2/15/09

These two photos are of a used carbon pre-filter from one of my four Honeywell HEPA, CPZ air-filters. This pre-filter surrounds a particulate filter-drum that in-turn surrounds a gas filter-drum.

The filter was used for two and one-half weeks, from the end of January 2009 to Saturday, February 14th, 2009.

The filter is in a front room in my warehouse--the room is enclosed with its door closed much of the time.

The room is cleaned regularly.

 

This warehouse is immediately across from the French School playground.

 

 

 

This is the Honeywell 17450 HEPA, GPZ filter.

 

 

 

"KC Rep extends the run for 'Arabian Nights' " reports the Kansas City Star.

Kansas City Repertory Theatre has extended the run of Mary Zimmerman's 'TheArabian Nights ' through March 1 at the UMKC Performing Arts Center. . . .

Zimmerman's highly theatrical take on the classic Arabian tales is a co-production of the Rep, Berkeley Repertory Theatre in California and the Lookinglass Theatre Company in Chicago, and it has won
critical praise here and in the San Francisco Bay Area."

 

"Maryland announces 2009 football schedule" is a report at baltimoresun.com.

"Season opens with Sept. 5 game at Cal. . . .

.Maryland will open its 2009 season on the road against a California team led by projected Heisman Trophy candidate Jahvid Best and close the year against the same two teams, Florida State and Boston
College, that ended its 2008 regular season."

 

 

 

"Team in Germany maps Neanderthal genome" is a story by Patrick McGroarty at google.com.

"Researchers in Germany have completed the first draft of the Neanderthal genome, 3 billion genetic building
blocks that will shed new light on the ancient hominid as well as the origins of its closest relation - humans. . . .

Gene expert Edward Rubin of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California, is leading a separate project to sequence targeted segments of the Neanderthal genome. His work has shown that
the Neanderthal genome is as much as 99.5 percent the same as humans.

He said Paabo's complete draft will let him compare segments and genes from his own research to a separate animal."

 

"Geek chic gatherings for technology loving women" is another story at google.com.

Leather-clad, spike-heeled women with boldly colored hair and beefed-up laptop computers are getting their geek on at supportive gatherings in Silicon Valley.

A recent 'She's Geeky 3' conference in the city of Mountain View in northern California was just such an oasis for technology-loving women in a profession blatantly dominated by men."

 

 

 

See Spot s$%t, see Spot f##k!


 "California Bridge Sculpture Is Literally for the Dogs" is a story about our bicycle bridge sculptures at foxnews.com.

Fox photo

 

"Dogs do the darndest things.They poop, they hump and they sniff in all the wrong places".

"And now you can see them do all of the above every time you cross the pedestrian bridge over Interstate 80 in Berkeley, Calif., thanks to the largesse of the taxpayers.

Artist Scott Donahue of Emeryville, Calif., was paid $196,000 by Berkeley's public arts program to create two large statues, which feature small, artistic medallions that show dogs doing what dogs do best.

'Various things,' Donahue said. 'Biting each other, chasing each other. One dog is defecating, two dogs are fornicating.'

But with the country in a deep recession and California on the verge of bankruptcy, some taxpayers are questioning the money Donahue got for his work. His total budget was $196,000 - 1.5 percent of the total budget for building the pedestrian bridge. And all of it came from taxpayers."

 

darn, . . . misspelled "f@#k"

our Merryll emails

I would like to understand why someone - the city person - is saying the piece was picked with public input so that makes it allright - do we let the public design the bridge? Why is it OK for them to decide what's good art. . . and who is this public?
Merryll

Talk to our Rick Auerbach. He worked for Economic Development and with the Arts Commission, and I remember him talking to me about a "sculpture project." I don't remember details, perhaps he does.
 

 

 

 

 

 

"Light crop for California vintners in 2008" is an AP story at google.com.

"Wild weather produced a lighter wine harvest in California last year, which analysts say could provide breathing
room for an industry coping with the budget-tightening effects of recession."
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j9fQKs4JH_JM-8kQvadc8-sm311AD969TVGG0

 

 

 

"US Housing Crash Continues:It's Still A Terrible Time To Buy" opines Patrick Killelea on his website.

