Merryll just had a Birthday
here's one of her presents
I had lunch at "Brown
Sugar Kitchen" 2534 Mandela Parkway in Oakland today.
Excellent Gumbo and Sweet Potato Pie.
Definitely check it out!
The owner Tanya Holland writes "The
cuisine at Brown Sugar Kitchen reflects my interpretation of soul
food. My influences include my African-American heritage, my formal
training at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in France, and my general
appreciation of a wide variety of cuisines. If you want to dig
deeper without actually coming down here, check out my book, New
Soul Cooking (Stewart, Tabori, and Chang) or tanyaholland.com."
Nordic House is opening soon
in the remodeled former location of San Pablo Poultry. That's
at the end of Pardee on the east side of the Ave.
Pete's Potter Creek rain
guage showed 1 3/4 inches for the last storm.
This is both a reminder about
my concerts on Saturday, 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM , in Berkeley, and
the program notes for same.
As this program (below) has
developed, I have been thinking about how similar the music of
these four composers is in many respects. Though they each
have their individual musical personalities, there are stylistic
earmarks which they all share. The first of these is the
style brisé, which was common in harpsichord
music of all nationalities, but has a peculiar flavor in German
hands. It is a technique derived from lute playing. Like
the lute, individual notes on the harpsichord decay rather quickly
after the initial pluck, and in order to keep the sound buoyed
up, notes will be repeated, or in the case of chords, broken (brisé)
There is a particular cadential
formula quite common in Buxtehude of offbeat repeated notes, which I
always viewed as somewhat archaic, and yet Handel uses the same
treatment in the larger cadences in his Allemande and his Courante.
The arpeggiated form
of this style appears throughout, but is most notable in the Toccata,
the first and last last variation in the Pachelbel, and in the
Buxtehude Courante, where the piece is almost entirely made up
of broken chords (you can't whistle this tune!) Handel's
Courante contains much of this, but Bach's does not, however
the subject in Bach's Gigue is nearly all broken chords. Bach's
most challenging use of arpeggiation is in the left hand of the
Bourré where nearly every note is part of a larger broken
chord, with barely a few stepwise notes.
Bach's version of style brisé
often manifested itself in violin figuration,
imitating a violinist crossing strings with his bow. Usually
one pedal point note is combined with a moving line,
the notes alternating in rapid succession. This appears
in Bach's Allemande and Courante, and most especially in the final
Fugue of the Toccata. Handel's Allegro, also a grand Fugue, has
a subject written in the same style, as does also the
opening of Buxtehude's Canzona.
This brings me to the other stylistic trait
shared by these composers, and that is a love for counterpoint.
Since nearly the entire program is contrapuntal, I will only
mention the more formal pieces, these being the Fugato and Fugue
contained within the Toccata, (alternating with free
flowing bravado, and a most astonishing bit of style brisé
just before the Fugue, which is very like a similar,
equally dramatic, section in the Canzona), the three fugues
in the Canzona, also alternating with free material, and the Fugue
which opens the Handel suite.
Another place where all three
composers play with imitative counterpoint is in the Gigues. All
three Gigues have a subject, exposed just as in a Fugue, for each
half. Bach, goes one step further and inverts the opening
subject for the second half. It is these composers' way of ending
a dance suite with a fugue of sorts. They just couldn't resist!
I hope more of you can come,
as I have loads of space still. Homemade cookies and coffee
in the AM and fizzy water, white wine and more cookies in the
PM. Again, two shows, 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM, $10 suggested donation.
e minor ................................................Johann
Aria Secunda (1699)........................................................Johann
Fantasia 10 in
G major.....................................Georg Friedrich Handel
Suite V (1720)
in e minor.........................................................G.F.
C major BuxWV 166...........................Dietrich Buxtehude
Suite in C
major BuxWV 230.............................................D.
