Archive for July, 2010

Pancho Villa’s new location

July 30th, 2010

Pancho Villa’s new location is in Sidari, Greece, which is on the island of Corfu.

Pancho Villa?

Greek Pancho Villa is pretty different from their San Francisco locations, since there’s disco lights, loud music (they were playing Sean Paul when we walked by) and table service. Also, most of the people there were British. And I didn’t see any burritos.

Ancient Greek Michael Jackson?

July 27th, 2010

Did Michael Jackson live in ancient Greece?

Greek Michael Jackson

Greek Michael Jackson

Spotted at the Temple of Apollo museum (motto: no flash photos, no photos with people in them, and no we don’t understand that second rule either.)

Gasoline shortage in Greece

July 27th, 2010

Here in Greece there’s a severe shortage of gasoline due to a delivery driver’s strike.

In this photo I took two days ago in Athens, the traffic to the left is moving. To the right, cars are lined up for almost three blocks waiting to pull into a gas station.

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Another common site is closed gas stations. Here’s a BP that’s closing up shop.

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This isn’t limited just to major areas; small towns are having the same problem. Not a good time to go for a long drive since there’s no guarantee you won’t run out of fuel in the middle of nowhere.

Hopefully the strike will end soon. But in the meantime there’s still plenty of tasty Mythos beer to drink while we’re stuck in Kalambaka.

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July 25th, 2010

I think they’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one.

Views of Clipper

In other news, I’m in Athens right now. Photos soon!

Trick question!

July 18th, 2010

“Angelina Jolie”
“SALT”
“Who is salt?”

…um, is this a trick question?

Mens’ Clearance

July 11th, 2010

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Well, that’s San Francisco for ya.

Yerba Buena Island dude

July 11th, 2010

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Spotted at 7th and Brannan

What are people posting on Valencia St?

July 3rd, 2010

Now that Valencia St. has created an IRL version of Craigslist, people are beginning to post stuff.

Let’s look at what’s being posted.

If you hadn’t guessed, the problematic white balance is because I got an iPhone 4. The camera gives everything a “peed on” look in low light, which seems quite redundant after dark in San Francisco.

Public Posts on Valencia

July 2nd, 2010

This morning, “public post” signs were installed on those the Midget Phone Company poles on Valencia. Turns out they’re not midget phone poles at all, they’re actually intended to be used for stapling up posters for your DJ gig at Amnesia. Who knew?

Public Post

Update: These posts were designed by Michael Arcega for the San Francisco Art Commission.

Transfering between Muni Metro and Bart

July 1st, 2010

Let’s say you’re going to work, and like a lot of folks, you have to transfer from Muni Metro to Bart.

What do you have to do? Well first you have to get to one of the shared stations, i.e. Civic Center, Powell, Montgomery, or Embarcadero. (I’m not counting Balboa Park, that’s another story for another time.)

Next you have to actually do some walking. Here’s a highly-skilled MS Paint diagram of what you currently need to do on foot:

  1. Go from the Muni platform level to the ticketing level
  2. Head through the exit and into the Bart faregates
  3. Go back down to the Bart platform level

Does it have to be this complicated? Of COURSE NOT!

Anyone who’s ever transferred has probably thought of this, but there’s a pretty simple solution here: stairs between the Muni and Bart platform levels.

Like this:

See? We eliminate two flights of stairs and save up to 5 minutes or so.

So what’s the rub, why didn’t they build the station like this in the first place?

It seems there simply isn’t enough room to have all the extra faregates and ticket machines we’d need on the station platforms. Or at least, it USED to be that way.

But now that we have Clipper, couldn’t we make do with less? All you’d have to do is exit Muni and tag on to Bart. Or in the other direction, tag off Bart and on to Muni.

Muni trains already have Clipper machines inside the train, and it’s a proof-of-payment system, so gates aren’t really needed. Bart could just have a couple faregates at the platform level. It wouldn’t have to take up too much space.

So there you go, commuters; now just convince the powers that be to build this.