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NBC Spoils Its Own Internet Broadcast: Super Bowl XLIX Shown Time-Delayed, But the Score Ticker is Updated in Real TimeSunday, February 1st, 2015
[UPDATE: Slate weighs in: NBC’s Super Bowl Live Stream Was Hugely Popular. It Was Also Terrible. By Will Oremus. Oh. I guess a couple interruptions delayed my feed so I could have pressed a button to catch up and then have had only a 30-second delay. IMO, this NBC live stream was BTN, Better Than Nothing – consider that praise if you want.]
Here’s a screen grab from NBC’s webcast of today’s Super Bowl:
So if you had noticed the live score seen at the top of the screen, then you’d have known that the Seattle drive you were watching would end, SPOILER ALERT, in a field goal.
Cord cutting* comes at a price, so very high.
*Believe it or not, my town, the second-largest in the northern half of the state, has no NBC affiliate, so my aging 70 inch Sharp has zero chance of receiving KNTV out of San Joser using my rabbit ears, as I’m on the wrong side of Twin Peaks. Plus, I can’t go satellite as I have no view of the southern sky. And Comcast, well, Comcast is the Devil. Now last year, that was different, that was par-tay time (at least until the end, the very end of the game) at 720p on a decent, non-spoiler network. But this year, meh. Oh well.
Aviation Writer James Fallows Commits the MSM Blunder of the Year with “Don’t Blame Malaysia Airlines” in the NYTTuesday, July 22nd, 2014
Hoo boy: “Don’t Blame Malaysia Airlines”
“Was this disaster somehow the airline’s fault? The answer is no — but to understand why, you have to look at the complex realities of modern commercial aviation.”
My isn’t this a touch patronizing? Well, obviously the primary fault is with the crew and commanders of the Gadfly missile system used to shoot down the plane. But Malaysian Air Systems is partially to blame for its negligent operation.
“Malaysia Airlines, already world famous because of the still-missing flight MH370, appears to have been following all normal safety rules.”
Is anybody suggesting that this flight was somehow illegal? I don’t think so. So talking about Malaysian following the “rules” is pointless.
“…explicit prohibitions are critical, because the entire aviation system works on the premise that unless airspace is marked as off-limits, it is presumptively safe and legal for flight.
OK again, Jimmy, the flight was unsafe but legal. Nobody’s suggesting that the flight was not legal.
“…when they crossed this zone at 33,000 feet, they were neither cutting it razor-close nor bending the rules, but doing what many other airlines had done, in a way they assumed was both legal and safe.”
Again, Jimmy, why are you harping on what’s “legal” to make your point that Malaysian wasn’t negligent? It’s as if the New York Times has turned into the Public Relations arm of Malaysian Air Systems or the government of Malaysia.
All right, it’s time to review. Here’s a partial list of airlines that were specifically avoiding this part of eastern Ukraine before the shootdown:
Korean Air Lines
Air Berlin [Germany’s second-largest airline]
The operators of these airlines would have been able to fly over eastern Ukraine legally, but they chose not to. Why’s that, Jimmy? Why would these airlines spend more on kerosene for no reason?
Somehow I suspect that if it had been a Lufthansa plane that was attacked, there would be fewer starting-point assumptions that the carrier had somehow been cutting corners at the cost of its passengers’ safety.
This sounds like it came straight from Malaysian Airlines, this racism (or whatever) argument he’s pushing. In any event, corner-cutting at the expense of passenger safety is exactly what occurred here.
And here’s the stinger:
“If a government or rogue faction shoots down a commercial plane, is that really an “air safety issue?”
Well, hell yes it is, Jimmy. It’s exactly an air safety issue. That’s why all those airlines cited above, plus others, were avoiding the area. For safety.
Comes now aviation writer Christine Negroni to offer views contrary to that of flyboy fanboy James Fallows:
So while Malaysia is self-evidently correct it its statements; the airspace was open and hundreds flights between Europe and Asia were using it every day, it is a weak reply to a valid question of responsibility.
Why James Fallows wants to shut down the conversation about the question of responsibility is a mystery to me…
OMG, OMG. It’s the Target Store Job Fair August 15-17! Hundreds to be Hired at City Target West, Geary and Masonic – Opens October 2013Monday, August 12th, 2013
Giant signs don’t lie:
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It’ll be a huge cattle call the way they had for Our First City Target in SoMA on Mission last year.
But you should apply here before you show up, I s’pose.
