Posts Tagged ‘digital’

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!

Know Your Bay Area Broadcast Towers: 1250 Clay Atop the Le Club Building – If Towers Sutro and Eiffel had a Baby

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Well, lookie at what stretches 50 feet above the top of the residential tower at 1250 Clay Street  at Talor in Nob Hill – it’s WNEQ991!

This structure combines the paint scheme of Sutro Tower with the build of the Eiffel Tower. Check it:

STATION, 1250 Jones St (Lat: 37.793250 Lon: -122.414111), Structure height: 94.5 m, Overall height: 109.1 m, Call Sign: WNEQ991
Assigned Frequencies: 21825.0 MHz, 23125.0 MHz, 23375.0 MHz
Grant Date: 08/07/2008, Expiration Date: 08/06/2018, Certifier: Deborah A Mcdermott
Registrant: Brooks, Pierce, Et. Al., Raleigh, NC 27602

The view from California Street near the western terminus of the cable car line:

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Is this where former NBC affiliate KRON Channel 4 transmits? Mmmm, could be. Maybe it’s a back-up or something.

Irregardless, it’s quite a handsome tower.

(Can you imagine what the anti-PG&E SmartMeter people would think if they had this monster humming just above their noggins? Man, they’d freak out.)

Try to spot it the next time you’re in the Specific Whites neighborhood – it will be the red-and-white tower obstructing your view of the Transamerica Pyramid.

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders

OMG, Levi’s is Searching for the Next Fan-Selected “Levi’s Girl,” the “Online Voice of Levi’s Women”

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Remember all the way back to 2010, when our corporate overlords at Levi’s were crowing about having crowned their first-ever “Levi’s Girl,” Meghan Smith? She was all:

“I’m violently excited to begin my new adventure in San Francisco.”

The energetic pixie bagged a paid internship, in the 415, in this day and age – can you believe it? Check it:

First with the free Workshop and then with the free movies? Almost made  me feel sad when I saw your joint on Valencia getting tagged, Levi’s.

(But guess what, paid intern Meghan Smith likes the graffiti.)

(Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think?)

Anyway, here’s the News of the Day:

“Attention All Original, Authentic and Stylish Millennial Women: The Levi’s® Brand Kicks Off the Search for the Next Fan-Selected ‘Levi’s® Girl,’ the Online Voice of Levi’s® Women

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 14, 2011 — The Levi’s® brand kicks off the search for the second-ever “Levi’s® Girl,” the online voice of Levi’s® women. Using its crowdsourcing Facebook app, users will be able to submit videos documenting why they should be chosen as the new face and voice for Levi’s® women in the digital space. In this specialized six-month assignment, the new “Levi’s® Girl” will allow the brand voice for women to be heard and channel the essence of “Shape What’s to Come,” the brand’s global online community where millennial women around the world can connect with peers and mentors to shape their futures.

More after the jump.

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“Life: A Cosmic Story” Debuts at California Academy of Sciences – Narrated by Jodie Foster – You”ll Gasp At Opening Scenes

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Our California Academy of Sciences will start showing Life: A Cosmic Story November 6, 2010 in Morrison Planetarium.

“Narrated by two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, Life begins in a grove of towering redwoods, majestic emblems of Northern California.  From there, the audience “shrinks” dramatically as it enters a single redwood leaf and then a redwood cell, learning that despite their unique appearance, redwoods are composed of the same basic molecules as all other organisms on Earth.  After this opening statement of shared ancestry, the audience launches on a journey through time, witnessing key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life.”

People, including a bunch of 8th-graders from Lawton Alternative, were gasping at the opening scene during the sneak peek yesterday. It’s like the superest super IMAX theater you could imagine.

