Posts Tagged ‘tool’

Does San Francisco Really “Need” a Coyote Mapping Mobile App Tool? – NOT AT ALL – And Yet, Here We Are

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Here you go, one of your purported CIVIC NEEDS:

“Animal Care and Control (ACC): Coyote Mapping Tool

Context: The Department of Animal Care and Control (ACC) is committed to the delivery of effective, courteous, and responsive animal care and control services to the residents of San Francisco. Coyotes play an important role in a healthy ecosystem by keeping the rodent population under control. Problems arise when people help coyotes lose their natural fear of humans by feeding and interacting with them and by not using vexing techniques to keep them fearful. Coyote safety is rapidly becoming a hot button issue for communities throughout the City.

Technology Tool: ACC seeks a mobile app that contains helpful information for the public about coyotes and has the ability to mark and map coyote sighting locations in the City and send alerts to the public.”

Or, in other words:

“San Francisco needs a mobile app to monitor coyote sightings…”

So who would install this app, this Foursquare For Specific Canines?*

I don’t know.

I mean, how would you get people to download the app?

And what’s its purpose – to get people to follow the rules here PLUS record recent sightings as if coyotes are at all dangerous?

Hey, is there a Porcine Mapping Tool out there? ‘Cause I have a recent sighting of useless pork barrel spending.

(And then we’re supposed to thank the Tech Bros for all they’ve done for us, now that they’ve “GIVEN BACK?”)

Thank You, Drive Through.

Who’s the Monster, who’s the Visitor?


*Or is the idea to target frantic citizens who think they’ll be like volunteer spotters during the Battle of Britain only to discover, after reading through the webpage-of-coyote-tips-masquerading-as-an-app part of the app to discover that the Enemy Is Us? Mmmm… That’d be nice, but nobody’s going to download this app. Sry.

The Q! – How Any Monkey Can Use Photoshop on This Shot of San Quentin – The Miracle of the Healing Brush Tool

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

I’ll tell you, I know every street, alley and pathway of northern San Francisco and southern Marin, you know, like the back me hand, Matey. But this part of Marin, near San Quentin Prison, I don’t know that well, so I figured I’d take a shot and then later on ID those peaks on the ridge and also that massive-looking apartment-looking building on the right there. (Or is it a hospital? IDK, maybe. I think I’ve been there, actually. It sure is tall for Marin County…)

Anywho, here’s the shot – note those light poles with direct sunlight on them.

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I’ll bet the Spot Healing Brush Tool could clear things up in a jiffy. You just drag your mouse over the stuff you want gone and poof, it’s gone. Photoshop simply guesses at what it thinks is there IRL. It’s like magic, no skillz required:

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Is this acceptable? Well, sure. It depends on what you’re using a shot for. I don’t think this thing would fly with the San Francisco Chronicle, but for an ad or something, sure.

Just don’t release two versions of the same shot, ala Kent State, and you should be fine.


The People at Sitemeter Apologize, Attempt to Roll Back Forced Migration

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Sitemeter is a tool that lets you see how many people come to your website, usually. But on September 13, 2008, the people at Sitemeter started rolling out a new interface that proved unpopular for various reasons. (“Sitemeter sucks” was a typical comment, but I could never get that far along the migration process to see for myself.) 

So, the Sitemeter Team decided to roll back to the status quo ante [this is good] but they are having problems getting this done [this is bad]. Their entire website is down currently so it’s hard to read their apology from yesterday. See below for Sitemeter’s thoughts on this whole affair.

This is what “Sitemeter Classic” looked like, before the attempted migration: 

The word from SM. Come back soon, Sitemeter.

Our Apologies –

September 14, 2008 ·

Dear Valued SiteMeter Customers,

As you’re no doubt aware by now, we’ve chosen to roll back our website to the previous “classic” version. 

Based on some performance issues we were experiencing along with feedback from the community it appears we have pushed our new site live prematurely.

Our intention is and has always been to offer you, our customer’s better tools and more accurate data. Obviously we fell short of this.  The first thing we need to do, moving forward, is to roll out new product releases in parallel to our current platform.  This will give everyone a chance to try out, evaluate, and comment on our new concepts.

We would also like to take this opportunity to ask those of you who had issues or concerns with the new site to participate in future beta testing.  We had originally asked for Beta Tester in two of our newsletters sent earlier this year so we’re eager to build our beta group even larger.  If you’re interested in participating please send us an email using our support ticketing system with BETA TESTER in the subject line of your email.

In the near term we’ll be evaluating the performance issues and feedback from our community.  If you have additional input that would help us build you a better product we’d like to hear from you.

We apologize for the botched rollout and will do our best to make sure the next time we do this it has your full support and blessing.


The SiteMeter Team