Posts Tagged ‘use’

Marquee of Historic BRIDGE THEATRE on Geary Repurposed to Promote Area Supervisor Mark Farrell – Meet Your New Baseball Academy

Friday, November 7th, 2014

This is the scene days after our most recent election – one hopes this promotional effort for the incumbent Supervisor won’t stick around* for too much longer.

In any event, you can never be too careful when your Conditional Use authorization is under such scrutiny.

Hey, guess how many NIMBY’s complained about the Bridge being turned into the brand-new San Francisco Baseball Academy? Zero.**

So, PLAY BALL, somehow, inside of an old 1930′s-style movie house:

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On It Goes…

*It was part of my job to change the marquee at this Landmark-owned theatre, back in the day. That was no picnic. (Another part was to console the owners of cars that had been stolen from our parking lot. Back then, criminals wouldn’t  smash and grab – they’d steal the whole car. Ah mem’ries…)

**It’s the West Side, nobody cares. Target? Bring it. Chipotle? Coming soon, just up the street near Masonic. Combination Pizza Hut And Taco Bell? Maybe someday…

OMG, the “Google Shopping Express” Trial is Finally Here – It’s Like Amazon Prime on Steroids – Apply Today

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

It’s now, it’s wow, it’s Google Shopping Express.

And it’s free to check out for six months, if you qualify.

Check it:

“Get free delivery for six months. We’re opening our pilot to a limited number of testers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Testers receive a free6-month membership for unlimited same-day delivery.”

Brace Yourselves: Amazon.com Lockers are Here – A New Way to Beat the Moms and Pops – Amigo! – Brogan!

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Now that Amazon.com is charging sales tax (or “use tax” IRL, same smell), there’s no reason that it can’t set up local warehouses and then offer same-day delivery service,right?

So you go to work in the Financh, decide you want a replacement battery for your car keys and order online. Then that evening on your way home you’ll pick it up at an Amazon Locker at 300 California. Or wherever.

That’s called Same Day Delivery. I don’t know if we have that yet but what we do have some new lockers installed all over town these days.

See? 

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Hi Hayes!

The locker names are kind of goofy.

See?

All the deets:

1. Search for a Locker location near you.

2. “Select” a Locker to add it to your Address Book. Next time you add an item to your cart, click “Ship to this address” to ship it to your favorite Locker location.

3. Once your package is delivered to the Amazon Locker, you’ll receive an e-mail or text message with instructions and a unique pick-up code. Enter your pickup code and the Locker slot with your package will open. Your package will be available for pick-up for three business days after you receive your pickup code.ow Amazon Locker Works - To ship your order at an Amazon Locker:

Oh, No – Somebody Scraped SFGate and Reposted It as “FriscoGate!” – Rubin Starset’s Windmill-Tilting at FriscoGate.Com

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Instead of SFGate, it’s all FriscoGate these days.

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Now, why would street photographer Rubin Starset go to the trouble of scraping the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle?

Click on over and see for yourself – it has something to do with how they used a photo of his. Do you feel the need, the need for screed? Well then:

FriscoGate’s lack of respect for the Creative Commons.

(I think Rubin might have gotten tripped up over what the definition of “commercial use” is, but that’s JMO.)

Subway Sandwich Trilogy: Toasting Costs Extra – You Pay Sales Tax on Toasted Subs, But Not on Nontoasted Subs

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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So the only way to stick it to the Man is to say, “No toasting for me, please.”* (And, of course, get it to-go, as young Akit helpfully points out.) Then, you save like 75 cents every time you get lunch.

This situation really isn’t the fault of the California State Board of Equalization, but it just happens to be the agency what has the job of interpreting and enforcing some of the cray-cray laws** passed in Sacramento, so what can you do?

*And no cucumbers. Cucumbers are horrible, IMO.

**You’re too young to remember the famous snack tax, but I’m not. It didn’t last too long.

Google Isn’t the Only Company Mapping the Presidio – What is this Subaru Detecting All Over Town?

Friday, August 27th, 2010

[UPDATE: OMG, the blue car below might actually be from Google. See the comments. I fear the worst. Courage...]

[REUPDATE: Bluoz, that guy who just loves to hate on Randy Shaw and that whole Tenderloin Housing Clinic / BeyondChron public-private real-estate/media empire, confirms the Googleness of this Subaru. It says “Google” right on the side of the thing. They’re ba-aaaack! First chemtrails and now this.]

Remember this scene back from aught-eight, when the Google Maps car got pulled over in San Francisco’s Presidio?

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Now, it turned out that the Google Car driver  got ticketed, but not for a moving violation. Apparently, Google didn’t feel the need to secure a permit to photograph this National Park for commercial purposes, even after discussing the issue with the Presidio Trust. But Google showed up anyway so somebody called the federales and Google got an expensive citation.

Well, Google isn’t the only operator of maps cars about town, it seems. Check out this new one, one that only just recently ventured into our Presidio:

What is the driver mapping with that masted array? And does the Silicon Valley company that sent it here doing whatever it is it’s doing  have permission from the Presidio Trust?

Don’t know and don’t know.

Keep a look out.

And to our corporate overlords, I say this: Any Car Color But Black:

“Project requirements
20 cars where allocated to Germany. We felt that the remaining visible black on the cars was still playing a negative role especially with the derogatory press that Street View had received in the past year.

