Posts Tagged ‘S’

OMG, Is Costco Basically Giving Away Samsung Galaxy S 4G Android Phones This Month?

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

[UPDATE: Whoops. The good phones are $479 – so take away $430 and you’re paying $50 for the phone (assuming you’re signing up for a two-year contract) plus The Man takes close to $50 in sales tax away from you. I guess that’s close to being free. Unlimited data, two phones = something like $100/mo before taxes.]

I don’t know, but there’s some coupon you members got in the mail that says “up to $430 off” or whatnot – it runs through April 3, 2011.

(I don’t know, does T Mobile work as well as the all-time-grand-champion Sprint network in the 415? Signs point to no, so far. But your phone will switch over to WiFi seamlessly at home so that’s half the battle right there. And outdoors, T Mobile’s doing A-OK with wicked fast performance.*)

Go see manager Nick in the kiosk at the SoMA Costco** and then, You Make The Call over whether this is a good deal or not.

*Not that that matters too much. I’ll tell you, my old-school Sprint smart phone never dropped a call and always worked everywhere all the time (except for the basement of the State Building and your typical elevator). Until that traffic accident, it was doing fine – RIP, Palm 900-something with free unlimited data plan. Maybe I got spoiled with the Sprint network.

**They have more than just T Mobile, of course, but I don’t know all which ones.

OMG, FTJ FTJ, I’m Totally Blogging This! The New MINI Countrymans Arrive on Market Street, USA

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Or Countrymen. Or Countrypeople, Countrypersons, Countrymen and Countrywomen, or Countrywomyn, you get the idea. Whatever you call them, they’re finally here, and yesterday, anyway, there were being paraded up and down Market Street. This frisson will certainly FTJ, indeed.*

They sure look like regular MINI’s but they’re much bigger. These new Countrymans are the SUVs of the MINI world.

Can you see the taxi the white one is next to? There’s not a whole lot of difference in size:

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But in a moment, they were gone, stretching up Market and into infinity:

Oh, and here’s last month’s stunt:


Will MINI of San Francisco mark up the prices on these new models even more than usual? Signs point to YES. (Frankly, you’re a fool if you buy a vehicle from that outfit. Just saying. Bro. Oh, wait a second, That Other MINI Dealership is how far away from the 415? Oh, man, that’s far.)

Anyways, enjoy your new little-giant MINIs…

*(Masturbation reference noted.) That clip shows movie director Michael Bay’s view of blogging. Of course, Hollywood, more than most places, has issues. It can’t never tolerate criticism, seemingly.

Pathetic Tesla Motors and Its Sad Attempt to Build a “7-Passenger Electric BMW” in CA Without Enough Money

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Here’s what’s impossible about pathetic Tesla Motors‘ attempt to “build a BMW” in California, something that BMW itself would find challenging given the claimed time-frame and the budget and the location and the…. You see, BMW already knows how to build BMWs, right? Tesla doesn’t.

Oh God, Tesla Doesn’t.

Oh, and BTW, Tesla’s “BMW” will run on electricity (with concomitant heavier-than-a-gasoline-engine batteries) and it will be big, so big that if BMW built it, it would end up costing you north of $100K all said and done. Oh, and already-resource-rich BMW would spend more on development as well. A lot more.

But here’s the Party Line:

“The Model S is designed as an alternative to cars such as the BMW 5 Series, the Audi A6, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, with an anticipated base price of US$57,400. Tesla plans to sell the car worldwide and will introduce regional pricing closer to the beginning of deliveries in 2012.”

So leave us review. That gigantic ego-trip known as Tesla Motors, famous for breaking promises and disappointing people around the globe, is going to out-BMW BMW and Tesla’s going to do it better faster cheaper right here in high-cost California.

You want to know what a $45K electric car looks (or will look) like? Try this POS on for size. Tesla is planning on charging just 20%-something more than Coda. Will it be 20%-something more car? Will it be an “electric BMW?”

Only Time Will Tell.  

(Hey, you know what the people at Tesla are actually good at? Writing, editing, curating Wikipedia entries. Oh well.)

President Obama Appoints Three to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors

Monday, August 9th, 2010

President Barack Obama has just appointed three familiar names to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors. Here they are:

David H. Grubb, William R. Hambrecht, and Charlene Harvey.

Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton has the news, below.

A few changes for the Board:

“PRESIDENT OBAMA NAMES THREE TO PRESIDIO TRUST’S BOARD. APPOINTEES BRING EXPERIENCE, LOVE OF PARK
 
“Presidio of San Francisco (August 9, 2010) – President Barack Obama has appointed two prominent Bay Area business leaders and a longtime parks advocate to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors. David H. Grubb, William R. Hambrecht, and Charlene Harvey will replace outgoing board members T. Robert Burke, Nancy Connor and Curtis Feeny, all of whose terms have expired.

