Just a little while longer…
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[UPDATE: Welcome, BigTent visitors! But play nice - please retract your claws when you and your nannies venture away from your online ghetto and onto the Civilized Internet.]
Would Whistler’s Mother have “qualified” to spend $75 to become a “member” of the “exclusive” Yahoo-Groupsish Golden Gate Mothers Group? Sadly no, as she was one of those “older mothers.” Check out the membership criteria, below.
As recently seen at our de Young Museum:
And $75 a year? Shouldn’t a labor of love be a labor of love?
Food for thought, non?
The Examiner’s Will Reisman is all over the story of how people were getting nanny parking permit advice at the website of the Golden Gate Mothers Group. Check it:
(Well, you read that and you think isn’t Cheryl Brinkman another one of those Gavin Newsom lackeys /appointees? And isn’t the board of the SFMTA part of the problem itself? And isn’t the residential parking permit system a stupid, NIMBYish idea as well? That’s what you might think.)
What’s that? “Object not found.” Somebody must have took down the adviceful webpage. How wude!
Oh, wait a second, here’s something they had up a few days back:
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Couldn’t locate all the techniques the mommies discussed, but enjoy a sampler:
And oh! I have another one. Help your nanny by getting your doctor to sign off on a DMV handicapped placard application! (Doctors will do this for you because there’s no downside for them – you see, no physician has ever been disciplined in the slightest for improperly authorizing a DMV handicapped placard during the entire history of the state of California. That’s why getting a placard is a can of corn. Anyway, if I were a nanny, I’d appreciate a blue placard more than some stupid parking sticker that only works in certain areas…)
Remember, Transit First or something.
“I was really hoping that this would be 75.00 worth spending when it came to a mothers group, but it wasn’t. What I did get it is people that post on a variety of subjects including some that argue and upset others.
The moderation on this group is horrible. If you try to ask what exactly the 75.00 is used for, your account gets shut down and suspended.
So let’s see $75.00 x 4000 members, plus all the advertising revenue 80K, where does all that money go? That’s a half a million dollars people have paid to have the privildge to post questions about a babies but rash?
No thanks, there are many other mothers groups out there. Bernal Heights parents group, Mission moms, Glen park, all on Yahoo for free.”
*Hey, where’s the Windex, Honey? I don’t know, ask the nanny. What, where the Hell is she – is she circling the block again? That’s it, we’re moving to Marin…”
Check the latest:
“Chiu said he would be “surprised” if the current Board of Supervisors does not vote for an interim mayor on January 4 despite Newsom’s threat to delay his swearing in. ‘A lot of people are looking at that legal question,’ Chiu said, referring to whether Newsom can still claim to be Mayor of San Francisco when his term as Lt. Governor begins on January 3rd.”
Quite bold, non? (Of course, there will be no crisis if nobody objects to having a holdover Mayor, but these statements make it seem as if at least one person will object, anyway.
So, who’ll claim to be Mayor of San Francisco at the upcoming January 5th news conference / celebration for the America’s Cup boat race?
(So if somebody tells you, “Here comes da Mayor,” well, you won’t know whether to look on the street for a giant straight-outta-Hollywood SUV (complete with a gasoline engine bigger than what you used to find inside a giant CultureBus and a huge, hey-look-at-me, Frisbee-shaped TV antenna on top), or in the bike lane for a black Trek quasi-electric bicycle, or in the bus lane for a MUNI. Can you imagine?)
And if David makes good on his talk of running for Mayor for the 2012-2016 term at the end of 2011, he’d be joining Phil Ting and Leland Yee in an unprecedented Asian-American, one-two-three, Ranked Choice Voting juggernaut that very well could electrify a good portion (the largest portion?) of the electorate come November.
So there are your political bookends for year 2011.
Happy New Year…
The special night-time holiday lighting continues in San Francisco’s Financial District.
First, he was all like this:
Then he was all like this:
Now it’s all like this. The view from Chinatown of Embarcadero Center Buildings One, Two, Three, Four, and West (lower right – EW is the black sheep of the EC Family) along with the Emerald City look of 505 Montgomery.
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A reverse angle from the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge showing the TransAmerica Pyramid, in black-and-white, mostly:
A family portrait, as seen from Treasure Island. All your faves are in there, girlfriend. Your Embarcadero Center, 345 Cal, 555 Cal (pronounced triple five Cal, Good Buddy, come o-on), 505 Monty, and the TransAmerica Pyramid at 600 Monty. Hai, chiizu!
Happy Holdays and Merry Christmas!
On camera left is the Fourth Estate, The Press, in the background is the Second Estate, the home of Lords Temporal, and on the right is the First Estate, our Lords Spiritual.
In whom do you place your trust?
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Look into the reigns of a great estate
Better lights pull you out of the ground
Seep into the wood of the great estates
Animals your soul will guide
[UPDATE: Word on the street is that this isn't going to happen after all....]
Erin Sherbet has the deets on the coming Jumbotron-style showings of games 3 and 4 outside in the rain this weekend. But please remember:
“This is not a party zone,” said Newsom spokesman Tony Winnicker. “It’s a place for families and true baseball fans who want to cheer Giants on — there are lots of other places to party and buy pitchers of beer.”
Harsh. “True baseball fans” don’t drink beer, apparently.
“I never realized how boring this game is”
Berkeley’s famous Doug McCune is at it again. Earlier this year he pwned Apple / Steve Jobs over Adobe Flash phobia and now he’s taken arrest data for San Francisco and displayed it in three dimensions (sort of) to answer the query:
First with the drugs. No surprises here, really. Note the bump in the Lombard / Marina area where it’s cheaper to live in a motel than live in an apartment for some reason. Also note, the hillock in the outer Outer Sunset way out there near La Playa – that surprises me not. However, I was not aware of some of the other baby hills on this map. (Also, appears as if some of our youthful USF students are more into the drugs than their peers at SFSU…)
Simply, this is an awesome way to display this data:
Now, with the sex workers. Again, Lombard Street seems to have more than its fair share of elevation.
The bumps in the Sunset and the Richmond – I can’t relate them to my mental map of San Francisco. But there they are:
Doug beseeches us to not consider these maps ”as being accurate,” but it’s a little late for that for me.
Anyway, it’s quite an art project. (In fact, there’s your art show right there – just do these maps in 3D for real using paper or whatnot and then get the National Endowment for the Arts on the horn.)
This is doubleplusgood. Three cheers!
Now, one of the things you should know by now is to never trust anything said by anybody from an electric car company. (Sometimes they’ll lie to you on purpose and sometimes they’ll lie to you inadvertently.) Anyway, I’ll let Wiki take over now – seems as if Santa Rosa-based ZAP! has more than it’s fair share of issues.
Recently seen on Market Street:
Let’s hope the range is over 15 miles per charge IRL for the newer models.
Wow! You can even buy them on the craigslist.
Keep a look out.
2008 ZAP! Xebra Sedan
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