after 2/13/13 here
after 2/18/13 here
and jazz pianist,
February is Black
"The Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA Celebrates
Black History Month with Performance" at nbcbayarea.com
"New West Berkeley Y to cost $25,000 in
1938" Steven Finacom,
Berkeley Historical Society at mercurynews.com.
"Plans to build a $25,000
facility for the West Berkeley YMCA were announced 75 years ago,
Jan. 29, 1938.
The new building will include a large modern gymnasium, which
will be used for recreational and competitive activities. It will
also be available for large social 'gatherings and motion pictures.
Shower and recreation rooms will be part of the equipment,' the
Berkeley Daily Gazette reported.
The West Berkeley Y was already
18 years old and had been initially organized by Hollis Thompson
who, in 1938, was Berkeley's city manager.
'We call to the attention
of the citizens of Berkeley the need which exists in this area
and the opportunity which th'y have to participate in not just
a drive for maintenance funds but for a capital expenditure which
will serve the needs of young people for many years to come,"
the chairman of the fundraising committee told the press.
The West Berkeley 'Y' building
would indeed be built, and still stands today on 10th Street,
south of University Avenue."
"Cats kill billions of creatures every year according
to new study" Tia
"According to new research,
cats kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds and between
6.9 billion and 20.7 billion small mammals, such as meadow voles
Though it's hard to know exactly how many birds live in the United
States, the staggering number of bird deaths may account for as
much as 15 percent of the total bird population, said study co-author
Pete Marra, an animal ecologist with the Smithsonian Conservation
Marra and his colleagues are looking at human-related causes for
bird and wildlife deaths in the country, from windmills and glass
windows to pesticides.
But first, Marra and his team looked at the impact of the feline
population, one of the biggest putative causes of bird demise
in the country. . . .
'A lot of these cats may go outside and go to 10 different houses,
but they go back to their house and cuddle up on Mr. Smith's lap
at night, . . . ' "
"Apollo-Metropoulos Team Near Deal to Buy
Hostess Twinkies, Other Cakes" at wsj.com.
"High-tech cargo airship being built in
Maria Dillon, AP at sfgate.com.
"The Aeroscraft airship,
a high-tech prototype airship, is seen in a World War II-era hangar
in Tustin, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. Work is almost done
on a 230-foot rigid airship inside a blimp hangar at a former
military base in Orange Co. The huge cargo-carrying airship is
has shiny aluminum skin and a rigid, 230-foot aluminum and carbon
The massive blimp-like aircraft
flies but just barely, hovering only a dozen feet off a military
hangar floor during flight testing south of Los Angeles.
Still, the fact that the hulking 230-foot-long Aeroscraft could
fly for just a few minutes represents a step forward in aviation,
according to the engineers who developed it. The Department of
Defense and NASA have invested $35 million in the prototype because
of its potential to one day carry more cargo than any other aircraft
to disaster zones and forward military bases.
'I realized that I put a
little dot in the line of aviation history. A little dot for something
that has never been demonstrated before, now it's feasible,' said
flight control engineer Munir Jojo-Verge.
The airship is undergoing
testing this month at Marine Corps Air Station in Tustin, and
must go through several more rounds of flight testing before it
could be used in a disaster zone or anywhere else. The first major
flight test took place Jan. 3.
The biggest challenge for
engineers is making sure the airship will be able to withstand
high winds and other extreme weather conditions, Jojo-Verge said.
'Their vulnerability is their large size,' said aviation expert
and former Navy test pilot Pete Field. 'There's a lot of surface
area so wind affects it tremendously.' "
Las Vegas odds are "Ravens
[+3.5] over 49ers."
Scrambled Eggs odds are "Harbaugh's
I stopped by our Swerve Thursday
to find all bustling--the factory humming, offices brimming, and
the parking lot full of worker-vehicles.
"Auto Servicing Shop Acquires Berkeley
Location With $3.3 Million SBA 504 Loan" at fortmilltimes.com.
Center, Inc. Receives Commercial Real Estate Financing from Bay
Area's Top SBA 504 Lender"
"Berkeley City Council approves plan to
green Downtown" Daphne
"At its meeting Tuesday
night, Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to approve the
Downtown Streets and Open Space Improvement Plan as well as the
fees to fund the project."
"You might very well
say that, but I couldn't
Netfix has produced and is
now streaming their version of "House of Cards" starring
Kevin Spacey. Worth a watch. Set in modern D.C.
"The project was first
announced in March 2011, with Kevin Spacey attached to star and
serve as an executive producer. Fincher was announced as director
for the first two episodes, from scripts by Willimon. Netflix
ordered 26 episodes to air over two seasons. Spacey called
Netflix's model of dropping all episodes at once a 'new perspective'.
He added that Netflix's commitment to two-full seasons gave the
series greater continuity. 'We know exactly where we are going,'
Kevin Spacey as U.S. Representative
Francis Underwood (a Democrat from South Carolina's Fifth Congressional
district) Underwood is the U.S. House of Representatives' Majority
When the new President appoints
another candidate for Secretary of State, Underwood hatches a
plot to bring down the new Chief Executive.
("This is the future,
streaming is the future. TV will not be TV in five years from
now...everyone will be streaming" Beau
Independent studio Media
Rights Capital, founded by Mordecai Wiczyk and Asif Satchu, producer
of films such as Babel, purchased the rights to House of Cards
with the intent on creating a series. While finishing production
on his 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, David Fincher
was introduced, by his agent, to House of Cards, a BBC miniseries
starring Ian Richardson. Fincher was interested in producing a
potential series with Eric Roth. He said that he was interested
in doing television because of its long-form nature. 'If you're
working in the movie business, you're thinking in terms of you
have this two-hour form that requires a kind of ballistic narrative
that doesn't always allow for characterizations to be that complex,
or that deep, or that layered, or that you can reveal slowly and
be as faceted', he said. He added: 'I felt for the past ten years
that the best writing that was happening for actors was happening
in television. And so I had been looking to do something that
was longer form.'
MRC approached different
networks about the series, including HBO, Showtime and AMC, but
Netflix, hoping to launch their own original programming, outbid
the other networks.Ted Sarandos, Netflix's Chief Content Officer,
looked at the data of Netflix user's streaming habits and concluded
that there was an audience for Fincher and Spacey. 'It looked
incredibly promising,' he said, 'kind of the perfect storm of
material and talent.' In finding a writer to adapt the series,
Fincher stated that they needed someone 'who would do the due
diligence to transplant parliamentary politics to Washington.'
Beau Willimon was hired and completed the pilot script in early
2011. He said of developing the series: 'I saw tons of great opportunities
to make it our own, to make it contemporary, to broaden its scope
and deepen its story.' "
"House of Cards" a review at slate.com.
