Posts Tagged ‘water’

What Color Would the Water of Our Vaillancourt Fountain be If It Weren’t Dyed Electric Blue? Take a Look

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Ah, August 2017, before the blue, the phathomless blue:

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This shot is from @JKBartleby, who sez:

“What should we do about the Vaillancourt Fountain?”

“Clean it?”

“Nah.”

“Run water through it again?”

Is sewer runoff cheaper than water?”

(Mmmm, wonder what it smelled like.)

And the next day or so things went blue blue blue.

And now the iceman season cometh, so the water’s gone again, until January 2018 at the earliest.

Anyway, we’ll have to wait to see which color RPD chooses to dye this water next year…

Alamo Square Poo Volcano: If It Looks Like Toilet Paper on the Streets of San Francisco, IT IS

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Frisco infrastructure:

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On the sidewalks of NoPA, just below the HSC:

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And don’t forget about the Financh and the Upper Haight – you’ll see this kind of thing in those areas as well.

Oh well…

Rainbow Falls at Rest and Rainbow Falls Back in Action, Under Drake’s Prayer Book Cross in Golden Gate Park

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Here’s the way things used to be in Golden Gate Park:

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And here’s yesterday morning:

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And here’s yesterday afternoon:

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Maintenance, I guess.

Oh, and this

“There may be a reason for its lack of visibility. The city of San Francisco had to sell off the large Mount Davidson cross after a 1990 lawsuit declared it to be a violation of California constitution. The same may indeed apply to the Prayer Book cross, were anyone able to see it.”

…is exactly correct, and for two reasons:

  1. Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind – Old Rec and Park (pictured below) doesn’t want to deal with the Establishment Clause, OH HELL NO. So, the less this cross gets seen, the less likely it is to cause consternation.
  2. It’s Part Of The Legal Standard – So judges and juries just might scrutinize images to see how much this cross is IN YO FACE. The more out-of-the-way it is, the more likely it is to be allowed. Trees are a factor, as they were in the Mt. Davidson case.

Our RPD has other fish to fry these days, of course.

(The biggest thing this cross has going for it is that it’s old. It’s History. Otherwise it wouldn’t be allowed on Public Land.)

And of course, Thurston and Lovey aren’t ACTUALLY Rec and Park Commissioners…

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…but they might as well be. I don’t think they’d vote any different than the average commish.

Anyway, Get Out And Play in GGP – it’s Archbishop of Canterbury-approved.

 

NB: Those Heavy-Looking Orange Traffic Barriers on Masonic Aren’t Filled, Offering Little Protection

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Of course they could be filled, but that would be a PITA for the workers:

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Just saying.

FGBOTD: Your Ford GoBike of the Day – Impression, Sunrise – Submerged in the Briny Deep of Lake Merritt

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Yet another quite wet Ford GoBikevia Ruth Miller, no filter:

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La mise-en-scene:

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Hey, why don’t we try taking off the FORD logo from all these bikes if this is how the reaction is?

(And why doesn’t Ford PAY people for the data it gathers, if it values this data so so much?)

Question: Does Citibank track “bikeshare” rental users in New Yawk the way Ford is now doing in the Bay Area? Non. Non non non! ‘Cause Ford is getting more data. Now, why is that? (Hey, did our local government officials make a bad deal?) Anyway, that’s something to consider.

I mean, if you install FordPass to rent a bike for 30 minutes, what happens next and for the rest of the life of your smartphone?

Oh, look:

Information We Collect. We collect the following types of information through your use of FordPass or third-party services that integrate with FordPass, such as Ford GoBike, which we also may combine with other information you have previously provided, or that we have collected from other sources:

Information you provide to create an account or sign-in to an existing account, such as name, email address, street address, telephone number, credit card, and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). You must have an account to use FordPass.

Information we collect through FordPass includes:

Location information collected from your mobile device and/or vehicle, such as Global Positioning System (GPS) and location derived from IP address, which can be used to determine your device or vehicle’s current location, travel direction, and speed.

Mobile Device Information, such as software or operating system version, unique device identifiers, IP address, mobile network information, and mobile phone number.

