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Entry: 2019-10-11 22:20:34.073829+00 12 minutes by Dan Lyke comments 1

A number of people have been posting this story as indication of some sort of malfeasance by PG&E. I'm not gonna defend PG&E, but this is a failure of social services, or the medical system, not PG&E. Here in relatively dense Petaluma we had an 18 hour outage because someone missed the curve at Mountain View and Fairview (the one in the middle of https://goo.gl/maps/VVxmYsqJQ43gc5kb6 with the white rocks and the reflectors) and took out the power pole. I realize California doesn't have much in the way of thunderstorms, but they occur, and when I lived in Chattanooga we lost power regularly because of such things.

Yes, 4 or 5 days without power is a thing (although when we lived in Lagunitas, within an hour of San Francisco, that wasn't that unusual.

If you're 12 minutes of power failure away from death, in freakin' Pollock Pines California, that's not the fault of the power company.

Northern California man found dead 12 minutes after PG&E power shutoff, fire district says

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Entry: 2019-10-11 21:27:22.617793+00 SFPD assaulted cyclist by Dan Lyke comments 0

SFPD officer accused of lying under oath after severely beating bicyclist in SF’s Mission

Officers celebrated with ‘high-fives’ and ‘fist-bumps’ after beating man who rode bike on sidewalk, per witness testimony — and body camera footage

[ related topics: Photography Bay Area Bicycling ]



Entry: 2019-10-09 16:18:12.106387+00 porpoiseful tuna by Dan Lyke comments 0

Consumers sue Bumble Bee, Chicken of the Sea, StarKist over 'dolphin-safe' tuna claims.

What's most surprising to me about this (another friend who's reading legal briefs on this has passed along) is that there are actually legit brands:

"Several tuna companies use traditional pole-and-line and trolling methods of catching tuna. These products include Safe Catch, Ocean Naturals (for its Albacore tuna), and Wild Planet, which are caught using pole-and-line and trolling, and American Tuna, Whole Foods 365 Everyday Value brand (for its skipjack and albacore tuna), and Trader Joe’s (for its yellowfin tuna), which are caught using exclusively pole-and-line."

https://www.dolphin-safe-tuna-lawsuits.com/case-information/

[ related topics: Food Bay Area Space & Astronomy Law Current Events Consumerism and advertising Birds ]



Entry: 2019-09-26 16:11:31.635296+00 Flying to CA for arson by Dan Lyke comments 0

You know what? Fuck it, maybe it is time to build a wall to keep [checks notes] people from flyover country out of California: Missouri man charged with flying to Bay Area and setting Milpitas grass fires

Arson suspect Freddie Graham, 68, was arrested while dropping off rental car at San Jose airport on his way out of town, investigators say

[ related topics: Aviation Bay Area California Culture Automobiles ]



Entry: 2019-09-05 07:01:57.380882+00 AAA is a terrorist organization by Dan Lyke comments 0

I have seen a number of responses to the San Francisco just passed a resolution calling the NRA a ‘domestic terrorist organization’ story that are along the lines of "well, should we blame AAA for automobile related deaths?" And I was like "if you look at AAA's lobbying efforts, maybe we should", but then right below a link to this someone linked to this article: Deaths From Red Light Running At A 10-Year High, AAA Study Finds, a AAA spokesman saying "Drivers distracted on their phones, pedestrians distracted when crossing intersections, are all reasonable contributing causes to what we see the data telling us".

Pedestrians distracted on their phones. Yes, Mr Jake Nelson, let's go to the data: From the New York City Department of Transportion's look at distraction and collisions, http://home.nyc.gov/html/dot/d...straction-shouldnt-be-deadly.pdf :

"According to the last six years of available national data, fatalities involving the use of portable electronic devices by pedestrians ranged from one to twelve per year, representing 0% to 0.2% of pedestrian traffic fatalities".

