Posts Tagged ‘cable’

Attention Bay Area Chefs: Your Chance to Become Famous on Bravo-TV Comes July 21st In SF From 10AM to 2PM – Audition!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

This is it, this is your chance to become cable-TV famous or something. Why don’t you try out for the pilot of the Chef Competition Show? (Let’s call that a working title.)

A lot of the deets are right here – check that out first.

If that’s cool, then head on over to poorly-rated DUCCA at 50 3rd Street on July 21st, 2011 at 10AM.

I don’t know that Padma will be there, but OTOH, I don’t know that she won’t be there:

Bon Courage!

BRAVO CHEF COMPETITION, PILOT

Magical Elves (Top Chef) is casting a reality TV series pilot for Bravo, which will involve professional chefs competing against each other.

Project description: “We are seeking professional chefs of all levels, who have a lifelong love affair with food, a passion for creating visually impressive dishes, and a desire for adventure. If this sounds like something you have been dreaming of, then we want to hear from you immediately.” Casting across the U.S.

Seeking—Professional Chefs: males & females, 18+, all levels, passionate, sense of adventure.

“Bring a completed application to the auditions, available atwww.tinyurl.com/bravo-chef. Those unable to attend open calls can email their application to chefcompetitioncasting@gmail.com. Include name, phone number, location, job title, recent photo, and name of the restaurant you currently work at. No pay.”

Thursday, July 21st, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Olivia
2043 S. Lamar
Austin, TX 78704

DUCCA
50 3rd St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

August 3rd, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Foundary on Melrose
7465 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Thursday, August 11th, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Vertigo Sky Lounge
2 West Erie
Chicago, IL 60654

SHANG
187 Orchard Street
NY, NY 10002
Alternate entrance: Thompson LES 1
90 Allen St
NY NY 10002


Phone Home: iPhone Stolen on the Streets of San Francisco Pings Its Rightful Owner from Vietnam 2 Weeks Later

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

From @FredSharples comes this news: Panic Co-Founder Cabel M. Sasser had his Apple iPhone 4 ripped out of his hands while waiting for a table at a San Francisco restaurant two weeks ago.

Well, let’s let him Tweet the rest of the story:

“The good news? My iPhone 4, snatched out of my hand in SF (long story), just pinged, two weeks later! The bad news? http://t.co/ZBJ1J05

That’s right, it turned up in Ho Chi Minh City (aka Saigon, aka S S S S S Saigon) in Vietnam, per the free Find My iPhone app.

Check it. Sai-going, Sai-gong, Sai-gone:

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But that’s not the worst part, oh no:

“Worst part was, I was holding it pretty close, waiting for a table at a restaurant. And *poof*, gone so quickly.”

(What a nice story – it’s like the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and the Mayor’s Office got together to write the copy, huh?)

All the deets here on the Twitter.

Oh  well.

How the Little Monsters Steal Your Trek Bicycle on Market Street: One Part at a Time

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

Appears as if the owner of this electric blue Trek FX or something 7.3 hybrid bike abandoned it after a few parts went missing. And when I say a “few,” I mean just enough, maybe only one thing, to make this particular owner to give up and leave the rest to the midnight vultures of Market Street.

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Note that the pilot took the time to use a proper U lock along with a cable to protect the wheels.

But that’s not enough these days! It’s your headset and your seat and your seatpost – that’s what you need to protect on the mean Streets of San Francisco.

Here’s a shot from a day or two later. The fork and the brakes are now gone too:

The hand tools necessary to crack open the lock or cut the cables, well, they’re too bulky for the little monsters to carry around all the time. But wire cutters and hex tools, your Allen wrench assortment, that’s all you need to operate a bike thief bidness.

I suppose the end to this vignette is the SFPD or DPW coming along to crack the U lock to make room for other pigeons to park their bikes right in front of the Great Nordstrom / Bloomingdale’s Mall of Market Street. You know, to continue the cycle.

On it goes…

Norman Schwarzkopf, something tells me you want to go home

Champagne, bibles, custom clothes you own

Powell Street’s JESUS CHRIST LOVES YOU Guy Totally Finds the Perfect Windbreaker for Rainy Weather

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Can you imagine the reaction the JESUS CHRIST LOVES YOU Guy had when he was out shopping and then came across a rain jacket that’s just perfect for him?

