Posts Tagged ‘river’

Bicycle Chop Shop or Just Another Homeless Encampment: You Make The Call

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

At first I thought chop shop, but now I don’t think so. Usually when I think see one I actually do, but not this time, oh well.

Betwixt DISCOUNT BUILDER’S SUPPLY and the Duboce offramp: 

Click to expand

If you want a clear example of both a chop-shop and a non-chop shop, click here.

On It Goes…

Learning From Japan, 2013: Homeless People Who _Use_ Bicycles Instead of Homeless People Who Steal Bicycles

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Homeless encampment, major Japanese city, city center, down by the river:

Click to expand

Note the bicycle parking area.

Cf. San Francisco homeless encampment, under Interstate I-80, Mile Zero:

Note identical blue tarps as in Japan, sourced from, for all I know, the same factory in China.

One group uses bikes to get around, like to work ‘n stuff.

The other will strip your bike of any parts not superglued on in a New York Minute, as soon as your back is turned.

Which group do you prefer?

Which is the World’s Most Expensive Photograph? “Approaching SFO Over Presidio Yard” or “Rhein II?”

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Better A…

Click to expand

…or B?

Hint: One is worth $4.3 million and the other is worth $0.0 million.

Oh well.

Speaking of which, does MUNI pay full market value for the land it uses up at the Presidio Yard?

I wonder.

And for the record, here’s your SFO approach cheat sheet:

Presenting the Most Expensive Photograph in the History of the World: “Rhein II” by Andreas Gursky – Meh

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

I don’t know, I think it could use a little flava…

Click to expand

…but the person who just bought it for $4.3 million would disagree, to be sure.

Do you notice a theme here?

Our Captain Sullenberger is Getting Dissed from France – Was Sully’s French Plane the Real Hero?

Monday, November 16th, 2009

I don’t know, it seems like writer William Langewiesche, currently residing in France, wants to have it both ways with his new book, Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, the Miracle on the Hudson. He wants to rip on Sully, thusly:

“His performance was a work of extraordinary concentration, which the public misread as coolness under fire. Some soldiers will recognize the distinction.”

“Like it or not, [French pilot Bernard Ziegler] reached out across the years and cradled them all the way to the water.”

But then when Langewiesche gets a little blowback, he folds up like a deck chair, talking about how he’s surprised by Sully’s reaction, and how he’s neither pro- nor anti- fly-by-wire, and how he thinks cockpit automation is merely ”a part of the story,” anyway, of Flight 1549. Well, duh, it’s a part of the story. 

But that’s Langewiesche’s “Truth About the Miracle on the Hudson” – that’s it, that’s all there is?

Haven’t read Fly by Wire myself. Probably would rather read it more than Sully’s less-techy book (mostly about the his Search for What Really Matters), which I haven’t read either. Oh well.

sully-copy

Obviously, there are pros and cons to Die by Wire. If William Langewiesche is now going around saying that, as he is, then there’s not much of a dispute anymore, we’ll take solace in the certainly that the bruised egos of French Airbus execs (who want Sully to thank Gaia for Airbus every chance he gets) will heal over time.

I don’t know, pretty cheesy (fromagey?) Monsieur William Langewiesche.

Pretty cheesy.

Captain Sully Sullenberger to Appear at SFO for Book Signing on Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Monday, October 19th, 2009

East Bay local Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger is back flying for U.S. Airways, but he’s still had time to write a book and go on tour. Sully will be at SFO tomorrow, in case you want to drop by at 11:00 AM. Otherwise, it costs $90k to arrange an appearance these days, so this is a good deal.

After all, Sully is Your Homeboy, right?

sully copy

The SFO Hudson Bookseller is located pre-security (near the BART Station) in the Main Hall of the International Terminal on the “G” Area side.

October 20, 2009 – Tuesday

Sully Sullenberger Book Signing
When: October 20, 2009 – Tuesday 11 a.m.
Where: Hudson Books, International Terminal (near Bart) San Francisco
What: Sully Sullenberger will be signing his new book “Highest Duty My Search for What Really Matters”

140 Gather at City Hall in Support of Euna Lee and Laura Ling

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

This was the scene tonight at the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall, where a crowd of 140 offered their support for Euna Lee and Laura Ling. The people at the vigil called on North Korea to release these jailed reporters.

