2/13

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

1948 Delahaye 135 M

photo courtesy of Clff Miller

Figoni et Falaschi Cabriolet Narval 

 

 

 

BPD Sergeant Cesar Melero emails

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
Operations Division

 

 

 

"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 Burrell, mercurynews.com.

"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 in Berkeley."

 

 

 

"Early phases of construction begin for BAM/PFA" by Aimee Chang, newscenter.berkeley.edu.

 

"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 BerkeleyWellness.com" at prweb.com.

"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 to consumers.

BerkeleyWellness.com, live 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 fires.

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 newspapers.
'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.

 

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POST FROM THE PAST

2/13/11

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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2/14/13

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

video of a Satellite Deployment in Space

link courtesy Bob Kubik

On Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, NASA launched the Landsat Data Continuity Mission into orbit. After testing and checkout it will be renamed Landsat 8, handed off to the United States Geological Survey, and will continue the venerable mission to observe our green planet. Its task is to 'extend more than 40 years of global land observations critical to energy and water management, forest monitoring, human and environmental health, urban planning, disaster recovery and agriculture.' "

 

 

"UC Berkeley students make finals for Disney design competition" by Virgie Hoban at dailycal.org.

"A team of UC Berkeley students has made it to the finals of a national Disney-sponsored design competition and will present their project at the Walt Disney Imagineering headquarters this week."

 

 

 

 

from the Library of Congress

June 23, 1906, a trip to Berkeley California, American Mutoscope and Biograph Company

"This film, shot from a moving streetcar, shows portions of north Berkeley and the adjacent University of California campus, circa 1906. (A 1905 photo-panorama of Berkeley shows a virtually identical view of the area seen in the film.) The Oakland and Berkeley Rapid Transit Company began operating in 1891 and was a major factor in the development of Berkeley. Unincorporated until 1878, a decade after the foundation of the University of California, Berkeley was somewhat remote from the east-bay urban center of Oakland to the south. The apparent abundance of undeveloped land seen in the film is a bit deceptive; trees, hills and the narrow viewpoint of the camera hide much of the neighborhood, which was fairly well built-up by 1906, although much room remained for further growth. Over the following decades even the Berkeley Hills were covered with homes, as the University matured into a world-class institution. A large portion of north Berkeley burned in the 1923 fire, but the area was quickly rebuilt. The streetcar route shown is most of the final portion of the #4 line (built in 1901) originating in downtown Oakland. The No. 3 Oxford Street line, seen at the start of the film, also originated in Oakland. In 1903 the Berkeley streetcar system had become part of Oakland Transit Consolidated, basis of the Key Route system that linked east bay transit lines to its Oakland/San Francisco ferries. The No.3 line closed in 1932. Later-model streetcars on the No. 4 line were replaced by buses in 1948. The Hearst/Euclid avenues portion of that line is now part of the No. 65 Grizzly Peak bus line."

Make sure to view to the end for the ruckus!

 

 

 

 

BPD Ofc Stephanie Polizziani email

On 02/12/13 at
approximately 3:18 pm, BPD officers assigned to the Special
Enforcement Unit were executing a search warrant in Richmond. BPD
officers were confronted by three pit bulls belonging to the resident. One
of the dogs attacked a BPD officer, biting the officer in the arm while
another dog attempted to assist in the attack. Both dogs were shot and
killed. The officer was subsequently treated for their injuries and
released from a local hospital.

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2/15/13

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

colonnades

Berkeley Downtown U. S. Post Office

Proposed Sale of Berkeley Post Office

USPS Public Meeting and Comment Period for Proposed Relocation of the Berkeley Main Post Office; Tuesday, February 26, 2013. 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Berkeley City Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Berkeley.

The United States Postal Service has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the proposal to sell the Downtown Berkeley Post Office at 2000 Allston Way and relocate postal services.

From the USPS announcement:

"The reason behind the proposal is the realignment of USPS infrastructure to a 26-percent drop in total mail volume over the past three years, brought about by the diversion to electronic communication and business transactions. USPS does not receive tax dollars for its operations or facilities, but covers costs solely through the revenue received from the sale of its products and services.
"The Postal Service is in a very serious financial situation and is facing insolvency. Every opportunity to reduce expenses and generate revenue is being considered in order to maintain universal service to our customers. If this relocation is approved, USPS anticipates selling the current Berkeley Post Office building."

