Posts Tagged ‘beyond’

Russian Hill NIMBYs Give the Game Away: “Supervisor Farrell is Also Looking for Ways to Pitch It Beyond Aesthetics”

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Work with me here, people.

Insight #1: Underground can be used as a verb. As in:

“San Francisco Coalition to Underground Utilities”

The name of this NIMBYhood group looked like a typo to me here. This Coalition to Underground Utilities is a really stupid name for various reasons, IMO.

Insight #2: Supervisor Mark Farrell might look like a doofus, but he’s not.

Of course he owes his narrow election victory to a man named Coates. So if Coates wants something done up here in San Francisco* but it doesn’t increase our commonweal, well, that’s what we’d call a conflict of interest (or everyday politics, take your pick.) Anyway, as District 2 Supervisor, he’s well north of his scionic predecessors, but he’ll be sure to tow the party line (the right of the aisle party line) whether it makes sense or not.

Insight #3: Farrell views these Russian Hill cable-burying aesthetic fetishists just as I do.

Here we go, from Report of Meeting with Supervisors Farrell and Chiu”

“Supervisor Farrell is also looking for ways to pitch it beyond aesthetics.”

Oh really! There just might be something more important out in the world than the aesthetic imperatives of a handful of Russian Hill millionaires who want to give the 415 a makeover and who want to tax every San Francisco renter $50 a year for the “benefit?”

So I suppose we’ll soon hear about the important safety benefits of doing whatever it is these aestheticians can dream up?

Hoo boy.

But IRL, Wires are Life. Wires connect people and move people cheaply and safely. Wires are beautiful, man.

See?

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*IDK, like the America’s Cup fiasco? Remember, Coates Likes Boats.

Apocalypto! Hey, What Happened to that Bay Area Mayan Prophecy “Film?” – Plus, Examiner Publisher Todd Vogt Cowardice

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Well if the world ends tomorrow, 12-21-2012, the joke’s on me.

But otherwise…

So, earlier this year some rich whacko up in Marin started making a video* in Latin America what was supposed to be all about the so-called Mayan Prophecy.

But things headed south with the production, so that got written up in a blog down south, down in Los Angeles.

And then the same basic info was posted in the San Francisco Examiner. (It used to be right here.)

And then the rich Marin whacko actually went and sued that film-industry blog earlier this year.

And then the rich Marin whacko lost her lawsuit, big time.

So then I made a post about this affair, you know, because nobody else up here had done so.

Then I got a threatening letter from the same attorney who lost the case in L.A. Read that letter here.

But apparently, that threat was all lies and jest.

Oh well.

Hey, do you like sports analogies ‘n stuff?

This is rich Marin County whacko Elisabeth Theriot’s inchoate SLAPP lawsuit against TheWrap blog, IMO:

See? Kicker Garo Yepremien tried to score a few points but then opposing counsel filed a special motion to strike that was so special that discovery was immediately halted. Then he lost the hearing and that was the end of the suit, it looks like. I’m saying Elisabeth Theriot got pwned in court.

With a quickness.

Which, you know, this kind of thing doesn’t happen every day so that’s why I made a post about it.

But now the world is supposed to end tomorrow ‘n stuff and there’s no Mayan Prophecy “film” to see.

Oh well.

Now, what about San Francisco Examiner President and Publisher Todd Vogt? Do you think he got some sort of request or demand or something from rich Marin County whacko Elisabeth Theriot or the wire service or somebody to take down the wire story on these topics, you know, that used to be posted right here?

Why would the ‘Xam have a page dedicated to rich Marin County whacko Elisabeth Theriot (just look at the URL bar) with nothing to say about her? It’s because the story about her that used to be there is no longer there.
Is there cowardice here?

I’ll tell you, TheWrap.com stood up to rich Marin County whacko Elisabeth Theriot and was/will be rewarded with mandatory attorney fees as a kind of reward.

Why couldn’t/can’t the ‘Xam stand up to rich Marin County whacko Elisabeth Theriot too?

I don’t know.

Now I’ll tell you, when an actual newspaper (improperly, IMO) caves to some rich lady, that just might have the effect of emboldening her. Then she just might start going after poor, defenseless WordPress bloggers.

But maybe I’m way off on this one.

If so, please somebody disabuse me.