Vehicle Information, such as the VIN, hardware model and part numbers, status of vehicle systems (e.g., fluid levels, tire pressure, and locks), vehicle diagnostics, odometer, and other information about how the vehicle is performing.

Driving Characteristics, such as speed, use of accelerator, brakes, steering, seat belts, and other similar information about how the vehicle is used.

Information about how you use FordPass or third-party services that integrate with FordPass, such as when and for how long you use features and when you contact us, a record of your communication.

FordPass may also contain online tracking technologies (e.g. Adobe Analytics and Aptelligent) on your mobile device that collect non-personal information about how FordPass is used and how it is performing including if it crashes, and which may be able to be connected across devices and over time. These technologies cannot be deactivated in FordPass and do not respond to “Do-Not-Track” requests.

How We Use Information We Collect: We use your personal information – information that reasonably identifies you – to provide you with great functionality and services, allow you to control certain vehicle features, fulfill requests you’ve made in FordPass, personalize your experience, troubleshoot problems, develop new and improved products, services, and marketing strategies and research, to protect safety, property, privacy, and security, or to comply with legal requirements. WE MAY send communications about products, services, offers, promotions, news, and more that are customized based on your personal information, including your location, speed, and driving characteristics. You may choose not to provide certain personal information (such as not entering a VIN to connect to your vehicle or not entering a credit card to use My Wallet services), but this may limit or prevent use of certain features. We may use and share non-personal information for any purpose.”

Is this a fair deal?

[UPDATE: Oh, I guess it got fished out today around 3:00 PM – who knows, maybe it’s back in service already.]

Our Presidio’s Very Own Golf Course Gas Station

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Diesel too:

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You know, I can’t say WHY we have a private golf course, with its own gas station, in our Presidio. I guess it’s an Accident of History.

Oh well.

It’s Come To This: Water Yoga – Grab Your Stand-Up Paddle Board and Pay Attention to the Commodore

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

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If Our SFPUC (aka “SFWater”) Went to French Laundry, It Would Add Guy Fieri Donkey Sauce to the Bordelaise

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Oh look, yet another tiresome ad from our local utility poobahs:

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And here’s your backgrounder.

So, if the PUC were a person, s/he would carry horrible Donkey Sauce to Yountville to combine with French Laundry’s Bordelaise sauce.

Why? Because “two supplies are always better than one,” silly.

Nobody has Donkey Sauce straight, right? Yech! Similarly, nobody’s drinking Frisco’s substandard water straight neither. The plan is to add enough to make it worth the PUC’s while while blanketing our city with these nonsense ads.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, PUC

Frisco’s PUC Shows how a Reliable Tap Water Supply is Better than a Super Reliable Tap Water Supply

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

This ad here has been my white whale – I’ve caught glimpses of it all over town the past few weeks, but here’s my first view head on.

Anyway, I guess you can see the three streams of water here:

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So I’m disputing the “amazing” claim about the 100% Hetch Hetchy what some of us will continue to get (due to a bad nitrate score last time I checked) AND I’ll point out that the groundwater being added in isn’t good enough to be tap water on its own – it needs to be cut, heavily, with Hetch Hetchy water, right?

So what would an honest marketing campaign look like? IDK, how about we’re lowering drinking water for some of you, mostly on the west side. And then you could point out the pros and cons of this decision…

Frisco’s “SMART WATER” – Our SFPUC has a Lot of Gumption with This New Ad Campaign – “Hella?”

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Here’s the latest:

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1. So how “amazing” is the water we take from Hetch Hetchy / Yosemite area? Well I think it’s fine, but check this oot, eh?

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So what are we, like #11 in population but #33 in water quality? Hmmm. Is that really so amazing?

2. The groundwater the SFPUC is hella* excited to add to your water (maybe – it depends on where you live in Frisco) is of lower quality than what we steal from the baby Yosemite Valley we flooded in order to steal from.

3. So to conclude, you can look forward to higher water prices (raising at a rate much higher than inflation) along with lower water quality in the coming years.

IOW, you’d prefer to get your water “smart” as opposed to “hella smart.”

In closing, hella hella hella…

*Our PUC, mostly run by old white dudes: “How do you do, fellow kids?