 

 

Berkeley Downtown United States Post Office

Oscar Wenderoth, Architect, 1914
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Berkeley's elegant Main Post Office is representative of the Second Renaissance Revival style, also called Neo-Classical Renaissance Revival. Government buildings constructed in this era were designed to "educate and develop the public taste and eventually elevate it to a higher plane." Classical motifs decorate the building's exterior and interior. The exterior terra cotta arches that are supported by plain tuscan columns are repeated on the inner wall of the loggia and again in the wall between the lobby and the main workroom. The mural over the door of the original Postmaster's office, which depicts figures from California's Spanish and pioneer periods, was painted in 1936­1937 by Suzanne Scheuer for the Treasury Relief Art Project during the Depression.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 "Lawrence Berkeley Revises German Solar Cost Calculation" Seth Masia, ases.org.

"In a study supported by the Department of Energy's SunShot program, the Lawrence Berkeley Lab has revised its assessment of why solar installations are cheaper in Germany than in the United States.  It's not because labor rates are lower; instead, standard practices mean fewer labor hours on each installation, with no permitting fees or sales taxes. In 2012, the lab finds that the average cost of a customer-owned PV system in the United States was $6.21 per watt before incentives; that's 80 percent higher than the average cost in Germany, $3.42. Hardware costs were nearly equal."

 

 

"UC Berkeley-Affiliated ICSI Launches Two New Groups for Audio/Multimedia and Research Initiatives in Computer Science" at marketwire.com.

"Leading Computer Science Research Organization Creates Divisions to House Initiatives Like Social Media 'Cybercasing' and Brain Networks Analysis."

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Bollywood Dance-Off in Berkeley" report with dance video at theworld.org.

"Two weeks ago in Berkeley, California, teams of college students faced off in an Indian dance contest that was so tensely competitive it should have been called the Bhangra Bowl.

India's hyper-sentimental Bollywood films are luring in Indian-American college students, raised in the US, but still glued by family to India.
'Bollywood has now become part of the American conversation, it's become the language in which India and America are talking to each other through these children, through these lives,' says Vamsee Juluri, media studies professor at the University of San Francisco.

Juluri says dance programs such as Bollywood Berkeley represent the coming together of the public and private selves of Indian-Americans.
'Until a few years ago, many Indian immigrants kept their Indian and American selves somewhat hyphenated and separate,' he says 'So they were Americans publicly Monday to Friday, and Saturday and Sunday they were Indians. And with Bollywood for the first time there's a hybrid culture that is starting to emerge.'"

 

 

 

"I-House Love: Romance & Friendships Made at I-House" at ihouse.berkeley.edu.

 

 

 

 

our Merryll emails

Had lunch with Carolyn Jones today.  She likes your blog.

Merryll

Carolyn's father is an old friend of Merryll's. Carolyn being the Carolyn "Crackerjack Chron reporter" Jones.
 

 

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"Matt Taibbi on Big Banks' Lack of Accountability" is another informative conversation with Bill Moyers.

"The journalist explains how our government - fearing another economic calamity - lets big banks off the hook for detestable behavior."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/16/13

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan--See Contemporary Culture in Berkeley" at nymagazine

"The city may not have shaken its hippie legacy just yet, but today its individualistic spirit is more evident in unique hotels, innovative restaurants, and highbrow art venues."

 

 

 

 

"3 new Bay Area halls let music ring out" John King at sfgate.com.

sf jazz center

"Even if you never step inside a single one - and such reticence would be a mistake - the Bay Area's three new concert halls are worth visiting to see how architecture can bring cultural ambitions to life.

They're in different parts of the region, aimed at different audiences, and each strikes a distinctly different pose. The idea in each case is to stir anticipation from afar, but there's no way of mistaking one destination for the next.

Each project has its flaws, just as reality often falls short of our dreams. What counts is that each venue not only celebrates the art of live music, but has the potential to reshape the landscape around it."

 

 

 

 

 

"Berkeley Mills

produces custom designed and handcrafted Furniture, Kitchens, Doors, Stairs and Millwork for your home or commercial project. You will not find more responsive company to work with, nor one that can build to a higher standard of quality and value. All while delivering on time and budget.

Your custom kitchen from Berkeley Mills blends European technology with natural, sustainable materials and thoughtful, ergonomic design. You choose the artisanal touches that make it special. You won't find modular, one-size-fits-all 'solutions' at Berkeley Mills. Just beautifully executed custom kitchen designs that fit your lifestyle ."