"1. Prices are still falling. Prices will keep falling because
they are still too high compared to incomes and rents. A safe
mortgage is a maximum of 3 times the buyer's yearly income, yet
mortgages have been 5 to 10 times incomes in the last few years. A
landlords' rule of thumb is that a house should cost a maximum of 15
times the annual rent it can bring in, yet in coastal areas, sellers
are still asking 30 times annual rent, even after recent price
declines. Renting is a cash business that reflects what people can
really pay, not how much they can borrow. So prices will keep falling
for a long time. Anyone who bought a 'bargain' this time last year is
already sitting on a very painful loss."

full story here.

 

"Obama to outline plan to stem home foreclosures" is a report by Alan Zibel, AP Real Estate Writer.

"The biggest players in the mortgage industry are halting home foreclosures while the Obama administration develops its plan to help struggling homeowners."

 

 


"Rise in Jobless Poses Threat to Stability Worldwide"
is a story in the New York Times.

"Worldwide job losses from the recession that started in the United States in December 2007 could hit a staggering 50 million by the end of 2009, according to the International Labor Organization, a United Nations agency. The slowdown has already claimed 3.6 million American jobs.

High unemployment rates, especially among young workers, have led to protests in countries as varied as Latvia, Chile, Greece, Bulgaria and Iceland and contributed to strikes in Britain and France."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/16/09

our Merryll sent a link to

"Yes, They Could. So They Did" opines Tom Freidman of the New York Times.

"So I am attending the Energy and Resources Institute climate conference in New Delhi, and during the afternoon session two young American women - along with one of their mothers - proposition me.

'Hey, Mr. Friedman," they say, "would you like to take a little spin around New Delhi in our car?'

Oh, I say, I've heard that line before. Ah, they say, but you haven't seen this car before. It's a plug-in electric car that is also powered by rooftop solar panels - and the two young women, recent Yale grads, had just driven it all over India in a 'climate caravan' to highlight the solutions to global warming being developed by Indian companies, communities, campuses and innovators, as well as to inspire others to take action."

 

 

 

some moments from my Anarchist past

Jimi Hendrix' tune "When Six Was Nine" from Easy Rider is still a favorite

If all the hippies cut off all their hair-I don't care!
Ain't nobody know what I'm talkin' about.
I've got my own life to live.
I'm the one that's got to die when it's time for me to die.
So let me live my life
the way I want to

 

me in The Day, posing, after unpacking my Sunbeam S-7 just shipped from England

 

the woman in the background is friend, Mary Francis Fry, Muffin.

Muffin's something-like Great, Great, Grand Father is Muckraker, Frank Norris.

 

some revolutionary thought in Revolutionary Times

One of the ironies of our financial collapse is that those responsible for it are those attempting to fix it . We have something similar in west-Berkeley. The parallel is not exact, though it is strikingly and frighteningly similar. Those who created the west-Berkeley Plan are, across the board, among the core Stakeholders now trying to fix it, the Plan now wildly out-of-sync and dysfunctional.

How dysfunctional and out-of-sync is it?

Good law, whether parking codes or building use, should be easy to obey. It should reflect the needs of the citizenry. I would rest my case with the numerous friends and neighbors here in west-Berkeley who do not now perceive the codes derived from the Plan as functional and so do not follow them.

And then , . . . the west-Berkeley Plan did not anticipate, meaningfully understand, or significantly incorporate computerization, the major cultural change of the Twentieth Century. Oops.

 

And a time not to take action.

Change is so rapid these days, it's hard to keep one's, not to mention get one's, bearings. Our economy is on an increasingly, increasing downward spiral to a newer-than-not age, toward now-not-known models and processes.

Even making a decision on what we heard last week may be to make a decision on information that is no longer relevant or that is just flat wrong.

So what does this have to do with Potter Creek or west-Berkeley?

Well, to make realistic, relevant decisions about our future in this time of rapid and unknown changes makes little sense for it can be simply an exercise in meaningless, futile thinking--"head-tripping" of a dangerous sort. "Hey man, take another hit. Can you dig the possibilities, I mean . . . ."

