Posts Tagged ‘media’

ATTENTION MSM: Is This Vehicle 1) A Bulldozer; 2) Like a Bulldozer; or 3) Not a Bulldozer, AT ALL?

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The reason why this vehicle isn’t a bulldozer is because bulldozers are tracked.

The reason why this vehicle isn’t even “like a bulldozer” is because bulldozers are tracked.

Ergo, Answer #3 must be correct.

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So what is it? It’s a construction vehicle. I mean it is, right? So why not call it that instead of calling every construction vehicle/earth mover on Earth a “bulldozer?”

Alternatively, you could call it a loader (kind of an everyday nickname), or a front loader, or a front-end loader.

END OF LINE.

Shakedown 1998: How the Neighbors of Sutro Tower Held Digital TV Hostage for Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

Friday, July 21st, 2017

[Feel free to boot up (Shakedown) 1979 by the Smashing Pumpkins while you read – that’s the reference.]

Here it is, noble Sutro Tower, beloved symbol of Frisco. The vertical part in the middle is an add-on – it brought / brings digital TV to the Bay Area.

Well, two decades ago it caused consternation to certain (and certainly now) millionaire homeowners of Midtown Terrace, Forrest Knolls and basically the whole Twin Peaks area what’s located in the “fall zone.” (Uh, that’s in quotes due to the fact that this phrase was made up by some area attorney homeowner back in the day. But it’s center of gravity is like 16 underground, so as long as it stays together as a rigid body (and, you know, it probably will – I’m not promising you anything though), I don’t think it can fall down.

Anyway, noble Sutro. I think this is as close as I’ve ever been to it at an altitude higher than the base, if that makes sense:

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So, just as area attorneys (and USF law students) banded together back in the 1970’s to deprive us of our landmark, area attorneys banded together in the 1990’s to fight the relatively minor addition of a 100-foot long metal “auxiliary antenna” for digital TV broadcast.

All this digital antenna fooforall was ably covered by INTERESTED PARTY the San Francisco Chronicle in 1998. And look:

“The 977-foot Sutro Tower is owned by four television stations: KRON, KTVU, KGO and KPIX. KRON is owned by Chronicle Publishing Co., which also controls The Chronicle.” 

Hello! (The writer properly put fall zone in quote marks. Good.)

Obviously the fretful homeowner lawyers were threatening to sue, but also obviously we now have this auxiliary antenna, so how did that happen? Well, Sutro Tower Inc. (STI) had to fork over some cold hard cash:

“STI agrees to contribute:

a. $3,000.00 per year to the Midtown Terrace Home Owners Association. The initial contribution payable prior to December 31, 2008. Subsequent contributions to be made on or before July 1 of each year

b. $4,500.00 one time contribution to the Twin Peaks Improvement Association for an open space improvement project.

c. $6,000.00 one time contribution to the Forrest Knolls Neighborhood Organization to replace the Forrest Knolls entrance sign.

d. $ 10,000.00 one time contribution for the benefit of the surrounding area to purchase two drinking fountains one each at the walking paths around two area reservoirs. The contribution will be payable only when the fountains are approved by the appropriate agencies and actually purchased.”

The big winner? Well it’s gotta be the MTHOA, which gets three grand every year from here to eternity, paid for by Channels 2, 4,* 5, und 7.** All that’s gotta add up to a couple hundred thou eventually.

Read the rest of the agreement if you want. (You don’t hear so much about the RF concerns anymore – I guess people have other things to worry about these days. And what else, a few people were complaining about red and white lead paint chips falling down and landing in the soil a while back. I haven’t heard about that issue lately either.)

On the up side, the people who live there have benefited from some nice middle class welfare over the years such as mortgage interest deductibility, Prop 13, and massive massive home price appreciation since the 1970s / 1990’s, the times when the yammering was going full tilt.

It’s pretty much a happy ending. Play us out, Wiki:

Despite the initial revulsion of some residents, Sutro Tower is now recognized by many as a Bay Area icon, it appears in local art, television shows, and movies as one of the architectural symbols of the city. The tower is featured in video games, business logos, on clothing, as furniture and even tattoos. The U.S. band Information Society used it on the cover of their album Don’t Be Afraid. A local entertainment guide, SF Station, uses it as a logo, as does the collaborative art game SFZero and the Expose SF art competition.”

And Don’t Be Afraid, Midtown. Your tower is 100% Pure Energy. It brings us our Information Society.***

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And oh, I just came across this:

Sutro Tower: The Origins of an ‘Eyesore’ By Jessica Placzek

Enjoy.

*Which is no longer owned by the Chronic – it’s master is now Nexstar Media Group.

**I can’t host a Super Bowl party when NBC is doing the broadcast, cause I’m a cutter, a cable cutter since like aught-nine. And no Olympics either. 

***Or Vast Wasteland, your pick. When somebody presses the remote button wrong, the digital TV turns on. Like 16 channels – home shopping network, plus Spanish and Chinese language programs.  

“LEGION CORPORATION” Spotted in the Twitterloin – Using SFChron/SFGate to Spread Your Message in a Post-CWNevius World

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

It’s sort of funny how a man who likes to threaten to sue the San Francisco Chronicle ended up with this, this thing placed(?) on SFGate to praise him.

(And now with CWNevius gone, how else will this character get such laudatory coverage, one wonders.)

Anywho, this is the LEGION CORPORATION what paid for the above to appear on  SFGate, ostensibly.

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As seen Golden Gate Ave n the northern part of the taxpayer-funded Twitterloin Enterprise Zone…

Idling News Van Exhaust Problem Solved! – With a Rubber Hose – But How Does This Help?

