after 3/8/13, here
after 3/23/13, here
"Potter Creek's Tippett Studios created
the Ted Segment at the Oscars"
with videos at comingsoon.net.
"Tippett Studio brought
Ted, the title character from Universal Pictures' blockbuster
live action/CG-animated comedy, back to life for the 85th Annual
Academy Awards® telecast. Accompanied by friend and co-star
Mark Wahlberg, a computer-generated Ted riffed a few jokes before
the duo presented Oscars for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing."
On Wednesday morning in Potter
Creek, 9th was blocked off from Carleton to Dwight by BPD and
BFD while PG & E repaired a downed power line.
Also in Potter Creek, Wareham
has begun the remodel of the recently purchased Wooden Duck building
on 7th south of Heinz. The exterior will be replaced, the old
one now being removed.
And, the old Bacheeso location
on San Pablo and Dwight will soon house Clay Pot, an eatery serving
beer and wine and owned by Vietnamese-Americans.
The west-Berkeley, Berkeley
Patients Group Homepage is here.
Information includes selection,
prices and reveiws.
"Authorities detail fatal Santa Cruz shooting
of police" an excellent
ABC video report.
My heart goes out to the
families, friends and colleagues of the Santa Cruz police killed
in the line of duty!
and buddies on the Grapevine
last-week, coming back from Arizona.
"Berkeley community groups raise concern
about death of mentally ill man"
is a ktvu.com report.
"Members of several
community groups raised concerns Thursday about the way the Berkeley
Police Department handled an incident with a mentally ill man
who died in a struggle with officers two weeks ago."
Berkeley PD Public Information
Office Jennifer Coats emails
We received some additional
inquiries regarding the recent death of a person during contact
with our officers. Though we are limited in terms of sharing specific
details of this ongoing investigation, we wanted to offer some
context where we can, as hopefully this may be of some use to
We understand the community's concern over this incident, and
the desire to have as much information about this incident as
As you may know, any investigation involving a death such as this
includes thorough and detailed interviews with all witnesses and
involved parties, the collection and analysis of all available
evidence, and preparation of appropriate reports. The Alameda
County Coroner's office is conducting their concurrent death investigation
There are significant constraints in place regarding the immediate
release of information in a case such as this, and we can't comment
on specific information or even address inaccuracies which may
be expressed in public discussion regarding this incident.
The Berkeley Police Department has a long history of working with
respect and sensitivity to mental health issues in our community
and among people with whom we come into contact. Our department
has a positive reputation in the community for its interactions
with mental health consumers.
Furthermore, we are increasing our level of service and expertise
in this area through our Department's new Crisis Intervention
Team (CIT) program. This program is based on a national, best-practices
model for police interactions with people with mental health issues.
These training efforts, and the expansion of the program, are
continuing throughout the year.
A thorough investigation takes time. We are obliged to wait for
the evidence to be examined, the facts to be determined, and the
investigation to be completed.
We are committed to conducting a sensitive and thorough investigation,
fair to everyone involved, from the family and friends of the
decedent, to the officers and firefighters who tried to save the
"What City Employees in Berkeley Get in
Salary, Pension and Benefits"
is a story at berkeleypatch.com, but remember, Berkeley
or not, this is America and you get what you pay for.
office releases a list on public payroll. Alameda County has the
second highest average salary among counties.
Berkeley has the eighth highest
average employee salary among the 477 cities listed in a new public
The state Controller's Office
has put together a chart of city and county employee salary, benefits
and pension contributions for municipal agencies throughout California.
The 2011 salary list shows
the average salary for municipal workers across the state is $61,059
The average salary for Berkeley
city workers is listed as $84,315. The total amount spent on city
salaries was $124 million."
"Berkeley ponders Telegraph Ave" Carolyn Jones at sfgate.com.
· A community meeting is planned in Berkeley to discuss
possible changes to the once-vibrant Telegraph Avenue district.
