Posts Tagged ‘digital’

An Expensive Canon 1D DSLR Camera in Peril High Above Masonic – Just Taking a Photo of Mervyn’s Heights?

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Or Target Tor, as it’s called these days

Remided me of this risky light bulb change at the State Building a half-decade back

One-Percent Photoshoot, 94104 – Despicable Him, Numerous Minions – That Old Standby: Blue Blazer, Khakis

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Some day, some day, some day, I’ll be the peacock

Winsome on Sansome:

Click to expand – now that’s a telephoto lens, so I guess the photographer won’t capture the copy of The New York Times that Dude is holding

Some day, some day, some day, Dominion

Qualcomm Makes a YouTube of Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer of San Francisco, and Nobody Watches

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

So let’s see here, Jay Nath shoots a commercial for Qualcomm and then nobody, and I mean nobody, watches it.

Check it:

Here’s a bon mot:

“We see this digital space of empowering our citizens as the next generation of city government,” Jay Nath, Chief Innovation Officer San Francisco.”

And here’s another:

“When allowed to flourish, mobile can transform lives in tangible ways, as we increasingly become more connected to each other. This episode features Jay Nath, the Chief Innovation Officer of San Francisco and Rob Chappell of Neighborland, a mobile app to empower citizens as they talk about how technology leads to “connected empowerment.”

Observations:

1. “Chief Innovation Officer?” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! How “innovative.” Not.

2. Are those goofy green $1000 office chairs for real? SFGov really paid for those?

3. How many days of shooting did Qualcomm do of you riding your bike around wearing a suit?

4. Were you contractually obligated to be pawing an off-brand tablet what looked just like the off-brand tablet the other dude had? Like pads are for bidness, is that supposed to be the takeaway here. you know for the two people / bots who press play on your video each day?

5. And isn’t SFPark just a way for the SFMTA to continue to increase its budget waaaaaaaay past the inflation rate? I mean, that’s the reason for SFPark, right?

Now, isn’t San Francisco still The Worst-Run Big City in the U.S?

I think so.

Shouldn’t you be working on that, you know, the corruption instead of yammering about “empowerment,” which, you know, comes off a little patronizing, right?

I think so.

In closing, empowerment, Qualcomm, world-class, innovation capital of the world, natural amphitheatre, dramatic transformation, have I missed any already-dated buzz phrases?

Sometimes I just d0n’t know…

Accusations of corruption over parking garage contract

SFPD chief dissatisfied with outdated computer system

Civil Grand Jury slams Central Subway project

Justin Ryan Beck is Back! OccupySF = Hippie, Cop, Nervous Pup, Hipster, Black Power Salute, MUNI 1057 (Cincinnati, 1948)

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Famous San Francisco street photographer Justin Beck has bounced back from losing his camera on the mean Streets of San Francisco, looks like.  He’s got another Nikon to work with so that’s nice.

Check it, a canary yellow streetcar.

Is this an album cover? 

Via JRB – click to expand

Poor pooch. Daijoobu, daijobu. Gambate!

Check Out this Historic Walt Disney Company Employee Handbook – It’s an Amazing Time Capsule from 1943

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Well, via the Walt Disney Family Museum‘s* Storyboard Blog, here’s the official Walt Disney Productions new employee handbook from 1943.

It’s called The Ropes at Disney’s.

Here’s a sample:

Professionally scanned-in** by Digital Assets Coordinator Mark Gibson – click to expand

See if you wouldn’t consider this handbook evidence of a hostile work environment, you know, from the standpoint of this day and age. Note that women got twice as many sick days as men, but they weren’t allowed access to the rooftop employee lounge.

Also, back in the day, some dreamed of impractical shoes while others dreamed of dating those who dreamed of impractical shoes. (Oh, well, maybe that’s just like today – nothing’s changed on that score.)

No matter, the long-torsoed guy is quite the ogler.

And check it, Disney pioneered workplace casual dress – it was called “Businesslike Informality,” so neckties were banned.

Enjoy.

*Located in San Francisco’s Presidio, not too far from the Golden Gate Bridge.

**I have a color checker that’s just like the one you can see in the corner there, except mine’s all crinkled up now. These things are expensive.

