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Septemberfest? Hurray for Oktoberfest by the Bay, Which Will Have Lower Ticket Prices for 2010

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I’m already on the record about my opinion of Oktoberfest by the Bay, that annual joint held at Pier 48 in the SoMA. However, I’m compelled to cheer about that fact that this year’s event (which, for some reason, will go down in September, from the 23rd to the 26th) will have slightly lower ticket pricing.

It’s up to you all to decide: OBTB, Is It Worth It?

(I’ll also note that their Yelp rating is fairly low, despite some fairly obvious five-star shilling from 20% of the Yelpers voting.)

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Anyway, hurray for lower pricing. And check out their coupon/discount deals on the less popular days.

As always, be on the look out for the Jagermeister Jagerettes:

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They’ll be sure to have expensive test tubes full of der Jager for sale, assuming they show this year:

Or you can go the cheap route and get pre-loaded before entrance. Your choice:

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See you there! (Maybe.)

Gemutlichkeit Night
Thursday, September 23, 2010 — $25 Admission includes the first beer and a Bratwurst in a bun dinner. We can even reserve tabes for groups of ten or more!Gemutlichkeit Night
 Fabulous Friday!
$10 Off Admission
Friday, September 24, 2010 — Grab your friends and head down after work.Use promo code: oktoberFabulous Oktoberfest Fridays
 German Day Sunday
2-for-1 or 50% Off Tickets
Sunday, September 26, 2010 — Fun for the whole family.Use promo code: funday2-for-1 Oktoberfest Sunday

San Francisco’s Youthful Tourists Seem to Enjoy Our Fake Cable Cars

Friday, December 11th, 2009

By the looks of things.

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The boys generally looked like stoics compared to the girls.

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NB: Uggs are in these days:

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All you tourists should consider riding  fake cable cars when in Union Square for Christmas shopping.

Have your driver circle the square endlessly, why not?

Mayor Visits City – Gavin Newsom Returns to Light Up Our Lives, Market Street Snowflakes

Friday, November 20th, 2009

He’s back, baby! San Francisco’s Mayor Gavin Newsom is back in town, both physically and mentally. So,  he’ll (OMG, is Gavin channelling giddy, laughing Tom Cruise?) once again have to deal with the so-called “delusional” media, but that won’t stop him from continuing to Take It Directly to the People, GWB-style. As here, with last night’s lighting ceremony for the Market Street Snowflakes.

Our mayor with the Snowflake Girls near the Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround at the dramatic Moment of Lighting. Dixitque Gavin fiat lux, et facta est lux:

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But let’s start earlier on in the evening. This was Market Street a little before the ceremony. It’s the darkest I’ve ever seen it, cause they turned off all the LED snowflakes (which have been burning the midnight oil quite a bit recently, as they were last summer, when they were being installed and tested) plus the streetlamps of the “Path of Gold” too.

Even a Toyota Prius driver would turn on the headlights with on a street this dark:

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The streetlights and snowflakes are wired in together? That would make sense:

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Anywho, back to the ceremony, apres-lux - can you see all them signs? Show Your Zip is the new “locals only” holiday shopping program. (It would appear that the San Francisco Ballet (nice new video they have on the homepage now) would have this program’s best discounts.) Scott Beale’s Laughing Squid is celebrating its 14th Anniversary as a local business with the help of famous Frank Chu. And The Jesus Loves You Guy was on the scene as well. Natch:

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The mise-en-scene last night. Aside from almost always appearing bored while waiting for others to finish speaking (looking left, looking right, looking left, looking up….), Gavin Newsom always handles these kinds of public events very well, as you would expect a charismatic leader to do:

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The Least-Yellowest Teeth in all Christendom. In fact, nowadays, they’re so white that they’re on the blue side, as if flourescent. Amazing:

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President of the Board of Supervisors David Chiu, taking time out of his interview with KGO-TV’s Lilian Kim to greet Frank Chu in front of The Gap, which is doing better these days, don’t you know.

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And this is how I left it, with the lights on ’til January 2010:

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Enjoy.

Oktoberfest By the Bay 2009 Sounds Like a Good Idea, But It’s a Big Ripoff

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

I wasn’t sure yesterday (take a gander here to get up to speed) but I am today – Oktoberfest By the Bay has got to be the biggest ripoff of any annual Bay Area event. In short, it’s not for me.

But you, you’re different, you’re special – you’re a high-functioning social butterfly who knows how to party with your upscale friends anytime, anywhere. So you should go, of course. But normal people just might feel ripped off after they pay $35 to go to O-fest Saturday afternoon only to get kicked out at 5:00PM to cool their heels for an hour waiting for the right to pay another $35 to start again at 6:00 PM.