To make relevant changes to the west-Berkeley Plan based on kaleidoscopic conclusions is silly.

And certainly a waste of time.

certainly to be continued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/17/09

I just watched The Prestige, a film about two rival illusionists, stage magicians, in Victorian England. Key to the film is the work of Nikola Tesla which remined me of a conversation I had six or so years ago with the owner of a then new-to-Potter Creek business. He mentioned that they used a Tesla coil to generate ozone as part of their production process.

"They actually make ozone?" I asked myself and called several Bay Area environment agencies for more information. I got, to a person, something like "Nobody makes ozone! That's absured!"

Yesterday, still curoius about the deliberate manufacture of ozone, I googled "tesla coil ozone" and found.

 

"Tesla Coils Saftey Information

"This document is provided to assist the amateur in understanding the significant dangers associated with tesla coils.

4.0) Ozone, NOx, and Vapors 
A sparking tesla coil produces ozone, nitrogen-oxygen compounds, and probably a host of other potentially toxic substances. Do not operate a large coil in an enclosed area for long periods of time. Make sure ventilation is adequate at all times. There have been anecdotal references to people becoming ill due to ozone toxicity. The long term bioeffects are unknown. (On the other hand, it does help out the ozone layer!) When constructing secondaries, use adequate ventilation when coating coils with varnish, etc. Some of these materials are also quite toxic. The flux from solder is also potentially hazardous."

"Alien life 'may exist among us'" writes James Morgan at newsbbc.com.

"Never mind Mars, alien life may be thriving right here on Earth, a major science conference has heard.

Our planet may harbour forms of 'weird life' unrelated to life as we know it, according to Professor Paul Davies, a physicist at Arizona State University.

This 'shadow life' may be hidden in toxic arsenic lakes or in boiling deep sea hydrothermal vents, he says." 

 

 

 

 

About 9:10 last night there was a police action around the corner of 5th and University. Officers initially responded in two radio cars that were parked on the east side of 5th. A white SUV was parked on the west side. An officer with a drawn pistol was searching the bushes next to the Canned Food building. The other was standing on the corner as several more units were arriving.

Ofc Andrew Frankel, BPD, PIO emailed at 7:45 AM today

OPD chased some suspects into our jurisdiction last night--three of four were arrested. The fourth was not located after an exhaustive block search.

 

 

 

 

"Mario's La Fiesta Restaurant Leaves Telegraph After 50 Years" writes Riya Bhattacharjee of our Planet.

"Mario and Rosalinda Tejada are moving their Mexican restaurant to Haste Street.

For half a century, Mario and Rosalinda Tejada have brought a little bit of Mexico to Telegraph Avenue by serving authentic, inexpensive meals to more than three generations at their restaurant, Mario's La Fiesta.
But in April, this cheery taqueria, along with its Spanish revival furniture, Diego Rivera reproductions and lively Latin music, will move to the Tejadas' small house next to People's Park to cut costs during tough times."

And Ms Bhattacharjee writes "ZAB Allows Berkeley Thai Temple To Continue Sunday Brunch.

Mango sticky rice and pad Thai aficionados in the Bay Area can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

In a 8-to-1 nod to Sunday brunch at the Berkeley Thai Temple, the city's Zoning Adjustments Board voted Thursday to keep the almost two-decade long tradition alive, despite heavy criticism from a group of neighbors who argued that the outdoor food fair violated the city's use permit by operating as a commercial kitchen, bringing large crowds, traffic, trash and odor to a residential neighborhood."

 

900 GRAYSON keeps packin' um in. Last Saturday was their best day ever! 

 

 

 

"Berkeley cloud report gets mixed reviews" is a story by James Urquhart at newscnet.com.

"The University of California, Berkeley's RAD Lab has been operational for about three years now, studying the technologies and logistics of on demand computing at high scale. According to a 2006 Wall Street Journal article, the lab is focused on studying large scale utility computing infrastructures. With the backing of many of the largest companies in enterprise computing, many have been waiting anxiously to see what advances they contribute to cloud computing."

 

 

 

"French Holocaust role recognised" reports BBCNEWS.

