IDK, man. Why is the rest of the car clean?
And how much would a new windshield cost – $2300?
What else is busted already on this low-quality ride? Look closer, Gentle Reader.
Let’s see if I can remember from the pre-Internet days. So Centerfolds here at Broadway & Montgomery was supposed to be an “upscale dining” strip club. The cover charge was $20. IIRC, there had to be a “centerfold” stripper there on a daily basis, that was the rule. But I think it could be pretty much from any kind of publication, so a Miss January 1989 from Australian Playboy would qualify. And then the featured centerfold model would get put up at the Jack Tar / Cathedral Hill Hotel at Geary Van Ness. I bumped into a couple of them in the lobby, I’m srsly.
Anyway, it seemed like a crazy idea for Frisco, and the original concept didn’t last that long oh well. (See if you can find anybody reviewing the food on Yelp these days.) Here it is:
The oldest reference I can find:
1993: “Centerfolds, the upscale restaurant and bar that features topless dancers and a different Penthouse centerfold model each week, is putting the talents of French-born food and beverage director Pierre Bleuse to good use. Continuing its efforts to set itself apart from the seedy topless venues on Bawdyway, Centerfolds has good food and now a pretty decent wine list.”
But that was then and this is now.
Sic transit gloria Frisco…
Speaking of which, back in 2009 my bud from school wanted me to help him break into the shut down Cathedral Hill Hotel to find whichever room was used in The Conversation film from 1974. I declined. Anyway, enjoy:
Is somebody paying him to do this (the way this guy was)?
I don’t get it:
Or is he just another tourist in C-Town, all by himself, checking the scene, striking a pose, and buying knickknacks?
By Vivian Ho:
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Or minidress? IDK.
(And I might add that the photographer’s assistant with the screen isn’t actually doing anything except making the scene just a skosh darker. I mean, if you yourself aren’t casting a shadow, due to fog / clouds, then your screen isn’t really doing all that much neither. Time might have better spent looking out for bus or car drivers…)
[UPDATE: If you people on this shot actually got just straight-time minimum wage and you went over eight hours in one day, you should have been paid more, just saying…]
Now when I say stylized I mean non-naturalistic, ala Soviet Realism or some old propaganda poster series.
But instead of selling The Revolution, Comrade, we’re selling shoes (and the Nike Lifestyle) to women.
Man, I can just see the crew coming up from Los Angeles* County, scouting out the locations, hiring the fitness models (not just models, fitness models, who don’t look very 415 to me), checking the weather forecast and then heading out all over the City, and then it’s clickety clickety at 11 frames per second on a full-frame SLR camera* (a Canon or Nikon, one or the other) after telling the models to hop ever higher, and to pose this way and that way until it’s time for post-production, when some other crew picks out the “perfect shot” out of thousands and thousands and then we end up with this series of “aspirational” shots.
Who runs like this, everyone from head to toe in Nike Gear? Not anyone IRL
Does Nike really “run” SF? Mmmm… I’m thinking these shots are from some other shoot. Very stylized, nevertheless:
Who exercises in tandem like this? Not anyone IRL
More of the same
N’sync! Did somebody have a clapper metronome to keep all the models in sync?
And what’s this?
Don’t real people look straight ahead or down when they’re jogging? Yep, but not in the Nike Motherland, Comrade. We’re Looking Forward, Towards The Future!
Very SF, but I hope they didn’t have to shut down this block for Nike. (Assuming they did this right before the weekly street sweepers came by.)
Very SF, but not a good place for jogging
And here we go again, in triangle formation, to fulfill some dude‘s vision
IDK, perhaps this aspirational fantasyland looks great Down South en LA or Up North in Oregon, but it looks a bit funny, stylized, over the top to somebody from the 415.
Why not use real women 100% from San Francisco next time, Nike?
*One assumes. Just guessing here. Prove me wrong!
[UPDATE: Oh, what I meant to say was:
“Local womenswear brand Amour Vert is a favorite for its combination of California cool with French chic—all with a major eco-conscious stamp of sustainability.”
Here you go, here’s your new T, straight outta “up-and-coming” Hayes Valley:
You see, it’s made out of rayon. Check it.
Here’s your release:
“San Francisco-Made Amour Vert Stays Close To Home For Its First Retail Store
SAN FRANCISCO, June 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Contemporary eco-fashion brand, Amour Vert is happy to announce the opening of its first retail store in its home city of San Francisco. With all garments made and designed within a 20 mile radius, the store is the latest addition to the up and coming Hayes Valley neighborhood.
Amour Vert’s retail space reflects their commitment to sustainability. The environmentally conscious store features ecological ingredients and co-founders, Christoph Frehsee and Linda Balti employed local contractors and local interior design stores to bring the eco-forward store to life. Bringing the environment indoors, a focal point of the store will be a living wall, which the brand is installing with the help of San Francisco native, model and philanthropist, Lily Kwong. The wall will serve as a nod to “green love” – the English translation of the brand’s French name.
About Amour Vert
Based on the principal that women shouldn’t have to sacrifice style for sustainability, Amour Vert proves that it is possible to be both fashionable and environmentally responsible. Using the highest quality organic and sustainable fabrics, Amour Vert, offers style and fashion as well as one of the softest t-shirts in the world. Taking its commitment to the environment seriously, the company developed its T(r)EE program, in partnership with American Forests®, planting a tree in America for every purchase of an Amour Vert t-shirt. Based in San Francisco, Amour Vert’s products are all hand made in California.”
I’ll tell you, I don’t know how our Austrian “neighbors” make fancy “eco-forward” rayon, but here’s how you make regular rayon. Enjoy:
Ah look, from Marin it’s a red Fisker Karma plug-in hybrid in red and in the background it’s a silver Tesla Model S electric car.
Don’t they look super similar?
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“On 14 April 2008, Tesla Motors filed a lawsuit against Fisker Automotive, alleging that Henrik Fisker stole Tesla’s Model S hybrid technology and was using it to develop the Karma. Tesla’s suit claimed that the design work done for the Model S sedan by Fisker Coachbuild was substandard, and that Fisker Automotive diverted its best ideas to the Karma. On 4 November 2008 CNET News reported that Tesla Motors would discontinue its suit after an interim ruling in favor of Fisker et al. A news release on the Fisker Automotive website stated that Tesla was ordered to pay US$1,144,285 in costs.“
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?