Posts Tagged ‘rpd’

ROBOTS ARE COMING FOR OUR JOBS, Ch. CLXVII: The $50,000 “SPIDER ILD 02,” Official Robotic Lawnmower of San Francisco – From Czechia with Love

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Oh, I guess these things are old, but they’re new on me – I suppose I should get out more…

Here it is in Golden Gate Park, with an official, screaming chicken government seal and everything, so that’s why I call it the Official Lawnmower of Frisco:

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Look no seat and no handle for an operator – Dey Terk Er Jerbs!

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Well maybe there is an operator for this 800-pound beast, but dude didn’t seem to be doing much. It’s radio controlled. From the Czech Republic it is. Anyway, it kept busy in Big Rec, despite the nearby presence of non-robotic, bright orange French helicopter yesterday:

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The ILD02 has no fear of slopes, that’s for sure:

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I don’t see what’s preventing this rig from going Full Roomba, just saying…

Consider This an Invitation to Your New RANDALL MUSEUM – Free Reopening Celebration on Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Friday, January 19th, 2018

[UPDATE: A note* on the raccoon.]

All the deets.

“You are invited to the Grand Reopening Celebration Randall Museum Friends and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department are excited to announce the Randall Museum’s Grand Reopening! Join us for the ribbon cutting, free activities, live entertainment and the first chance to see the beautiful new Randall. Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony with city officials at 10 am. Stay for fun family activities through 2 pm. The museum will stay open until 3 pm. This is a free community event. Limited parking is available and public transportation is encouraged.

February 11 10 am – 2 pm 199 Museum Way San Francisco, CA 94114″

Welcome back, Recology Raccoon:


*See Comments.

“This raccoon was a rescue. He was originally an infant who lost his mother and was sent to a rehabilitation center in Morro Bay. They set him up with similarly aged orphan raccoons and raised them all with the intent of releasing them when they were old enough. At six months they released him on a landowner’s property and within one week he was found shredded by some other animal. His back was mauled, his tail so damaged it had to be amputated, he also lost one of his digits. So, by the time all of his injuries healed the Center at Morro Bay felt he could not be released a second time. They began training him, similar to dog training, so that he could become an animal ambassador.

The Randall Museum had an empty space waiting for a rescued raccoon so they took him in. He will stay at the Randall Museum at the Randall until he dies and the staff takes great pains to enrich his life by training and toys, and replacing live foliage in his exhibit often. He is rarely fed food out of a bowl- they hide his food or make puzzles out it, to keep his interest and intelligence alive.

He was a wild animal that only due to his life circumstances now will spend his life at the museum. And, he actually may help other raccoons to be better understood or at least appreciated. That’s the goal. The staff at the Randall Museum want people to leave knowing more than knew when they came in about nature, animals and how that amazing interaction can be a lifelong exploration.”



Official Coyote Warning, Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Aint never seen this, in all my years.

As seen where the Panhandle bike path splits from the newly resurfaced walking path, betwixt Fell and Oak and near Stanyan:

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Continue west and then you’ll wind up on JFK Drive, which has been Coyote Central, over the years. My closest daytime encounter:


This particular pup was spotted near the Buffalo Paddock, back in the day. (Then it was plumb blown away by CA Fish and Game. Oh well.)


(And of course all the signs remind one of the VELICIRAPTOR ALERT, also from back in the day:)


Remember, coyotes are Mostly Harmless.

Continuing to Fail to See the Million Dollars Worth of Damage Due to the Koret Children’s Quarter Arson

Monday, December 11th, 2017

All right, so I had this last week but I suppose I didn’t articulate myself so well, so here you go, this is what the “million-dollar” hole looks like at Koret Chil’rens Quarter some six months after the arson:

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Of course they’ve cleaned up a bit already, perhaps they’ve spent $100,000 so far, IDK, but couldn’t they have filled in this hole with stuff already and couldn’t they have budgeted less than seven figures?

(Note that the clean up so far doesn’t include hauling away all the green plastic melty, as you can still see it right there.)

Anyway, that’s my beef, my Beef Of The Week…

Failing to See the Million Dollars Worth of Damage Due to the Koret Children’s Quarter Arson

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017


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So where’s the million dollars worth of damage? It’s in the middle somewhere. There’s sort of a hole where the non salvageable stuff was.

Apply the Mexico City test – would this damage have been all fixed up by now Down Mexico Way? Oh yes. And would the bill be for _less_ than $1,000,000?

Oh yes.

And you know, a half-year later, some of the melty plastic masses on the ground from the heat are still there, for some reason.

Once Again, Rec and Park Fails to Honor Donald Trump on Its Annual Christmas Train in Golden Gate Park – But 2008, Well, That was a Different Story

Friday, December 1st, 2017

2017: A hippie-influenced Love Train theme this year:

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The very same train, 2008: An Obamarama, to honor Barack Obama’s election victory the month afore:


I don’t think we’ll see a Trump either next year, for one reason or another.

And actually, I think the Obama display on public land was remarked upon at the time, by Mssrs. Matier & Ross, for two, and I also think that RPD has enough institutional memory to remember that they administer public land…

Park and Wreck: RPD Totals Audi with Its Laissez Faire Approach to Tree Maintenance – Another Fall on Fell

Monday, November 20th, 2017

IDK man, RPD’s tree branches can fall on your noggin at pretty much any time.

Oh well.

As seen on Fell near Shrader:

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And IDK how much small, 15 year old Audi’s are worth but it can’t be that much. So that’s why I say totaled.

RPD’s Panhandle trees will kill somebody one of these days, and our RPD is cool with that it seems.

Oh well.

Apparently, 25th Avenue and Fulton is Shaping Up to be Some Kind of Glorious Crossroads Area

Friday, November 10th, 2017

We’ve already seen this hullaballo:

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And now more work continues to the west, thusly:

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A lot of aesthetics stuff ginned up to be some kind of safety-related effort.

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Already this intersection has more traffic congestion.

(It could be that the National Park-style boulders “signal” to people that they should slow down as they enter a park, but also that they “signal” to other people that they are leaving a park and entering a residential area, so they too should slow down. It would be some kind of win-win, possibly maybe…)

We’ll see how it goes.

Twee Overload: Another Non-Safety-Related, Non-Improvement “Safety” “Improvement” for the Panhandle – How Does This Pole Help?

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Somehow, Rec and Park is trying to turn Golden Gate Park into some kind of old-school, National Park fantasyland, like something out of Every Day Is Like Sunday, these days.

So we’re paying for stuff like these Edwardian-era wooden benches, which to me don’t match the Panhandle’s current situation.

(Speaking of which, the wooden graffiti benches are getting used, but perhaps not by those intended by RPD. So people will check-in in the daytime, then you see them still there at the end of the day, and then they’re still there the next day, not that I care, but I question how much RPD knows about GGP, and the Panhandle part of it in particular.)

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Anywho, that’s your background. And here’s what’s new:

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The concrete base has been at this location for a while now. I was thinking it could be for an LED light pole, but I was also thinking I’d be wrong. Turns out we’re getting a sign.

What will it say? Prolly the Rec and Park board would prefer something not allowed, such as ED LEE GETS IT DONE, XXX OOO, RPD, but maybe it will say, “Golden Gate Park?”


Now what I think RPD should do is widen the neighboring multi-use path that abuts Fell, but that might be too much of a heavy lift for them, oh well.

On it goes…