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Sporting Tweets

twitterIf you are a sports fan and on Twitter you may already follow these sports teams/networks/people. If not, consider following those of interest. List is not inclusive.

@annkillion — Ann Killion
Sports columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle

@susanslusser — Susan Slusser
SF Chronicle’s Oakland A’s beat writer

@JaneMLB — Jane Lee
Oakland A’s beat reporter for MLB.com

@KLongworthCSN — Kate Longworth
Comcast SportsNet reporter/anchor

@MBachCSN — Mindi Bach
Comcast SportsNet reporter/anchor

@AmyGGiants — Amy Gutierrez
Comcast SportsNet reporter – SF Giants

@ALawRadio — Amy Lawrence
Sports Radio Host on CBS Sports Radio

@MichelleSturino — Michelle Sturino
Sports Radio Host on NHL Network Radio (SiriusXM)

@DanRusanowsky — Dan Rusanowsky
Radio play-by-play broadcaster for the SJ Sharks

@BretHedican — Bret Hedican
Radio analyst for the SJ Sharks

@sharkvoice — Randy Hahn
TV play-by-play broadcaster for the SJ Sharks

@Bakes_Jamie13 — Jamie Baker
TV analyst for the SJ Sharks

@FlemmingDave — Dave Flemming
Sports broadcaster – SF Giants, ESPN

@warriorsvox — Tim Roye
Voice of the Golden State Warriors

@vincebaseball — Vince Cotroneo
Broadcaster – Oakland A’s

@brodiebrazilCSN — Brodie Brazil
Host of A’s, Sharks Pre & Postgame

@DamonBruce — Damon Bruce
Host on 95.7 The Game

@townsendradio — Chris Townsend
Host on 95.7 The Game

@baseballmarty — Marty Lurie
Talks baseball on KNBR

@timkawakami — Tim Kawakami
Mercury News sports columnist

@SanJoseSharks — San Jose Sharks
The official twitter of the #SJSharks

@SJEarthquakes — San Jose Earthquakes
Official account of San Jose’s Major League Soccer club

@Athletics — Oakland Athletics
The Official Twitter of the Oakland A’s

@SFGiants — San Francisco Giants
Official Twitter home of the #SFGiants

@warriors — Golden State Warriors
The Official Twitter of the Golden St. Warriors

@SacramentoKings — Sacramento Kings
The Official Twitter of the Sacramento Kings

@SJSUAthletics — Spartan Athletics
Official Twitter of San Jose State Athletics

@SCUBroncos  —  Santa Clara Broncos
The official Twitter Account of the Santa Clara Broncos

@CalFootball  —  Cal Football
Official Twitter Account for the University of California Football team

@GoStanford — Stanford Athletics
Official Twitter of Stanford Athletics

@StanfordFball — Stanford Football
The official Twitter home of Stanford Football

@957thegame — 95.7 The GAME
Sports radio

@KNBR — KNBR
Sports radio

@CSNAuthentic — Comcast SportsNet
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet California

@CBSSportsRadio — CBS Sports Radio
National sports coverage and programming

@SiriusXMNHL — NHL Network Radio
NHL sports radio

Big Dreams Online

A quick heads up: Director Dave Boyle has made his 2006 film Big Dreams Little Tokyo available free online “for a limited time.” The film is here.

To quote IMDB,

Big Dreams Little Tokyo is the story of Boyd, an American with an uncanny ability to speak Japanese. Boyd aspires to succeed in the world of Japanese business but finds himself mostly on the outside looking in. Meanwhile, his roommate Jerome, is a Japanese American who has always felt too American to be Japanese but too Japanese to be American…

The movie was filmed in San Jose’s Japantown (among other locations) so be on the lookout for some local landmarks.

Content Magazine looking to improve print offering

Content Magazine

Since they started, Content Magazine has been one of the most visually appealing of San Jose’s hyper-local sites, and carried stories on themes ranging from “dirt” to “space”. After about 2 years online as an e-zine with a print-on-demand option, Content is now working on improvements to their print offering, and they’re looking for help through a Kickstarter campaign. Content needs about $5000 dollars to print a run of magazines in a 9×12 uncoated matte format — which magazine founder Daniel Garcia says will reduce the price per copy and improve the paper and print quality.