Harry Potter meets the Jager girls in 2005: 

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Let’s read the FAQ for some 411:

“1. Why two completely separate sessions on Saturday?”
Happily, demand has outstripped supply and, for the time being, this is the best way to provide access and an all-around better experience (shorter lines, more seating, etc.). So, we’ll clear the building at 5pm and start over at 6pm with a whole new group of festival goers. Pick the session that works best for you! We anticipate selling out both Saturday sessions.”

Bring a date on Saturday and the whole affair will only cost you $140. Oh yes, bring some extra money for food and beer and Jager and whatnot, of course.  

Here’s a malternative, instead of going to OBTB 2009. You’re cutting out the middleman and saving dough at the same time:

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All right, see you there! (Not really!)

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.

Congratulations to N Judah Chronicles on Its Fourth Anniversary!

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Who turned out to mark the fourth birthday of the famous N Judah Chronicles in the prideful Inner Sunset district last night? Well, how about Matt Baume of Curbed SF and Sweet Melissa Griffin and Beth Spotswood and the Heinekin Girls and even chief MUNI flack Judson True (hey, let’s all hope lying about CultureBus pays more than telling the truth about CultureBus, ’cause telling the truth about the CB don’t pay a whit) and a host of others too numerous to enumerate.

Here’s NJC’s grand poobah Greg Dewar addressing the crowd last night on Irving Street near 9th Avenue at the Blackthorn Tavern. Chanted the mob,“Four more years!”

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And here’s the NJ itself,  just a stone’s throw away from the party, rolling along in the wind and fog.

New Fling Chocolate Bar Tastes Surprisingly Good. Plus, It Cures Eczema

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Not too long ago Mars, Incorporated introduced a new “women’s candy bar” with an interesting, somewhat patronizing marketing campaign - read all about it here in a post from January 2009. But now that Fling’s available in stores, you can try it for yourself. And guess what, I’ve tried it myself, but I’ve got to be careful what I say because the United States Federal Trade Commission is working on new rules that would hold bloggers liable for the statements they make about products. Oh noes! This is no April Fools joke – it was written up on CBS5 Eye on Blogs, so it must be true.

Now it just so happens that a few weeks back, Mars, Inc. sent a dump truck full of Fling Bars over here and filled up three of my spare garbage cans (yes I put new liners in first) full of these Twix-like ”chocolate fingers.” Wow. First of all, they’re surprisingly good – lightweight and a little pricey for what you get but very tasty. Second of all, these Fling bars cure the skin disease excema! Cleared it right up – it was all gone by April 1st, can you believe it?!?

Mmmmmm…..fingers. Nothing wrong with the hazelnut version. Dee-lish:

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So, leave no doubt, I endorse Fling chocolate bars because they taste great (as well they should since they’re six times smaller than a regular chocobar) and also because they cure excema.

I must say, this encounter with viral marketing worked out much better than last time, when those phonies at Butler, Shine & Stern up in Marin County pulled their fake giant Indiana Jones Lego ball routine. Now let’s all hope I don’t get sued by the FTC.

I’ll keep you all posted!

Advertisers in the US are bracing themselves for regulatory changes that they fear will curtail their efforts to tap into the fast-growing online social media phenomenon.

Revised guidelines on endorsements and testimonials by the Federal Trade Commission, now under review and expected to be adopted, would hold companies liable for untruthful statements made by bloggers and users of social networking sites who receive samples of their products.

 

The guidelines would also hold bloggers liable for the statements they make about products.

 

If a blogger received a free sample of skin lotion and then incorrectly claimed the product cured eczema, the FTC could sue the company for making false or unsubstantiated statements. The blogger could be sued for making false representations.

 

“This impacts every industry and almost every single brand in our economy, and that trickles down into social media,” said Anthony DiResta, an attorney representing several advertising associations.

 

Advertisers have significantly increased spending on social media and word-of-mouth campaigns, even during the recession. Through blogs and services such as Facebook and Twitter, companies are able to communicate more directly with consumers. Spending on social media marketing reached $1.35bn in 2007 and is expected to reach $3.7bn by 2011, according to the Word of Mouth Marketing Association.”

Marketing 101 – New Fling(TM) Chocolate is Just for Girls

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

You’ve come a long way, baby. How do we know that? Well, we know that because just as Virginia Slims cigarettes are just for women, new Mars Fling chocolate treat things are just for women as well. So forget the mannish Mars Bar, you gots to get yourself some fling, girlfriend!

And how is Mars going to market these “decadent fingers?” With words, of course. Thusly:

Guiltless pleasure, giving women what they want, chocolate finger, playfully flirtatious, alluring, unapologetic in its desire to tempt, ”naughty but not that naughty(TM)”, savor, guiltless bite, decadent finger, enrobed in shimmering, looks as good as the women who crave it, chocolate liberation, freeing every woman from the guilt of indulging in chocolate pleasure, there’s no need to commit, California women love indulging themselves, chocolate as their primary indulgence, given into their chocolate indulgence, can chocolate be a replacement for men?, California women confess they enjoy chocolate as much as passionate kissing, satisfying your chocolate craving is a sure investment, chocolate an affordable fling, indulgent “flings” such as drinking gourmet coffee, having girls’ nights out, and spa treatments, “Every woman desires a moment of the day just for herself, to let inhibitions go and to indulge in what she fancies,” said Thomas, Pinnau, Vice President of Indulgence, Mars Snackfood US, liberating ourselves from the guilt of indulging in what we desire,” unconventional and liberating tagline “naughty but not that naughty” — a unique description for a daily indulgence that every woman longs for, innuendo-laden headlines, celebrity events. 

