Posts Tagged ‘ktvu’

San Francisco’s Best (If Scariest) Commute: Riding the Elevator Basket Up Sutro Tower

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

As seen a few days back – that square, that’s your elevator car. Haven’t seen it in a while:

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And here’s the close-up color version, from all the way back in 2004:


(I remember thinking how the workers in the basket should have appeared clearer in this photo. I guess I was super-far away, oh well.)

In closing, take that, Great Pyramid. Pwned:


Filmed in Frisco: “The Net” – Sandra Bullock – 20th Anniversary – MacWorld 1995 – DotCom 1.0 – KTVU’s Elaine Coral & Dennis Richardson

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Here you go: The Net, filmed on location in the 415 for a day or two back in 1995 and released exactly 20 years ago, during the beginnings of  Dotcom 1.0.

The Gist is that quite attractive hackr gurl Sandra Bullock is such is such a social loser that nobody in the world knows who she is, except for her mom with Alzheimer’s and former beau Dennis Leary(!)

So when the bad guys erase her identity, there’s nobody around to prove who she really is. (Man, this movie sucks – it’s a thriller without thrills. I’m glad I’ve never seen it.)

But let’s take a stroll down Memory Lane:

Bennett finally tracks down the net conspiracy to San Francisco, where the HQ of the ‘Cathedral’ corporation is 1 Post Street at Market Street. The climactic ‘Pan-Pacific Computer Convention’ used a real Apple convention at the Moscone Center, Howard Street between Third and Fourth Streets in San Francisco.”

And now, some screen shots.

So single female loser drives a big BMW sedan? I don’t think so, Hollywood, but thanks for heavily featuring the BMW “roundel” propeller logo in every scene that you possibly could. (Was is it her dead boyfriend’s ride? IDK.) And let’s all laugh at the huge “car phones” of the day, but they actually worked better as phones than our “devices” of 2015. And oh yeah, the fuzz is on her back door in this very scene – these days you can get a moving violation ticket for this “primary offense” and KRON TV’s Stanley Roberts would be videoing her for a segment of People Behaving Badly:

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Hey, it’s DR!

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Hey, it’s EC!

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(Those are news readers I recognize, ’cause I’m old. IDK who reads the news these days.)

Oh look, McKesson Plaza! AKA One Post Street. Sadly, the gold letters were covered up by the Hollywood Freaks. Note the crimson red banners for an upcoming AIDS vigil. I’ll tell you, real candlelight vigils can be arresting, a river of light coming at you and stretching out for a half-mile. The one in this movie looked like just another parade.

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And here’s your MacWorld 1995:

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And there you have it.

Have at it if you want.

Wow, 8th Grader from Marin County Teaches KTVU About the Dangers of Live TV – A New Meme – Double NSFW

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Wow, this post from Amy Graff of the Mommy Files is pretty edgy for, huh?

A well-chosen headline:

“Local boy video bombs news reporter at Giants parade with offensive phrase”

And a nice quote:

”Now, my 8th grade son and the rest of his friends are praising him as a hero: ‘He’s got millions of likes/views! He is famous on the Internet!’”

Remember, this is NSFWX2. Keep a look out for the squirrely kid on the right. (The advantage this video has is that it’s title doesn’t have bad words in it.)

Does KTVU use a five-second delay or something, on their live broadcasts?


Media Corner: Carla Marinucci vs. KTVU-TV

Friday, February 14th, 2014

So, San Francisco Chronicle reporter  has a beef against KTVU this afternoon, right?

Charges in East Bay House race based on shaky TV news story?

And Carla Marinucci’s husband used to work for KTVU up until last year, up until the aftermath of world-famous Asiana-Gate, right?

What’s wrong with this news? The KTVU purge


What kind of message does this send across the bay to the souls at KTVU-TV on Valentine’s Day 2014?

