Year of the Horse
Readership this week has
been consistently high, in part due to my interest in local air
"Spain: Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia
dies at 66" Ciaran
Giles at sfgate.com.
"Paco de Lucia, one of the world's greatest guitarists who
dazzled audiences with his lightning-speed flamenco rhythms and
finger work, has died in Mexico, Spanish officials said Wednesday.
He was 66.
De Lucia suffered a heart
attack while on vacation at the Caribbean beach resort of Playa
del Carmen and died in a hospital, Quintana Roo state attorney
general Gaspar Armando Garcia told Mexico's Enfoque Radio."
Paco de Lucia playing via
youtube is here.
"Berkeley's Jazzschool now the California
Jazz Conservatory" Jesse
"Newly accredited Berkeley
school chooses 1st artist-in-residence.
Pianist Susan Muscarella
was teaching jazz at UC Berkeley 36 years ago when she first heard
Benny Green. She was auditioning the serious little swinger for
the piano chair in the storied Berkeley High jazz band directed
by the late Phil Hardymon, who disliked the sometimes alienating
audition process, so he enlisted his friend Muscarella. She'd
later hire Hardymon to teach at the jazz school she started on
Shattuck Avenue in 1997, and name the performance space in the
Jazzschool's new Addison Street digs Hardymon Hall.
'Benny was amazing then,'
says Muscarella, who has chosen the celebrated pianist as the
first artist-in-residence at the just-accredited California Jazz
Conservatory, the new name for the Jazzschool. Its four-year program
offering a bachelor of music degree in jazz studies was certified
this week by the National Association of Schools of Music, a major
milestone that, in addition to attesting to the school's rigorous
academic and artistic standards, qualifies the conservatory's
students for federal loans and allows it to admit students from abroad. "
Sarah's sister Kate writes
of "Sometimes what feels like a bad ending is really just
the beginning of a better happily ever after" at leanin.org.
"I was fired from my
job as a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in
1992. 'I'm increasingly unhappy with what might be called your
voice,' my editor told me in a letter.
He added that my columns
had 'an annoyingly negative tone' and 'lacked warmth.' This was
right around the time I was ending a relationship with a guy who
couldn't be bothered to read my newspaper column. He claimed it
appeared in a section of the paper he didn't read. This made me
feel increasingly unhappy and, yes, annoyingly negative as well.
I was 29 years old.
It wasn't a great time for
me as a person or a writer. But instead of giving up, I did something
that felt brave. I sent a copy of that discouraging letter from
my editor to my sister Sarah in California with a two-word note: Now
what? Sarah's response: 'This is great! Now you have time
to do what you really want to do, which is write children
books. I'll illustrate them.'
So I did. Or rather, we did.
I wrote and Sarah illustrated several manuscripts, none of which
anyone in New York wanted to publish. Yes, I wanted to be a writer,
but I really needed a job. So I did something else that
felt brave. Ignoring the criticism of my former editor, I made
photocopies of what I considered my best newspaper columns and
sent them to the chief of correspondents at People magazine
in New York. She called me a few weeks later.
Eleven months after I was
fired by the newspaper, I was reporting my first story for People. Okay,
so it was in Branson, Missouri, and was a group interview with
Bob Hope, Ross Perot, and Wayne Newton. (One was deaf, one was
crazy, and one was trying to look down my shirt.) But it was a
job, and it felt really good-all except the shirt part.
Over the next 15 years, I
reported a lot of stories for People. I covered everything
from celebrities to music to crime to sports. I interviewed Harper
Lee, Brad Pitt, Johnny Cash, Faith Hill, Albert Pujols, Nelly,
Peter Frampton, and many others. Best of all, I was lucky enough
to work with a team of smart, funny, and kind editors and
bureau chiefs who took a chance on me and helped me to become
a better writer.
Between magazine assignments,
I continued to work on children's books. Finally in 1998, my first
book was published. Illustrated and designed by my sister, Regarding
the Fountain received nice reviews. Kirkus called
it 'an unequivocal delight.' That was the first of more than 25
children's books I've collaborated on with my sister Sarah, many
of which feature-what else? -strong female characters who
won't take no for an answer.
I'm 50 now. These days when
I'm not writing books, I lead writing workshops around the country
for aspiring authors of all ages. I love teaching people how narrative
works. From fairy tales to Hollywood blockbusters, there's a classic
storytelling model that appears time and time again. Early in
the story, the hero must be confronted with a problem that sends
him or her on a journey of self-discovery.
I still have that letter
I received from my editor in 1992. I don't know why I've kept
it so long other than it's a nice reminder of how storytelling
works. Sometimes what feels like a bad ending is really just the
beginning of a better happily ever after."
kosher in Berkeley" by Sue Fishkoff at jweekly.com.
When you think 'hot new kosher
cuisine,' the Bay Area isn't the first place that comes to mind.
But something's in the air in Berkeley; you could feel the breeze
two weeks ago inside the Westside Bakery Café on Ninth
Street, where a group of friends from nearby Congregation Beth
Israel were hosting a kosher pop-up dinner, the first in what
they hope will be a regular series - maybe even once a month.
The prime instigators behind
this madcap scheme are CBI's Rabbi Yonatan Cohen and his wife,
Frayda, and Noah and Hope Alper, he of Noah's Bagels fame. Frustrated
by the paucity of kosher eateries in the area, the two couples
decided it was time to hire their own chef, invite their friends
and do it themselves.
' Welcome to the first-ever
Berkeley kosher pop-up,' Hope enthused, as she welcomed some 65
people, most of whom knew each other and greeted each other across
the room with shouts and whoops. The evening had the air of an
underground celebration, almost surreptitious, which is pretty
much how the frum crowd often feels here in the Bay Area.
There were professors and
writers, lawyers and rabbis, Israelis and South Africans practically
giddy with joy at the gourmet offerings before them - all of which,
unbelievably, they could
The three-course meal - $54 per person, or $45 for vegetarian-only
dishes - was prepared by Isaac Bernstein of Epic Bites, a kosher
catering business we've written about in J. And boy was it good.
How about goose and mushroom blintz with a sour cherry sauce for
the first course, followed by succulent fall-off-the-bone beef
short ribs (pasture-raised, natch) with charred broccolini and
smoked (not boiled) potatoes. And for dessert, homage to the great
American Sunday brunch: peanut butter mousse with (wait for it)
candied beef bacon, strawberries and a dark chocolate brownie.
Bacon! Kosher! It's been
done before, lots of times, but for dessert? With peanut butter
and chocolate? Pure genius."
"Tokyo bitcoin exchange files for bankruptcy"
"The Mt. Gox bitcoin
exchange in Tokyo filed for bankruptcy protection Friday. Its
chief executive said 850,000 bitcoins, worth several hundred million
dollars, are unaccounted for.
The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange
in Tokyo filed for bankruptcy protection Friday and its chief
executive said 850,000 bitcoins, worth several hundred million
dollars, are unaccounted for.
The exchange's CEO Mark Karpeles appeared before Japanese TV news
cameras, bowing deeply. He said a weakness in the exchange's systems
was behind a massive loss of the virtual currency involving 750,000
bitcoins from users and 100,000 of the company's own bitcoins.
That would amount to about $425 million at recent prices.
The online exchange's unplugging
earlier this week and accusations it had suffered a catastrophic
theft have drawn renewed regulatory attention to a currency created
in 2009 as a way to make transactions across borders without third
parties such as banks.
It remains unclear if the
missing bitcoins were stolen, voided by technological flaws or
'I am sorry for the troubles
I have caused all the people,' Karpeles, a Frenchman, said in
Japanese at a Tokyo court.
Karpeles had not made a public
appearance since rumors of the exchange's insolvency surfaced
last month. He said in a web post Wednesday that he was working
to resolve Mt. Gox's problems.
The loss is a giant setback
to the currency's image because its boosters have promoted bitcoin's
cryptography as protecting it from counterfeiting and theft.
Bitcoin proponents have insisted that Mt. Gox is an isolated case,
caused by the company's technological failures, and the potential
of virtual currencies remains great.
Debts at Mt. Gox totaled
more than 6.5 billion yen ($65 million), surpassing its assets,
according to Teikoku Databank, which monitors bankruptcies.
Just hours before the bankruptcy
filing, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso had scoffed that a
collapse was only inevitable."
On first hearing of bitcoins
I wrote "If it sounds to good to be true, it is."
"Jerry Seinfeld on 'Comedians in Cars'
Crossing 25 Million Streams: 'It's Completely Out of Hand' "
Maze' an engrossing tale at Berkeley's Ashby Stage" Karen
"It's easy to lose yourself in 'A Maze.'
