Transit Last

Ballot Initiative Seeks to Throw SF's Transportation Policy in Reverse

Despite an official "Transit-First" policy in San Francisco, biking, walking and taking transit in our city have been historically underfunded and under-prioritized. This lack of funding and priority, means Muni is too often overcrowded and unreliable, our bike network has dangerous gaps in it and dozens of people are killed just trying to walk across the streets each year. Even with huge growth in ridership, bicycle safety projects still only get about 1% of the SFMTA transportation budget, and pedestrian safety projects also receive only 1% of funding.

Yet, despite the clear lack of dedicated space and adequate funding for safe, livable streets, there is a group of San Franciscans who think that there's actually too much space given to sustainable ways to get around.

They've introduced the so-called "Restore Transportation Balance" initiative on this November's ballot with the intent of rolling back the City's Transit-First policy and devoting more public space and funding to (free) parking and less to bikeways, transit lanes and pedestrian safety improvements. We contend that this misguided "Transit-Last" measure will actually create more congestion, less safety on our streets, and fewer transportation options at a time when we need them most.

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Deformable wheel

Think of the implications for lowrider technology:

A set of actuators can expand the wheel to its full diameter for traversing large objects and difficult terrain and retract them to a smaller diameter for moving under objects and small spaces. A series of sensors outside the wheels detect the terrain and then adjust the wheel diameter accordingly making the design both agile and strong. So much so that it's designed to move quickly while carrying a payload. If the robot is carrying too much weight, it will deflate the wheels until it can produce enough torque to move efficiently.

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The Gimp Who Laughs

Put a smile on your face and a spring in your step:

(It's some anime thing, but you already guessed that.)

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Serious grandma issues

Forest Rogers:

" I had an ominous maternal Grandmother, who kept a red-handled fireman's ax by her bed, as well as an ice-pick, brick and hammer. My artist mother dreamt of her in the form of a grappling white octopus, which was perfect after the way of dreams. Old age and dissolution, combined with Grandma's innate power, unsettled. As a ghost, I see her swim through air as through abyssal waters."


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Cthulhu Bitcoin variant

In the end, you go insane and broke:

During the first and second weeks of the ritual, sacrificial amounts are placed in special, once a day blocks. These blocks are a reward to the worshipper for sacrifice made. During the third and fourth weeks of the ritual the rewards build, small at first, then larger as the worship increases with fervor. During the last five days, the 'Tharanak shagg,' or "promise of dreamland," the ritual reaches final pitch and the daily special blocks are highly increased. Finally Cthulhu will return after the xx665th offering has paid tribute to the Great Old One and he will bestow a bounty deserving of Him upon one lucky worshiper. The ritual can be repeated after six months time, following the great halving.

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The DNA Lounge Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge

(I'm just gonna repost this here, because I really want you to read these Important Informations.)

Our robot-bartender competition, The DNA Lounge Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge, is only a month and a half away. We have ten robots enrolled in the competition so far!

But we've gotten only a little bit of press about this so far, so please help us spread the word, ok? (Here's the Facebook invite.)

Meanwhile, let's meet our early-bird contestants! You can look forward to being served drinks by these fine robots, and more:

The Cocktail Engine:

    "The Cocktail Engine makes drinks the old fashioned way -- with punch cards. No fancy microcontrollers here! Pure analog might will deliver the ingredients you've punched on your card into your cup within seconds."


    "Shaped like a 1950's style rocket ship, the Cosmobot makes three types of drinks: Cosmopolitan, Cape Cod and Kamikaze. It uses old-school knobs and dials to add to the retro-flavor, combined with the latest in Arduino programming to make a fun and exciting drink adventure."

Bar-Letta Bot:

    "Bar-Letta Bot makes my favorite martini-style drink called a Saturn and many yummy fruity beverages. It cleans itself between drinks, and can make 5 drinks in a series. Yeah. You should see it go. It could be blinky and multicolored, we don't know yet."


    "ANT Product Data (TS//SI//REL.)
    PREDATOR-class intoxicant drone designed to passively distribute mind-controlling liquids in form of legal intoxicants. In-field operational reprogrammability allows for selective target capability. Architecture provides for a robust, drinking platform resulting in a dramatic performance improvement over obsolete human operatives."

N. E. BREE-8:

    "Our robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to sobriety.

    Our robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would prevent a human from getting funky.

    Our robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law or prevent it from setting itself on fire."


    "Tikibot makes the original Trader Vic Mai Tai with exacting measurements from peristaltic pumps. The mixture is auto shaken, chilled and poured. Do NOT taunt Tikibot or you will end up like Bobby Brady."

The Manhattan Project:

    "The Manhattan Project puts together an explosive combination of whiskey, vermouth and bitters for your post-apocalyptic pallet."


    "Come experience the miracle of transmogrification. Featuring Manischewitz."


    "Bartendro makes really tasty cocktails...a lot of them, and we've sacrificed our livers to make sure each and every one of them is delicious. Drinks are selected with a smartphone and are poured in seconds. But be careful, because Bartendro loves you drunk!"

P.A.C. 2.0:

    "'Aight, new drink: one part Alizé, one part Cristal.' With these iconic words, rapper Tupac Shakur launched 1,000 booze-filled ships. In one master-stroke of this genius's pen, a drink designed for and marketed to 45- to 55- year old white women changed forever into a staple of the modern hiphop-inspired alcoholic diet.

    With our Personal Alcohol Companion 2.0 (P.A.C. 2.0, for short) we have once more turned the tables, defining anew what it means to be a discerning consumer of mid-range champagne. No more shall we wonder, exactly what constitutes a Thug? How best should we summon his Passion? The answer is here: P.A.C. 2.0. "

And here are a few glamour shots:

So, do you think your robot can take these guys, and win you a thousand bucks?

Meat-sacks can buy their spectator tickets here. Robots and their caretakers can sign up here.

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"This mod herps all the derps in Minecraft chat."

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SOMA Nature Walk, wormsign video

The tunnel boring machines break through at around 2:55:

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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein the robot bartenders are on the march.

Just spit on your hand and see what's gurgling around in there

Surgeons remove toy stuck in woman's vagina for 10 years

The Scottish woman took herself to hospital complaining that she was tired, incontinent, and losing weight. Upon examination, doctors were surprised to find a five-inch sex toy protruding into her bladder from her vagina.

The 38-year-old reported using the toy one drunken night with her partner 10 years ago, noting she couldn't remember whether she had removed it.

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