I read the news of Senator Feinstein's passing this morning. Thus, when I set out on my morning walk, San Francisco business-as-usual pay-to-play politics was on my cynical mind. But then a line of dumptrucks on Stanyan stretching around the corner to Beulah Street cheered me up.
These trucks were waiting to haul dirt away from the construction site at Haight and Stanyan.
The plan is to build affordable housing on the site.
Local Let's-Outlaw-the-Poors organizations like Concerned Citizens of the Haight and
the Cole Valley Improvement Association fought the project.
For a loooong time, that site was a fenced-off empty lot.
I knew Mayor Breed listens to the local Let's-Outlaw-the-Poors organizations;
I worried that she'd found a way to stall the housing project forever.
Some months back, work finally began at the site. And it continued.
And this morning, they need a whole lot of trucks to carry off dirt that's
been dug up. Sometimes, this city does actually accomplish things.
I'm not sure whether this thingy on a rooftop near 38th Ave & Irving is a cultural reference I'm ignorant of
or some non-referential inflatable glow-in-the-dark party-lovin' ghost decoration one could buy at any Hallowe'en
store, but it sure got my attention.
[Updated to add]
I'm informed that
this is an inflatable decoration in the shape of the character
Oogie Boogie from the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas.
You can buy it in stores.
I made another word ladder: USA Chain Restaurants.
This one was pretty tough for me, a San Franciscan who doesn't make it out to other parts of the country these days.
I look at _A_BY'S and don't know what letters to put in the blanks.
Apparently there's a chain called Zaxby's that covers a lot of the USA, but not San Francisco.
I asked Google maps for the nearest Zaxby's and it told me to drive 750 miles to Utah.
I won't cross the desert to Deseret for dessert. Anyhow, thank you and enjoy your word ladder.
After days of wildfire fallout, it's good to see the UCSF Smoke-Free Zone is back in effect.
I made some more word ladder memory drill web pages;
the computer program I use to make them
to be not so San Francisco street-specific.
Several days ago, I made a San Francisco street names word ladder to help me recall names for
Chris Arvin's Name SF Streets game.
It helped me a lot; I went from scoring less than 50% to scoring over 60%.
So I made word ladders for other things I wished I could recall better. Now I've got
What list should I do next?
I continue to check my little dashboard of San Francisco COVID numbers each morning
to figure out whether heading into a deli for an inessential sandwich is living the
good life or a stupid risk. Today, I'm resuming going inside inessential places.
It feels a little strange to post this "I'm resuming inessential activities" message as I see Mastodon toots go past
saying "Overall USA COVID-in-wastewater levels are surging!" But it wouldn't be the first time San Francisco was
out of step with the rest of the nation, COVID-wise or otherwise. I won't be shocked if San Francisco's COVID
levels rise again soon as happy-go-lucky tourists from around the country come bearing
Note that my "safety" estimate is just: multiply together the three numbers I track and compare them to multiplying
together three pretty-safe levels for those numbers. If you say "That doesn't sound very scientific," I agree with you.
🤷 Alas, I haven't heard of a super-scientific measure that applies since California stopped emergency-level testing
requirements. Folks who only consider test positivity % don't want to head out for inessential sandwiches today.
Folks who only consider COVID-in-wastewater levels, uhm, do the Hokey-Pokey from day to day as that noisy measure
yo-yos up and down. When I eyeball the chart, I'm pretty sure that there was some kind of peak about a month ago and
that things are better now; but are things good enough now? I guess so, but your guess may differ.
I updated the Larry Hosken Contact Info page to reflect: The social network formerly known as t2 is now pebble. https://pebble.is/lahosken is me.
This news article's data visualization is like a series of tubes.
(It also make some neat inferences about changing work patterns and why San Francisco's city budget has stupidly preventable annual crises.)
Like many San Franciscans I've recently
struggled played with
Chris Arvin's excellent Name SF Streets game.
Crossword fiend that I am, I thought
Remembering street names by looking at a map is hard; my brain's wired to fill in the blanks.
So I made a word ladder puzzle from the names of a few hundred long San Francisco streets.
If your brain's wired like mine is, maybe it will help your memory drills.
Tangentially related: while poking around in the original game's source code in search of its streets data, I learned that
you can enter the shortcut 1ST TO 48TH to automagically get all the numbered streets.
Oh neat, the 9th & Irving Starbucks unionized.