Posts Tagged ‘robert scoble’

OMG, It’s the Biggest Photowalk in World History – A Huge Success for Google Plus

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

I’ll tell you, I checked out this moving Mid-Market menagerie tonight and I half expected to see a soggy Robert Scoble wearing nothing but Google Glass in the vanguard leading the parade.

There were hundreds of them! With millions of dollars worth of photography equipment blithely making their way through the troubled Microsoft Yammerloin.

As seen heading down Market in front of the now-shuttered Market Street Cinema strip club, which has supposedly “closed for remodeling” (or so they claim) for months. (I weep for the strippers – how will they pay their way through grad school now?)

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Oh we go, a girl PhotoWalker, among all the photo geeks and Glassholes, at the foot of McAllister Street in the heart of the world’s largest open-air stolen iPhone store, you know, in corrupt Randy Shaw’s corrupt Twitterloin. You know, he himself helped draw the Twitter tax exclusion zone.)

Hai, chiizu, moribund Hibernia Bank!

I’ll tell you, whenever I photowalk through the gritty “Uptown Tenderloin” NeMa New Market NoSoMa North of South of Market area , I always wear four inch heels and carry a $700 full-size carbon fiber tripod, natch.

All right, I dare anyone to watch this two-hour video of this evening’s event.

UPDATE: Oh, Dave Martinez won a pair of Glass.

All right, keep on keeping on, and clicking and walking, Photowalkers!

Virtual Photo Walks™ originally shared this post:
Google+ San Francisco +Virtual Photo Walks™  with +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Karen Hutton and special guest in the HOA +Dave Veffer From +Trey Ratcliff Watch the SF PhotoWalk Live tonight!I’ve updated the PhotoWalk event at http://goo.gl/FqJcw with everything, but here’s the skinny!

Can’t make the photowalk?  Watch live tonight with +Karen Hutton  and+Virtual Photo Walks™  !! It will be shared live here to my own stream as well.

The Plan: Look, it’s possible security may throw us out of our meeting spot (inside the event at http://goo.gl/FqJcw ) right away, and I may not be able to jump up on a bench and give my Mussolini-esque speech.  If that happens, here is the plan:

Had lots of fun doing a +Virtual Photo Walks™  If you missed it live; you can watch it NOW on demand here.

A special thanks to +John Butterill  and +Bruce Garber  for helping to organize these virtual photo walks.

To learn more about +Virtual Photo Walks™  please visithttp://VirtualPhotoWalks.com where we walk the walk for those who can’t and have a lot of fun in the process.

If you would like to join us on a +Virtual Photo Walks™  or know some one who would please contact us http://VirtualPhotoWalks.org to learn how. 

Circle us on Google+  http://VirtualPhotoWalks.com 

Please feel free to help share places we visit, by sharing this post and video with your circle of family and friends.

Thank you for your help and compassion.

“To Know, To Care, To Act”

Had lots of fun doing a +Virtual Photo Walks™  ! If you missed it live; you can watch it NOW on demand here.

A special thanks to +John Butterill and +Bruce Garber for helping to organize these virtual photo walks.

To learn more about +Virtual Photo Walks™ please visithttp://VirtualPhotoWalks.com where we walk the walk for those who can’t and have a lot of fun in the process.

If you would like to join us on a +Virtual Photo Walks™ or know some one who would please contact us http://VirtualPhotoWalks.org to learn how. 

Circle us on Google+  http://VirtualPhotoWalks.com 

Please feel free to help share places we visit, by sharing this post and video with your circle of family and friends.

Thank you for your help and compassion.

“To Know, To Care, To Act”

More Details on Why That New Zimride “Lyft” Pink-Mustache-on-a-Car Taxi Service Might Not Be “100% Legal”

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Oh, here we see that Bob Scoble has the deets on Lyft.

“New competition, new technology has the ability to disrupt… People who already have an interest are confused by modern technology and there’s nothing we can do. But we’ve had several transportation lawyers  give us their opinion that what we’re doing is 100% legal.”