Photo: Brant Ward, The Chronicle
Telegraph Avenue, in all
its scruffy 1960s revolutionary glory, is headed for a 21st century
overhaul. And - hang on to your Mao hat - that probably means
more chain stores.
Determined to clean up the
iconic strip south of the UC campus, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates
is embarking on a makeover of Telegraph Avenue, looking at everything
from traffic laws to the retail mix.
The first step is a community
gathering with neighbors, merchants, students, city staff and
others to figure out what's wrong with Telegraph and how it can
'Students are not going there.
It's not a regional draw. We need to make it a welcoming and comfortable
and fun place for everyone to visit,' Bates said. 'This means
we have to start looking at some sacred cows.'
Telegraph Avenue, for decades
the heart of UC Berkeley student life and a symbol of the city's
radical past, lately has fallen from grace. While Berkeley's other
commercial districts have thrived, even in the downturn, sales
tax revenues on Telegraph have plummeted, and empty storefronts
abound. The intersection of Haste and Telegraph is marred by two
vacant lots, and the former Cody's bookstore - once a hub of intellectual
life - has sat empty since 2006."
"Post office public meeting rallies Berkeley
"Following the next
steps in the process of selling the Downtown Berkeley Post Office,
the U.S. Postal Service held a public meeting Tuesday night to
As part of a mandatory procedure
before continuing with the sale, the Postal Service hosted the
meeting to inform residents about the financial reasons behind
its proposal and to allow for public comment before any plans
are finalized. More than 100 residents attended the meeting to
campaign against the potential sale of the historic building,
which they claim is a vital part of Berkeley.
'Our post office is not for
sale,' said Mayor Tom Bates at the meeting. 'It is some'thing
we truly love and value we are not going to stand by and watch
this happen.' "
The Berkeley PD February
2013 News letter is now
From the Rolling Stone Archives
at 100;A city takes a historic look at itself, and a writer takes
a look at his own - and his city's - ghosts" Greil Marcus
May 1978, rollingstone.com.
Don't think I sold
many records that day
its one hundredth anniversary as an independent city th' week
of April 1st, and typically, the only one of the many centennial
events to receive any coverage in the media was the most obvious:
a free 'Sixties Rock Concert." Less easy to pin down was
the county-fair-style carnival at Peoples' Park that half-block
of land won in May of 1969, but not until one man had lost his
life, another his eyesight, and (since, after the first day of
fighting, Berkeley was occupied by the National Guard) the city
its last vestiges of sovereignty. A rented, overnight affair,
the carnival came complete with Ferris wheel, bumper cars, shooting
gallery and fun house; several yards of grass had been crushed
to make room for the midway. It was very incongruous, given the
history that was, supposedly, at issue; a lone park volunteer,
weeding shrubs a hundred feet from the crowds, did his best to
seem indifferent. Just down the street, at the corner of Haste
and Dwight a corner that has likely seen more tear gas than
any in the United States you could follow that history in
a wall mural, 'A Peoples' History of Telegraph Avenue' (covering
the years 1964-1970, it was completed in 1976), and discover why
some of us cannot walk past the park, or Moe's Bookstore, or any
number of campus battlegrounds that are now merely buildings,
without feeling chased by our own ghosts."
"Finding my place in Berkeley:For some,
La Val's is just a place to have lunch. For others, it's a home
away from home"
Andrew Steinsapir at dailycal.org.
"Love and La Val's An ode to Kip's
The night before I visited
UC Berkeley for the first time, my parents and I had dinner with
Thom, a family friend who happened to be an alumnus. We talked
all throughout dinner, and late into the night, he told me about
his time on campus during the Free Speech Movement and the protests.
I was excited to hear all about the campus I would soon be calling
home. Having already read the Wikipedia page about 10 times, a
firsthand account was exhilarating.
When the check came Thom
handed me a handwritten list. 'This is everywhere you need to
eat,' he said. 'There are a lot of choices out there, but these
are the ones that I remember after 30 years.'
The next day, my parents
and I flew up from Southern California with the list in my pocket.
