"Nicotine Nazis* run
amuck at city hall" in Carolyn Jones' "Berkeley's
next smoking ban may hit home" at sfagate.com.
"Berkeley, where residents
take pride in exercising their personal freedoms and resisting
government intrusion, is the site these days of a much different
kind of movement - one to ban cigarette smoking from single-family homes."
*Naziism-more than just a political system, rather
a culture characterized by full, complete, and total control of
all aspects of life.
11/12/13--12:03 to 12:34--off-and-on,
Belmondo Corona, maduro cigar smoke in front of warehouse.
As Guardians of Public Heath
our "liberal establishment" might be better served addressing
the arrogant, often politically-correct polluters of our West.
"Need answers about Berkeley? New data
tool has lots of them" Carol
" 'I'm very excited
about this,' says Christopher Hunn, computer science adviser in
the College of Letters and Science. 'It's like magic.'
What inspires Hunn's enthusiasm
is maybe not what you'd expect. He's talking about Cal Answers,
UC Berkeley's online data cruncher that lets anyone on campus
- staff, faculty, students - plunge into the sea of numbers generated
by everyday operations and make use of them, quickly.
'One question, one answer'
is its mantra. For Berkeley, Cal Answers is a critical cog in
the machinery involved in orienting the campus toward its modern
realities - changes in funding and the need for greater efficiency,
responsiveness and transparency."
Michael S. Malone gets to the truth of Silicon Valley" at
"If you really want
to understand Silicon Valley -- not the venture capital system
or the function of a chip's logic gate or even the stickiness
of a social network -- but the soul of the place, how it works
and what drives the people who come here from all over the world,
you could do worse than spending an hour with Michael S. Malone."
"UC Berkeley Boosts Wi-Fi and Mobile Broadband
Service" Leila Meyer,
"University of California, Berkeley has installed technology
to improve Wi-Fi and mobile broadband service across campus, including
its residence halls, academic and administrative buildings, and
City Council votes to support grassroots campaign Take Back UC"
Gladys Rosario at dailycal.org.
"Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday evening to support the
budding grassroots campaign Take Back UC, which advocates providing
quality education, improving patient care and stabilizing finances
across the UC system.
Last week in Sacramento,
a coalition of elected officials, students, UC workers, community
members and organizations launched the campaign to address the
state of the university."
"Artichoke Basille's, Hot Slices in Berkeley"
"The first West Coast
location of megapopular NYC pizza chain Artichoke Basille's has
arrived in Berkeley-and thanks to the Cal-USC game, the spot had
an auspicious beginning, selling out of slices in a mere four
hours. Jim Trevor, who helped founders/cousins Sal Basille and
Francis Garcia expand their original East Village slice shop to
locations in Chelsea and on MacDougal Street, is behind the bicoastal
expansion; a native of San Mateo, he thought Berkeley's swath
of hungry collegiates would make for the perfect clientele. Given
that the NYC locations draw crazy lines and count David Chang
and Keith Richards among their fans, this probably won't be the
last we'll see of the chain.
With no seating, just a walk-up
window, Artichoke is an extremely simple affair-diners can choose
from five quirky (and massive) slices.
Artichoke Basille's, 2590
Durant Ave., Berkeley, (510) 705-1266, artichokepizza.com."
Announces Pricing of Secondary Offering of Common Stock by Solera"
Inc. . . . announced
the pricing of a public secondary offering (the 'Offering') of
2,537,096 shares of common stock by Solera Partners, L.P. and
SCI Partners, L.P. Annie's will not receive any of the proceeds
from the Offering. The Offering is expected to close and settle
on November 18, 2013."
must-visit vendors at Berkeley Farmers' Market" by Annie
"Berkeley Farmers' Market,
located at the intersection of Center Street and Martin Luther
King Jr. Way, is full of fresh locally grown produce and farm-processed
foods that are definitely worth checking out. The market sells
seasonal fruits and vegetables, pastries and freshly cooked hot
meals. Here are four vendors you should definitely visit."
nonprofit's stolen truck found" Katie Nelson, Oakland
"A truck belonging to
a nonprofit that was stolen last weekend has been found, an organization
"Electric Cars Drive Demand For Cheaper,
More Powerful Batteries"
by Lauren Sommer, wvtf.org.
"If there's one person
you'd expect to have an electric car, it's Venkat Srinivasan.
He's in charge of battery research at the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory in California.
'I'm actually in the market
for a new car and would love to buy an electric car,' he says.
'But there are practical problems.'
Srinivasan is driving around
the lab's campus in a mini-electric car, sort of like a golf cart.
But there aren't many full-size versions that would work for his
daily 70-mile commute. The Nissan Leaf goes about 75 miles before
it needs charging. Tesla's sedan can go 300 miles, but it's pricey.
