IT DID, AND WITH HIGHER SPEEDS THAN WHAT KIM FLINT “ACHIEVED.”

If you want to be part of the Strava community, we’d like you to stand with us and take these guideposts to heart.

SO, YOU’RE GOING TO START KICKING PEOPLE OUT? ALL RIGHT. I DON’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU AND YOUR LAWYERS ARE SAYING HERE, BUT ALL RIGHT.

AND YOU STILL HAVE NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT KIM FLINT OR CHRIS BUCCHERE?

ALL RIGHT.

Now, let’s hear from Paul Kapustka of Mobile Sports Report:

“Something tells us that if lawyers are getting involved, it’s not going to be as simple as a statement on a blog to prove that Strava.com’s competitions didn’t cause harm. Or that the bad apples aren’t a part of the Strava.com community. There are going to be many who decry the lawsuit as some part of a nanny-state weirdness, but there is probably some legitimate question to be asked whether or not a site that promotes virtual competitions on real streets and trails is responsible for the participants’ actions, much in the way a 10K race must take out insurance to cover its runners. I have a feeling this may be the tip of the iceberg for such sites like Strava.com.”

Do Preschools Cause Traffic Jams? Yes They Do – But Remember, Transit First! (Uh, Just For You People, Not For Us)

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Even with a Landing Signal Officer (like what an nuclear aircraft carrier has) and two lanes of dedicated parking, this $20k-per-year preschool in the Western Addition can’t manage its traffic.

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Oh well.

The Humpback Whales of San Francisco County – Meet Mama, Papa and Junior – But Ouch: Big Killer Whale Bite

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

All right, I need to payoff on that headline.

Here are your humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) of San Francisco County, which, of course, includes a whole bunch of ocean (depending on how you look at it.)

A pair of namesake humps. This particular species is not endangered at all – there are tons of them out there.

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Horizontal tale = whale, of course. These things are huge, like almost 50 feet long and weighing as much as older DC-9 jetliners:

Here’s Mama and Papa and Junior, just a pod of freelance whales coming and going as they please:

And here’s what happens when a killer whale takes a big bite out of your hump. Chomp chomp:

Bon courage, cetaceans!

“Electric Cars are Gay” – This Line was Pulled from the Trailer of Ron Howard’s New Movie, But Not in San Francisco

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Actor Vince Vaughn plays an engine designer in Ron Howard’s upcoming film called The Dilemma, O.K. fine. But people are upset at the following line, uttered when the Vince Vaughn character makes a pitch to a car company:

Electric cars are gay. I mean not homosexual gay, but, you know, my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay.”

Well, GLAAD wasn’t happy about that, so Universal Pictures yanked these lines from the trailer promoting the movie.

Except in San Francisco, where they didn’t. So, the Metreon Theatre, as of yesterday, still uses the original trailer with the offending line intact.

So much for the promises of Hollywood…

A non-gay electric car in the Castro District:

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And speaking of broken promises coming out of Tinseltown, when are they going to get around to fixing the steps of Alta Plaza, you know, the ones that got damaged during the filming of What’s Up, Doc back in the 1970′s?

Maybe someday.

Supervisor Eric Mar Introduces “Healthy Meal Incentive” Legislation for Happy Meals

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

If your meal comes with a toy, then it could be affected by the Healthy Meal Incentive legislation that was introduced by Supervisor Eric Mar and co-sponsored by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and Supervisor David Campos.

Here’s a summary of today’s bill:

“Supervisor Mar introduces Healthy Meal Incentive legislation, which sets nutritional standards for restaurant food that is accompanied by toys or other youth focused incentive items. This legislation is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits and to address issues related to childhood obesity.  Fast food restaurants target children and youth by offering toys and other incentive items.  The Healthy Meal Incentive legislation would encourage restaurants to provide healthier meal options. To provide an incentive item, meals must contain fruits and vegetables, not exceed 600 calories or 200 calories for a single food item and must not have beverages that have excessive fat or sugar.”

The kind of Happy Meal swag that would activate HMI:

Via Andagi

And here’s the gritty nitty:

Healthy restaurant meals

Healthy restaurant incentives

Well, there’s blowback already. They’re calling this legislation a “toy ban.”

Check it out, after the jump.

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“Students First” Neighborhood Schools Policy Signature Drive Enters the Sunset District

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Get up to speed on the Students First Initiative here and here, from “typically snarky” (really?) Melissa Griffin. O.K. then

Seems that the Chinese American Democratic Club is fully aboard this bandwagon. And to prove it, they’re going to have a little get-together out there in the Middle Sunset tomorrow at 11:30 AM.

  

All the deets about tomorrow’s joint:

CADC Supports Students First”

A Press Conference on the signature gathering in support of Students First will be held on July 2nd 2010, 11:30am at Irving St and 18l Ave (Corner of Jefferson Elementary School).

Students First is a parents’ group formed in response to the proposed Student Assignment System approved by the Board of Education on March 8, 2010. The goal is to place an advisory (not legally binding) ballot measure for the November 2010 San Francisco ballot that will tell the Board of Education, loud and clear, that the voters of San Francisco demand Quality Neighborhood Schools For All.

“We are encouraged to see the support from parents from all community in particular Chinese families joining the Students First signature drive. We look forward to mounting a campaign to send a message to the School Board that neighborhood schools are important” says Michael Chan, President of CADC. “The African American population and Asian American population form the majority of Bayview/Hunter’s Point. It is imperative we stand together to build this community and the foundation of any community is quality neighborhood schools that serves every member of our community.”

