Links for September 29, 2015

An Open Letter to Anyone Moving to San Francisco for a Tech Job

At some point during your first few months here, you’ll be sitting on the sand at Crissy Field or the grass at Dolores Park, and you’ll be watching the sunset perforate the fog; or you’ll be looking at the skyline with the bay glistening behind it, and you’ll figure yourself blessed, and you’ll think, “How lucky am I to live in this pretty fucking magnificent place?” But then you’ll start wondering if you deserve it—the chance to live here—and if the fact that you are living here really has resulted in teachers and writers and shoemakers being evicted from their homes—or, if not that, then in the less tangible eviction of all the things that used to make San Francisco, San Francisco.


San Francisco Should Always Have a Subway Under Construction

San Francisco’s lack of extensive subways has significant negative impacts on our transportation system. Far too many San Franciscans who want to take transit find they cannot rely on it, since it simply takes too long on our gridlocked streets. It shouldn’t take longer to commute downtown from the Sunset or the Bayview than from the East Bay, yet it does. This inadequate subway service is finally starting to change thanks to forward thinking.... We need to take aggressive, forward-thinking, visionary steps to continue and accelerate that change.


The earliest use of the F-word discovered

Dr Paul Booth of Keele University spotted the name in ‘Roger Fuckebythenavele’ in the Chester county court plea rolls beginning on December 8, 1310. The man was being named three times part of a process to be outlawed, with the final mention coming on September 28, 1311. Dr Booth believes that “this surname is presumably a nickname. I suggest it could either mean an actual attempt at copulation by an inexperienced youth, later reported by a rejected girlfriend, or an equivalent of the word ‘dimwit’ i.e. a man who might think that that was the correct way to go about it.”


The Delian Mode – A documentary on early electronic composer/sound designer Delia Derbyshire.