Posts Tagged ‘toyota’

Stealth Cruiser: This Aging Toyota Must Be Invisible on Radar – A Very Bumpy Car

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

See?

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The World’s Coolest Tofu Delivery Truck or Just Another Tofu Fan in the Richmond – It’s Hard to Tell

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

From Gunma, Japan comes this Toyota 86 Scion FR-S, which stands for Front-engined, Rear-drive, sport.

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Upon further review, I’m thinking this is just a private auto.

No matter, look for it here, in Japantown East, in a few short weeks:

Soy and Tofu Festival 2016 – June 4 at the Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral

WHEN
Saturday, June 4, 2016
11:00am-5:00pm
WHERE
Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral
1111 Gough St. (at Geary Boulevard)
San Francisco’s Japantown

The mission of the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival is to educate the public about the health benefits and various uses of soy and tofu. In adhering to these goals, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival — an annual fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation — strives to be a vehicle for community-building and leadership development while adhering to the Foundation’s mission of keeping the community connected, informed and empowered.

This exciting culinary and cultural event showcases soy and tofu vendors, provides an educational forum on the various uses and benefits of soy and tofu, offers live music and cultural entertainment, interactive games and tofu eating contests, and culminates with the Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition.

Now in its sixth year, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival has grown progressively since its inception with 3,500 attendees in 2011 to more than 20,000 in 2015. One of San Francisco Japantown’s largest festivals, the popular culinary and cultural event serves as the main fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation, and is held annually on the first Saturday in June.

Proceeds from the Festival help to publish the first nonprofit ethnic community newspaper of its kind in the country, the Nichi Bei Weekly.

How to Tell If Your Car is Affected by the Takata Defective Airbag Recall – “Recalls Look-up by VIN”

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Here you go, the official NHTSA website:

Recalls Look-up by VIN – Vehicle Identification Number

But what got me there was this new AirBagRecall.Org (aka AirBagRecall.Com) site from Takata (and what got me there was an ad on the NYT website).

And all that led to Toyota.com/recall, which prolly wasn’t a bad place to check anyway.

I now see that the MSM covered this issue about three days ago, but I missed all that.

What got to me was this:

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And when I saw it I thought, “No, skyscraper ad. My aging inflator is just fine, probably”

And it is IRL, AFAIK after checking.

But the above urgently-phrased overstatement got my attention, so I suppose the lesson here is ADVERTISING WORKS, at least sometimes…

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Prius Pwnage: Prius Prunage Needed After a Ton of Tree Tumbles Upon This Troubled Toyota

Monday, March 14th, 2016

As seen on Clement:

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This Prius is a lowrider now…

What It’s Like for a 16-Year-Old to Turn the Wrong Way onto Turk and Cause an Accident in Front of Northern Station

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

It’s like this, or one assumes.

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Northbound Corolla on Fillmore turns right onto Turk, but Turk’s a one-way the other way in the Western Addition. So BAM into a Prius C. And yes, that’s Northern Station in the background. And I’m guessing about the 16 year old part, but you tell me, Gentle Reader. (I’ll tell you, one time I crashed into a 16 year old’s Honda at Mcallister and Gough. He was driving an Accord older than him when he decided to make his own turn lane onto Gough. He asked if I could do him a solid by not reporting this incident to anyone. I was like, “Yeah, right.” Then I told the SFPD to leave after some people called 911. So then I rode over to SFGH with my left arm held straight down since it wasn’t bending at that point. So then I gave up on SFGH after about five minutes. So then I made it home and then over to St Mary’s. By this point I was holding my arm at a 90 degree angle ’cause it wouldn’t go straight anymore – this caused problems for the X-ray tech. So then I had to go to a meeting in the Marina for the proposed Fisher Family Modern Museum. So then I went back to St Mary’s for the results. The upshot is that my left elbow, to this day, still quietly clicks when I flex it, depending on which direction my wrist is facing, but the 16 year old’s insurance policy paid St Mary’s and I ended up with a few thousands for my trouble. Basically, I sold my 100% good elbow for a 99% good elbow, and it took about ten hours out of my life. That’s what I think about when I think about 16 year olds causing accidents in the Western Addition. But I digress…)

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Or you could call this “traffic violence,” but I don’t.