'What we want to do is get cars that go 200 miles, but you can
buy them for the cost of, say, a Toyota Corolla or Toyota Camry,'
Srinivasan says. 'Where we are today in battery technology, we
need a lot more work before we can get there.'
Lithium-ion batteries - the
ones in today's electric cars and cellphones - have come a long
way in the last 20 years, packing twice as much energy in the
same amount of space.
But compared to semiconductors,
Srinivasan says, 'that evolution is very, very slow' - computer
chips have doubled in speed every 18 months.
Srinivasan says lithium-ion batteries have improved about as much
as they can. What's needed is a whole new technology."
Cars Get Hyper-Maneuverable With Actuated Tails" Evan
"That 2012 paper from
UC Berkeley on the advantages of giving mobile robots tails continues
to inspire roboticists, nearly two years later. At IROS 2013,
we checked out a new implementation of an actuated tail that makes
for one seriously maneuverable robot car.
The robot is called Dima
(a name derived from a Sotho word that means 'flash of lightning'),
and it was deliberately designed to be able to achieve high speeds
with a high center of mass, a combination that works best (or
only) when driving in straight lines. Turning at any speed that
you might charitably call exciting leads to an immediate toppling
over, but the addition of an actuated tail that can swing in the
roll axis of the robot can effectively keep it stable:
This is a bit different from
some of the other tail-assisted turns that we've seen robots doing
(most notably this robot from UC Berkeley), because in this case,
the tail is being used to counteract the torque that the robot
generates while turning, rather than being used to generate torque
to turn the robot. Also, the tail is being turned in a roll axis
instead of a yaw axis, an idea that the researchers got after
watching how a cheetah's tail moves when it makes high-speed turns."
"How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare
Queens" by Barry
"It seems that welfare
queens are back in the news these days. The old stereotype was
an inner-city unwed mother -- that's dog-whistle-speak for black
-- having multiple babies to get ever bigger welfare checks (throw
in a new Cadillac and the myth is complete). Regardless, welfare
reform of the 1990s ended that narrative.
No, the new welfare queens are even bigger, richer and less deserving
of taxpayer support. The two biggest welfare queens in America
today are Wal-Mart and McDonald's.
This issue has become more
known as we learn just how far some companies have gone in putting
their employees on public assistance. According to one study,
American fast food workers receive more than $7 billion dollars
in public assistance. As it turns out, McDonalds has a 'McResource'
line that helps employees and their families enroll in various
state and local assistance programs. It exploded into the public
when a recording of the McResource line advocated that full-time
employees sign up for food stamps and welfare."
"John F. Kennedy assassination . . . theories"
"The circumstances surrounding
the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, spawned
suspicions of a conspiracy. These suspicions were mitigated somewhat
when an official investigation by the Warren Commission concluded
the following year that there was no conspiracy. Since then, doubts
have arisen regarding the Commission's finding that Lee Harvey
Oswald was responsible for the assassination of Kennedy, and most
Americans today believe that others besides Oswald were also involved
in the assassination. Critics have argued that the Commission
and the government have covered up crucial information pointing
to a conspiracy.
Subsequent official investigations
confirmed most of the conclusions of the Warren Commission. However,
the United States House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA)
concluded that Kennedy was probably assassinated as the result
of a conspiracy, with '...a high probability that two gunmen fired
at [the] President'. No person or organization was identified
by the HSCA as being a co-conspirator of Oswald. Most current
theories put forth a criminal conspiracy involving parties as
varied as the CIA, the mafia, anti-Castro Cuban exile groups,
the military industrial complex, sitting Vice President Lyndon
B. Johnson, Cuban President Fidel Castro, FBI director J. Edgar
Hoover, the KGB, or some combination of those entities."
"18 Amazing Things You Most Likely Never
Get To See"
link courtesy Bob
"Sometimes the most
boring things are the most amazing"
"Amazing Animals You Never Knew Existed" by Jordan G. Teicher, slate.com.
link courtesy Bob
"The History of the English Language," animated by Maria Popova at brainpickings.org.
link courtesy Bob
"The history of language,
that peculiar human faculty that Darwin believed was half art
and half instinct, is intricately intertwined with the evolution
of our species, our capacity for invention, our understanding
of human biology, and even the progress of our gender politics.
From the fine folks at Open University - who previously gave us
these delightful 60-second animated syntheses of the world's major
religions, philosophy's greatest thought experiments, and the
major creative movements in design - comes this infinitely entertaining
and illuminating animated history of the English language in 10
Last month, October 2013,
our site received just over 180,500 hits.
Marsha smiling at our readership
"Thats' more than a
small newspaper!" said Patrick Kennedy.
Lovely to see that shining
face while I'm in Tokyo. Enjoying.