Asiana Air Crash Update – Reviewing KTVU TV’s “Sum Ting Wong” Fiasco from 2014 – TRIGGER WARNING: Speculation

Friday, January 24th, 2014

1. So KTVU, the way to make up for your error is to disclose what occurred, IMO. The way NOT to do it is to air “Success Makers*” featuring “Survivor” winner Yul Kwon interviewing other notable Korean Americans. This tit-for-tat, Black-Eye vs. Feather-in-the-Cap, yes-but-is-it-good-for-the-Jews accounting system is a big fat joke and everybody knows it. If you all want to air this kind of “aspirational” bullcrap at 7 AM on a Sunday morning, well then be my guest, but you don’t need to commit the U.S. Media Blunder of the Year 2013 first, right? One thing has nothing to do with the other, IRL. You can throw a bone to the Asian American Journalists Association whenever you want, right? Why connect the two?

2. OTOH, KTVU, if you want to go through the pretty much pointless process of sending out take-down notices hither and yon so that certain people, certain older, out of touch people, can see that you’re trying to placate them, well, at least that makes more sense than Success Makers.

3. So, KTVU, what happened? Your viewing public is confused. And rightly so, since you’re hiding your own story from them. Some think that you all got punked by another TV station as payback for all the crowing you were doing about your Asiana coverage up to that point. Others think that some low-level KTVU employee made a joke and then things got out of hand. But that’s not what I heard.

4. My theory. Some aviation buff from the Midwest, let’s say in Illinois or a neighboring state, posts on a regional forum that the names all the pilots have just been revealed: “Sum Ting Wong,” “Wi Tu Lo,” “Ho Lee Fuk,” and “Bang Ding Ow.” This joke just sat out there for a day or so and then it started getting repeated on other boards and Twitter and the like. A retired pilot, somebody that KTVU had dealt with in the past, came across the names but didn’t get the joke. So he earnestly passed the names along to a contact at KTVU and that’s what got the ball rolling. Do you want a guess on who that person is? Well, my WAG is a former United Airlines pilot who’s now living in a leafy East Bay suburb. Someone who is older. He’s younger than my grandmother, who would not have gotten the joke either, but old enough to have grown up in a more sober-minded era. (That’s an era where a kind of blue-collar, single-income fam could actually afford to buy a Brady Bunch kind of house on an ironically-named street just before it massively appreciated.)

5. So then, the KTVU crew runs the names by a Chinese-American(?) woman who  doesn’t wonder why all the Korean pilots have Chinese-sounding names? (NB: If you don’t have a Kim, a Lee, or a Park in there, then something might very well be suspect.) And the news reader lady, who, after all is pretty much mindlessly reading the Teleprompter, pronounced one of the names as Fook instead of Fuck and boy aren’t we clever to not make that mistake

6. I’ll tell you, it’ll take a long time before a carrier like Asiana has four Chinese national pilots on one of its widebodies. OTOH, there were a heck of a lot of Chinese passengers on the Korean plane. Why’s that? Well, I’ll tell you, one of my former co-workers flew to South Korea last year just before the SFO disaster and this person specifically avoided using the two big Korean carriers even though it cost hundreds more to do so. Why? A strong mistrust of South Korean aviation safety. So, a Chinese carrier, Taiwanese, American? Sure, but not Asiana. One assumes that Asiana had pretty low fares in the summer of 2013…

7. So KTVU, as long as your happy, huh? You had a problem, you dealt with it, you fired some people, you paid off some settlement(s) for firing some people, you aired an aspirational TV show to several thousands of viewers and that’s that. What this all reminds me of is what the San Francisco Chronicle went through after it posted DIARY OF A SEX SLAVE, which was a major investment in time and money.** Boy, that one really hit the fan. After this similar kind of backlash, the Chron agreed not to syndicate the series, which prolly cost the Chron big bucks I’m guessing. Oh well.

8. Anyway, KTVU, that’s what some people might be thinking, but not saying. Try to focus on what’s correct, not what’s confirmed, you old MSM dinosaur you. The way you handled this mess is a bigger problem than the initial mess itself is what I’m saying. Go and sin no more. And I’ll tell you, the FAA / NTSB gets an A+ so far for the accident investigation. It’s like a WHAT WENT WRONG SO WE DON’T DO THIS AGAIN kind of thing. Why doesn’t KTVU do the same kind of thing so we can all benefit?

*”I’ll be hosting a special on KTVU tomorrow night after the 49ers-Seahawks game. The show is called “Success Makers” and I profile/interview four Asian American trailblazers, including Gideon Yu (president of the 49ers and former CFO of Facebook) and Daniel Dae Kim (star of Lost and Hawaii 5-0). Their stories are fascinating, and notwithstanding the painfully rusty host, the show is actually pretty eye-opening.”