The screen under the big dome is big, big, big:

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See, Jodie Foster has been into this kind of stuff for a while:

All the deets:

LIFE: A COSMIC STORY OPENS ON NOVEMBER 6, 2010 IN MORRISON PLANETARIUM. Narrated by Jodie Foster, the second all-digital show produced by the California Academy of Sciences is a high-speed ride through the history of life

SAN FRANCISCO (October 5, 2010) — How did life on Earth begin? This tantalizing question forms the basis of Morrison Planetarium’s upcoming show, Life: A Cosmic Story, which will premiere on November 6, 2010.   Located inside the California Academy of Sciences, the Morrison has transported audiences to the far reaches of the Universe and back since its opening in 2008.  Like the inaugural show Fragile PlanetLife takes audiences on an immersive, all-digital journey, featuring visualizations based on the latest scientific data.

“The show’s core concept is that all life on Earth is related, having evolved from a common ancestor,” says Ryan Wyatt, Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization.  “Taking an even longer view, we see that life’s origins begin with dark matter and the first stars—our pedigree is actually 13.7 billion years in the making.”

Narrated by two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, Life begins in a grove of towering redwoods, majestic emblems of Northern California.  From there, the audience “shrinks” dramatically as it enters a single redwood leaf and then a redwood cell, learning that despite their unique appearance, redwoods are composed of the same basic molecules as all other organisms on Earth.  After this opening statement of shared ancestry, the audience launches on a journey through time, witnessing key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life.  The first stars ignite, galaxies coalesce, and entire worlds take shape.  On the early Earth, two scenarios for the dawn of life are presented—one near a turbulent, deep-sea hydrothermal vent, and the other in a primordial “hot puddle” on a volcanic island.  From these microscopic beginnings, life transformed the entire Earth as it evolved and diversified: filling the atmosphere with oxygen, turning the continents green, and altering global climate patterns.  The 25-minute show ends with a review of geological evidence and the connectedness of all living things on Earth.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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“Life: A Cosmic Story” to Debut at Our Cal Academy’s Morrison Planetarium November 6th, 2010 – Narrated by Jodie Foster

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Our California Academy of Sciences will have a new treat for you starting in November, 2010. Check out the deets, below.

See, Jodie Foster has been into this kind of stuff for a while:

All the deets:

LIFE: A COSMIC STORY OPENS ON NOVEMBER 6, 2010 IN MORRISON PLANETARIUM. Narrated by Jodie Foster, the second all-digital show produced by the California Academy of Sciences is a high-speed ride through the history of life

SAN FRANCISCO (October 5, 2010) — How did life on Earth begin?  This tantalizing question forms the basis of Morrison Planetarium’s upcoming show, Life: A Cosmic Story, which will premiere on November 6, 2010.   Located inside the California Academy of Sciences, the Morrison has transported audiences to the far reaches of the Universe and back since its opening in 2008.  Like the inaugural show Fragile PlanetLife takes audiences on an immersive, all-digital journey, featuring visualizations based on the latest scientific data.      

“The show’s core concept is that all life on Earth is related, having evolved from a common ancestor,” says Ryan Wyatt, Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization.  “Taking an even longer view, we see that life’s origins begin with dark matter and the first stars—our pedigree is actually 13.7 billion years in the making.”

Narrated by two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, Life begins in a grove of towering redwoods, majestic emblems of Northern California.  From there, the audience “shrinks” dramatically as it enters a single redwood leaf and then a redwood cell, learning that despite their unique appearance, redwoods are composed of the same basic molecules as all other organisms on Earth.  After this opening statement of shared ancestry, the audience launches on a journey through time, witnessing key events since the Big Bang that set the stage for life.  The first stars ignite, galaxies coalesce, and entire worlds take shape.  On the early Earth, two scenarios for the dawn of life are presented—one near a turbulent, deep-sea hydrothermal vent, and the other in a primordial “hot puddle” on a volcanic island.  From these microscopic beginnings, life transformed the entire Earth as it evolved and diversified: filling the atmosphere with oxygen, turning the continents green, and altering global climate patterns.  The 25-minute show ends with a review of geological evidence and the connectedness of all living things on Earth.

Ever more deets, after the jump.

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