And just wait 'til you see the numbers on how many fatalities were due to motorists not yielding the right of way to pedestrians.

So, yes: the data suggest that AAA is a terrorist organization.

[ related topics: Interactive Drama Politics Invention and Design Bay Area California Culture Sports Automobiles New York ]



Entry: 2019-08-05 23:30:08.232468+00 Square Dancers by Dan Lyke comments 0

Square Dancers: This Friday August 9th, Kurt Gollhardt and I are trading Plus & Mainstream tips at the Oaktown 8s/Elks & Does Second Friday dance. Come mess with us! 7:30-10PM at the Lake Merritt Dance Center, 200 Grand Ave, Oakland CA

[ related topics: Bay Area Heinlein ]



Entry: 2019-06-25 20:35:32.072465+00 Screaming Queens by Dan Lyke comments 0

The Night That Trans Women Rioted for Their Rights at a Tenderloin Cafeteria:

Screening on KQED Saturday, July 23, Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria has a particular resonance now, 50 years after the event that inspired its making, as the need for queer safe spaces becomes a subject of focus once again.

[ related topics: Technology and Culture Bay Area Television Civil Liberties ]



Entry: 2019-06-15 07:25:09.143549+00 Effects of Rent Control by Dan Lyke comments 2

Fantastic Twitter thread on The Effects Of Rent Control Expansion on Tenants, Landlords, and Inequality: Evidence from San Francisco, Rebecca Diamond, Timothy McQuade, Franklin Qian (2017).

Reduction in rental inventory, reduced mobility for established renters, all the usual problems.

[ related topics: Bay Area California Culture ]



Entry: 2019-06-05 22:31:10.759647+00 Oakland decriminalizes hallucinogens by Dan Lyke comments 0

Oakland Votes Unanimously to Decriminalize Psychoactive Plants Like Ayahuasca, Peyote and Hallucinogenic Mushrooms

[ related topics: Bay Area Gardening ]



Entry: 2019-05-24 16:13:37.030113+00 NTSB & rail safety by Dan Lyke comments 0

The NTSB Wants American Trains to Be Less Safe:

In 2017, an Amtrak Cascades train derailed outside Seattle. The train driver sped on a curve and the heavy locomotive derailed, dragging the trains with it, as had happened in 2013 in New York and in 2015 in Philadelphia. The primary culprit was the tardy installation of automatic train protection (“positive train control”), which would have prevented overspeed: the Philadelphia accident happened shortly before that section of track was scheduled to get PTC, the New York accident happened on a line with weaker protection against running red signals but not against overspeed, and the Seattle accident happened on a line not-yet equipped with PTC but with ongoing installation.

[ related topics: Invention and Design Bay Area Sports Machinery Trains New York Seattle Public Transportation ]



Entry: 2019-05-11 16:14:34.309326+00 Square Dancing vs Jazzercise by Dan Lyke comments 0

I love (modern (western)) square dancing. I love that it combines a mental workout with some brisk walking. I appreciate the square dancers who dance to my music. But I just found out that Jazzercise was founded in 1969, CALLERLAB started to come together circa 1971.

They are, admittedly, slightly different things, but Jazzercise has 228 corporate staff, over 8,300 franchisees, and some of those franchisees are doing well enough to be able to live in the SF North Bay on 6 classes a week.

I thought about this as I cashed a check in the double-digits for a two and a half hour dance I called for which I had to allow 3 hours of drive time...

[ related topics: Music Bay Area Theater & Plays California Culture ]



Entry: 2019-04-08 19:25:05.408457+00 QOTD Mandy J Pants Decided I'm by Dan Lyke comments 0

QOTD, Mandy J Pants: "Decided I'm going to write a safe-sex instructional manual for the BDSM & kink community.

"Working title: Beat, Play, Glove."