French Suite V in
G major BWV 816......................................J.S. Bach
Old friend Michael Beck emails
a recent painting
57 Post Street, Suite
905, San Francisco
April - May, 2010
gallery hours: Tuesday Friday, 2pm-6pm
"Lawrence Berkeley Lab gave Bay Area $690M
boost last year" San
Francisco Business Times by
Steven E.F. Brown
"Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory boosted the Bay Area economy by 5,600 jobs and $690
million last year, according to a study it published this week.
LBL, on the hill above the University of California, Berkeley,
campus, also created 12,000 jobs in the United States last year.
CBRE Consulting of San Francisco did the study for the lab. It
said over the last two decades, LBL has helped start 30 businesses
that pumped $904 million into the local economy.
In the city of Berkeley itself, some 1,700 jobs 'were directly
tied to Laboratory spending.' In 2009 the lab spent almost $200
million in Berkeley.
Other local cities that got significant boosts were Walnut Creek,
where the Joint Genome Institute is and Emeryville, where the
Joint BioEnergy Institute is.
Berkeley Lab has received a significant amount of Department of
Energy stimulus spending."
"Josh Kornbluth's 'Andy Warhol: Good for
the Jews?' " Robert
Hurwitt, Chronicle Theater Critic.
" 'I don't get it,'
Josh Kornbluth says as he stares - and we stare past him - at
the colorful panels of Andy Warhol's 'Ten Portraits of Jews of
the Twentieth Century."'By the end of Kornbluth's "Andy
Warhol: Good for the Jews?" not only is he getting it but
so are we. And that, in some ways, is the least we get from this
smartly assembled monologue.
Andy Warhol: Good for the
Jews?: Monologue. Written and performed by Josh Kornbluth. Directed
by David Dower. Through May 16. The Jewish Theatre San Francisco,
470 Florida St., San Francisco. 90 minutes. $20-$34. (415) 292-1233.
"Can the Jewish Deli Be Reformed?" asks Julia Moskin at nytimes.com.
"At Saul's Restaurant and Deli in Berkeley, Calif., the eggs
are organic and cage free, and the ground beef in the stuffed
cabbage is grass fed. Its owners, Karen Adelman and Peter Levitt,
yanked salami from the menu in November, saying that they could
no longer in good conscience serve commercial kosher salami.
'It's industrially produced
meat that gets blessed by a rabbi,' said Mr. Levitt, who came
to Saul's two decades ago from Chez Panisse, just down the street.
'We all know that isn't good enough.'
The two are still trying
to find, or make, salami that will align with their vision of
the deli of the future: individual, sustainable, affordable and
"Organic, local farms get a boost from
USDA" Carolyn Lochhead,
Chronicle Washington Bureau.
officials Wednesday outlined a broad array of efforts to elevate
organic and local farming to a prominence never seen before at
the sprawling U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The shift is raising eyebrows
among conventional growers and promising federal support to a
food movement that began in Northern California and was considered
heretical only a few years ago."
"Yale tops U.S. News & World Report's
list of the best law schools" Karen
Sloan at law.com.
"It's that time of year.
U.S. News & World Report
on Thursday released its 2010 law school rankings, which undoubtedly
will renew the ongoing conversation about the usefulness of this
There were few shakeups at
the top of the list this year. Yale Law School, Harvard Law School,
Stanford Law School and Columbia Law School remained in the top
four places, in declining order. The University of Chicago Law
School moved up one spot, pushing New York University School of
Law down to No. 6, out of the top five.
The University of California,
Berkeley School of Law fell one spot to No. 7, while the University
of Pennsylvania Law School moved up one spot tie with Berkeley
at No. 7. Duke Law School and Northwestern University School of
Law each fell one spot to tie at No. 11."
"How to Get In: University of California-Berkeley
School of Law" is
a survey at usnews.com.
"We posed questions
to admissions officials at the University of California-Berkeley
School of Law regarding the application process, what they look
for in applicants and what sets their school apart."
"Berkeley Ups Admission of Non-Californians" is a report at insidehighered.com.
