I’ve been letting a number of links and emails pile up recently, so I thought I’d start the week on a happy note with some things I’ve found thanks to Google News Alerts and so on.
First, I realized that I never linked to the interview Brittney Gilbert did with me at KPIX’s Eye on Blogs. (I’d written an entry but never hit “publish.”) Anyway, if you’re curious to the origins story for the site, etc. check it out.
The site also got a mention by by the good folks who created the citizen journalism site Spot.US in response to an article in the LA Times. (Note to Spot.us – I actually took all the journalism classes in school, and have been writing in one form or another since I was 14, with only a short time while I lived in Seattle when I didn’t.)
And, I also found a link to a local blogger who’d made some hilarious T-Shirts spoofing MUNI Adama for President site myself). This de facto re-writing of the fair use rules by a couple of hack attorneys sucks – esp. since this blogger has done nothing wrong. (I encouraged him to try his luck at Zazzle.com instead).
And now, some mail. First, Reader Becca writes:
I am a native NYer who can tell you every square inch of the NYC Subway system, where to stand to be near the right set of stairs, etc. All of that is useless now that I am a proud new resident of San Francisco. I can appreciate the confusion visitors and new residents to NYC feel about our subway system because I was so confused and lost about public transit here in San Francisco.
I live near UCSF and the N-Judah is my line. While searching the net for the San Francisco public transportation Rosetta Stone I found your site and have been enjoying it many times per week since I found it last October.
Whenever I see something unusual happen in the Sunset or with the N-Judah I go to your site first because I know I will find pictures and an entertaining story that will tell me all about what I just saw.
I just wanted to take a moment to say Thank You for your site! It’s a great place that I enjoy.
After having a rather depressing week, and having a lot of frustration upgrading the site, it was nice to get something like this. Thanks!
Next, we get an “on the N” report from Reader Johnny, of the funcheapsf.com site. He writes:
so i was commuting home today on the N and i’m listening to these two girls blab blab blab…
one of them is complaining about how long it took the day or two before to get home on the N and how they really should train the drivers to also be mechanics as well so they don’t have to wait when there’s a problem. she said “oh, and like i checked out sfgate and they didn’t have anything about the accident.. they suck! but of course that blog.. the N….. uh….. ” and the other one says “N Judah Chronicles?” quizzingly “Yea.. the n judah chronicles!! like he had something on it like immediately” ” i love that site” and then a bunch of blabbing about her boyfriends haircut or something lame like that.
just thought i’d pass that along in case your ears were burning.. people were talking about you!
keep up the good work!
Wow! It is nice to have a hobby that can boost one’s spirits when they need it most….thanks!
Glad my email boosted your spirits!
Thanks for linking up 10 Questions!
Greg, I just read your fun and informative interview on Eye on Blogs. And now when I’m at the corner of 9th and Irving, I’ll think of you (I already do when I pass the Blackthorn!).
And thank you for the shout out… that was very kind of you. I owe you a pint!
@TB: happy to do so. Since that interview I’ve added more blogs to my blog reader…one of the effects of stumbleupon.com!
I have to say I was a bit bummed for a while because I wasn’t able to update the site as much as I wanted and such, so it’s nice to have things back in the swing of things. Now if only Gavin and the Board and everyone would just play nicer…
And I meant what I said in the post you linked to at Digidave.org.
If you wanted to create a pitch on Spot.Us about transit here in SF – I’d LOVE to fundraise for you. It would give you the motivation/time to really dig deep into a story.
Never hesitate to contact me if it sounds like an interesting experiment.