**The problem was that the important parts were single-sourced. (“Typical college student?” Please.) IMO, that was the real prob with it. 

OMG, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (Fox, 2014) is Filming RIght Now in North Beach – San Francisco is NOT Looking Its Best

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Per Twitterer AlexSavidge

“North Beach looks like a disaster. Luckily it’s Hollywood magic, filming scenes from new “Planet of the Apes” movie

As seen Saturday AM, July 27, 2013:

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And here’s a shot from lovely @katieutehs, Freelance Reporter @KTVU/Cyclist/Skier/@UW

This is 800 California near the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Stockton Street:

And here are your teaser trailers.

Directed by Matt Reeves
Produced by Peter Chernin
Dylan Clark
Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Screenplay by Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Scott Z. Burns
Mark Bomback
Story by Rick Jaffa
Amanda Silver
Based on Premise suggested by Planet of the Apes
by Pierre Boulle
Starring Andy Serkis
Gary Oldman
Jason Clarke
Kodi Smit-McPhee
Keri Russell
Judy Greer
Music by Michael Giacchino[1]
Cinematography Michael Seresin
Studio Chernin Entertainment
20th Century Fox
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • July 18, 2014
Country United States
Language English
Budget $120 million

Fatal Collision with Large Truck at 16th and South Van Ness, May 23rd – Image of Mangled White Road Bike – Via KTVU

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Via Tara Moriarty, of KTVU-TV:

“Deadly bicycle accident on S Van Ness & 16th in SF with garbage truck. Cyclist may have been dragged a block @KTVU

Stan Bunger ‏@BungerKCBS3m

@KCBSNews reporter Holly Quan: early signs garbage truck/cyclist both on 16th St. Truck made R turn onto S Van Ness; bike went straight.

Does Chinese New Year Parade “Organizer” Rose Pak Take Ten Percent Off the Top from Corporate Sponsors?

Monday, January 28th, 2013

I don’t know.

I mean, her luxury condo south of Market was only partly subsidized, right? And she doesn’t really have a job job. And I don’t think the Chinese consulate has ever 1099’ed her for the “consulting” work she does / did for it.

So lookie here to see what those gambling houses in Reno and Las Vegas have to pay to participate in the 2013 event:

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So Rose Pak is a guaranteed winner and the “Chinese community” she claims to represent is a guaranteed loser, assuming that advertising works and assuming that The House Always Wins, which is does.

Couldn’t somebody else “organize” this parade?

And maybe not do the drunk mafia grandma routine every year?

Your Political Theatre of the Day: Senator Leland Yee, the Current Front-Runner in the Race for Mayor, Marches on City Hall

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Your State Senator Leland Yee marched down Van Ness with an army of supporters this afternoon.

They went all the way to City Hall to turn in the signatures required for his election as Mayor of San Francisco.

Like this:

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And here’s what the fuss was all about – thousands of signatures:

(Oh, and apparently, not necessarily all of the 30,000 signatures Run Ed Run has are real signatures. That would explain a lot as, man, valid signatures are hard to get, or at least they were when I tried getting them back in the day, back in the aughts.)

Rounding Polk to come up the steps of City Hall:

And down into the catacombs to hand off the boxes:

And then a chat with KTVU in front of Dumbledore’s Army.

It went a little like this.

The deadline for candidates is July 28th, so look forward to more activity in the basement of City Hall…

The latest from the Yee campaign:

Pancake Breakfast & Mobilization
When: TOMORROW, July 23rd; 10:00 AM
Where: Yee for Mayor HQ (710 Van Ness, 2nd Floor)
What: Come join Team Yee for some delicious hot cakes before hitting the streets to talk to our fellow voters
RSVP to this Event

Community Nights at Yee HQ
WhenChinese Night – Monday, July 25th; Latino Night – Wednesday, July 27th; Filipino Night – Thursday, July 28th; All Nights start at 5:00 PM
Where: Yee for Mayor HQ (710 Van Ness, 2nd Floor)
What: All are welcome at these Community Outreach nights at Yee HQ
RSVP to these Events

Lit Drop for Leland
When: Saturday, August 13th; 10:00 AM
Where: Yee for Mayor HQ (710 Van Ness, 2nd Floor)
What: Stay tuned for the details as we get closer to the big date
RSVP to this Event

Leland Yee First to 10,000 Valid Signatures
Yee’s grassroots strength evident in nomination petition drive

SAN FRANCISCO – Senator Leland Yee, accompanied by California Nurses, Sierra Club members and campaign volunteers, turned in enough signatures today at City Hall to become the first mayoral candidate to reach 10,000 valid signatures – the benchmark set by the Department of Elections for qualifying to be a candidate without paying a $5,000 filing fee.

