“Bay Area H2O August 14-15 | 10 am – 4 pm What does the drought mean for the Bay Area’s people, plants, and animals? Join this special two-day conversation on our museum floor, and learn how the drought impacts local lives.”
I’m figuring Marc’s going to go all 60 Minutes on Marissa during his hard-hitting “interview” at the Castro Theatre, j/k.
More seriously, check out the “nosebleed” tickets for just $10.
Hey, both these people have had photo shoots at San Francisco Magazine. Benioff was so enamored, he’s using one of their photos as his g0-to headshot these days. Mayer was featured about six years ago – I remember ’cause I had one of my photos taking up two pages – I should dig up that issue sometime. Anyway, the title of the piece had the word “Googirl” in it and I was thinking, “That’s not cricket.” So they Googled the term and then decided to change the title. These days, they don’t deign to fix their mistakes (like talking about diesel powered Boeing jets) after publication. Oh well.
INFORUM is awarding Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!, our 21st Century Visionary Award. Marissa is only one of 25 women to run a Fortune 500 company, and No. 1 on Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” list. She began her career as the 20th employee at Google.
In 2012, Mayer claimed a bigger stage with her appointment as CEO of Yahoo! In two years, Mayer has launched Yahoo! Screen Live, acquired 17 companies including Tumblr, and spearheaded facelifts for the mail app, homepage, and Flickr. Her boldness has made her a household name.
Marissa will be interviewed by Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of salesforce.com. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will present the award to Marissa via a video introduction.
Join us for an evening with two giants revolutionizing the tech industry at The Castro Theatre.”
Just Sayin’ co-founder and Creative Director Ricky Gervais says, “Just Sayin’ is to radio what Twitter is to newsprint — I’m just sayin’!”
“Producer & Comedian Ricky Gervais Introduces The Just Sayin’ App, Bringing Voice Conversations To Social Media – The Web 2.0 Social Voice Revolution
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 19, 2012 — Today, September 19th 2012, “The Office” creator and comedic innovator Ricky Gervais launches the Just Sayin’ app (app store), the first-ever voice conversation application for social media. The free iPhone app allows users to converse with voice and share the recorded conversation to their social media profiles, allowing followers to listen in and reply back. Created in partnership with voice-technology company, CloudTalk, Just Sayin’ users can also post any combination of voice, text, photos, and video to their respective Twitter and Facebook profiles. Just Sayin’ co-founder and Creative Director Ricky Gervais says, “Just Sayin’ is to radio what Twitter is to newsprint — I’m just sayin’!”
CloudTalk CEO David Hayden, credited for launching one of the world’s first search engines, Magellan, and the email hosting service, Critical Path, began building cloud-based voice technology in 2009. Ricky Gervais immediately grasped Hayden’s vision for Just Sayin’ when the two met earlier this year, and aided in refining the app’s overall direction. “Making the human voice a natural part of any social web experience is the next big thing,” says Gervais. “Voice as a monologue is narcissistic, voice as a dialogue is social; social media is a place where people desire to be both.”
Just Sayin’ voice conversations are shared as asynchronous audio messages in the user’s social media profiles. Users can talk one-on-one, or one-to-many, and can invite others to join the conversation. Hayden believes, “Voice has been the missing link to a person’s online persona. Social media interaction is widely silent and we know text has its limitations, sentiments can be difficult to express in 140 characters.”
Just Sayin’ is a mobile-first solution, compatible with any iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, including the new iPhone 5 and IOS 6 and is accessible by desktop at www.justsayinapp.com. While voice-centric social media grows rapidly in Asian markets, these services are primarily SMS tools and are heavily fee based; alternatively, Just Sayin’ is a free cloud-powered app. Just Sayin’s Android app will be made available in the Google Play marketplace by year’s end. Hayden predicts, “Just Sayin’ has the potential to become the new medium of all media, the question is not ‘who will adopt this medium’, but ‘who will take it the farthest?'”
Just Sayin’ is especially valuable to celebrities whose fans demand personal and authentic content; politicians, athletes, comedians, and musicians can use Just Sayin’ to better engage their fans. The app’s technology enables news outlets to utilize social media for voice interviews, celebrities can now engage with fans in dialogue, and the general public can communicate online as they would offline: by speaking. In a beta version released earlier this year, 2008 Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, soccer star Brandi Chastain, and musical talents Cavo, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Crossfade, and IKILLYA, were able to use Just Sayin’ to speak directly to fans. Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx shares, “I use the Just Sayin’ app as a way to further close the gap between fan and artist. Not only do the fans get to hear my voice directly but I get to hear theirs as well. I love it.”
