Posts Tagged ‘bloggers’

It’s Blogger vs. Blogger, It’s SocketSite vs. Gannett’s “Bold” West Coast Blog – A Lopsided Victory

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Well let’s start backwards here. Let’s start with Gannett Co Inc’s carpet-bagging west coast outlet, The Bold Italic:

Elbo Room Is Not Closing! You Can Stop Sharing That News

(Oddly, bolded but not italicized. Here’s the ALLCAPS version: ELBO ROOM IS NOT CLOSING – YOU CAN STOP SHARING THAT NEWS”)

And here’s the reply from SocketsiteSan Francisco real estate tips, trends, and the local scoop:

“Our post and report is 100 percent accurate. What’s not accurate is the characterization that we reported that the owners are “set to demolish” the building.”

Oh snap!

“The owners have drafted plans to raze the building. The plans do not include a replacement club, but rather condos. And the preliminary plans were submitted to San Francisco’s Planning Department for review, which is the first step with respect to developing the property.”

Ooh, testify, Sister!

“‘Not closing any time soon’ is not the same thing as ‘it’s not going to happen,’ but it has successfully distracted people from what has been going on behind the scenes.”

Man, what a burn!

And here’s the original from the SocketSite.

So that’s the kerfuffle, from Omega to Alpha.

Hey TBI, what’s with the attitude?

Hey TBI, why not write bits like this, Elbo Room Might Not Be Long For This World, instead?

Hey TBI, this is the kind of thing that makes San Franciscans not like you.

Just saying.

What Bloggers Make: Editor-in-Chief at DCist = $20/Hour, “Experienced Writer” with “Pitch-Perfect News Judgement” at Bustle.Com = $100/Day

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Well there’s this: 

“Though many of the folks who supply content to DCist aren’t full-time employees, Freed, as editor-in-chief, is. He earns — actually, earned — a salary in the $40,000 range plus health benefits, vacation and sick leave.”

Huh.

News to me.

And there’s this, from the newly-opened Bustle.com:

Bustle.com is seeking a freelance morning news writer to start ASAP to help fill its news vertical with intelligent, thoughtful content. The writer will cover the biggest stories of the day and should be well versed in both national and int’l news as well as politics, tech and more.

The freelance news writer will be expected to produce roughly 4-5 posts per day, 3 of which would be ready for edit by 10 AM, EST and the remainder produced throughout the early afternoon. Posts will mostly be informative news summaries and intelligently curated galleries, though original reporting will be encouraged. We are not looking for auto-pilot re-blogs, and applicants should be experienced writers/reporters/bloggers.

A minimum commitment of at least 3-4 days per week is required, with the possibility for additional days should a writer prove themselves indispensable. Starting pay is $100/day, but is somewhat commensurate with experience.

This position can be remote, and is especially well-suited to early risers, or writers living abroad. We’re looking for someone with at least two years of blogging and reporting experience (a must!), a unique voice, pitch-perfect news judgement, and speedy delivery. Applicants should also be familiar with Bustle and our news coverage. 

To apply: Please send a resume, short note about why you’re interested including your availability and 3 clips (links are preferred) to alex@bustle.com with the subject line ‘Morning News Blogger.’ Only eligible applicants will be contacted.

  • Position: Morning News Writer
  • Location: This position can be remote, and is especially well-suited to early risers, or writers living abroad
  • Compensation: $100 per day

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Questions/ applications: alex@bustle.com”

Huh.

Barack Obama is Tigger and Chinese Leader Xi Jinping is Winnie The Pooh – Most Popular Photo in China Over the Past 24 Hours

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Good times.

It’s been censored in China already but that’s no reason not to take a look:

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Anthony Tao explicates.

Winnie the Pooh 
Winnie the Pooh 
Tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff 
He's Winnie the Pooh 
Winnie the Pooh 
Willy nilly silly old bear

Last Night’s One-Year Anniversary Party for The Bay Citizen a Huge Success, As Far As I Know

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

[Oh, here we go, it’s the Citizen of Tomorrow Awards, just posted.]

Now, the problem I had last night was being too ambitious, thinking I could drop by the First Birthday Celebration of The Bay Citizen and then hustle it uphill to the Specfic Whites neighborhood by nine-ish, thinking that this year’s party would be like last year’s, you know, the one they had in the Twitterloin. That one was off the hook.

Anyway, here it is at the stated 8:00 PM starting time. (A dozen people to park your car, but only one to check you into the place.)

(Why, yes, Terra _is_ 200 feet away from a bridge and two miles away from a tunnel – why do you ask?)

And here are your food trucks. (Everything seems to taste better when it’s from a truck, non?)

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I guess things got going later in the evening. But I’ll tell you, if you skipped the first hour of last year’s soiree, which was off the hook, you would have missed a lot.

The good thing is that The Bay Citizen produced, as designed, a lot of good stuff the past year.