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

All right, when you’re doing your ENG (Electronic News Gathering) on the streets of San Francisco, as this one was doing the day after Donald Trump somehow got elected President, you’ve got some basic things to worry about.

The first is crime – either somebody will want to steal your stuff, at gunpoint sometimes, or they’ll want to vandalize your mobile news van. One way to handle this is to maintain a low profile. One way to do that is paint your van white in a plain vanilla wrapper, so that’s why most networked news vans are unmarked in the 415.

And the second, well, it’s handling complaints from the Gentle Viewers and passersby who start complaining about all the fumes your news van spews our hour after hour. So you attach a garden hose to direct exhaust up to the roof, thusly:

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Like, how does this help?

Here’s the other way of doing it:

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I’ll tell you, I can see how this kind of thing could lead to problems, you know, mechanically, but my real question is HOW DOES THIS HELP, AT ALL?

 

Is Our Unleased Hibernia Bank Building a “Symbol of Rebirth for the Tenderloin” or Precisely the Opposite?

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Here’s your Twitterloin status report:

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Hey look, it’s COMING SOON FOR LEASE, which it has been for a couple years now.

Which is not to say it’s never used – the Hillary campaign used it for a few hours a few months back and the occasional conventioneer comes through, thusly:

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But here’s what the promise was:

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What I’m suggesting is this –  if nobody wants this building, after, what, $20 million was sunk into it, then maybe it’s not a symbol of rebirth for the Tender / Twitter Loin? Perhaps it’s a symbol of all the empty promises and projections what come year after year, decade after decade?

Anyway, look for this building to continue to be COMING SOON FOR LEASE in 2017 as well…

 

WTF is This on SFGate: LegionCorporation, StoryStudio? – Did Trump Win, Did the Russians Hack Us?

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Longtime Twitterloin resident Bluoz points us to this, what, hagiography for longtime east bay resident Randy Shaw on (near?) the SFGate?

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Now, last I heard, Randy Shaw was mulling over suing the San Francisco Chronicle over something to do with this bit here, but now SFGate is hosting “sponsored” stuff like the above? (What’s that – SFGate aint the Chronicle? Well, yes and no. It sure’s hell looks like the Chron. Moving on, “Beyond the Chron”…)

To this, Comrades. The LEGION CORPORATION. Achtung, baby!

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WTF to that.

And then we’re supposed to click on About Sponsored Stories? IDTS, Brother. That’s just what The Man wants me to do. So IDK what’s on that link.

Now let’s do some reading:

“There are so many people that have stood at the forefront freeing these neighborhoods and their citizens from crime and blight like Randy Shaw. Randy Shaw is an ikon in the development of the Tenderloin. He has practiced law in the protection of the Tenderloin and its residents, developed housing as Executive Director of the Tenderloin Housing, co-founded Uptown Tenderloin, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helped create of the Uptown Tenderloin Historic District in 2009 the Tenderloin Museum.”

Is this a translation from another language? Sure seems that way. And the kicker is that he/she/they spelled icon with a “k!”

I don’t know what the hell’s going on here. Who will set it straight/ this Watergate?

Specifically, I wanna know who wrote this, and why.

That’s the important part, the why.

(‘Cause you can’t have a real blog page without links and a Comments section, right?)

I’ll tell you, Gentle Reader, the Tenderloin hasn’t changed a bit since the 1980’s. Sure, it used to have a Sizzler Family Restaurant with All You Can Eat salad bar, but now it don’t, big deal. Fundamentally, not much has changed, at all.

All right, I dare anybody to read the whole* of HOW A HANDFUL OF BUSINESS OWNERS ARE HELPING THE TENDERLOIN.

And then explain it to me, like I’m a Golden Retriever.

‘Cause I aint never seen this.

*I just skimmed this one, using the Control F to get to what I think the nuf graf is. Hey, how many people would actually read this, this thing? How many real readers did it have? Who’s the target, Airbnbers from Italy staying in the Twitterloin? Or Japanese tourists suckered into staying at a bedbug hotel “near Union Square” for $299 a night? And how much did it cost to post? And how much per actual Reader? $10 a Reader? $100 a Reader? Does it make any sense at all to do this kind of thing? Or maybe there’s some other point to this exercise? I gots to know!

 

Twitterloin? TWITTERLOIN! – This Mural Proves It

Monday, October 24th, 2016

So this is Twitter mural in the ‘Loin, so that gives us The Twitterloin, a phrase endorsed by our East Coast Media Elites:

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Ironically, a good portion of the Tworkforce at the Twitter would have prefered being HQ’ed down in nearby Brisbane, CA.

Ironically, Twitter would’ve have moved into that building at 10th and Market anyway, without any enterprise zone tax incentives.

Ironically.

Get a Special PP License Plate from the DMV and then You Too Can Park Wherever the Hell You Want – The Joys of Being a PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

It’s mostly video these days, not photography per se:

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Get your own, here

Larry Ellison’s ORACLE Takes Tech Media for a Ride Above Frisco – This Could Be You, Technology Reporter!

Monday, September 19th, 2016

What’s this – did Fleet Week come early yesterday?

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No, it’s just Oracle’s PA-34-200T Seneca II “media plane” flying in formation with Oracle’s Extra Flugzeugbau EA300 mono wing stunt plane, presumably flown by Company Pilot Sean D. Tucker, who was carrying an unknown member of the tech press, you know, as cargo:

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Here you go, book your own “media flight,” media:

BOOK A MEDIA FLIGHT – Soar in the Skies with Sean D. Tucker. To share the passion for aviation with media audiences, Tucker and his team welcome credentialed media for a flight with his crew.”