Posts Tagged ‘wikipedia’

This Huge Emblem at the Front of Our Standard Oil Building at 225 Bush Looks a Tribute to Global Warming

Friday, January 4th, 2013

See?

Petroleum powers cars and ships – I suppose that’s The Message from the Builders of 225 Bush.

Contrast that with the message from the current owners of 225 Bush found on this Wiki entry, which reads like an advertisement for potential tenants.

Or in other words, “This article’s tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia.”

Indeed.

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.

Gee, How Out-of-Touch is Randy Shaw, You Know, San Francisco’s Government-Paid and Government-Loving “Journalist?”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Well, let’s take a look:

OK:

1. You still have “Best Local Website” up there, srsly? Wasn’t that like from half a decade ago? Don’t you know that people are laughing at you over this? Oh, what’s that Randy, your lickspittle spent hours and hours and weeks and weeks trying to get an entry for BeyondChron into Wikipedia and it didn’t work and part of the reason why is that you’ve never gotten a journalism award, is that the reason why you cling? OK fine. 

2. Uh, didn’t Aaron Peskin just save San Francisco well over $100,000,000? I think so. But you think he’s a failure because he can no longer “dine” with corrupt Willie Brown? Is that the measure of success, Randy?

3. Uh, the Board of Supervisors isn’t voting on the America’s Cup deal today, owing to the news what came out 24 hours ago. Didn’t anybody tell you, Randy? Boy, you’d think a big-city news editor such as yourself would know about stuff like this…

Hey Randy, does your house in the East Bay Hills really have six bedrooms and four bathrooms?

Maybe you’re a one-percenter?

Mmmm….

Occupy Oakland Update: Google Maps Now Shows Oakland’s Frank Ogawa Plaza as “Oscar Grant Plaza”

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Editor Jon Brooks of News Fix, “KQED’s bay area news blog,” has this today:

So our morning anchor, Joshua Johnson, was doing a story on the Clorox earnings report, and in the process of finding exactly where their headquarters is located, came upon this:

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Try it yourself – type ”Oscar Grant” into Google Maps:

Oscar Grant Plaza, of course, is the name that the Occupy Wall Street people have given to their tent city location.

KQED has made a call down to Mountain View saying, “Hey Google, what’s the deal?”

We’ll see.

(I’m sure no one intended any dis for Frank H Ogawa.)

Great catch, Joshua Johnson.

Great post, Jon Brooks.

[UPDATE: Get more details right here. "NAParish" took steps to change the name back to Frank Ogawa Plaza at 8:44 AM this morning but that action is still pending. (It's like a Wikipedia editing war. Remember those, back in the aughts? Just like with that tiresome "Violet Blue" woman - I guess you can do the same thing on Google Maps. See below.)

[UPDATE II: Oh no, now, per Google Maps, Frank Ogawa Plaza has two names. See?

I imagine that "Oscar Grant Plaza" won't be on Google Maps at all in the very near future.]

[UPDATE III: And now it's back to normal, back to plain old Frank H Ogawa Plaza. "Google Reviewer Sanjeevi" has, once again, put the big DENIED stamp on the idea of any political name-changing. Google's "Local Names" feature is being abused no longer. Case Closed.]

“Negative note 38 mins 24 secs ago by NAParish
Reason: The edit could be misleading
This is not an “official” name, and this edit should have been denied. See commentary on previous edits.”
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“Denied on Oct 31, 2011 7:39pm by NAParish
Reason: The edit could be misleading
There are two problems with this edit. One is that Google doesn’t seem to allow this type of political commentary by “renaming” an official feature. The name that some Occupy Oakland protesters are using doesn’t fit into any of the categories Google allows (Local is for the name in the local language, like using La Tour Eiffel as the “local” name for what speakers of English commonly call the Eiffel Tower). See http://goo.gl/gCf78 for the types of names that are allowed. The other problem is that the official name is Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, not just Frank Ogawa Plaza — and the official name should not have been removed a few edits back.”

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…

Pathetic Tesla Motors and Its Sad Attempt to Build a “7-Passenger Electric BMW” in CA Without Enough Money

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Here’s what’s impossible about pathetic Tesla Motors‘ attempt to “build a BMW” in California, something that BMW itself would find challenging given the claimed time-frame and the budget and the location and the…. You see, BMW already knows how to build BMWs, right? Tesla doesn’t.

Oh God, Tesla Doesn’t.

Oh, and BTW, Tesla’s “BMW” will run on electricity (with concomitant heavier-than-a-gasoline-engine batteries) and it will be big, so big that if BMW built it, it would end up costing you north of $100K all said and done. Oh, and already-resource-rich BMW would spend more on development as well. A lot more.

But here’s the Party Line:

“The Model S is designed as an alternative to cars such as the BMW 5 Series, the Audi A6, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, with an anticipated base price of US$57,400. Tesla plans to sell the car worldwide and will introduce regional pricing closer to the beginning of deliveries in 2012.”

So leave us review. That gigantic ego-trip known as Tesla Motors, famous for breaking promises and disappointing people around the globe, is going to out-BMW BMW and Tesla’s going to do it better faster cheaper right here in high-cost California.

You want to know what a $45K electric car looks (or will look) like? Try this POS on for size. Tesla is planning on charging just 20%-something more than Coda. Will it be 20%-something more car? Will it be an “electric BMW?”

Only Time Will Tell.  

(Hey, you know what the people at Tesla are actually good at? Writing, editing, curating Wikipedia entries. Oh well.)

WikiMania 2008. It’s On! Book Your Flight to Egypt Today

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

What’s WikiMania?

Wikimania is a regular conference for all Wikimedians that contribute to one of the many Wikimedia Foundation projects.

O.K. then. But is it safe for you to travel around Cairo? Let’s all argue about it online.

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See you there on July 17!