February 25, 2011 Leave a comment
Funny fixie stuff.
thanks to emily.
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February 25, 2011 Leave a comment
Funny fixie stuff.
thanks to emily.
February 25, 2011 2 Comments
So this blog isn’t really about coffee at all. “My kind of coffee” is a metaphor. Coffee being, well, you know, kind of a personal taste. Everyone likes it a different way. And if there aren’t enough choices, I am sure Starbux is dreamin up some more right now. This post right here, however, is about coffee. Because I do drink it. And I do want you to know about this.
So I went to Out The Door over on Bush St. with some friends for brunch. Had their coffee in a french press and asked about it because it was good. Really good. Like different than normal good. They told us it was a local company called Four Barrel Coffee.
The next week we went on a failed trip to a non-existent Farmer’s Market. Now having some time to kill we decided to check out Four Barrel. So we went through there and it was cool spot. There was a line out the door but it moved pretty quickly. The lattes we got were damn good. I bought a bag of coffee from there. Now the coffee is going to be more expensive here than your typical $10 bag. You’ll spend between $14-$18 on a nice bag.
The place is choc-a-bloc with the requisite number of Mission tattooed and pierced coffee-house dwellers wearing the too-tight jeans. That number being ALL. There is nothing wrong with that….except I do consider the irony of wearing second-hand clothing while writing on Apple laptops. Whatever works. As far as I could tell, no one was laughing at me in my Warriors baseball hat and running shoes. So a nice place to hang. Feels nice and open with a good vibe.
Again, I am no coffee connoisseur but I do know good from bad and great from good. I give this place 5 coffee beans. Check it out, yo.
Four Barrel Coffee, 375 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, (415) 252-0800
February 13, 2011 Leave a comment
What’s the most expensive thing in your house? The TV? A bicycle? Some jewelry? Baseball cards? Whatever it is, I’ll bet you wouldn’t put it out in the city street overnight and expect it to be there the next day….
So don’t you think it’s crazy that we buy (or lease) cars… Then park them on the street?
One San Francisco city block could have 12 cars worth an average of $25,000.
That’s like $300,000.
I’m just sayin.
February 13, 2011 Leave a comment
February 2, 2011 3 Comments
Here we are about halfway through the season. The All-Star break is around the corner. So this post comes a little late. Especially since the new logo was unveiled before the season started.
The 2010-11 Warriors are, again, a shadow of the team they used to be some 20 years ago. Again they have one to two good players surrounded by many other mediocre ones. We’ve seen the likes of Chris Webber, Latrell Sprewell, Gilbert Arenas, Antwan Jamison, Baron Davis, and now Monta Ellis, David Lee and Stephen Curry dot the roster with a whole lot of building needed around them. We’ve seen the Eastern Conference collapse in on itself and then expand back out into a Super Nova here in 2010-11. We hear excuse after excuse about rookie caps and Adonal Foyle’s awful contract, along with the general consensus that no one really wants to play for Golden State.
Why this is is beyond me. Great market, great fan base, and great cities to live in. You’re a hop skip from LA and really could make a case for a second West Coast presence along with the Lakers. The new ownership group of Lachob and Guber promises to fix all of what’s wrong with GSW, so this could be promising. Realistically, this could be ANOTHER three year process.
I feel like my courtship with this team has gone on forever and I’m constantly waiting for the girl to say “yes.” I started liking this team in the Run TMC days with Nellie the 1st in command back in early 1990.
That, of course, was the beginning of the long journey to Mordor. I feel like Frodo and his buddies. Constantly searching for a leader. Always undermatched. But the heart and will of the hobbits (the fan base) will take us into and out of the dark nethers of evil and greed. Come on already, let’s chuck the ring into the fiery pit and get on with playing some good basketball!
Anyway, as with Lord of the Rings, the story will continue on for….ev….er….
In the meantime I am going to turn to my attention back to the logo…
So, what is with this logo? Seriously. It’s just not that good.
Color: the blue and gold is great. I am down with that. But I’ve seen so many variations of this blue from dark to royal to powder. I hate a lack of consistency. I would rather the dark blue anyway. Royal blue looks terrible on me and black people.
Mark: the mark of the new Bay Bridge is an interesting choice. I see that it harkens back to the logo of “the City” days when it was the Golden Gate Bridge. But this bridge isn’t even completed yet! And it won’t be done for a couple of years. Even then it takes years for a “symbol” like that to even become a ubiquitous sign of the area. I’ll bet that in ten years from now you could show a picture of the new Bay Bridge to someone in New York and they would not be able to place it, 9 out of 10 times. By then, the W’s will have a new logo anyway. Watch.