"All 13 episodes of
this Kevin Spacey-starring Netflix series premiere on Friday.
Bet you can't watch just one.
Who was it that said, 'If
you want a friend in Washington, get a dog'? Many attribute the
quip to Harry Truman; others contend it was Olivia Pope. The maxim
came to mind while watching the addictive Netflix original series
House of Cards, 13 episodes of which will be available for bingeing
on Friday. The show is dryly witty in its depiction of constancy
and fidelity on the Potomac. And in the first scene, the protagonist,
played by Kevin Spacey, kills a dog in cold blood.
To be clear, it's a mercy
killing: On the last day of 2012, while slithering into his tuxedo
and preparing to take his wife (Robin Wright) out to ring in another
year of elbow-rubbing, back-scratching, and palm-greasing, Congressman
Frank Underwood hears an automotive commotion and a plaintive
canine wail. A hit-and-run driver has left a neighbor's dog whimpering
in the street."
Then there's the "original"!
"House of Cards is a
1990 political thriller television drama serial by the BBC in
four episodes, set after the end of Margaret Thatcher's tenure
as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. It was televised from
18 November to 9 December 1990, to critical and popular acclaim.
The story was adapted by Andrew Davies from a novel written by
Michael Dobbs, a former Chief of Staff at Conservative Party headquarters.
Dobbs's novel was also dramatised for radio for BBC World Service
in 1996, by Neville Teller, and had two television sequels (To
Play the King and The Final Cut). The House of Cards trilogy was
ranked 84th in the British Film Institute list of the 100 Greatest
British Television Programmes.
The antihero of House of
Cards is a fictional Conservative Chief Whip, Francis Urquhart
played by Ian Richardson. The plot follows his amoral and manipulative
scheme to become leader of the governing party and Prime Minister.
It appears Michael Dobbs
did not envisage writing the second and third books, as Urquhart
dies at the end of the first novel. The screenplay of the BBC's
dramatisation of House of Cards differed from the book and hence
allowed future series. Dobbs wrote two following books To Play
the King and The Final Cut which were televised in 1993 and 1995
House of Cards was said to
draw from Shakespeare's Macbeth and Richard III, both of which
examine issues of power, ambition and corruption. Richardson had
a Shakespearean background, and said he based his performance
of the scheming Francis Urquhart on the way Shakespeare portrayed
Richard III. Urquhart frequently talks through the camera to the
audience, breaking the fourth wall as in a Shakespearian soliloquy.
In the dramatisation, the
camera frequently focuses on rats for the symbolic effect of filth
Recently BerkeleySide took
note of an upcoming Potter Creek event.
"FREE GOOD VIBES VIBRATORS
Coming up in February, Berkeley's Good Vibrations location, which
opened in 1994, will rejoice after a recent makeover. The party
will feature free vibrators 'and a celebration of 18 years of
pleasure.' Said Berkeley store manager Laura Rafferty, in a prepared
statement, 'It's been amazing to see our little block grow and
change over the years. Many of our customers are regulars who
live in the surrounding neighborhoods. We are so thankful for
their support and patronage. It has been an incredible journey
and I look forward to the next 18 years!' The event takes places
Feb. 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and will include drinks, light snacks
and free vibrators. The Good Vibes Berkeley location is at 2504
San Pablo Ave."
CAL Noon Concerts
"Featuring the Music
Department's varied and diverse performance activities, the Department
of Music presents a series of free weekly concerts each semester
in Hertz Hall. Inaugurated in 1953, these concerts are very popular
and well attended by those on campus and in the wider community.
Traditionally on Wednesdays, now expanding into Fridays, each
concert begins promptly at 12:15 and ends by 1pm.
Priority for the limited
number of concert dates is given to Music Department students,
in particular music major soloists and chamber groups. Department
ensembles and faculty performers are regularly featured. Guest
musicians occasionally perform new works by student and faculty
composers. Auditions for the Noon Concert Series are held each
semester for the following semester."
Noon Concert: Chamber Music
Friday, Feb 8 12:15p to 1:00p
U.C. Berkeley, CA, Hertz Hall Berkeley, CA
Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat major, op. 20
Full Noon Concert schedule!
"BAM/PFA exhibit examines sound of 'Silence'
" by Lou Fancher
"Shriek and holler all
you like, but no amount of noise will muffle the overpowering
roar of thoughts provoked by 'Silence,' a vexingly simple exhibit
that opened this week and runs through April 28 at the Berkeley
Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
Co-organized by BAM/PFA and
Houston's Menil Collection, the exhibit uses composer John Cage's
multi-channeled life as a pioneer visionary and his groundbreaking
composition '4'33' as the linchpins for wide-ranging, artistic
enterprise. Cage's 1952, three-movement, no-music-except-ambient-sound
composition rocketed the artist to contemporary art superstar
'Silence' includes paintings,
sculpture, performance art, films, lectures, LATE: Friday Nights
performances, extended learning courses and even public meditation
"New York Times says Chinese hackers hit
its networks as paper investigated leader's wealth" at washingtonpost.com.
"Chinese hackers repeatedly
penetrated The New York Times' computer systems over the past
four months, stealing reporters' passwords and hunting for files
on an investigation into the wealth amassed by the family of a
top Chinese leader, the newspaper reported Thursday.
Security experts hired to
investigate and plug the breach found that the attacks used tactics
similar to ones used in previous hacking incidents traced to China,
the report said. It said the hackers routed the attacks through
computers at U.S. universities, installed a strain of malicious
software, or malware, associated with Chinese hackers and initiated
the attacks from Chinese university computers previously used
by the Chinese military to attack U.S. military contractors."
"The Chinese attack against the New York
Times worked to perfection" Farhad
"Journalists are on
notice. If you investigate the Chinese government, Chinese hackers
will come after you. That's what you should conclude from the
New York Times' disclosure that it was hacked for four months
by attackers it suspects were associated with the Chinese military.
The likely motive, the Times says, was retaliation against the
paper for its investigation into the wealth amassed by the family
of Wen Jiabao, China's prime minister. But this wasn't the first
time Chinese hackers attacked journalists. They infiltrated Bloomberg
News last year, the Times reports. They also hacked the Associated
Press, the Wall Street Journal, and other Western news organizations."
"The New York Times
fell victim to a four-month cyber attack by Chinese hackers who
cracked passwords to more than 50 email accounts, including those
of top reporters. Ray Suarez talks with Times reporter Nicole
Perlroth and Grady Summers, vice president of the cyber security
company hired to investigate the attacks" is a pbs video
report well worth watching for color and detail not in the written
"Chinese hackers suspected in attack on
The Post's computers" Craig
Timberg and Ellen Nakashima at washingtonpost.com.