Rob Handel's enigmatic new
play spins around sly tales that intersect in unexpected ways
in a two-hour, 20-minute mystery. The addictive nature of fantasy,
reality and the fusion of the two known as art are all probed
in this smash hit staged by Just Theater. This startlingly inventive
West Coast premiere is now being remounted by Berkeley's Shotgun
Players through Sunday."
Berkeley Amateur Radio Club Celebrates its Centennial"
"The Amateur Radio club
at the University of California, Berkeley (W6BB) is joining ARRL
in celebrating its centennial this year. For those who are members
of the club today, the magic of Amateur Radio has not worn off."
by Ken Bullock, berkeleydailyplanet.com.
"The Vienna Philharmonic
Orchestra returns to Berkeley next weekend, March 7-9, for Cal
Performances' annual orchestra residency, including three concerts
and a symposium, with lectures, panel discussions and chamber
concert, 'The Vienna Philharmonic, 100 Years After the Outbreak
of World War One, featuring scholars and musicians from Vienna,
Berkeley and elsewhere in North America. The symposium is open
to the public as a free event.
Lorin Maazel of the Munich
Philharmonic (replacing Daniele Gatti, who is ill), will conduct
the Vienna Philharmonic at 8 p. m. Friday, March 7, with guest
soprano Juliane Banse, in Schubert's Symphony No. 8 in B minor
("The Unfinished") and Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in G
major. Andris Nelsons of the Boston Symphony conducts Saturday
at 8 with Haydn's Symphony No. 90 in C major and Brahms'Symphony
No. 3 in F major, Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn. Franz
Weisel-Most of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera
will conduct Sunday at 3 with Mozart's Symphony in F major, Staud's
On Comparative Meteorology, and Bruckner's Symphony No. 6 in A
major. All performances at Zellerbach Hall on the UC campus near
Bancroft and Telegraph. "
"Tilden Park carousel turned over to new
Jones at sfgate.com.
"In 103 years, not much
has changed at Tilden Park's merry-go-round. Bejeweled horses
still gallop under the lights, kids still race to grab the giant
rooster, and you can still get a corn dog and soda for cheap.
But change is inevitable,
even for an old merry-go-round. The family that has run the carousel
for 23 years will soon pack up its popcorn machine and move on
after the East Bay Regional Park District decided to hire another
concessionaire to run the East Bay hills attraction."
'Hundred Days' - the anatomy of a rock opera" Leba Hertz,
"When a friend persuaded James Faerron to see the Bengsons
perform in Berkeley three years ago, the producing manager of
Z Space had low expectations.
But after he watched the
modern-day troubadour indie pop singers work their magic, and
met them backstage, his creative life took a wild and unexpected turn.
'Hey, you want to do a rock opera?' Faerron asked Lisa Steindler,
Z Space artistic director.
She gave him a wary look
and said, 'Uh, yeah,' in that what-are you-talking-about-and-tell-me-more
- much more - kind of way.
A thousand days later, with
the help of 70-plus people, 'Hundred Days' - starring the Bengsons
- premiered Saturday at Z Space, and the backers of the hybrid
rock concert-musical are hoping that the journey will continue
all the way to Broadway.
'My thinking is we're going
to go back into development with a plan to get it to New York,'
Steindler said. 'We all have learned so much in the first run
of the show.'
Though 'Hundred Days' is
Z Space's most ambitious project, mounting it involved the usual
steps of most theater works: the readings, the workshops, the
auditions (although in this case the leads were already known),
the logistics, the financing, the rehearsals and the previews.
But every show has its own
story, its own characters, all of whom dedicate their lives to
making the endeavor a success. In the case of 'Hundred Days,'
it all started with love.
Love at first sight."
"CS KickStart gives budding female computer
scientists a window to the programming world" Mike Cassidy, Mercury News.
"When Amy Tsai headed
to UC Berkeley in the fall of 2011, there was no way in the world
that she was going to major in computer science.
Yes, her father was a software
engineer, but as much as she loved the guy, what he did sounded
boring. Her passion was civil engineering, until she heard about
a program called CS KickStart, a student-initiative on campus
aimed at showing women what computer science is, while building
a community of women to support them should they pursue it.
"The program brings
female students to campus for a week before classes start.
"Harnessing the Web, Berkeley school raises
$40,000 in three days for new library" Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
"In a lucrative new
twist on school funding, middle school students at REALM Charter
School have harnessed the riches of the Internet to design and
build their own 3,000 book library -- and they have raised $40,000
in just three days.
The 108 students, who designed
their own X-shaped interlocking shelving modules for the library,
are hoping to raise $75,000 using the crowd funding site, Kickstarter.com."
"Energy Carpet Captures Wave Power from
the Ocean Floor" sourceable.net.
"Scientists from the
University of California, Berkeley drew their inspiration for
the technology from the propensity for muddy seabeds to better
absorb the impact of violent waves during heavy storms.
Fishermen plying their trade
in the Gulf of Mexico have long adopted the precaution of making
haste for those parts of the ocean with muddy bottoms during intense
The reason for this is that
the softer consistency of a muddy seabed is better capable of
diminishing the intensity of strong waves by absorbing the force
of their impact.
Taking their cue from this
phenomenon, the technology developed by UC Berkeley scientists
consists of a 'carpet' which is capable of using the heavy impact
generated by ocean waves at the level of the sea floor to produce
energy for human usage."
Coming to a Sky Near You" Lou Cannon, realclearpolitics.com.
"The heavens will soon
be thick with drones.
That, at least, is the confident
expectation of the Federal Aviation Administration and a slew
of states and companies competing for a coveted designation as
one of six U.S. sites that will test the capability and safety
of unmanned aircraft. The FAA anticipates there will be at least
10,000 of these aircraft in the domestic skies by 2020.
The promoters of drones avoid
calling them by that name, preferring the duller technical description
of 'unmanned aerial vehicles,' or UAVs. That's because "drone"
to most people means the deadly remote-controlled missile launcher
that is the Obama administration's weapon of choice in waging
war on terrorists. Even before their current military use, drones
were a staple of science fiction, often as spy vehicles and sometimes
as something much more sinister.
Nick Palatiello, spokesman
for the Reston, Va.-based Management Association for Private Photogrammetric
Surveyors (MAPPS), decries what he calls this "movie image"
and observes that unmanned aircraft are useful in mapmaking, mining,
agriculture, forestry and scientific research.
A farmer, for instance, might
be able to improve crop yields by monitoring his fields to see
if they are being devoured by insects or sufficiently watered.
In the view of Palatiello and Kyle Snyder of the NextGen Air Transportation
Center at North Carolina State University, such beneficial uses
of unmanned aircraft do not violate privacy. 'Corn doesn't care,'Snyder
Civil libertarians on both
left and right do care, especially about using drones to track
suspected criminal activity, including potential terrorism. In
the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston Police Commissioner
Ed Davis expressed interest in using drones for surveillance purposes
at next year's race."
"UC Berkeley professor co-authors report
on climate change for general public" Chris Tril, dailycal.org.
"A report jointly released
Thursday by the National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society
in the United Kingdom aims to make climate change an easily digestible
subject for even the novice reader.
Authored in part by UC Berkeley
professor of atmospheric science Inez Fung, the report takes
information currently known about climate change - including the
rising temperature of Earth's atmosphere and oceans, as well as
its melting sea ice, rising sea level and other climate-related
changes - and simplifies the issue to allow a wider array of people
to fully comprehend the complicated subject.
The 36-page document contains
20 comprehensive questions regarding climate change, such as 'Why
is climate change of concern now?,"'with short-paragraph
answers explaining the problems and high-resolution graphics for
other researchers to reuse in their own reports.
'We present the evidence
for climate change, and we explain that the climate change we
see now is because of human activities,' Fung said. 'It is designed
to be a very succinct guide to climate science. You don't have
to wade through 1,000 pages to get to what we're talking about.'
things every student thinks about during lecture" Sujin
Shin at dailycal.org.
(Also applies to anything
"It's easy for your mind to run away with you when you're
in lecture, diligently (or not so diligently) listening to your
professor. It's easy to get distracted in class, and we at the
Clog like to highlight these little moments of your UC Berkeley
experience. So here's a list of things you might have thought
about (besides the material) at one point during your lecture
. . . "
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"Mt. Gox files for bankruptcy: what to
keep in mind when using Bitcoin"
Angela Colley, csmonitor.com..
"On Friday, Mt.Gox announced
it would be filing for bankruptcy after losing track of nearly
750,000 customer bitcoins as well as 100,000 of its own bitcoins,
totaling a nearly $500 million loss. This is a tough blow. What
does this mean for you and Bitcoin as a currency?"
