Posts Tagged ‘NBCBayArea’

A Brief History of the Mavericks Big Wave Surf Contest

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

“I’ll tell you, Mavericks used to be something, man. But now it’s all corporate and shit, man.”

Sort of.

Hey, isn’t the Mavericks surf contest just like the Burning Man festival? Just look where they got started – same beach, different county:

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I’ll you, ten years from now, you’ll hear about some underground event what’s been gaining in popularity and I’ll bet you it will have gotten its start on one of these Bay Area beaches that you can see in the photo.

Anyway, Mavs is on, once again, this coming Friday, January 24th, 2014.

Now back in the day, to see Mavericks you’d just park you ride on the Pacific Coast Highway and then ride your bikes to the beach. Easy peasy.

And then they’d let you climb up on the bluff for a good view (even though people fell off of it all the time).

This big green thing:

(Mmmm… why do these rocks a “breakwater?”)

And then they didn’t want people on the bluff so they put up an “event village” or something on the beach below.

Dangerous hilarity ensued, due to what they called a “sneaker wave,” but really it was just kind of a regular wave

Via dwan.mac click to expand

And then, Mavs went Hollywood:

But, you know, I guess it’s really the same event as it always was.

Fundamentally.

(Just as with Burning Man.)

So, look for all the same thrills chills and spills as back in the day:

Darryl “Flea” Virostko was a tad aggressive in the first round of 2008:

Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF 300mm 2.8 IS plus Canon 2x II extender at f8.0

And if you’re on a boat with an aggressive Captain, this will be your view on Friday, January 23rd, 2014:

All right, see you there!

But let’s hope we have more lulz than lulls.

‘Cause nobody wants to see too many heats like this:

Tink happy tots!

Man, That Mavericks Surf Contest Aint What It Used To Be, Man – (Just as with Burning Man!) – A Brief History of Mavs

Friday, January 18th, 2013

I’ll tell you, Mavericks used to be something, man. But now it’s all corporate and shit, man.

Sort of.

Hey, isn’t the Mavericks surf contest just like the Burning Man? Just look where they got started – same beach, different county:

Click to expand

I’ll you, ten years from now, you’ll hear about some underground event what’s been gaining in popularity and I’ll bet you it will have gotten its start on one of these Bay Area, Pacific Coast beaches that you can see in the photo.

Anyway, Mavs is on, once again, this coming Sunday, January 20th, 2013.

Now back in the day, to see Mavericks you’d just park you ride on the Pacific Coast Highway and then ride your bikes to the beach. Easy peasy.

And then they’d let you climb up on the bluff for a good view (even though people fell off of it all the time).

This thing:

(Mmmm… why do these rocks a “breakwater”)

And then they didn’t want people on the bluff so they put up an “event village” or something on the beach below.

Dangerous hilarity ensued:

Via dwan.mac click to expand

And then, Mavs went Hollywood:

But, you know, I guess it’s really the same event as it always was.

Fundamentally.

(Just as with Burning Man.)

So, look for all the same thrills chills and spills as back in the day:

Darryl “Flea” Virostko was a tad aggressive in the first round of 2008:

Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF 300mm 2.8 IS plus Canon 2x II extender at f8.0

And if you’re on a boat with an aggressive Captain, this will be your view on Sunday* January 20th, 2013:

All right, see you there!

But let’s hope we have more lulz than lulls.

‘Cause nobody wants to see too many heats like this:

Tink happy tots!

*Boy, isn’t that a sponsor-friendly day of the week? How convenient! Let’s hope the waves show up in addition to all the sponsors and advertisers…

What’s On the Minds of Bank of America Workers During These Troubled Times? “How Tall is (KNTV Weathergirl) Christina Loren?”

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Thusly:

“Domain Name: bankofamerica.com (Commercial)
IP Address: 171.###.###.# (Bank of America)
ISP: Bank of America

Search Engine: google.com
Search Words: how tall is christina loren”

Sorry, unknown Bank of American,* there are some answers that even Google doesn’t have, like how tall Christina Loren is.

But, thanks for asking.

All right, keep up the good work, BofA workers!

Ah, memories:

“Speechless I am.

At first I thought this website was made by a fan of KNTV’s Christina Loren. But now I’m thinking it’s her site.

Anyway, here it is.

Oh, wait a sec, here it is, shrunk 4x. I’m still blown away by this:

(Animated gif courtesy of fair use doctrine)

It’s like the front page of the Daily Prophet. It’s mesmerizing. It just keeps going and going…

Now that’s what I call Bay Area Journalism!”

*That’s what they call each other, I’m srsly.

The Most Amazing Animated GIF Ever: NBC Channel 3 KNTV Meteorologist Christen Lauren IS Poser McPoserperson III

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Speechless I am.

