Monday, November 30, 2015

PeopleforthePalace - Preserve and Protect It from Inappropriate Commercial Development


New Project : People for the Palace of Fine Arts. : 

Wheels are in motion to engage in a multi gear effort to ensure this space remains the people's Palace of Fine Arts. I first found out about this a few weeks ago and immediately thought "Are you KIDDING me?" I thought it was a joke.
But then I looked deeper into it, and sure enough, it was not a joke.
So I signed this petition when it was around 7,000 or so., which states :

"The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Commission has currently accepted three development plans for the San Francisco icon the Palace of Fine Arts. Two involve remaking the old Exploratorium site into a luxury hotel with small nods to the arts, and the third involves creating a high end restaurant with "museum". None of those proposals preserve the site as the important cultural/educational center San Franciscans have known it to be, nor do they keep it a community space that is open and available to ALL people. Once again, our officials are preparing to sell out from under us another piece of San Fransisco heritage, a heritage that belongs solely to the citizens of this City and to those who share a love for it . We demand that the Palace of Fine Arts be developed ONLY as a cultural/educational center."

This petition grew to 20,000 by the time the public meeting came around on November 19th.

I attended that overflow public meeting on November 19th, added my two cents to request that the Commission give the fourth proposal the opportunity to raise some funding to show that they had financial viability as a long term tenant.

The proposal that scored fourth of the seven submitted was a Global Arts & Cultures concept, presented by the Palace of Fine Arts Foundation, affiliated with World Arts West - producers of the Ethnic Dance Festival.
Their concept scored very well as appropriate to the space but lowest with regard to financial viability.
Click this link to see the scores of all the proposals submitted:

Click the link to learn some of the backstory and watch more than a dozen concerned citizens speak about this issue : The Palace of Fine Arts is discussed in Items 7 and 8 :

Before and after the meeting, I watched with great interest, the archived presentations for the proposals. It was obvious to me that this space is a treasured asset in our Bay Area community and that the presenters put a lot of careful consideration into their conceptual designs.

That said, the mere idea of this landmark being turned into a hotel or restaurant, no matter how classy and elegant, just feels like the wrong concept for this beloved public arts and educational space. Seriously - it's the "Palace of Fine Arts" - not the "Palace of Fine Dining."

So, based upon feedback from other concerned parties, I decided to start a follow up petition:

Honestly, there are so many things wrong with this process (beginning with the parameters for the RFCP, which requires the potential tenant to bear the cost of upgraded to the tune of $20million + that it just seems ridiculous.
If you would like to join the effort to preserve the Palace of Fine Arts as an Arts/Educational Center, please join our facebook group:

--- MT 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

SPOKEN WORDS : POETRY is a Vehicle for Change : "Stupid Spilled," ACT OUT, Occupy, Haiku "For Evergreen"

I love how this gal uses poetry to express herself.
For some reason, this poem inspired me to pen another haiku.

 "For Evergreen"

"Stupid spilled and then
we sat back and watched until
it slipped on concrete."

----- Mari Tamburo

What makes you angry?
What makes you want to act out?
Seriously - what pisses you off so badly that it not only makes you want to SCREAM - but break things?

How do you express yourself?
Do you engage in endless rants on the internet?
Send nasty emails that just complain and blame?

Or do you seek solutions to challenges?
How do you find a way to channel that anger into some sort of positive action?
Art? Acting?

Think about it. Then ACT. Please.

We don't need another hotel or restaurant in the Marina District - 
and even if we did - The Palace of Fine Arts would be the LAST PLACE to put it...

--- MT

Do not believe the BS rumors that say this is a done deal. We really need to

Sign these petitions :

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Kavita Ramdas : Radical Women, Embracing Tradition

Interesting and relevant, although I started to wander about midway through the talk.
 If you are short on time, watch the last five minutes.

--- MT


Related : Transcript

Friday, August 14, 2015

Skills Based Volunteering On the Rise

Ryan Scott (the social entrepreneur Ryan Scott, not Ryan Scott from the Monophonics...) posted this great article about volunteering on Causecast:

"If a volunteer opportunity makes the volunteer feel good about themselves while making the nonprofit feel like an exhausted babysitter, it’s probably not an ideal use of anyone’s time. Managers of corporate volunteer programs must ask themselves, “Are we getting more out of this than the nonprofit?” If the answer is yes, nonprofits should be charging the corporation for the experience (many do), providing a financial benefit that compensates for the resources it takes to manage the minimal volunteer benefit to the nonprofit.
But isn’t skills-based volunteering different than painting murals (no offense to mural painters)?
There’s no doubt that skills-based volunteering is more valuable to nonprofits, more beneficial to companies that can use these opportunities to stretch their employees’ skills in new ways, and usually more meaningful to the volunteers. A recent LinkedIn survey showed that a whopping 79 percent of members prefer skills-based volunteering to the standard variety.
Indeed, skills-based volunteering is so popular that it’s become the fastest growing trend in corporate employee engagement. According to CECP’s 2014 Giving in Numbers report, the number of businesses that have some kind of pro bono program has increased from 30 percent to just over 50 percent in six years"

