Posts Tagged ‘phoenix’

North Bay Techies and an East Bay Podcaster Want Us to Abandon Frisco’s Flag – Here’s Their Progress the Past Year

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Uh nothing?

That’s what they’ve gotten done the past year. Nothing. So this post from June 2015 is still as relevant as ever.

Hey, were we supposed to have some competition of proposed New San Francisco Flag ideas last year, complete with an unnamed “San Francisco official” as one of the judges, you know, for color of authority? Yep. But did that actually happen? Nope.

Like, who in SFGov would do this kind of thing? Our Unpopular Mayor? IDTS. He’s got enough real problems. Well, who else? IDK. Who wants to risk reelection over something like this?

A more honest approach would be to design a super great flag what follows all the current rules and then propose it as a replacement for San Francisco’s flag. That’s a one-step process. The problem with the two-step proposal from “Roman” “Mars” and, oddly, AutoDesk is that you could very easily end up with a design what’s less popular than the current design, right?

Step 1: Dump Haterade on the current flag so much so that we start a damn fool design contest to dump the current flag in favor of some undisclosed “improved” flag. 

Step 2: Decide on a new flag that Friscans like less than the current design.

(So yeah, old flags is funny. Sometimes they get updated per the “rules” in fashion at the time they get updated – such is life.)

Anyway, I’m sorry designerly community, but sometimes new ideas are bad ideas and sometimes self-indulgent efforts to change things for the sake of change isn’t good for your fellow taxpayers / citizens. That’s my sperpective from this side of the Bay…

Ah, memories:

“Here it is: http://www.sanfranciscoflag.com/

1. First of all, that’s a nice old-tyme skyline photo you got there – what is it, pre-Cosco Busan? It’s certainly pre-One Rincon – that’s what jumps out at me. Hey, does “good design” prevent giving credit for the best element of your new website? Let’s fix that: Christian Mehlführer, AKA User: Chmehl. of Vienna, Austria. Bro goes around the world, around the wo-orld to take good photos, right? [UPDATE: Oh, I see! A credit might “mar” the simplicity of your painfully oh-so-2015 well-designed website? Well, boo hoo!]

2. The designerly name: “Roman Mars.” Mmmm…  (It detracts, it distracts, non?) Well, my name is Ares Greek – pleased to meet you!

3. Ted Talk? Strike two!

4. Driving people to an 18-minute video instead of typing out your manifesto with bullet points? Does that work? (It didn’t work on me, sorry.)

5. Already being on double-secret logo probation for supporting UC’s recent inchoate “good-design” logo/monogram/whatever effort.

So those are the comments.

In mitigation:

1. 99% Invisible is 99% good. It’s excellent, you know, generally, when it’s not taking time out to defend the Designerly Community.

2. The Bros of AutoDesk are all right as well. Just look at them maintaining focus under heavy pressure back when the Bay to Breakers fun run wasn’t completely shaped by an unholy alliance of Christian Billionaire Philip Anschutz + touchy millionaire NIMBY homeowners:

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But why would Autodesk want to kill our flag? 

I’ll tell you, our flag is bad-ass. Look what you can do with it:

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You want to talk history? Let’s talk history – see below, from the Wiki.

In closing, The Bird Is The Word. And if you succeed* in changing it significantly, I’ll work tirelessly to get it changed back. 

END OF LINE.

UPDATE:  INSIDE THE CAMPAIGN TO REDESIGN SF’S SUCK-TASTIC FLAG

“the reason people don’t use it often is kind of an obvious one: it’s not very good.” UH, NOPE! “OBVIOUS” TO YOU, PERHAPS.

“a symbol that San Franciscans tend to rally behind” UH, COULD THERE BE _OTHER_ REASONS WE DON’T “TEND TO RALLY BEHIND” ANY PARTICULAR SYMBOL?

“overhaul?” YOU MEAN _COMPLETELY REPLACE_, RIGHT?

“design community?” AHAHAHAHAHAHA! “WE FEW, WE PROUD, DESIGNERLY FEW!”