St Mary's is in the playoffs
our Ben Schrider in last
week's game with El Cerrito High
This week it's St Mary's
against St Helena in playoff game two.
Parking continues to be a
problem in Potter Creek, in part the result of motor home and
van owners, who living in their vehicle, use our public streets
as their private parking lot. Recently a worker circled the neighborhood
for "15 minutes" looking for a space so she could park
and go to work.
There IS parking, available,
on the side-streets west of 7th with Grayson immediately jumping
Sierra Nevada's Tasting Room
(2031 Fourth St ) will have a soft-opening momentarily--perhaps
this afternoon. It should have been Friday but last minute ABC
biz postponed it. In addition to beer-tasting, six-packs will
be sold and you can buy a fill-up for your bring-in bottle.
forum explores startup landscape" Chen Jia, Berkeley,
China Daily USA.
"Early Sunday morning, the screeching of a fire alarm sent
about 140 people rushing out of a hall on UC Berkeley's campus
where they were attending a China Forum conference.
The interruption dampened
no one's enthusiasm. Berkeley students, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs
and academics alike, holding their donuts and coffee, just kept
talking. Among them was the morning's keynote speaker Rebecca
As a journalist, author and
entrepreneur, Fannin is a contributor to Forbes.com, and author
of two influential books - Silicon Dragon and Startup Asia.
The first wave of technology entrepreneurship in China was always
about 'copycats' and overseas 'returnees' like graduates from
Berkeley, Stanford and MIT, she said on Sunday.
However, the second wave
of technology entrepreneurship has been about the 'micro innovation
from Chinese locals', she said.
"Going Rogue: U.S. Attorneys in California
Defy Obama on Medical Marijuana"
Amanda Reiman, huffingtonpost.com.
"Last week, the Alameda
County (CA) Board of Supervisors passed a resolution asking the
Federal government to, 'end Federal interference on the municipal
and state laws allowing medical marijuana, and... requests that
President Obama begin a discussion about the potential benefits
of reforming federal laws on marijuana use in all forms, including
medicinal and recreational uses.' Their desire for clarification
and support on this issue is understandable. Two of the oldest
and most respected dispensaries in California, Harborside Health
Center and Berkeley Patients Group, both in Alameda County, have
been targeted by the Feds on numerous occasions, even in light
of strict regulations imposed by their localities, and a squeaky
clean track record of providing both a crucial public health service
and a large amount of tax revenue.
On its face, the resolution
sounds like a plea to start this conversation with President Obama;
however, as we are now learning, this has less to do with orders
from the POTUS, and more to do with the vendetta that the U.S.
Attorneys in California have against well regulated medical marijuana
"Bitcoin value cruises past $700"
Caleb Garling at sfgate.com.
"Just last week the
world saw Bitcoin blow past $400 in exchange value and that rocket-fueled
trajectory hasn't slowed much since.
Monday afternoon it hit $750
on Mt Gox, a huge exchange house, but then came back down to the
low $600s, though it seemed set to continue increasing.
The recent increase is likely
due to US Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission
telling a Senate committee that the crypto-currency is a legitimate
financial instrument. In addition, Federal Reserve chairman Ben
Bernanke said the currency 'may hold long-term promise, particularly
if the innovations promote a faster, more secure and more efficient
"Grocery Outlet Shares Tips To Save Time
And Money During The Holidays"
"While the holiday season
should beckon a spirit of joy, it can become stressful with increased
demands on our time and money. But holiday traditions don't have
to exhaust energy and financial resources. The experts at Grocery
Outlet Bargain Market (www.groceryoutlet.com) can help trim time
and money spending during the holidays."
"5 dishes essential to a complete South
Indian meal" at
"With the numerous Indian
restaurants in Berkeley, don't you want to know what dishes are
essential for a complete Indian meal? Even if you already have
"New milestone could help magnets end era
of computer transistors" by
Sarah Yang, Media Relations UC Berkeley.
"New work by researchers
at UC Berkeley could soon transform the building blocks of modern
electronics by making nanomagnetic switches a viable replacement
for the conventional transistors found in all computers.
the on-off switches that direct the flow of electricity and form
a computer's nervous system, have been consuming greater chunks
of power at increasingly hotter temperatures as processing speeds
grow. For more than a decade, researchers have been pursuing magnets
as an alternative to transistors because they require far less
energy needs when switching. However, until now, the power needed
to generate the magnetic field to orient the magnets so they can
easily clock on and off has negated much of the energy savings
that would have been gained by moving away from transistors.
UC Berkeley researchers overcame this limitation by exploiting
the special properties of the rare, heavy metal tantalum."
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Still, . . . remember . .
has same weight as a strawberry"
. . . a report at digitaljournal.com.
