Made a late night run to ritual coffee and saw a guy selling Vegan soup and chocolate in the corner. You can find him on facebook as Soup to Nuts
So tonight on the IRC Chan #gear a fellow bay area guy asked me had I heard about the news surrounding fleet week. I thought it was the typical SF-Hippies hating Air Shows but it turned out no, it was CNN and other media freaking out about the United plane they had during the airshow and that it looked like it was close to the Golden Gate Bridge. You can see the video yourself at CNN: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/10/19/nothing-wrong-with-jets-air-show-maneuver-faa-says/ The way they talk about it makes you think its a regular plane flying that low, its only in passing they mention its part of fleet week! United actually has a open house during this week to show off its plane and they have in the past had planes do the same thing, but suddenly everyone is scared of planes so close. Maybe they should not see the following photos I took at fleet week as well
News rooms all over Americans have been sweeting bullets about how online blogging are going to kill them because of their fast reporting and today I can see why. Around 4:40pm today right in front of my office was a crazy scene you would see in a action move set. Tens of cops, uncovers, motorcycle and etc on a high speed chase of who knows why. What i caught was a man trying to car jack people as he tried to ran away from the cops which I have never seen in my whole life. So after all the rumors on the street, it was a murder, bank robbery, who knows. But I thought I would wait till it hits the local news. Well I turn on the 5:30 news.. Nothing. 6:00 news? Nothing as well. Head over the sfgate and nothing really local. The only local news is about Bad Air and the tiger lawsuit. Really? Is this local to me? Your telling me a high speed chase is not local news? I am sorry, but that is pretty important to me as I live here (ok i live a few blocks away, but my building is there). I can see why sites like sfist are so popular with locals and the -ist sites are. They are what locals really care about. We all know San Francisco is a big city and maybe we do care about bigger issues but losing on reporting local news is pretty bad. I saw a camera man there, but, could not tell what channel he was from so he could have been a freelancer. But this lack of reporting of crime is a bit scary because if I was not there I would never know about it.
Pictures of the even after the break
So today I had to make a trip to the Apple Store in stonestown to drop off my Macbook Pro for repairs (LCD and the Hard Drive started to die). Just as I was leaving i noticed two people standing outside. At first I though maybe they where the Defective by Design people as they where in Lab coats (see here)
But after going up to them and getting a flier I notice it was something else and far from tech. They where from a Union, Carpenters LU 405, and were upset over the fact a contractor that apple has hired is no longer using Union contractor. A bit complicated, i know… Check out the flier
This is not a new issue for anyone that has had a business that does construction from time to time, and we have seen many company run afoul of Labor Unions, but, its a bit rare to see Apple names tied in it. Also the novel way that these guys where doing it, almost in a “Union 2.0″ type of way (yes I just made that up) caught me off guard. No pickets, no yelling, nothing. The lab coats kind of add that extra layer of geek to it that just makes it scream “silicon valley”. All they need is to make a facebook group and start posting all over Digg about this and they will be complete.
You can check out the rest of the photos here: http://flickr.com/photos/zuhaib/sets/72157606992531187/