The largest Bitcoin exchange
in the world appears to have gone belly-up after apparently losing
hundreds of millions of dollars in Bitcoins after a long-term
hacker attack. The fallout has resulted in an increased scrutiny
of Bitcoin safety - leading more people to consider pulling their
Bitcoins offline - and raises questions about how far this nascent
unregulated financial market will go.
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According to Wired, an exploit
in Mt. Gox's website allowed hackers to siphon off millions
of Bitcoins over a two year period. The crumbling of Mt. Gox,
which lost around $350 million in Bitcoins, has prompted some
Bitcoin investors to start storing their digital currency
offline, according to MarketWatch.
Going Back to Paper for Digital
And yes, you can store Bitcoins offline: each Bitcoin
has a key, like a serial number, which allows the Bitcoin to be
spent. Without the key, there's no Bitcoin. So some users have
taken to printing out the key on paper, or storing the data on
a device not connected to the Internet, or a 'cold' device. While
some customers want security in lieu of this disaster, they are
still operating within a completely unregulated market.
No Real Banks Means Little
Printing out Bitcoins or keeping them offline isn't like pulling
money out of a bank and storing it under a mattress because Bitcoin
'banks' aren't recognized as banks. A recent article by MarketWatch
mentions one company that stores Bitcoins offline in a bank
vault for a 2% annual fee. And while it's insured against theft,
it's not a real bank. Another company, FlexCoin, claims it is
the "world's first Bitcoin bank" but also states "technically
we're not a licensed bank. We're a Bitcoin bank." A
thumb drive can be lost, a hard drive fried, or a Bitcoin key
trashed. Once a Bitcoin is gone, it's gone; there's no Federal
Deposit Insurance Corp. covering your loss.
Cashing Out Isn't Easy
Mt. Gox customers got a harsh reality check when they tried to
cash out earlier this month. Customers received only a paltry
statement that the company would sort everything out, but were
faced with no way to get their everything out, but were faced
with no way to get their Bitcoins, which are either in limbo within
the company's servers or stolen. Some Mt. Gox customers sold the
rights to their Bitcoins to speculators hoping that Mt. Gox would
make good on their promise. These Bitcoins went far below
market rate at $118 per Bitcoin, compared to the regular exchange
rate for Bitcoins at around $570 per Bitcoin at the time, according
What This All Means
Mt. Gox serves as a reminder that you're not just buying Bitcoins;
you're also involved in the company performing the exchange. There
are no watchmen to answer to, and things can go downhill quickly
if a breach happens. It's not an isolated incident, either: In
2012, the exchange site Bitcoinica was hacked for over $460,000
worth ofBitcoins, according to The Verge.
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Additionally, feds seized over $5 million from Mt. Gox's bank
accounts for allegedly not properly registering a money transaction
business last year, according to Wired, another indication
that an unregulated financial market has little or nothing in
the way of consumer protection."
In-N-Out and Krispy Kreme really coming to Lower Sproul?"
Raymond Yang, dailycal.org.
"While campus group
Students For Change is fronting a large-scale petition to bring
President Barack Obama to speak at next year's spring commencement,
Matthew Brueckmann, a junior at UC Berkeley studying mechanical
engineering, is rallying the support of students to sign a petition to
bring In-N-Out and Krispy Kreme to Lower Sproul Plaza.
Huh. Why In-N-Out and
Because Brueckmann loves
them. "I made (the petition) over Christmas break after realizing
I needed to get my last fix of In-N-Out before going back to school,
he says. In-N-Out and Krispy Kreme are easily accessible in his
hometown, and he frequents them at least once a week. Plus, he's
got fundraising in mind. 'I know a lot of clubs use Krispy Kreme
and In-N-Out - those are really popular and sell out really
quickly,' Brueckmann observes."
We regularly drive to Pinole
for In-N-Out burgers.
1417 Fitzgerald Drive
Pinole, Ca 94564I
At the moment the closest
Krispy Kreme is in Concord.
1991 Diamond Blvd
Concord, CA 94520
Though one is said to be
opening soon in Pinole.
"Legalizing marijuana in California? Gov.
Jerry Brown says law would hurt state" Associated Press.
"California Governor Jerry Brown said he is not sure legalizing
pot is a good idea in his state because the country could lose
its competitive edge if too many people are getting stoned."
Hmmm . . .
a reader from Germany emails
8.25 miles for an In-and-Out
burger? . . . they're not even on the map for us here in
Germany. Krispy Kreme is another matter, however.
The closest one to Hoppstaedten-Weiersbach is 421 miles away (6
hours 55 minutes by car) in London.
But I remember the days when
we used to get up a convoy to drive from Stuttgart to Munich (130
miles, 2 hours 9 minutes) to get a Big Mac from the nearest
McDonalds, wolf it down, get back in the car and drive straight
back to Stuttgart. It took several years for them to introduce
In-car service, but now most of them offer "McDrive"
Now there are at least 1,440
of them scattered around Germany, the closest one to us being
about a 15 minute drive.
Biggest difference between
the German and U.S. versions? You can get beer on tap with
your Big Mac here.
Now that's what I call a
real happy meal.
"CEO of bitcoin exchange found dead in
Cheney, Associated Press
"The CEO of a virtual
currency exchange was found dead near her home in Singapore.
A police spokesman said Thursday
that initial investigations indicated there was no suspicion of
'foul play' in the Feb. 26 death, meaning officers do not suspect murder.
The spokesman said police
found 28-year-old Autumn Radtke, an American, lying motionless
near the apartment tower where she lived.
Police have so far classified the death as 'unnatural,' which
can mean an accident, misadventure, or suicide.
Radtke's company, First Meta,
said it was 'shocked and saddened by the tragic loss.'
First Meta allows users of
virtual currencies such as bitcoin to trade and cash out the currencies.
It is one of several such exchanges.
The future of bitcoin has
been under scrutiny since the collapse of the Mt. Gox exchange
in Tokyo last month."
" The Death of the PC"
The Motley Fool.
"The days of paying
for costly software upgrades are numbered. The PC will soon be
obsolete. And BusinessWeek reports 70% of Americans are already
using the technology that will replace it. Merrill Lynch calls
it 'a $160 billion tsunami.' Computing giants including IBM, Yahoo!,
and Amazon are racing to be the first to cash in on this PC-killing
revolution. Yet, a small group of little-known companies have
a huge head start. Get the full details on these companies, and
the technology that is destroying the PC, in a
free video from The Motley Fool."
"IDC Is Wrong: The Death of the PC Has
Only Begun" Sam
Research firm IDC believes
that the market for traditional PCs has nearly bottomed, a good
sign for PC-dependent tech giants like Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT )
and Intel. Although the firm expects 2014 to be another year of
contraction, it is looking for a return to growth in the years
ahead, with a floor of about 300 million annual PC shipments for
the foreseeable future.
IDC has overestimated the
PC in the past, and is likely doing so again. So far, 2013 has
been the worst year on record for the traditional PC, but its
death is only beginning. In the years ahead, competition from
devices running Google's mobile operating system will prove overwhelming.
Underestimating the rise
In 2010, IDC was projecting PC shipments to slow in 2011, but
then rebound to double-digit growth in 2012 and beyond. By 2015,
IDC was expecting PC shipments to exceed 500 million, and grow
by an annual rate of 10-15% -- projections that seem absolutely
absurd today. IDC had thought that tablets like the (then recently
unveiled) iPad would take a slight toll on PCs in 2011, but the
firm seems to have underestimated their long-term effects, most
notably, the rise of cheaper alternatives running Google's mobile
While the demand for traditional
PCs running Microsoft's Windows has dried up, the tablet market
continues to grow. Gartner expects tablet shipments to total 184
million this year, up 53.4%, and even IDC admits that tablet sales
should surpass PCs by the end of 2015. Most of these tablets will
run Google's mobile operating system. Although Apple continues
to be the single-largest tablet maker, Android-powered tablets
have overtaken the iPad. Apple's tablet operation may remain immensely profitable,
but the far cheaper price points, and widely divergent form
factors, should give Google the market-share edge."
more insights from old friend
in Germany, Ron Argentati
Not all US retailers have
been as successful in Germany as McDonalds. Ten years ago,
we had not one but TWO Walmart stores within a 20 minute drive.
Walmart went tits up in Germany in 2006. This article is
a good short explanation as to why the big kahuna couldn't cut
it here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
The reasons for the failure
the author cites are all valid and applicable to a greater or
lesser degree, but the opinion that the Germans had some sort
of anti-US bias doesn't hold water. We not only have Mickey
D, Burger King and KFC nearby but the Germans are, if anything,
still besotted by American popular culture. There's a rock
group in this area named "Big Bang and the Assholes."