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reduce your PG&E bill!" The opening line of a scam now
being run in Potter Creek?
a man representing himself as a PG&E worker said just that
after coming in to 900
a reflective vest and carrying a clip boad, he was of average
build with gray hair and he was white. Heather said she wasn't
interested and he left. His eyes were glassy.
now own the residential/commercial building on the south west
corner of San Pablo and Delaware. They are converting some ground
floor space to commerical mini-units. Patrick Kennedy was/is their
mentor. . . . and their former employer.
From our city site, ci.berkeley.ca.us
2013, the Transportation Division submitted grant proposals for
$12,717,000 for three projects:
1) the BART Plaza & Transit
Area Improvement Project; 2) the Downtown Shattuck Reconfiguration
& Pedestrian Safety Improvements Project; and 3) the Hearst
Avenue Complete Streets Project.
All three projects received
full funding from the Alameda County Transportation Commission!
The City and BART are beginning the design and engineering process
now. Construction is expected to begin in 2015."
And, . . . word on the street
is that city building permit applications are way up over the
past years. Blue skies?
Hearing on UC Plan for Sprouts Market, Senior Housing at UC Village"
"A major UC Berkeley
commercial development proposal for a Sprouts Farmers Market and
175 units of senior housing next to University Village in Albany
faces key votes by the planning commission Wednesday on the parcel
map and design."
"Safety concerns existed before UC Berkeley
explosion" at ktvu.com.
Fire Department develops tracking system for student alcohol incidents"
Michelaina Johnson at dailycal.org.
"UCPD responds to 13 alcohol-related illness incidents since
move-in UCPD responds to 8 cases of alcohol-related illness Monday
morning UCPD reports increase in alcohol-related calls as school
year begins UCPD reports rise in alcohol-related casualty calls
After a night earlier this
semester when Berkeley's emergency response system was stretched
beyond its limit, the city's fire department began developing
a new system to track the number of emergency calls generated
by UC Berkeley students."
"Teens Really Do Benefit from Longer Sleep"
"A University of California
Berkeley study reveals that the later a teen goes to sleep at
night, the greater the chances of educational and emotional problems.
The UC Berkeley research
involved checking on the sleep habits of 2,700 teens, including
about 800 who reported going to bed after 11:30 p.m. during the
week and after 1:30 a.m. on the weekend."
I remember as a kid seeing
an issue of Popular Mechanics featuring the Aerocar--a flying
car with the original body based on a new Studebaker--with, as
an airplane wings, a tail section attached by booms, and a pusher
prop. The wings, booms and tail section and prop were detachable
and made into a trailer towed behind when it was a car. The article
proclaimed, "The Era of the Flying Car is Here." I'm
still waiting for "The Era."
"This stealth company nestled against (inside?)
Google is building flying cars"
A sketch from one
of Zee.Aero's patent filings of a personal flying aircraft
"In late August a patent
was published that covered a 'personal aircraft.' This would be
unremarkable except for one thing: one of the drawings showed
the aircraft parked in what could be a grocery store parking lot,
in a space between two cars.
The patent - which we are
first to report - among others, is assigned to Zee.Aero, a stealth
company in Mountain View, and the drawings show this is no ordinary
personal craft. This is a flying car."
"Desktop 3D printers offer gee-whiz technology
with mainstream potential"
"CubeX, MakerBot, and
Solidoodle get the Consumer Reports lab treatment
MakerBot Replicator 2X
When you hear the word 'printer' you probably think of that machine
connected to your computer that spits out boarding passes, greeting
cards, and photos (sometimes guzzling ink in the process). Well,
get that notion right out of your head. A 3D printer is a different
animal: It's designed to create a three-dimensional object-such
as a chess piece, figurine, or bracelet-by building layer upon
layer of plastic. (Watch our video for more examples of what you
Consumer Reports has three
such 3D printers in the labs right now, and they've been wowing
testers and staff alike.
3D printers sound cool, and they are. But before you run out to
buy one, there are a few things you need to know. At current prices,
a machine will set you back $500 to $3,000, plus $40 to $100 for
a roll of plastic to feed it. Churning out one little object could
take hours, and cost more than buying it. And you need some technical
savvy to pull it off.
That's why the first devices
are more fun than functional, and most likely to appeal to DIY
enthusiasts, hobbyists, and early adopters. But all that could
change as the technology matures and prices come down.
We initially bought the MakerBot
Replicator 2X ($2,800 for our tested configuration) so that we
could create certain objects we need for lab tests: For example,
our dryer lab needed a specific kind of housing for temperature
and humidity sensors (see the photo at right).
But to further investigate
3D printing itself, we decided to try two others out as well:
the 3DSystems CubeX ($2,500 for our tested configuration; also
see our CES report on the Cube) and the Solidoodle 3rd Generation
($800 for our tested configuration)."
Berkeley solar-powered-car team works into the night months before
next race" dailycal.org.
