Posts Tagged ‘convention’

OMG, It’s WonderCon 2011, Running Through April 3rd at San Francisco’s Moscone Center!

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Once again, it’s WONDERCON!

This could be you:

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Honestly, Cars on Inbound Market Street Would be Preferable to All These Rolling Billboard Trucks – “Traffic Jam Events?”

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Seriously? You car dealer convention people are circling trucks (they have no cargo except for the ads) about  SoMA all day long?

Just to make more of a traffic jam?

And your company is called Traffic Jam Events?

This rolling ad assumes you inherited a car dealership from your father:

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Or maybe this is performance art? I can’t tell.

We’re kicking cars off Market to make room for more ad trucks? Srsly?

Gun Rights Policy Conference Coming to Burlingame September 24, 25, 26 – Free Lunch!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The 25th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference is coming to our Airport Hyatt on September 24-26, 2010. 

I wouldn’t have knowed about it but for the $10,000 ad campaign that MUNI decided to allow, so I guess it pays to advertise, huh?

See the poster? You can just forget about your safe room when “a violent criminal is breaking through your front door.” Instead, you should  just lie in wait until you get the chance to greet him with a blast from your pump action Mauser that’s longer than you are tall. It’s like you’re your own spring gun or something.

Achtung, baby:

The deets:

And hey, maybe G Gordon Liddy will show up again. Who knows.

In closing, free luncheon!

Over the counter with a shotgun/
Pretty soon everybody got one

All the deets:

GRPC 2010 

Come meet national gun rights leaders and your fellow grassroots activists at the 25th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC 2010) in San Francisco, CA, at the Hyatt Regency Airport hotel on September 24, 25, & 26, 2010. This is your once-a-year chance to network and get an insider look and plan pro-gun rights strategies for the coming year.

Past GRPCs have outlined victory plans and made public the latest firearms trends. They allow you a first-hand chance to hear movement leaders–and make your voice heard.

This year we’ll take a look at critical issues such as: city gun bans, youth violence, “smart” guns, concealed carry, federal legislation, legal actions, gun show regulation, state and local activity. We’ll also preview the upcoming court cases and revisit the U.S. Supreme Court Heller Decision.

The full roster of GRPC 2010 speakers has not yet been set. Past speakers include: Alan M. Gottlieb, Joseph P. Tartaro, U.S. Representatives Ron Paul, Chris Cannon, Bob Barr & Jean Schmidt, Robert Levy, Esq. & Alan Gura, Esq., counsel for the Heller case, Wayne LaPierre, John Lott, G. Gordon Liddy, Michael Reagan, Larry Elder, Ken Hamblin, and many others.

GRPC Supporters:

Brace Yourselves! ISAPS Plastic Surgeon Convention Hits San Francisco Tomorrow

Friday, August 13th, 2010

I don’t know, I wouldn’t call the huge convention of plastic surgeons that starts tomorrow at Moscone Center a “Biennial Congress,” but that’s just me. (In other news, I wouldn’t call the Oscar awards show the Academy Awards, so there you go.)

It’s all safety and science and marketing and isn’t plastic surgery great, etc…

Anyway, it’s the reason for all the hubbub in the SoMA today.

The World’s Leading Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons Convene in San Francisco -The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 20th Biennial Congress – San Francisco – August 14-18, 2010

All the deets, after the jump

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Happy 100th Anniversary, San Francisco Convention & Visitor’s Bureau!

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

This was the scene down at Moscone West this afternoon, as Mayor Gavin Newsom helped the San Francisco Convention & Visitor’s Bureau celebrate 100 years of operation.

Our mayor, boosting San Francisco and his run for Lt. Gov this afternoon:

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Check out the SFCVB’s excellent website if you ever want to learn about the 415.

Why are San Francisco’s New “Low-Cost” Airlines More Expensive than Regular Old Airlines?