They don't even wear lederhosen.
Some of the funnier incidents
I read about included Germans complaining to Walmart's management
about the ubiquitous Walmart Greeters that some Germans thought
were strangers not a part of the corporate culture but just random
nut cases that had wandered in off the streets.
And I guess crowds chanting
"Wal-Mart Wal-Mart" in unison on a gray, misty
German morning might have evoked memories of torchlight parades
and chants of "Sieg Heil."
To my knowledge, The U.K.
is the only venue in Europe where Walmart still does business.
"Memorial service set for Berkeley firefighter
killed in tractor accident", Natalie
Neysa Alund at mercurynews.com.
"A memorial service
is set Sunday for a Berkeley firefighter killed in a tractor accident
last week, a fire official said.
The service for 54-year-old
Tony Nunes is open to the public and will be held at noon at the
Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, said Berkeley Fire Chief Gil Dong.
Nunes, who served nearly 28 years with the department, was riding
a tractor around 6:40 p.m. Feb. 24 at his Martinez home at Via
Domingos and Bear Creek Road near Briones Regional Park when the
vehicle overturned and slid down about 200 feet into a canyon,
according to the California Highway Patrol. Nunes, who was pinned
under the tractor, died at the scene.
Dong said he believes Nunes,
who was off-duty, was preparing the property for either the upcoming
fire season or a heavy storm.
Nunes, who used to work as a Piedmont firefighter, also worked
as a reserve firefighter with the Contra Costa Fire Protection
On Thursday in Sacramento,
assembly members Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, and Susan Bonilla,
D-Concord, adjourned floor session in memory of Nunes.
'The entire community of Berkeley and all of Berkeley Fire is
suffering a great loss,' Skinner said. 'Fellow firefighters will
always remember how Tony epitomized nerves of steel. They often
joked that he must have lacked adrenal glands, because of how
he kept calm under pressure. That, of course, is very important
as a firefighter.'
Members of the Nunes family
and fellow firefighters attended the Capitol to observe the adjournment
in his memory. He is survived by his children Antonia Polan and
'My friends at Berkeley Fire
asked me to share a few things,' Skinner added. 'One was that
Tony was someone who loved his profession. One day, he saw a young
girl across the fire station selling lemonade, so he decided to
put on his full uniform and joined her for a few hours and quadrupled
her lemonade sales.' "
Police offer $15,000 reward in Berkeley homicide" Karina
Berkeley police announced
a $15,000 reward Thursday for information leading to the arrest
and conviction of the suspect in last week's death of a man inside
The victim has been identified
as 54-year-old Berkeley resident Sylvan Fuselier, who was found
inside his residence Friday in the 1100 block of Addison Street
during a welfare check by police.
Fuselier's death is Berkeley's
first homicide of 2014, according to Officer Jennifer Coats, a
Berkeley police spokeswoman."
"Nation's Largest Student Co-Op At UC Berkeley
May Completely Change After Drug Overdose Lawsuit" Sarah Barness, The Huffington Post.
"The University of California-Berkeley's Cloyne Court, the
largest cooperative house in America, is under threat of being
completely revamped, and Cal students are fighting to save it.
The Berkeley Student Cooperative,
a larger umbrella organization overseeing Cloyne and the 19 other
properties at Cal, wants to make changes to the house in response
to a lawsuit recently settled out of court.
The suit was filed by the
family of former resident John Gibson, who sustained brain injuries
from a drug overdose on the premises in 2010. The BSC fears that
Cloyne has a perceived drug culture, and is a liability to the
"Among highest paid in the state, Berkeley
elected officials ponder asking for a raise", Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
"The City Council and
mayor here are among the highest paid elected officials in the
state for similar sized cities, according to a recent salary survey
conducted by the city manager.
But that's not saying much
when you consider the yearly take for a City Council member is
$31,464 for what amounts to a full-time job, according to two
elected officials who think voters should give them a pay hike
'I think we deserve a raise
and I think other City Council members think we do as well,' said
29-year-old City Councilman Jesse Arreguin, who was first elected
in 2008. Arreguin said he was earning more than $50,000 a year
as a councilman's aide before he was elected to his lower paying
council job. 'Unless you are independently wealthy or retired,
it's very difficult to work full-time as a City Council member.'
Arreguin and Councilman Gordon
Wozniak, who is retired and is giving up his seat at the end of
the year, are considering introducing an item to the City Council
that would put a raise to a vote of the people. . . .
Wozniak agreed that Berkeley's
council salaries are among the highest, 'so you could argue that
maybe other cities aren't paying enough.' "
City Council delays decision on student district" Melissa
"Berkeley City Council decided at its meeting Tuesday to
postpone further discussion on redistricting to March 11, declining
to make a verdict yet on the fate of the city's long-sought-after
Although the council passed
a redistricting map in December that created a district with an
86 percent student-aged population, a successful referendum overturned
that map and made uncertain which lines to use for this November's
election. Referendum proponents opposed the passed map for its
exclusion of Northside dorms and student cooperatives.
The council now has two options:
rescind its decision and choose a new map or put the map it passed
on the ballot. Many referendum proponents, including Councilmembers
Jesse Arreguin, Kriss Worthington and Max Anderson, want the council
to pass a map that includes the contested Northside residences.
'All of us need a new beginning on this,"'Anderson said at
Arreguin, Anderson and Worthington
wanted to rescind the overturned map at Tuesday's meeting but
were in the minority. Instead, the council voted for Bates' proposal
that they revisit the issue March 11. Bates said he wanted to
look further at the legal ramifications of the council's options.
The council has until April
1 to turn in a map that will go into effect by November. Otherwise,
whichever district lines they choose will not go into effect in
time for the next election."
I want to give you all a
heads up about several upcoming concerts! The first will
be a pair of house concerts March 22nd and 23rd at my house (full
information for everything below), the second will be a performance
for MusicSources March 30th, the next in Delaware, both April
26th and and 27th, then a "fringe" concert during the
Berkeley Early Music festival, June 6th. Mark your calendars for
any or all! The only ones needing RSVPS are the house concerts.
House concerts: Saturday March
22nd 10:30 AM and Sunday, March 23rd 3:00 PM Both
are at my house, 1643 Derby St. in Berkeley. Parking
is easy. The program is all music from England: Richard
Jones Prelude to Suite III - a boisterous and really fun
Italian Concerto, Henry Purcell Suite in g minor, Thomas
Arne Sonata III in G major, Maurice Greene Voluntaries
IV and VII (these are basically Preludes and Fugues), G.
F. Handel Suite in c minor HWV 445 (fabulous!), another Thomas
Arne Sonata II in e minor (both sonatas are wonderful), J.
C. Bach Sonata Op V #5 in E major (a fantastic piece with a wonderful
Turkish Rondo at the end - no wonder Mozart "borrowed"
Bach's music for his early piano concerti!), and last but not
least Joseph Haydn Sonata in A major H XVI:26.
This is a full length program with intermission, including coffee
and cookies Saturday, and wine and cheese Sunday. Donation of
$15 is requested. Please RSVP by email as there are
a limited number of seats.
March 30th at 5:00 PM I
am playing my Rameau/d'Anglebert program again for MusicSources.
For any of you who want to hear this again, or tell your friends
about it, please do! I am playing Rameau's masterpiece a
minor suite, d'Anglebert's Suite in G major and a Sarabande Grave
by Nicolas Siret. The music is all incredible and way up there
for me as favorites. The Rameau is also a virtuoso piece, so those
of you who enjoy a show, this is a good one one for you! The
concert is at Saint Albans Episcopal Church 1501 Washington
Ave, Albany CA Tickets: $30 - $10. Here is their events
April 26th and 27th I
will be playing at a very special event in Delaware. John Phillips
and I have restored several antiques for harpsichordist Karen
Flint, and the weekend of the 25th - 27th she is opening her collection
to the public with a series of lectures and performances called
"Harpsichord Heaven". If you can, this is a fantastic
experience and a chance to hear some unique and exceptional antiques
in concert. I will be playing an abbreviated version of my English
program (Handel, Arne, J.C. Bach and Haydn) on an original
Kirckman harpsichord. On the 27th I will be participating in the
Grand Finale where all the performers play pieces for multiple
harpsichords. It is a riot, and where, for instance, anywhere on
the earth can you hear two Ruckers harpsichords played at the
same time? The event is at the "Barn at Flintwoods" 205
Center Meeting Road, Wilmington DE http://www.delawarescene.com/event.php?id=10740
Home page: http://brandywinebaroque.org/
June 6th I will be playing
all of Bach's Well Tempered Clavier book I as a "fringe"
concert during the Berkeley Early Music festival at 2:30
PM, Trinity Chapel in Berkeley. Their address is 2320 Dana
Street (at the corner of Bancroft) Tickets $15 and $10 This
is a rare opportunity to hear this work of genius all at once,
and I hope you can come!