"CalSol solar powered car wins fourth place in American Solar
Challenge UC Berkeley solar car team overcomes obstacles in international
race CalSol completes World Solar Challenge CalSol races across
Australia in solar car challenge CalSol to enter solar car in
international race across Australia
The vehicle, Zephyr, is the entirely solar-powered creation of
CalSol, a UC Berkeley undergraduate group that designs, builds
and races such cars. Although the team will not compete again
until summer, its members have been hard at work for about a year
and a half on the contraption, which harvests energy from sunlight
using solar cells.
The roughly 60-member team
comes together for 12-hour Saturday workdays at the university-owned
Richmond Field Station, with members occasionally spending the
night in one of their three work warehouses. Students in CalSol
also work well into the evening on weeknights, building the car
that will compete in July in the 2014 American Solar Challenge,
a solar-powered-car race from Texas to Minnesota."
mission instruments built at UC Berkeley" Steven E.F.
Brown, San Francisco Business Times.
"When the latest spaceship bound for Mars blasted off Monday
morning, 75 people gathered at the University of California, Berkeley
to cheer it on.
Scientists and staff at the university's Space Sciences Laboratory,
on the hill above the Lawrence Hall of Science, built more than
half the equipment on this mission, named Mars Atmosphere and
Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN."
event to bring fusion of art, science to Davis:Artists, scientists
to address contemporary issues" theaggie.org.
"On Dec. 2, the UC Davis
Art Science Fusion Program will host a Leonardo Art Science Evening
Rendezvous, known as a LASER event. Consisting of four professional
speakers commenting on their work, all of which generally fall
on the intersection of art and science, this event will cover
topics ranging from entomology and ecology to landscape art."
"The Berkeley Resource Center is a newly-formed,
highly entrepreneurial unit dedicated to driving online education
at the university"
The group serves a broad
array of purposes including strategy consultation, course design
and delivery and recruitment services for online degree programs.
In its capacity as a partner to units throughout the campus, BRCOE
is seeking a dedicated project and policy analyst for the marketing
team. The role focuses on degree proposals, specifically the end-to-end
planning cycle entailed with delivering new programs of the highest
quality synonymous with the UC Berkeley reputation.
The policy analyst seamlessly
guides schools from the feasibility stage through program implementation.
This means that the ideal candidate will have facility with marketing
research methods as well as project management expertise to ensure
strict adherence to campus procedures. In addition, the candidate
will also become the department expert on broader policy questions
related to online education such as governance models, funding
issues, prospective student mindsets and student support services.
Special projects for the Executive Director/Dean of Extension
will fall under the analyst's purview, particularly special briefing
materials for high-level audiences. "
maker of vegan muffins, have leased space in Potter Creek's Commercial
PICKLED PRODUCT made with fresh peppers, champagne vinegar, garlic,
onion, salt & pepper
5 oz bottle , $8.00 on sale Tuesday November 26th at 900 GRAYSON.
OUR BEN SCHRIDER
SCORES TOUCHDOWN IN ST. MARY'S VICTORY OVER ST HELENA!
St Mary's took a 21-0 lead
in the first quarter over St Helena Friday night, including a
touchdown by Ben. St Mary's defence dominated the game, as they
won 24-7. Playoffs continue as St Mary's play San Marin-Novato
Saturday November 30th at 1:00PM in Navato.
Steve Smith emailed that
Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Room, their tasting room, opened yesterday.
Buy a taste, a sixpack, or a growler--bring a fruit jar.
Only 5 days left to
support me in running the Berkeley Half Marathon. I'm raising
money for the Berkeley Public Schools Fund.
Go to this link and donate
our Kava's 2013 AIAEB
Berkeley Bowl West, Berkeley,
The Berkeley Bowl, a family-owned
grocery store known for its produce selection, quality and
pricing, opened a second store in industrial West Berkeley. The
144,217 sq ft project on a 2.33 acre site includes a full-service
grocery store, warehouse commercial kitchen, staff facilities,
offices, community room, Café, underground parking, and
a photo-voltaic system.
Jury Comments: "Tightly
done, solid initial moves. Connects with the outdoors and allows
people to form a sense of an interesting experience. Grocery stores
are hard to do well, but this achieves success with ease."
3103 SE Division Street,
A single story, 100 x 100
foot concrete block and heavy timber "Reliable Parts"
store provided the bones for our adaptive re-use project
at SE Division Street in Portland, Oregon. This mixed use
development has 8,000 square feet of retail, one residential
unit on the ground floor and 12 residential units upstairs. Duplex
units with double-height window walls, alternating with single-story
units characterize the elevation. A continuous second floor
terrace, accessible to residents, opens the units to natural
light and generous air flow.
A west Berkeley biz makes
USA Today with "OpenROV
wants to get to bottom of underwater mystery.
