Posts Tagged ‘wiki’

WikiLeaks on How Gavin Newsom Handled the 2008 Olympic Torch Relay: “It’s Not Chaotic Leadership, It’s Actively Avoiding Hippies”

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

I’ll tell you, the number of people (outside of select parts of SF Gov and the People’s Republic of China) who knew what was going on when the disastrous Olympic Torch Relay came to town in 2008 was small. But Stratfor seemed pretty well clued-in. 

See how its employees mocked CNN and defended man-child Gavin Newsom in real-time during the hunt for the hidden torch back in aught eight:

“Athena Bryce-Rogers wrote:

By the way, CNN has no clue exactly where it is –and they have cameramen all over the place. Authorities are remaining tight-lipped.”

“Athena Bryce-Rogers wrote:

Vehicles leaving warehouse by back. They may have the torch. They’re not going on original route — they’re going around back of SF AT&T parking lot. They’re moving in a unit.”

“Thomas Davison wrote:

Authorities are deciding on the fly where the route is so that protestors can’t prepare. It’s not chaotic leadership, it’s actively avoiding hippies.”

That’s your Wikileaks of the day.

TA, 345, 555: The Iconic Buildings of San Francisco’s Financial District, by Photographer David Yu – Sunrise

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Most iconic is the Transamerica Pyramid. 

And then on the right comes the Bank of America Building, aka Triple Five Cal, aka the “Triple Nickel” (according to Wiki but I’ve never heard that phrase IRL),

And then in the middle comes 345 California Center, which is famous for being  full of mofo* attorneys.

From famous Bay Area photographer David Yu:

Anyway, that’s sunrise over the Financial – a rare sight.

*Srsly, that’s the nickname of a big firm based in SF.

The Problem with the Chronicle’s “49 Square Miles Project” is that SF JUST ISN’T THAT BIG – Let’s Check Wiki!

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The problem with the 49 Square Miles Project is that nobody checked to see if San Francisco is actually that big.

Here’s the answer from Wikipedia:

46.87 sq mi“ 

Now, did they include the Farallon Islands? Hell yes, plus tiny parts of the North Bay and the East Bay that we also have, through Accident of History:

“Several islandsAlcatraz,Treasure Island and the adjacent Yerba Buena Island, and a small portion of Alameda IslandRed Rock Island, and Angel Island are part of the city. Also included are the uninhabited Farallon Islands, 27 miles (43 km) offshore in the Pacific Ocean.”

So, having proved that, let’s fix the Chron’s graphic:

You know Chron, you could have rounded up to 47 and you could have even rounded up to 50, if your ardor for California’s Fourth-Largest City demanded it.

But you can’t round up to 49.

Sorry, Chronicle.

Wiki wins again.

Amanda Knox Case DOESN’T Show Need for Informed Traveling – Writer Nina Burleigh Cashes in on Murder Case

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Don’t you love it when the news of the day is riveted on the crime case you just wrote a book about? Well, former People Magazine staff writer Nina Burleigh must be loving it right about now.

See?

Amanda Knox case shows need for informed traveling

Let’s take a look:

“In the course of investigating the story for my book, I lived in Perugia for nine months, corresponded with the defendants, pored over investigative records and came to the conclusion that the crime was actually quite simple – a robbery gone wrong…”

Uh, no, actually, the crime is called calunnia, what we would call obstruction of justice, something like that. In fact, Amanda Knox just did a three-year stretch in Italy for that.

See?

Amanda Knox found guilty of slander for implication of bar owner Patrick Lumumba in the murder of Meredith Kercher; upholds prior slander conviction. Receives 3-year sentence (time served) and 22,000 Euro fine.”

So, when traveling, just like when you’re at home, try to figure out just one story and then stick with it. And try not to implicate others.

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Now you can consider youself an “informed traveler.”

Enjoy.

Foxy Knoxy’s Pyrrhic Victory: Amanda Knox Wins Her Freedom But Loses Her Wikipedia Page

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

I don’t know, if I were an internationally-famous criminal, I’d think I’d deserve my very own Wikipedia page, you know, the kind that Amanda Knox had until recently.

