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Reciprocity + Obligation <> Whuffie

Whuffie is the ephemeral, reputation-based currency of Cory Doctorow’s science fiction novel, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. This book describes a post-scarcity economy: All the necessities (and most of the luxuries) of life are free for the taking. A person’s current Whuffie is instantly viewable to anyone, as everybody has a brain-implant giving them an interface with the Net.

The term has since seen some adoption as a synonym for social capital, including its use in the title of the Tara Hunt book The Whuffie Factor.

And From Tara Hunt directly… Whuffie, a refined definition:

(Whuffie is) the sum of the reputation, influence, bridging capital and bonding capital, access to ideas and talent, access to resources, potential access to further resources, saved up favors, accomplishments (resumes, awards, articles, etc.) and the Whuffie of those who you have relationships with.

Horse Pig Cow: Reciprocity + Obligation ? Whuffie | HPC.

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G O D X I L I A R Y: ALIEN VS. POOH

Webcomic artist Giant Hamburger illustrated this children’s book mashup of Winnie the Pooh and the Alien movie series. Silliness ensues when Pooh mistakes an alien egg for a honey pot!

G O D X I L I A R Y: ALIEN VS. POOH

via Neatorama Alien vs. Pooh

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Work to Begin at 360 Esplanade

Residents of 360 Esplanade reported that on Friday March 19th they received notice that work would start this week on reinforcing the bluff to the north of 360 with soil nails. Further details:

  • Reportedly a crane will be assembled in front of 360 and operate in the driveway between 360 and 380.
  • In addition, scaffolding will be erected adjacent to the rocks on the bluff.
  • Work is expected to last 6 to 8 weeks.
  • The building management at 360 emphasized the importance of new No Trespassing signs that will be going up, and urged anyone who sees trespassers to call the building office or Pacifica police.

(360 Esplanade is highlighted in green on this map, an excerpt taken from the San Mateo County Assessor Maps Retrieval System.)

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Notice of Pending Permit – Pacifica View Villas HOA

The Coastal Commission requires that applicants such as Pacific View Villas post a public notice of any permit they submit. This doesn’t mean that the permit will be approved, or that work will begin any time soon.

NOTICE OF PENDING PERMIT

Permit application for development on this site is pending before the California Coastal Commission.

Proposed Development: Reconstruction of the rock rip rap revetment at the base of (top) filled slope.

Location: 200-224 Palmetto Ave. Pacifica, CA 94044.

Applicant: Pacifica View Villas Home Owner Association; B. Willoughby Authorized Agent.

Date Notice Posted: 3-7-2010


For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Community Invited to Public Forum on Coastal Erosion

Community Invited to Public Forum on Coastal Erosion

From Pacifica Riptide: Coastal Erosion Forum @ Main Library, March 27

In Pacifica, as elsewhere along the 700 mile Coast of California, cliffs crumble and beaches wash away and return. Almost every year people are reminded that here along the San Mateo Coast, erosion averages 2 feet a year. But the process is not orderly and dramatic events often occur during El Nino years like the one we have experienced this winter.

On Saturday, March 27, Pacificans are invited to a Coastal Erosion Forum at 2 p.m. at Sharp Park Library on Hilton. Phone: (650) 355-5196. Please park on the street, not in the library parking lot, which is reserved for library patrons.

Opening the forum, USGS emeritus geologist Monty Hampton will present images of the Coast documented in Pacifica and other local communities. A coast resident and specialist in environmental marine geology, Hampton surveyed local coastal cliff retreats for many years as chief scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey.

The second part of the forum will highlight recent studies undertaken by Phillip Williams and Associates, Ltd for the Pacific Institute. As an environmental hydrologist and civil engineer, Pacifican Bob Battalio will consider how our beaches and cliffs may be affected in the future by the same physical processes operating today.

Charles Lester, Coastal Commission deputy director, will also be on hand if other responsibilities permit. The afternoon will close with questions and discussion.

The same story (identical text) appeared in the Pacifica Tribune on MercuryNews.com.

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Happy Childhood

vintagephoto: Happy Childhood.

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280 – Calvinism but no Hobbes | Luke Surl Comics


Free Will versus Determinism


This was imagined as one page in a “choose your own adventure” style old-time interactive fiction, but is not an old piece at all, but painstakingly drawn by Luke and originally published on his site lukesurl.com on 2/24/2010.

280 – Calvinism but no Hobbes | Luke Surl Comics

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Contact Information for Agencies Involved in Bluff Erosion

Contact Information for Agencies Involved in Bluff Erosion
Original on Pacifica website. Following is the contact list as of March 11, 2010.

FEMA
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1111 Broadway, Suite 1200
Oakland, CA 94607-4052
Casey De Shong
510-627-7785
www.fema.gov
Casey.deshong@dhs.gov

California Coastal Commission
45 Fremont Street, Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94105-2219
Rudy Pap
415-904-5260
www.coastal.ca.gov
rpap@coastal.ca.gov

US Army Corps of Engineers
San Francisco District
415-503-6702
usace.army.mil

Small Business Administration (SBA)
455 Market Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94015-2420
415-744-6820
www.sba.gov


For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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A message from Pacifica’s Mayor

By Sue Digre Mayor,
City of Pacifica
Posted: 03/11/2010 06:00:00 AM PST
Originally posted on the Pacifica Tribune: A message from Pacifica’s Mayor

The beginning of this new year has been fraught with numerous concerns, as you know.