 

 

 

 

 

"Professors, students question usefulness of technology in classroom" Katherine Chen, dailycal.org.

"On the first day of class, the lecture hall for Biology 1B was teeming with students scrambling for seats. The unlucky ones shuffled into the course's several overflow rooms, which contained projections of the live lecture taking place just next door.

Ava Rezvani, a sophomore and intended integrative biology major, was fortunate enough to secure her seat by arriving well before the class began.
By the end of the semester, that same oversaturated hall may attract very few. The rest may rely on webcast, which allows them to watch the lecture whenever - or wherever - they want.

'It's hard to motivate yourself to wake up in the morning and make the trudge onto campus for a class that you could probably watch on Saturday morning in your pajamas while eating cereal,' Rezvani said in an email. 'No one is keeping track of your attendance and you are not getting any extra points for being there, so why do it?'

UC Berkeley's Center for Studies in Higher Education is attempting to determine the value of emerging technologies - such as webcasting - for higher education."

 

"Many campus websites unavailable Sunday afternoon" Public Affairs, UC Berkeley.

Sites hosted on the Calweb Pro and Webfarm servers will be offline for maintenance Sunday, Feb. 17, 4 ­ 8 p.m.  Among the dozens of affected sites are. . ."

 

 

 

 

 

"Tesla CEO Elon Musk is right to battle bad review of the Model S, experts say"

Tesla Model S

John Boudreau, contracostatimes.com.

 


 

 

 

 

"Saul's worth more than a nosh in Berkeley" Nicholas Boer at sfagate.com.

pastrami

"On three occasions I tried the latkes at Saul's Restaurant and Delicatessen. The first was heavy, the second hot and crispy, and the third was somewhere in the middle. Or, as Myra, a friend who has grown up with latkes, described it, "inoffensive."
Such are the challenges of executing a huge deli menu for a clientele who have peculiar ideas of authenticity."

 


"Herschel the Magnificent Jew" is a video by Lou Charloff at holycannoli.posterous.com.

"Lou Charloff was born in Romania and moved to New York (specifically, the Bronx) when he was two years old. He speaks five languages and served as an interpreter for the military government of occupied Germany after World War II. Four years ago, he decided to try his hand at stand-up comedy in Los Angeles, making him, simultaneously, one of the oldest and one of the newest comics in the business."

 


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2/17/13

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

a restored

1954 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster

 

Wikipedia "The Jaguar XK140 is a sports car manufactured by Jaguar between 1954 and 1957 as the successor to the XK120.

Upgrades included more interior space, improved brakes, rack and pinion steering, increased suspension travel, and telescopic shock absorbers instead of the older lever arm design.

The XK140 was introduced in late 1954 and sold as a 1955 model. Exterior changes that distinguished it from the XK120 included more substantial front and rear bumpers with overriders, and flashing turn signals (operated by a switch on the dash) above the front bumper.
Boot emblem

The grille remained the same size but became a one-piece cast unit with fewer, and broader, vertical bars. The Jaguar badge was incorporated into the grille surround. A chrome trim strip ran along the centre of the bonnet (hood) and boot (trunk) lid. An emblem on the boot lid contained the words "Winner Le Mans 1951­3".

The interior was made more comfortable for taller drivers by moving the engine, firewall and dash forward to give 3 inches (76 mm) more legroom. The single battery was relocated from behind the seats to inside the wing (fender) on the inlet side.

The XK140 was powered by the Jaguar XK engine with the Special Equipment modifications from the XK120, which raised the specified power by 10 bhp to 190 bhp (142 kW) gross at 5500 rpm, as standard. The C-Type cylinder head, carried over from the XK120 catalogue, and producing 210 bhp (157 kW) gross at 5750 rpm, was optional equipment.

When fitted with the C-type head, 2-inch sand-cast H8 carburettors, heavier torsion bars and twin exhaust pipes, the car was designated XK140 SE in the UK and XK140 MC in North America.

 

More, including contemporary prices here and here .

A restoration is here with restoration video here.

And, an original 1954 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster is waiting to be restored "buried" here in a Potter Creek storeroom.