* I call it a video because it was (mostly?) recorded on digicams – no film required. The current title of this still-troubled production is Mayan Revelations & Hollywood Lies. It’s delayed. It’s nonsense. Oh what’s that, we’re going to see just how important that Long Count calendar is tout de suite? No we won’t. Sorry. Oh, over the coming decades? No we won’t. Sorry.

Once Again, BeyondChron.Org Fails to Win “Best Local Website” Award from the Bay Guardian – But Keep That a Secret

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Remember back last decade when Beyond Chron won BEST LOCAL WEBSITE from the San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper? Good times.

And really, how can you forget, what with the daily reminders from the masthead?

Like this:

But the problem with that is that BeyondChron hasn’t won that particular award recently.

BeyondChron didn’t win last year (FunCheapSF) and didn’t win the year before (Broke Ass Stuart) neither. And this year, well, I don’t think that the Guardian even has that particular category anymore.

Maybe I’m missing something here. Your winners for 2011:

“BEST OVERALL LOCAL BLOG - SFist

www.sfist.com

BEST OVERALL LOCAL WEBSITE - Funcheap SF

www.sf.funcheap.com

BEST NEWS BLOG OR SITE - Bay Citizen

www.baycitizen.org

Does BeyondChron need even more money from the taxpayers of San Francisco, you know, to revise the masthead, to bring it current?

Looks that way…

How Bat-Guano Insane is Tenderloin Nonprofiteer Randy Shaw? The Monstrous Chron vs. the Tiny Beyond Chron

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

How does this make any sense at all?

“The chief reason is that our site began as Chronicle readership began dropping precipitously, particularly among those likely to read Beyond Chron. So our readers had not even heard of the Chronicle pieces we were critiquing.”

Now, how does that square with realidad?

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So how much of a direct subsidy does the Chronicle get from the City and County to write for the web? Zero, I’m thinking. And yet Beyond Chron gets way fewer viewers per writer even though it’s subsidized.

Do you think the somehow-obscure SFGate website, which to its credit actually allows commenters to comment, needs to struggle over and over and over to get an entry into Wikipedia?

Well, let’s see here – after getting bounced from the Wiki for not being prominent (or whatever) enough, this was yet another shot at getting the Beyond Chron into the Wiki – it’s from a few years back:

Beyond Chron is an alternative daily news website based out of San Francisco that covers local and national politics and culture. Veteran activist Randy Shaw of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic founded Beyond Chron in April 2004, after local progressive activists expressed increasing frustration about stories that were ignored or distorted by the San Francisco Chronicle. Inspired by the success that blogs like Daily Kos have accomplished at the national level, Beyond Chron aspired to play a similar role at the local level [1].

In July 2008, Beyond Chron was voted “Best Local Website” in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s annual “Best of the Bay” issue- where it was dubbed “the FUBU of local news sources” [2]. Editor-in-Chief Randy Shaw and Managing Editor Paul Hogarth are frequent guests on radio and television programs, where they provide commentary about the local political scene [3].

Because Beyond Chron is published by a housing non-profit (the Tenderloin Housing Clinic), its local news coverage has a heavy emphasis on rent control and tenants’ rights. In April 2006, Beyond Chron broke the news that Mayor Gavin Newsom’s press secretary, Peter Ragone, had purchased a tenancy-in-common unit in which a protected tenant had been evicted [4]. This may have been a factor as to why the Newsom Administration reversed its position on restrictions for TIC evictions [5].

In recent years, Beyond Chron has increased its coverage of national politics — especially the 2008 presidential campaign. In August 2007 at the Yearly Kos Convention, managing editor Paul Hogarth asked Senator Hillary Clinton a four-part question during her “break-out” session that attracted national media attention [6]. Hogarth’s write-up of the event (“Yearly Kos Has Endangered Hillary’s Nomination”) was rated as a #1 diary on Daily Kos [7] – and he was subsequently invited to go on MSNBC’s Hardball. [8] Well before the traditional media caught on, Hogarth was one of the first to predict that Bill Clinton would become a liability for his wife’s campaign [9].

Using the successful model it has employed against the San Francisco Chronicle, Beyond Chron has in the past few weeks directed its fire towards the New York Times — due to what it perceives as the paper’s anti-Obama bias in its general election coverage. Randy Shaw has started writing a weekly column in Beyond Chron called Beyond Times.