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Entry: 2019-04-06 15:15:00.73458+00 Links from Shadow by Dan Lyke comments 1

Catching up on older email, a bunch of links from Shadow. I don't think any of these are repeats:

Fancy browser developer tools are great and all, but border: 1px solid red; has helped me figure things out more often than I can remember.

[ related topics: Games Movies virus Nature and environment Food Bay Area Software Engineering Writing Artificial Intelligence Race Video Bicycling ]



Entry: 2019-03-23 16:07:30.011787+00 Framed by Dan Lyke comments 0

San Francisco To Pay $13.1 Million To Man Framed By Police For Murder

He sued in January 2016. In April of last year, a jury in Oakland found that two police officers on the case, Maureen D'Amico and Michael Johnson, deliberately fabricated evidence and failed to disclose exculpatory material.

[ related topics: Bay Area Law Law Enforcement California Culture ]



Entry: 2019-03-14 21:12:26.415316+00 63Red Safe by Dan Lyke comments 0

“Yelp, but for MAGA” turns red over security disclosure, threatens researcher: 63Red Safe app—a "Green Book" for conservatives—left APIs exposed.

The thread: https://twitter.com/fs0c131y/status/1105260936305274880

[ related topics: Books Bay Area ]



Entry: 2019-03-13 15:36:38.007705+00 College good for your career by Dan Lyke comments 0

Man accused of local bank robberies was neuroscientist with Ph.D.

[ related topics: Bay Area Current Events ]



Entry: 2019-03-02 17:27:39.293149+00 Seed by Dan Lyke comments 0

Shadow forwarded along Seed, a dramatic web comic. I'm hooked. Damn it.

[ related topics: Bay Area ]



Entry: 2019-02-14 22:01:48.938056+00 Northern California Winter by Dan Lyke comments 0

So on Monday, some of the office conversation revolved around a garage remodel in my boss's neighborhood which seemed excessively robust, involving various upgrades to the support and bracing. I commented that it had been a couple of years, but I remember when we had a wet rainy winter and there were houses in southern Marin sliding off houses, and if I was rebuilding a garage in his neighborhood I'd want it pretty darned beefy.

Anyway, this is a block or so up from his house. We're having a real actual California winter here. Marin storm havoc: Sausalito mudslide, broad flooding, outages.

I'm not sure it's possible to build a structure that beefy, however.

My drive over to Novato on Monday to call may be interesting: Levee breached near Highway 37 in Novato as rains pound North Bay

[ related topics: Interactive Drama Bay Area California Culture Real Estate Sausalito ]



Entry: 2019-02-12 21:49:33.175718+00 NIMBY makes way by Dan Lyke comments 2

Art space NIMBY’s last days in Oakland: Arts incubator makes way for pot grow . Sooooo... our land use policies make it reasonable for the art space to relocate to rural Lassen county to make way for agriculture in downtown Oakland?

[ related topics: Bay Area Space & Astronomy Art & Culture Real Estate ]



Entry: 2019-02-12 21:09:42.87659+00 Sunk Cost Fallacy by Dan Lyke comments 0

Gavin Newsom calls SF-to-LA high-speed rail unrealistic, pushes for route from Bakersfield to Merced

"Abandoning the high-speed rail entirely means we will have wasted billions and billions of dollars with nothing but broken promises... and lawsuits to show for it," Newsom added, explaining he wouldn't want to send the $3.5 billion in federal money the project has been granted back to the Trump administration.

[ related topics: Bay Area Current Events Trains Currency Gavin Newsom ]



Entry: 2019-01-13 19:23:17.595154+00 Marin Bicycle Safety by Dan Lyke comments 0

Report: Marin among riskiest counties for bicyclists, pedestrians

2018 Marin County Travel Safety Plan — Systemic Safety Analysis (PDF)

Via The Greater Marin on Twitter.

[ related topics: Bay Area California Culture ]



Entry: 2019-01-10 20:33:25.814908+00 Marin Safety Travel Plan by Dan Lyke comments 0

Report: Marin among riskiest counties for bicyclists, pedestrians.