Donors offering $15 (less than the cost of the current print-on-demand version) will get a print copy of issue 4.0 of Content, along with other perks at higher donation levels. Content 4.0 will focus on “Tech”, including local tech companies, a tech forecast, and even some “tech music”.

As I’m writing this, they’ve gotten pledges reaching just over half of their goal, with 21 days left in the Kickstarter campaign. If you’re interested in helping Content become as well-produced in print as it has been online, you can contribute at the Kickstarter site.

South Bay Blog Roundup #3

In the few months since the previous South Bay Blog Roundup, there have been some substantial changes in the local blogoverse. The biggest additions are a couple of a very professional-looking newcomers delivering hyperlocal news to Campbell. I’m also adding links to two excellent blogs that I only recently discovered, although they’ve both been around since mid-2009 covering Menlo Park and El Camino Real.

In other news, we bid goodbye to Silicon Valley Moms Blog as it was absorbed by the Technorati blog empire, and saw Watchdog Silicon Valley rebrand itself as The Daily Fetch.

As always, if you can point us to any local blogs we’ve missed, please leave a comment.

New lease on life for SVMB

A few months ago, we wrote about the closing of one of the most interesting and well-written local blogs in Silicon Valley. Now Silicon Valley Moms Group has announced they have been purchased by Technorati, where their posts new home will be the Technorati Women’s Channel. Unfortunately it looks like SVMB might lose its identity in the merger, since at least for now Technorati doesn’t seem to have any localized categories within the Women’s Channel for local content from Silicon Valley or the other 12 cities in the Silicon Valley Moms Group’s network. Keep an eye out for your favorite SVMB writers at their new home.

Sad news from InMenlo.com

I managed to miss the new hyperlocal news blog for the near peninsula in my last blog roundup, so I unfortunately have to introduce Metblogs readers to InMenlo with the news that its founder, Chris Gulker, passed away yesterday. The blog has been in business for a little over a year, and I’ve been following it for a month or two now. They are doing a great job of covering their two zip codes in Menlo Park and Atherton.

Gulker was apparently an interesting example of a serious, major-market, photojournalist who entered the world of newsblogging. After a long journalism career he had worked for years in the publishing divisions of Apple and Adobe, and was also known as a pioneering blogger for his personal blog, started in 1995.

San Jose Metblogs offers its condolences to the Gulker family, and hopes for InMenlo to continue its great work as Chris Gulker’s legacy.

heyyaa! Read about Asian American Entertainment

heyyaa!
heyyaa! is a new and very sharp looking entertainment news website based in Sunnyvale, focusing on Asian American Entertainment. That means entertainment that appeals to young Asian Americans, and it includes local and national Asian American entertainers, as well as popular music, film, and video coming to the US from Asia. Recent articles have highlighted bay area artists, and their coverage of Left Coast Live performers April Chase and Kero One, and an LCL link on Facebook, is how I caught on to them.

heyyaa! has been online as a YouTube channel since May, and on their own website since June. Producer Yick Lee is a Hong Kong-born Californian with a degree in biomedical engineering, but also experience working in TV. Video host Mae Cruz is a San Jose native who’s also a full-time student in communications and psychology, and has previous acting and modeling experience.

In addition to local coverage, recent posts have covered k- and c-pop, Asian American theater, and the difficulty of Asian American actors to get strong roles in Hollywood, even when the source material is Asian-themed. In addition to their own video reporting and writing, they have posted a translation from a Chinese-language magazine, and also have a BBS area for readers to join in.

I asked site producer and founder Yick Lee in an email about the motivation for the site. She told me, “heyaa! aims to provide entertainment news from an Asian American angle and to support Asian American artists who deserve exposure to a larger audience”, but also, “many young Asian Americans now enjoy Asian entertainment featuring Asian artists as much as they enjoy mainstream entertainment”. Of course, “by covering the Asian pop scene in English, not only do we reach out to fans residing in America, but all English-speaking populations globally,” so the site has a huge potential to grow. The website has an appeal for new contributors, but Lee told me they’re more focused on quality and focus than immediate growth.

