Scooter A: “VROOOOOM, VROOOM, LOOK AT ME! I’M DARTH VADER ON WHEELS – GET OUTTA THE WAY! I’M BAD TO THE BONE!!!”
Scooter B: “That’s nice. All right then – I’m going to TJ’s. Beep beep.”
Sooooo, if Obama hadn’t issued his “call to action,” then “Brit + Co” wouldn’t have introduced these “four new programs?”
That’s how I’m reading this.
“Responding to President Obama’s Call To Action, Brit + Co Announces Four New Programs to Reach Makers of All Ages
SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2014 — In support of the first ever White House Maker Faire, San Francisco-based company, Brit + Co, has created four new programs in a new effort to reach makers of all ages.
Founded in late 2011 by CEO Brit Morin, Brit + Co’s mission is to unlock creativity by educating, inspiring and supporting makers. The programs announced today are designed to further bring this mission to life and highlight the importance of creativity, STEM and making to women and girls across the United States.
“The Maker Movement is re-defining the American dream. With new advances in technology enabling the democratization of ideas, skills, and products, citizens young and old are now able to turn their creative passions into real businesses. This new economy is reigniting American manufacturing and employment, while bringing together communities of makers who are producing innovative products for less cost than ever before. It’s an economy that could total nearly $700B.” stated Morin.
Since the beginning, Brit + Co has focused on inspiring and enabling women and girls to learn how to make, using tools and skills both new and old. As part of today’s White House Maker Faire, the company is announcing four new programs to continue igniting this audience:
These new programs include:
— Campus Ambassadors. Brit + Co’s new cohort of campus ambassadors will host local maker events once per quarter in their college or town, reaching as many as 20,000+ new makers per year.
— Makeathons. Brit + Co will host a large-scale yearly ‘Makeathon’ to take place at their annual makers event, Re:Make, attended by thousands of people. Each Makeathon will focus on creating a new tool, app, gadget or program to solve a broad issue. The participants will be able to build relationships with leaders in technology for personal mentorship at the event and beyond.
— Makers in Residence. Brit + Co will sponsor a select group of women to be “makers in residence” at Brit HQ each year, allowing them free co-working space and access to machines and DIY tools ranging from 3D printers to laser cutters.
— Free E-Classes for Students. Brit + Co will engage K-12 students in making by developing a series of free e-classes that introduces kids to maker skills like 3D printing, graphic design and electronics. The e-classes will be designed for teachers to use in the classroom, or as an after school program. Each e-class will be paired with a DIY kit that provides students with hands-on materials to learn that particular skill or technology.
In addition, Morin will be in attendance at today’s White House Maker Faire and participating in a National Day of Making using #NationOfMakers on Twitter.
Brit + Co is an online media and e-commerce platform that provides tools to teach, inspire, and enable creativity among women and girls. From traditional crafts to high-tech manufacturing, Brit + Co connects millions of users with makers, designers, chefs, and inventors, together building a community of creativity.
For additional information on these programs, please visit the Brit + Co website at www.brit.co.
For more information on the White House Maker Faire and to watch live, please visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/MakerFaire.
IDK, did MUNI chief Ed Reiskin condone this particular MUNI bus ad?
It sure looks that way!
Now the way to make this ad, leaving aside all the other Photoshop stuff, is to rotate the shot 90 degrees counterclockwise. See? I’m just saying that gravity doesn’t work this way IRL.
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Remember Ed, you can’t spell obsequious without I-O-U my job, “strong” Mayor Ed Lee.
Hey Ed Reiskin! Is it a good idea to charge money for parking meters on Sundays? Oh it is? Oh great!
But oh, Ed Reiskin, Ed Lee has decided that he can’t tolerate the SFMTA charging money for parking meters on Sundays. Oh what’s that, you’ve all of a sudden changed your mind on this issue and now you don’t like Sunday parking meters?
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See you next year, same time, same place!
Until then, enjoy this folk art now installed on Geary in the Inner Richmond District:
Hey look, it’s GoldieBloxeses’ “our letter to the Beastie Boys.”
Dear Adam and Mike,
We don’t want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans.
UH, LET ME CALL BULLSHIT ON THIS RIGHT NOW. YES YOU DID WANT TO FIGHT THEM. REMEMBER?
When we made our parody version of your song, ‘Girls’, we did it with the best of intentions.
WHO WROTE THIS, A LAWYER? THAT’S YOUR CONCLUSION, ABOUT THE PARODY, RIGHT? THIS IS AWFULLY “ON MESSAGE” FOR AN APOLOGY LETTER. AND YOU DID IT WITH THE BEST INTENTIONS? HOW DO WE KNOW THAT? I THINK YOU DID IT WITH THE PURPOSE OF MAKING MONEY. IS THAT A GOOD INTENTION?
We wanted to take a song we weren’t too proud of, and transform it into a powerful anthem for girls.
WHY WERE YOU NOT TOO PROUD OF IT? DID YOU WRITE IT, DO YOU OWN IT? I THINK IT’S THE BEASTIE BOYS THEMSELVES WHO HAVE ALREADY SAID THEY WEREN’T PROUD OF IT AND THAT WAS TWO DECADES AGO.
Over the past week, parents have sent us pictures and videos of their kids singing the new lyrics with pride, building their own Rube Goldberg machines in their living rooms and declaring an interest in engineering. It’s been incredible to watch.
IS THIS AN AD FOR YOUR COMPANY?
Our hearts sank last week when your lawyers called us with threats that we took very seriously.
YOUR HEARTS SANK? WHOSE? YOUR VC BACKERS’ AND YOURS?
As a small company, we had no choice but to stand up for ourselves.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? WHY DIDN’T YOU GET PERMISSION FIRST OR CHOOSE A DIFFERENT SONG OR MARKET YOURSELVES DIFFERENTLY? WHY NOT JUST STOP USING THE SONG? DID YOU EVER THINK OF THAT? HERE’S WHAT THE BOYS SAID: “When we tried to simply ask how and why our song “Girls” had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US.” THAT WAS THE “THREAT.”
We did so sincerely hoping we could come to a peaceful settlement with you.
We want you to know that when we posted the video, we were completely unaware that the late, great Adam Yauch had requested in his will that the Beastie Boys songs never be used in advertising.
WELL GEE, IF YOU HAD ASKED, YOU WOULD HAVE LEARNED THAT, POSSIBLY, RIGHT? YOU DON’T REALLY NEED TO KNOW ALL THIS INFORMATION ANYWAY, RIGHT? YOU JUST NEED TO NOT INFRINGE, RIGHT? DON’T YOU KNOW THAT?
Although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours.
SO, YOU’VE GOTTEN TONS OF FREE PUBLICITY FOR YOUR TOY COMPANY AND NOW YOU WANT TO RESPECT WISHES. OK FINE.
Since actions speak louder than words, we have already removed the song from our video.
NOT ON VIMEO, NOT YET, BUT PROLLY BY TOMORROW, SURE.
In addition, we are ready to stop the lawsuit as long as this means we will no longer be under threat from your legal team.
IS THIS FROM YOUR LAWYERS AGAIN? IS THIS THEIR SETTLEMENT OFFER? THE ONLY REASON YOU’RE UNDER “THREAT” IS BECAUSE OF YOUR ACTIONS, RIGHT?
We don’t want to spend our time fighting legal battles.
EVEN IF IT WILL GET YOU ATTENTION? I DON’T BELIEVE IT.
We want to inspire the next generation. We want to be good role models. And we want to be your friends.
Debbie + Team GoldieBlox
WHAT A CROCK OF SHIT. ALL RIGHT, WELL, HAPPY HOLIDAYS. OH WAIT, THE CHRISTMAS GIFT SEASON IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER. WHAT A CONVENIENT TIME TO BECOME “FRIENDS,” WHAT A COINCIDENCE!
Hurry on down to Union Square before the holiday ice skating rink leaves us on January 21, 2013.
This was the scene on December 6th: Drag Queens On Ice 2012: Bigger, Better and Bawdier!
Simply everybody was there to cheer on the queens, including members of the San Francisco Bulls hockey team and the concomitant Cow Belles:
San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team’s Cow Belles
Today’s ‘Xam has an ad for a singles night – maybe they’ll have another one of those soon.
All right, see you there, in the square!
Here’s the sad story from the dude what lost his stuff at the Subway Sandwiches on Polk and Sutter:
“(3/25/2012) I was in the Subway sandwiches place at 1199 Sutter at Polk and then walked outside to get a taxi for some people I was with. I had accidentally left my phone and wallet on the table. When I returned about 30 seconds later my stuff was gone. Here is the surveillance video of who took it. Please message me or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you recognize her.”
Now, I say girls, I mean, I can’t tell how old they are, something betwixt 14 and 24. They act like high school students AFAIAC.