Archive for February, 2010

2010.02.25

Cafe Racer in Noe Valley

Cafe Racer in Noe Valley

Spotted last weekend in Noe Valley along 24th Street. Black with gold detail. The engine was Honda, but I didn’t see the size anywhere (though painted on the block was 1100). The seat said, “BEEF,” which I hope was a favorite food…

One of the cool, cool details was the speedometer. It looks like they use lights to indicate the speed; more lights more speed. Very cool!

Cafe Racer Noe Valley Speedometer

The plates were from Connecticut (I believe; CON is what they use there?). Hopefully they’re having a blast riding around the Bay Area!

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2010.02.13

We Love You, Too!

Yesterday was “Colorado Loves California Day” in Colorado. Supposedly it was to try and lure businesses away from CA and over to CO, but in fact I think it was simply to show budgetary solidarity with us.

Here’s the official press release.

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2010.02.12

Facebook is Not a Blog

While I have to admit that I appreciate Facebook’s status updates, I have to say I hate how some users seem to think status updates are some form of blog. I realize they should be short and succinct. However, don’t just say, “Cool!” followed by a link. I don’t want to follow links out of Facebook, especially from my phone. Give me some indication of what is so “Cool!” will ya? Like this:

Cool! Doug finally uses his blog!

Short, succinct, with all the information I need to determine if I want to bother, which in my example I’m probably not too interested…

3 Comments | Catergorized: grrr  technology

2010.02.09

Norton’s Vault

Many of you that know me also know that I have a fond appreciation of all things Norton. Emperor Norton, that is. Last week when Banana Flash and I were wandering downtown looking for a place to eat and stumbled upon Norton’s Vault well, we just had to eat there. In the end the food wasn’t awesome and the improvised Irish coffee was… less than awesome. But the place is wonderful and I am going there again. I wonder if they can get me into one of the building’s real vaults?

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2010.02.07

Super Bowl Date Trends

It’s been my observation that over the years the Super Bowl has been coming later and later every year. I remember from my youth that it was a mid-January event. Now it’s more and more an early-February event. Soon enough it will become a mid-February event. Using these dates as reference I’ve put together this handy chart clearly showing this tendency. Click on the chart for full size.

Super Bowl Date Trends

I’d be curious to hear what people’s thoughts might be concerning the incursion of the Super Bowl on Valentine’s Day (which should happen in 2016) and how this will affect gender relationships, if at all.

1 Comment | Catergorized: thoughts

2010.02.06

Cutting Services

I read this article and my first thoughts were, “Holy shit!”

COLORADO SPRINGS — This tax-averse city is about to learn what it looks and feels like when budget cuts slash services most Americans consider part of the urban fabric.

More than a third of the streetlights in Colorado Springs will go dark Monday. The police helicopters are for sale on the Internet. The city is dumping firefighting jobs, a vice team, burglary investigators, beat cops — dozens of police and fire positions will go unfilled.

The parks department removed trash cans last week, replacing them with signs urging users to pack out their own litter.

Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own lawn mowers to local green spaces, because parks workers will mow them only once every two weeks. If that.

Water cutbacks mean most parks will be dead, brown turf by July; the flower and fertilizer budget is zero.

City recreation centers, indoor and outdoor pools, and a handful of museums will close for good March 31 unless they find private funding to stay open. Buses no longer run on evenings and weekends. The city won’t pay for any street paving, relying instead on a regional authority that can meet only about 10 percent of the need.

Yet the more I thought about it, the more I came to appreciate what was happening, especially in places where people are averse to taxes. “You don’t want to pay taxes, then here are the consequences.” I think this is pretty much what the state of California needs to do. You don’t want to repeal Prop 13? You want to keep heaping on voter initiatives that cost the state money? Then you will have to deal with the consequences and, like Colorado Springs, it will be painful.

2 Comments | Catergorized: political  thoughts
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