"The University of California
has significantly increased the share of its undergraduate class
admitted from outside California. The university has just offered
admission to 12,915 applicants, only about 50 short of last year's
total. But while 11,200 of last year's admits were Californians,
only 9,420 of this year's admits were from the state."
student loan program expanding" Nanette Asimov, Chronicle
parents never sent their son to school. So in 2008, when the 21-year-old
announced he would go to college rather than pursue the religious
life his parents planned for him, Brumfield found himself on his
own and penniless.
He got a job, enrolled in
Berkeley City College and found a homeless shelter. Now he is
hoping that changes to the federal student loan program will propel
him to graduate school for a master's degree in teaching and -
eventually - into law school.
'Going from homelessness
to grad school is a far-reaching dream for me,' Brumfield said
Signed into federal law on
March 30, the education portion of the Health Care and Education
Reconciliation Act snagged fewer headlines than the vast health
care reforms also adopted that day. But students like Brumfield
The law will make it easier
for thousands of students who take out federal loans starting
in 2014 to pay them off. It will lower their payments and forgive
remaining balances after 20 years instead of 25."
"Kasey Kahne is poised to join Hendrick
Motorsports, . . . in News Brake" at autosport.com.
Die luft der freiheit weht
German Chancellor, Angela
Merkel was in Potter Creek yesterday.
About 11:30 yesterday morning
Chancellor Merkel's motorcade was seen coming down Grayson from
Bayer toward 900 then turning and going down 7th.
The motorcade was made up of several SUVs and some cars
followed by what appeared to be press buses.
Our Berkeley PD motor-officers along with other security escorted
Rumor has it "The Govenator
"was here with her. RP
Thanks to Don Yost and BPD
Ofc Karen Buckheit, among other, for the information.
"Merkel pushes closer ties with California" is a short story about her visit to our state.
"All that extra security in Berkeley today
was for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who visited the Berkeley
Lawrence Lab on her swing through the Bay Area" is a little report at berkeleyside.com.
"There are more than
100 German staff scientists and postdoctoral students working
at Berkeley Lab, and Merkel planned to take a photo with them.
She probably kept up her end of the conversation, too, as she
has a doctorate in physics."
our Dave Kruse emails
All the sirens I guess.
That's why I couldn't get
home this morning stopped on 6th to let dignitaries
and press buses by on University heading east. This was
Sorry I missed them on Grayson.
CEID director, Jill Ellis
Great story sorry we
didn't know would have loved to see the excitement!
"German Chancellor Visits Researchers at
Lawrence Berkeley Lab"
is a story at dailycal.org.
"German Chancellor Angela
Merkel visited the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Thursday
morning to examine renewable energy research and acknowledge countrymen
who work at the lab.
Merkel visited the lab's
Molecular Foundry, where nanoscience researchers are working to
create more efficient and cost-effective solar cells. During her
two-hour visit, she also met with Lab Director Paul Alivisatos
and more than 70 German researchers who work at the lab."
"Merkel on computers, finance and cars"
is at marketwatch.com.
German Chancellor Angela
Merkel had this bit of humbling news for Silicon Valley's brain
trust: You don't get all the credit.
Germans invented the MP3
player and the fax machine, she noted in a speech Thursday afternoon
at Stanford University, steps from where Google Inc founders knocked
heads over search-engine codes and Hewlett-Packard Co. founders
took their engineering degrees.
Germans also invented the
German Chancellor Angela
Merkel spoke at Stanford University Thursday.
To the audience's laughing
disbelief about the last claim, she invited attendees to visit
the Konrad Zuse Institute Berlin, named after the inventor of
the first "freely programmable" and automated computer
'Don't think the Americans
have invented everything,' she said through a translator during
a talk largely focused on U.S. and European joint interests, .
. . "
"German chancellor visits Stanford, backs
Afghanistan war" by
Will Oremus, mercurynews.com.
"On a day when four
German soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel reaffirmed her country's commitment to the U.S.-led
war in a speech Thursday at Stanford University.