My tour was like any other I had seen - an overly enthusiastic
tour guide showed me all the buildings on campus and imparted
a bit of lore on our group. I was underwhelmed. It looked like
any other campus I had seen in the movies. I was convinced that
I had made the wrong choice, that I didn't belong and that it
wasn't my campus.
The tour was over, and we
were starving. We hadn't eaten anything since breakfast back home.
We decided to consult the list and picked the first entry - La
Val's Pizza. We walked in through the courtyard shared with La
Burrita, ordered and sat down. With the smell of pepperoni and
a hint of parmesan on the air, my mother and I played pool as
we waited for our pizza. We began to talk, and I shared my anxiety
about starting at Berkeley with her.
'I guess I would feel this
way regardless of where we were,' I said. She nodded, sunk the
eight-ball and then it was time for pizza."
"State Senator Loni Hancock Accepting Applications
for Summer Internship Program"
Dixie Jordan at berkeley.patch.com.
"State Senator Loni
Hancock (9th District) is currently accepting applications for
her summer internship program.
The unpaid internships run June 4 through Aug. 16 and require
a minimum of 10 to 12 hours per week throughout the program."
About Potter Creek's "Bright
Horizons child-care-preschool at Bayer, 921 Parker Street, Berkeley,
CA" at brighthorizons.com.
"A Bright Horizons teacher
is a nurturer as well as an educator, someone who encourages learning
through exploration, and who understands the balance between what
a child needs to feel safe and what she requires to reach her
potential. Your child's teacher is your partner. At Bright Horizons,
families and teachers work together --celebrating successes, navigating
challenges, and communicating daily about your child's achievements
"Too high to drive? Marijuana-friendly
Colorado debates blood-level limits" Brady Dennis and T.W. Farnam, washingtonpost.com
"When is someone too
stoned to drive?
The answer, it turns out,
has been anything but si mple in Colorado, which last fall became
one of the first states in the country to legalize marijuana.
Prosecutors and some lawmakers
have long pushed for laws that would set a strict blood-level
limit for THC, the key ingredient in cannabis. A driver over the
limit would be deemed guilty of driving under the influence, just
as with alcohol.
Such legislation has failed
several times in recent years in the face of fierce opposition
from marijuana advocates and defense lawyers, who claim?a one-size-fits-all
standard doesn't work for marijuana because it affects the body
differently than alcohol."
"The Long Now Foundation Presents: Chris
Anderson and the Maker Revolution" a lecture at kqed.org with kudos to our
Swerve as a state-of-the art new manufacture--start at about 20
minutes for Swerve.
"Chris Anderson's book 'The Long Tail' chronicled how the
Internet revolutionized and democratized distribution. His new
book 'Makers' shows how the same thing is happening to manufacturing,
with even wider consequences, and this time the leading revolutionaries
are the young of the world. Anderson himself left his job as editor
of Wired magazine to join a 22-year-old from Tijuana in running
a typical makers firm, 3D Robotics, which builds do-it-yourself
"You Ready for Civilian Drones?" Christina Hernandez Sherwood, govtech.com.
"Commercial and civilian drones are already here - even if
they're not supposed to be. Officially, the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) forbids commercial operation of unmanned aircraft in U.S.
national air space, but that hasn't stopped a growing number of
them from taking to the skies.
In January, the Los Angeles
Police Department had to warn real estate agents not to use images
of properties taken from a remotely controlled aircraft.
During the Occupy movement
in New York City last November, reporter Tim Pool obtained a bird's-eye
view of police action in Zuccotti Park from a customized two-foot-wide
drone flying overhead. The camera-equipped device streamed live
video to the journalist's smartphone, which relayed the footage
to a public Internet stream.