About Just Sayin’: Just Sayin’ is a product of Ricky Gervais, and CloudTalk Inc., a Delaware corporation. CloudTalk built the first cloud-based platform for hosting apps that deliver voice as the central part of the user’s social media experience. The platform works for smartphones and the web, and the Company offers a rich API set that enables applications for feature phones and email as well. CloudTalk is headquartered in Mill Valley, California.
Per the video, Bevan thinks that people don’t have any idea that Rose Pak was the first Chinese American reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle? I think they do and I’m not sure how this bears on the CS. (You know, some people want to take steps to improve the 30 Stockton corridor like right now, instead of after a decade of delays and cost overruns. Is that racist to want to improve things now? How is it that “transit justice” can only be satisfied by the current horrible, horribly expensive, Bridge-to-Nowhere Central Subway scheme? I’m baffled.)
Bevan says that “90% of the Central Subway will be paid by the federal government?” This seems impossible to me. Is this in writing? Does it include past and future overruns?
Bevan says that the CS has to come before any other major project, such as putting rails in on Geary. But he doesn’t say why.
Bevan says that we would lose in excess of $100,000,000 if we pull the plug now. I thought it was closer to $200,000,000 myself but of course bad transit decisions cost money. The question is what should we do at this point. (I think we’d all be better off taking a new tack by simply paying back the Feds.)
I don’t know, if anybody wants to go line-by-line on today’s updated critique from Save MUNI, be my guest. (To be honest, I don’t know how anybody can defend the station placement decisions, the car-length decision, the let’s stop at southern Chinatown decision, among others. The CS is a politics-first, transit-last project, IMO.
(And oh, BTW, there’s a pool going on right now around town about what position Bevan will be appointed to and when. FYI.)
Wednesday, November 2 at 6pm, SF Main Library – Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., 557-4277
What happens when one of the funniest and smartest authors around gets interviewed by a MythBuster? Hear which space legends might be as combustible as urban ones when Mary Roach and Adam Savage chat it up about Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, San Francisco’s One City One Book selection for 2011.
Before the conversation, enjoy the premiere of Rockets of Yesterday, an eye-popping video tour of 1950s and 60s rocket dreams, curated by archivist and space enthusiast Megan Prelinger.
Mary Roach is the author of the bestselling books Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex. She lives in Oakland, California.
Adam Savage is an American industrial design and special effects designer/fabricator, actor, educator, and co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters.
Packing for Mars will be available for purchase from Readers Bookstore and Mary will be signing after the program.
Note: Seating is limited. Doors will open at 5:45pm.
Plus, an extra sweet partnership:
Smitten Ice Cream in Hayes Valley – the folks behind that space age-y liquid nitrogen fueled instant ice cream maker — is making a special new space-themed flavor, Moon Pie, to coincide/partner with San Francisco Public Library’s annual One City One Book which this year is Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. A space themed ice cream flavor for a space-themed book!
The Moon Pie flavor will be a marshmallow ice cream with chocolate and graham cracker cookies. Yum.
The Library will be setting up a table outside Smitten’s shop next Thursday (10/27) and Friday (10/28) at 4 p.m. and Saturday 10/29 at Noon, giving away some free copies of the Packing for Mars book to the first handful of people who order the new Moon Pie flavor. Smitten is located at: 432 Octavia Street at Linden in Hayes Valley.
Plus, the Library’s big One City One Book event on Nov. 2 (Author Mary Roach in Conversation with Adam Savage) at the Main Library will feature an extra special prize treat courtesy of Smitten.”
“Meet and talk with the medical and planning teams for the proposed hospital at Van Ness & Geary. Learn about patient services, architecture, streetscape, traffic, transportation, construction management, and CPMC’s citywide system of care, community partnerships, and more.”
Well, it was quite a spectacle last week at the opening of Cinema Supper Club, From the Golden Gate to the Silver Screen, in the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. Thursday night’s kickoff of 50-year-old Vertigo featured the living relatives of Alfred Hitchcock, a live recreation of the Carlotta portrait featured in the movie, a pre-show talk from the authors of Footsteps in the Fog, and people walking around in period dress from 50 years ago.