“I was assaulted for wearing hot pants in the wrong private booth at the Mitchell Brothers!”

I Was Assaulted For Wearing Google Glass In The Wrong Part Of San Francisco

Here’s the complete article (text only), with comments:

On Friday night, I was assaulted while walking down the sidewalk in the Mission District of San Francisco.

‘assaulted’–here we go again. Sarah…?
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FindMyPad Update!

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FindMyPad Update!
Although our Kickstarter Project has been rejected, enhancements continue!
Now available: FindMyPad GlassApp!
Just look at any building through your Google Glass and we’ll tell you if it’s available!
(or if we can make it available)
Sign up now!
FindMyPad on KICKSTARTER

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It’s not an easy job. But there is a lot of overtime.

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Unlike publicity, some of us don’t believe any progress is good progress

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“But it was a parking lot! And they put up housing! What are you, crazy?

“But it’s a condominium! And it costs 1.2 million dollars! What am I, rich?

ps: And they could have kept the trees. Nice large old trees…

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I used to hate just rich people

I used to hate just rich people.

Now I hate nearly everyone I see in my neighborhood.

By ‘hate just rich people’ I mean an off-hand, on-the-fly, facile and judgmental dislike and mistrust for anyone who looks like they might be a corporate board member (or their spouse or progeny), down to those obviously aspiring to the same (or to an equal level in a different stratosphere–the tech/app industry, for example). Like certain San Francisco Opera (or Symphony, or Ballet) patrons, especially on one of the many ‘gala’ nights throughout their seasons. I personally believe that no-one attains such wealth without doing some deliberate damage to others (to quote Fran Lebowitz “No one earns $100 million. People steal $100 million.” Only I would set the bar much lower than $100 million). Just like politicians. The higher up the rung any politician climbs, the more dirty deals and sleazy partnerships and unsavory compromises they had to make to get there. You get up high enough and you’ve got no more integrity left to sell.

By ‘hate nearly everyone I see in my neighborhood’ I mean hate nearly everyone I see in my neighborhood.
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Finding Property Info By Name (eg: Landlord)

FINDING PROPERTY INFO BY NAME (LANDLORD)

STEP 1
Install OpenJUMP (Windows/Linux/Mac)
see http://sourceforge.net/projects/jump-pilot/?source=dlp

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STEP 2
Go to https://data.sfgov.org/
Press “External Data” on left pane
Download “City Lots (Zipped Shapefile Format)”, then unzip to a (new) folder

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STEP 3
Search recorded documents by name
http://www.criis.com/cgi-bin/doc_search.cgi?COUNTY=sanfrancisco&YEARSEGMENT=current&TAB=1
Select “Show APN Detail” (Assessor’s Parcel Number) in search results
Get APN number (XXXXX-XXXXX)

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STEP 4
Open OpenJUMP, open your ‘City Lots (Zipped Shapefile Format)’ file
Select Tools/Query/SimpleQuery
“Layer” = All the Layers
“Attribute” = BLKLOT (STRING)
“Function” = [leave blank]
“Operator” = “equals”
“Value” = [enter APN number from above, remove hyphen in APN number (no spaces)]
Press “Valid” button. Wait, then message below should read “…1 features found”
Close ‘Query Builder’ window. Your APN will be hilited on map in yellow.
Right click yellow APN on map, select “Feature Info”. Pop up window will open. Scroll to right for street  address.

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STEP 5
go to http://propertymap.sfplanning.org/?dept=planning
Enter the address. Here is the info you probably want.

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I give up. You win. Take it. Take it all.

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Brought to you by the San Francisco Dream Team
(Who do I call to reserve my condo?)

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Democracy Inaction

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‘Democracy Inaction’
Taken on Tuesday April 1, 2014 between roughly 1pm and 9pm during the Board of Supervisors meeting. Purpose was to observe how individual members of the Board of Supervisors respond to influence and pressures from Bay Area tech corporations and property developers. One should note that the presentation, and responses to board member inquiries, by the plaintiff for the appeal was knowledgeable, speedy, and precise; while the presentation, and responses to board member inquiries, by the Planning Department and SFMTA and City Attorney was evasive, duplicitous, and faltering. Video was taken for historical purposes only and is not intended to be used outside of this context. Video has been sped up by one hundred times to protect the guilty.
Sadly, no supervisors (whose last names are not Campos nor Avalos), building planners, SFMTA members, nor City Attorneys were injured during the making of this video. (Pirate Shuttle Bus provided by Julia Wong; music Darius Milhaud)

*note: local file (not YouTube hosted); it will take some time to download and play

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“About This Shuttle Poll You’re so Fond of Quoting (Part 4)”

“About This Shuttle Poll You’re so Fond of Quoting (Part 4)”

Regarding: ‘Riding First Class: Impacts of Silicon Valley Shuttles on Commute & Residential Location Choice’ by Danielle Dai and David Weinzimmer (see dai-weinzimmer-shuttles ) (note: I emailed one of the authors and asked for a link to the original questionnaire and raw poll data, but have not heard back yet)

My final diatribe on this (again, I will cite Google in places, but most of what I write will apply to all tech companies involved in the private commuter shuttle bus program).

Regardless of what the authors of this study intended, the overall message I come away with is this: The commuter shuttle buses are a ‘perk’ offered by Google, along with many other perks, in order to attract, and keep, employees; a perk that we, the City of San Francisco, are helping to pay for.
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“About This Shuttle Poll You’re so Fond of Quoting (Part 3)”

“About This Shuttle Poll You’re so Fond of Quoting (Part 3)”

Regarding: ‘Riding First Class: Impacts of Silicon Valley Shuttles on Commute & Residential Location Choice’ by Danielle Dai and David Weinzimmer (see dai-weinzimmer-shuttles.pdf ) (note: I emailed one of the authors and asked for a link to the original questionnaire and raw poll data, but have not heard back yet)

I’m not a math guy — how many commute minutes equal 1 eviction?

Take a look at Table 1 (Page 10):
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(Pardon the glib ‘eviction’ reference; replace it with the negative shuttle effect of your choice)
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