See?

These days, Amanda’s webpage is called Murder of Meredith Kercher. How wude!

So even though you might be mentioned 300 times on just one Wiki page, you still might not rate.

Now remember, if you’re ever jailed in a foreign country and the police are sweating you over some murder investigation, be sure to deflect blame by implicating Some Black Guy, why not? Make him go to jail for a week or two and make him lose his business, something like that.

And feel free to change your story as many times as seems necessary.

And then you’ll become a heroine to some, but, even so, you can’t have your own Wiki page.

A word to the wise…

Three-Day Weekend Fun: Using This Link to Search WikiLeaks Cables for Interesting Stuff

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Well, here it is, your:

US diplomatic cables browser (all 250k, unredacted cables available)”

I think this link has the new stuff in it, since there are references in there to Apple’s astonishing (to the writer, anyway) lack of counterfeit-preparedness back in 2008, and that’s been in the news the past couple of days.

I don’t know how exciting this will be for you but remember when that Olympic torch came to town back in 2008? This bit and others similar touch on that:

China is \”gravely concerned\” about security for the April 9 San Francisco Torch Relay participants and their charter plane, said MFA Director General Zheng Zeguang, during a March 26 meeting with the Charge. China expects \”anti-China forces\” to step up their efforts to sabotage the event and asked for USG help in ensuring a \”smooth\” relay.”

And oh yeah, Vietnam was pissed about this kind-of-whacko lady who tried to set part of our downtown Marriott on fire leading to a back and forth that reads just the way you’d expect it to. (The Vietnamese really, really wanted the terrorism charges to stick. They didn’t. But she got a five-year sentence for arson so that’s not too bad.

Anyway, I’m done, my five minutes worth of kicking around the browser are over. The problem is that you can’t search the text.

But you, you’re so clever, I’m sure you can look into this and figure out all sorts of interesting stuff what occurred in the 415…

How Can You Say No to Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales? Just Try It! Try Looking Into His Eyes and Then Saying No

Monday, November 15th, 2010

OMG, I can’t stand it. Every time I go to the Wiki, I see the outlaw Jimmy Wales and it freaks me out. The eyes, the eyes!

Ohhh, ohhhhhhhh!

All right, here take $50, Jimbo.

To speak is a sin/ you look first then stare:

Or, in other words, from TroyMcClureSF:

“Jimmy Wales’ eyes reach further and further into my soul every year.”

Indeed.

What’s that? Meet for drinks at your place later, Jimmy? Well, my boyfriend wouldn’t really…oh, oh really? Mmmm, oh O.K. 9:00 PM is fine Jimmy, whatever you say.

All right, here, take another $100, just make it stop.

Make it stop!

Las palabras del Wiki:

“I got a lot of funny looks ten years ago when I started talking to people about Wikipedia.

Let’s just say some people were skeptical of the notion that volunteers from all across the world could come together to create a remarkable pool of human knowledge – all for the simple purpose of sharing.

No ads. No agenda. No strings attached.

A decade after its founding, nearly 400 million people use Wikipedia and its sister sites every month – almost a third of the Internet-connected world.

It is the 5th most popular website in the world – but Wikipedia isn’t anything like a commercial website. It is a community creation, written by volunteers making one entry at a time. You are part of our community. And I’m writing today to ask you to protect and sustain Wikipedia.

Together, we can keep it free of charge and free of advertising. We can keep it open – you can use the information in Wikipedia any way you want. We can keep it growing – spreading knowledge everywhere, and inviting participation from everyone.

Each year at this time, we reach out to ask you and others all across the Wikimedia community to help sustain our joint enterprise with a modest donation of $20, $35, $50 or more.

If you value Wikipedia as a source of information – and a source of inspiration – I hope you’ll choose to act right now.

All the best,

Jimmy Wales

Founder, Wikipedia

P.S. Wikipedia is about the power of people like us to do extraordinary things. People like us write Wikipedia, one word at a time. People like us fund it, one donation at a time. It’s proof of our collective potential to change the world.”

UPDATE: And reader Andrew writes in pointing to this effort: