Posts Tagged ‘gift’

Meet Frank Wu, the New Chancellor and Dean at UC Hastings College of Law

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

The chair of Morrison & Foerster, Keith Wetmore, hosted a reception down at 425 Market yesterday to mark the first day of Frank H. Wu serving as Chancellor and Dean at San Francisco’s University of California, Hastings College of Law. He’s just beginning his 63-event(!), eight-month tour to settle in at his stint at the oldest and largest law school in the West.

Here’s all you need to know.

A warm welcome back at MoFo, where Dean Wu worked as an associate back in the 1990′s:

Professor Leo Martinez passing the torch:

Conversing with recent grads Shin-Yu Wang and Jessica Leal at the alumni reception:

Will Frank regularly drive his BMW K1200 RS sport/touring motorcycle down from Sutro Heights to get to school, that is, when he’s not too busy writing?

We Can Only Hope.

Bon Courage, Frank H. Wu.

San Francisco’s Official 2010 Chinese Junket “Gift of Travel” Disclosure in PDF

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

As promised, here it is:

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That should answer any question that you might have about what to give the millionaire who already has everything. Give him/her the “Gift of Travel.”

You should do that particularly if you’re trying to profit off of the two-decade delay in fixing damage to the Bay Bridge from the Loma Prieta earthquake.

Oh well.

Graduation Gifts 2010 – Is the Apple iPad “The Best Way to Experience the Web?” No.

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

I’ll tell you, back in my day, the ideal graduation gift for rich kids was a baby BMW of some sort – you know, with a giant bow atop a convertible roof. But Steve Jobs is trying to upset the Apple cart by getting people to think that an iPad is the best gift for matriculates.

I don’t know, maybe it is. However, this new ad campaign… 

…says the iPad is ”The Best Way to Experience the Web.”

First of all, Apple means the best portable way to experience the web, right? And then, what’s this deal about using the word ”experience” as a verb? (Is “experiencing the web” a passive event like watching a movie? Are you a creator, at least sometimes, or a merely a consumer of the Web? Mmmm.)

Anywho, the big beef, of course, if the absence of Adobe’s Flash. I know that it, like a strong federal government, might whither away at some point, as Lenin said, but we aint there yet, comrade. In 2010, anyway, You Can’t “Experience” the Web Without Flash.

The smaller beef would be the absence of industry-standard inputs and outputs. I’ll tell you, I wouldn’t trade my aging netbook, which is worth about $100 and was somewhat crippled by one of the many Intel vs. NVIDIA spats, for any kind of iPad. I mean, iPads can’t run Photoshop or nothing, right? (BTW, is there an App for Photoshop? I’d like to see what that would look like. Srsly.) Oh, to run ‘Shop I’d need a MacBook Air (Apple’s name for their expensive netbook with hinges that used to fall apart if you looked at them the wrong way) or a four-figure laptop? Oh, O.K.

Hey kids, you’ve taken your SATs, right? Try this:

Regular Web is to expensive, portable, compromised iPad Web as

Regular bike is to expensive, portable, compromised Dahon Brompton bike.

Brompton folding bikes are nice for the people who use them for commuting. (They’re pretty expensive, and there are a lot of design compromises involved of course.) These things are popular, but are they The Best Way to Experience Cycling? Hells no. 

A regular bike is cheaper AND better for most people of course. 

Just saying. 

(Time’s tide will smother you, Apple.)

Do People Just Give Money to San Francisco for New Tennis Courts? Meet the Court Angels

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

The formerly-abysmal tennis courts at Hamilton Recreation Center at on Geary Boulevard in the 94115 now look a million percent better thanks to a recently-completed resurfacing project. Now I thought the City was paying for all this but, in fact, “court angels” paid for it. Per Tom Carter of Inside Tennis

“In the middle of the city’s red ink bath — when Rec and Park and virtually all departments were absorbing staggering cuts — up pops San Francisco’s court angel again. This time, the anonymous family that donates resurfacing citywide said through a spokesman that the Larsen Park tennis court had been done in May, and the park’s basketball court, too.”

This is news to me. Anyway, they are anonymous no more, see? Court Angel ID’d as Edwards Family:

“The work has been done by Vintage Contractors on Ocean Avenue, the company founded by NorCal court standards pioneer, the late Gene Edwards. Jeff Edwards, a former tennis star at the University of Illinois, is his son. Another son, Tony Edwards, is vice president of Vintage Contractors and authorized the disclosure. The gratis work to restore crumbling courts in tennis-active neighborhoods has been a godsend, as the ever cash-strapped city continues to skimp and cut back maintenance and recreational services.”