Anyway, Bon Anniversaire, The Bay Citizen.

How to Deal With Hollywood Jackholes What STILL Haven’t Paid “Contagion” Film Extras Since February

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Now it was a little funny earlier this year when a high level person at Rich King* Casting started quoting sub-minimum wages for extras in that new Contagion movie starring, I don’t know, everybody, you know, these people right here (and let’s throw in Famous Movie Director Steven Soderbergh too – he’s a luminary as well):

But then somebody, no not somebody from the local Film Commish and not any MSM reporters (who don’t seem to be aware of what the minimum wage is in the place where they live and work), but somebody up here in the 415 got word down to Los Angeles County about The Law ‘n stuff.

So fine, the RKC people changed their minds and decided to pay extras “$80″ for up to eight hours (and then they finally did the math and decided that $79.36 would be the wage, cause, you know, después de todos, dinero es dinero.)

But now word comes that RKC thinks it’s OK to pay people up to six weeks** later?

And the extras still haven’t all been paid?

And RKC is ignoring contact attempts from said extras?

Could all this be true?

Well let’s hear from a Real Life Contagion Extra:

“I got in the film as well, but its now mid April, and I have not seen the payment in the 6 weeks that the casting company stated. Got my work receipt right here – would be nice if someone from this casting agency would follow up with my contact attempts.

“It was still a really cool day either way. I got to see an amazing set up of the set @ Candlestick and didn’t mind standing/sitting around all day. That is what background extras do. All of these girls were being very rude that day saying “when are we going to meet the stars”, and “I can’t believe they are making us stand around”, and “come on! I wan’t to be in the movie already!! Shortly after one of the assistants heard those remarks, our group was dismissed for the afternoon. It is like they never listened to what they told us at the casting meeting at Fort Mason, or the information the casting directors told us over the phone when they offered us the part. I did not get an email confirmation after that day, but a personal phone call.

Would be nice to see my check, but I will give them a bit more time to respond since I bet the other 5,000 are hounding them as well. I mean come on – I am on unemployment – it would be nice to have the $79 bucks right now, but I can wait a bit”

Now, isn’t it ironic, dont’cha think, that a company what has a cavalier attitude about at least one kind of wage and hour rule would drag its feet about making payments? (Well, maybe not, in my experience.)

Anyway, all you non-union extras ought to form a union or something so you can start playing hardball with the Hollywood vanga vanga.

So why don’t you pay all your extras ASAP, Rich King Casting? Like posthaste or something.

Thank you.

Now, speaking of Hollywood, wouldn’t you like to see a list of all the movies that Steven Soderbergh has seen the past twelve months? Sure you would. See it after the jump.

*Forget about Obama’s birth certificate – I want to see the one with “Rich King” printed on it, and oh, Sandy Beach too, I want to see one of those as well – I think Hollywood still has a few guys around with that name.

**I should make a horror film – it’ll be about the horrors of Regular People dealing with Hollywood People. It’ll be called 42 Days Later.

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What’s So Great About Having an SFPD-Issued Press Pass? It’s Value Eludes Me – What Makes It Worth $50 per Year?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

I’ll tell you, an SFPD press pass won’t get you into any Super Bowl, let me tell you.

If you want “media credentials,” just laminate your name and the name of your blog, bingo bango, not that I’ve done that.

You see, they’re not letting your pass into some venue, they’re letting you in. They like you, they don’t care about some card around your neck. You’ll see. And actually, these things can be a liability, sometimes.*

I suppose an official SFPD pass would make a good souvenir, something to save in your hope chest or something:

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Fret naught, Bloggers. These things don’t really mean all that much…

*And remember that time all the Chinatown newspaper reporters got denied access to that Hillary Clinton campaign event at the Palace Hotel because, get this, they were representatives of the “foreign press” because their SFPD ID’s proved just that? Oh man, what a fustercluck that one was. Good times…

TruthSerumNow.Com: Here’s What the Makers of that Contagion Film Got Wrong About Bloggers and Jude Law’s Character

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

[As best I can figure, the website that Jude Law is promoting on his flyers in Contagion is TruthSerumNow.Com. Someone in LA just registered it just last month, so there you go.]

Now, of course the CDC LIES, of course. But here’s what Hollywood has gotten wrong:

1. First off,  doesn’t this fellow Jude Law appear awfully fit and thin for a blogger? That just doesn’t look right.

2. Now, I’ve notified all 14 of my readers to four or five contagion alerts over the years – thank God each alert has been a false alarm but I’ll tell you from experience that Jude’s contagion suit is ALL WRONG!! You can’t just put a belt around your tummy and then call it a day. In fact, this set up would actually increase the chances of a user contracting any possible contagion, so this is just ridiculous. And also, Hollywood, that see-through helmet rig would condense up in a New York minute when actually used in the field, particularly when you’re running from the SFPD, or more likely, the fake SFPD. (They’re really Feds! All of them! Well, most of them would be, during a real contagion.)