“When I was on the School Board, I did not think the School District and the School Superintendent seriously listened and done enough to refine the admission process.” Says Eddie Chin, a former Commissioner to the San Francisco Board of Education.”

Ever more deets about SFSF, after the jump

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zOMG, zOMG! Attend Seven Museums for FREE during TARGET’s Arts & Wonder, July 16-18, 2010

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Target’s Arts & Wonder Free Family Event is coming to San Francisco July 16-18, 2010. So that means that the Target stores will pick up any and all admission fees for certain times on certain days. 

Repeat: “Certain Times on Certain Days.” Check below.

And, bonus, there’ll be a ton of kids’ activities going on.

Here are the places: 

The de Young Museum;

Asian Art Museum;

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA);

The Contemporary Jewish Museum;

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD);

Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum; and

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Does the MoMA in the SoMA still have Michael and Bubbles on display?

You can find out for free come July.

All the deets:

San Francisco’s leading museums are having a free for all and you¹re
invited! It’s one big weekend of fun as the de Young Museum, Asian Art
Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Contemporary Jewish
Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), Zeum: San Francisco¹s
Children’s Museum and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival take turns welcoming all
ages with free general admission, free hands-on art making activities for
kids and special family-friendly free performances thanks to the generous
support of Target. It’s a marathon of creativity and discovery for all ages
so mark your calendar now. You won’t want to miss the family-friendliest
weekend that San Francisco has to offer!
WHAT:
Target Arts & Wonder ­ free admission for all ages with special art
activities and performances for children and families at seven San Francisco
cultural destinations including the de Young, Asian Art Museum, SFMOMA, the
Contemporary Jewish Museum, MoAD, Zeum and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
DATE AND TIME:
Friday, July 16, 2010 ­ de Young Museum free from 5 PM to 8:45 PM
Saturday, July 17, 2010 ­ Asian Art Museum free from 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2010 ­ SFMOMA, Contemporary Jewish Museum, MoAD, Zeum and
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival free from 11 AM to 4 PM
WHERE:
de Young Museum ­ 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (Golden Gate Park)
www.famsf.org <http://www.famsf.org>
Asian Art Museum ­ 200 Larkin Street www.asianart.org
<http://www.asianart.org>
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) — 151 Third Street (between
Mission and Howard) www.sfmoma.org <http://www.sfmoma.org>
Contemporary Jewish Museum — 736 Mission Street (between Third and Fourth)
www.thecjm.org <http://www.thecjm.org>
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) — 685 Mission Street (at Third)
www.moadsf.org <http://www.moadsf.org>
Zeum: San Francisco¹s Children¹s Museum — 221 Fourth Street (at Howard)
www.zeum.org <http://www.zeum.org>
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival ­ Mission Street (between Third and Fourth)
www.ybgf.org <http://www.ybgf.org>
COST:
FREE!
INFO:
For general information, visit www.target.com/arts. For details about
activities specifically in San Francisco, visit
www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/target.
(Please note: www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/target will go live June 4,
www.target.com/arts will go live June 15)
DETAILS:
Below, is a sample of the many activities families and individuals can enjoy
at participating venues in San Francisco with dates and times indicated for
each:
Friday, July 16, 2010; 5 to 8:45 PM
de Young Museum
Turn the Target mascot Bullseye into a work of Andy Warhol-inspired
Pup-Art
Get a lift as you watch a ballet performance celebrating the Impressionist
painter Degas
Saturday, July 17, 2010; 10 AM to 5 PM
Asian Art Museum
Journey from India to Japan as you stroll through the galleries
Take a storytelling tour and learn about gods, goddesses, emperors,
philosophers and more
Sunday, July 18, 2010; 11 AM to 4 PM
Five locations downtown San Francisco:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Go BIG — see for yourself how larger-than-life artworks transform the
ordinary into the EXTRAordinary
Create your own enormous art — make an everyday object into something 10
times its size
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Celebrate the everyday in the whimsical exhibition Maira Kalman: Various
Illuminations (of a Crazy World)
Marvel at the magic of ordinary objects by crafting fabric buttons,
decorating bags and watching Sweet Can Productions make brooms dance and
more
Museum of the African Diaspora
Tour the exhibition African Continuum: Sacred Ceremonies and Rituals
Try your hand at Haitian tooled metal sculpture
Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum
Sculpt and film your own clay animation
Ride the historic Zeum Carousel
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Come in costume and get ready to join the conga line as we celebrate the
international spirit of Carnaval with non-stop performances in the Gardens
from 12-3 PM by Mas Makers Massive, SambAsia, Fogo Na Roupa,
Sistas-wit-Style, Tambores de Colombian Soul, Latin All Stars, Chelle! and
Friends, and Mixtiso
*Please note that all de Young exhibitions are free except Birth of
Impressionism. A special timed ticket for $15 adults, $10 children ages 6-17
is required for entry to this exhibition only. Children 5 and under are
free.
*Please note that all Asian Art Museum exhibitions are free except Shanghai.
A ticket for $5 for ages 18 and older is required for entry to this
exhibition only. Youth 17 and under are free.
Background
Target Arts & Wonder is part of the Target commitment to arts and education.
Since 1946, the company has given 5 percent of its income to support
education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today, that adds up
to more than $3 million a week. During the third weekend of July, more than
80 institutions in 30 cities across the country will participate in the
Target Arts & Wonder Free Family Event.