Monday, March 1st, 2010

You know the JetBlue and the Virgin America, right? Let’s review:

JetBlue Airways is an American low-cost airline…”

Virgin America, Inc. is a United States-based low-cost airline…”

Well, check out what the suits attending the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ Transformation 2010 convention at the Hilton San Francisco Union Sqaure are paying to fly in from and back to the Big Apple, assuming they’re stuck in the coach section during this Great Recession:

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See that? United, Delta, American and Continental all were quoting airfares less than $300, and the ”low-cost airlines” were the most expensive.

Perhaps sexy new Virgin America and JetBlue should be called premium airlines these days?

Just asking…

A Question for Whomever PhotoShopped Gavin Newsom’s First Gubernatorial Campaign Commercial

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

[UPDATE: Just discovered that Mr. Greg Dewar posted about this very issue yesterday.] 

Well of course the 17 photos used for this standard one-minute commercial on YouTube were PhotoShopped – I mean they’re all black-and-white, so most likely they were converted from color using Adobe’s awesome B&W converter, or something similar. Fine, lots of contrast there, so they look good. But what about the sign that says “Constitutional Convention!” that appears at around :27?

Was it there in real life, or was it added in after the fact, added in to reflect the focus of the TV spot - California’s nascent movement for a new constitutional convention. Or, as mattymatt asks:

What’s with the Photoshopped sign at 0:25?”

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Look at Gallagher over there on the right, dude wearing the natty cap. He has two signs? What’s holding up his “Constitutional Convention!” sign? Would you hold two signs like that? Is the higher sign glued to his fingers or something? Why is Our Mayor in focus, along with the sign, but nothing else? Does Gallagher’s left thumb go through the lower sign?

Here’s a close-up view. Like, why is the lower right corner of the higher sign in sharp focus when the lower sign appears to be out of focus?  

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Now, if the person making this video spot diduse Photoshop and maybe made up a sign to fit the commercial, then s/he would have most likely have used the Horizontal Type Tool. Now isn’t it funny that some of the more recent versions of PhotoShop (like CS2 and CS3) use Myriad (out of scores of options), as the default font and Myriad is the very same font as in the sign?

Rather interesting, non? (And by the way, Dan, that Plastic Planes bit  you had a couple years back about the “unsafe” composite Boeing 787 Dreamliner? You’re totally wrong on that one.) Anyway, my PS defaults to Myriad Pro, so this is what you get when you start typing away and then center the result:

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I don’t know, maybe it’s a real sign that just happened to be created with Photoshop – that would go a long way to explaining part of the mystery.

In conclusion, that sign looks a little funny to me, and it looks a little funny to people (who, unlike me, actually know how to use PhotoShop) on the YouTube.

But, as always, You Make The Call.

Assembywoman Fiona Ma and SF Young Dems Host Bipartisan Constitutional Convention Panel Tonight

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Assemblymember Fiona Ma, who represents the interests of San Francisco’s west siiiiide in Sacramento, will be in the bowels of the San Francisco State Building at 455 Golden Gate Ave tonight at 7:oo P.M. to host a special constitutional convention panel being thrown by the San Francisco Young Democrats.

That means that California Forward, the Courage Campaign, Repair California and the New America Foundation will be in the house to discuss l’issue du 2009 a California, our Constitution.

MC FM:

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(Attention Republicans: This L. Z. is hot. Repeat: Lima Zulu is Hotel Oscar Tango. Expect to be booed)

All the deets after the jump. See you there!

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Headline Writers Have Finally Stopped Referring to Mountain Lions as “Cougars”

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

It had to happen, after all. There was just too much confusion, back in the day. And this is the phrase you can memorize to keep your terms straight: “Kim Bauer was scared by the mountain lion.” Easy peasy. (And sometimes cougars and bears hunt the same prey, but usually they get along.) Moving on…

Palo Alto’s memorable National Single Cougar Convention 2009 from last Saturday is still reverberating throughout the Bay Area. Beths Spotswood and Hondl were there to capture all the action on video. And here’s a few words on CC09 at the SF Appeal and here’s a few more at the CultureBlog. In short, we’re all a Twitter over this affair. (And now really, who could possibly think Beth Spotswood a cougar? You could make a Photoshop of her wearing all animal prints lasso-ing a Boy Scout and she wouldn’t look Cougar-ish at all.)