2018 Marin Safety Travel Plan (PDF)

[ related topics: Bay Area California Culture ]



Entry: 2019-01-08 20:15:58.608476+00 Weight, fatalities by Dan Lyke comments 0

Big cars kill: 'Monster' vehicles may make Canadians feel safer, but they're more likely to cause fatal collisions:

For every 450 kilograms added to the weight of a car, a vehicle becomes 40 per cent more likely to turn an otherwise survivable crash into a fatal collision

[ related topics: Bay Area Current Events Automobiles ]



Entry: 2019-01-01 16:15:08.067271+00 Amazing how much the soft wood and by Dan Lyke comments 0

Amazing how much the soft wood and exposed end-grain just drank up the linseed oil on these coasters.

[ related topics: Photography Bay Area Woodworking ]



Entry: 2018-12-28 00:44:47.706457+00 Upside Down Labor Market by Dan Lyke comments 0

And here we see the results of Prop 13, CEQA, NIMBY, and all of the other forces conspiring to drive low wage workers out:

The trend is starkest in Sonoma County, where workers without a high school degree have a 0.2 percent unemployment rate compared to a 4.4 percent rate for workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Workers with a high school diploma in that county have an unemployment rate of 2.8 percent.

San Jose Mercury News: Silicon Valley worker shortage creates upside-down labor market — Less-educated workers have low unemployment in Santa Clara, San Mateo counties

[ related topics: Children and growing up Bay Area Astronomy Current Events Work, productivity and environment Economics ]



Entry: 2018-12-27 17:45:48.028109+00 Anne Brigman by Dan Lyke comments 0

A Century Ago, She Photographed Herself in Nature, Naked and Unafraid:

But the story of work like Chicago’s begins at least six decades earlier when, in 1905, the Oakland-based photographer Anne Brigman began creating nude self-portraits in the mountains. Though this act might be unremarkable today, Brigman is considered the first woman to photograph herself nude —or at least the first to publicize it. The work that followed is the foundation of Anne Brigman: A Visionary in Modern Photography, a major retrospective at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

[ related topics: Photography Erotic Sexual Culture Nature and environment Bay Area Nudity Work, productivity and environment Art & Culture Gambling ]



Entry: 2018-12-13 21:27:45.186192+00 Ghost Ship aftermath by Dan Lyke comments 0

As that New York Times propaganda piece about Max Harris and his role in the Oakland Ghost Ship fire makes its way around, issues of restorative justice and ignorance and whatnot aside, I can't bring myself to link to it.

Instead, I'm gonna link to Tessa Hulls in The Rumpus — Spotlight: My dead friend's favorite book.

[ related topics: Books Invention and Design Bay Area Law Enforcement Pyrotechnics Machinery New York ]



Entry: 2018-12-03 23:26:12.657786+00 Tumblr bans "adult content" by Dan Lyke comments 4

Tumblr will ban all adult content on December 17th.

Presumably to make themselves more attractive to advertisers.

This is rape culture, played out so we can see it. RT Guy New York @Quickiesnewyork

Tumblr and Apple (and most other US companies to be sure) believe that mass murder, serial killings, rape, eye gouging, strangling, mutilation, child abuse, and a thousand other graphic images, videos, and GIFS are more acceptable to them than a nipple.

[ related topics: Apple Computer Erotic Sexual Culture Invention and Design Bay Area Sociology Consumerism and advertising California Culture New York ]



Entry: 2018-11-01 16:42:13.255514+00 Stony Point & Rodota fatallity by Dan Lyke comments 0

When I worked in Santa Rosa, I'd either get on the road bike and pound out the 17 or 18 miles to work up Stony Point Road, or, taking about the same time, grab the bus up to downtown Santa Rosa and ride west to Sonic.