All the deets of the job titles/positions you can apply for, after the jump.
You see in my day, people’d be putting wheel covers to make simple steal wheels look like aluminum or magnesium alloys.
But these days VW is offering wheel covers on top of alloy wheels to make them look like old-school hub caps on steel wheels.
See? Here are your 17″ heritage alloy wheels on a 1013 VW Beetle:
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(In Soviet Russia, wheel cover you!)
OMG, It’s TEDxNASA@SiliconValley 2011! If You Like NASA, Register for This Free TEDx Event – August 17 in SF, CAFriday, July 1st, 2011
I’ll tell you, I don’t know exactly what this event will be like, but it’s free and tickets will be all gone in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.
So, register now:
“In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is call TEDxNASA, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxNASA event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.
The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
2:30 PM – 8:00 PM (PDT)
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
NASA Invites Public to TEDxNASA@SiliconValley 2011
WASHINGTON, July 1, 2011 — NASA is inviting reporters and the public to join agency leaders, technologists and innovators from a variety of fields at TEDxNASA@SiliconValley 2011 on Aug. 17. The event will be held at the Marriott Marquis hotel in San Francisco from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. PDT.
The event is in the spirit of the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conferences that bring together leading thinkers to create a dialogue about important global challenges. Speakers include an aeronautics researcher developing a silent, carbonless airplane; a tree geneticist cloning the world’s largest trees; a fish-loving researcher creating the next biofuel from a salt-loving succulent; a computer that beats Jeopardy! Champions; and a Tony-winning street theater company. Each presentation on the theme “Extreme Green” will last 18 minutes or less.
“NASA is synonymous with taking big dreams and making them happen,” said Pete Worden, director of NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. “TEDxNASA allows us to further explore the power of ideas and the potential to change life here on Earth.”
The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Registration opens Friday, July 1, and seating is limited. Reporters interested in attending should contact Jessica Culler at firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 12. If unable to attend in person, the conference will be streamed live on the TEDxNASA website.
For the stream and to register, visit.
Esther Dyson, chair of the NASA Advisory Council’s Technology and Innovation Committee, will serve as the master of ceremonies for the event. “I’m excited to be part of this fertile combination of NASA and TEDx format,” Dyson said. “Both are dedicated to far-out, long-term thinking, and both understand the promise of hybrid vigor.”
NASA’s four research centers, Ames; Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif.; Glenn Research Center in Cleveland; Langley Research Center and the National Institute of Aerospace, both in Hampton Va., are co-hosts of the event.
TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share an experience. These events are branded TEDx, where “x” means an independently organized TED event. TED is a non-profit organization founded in 1984. TED presentations are available for free at:
For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit:
You know, before He gets too busy cogitating about the team He’ll pick to win the Super Bowl…
Home schooling plus packing two years of high school into her solitary year there = the youngest Miss America ever, 17 year old Teresa Scanlan.
“Teresa Scanlan wins the Miss America Pageant 2011. As the competition comes to a close on January 15, 2011 in Las Vegas. Nevada; International News sites report. Miss Scanlan bested 53 aspirants who vied for the $50,000.00 scholarship prize and from sixteen gorgeous women, who had participated in the finals.”
Target’s Arts & Wonder Free Family Event is coming to San Francisco July 16-18, 2010. So that means that the Target stores will pick up any and all admission fees for certain times on certain days.
Repeat: “Certain Times on Certain Days.” Check below.
And, bonus, there’ll be a ton of kids’ activities going on.
Here are the places:
The de Young Museum;
Asian Art Museum;
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA);
The Contemporary Jewish Museum;
The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD);
Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum; and
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Does the MoMA in the SoMA still have Michael and Bubbles on display?
You can find out for free come July.
All the deets:
San Francisco’s leading museums are having a free for all and you¹re
invited! It’s one big weekend of fun as the de Young Museum, Asian Art
Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the Contemporary Jewish
Museum, the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), Zeum: San Francisco¹s
Children’s Museum and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival take turns welcoming all
ages with free general admission, free hands-on art making activities for
kids and special family-friendly free performances thanks to the generous
support of Target. It’s a marathon of creativity and discovery for all ages
so mark your calendar now. You won’t want to miss the family-friendliest
weekend that San Francisco has to offer!