Through a translator, Merkel
expressed sadness at the loss of life and said she accepts that
'a lot of people have great doubts' about the mission in Afghanistan.
But the mission 'guarantees our freedom and our security' by stabilizing
a turbulent country, she added.
Merkel tied the war effort
into a broader call for stronger U.S.-European partnerships on
international security, financial regulations and climate change.
And she related Stanford's official motto, a German phrase that
translates to 'the wind of freedom blows,' to her own life story
in an appeal to shared values.
'Die luft der freiheit weht,'
she said. 'This is what I felt when 20 years ago (when) the (Berlin)
wall came down.' "
is hidden away behind V&W
Windows, 2813 Seventh Street, 510-845-5264
cold and hot sandwiches are
served with freshly roasted coffee
(a truly superior coffee,
it is also served in the deli-section of The Bowl RP)
a favorite is Italianova-two
eggs, black forest ham, gruyere cheese and basil pesto on a sweet
open Mon-Thurs 10AM-5:30
PM, Friday 10AM-3PM, closed weekends
(FREE coffee on Tuesdays!)
"Germany - California - research for business
and prosperity" is
a report at isria.com.
Bayer-Schering, nanoparticles from a Berkeley University research
laboratory and IT-assisted navigation systems for Volkswagen -
everywhere she went in San Francisco the Chancellor got a first-hand
impression of the dynamic American west coast. At Stanford University
she spoke about shared challenges: security policy, the financial
crisis and climate protection.
On the basis of its economic
statistics, California would qualify as the world's eighth largest
economy. That is why it is worthwhile dropping in frequently and
fostering economic cooperation said Angela Merkel in San Francisco.
The Chancellor has long has
her eye on the west coast of the United States. It is eighteen
years since a German Chancellor, then Helmut Kohl, visited the
sunshine state. That is a mistake, declared Angela Merkel
'After all we visit China almost every year.'
California's reputation as
one of the most creative high-tech regions in the world is unchanged.
But we cannot leave this potential to the Pacific and Asian world.
Outside Asia, Germany is California's largest trading partner."
"San Francisco Symphony Presents Charlie
Chaplin's 'Gold Rush' In All its Glory" by Justin DeFreitas in our Planet.
"The San Francisco Symphony
will present Chaplin's epic on the scale it deserves this week,
accompanying the film with the comedian's own score, composed
for the film's 1942 reissue."
"Berkeley Arts Festival Will Use the New
Magnes Museum Building in May"
by Bonnie Hughes, the Planet.
"Hooray! The Berkeley Arts Festival finally has a home thanks
to the Judah L. Magnes Museum. They are generously letting us
use the space at 2121 Allston Way where they will move from their
Russell Street location in 2011."
"Matthew Sweet's 'Girlfriend' Musical Opens
in California" is
"Almost 20 years since
its release, Matthew Sweet's 'Girlfriend' album has now been given
the musical theater treatment.
On Wednesday night, the Berkeley
Repertory Theater officially debuted the theatrical production
of 'Girlfriend,' with a script written by Todd Almond and songs
by Sweet. The coming-of-age story, Almond says, is about two boys
who fall in love during the summer after graduating high school."
"Despite Budget Woes, University Still
Has Money for Bottled Water" by
Scott James at nytimes.com.
"Times are tough at the University of California. The state's
budget crisis has led to cuts, layoffs and higher student fees.
It is enough to drive someone
to drink - as long as it's not plain old tap water.
Even though money is tight,
the university has spent about $2 million in recent years on brand
name, commercially produced and delivered bottled water to campuses
in San Francisco and Berkeley."
"Young adults do care about online privacy" at google.com.
"All the dirty laundry
younger people seem to air on social networks these days might
lead older Americans to conclude that today's tech-savvy generation
doesn't care about privacy.
Such an assumption fits happily
with declarations that privacy is dead, as online marketers and
social sites such as Facebook try to persuade people to share
even more about who they are, what they are thinking and where
they are at any given time.