"A sophisticated cyberattack
targeted The Washington Post in an operation that resembled intrusions
against other major American news organizations and that company
officials suspect was the work of Chinese hackers, people familiar
with the incident said.
Post company officials confirmed
the broad outlines of the infiltration, which was discovered in
2011 and first reported by an independent cybersecurity blog on
Friday. But they did not elaborate on the circumstances, the duration
of the intrusion or its apparent origin."
Austin-Healey 100 is a sports car built from 1953 until 1956"
"It was developed by Donald Healey to be produced
in-house by Healey's small car company in Warwick and based on
Austin A90 Atlantic mechanicals. Healey built a single Healey
Hundred for the 1952 London Motor Show, and the design impressed
Leonard Lord, Managing Director of Austin so much, he was looking
for a replacement to the unsuccessful A90, that a deal was struck
with Healey to build it in quantity at Austin's Longbridge factory.
The car was renamed the Austin-Healey 100.
The '100' name comes from Donald Healey, who selected the name
from the car's ability to reach 100 mph (160 km/h),
as opposed to the Austin-Healey 3000, which is named for its 3000 cc
Production Austin-Healey 100s were finished at Austin's
Longbridge plant alongside the A90 and based on fully trimmed
and painted body/chassis units produced by Jensen in West Bromwich-in
an arrangement the two companies previously had explored with
the Austin A40 Sports.
The first 100s (series 'BN1') were equipped with the same 90 bhp
(67 kW) engines and manual transmission as the stock A90,
but the transmission was modified to be a three-speed unit with
overdrive on second and top. The 2660 cc I4 engine featured
an undersquare 87.3 mm (3.4 in) bore and 111.1 mm
(4.4 in) stroke.
Girling 11 in (279.4 mm) drum brakes are fitted all
round. Front suspension is independent using coil springs and
at the rear is a rigid axle with semi elliptic leaf springs. The
steering is by a cam and lever system.
A BN1 tested by The Motor magazine in 1953 had a top speed of
106 mph (171 km/h) and could accelerate from 060 mph
(97 km/h) in 11.2 seconds. A fuel consumption of 22.5 miles
per imperial gallon (12.6 L/100 km; 18.7 mpg-US)
was recorded. The test car cost £1063 including taxes."
More, including contemporary prices here.
An in-progress restoration is here.
And, an original 1954 BN1 waiting to be restored,
plus enough original parts to begin another restoration are "buried"
here in a Potter Creek garage.
2 for Sloppy Joe's bar, a Havana original" Peter
Orsi, Associated Press at contracostatimes.com.
"A half-century later, Jose Rafa Malem remembers the balmy
breezes blowing through the bar's arching porticos, the grain
of the tall wood stools, the whiff of Pedro Domecq brandy on his
And how could he forget the tangy ground-beef-and-tomato-sauce
sandwiches synonymous with what was then one of Havana's hippest
hangouts, playfully dubbed Sloppy Joe's? 'I ate so many, I got
tired of them,' said Rafa, a 59-year-old Havana native who grew
up to become a bartender.
Soon, Rafa will be able to relive those boyhood
memories as the original Sloppy Joe's reopens in Havana's historic
quarter, giving residents and tourists from all over the chance
to belly up to the same bar that served such thirsty celebrities
as Rock Hudson, Babe Ruth and Ernest Hemingway.
It's part of an ambitious revitalization project
by the Havana City Historian's Office, which since the 1990s has
transformed block after block of crumbling ruins into rehabilitated
buildings along vibrant cobblestone streets.
The effort has helped finance Cuba's socialist present
by drawing tourists fascinated by its presocialist past, from
colonial palaces of the 18th century to celebrity hangouts of
Well, Boz, . . . Next time!
Me, I'm going to the Dollar Tree on San Pablo an
get a couple cans of "The Original Sloppy Joe's Sauce."
Some good ground beef, the sauce, hamburger buns, just the thing
during the game.
Councilman Laurie Capitelli
Family Art Day at Berkeley
Drop-in Art-making Day. Free.
Saturday, March 2, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Berkeley Art Center,
1275 Walnut St. Berkeley in Live Oak Park
Enjoy a range of art activities
for all ages, led by BUSD teachers in Berkeley Art Center's beautiful
gallery space and reception patio. Light snacks and beverages
provided. Program offered free of charge to the general public,
no reservations required, simply drop-in for a fun afternoon for
the whole family!
full email here
"Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" is an internet only show with Seinfeld hamming
it up with old buddies while driving to restaurants and having
coffee and eats. So far, I watched four episodes and at times
was "on the floor laughing." (The featured Reiner/Brooks
episode is really a homage.) I laughed hardest while watching
Alec Baldwin, Brian Regan and Larry David. But the ten minutes
with buddy, Joel Hodgson are particularly good. Seinfeld breaks
up often and it seems genuine and is sweet. Something about old
friends laughing together. There are ten episodes altogether.
All can be viewed by clicking on ribbon of thumbnails under the
"Jerry Seinfeld: Comedians in Cars Getting
Coffee" at telegraph.co.uk.
"Jerry Seinfeld's new
comedy Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is an internet only show
and has featured Ricky Gervais and Larry David."
"Jerry Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars Getting
Coffee' will return for Season 2" at examiner.com.
"Comedian Jerry Seinfeld
has decided to move forward with a second season of his web series
'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.'
The New York Times reported
Sunday that Seinfeld and Sony Pictures Television will produce
a total of 24 new episodes for Season 2, to be released this spring.
Unlike the first ten episodes,
which were available for free without advertisements at Crackle
and comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com, the goal of the new season
is to actually make a profit.
'This next go-round we're
going to have to figure out some sort of revenue stream, so it
makes more sense,' Seinfeld told the Times.
Steve Mosko, the president of Sony Pictures Television, explained
that some sort of sponsorship is likely to be attached to the
new batch of episodes, as long as the advertising makes sense.
'What's missing in developing programming for the Internet is
patience, trying to get it right,' he explained. 'We're both looking
at this as a long-term investment.'
Each episode of the series
features Seinfeld having free flowing conversations with other
comics while traveling in vintage cars to a restaurant for coffee."