And it fits perfectly too – what are the odds?

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Charlie Sheen is On Fire – Media Criticism from Mission Mission – “Burning, Fire, Burning, Fired, Burning”

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Ariel Dovas from the Mission Mission has a nice catch.

Enjoy.

Let’s get Fired Up!

The Fox Network’s “National Dance Day” Celebrated at Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Did you know that the Fox Network goes around and starts up national holidays? Apparently, they’re on their way:

National Dance Day on July 31, 2010,… was created by So You Think You Can Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness across the U.S.”

At first I thought these kids from “Illegal Talent” were filming a Spike Jonez* / Fatboy Slim Praise You remake but that proved incorrect:

Ahora, con contraste - the reverse angle:

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See you next year!

*The jerk boyfriend from the beginning of Lost in Translation, IRL.

World’s Best Soccer Team, Real Madrid, Plays Club America on August 4, 2010 at Candlestick Park

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

(To begin, let’s crank the Beyoncé en Espanol in another window – that’s something both colonist and colonizer can enjoy.)

Real Madrid Club de Fútbol will play the Washington Generals, Club America, Mexico’s Club América. Check it:

This will undoubtedly be the biggest club soccer match in the history of Northern California,” said Gustavo Marquez, one of the promoters of the event.”

Alta California in the hiz-ouse, boy-eeeee. Here’s the new roster of Real Madrid players who are coming to San Francisco, people like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, and Iker Casillas.

And here’s the poster and some info telling you where you can buytickets.

Supposeably, you can get seats for $35 per, but the cheapest tickets I could find on TicketMonster were $55 plus a $10 service charge plus a $3 printing fee. Oh well. You might be able to get some sort of Club America fan discount  – check out the local sponsors if you want…

So go on in and enjoy!

Real Madrid vs Club America in San Francisco. Historic International Soccer Match at Candlestick Park on August 4th, 2010.

SAN FRANCISCO – World Entertainment Sport Promotions, LLC, Marquez Brothers Entertainment and El Mexicano brand products are pleased to announce that the world’s top soccer club, Real Madrid, will face-off against Mexico’s Club America in San Francisco on August 4th at 8pm.

“We at Marquez Brothers International are proud to be able to bring Real Madrid to the bay area for their first ever match here,” proclaimed President and CEO Gustavo Marquez. “This will undoubtedly be the biggest club soccer match in the history of Northern California.”

Real Madrid is widely considered to be the world’s top soccer club with 10 players participating in this year’s World Cup.   Led by legendary coach Jose Mourinho, Real Madrid features a who’s who of worldwide soccer superstars including Portuguese National Team Captain Cristiano Ronaldo, Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, Brazilian midfielder Kaka, Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain and Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart, among others.  Real Madrid has won 30 league Championships, 17 Spanish Copa del Rey titles and 9 European Cup/Champions League titles.

“We are pleased to bring soccer’s best to San Francisco for this high-profile match,” said Manny Arias, Partner of World Entertainment Sport Promotions and former professional soccer player.  “Get ready to see some amazing soccer. We invite all sports fans to join us at Candlestick Park to witness Real Madrid vs Club America on this momentous occasion.”

Club America is considered Mexico’s most popular club when it comes to fan support, history and quality play. They play their home games in AztecaStadium, the largest stadium in Latin America, and the fifth largest in the world.  National team goaltender, Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa and midfield veteran Pavel Pardo represent two of Mexico’s best in dedication, skill and physical ability.

Club America’s history is decorated with 33 championships, including 10 in the professional era and 4 in the amateur area of the Mexican League.  Returning Head Coach Manuel Lapuente will most certainly have Club America ready for this rare opportunity to prove the competitive level of Mexico’s top squad.

Tickets start at $35 and go on sale on Saturday, July 3rd at 2 pm at Ticketmaster.com phones and Ticketmaster retail outlets.   For additional information visit www.ElMexicanoPresents.com.  Real Madrid vs Club America is presented by El Mexicano Brand Food Products.

World Entertainment Sport Promotions, LLC (WESP) with corporate offices in Gilbert, Arizona is an international promoter of sport and entertainment events, with particular emphasis on soccer international events across the World. WESP is dedicated to bring value-priced, world-class events to educated consumers.