So please mark your calendars,
and if you want to come to one of the house concerts, do let me
know! I also hope you all are enjoying the rain, as I sure am!
Best wishes, Janine
" Berkeley slaying victim
was once 'Noteman' suspect" Henry K. Lee at sfgate.com.
"The victim of a Berkeley
killing was identified Thursday as 54-year-old Sylvan Fuselier,
a man once suspected of being the notorious "Noteman bandit"
because he used polite demand notes to rob East Bay businesses.
Fuselier was found dead in
his apartment on the 1100 block of Addison Street, east of San
Pablo Avenue, about 11 a.m. Feb. 28, police said.
Officers were called to the
home by a friend of Fuselier's who became worried after not seeing
him for several days, said Officer Jennifer Coats, a Berkeley
An investigation determined
Fuselier had been the victim of a homicide, the city's first of
the year, Coats said. Police have not released a cause of death.
In 1996, Fuselier was arrested
in connection with at least 14 robberies in Berkeley and five
in Oakland beginning in September 1994. The robber typically struck
in the afternoon or early evening, when few customers were around.
The robber never brandished
a gun. He handed clerks concise demand notes after chatting with
them. 'Be calm - don't get stressed. Give me what bills you have
in the register,' his first note read.
The Noteman's targets had
included a health store, a copy shop, a coffee store and a dry-cleaner.
Most of the businesses were in Berkeley shopping districts.
Details of Fuselier's involvement
in the case were not immediately available.
Police are offering a reward
for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with
information is asked to call Berkeley homicide investigators at
(510) 981-5741. Tips can be made anonymously by calling Bay Area
Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477."
"University of California changes sexual
violence policies" Jason
"The University of California
system on Friday issued new sexual assault guidelines that require
campus and system administrators to report more types of violence
and harassment, provide more support to victims and expand sanctions
The changes meet a federal
deadline to comply with an amendment to the Clery Act, which requires
administrators to accurately report statistics for serious crimes
in and around campuses, including sexual assaults."
our Kava emails
What was once a neglected
site adjacent to a raised freeway is now 69 units of family-friendly
affordable housing that complements and transforms the surrounding
area. Working with the non-profit developer, Resources for Community
Development, this project provides homes for families at 30% to
50% of the area median in an upcoming neighborhood on the Oakland/Emeryville
Since the project is very
close to the freeway, the building was designed and built with
acoustically appropriate materials, providing maximum insulation
Designed to be a GreenPoint
Rated community, multiple green building methods were utilized
to improve the financial operation of the property, reduce utility
bills for residents and create a healthy living environment for
our BPD Ofc Rashawn D Cummings
Lieutenant Dave Frankel Area
4 Commander of the Berkeley Police Department invites anyone who
wishes to have coffee with him to join him at Berkeley Bowl
West Cafe, 920 Heinz Ave on Thursday, March 13, 2014, from 2 to
I have resumed my duties as the Area 4 coordinator and will be
in attendance as well.
"A Case for a Living Wage" Rudy Willis, The
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.
(Rudy Willis is a graduate
of the University of Maryland, with degrees in political science
and business. He was a career US Army officer and is a Vietnam
veteran. Included among his decorations are the Legion of Merit
and the Bronze Star Medal. In 1978, upon leaving military service,
Rudy and his family moved to Waukesha. In addition to managing
successful small businesses, he worked at Wisconsin Electric,
Harley-Davidson and Rockwell Automation before retiring in 2012.)
"One argument against
a living wage is that most minimum wage workers are teens just
entering the workforce who have undeveloped work skills. This
is not accurate. A,10/15/13, UC Berkeley Labor Center, study revealed
that 'the share of these workers who are under the age of 19 and
living with a parent (18 percent) is smaller than the share with
children of their own (26 percent). Overall, 68 percent of the
core front-line workers in the fast-food industry are not in high
school and are single or married adults with or without children.
For more than two-thirds of these workers, fast-food wages are
the foundation of their family income'.
Also from the UC Berkeley Labor Center study: 'Nearly three-quarters
(73 percent) of enrollments in America's major public benefits
programs are from working families. Many of them work in jobs
that pay wages so low that their paychecks do not generate enough
income to provide for life's basic necessities. Low wages paid
by employers in the fast-food industry create especially acute
problems for the families of workers in this industry. Median
pay for core front-line fast-food jobs is $8.69 an hour, with
many jobs paying at or near the minimum wage. Benefits are also
scarce for front-line fast-food workers; an estimated 87 percent
do not receive health benefits through their employer. The combination
of low wages and poor benefits, often coupled with part-time employment,
means that many of the families of fast-food workers must rely
on taxpayer-funded safety net programs to make ends meet'. The
cost to taxpayers - an "average of $385.72 Billion annually".
'The Effects of Minimum Wages on SNAP Enrollments and Expenditures',
a 3/5/2013 study by the Center for American Progress found: 'A
10 percent increase in the minimum wage reduces SNAP enrollment
by between 2.4 percent and 3.2 percent and reduces program expenditures
by an estimated 1.9 percent. Taking into account each state's
2014 minimum wage level, we apply these results to the legislative
proposal put forward by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. George
Miller (D-CA) to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per
hour. Our results imply that the effects of the Harkin-Miller
proposal on wage increases would reduce SNAP enrollments by between
6.5 percent and 9.2 percent (3.3 million to 3.8 million persons).
The total anticipated annual decrease in program expenditures
is nearly $4.6 billion, or about 6 percent of current SNAP program
Low wages further lessen workers' purchasing power, thus further
stagnating the economy.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
unveiled ? Hardly!
one of Potter Creek's leading
businessmen engaging in his favorite hobby
"Friends remember Tony Nunes, Berkeley
firefighter, who died at age 54" dailycal.org.
"Those who knew Anthony
"Tony" Nunes remember him as the personification of
fortitude - someone who could navigate a spinning airplane and
turn the situation into a teaching moment.
Such pluckiness was characteristic
of Nunes - firefighter, brother, adventurer, pilot - whose spirit
was celebrated during a memorial service by more than 100 people
at UC Berkeley's Haas Pavilion on Sunday.
After working for almost
three decades with the Berkeley Fire Department, Nunes died in
an off-duty accident Feb. 23 when the tractor he was operating
on his family's property overturned and rolled down a precipitous
hill. He was 54.
Nunes had previously worked
as a reserve firefighter with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection
District and then for seven years at the Piedmont Fire Department.
Berkeley Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb said he was also one of
the first firefighter paramedics in Berkeley.
Webb said one could always
count on Nunes to be calm in times of distress - he worked hard
but never appeared to be stressed out. Friends joked he was born
without an adrenal gland.
'Hey,' Nunes would say, 'It's just a fire.'
At the service, Nunes' spirit
was ubiquitous in each person's recollections. Those who spoke
relaxed into punchy, familiar slang when describing Nunes - as
though the memory of his own easygoing nature drew out everyone's
Tom Oakley, battalion chief
for the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, wrote in
an email that Nunes was 'possibly the coolest cowboy that I ever
'He was someone that never had enough time to finish his projects
but always had time to help someone else,' Oakley said.
At Sunday's memorial service,
Colin Arnold, an apparatus operator at Berkeley Fire Department,
recounted the many hours that he and Nunes spent cramped side
by side in a tiny plane when Nunes taught him how to pilot.
One time, Arnold recalled,
Nunes purposely stalled the plane - it went into spin, and the
engine revved up.
'I was sitting there realizing
that I hadn't spent nearly enough time in my life praying,' Arnold
said. 'I looked over, and Tony was sitting there with a grin on
his face, arms folded, unbelievably calm. In a moment of extreme
panic, Tony found a teaching opportunity.'
Arnold recalled that, after
the men regained control of the plane and landed, Nunes turned
to him and smiled.
'Okay,' Nunes had said. 'Let's try it again.'
Nunes is survived by his
two adult children, Antonia Polan and Thomas Nunes.
In lieu of flowers, Nunes' family asks that friends make a donation
to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation to celebrate his enjoyment
of working with children.
Donations can also be made
to B Walker Ranch, which serves adult individuals who have disabilities.
Contact Zoe Kleinfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her
on Twitter @zoekleinfeld."