And since 2011, News Corp.'s
The Daily has had a news-gathering drone that it reportedly used
to capture aerial footage of post-storm Alabama and flooding in
"Some of the Most Interesting Projects
to Come Out of Kickstarter"
"Kickstarter is a fantastic
service that allows anyone to come up with an idea they're passionate
about, find others who are also passionate, and then get the funding
to go ahead and make that dream a reality. But while every Kickstarter
success story is an exciting example of how business is becoming
more democratic, there are some that stand out as being particularly
successful, particularly innovative or so out there and advanced
that they could very well provide us with a real glimpse into
the future. Don't believe me? Read on and see what you make of
some of the most impressive and intriguing projects to originate
on the site
Amanda Palmer is a singer,
songwriter and creator of the first million dollar music project
on Kickstarter. With a goal of $100,000 to create her first breakaway
solo album after leaving the 'Dresden Dolls', she in fact raised
an incredible $1,192,793 and then went on to reach the top 10
in the Billboard Charts. Not bad! "
The Sequester: Absolutely everything you could
possibly need to know, in one FAQ" by Dylan Matthews at washingtonpost.com.
"Update: Happy sequester
day! We're republishing this in celebration of the holiday. Enjoy!
At the end of the month,
the dreaded sequester is set to take effect. Hands up if you know
what exactly that means - and be honest. Don't worry, we're here
to set you straight. Follow along for answers to some of the most-asked
questions about the impending cuts.
What is the sequester?
The sequester is a group
of cuts to federal spending set to take effect March 1, barring
further congressional action."
"How will federal sequestration impact
the campus?" Public
Affairs, UC Berkeley.
and automatic federal funding cuts due to begin today (Friday,
March 1), UC Berkeley is among the thousands of affected entities
across the country.
The campus's Office of Governmental
and Community Relations provides answers to questions about the
potential impacts of sequestration on financial aid for students,
as well as research. As additional information from federal and
other sources becomes available, this Q&A may be updated,
with dates of any changes noted."
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and his Stupid
Fun Club will be Swerve's new tenents--they will occupy part
of Swerve's Potter Creek 7th Street facility. Very much sooner-than-later,
Michael and Steven Goldin will be leasing space to these video
game pioneers--good for Will Wright, good for Potter Creek,
good for Berkeley, and good for the Goldins!
good for Ziggy, too
the Swerve family robot--
robots can get lonely "
"Potter Creek's Swerve
makes BBC radio!
In a piece about 'the new
Michael Goldin is interviewed by BBC's Chris Anderson. If
you want to hear just Michael, start a lIttle after 6 minutes."
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a Note From Councilmanr Capitelli
"The truth is, we just don't want anything to change."
This comment came recently at the end of a long and earnest discussion
about several proposed changes within a neighborhood shopping
area. It seemed to me a fair and candid assessment of how this
constituent and some others in our community genuinely feel when
confronted with proposed developments or changes to our city.
I get it. When things are working, or are working for you, why
change anything? We live in a beautiful, vibrant and desirable
area, where residents can live a quiet, residential life with
many urban amenities. We absolutely want to preserve what works
and what we love.
But change is inevitable and effective preservation is not about
doing nothing. As anyone who owns a house soon learns, home maintenance
can take almost as much time, energy and resources as home remodeling.
Without creative attention and regular investment to our built
world, things deteriorate. Whether on the local, regional, state,
national or international level, we have to adapt to the changes
that are always unfolding around us.
And there are no prescriptive solutions. On a local level, zoning
regulations that preserved a vibrant shopping area a generation
ago become unreasonable hurdles in a different economic climate.
Streets designed to accommodate street cars in the last century
need to be redesigned for slower traffic and safe bike and pedestrian
use. An urban park that celebrated grassroots community participation
a generation ago is now all but abandoned by the greater community,
in a holding pattern for a new public vision.
As legislators we advocate for change even when we are trying
to preserve our way of life, our environment, our economy, our
heritage. Our challenge is to find that sweet spot that balances
very limited resources with community priorities, individual needs
with public benefits.
So when you say, "We just don't want anything to change,"
I do hear you. It's a clear call to action.
Potter Creek's Wooden Duck
building--7th north of Ashby
is being remodeled by Wareham,
its new owner
"People Working in Berkeley Can't Afford
to Live Here, Report Says" by
Charles Burress at berkeleypatch.com.
