"Home is where the Frito Pie leaks." -- StinkyLulu

PHLBT. I did this for Fark, but my old account never got confirmed and I can't post with my new one for 24 hours by which time the "It Came From The 1971 Sears Catalog" Photoshop dealie I did it for will be long over, so here it is you lucky bastards.

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YEAH, YEAH, ANTI-WAR PROTESTS IN SAN FRANCISCO. I took a few shots from work today and thought I'd share them. We have a pretty decent view of the intersections of Fremont & Howard and Fremont & Folsom.

An overview of the area. Photos were taken from the orange star, in the directions of the blue arrows. The red arrows are the on- and off-ramps for I-80.

Protesters at Fremont and Howard around 10:30am. Shortly before this one of these friendly people started beating on the hood of a car stopped at the light, but the red-vested observers dragged him off pretty quickly.

Same time, on Fremont about halfway between Mission and Folsom. A cluster of cycle cops blocking the protesters from the ramps to the freeway.

Skip ahead to 6:35pm. A huge mass of people are again making for the freeway ramps. Police have Fremont & Folsom blocked off, stopping the protesters and a lot of commuters as well.

A little better view of the above. The cycle cops are coming off I-80 by way of the bus ramps at the transbay terminal. Apparently some protesters came up through the terminal to the bus lanes and tried to get to the freeway that way (see the right-hand side of the overview map).

Motor units head for the terminal proper, lit up like Christmas trees. There are very few people in the intersection for Fremont and Howard on the right-hand side of the image, but the buses at the light have been stuck there for 10-15 minutes now.

The buses are making their way slowly though the intersection, as another cluster of cycle units pass them on the left.

The last good shot I got. Fremont and Folsom is opened up as the protesters head back towards Market Street. Starting around 6pm the sky was full of aircraft -- at least four helicopters and three fixed-wing private planes. Even if you couldn't see the protesters you always knew where they were because the helicopters were overhead.

My guess is that we'll be in for another round of the same fun tomorrow -- and if the war is still in full swing next Friday, Critical Mass is going to lay the city to waste. I'd be willing to bet they manage to shut down the Bay Bridge at least once.

It's wonderful to see so many people stand up for what they believe in, but let's try to keep the random destruction and intentional expulsion of vomitus to a minimum next time. Like the streets of the city need to smell any worse.

NO WHAMMY! NO WHAMMY! Game Show Network is running the original documentary Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal. Back in the spring of 1984, an out-of-work trailer-park denizen named Michael Larson figured out the "random" prize patterns on Press Your Luck's big board and used the information to win over $100,000 in a single game. The doc includes a complete play-by-play of his accomplishment, which had to be spread over two half-hour episodes of the show because Larson just wouldn't stop winning. After airing the debacle with no advance publicity, CBS promptly buried in the vault where it's been sitting for the past nineteen years.

Even knowing exactly what Larson did and how he did it, watching Big Bucks is like watching a baby crawl across a busy highway. Larson gets wound up tighter and tighter as the Baptist minister on his right becomes increasingly dumbfounded and the dental assistant on his right looks more and more like she wants to rip his arms off. Any teen capable of memorizing the patterns in Pac-Man had the skills to pull it off with one eye closed, but Larson is the one man who went the distance -- a middle-aged hero of the early twitch-game era.

TERMITE ART creates documentary programming for television. A recent "History's Mysteries" show on crop circles, due to be repeated on The History Channel tomorrow, inspired this enthusiastic commentary from a viewer. (via the forteana list)

THE FUTURE OF ADVERTISING takes things in a whole new direction. [URL updated 3/11. Image creator was destroyallmedia.com.]

CONTEXT FREE IMAGE CAPTION courtesy of The BBC. (via p3)

LIFE WITH BART notes that the new Embarcadero faregates are completely installed. But when I came into the city yesterday one on the west side of the station was already orange-stickered out of service. What had it been working for, like, 48 hours? They ought to have slot machine companies make the fare gates -- those guys know how to keep the downtime to a minimum. With the old gates you'd have to jam your ticket in a couple of times before the mechanism noticed and sucked it away for stamping and recoding. The new ones delicately whisk the ticket out of your hand. Also there's something funny about the slot where the tickets come back out -- maybe it's just my height but the ticket is almost invisible when it's waiting in there. I'm not sure what the transporter pads on top of the gates are for, and the green "in service" arrows remind me of that Monty Python sketch with the vicious gangs of Keep Left signs.