--- MMT

Monday, July 20, 2015

Freedom of Information Act : Delayed Requests Are a Systemic Issue

“We’re usually talking in terms of many months, if not years, before responses are received,” says David Sobel, an attorney who represents Poitras pro-bono, on behalf of the digital civil liberties group the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Certainly, for purposes of journalism where the timeliness is critical, these systemic delays in responding to requests have really hampered the ability of journalists to use FOIA as a tool.”

Friday, July 17, 2015

President Obama Visits Federal Prison to Push for Reform

Obama during prison visit: young people make mistakes, just like me.
Posted by NowThis on Thursday, July 16, 2015
"Young people make mistakes..."

"There are people who need to be in prison," he added. "And I don't have tolerance for violent criminals." But he argued it is time to change laws that impose lengthy mandatory sentences on nonviolent drug offenders, who are disproportionately black and Latino.
 On Monday, the president commuted the sentences of 46 federal inmates, most of whom were serving lengthy terms for drug offenses. He's also calling for improved conditions inside prisons, and for steps to help young people before they run afoul of the law.
After meeting with inmates in El Reno, Obama told reporters, "These are young people who made mistakes that aren't that different than the mistakes I made and the mistakes that a lot of you guys made."
What distinguishes many convicts, he says, is a lack of support and second chances.

Source : NPR :

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Bjork Version of "If You Don't Open It, You Don't Own It"

This is what happens when you look deeply into something to find out the truth for yourself.

Favorite quote take aways :
"Now I'm curious - and now I want to see how it's about time."

"I stopped being afraid because I read the truth."

Thanks to Cookie Marenco for the clue and Ray Kimber for the share.


 --- MMT

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ash Beckham : When to Take a Stand and When to Let it Go

Every once in a while, something comes across my screen that I just have to share. This video is my introduction to Ash Beckham, but it is not my introduction to the dilemma of "when to take a stand and when to let it go." Obviously, I thought it worth a share. --- MMT

Friday, May 1, 2015

Tesla Announces Powerwall Solar Batteries

This could be a big deal. Tesla is going way beyond the electric car.
Talk about a vehicle for change.

from Tesla:

Energy Storage for a
Sustainable Home

Powerwall is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. It also fortifies your home against power outages by providing a backup electricity supply. Automated, compact and simple to install, Powerwall offers independence from the utility grid and the security of an emergency backup.

--- MMT

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Innovation: Handcycle Attachment Turns Wheelchair Into a Motorbike

Happened across these two videos and just had to share. I love innovation, especially when it helps people. First thing I noticed in the first video was - NO sidewalk.

Ever since the County forced that sidewalk on our street, I've been observing the changes in how my neighbors navigate the space.

My impression is that due to an engineering error, no topography maps were incorporated into the "post controversy do anything you can to calm down the people down" last minute redesign, which resulted in the sidewalk looking even more out of place than it had to, with really janky curb cuts and many, many tripping hazards.

I have watched one particularly frail wheelchair bound neighbor struggle while trying to navigate the ups and downs of the curb cuts and driveways. On at least one occasion, I found myself wanting to help him, but then stepped back because I didn't want to intrude on his sense of independence.
Enter this awesome invention - and there goes the lame argument that we need a sidewalk on our street to help our wheelchair bound citizens.
Thank you to Rio Mobility for thinking outside the sidewalk.
And to Krafty Kuts for the share. Btw - check out their beats!


(I guess I might be obsessed. It's a matter of principle, and you would be too if you had to look at the million dollar mistake every day. I have a problem with politicians who ignore their constituents, especially when we are pointing out misappropriation of funding. Long story.)