But it's not quite true,
a new study finds. Despite mounds of anecdotes about college students
sharing booze-chugging party photos, posting raunchy messages
and badmouthing potential employers online, young adults generally
care as much about privacy as older Americans.
The report, from researchers
at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of
Pennsylvania, is among the first quantitative studies looking
at young people's attitudes toward privacy as government officials
and corporate executives alike increasingly grapple with such
Jill from CEID emails
Yesterday mid-afternoon a
young mother, her two children in tow in a coaster wagon, stopped
in front of Bruce Hermann to play catch with beach balls. "You
know there's no place to play in the neighborhood" she said.
"No park for kids or playground."
Zazou, (also known as Zawowee),
who was the manager and barrista at Trieste when it opened on
San Pablo, and his wife Marianna
have opened a cozy cafe, Zazou's Cafe, across from street from
the East Bay Nursery on San Pablo Ave. It serves Cafe Trieste
coffee as well as a milder, very flavorful Mexican organic
coffee. Their food includes a variety of crepes and also
pannini sandwiches. Only opened a few days ago it already
is gaining a following.
Carol and I had two of their crepes for breakfast yesterday and
another crepe and a pannini for lunch today - all of which were
Check it out!
"First Retail Branded Edible Medical Marijuana
Product Line Introduced at San Francisco Trade Show" is a press release at benzinga.com.
" This weekend, more
than 30,000 attendees at the International Cannabis & Hemp
Show 2010 taking place at San Francisco's Cow Palace Arena, will
be introduced to the nation's first retail branded, complete medical
marijuana product line.
YAK edibles, will be launching
their branded product line which will undoubtedly create a paradigm
shift in the way medical marijuana is delivered, packaged and
branded. There are a total of eight products in the YAK edibles
product line, with more in development.
Recent legal changes in California
Proposition 215, exempts patients and defined caregivers who possess
or cultivate marijuana recommended by a physician from criminal
laws which otherwise prohibit possession or cultivation of marijuana.
YAK edibles management team
consists of former computer, consumer electronic & healthcare
industry veterans who have more than 20 years of brand building,
packaging and retailing experience. They have taken their experience
and applied it to a new growth category: medical marijuana.
'YAK edibles can deliver
a quality product to the patient in an efficient manner with branding,
packaging and pricing which resonates with dispensary's caregivers.
More importantly it's beneficial to the patient, because the quality
and availability of product is consistent throughout the state
at affordable pricing,' according to a company spokesperson.
YAK edibles is launching
a broad line of eight products, including; YAK Brownie, YAK Fudge,
YAK Mini Cookies, YAK Greenie, YAK Sensi Star (cookie in star
shape), YAK Haute Chocolate (instant hot chocolate drink), YAK
Mocha Juana (instant coffee drink) and their best selling YAK
Cannabis Extract Capsules."
The period between now and
when/if marijuana become legal, more important, legitimate, will
be culturally stressful.RP
WeedsSeason Five is now
"California's university system: What went
wrong?" by Lisa
M. Krieger, mercurynews.com.
"Fifty years ago this
month, California promised a low-cost, high-quality university
education for every qualified high school graduate in the state.
But that promise - inflated by growing populations and academic
aspirations - expanded beyond the state's willingness to pay for
What went wrong? How did
the university system that was long the envy of the world suddenly
become the focus of angry street protests, overcrowded classrooms,
soaring tuition and a monumental debate over whether the state
can ever make good again on its groundbreaking mission?
While the recession turned
a slow-brewing problem into an instant crisis, a Mercury News
analysis of California's higher-education mess reveals that many
factors drove the inevitable and ugly collision between the university
system's ambitious and uncoordinated growth and the state's declining
ability and desire to pay for it. Among the most critical . .
"UC Berkeley A Cappella Bears Long History"
by Jill Cowan, Daily
Cal Contributing Writer.