"The 'Wall of Names' inaugurated in Paris in 2005 which shows names of those deported

Between 1942 and 1944, some 76,000 French Jews were deported

France's highest court has recognised the state's 'responsibility' for the deportation of Jews in World War II.

The Council of State said the state had permitted or facilitated deportations that led to anti-Semitic persecution without being coerced by the occupiers." 

 

 

 

"Banks on the brink: Unsavory options may be only salvation" opineStevenson Jacobs and Erin McClam of the AP.

"These days, you can roll up to an ATM at the grocery, the pharmacy, the gas station, the hardware store, the office, even the ballpark. You can check your Bank of America balance on your iPhone. You can text Chase, and Chase will text you back.

That's banking today: It has grown from an almost quaint relationship between teller and customer into a massive, dizzyingly interconnected net-work that touches almost every adult in this country.

And right now, the federal govern-ment - working without a road map, and without a net - is putting together a plan to keep U.S. banks from collaps-ing.

Not just to get the banks lending again. To keep them alive."

 

Are there untold mini-Madoff's waiting to happen? That's what I'm told by a usually reliable source.


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

2/19/09

"Sexual predator near UC Berkeley strikes again" reports Kristin Bender, Oakland Tribune.

"Police continue to search for a man who has now lifted the skirts of nine women and tried to sexually assault them.

Police said the suspect approaches college-age women from behind as they walk along the street, then lifts the victim's skirt and tries to penetrate the victim's vagina with his finger.

The assaults have all taken place between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m., usually when fraternity and sorority parties are letting out, said police spokesman Officer Andrew Frankel.

Four new cases occurred last Thursday and last Saturday nights within two blocks of each other along the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Piedmont Avenue. Two women were assaulted on those nights, police said."

 

 

"New UC eligibility standards will open college doors, but may change demographics" is a story by Lisa M. Krieger, Mercury News.

"A controversial new policy at the University of California will open the country's premier public university system to a wider array of applicants, creating campuses that could be less Asian and more white, with a few more African-Americans and a modest climb in the number of Latinos."

 

 

"With Local Journalism in Peril, Planet's Owners Seek Solution" writes Richard Brenneman of our Planet.

"Confronted with the same harsh economic realities as other American newspapers, the owners of the Berkeley Daily Planet are seeking a new business model to keep community papers alive."

"Nonstory of the Year: Berkeley Tree-Sitters, Again" opines usnews.com.

"Perhaps I should have excluded this story because it was last year's top nonstory also, but the 21-month epic treehouse campout at UC-Berkeley came to an end this September, a milestone that won the nonstory category with 40.32 percent of the vote. The school is just starting to get into the thick of construction now. Here's just hoping (at least for the UC system) that the state of California's impending bankruptcy doesn't delay construction for another 21 months."

Cafe Clem has been sold to, bought by, a new owner.

 

"Office Vacancies Climb, But Retail Remains Solid" is a story by Richard Brenneman of our Planet.

"If housing is a bust, offices and commercial rentals aren't far behind. . . . 

The city's unemployment rate is also on the rise, with the loss of about 500 workers in current weeks with layoffs at Xoma, the closing of Scharfen-Berger Chocolates and the bankruptcy of Elephant Pharm.. . .

[Brenneman ends with a optimistic note by our Michael Caplan.]

There's one bright spot for some of those who lost jobs at Elephant, however. Caplan said they'll have slots waiting when the new Berkeley Bowl opens in West Berkeley."

 


"Notes from the Fair : Codex & The California Antiquarian Book Fair" is a report at seattlepi.nwsource.com.

"It was a big book week in San Francisco with both the book arts and antiquarian segments of the book trade hosting their largest events of the year. I was interested to see how these events would fair in the current economic climate of doom and gloom.

Well, I got good news. Books are still alive!

The Codex Foundation kicked things off with The Second Biennial Codex International Book Fair and Symposium. The book fair took place on the Berkeley campus of the University of California and the symposium was held at the Berkeley Art Museum. Over 125 fine presses and book artists from around the world showed up to exhibit their wares. As the Codex fair website states the 'fair is rapidly becoming the 'world's fair' of the book as art and artifact."