Marquez Brothers International, Inc., with corporate offices in San Jose, California, is a manufacturer of El Mexicano cheeses and food products.  Marquez Brothers Entertainment is a promoter and producer of special events presenting the best in concerts, dances, soccer matches and rodeos.  The “El Mexicano” name represents quality food products for the entire family.”

Monto en su ciudad en un Trojan Horse negro grande
Estoy mirando para divertirme cierto
Una cierta clase de cópula pronta a disparar
“Saludos de Club America que usted” dice que la muchacha en la puerta
“Nosotros acepta todas las mentiras importantes
Amamos cualquier clase de fraude
Enciéndase tan adentro y goce…
Enciéndase adentro y goce!!!”

I ride into your town on a big black trojan horse
I’m looking to have some fun
Some kind of trigger-happy intercourse
“Club America salutes you” says the girl on the door
“We accept all major lies
We love any kind of fraud
So go on in and enjoy…
Go on in and enjoy!!!”

How to Deal with the Cable Monopoly in San Francisco – Tim Redmond vs. Comcast

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Or, How to Beat Comcast.

Seems as if Tim Redmond is just a tiny bit irked with Big Cable these days. So much so, that he even complained directly to Comcast’s Big Guy, Brian Roberts.

Artist’s conception of the leader of our TV monopoly:

(It must be a hard knock life listening to people complain about their TV service…)

The thing is that the last thing monopolies want to do is hire more people. So, you need to think before you let Comcast waste your time and money. Here are four options:

1. Avoid that service center down on Portola. Comcast’s other office in the inner, Inner Richmond District is a veritable ghost town of lonely employees yearning for the company of customers needing help. Check it out at 3732 Geary Blvd (between Arguello Blvd & 2nd Ave). You’ll be in and out in no time – that’s much better than the old days when you had to wait all day for a “trained” tech to come out.

2. Cancel Comcast and get a dish. I don’t know how it works or which system is better, but it couldn’t be worse than Comcast, right? Certainly would be cheaper and you wouldn’t be giving your hard-earned to a monopoly.

3. Cancel Comcast and just use rabbit ears. I’ll tell you, my Sony is approaching two decades of service and it displays that digital TV just fine. I mean, if your show isn’t on channels 2, 4, 5, 7, or 9 it’s just not worth watching, right? Comcast wants you to think you need cable TV but you don’t need cable TV. Try a Comcast vacation for 30 days and then you’ll wonder why you ever gave those melon-farmers $1000 (after taxes!) a year.

4. Threaten to cancel Comcast and have them lower your bill to less than $30. Here’s what you do, love. Just ring up (877) 870-4310 and tell them you don’t want cable no mo. (This is a lie, but that’s O.K.) They’ll ask you why and then you’ll tell them that you just got laid off or something. Then it’s name-your-price time, baby. Have them throw in a digital box, free HBO, I don’t know, whatever. They’ll lower your bill wayyyyyy down for six months or a year or whatnot. Then it’ll be time to call them up all over again. Easy peasy. As they say, Asking Comcast To Lower Your Bill Results In Comcast Lowering Your Bill. But of course, you don’t just ask, you tell them you can’t afford it and you want to cancel.

Am I saying that you’re a sucker if you don’t call up Comcast right now at (877) 870-4310 and threaten to cancel? Yes. Yes I am.

Choose or lose.

Magazines to Advertise the Greatness of Magazines: “The Power of Print” Campaign

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Magazines suck these days, right kids? Oh, wait a sec, maybe not. That’s the message coming out of the “4A’s [AAAA, the American Association of Advertising Agencies] Leadership / Media Conference that kicked off yesterday at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square. Check it:

“The leaders of five major magazine companiesCharles H. Townsend, Condé Nast; Cathie Black, Hearst Magazines; Jack Griffin, Meredith Corporation; Ann Moore, Time Inc.; and Jann Wenner, Wenner Media—today jointly announced the launch of one of the largest print advertising campaigns ever created to promote the vitality of magazines as a medium.”