And look who else is getting on the fun – check out a Palo Alto Weekly newspaper from last month:

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via Ian Ruotsala, whose brain was temporarily scrambled.

Putting those bits together, well that’s five-star journalism.

Can you imagine Another Cougar Sighting in Woodside instead?

No. Maybe in 2008, but not in 2009.

Language of the Birds in North Beach Recognized as One of America’s Best Public Artworks

Monday, July 6th, 2009

Have you seen this one yet? Read all about it, below.

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via Steve Rhodes

The San Francisco Arts Commission’s The Language of the Birds Recognized as One of America’s Best Public Artworks at the 2009 Americans for the Arts Convention in Seattle.

San Francisco, CA, June 26, 2009– Luis R. Cancel, director of cultural affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission, is pleased to announce that The Language of the Birds, a permanent site-specific sculpture by San Francisco artists Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn located at the intersection of Broadway and Columbus avenues, was selected as one of the best public artworks in the United States at the 2009 Americans for the Arts convention held in Seattle from June 18–20. During the annual Public Art Year in Review session, two independent art experts, artists Janet Echelman and Mildred Howard, presented 40 of their top choices for the most innovative permanent or temporary public artworks created or debuted in 2008. The Language of the Birds was chosen from more than 300 entries from across the country.

“Since its dedication in November, The Language of the Birds has brought excitement and poetry to a dense urban streetscape, transforming one of the City’s busiest intersections into a destination. The artwork also set a new precedent as the first solar power-offset public artwork in California,” stated Luis R. Cancel. “We are proud to receive this honor as it brings national attention to San Francisco’s community of pioneering local artists and exemplary Public Art Program, which is deeply committed to enriching our City by commissioning new artworks of the highest standards.”

In addition to Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn, San Francisco-artists JD Beltran and Scott Minneman’s recent project Downtown Mirror located in downtown San Jose and Teresa Camozzi’s Now Becomes Memories, Tomorrow Becomes Now at the Haggard Library in Plano, Texas also received recognition at the Public Art Year in Review session.

According to Supervisor David Chiu, “The Language of the Birds has become an iconic landmark for District 3 where locals and tourists alike stop to marvel at the installation. I congratulate Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn along with the other San Francisco-based artists on achieving such an honor. Their work has helped distinguish this City as a world-class destination for arts and culture.”  

For nine years the Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, has recognized public artworks.  The artists and commissioning organizations involved in creating and citing the recognized public artworks will receive letters of recognition and congratulations from Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch.

For more information about The Language of the Birds, visit the “Press Release” section at www.sfartscommission.org/pubartcollection or contact Kate Patterson at kate.patterson@sfgov.org.

ABOUT THE SAN FRANCISCO ARTS COMMISSION AND THE PUBLIC ART PROGRAM
Established by charter in 1932, the San Francisco Arts Commission is the City agency that champions the arts in San Francisco. Led by the belief that a creative cultural environment is essential to the City’s well-being, the Arts Commission programs permeate all aspects of City life. Programs include: Civic Art Collection, Civic Design Review, Community Arts & Education, Cultural Equity Grants, Public Art, SFAC Gallery, Street Artist Licensing, and summer in the City Concert Series.
The Arts Commission’s Public Art Program was established by the City Arts Enrichment Ordinance in 1969, as one of the first of its kind in the country. The Public Art Program seeks to promote a diverse and stimulating cultural environment to enrich the lives of the city’s residents, visitors and employees. The Program encourages the creative interaction of artists, designers, city staff, officials and community members during the design of City projects in order to develop public art that is specific to the site and meaningful to the community.