Coding, encoding, and decoding

As I walked in San Francisco's panhandle neighborhood this morning, I saw an ambulance named "Krakenwagen" decorated with kraken (sea monster) art. This vehicle is a pun.

art car ambulance named "krakenwagen" and decorated with krakens

"Krakenwagen" is german for "ambulance." The good news: this pun is very clever.

The bad news: I took a so-so picture of this art ambulance. I just took a mediocre picture so that when I got home I'd remember to look up a better picture from a better picture-taker. I bet you a sandwich that the owner of this ambulance hangs out with an artsy crowd and knows a much much better photographer than me. But but but since this ambulance's name is a pun, when I search teh interwebs for pictures of [krakenwagen], I just get a bunch of German pages about ambulances. So this is the best I have to offer.

[UPDATE] I have been informed that the German for ambulance is actually kraNkenwagen. So when I search teh interwebs for pictures of [krakenwagen], I am finding pages in German with typos I guess.

[FURTHER UPDATE] Some excellent people found a couple of better pictures.

San Francisco is getting new public trash bin enclosures. There are a few designs up for consideration. I visited one design today. It just plain didn't work. When folks tried to throw out their trash, it fell outside the bin (but inside the enclosure).

bottom of a trash enclosure with labeled trash: cups lids bags

You might wonder: How did this design make it so far through the approval process? This is under the purview of one of the city departments under FBI investigation for bribery and corruption. So… I guess that this enclosure's manufacturer hoped to bribe the right people; sell the city these shiny-but-broken-by-design things; then make even more money selling the city some kind of retrofit-trash-funnel in a few years.

Silver lining: I got to exercise my old-school image meme skills labeling this picture for the city's trash enclosure survey. (Yes, I installed the Microsoft Impact font on my Linux machine, and it was so I could make images like this.)

The California Department of Housing and Community Development said Tuesday that it would focus on San Francisco for its first ever 'housing policy and practice review,' a process that will dissect why the city has the state’s longest timeline for advancing housing projects and is the subject of the most complaints of Newsom’s Housing Accountability Unit.

Woo! We're number one! We're number one! We're number one!