"The percent of Berkeley's
labor force that lives in the city is small and continues to shrink,
as high rents and home prices force those who work in the city
to seek homes elsewhere, according to a city report on Berkeley's
Only a small proportion of
people who work in Berkeley live in the city, and the percentage
continues to decline in the face of high housing costs, according
to the first in a newly initiated series of city reports on Berkeley's
'Only about 17.1% of the
jobs in Berkeley are actually held by Berkeley residents, a proportion
that has declined over time as the somewhat higher than average
rents and home prices in Berkeley has caused more people employed
here to look elsewhere in the region for housing,' according to
the report prepared for the City Council by the city's Economic
Development Manager, Michael Caplan.
The 34-page document is the
first in a series of quarterly reports requested by the council
in December on Berkeley's economic development in 2013, Caplan
It focuses on employment and retail sales trends."
Had lunch at Potter Creek's
yesterday. We ordered the Margherita pizza
with sausage and Arugala salad on top, and a Belgian beer--split
the pizza and the beer. Absolutely delicious and out the door
for USD 27.00 including our generous tip. Also, . . . pleasant
surroundings and courteous, efficient service.
"UC Berkeley and UCLA ranked among top
10 universities worldwide"
"The University of California
system once again scored very well in an annual reputational ranking
of world research universities by the Times Higher Education magazine
of Great Britain, with UC Berkeley and UCLA in the top 10, officials
"Berkeley non-profit wins $750,000 grant
from the MacArthur Foundation"
Jennie Yoon at dailycal.org.
"Berkeley school programs
receive annual grant support from nonprofit MasterCard Foundation
scholarships bring students from African countries to UC Berkeley
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism awarded grant for digital
endeavors Berkeley-based Center for Investigative Reporting wins
The Berkeley-based nonprofit
organization International Rivers has been recently awarded the
2013 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Solutions."
"Berkeley-Paris Express: A Lively Memoir
of Studying Classical Music and Painting"
by Webster Young: a review
Fascinating times. Fascinating people. Incredible artwork. Berkeley-Paris
Express by Webster Young contains the musings and education of
an immensely talented young man who had the great luck - if one
may call it that - to be blessed not only with talent, but also
If you've ever wondered how
an artist truly gets educated, this is a very eye-opening book.
If you are one of those people intensely curious about the creative
process, you will not be disappointed. If Berkeley in the 1960s
fascinates you, if the mere mentioning of the name 'Paris' will
always make you perk up, if Juilliard interests you, then by all
means pick up Berkeley-Paris Express."
"A Composer At The Edge Of Sound"
"Composer Tod Machover
uses technology to help make writing and performing music more
"Tod Machover and the City of Toronto Are
Creating a Symphony"
by Amanda Hirsch at pbs.org.
'Over the coming months,
I am inviting you -- the citizens of Toronto -- to collaborate
with me to compose a new symphony which will be premiered by the
Toronto Symphony Orchestra ... Some of the music will be by you,
some by me, and some shaped by us together. My hope is that we
will create something that neither you nor I could have done without
each other, and that will be surprising, stimulating, and beautiful,
a musical portrait about -- and by -- Toronto."'
Tod Machover knows how to
collaborate. A composer, inventor and educator at the MIT Media
Lab who was nominated for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music, his
innovative approach to collaboration with A Toronto Symphony offers
lessons in artistic collaboration as well as lessons for collaborators
in all sectors -- journalism included. We recently spoke.
Collaborating with a City
In addition to composing
his own music, Machover is passionate about making music central
to people's lives -- and many of the technologies he's created
do just that, from the technology behind Guitar Hero to Hyperscore,
which lets anyone compose music using visual tools.
When the Toronto Symphony
asked him to curate an upcoming festival for them, and to explore
the theme of the future of orchestras, Machover saw an opportunity
to bring his passions together. 'Is there a way to make the kind
of music I really want to make,' he asked himself, 'and open up
to the public?'
