Posts Tagged ‘newspaper’

The Bold Italic Finds a New Way to Suck: Is This Tweet an Ad for Ford? Gannett Co Inc’s Failed West Coast Operation

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

[UPDATE: Who says nameless, faceless, S&P500 corporations never listen to the little guy? 'Cause now the unpaid(?) interns(?) at Gannett, Co. Inc are putting "sponsored" on their sponsored Tweets. Just like I asked them to, below. Excelsior! ]

Here we go:

Except it’s an ad for Ford.

(And how about, instead, calling it a _pointless_ trip to Mount Tam?)

SFist handles things differently – it would use the term “sponsored post” or something.

Why not do that instead, TBI?

Of course, if you gained a lot more readers you could pay for your expensive clubhouse with advertising but how can you do that if you trick the few readers you have with ads for Ford?

Or maybe TBI’s role is just to lose millions of dollars for the home office in VA to offset profits made from the profitable part of Gannett?

Mmmm…

How NOT to Lock Your Bike on Market Street, Even If You Can’t Find a Bike Rack or Parking Meter in Sight – An SFPD Sting?

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Of course there’s no room for a bike rack or two on this stretch of Market Street betwixt the big old Apple store of Union Square and the Powell Street cable car turnaround, but there’s plenty of room for useless, “aesthetic,” newspaper racks that sort-of-former Mayor Willie Brown put in to punish the local press back when he was a youthful lad in his 70′s.

Of course these days you’ve gotta have wheel locks, a headset lock and a seat tube lock and a decent U-lock on even a weekend MTB, right? Right.

Now of course that’s pretty much worthless when you hitch your horse to the handle of a newspaper rack door, but I figured I’d only be gone two minutes or so, thusly: 

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Of course when I came back two minutes later, an area bike thief was scoping out things, trying to see which tool in his collection would best remove the two spring hinges holding on the rack door. I approached  while rattling my keys loudly, as a kind of bear bell to not startle the local wildlife and he’s all, “Man I wasn’t trying to take the bike.” Then he followed up by saying that  he “could have had that door off in two minutes.”

Oh well.

Of course people are incorrect when they say SFPD enforcement actions on cyclists blowing through stop signs in the Wiggle area are “stings” because there’s no element of deception. But how about a different kind of police sting, one that has a bike worth stealing locked up to some fragile thing? ‘Cause the stings I’ve seen done by the SFPD involve parking a bike unlocked near the entrance of a Safeway and the people who steal those bikes might think that it’s, you know, it’s finders keepers. If I were on a jury, I’d prefer to see evidence of something being broken or picked before I voted guilty.

Of course, I’m only just saying.

Official Chinese Propaganda 75% Off: CHINA DAILY Newspaper Used To Be Free – Then $1 – Now 25 Cents

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

First it was free and then it cost $1 at newsstands.

But that didn’t work out, obliviously.

So this is the latest tack – a price reduction:

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Most of the paper’s editorial staff are still Chinese, whose English reports are ‘polished’ by a small group of expatriate editors employed on short-term contracts.”

Oh, I see.

Carry on then.

An America’s Cup Media Mystery: Who is the “Columnist” That Larry Ellison and His Lackeys are So Angry At? Is It CW Nevius?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Here’s Larry Ellison do-boy Stephen Barclay from a few days back:

This sentiment is a far cry from the cynicism several columnists and reporters displayed only a few short weeks ago. Nothing is 100% perfect and everything is open to fair comment. But while the critics were quick to pounce earlier, where are the same columnists and reporters’ opinions now?”

And here’s San Francisco columnist and former #1 America’s Cup cheerleader CW Nevius from earlier on:

The Oracle racing team may have finally done the impossible – not win the America’s Cup in a competition designed to attract a new generation of enthusiasts, but turn people off to sailboat racing.

This week the team was caught cheating.

It’s been well documented that Oracle, the team that can’t sail straight, has turned the America’s Cup into a poorly attended bluegrass festival. We’ve already talked about how the promise of the Cup, majestic boats racing each other over the green waters of the bay, devolved to a single sailboat, “competing” alone, and then holding a press conference to discuss the “victory.”

We’ve supported the races in the Bay Area. The city of San Francisco has poured money and facilities into the extravaganza, and we were promised a global showcase, an international event.

Instead we got Alex Rodriguez - using illegal substances to gain an unfair advantage.”

“The entire Oracle operation is tightly controlled. The idea that a rogue worker sneaked on the boat and placed the performance-enhancing weights in exactly the right place (and on three different boats) without the higher-ups knowing is ridiculous.”

So Im thinking that CW Nevius is among the group of offending journalists what the Larry Ellison worker was complaining about.

Oh, and when the Oracle Team”USA” people (and also “Son of a Legend” Christopher Caen) talk about how “shocked” they were about Oracle getting punished for cheating, it was kind of obvious what was going to happen, so it wasn’t shocking at all. Also from CW:

“Now surely, the international jury isn’t going to throw the defending champion out of the finals. It is much more likely that it will make Oracle forfeit some races.”

And, as expected by Nevius and all others, that’s what happened.

