San Francisco

The Best Building in San Francisco

The Atlantic Cities has a nice look at the history of the best building in San Francisco, the Bell System building, though most people just call it 140 New Montgomery. Yeah, it’s got Yelp and a bunch of other tech (and non-tech) companies. As the name suggests, it also housed Bell (then Pacific Bell) telephone originally. But that’s not why it’s the best building in SF. Old East coast architecture is one of those things I miss from back home and the West coast has so few examples of it, let alone good ones or ones that survived various earthquakes.

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Sun, Mar 23, 2014

Mailer Manipulation via Soda Taxes

If you’re in San Francisco you may have received some interesting fear-based advertising today. Your first indication that something is wrong may be the bait-and-switch. The front of the mailer says: RISING COST OF LIVINGESCALATING RENTSIMPENDING EVICTIONS This may confuse you as the rest of the mailer is urging you to vote against beverage taxes. But that’s not really the point. Special interests use the bait-and-switch all the time and it’s such an easy tactic to notice that I might even count this as a point for proponents of the tax.

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Tue, Mar 4, 2014

Muniverse 2

Many years ago as I was learning Objective-C and Jamison was going through his public transit phase (yes, as far as I know he’s still in it), we joined forces to create an epic San Francisco Muni app for the iPhone. It was my first ground-up project for the iPhone so I found myself wanting to rewrite large swaths of the code every 2-3 weeks. For obvious reasons, I tried to keep the stuff that was ugly but effective and that got us to the release.

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Mon, Dec 17, 2012

Lightning vs. the Bay Bridge

Here’s a pretty awesome photo from last night’s rare thunderstorm in San Francisco. It shows lightning simultaneously striking all four western span towers of the Bay Bridge. Mother Nature: more like this, plz! Update: Another shot of the same thing!

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Fri, Apr 13, 2012

sf vs nyc

Listen up, nerds. Do you hear that? It’s the whooshing sound of people moving from San Francisco to New York City. Seriously, NYC is taking talent from the Bay Area and they’re doing it right under our noses. Anil Dash may not have been the start of this trend (I would say he was on a brief two or three year visit to SF), but he is surely one of the first to acknowledge it and take it seriously.

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Tue, Jan 11, 2011