Target Arts & Wonder free admission for all ages with special art
activities and performances for children and families at seven San Francisco
cultural destinations including the de Young, Asian Art Museum, SFMOMA, the
Contemporary Jewish Museum, MoAD, Zeum and Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
DATE AND TIME:
Friday, July 16, 2010 de Young Museum free from 5 PM to 8:45 PM
Saturday, July 17, 2010 Asian Art Museum free from 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday, July 18, 2010 SFMOMA, Contemporary Jewish Museum, MoAD, Zeum and
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival free from 11 AM to 4 PM
de Young Museum 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (Golden Gate Park)
Asian Art Museum 200 Larkin Street www.asianart.org
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) — 151 Third Street (between
Mission and Howard) www.sfmoma.org <http://www.sfmoma.org>
Contemporary Jewish Museum — 736 Mission Street (between Third and Fourth)
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) — 685 Mission Street (at Third)
Zeum: San Francisco¹s Children¹s Museum — 221 Fourth Street (at Howard)
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Mission Street (between Third and Fourth)
For general information, visit www.target.com/arts. For details about
activities specifically in San Francisco, visit
(Please note: www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/target will go live June 4,
www.target.com/arts will go live June 15)
Below, is a sample of the many activities families and individuals can enjoy
at participating venues in San Francisco with dates and times indicated for
Friday, July 16, 2010; 5 to 8:45 PM
de Young Museum
Turn the Target mascot Bullseye into a work of Andy Warhol-inspired
Get a lift as you watch a ballet performance celebrating the Impressionist
Saturday, July 17, 2010; 10 AM to 5 PM
Asian Art Museum
Journey from India to Japan as you stroll through the galleries
Take a storytelling tour and learn about gods, goddesses, emperors,
philosophers and more
Sunday, July 18, 2010; 11 AM to 4 PM
Five locations downtown San Francisco:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Go BIG — see for yourself how larger-than-life artworks transform the
ordinary into the EXTRAordinary
Create your own enormous art — make an everyday object into something 10
times its size
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Celebrate the everyday in the whimsical exhibition Maira Kalman: Various
Illuminations (of a Crazy World)
Marvel at the magic of ordinary objects by crafting fabric buttons,
decorating bags and watching Sweet Can Productions make brooms dance and
Museum of the African Diaspora
Tour the exhibition African Continuum: Sacred Ceremonies and Rituals
Try your hand at Haitian tooled metal sculpture
Zeum: San Francisco’s Children’s Museum
Sculpt and film your own clay animation
Ride the historic Zeum Carousel
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Come in costume and get ready to join the conga line as we celebrate the
international spirit of Carnaval with non-stop performances in the Gardens
from 12-3 PM by Mas Makers Massive, SambAsia, Fogo Na Roupa,
Sistas-wit-Style, Tambores de Colombian Soul, Latin All Stars, Chelle! and
Friends, and Mixtiso
*Please note that all de Young exhibitions are free except Birth of
Impressionism. A special timed ticket for $15 adults, $10 children ages 6-17
is required for entry to this exhibition only. Children 5 and under are
*Please note that all Asian Art Museum exhibitions are free except Shanghai.
A ticket for $5 for ages 18 and older is required for entry to this
exhibition only. Youth 17 and under are free.
Target Arts & Wonder is part of the Target commitment to arts and education.
Since 1946, the company has given 5 percent of its income to support
education, the arts, social services and volunteerism. Today, that adds up
to more than $3 million a week. During the third weekend of July, more than
80 institutions in 30 cities across the country will participate in the
Target Arts & Wonder Free Family Event.
Here’s how it will be until the end of this week – you’ll be out and about on the Streets of San Francisco near Union Square, the Ferry Building or Fishermans Wharf and then you’ll encounter Gap‘s Cheer Squad and Drumline and/or their giant buffalo-plaid bus.
This peppy crew will be giving away stuff as they perform.
Thusly. This is a lot of air without a net, huh. As recently seen in NYC:
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You can’t miss them – they just drove up from L.A. in this monster:
So, be on the look out. What more can we ask from our corporate overlords than free swag?
They’ll be hitting Santa Clara County today, San Francisco tomorrow, Marin County Saturday, and San Mateo County Sunday.
Thursday, December 17th
Valley Fair Mall
Friday, December 18th
The Ferry Building
Market & Powell (The Flood Building)
Saturday, December 19th
Sunday, December 20th
Stanford Shopping Center
New York City: Friday, November 27 – Monday, November 30
Chicago: Thursday, December 3 – Sunday, December 6
Los Angeles: Friday, December 11 – Tuesday, December 15
San Francisco Bay Area: Thursday, December 17 – Sunday, December 20