What we did
We co-ordinated with Googles Geo team, logistics team and Street View car teams to produce a full car wrap that would cover the whole car. The chosen designs were then implemented by Picture onto 20 cars over a period of 5 days in Stuttgart.”

Obey Shepard Fairey: Start Buying “Obey X” Levi’s on October 29th, 2009

Monday, October 26th, 2009

You know Shepard Fairey from his Barack Obama Hope posters of last year and of course his related legal troubles from this month, right? (Always remember, when you borrow from others, it’s “fair use” but when others borrow from you, it’s cease and desist time for the infringing “parasites” - inn’t that right, Shepard?)  

Anyway, brace yourself for this Thursday when Shepard and our corporate overlords at Levi’s team up for the debut of the “Obey X Collection.” See?

“The highly-collectible Obey x Levi’s® capsule collection will be carried exclusively at select Levi’s® Store locations in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Santa Monica and at Levis.com.  A limited number of pieces will also be available at www.obeyclothing.com.  The collection will be available beginning October 29 and will range in price from $34.50 to $148.   To commemorate the launch of the collection, on October 29 Fairey will unveil a series of four new poster designs at a live art installation outside The Levi’s® Store in New York City’s Times Square.  Once Fairey completes the installation, he will meet-and-greet event participants while autographing free museum-quality reproductions of his new posters.”

It’ll look like this. Just $37.78 for a grey T-shirt:

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But there’s more:

“The series of four limited-edition Shepard Fairey posters will be given away as a free gift, while supplies last, with the purchase of any item from the Obey x Levi’s® collection in the following Levi’s® Store locations: Times Square and Soho in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, Santa Monica and Chicago.  The front side of each of the four double-sided posters features artwork that exists as a stand-alone piece.  The reverse side of each poster also includes one piece of a oversized mural image specially designed by Fairey.”

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That’s not dirt, it’s paint from all those nights you’ve spent tagging:

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“Think & Create” and “Paint and Destroy”:

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Is Obey “the new Ed Hardy,” or something? One thing’s for sure kids – quality will be higher and the cost cheaper compared to what Shepard normally offers.

See you at the Union Square Levi’s (300 Post Street) this Thursday!

Remember, Obey.

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S.F. is 40 years old. (40 going on 28, or 17, or something.)

All the deets after the jump.

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“FEMALES NEEDED: Do you currently use cocaine?” Then This Study is for You

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Here’s a Craiglist ad that you might have missed:

FEMALES NEEDED: Do you currently use cocaine?

“If you are female, at least 18 years old, currently use cocaine, and are in good health, you may be eligible to participate in a confidential non-treatment research study being conducted at the San Francisco VA to investigate impulsivity. All participants are compensated for their time.”

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I’m sure it’s confidential…

Google Maps Car Records Federal Police Chasing and Busting… the Google Maps Car

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

[UPDATE: Uh oh – appears as if Google has revisited the Presidio to update all the photos they had in there. So now you can’t follow the police chase by looking at the dozen or so shots actions shots from 2008. Too bad!]

[UPDATE II: Google has moved on to Subaru Cars: Meet the New Google Maps Car 2011.]

Here’s the scene last year when the Google Maps car got pulled over in San Francisco’s Presidio:

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Turns out that the Google Driver got ticketed, but not for a moving violation. Apparently, Google didn’t feel the need to secure a permit to photograph this National Park for commercial purposes, even after discussing the issue with the Presidio Trust. So, somebody working at the Presidio called the Federales and Google got an expensive citation.

It seems that rich, rich Google can afford to plant 800 pound “pins” all over town for the promotion of Google’s My Favorite Places, but it can’t see its way clear to get a necessary permit to operate on federal land? Mmmm.

Now, go here [you can still try but I think they're all gone now] to see the hot pursuit by this United States Park Police Officer. Scroll around and keep clicking – you’ll see the whole chase all the way up Montgomery Street.

Pull over, Google! The feds want to chat:

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“I’m in Hot Pursuit! Choo choo!  Kik-kik-kyah, I love it! I love it!” Or kyew kyew, either way.

But if Google can afford $700 Japanese toilets for all its bathroom stalls, then it can probably afford the occasional trespassing citation.

Anyway, keep up the good work, Googoo!

Gavin Newsom, Taxes, and the Death of San Francisco’s Auto Row

Friday, February 13th, 2009

Well read the news and turn the pages, comes today an opinion piece from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, appropriately titled “Gavin Newsom says budget challenge goes beyond City Hall.” It’s all about typically political choices regarding the allocation of scarce resources and arguments concerning elasticities of demand, blah blah blah. Fine. But here’s the thing:

“Consider the hurried proposal from the Board of Supervisors to raise the sales tax: If San Francisco raises the sales tax and South San Francisco does not, then we face the serious risk of large employers and tax generators, like auto dealers and major retailers, moving a few miles south.”

Just don’t know where to begin with that one.

Wherever you buy your car, power it with grease (pictured, in the bottle) or biodiesel, something like that:

 

Yes, car dealers are affected by local sales tax rates, but no, not in the way the writer of that statement apparently believes. ‘Cause if you think you can escape San Francisco County’s (purported, current or future) high, high tax rates by buying your new car outside of the City and County, you are mistaken. Just try it sometime, and you’ll see.

Of course Auto Row and the rest of San Francisco’s new car dealerships are hurting these days, no doubt, but it’s not because of geographic tax differentials.

Just saying.