Machover was also interested
in creating dialogue between musicians and consumers of music,
including the growing number of consumers who make their own musical
mash-ups. 'There's really no dialogue between the artists putting
out commercial stuff,' he said, and the people who are riffing
off of it. At the same time, he observed, everyone uses social
media -- 'you can't be an artist without using it' -- but 'a lot
of social media actually creates more of a gap" between artists
and audiences. "You become more known, but you aren't more
accessible.' With the Toronto Symphony, Machover saw an opportunity
to experiment with a new model of a collaboration with the general
'Could I invite people into
the creative process in a way that would be exciting to all of
us?,' he wondered.
Hence, the collaborative Toronto Symphony project was born, with
Machover formally inviting every resident of the city to participate,
with a blog post (quoted at the beginning of this article) and
video (see below). His approach offers inspiration for any organization
looking to involve citizens in its work in meaningful, rather
than token, ways."
"Matt Haimovitz plays
first four movements of Tod Machover's 'Begin Again Again.' "
"Forty years for Berkeley's venerable Ashkenaz"
"Founded by David Nadel
40 years ago as a community center where people could get together
and dance, Ashkenaz has offered music ranging from Cajun to bluegrass
to reggae ever since. The venue plans a series of 40th anniversary
concerts in March."
Miltiades Mandros emails
Nothing much, but in any case, who would know better?
Glad I ran into you the other day. Give a holler if you'd like to swat flies and tell lies.
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Of Symphonies and
The first of
thirteen recording sessions with Eduardo Mata and the London Symphony
Orchestra coincided with the onslaught of what meteorologists
described as London's coldest and snowiest weather in 31 years.
All forms of transportation collapsed in one form or another;
there were widespread power failures; the actors in the musical,
Oh, Calcutta, at the Nell Gwynne Theater refused to perform
the nude scenes because of the cold; and even Big Ben stopped
chiming briefly when its tower clock stuck.
Church, Tooting (South London), the site of the recording, resembled
the inside of one of those glass-ball paperweights with snowflakes
whirling around. Only a handful of musicians managed to get to
the church on time at 10:30 am. They arrived with tales of stalled
suburban trains, frozen Diesel tanks on the highway, and cars
that couldn't make it out of their own driveways. Recording engineer
Bob Auger, however, had taken the precaution of installing and
testing his equipment in the church the night before, and it was
as warm as toast when we arrived the following morning, with none
of the usual electronic gremlins that have been known to plague
recordists in severe wintry conditions.
story here--then scroll down
END POST FROM THE
is the mellow, intellectual middle child of the Bay Area family"
at livingsocial.com is a refreshing look at Our Town.
"North of Oakland and
across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, this city has a reputation
for being a low-key college town and home to some of the most
enlightened thinkers in the Golden State. Along with the academic
crowd comes an appreciation for cultural offerings, offbeat boutiques,
and locally sourced cuisine. And did we mention its vast swaths
of green space? It all comes together to make a downright delightful
Patrick Kennedy appeared
on "CBS this Morning" today in an interview about his
micro-apartments. Reporters Charlie Rose and Nora O'Donnell
thought it a good idea.
"Should President Obama give up golf during
The (failed) GOP bid to strip
funds for presidential golf trips was just one move in an escalating
struggle over Obama's 'sequester' strategy, . . . "
& Stout: Beer-infused cupcakes and desserts" Jackie
Burrell at contracostatimes.com.
"It was only to be expected that the burgeoning craft beer
movement would eventually surge over the bar and into the kitchen.
Over the past several years, we've seen SF Beer Week, the recent,
epic 500-event beer fest, explode into a world filled with beer-pairing
dinners, lunches and brunches.
Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, is that craft beers have
even found a place on the dessert menu.
Beeramisu, anyone? "
Berkeley Wine Festival Begins Next Week" Tamara Palmer,
"The fourth annual Berkeley
Wine Festival returns to the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa each
Friday evening from from March 16-May 24. Meritage chef Scott
Quinn has planned an ambitious series of meals and plates to match
various wineries of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest,
including Hanzell Vineyards, Frogs Leap Winery, Benzinger Family
Winery and DeLille Cellars. Two months of oenophile heaven begin
with a grand opening reception on March 16. There's even a shuttle
running from the BART Rockridge station in case trying all 45
wines promised here becomes a personal mission."
