Posts Tagged ‘search’

The Buzzing Dolphin Helicopters of San Francisco County – Why is the Coast Guard Flying Over Us These Days?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

We’ve had some extra low-and-loud chopper traffic over the 415 recently, not sure why.

Are our U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dauphin helicopters taking a new short cut from the east side to the west side, buzzing the NoPA and Nob Hill, when they’re on search and rescue missions nowadays? Could be.

As seen over the Western Addition (yes, there are tiled roofs on the DivCo).

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As it noisily flew over my vast real estate holdings I started thinking about how a trend like this could affect property values, so I started yelling and waving my arms and chanting “U.S.* out of NoPA!” But I remembered I’m not a God Damn Landed Gentry NoPA NIMBY Millionaire and then everything was fine once again. Crisis averted.

Semper Paratus.

*The CG is the smallest branch of the U.S. military, hence the mil in .mil.

Test Spokeo Yourself – Type In Your Own Name to See an Inaccurate Take on Your Personal Information

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I don’t know how worried you should be about the new search engine at local outfit Spokeo.com. Here’s the pitch: 

“People Search, Email Search, Phone Search, Friends Search with Spokeo

That pitch has been scaring people concerned about their privacy, but if you test Spokeo out you’ll see that you don’t have too much to worry about.

For example, the info it has on me under “basic results” are correct only in three cases, two of which are implied by my name. That’s out of 14 responses. I mean, you’d have more accurate info if you just guessed.

Hey, what about the Mayor? Let’s try:

I don’t know, does Spokeo reveal anything?

I’ll tell you, there have been similar search engines that have come down the pike with great fanfare, ones that gave wealths of accurate information for free but they haven’t lasted very long, for whatever reason.

Spokeo says that it’s, “Not Your Grandma’s Phonebook” but I don’t know. Grandma’s phonebook might work more better.  Or Yahoo! People Search, that one might work if you want the number to your uncle’s fishing cabin in Idaho, or something.  

In other words:

“I think spokeo.com should actually be called spookeo.com .. the only solace is that half their data is wrong.”
 
See you in Hell, Spokeo.

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: Demands Response from 414 Mason, Site of Tourist Slaying

Friday, August 13th, 2010

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J Herrera is going after the owner / operator of 414 Mason, the site of the recent Union Square shootout that resulted in the death of German tourist Mechthild Schröer. (The SFPD is still working on this case – they were down in Fremont yesterday.)

Mr. Herrera is alleging that the August 8th party was illegal and overcrowded. All the deets are below.

San Francisco’s Happy Warrior, DJH:

Herrera initiates legal action against teen party venue in Union Square tourist shooting. Demand letter to owner, operator of rental space alleges Fire Code violations, unlawful business practices in ‘horrific incident’ 

SAN FRANCISCO (Aug. 13, 2010) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera has taken a step toward suing the owner and operator of a Union Square venue where an illegal, overcrowded party for high school-aged youths last Sunday was marred by gunfire that injured two teens and took the life a German tourist. 

Herrera’spre-litigation demand letter to Joseph Ursino, owner of the building at 414 Mason Street, and Curtis Matthews, who rented out the party space, alleges that the two face, “at a minimum, civil liability for violating the California Fire Code and for unlawful business practices.”  Such violations can be punishable by fines and penalties as well as disgorgement of all profits related to the unlawful conduct.  The letter sent this morning acknowledges that the City Attorney’s Office is also evaluating the potential liability of Labriette Collins, the event’s promoter. 

“Because of the tragic circumstances and grave public safety concerns surrounding the event and how you and others managed it, I will seek full legal redress to affirm public confidence in laws intended to protect the safety of San Francisco’s residents and visitors,” Herrera’s letter states.  “Vigorous enforcement of these laws is additionally essential to guarantee fair treatment to the vast majority of responsible entertainment business operators, who invest the care and expense necessary to abide by the law, and who comprise one of our City’s most important economic sectors.” 