--- MMT

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Public Comment Process for Cascade Locks Water Swap Starts Next Week

Under the proposed transfer, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife would permanently give up 225 gallons per minute of spring water. That water would go to the city Of Cascade Locks.  
That sounds like a lot, but it is a small fraction of the water the state controls to supply the Oxbow Fish Hatchery, located in Cascade Locks.  
In exchange, the city would give the fish hatchery the right to some water from its wells.   Cascade Locks wants to sell the spring water to Nestle, which has proposed building a bottling plant for its Arrowhead brand.  
Environmental groups and consumer groups object to the water rights transfer. They say the city and the company are trying to sidestep a public review process. And they argue Nestle won’t pay enough for the water, given how much they sell it for.  
The City Administrator of Cascade Locks said the bottling plant will create 50 jobs. The city’s unemployment rate is close to 19 percent.  
The public comment period on the water swap begins next week.  
Here is a petition : 
More Info :

Also - check out Flow - the FILM

Want to Be a Movie Producer? Story of Stuff Is Making a Movie to Raise Awareness About Banning the Microbead

The Story of Stuff Project needs to raise $10,000 to make a movie that will raise awareness about the growing microbead pollution problem.

What are microbeads, you ask?

They are the tiny bits of plastic that companies are putting in everything from body scrubs to toothpaste.
These plastic beads escape most water treatment systems, and scientists believe the toxins they absorb along the way may be building up in the bodies of fish, marine mammals, and even humans.

Here are a couple of stories about plastic microbeads in toothpaste:

Rated TRUE on Snopes:

So, if you want to help some good change happen, consider donating to help make this Story of Stuff film about microbeads. Any contribution amount brings them closer to being able to give this problem the attention it deserves.

Donate today to make their new movie a reality, so they can make this story - and their campaign - go viral until the mess is cleaned up.

Contributions of $100 or more will be recognized with a producer credit on their website.

Never heard of the "Story of Stuff" team? Check this out:

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Distracted Driving : #itsnotworthit #justdrive

Hey Everybody!
Hope this email finds you well and happy.

Hang Up and Drive!

As part of the Distracted Driving Awareness Month campaign, the Mill Valley Police Department will be actively ticketing those drivers texting or operating hand-held devices during the entire month of April. Drivers who break the law and place themselves and others in danger will be cited with no warnings given. 

This April  - all California law enforcement agencies, along with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), will be conducting zero tolerance enforcement under the state's Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) campaign called "It's Not Worth It." The current minimum ticket cost is $159, with subsequent tickets costing at least $281.

Using an electronic device while driving is a serious traffic safety concern that puts everyone on the road at risk. In recent years, thousands have been killed and seriously injured in California as a result of collisions that involved at least one driver who was distracted. Nationally, an estimated 3,328 people were killed and 424,000 were injured in 2012 due to distracted driving. As a result, law enforcement across the state, including the Mill Valley Police Department, are cracking down on cell phone use and texting.

Statistical Information:
Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into serious-injury crashes. Younger, inexperienced drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. Texting while driving can delay a driver's reaction time just as severely as having a blood alcohol content of a legally drunk driver. There is no difference in the risks between hands-free and hand-held cell phone conversations because they both result in "inattention blindness" that occurs when the brain isn't seeing what is clearly visible because over one-third of the driver's brain is focused on the conversation not on driving. Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. A three second glance at freeway speed means a driver has traveled the distance of a football field.
To avoid a distracted driving ticket -  or worse yet, a CRASH - the Mill Valley Police Department offers the following tips:
Turn off your phone and/or put it out of reach while driving.
Don't call or text anyone at a time when you think they may be driving
Include in your outgoing phone message that you can't answer while you are driving
Avoid all distractions while driving -- eating/drinking, programming a GPS, reaching for something that fell, or being involved with your passengers The National Safety Council has more information on distracted driving and Toyota has a program directly targeted to teens and safe driving.




Saturday, March 28, 2015

Newark Steel Factory to Become Indoor Farm

And this isn’t the first time that AeroFarms venture in Newark. Back in 2010, the company worked with local urban farm EcoVeggies to install an aeroponic growing structure at St. Phillips Academy, a charter school that also sports a rooftop veggie garden.

Read more:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Top Gear Host Canned for Crossing the Line

I hope this is a sign of positive change. I'm pretty sick and tired of seeing rude people earn a bunch of money.

--- MMT

REMINDER : Dogs in Hot Cars - DON'T DO IT

It's been warm in our neck of the woods - here is a reminder -
please don't leave any animals in the car.

Alcoa to Get Retooling Loan for Lightweight Auto Materials

Trans Siberian Road Concept -

Saw this Trans Siberian road proposal -

First thing that came to mind - "Soon Sarah Palin can drive to Russia from her house..."

--- MMT

New Promo Tip for Musicians : Songkick Powers Tour Dates on You Tube Cards and Rdio

Check it out!

Songkick now powers tour dates on YouTube's new 'cards' and Rdio

 -- MMT

p.s. If you are a Bandcamp artist, you can update through your profile.