"If you watch the first
YouTube video that pops up when you search for 'Noteworthy a cappella,'
you will see something funny.
What you will see is a huddle
of seven guys in blue shirts and mildly flamboyant gold satin
vests doing an enthusiastic rendition of Lady Gaga's 'Poker Face,'
A bunch of men doing their
best impressions of a pantless pop diva on the Internet may be
a far cry from a 19th-century glee club debuting 'Hail to California,'
but the boys of Noteworthy are part of a long-standing tradition."
"Green Day: Rock Band Hands-On Impressions
With Video" is at
Quote of the week
from Celeste, server at 900
GRAYSON when asked "How's it
goin'?" who replied "I could complain but it's not bad
"Akamai Ranks Fastest Cities in the U.S" by Om Malik at gigaom.com.
"Led by Berkeley, Calif.,
at the end of 2009, college towns are among the fastest cities
in the U.S., according to Akamai's latest 'The State of the Internet"'report.
In order to qualify, Akamai put a filter of a minimum of 50,000
unique IP addresses. Chapel Hill (North Carolina), Stanford (California),
Durham (North Carolina) and Ithaca (New York) made up the top
five cities in the U.S.
The U.S. might not rank top in most broadband categories, but
it was interesting to note that Berkeley, Chapel Hill and Stanford
are the three fastest cities in the world, followed by Masan (South
Korea) and Oxford (Great Britain.) San Francisco and other Bay
Area cities are nowhere to be found on the top 100 cities list,
and neither is New York. U.S. towns/cities that play host to colleges
and universities are well represented in the global top 100 cities
list - once again showing the importance of educational institutions
and networks to the overall evolution of the Internet."
" For post-boomers, public education is
worth more than Social Security and Medicare" by Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations U.C. Berkeley.
"It's easy to assume
retiring baby boomers will benefit from Social Security and Medicare
at the expense of younger generations, as analysts estimate that
these government-run programs will pay out more than they collect
in payroll taxes by 2017.
But a far-reaching new study
from the University of California, Berkeley, concludes that younger
Americans - specifically those born between 1972 and 2060 - are
actually getting the better deal when the value of public education
is factored in as an intergenerational entitlement program on
a par with Social Security and Medicare."
"Compostable' Plastic Claims Break Down" is at utne.com.
green living, sustainable business, composting, plastic, biodedegradable,
bioplastics, compostable plastics, plastic bags, Mother Earth
News, Terrain, Keith Goetzman
Bioplastics chart 'Compostable'
plastics are being marketed as a green solution to waste and pollution-but
our sister magazine Mother Earth News found in an independent
test of 'bioplastic' bags that many of them don't live up to their
claims. Of five bags tested, none of them were completely compostable
in home composting conditions."
"Tackle air pollution with greenhouse gases,
report urges" by
Suzanne Bohan, Contra Costa Times.
"When Rachel Morello-Frosch,
a UC Berkeley researcher, takes air samples inside homes near
the Chevron refinery in Richmond, she finds significant levels
of outdoor air pollutants.
Some of the worst examples
are tiny particles invisible to the naked eye, called particulate
matter, which can embed in people's airways and cause a number
of respiratory diseases linked to premature death.
That's why she's pushing
hard to make sure that the state's landmark climate law, Assembly
Bill 32, includes pollution reduction in its mandate for reducing
carbon dioxide emissions statewide to 1990 levels by 2020."
"Minority Communities Suffer Most If California
Suspends AB 32" by
Leslie Berliant at solveclimate.com.
"If California's greenhouse
gas emissions reduction law, AB 32, is suspended or poorly implemented,
communities of color and poor neighborhoods will suffer the most,
according to a new report funded by the William and Flora Hewlett
"Amyris Biotechnologies Files for IPO" SustainableBusiness.com.
Inc. filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an
initial public offering (IPO) of its common stock to raise up
to $100 million dollars.