They have more words, but you get the idea. By now you probably have more questions, like:

“How are fabulous FLING™ Chocolate Fingers so miraculously made?” or

“What makes it shimmer?”  [NB: Yes, your Fling bar comes speckled with bling. Think rock dust and you won't be far off, but "girls" just can't help loving shiny things, in the Land of Snackfoods and Indulgence. Mmmmm....mica.]

Check their website for more complete answers. Look for this “naughty” chocolate treat the next time you’re at a 7-11. No boys allowed.

Will Mars, Incorporated (named for the Roman God of War) change its name to Venus, Incorporated (named for the Goddess of Love) soon? We Can Only Hope.

[Update: Now we're into Marketing 102 - check out the words seeded onto the Net by the search engine optimizers (SEO) of Mars, Inc. The idea is that people will plug these search terms into the Google and then get pointed to the Fling website. So, if this is your search term: girls night out, social networking, san francsisco [sp], then you might end up being directed to the Fling chocolate website. Is that what you want? Maybe not, but that’s what you get. Here are the hidden words that might fool your search engine:

title= Naughty…but not that naughty!

description content= Chocolate, lite chocolate, light chocolate, parties, spontaneity, treat, frivolous, fun, girls night out, social networking, sexy, fun, chocolate fun, meringue, truffle, truffle chocolate, shimmer, shimmering chocolate, mars chocolate, chocolate for women, women and chocolate, naughty chocolate, chocolate treat, lower calorie chocolate, low calorie chocolate

keywords= Chocolate, meringue, truffle, shimmer, light, lite, lite chocolate, light chocolate, shimmering chocolate, special treat, naughty chocolate, naughty treats, mars chocolate, women, chocolatey treat, packs, multipack, chocolate multipack, fingers, chocolate fingers, FLING™, FLING™ chocolate, party, spontaneity, frivolous, spirited, feminine, charming, chocolate treats, diet conscious, california, los angeles, san francsisco, west coast chocolate, hollywood

Oh well, you can’t fight Big Chocolate, can you? Despite all this SEO stuff, if your search phrase these days is simply fling chocolate then this is what you get, in order:

  • The Guru’s Guru: Fling Chocolate Bar *sigh*

    Jun 10, 2007 Fling Chocolate Bar *sigh*. A new chocolate bar ad has updated the fairytale of the beautiful Princess and her Prince Charming for the 21st
    thegurusguru.blogspot.com/2007/06/fling-chocolate-bar.html – 26k – CachedSimilar pages
  • The San Francisco Citizen » Blog Archive » Marketing 101 – New

    Marketing 101 – New Fling(TM) Chocolate is Just for Girls “How are fabulous FLINGChocolate Fingers so miraculously made?” “What makes it shimmer?
    sfcitizen.com/blog/2009/01/13/marketing-101-new-flingtm-chocolate-is-just-for-girls/ – 12k – CachedSimilar pages
  • 23rd Annual Chocolate Lover’s Fling • April 5, 2009 • Holiday Inn

    All Chocolate Lovers’ Fling proceeds benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine. For more information on volunteering, sponsorship or
    www.chocolateloversfling.org/ – 11k – CachedSimilar pages
  • Candy Addict » Candy Review: Fling… chocolate with no strings

    I came to Australia in July and tried a Fling bar one night when I was on a chocolate craving encounter. It was the best candy I’ve ever had.
    candyaddict.com/blog/2007/10/19/candy-review-fling-chocolate-with-no-strings-attached/ – 43k – CachedSimilar pages
  • Fling Chocolate: Forever Is Overrated

    Oct 9, 2007 This is too funny not to share: Check out Fling Chocolate’s (Australia?) advertising campaign and tell me what you think!
    www.chocolatebytes.com/fling-chocolate-forever-is-overrated/ – 65k – CachedSimilar pages
  • FLING™ Naughty…but not that naughty!

    Chocolate, lite chocolate, light chocolate, parties, spontaneity, treat, frivolous, fun, girls night out, social networking, sexy, fun, chocolate fun,
    www.flingchocolate.com/ – 5k – CachedSimilar pages
  • See? Fling is only ranked #6. But fear not, Mars, Inc. people, Google probably considers your website the best result for that search term, so they’ll fix things and soon you’ll be number 1. Congrats.]