I don’t know how this all works out tax-deductionwise, maybe the Edwardseses just do the work without any money changing hands. No matter, the courts at the Western Addition’s Ham Rec just went from Worst… 

…to First:

People should be playing on this colorful new surface any day, week, month now, or whenever RPD gets around to reopening the place.

This gift is just one among many around town.

Hurray!

To Commemorate Christmas, Google Donates Money to Fight Nazis on Your Behalf

Monday, December 21st, 2009

When our corporate overlords at Google aren’t getting busted for lacking shooting permits in national parks or getting ripped off buying $7000 toilets from Japan, they’re giving the world a gift for the holidays.

See how they’re commemorating the end of the aughts, the end of 2009?

“This gift is for someone very special: Everyone. Because charities are experiencing their toughest year in decades, we have committed $20 million to helping those who help us all. Our gift to you is a gift to them.”

Check out the recipients.

Feeding America
Boys and Girls Clubs
Smile Train
CARE, Mothers Matter
World Wildlife Fund, Natural Capital Project
Mobile Creches
Prajwala
HEAL Africa
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

The Mango Tree
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Harlem Children’s Zone
Save the Children, Latin America focus
Reporters Without Borders
Witness
Loud Against Nazis ["Laut gegen Nazis"]
Global Voices

Ushahidi
Save the Children, Middle East and Eurasia focus
Grupo Cultural Afro Reaggae
Ashesi University College, Ghana
Pratham
Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience
Shin Shin Educational Foundation
Tzu Chi Foundation

(Nazis? I hate those guys!)

Happy Holidays from Google
  
 Hello,
As we near the end of the year, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for the time, energy, commitment, and trust you’ve shared with us in 2009. With sharing in mind, this year we’ve decided to do something a little different. We hope you’ll find it fits the spirit of the holiday season. We’re looking forward to working with you to build lasting success in 2010.

Happy Holidays, Your Google Team 

Thanks Google.

Enter Your Cute Kid into the GapKids / babyGap Casting Call Contest

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Your kid is cute, right? Just adorable. So why not enter the Fourth Annual Casting Call Contest from the Gap and the Disney?

Of course as a general rule, you don’t want to doll up your bundle of joy (these people will take care of that) and you don’t want to pay any upfront fees, which I’m sure there are none in this contest. Follow those rules and You Are Golden.

All the deets are below. It’s on! Enter today!

Here are some former finalists:

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Calling All Proud Parents: Gap Searches for the New Faces of babyGap and GapKids With Its Fourth Annual Casting Call Contest

Gap Teams Up with Disney Family.com for a Nationwide Search to Find America’s Brightest Personalities and Most Adorable Young Faces

 Gap’s nationwide search for babies and kids with a twinkle in their eye, charm in their smile and an expressive personality to match has officially started. Today Gap launched its fourth annual Gap Casting Call, a nationwide contest to find the next faces of babyGap and GapKids. This year, Gap is teaming up with online parenting site, Disney Family.com, offering phenomenal prizes and more chances to win with its first-ever America’s Fan Favorite and Voters’ Sweepstakes awards.

“Casting Call is one of our favorite programs and this year we want to make it bigger and better than ever,” said Pam Wallack, president of babyGap, GapKids and GapMaternity. “The contest is a unique and fun way for us to interact with our customers and their children and we are extremely excited to be partnering with Disney, a brand synonymous with not only families but also family entertainment, to enhance the program and add a little something special to this year’s Casting Call.”

How Casting Call Works:

Entry Phase: From Sept. 22 to Oct. 22, parents across the country can enter their child in the contest by visiting gap.com/castingcall to upload a photo of their baby (ages four and under) and kid (ages five to 10) for a chance to be featured in an upcoming babyGap or GapKids campaign in Feb. 2010.

The Finalists: Once the entry phase closes on Oct. 22, judges will narrow down the field to twenty finalists — 10 babies (five girls and five boys) for babyGap and 10 kids (five girls and five boys) for GapKids. The 20 finalists will be flown to San Francisco with their families to participate in an official Gap photo shoot and will receive prize packages, including a $500 Gap gift card and a deluxe Disney gift bag.