My sense is with these new
episodes plus the Netflix "House of Cards" production
we have reached a tipping point in video presntation--TV less
and less the dominate source.
our Darryl Moore emails--excerpt
Give Kids A Smile Day
Lifelong Dental Care is having
a free dental day on February 23rd between 9am and 3pm at
their clinic at 1860 Alcatraz Ave for children up to 20 years
of age. Children can receive check-ups, cleanings, or other
necessary dental work (X-rays, teeth cleaning, extraction, root
canal treatment, fillings, crowns and bridges). Government
photo ID and insurance (if available) documentation is recommended
to bring. To register/make an appointment, contact Vanessa
Gutierrez at 510-981-4236.
full email here
"UC Berkeley students launch online marketplace"
Virgie Hoban at dailycal.org.
"A group of UC Berkeley students recently launched an online
marketplace for students in an effort to facilitate smoother exchanges
within the campus community.
Buy Near Me - which uses the URL buynear.me - is a Craigslist
spinoff tailored to students looking to buy and sell discounted
items to other locals. The website has garnered more than 10,000
page views since its launch last December.
Looking to replace inefficient
business dealings over Facebook, Buy Near Me instead uses Facebook
to invite groups and friends to view what their friends are selling
and share interesting finds to their walls."
"Man shot dead on busy Berkeley street"
by Doug Oakley, Oakland
shooting left one man dead on a busy street here and police were
canvassing the west side neighborhood for clues.
The victim was pronounced dead at an area hospital around noon
after Albany paramedics worked on him for about a half-hour on
the scene at 1080 Delaware St. between San Pablo Avenue and Tenth
Street, police said."
When we arrivedjust after 11 AM, present were 4-5 radio cars,
many uniforms, detectives, a crime scene unit, an ambulance, paramedics,
and a crowd.
Just THE startup for west-Berkeley?!
"Is This Solar-Powered Half-Electric Bicycle
With A Roof The Future Of Transportation?" at fastcoexist.com.
"The Elf, which just
finished a massive run on Kickstarter, combines the best elements
of an electric car, a motorcycle, and a bicycle, and it's manufactured
right here in the U.S. There's something for everyone to love.
It's part bike, part car,
part solar power, part human power. And--thanks in part to a massively
successful Kickstarter drive that ended this week--it's headed
to a street near you.
The Elf is what's called
a velomobile, a pedal-powered mini-car, typically in the design
of a recumbent tricycle with a shell over it to protect you from
the elements. While they're fairly popular for commuting and biking
with cargo in bike-obsessed parts of the world like Northern Europe,
if you haven't heard of them yet, don't sweat it.
'The U.S. market is really
unaware of this type of vehicle--of velomobiles--and we are kind
of bringing it to the masses,' explains Alix Bowman, director
of communications at Organic Transit, the startup behind The Elf.
The novelty--combined with the high price of gas, and need for
more diverse solutions to environmentally friendly commuting--made
the Elf a hit with the Kickstarter community who threw $225,789
at the product, more than twice its goal of $100,000.
The design boasts a bevy of features that could have persuaded
urbanists, design enthusiasts, environmentalists, and cyclists
to open their wallets. Like other electric bicycles, the Elf lets
riders effortlessly switch between 100% pedal power, 100% motor
power, or some combination of the two. 'I like to get going a
little bit with the motor, and then I start pedaling, and let
the pedaling takeover,' says Bowman. Or, you might let the motor
kick in if you're headed up a hill or 'if you don't want to arrive
looking like you just biked there,' she adds.
While the pedals work just
like any old bike, the motor is activated by a hand throttle similar
to a motorcycle. And it runs on a 480-watt lithium battery that
recharges quickly--in two hours when detached and plugged in to
the wall--or slowly, over the course of the day when left in the
sun, thanks to the Elf's roof-mounted solar panels.
A fully charged motor will
move the Elf 30 miles. Its recycled aluminum frame supports a
whopping 350 pounds of cargo in a rear compartment. And since
the Elf is technically a bike under federal law--its electric
motor maxes out at 20 miles per hour to meet the definition--riders
can use it on bike lanes, trails, and anywhere else bikes are
allowed (although your state or city might have its own rules).
Produced by a team of designers
led by CEO Rob Cotter, The Elf will be made in downtown Durham,
North Carolina-- for now. 'What we're trying to do here in Durham
is develop a model 'a-bike-factory-in-a-box' model, where we are
trying to design a facility capable of producing 1,000 units a
month. Once we see what that looks like, we want to be able to
replicate that anywhere,' Bowman says. From Durham, the goal is
to expand to a network of workshop-cum-dealerships assembling
Elfs (Elves?) across the country and possibly the globe."
Berkeley lab evacuated over bomb threat" mercurynews.com.
"Authorities have evacuated an Emeryville office building
used by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory after a reported
University of California,
Berkeley Police Lt. Eric Tejada said lab officials notified police
about the threat around 7 a.m. Wednesday. Officers were sweeping
the building and have brought in five bomb-sniffing dogs.
Tejada would not say how
the threat came in.
UC Berkeley runs the lab
under a contract with the federal government. The lab's main campus
is in Berkeley.
Tejada says in addition to UC Berkeley Police, officers from the
Department of Homeland Security and the Emeryville and Oakland
police [were] all at the scene."
"Girlfriend grieves for man shot and killed
on Berkeley street"
Doug Oakley, mercurynews.com.
"The girlfriend of a man shot to death Monday morning on
a busy Berkeley street was grieving with her sons at home on Tuesday,
a block away from where the man died.
Teena Alexander said the
slain man, 34-year-old Zontee Jones, was comforted by her son
and his friend as he lay dying on the pavement in front of an
apartment complex on Delaware Street, near San Pablo Avenue. Jones
lived in Berkeley and Richmond, she said. "
Berkeley PD Ofc Stephanie
The City of Berkeley Police
Department is announcing the arrest of James Craig Davis, 33 years
of San Pablo, for the January 6, 2013 armed robbery of Mechanics
on Solano Avenue.
On Thursday, January 6, 2013, at approximately 9:23 a.m., BPD
responded to Mechanics Bank on Solano Avenue for a reported armed
robbery. Officers determined the suspect entered the bank, displayed
handgun, and demanded cash from a teller. The suspect fled the
with an undisclosed amount of cash.
BPD Robbery Detectives immediately obtained bank security photos
the suspect, and distributed them to law enforcement agencies
region. Within a day, a Deputy Sheriff employed by the Marin County
Sheriff's Office notified BPD detectives that he recognized the
depicted in the bank security photos. BPD Detectives continued
investigation, ultimately identifying the suspect in the case
Craig Davis, 33, of San Pablo. BPD detectives obtained an arrest
warrant, and had it entered into state and national databases
Later that same date, a Deputy Sheriff contacted Davis during
stop in Platte County Missouri. The deputy determined Davis was
wanted for the Berkeley robbery, and placed him into custody without
incident, and notified BPD Detectives. Davis has been extradited
California to face the robbery charge.
END MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS
Tomorrow our Mayor,
the Honorable Tom Bates celebrates his 75th Birthday.
Tuesday evening, Berkeley
PD gave their 2012 crime report to a City Council Special Meeting--the
meeting lasted roughly an hour and twenty minutes. All council
members were present except Jesse Arreguin and Chris Worthington--however,
Councilman Worthington was on a phone-link from Las Vegas.
The meeting was cordial with
all members expressing appreciation for the work of the Berkeley
The report was given by Chief
Meehan and Captains Greenwood and Upson. It was thorough and detailed.
Sadly, citywide crime was up 11% from 2012, but was accounted
for largely by the property crimes of larceny, burglary and auto
buglary. Yet West-Berkeley experienced a drop in auto burglary
mostly as result of private security in the Marina and, of course,
the work of our Area Commander, Lt Dave Frankel.
Councilwoman Maio expressed
concern over the homicide on Delaware Street feeling that it might
have been prevented if proaction had been taken, as the victim
was known to have frequented an area's "trouble house."
(The Department has often advocated proaction though historically
the council has lagged behind the Department.)
The session ended with an
about fifteen minute presentation of recommendations by a community
group. Among them the filtering of "burglar" alarm calls
so officers would not be needlessly dispatched to false alarms.
They also recommended that crime stats of the UC Police be combined
with those of BPD so a fuller picture of crime in Our Town be
All in all, I thought it
a productive hour and a half.
Tsk, tsk "Fox
News Claims Solar Won't Work in America Because It's Not Sunny
Like Germany," Will Oremus, slate.com.
link courtesy Bob
Just another sun-soaked
in Pillnitz, eastern
"Thanks to Fox News and its expert commentators, millions
of Americans now understand the real, hidden reason why Germany's
solar-energy industry is so much further along than ours. Turns
out it has nothing to do with the fact that Germany's government
has long supported the industry far more generously, with policies
like feed-in tariffs that stimulate investment in green technologies.
No, the real reason is much simpler, explained a trio of journalists
on Fox & Friends: It's always sunny in Germany!"
"Europe consuming more coal" by Michael Birnbaum at washingtonpost.com.
has a dirty secret: It is burning a lot more coal.
Europe's use of the fossil
fuel spiked last year after a long decline, powered by a surge
of cheap U.S. coal on global markets and by the unintended consequences
of ambitious climate policies that capped emissions and reduced
reliance on nuclear energy.
The new dependence on one
of the dirtiest fuels shows just how challenging it is to maintain
the momentum needed to go green, analysts and officials say, and
demonstrates the far-reaching effects of America's natural gas
In the United States, natural
gas is now frequently less expensive than coal for power, so demand
for the hard, black fuel has plummeted. "
"Berkeley Symphony review: Lutoslawski
cello piece" Joshua
Kosman at sfgate.com.
"Soloist Lynn Harrell and Berkeley Symphony were superb in
Witold Lutoslawski's Cello Concerto.
The great Polish composer
Witold Lutoslawski was born 100 years ago last month, and we can
only hope for a centennial outpouring of his gritty, brilliantly
theatrical music throughout the year. Music Director Joana Carneiro
and the Berkeley Symphony got the ball rolling in Zellerbach Hall
on Thursday night with a superb performance of the composer's
1970 Cello Concerto, with Lynn Harrell as soloist.
Written for Mstislav Rostropovich
- like pretty much every work of consequence composed for the
instrument in the latter half of the 20th century - Lutoslawski's
concerto is at once richly expressive and oddly private. The tension
between those two strains is established in the work's long cadenza-like
opening, a stretch of several minutes during which the orchestra
is completely silent."
The Rostropovich recording
is available here.
A video of Nicolas Altstaedt
playing the First movement with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
"Gershwin musical comes to Berkeley Rep
in June" by Karen
D'Souza af the San Jose Mercury News.
"Who could ask for anything
more? In 's wonderful news for fans of the great American songbook,
Berkeley Repertory Theatre will present the musical 'George Gershwin
Starring Hershey Felder as
the iconic composer, this tuneful 90-minute show is a valentine
to the life and work of the music legend."
Why am I not surprised that
civilizations rarer than one in a million" Robert Sanders,
Media Relations UC Berkeley.
Lynette Cook photo
"Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have
now used the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia to look for
intelligent radio signals from planets around 86 of these stars.
While discovering no telltale signs of life, the researchers calculate
that fewer than one in a million stars in the Milky Way Galaxy
have planetary civilizations advanced enough to transmit beacons
we could detect."
Last month I posted I story
about a San Diego owner of a "medical marijuana" facility
who arrested, charged, convicted and sentenced to eight years
in prison for illegal sales. "Federal law enforcement"
is still active is California with Berkeley no exception.
I was told recently that
40 Acres, an unregistered "medical marijuana" facility
on San Pablo, was closing, though as of a few days ago its door
was open with a guard in front.
"Laotians top growers of pot on Calif.
Wozniaka, Associated Press at sfgate.com.
"Last fall, narcotics
agents confiscated thousands of marijuana plants, many 10 feet
tall, from a 140-acre farm just on the edge of Fresno - one of
the biggest pot busts in the county's history. The pot grew hidden
among rows of rotting peppers, tomatoes and bitter melons, tended
by a dozen immigrant farming families.
Deputies detained 50 people,
all of whom were lowland Laotians, a refugee population from southeast
Asia that has made its home in California's Central Valley over
the past three decades. Investigators say that some of these traditional
vegetable growers have become increasingly involved in well-organized
medical marijuana growing schemes, with the aim of selling the
The Laotians' involvement
has expanded in recent years, with the move toward growing pot
in California's agricultural heartland. Now, authorities say,
people from this relatively small community account for much of
the pot growing in backyards and on prime farmland, while Mexican
drug traffickers dominate grows in the forests of surrounding mountains."
A week ago today, I was "attacked"
in Orchard Supply.
While mid-day wandering down
an isle shopping, I was confronted by a tall white man who stopped
facing me blocking the isle with his cart, yelling that I was
the devil that he would "turn my curse on him" back
onto me, and he then proceeded with what can best be described
as a wild eyed "incantation" often delivered "in
tongues," arms flailing and punctuated with violent thrusts
of his shopping cart, nicking me with it several times. This went
on for a minute or so until I left. A few minutes later I encountered
him again as I wandered further down the isle, the yelling, flailing
and pushing repeated.