Beyond Chron has been granted a press credential for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, where Shaw and Hogarth will give live coverage [10].”

(Who do you think wrote that – Twitterloin dictator-for-life Pappa Doc, or maybe Baby Doc, or maybe somebody else?)

Anyway, access denied! The Wikipedians bounced this one right out of there, back in the day. Oh well.

(If I took five figures of money from the taxpayers to run a blog every year, I’d allow comments.)

Oh well…

“Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond” Show Kicks Off at the de Young Museum – Hear All About it on KQED-FM Right Now

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park just kicked off its new show. It’s called Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay and it runs from September 25th to January 11, 2011

Here’s what the kick-off looked like.

John Buchanan, Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), says this is your “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Listen to him talk all about the new show on KQED-FM’s Forum program – it’s on right now.

Post-Impressionists From the Musee d’Orsay
We discuss the second of two exhibits hosted by San Francisco’s de Young Museum, featuring Impressionist masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.
This exhibit highlights Post-Impressionist works from Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne and beyond. We talk with the directors of both the Musee d’Orsay and the de Young Museum.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Guy Cogeval, president of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris
  • John Buchanan, director of Fine Arts Museums San Francisco, including the de Young Museum”

But if you miss the radio show, they’ll post an mp3 soon enough.

It’s Didi! Diane B. Wilsey, Board President of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF), reminded everybody about the goings on at the “little sister” Legion of Honor Museum just to the north of the de Young:

And here’s Romain Serman, our brand new French Consul General. He’s been on the job in San Francisco for seven weeks. He says that we’re “truly the sister of Paris.”

And here’s Guy Cogeval, President of the Musee D’Orsay. He says this exhibit is more beautiful than the first one he loaned us this year.

See you there!

Post Impressionists Countdown – Two Days Until the Big Show at Our De Young – Win Free VIP Tickets!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
  
 
Get your tickets right here.
 
Or, better yet, get your V.I.P. tickets over at the Richmond District Blog, where you can answer a question to win your fair share of the six available.
 
OMG, it’s Paul Gauguin’sPortrait of the Artist With the Yellow Christ.” See it getting unboxed and hung last week at SFGate.
 
 
Self-Portrait with Yellow Christ.  1890-1891.  Paul Gauguin (1848-1903).  Oil on canvas, 15 x 18 1/8 inches. RMN (Musée d’Orsay)/René-Gabriel Ojéda
  
It’s three paintings, three paintings in one! (And Paul looks just how I imagined waiter Jean-Luc in that General Foods International Coffees commercial* from back in the day. Bonus.) 

See you there Saturday morning. Get all the deets, after the jump.

*Unlike you, I know the 1980′s from personal experience…

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Post Impressionists Countdown – Three Days Until the Big Show at Our De Young – Starry Night Over the Rhone

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Here it is, baby. It’s Starry Night Over the Rhone and it’s already hanging in the lower level of our de Young Museum right now, direct from Paris, France.

This isn’t exactly the painting that Don McLean was singing about four decades back, but it’s close enough.

See how close you can get your nose to the details of the three-dimensional brush-strokes (if you get Tasered, you were too close), starting September 25th, 2010:

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What do you think, how’d VVG do?

Starry starry night
paint your palette blue and grey

look out on a summer’s day
with eyes that know the
darkness in my soul.
Shadows on the hills
sketch the trees and the daffodils

catch the breeze and the winter chills

in colors on the snowy linen land.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
they did not know how

perhaps they’ll listen now.

Starry
starry night
flaming flo’rs that brightly blaze

swirling clouds in violet haze reflect in
Vincent’s eyes of China blue.
Colors changing hue
morning fields of amber grain

weathered faces lined in pain
are soothed beneath the artist’s
loving hand.
And now I understand what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity
how you tried to set them free.
perhaps they’ll listen now.

For they could not love you
but still your love was true

and when no hope was left in sight on that starry
starry night.
You took your life
as lovers often do;
But I could have told you
Vincent
this world was never
meant for one
as beautiful as you.