Voting Phase: On Dec. 7, the twenty finalists will be unveiled and voting will begin on gap.com/castingcall. It will then be up to America to decide the next faces of babyGap and GapKids for a 2010 campaign. Voters can vote once a day every day for babyGap [1 boy and 1 girl] and GapKids [1 boy and 1 girl]. And contestants won’t be the only ones with a chance to win great prizes. This year, Gap and Disney Family.com are offering a special Voter Sweepstakes. For each vote cast at gap.com/castingcall from Dec. 7 – Dec. 21, voters will be entered in a contest to win a weeklong Luxury Included  Caribbean family vacation to Beaches Resorts in Turks and Caicos or Jamaica.

The Winners: Four children will be selected as winners of the Gap Casting Call — one baby girl and one baby boy for babyGap and one girl and one boy for GapKids. The winners will be featured in the windows of babyGap and GapKids stores from coast-to-coast and will receive other incredible prizes from Gap and Disney including a $1,000 Gap gift card and a Disney on Broadway package in New York or Las Vegas for a two-night VIP Lion King experience.

“In addition to inspiring great ideas for family life, Disney Family.com and Gap are now giving moms a chance to showcase the kids that make it all worthwhile,” said Emily Smith, vice president, Disney Online Mom and Family Portfolio.

Introducing the Fan Favorite Award:

For the first time in Casting Call history, Gap is introducing an award for America’s “Fan Favorite.” The lucky child who receives the most votes at gap.com/castingcall starting on Sept. 22 will win a weeklong Luxury Included  Caribbean family vacation to Beaches Resorts in Turks and Caicos or Jamaica.

Fan Favorite voting runs from Sept. 22 through Nov. 17 and the winner will be announced on Dec. 7, along with the 20 finalists. To help get the word out, parents can leverage the power of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, and good ole’ fashioned e-mail to help get votes for their adorable tot.

To help spread the word about their charismatic Casting Call contestant, parents can also create a “printable,” an adorable mini Gap shopping bag photo holder with arms and legs to showoff their aspiring model. When parents submit a photo of their child, they can opt to print out the printable character that sits on the edge of a table or desk and holds a “Vote for me” sign.

Visit gap.com/castingcall for official contest and sweepstakes rules and information.

About Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is a leading global specialty retailer offering clothing, accessories and personal care products for men, women, children and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime and Athleta brand names. Fiscal 2008 sales were $14.5 billion. Gap Inc. operates more than 3,100 stores in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan and Ireland. In addition, Gap Inc. is expanding its international presence with franchise agreements in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. For more information, please visit gapinc.com.

About Disney Family.com

Disney Family.com is part of the Disney Online Mom and Family Portfolio, a leading group of sites that provide inspiration and ideas for parents on a variety of topics important to today’s families, including easy recipes, crafts, traveling with children, pregnancy, and parenting. Other sites in the Portfolio include Kaboose.com, FamilyFun.com and BabyZone.com.

Art You Can Wear – “ArtWear” at the de Young Museum Finishes Today

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 10, so get something for Mom at the de Young Museum‘s Artwear show today. There’s no need to pay admission, just walk in and check out what’s for sale. Everything there is unique, that’s for sure.

Bonus: Museum Members get 20% off all regularly priced stuff at the de Young and the Legion of Honor today as well.

Ellen Hauptli of Berkeley shows off her colorful, reversible jackets. Click to expand:

What are these felt things? Go on in and ask Jenne Giles – she’ll tell you.

See you there!

ARTWEAR at the de Young

Announcing spectacular savings for Bay Area art enthusiasts! On May 1 and 2, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco host two shopping events: ARTWEAR at the de Young and the Member’s Only 20% Off Sale at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museum Stores.
 
The first annual ARTWEAR event is currently taking place in the Piazzoni Murals Room and the de Young. Meet the artists and shop the best of Bay Area wearable. Members receive a 10% discount on all ARTWEAR purchases. Admission is free for the public. Shop works from the following artists:
 
Textiles:                                                            
Ana Lisa Hedstrom                                              
Angelina DeAtonis                                                       
Arlene Wohl                                                           
Bonnie Wells                                                                    
Carol Lee Shanks                                               
Elisa Ligon
Ellen Hauptli
Janet Lipkin
Jean Cacicedo
Jenne Giles
Karin Moggridge
Marilyn Petch
Deborah Cross
 
Jewelry:
Barbara McKinder
Lois Anderson     
Marna Clark
Susan Chin  
Twiga Mumba