A year-old deep-sea tech
start-up is trying to get to the bottom of a 200-year-old mystery.
A Native American legend fraught with danger, murder and missing
gold brought David Lang and Eric Stackpole together to create
an affordable sea exploration robot for everyone."
on 4/7/13 I posted
"A Mini Sub Made From Cheap Parts Could
Change Underwater Exploration" Brian
Lam at nytimes.com.
"This month, NASA engineer
Eric Stackpole hiked to a spot in Trinity County, east of California's
rough Bigfoot country. Nestled at the base of a hill of loose
rock, peppered by red and purple wildflowers, is Hall City Cave.
For part of the winter the cave is infested with large spiders,
but is mostly flooded year-round. Locals whisper the cave's deep
pools hold a cache of stolen gold, but Mr. Stackpole isn't here
to look for treasure.
He had, under his arm, what
might appear to be a clunky toy blue submarine about the size
of a lunchbox. The machine is the latest prototype of the OpenROV?an
open-source, remotely operated vehicle that could map the cave
in 3D using software from Autodesk and collect water in places
too tight for a diver to go.
It could change the future of ocean exploration."
west-Berkeley's OPenROV is my April 7th photo essay
"UC Press prepares move to Oakland" by Heather Somerville at mercurynews.com.
"The city will soon
be home to one of the nation's largest university publishing houses,
bringing a noteworthy boost of academic prestige to the Lake Merritt
The UC Press, a longtime institution in Berkeley and publishing
arm of the University of California system, has signed a long-term
lease to join the Lake Merritt Tower on Grand Avenue. UC Press
will leave its Berkeley home to continue its scholarly publishing
operations from Oakland and also use the new space as a technology
center to develop more digital products, said Alexandra Dahne,
UC Press publicity director.
Founded in 1893, UC Press
publishes about 240 books and journals each year from scholars,
writers, artists and public intellectuals, many who are associated
with the UC system. But with the rise of digital media, the press
has turned its attention to more online publication and multimedia
I've received several inquires
asking for the number to report air quality violations.
From our Bay Area Air Quality
"A public complaint
can be filed by either:
Filling out the wood smoke
complaint form on the Air District's
Calling 1-877-4NO-BURN to file a complaint. "
(And, ALL air quality violations
may be reported to this site.)
Hmmm, . . quite a few sparklies in
the dust that covers my car parked in our drive.
Residue of commercial open-air
grinding in nearby lot? Residue from neighboring manufacturer?
"Sierra Nevada's Torpedo Room opens in
Berkeley" by Paolo
Lucchesi in Beer at insidescoopsf.com.
"Crucial news for East
Bay denizens and Bay Area beer geeks: Sierra Nevada's Torpedo
Room opens in Berkeley . . . .
As noted last month, the
Torpedo Room is Sierra Nevada's first tasting room outside its
Chico headquarters. On offer are 16 taps of Sierra Nevada beers,
many which that you probably won't see anywhere other than the
brewery. The beers are only available to drink at the Torpedo
Room via tasting flights. So, instead of a full pint, you can
only get a flight of four 4-ounce glasses; it's educational, you
see. Growlers and bottled beers are both available for purchase
to drink at home while enjoying/suffering through the holiday
So what's on tap . . . ?
A few teases, with the Sierra Nevada descriptions:
Barrel-Aged Torpedo Extra IPA: "Hop bomb aged in whiskey
barrels with fresh Citra hops has a billowing nose of tropical
fruit that precedes coconut and vanilla. Its smoothness belies
a double-digit ABV."
Old Chico Crystal Wheat: "Light bodied, refreshing, and drinkable.
This filtered beer is brewed with malted wheat and barley and
perfectly balanced by unique Crystal hops."
Knightro: A fully Nitrogenated beer designed as our take on the
creamy dry stouts of Ireland with a decidedly Sierra Nevada twist.
Knightro is black in color but surprisingly light in body with
rich caramel and chocolate malty flavors."
"Organic-Style Greek Restaurant Pathos
Opens in Berkeley" is
a story at eastbayexpress.com about a long time friend
of our Victor family.
"Greek food has a bit
of an image problem in the Bay Area: Most diners only think of
it - when they think of it at all - as an inexpensive fast-food
option, a quick gyro wrap served out of a hole in the wall.
But chef Nick Eftimiou hopes to change all that: After a series
of permitting delays that put off the launch for well over a year,
Eftimiou's new upscale Greek restaurant, Pathos Restaurant and
Bar (2430 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley), opened on Tuesday, November
The 55-seat restaurant features
an extensive selection of imported Greek wines, a full bar, and
a commitment to organic ingredients."
"Berkeley artisans open studios for holidays" by Marta Yamamoto for the Contra Costa Times.
the public will again have an opportunity to explore the creative
process and shop for original, handcrafted items during the 23rd
Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios.