All the deets, and the demand letter itself, after the jump.

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Google Doodle! San Francisco Ballet Helps Google Celebrate Tchaikovsky’s 170th Birthday

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Check out Google right now, why don’t you? (Regular Google, not Advanced.) If it’s still May 7, 2010, this is what you’ll see:

It’s a temporary doodle on Google! Google Doodle, Google Doodle, Google Doodle!

See how “Google Doodler” Jennifer Hom worked with our San Francisco Ballet to produce this lovely image? It was quite a production.

Here it is all big and whatnot:

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(Wonder if Marisa Mayer was involved with this…)

All the deets:

Google Doodle Produced with SF Ballet

In celebration of the 170th anniversary of the birth of the Russian master composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Google has collaborated with San Francisco Ballet to create a special doodle that will appear on Google’s homepage today, May 7 at www.google.com, for one-day only.

Tchaikovsky, born on May 7, 1840, composed music for many genres, including opera, symphony and ballet, and created scores for some of the most beloved classics in the ballet repertoire, including Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty.

To honor Tchaikovsky’s contribution to the art form, Google worked with SF Ballet to stage a photo shoot around SF Ballet Artistic Director & Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson‘s production of Swan Lake. These shots were then rendered into a doodle by Google Doodler Jennifer Hom. For a behind-the-scenes peek of the photography session, shot by SF Ballet photographer Erik Tomasson, visit: www.sfballet.org/interact/watch.

Have you “Bing-ed” Yourself Yet? A New Search Engine from Microsoft

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

I can tell you right now that Bing, the new search engine from Microsoft, is “something of a hit” because it’s been bringing a few folks to this website the past few days. Especially folks from San Francisco City Hall – you can tell when they drop by, as they leave the following footprint:

www.SFGov.org CCSF San Francisco Department of Telecommunications and Information Services”

And what are they Binging today? Here’s something they’re interested in (it’s Jimbo Lazarus, for some odd reason) below.

Hey, why don’t you go Bing Yourself right now, just type your name and city in to see what the Internet thinks about you? (Actually, your results from Bing will probably look a lot like your results from Google, so why would people want to switch to Bing? Not exactly sure.)

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Bing! Fighting Google, One Day At A Time.

Oh, what a second, here’s a good reason to use Bing – you can watch porn without leaving the search engine. You see, Bing “puts porn in motion.” How about that? So, just turn “safe search” off and then use the search term “porn” in the video section. You’ll get these thumbnails that start right up as soon as your mouse hovers over them. Thusly:

puppies

Well, I searched for adorable puppies instead, but you get the idea. (NB: Don’t use Bing to look at porn at work.) 

As they say:

“But It’s Not Google.”

I’ll stick with the Googleplex mothership for now, but you, you go right ahead and Bing away.

Why not?

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:

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Google Maps Now Shows Real Estate Listings in San Francisco and Beyond

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Google Maps just added real estate listings as an optional search.  This comes on the heels of the very useful Google Transit. It seems our Friends at the Googleplex seem to think we want more everything:

Google Maps is evolving from a driving directions and business search tool, to a comprehensive representation of all the world’s information, on a map.” That’s why Google Maps started to integrate different layers of information when you search for an address and it added a new “More” button to enable layers for photos and Wikipedia articles.

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Don’t count on this new service to show you a complete picture of the Bay Area real estate scene (there’s no listing shown for Red Rock Island for example), but it’s a great start. You can even refine your search by number of bathroooms, etc. Get started by simply clicking on “Show search options.”

Pretty soon, we won’t need real estate agents or brokers for anything, right?

Welcome to the future!

Craigslist vs. Crgslst. Will Craig Allow This “Sexy” Search Tool to Live?

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

You know all about craigslist. It’s always in the news. But what about the new AJAX powered search tool called crgslst? Does using RSS feeds this way violate the craigslist terms of service?

The approach used by Crgslst would allow for some nice improvements in the future. The question is whether or not Crsglst HAS a future. Check it out while you can.