Every government entity that can be involved is involved in researching the issues of the bluff erosion and lives and properties at stake.

Pacificans care for one another. One private residence, the former Dollaradio Station, is the site of the first transcontinental radio transmission.

Meanwhile, an economic crisis continues worldwide and certainly Pacifica and its residents are being affected.

San Mateo County Human Resources Dept has some offerings of assistance.

At a recent City Council meeting, Ken Kong of SMCWorks gave a presentation. There was an urgency for information and assistance. So I am also in contact with SCORE which helps business owners and entrepreneurs.

I did attend the Jobs Boot Camp sponsored by Congresswoman Jackie Speier. It was very positive for people out of work. Another Boot Camp will be offered soon. I have asked that it be in Pacifica.

The website for employment opportunities (check out the two pages) and for wage subsidies for employers is: smcworks@smchsa.org (650) 877-5627.

There are opportunities for parents, including for a non custodial parent, to attend free training in green jobs — please see the information on what’s new: Green Jobs Academy www.smchsa.org. The contact number is (650) 802-6433.

There may be green jobs training for youth as well.

Veteran’s can find information from various sources for Green Jobs and other assistance. When in doubt call Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s Office directly or look at her website.

No matter where I go, I hear and read over and over again that economic hard times can give rise to great entrepreneurship. Small businesses are the backbone of America. I encourage all who have employment problems to take time to listen to your inner “dream” regarding work. SCORE and others are legendary for helping people create sound business plans. I am also hoping that there are three people in Pacifica who are committed to starting up a shuttle service.

I say three, as I think it is easier to run one shuttle route successfully. But Pacifica needs three. The three CEOs could then collaborate to ensure that their shuttle systems provide a “transfer” that can be used among them, so that Pacifica will have complete and seamless transportation. I believe the quality of life of our non-drivers and our economy, and our desire to get rid of Highway 1 gridlock need this ASAP.

May the information shared today help you or neighbors or a local business.

Pacificans do care for one another. And thank you for that.

— Sue Digre



For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Emergency permits processed by Coastal Commission for 100 and 360 Esplanade

Emergency permits processed by Coastal Commission for 100 Esplanade February 16, 2010 and 360 Esplanade March 3, 2001.

EMERGENCY PERMITS

  1. 2-10-007-G Land’s End Associates, Llc; Rjr Engineering, Attn: Robert Anderson (Pacifica, San Mateo County) [February 16, 2010]
  2. 2-10-011-G Aimco, Esplanade Avenue Apartments, Llc, Attn: Sean Finnegan (Pacifica, San Mateo County)  [March 3, 2001]
REPORT OF EMERGENCY PERMITS
The Executive Director has determined that the following developments do not require a coastal development permit pursuant to Section 13142 of the California Code of Regulations because the devlopment is necessary to protect life and public property or to maintain public services.
Applicant
Project Description
Project Location
2-10-007-G
Land’s End Associates, Llc
Rjr Engineering, Attn: Robert
Anderson
Construction of a temporary access road and
installation of a riprap revetment on the beach along
the length of the property, as shown in the project
plans attached as Appendix 3 to the letter from RJR
Engineering to Redwood Construction, dated January
31, 2010.
100 Esplanade Way. Pacifica (San Mateo County)

2-10-011-G
Aimco, Esplanade Avenue
Apartments, Llc, Attn: Sean Finnegan

Installation of an approximately 3,240-square-foot,
50-foot-high soil nail wall along an approximately 40-
foot-long section of the upper bluff consisting of (1)
approximately 50-foot-long soil nails placed at 5-foot
intervals in both the vertical and horizontal direction,
(2) a facing element such as shotcrete with wire mesh
reinforcement. and (3) drainage panels behind the
wall facing.

NOTE: This Emergency Permit No. 2-10-011-G
supercedes and replaces Emergency Permit No. 2-10-
006-G previously approved by the Executive Director
authorizing the following temporary emergency work:
Installation of a soil nail wall along an approximately
’40-foot long section of the upper bluff consisting of
(1) approximately 30-foot-long soil nails placed at 5-;
foot vertical intervals in both the vertical and
horizontal direction, (2) a facing element such as
shotcrete with wire mesh reinforcement and (3)
drainage panels behind the wall facing.

360 Esplanade, Pacifica (San Mateo County)

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Indexed » Fantasy League

Funny comments:

  • Fry Says:
    March 11th, 2010 at 1:24 pm
    That Zombie beating the Werewolf was a huge upset! Nobody saw that coming in the Third.
    I for one am very sorry to have missed out on the Centaur vs Yeti match, but I don’t get cable.
    I want to know how the heck the Ghost got seeded in against such weak competition.
  • marcus Says:
    March 11th, 2010 at 1:39 pm
    Zombie vs. Werewolf is an easy pick if you know what day the game is played. Werewolf only wins that match up once a month.
    Zombie vs. Vampire, must have been a day game.
  • peterchen Says:
    March 11th, 2010 at 1:46 pm
    One could claim that even if the werewolf wins against the zombie, the werewolf likely turns into a zombie, so the winier is a… ZOMBIE!

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