Also about the mark, there is a distinct possibility that the W’s are moved out of Oakland and into SF. The cachet is better, the corporate sponsorships more appealing, and more ROI in developing the surrounding area. Look, if Oakland really wanted to claim the Warriors, they shouldn’t put a phallic bridge that doesn’t exist, nor represent the city, into the logo….they should have just named the team the Oakland Warriors! Considering there are four teams in our “Golden State” you’re hardly spreading the fan base from Tijuana to Ukiah.
Of course the art of the bridge leaves a little to be desired. Like the unfinished top….Maybe they’re waiting for it be done to see what it will look like?
The Type: Ok. Here’s where all the good intentions that were quantifiable become negated. I could live with the color and the choice of mark, but this type treatment had me lurching from the beginning. When I saw it, I thought it was a knock off. Some kind of bastardization of old and new logos by someone who got their hands on Adobe Illustrator. Holy S***. It’s bad. I can forgive the first two things but this is unforgivable.
First off, Copperplate? A good typeface that had it’s run in the mid 90’s. There’s still a place for it in the design world if it’s used sparingly. SPARINGLY.
Secondly, they chose a serif font to wrap around a circular logo?? Either adjust the serifs (the feet and heads of the letters) to follow the contours of the circle, or…there is no “or.” That’s what you do. It looks like you’re sticking a bristle brush into a pipe. The type is not aligned. Look where the “W” and “A” line up. There’s weird little tails going off in all directions. It’s just so plain lazy. I guess the “or” for this comes in the form of “or you just pick another type” cuz this one ain’t workin’.
Generally speaking, just like the David Lee trade, I was shocked that the organization had the balls to make a decision like this KNOWING that there was a new ownership group coming in. If you bought a new house, wouldn’t it be weird if the outgoing owner suddenly painted everything the color they like?
I’m just sayin’.
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February 1, 2011 3 Comments
So this has always been a pet peeve of mine. I’ve never liked them since the days of the Casio waterproof watch that made my wrist smell like rotten broccoli: Digital clocks.
Then I see this Audi commercial where the camera flies through this home saying “good night luxury, stuffy and outdated.” Panning across an old victorian home fit with chandeliers and overflowing cups of jewel-encrusted cufflinks… Then the camera cuts to the new Audi, all of the lights go on and the futuristic robot mom countdown-to-1 voice starts staying “good morning illumination. Good morning innovation….” And what is in the middle of this out-with-the-old and in-with-the-new scene? Its an analog clock.
That’s a clock with hands. Tick tock.
After all that “technology driven,” “illumination,” and “innovation”….you can’t design anything better than an analog clock. How awesome is that.
I don’t need to know EXACTLY what time it is. A general round number would suffice. Visually, it’s easier to pick up the cue from the position of the hands on the face of the clock than it is to read and discern what “value” is displayed on the clock. A digital face, an exact time….it’s just less comfortable to read.
I know there’s a need for digital watches and clocks for people who need to time things down to the second or millisecond. Those people are racing or scuba diving and are training, competing or working in an exact environment. They are taking the essence of time and working with it on a much smaller scale than most regular people do on a day to day basis.
It would be like the difference between a chef and a chemist. Both are working with chemical reactions, one is just much more precise about his measurements.
That’s just too much for most of us. Especially when it comes to time. I know what 15 minutes looks like. So when it’s 7 minutes to 7 pm, I don’t want to have to do any math to figure out what 15 minutes from now is on a digital clock. (Clue 1: after 59 you start at 1. whaaa?) . I want to be able to look at my watch and see when I need to start running instead of walking.
The same concept of the analog clock can be carried over as you look to your left at the speedometer. Digital speedometers kill me. They might be worse and could possibly have spurned my scorn for digital clocks.
I don’t need to know if I am going 54…. 55….. 56….. 55…… 54….. 55….. 54….. then watching all the numbers flash into blinking 8’s, rapidly descending as I brake…..or is it going up because I accidentally hit the gas!?
No thank you. The dial is good enough for me here, too.
I am glad to see that Audi, who takes much pride in design, is able to feel like they can leave perfect alone.
Post: In this photo you’ll see the Ferry Building in SF amidst a lot of visual noise. Check out how easy it is to make out the time on the building. If that clock were digital, it would much less discernible and probably much more ugly.
January 28, 2011 4 Comments
Two days ago I got a ton of hits to the blog. I couldn’t understand, then, why no one subscribed….Then I realized I didn’t have a “subscribe” button. Ooops did I miss the boat. This boat at least. So I put up the subscribe button yesterday.
Be the first one to subscribe to this blog and I’ll write a post for you! Either give me a subject or I’ll pick one based on what I know of you! I know this seems like a gratuitous solicitation but someone make me feel like they’re listening…er…reading.
Then…. the same thing for the 10th subscriber!