 

 

"New England solar installer enters California market" is found at Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal.
   
"New England solar installer groSolar Inc. said Wednesday it has acquired the residential business of Borrego Solar Systems Inc., making a bold move into the California market.

White River Junction, Vt.-based groSolar will be the fourth largest residential installer in the country after the acquisition of the residential line of San Diego-based Borrego, which has Northern California offices in San Jose, Berkeley and Petaluma."

 

" Eco-friendly technology could boost local businesses" reports Eve Hightower of the Modesto Bee.
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"To get out of the red, Stanislaus County businesses and workers may have to go green.

Unemployment in the county reached 13.6 percent in December and may climb to 16.1 percent by year's end, according to a U.S. Conference of Mayors projection. But even as companies are laying off employees, experts say gears are in motion to put them back to work in new 'green-collar' jobs."

 

"Stimulus adds tax credit for home solar panels" is by David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Homeowners interested in sticking solar panels on their roofs got a big boost from the $787 billion economic stimulus package signed Tuesday by President Obama.

Homeowners will now be able to get a federal tax credit worth 30 percent of the cost of their new solar system even if they're also receiving state or local financing.

That could make a big difference in California, which offers rebates to homeowners who install solar systems. And Berkeley has a new solar financing program that lets homeowners pay the cost of their solar systems over 20 years, a program that San Francisco and other cities plan to emulate." 

 

 

 

"Bad sign: CEOs aren't buying stock in their companies" is a story at usatoday.com.

"Despite low stock prices, companies' officers and directors aren't buying. In some industries, insider buying is light relative to selling. Stock purchases and sales the past 90 days (in millions):
    
Other than a few high-profile exceptions, including the heads of JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America, officers of U.S. companies aren't exactly lining up to buy their companies' shares. The dearth of so-called insider buying, despite a nearly 40% fall in stock values in the past year, is a potentially troubling development. CEOs arguably know more about their companies' future than anyone." 

 

 

 

"Computer science needs overhaul" is a report at eetasia.com.

"According to computer science professor Randy Katz, next-generation computers need to be designed to meet the energy efficiency needs of growing data centers and the power grid needs to evolve to be more like the Internet."

 




"Housing starts plummet to lowest on record" is a report at cnn.com.

"Construction of new homes fell nearly 17% last month to an all-time low, signaling no clear end to the housing market troubles.

Initial construction of U.S. homes fell to the lowest level on record in January, according to a government report released Wednesday.

Starts of privately-owned houses fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 466,000 in January, according to the Commerce Department. That's the lowest level since the government started keeping records in 1959."

 

"Affordable housing projects in Berkeley and Oakland to get nearly $3 million" is a report by Sean Maher, Oakland Tribune.

"Federal bank grants to be announced today will pump almost $3 million into a handful of new affordable housing projects in Oakland and Berkeley, officials said.

Plans for a total of more than 300 units of affordable housing in the two cities will have access to funds made available by the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. The bank has doled out almost $28 million to projects in the county since 1990, when it began an affordable housing program, according to bank Vice President Kevin Blackburn."

 

from my log

2/8/09--starting mid-day--off-and-on, SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse and warehouse front, dry eyes, dry mouth, cough, slight "chlorine" like odor, guest for afternoon has headache, goes outside for a walk for "air".

2/9/09--off-and-on all day beginning at 6:00AM, VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, burning eyes, burning mouth, hacking cough, short breath, slight "chlorine" like odor, over-rides four HEPA filters, eventually leave.

2/12/09-6:00 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse, "dry" air, unburned "gas" odor, eyes and throat dry, cough, air out.

2/17/09--8:59 PM, SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, leave.

2/18/09--6:59 PM, SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, cough, burning throat plus strong "chlorine bleach" and "burning natural gas" odor.

2/19/09--1:07 PM, irritant in front room, eyes water, mouth dry. 1:36 PM VERY, VERY SERIOUS irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth, nausea, light head, leave.

 

 

 

Eternally useful links

 

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

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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/

 

Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.

 

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

 

 

Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.

 

Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.


Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!

 

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 new Area Coordinator is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 kbuckheit@ci.berkeley.ca.us

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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

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

 

More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here

and

Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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