“Does it really matter if San Francisco has a better flag or not?” GOOD QUESTION. NOPE!

“San Francisco has a chance to define its values through an enduring, recognizable symbol.” MEH. BUT IF YOU WANT TO GET STARTED, HIRE A LOBBYIST TO START LOBBYING THE SUPES. IT’LL RUN YOU SOMETHING LIKE $10,000 A MONTH FOR MANY, MANY MONTHS. WELCOME TO FRISCO, OAKLANDER. P.S. HEY, GUESS WHAT – YOUR FLAG SUCKS TOO. IT VIOLATES ALL THE RULES ME AND MY CREW MADE UP. LET’S CHANGE IT NOW. TO WHAT, I DON’T KNOW, I WON’T SAY. JUST ANYTHING BUT AN OAK TREE, WHICH, YOU KNOW, HAS BEEN DONE, LIKE BY PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND AND MANY OTHERS. PLUS, IT SAYS “OAKLAND” RIGHT ON THE THING. WHAT COULD BE MORE BANAL? KELL DOMAGE!

Reader notes:

Caption from “War & Dissent: The U.S. in the Philippines, 1898-1902″ exhibit. Curated by Randolph Delehanty, Ph.D. of the Presidio Trust.

“In 1900, banker and art patron Mayor James Duval Phelan, mayor from 1897 to 1902, recommended to the Board of Supervisors that San Francisco adopt a flag and motto. Over 100 designs were submitted and John M. Gamble’s proposal was selected. It depicts a phoenix rising from its ashes on a white field. The mythological phoenix appears in many ancient cultures and is a symbol of immortality. When the long-lived phoenix feels death is near, it builds a nest of aromatic wood and sets it afire. A new phoenix then arises from the ashes, just as San Francisco arose from the great fires of the 1850s. The motto “Oro en paz y fierro en guerra” “Gold in Peace and Iron in War” refers to the city’s then-recent experience during the Spanish–American War as the embarkation point for troops to the Philippines in 1898.”

*The primary way our elites end up successfully imposing their “good design” upon San Franciscans is through turning an aesthetic issue into a health and safety** matter.

**See how that works? The high school student who hasn’t actually hurt anybody IRLAFAIK is described as one who has “hurt a lot of people.” And in this town, some who are convicted of homicides end up getting probation or something like several months in jail…

Formation Flying: 56 Years After The Day The Music Died, Two Beech Bonanzas Buzz SF – Like a G[3]6, Like a G[3]6

Friday, February 20th, 2015

(Your choice – you can play Like a G6 or American Pie* as you look at photos of these Beechcraft Bonanza G36’s.)

This was the scene yesterday over Market Street. I ain’t never seen this:

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What’s this, a joyride? Or is somebody making a video? I don’t get it. This is like the General Aviation version of the Blue Angels.

I’ll just say that this is dangerous flying.

Gee, if I could only get an N-number as this formation circles over South of Market, the Twitterloin, the Western Addition, etc. My aging Canon prolly shouldn’t have been set at ISO 25600 and this pair was a little too far away from my 200mm lens as they flew in and out of the fog, oh well:

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Oh, I know, how about N301RB for a registration number? Hello Brent Wolfe of Phoenix, Arizona.

Welcome to Frisco.

*Yeah, the $70 million Gulfstream G650 was supposed to be called the G6, hence the song title. But it turned out that the name G6 was only actually applied to a kind of Pontiac, which was a car line, back in the day. Speaking of history, Buddy Holly died in a V-tail** Bonanza back in 1959.

**Yeah, 60 Minutes made a big deal about the differences betwixt the accident rate of V-tailed versus straight-tailed Bonanzas, but most of the deaths had to do with inexperienced pilots flying into known bad weather. Another factor was that v-tailed Bonanzas certainly look bad-ass – they have a strong “ramp appeal,” so they attracted the wrong element, you know, people like Steve Wozniak, people who are successful in the non-flying realm. “Forked Tail Doctor Killer” is the phrase that covers this phenomenon. The next step up in status would be a Piper Saratoga or something, or, Heaven forbid, a twin-engined aircraft, and that’s when you know you’re a baller…

OMG, It’s “Zeppelin Flight Timelapse: San Francisco, California!” – Video of Cruising Low and Slow Over the 415

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Here’s what the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin looks like from San Francisco…

…and here’s what San Francisco looks like from the Bay Area’s big Zeppelin:

Ah, mem’ries:

Passing by Coit Tower:

A close up view, click to enlarge. Can you see pilot Fritz Guenther and his Peltor brand headphones? Sure you can.

