notes.husk.org. scribblings by Paul Mison.

2014-04-10

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quote 08:25:49
“ Martin Cate’s popular tiki bar Smuggler’s Cove goes through a treasure chest worth of limes every day. “We’re in a particularly scary place,” he says. Like Jossel, he’s going to try to ride out the storm, essentially operating his bar at cost for the time being. Last week, he paid $95 per case, but more disconcerting was that his supplier didn’t have enough. ”

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quote 07:13:38
“ Zach Verdin, the CEO of a publishing platform called NewHive, later went beyond simple product testing in his bizarre analysis of the lessons evolutionarily advanced humans can learn from homeless peoples’ shopping carts. “Like #Hashtags on Twitter homeless people have re-imagined how to use the product and have turned Shopping Carts into mobile storage units, houses, fire pits, plant beds, and so many other things,” he wrote. “By taking shopping carts, personalizing them, and walking the streets they’re actively encouraging other homeless people to use shopping carts.” The takeaway? “Get people to create content that they’re proud of and when they do that it’s natural that they want people to see it.” ”
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian for Dissent Magazine in Let Them Eat Code (via buzz)

2014-04-09

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photo 00:59:58
sfmuniverse:

njudah:

Lady with a NYC subway map looking at a Muni map (at Pacific Catch 9th Ave.)

Some hot map-on-map action going on.


Obvious reblog.

sfmuniverse:

njudah:

Lady with a NYC subway map looking at a Muni map (at Pacific Catch 9th Ave.)

Some hot map-on-map action going on.

Obvious reblog.

2014-04-08

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photo 20:20:14
Hacked Prius Running on MUNI Power Lines (via iamdanw):

Published on April 1, 2014

From the comments, by chezblanco:


One of the nest April fools jokes I’ve read about in a long time: not inane, kinda believable, something I’d like to believe. Great job!

Me? I wish it was more obviously labelled.

Hacked Prius Running on MUNI Power Lines (via iamdanw):

Published on April 1, 2014

From the comments, by chezblanco:

One of the nest April fools jokes I’ve read about in a long time: not inane, kinda believable, something I’d like to believe. Great job!
Me? I wish it was more obviously labelled.

2014-03-25

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quote 20:33:04
“ Culture doesn’t account for the peculiar realities of formulating a budget in a state where California’s Proposition 13 has placed severe restrictions on the ability of cities to raise tax revenue for almost forty years. It doesn’t address the fact that San Francisco’s housing shortage is exacerbated by the unwillingness of surrounding municipalities to build denser housing within their own borders. It doesn’t explain why a recent study found that African Americans, a population already declining dramatically in the city, are being targeted for eviction at a disproportionately high rate. There is more going on here than a clash of cultures. ”

Julia Carrie Wong in The Nation: What the Media Gets Wrong About San Francisco’s Gentrification Battles.

These are all great points. Mountain View voted in 2012 to remove zoning for housing that Google employees could have used, and ‘council members gave a preliminary OK to more offices for Shoreline Boulevard last week as a “precise plan” for the area is developed this year’. Meanwhile, “The biggest beneficiaries of Prop 13 are large companies and corporate landowners who use tax loopholes to avoid paying property taxes.” This is politics, not just culture.

2014-03-21

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quote 17:24:00
“ The San Francisco Giants’ parking lot, which the team leases from the port and which it wants to develop into an urban village with towers as tall as 380 feet, is zoned for open space with a height limit, effectively, of zero. ”

John Coté for the San Francisco Chronicle: Political high jinks give ammunition to S.F. Prop. B opponents.

I’ve previously compared Google’s satellite view of that space with Soho, in the centre of London. It’s a somewhat unfair comparison, but it goes to show how much space is wasted on infrastructure for cars in the US (even in cities like San Francisco) compared to European cities.

The urban village plan is threatened by Prop B (June 2014), which follows from last year’s successful Prop B (November 2013). The latter effectively stopped a development on the north-east shoreline near the Ferry Building at the ballot box, despite years of planning. It seems that, despite San Francisco’s lack of housing, the population would rather vote against building anything than actually see housing constructed.

2014-03-20

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photo 01:14:00
Girl Combing Hair, Chicago (judy) by Kenneth Josephson, 1959.
There’s currently a show of Josephson’s work at the Robert Koch Gallery, which is handily just opposite work. I’ll try and pop in tomorrow.

Girl Combing Hair, Chicago (judy) by Kenneth Josephson, 1959.

There’s currently a show of Josephson’s work at the Robert Koch Gallery, which is handily just opposite work. I’ll try and pop in tomorrow.

2014-03-18

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photo 23:16:52
A 1200 pixel square crop of the San Francisco peninsula and Oakland from the Landsat image I posted earlier, thanks to their “Natural Color" image.
I’m sure someone with image processing chops can do a much better job than this, by the way. It still looks somewhat too blue/green, for one thing.

A 1200 pixel square crop of the San Francisco peninsula and Oakland from the Landsat image I posted earlier, thanks to their “Natural Color" image.

I’m sure someone with image processing chops can do a much better job than this, by the way. It still looks somewhat too blue/green, for one thing.

2014-03-17

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quote 00:55:09
“ johndevore: Complaining is the only right you have as a New Yorker. To complain is to tell the truth. People who refuse to complain, and insist on having a positive outlook, are monsters. Their optimism is a poison. If given the chance they will sell you out.
New York will kick you in the hole, but it will never stab you in the back. It will, however, stab you multiple times right in your face.

New York City does not lie. Its honesty is the only thing that makes this cold chunk of over-developed concrete special. Complain. Life can suck. It really can.

Complaining is the natural opera of New York. The arias spill out onto the streets, over tablecloth, between smartphones.
That’s all you get. ”

Buzz Andersen: New York City Doesn’t Love You, via Briana Mowrey.

This is also how London is, basically. There are some people who love London (I’m one), but we realise that London is, at best, indifferent to us, and probably actually hates us. (“London loves / the way people just fall apart / London loves / the way you just don’t stand a chance”, as Blur once sang.) Those of us who like it anyway know that lots of people - probably a majority - live there because they have to, or endure horrific commutes because not just their jobs but their professions are only in the one place. We don’t expect them to like it, and even when you meet someone who does, the conversation will be peppered with those times the Tube stranded you at Seven Sisters at one o’clock leaving you needing two night buses to get home.

Now I live in San Francisco. SF loves you, and wants you to love it back, and the people who do expect you to, too. You can barely criticise the place at all, and that’s especially true if you can’t claim sufficient bona fides (“I moved here ten years ago”). It’s stultifying, even though I’ve learnt to like a lot about the place. Nowhere’s perfect, and I resent people here pretending it is (and almost insisting that if you don’t find it so, you should move). Complaints don’t mean hate; they just mean honesty. If that’s so threatening to your home, you should probably move to New York for a year or two to harden up.

2014-03-07

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photo 02:25:08
annehol:

Art

That would be the Villaincourt Fountain, named after its Québécois creator. It was built at the same time as the neighbouring Embacadero Center, which is a sort of San Francisco Barbican, in a way.
Wikipedia has an image of it in front of the double decker Embarcadero Freeway, which it both echoed and outlived (the freeway was demolished after suffering structural damage in the 1989 Lomo Prieta earthquake).

annehol:

Art

That would be the Villaincourt Fountain, named after its Québécois creator. It was built at the same time as the neighbouring Embacadero Center, which is a sort of San Francisco Barbican, in a way.

Wikipedia has an image of it in front of the double decker Embarcadero Freeway, which it both echoed and outlived (the freeway was demolished after suffering structural damage in the 1989 Lomo Prieta earthquake).

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