He looked very much like
the man who a week before stopped in front of the warehouse while
a half dozen or so of us were seated talking. He asked if this
was a "check point" and then began lecturing about democracy
in west-Berkeley and about a community meeting that he had recently
attended where he felt "the people" were best represented
by one of our Potter Creek activists. As his lecture became more
rambling, Gerard interrupted him and walked him toward the Berkeley
The guy was white, over six
feet tall, in his forties, with brown hair and was a bit scruffy.
By the way, one of the recommendations
made at the Berkeley PD presentation to the City Council Tuesday
was that mental health programs focus more on the potential violent
and by doing so hopefully reduce violence.
This week most days, our
site had between 5,000 and 6,000 hits.
"Emeryville Building evacuated after bomb
threat given all-clear, streets reopened" by Doug Oakley and Daniel M. Jimenez,
Bay Area News Group.
"A biotechnology building
evacuated early in the day was given the all-clear Wednesday afternoon
after a bomb threat prompted a six-hour search. Police re-opened
the EmeryStation East Building at 5885 Hollis Street, as well
as streets surrounding the building, at about 1 p.m., after a
bomb threat brought emergency crews from four agencies to the
Trains were halted on nearby
tracks, and streets in a two-block perimeter around the area were
closed to traffic and pedestrians.No details were released about
the nature of the bomb threat but the threat was specific enough
to be taken seriously, said UC Berkeley police Lt. Eric Tejada."
"Susan Crawford on Why U.S. Internet Access
is Slow, Costly and Unfair" is
a Bill Moyers video conversation.
"Susan Crawford, former special assistant to President Obama
for science, technology and innovation, and author of 'Captive
Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded
Age', joins Bill to discuss how our government has allowed a few
powerful media conglomerates to put profit ahead of the public
interest - rigging the rules, raising prices, and stifling competition.
As a result, Crawford says, all of us are at the mercy of the
biggest business monopoly since Standard Oil in the first Gilded
Age a hundred years ago.
'The rich are getting gouged,
the poor are very often left out, and this means that we're creating,
yet again, two Americas, and deepening inequality through this
communications inequality,' Crawford tells Bill."
is the Year of
Years of the Snake have not
always been kind.
Year of the Snake 1941--after
the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the US enters WWII.
Year of the Snake 1989--the
Chinese Peoples Liberation Army mobilizes, clears Tiananman Square
of demonstrators and arrests students and others inflicting thousands
Year of the Snake 2001--with
al-Qaeda's attacks on the continental US at the cost of thousands
of lives, the war on terror begins.
CBS News Face the Nation presents a chilling video-conversation about
cyberwar with Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Wilson Center President
Jane Harman, CSIS expert James Lewis and CBS News' Justice and
Homeland Security Correspondent Bob Orr on the
threat cyberattacks pose to the U.S.
And the Washington Post
said to be target of massive cyber-espionage campaign.
A new intelligence assessment has concluded that the United States
is the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign
that is threatening the country's economic competitiveness, according
to individuals familiar with the report.
The National Intelligence
Estimate identifies China as the country most aggressively seeking
to penetrate the computer systems of American businesses and institutions
to gain access to data that could be used for economic gain.
The report, which represents
the consensus view of the U.S. intelligence community, describes
a wide range of sectors that have been the focus of hacking over
the past five years, including energy, finance, information technology,
aerospace and automotives, according to the individuals familiar
with the report, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about
the classified document. The assessment does not quantify the
financial impact of the espionage, but outside experts have estimated
it in the tens of billions of dollars."
as we do even in different languages, is a word known around the
world. Yet there is no consensus on its origins. Several
"Former Mill Valley Radio Producer Creates
Documentary on Album Art called 'The Cover Story' " a video interview at nbcbayarea.com
by Joe Rosato Jr.
"Who among us doesn't
have a few old-school record albums squirreled away in the closet
somewhere? Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass with the naked
woman covered in whipped cream? The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's
Lonely Hearts Club Band in all its psychedelic glory?
Does anyone even remember
It's hard for Eric Christensen
to forget them, especially when he has more than 20,000 sitting
as reminders in his Mill Valley home.
He's been acquiring them since he was first bitten by the rock-and-roll
bug as a kid in the '50s. At first it was the bands that drew
him in; the Beatles, the Stones. But gradually, like the
acceptance of broccoli, his tastes changed.
'I used to collect only for
the music,' Christensen said this week, leaning on his wall of
records. 'Now I collect for the cover.' "
is a history at wikipedia.org.
But before the 1960s rock
covers, there were the Pablo Picasso covers.
With the local coverage of
Da Boz and Ms Boz' visit to the Communist Island Paradise of Cuba, I'm
reminded of my favorite book about the island "Havana
Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It to the Revolution."
Though Meyer Lansky and his
partners could figure out how to buy a country and to run it for
profit, seems they missed the coming of its revolution.
Don't feel bad for the mobsters
though. They lost a country but bought a state right here next
store. And remember in their business . . . it's location, location,
Publishers Weekly "Old Havana mambos on the brink
of the abyss in this chron'cle of Cuba in the decades before the
1959 revolution. True-crime writer English (Paddy Whacked) presents
an empire-building saga in which the 'Havana Mob" of American
gangsters, led by visionary financier Meyer Lansky, controlled
Cuba. Empowered by permissive gambling laws and payoffs to dictator
Fulgencio Batista, the Mafia poured millions into posh hotels,
casinos and nightclubs, skimmed huge profits and sought to make
Havana its financial headquarters. The results: exuberant nightlife,
a giddy Afro-Cuban jazz scene, sordid backroom sex shows and the
occasional grisly gangland hit. English revels in purple prose
("the island seethed like a bitch with a low-grade fever")
and decadent details, including an orgy with Frank Sinatra and
a bevy of prostitutes that was interrupted by autograph-seeking
Girl Scouts and a nun. But his estimate of the importance of the
Havana mob and its 'showdown' with Castro's puritanical rebels
seems inflated. More supplicant than suzerain to Batista, the
mob focused on internecine feuds and paid little attention to
the brewing insurrection. The casinos, hotels and nightclubs were
all the mob owned-but they sure threw one hell of a party."
" Communist Party of Cuba" wikipedia.org
"The Communist Party
of Cuba (Spanish: Partido Comunista de Cuba, PCC) is the governing
political party in Cuba. It is a communist party of the Marxist-Leninist
model. The Cuban constitution ascribes the role of the Party to
be the 'leading force of society and of the state'. As of April
2011, the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba is Raúl
Castro, the President of Cuba, younger brother of the previous
First Secretary and President of Cuba, Fidel Castro, and the Second
Secretary is José Ramón Machado Ventura. . . .