All the deets, after the jump.

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UC Hastings Throws Down: Defeats Christian Legal Society in U.S. Supreme Court

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Remember that whole thing with U.C. Hastings (the largest and oldest law school in the West) getting into it with the Christian Legal Society? Well, it’s over, with Hastings winning in a 5-4 decision.

(That means that there will be one less thing for incoming Dean Frank H. Wu to worry about when he takes over on July 1.)

Get all the deets, here and below, and see what the CLS has to say, after the jump, and oh, here’s a nice take already from fast-working Bob Egelko.

The flag of Victory, or something, flying above The Tower at 100 McAllister:

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms UC Hastings’ Policy in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, et al. Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, et al., signifying an important win in the country’s highest court for the College’s policy on recognition of student organizations and for higher education generally.

In the ruling authored by Justice Ginsburg, the decision stated: “Compliance with Hastings’ all-comers policy, we conclude, is a reasonable, viewpoint-neutral condition on access to the student-organization forum.”

“We are very pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision.  The College’s intent has always been to ensure the leadership, educational and social opportunities afforded by officially recognized student organizations are available to all students attending public institutions.  The Court’s ruling validates our policy, which is rooted in equity and fairness,” said Leo Martinez, Acting Chancellor and Dean, Hastings College of the Law.  

Justice Ginsburg delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Justices Stevens, Kennedy, Breyer and Sotomayor joined.  Justices Stevens and Kennedy joined the majority opinion in full and filed concurring opinions.  Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion in which Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Scalia and Thomas joined.  

COURT’S DECISION:        Available at http://www.supremecourt.gov/

BRIEFS:        Available at http://www.abanet.org/publiced/preview/briefs/april2010.shtml

As promised, the Christians Speak, after the jump.

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Thousands of Disappointed U.S. Soccer Fans Turned Away from Civic Center

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

I don’t know, I think they could have figured out a way to have Pride Weekend and the World Cup at the same place at the same time this A.M.

Or, in other words:

How the hell is there no large venue showing this match?”

They were still setting up this stage when the action started in South Africa:

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Fans forced indoors tried to make the best of it, craning their necks as if they were in the front row of a Metreon movie theatre:

(Of course, batting practice precluded AT&T Park’s JumboTron from showing the contest.)

Fans arriving at Civic Center this morning were told to go to “some bar” to catch the match. One fan announced that he was “mega-bummed.”

Oh well…

Who’s Doing More “Aggressive Work” on Electric Cars – Nissan or San Francisco?

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Remember that Tesla Motors corporation? They were the cock of the walk in the electric car world a few years back. Remember? They finally got a bunch of money from the feds, but they’re going to need to hurry. Why? ‘Cause a real car company is going to start to sell a vehicle that people might actually want to own. The new Nissan LEAF coming soon, so that’s disruptive to Tesla’s business model.

Will it actually go 100 miles on a charge? Maybe not at first, in real life, but it’s a start. Nissan too is getting government money, but that’s only after they’ve put a ton of their own hard-earned yen into the LEAF project.   

Nissan had to choose where to sell the first LEAFs (or is the plural LEAVES?) and they chose the bay area and and handful of other places. O.K., maybe our Quimby-esque Mayor hectored them into doing so and that’s the only reason they’ll be selling LEAFs in town, I don’t know. IMO, Nissan is doing the vast majority of heavy lifting here while San Francisco is simply spending a couple mil. we got from the feds. Is that a public-private partnership? It’ll do, I s’pose.

General Motors / Saturn never really had its EV1 / Impact electric vehicle available for lease to rich people (GM just didn’t lease them to all comers – you had to prove to GM you were worthy) in the bay area back in the day because of all our hills – that was a major factor. (The few people that got EV1’s here were always worried about running out of gas, so to speak, causing them to drive at night without the headlights on and/or guide their crippled steeds into bus zones for temporary parking, and later on, DPT towaway. Remember that, G? Good times.) Getting a LEAF will be a much easier affair.

You already know the Nissan Versa. The LEAF will be a swoopier version and, of course, electric powered:

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Here it is. The LEAF is a babe-magnet, apparently.

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via kosabe

How much will it cost? Don’t know. Should you install a charger station now, while the permits are free? Don’t know. Will this be a popular car in the bay area? Probably.

Anyway, the deets after the jump.

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Ordering an Orange Porsche is a “Harmless Form of Aggression”

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Check out the paint job on this Limited Edition Porsche Boxster. Appalling, in’nt?

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You’ll certainly attract lots of attention driving around in the orangest car in the world, much as you would walking around in a white suit, ala Tom Wolfe.

Zoom zoom.

Blue Bamboo from Himalaya in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

You can get bamboo in blue these days. What will they think of next?

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Blue Himalayan Bamboo, Himilayacalamu S Hookerianus at San Francisco Botanical Garden