March, 2020: 29 posts.
Skyways and transit
In February I attended an interesting webinar put on by sdmts.com. It was part of Elevate SD 2020.
Given Sorrento Valley’s peculiarly hilly topography, they mentioned using skyways as part of a plan to bring transit. That seemed a rather novel (and to my intuition, fragile) solution. As it happens there are a number of locales with similar problems and working solutions: Roosevelt Island, Portland Aerial Tram – hospital, Mexico City’s “Mexicable.” Bogota Colombia and Brazil were also mentioned.
The things they have in common are:
- significant grade differences
- no guideway for rail
I’m quite curious to see if we will see aerial lifts used in this way in San Diego.
UPDATE: video is now available.
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Instantaneous global communication without nuance is a perfect carrier for amplifying panic. As a web technology cheerleader for 2-1/2 decades I find myself filled with ennui about this. As a former health care professional I urge cautious research and consultation with your own physician and local public health authorities. That instantaneous global communication response added to an incoherent Executive Branch in the US me want to scream. The delicacy and precarity of the current situation bugs the crap out of me. We know what cautious and complete public health response looks like, and it is absent. And it’s for THAT reason I worry.
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Me (really) and Carlos and Celsito. Halloween 75 or 76. Carlos & Celso (to me always Celsito) were constant companions before my family moved away from L.A. in 77-78. My childhood was in pieces all over but much of it was so so beautiful.
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Yes, I can rock Mickey Ears. Years ago.
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New Bot Day! From 1978’s Battlestar Galactica tv series it’s a Cylon Centurion! Never went to court Universal and Fox contested just how much of a Star Wars ripoff BSG was. Cylons like this one have been referenced across the culture; Wikipedia notes Futurama, The Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park, Robot Chicken… men my age loved these silver baddies!
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Power outages remind me of my childhood
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New Bot Day! We welcome Rosie (Rosey for a few seasons) the Robot Maid! She comes from 1962 in the prime-time animated sitcom The Jetsons. Jane Jetson hired her for all domestic tasks. Hanna-Barbera produced the Jetsons as a follow-on to their successful show The Flintstones. Rosie was voiced by Wilma Flintstone voice actor Jean Vander Pyl. The Jetsons is a mixed bag but it did predict video calls, domestic robots, and pushbutton food.
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New Bot Day! Welcome Big Boss Robot (in black)! I was gifted purple in 2018 by @hellokellykuhl and recently black by my pal Eric L. @GiantRobot Magazine started making these in ~ 2010 based on their logo! The magazine has covered Asian and Asian-American culture since the 90s!
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New Bot Day! Welcome Machine Man aka Aaron Stack aka Mister Machine aka X-51! Created by Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics in 1977 for Jack’s 2001: a space odyssey adaptation. His sentience is partially thanks to A Monolith! Birthday Week of Bots has been a great comfort in this time of isolation and uncertainty. Be safe out there.
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KEN \ NOW CLOSED
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