Oh, come on, man!
What are people supposed to think these things are?
I cry foul.
No these aren’t brand-new ShotSpotter gunfire detectors, as I initially thought.
They’re telemetry transceivers to give MUNI vehicles signal priority, per the Richmond District Blog:
Now here’s a shot from 2011 on Scott Street in the Western Addition – I don’t know what all this stuff is:
I don’t think any of them have anything to do with signal priority…
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If you want, Follow Sutro Tower on Twitter – perhaps that will inspire it to Tweet more than once per year.
(Thank you, Sutro Tower, for broadcasting the recent World Cup for free at 1080i.)
Here it is now. Pretty sweet, huh?
Pretty sweet indeed, but it makes Trouble Coffee & Coconuts appear as if it’s souther than it really is.
How about this instead? I mean SF pretty much already appears to be a hunk of $4 toast from the get-go, right? We’re basically a 7×7 square with a bight taken out of the northwest corner.* That’s correct, Gentle Readers, the unprotected bay at Lands End is called the San Francisco Bight. That sounds just like “bite,” right?
It’s also where the Four Dollar Toast Founder hangs out, more or less. Check it out, from This American Life:
“John Gravois tells the story of a potentially annoying San Francisco food trend: artisanal toast. John explains how, in fact, the trend’s origins are very down to earth, and more heroic than annoying. John wrote a version of this story for Pacific Standard magazine, where he is an editor. (17 minutes)food/drinks/cooking John Gravois
Anyway, just a suggestion. Thank you, drive through.
*This bight is why SF isn’t actually 49 square miles. Add everything up from the Farallon Islands to the small chunk of Alameda Island(!) that’s actually SF County, and we’re at 46.something square miles.
In the cracked streets trampled under foot
I see you stare into space
Have I got closer now
Behind the face
Oh tell me
Charity dance with me
Turn me around tonight
Up through spiral staircase
To the higher ground
Slide show sea side town
Coca-Cola, football radio radio radio
Radio radio radio
Then read the inevitable retraction here:
Then read this graf here, the one that got deleted, never to return:
“Don’t Be Scared
The only rule to living here is to find where to go and not to go. The places I am going to take you on a tour through will label me as “bougie” by Oakland standards, but I don’t think there is anything elitist about coming home in one piece. So stay out of East Oakland and West Oakland. That doesn’t sound like it leaves much, but it does. Trust me, my friends have been violently mugged in East Oakland and had the same house robbed three times in West Oakland. But be my guest if you want to go to either for ‘cool points.’”
Oh, here it is:
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If KQED wants to do this kind of stuff, it should label the post as an editorial or as a reader contribution or something like that. I’ll tell you, another big corporate website in town, carpet-bagging Gannett Co Inc’s west coast loss-maker,* The Bold Italic, similarly runs into trouble when it runs similar kinds of posts.
I’m saying that this kind of post, presented the way it was, damages the KQED brand.
Could KQED Forum do a radio call in show about this incident for a full hour? Heck yes.
That’s certainly an option, KQED people.
*Millions and millions of dollars all told.
Oh, no no no no no. The original estimate of the “economic benefits” (whatever the Hell that amorphous amorphism means) of the 34th America’s Cup was $9.9 B-as-in-boy billion.
So that means that the supposed “benefits” of AC34 have dropped more than 90% as the costs continue to rise.
This mounting scandal is the talk of the town – it’ll be on Forum at 9:00 AM:
“America’s Cup organizers are falling short in their efforts to raise private donations to help pay for the cost of bringing the America’s Cup sailing competition to San Francisco — and that could leave the city on the hook for about $20 million. The Board of Supervisors holds hearings Wednesday to discuss the shortfall. Supporters say even without all of the promised private funds, the city still benefits financially from hosting the America’s Cup.
Host: Michael Krasny
In closing, fuck you, you deadbeat Larry Ellison.
And here’s the news from last year:
I understand that Mayor Ed Lee has a cheerleading function as a part of his job. Fine.
But what’s this? What the Hell?
“We expect to have some 500,000 people on a daily basis…”
Just take a look on the YouTube, at around 9:30 and, mind you, this is AFTER everything blew up and people started realizing that the 2013 America’s Cup won’t be anywhere near as popular as advertised:
So, does Ed Lee actually believe that there’s a chance that the America’s Cup will attract anything close to a half million people “on a daily basis?”
No he does not.
So why does he say it?
Now, speaking of cheerleading,
@olivaglobal is the dude who was hired by the San Francisco Chronicle to promote the America’s Cup over the next 1.5 years. Here he goes:
“That est was only for final match wknd. Rainy Tues est is 10K-20K LOL. Srsly look at plan.”
So what’s the estimate, for real, for the crowd size on a off day during the AC? Appears as if these two AC34 cheerleaders are out of sync.
Now, speaking of studies, what the Hell is “The America’s Cup: Economic Impacts of a Match on San Francisco Bay?” Is it the “Independent Study” what everybody cites as proof of how great the AC is going to be?
I think it is!
Let’s take a look at the first line:
“The America’s Cup is the world’s third-largest sporting competition, after the Olympics and soccer’s World Cup.”
Here it is in the flesh:
So, let’s think about this here. I guess the bullshit Bay Area Council Economic Institute (BACEI) organization is allowing that the Summer Olympics and the World Cup just might possibly be bigger than an America’s Cup. But what about the Winter Olympics? Oh, and what about the Super Bowl?
Who actually believes that the America’s Cup, that thing where half the staff just got laid off and NBC needs to be paid in order to broadcast, is actually going to be bigger than a Super Bowl?
Not even the cheerleaders.
So why do they say these kinds of things?
All right here’s one more from the messed-up study what’s going to cost the taxpayers of San Francisco tens of millions of dollars. It discusses, and I’m srlsy, the “fleet of super yachts” what are going to be attracted to the bay area due to the America’s Cup, and then it talks about how much money we’re going to make by gassing them up and Windexing the shiny parts and stuff like that.
These cheerleaders are members of a modern day Cargo Cult and we’re all along for the ride.
And oh, we’re going to get the Golden State Warriors without funding the stadium at Piers 30-32? All right, so why then are we funding Larry Ellison’s ego trip of a boat race? Why are we allowing Him to get away with this?
I know not.
Screw the America’s Cup.
“The world’s most popular sport may be soccer, but in cold, hard dollars, nobody throws a party like the National Football League.
• 1. Super Bowl
• 2. Summer Olympics
• 3. FIFA World Cup
• 4. Daytona 500
• 5. Rose Bowl
• 6. NCAA Men’s Final Four
• 7. Winter Olympics Games
• 8. Kentucky Derby
• 9. World Series
• 10. NBA Finals”
Hurry on down to Union Square before the holiday ice skating rink leaves us on January 21, 2013.
This was the scene on December 6th: Drag Queens On Ice 2012: Bigger, Better and Bawdier!
Simply everybody was there to cheer on the queens, including members of the San Francisco Bulls hockey team and the concomitant Cow Belles:
San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team’s Cow Belles
Today’s ‘Xam has an ad for a singles night – maybe they’ll have another one of those soon.
All right, see you there, in the square!