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
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
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
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.
women with boldly colored hair and beefed-up laptop computers
are getting their geek on at supportive gatherings in Silicon
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!
Bridge Sculpture Is Literally for the Dogs" is a story about
our bicycle bridge sculptures at foxnews.com.
"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?
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
"US Housing Crash Continues:It's
Still A Terrible Time To Buy" opines
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.
landlords' rule of thumb is that a house should cost a maximum
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
really pay, not how much they can borrow. So prices will keep
for a long time. Anyone who bought a 'bargain' this time last
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."
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
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
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
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
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
And certainly a waste of
certainly to be continued
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
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
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
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
"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
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
"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
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
" Eco-friendly technology could boost local
Eve Hightower of the Modesto Bee.
"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
"Bad sign: CEOs aren't buying stock in
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
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
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
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,
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
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,
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