“Today’s achievement is a clear indicator of the strength of our campaign,” said Yee. “We have collected more signatures in less time than any other campaign through a grassroots effort of hundreds and hundreds of volunteers. I am proud of our volunteers and our campaign team”

“I have always believed that the greatest test of strength for any candidate is their ability to reach out and speak directly to voters,” said Yee. “I want to personally thank all the San Francisco voters who took the time to speak with our volunteers and sign our nominating petitions. I am looking forward to the next stage of our campaign and continuing to talk with voters about improving our public schools, our environment, and our economy.”

With the submission of today’s batch of 4,200 signatures, the Yee campaign has turned in nearly 14,000 signatures. It is expected that the total valid amount will easily surpass 10,000. As of Friday morning, no other mayoral campaign had even reached the 5,000 signature level.

“This drive is far different than collecting on-line petitions or even standing in front of a supermarket collecting signatures from passersby,” said Yee campaign manager Jim Stearns. “The rules set by the Department of Elections constitute a tough test for declared candidates, and I’m proud that our team has passed that test with flying colors.”

The stringent validity rules set by the Department of Elections require each signature to be from a registered San Francisco voter, and for each circulator of a petition to also be a registered voter. In addition, no signer can also have signed for another mayoral candidate.

In addition to the key endorsements of the California Nurses Association and the Sierra Club, Yee has also gained the support the San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council, Laborers International Union, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, among others.

Yee immigrated to San Francisco at the age of 3. His father, a veteran, served in the US Army and the Merchant Marine, and his mother was a local seamstress. Yee graduated from the University of California – Berkeley, then earned a Ph.D. in Child Psychology, and later served in various mental health and school settings. He and his wife, Maxine, have raised four children who all attended San Francisco public schools. Yee has served in the State Legislature, Board of Supervisors and Board of Education.

Look What I Got My Sweetie for Valentine’s: A $100 Car Remote Jammer – Now She Can Break Into Cars Easily!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

The KTVU is all over This New Issue of Concern:

SPECIAL REPORT: Hackers* Turn Car Thieves With Keyless Locks

So, what a $100 handheld 315 Mhz Wireless Remote Key / Security Jammer / Code Scanner can do for you, at the very least, is allow you to prevent some loser’s car from locking up for the night, dig? Then, after watching the pigeon walk away, you can simply open the car doors and trunk and then collect all the sweet sweet booty inside.

Jamming seems a lot simpler than code scanning, non?

Anyway, this is what KTVU is ascared of showing you. From China With Love:

My funny Valentine is delighted – she’s gotten two Kate Spades and $5000 worth of travelers’ checks so far since Feb 14th. Really, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.


But please remember, “this product is a supplementary tool to unlock, and can only be taken as friends locksmith studies.” So, don’t actually steal anything using this device that’s made exclusively for stealing things.

*Wouldn’t really call somebody who uses a simple jamming device a “hacker,” but that’s just me.

“Note: This product is a supplementary tool to unlock, and can only be taken as friends locksmith studies. Please comply with related laws and regulations.

- Detect, receive, copy all kinds of car remote control signals, then command the car as freely as the car’s owner
– Working frequency range: 305~330MHz
– It receives the signal sent by the fixed code anti-theft system, save and copy the master’s remote control signal
– The effective distance is 100 metres
– Save thirty remote control signals
– Decodability chip: PLC fake rolling code(5326), EV1527, PT2262, HT12E, HT6014
– Fit the mostly anti-theft system
– 2.5″ Blue background light LED screen
– 2 * Retractable antennas
– Coverage 50-100 meters
– Powered by 9V 6F22 battery (included) or 9~12V DC input