At first I took the Prince Memorial Greenway Trail to the Joe Rodota trail, but after a while I decided that taking the surface streets and sharing the road with cars was a better route.

The obvious advantages were that I didn't have to ride around the numerous folks camping, or passed out on, the trail. I didn't have to figure out how I was going to get by the raving angry meth user. Didn't interrupt the stoner hacky-sack games.

But the other advantage was that as part of traffic I could ride faster, didn't have to stop at every street crossing to make sure I wasn't gonna get right-hooked, didn't have to try to account for the awful intersection designs that dropped high speed bike traffic out where drivers weren't expecting them.

I've got some personal experience in interactions between car and driver, and when I complain that if you want to kill someone and get away with it you should use a car that's really kind of unfair, because punishing the specific driver won't help much: That driver is gonna be replaying the collision in their mind in the middle of the night for the rest of their life, wondering what could have been done differently.

Instead, what I'm pushing for is a social shift, where we start to look at all of the little places where drivers transgress as either infrastructure design failures, or things that need to be punished each and every single time. So, yeah: Bring on the traffic cameras.

At any rate, having been through this intersection a gazillion times, this is a failure of infrastructure design. The cyclist thought she had the right-of-way, but the way that infrastructure was design if she was moving any faster than a slow walk the truck driver likely never saw her.

And when pro-cycling groups make arguments for separated infrastructure, Santa Rosa is exhibit #1 on how dedicated bicycle infrastructure can make cyclists less safe.

Bike rider fatally struck in Santa Rosa by dump truck; 3rd death in vicinity in 6 weeks

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Entry: 2018-10-30 20:45:34.639298+00 RPG.net forum bans Trump support by Dan Lyke comments 3

It's interesting to see how forums are dealing with neo-Nazi trolls and reworking their standards and codes of conduct to navigate the challenges of allowing a community to communicate vs keeping those spaces safe and respectful: forum.rpg.net: New Ban: Do Not Post In Support of Trump or his Administration:

We are banning support of Donald Trump or his administration on the RPGnet forums. This is because his public comments, policies, and the makeup of his administration are so wholly incompatible with our values that formal political neutrality is not tenable. We can be welcoming to (for example) persons of every ethnicity who want to talk about games, or we can allow support for open white supremacy. Not both. Below will be an outline of the policy and a very incomplete set of citations.

[ related topics: Politics Games Invention and Design Bay Area moron Community Race ]



Entry: 2018-10-25 22:56:02.227057+00 Intimacy coordinator by Dan Lyke comments 0

How HBO Is Changing Sex Scenes Forever

In the wake of #MeToo, the network hired an intimacy coordinator to make the filming of sex scenes on ‘The Deuce’ safe for all. Now, they’re doing it for every show and movie they produce

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Entry: 2018-10-18 17:21:35.728921+00 Whitehouse threatens UPU withdrawal by Dan Lyke comments 0

It is easy to throw potshots at the current administration (I mean, if you're gonna compare the Saudi murder of Jamal Khashoggi to the allegations against Kavanaugh, we should probably be digging up the back yards of several suburban Maryland backyards looking for remains), but I think it's important to call out the good stuff, too: The Whitehouse is making noises about withdrawing from the Universal Postal Union. This is probably a good thing. Shipping for devices from China is currently amazingly subsidized, in ways that mean it's currently cheaper to ship electronics to me from Shenzen than from San Jose.

Planet Money did a backgrounder on this: https://www.npr.org/…/63...pisode-857-the-postal-illuminati

https://www.whitehouse.gov/br&...0;/statement-press-secretary-38/

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Entry: 2018-10-16 20:30:55.70345+00 Driving sex workers back to the streets by Dan Lyke comments 0

The Scanner: Sex workers returned to SF streets after Backpage.com shut down.

“Without being able to advertise online,” Long said, “a huge number of sex workers were forced to go outside, and many have reported that former pimps came out of the woodwork offering to ‘manage’ their business again since they were now rendered unable to find and screen clients online.”