Presenting Ridiculous Actor Jude Law on the Streets of San Francisco. (I’m smelling Oscar!)

Oh, wait a second! Aren’t bloggers the ones who generally debunk conspiracy theories (yes, it’s the Gerald Posner, straight outta UC Hastings Law School) and isn’t Hollywood the one what promotes ridiculous conspiracy theories? OMG, YES! We’re through the looking-glass here, people!

[Man, I got this all wrong at the top. Somebody call Rewrite, I gotta go to work.]

Excellence in San Francisco Local Blogging: The Richmond District Blog, Haighteration, Tenderblog, and The Tens

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Just wanted to note the excellence of these relatively new San Francisco-area local blogs. AFAIK, they weren’t around a couple of years ago, yet they’ve all matured into awesome sites* already.

From West to East:

The Richmond District Blog

Haighteration (Lower Haight)

Tenderblog (The Tenderloin)

The Tens  (The Tenderloin)

From Tenderblog, with news from this AM:

Most of the people behind these websites have full-time jobs and/or school schedules, right? (And, AFAIK, they’re far more click-ish, than clique-ish so that’s A Good Thing.)

So, what’s stopping YOU from doing the same in YOUR AREA?

Why is there no “Sunset District Blog” that’s of the caliber of the Richmond District Blog? Where’s a BayView / Hunters Point Blog? Where’s my Marina / Cow Hollow Blog with frequent postings?* (Of course the Mission has Mission Mission, the doyenne of area local blogs, but there’s still lots of unscrutinized territory out there.)

It’s not too late to get going – less than $1 a month for your URL and $3.88 a month for unlimited bandwidth and unlimited storage on a server that’s RAIDed-up six ways to Sunday. Or get started at WordPress.com for just nothing per month. Or even the Tumblr (“the easiest way to blog’) – it’s free as well, right?

You have been informed – it’s still totally wide open.

Carpe Diem

Get going.

*I’m sure I’m missing some good efforts from people. Tell me, send me a URL and I’ll take a look at your joint.

The LA Times Stupidly Asks, “What Kind of Entertainment Awards Coverage are You Looking For?” Then Gets Pwned

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Here’s the answer first, from Newsweek writer Mickey Kaus:

Er, (b)… Can I pick (b)?”

And here’s the question:

So, “B” it is.

Keep trying, LAT!

Bay Citizen Launch Party at the Great American Music Hall a Huge Success

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

[Whoops, spoke too soon - turns out that the SFGate/San Francisco Chronicle‘s Katie Baker was en la casa. The conspiracy of silence broken.]

Despite all the obituaries written earlier this year, The Bay Citizen celebrated its launch yesterday at the Great American Music Hall. Some TBC editors on the scene were fretting about getting a new batch of “stately idiom” finished up for the following morning, but a good time was had by all.

They literally rolled out the red carpet in the Tenderloin last night:

Who was there? Everybody. (Everybody excepting some of the hAtERz in local media who feel any new investment should go to existing concerns, you know, the ones that employ the hAtERz themselves. The hAtERz that showed somehow even managed to generate, with noticeable effort, Mona Lisa smile/smirks for the camera.) The place was packed from the get-go, baby. Check out the Party Pix from E.B.Boyd showing who all was there.

Standing room only:

Bay Citizen CEO Lisa Frazier (pronounced fraze-yah) started things off by inviting Founder Warren Hellman to play a  song.

Lois Beckett snapped the chorus and here are the full lyrics to the sing-a-long tune Hardly Strictly News.  Note the A-A-B-B rhyming scheme. Also note:

“We met with Lisa Frazier who pronounced ‘for now it will be free’/
A multi-layered news hub is the only way to be.”

What, “for now?” Uh oh:

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Anyway, F. Warren appeared to be somewhat irked by the constant chatter of the assembled throng. Oh well.

Here’s the mise-en-scene from up on the catwalk:

A big thank you to all the founding investors, founding members, patrons, and corporate sponsors. Notably, Dede Wilsey’s name isn’t on this list, so perhaps she just recently kicked in her seven figure donation? (Or let’s call it a $500,000 donation with Uncle Sucker kicking another half mil., mas o menos. That’s the thing with non-profit journalism – the federal govmint lowers your taxes by about 50 cents for every dollar you donate, assuming you pay a lot of taxes in the first place. This is the Unfair Advantage that the Chronicle people complain about. Speaking of which, nothing yet about TBC from the SFC – check for yourself.)  

Everybody’s a star:

$5 tote bags just like Trader Joe’s and the KQED, plus loads of free bumper stickers:

The lives of the party: 

Anyway, had to bail early to get down to Massive Attack at the Warfield while Arcadio was playing the TBC party. The booze was flowing and the place was still packed when I left, anyway.

Bon Courage, Bay Citizen!

All the deets, after the jump

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