Ah what else, oh, The Nevius has blocked me from his Twitter I’ve discovered, but, just saying, the dude’s name is spelled Barclay, not “Barkley.”

Maybe that’s another reason why he hates your guts, CW.

Now, on with the show…

Sign of the Times – Former Mayor Willie Brown’s Unused 17-Foot Tall Newspaper Kiosks Still Littering Our Streets

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Oh, there’s a super-long contract that binds us to have these sidewalk cylinders about for a loooong time because that’s the way Willie Brown wanted it?

An that’s why these hulking monoliths must remain, whether they’re used or not?

Thusly. This is in betwixt the new COFFEE CULTURES and the occasional parking space of the most popular food truck in San Francisco. It really does get in the way

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I ask of you, Gentle Reader, has SFGov ever made a good deal?

Ever made a public-private contract where the public didn’t get the short end of the stick?

I know not.

One-Percent Photoshoot, 94104 – Despicable Him, Numerous Minions – That Old Standby: Blue Blazer, Khakis

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Some day, some day, some day, I’ll be the peacock

Winsome on Sansome:

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Some day, some day, some day, Dominion

Nevius Nightmare! – MORE Coyotes in Golden Gate Park – Meet One of the Adorable New Pups of 2013

Monday, June 17th, 2013

OMG, they’re breeding again. It’s just like Jurassic Park.

All the deets:

David Cruz is a San Francisco wildlife film maker and founder of Natures Lantern. He is currently working on a SF Bay Area Black Bear documentary and a local awareness media campaign for Bay Area Mountain Lion street crossing safety.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alchemicalnature/9045514097/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alchemicalnature/9047748672/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alchemicalnature/9045514647/in/photostream/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alchemicalnature/9045479247/in/photostream/

Cruz has followed this group of coyotes for 3 years. This is the second year he provides breaking unique news photographs that prove these coyotes have reproduced in San Francisco, Golden Gate Park. Historic photographs and  background of pups and park coyotes of past years also available.

Taken today Friday June 14,

Natures Lantern

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I’ll tell you, San Francisco Chronicle writer CW Nevius has been fretting about these critters for a while now. And yet it’s always dogs that be biting and killing people, not no coyotes.

Street Chess in the Mid-Market: It’s Back, Baby! After a Few Lean Years, Market Street is Back Up to Ten Tables Sometimes

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Frisco street chess hasn’t been this vibrant in years.

Things hadn’t been so hot since the Great Street Chess War of 2010, when the traditional location at Fifth and Market got eliminated. Get the deets here from Chris Roberts of the SF Weekly.

And even last year, you wouldn’t necessarily see that much activity.

But we’re in a more active era now, with a noticeable increase just the past few months.

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Appears that this out-of-the-way location is hitting critical mass…

OMG, the San Francisco Examiner is Hiring a General Assignment Reporter – Apply Today – Srsly, Today, June 10, 2013

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Else you’ll miss the deadline.

See?

“General Assignment Reporter

The San Francisco Examiner seeks an experienced reporter. We are looking for an enthusiastic reporter who knows the region and has good news judgment and a knack for finding stories that others miss. You must be aggressive about covering local and breaking news, creative about generating story ideas, and adept at contextualizing news stories.

Since Examiner reporters typically write two short stories each day, the ideal candidate will be able to write tight, compelling, focused articles and turn around stories quickly. Strong research and investigative skills and the ability to create compelling, succinct stories about complex issues are a must.

Applicants should have a minimum of two years of reporting experience. Bilingual skills are a plus.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and five clips by June 10, 2013 to NewsroomJobs@SFExaminer.com and reference: “Reporter.” Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for any employer. The Examiner is an EEO Employer. The Examiner offers a competitive compensation package and a full benefits program that includes Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k).”

PR Misstep from the America’s Cup People: Comparing Andrew Simpson Death to Famous Manslaughter Case

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

IMO, this recent statement from Larry Ellison Person Stephan Barclay* is a misstep, but you make the call.

Check it:

“For example, following the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994, a number of measures were introduced, such as better cockpit protection for the drivers. Grooved tires were introduced in 1998 instead of racing slick tires to reduce cornering speed. Safety measures continued to be introduced into the 21st century, with a number of circuits having their configuration changed to improve driver safety.”

All right, I can understand why the Larry Ellison PR people want to compare America’s Cup 2013 to a popular sport like F1 car racing. Right? Because broadcasters actually pay money for the rights to broadcast F1, you dig. (Compare this with Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup, which needed mucho begging of NBC to agree to broadcast some of the matches for free.)

But mentioning Ayrton Senna is not a good move IMO because, from the beginning, it was investigated as a manslaughter case and, in the end, was determined to be a case of manslaughter.

Read all about it.

And, you know, people said the same things about Senna’s sport and Simpson’s sport, about how they are  inherently dangerous and whatnot. But that didn’t stop a manslaughter investigation in Senna’s case, now did it?

So where’s our manslaughter investigation?

Oh, just a “review” and let’s carry on? OK fine…

*Or, as CW Nevius spells it, repeatedly, in the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle, Stephen “Barkley.” Hey Neve! How’s that  new paywall doing for you? Oh, that badly, huh? Miss all those commenters already? Sure you do!