"Oriana Fallaci: A life of glory at the
Berkeley Rep" by
Karen D'Souza at contracostatimes.com.
" ' Glory is a heavy burden, a murdering
poison, and to bear it is an art. And to have that art is rare'
The famed Italian journalist
had more of that elusive art than most of the world leaders and
celebrities she covered. Not only did she have a devastating way
with words, but she was as equally fearless in the halls of power
as she was in the trenches.
When she died, it has been said, the art of the interview died
Hailed as 'a dissecting interviewer
of the powerful,' Fallaci was a controversial figure whose heroism
and fatal flaws are the stars of 'Fallaci,' a new play by Lawrence
Wright. Directed by Oskar Eustis, this tale of Fallaci's last
days makes its world premiere at Berkeley Rep on Friday through
April 21 before heading to New York's Public Theatre."
"Is 3D printing the future of manufacturing?"
"3D printing is a process
by which an object or objects are created by 'printing' its shape
with any kind of metal or plastic. Cornell University professor
Hod Lipson explains how a 3D printer works, its pros, and cons."
POSTS FROM THE
" 3D printing" at wikipedia.org.
"3D printing is
a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three
dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers
of material. 3D printers are generally faster, more affordable
and easier to use than other additive manufacturing technologies.
3D printers offer product developers the ability to print parts
and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical
and physical properties in a single build process. Advanced 3D
printing technologies yield models that can serve as product prototypes.
A 3D printer works by taking
a 3D computer file and constructing from it a series of cross-sectional
slices. Each slice is then printed one on top of the other to
create the 3D object.
Since 2003 there has been
large growth in the sale of 3D printers. Additionally, the cost
of 3D printers has declined. The technology also finds
use in the jewellery, footwear, industrial design, architecture,
engineering and construction (AEC), automotive, aerospace, dental
and medical industries, among others."
Richmond Rambler, Cliff Miller
sends a link to a youtube
videos of 3D printing.
END POSTS FROM
"Friends, family remember fallen Santa
and co-workers Thursday gave a final salute to the two Santa Cruz
officers killed in the line of duty. Det. Sgt. Butch Baker and
Det. Elizabeth Butler were remembered in a memorial that was filled
with laughter and tears.
Thursday morning, a motorcade
that was several miles long traveled through Santa Cruz before
heading north on state Highway 17, then taking highways 85 and
87 toward HP Pavilion in San Jose. Two fire trucks at the arena
formed an arch with their ladders where an American flag was hanging.
"Of 'Guys and Dolls' at Berkeley's Julia
Morgan, Fairyland lambs and Crowden virtuoso's recital" Martin Snapp Columnist at insidebayarea.com.
" 'When you see a gent/Paying
all kinds of rent/For a flat that could flatten the Taj Mahal/When
a bum buys wine like a bum can't afford/It's a cinch that the
bum/is under the thumb/of some little broad/When a lazy slob/takes
a good steady job/And he smells from Vitalis and Barbasol/Call
it sad, call it funny/But it's a better than even money/That the
guy's only doing it for some doll.'
Yes, 'Guys And Dolls,' one
of the classics of Broadway's golden age of musicals, is coming
to Berkeley's Julia Morgan Theatre in a new production from Berkeley
When it premiered in 1951,
it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama; but the award was yanked
at the last minute because of scriptwriter Abe Burrows' troubles
with the House Un-American Activities Committee, and no Pulitzer
for Drama was awarded that year.
'Guys And Dolls' is a comic
topsy-turvy world where the bad guys are the good guys, sporting
names like Big Jule, Harry the Horse, Nathan Detroit and Nicely
Nicely Johnson. It features classic songs like 'Fugue For Tinhorns,'
'Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat' and 'The Oldest Established
Permanent Floating Crap Game In New York.'