Starry
starry night
portraits hung in empty halls

frameless heads on nameless walls
with eyes
that watch the world and can’t forget.
Like the stranger that you’ve met

the ragged men in ragged clothes

the silver thorn of bloddy rose
lie crushed and broken
on the virgin snow.
And now I think I know what you tried to say to me

how you suffered for your sanity

how you tried to set them free.
They would not listen
they’re not
list’ning still
perhaps they never will.

The Great Uncrating – De Young Museum Unboxes Van Gogh Self Portrait – Post Impressionists Show Starts Sept 25

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Brace yourselves, another huge exhibit is coming to our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

It’s called Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay and it runs from September 25th to January 11, 2011

A bunch of post impressionist masterpieces have just come in from the D’Orsay Museum (Musée d’Orsay) in Paris, France – here’s what it was like when they unpacked one of those Van Gogh Self Portraits yesterday. (It was just like when they uncrated Paul Gauguin’s Portrait of the Artist With the Yellow Christ a few days back.)

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Easy does it:

Just put it down next to a Bedroom at Arles,wherever you want. It’s like all those paintings you learned about at Wellesey College have been gathered together in one place, real close to where you live.

And then the inspection comes, to make sure nothing got damaged:

They compare what they see with handwritten charts that show existing defects, just like when you turn in a rental car:

Everything should be ready by Saturday.

See you there!

September 25, 2010 – January 18, 2011

The second of two exhibitions from the Musée d’Orsay’s permanent collection, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsayfollows on the heels of the first witha selection of the most famous late-Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir, as well as works representing the individualist styles of the early modern masters, including Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, and the Nabis Pierre Bonnard and Édouard Vuillard.

It is here where the Orsay’scollection shines brightest with masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night over the Rhone, a haunting Portrait of the Artist, and Bedroom at Arles. The exhibition includes a superior collection of paintings from the Pont-Avenschool, including Gauguin’s masterpiece Self-Portrait withThe Yellow Christ. The exhibition concludes with the Orsay’s spectacular collection of pointillist paintings, represented by the masters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac.

Like the previous exhibition (“Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay”), this treasured collection is on loan from the The Musée d’Orsay in Paris while they undergo a partial closure for refurbishment — the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings will be reinstalled in their permanent galleries in spring 2011 in anticipation of Musée d’Orsay’s 25th Anniversary.

The de Young is the only museum in the world to host both of the Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay exhibitions, and this particular combination of paintings will never travel again — so get your tickets now before they sell out.

KQED SFBG-SFW Throwdown: Two Alt-Weeklies Enter, One Alt-Weekly Leaves

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

This is it – years of competition betwixt the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly will culminate at a free-for-all tomorrow morning in the Thunderdome that is the recording studio of KQED-FM.

KQED Forum host Michael Krasney will play the role of Aunty Entity (seeing as how Tina Turner is unavailable). Expect the bout to begin at 9:00 AM, Friday, January 8th, 2010 on 88.5 FM and online.

It’s on - Friday, Friday, Friday! 

Two Alt-Weeklies Enter, One Alt-Weekly Leaves

UPDATE: On It Goes

Don’t Believe in Clinton/Obama Unity Yet? Then You’re Delusional!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Comes now Randy Shaw of Beyond Chron (oops, try here or here instead – you know, if a bunch of people want to get something deleted from Wikipedia, they can do it. Man, what is it with some people?) who pronounces:

“Anyone who tells you there is disunity at this [Democratic National] convention is not simply delusional—they are flat out lying.”

Mmmm. That certainly matches the Party Line. Check out this “Joint Statement from Maggie Williams, Senior Advisor to Senator Clinton and David Axelrod, Senior Strategist to Senator Obama” regarding “THE FACT” of unity states this:

“Anyone saying anything else doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Period.”

However, this is all spin. People, there is disunity at this convention. All conventions really, but this one in particular. Some are unusually outraged.

At least these folks were unified, back in the day:

The people over at PUMA (Party Unity My Ass or People United Means Action) PAC would certainly beg to differ. (Might need to update this entry if PUMA talk keeps up.)

And speaking of which, was James Carville wearing Puma shoes on the convention floor? Perhaps this was just a wardrobe malfunction?

Oh well. San Franciscans might want to come down to the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in the Financial District on Thursday night, August 28th, to check out some genuine unity when Obama speaks.