Friday, December 21, 2012

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy Holidays


Friday, October 12, 2012


Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tahoe Sunset

Friday, August 24, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Giants Gamer Babes

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Uber: the good, the bad, the ugly

I used to love Uber. LOVE it. Whenever I can't get a cab, which is often in San Francisco, Uber is there. I always knew it cost more. On average, it is about double the price of a regular taxi when riding within town. No problem - not only am I getting a nicer car with the convenience of not having to pay cash, I'm getting a ride when there previously was none.

Now enter SURGE PRICING! I understand the laws of supply and demand, but I don't understand why Uber feels the need to nearly double their rates when there is a "shortage" of cars. And WHO exactly determines when there is a shortage?

I recently used Uber to get home to the Sunset from Fisherman's Wharf during a "surge" pricing timeframe. The cost: a WHOPPING $84! It should NOT cost $84 for a ride across town. A fare review with Uber just generated a useless canned email response from Brian the community manager telling me all the ways in which I was advised of surge pricing.

My beef is not with surge pricing. Fine, charge a little more when it's busy. I say charge a LITTLE more when it is busy, not A LOT more. There is something seriously wrong with the Uber product, as a whole, when a fare across town costs $84.

Oh and UberX - the supposedly cheaper alternative that sends hybrids instead of towncars? I've tried to use it at least 5 times and there is never a car available.

The once darling app on my iphone's front screen is now getting tucked away in some last page folder somewhere. Riders beware...

Brian, Jul 21 16:58 (PDT):
Hey Craig,
Our goal is to be as reliable as possible and sometimes we see such high demand our supply of available cars gets tight. To ensure we have rides available for everyone who needs one, we have surge pricing which increases our rates incrementally as our demand outstrips our supply and then lowers them back to normal as demand goes down and cars free up. We take notifying you of the current rates seriously – you should absolutely be aware of the higher cost. So, to that end we show the screen pictured on this blog post on your app:

We also include a reminder in our confirmation text that lets you know your driver is on the way just in case: Hi Craig, your Uber is en route! Yacine (4.6 stars) will pick you up in 5 minutes. Note that your fare will be 1.75x the normal Uber fare

Let me know if you have any questions!

Brian SF Community Manager Twitter: @Uber_SF

Craig Given, Jul 21 15:59 (PDT): I'm disappointed that this trip from downtown cost $84. It is way too expensive. I do not understand surge pricing, or how/when it is determined. It almost seems arbitrary. So, I'm just pointing out that a trip across town should NOT cost $84. I am definitely going to reconsider my future use of Uber if it is going to cost this much.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Flower Farm

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Haight Ashbury Switch Board Pyramid

This was given to me by Dr.David Smith's staff, from the Haight Ashbury Switchboard in 1978.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy

Solo motorcycle & camping trip through Yosemite, Mono Lake, and Hetch Hetchy.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Quacking Cartwheel

Sea Biscuit Likes Beer

San Francisco Giants fan drinking beer in a horse head mask; in honor of the "work horse" starting pitcher, Matt Cain.

First in SF Giants history

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012


Monday, May 14, 2012

Le mesdames Smith

Monday, April 23, 2012

Bay Bridge Lightning

Two incredible photos of recent lightning strikes on the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge. We don't get lightning very often in SF, so these shots are quite amazing.

Credit: Phil McGrew, who took the photo through the rain-soaked window of his apartment.

Credit: Unknown (if it is yours, let me know so I can give you proper attribution)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Powder day at Squaw


Friday, March 2, 2012

we ski

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Skiing with friends

Monday, February 20, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Top of Squaw Creek

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Finally made it to the snow


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Flasks for sale

Monday, January 16, 2012

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Vitamix in action

Vitamix in Action from Craig Given on Vimeo.

Julia got a new Vitamix for Christmas (from me:) and she is making delicious and nutritious smoothies. It does much more though.

Nicky at Christmas

Christmas 2011

Nicky Christmas 2011 from Craig Given on Vimeo.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year

Phish live at MSG 12/31/11 > 1/1/12
Steam > Auld Land Syne > Down With Disease

Commentary on the meaning and creativity behind the performance on Mr.Miner's blog.