Since the hoodlums are the
good guys, it follows that the bad guys are the cops -- in the
person of Lt. Brannigan, who keeps trying to bust Nathan Detroit's
crap game. In a case of life imitating art, the role is being
played by a real-life cop: Berkeley Police Sgt. Tom Curtin. 'I'm
the heavy,' he says. 'I'm the guy trying to put flies in the ointment.'
Curtin has loved musical
theater ever since he played Jesus in a high school production
of 'Godspell,' but he put his theatrical career on hold after
college to concentrate on catching crooks. Now he's back."
POST FROM THE PAST
In a time when tall men were
5'10" my Uncle Don was over six-feet. My Mom's oldest brother,
Uncle Don was a Milwaukee policeman. But not just any policeman,
he was a member of the Mounted Patrol--horse mounted police used
downtown for traffic control. (Uncle Don had learned how to handle
horses working for my Grandpa delivering ice and coal in horse-drawn
wagons.) But that evening during the Christmas rush, when my Mom
took me shopping with her at Gimbel's, I didn't know that he was
in the Mounted Patrol. Gimbel's was on the busiest corner Downtown,
and that night, a corner so filled with people that as a small
boy all I could see were shoes, legs, pants, and skirts. My Mom
pulled me through the crowd as we crossed the street, and as we
reached the opposite curb, a dark figure appeared towering above
not only those shoes, legs, pants, and skirts, but above all the
people they belonged to. In a huge Great Coat, there was a man
who seemed to be a policeman sitting atop a big brown horse. I
stood there in awe. We stopped at the side of the horse and its
rider, and my Mom asked "Do you know who this is"? Looking
up not at all sure, I struggled for an answer. Uncle Don was big
and was a policeman. Yet at first, no matter how hard I looked,
all I saw was the big coat and the dark horse. But slowly the
face above the coat became familiar. "It's Uncle Don"
I said with some relief. I don't remember if he said hello, but
I know he said that it was all right to touch his horse. After
he and my Mom talked a little, we left --a lot of other kids,
moms and dads wanted to pet his horse, too. Uncle Don moved to
California some years later and I didn't see him for a long time.
Then, one Summer afternoon as my cousin MaryAnn and I were sitting
on our front steps, a tall man in a raincoat came up to the front
of our house and asked. "Do you know who I am?" "You're
my Uncle Don" I said.
END POST FROM THE
after 3/8/13, here
from our log
3/2/13--~ 8:00 AM through
~9:30 AM VERY SEVERE irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY
in front of warehouse, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, watery
eyes, head aches, ear aches, coughing, over rides 3 HEPA fltiers,
wear respirator, front room not habitable. Off-and-on in PM, similar--2PM
and 5PM examples. A pattern has formed in the last weeks of repeated
irritants and symptoms between about 7:00 AM and about 9:00 AM
also between 6:00 PM and 7: 00 PM, and 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM-- these
in addition to "random" periods of irritation.
During the most severe times
the wind was coming from either the north, the north-northwest
or the northwest. Manufacturing facilities in these directions
are in order of proximity; Adams and Chittenden Scientific Glass,
Acme Bread, Consolidated Printing, Green Printer, Swerve, the
electroplater, and Bayer. Several of these manufactures were closed
and not operating.
similar. 8:22 AM slightly similar, wear respirator. 10>29 AM--irritant
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, acrid
order in warehouse front, wear respirator. 6:40 Pm--slightly similar
with acrid "chlorine" odor.
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, acrid
order in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes,
head aches, ear aches, coughing. 11:30 AM--similar. 6:46 PM--similar.
in front room, mucus membrane irritation. 1:32-PM---irritnat in
front room, mucus membrane irritation 7:07 PM--similar.
in front room, mucus membrane irritation overrides HEPA filter,
wear respirator. 2:07 PM--similar. 2:56 PM--similar. 3:37 PM--similar.
in front room, mucus membrane irritation overrides HEPA filter,
watery eyes, coughing, wear respirator.
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