Posts Tagged ‘chinese’

Transformers 6 Now Filming in Peacock Gap, San Rafael – We’re Paying $22 Million for “Bumblebee” – Code Name: “Brighton Falls”

Monday, July 24th, 2017

So some people are calling this joint “Transformers 6,” but it’s more of an offshoot, a part of the Transformers Universe, hence the name Transformers Universe: Bumblebee.

Our North Bay MSM is on the case. See?

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Who knows where they will film next in the bay area. Could be Frisco, why not? (Well, why not if you don’t factor in our $14 an hour minimum wage, which the Hollywood set still can’t wrap its head around.)

Hey, speaking of money, we’re paying $22 million for this production? Ouch. But here’s the pitch:

“Canada provides large tax credits to production companies for shooting up there, which has resulted in an enormous loss of productions to Canada from California, taking with them all their salaries and taxes. By California providing credits it creates balance and ensure that productions, which inject huge sums of money into the local economy through equipment, hotel and home rentals, wages, sales taxes and more, stay in California. Productions also provide large numbers of jobs for PAs, ADs, DPs etc… Since the average cost of filming often exceeds $1 million a day, you can see how much having these productions shot in Marin, or California, feeds back into our economy. It’s one of the best investments we can make, as Hollywood is an enormous part of our state economy.”

I’m sorry, what a load of horse shit that was. Now here’s the reality, from the House Organ of Hollywood:

Film Tax Incentives Are a Giant Waste of Money, New Study Finds

Yep yep.

Now lately, Transformers movies have mostly been made for China. I’m srsly. (We can talk about this, if you want.) So why not have the People’s Republic of China pay for this movie instead of the tax and fee payers of California, one wonders.

And better yet, why not just film the whole deal over in China as well? Just asking.

However, this film will be Michael Bay-free, so who knows, it might end up being perfectly cromulent. It’s a live-action Iron Giant with a female lead, right?

Filming is supposed to wrap by November 15th, 2017. Hopefully, if you aspire to be an extra, you and your friends can hop on the gravy train and somehow make some cash from this production.

And what of the future? There are currently 13 other Transformers films in development. I’m srsly.

Play us out, Bobby Bolivia. Play us out, Bumblebee:

Falun Gong Practicing Atop Twin Peaks – And Lobbying the Tourists

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Haven’t seen this afore:

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Everybody’s doing it, if you’ll notice:
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It’s quite a scene up there, sometimes:

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Living the Dream: $500 Indiegogo Electric Fat Bike Spotted in the Wild – At Home on Ocean Beach

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Background here.

And what’s this?

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It’s a Sonders E-bike, being ridden as it was meant to be.

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So I guess some kickstarter-type deals work out for some people – that’s the lesson.

The Four Primary Languages of Our Richmond District – Can You Guess Them? – One Simple Trick

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Well, here you go:

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Kung Food Vacation: “Ya Boi Andy will be Taking a Two Week Break for Chinese New Year”

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

TMYK:

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Falun Gong Show: What You Need to Know About “SHEN YUN Dec 31 – Jan 8,” Playing at Our War Memorial Opera House

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Well let’s see. There’s this:

The Falun Gong Show: SFist Goes To The NTDTV Chinese New Year

(I think it’s the 10th anniversary of this piece of service journalism, back when blogs were big.)

And there’s the Yelp entry.

Oh, a red, white, and green theme this year – how Christmassy!

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And oh yeah, the government of the Unitary Communist State known as the People’s Republic of China just hates this show, so you can find a few “facts” from the propaganda arm of the PRC on the web, pretty high up in Google searches, as well.

IMO, one should be able to know a bit about this show afore seeing it, that’s all…

Falun Gong Uses the SFMTA to Troll Our Chinese Consulate?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

This same ad here seen right across the street from San Francisco’s Chinese Consulate?

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Is this a mere coincidence?

Mountain Lake Update: AQUATIC PET RESCUE BOX, AQUATIC PET RESCUE BOX, AQUATIC PET RESCUE BOX!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

And the poor red-eared slider is all, “No, not the box! Not the box again!”

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And oh yes, EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION FOR GIRLS will run you, you know, 30-something thousand dollars a year. Times nine, Gentle Reader. Oh, twins? Then times eighteen. Welcome to Frisco.

Whoo Boy: Scott Wiener Boosters are all, “Jane Kim Will Go Against Chinese Values”

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Here you go, two recent political fliers:

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A couple randoms on a flier say that Jane Kim doesn’t share their values, for better or worse, so fine whatever. That’s the English part.

But what about the Chinese part?

It’s:

“Jane Kim will go against Chinese values”

See the difference there?

Now I thought I could just drag this image into Google Translate for a second opinion but that don’t work. What do work, sort of, is simply pointing your phone at the Chinese characters, and then you get a translation like this:

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And then the Google gives you a kind of summary.

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Suffice to say, wouldn’t Scott Wiener want to disavow this kind of thing?

Our SFPUC Makes Everybody a Superhero – Somehow – Marketing “CleanPowerSF”

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

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(ClearChannel cleaned up all this glass. which I hadn’t noticed, the next day, but this bus stop gets attacked often, oh well.)

IDK, SFPUC – if everybody’s a superhero then nobody’s a superhero, right?

Lemme just say I don’t understand/am confused by the following on this page:

“Community over Profits” [A Capital “P,” right, Comrades?]

“Because CleanPowerSF is not-for-profit…” [Our SFPUC is a not-for-profit?]

“Your choice will localize energy, create jobs and stabilize energy prices.” [Doesn’t PG&E “create” jobs too? “Stabilize?”]

“Small Premium, Big Impact” [Or Big Premium, Small Impact? Just saying.]

“SuperGreen pay the applicable Green rate plus an additional $0.02/kWh.” [SuperGreen – who dat?]

“That’s a small investment with big returns for the environment and the local community.” [Or extremely small returns?]

“Upgrade your service to SuperGreen…” [But it’s the same service though, right? It’s the same juice from PG&E, right?]

And what’s up with the rates for regular PG&E v. Non-SuperGreen?

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So, best case scenario is that, after a monthly PG&E fee you gotta pay to NOT have PG&E, a “typical” bill will be $66.40, as opposed to … $66.40?

Note that I rounded the numbers there, to the nearest nickel. Speaking of which, why not round PG&E’s percentage up to 30%, you know, why not?

Hey SFPUC, your desks inside the windmill building in Civic Center cost $20 grand each? Hey, is that “sustainable?” Oh, yes, and no? Hey, how about financially?

So many questions about the CleanPowerSF…