11/16/13

"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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/17/13

"Need answers about Berkeley? New data tool has lots of them" Carol Ness, berkeley.edu.

" '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."

 

 


"Author Michael S. Malone gets to the truth of Silicon Valley" at contracostatimes.com.

"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, campustechnology.com.

"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 football stadium."

 

 

 

 

 


"Berkeley 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" sf.eater.com.

"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."

 

 


"Annie's Announces Pricing of Secondary Offering of Common Stock by Solera" prnewswire.com.

"Annie's, 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."

 

 

 

 

 

 


"4 must-visit vendors at Berkeley Farmers' Market" by Annie Chang, dailycal.org.

"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."

 

 

 

 


"Oakland-based nonprofit's stolen truck found" Katie Nelson, Oakland Tribune.

"A truck belonging to a nonprofit that was stolen last weekend has been found, an organization spokeswoman said."


 

 

 

 

 

 

"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." 

 

 

 


"Robot Cars Get Hyper-Maneuverable With Actuated Tails" Evan Ackerman, spectrum.ieee.org.

"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 Ritholtz, bloomberg.com.

"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" at wikipedia.org.

"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" buzzfeed.com.

link courtesy Bob Kubik

"Sometimes the most boring things are the most amazing"

 

 

 

"Amazing Animals You Never Knew Existed" by Jordan G. Teicher, slate.com.

link courtesy Bob Kubik

 

 

 

 

 

"The History of the English Language," animated by Maria Popova at brainpickings.org.

link courtesy Bob Kubik

"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 minutes."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/18/13

Last month, October 2013, our site received just over 180,500 hits.

Marsha smiling at our readership total?

"Thats' more than a small newspaper!" said Patrick Kennedy.

 

Merryll emails

Lovely to see that shining face while I'm in Tokyo.  Enjoying.

 

 

 

 

 

St Mary's is in the playoffs this year

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 to mind.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


"China 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 Fannin.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/19/13

"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 facilities. "

 

 

 

 

"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 payment system.'

 

 

 

"Grocery Outlet Shares Tips To Save Time And Money During The Holidays" digitaljournal.com.

"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 dailycal.com.

"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 your favorites."

 

 

 

 

"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.

Semiconductor-based transistors, 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."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POST FROM THE PAST

11/26/11

Still, . . . remember . . . the"Internet has same weight as a strawberry"

. . . a report at digitaljournal.com.

 

END POST FROM THE PAST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/20/13

"I can reduce your PG&E bill!" The opening line of a scam now being run in Potter Creek?

Last week a man representing himself as a PG&E worker said just that after coming in to 900 GRAYSON. Wearing 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.

 

Hudson McDonald 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 "In 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?

 

 


"Public Hearing on UC Plan for Sprouts Market, Senior Housing at UC Village" berkeley.patch.com.

"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.

 

 

 


"Berkeley 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" at abcnews.com.

"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."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/21/13

"Desktop 3D printers offer gee-whiz technology with mainstream potential" consumerreports.org.

"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 can make.)

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)."

 

 

 



"UC 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."

 

 

 

 


"Mars 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."

 

 

 

 

 


"LASER 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" chroniclevitae.com.

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. "

 

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Muffin Revolution, maker of vegan muffins, have leased space in Potter Creek's Commercial Kitchens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/22/13

Graysons

FRESH-N-HOT SAUCE

RAW PICKLED PRODUCT made with fresh peppers, champagne vinegar, garlic, onion, salt & pepper

a 5 oz bottle , $8.00 on sale Tuesday November 26th at 900 GRAYSON.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/24/13

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 - http://www.crowdrise.com/stevendonaldson

Thanks

Steven Donaldson

 

 

 

 

 

 

our Kava's 2013 AIAEB Honor Awards

 Merit Award 

Berkeley Bowl West, Berkeley, CA

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."

 

 

Citation Award

 

3103 SE Division Street, Portland, OR

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 area.
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 production. "

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/25/13

I've received several inquires asking for the number to report air quality violations.

 

From our Bay Area Air Quality District's Site

"A public complaint can be filed by either:

Filling out the wood smoke complaint form on the Air District's website, or
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?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/28/13

"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 season.

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 26.

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.

"Beginning Saturday, 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."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


"Educating A Maker: The Berkeley Perspective" forbes.com.

"There is a different sort of Maker being shaped at UC Berkeley"

 

 

 

 

"Impact Hub Movement Growing Worldwide" forbes.com.

"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 ago.

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 York City.

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."

 

 

 

 


"Pay It Forward Study Reveals Generosity Is Infectious"  Lydia O'Connor, The Huffington Post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/29/13

"Developer revives historic West Berkeley factory" bizjournals.com.

"Jonah Hendrickson, 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 soccer balls."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11/30/13

an on going series

Upcoming

The Top Five Types of Workplace Hazards
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 the risks.

Respiratory Hazards

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

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."

Ergonomic Hazards

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

 

 

 

11/20/13--2:23 AM--irritant 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. 3:31 PM--similar.

11/21/13--9:16 AM--irritant 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. 11:42 PM--similar.

11/22/13--11:15 AM-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.

11/23/13--1124/13--Off-and-on 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.

11/24/13--7:27 AM--similar. 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.

11/25/13--3:11 AM--irritant 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.

11/27/13--12:40 AM--similar. 1:23 AM--similar. 7:16 AM--similar.

11/28/13--Off-and-on all 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.

11/28/13--7:05 AM--burning 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. Marsha similar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

eternally useful links

 

You can find more information about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com

Want to see weather coming in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out http://sv.berkeley.edu/view/ This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor, Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets more hits than Scrambled Eggs.

 

 

Richmond Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very

useful link

If you ever need to get a human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc., this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get you to a human being within a few seconds.

http://gethuman.com/

 

 

Best gas prices in 94710, as well as all of US and Canada, are here at gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.

 

 

Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


 

Our City Council update is here.

Our Planning Commision update is here

 

 

 

Our City of Berkeley Boards and Commissions page is here--redone and friendly.

 

 

All reports of crime-in-progress should first go to Berkeley PD dispatch--911 or non-emergency, 981-5900. THEN make sure you notify EACH of these City people.

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Darryl Moore, City Councilman dmoore@ci.berkeley.ca.us

AND check out BPD feature "Who are these Suspects."

 

 

 

 

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