Is “The Room” Truly “The Best Worst Movie Ever?” Consider Instead “Birdemic: Shock and Terror”

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Laura Hooper Back is in San Francisco Magazine these days saying how “The Room” is the “Best Worst Movie Ever.”

But what about shot-in-Half-Moon-Bay “Birdemic: Shock and Terror?”

It’s pretty bad/good itself. Check it.

Let’s meet the director – the caption for this photo is “DIRECTOR JAMES NGUYEN MEETS DAVID LYNCH TO DISCUSS DIGITAL CINEMA

Srsly.

Here’s a short essay on the subject.

Enjoy.

OMG, It’s Photographer’s Heaven: A Pop-Up Shrine to Adobe PhotoShop! PhotoWalks, Workshops, Classes – Ends August 6

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Have you heard about the two-week Photoshop & You pop-up event at 550 Sutter in Union Square?

OMG, you gotta get over there and check it out.

“Adobe has a new retail venture: a two-week pop-up location. Think of it as a hybrid exhibition, gallery, classroom, experimental lab, retail store and creative experience designed to immerse the public in the visual world of digital imaging. It’s part art, part tech – and all free.”

All the deets:

- Free to the public (including all workshops, classes and photowalks)
– Open until Saturday, August 6
– Hours of operation:
    Sun–Wed: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
    Thurs–Sat: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
– Photos of the space: http://on.fb.me/oBT1kl

Now I think you’re too late for the big Adobe Chinatown Photowalk on July 31 (don’t go there without an invite, and I’ll tell you, you can’t get an invite at this late date) but there’s other stuff going on.

Check it:

And check out the schedule – there’s a lot of stuff:

See you there!

Famous San Francisco Street Photographer Justin Ryan Beck Gets Camera Stolen From His Hands at Arguello and Balboa

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Do you know how much bad art we pay for? I mean, there’s lots and lots of (government-funded and government-mandated) bad art around town, let me tell you.

OTOH, popular photographer Justin Ryan Beck does his good art, his street photography, for free for one and all – isn’t that nice?

Or least it was nice, until yesterday, when the digital camera he was using got stolen out of his hands in the Richmond District at four-something PM in the afternoon:

I’m OK but was just robbed at the corner of Arguello and Balboa. Talked to cops. Time for a new camera I guess. :/” 

Here’s his last photo. It appears he’ll be on a break for a while.

Oh well.

How can we get a DSLR, preferably a new Nikon along with a wide anglish lens or two, back into the hands of JRB, you know, where it rightfully belongs?

OMG, Free Ben & Jerry’s is Here Through July! #OMGFreeBenJerry Will Send the Ice Cream Truck to You!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

OMG, the 2011 Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Truck West Coast Tour is here in the bay area through the end of July, 2011!

Just check the sked right here to see where they’ll turn up next.

And best of all, if you Tweet them or Poke them, maybe they’ll show up at your office or whatever with some tasty free B&J.

Check it – these “happy gals” from Edelman Digital San Francisco (and some more over here at the San Francisco Bay Guardian) have already beaten you to the punch:

Via B&J

(In Soviet Russia, [You know, I'm going to have to issue a recall on my lame Yakov Smirnoff reference. What I want to say is something like, "In Soviet Russia, ice cream eats YOU." But that doesn't make sense. You know, I just haven't heard enough of his material. Apologies.])

Hurray!

Don’t be Such an Emo – Get Out and Celebrate the Giant EMO Buttons of Lucasfilm, Letterman Digital Arts Center!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

What would you make of things if you were hanging out in the Presidio and came across this giant cartoonish button?

You’d get on the Yelp and award Five Stars, as so many others have done before you.

Check out what Serge has to say:

“YES! I am glad that I was not the only one to notice this.  First time I walked around the Letterman Digital Arts Center these buttons stood out like a sore emo thumb.  Has anyone ever pressed one? Will the creek flood with emo kids? Will the water run red from razor cut wrists? Will a dark cloud cover the park as the trees die and pigeons turn to black crows?  WHO KNOWS!”

Via A.J.

Bon courage, giant cartoonish EMO buttons of the Presidio!