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American Idol Lowers Age Requirement, Announces Audition Dates

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A new judge won’t be the only thing viewers see next year. Younger faces will also come included in Season 10’s package.

When auditions start up in three weeks, singers not even old enough to drive will be dropped off by their parents. That’s right - the contest will now be open to 15-year-olds. (Previous wannabes had to be at least 16 years of age.)

“A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16,” Idol‘s executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz explained about the rule change. “Lowering the age limit allows us to tap into this talent pool.”

Think you can become the new ? Then check out the audition calendar after the jump.

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Comic Book Jobs: Who’s Hiring? Viz!

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, Viz Media,

UltimoSan Francisco is a really nice city. It’s easy to get around in, has a vibrant arts culture, and excellent food. Also, home to Dashiell Hammett, one of the great American writers and Wondercon one of the best of the regional conventions.

You know who else is there? Viz Media, the publishers of Naruto and Shonen Jump.

And now the manga publisher by the bay is looking for a Royalty Financial Analyst. That does not mean you’ll be counting and investing the Queen’s money, but does mean you’ll be on the Viz Finance Team.

You’re going to need some “solid math skills” (well, duh), an ability to “think in an analytical fashion” and you’re going to need those Japanese bilingual skills to even get in the door.

You’ll be using these mad skillz to compile, prepare and review royalty reports, review licensing agreements “to ensure compliance,” process data, report to licensors and licensees, and all that fun accounting stuff. Sadly, an interest in comic books, publishing, manga, anime, etc. is not listed as a requirement, but on the plus side it’s not being put out there as a detriment either.

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The myth of the California Golden Seals

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Editorial, NHL,

California Golden SealsThe National Hockey League has gone through several eras in its long and storied history. The “Original Six” era is still commonly seen as one of the most important times, but the “Expansion” era from 1967-1992 played a major part in shaping the league we see today. In 1967, six teams were added to the league, doubling the amount of teams and setting the stage for new rivalries. Of those six teams, one in particular stands out. Or doesn’t.

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Moebius Comes To America

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials,

MoebiusLet’s visit the photo archives again, shall we?

Years ago, I had the occasion to journey to a comic book store in the Bay Area - somewhere around one of the cities near San Francisco. I had been attending a convention near the San Francisco Airport. After the show was over, I had some time to kill and some friends drove me out to a comic book store where Jean Giraud (aka Moebius!) was putting in an appearance. How could I resist that?

I don’t remember why Moebius was in town. He wasn’t at the convention, which was a Star*Reach event for retailers and publishers only. I just know that he was there - the creator of Lt. Blueberry, The Airtight Garage and dozens of other great things. And, fortunately, I had my camera with me, my then-trusty 35mm decidedly non-digital Pentax. I stood in line, I shook his hand, and he signed a giant poster for me (as he did for everyone else in line.) Here are a couple of shots from that day. My memory is that this is Comics & Comix in Palo Alto, but if anyone can confirm or correct that, the world would be a better place for all of us.

And yes, I realize the photos are better than the story, but look over there: It’s Moebius!

[Artwork: Photo of Jean Giraud/Moebius. Photo © Tom K. Mason]

American Idol 8: San Francisco Auditions

An winner, thus far, has never come out of the San Fransisco auditions, though runner-up Katharine McPhee (season 5) first auditioned here.

Will this be the year that an Idol is found in the city by the bay? Some of the auditions were promising…others were barely tolerable.

The evening kicked off with Tatiana Del Toro of the beautiful accent - which, evidently, she can turn on and off at will. She was a lovely girl in a terrible dress with a super-annoying giggle, but she showed up to her audition already predestined to succeed. Her psychic friend predicted that Del Toro would make it all the way to the Top 12. I also, once had a psychic friend, but had to give her up on account of the phone bills. At any rate, Del Toro pleaded with the judges and eventually won her way to Hollywood. Cowell found her “so dramatic,” but was a little more positive in his remarks, saying he voted yes “because you are wild, and I like it.” She’s also a little too savvy for Idol viewers - the girl showed up with her press kit.

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Streetline Informs Drivers of Available Parking

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Transportation,

Streetline SensorStreetline has gotten together with San Francisco, which is apparently willing to spend $95 million so that 25% of the city can find a place to park. Drivers will be notified via smartphone and signs and will be able to pay via their phones as well eventually. The city is hoping to cut down on traffic congestion.

Streetline claims that their service gives the status of curbside, lot and garage spaces 24 hours a day, every day. The system consists of a wireless sensor inside a 4 x 4-inch piece of plastic fastened to the pavement next to the space.

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Let’s Rock: Apple event planned for September 9

Apple Let's Rock iPod event

Well, what do you know? Looks like that event that Kevin Rose speculated about a couple of weeks ago is finally official. This morning, Apple sent out notification of their next event, titled “Let’s Rock”, is set for September 9th. Now, looking at the graphic, we think it is pretty clear that this one is going to be focused on s. Apple is notorious for refreshing their portable media player line in September (heck, last September was when the iPod touch was announced) for the whole back-to-school and holiday vibe.

While we expect to see new models across the board, word on the street is that the and will be the ones to pay attention to this time around. That is, unless, you are like me and have tons of media that you want with you at all times. If that is you, then you are with me in hoping we see something akin to a 250GB iPod classic. Aside from that, though, some surprises would be nice. I know I’ve been asking for it for years now, and this probably isn’t the appropriate place to announce it, but I sure as heck would just love it if Apple would also give us a new Cinema Display. Could happen, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.

San Francisco Welcomes David Beckham’s Sexy Ad

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Sports, Clothing, Style, Photos,

David Beckham in Emporio Armani

Last night, the ladies and gents of San Francisco got front row seats to the most appealing thing ever seen at Macy’s.

The Emporio Armani banner - featuring in the brand’s underwear - unfurled in front of a large group of gawkers who had no immediate plans to purchase the product…and probably never will. But that’s so nice of Armani to try anyway.

You can more find gratuitous shots of Beckham in his briefs after the jump.

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Enter RoboGames This Year

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Misc. Tech, Science,

Soccer AndroidsIf you are the type to keep up on robotics competitions, (and we are,) then you know that the next RoboGames (formerly the RobOlympics,) is coming up June 12 through 15 in San Francisco. With over 70 different events, including combat robots, walking humanoids, and soccer bots, the competition comes from all over the planet. You can get a ticket for $20.00 a day to watch the event, but if you have ever thought about participating, there is still time to get in on the action. Purchase a RoboNova kit and build your own android for $999.99 or get one that is pre-assembled for $1,199.00.

(Thanks, Mike)

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Season Premiere of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Debuts in Theaters

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Sci-Fi/Horror, Cable, News,

Battlestar Galactica

Those who have been eagerly awaiting Season 4 of may have the chance to see the show in a whole new way.  The two-hour debut episode, Razor, will hit select movie theaters on November 12th—almost two weeks before its boob tube premiere. 

The free screenings, co-sponsored by Microsoft, will be available to fans (17 or older) in only eight cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas and Seattle.

Razor, a ‘flashback’ episode that will include the return of Admiral Cain, will then make its small screen debut on Nov. 24th.  Ten days later, an unrated version of the episode will also become available via DVD.


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