For the next four weekends,
100 artisans and craftspeople will open their studios, workshops
and galleries to the public. Thousands of pieces in a variety
of mediums will be on view, many one-of-a-kind.
These include functional
and decorative ceramics, jewelry, blown glass, painting, sculpture,
mosaics, photography, textiles, one-of-a-kind clothing, leather
bags, mosaics, original prints, musical instruments, painted and
custom furniture, and lamps and lighting.
The free, self-guided art
walk provides the opportunity to meet the artists within their
working craft studios."
"It's now officially McLaughlin Eastshore
State Park" by Ned
MacKay at insidebayarea.com.
"An entrance sign was
unveiled in a ceremony Nov. 16 at the Berkeley Meadow area on
University Avenue and Frontage Road, honoring longtime environmental
activist Sylvia McLaughlin.
Speakers included Berkeley
Mayor Tom Bates, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, who authored the
bill for renaming the park, Bob Cheasty and Norman La Force, of
Citizens for Eastshore State Park, and Sylvia McLaughlin herself."
A Maker: The Berkeley Perspective" forbes.com.
"There is a different
sort of Maker being shaped at UC Berkeley"
"Impact Hub Movement Growing Worldwide"
"When the first Impact
Hub co-working space opened up in London in 2005, could they have
guessed what it would become just eight years later? Today, Impact
Hub reports 40 operating
locations around the world with another 20 on the way.
Among the new locations,
Impact Hub Salt Lake is opening soon in my hometown, where I will
be renting some time in the space. This inspired me to look
into the movement. I stopped by the first Hub location in the
U.S. during a recent visit to Berkeley. Officially known as the
Impact Hub Bay Area, located in a small, fourth-floor space in
Berkeley, the proof of concept for the U.S. still operates with
the trademark ethos of mission-driven entrepreneurship.
Amanda Spector, who runs
the Berkeley facility, gave me a tour of the original location
and introduced me to some of the entrepreneurs working in the
space. She explained that the Berkeley Hub opened four years
Amanda also told me that
the same ownership group, Mission HUB, LLC, that operates the
Berkeley location also operates the much larger San Francisco
location and is now opening locations in Philadelphia and New
Megan McFadden who leads
communications for the group joined us to tell us more about the
history of the Hub. She described the passion of the entrepreneurs
who work in the Hubs as sharing a common 'intentionality' for
making a difference."
It Forward Study Reveals Generosity Is Infectious" Lydia
O'Connor, The Huffington Post.
"Developer revives historic West Berkeley
project manager for Emeryville-based Schmier Industrial Properties,
converted a shuttered, 26,000-square-foot warehouse into a building
with office space for artists and commercial kitchens.
Artist turned real estate
developer Jonah Hendrickson transformed a long-shuttered West
Berkeley warehouse into a modern, sun-filled facility home to
commercial kitchens and offices. . . .
The warehouse, a 26,000-square-foot
former factory at 2701 8th St., is close to wrapping up construction
and is almost completely leased up with tenants such as food producers
and caterers occupying the 15 commercial kitchens and mostly artists
who have leased the office spaces.Some of the food tenants include
the Morell's Bread Co., bagel maker Baron Baking, beverage maker
Shrub and Co., Just Relish, Cakes by Me, Potliquor, Nourish You,
Nuthouse Granola Co. and Stonehouse Olive Oil.
The office tenants include
graphic designer Ncubate Studios, Kirsten Lara Getchell Photography,
Karl Nielsen photography and One World Futbol, a maker of durable
an on going series
The Top Five Types of Workplace
Definition of Workplace Hazards
How to Recognize Hazards in the Workplace
What Determines Initial Hazards in the Workplace?
"Workplace Hazards in
Glass Blowing" chron.com.
"Glass blowers use a
high-temperature furnace to transform glass and other materials
into art pieces or scientific glassware. An accomplished glass
blower can carve out a career producing intricate artwork sold
from his own studio or through carefully selected galleries. He
may also teach the craft at specialized art schools. Glass blowers
face considerable workplace hazards along with these rewards,
but proper preparation and constant vigilance can help reduce
Glass blowers face respiratory
hazards from the materials used to make the glass. Hazards can
take the form of fumes or inhaled particulates. For example, dirty
glass and quartz produce harmful fumes when heated. Asbestos tapes
present a particulate risk, while some minerals that give the
glass its beautiful color are highly toxic no matter how they
are ingested. While a glass blower's canopy hood may capture heat
and very light gases, the hood does not offer protection against
most fume and particulate inhalation hazards.
