Posts Tagged ‘vests’

Better Know Your Lovable Safety Nerds: It’s a Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) Party!

Monday, August 6th, 2012

Here’s the scene in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle (which I argue is a part of Golden Gate Park for the same reason that the Idaho, Oklahoma, and Florida panhandles are a part of their respective states. But anywho…)

Can you see the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) people having an exclusive party complete with vests and ornamental hats / helmets?

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And I thought, wow, I can see some writing on the balloons, so one of them must have “logistics” written on it, and I was proven correct. It’s the yellow one, I think.

I don’t know, in my opinion NERT is too involved with local politics.

Oh yeah, and I don’t like the word “neighborhood” in there – sounds a bit NIMBY to me.

JMO.

I’ll just say that this scene would look less comical if it didn’t have the yellow police tape in there to keep out, who, the nearby homeless people or the hippies?

Anyway, carry on, NERT.

Now the Brand Ambassadors of MUNI are Loitering About at Night – What’s the Point of This, SFMTA?

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

You see, MUNI, your problems aren’t really concentrated during the night, so what’s the deal here?

What function are these people performing?

Four in the day, two at night, at just one intersection:

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Oh, really? OK, but how does that help the average MUNI passenger? You know the people you disappoint each and every day? Yes, traveling to Europe on junkets (can I bring the wife, can I bring the kids!) and buying gigantic tunnel boring machines (for the useless and ultimately burdensome Central Subway) is fun, but why not instead just struggle to get an extra run or two in on a few lines during drive time? At least you’d look like you’re trying.

Don’t you realize that you’re a defective government agency, SFMTA? Don’t you think you have better things to do with your resources than operate your brand ambassador outreach program?

Or, more likely, you think, “Wow, if only we could get more money, we’d have six people out there talking to each other about what kind of weed is the best kind of weed and what was on Colbert last night ‘n stuff, and then our outreach would be three times more effective!”

How Many Brand Ambassadors Does MUNI Need at One Particular Intersection of the Western Addition? At Least Four

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Are you there, MUNI? It’s me, Margaret.

OK, instead of hiring street ambassadors to sit around and talk with each other in order to get people to feel better about MUNI, why not just have them do something to actually improve MUNI to get people to feel better about MUNI?

I suppose the people in orange are the low-levels, you know, younger, attractive – they’re supposed to be the “Face of MUNI.” The supe wears yellow. “Uh, so, what was your major in college?”

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Don’t you realize that you pass people by each and every day with full buses in this area, you know, because you all don’t know what you’re doing?

What if you were given a billion dollars each year, MUNI? You’d have all the money spent in a New York minute and then you’d cut service and then you’d come back whinging for more. Are you the worst big-city transit agency in America? No, you say? Well, which one is worse than MUNI?

In closing, MUNI sucks.

 

Safety vs. Self Parody – The 99% Guarding the Kids of the 1% – And, “Won’t Somebody PLEASE Think of the Children!”

Monday, November 28th, 2011

I don’t know, I’m all for safety and whatnot, but something about this Bye-Bye Buggy convoy struck me.

What is it, the orange and yellow safety vests, the orange pennant, the back-up orange pennant, the hand-held stop sign (held by a person with no authority to use a hand-held stop sign on Van Ness), and/or the flashing white LED light on said hand-held stop sign?

Crossing U. S. Route 101, aka Van Ness Avenue:

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I don’t know.

Oh wait, that’s right, it’s missing its BABY ON BOARD! sign hanging off the back. I just knew something was wrong with this scene. I’ll obtain one (or a half-dozen) and make a gift to this crew the next time I see them on McAllister or in front of City Hall.

All right, play us out of here, Helen Lovejoy.

San Francisco BICYCLE SURVEY: “Daddy, Tell Me Again, What Does “Self-Selection Bias” Mean?”

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Well Honey, self-selection bias:

“…arises is any situation in which individuals select themselves into a group, causing abiased sample with nonprobability sampling, It is commonly used to describe situations where the characteristics of the people which cause them to select themselves in the group create abnormal or undesirable conditions in the group.

Self-selection bias is a major problem in research in sociologypsychologyeconomics and many other social sciences.

While the effects of self-selection bias are closely related to those of selection bias, the problem arises for rather different reasons; thus there may be a purposeful intent on the part of respondents leading to self-selection bias whereas other types of selection bias may arise more inadvertently, possibly as the result of mistakes by those designing any given study.”

As seen on Market Street. (Sure, the survey-takers have vests, but what about helmets ‘n stuff?)

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“Daddy? Why do people talk crap about Wikipedia all the time even though Wiki is way smarter than the people who talk crap about Wiki all the time?”

“I don’t know Cupcake, ask your mother…”