notes.husk.org. scribblings by Paul Mison.

2014-07-09

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quote 15:35:24
“ The new Bay Bridge raises several important considerations for policy analysts of megaprojects. … It is important to recognize that the pursuit of the technological sublime may derail public processes and negatively affect a project’s design, budget, and schedule. Participants may be blinded by an overly optimistic belief that design and engineering can overcome the technical complexities and risks associated with implementing large-scale projects. ”

2014-07-02

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quote 00:23:05
“ "Repealing Sunday parking meter operations is in response to the mayor’s call to make San Francisco a little more affordable for people who live, work and visit the city," SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose said. Another wave of changes — including a single-trip fare increase of a quarter to $2.25 and a $2 increase in the monthly Muni pass to $68 — will go into effect Sept. 1. ”

As Jameson Wieser wrote at Muniverse, “Making it more expensive to ride Muni is an odd way to make the city more affordable.”

The original quote is from the SF Examiner’s story, Fee increases, free Sunday parking take effect this week.

2014-07-01

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quote 17:54:29
“ To fully understand what’s happening here, let’s zoom out and take in the wider picture. San Francisco is a relatively small part of a much larger nine-county metropolitan area of over seven million people. Within this area, governance is fragmented at the county and city levels and it is served by a slew of separate transportation agencies, including six separate but overlapping bus agencies and four regional rail or light rail agencies. There are three major airports, run by separate agencies, and while regional housing policy is supposed to mandate that all municipalities provide their respective shares of housing demand, based on employment patterns, this is often undermined at the local level. ”

Mark Hogan, in Living In A Fool’s Paradise for Boom, a journal of California, a site from the LA Review of Books.

As someone who comes from a country where there’s strong central government, this level of fragmentation in politics is baffling. That said, it’s hardly as if London and the UK is a great example of housing policy either.

2014-06-27

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photo 15:12:24
toffeemilkshake:

frankie-roberto:

Caught sight of this yesterday. It’s pretty heavily ‘ESPNFC.COM’ branded (and meanwhile the team names are abbreviated to three letters — does everyone really know what CIV, BIH and CRC mean?)

Yeah, I saw one at London Bridge the other day where the display is only two lines deep so I had no idea how long I was going to have to wait if I didn’t force my way on to the sardine tin that had just arrived at the station. Harumph!

At least you can read, at the worst case, one train time still, unlike Muni, whose bus stops loop through three displays of “You can follow Muni on Twitter / follow sfmta_muni / Nextbus predictions” before bothering to display the two next bus arrival times for about ten seconds before the loop starts again.
Don’t even get me started on the amount of guff BART spools over its displays, or the either broken or useless displays in Muni Metro stations.

toffeemilkshake:

frankie-roberto:

Caught sight of this yesterday. It’s pretty heavily ‘ESPNFC.COM’ branded (and meanwhile the team names are abbreviated to three letters — does everyone really know what CIV, BIH and CRC mean?)

Yeah, I saw one at London Bridge the other day where the display is only two lines deep so I had no idea how long I was going to have to wait if I didn’t force my way on to the sardine tin that had just arrived at the station. Harumph!

At least you can read, at the worst case, one train time still, unlike Muni, whose bus stops loop through three displays of “You can follow Muni on Twitter / follow sfmta_muni / Nextbus predictions” before bothering to display the two next bus arrival times for about ten seconds before the loop starts again.

Don’t even get me started on the amount of guff BART spools over its displays, or the either broken or useless displays in Muni Metro stations.

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Play Artfully adverts at Embarcadero Muni station, captured (somewhat wonkily) by the iPhone’s panorama and me wandering up and down the platform while avoiding trains and waiting passengers.

The games are part of SFMOMA’s On The Go programme, which is keeping the museum in the public eye during the two and a half years that the main building’s being extended.

If anyone’s interested I can try to dig out the individual photos of some of the game descriptions- just let me know.

2014-06-24

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Living below 51°N is scary.

Living below 51°N is scary.

2014-06-21

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Street alignment plots for London, New York City, and San Francisco, from Demeter Sztanko's Stonehenge in your City project (via Dan W)

As he explains it,

There are many streets in the cities which are aligned along the direction of rising sun of the solstice. I have found all of them.

These plots appear at the corner of the maps for the respective cities, and show the frequency of streets with a given alignment overlaid by the lines showing summer solstice sunrise / winter solstice sunset (orange) and summer solstice sunset / winter solstice sunrise (red).

It’s clear that London’s streets are much, much closer to being randomly aligned than those of New York City, while San Francisco is even more dominated by its grid (especially for north-south streets). Good stuff, and it’s not even the point of the project. Top marks.

2014-06-20

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quote 21:49:52
“ Google is using technology to make the world a better place. ”
Wendy Steiner: Things You’ll Never Hear San Franciscans Say for the Bold Italic.

2014-06-19

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Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2011.
This view does not exist.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, 2011.

This view does not exist.

2014-06-14

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photo 03:10:31
Mapbox have been adding building footprints for San Francisco to OpenStreetMap. The GIF shows their progress. Nice work.
(I did manage to convert the SF Data set of building footprints and convert them to a set of tiles, but this is way better.)

Mapbox have been adding building footprints for San Francisco to OpenStreetMap. The GIF shows their progress. Nice work.

(I did manage to convert the SF Data set of building footprints and convert them to a set of tiles, but this is way better.)

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