Posts Tagged ‘power’

Unplug Your Toaster if You Want, But It’s Pretty Ridiculous for State and Local Officials to Tell You to Do So During Eclipse 2017

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Here you go, official taxpayer-funded Eclipse 2017 advice for ppl in Frisco:

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That was a followup to this:

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So the rationale is that this will save on “inefficient” natural gas (of course you could make an argument about the efficiency of natural gas, but anyway) being used to provide “peak power” during this temporary energy crisis.

So, as stated, feel free to unplug your toaster, but why not do this each and every day? (I can think of reasons for and against that being good advice.)

I mean it’s like saying that MUNI passengers should get out of California #1 buses during the eclipse when they’re going up Sacramento to lighten the load on the system. IMO.

Anyway, many of the replies to this advice were so sarcastic that readers (and perhaps even the govt officials as well) couldn’t tell that they were sarcastic.

So please yes, get rid of your “phantom” power wasters, but that would have nothing at all to do with any eclipse.

Sry.

Frisco’s Highest Elevator Car

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Here it is:

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I don’t think it ever gets level, so you’re standing on a sloping floor the whole time:

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And then you go up up up to the highest horizontal point of Sutro Tower:

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I haven’t seen it in action lately, but here’s a shot from aught-four:

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And more recently:

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Or you can take the stairs I guess…

The “Innovation Capital of the World” Doesn’t Have a Backup Plan When Traffic SIgnals Go Out at McAllister and Fillmore

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Talking about Frisco here, of course, but I suppose we don’t hear that phrase all the time the way we used to. But “World Class City,” that’s going as strong as ever, when somebody wants to spend Someone Else’s Money on something new…

Anywho, obviously traffic signals are going to have issues from time to time, but what ends up happening at McAllister and Fillmore is that the traffic signals sometimes go totally dead, as here:

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The solution of course is to flash all the lights red, which this intersection is capable of, but not during yesterday’s evening drive, oh well.

We could and should do better here…

Canada Reclaims Our Hideous Vaillancourt Fountain on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day – “Quebec libre!” on the Embarcadero

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Here you go, this was the scene at Justin Herman Plaza last week:

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And here’s the explanation, but I’ve flipped the image so that the English part comes first, ’cause ‘Mericah:

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(I’ve already said my piece on this art piece right here. We should get rid of it.)

But hey, the home-made banner added to it last week is well made. It’s great:

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All the deets:

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day[1] (French: Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste), officially known in Quebec as La fête nationale,[2] (English: National Holiday)[3] is a holiday celebrated annually on June 24, the feast day of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. In Quebec, it is a public holiday[3][4][5] with festivities occurring on June 23 and 24 which are publicly financed and organized by a Comité organisateur de la fête nationale[6] (Organizing Committee of the National Holiday). June 24 is also celebrated as a festival of French Canadianculture in other Canadian provinces[7][8][9] and the United States.[10][11]

A Freeway is Easy to Tear Down, But Hideous Art What Used to Riff on the Same Freeway is FOREVER

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Here you go:

When Vaillancourt designed the fountain, the Embarcadero Freeway or Interstate 480, was still in existence along Market Street and the Embarcadero. The fountain was designed with the freeway environment in mind…”

Kind of like this:

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(Of course this was back when Frisco had cheap water and cheap power.)

But now the freeway is gone.

Long gone.

So what do we need this Vaillancourt Fountain thing anymore for anyway?

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It’s not worth powering the water pumps these days, so that’s one good thing.

But why do we still have this monstrosity???

San Francisco’s Best (If Scariest) Commute: Riding the Elevator Basket Up Sutro Tower

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

As seen a few days back – that square, that’s your elevator car. Haven’t seen it in a while:

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And here’s the close-up color version, from all the way back in 2004:

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(I remember thinking how the workers in the basket should have appeared clearer in this photo. I guess I was super-far away, oh well.)

In closing, take that, Great Pyramid. Pwned:

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If You Think BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN During Our Great Drought, Get This Free Sign from Our SFPUC

Friday, April 17th, 2015

If you want to do something about the North American Drought of 2012 – 20xx, you can always drop by at our expensive SFPUC building in the western Twitterloin:

“Signage is available for pick-up at the SFPUC Customer Service Center, 525 Golden Gate Avenue, 1st Floor. Request larger quantities by email landscape@sfwater.org”

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Oh Ho! Move Over Jeff Adachi, There’s a New PUBLIC DEFENDER in Town – Here’s the University of California’s New Ad Campaign

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Arresting:

Here’s the pitch from this new SFMTA MUNI DPT bus stop ad campaign:

In short, UC kicks ass.

That stupid logo proposal is still being defended for what reason I don’t know, but Life Goes On at the UC.

Now That Shrimp Boy is Taken Care Of, Our FBI is Moving On to the PG&E Metcalf Power Substation Shooting: Tips Wanted

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Here’s a fresh announcement from our local FBI:

FBI Seeking Public’s Help Regarding Destruction of an Energy Facility, Disruption of Communication Lines Case – FBI San Francisco, April 10, 2014, Peter D. Lee, (415) 553-7450

The FBI San Francisco Field Office is seeking the public’s help regarding the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Metcalf power substation shooting and AT&T fiber optic cable incident that occurred on April 16, 2013.

On the 16th at approximately 1:40 a.m., the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and San Jose Police Department received multiple phone calls of gunshots in the area of Monterey Road and Blanchard Road in San Jose, California.

That morning, an unknown individual(s) cut two groups of fiber optic cables and used a 7.62 caliber rifle to shoot 10 transformer bays. The individual(s) should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911. The FBI can be reached 24 hours a day at 415-553-7400 in the San Francisco area. All calls are confidential. Tips can also be submitted at: tips.fbi.gov.

Members of the media should contact FBI Media Representative Peter Lee at 415-553-7450.”

Just in Time for the Holidays: Bacon Deodorant and Sriracha Candy Canes – Srsly – From J&D’s Foods

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Justin and Dave have some new products for the holidays.

First up is www.PowerBacon.com deodorant:

“POWER BACON deodorant is designed specifically for those with active lifestyles – or people who just sweat like pigs.

Using POWER BACON will probably make everyone drawn to you like you were the most powerful magnet on Earth. And by everyone, we mean friends, acquaintances, beautiful strangers, dogs, bears, swamp alligators, lions and even pigs. It’s like an aphrodisiac for your armpits. But use your new power wisely, because with great bacon power comes great baconsibility.

For all day meat-scented protection, apply liberally to your underarms or private areas.

Do not eat or hike in the woods without a firearm while wearing POWER BACON.”

And brace yourselves: www.SrirachaCandyCanes.com

“There’s a reason Santa comes down your chimney – he likes it hot!

So warm up your taste buds this year with J&D’s Sriracha Candy Canes. The savior of bland Asian foods is now a fiery candy cane, great for tricking your unsuspecting friends and children or enjoying after a tasty bento box.

Rumor has it that these are pretty great crushed and served over ice cream or used as as a spicy-sweet holiday cocktail stirrer. Under no circumstances should you crush these into a fine powder and inhale them up your nose. Mostly for insurance purposes, we beg you to enjoy any Rooster-Sauce inspired holiday treats responsibly.

Each box has 12 individually wrapped Sriracha Candy Canes and are proudly made in the People’s Republic of Canada.”

I’m appalled.

Yet intrigued.