Berkeley Police Department
Seeks Community Assistance with Identifying Suspect
in Apparent Attempted Kidnapping
On Friday, March
7, 2014 at about 10:20 PM, a twenty-three year old Berkeley
woman was walking home along San Pablo Avenue from Solano
Avenue in Albany. The woman became aware of a man who appeared
to be following her. She changed her route a number of times,
and the man changed his route each time along with her, continuing
to walk behind her. The woman pulled out her cell phone to
call for help, and the suspect suddenly grabbed her and forced
her off the sidewalk, down a driveway on the 1200 block of
San Pablo Avenue. The woman clutched her purse and screamed
for help. The man grabbed her around her waist and spoke
to her in Spanish. A passing motorist saw the woman in distress,
stopped, and honked their car horn. The suspect released
the woman and fled north on San Pablo Avenue.
The suspect in this case is described as a Hispanic male, 23-25 years
old, 5'05" to 5'07", thin build, thin facial hair, wearing
a white and red San Francisco 49ers baseball-style cap, black
hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and black and red tennis shoes.
BPD is urging anyone who believes they may have had an encounter
with this suspect-or who knows anyone who may have had an
encounter with this suspect-to contact BPD Sex Crimes Detective
Melissa Kelly, at (510) 981-5735. If a caller wishes to remain anonymous
he/she can call the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line,
at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).
Potter Creek's "LightSail
Energy Names Volker Schulte as COO and Neel Sirosh as VP and General
"New Senior Executives
from GE and Quantum Will Commercialize LightSail's Breakthrough
Energy Storage Technology to Meet Growing Global Demand
Energy, a developer of
state-of-the-art energy storage technology, announced today that
former senior GE executive Volker Schulte has joined the company
as chief operating officer. In addition, Neel Sirosh, former CTO
at Quantum Technologies, joined LightSail as vice president and
general manager of its energy storage group.
"We are extraordinarily fortunate to have two such distinguished
executives join LightSail and help bring our transformative compressed
air energy storage to the world," said Stephen Crane, co-founder
and CEO of LightSail Energy. "Both Volker and Neel bring
highly relevant experience, perspective, insight and zeal for
innovation, which will undoubtedly help us to capitalize on the
company's momentum, and position our new technology to succeed
in the marketplace.". . .
is developing breakthrough grid-scale energy storage technology
that uses compressed air as the storage medium. Based in Berkeley,
California, with funding from Khosla Ventures, Peter Thiel, Bill
Gates, and Total Energy Ventures, LightSail's technology is able
to convert electrical energy to compressed air, and then reverse
the process to deliver electrical energy again when it's needed,
all the while keeping losses to a minimum.
LightSail's co-founder and
chief scientist, Danielle Fong, has been one of Forbes Magazine's
30 Under 30 energy innovators for three years running and was
the youngest of last year's MIT Technology Review 35. As a graduate
student at Princeton University, she discovered that it is possible
to solve the cost and efficiency problems that have prevented
widespread adoption of energy storage with the most readily available
and lowest-cost of materials air. To learn more about LightSail
on 7/21/11 I posted
Startups, LightSail Energy
and JCAP have moved to Potter Creek. LightSail
Energy at 2865 7th St Berkeley, are taking "all the space"
occupied by the old chocolate factory--a space I had previously
reported would be shared with other startups. They have financial
backing researching "energizing compressed gas" among
"LightSail Energy, Inc
"is a venture capital-funded
start-up in the $100 billion field of energy storage. We are gathering
a small, elite technical team to help bring our system from experiment
JCAP at 2929 7th are partnered
with LBNL. JCAP is an acronym for Joint Center for Artificial
"The Joint Center for
Artificial Photosynthesis is a DOE Energy Innovation Hub-a research
effort built on the premises that a critcal mass of creative scientists
and engineers working side by side can accomplish more, faster,
than researchers working separately, and that a proactive approach
to managing and conducting research is essential.Led by the California
Institute of Technology (Caltech), in partner- ship with the Lawrence
Berkeley National Lab (LBNL), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory,
and a select group of universities, JCAP will involve scientists
and engineers nationwide. JCAP will keep the United States at
the forefront of solar-fuel research " reports solarfuelshub.org.
More information on this webpage.on
7/21/11 I posted
Cruz-based Pacific Cookie Co. now open in Berkeley" Heather
"A Santa Cruz family-run
cookie company has brought its handmade treats to Berkeley.
Pacific Cookie Company recently
opened a store near the UC Berkeley campus, the company's first
East Bay retail location. Pacific Cookie Company was founded in
1980 in Santa Cruz by Larry and Shelly Pearson. Their daughter,
Cara Pearson, now runs the company.
The store sells 13 kinds
of cookies, including mint-chocolate, ginger-spice and the familiar
chocolate chip. In 2005 the company modified its recipes to include
only all-natural ingredients and eliminate trans fats.
The Berkeley store, located
at 2309 Telegraph Ave., also sells ice cream cones and ice cream
sandwiches using fresh-baked cookies."
"Oakland chef Tanya Holland ready for the
big stage" Meredith
May at sfgate.com.
"There she is making
a savory bread pudding with Al Roker on the 'Today' show. Whipping
up Creole shrimp with cheddar grits in an eight-page spread in
Glazing a Thanksgiving turkey
with bourbon for Food & Wine. Sharing a joke with Mario Batali
on 'The Chew.'
Within the space of 18 months,
it seems like Tanya Holland, the first chef to create a destination
restaurant in oft-forgotten West Oakland, is everywhere, reinventing
for space on a new front:Student veterans seek more resources
on campus to ease college experience" dailycal.org.
"The Marine recruiter
couldn't have timed his call to Tom Wiltshire any better if he
tried. In 2005, amid a stubborn insurgency in Iraq, then-19-year-old
Wiltshire was fresh out of high school - and a job. The military
was short on new recruits, and Wiltshire's 1.8 high-school GPA
wasn't getting him anywhere fast.
'I had no political motivations
for wanting to join the Marines,' said Wiltshire, now a UC Berkeley
junior. 'I didn't join out of any sense of patriotism or family
history in the military. It's just kind of how it worked out,
I guess. The Marine recruiter snagged me first.'
The next five years saw a
previously underachieving high school graduate transform into
a globe-trotting combat photographer who shot images of humanitarian
efforts in Bangladesh, interviewed prominent Iraqi officials and
witnessed the violence of the Iraq War through the lens of his
camera. Even though Wiltshire wasn't an infantryman, he said he
regularly joined Marine convoys on roads riddled with improvised
explosive devices and other dangers. Like many veterans, he considers
himself lucky to be alive.
From the beginning, however,
Wiltshire knew the military wouldn't be a career for him. Motivated
by a romantic interest to remain in the United States after returning
from Iraq, Wiltshire turned down a lucrative government contracting
job in Afghanistan and moved to San Diego - where the recession
had cut huge swaths out of the civilian job market.
With few employment prospects,
Wiltshire turned to the GI Bill to keep himself afloat financially
- the legislation covers educational costs and a living stipend.
His initial motivation was primarily economic, and his attitude
was decidedly ho-hum."
Jean-Pierre Saulnier by Guy Kovner
A pioneer in Sonoma County's emergence as a mecca for fine dining,
former restaurateur Jean-Pierre Saulnier brought Mediterranean-style
French cuisine to Sebastopol in the early 1970s.
Saulnier, who died of cancer
Wednesday, March 5 at his home in Eureka at age 72, ran Le Pommier
on Highway 116 for about 10 years in an era before wine country
cuisine helped define the county and draw discriminating diners
here to eat.
"I remember we had a
hard time finding a baguette," said his sister, Anne Saulnier
of San Francisco, referring to the narrow loaf of French bread
that is now omnipresent in Sonoma County stores and bakeries.
Saulnier, who ran Le Pommier
until the early 1980s, was a professional contemporary of Alice
Waters, who started her legendary restaurant, Chez Panisse, in
Berkeley in 1971.
It wasn't until chef John
Ash opened his namesake Santa Rosa restaurant in 1980 that Sonoma
County food and wine began to gain national prominence.
At its prime in the 1970s, Le Pommier was widely regarded as one
of the county's better restaurants, when the population was about
half what it is today and, as Anne Saulnier recalled, most West
County vineyards were still apple orchards.
Jean-Pierre Saulnier grew
herbs and greens in his own garden and made his own sausage, practices
that are "now like the norm" for local chefs, his sister
Saulnier's culinary style came from his homeland of Algeria, then
a French colony on the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa,
where he was born in 1941.
As a French citizen, he served
in the French military and was, following Algeria's independence
in 1962, part of a mass exodus of European Algerians to France.