Mercedes F-15

Occasionally, I get in "vehicle" mode. Literally.

Tiny House Castle

check out the hunky host of the show. ;)

Art Car Map

Please be patient - as the map takes a while to load! If you don't see the mini Google Map in about 9 seconds, try hitting your browser's "refresh" button TWICE, more often than not - it does the trick.
(If at first you don't succeed, try, try again...)
CommunityWalk Map - Art Cars

Saturday, March 21, 2015

James Robertson, Detroit Man Who Walked Miles to Work, Makes Life Changes

A new home. New money. A new car. New friends.
And some old friends who aren't friends anymore.
In the days after his sudden fame, walking man James Robertson moved twice in three weeks so that he could elude those hounding him for money — ultimately filing a personal protection order against his landlady, who was also his ex-girlfriend.
Detroit police helped move Robertson after his two windfalls — the $360,000 in tax-free gifts donated by total strangers on three GoFundMe pages, and a $35,000 metallic-red Taurus given to him by a local auto dealer. Authorities weren't taking any chances after an 86-year-old lottery winner was found dead in a vacant Detroit house last month, six weeks after family members said he'd won a $20,000 prize.
Full story:

As Cyndi sang, "Money Changes Everything..."

Related :

Friday, February 6, 2015

Political Sculptor, 3D Left Shark Maker, Served a Cease and Desist; Responds With Go Fund Me Page for Legal Fees

The Political Sculptor, a Maker who designed and printed a 3D sculpture of the infamous Left Shark, has received a cease and desist letter from Katy Perry's "people."

He has responded with a GoFundMe campaign for his legal fees. 

My guess is, he's going to get a lot of new customers.
But what I really want to know is - where is he getting a lawyer for $500??

Related :

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tesla Insane Mode : Clean Version

Couldn't Resist.

-- MMT

Kindness is A Vehicle for Change

Now, to get back to posting something that truly is "a vehicle for change" --

In case you haven't heard about this already, check out this story about James Robertson, a man from Michigan who walks to and from work everyday. 

A friend of his set up a gofundme page to buy him a car.

Well, it is about to go viral and will probably hit $300,000 or more by the time you read this.
Once the AP picks it up, who knows?

In the cosmic connection / odd coincidence department, there is an organization that has been buying cars for the working poor for years. It is called Vehicles for Change.

Use your powers for good.

--- MMT

And the Winner Is....Fiat!

I know the suspense has been killing you, but our award for best Super Bowl commercial is Fiat.

Reasons :

1) Humorous
2) Sexy
3) and it contains a cat AND a vehicle.

The Italian factor didn't hurt either.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Call for Makers : Maker Faire Bay Area 2015

Just in case you missed it, "Call for Makers" for San Francisco Bay Area 2015 is now open. If you have never been, you need to go at least once - but trust me, once will never be enough!

If you feel you are not yet ready to call yourself a "Maker" - or you are a Maker who would rather walk around and meet other Makers instead of strutting your own stuff, then take advantage of the opportunity to grab the early bird discount...

Added to the Vehicles Page

Found this really cool website, so I added it to the "Vehicles" page :

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Action to Reinstate Arts & Culture Funding at Marin Community Foundation

A way for you to voice your support of arts and culture in Marin.

If you would like to show your support to reinstate Marin Community Foundation's arts & culture funding, please fill out this survey and share. 

Thank you. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

You Tube Interview With President Obama

Communication is a vehicle for change.

Hope comes in all colors, shapes and sizes.

Anyone can make a positive change in this world.

No one has the right to bully you.

Good things come to those who work.

Everyone has something to give.

-- MMT

p.s. Use your powers for good.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Facebook Unveils Networks for Businesses


Ten Tips for Facebook Pages

I'm not saying these are the only ten things you should be doing, but I have noticed these can help increase your visibility, especially since facebook changed their newsfeed algorithm.

1) You need more than "Likes." Be sure your fans are "Following" your page more closely

2) Ask your followers to sign up to "Get Notifications" - this is located just under "Liked"

3) Add your fans to add you to their "Interest Lists" - located just under "Get Notifications"

4) Ask your friends and fans to "like," share and comment on your posts - and be sure to do the same

5) Images are still the most shared, so be sure to share a photos of your band or an online poster of an upcoming event/show

6) Tag band members and event participants in photos

7) Ask your friends / fans to tag themselves

8) Vary your posts throughout the day and use hashtags

9) Some scheduled posts are OK, but real time posting allows for better fan engagement

10) Be yourself and you will attract true kindred spirits and true fans

That's it for now.

- Mari