Compared with other ruling
Communist Parties, such as the Communist Party of Vietnam, the
Communist Party of China and the Lao People's Revolutionary Party,
the Communist Party of Cuba retains a stricter adherence to the
tradition of Marxism-Leninism and the traditional Soviet model.
The Cuban party is more deeply
committed to the concept of socialism than other ruling parties
and has been more reluctant in engaging in market reforms though
it has been forced to accept some market measures in its economy
due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the resultant loss
of economic subsidies. The Communist Party of Cuba has favored
supporting revolutions abroad and was active in assisting the
ELN in Colombia, the FMLN in El Salvador, the Sandinistas in Nicaragua
and Maurice Bishop's New Jewel Movement in Grenada.
Their most significant international role was in Angola where
the Cuban direction of a joint Angolan/Soviet/Cuban force that
was involved in the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale. This led to the
withdrawal of intervening forces and, in the following peace agreement,
the independence of Namibia from South African rule.
It has largely been forced
to retreat from this policy due to a lack of funds resulting from
the halt of material aid from the Soviet Union. However, the party
maintains a policy of sending thousands of Cuban doctors, agricultural
technicians, and other professionals to other countries throughout
the developing world. More recently the party has sought to support
left wing leaders such as Hugo Chávez in Venezuela and
Evo Morales in Bolivia."
Our Mayor, Tom Bates and
his wife, State Senator, Loni Hancock will be talking about their
visit on Sunday February 24th from 1 to 3 PM at Redwood Gardens,
2951 Derby St. Community Room, Berkeley, CA 94705.
I've taken the liberty of
reposting my last week's [ 2/10/13 ] Orchard Supply encounter,
my first draft not fulling capturing the "discomfort."
"While mid-day wandering
down an isle shopping, I was confronted by a tall white man who
stopped facing me, blocking the isle with his cart, yelling that
I was the devil that he would 'turn my curse on him' back onto
me, and he then proceeded with what can best be described as a
wild-eyed 'incantation' often delivered 'in tongues,' arms flailing
and punctuated with violent thrusts of his shopping cart, nicking
me with it several times. This went on for a minute or so until
I left. A few minutes later I encountered him again as I wandered
further down the isle, the yelling, flailing and pushing repeated."
I haven't experienced this
kind of hatred, laced with fear in years.
"Motorcycle lane-splitting rules unveiled"
Will Kane at sfgate.com.
"Motorcyclists who slide between cars on crowded Bay Area
roads and zip to where they're going faster than everyone else
- while infuriating more than a few drivers - now have the official
blessing of the California Highway Patrol.
The practice, called lane-splitting,
has always been legal in California. But state authorities have
never, until now, told motorcyclists how to weave the white line safely.
California is the only state
in the country where lane-splitting is legal."
CHP's Lane Splitting General
"Lane splitting in a
safe and prudent manner is not illegal in the state of California.
The term lane splitting,
sometimes known as lane sharing, filtering or white-lining, refers
to the process of a motorcyclist riding between lanes of stopped
or slower moving traffic or moving between lanes to the front
of traffic stopped at a traffic light.
Motorcyclists who are competent
enough riders to lane split, should follow these general guidelines
if choosing to lane split . . . "
I never lanesplit. Always
figured it was God's way of thinning out Human-kind.
1948 Delahaye 135 M
photo courtesy of Clff Miller
Figoni et Falaschi Cabriolet Narval
BPD Sergeant Cesar Melero
Lieutenant Dave Frankel of
the Berkeley Police Department is the Area 4 Commander and he
invites anyone who wishes to have coffee with him to join him
at, Berkeley Bowl West Cafe, 920 Heinz Ave., Berkeley, Friday,
February 15th, 2013, from 1 to 2pm
Sergeant Cesar Melero
Berkeley Police Department
"Hurdles, rewards for neighborhood blogs" Caleb Garling at sfgate.com.
"Big media companies
trying to cash in on hyper-local news - information that's sometimes
specific down to a couple of intersections in a big city - have
not found the endeavor very profitable.
But, despite navigating the
same economic concerns, myriad hyper-local blogs run by citizen
journalists are thriving in San Francisco - though mostly as labors
of love, where the bottom line is not the primary concern.
In just the past week, two
big, locally focused digital sites reported bad news.
On Thursday, EveryBlock,
a network of neighborhood blogs owned by NBC, shut its doors.
The site had received a grant from the Knight Foundation, an organization
that promotes innovation in media. After EveryBlock's closure,
NBC acknowledged that it was tough to make money.
Then, during an earnings
call Friday, AOL reported that Patch, its competitor to EveryBlock,
is losing money. But CEO Tim Armstrong said he remains committed
to the business.
Patch does not have a network
in San Francisco, but it does in South San Francisco and the East
Bay. That may be at least partly because of the neighborhood blogs
that already exist."
"Albany: Bay Trail property dispute leads
to court" by Damin
Esper at contracostatimes.com.
"For years, many have
dreamed of the completion of the Bay Trail, encircling San Francisco
Bay, giving complete, unbroken access to joggers, bicyclists and
others. One key portion of the Bay Trail, a strip of land behind
the grandstand of Golden Gate Fields, is the subject of an eminent
domain action by the East Bay Regional Park District and the next
court date, although not set yet, appears to be coming up soon."
Looks like A Bagels Inc is
moving into the space at Dwight and San Pablo, and with a serious
property upgrade--this is the former location of Bacheeso's.
"A la Carte: Sliver and Jules Thin Crust
in Berkeley" Jackie
"Just a sliver: There's
a pizza renaissance unfolding in Berkeley, home of Cheese Board,
Gioia, Emilia's, Zachary's and scores more. Danville's Jules Thin
Crust will be opening an outpost this spring in the storefront
previously occupied by Las Palmas (5804 College Ave.). Heather
and Jeff Clapp's signature longboard-shaped pizzas are topped
with colorful mixes of ingredients, including artichoke hearts,
apple and asparagus, for example, or fig jam, Gorgonzola and prosciutto.
Jules has been a big hit in Danville; now the Clapps are looking
to score a similar success right across the street from Zachary's.
Meanwhile, in downtown Berkeley,
the pizza de resistance is Sliver Pizzeria, launched by
Danville's Jules Thin Crust will be opening an outpost this spring
"Early phases of construction begin for
BAM/PFA" by Aimee
"Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive,
University of California (BAM/PFA)" announces two exhibitions, e-flux.com.
"Anna Halprin / MATRIX
246 and Apichatpong Weerasethakul / MATRIX 247"
"SF Symphony wins Grammy for music by Berkeley
resident" at dailycal.org.
"The San Francisco Symphony
and music director Michael Tilson Thomas received a Grammy Sunday
night for their live performance of two musical pieces written
by acclaimed Berkeley resident John Adams.