Saulnier settled near Paris, but was never comfortable in France
and migrated to America, settling in Sebastopol in about 1970.
"He loved it up here," his sister said.
Divorced, Saulnier relished
his "quiet time," she said, working in his garden and
preparing and eating his favorite foods, such as head cheese and
boudin noir, a dark-hued sausage containing pork and pig blood.
He also rode his bike to Bodega Bay to go fishing.
"Bayer to invest $700 mln to produce haemophilia
drugs in Germany"
"Bayer said it plans
to spend more than 500 million euros ($694 million) to set up
haemophilia drug production sites in Germany, one of the largest
investments to date by the German company's healthcare unit.
Bayer's established haemophilia
A therapy product Kogenate, with 1.2 billion euros in sales last
year, has been exclusively produced by a Bayer facility in Berkeley,
It has two more drug candidates
against the type A of the hereditary bleeding disorder in the
third and last phase of testing on humans that is required for
'Establishing an additional
supply source in Germany will help the company to prepare for
production of the anticipated new therapy options and address
the growing demand in this therapeutic area,' the company said
One of the two experimental
treatments, called BAY 94-9027, was shown in a drug trial in February
to help protect against bleeds with fewer infusions than the standard
As part of the production
expansion, Bayer will create about 500 new jobs at its sites in
Leverkusen and Wuppertal by 2020.
People with haemophilia have a fault in a gene that regulates
the body's production of proteins called clotting factors. This
can cause spontaneous bleeding as well as severe bleeding following
injuries or surgery.
The field could see a range
of other new treatments soon.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration
is due to decide by mid-year whether to approve a new long-lasting
haemophilia B clotting factor from Biogen Idec and partner Swedish
Novo Nordisk expects to file
next year for regulatory approval of its long-acting haemophilia
B drug, N9-GP."
"22-pound pet cat holds family hostage
until police arrive" Rene
"A 22-pound house cat
'with a history of violence' trapped an Oregon family -- and their
dog -- in a bedroom until police arrived to save them.
The incident unfolded Sunday
night in northwest Portland after a ferocious feline named Lux
turned on its owners. It all started when the family's 7-month-old
boy pulled the cat's tail. In response, the cat scratched the
baby on the forehead. The boy's dad, Lee Palmer, told police that
he 'kicked the cat in the rear' as punishment.'
And that's when the fur began
to fly: 'We're trapped, he won't let us out of our door,'
Lee Palmer told dispatchers after he and his family members and
pet dog fled to the safety of a bedroom and called 911. 'The cat
'has gone over the edge. He's trying to attack us -- he's very
hostile. He's at our door. He's charging us.' Palmer also told
the dispatcher that the cat has a 'history of violence.'
The Oregonian has audio of
the 911 call. Lux can be heard screeching in the background during
the call, according to the Portland Police Department's website.
At one point Palmer tells the dispatcher that he is concerned
about the officers' safely when confronting the cat: 'Tell them
to be careful,' he warns."
Held Thursday afternoon at
the Berkeley Bowl West restaurant, seven people were present at
BPD Lt Dave Frankel's coffee with the commander meeting. Lt Frankel
passed around crime maps of Berkeley and answered questions The
beat that includes Potter Creek is basically crime free except
for auto burglaries. Business was finished in 32 minutes.
It is my belief that THE
Berkeley PD story has gone unreported. That is the change in the
Department's Communications Center. In part as a result of the
beating death in 2012 , responsibility for the Com-Center
has been shifted from civilian control to control of a sworn BPD
officer, now Captain Eric Upson. My understanding is that patrol
officers now feel more confident with dispatch--dispatchers remain
civilians. This change was brought about largley through the work
of Lt Frankel.
"Former Berkeley police chief dies at age
82" Kristin J. Bender,
"A former Berkeley police
chief who led the department for eight years died Monday after
a brief illness, city officials said. Ronald D. Nelson was 82.
He reportedly died after
a walk with friends Monday afternoon in Tilden Park, authorities
He served as chief from 1982
to 1990, managing a 300-person department. He was replaced by
Dashiel Butler when he went to work for the UC San Francisco Police
Nelson received his early
training and experience with the Los Angeles Police Department,
which he joined in 1956 as a police officer, later advancing to
sergeant and then lieutenant. Nelson was later a police commander
with the Compton Police Department, and also served as city manager
and assistant city manager of Compton.
Nelson earned a bachelor's
degree from Drake University, a master's degree from Pepperdine
and did additional academic work in sociology and public administration
at California State University at Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount,
Fort McClennan, California Institute of Technology, and California
Polytechnic University. Funeral arrangements are pending."
Consolidation awaits UC children's literature collection"
by Lou Fancher
"In the digital age,
do we need librarians? A late-February skirmish on the UC Berkeley
campus provides a resounding, affirmative reply."
"Kava Massih: An architect learning to
let go, and when not to"
Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times.
"Architect Kava Massih repaints the front door of his firm's
office at 8th and Grayson streets in West Berkeley every few months,
a whimsical meditation on change for himself and his neighbors."
Berkeley urban farming nonprofit poised to grow" by Damin
"Urban Adamah, a nonprofit educational organization promoting
urban farming, has purchased 2.2 acres of land in Berkeley from
the United States Postal Service. The land, on Sixth Street at
Harrison, will give the group a permanent home.
The organization, founded
in January 2011, currently farms on one acre of leased land at
San Pablo Avenue and Parker Street."
Berkeley to see spike in housing developments" dailycal.org.
"Hard hats and construction
trucks may become a familiar sight to Berkeley residents within
the next few years as Downtown Berkeley experiences a surge in
More than 1,400 new housing
units in Downtown Berkeley are set for completion by 2018, a number
the Downtown Berkeley Association expects will both affect rent
prices and nearly double the city's population, bringing the number
of Downtown residents up to 5,500.
Many of the developments
underway could serve as rent-controlled, student-friendly apartments
for UC Berkeley students upon completion."
Aw jeez "Berkeley
officials apologize for deleted emails" contracostatimes.com.
Berkeley, a California city famous for its 1960s free speech movement,
said they're sorry for deleting thousands of emails that poured
in protesting plans to exterminate squirrels overrunning a park.Councilman
Kriss Worthington is demanding answers to why the messages vanished
from his email account, and he also wants to find an alternative
to killing the squirrels. He described peering at his computer
screen, when the messages suddenly vanished. In all, 14 people
received the messages totaling 81,000 individual emails."
"Pacific Steel Casting Files for Bankruptcy
Protection--Foundry Is Still Struggling After Laying Off Undocumented
Workers in 2011"
Katy Stech And John W. Miller, wsj.com.
"Steel foundry Pacific Steel Casting Co. has filed for bankruptcy
protection in California, telling a judge that it is still struggling
after laying off nearly 200 undocumented workers-a third of its
workforce-in late 2011.
The family-owned company,
which calls itself as the nation's fourth largest steel foundry,
filed for Chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oakland,
Calif., on Monday as its executives look for buyers. The company's
410 workers make steel parts for heavy-duty trucks and construction
Company spokeswoman Elisabeth
Jewel said Wednesday that Pacific Steel Casting expects to receive
offers 'shortly' for the its three plants in Berkeley, Calif.
The sale could end the ownership of the Genger family, which founded
Pacific Steel Casting in 1934 as a military supplier."
to Meet a Congressperson? You Better Be a Donor" by Kevin
"Most of us already
inherently understand that money has corrupted our political system,
but it's always helpful (if not reassuring) to see tangible evidence
to validate this belief. As The Washington Post reports, a new
study shows that citizens are more likely to get face time with
members of Congress and their staffs if they first identify themselves
as 'political donors.'
David Broockman and Joshua
Kalla, graduate students from UC Berkeley and Yale respectively,
were curious about how much money impacts whether a congressperson
will listen to a citizen's opinion on pending legislation. Accordingly,
they enlisted the help of CREDO Action, a liberal political group,
to conduct a randomized, controlled study."
industry delegation's pitch on legalized pot: It's just good business"
by Holly Yeager, washingtonpost.com.
"The delegation from
the National Cannabis Industry Association made a point of dressing
well for its day on Capitol Hill, sporting mostly dark suits,
lots of ties and plenty of the group's signature lapel pins, which
feature a sun rising over vibrant fields of marijuana.
Marijuana advocates have
come to lobby Washington before, often to argue for more lenient
treatment under federal law. But on Thursday, buoyed by a flurry
of state decisions that have expanded the legal use of marijuana,
the cannabis crowd came less as social activists than as entrepreneurs,
asking Congress to remove some of the obstacles that stand in
the way of their fledgling businesses."
man at work
a Potter Creek worker carefully
places his fork lift under a full pallet
There's something about a
man fully involved in his work that's to behold.