A glass blower can minimize
his risks with a ventilation system that blows air through his
work area and out of the room. Ventilating the work space with
a window at each end, along with exhaust fans that suck out the
contaminated air, are often reasonably effective. Wearing a respirator
will further reduce inhalation risks when glass blowing. A respirator
offers further protection against potentially toxic dust stirred
up when he cleans his work area.
Heat represents an obvious
glass blowing hazard, as glass blowers work around extremely hot
furnaces and superheated glass. Even surfaces not directly in
contact with the furnace or glass, such as metal work bench rails,
can absorb enough heat to make them dangerous to touch. Equipment
surface temperatures of several hundred degrees are common, meaning
a glass blower must use proper protective gear and extreme caution
at all times.
Burns and Cut
A glass blower can easily
suffer first-degree burns, which cause skin reddening and a burning
sensation, from lingering too long near the furnace. Second-degree
burns produce skin blisters, while extremely serious third-degree
burns result in skin charring and shock. Serious burns often occur
when a glass blower accidentally picks up or brushes against a
very hot glass piece. Prompt medical treatment is essential to
help prevent further damage and potential infection.
Glass cuts also represent
an occupational hazard for glass blowers. Cold glass exhibits
very sharp edges that can easily slice a body part. A glass blower
can help protect himself by wearing sturdy leather gloves, or,
ideally, long padded welder's gloves. Welder's gloves must be
replaced periodically as they harden from the heat. Gloves made
with Kevlar or other dense material help minimize the risk that
a glass cut would penetrate through to the hands. Gloves with
rubber dots enable a glass blower to hold the glass more securely."
Glass blowing requires precision
work, meaning the glass blower may experience physical stress
from working in uncomfortable positions for extended periods.
An incorrectly adjusted work table or chair can lead to repetitive
injuries, and sitting for too long can cause circulatory issues.
Adjusting the table or chair height helps alleviate these problems.
A glass blower should replace poor lighting that may cause eye
strain and distort the glass's colors.
additional reading: Workplace
Hazards for female glass blowers
to be continued
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry,
dirty air, unique "high end"odor, mucus membrane irritation,
overrides 4 HEPA filters, wear respirator. 4:46 AM--similar, nausea,
burning eyes, throat, SERIOUS cough. 8:05 AM--similar, burning
eyes, cough,.Marsha, light head nausea. 8:43 AM--similar. 9:31
AM--similar, leave. 12:43 PM--similar. 3:59 PM--similar. 5:18
PM--similar. 8:00 AM--similar. 9:30 AM--similar. 1:00 PM--similar.
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry,
dirty air, unique "high end" odor, mucus membrane irritation,
overrides 4 HEPA filters, wear respirator. 10:07 AM--similar,
SERIOUS, leave. 1:14 PM--similar, SERIOUS, leave.10:55 PM--similar.
1:36 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse "bitter hot
plastic" odor with "heavy gear oil" odor, light
head, leave. 1:51PM--similar in warehouse front, light head, nauseous,
overrides HEPA filter, wear respirator. All with wind from northeast.
("bitter hot plastic" odor is new) 10:03 PM--similar,
burning dry dirty air, overides 4 HEPA filters. 9:27 AM--"gas"
odor immediately in front of warehouse. 11:31 AM--irritant in
warehouse front dry, dirty air, unique "high end"odor,
mucus membrane irritation, overrides 4 HEPA filters, wear respirator.
11: 50 AM--similar, SERIOUS. 12:30 PM--similar. 8:00 PM--similar
VERY SERIOUS! 10:30 PM==similar.
all PM/AM SERIOUS irritant in IMMEDIATELY in front of warrehouse
and in warehouse front, burning dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane
irritation. Marsha similar, cough attack.
8:27 AM--similar. 11:02 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front,
burning dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation. Marsha
similar, cough attack. 4:15 PM--similar. 4:34 PM--similar, SERIOUS.
in warehouse front, burning dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane
irritation. Marsha similar, cough attack. 11:23 AM--similar, VERY
SERIOUS. 6:15 PM--similar. 10:22 PM--VERY SERIOUS, burning dry
dirty air, VERY SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, light head,
nausea, itchy skin, chills.
11/26/13-- 4:35 AM--similar.
4:10 PM--similar. SERIOUS. 9:12 PM--similar. 9:51 PM--dry dirty
air, burning itchy skin.
1:23 AM--similar. 7:16 AM--similar.
AM, similar. 6:21 PM--VERY SERIOUS, burning dry dirty air, SERIOUS
mucus membrane irritation. Marsha, mucus membrane irritation.
11:17 PM--burning dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane
irritation. Marsha, mucus membrane irritation.
dry dirty air IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane
irritation. 7:28 AM-similar, strong "burning gas" odor.
11:37 AM--dry air right across 8th Street from warehouse, mucus
membrane irritation, leave. 2:02 PM--similar. 7:40 PM---irritant
in warehouse front, dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation.
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