“We miss you” “Liberate Laura & Euna Now” “Set them free”

img_6441-copy

Supervisor Erica Mar was on the scene along with many City Hall staffers. Read an account from Marisa Lagos here and Jared Grigsby here.

img_6416-copy

Details after the jump.

(more…)

The Reason Why It’s Reasonable for Current TV to “Censor” “News” About North Korea

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

So, if two of your family members get kidnapped and the cops tell you that it’s best not to say anything about the matter and then the neighbors start peppering you with queries, what do you do?

That’s kind of the situation that’s facing managers at dumbed-down, youth-oriented Current TV (you can read the Wikipedia entry they wrote about themselves here). The problem is that anybody can post anything about the detention of Laura Ling and Euna Lee at Current.com and the North Koreans might not take too kindly to what’s posted there.

The kind of post that’s routinely getting taken down from Current.com:

So Current has taken to unposting submissions about this matter at Current.com. Fair enough. They’re not really “censoring” in the literal sense of course, they’re simply suppressing all commentary about this case on their own site. That’s probably a good move.  

In fact, Current might actually welcome this kind of criticism from Phil Bronstein, in a good-cop/bad-cop, game theory way, showing that they get it, that they’re bending over backwards to be conciliatory, to say sorry in a Fish Called Wanda fashion.

(I’m not saying these two people were kidnapped – maybe they were and maybe they weren’t. It’s tough to know for sure when you’re literally in the Vanguard)

Patience, people. All will be explained by all concerned when this matter gets resolved.

The Crazy, Artificial, Upward-Flowing Creeks of Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Check out this creek that feeds Lloyd Lake in Golden Gate Park. See it on the right side, flowing away and to the right? Doesn’t it appear to be going uphill and around the corner?

Check it out yourself the next time you’re on JFK Jr. Drive near Transverse in San Francisco.

Click to expand.

Is Hero Pilot Sully Sullenberger Jewish? No, But That’s O.K.

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Popular Bay Area local Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was just seen on the East Coast in his debut interview on 60 Minutes. Not that I ever watch that show, but I’ll check it out tonight, just for kicks. The reminder that his interview with Katie Couric was going to be on tonight came from the spike in traffic this blog just received.

It seems America is still curious about the issue of whether Sully is Jewish (see below for the online search terms people are trying right now), a question that probably wouldn’t have occurred to me otherwise.  The Jewish Post of New York (Your Gateway to the Jewish Worldlooked into it and signs point to no. But that’s O.K., right? A better question might be why he was prepared to act correctly on that day.

The Cap’n

Of course we have a lot of knucklehead pilots up there, so how do we get more like Sully? He stands out with his military experience, the amount of experience he has generally and the number of hours he has spent cogitating about accidents. It’s nice to know that he and his ilk won’t be forced to retire at age 60 (which, until recently, was a hard and fast rule.

And speaking of Sully’s future, it looks like San Francisco politico and Sullenberger family spokesperson Alex Clemens of Barbary Coast Consulting and the famous The Usual Suspects website will have his hands full sorting through all the offers, including one from Richard Branson of Virgin Air.

Anyway, here are some of the search terms people across America are using today:

sullenberger jewish
is captain sullenberger jewish 
sully sullenberger jewish
is sullenberger jewish
sully sullenberger jew
sullenberger jew
sulley sullenberger jewish
captain sully is he jewish
sullenburger jewish
is sully sullenberger jewish?
sullenberger is he jewish?
sullenberger jewish pilot
capt sullenberger-jewish
is chesley b. sullenberger iii jewish?
us airways sullenberger jewish
sullenberger and jewish
capt. sullenburger, jewish
sully sullenberger jewish ?
capt sullenberger jewish
is captain sullenberger jewish?
sullenberger, jewish?
sullenburger jewish hero
is chesley sullenberger jewish
capt sullenberger jew
is chesley sullenberger jewish?
chesley sully sullenberger religion
chesley b sullenberger jewish