At first I thought this website was made by a fan of KNTV’s Christina Loren. But now I’m thinking it’s her site.

Anyway, here it is.

Oh, wait a sec, here it is, shrunk 4x:

It’s like the front page of the Daily ProphetIt’s mesmerizing. It just keeps going and going…

Now that’s what I call Bay Area Journalism!

ZOMG, the Ziptrek Zipline is Coming Back to San Francisco for the Summer of 2011! Just $29 a Ride

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Here’s the news from AkitIt’s ba-aaaack! Its the ZipTrek EcoTours zipline* (or ziplines, as they will have two, side-by-side). Deets are below.

Now, last year, back in 2010, the rides were free, so people were lining up at 3:00 AM. But this year, the cost will be $29, so that will certainly cut down on the riff-raff, and therefore surely shorten the queue.

(And oh, our friends from up in the Great White North just told me that they will be highly disappointed if Edwin Lee, San Francisco’s once (and future?) Mayor chickens out, if he blows off his obligation. Other Mayors have done it and it all worked out fine. See below for one example…)

This could be you:

Hangtime by Justin.Beck

The deets:

All guests are required to sign an Assumption of Risks and Release of Liability Agreement (coming soon) before zipping. Under 19 requires signature by a parent or guardian.

The ziplines are gravity fed, so guests do not have to worry about controlling their own speed. Guides are stationed at each tower to connect (launch platform) and disconnect (landing platform) each and every guest. Age restrictions apply and guests must weigh more than 65 pounds and no more than a maximum of 275 pounds.

When:
Summer 2011
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. *

Where:
Justin Herman Plaza at Embarcadero Square, San Francisco, California

* times may vary on certain days”

Will you have the guts to climb a temporary tower (80 feet tall!) just like this one from 2010 to earn the right to tell your friends you rode the Justin Herman Plaza Zip Line?

Just asking.

via Josegee – click to expand

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But first, you’ll need to wait in line next to the abysmal Vaillancourt Fountain, sign a waiver, and get harnessed up.

Le mise-en-scene.

You’ll ascend the 80 foot tower and encounter a friendly Canadian guide at the top. If you need a pep talk, you’ll get one:

You’ll soon be steadying your nerves by glancing at your jump buddy…

…and then you’ll be off, into the wild bleu.

Sisters doing it for themselves:

Can you see the nervous giggles? There’s your team bonding right there.

And this is what it felt like last year. Everything zooms by with a quickness, and there’s a loud buzzing above your noggin. Some people go upside-down even.

And they’ll totally let you bring a camera to make your own YouTube:

You owe it to yourself to try.

Don’t dissappoint lovely Ashleigh. She brought her Olympic Gold all the way down here last year just so you’d consider Vancouver as the starting point for your next vacation:

via Amy Widdowson

And I’ll tell you, last year the kids from Project Insight were quite amused to see former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown take a run on the fantastic British Columbia Zip-Line near the Ferry Building.

Here’s an account from John Coté.

Willie, sporting cashmere, handed out souvenir mittens (I still have a pair sitting in the back seat of Mom’s Taxi) from Up North:

Then it was time to harness up:

A reluctant exchange of headgear:

It’s go time.

 

Then he was off:

 

Here’s a close-up of those cardinal socks:

The landing tower. Here’s the reverse angle from David Paul Morris

And then a press conference:

His reaction after flying through the sky?

“I was scared as Hell, but there was no way I was going to show it!”

Good for you, Mr. Brown. Will you ride again in 2011?

Anyway, if he can do it, you can too.

See you there this summer!

And get the latest info direct from la source here:

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*Aka flying fox, foefie slide, zip wire, aerial runway, aerial ropeslide, death slide or tyrolean crossing

Who at KNTV NBC Bay Area Channel 3, Channel 11 Considers Bay Area Women “Unkempt?”

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

I know, but I won’t tell you.

Now, who at KNTV NBC Bay Area Channel 3, Channel 11 thinks that popular METEOROLOGIST Christina Loren is part of something that is “bridging the gap between the way other big markets present news and how we do it in the Bay?”

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Again, IKBIWTY.

But, one might get the feeling that certain person(s) at KNTV want to shake things up ’round here.

I’ll tell you, I don’t look at the KNTV ’cause my rabbit ears can’t pull in the signal from Down South, but that ad campaign they put up last year was jarring, it seemed like something not very bay area at all.

We’ll see how it goes…

 

How Taiwan Does the Weather Vs. How San Jose Does the Weather – Christina Loren and “Extreme Weather Educating”

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Let’s see here, our first video is what popped up after I linked to the internationally-famous NMA joint about Twitter extortion in the Mid-Market area the other day.