American Craft Beer Fest
Presented by BeerAdvocate
& Harpoon Brewery, the 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest
(ACBF) is the east coast's largest celebration of American craft
beer, featuring 640+ craft beers from 140+ American brewers, and
drawing over 15,000 beer enthusiasts from around the world.
Seaport World Trade Center,
200 Seaport Blvd in Boston, MA
18 beers of Potter Creek's
The Rare Barrel
have been well rated in the past.
" Watch Rand Paul's
Entire Speech at UC Berkeley"
Paul Compares Republican Party To Domino's Pizza: 'We Need A Different
Kind Of Party'" Paul Elias, huffingtonpost.com.
"Republican Sen. Rand
Paul's criticisms of President Barack Obama and other government
leaders over recent surveillance disclosures were warmly received
on Wednesday at the University of California, Berkeley."
Surprised? You shouldn't be!
on 2/22/14 I posted
"What Does It Mean to Be Anti-Establishment
at Berkeley Today?"
by Patrick Redford, ·psmag.com.
"For some, the opposite
of what it meant 50 years ago.
They are the largest student organization at the University of
California-Berkeley. Their website bills them as "the preeminent
anti-establishment force at UC Berkeley and proud of it."
No small claim at Berkeley, a place with a history of activism
and where this club has grown into its role as chief antagonist.
National news covered one of their biggest stunts a few years
ago. The club grows by the year and takes advantage of the ever-changing
demographics of the student body. The organization?
The Berkeley College Republicans.
Despite student skepticism
and the common caricatures of Republicans, Brendan Pinder, president
of BCR, says the club is thriving because of ideological diversity.
There are plenty of politically liberal organizations on campus,
but, according to Pinder, students view all of those clubs as
extremely progressive, and so BCR membership actually encompasses
a wide swath of the political spectrum."
Look for more blooming fruit
to be planted in Potter Creek
on 8th around Pardee.
Man drives van into bay at Berkeley Marina" by David
"An elderly man drove
his van into the bay at the Berkeley Marina early Friday, authorities
Memorial Stadium will rent to new tenants to help offset debt"
Taryn Smith, dailycal.org.
"As part of its goal to diversify revenue, UC Berkeley's
California Memorial Stadium will soon begin renting to new tenants
and expanding events to include weddings.
On Wednesday evening, Memorial Stadium showcased multiple venues
in an open house, which drew about 200 guests. Broadcasting the
stadium's potential - with raffles, live music and sample catering
- is the latest iteration of a plan to transform the stadium into
a multi-use facility to offset a debt left by renovations to the
stadium, completed in 2012."
Water Technologies Licenses Berkeley Lab Invention for Arsenic-free
Water in India and Bangladesh" moneylife.in.
Luminous Water Technologies has licensed from Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), the Electrochemical Arsenic
Remediation technology (ECAR) for arsenic remediation in arsenic-affected
villages throughout India and Bangladesh. Dr. Gadgil, who heads
the Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division and is also
a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley,
together with his team have done extensive lab tests and field
tests in the affected areas. This technology has been envisioned
and developed to stand the test of time and to be able to deliver
where many other technologies have failed.
Arsenic poisoning from drinking water has been called the worst
natural disaster in the history of mankind: an estimate of 137
million people are affected in 70 countries by arsenic poisoning.
Importantly, the World Health Organisation estimates that around
97 million people in India alone lack access to safe water."
tree rings reveal about California's drought" voices.mydesert.com.
"Here are some insights
from UC Berkeley paleoclimatologist B. Lynn Ingram . . . How dry
According to Ingram, this
year could potentially be one of the driest in 500 years.
Ingram was originally scheduled
to be among the panelists at the symposium but at the last minute
had to cancel her trip. In lieu of her remarks, I asked her to
summarize some of her main points in an email, and here they are:
'The historic records of climate extend back into the late 1800s,
but we need to look back on longer timescales to get the full
range of climate for the region. During the recent historic period
(1870 to the present), there have been only two years as dry as
our current year (water year October 1, 2013 to Sept 30,
2014). Those years were 1923-24, and 1976-77. If we look back
over the past 500 years (using tree ring records from long-lived
trees throughout the West), we see that the single driest year
was in 1580. That means this year could potentially be one of
the driest in 500 years. (1580 was even drier than 1976-77
the trees have extremely narrow growth rings, or no ring, that
We also see from the long-term
perspective of the past 3,000 years . . ."
air quality report
2/28/14--1:38 PM--dry air
in warehouse front. Watery eyes, dry skin. All afternoon--dry
air in warehouse front, hacking cough episodes, often at 15 minute
intervals. 7:45 PM--similar 8:02 PM-similar. 8:17 PM--similar.
8:29 PM--leave for walk and fresh air. 8:45 PM--similar. 9:01
PM--similar, SERIOUS. 9:13 PM--similar. All PM and 3/1/14 AM--similar.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
HEAVY BURNING dry dirty, mucus membrane irritation, watery burning
eyes, burning mouth and throat with swelling. HEAVY "Spare
the AIr Day , air," overrides 4 HEPA filters, wear respirator.
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry
dirty, mucus membrane irritation, regular cough, watery eyes,
mouth and throat swelling. Only apparent activity early this Sunday
morning at closeby manufacturer. 9:01 AM--similar.
in warehouse front, dry dirty, mucus membrane irritation, prolonged
hacking cough. 5:20 PM--similar. 7:25 PM--similsr. 9:14 PM--similar.
3/4/13--8:00 AM--dry dirty
air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, Marsha dry
mouth, hacking cough, headache. 8:54 AM--irritant in warehouse
front, dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, Marsha
similar. 4:05 PM--similar. 4:19 PM--similar with severe "hacking"
cough. 7:08--similar, SERIOUS prolonged "hacking" cough
. 6:15 AM--similar. 7:45 AM--similar.11:30 AM--similar with burning
eyes and mouth. Marsha similar. 3:14 PM--strong "overheated
ceramic/metal" odor. 3:31 PM--similar with "Spare the
Air," air. 3:57 PM--similar IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.
dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation at regular
interval often 15 minute ones. 12:30 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse
front, mucus membrane irritation, mouth, "hacking" cough.
5:15 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation,
burning eyes and mouth, "Spare the AIr Day , air," overrides
4 HEPA filters.
3/9/14--4:14--dry dirty air
in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, "Spare
the AIr Day , air," overrides 4 new HEPA filters.
"strong raw gas odor" in front of warehouse. 10:07 PM--dry
dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, watery
eyes, serious hacking cough. Marsha similar.
3/13/14--1:50 PM--dry dirty
air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes,
"Spare the AIr Day , air."
3/16/14--11:16 AM--dry dirty
air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes,
hacking cough,"Spare the AIr Day , air." Off-and-on
ll AM--similar often at 15 minute intervals.
3/18/14--2:27 AM--dry dirty
air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes,
hacking cough. 5:48 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY
in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes,
hacking cough. 6:52 PM--similar. 7:38 PM--similar, SERIOUS hacking
cough. 8:21 PM--similar. 11:49 PM--similar.
4:05 AM--similar. 7:55 AM--similar, SERIOUS hacking cough. 8:28
:AM--similar. 9:42 AM--similar. 2:26 PM--similar. 2:45 PM---dry
dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, watery
eyes, hacking cough, with "Spare the AIr Day , air".
3/21/14--3:44 AM--dry dirty
air in warehouse front, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation. 7:45
AM--similar with "glass manufacturing" odor. 2:11 PM--"glass
manufacturing " odor in front of warehouse. 2:15 PM--dry
dirty air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation. 4:31
PM--"glass manufacturing odor" in front of warehouse.
6:45 PM---dry dirty air in warehouse front, SERIOUS mucus membrane
irritation. 9:00 PM==similar, hacking cough. 9:20 PM--similar,
hacking cough.10:47 PM--similar, Marsha has coughing attack. 11:03
PM--similar. 11:09 PM--"glass manufacturing odor" in
3/22/14--12:55 PM--dry dirty
air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough,
Marsha similar 1:12 PM--similar, STRONG "glass manufacturing"
odor, leave. 4:10 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front and front
of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation, hacking cough. 10:06
3/23/14--5:48 PM--dry dirty
air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation with "Spare
the AIr Day , air".
3/24/14--10:38 AM--dry dirty
air in warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation with "Spare
the AIr Day , air".
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If you ever need to get a
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Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
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Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
Our Planning Commision update
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
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.
Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 email@example.com
City Councilman firstname.lastname@example.org
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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