O.K. then. Here’s the campaign logo – how many fonts from different mags do you recognize? Hint: “Es” is from Esquire (but even I knew that. I got the “M” and the “g” right as well, but everything else…)

Y&R NY made a clever graphic, I’ll give you that. But whenever you hear a Betty harshing on a Veronica, you start to think that the Betty is playing a losing game. For example, how bon are these mots?

“We Surf the Internet. We Swim in Magazines.”

“Will the Internet Kill Magazines? Did Instant Coffee Kill Coffee?”

Oh well. Look forward to seeing this ad in a few months:  

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In short, magazines, magazines, magazines!

In short, Magazine Fever – Catch It.

In short, Grawwwwwwwk!!!!! goes the dinosaur.

All the deets, after the jump.

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San Francisco’s Virgin America Airlines Gets Its Own Reality Show March 24th: Fly Girls

Friday, February 26th, 2010

San Francisco-based Virgin America Airlines has its own “docu-series” starting up on March 24th at 9:30 PM on the CW – it’s called Fly Girls (and it’s not to be confused with the In Living Color/Jennifer Lopez kind of Fly Girls from the 90′s).

Take a look. Meet Mandalay, a local “girl” who’s a Virgin America flight attendant based out of SFO in real life. Listen to her go on about the “romance of aviation” and the benefits of choosing Virgin America, the only California-based airline left by the way.

Barbie, Skipper, and the “ethnic girlfriends of Barbie” (or, more politely, a “mini- United Nations of races and ethnicities“) are coming soon to KBCW-TV channel 44 / 45 and all the CW stations across America. Oh yes, their “real” names (or “reel” names) are Tasha, Louise, Mandy (or Mandi), Nikole and Farrah:

Doesn’t this promo shot from the CW Network of former beauty queen Nikole look just like a Virgin America ad?

This show is going to be something like eight half-hour Virgin America infomercials complete with 30-second commercials for shampoo and cosmetics. Nevertheless, it’s going to be better than NBC’s high-budget San Francisco-based Trauma serial, that’s a given from the get-go. (Wonder if cheeky Virgin Airlines founder Sir Richard Branson will make an appearance or two…)

Just discovered that my aging Trinitron (that could be older than you) actually receives channel 44 so I’ll be sure to tune in to check out the debut.

Excelsior, Ever Upward.

Now, meet the Fly Girls and get more deets after the jump.

Farrah Williams

Hometown Airport: LAX
Must Have Travel Accessories: Lip balm and a camera
Travel Tips: “Be nice to fellow travelers and flight attendants. It makes for a more pleasant experience all the way around.”
Security Checkpoint Tips: “Don’t make eye contact. Strip down quick so you’re not holding up the line.”
Years with Virgin America: 2 ½

Louise Nguyen

Hometown Airport: LAX (currently SFO)
Must Have Travel Accessories: Moisturizer and lip balm
Travel Tips: “While on the plane, always wear your shoes in the restroom!”
Security Checkpoint Tips: “Get in line behind someone who has already taken their shoes off, and who is not juggling a ton of things in their hands, and then do the same.”
Years with Virgin America: 2

Mandy Roberts

Hometown Airport: PHX (currently SFO)
Must Have Travel Accessory: A big, soft pashmina that can be used as a pillow or blanket.
Travel Tips: “Drink an endless amount of water.”
Security Checkpoint Tips: “Wear slip-on shoes with socks, if possible. It’s yucky to wait in line with bare feet on the dirty floor.”
Years with Virgin America: 2

Nikole Rubyn

Hometown Airport: SMF (Sacramento)
Must Have Travel Accessory: Visine
Travel Tips: “Always wear or bring socks with you to walk through security!”
Security Checkpoint Tips: “Don’t wear all of your jewelry to the airport, keep it in small bags and put it on after you get through security.”
Years with Virgin America: 2

Tasha Dunnigan

Hometown Airport: SMF (Sacramento)
Must Have Travel Accessory: Cell phone
Travel Tips: “Don’t forget your common sense at home.”
Security Checkpoint Tips: “Have all of your things in order and pay attention.”
Years with Virgin America: 2

“Fly Girls” is from Collins Avenue Productions, with executive producers Jeff Collins (“Bridezilla 3, 4 & 5,” “The Exterminators”) and Colin Nash (“The Hills,” “The City”) and co-executive producers Larry Bond and Porter Gale.

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