OH, WELL, WHY DIDN’T YOU SAY SO BEFORE, DUDE? BECAUSE, OF COURSE, IF TWO LAWYERS SAY THAT SOMETHING IS LEGAL, THEN THAT MEANS THAT IT’S 100 PERCENT LEGAL. OF COURSE! AND DUDE, PERHAPS PEOPLE WHO HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN NOT HAVING TOO MANY EMPTY TAXIS DRIVING AROUND SAN FRANCISCO AREN’T “CONFUSED” AT ALL? MAYBE THEY LIKE THE PRESENT SYSTEM.

“So by making that an optional donation at the end, we’re allowed to make certain exceptions within the legislation.”

WTF, DUDE? WHAT “LEGISLATION?” DO YOU MEAN “LAWS?” YOU SOUND LIKE A TYPICAL CEO, ONE WHO’S TRYING TO MAKE A MURKY SITUATION INTO A CRYSTAL CLEAR SITUATION. IT AINT WORKING, DUDE. NOT ON ME. PERHAPS IT WORKS ON YOUR MONEY PEOPLE, BUT IT DOESN’T WORK ON ME.

“We would eliminate people that are not safe drivers.”

ARE YOU GUARANTEEING THAT YOUR DRIVERS ARE “SAFE?” NOT EVEN THE SFMTA DOES THAT. SEEMS AS IF YOU’RE BEGGING TO GET SUED IN CIVIL COURT.

Oh, here we go, the video.

(Robert Scoble says “cool” waaaay too much, like he’s working on his second six-pack of the day.)

Now let’s check in with Cyrus Farivar of Ars Technica:

“I ran the idea past the former deputy director of the San Francisco Taxi Commission, Jordanna Thigpen. Despite what the companies say in their own legal documents, the judicial system may have its own view. “Sometimes in the law, judges will interpret a statute [in this way]: if it looks like a duck, if it walks like a duck, it’s a duck,” said Thigpen, now an attorney with Cotchett, Pitre, and McCarthy.

OH, WHAT’S THIS? IT APPEARS WE’VE FOUND A “TRANSPORTATION ATTORNEY” WHO THINKS WHAT LYFT IS DOING IS _NOT_ NECESSARILY 100% LEGAL. IMAGINE THAT!

“In her former position as enforcement and legal affairs manager for the taxi division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority, Thigpen said that she would focus largely on safety. She frequently checked (among other things) not just that the vehicle in question had insurance at the time of inspection, but that there was continuous coverage—as the law requires of taxi companies.

LYFT HAS INSURANCE AND SAFETY ISSUES, THAT’S FOR SURE.

“Under the San Francisco Municipal Code, Section 1105, Paragraph A, Subsection 1, if a court finds either service to be a “Motor Vehicle For Hire,” they would likely be required to obtain permits issued by the SFMTA.

I’D SAY SO. IN FACT, I’ll GO AS FAR TO SAY THAT IF A COURT FINDS THAT A SERVICE IS A VEHICLE FOR HIRE, THEN IT WOULD SUPER-DUPER UBER-LIKELY BE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN PERMITS.

[Lyft and SideCar] are trying to put themselves in this netherworld of regulation,” Thigpen said. “The determination is: how is a court going to interpret the definition of ‘for hire’ vehicle?” For now, company representatives insist they are not a “vehicle for hire.”

YEP. THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE SAYING.

“We’ve worked with transportation legal experts who confirm we are abiding by current laws,” said John Zimmer, the founder of Zimride, in an e-mail sent to Ars. “Lyft is a community based ride-sharing service that is an extension of our existing long distance ride-share model. We use optional donations as a way for drivers to reimburse the costs associated with owning and operating a vehicle.”

WHATEVER YOU SAY, DUDE. BUT IRL THE “DONATIONS” AREN’T OPTIONAL. YOU SAY THEY ARE BUT THEY AREN’T. YOU SAY THE DRIVERS ARE TRYING TO OFFSET COSTS BUT REALLY THEY ARE TRYING TO TURN A PROFIT WITH THEIR CARS, RIGHT?

OK, we’ll just have to wait and see how thyngs go with Lyft, you know, lyng-tyrm…