Golly. It's almost like the moralists weren't thinking about the broader context. Who could possibly have seen this as an unintended consequence?

[ related topics: Erotic Sexual Culture Bay Area ]



Entry: 2018-10-08 16:30:35.603306+00 keeping us safe by Dan Lyke comments 0

RT Adam Kotsko @adamkotsko:

Remember back when George W. Bush was installed as president against the popular will, then presided over the biggest foreign attack on US soil since Pearl Harbor, then led us into a war based on lies -- and he was reelected because he "kept us safe"? I think about that a lot.

RT Adam Kotsko @adamkotsko:

George W. Bush's incompetence and lies led to more American deaths than any other post-Vietnam president, by far -- and he "kept us safe." Everyone agrees: he "kept us safe."

It should be noted that Barack Obama, too, didn't do nearly as much of a drawdown in the efforts to "keep us safe".

[ related topics: Politics Bay Area History ]



Entry: 2018-09-10 03:11:36.759036+00 Accidental discharge by Dan Lyke comments 2

Sure glad they're keeping flyers safe: Houston police officer mistakenly fires AR-15 at Hobby Airport baggage claim

[ related topics: Aviation Bay Area Law Enforcement Guns ]



Entry: 2018-09-03 23:05:07.328644+00 Paid the premium for valet covered by Dan Lyke comments 0

Paid the premium for valet covered parking so that @EspressoParking would charge the car. They didn't. Won't be making that mistake again. Favorite Oakland airport parking that actually does car charging?

[ related topics: Aviation Bay Area Automobiles ]



Entry: 2018-07-26 16:34:24.797955+00 Steppin' by Dan Lyke comments 0

An ask.mefi post about Drill team versus cheerleading versus dance team has introduced me to "step" or "stepping", and now I've got a whole new term to explore for examples of how to approach and market square dancing.

We're gonna be out of town labor day, but I'm gonna keep an eye on the Oakland/Bay Area & Beyond - Chicago Steppin Meetup.

[ related topics: Invention and Design Bay Area California Culture Economics ]



Entry: 2018-07-05 15:14:48.956452+00 Helmet use and injury rates by Dan Lyke comments 1

RT Peter Flax Peter Flax @Pflax1

If helmets are like seat belts, why do countries with the lowest usage of helmets have the lowest fatality rates for cyclists, while the nation with the highest rate of helmet use (US) has the highest death rate?

Cyclists need safe places to ride, not trope-tweeting bureaucrats

while retweeting Sean Kilcarr @AASHTOsean:

Helmets to bicyclists are what seat belts are to motorists: Gotta wear 'em. Since #transportation planning includes a lot more biking, state DOTs need to know about it. @aashtospeaks @NSCsafety @GHSAHQ @NHTSAgov @USDOT @BikeLeague @virginia_tech @vtnews https://www.bloomberg.com/news...bled-if-they-lack-latest-helmets

[ related topics: Interactive Drama Bay Area Current Events Bicycling ]



Entry: 2018-06-27 15:07:46.65423+00 Historic Laundromat by Dan Lyke comments 0

Among the many reasons housing in California is so expensive: The strange and terrible saga of San Francisco’s ‘historic laundromat’ represents the worst of planning and development in this town

“The historians did a wonderful job. I only wish they had a more worthy subject,” Tillman says. When they came to him and told him the study — which the city in February mandated he undertake — would cost twice as much as he’d counted on, he claims his response was magnanimous: “Eh. Historians gotta eat, too.”

[ related topics: Food Bay Area Heinlein California Culture Real Estate ]



Entry: 2018-06-27 14:40:05.715108+00 Sausalito and Larkspur ferries from the by Dan Lyke comments 0

Sausalito and Larkspur ferries from the Vallejo ferry, Angel Island in the background

[ related topics: Photography Bay Area Public Transportation Sausalito ]


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