Now, compare and contrast with KNTV, the closest thing the 415 has to an NBC affiliate.

Cue the young boy and… action:

Christina Loren:

Controversial, and

Wears a hat, sometimes

OMG, NBCBayArea’s New “Weathergirl” Christina Loren Wears a Hat! Plus Rich Lieberman is NOT Infatuated, No Way

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

I’ll tell you, my rabbit ears (avec free govmint digital cable converter box) couldn’t even dream of picking up the KNTV from all the way down in San Bruno or wherever, so I never see the Channel 3.

But lots of you do, apparently, based upon all the recent fuss about newly-installed meteorologist Christina Loren.

Per Jane B:

“I enjoy the NBC news in the morning, but as soon as that bulging self-promoting common tart of a meteorologist appears with her forced Good Morning, I just can’t wait to change channels for the duration. I would have thought NBC would have been more concerned with professionalism in their meteorologists than with this very poor image that it presents daily. And then to add insult to injury, she turns up this a.m. with a hat, supposedly, I suppose, to be in the spirit of the royal wedding – what an insult!”

Exhibit A, the “insulting” hat in question:

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Now, with an opposing viewpoint, here’s the wedding hat minority report from Christina’s FaceBook fans:

O.K. then.

Comes now Rich Lieberman, who’s not infatuated with “The Hottest Weather Woman On The Planet,” not in the least, why would you even think that, to post an interview with CL, who ably strives to stay AOM, Always On Message, about being AAMF, All About My Forecast. See?

All right, it’s time to sign off with all the banal slogans used by KNTV over the recent decades:

Station slogans

  • Look to 11 (1972-circa 1975)
  • We`re The One Can Turn To, Channel 11 (1978-1979; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • You and Me and Channel 11 (1980-1981; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Now is The Time, Channel 11 is The Place (1981-1982; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Come on Along with Channel 11 (1982-1983; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • That Special Feeling on Channel 11 (1983-1984; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • We’re With You, on 11 with You (1984–1985; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • You’ll Love It on Channel 11/You’ll Love It, KNTV (1985–1986; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • Together on Channel 11 (1986–1987; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • The San Jose NewsChannel (1987–1998)
  • The Bay Area`s Watching Channel 11 (1990-19??; localized version of ABC ad campaign)
  • If It`s The Bay Area, It Must Be Channel 11 (1992-1993; localized version of “It Must Be ABC” campaign)
  • The South Bay’s News Leader (1998–2000)
  • The Fastest Growing News Station in Northern California (2000–2001; still used occasionally)
  • The Bay Area’s NBC11The Bay Area’s Leading News Station (2001–2008)
  • Proud To Call The Bay Area Home (2008-early 2010)
  • Locals Only (2008–present; secondary slogan)
  • Learn, Think, Act, Live (early 2010-September 12, 2010; primary news slogan)
  • Reporting What Matters to You (September 1, 2010–present; primary news slogan)
  • Every Day is Full of Color (September 13, 2010–present; general slogan)

TTFN!

NBCBayArea’s Christina Loren has got to be The Most Controversial Weather Personality in San Francisco History

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

[UPDATE: OMG, Christina Wears a Hat! Controversy ensues... And, does Christina think that Bay Area women are generally "unkempt?"]

People are still upset about the San Francisco Bay Area* NBC affiliate’s new “weather girl.”

Anyway, here’s the comment from Katrina from yesterday:

Christina Loren is really disturbing to watch. Today her white shirt is busting (pardon the pun) at the seems. Aren’t we done with this kind of sexiest marketing? I no longer want to watch this morning show due to this clueless barbie doll projection of a wanna be women.”

I’m trying to see the problem here, if this is the right video snip.

Seems as if a lot of people complain about her (cause man, some of her promotional videos were over the top), but it also seems that Channel 3 has toned things down a bit lately, for what that’s worth…

(If there’s one thing I can’t stand for, it’s TV weather. They’re spending like three minutes telling people something that should take three seconds, IMO. Oh well.)

*”San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco” in that precise order – that’s the priority of KNTV, per some of the people that work there.

Sean Penn is Out: Gerard Butler to Star as Rick “Frosty” Hesson in “Mavericks” Surf Film

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Appears as if Sean Penn is out and Gerard Butler is in to star as Rick “Frosty” Hesson in Mavericks.

Check it:

“We first reported on the film about a year ago when we learned that Hanson was developing a movie based on the late legendary surfer Jay Moriarty and that Sean Penn was considering the Hesson role.  According to Variety, the story will center on Moriarty’s “quest to ride the iconic Northern California break known as Mavericks, where winter swells bring in treacherous waves the size of five-story buildings.”

O. K. then.