And an adorable piggly tail in the back:

There we go, back to normal:

Kicking it Old-School With Allegiant Air Out of Oakland International – Super Old “Super 80” Aircraft

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

There I was monitoring recent Zeppelin activity over the 415 and what do I see but an old-school Allegiant Air McDonnell Douglas DC9 / MD80 / MD85 / MD90 / whatever flying out of OAK.

See?

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You can buy a used jetliners with ancient low-bypass engines for as cheap as $4,000,000 and then start up an airline? Did not know that.

Anyway, these kinds of planes are old, baby.

But you can fly to Phoenix, AZ for $32* so I guess that’s some consolation.

*Plus fees, baby. Lots and lots and lots of fees.

Down with the landing gear
Up goes the useless prayer 

“NBC Bay Area” Expands Investigative Reporting Capabilities – Tony Kovaleski and Jenna Susko Join KNTV – Hurray!

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Well this is different. Legacy bay area media institution KNTV is is actually adding investigative reporters to the payroll.

Get all the deets below.

I’ll tell you, I’m getting a Dan Noyes, quasi-in-yo-face vibe from both these newcomers.

Here’s Tony Kovaleski, on the left, going after a purported “Guido” executive at Pebble Beach:

Via Denver Westword

And here’s lovely Jenna Susko – oh man, she’s not afraid to ask questions as this highlight reel amply demonstrates:

Bon Courage, Tony Kovaleski!

Bon Courage, Jenna Susko!

All the deets:

“NBC Bay Area Expands Investigative Reporting Capabilities – Award-Winning Investigative Reporter Tony Kovaleski To Lead New Investigative Team – Jenna Susko Joins Station As Investigative Reporter

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 11, 2011 — NBC Bay Area today announced that it has added two investigative reporters to the station’s news staff, significantly increasing the station’s investigative reporting capabilities in advance of launching a new unit early next year.

Bay Area native Tony Kovaleski joins NBC Bay Area to lead the station’s investigative team after working at television stations in Phoenix, Houston and Denver.  While in Denver, Kovaleski exposed problems with emergency services at Denver’s airport and uncovered inappropriate gifts given to government appointees.  Kovaleski’s reports resulted in significant changes in airport operations and in tighter regulations governing gifts and travel.  As the winner of the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia award in 2010, the national Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Journalism, the Sigma Delta Chi award, the National Headliner award and more than 26 Emmy Awards including this year’s Emmy for Investigative Journalism, he is considered one of the country’s premiere investigative reporters.  Kovaleski is a graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in Journalism.

Investigative reporter Jenna Susko comes to NBC Bay Area after working at television stations in the southeastern United States.  She has built a reputation for quality investigative reporting with stories about poor oversight of FEMA funds across the Gulf Coast, mismanagement in a court system allowing criminals to easily get cases dismissed and security flaws at a local school system.  Susko has a degree from Florida State University in Communications and English Literature.

“As we increase our investment in high-quality local journalism, we are very pleased to welcome these two investigative journalists to the Bay Area and into our newsroom,” said Richard Cerussi, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area.  “Tony and Jenna are the first of many new team members who will allow us to bring Bay Area viewers more of the kind of in-depth investigations that result in positive change.”

About NBC Owned Television Stations

NBC Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 10 local television stations and their digital channels and websites, as well as a group of out-of-home properties and a production company.  The 10 stations produce and deliver compelling and unique local news, information and entertainment programming to viewers in the communities they serve, which include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Diego and Connecticut, with a goal of connecting to their audiences anytime and anywhere.”