I also asked about trends in Asian American entertainment that heyyaa! will be following, and Lee wrote back, “heyyaa! is particularly interested in original productions (mini web series, music, music videos) by Asian-American artists, especially those released on the web. Currently, we notice a trend where more young East Asian artists are attempting to enter the US market while some Asian American artists are thriving in the Asian entertainment circle.”

I wondered if as it grows the site might shift focus from the local scene to national and international entertainers, and Lee wrote me, “given that we are based in the SF Bay Area, it is easier for us to be aware of interesting things that are happening locally. In the future, we would love to cover national/international events and even more big name celebrities. However, heyyaa! will continue to support rising Asian American artists by introducing their works to our readers/viewers. We strive to be the outlet for Asian American talents recognized locally or internationally.”

heyyaa! looks to me like a great addition to the local (and world) web scene, and they’re covering an area that’s often overlooked by outsiders in the mainstream media. I’ll be reading and watching them to keep up with Asian American music and film.

Local storyteller presents “Remedial Girl”

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The Adventures of Fat Woman and Remedial Girl is the blog and audio book of local storyteller Sarah Lau. The audiobook is based on Lau’s live performances, in a style she calls “story theater”. She compares it to an author’s reading without the reading, or improv with a script. “The Adventures of Fat Woman and Remedial Girl” combines straight narration with voice acting to present the story of 11-year-old Louise Pang, trying to make sense out of the confusing world around her and struggling to live up to the high expectations of her family.

Lau had written the stories as a creative writing project that developed into a novel. She created the story theater format when she acquired a new interest in acting, and then began recording audio-only performances to allow her to put the whole story in one piece, as opposed to the shorter excerpts she was able to find stage venues for. She has brought the project to the web over the past year or so.

“The Adventures of Fat Woman and Remedial Girl” is, like a lot of good stories, driven by characters — Lousie, her friends, her family, and the inevitable bullies of childhood — and Lau’s dramatic style brings them all to life. Asked about influences, she mentioned Flannery O’Connor, and the wide variety of characters in her work. The other key element in “Remedial Girl” is humor. I haven’t yet heard the complete collection, but I’ve sampled beginning, middle, and end, and every chapter combined at least a good chuckle with the drama of 11-year-old Louise’s life.

You can start listening to The Adventures of Fat Woman and Remedial Girl with the prologue, or go to the site main page and download multiple chapters at a time for listening on your portable MP3 player. Lau has “semi-firm” plans to perform at the open mic at either The Venuez in Santa Clara (no web page, see Yelp!) on July 27, or at Red Rock Coffee Company in Mountain View on July 26. She’s also available to perform story theater in a 30-45 minute presentation for schools, libraries, community groups, or not-for-profits.

Silicon Valley Moms Blog to close

The Silicon Valley Moms Group announced in a press release a couple of weeks ago that they will close their 13-city blogging network, including Silicon Valley Moms Blog, by the end of July. Silicon Valley Moms Group itself, a private company, expects to close down all operations by September. I’m sorry to see them go, because they were one of the most consistently well-written and professionally presented of our local blogs. Silicon Valley Moms Blog had what seemed like dozens of writers, and each one had an interesting perspective on Silicon Valley life, usually with a focus on parenting. Even though I’m not a parent, I still read the blog regularly.

If you haven’t been reading Silicon Valley Mom’s Blog, I recommend you take a browse through their archives before they’re gone. And I wish best of luck to all the mom-bloggers who will be looking for new outlets for their writing talents.

Content magazine is 2.0

Content Magazine

Be sure to check out San Jose-centric online lifestyle magazine Content. Milestone issue 2.0 just hit the web today. Of course there’s a fashion spread, so you can check out Krystal Avedesian’s great photo work, and Adrea Cabrera’s style picks. But what I really like about this issue is all the interviews and profiles of local people.

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