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One time, a Dude headed to the West Side hit my Toyota and it looked better than these cars and I thought it was totally driveable but it wasn’t and my estimate ended up being $18K(!), oh well. This is definitely a reportable accident even without injuries – this is no way to start your Driving Life:

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And yes, the Prius driver was NOT AT FAULT – I’m as shocked as you are.

Anyway, let’s be careful out there.

Why Peds Hate Prius Drivers, Ch. MMCCLXVII

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

They’re still the worst drivers, after all these years:

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Hey Look, All the Invasive Frogs are GONE from Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond – Now Back to Normal – Photos

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Here it is, looking pretty normal, or about as normal as you can expect for a quarry pond in human-created Golden Gate Park:

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Now here’s your background:

Lily Pond in Golden Gate Park overrun by Vivian Ho

And here are the troublesome critters themselves – never seen one myself:

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Poor little feller. Michael Linnenbach (commons.wikimedia.org)

And this was the proposal, from a half-decade back:

Let’s just drain the Lily Pond and kill the frogs by Matt Smith

Clearly, it was time to call in the Frog Doctors:

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It was time for some rehab. Yes yes yes.

Or, in the words of Rec and Park, “adjusting the PH level” was called for.

“Another example of biological controls to manage pests is the collaboration between the Department and the California Department Fish and Wildlife, in this case, the partnership has eradicated the invasive African Clawed Frogs by adjusting the PH level in the water in Golden Gate Park’s Lily Pond”

By that, they meant this – going to the sto’ and then pouring in some motherfucking bleach, man:

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Chemicals were everywhere:

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Parks Chief Phil Ginsberg et. al. cooked up a batch of white powdery stuff…

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…and they went to town:

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It was a powdery wonderland, filled with all kinds of urban flotsam and jetsam…

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Check this one-minute video of the place at that time:

PETA, well PETA was NOT happy about any of this:

“According to media reports, the California Department of Fish and Game and the city of San Francisco are considering draining Lily Pond at Golden Gate Park in order to kill thousands of African clawed frogs who reside there. Reportedly, the frogs were released from research laboratories only to be deemed “invasive” through no fault of their own. Once the pond’s water levels drop, these animals will slowly suffocate to death. PETA apprised officials of our concerns, and while they stated that other methods were on the table, they did not guarantee that this cruel initiative would be stopped. Now it’s your turn to weigh in! Please urge the California Department of Fish and Game and city officials to halt all plans to drain the pond while aquatic animals remain at the location. Also, ask them to mercifully euthanize the frogs rather than subjecting them to agonizing deaths if alternative methods of control are impossible.”

I don’t know how all that worked out, but this was the scene a couple months back, via Tony T – ‘dozer and digger:

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And that brings up up to present day, what you can see from the first photo up above.

You can’t visit just yet, as RPD is behind sked, oh well:

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And there you have it.

Nous salouns le retour, Lily Pond!

May you remain frog-free forever…

I’ve Seen The Future, But I Don’t Know If It Works: Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car for Sale on Geary – A $57,000 Camry

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

The Toyota Mirai is here, the Future (未来) is Now.

As seen on 2nd Avenue:

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So, where do you get hydrogen to fill up? Emeryville, AFAIK.

Is the Mirai a Good Idea? IDK.

The Lyftiest Lyft Car to Ever Lyft in Frisco

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Complete with external mustache, natch.

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America Rejects Toyota’s Smallest Car – Scion IQ had 11 Airbags, 4 Seats, Easy Parking – Seemed Perfect for Frisco

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Four seats, sure, but they marketed it as a “3+1,” ’cause the seat behind the driver had no legroom, assuming the driver wasn’t able to scrunch forward. But the front passenger had plenty of room, as did the right rear passenger, sort of.

Read all about this unloved ride here

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Perhaps one could pick up a used model…

Imperfect alternatives still in production include the Smart ForTwo (just a two-seater), the Toyota Yaris (harder to park) and the MINI (much more expensive), oh well.

RIP, Scion iQ.