The symphony's modern rendition
of 'Harmonielehre' and 'Short Ride in a Fast Machine,' composed
in the 1980s, won for Best Orchestral Performance."
"Shotgun Players presents 'I Look Like
An Egg, but I Identify As A Cookie' " at heathergold.com.
"A fabulous theatre
that I've always wanted to play Shotgun Players will bring
my interactive baking comedy 'I Look Like An Egg, but I Identify
As A Cookie' back to the Bay Area on April 8th and 9th, 2013.
Shotgun Players is an amazing
theatre that has a huge following and sells out every show. They
do really interesting stuff, really focus on younger and new audiences,
keep tickets affordable and do unusually savvy stuff like repaint
their entire building with a great design that goes with each
major show in their season."
Though the funniest are "serious
", still check out "Top
5 Berkeley-inspired humor websites" Erum Khan, dailycal.org.
"If you have a professor
who doesn't mind laptops open during lecture, we know you've been
tempted to open that AirBears connected browser and click the
boredom away. So if you're going to take a bite of the forbidden
Internet fruit, at least be more creative than just Facebook and
open some fun sites! We at the Clog are offering a wacky version
of school spirit with the following suggestions. . . . "
"Remedy Health Media and the University
of California, Berkeley Partnering to Launch Online Health Resource
"Remedy Health Media, America's fastest growing health information
and technology company, announces the expansion of its 28-year
partnership with the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)
to launch BerkeleyWellness.com, an innovatively designed, expert-reviewed,
online health resource providing trustworthy wellness information
today, focuses on wellness news and information, including fitness,
self-care and nutrition. BerkeleyWellness.com features interactive
multiple-page experiences that drive high-value engagement. The
site incorporates quizzes and assessments, beautiful slide shows,
email alerts and social media feeds, as well as roundtables and
video chats with UC Berkeley's experts."
"UC Berkeley researchers find connection
between air pollution and lower birth weights"
Alyssa Neumann, dailycal.org.
"A study co-authored
by UC Berkeley researchers found that women who are exposed to
more air pollution while pregnant have an increased risk of giving
birth to underweight babies.
The study, Particulate
Air Pollution and Fetal Growth, was published in the journal Environmental
Health Perspectives last Wednesday and analyzed the effects of
air pollution on more than 3 million babies born between the late
1990s and mid-2000s.
The data from the study were
aggregated from 14 different sites, giving researchers more confidence
in the accuracy of their findings, said Tracey Woodruff, a co-author
of the study and director of the UC San Francisco Program on Reproductive
Health and the Environment.
'What makes the study unique
is that the bulk of (air pollution) studies are on cardiovascular
disease,' said Rachel Morello-Frosch, a study co-author and UC
Berkeley professor in the College of Natural Resources. 'Only
recently have we started to look at birth outcomes. Mothers are
a unique population that need to be taken into consideration.'
Morello-Frosch said the centers
analyzed fine particulate matters from traffic, factories, power
plants and larger particles that came from dust, roadways and
With a pollution level of
around 29 micrograms per cubic meter, California's air pollution
was more than the state standard for particulate matter and more
than that of Connecticut, New Jersey and Atlanta.
The study also found the
highest levels of air pollution in Seoul and Sao Paolo, while
the lowest pollution levels were in Vancouver.
Woodruff added that a low birth weight can have long-term medical
effects on the infant."
"Scientists create automated 'time machine'
to reconstruct ancient languages" Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations UC Berkeley.
"Ancient languages hold
a treasure trove of information about the culture, politics and
commerce of millennia past. Yet, reconstructing them to reveal
clues into human history can require decades of painstaking work.
Now, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have
created an automated "time machine," of sorts, that
will greatly accelerate and improve the process of reconstructing
hundreds of ancestral languages.
Computer scientists have
reconstructed ancient Proto-Austronesian, which gave rise to languages
spoken in Polynesia, among other places
In a compelling example of how 'big data' and machine learning
are beginning to make a significant impact on all facets of knowledge,
researchers from UC Berkeley and the University of British Columbia
have created a computer program that can rapidly reconstruct 'proto-languages'
the linguistic ancestors from which all modern languages
have evolved. These earliest-known languages include Proto-Indo-European,
Proto-Afroasiatic and, in this case, Proto-Austronesian, which
gave rise to languages spoken in Southeast Asia, parts of continental
Asia, Australasia and the Pacific."
"Days Gone By, Berkeley 1923, Hundreds
of homes burn as fire races down the hills" by Nilda Rego at mercurynews.com.
"We must have been talking about scary things the day I visited
my Aunt Rina on Kains Avenue in Berkeley, and she told me about
the day a big black cloud of smoke headed toward her home.
Fire was roaring down the
hills toward West Berkeley. She put her two infant sons in a buggy
and raced toward the bay. She told me the story some 24 years
ago, and the memory returned recently as I looked through old
'1,000 Berkeley Homes Burned,' read the Oakland Tribune headline
Sept. 18, 1923.
My aunt didn't tell me that.
She only remembered the wind changed, and she could return home.
POST FROM THE PAST
1923 Berkeley Fire
September 17, 1923
The 1923 Berkeley Fire was
a conflagration which consumed some 640 structures,
including 584 homes in the densely-built neighborhoods north of
the campus of the University of Californiain Berkeley,
California on September 17, 1923.
Although the exact cause
was never determined, the fire began in the undeveloped chaparraland grasslands of Wildcat
Canyon, just east of the ridgeline of the Berkeley Hills,
and was propelled over the ridge and southwestward just south
of Codornices Creek by a strong, gusty, and intensely
dry northeasterly wind.
The fire quickly blew up
as it swept through the La Loma Park and Northside neighborhoods
of Berkeley, overwhelming the capabilities of the Berkeley Fire
Department to stop it. A number of UC students fought the advance
of the fire as it approached the north edge of the University
of California campus at Hearst Avenue. The other edge of the fire
was fought by firefighters as it advanced on downtown Berkeley along
the east side of Shattuck Avenue north of University Avenue. Firefighters
were rushed in from neighboring Oakland while San
Francisco sent firefighters by ferry across the
bay. The fire was halted when the gusty northeast wind was suddenly
stopped by the cool, humid afternoon seabreeze.
As a result of this fire,
the City of Berkeley established a fire station in the hills on
Shasta Road just below Grizzly Peak Blvd. In the early 2000's,
this station was replaced and relocated to a nearby site just
above Grizzly Peak Blvd. on the interface between the residential
area and Tilden Regional Park, very close to the putative
origin of the 1923 fire.
Two minute film of fire here
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