 

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POST FROM THE PAST

5/1/07

Jeff Grey and his Ford Rod--Jeff works at Consolidated Printing

 

END POST FROM THE PAST

 

 

 

 

The "earliest known photograph" of men drinking beer

Edinburgh Ale, 1844

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2/18/13

POSTS FROM THE PAST

12/26/11

" Rise of the drone: From Calif. garage to multibillion-dollar defense industry" Peter Finn at washingtonpost.com.

"In 1980, Abraham Karem, an engineer who had emigrated from Israel, retreated into his three-car garage in Hacienda Heights outside Los Angeles and, to the bemusement of his tolerant wife, began to build an aircraft.

The work eventually spilled into the guest room, and when Karem finished more than a year later, he wheeled into his driveway an odd, cigar-shaped craft that was destined to change the way the United States wages war.

The Albatross, as it was called, was transported to the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, where it demonstrated the ability to stay aloft safely for up to 56 hours - a very, very long time in what was then the crash-prone world of drones.

Three iterations and more than a decade of development later, Karem's modest-looking drone became the Predator, the lethal, remotely piloted machine that can circle above the enemy for nearly a day before controllers thousands of miles away in the southwestern United States launch Hellfire missiles toward targets they are watching on video screens.

The emergence of hunter-killer and surveillance drones as revolutionary new weapons in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in counterterrorism operations in places such as Pakistan and Yemen, has spawned a multibillion-dollar industry, much of it centered in Southern California, once the engine of Cold War military aviation.

Over the next 10 years, the Pentagon plans to purchase more than 700 medium- and large-size drones at a cost of nearly $40 billion, according to a Congressional Budget Office study. Thousands more mini-drones will be fitted in the backpacks of soldiers so they can hand-launch them in minutes to look over the next hill or dive-bomb opposing forces."

 

 

"Female Inventor--Hedy Lamarr

"American men, as a group, seem to be interested in only two things, money and breasts. It seems a very narrow outlook" Hedy Lamarr.

"Any girl can be glamorous," Hedy Lamarr once said. "All she has to do is stand still and look stupid.'"

The film star belied her own apothegm by hiding a brilliant, inventive mind beneath her photogenic exterior. In 1942, at the height of her Hollywood career, she patented a frequency-switching system for torpedo guidance that was two decades ahead of its time.

Hedy Lamarr was born in Vienna in 1914 as Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler. She went to Max Reinhardt's famous acting school in Berlin during her late teens, and in 1933 she showed the world her acting skills and most of herself in the film Extase (Ecstacy), which quickly became notorious for its extensive nude scenes. The movie played in America after severe cutting, and in 1937 its leading lady went to Hollywood. Louis B. Mayer, of MGM, hired her and gave her the name Lamarr. Some people thought Hedy to be the most beautiful woman in Hollywood, but as an actress she was overshadowed by heroines like Ingrid Bergman and Katharine Hepburn. In 1966, she published her autobiography, Ecstacy and Me.

Hedy Lamarr married Fritz Mandal, the first of six husbands, in 1933. During their marriage, which broke up in 1937, Madame Mandl was an institution in Viennese society, entertaining-and dazzling-foreign leaders, including Hitler and Mussolini. Her husband specialized in shells and grenades, but from the mid-thirties on he also manufactured military aircraft. He was interested in control systems and conducted research in the field. His wife clearly learned things from him, because she and her co-inventor, George Antheil, later went on to invent the torpedo guidance system that was two decades before its time.

Hedy Lamarr's co-inventor, George Antheil, was born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1900. His parents were from East Prussia. After studying music at what is now the Curtis Institute, in Philadelphia, he went to Europe to pursue a career as a concert pianist, heading first to Berlin and then settling in Paris in 1923. He became one of the top avante-garde composers of the time, writing and playing machinelike, 'mechanistic,' rhythmically propulsive pieces with names like Airplane Sonata, Sonata Sauvage, Jazz Sonata, and Death of Machines. His Ballet Méanique was scored for sixteen player pianos, xylophones and percussion and was first performed in Paris in June 1926, in a version that had only one player piano but also had electric bells, airplane propellers and a siren. It caused an uproar."

Hedy Lamarr's biography / George Antheil's biography.

 

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after 2/18/13 here

 

 

 

 

 

 

eternally useful links

 

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

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

 

 

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

useful link

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

http://gethuman.com/

 

 

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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.

 

 

Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


 

Our City Council update is here.

Our Planning Commision update is here

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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