The company, which spun out
of the University of California, Berkeley, modifies microogranisms--primarily
yeast--to convert plant sugars into desired molecules. The company's
first product was an antimalarial drug. However; its grand scheme
is to produce a 'drop-in' biofuel that could replace, or be blended
with gasoline without the infrastructure changes required for
To date the company has raised
more than $200 million from high-profile investors such as Khosla
Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, TPG Biotech and
Votorantim Novos Negocios.
Amyris expects to commercialize
its first renewable product starting 2011.
The company is particularly
focused on the Brazil's sugarcane biofuel industry."
of grate art at The Bowl
schools named 'California Distinguished Schools' " by
Theresa Harrington, Contra Costa County.
"More than two dozen
East Bay elementary campuses have been named as 'California Distinguished
Schools' for 2010 in recognition of their academic excellence
and narrowed achievement gaps.
The schools - which include
18 in Alameda County and 13 in Contra Costa County - were chosen
because of "signature practices" that led to improved
test scores and helped lessen differences between higher- and
lower-performing students, said Jack O'Connell, state superintendent
of public instruction, in a Monday news release. The state Department
of Education plans to make the practices available on its Website,
www.cde.ca.gov, later this spring.
'These schools have persevered
despite state budget cutbacks that have cut deeply into the budgets
of local school districts,' O'Connell said.
The East Bay's 31 distinguished
schools were among 484 selected statewide that will be honored
at a June 4 awards ceremony in Anaheim.
Alameda County schools chosen
were: Jefferson and Oxford elementary schools in Berkeley Unified;
Ardenwood, Cabrillo, E. M. Grimmer, Fred E. Weibel, James Leitch,
John Gomes, Joshua Chadbourne, Mission San Jose and Mission Valley
elementary schools in Fremont Unified; Joe Michell Elementary
in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified District; Tom Kitayama Elementary
in the New Haven Unified District; Chabot, Montclair, Peralta
and Thornhill elementary schools in Oakland Unified; and Henry
P. Mohr Elementary in the Pleasanton Unified district.."
"Ex-Pitt coach Harris hired at D-II school" is an espn report.
"Former University of
Pittsburgh coach Walt Harris was introduced as the new offensive
coordinator at California (Pa.) on Monday.
Harris spent eight years
leading the Panthers but left with a 52-44 record to take over
at Stanford following the 2004 season. Harris served as an assistant
with Akron last year.
Harris, 63, will replace
Mike T. Jacobs, who stepped away due to health concerns.
The Vulcans, a Division II
power, finished the 2009 season with an 11-4 record after losing
in the national semifinals."
"What's in your VC plea?" by Rebecca Lynn at cnet.com.
"Let's say you have
an ingenious new business idea, and you're ready to seek venture
capital. Knowing what venture capital investors look for in a
pitch could mean the difference between a term sheet and a rejection.
As a VC, I've seen hundreds
of pitches. And I can tell you that in today's environment, the
best PowerPoint slide decks--whether delivered by first-time entrepreneurs
or veteran company builders--share similar structure, content,
First, what's changed? I
recently hosted a panel called 'The Secrets of Pitching to VCs'
at the University of California at Berkeley, and I realized how
much the environment has changed over the past two years. Good
ideas on paper are no longer being funded. Today, entrepreneurs
need to show real traction even for angel rounds. That said, the
funding environment has been improving significantly since the
first quarter of 2009."
Potter Creek's Mario Assadi
is featured in"SGP
is Poised for Growth" by Peter Nowack at whattheythink.com.
"The Sustainable Green
Printing Partnership (SGP) is celebrating the certification of
its 20th company. It's certainly a milestone for the SGP, which,
at 20 months of age, appears to have found its legs and a path
Up until now, printers have
been buying-in to SGP certification because it can save them money
(through process improvements), for market differentiation and,
simply, because it is the 'right thing to do.'
For example, Mario Assadi,
CEO of Berkeley, California based Greenerprinter, reports that
his shop opted for SGP because it provided the only industry-specific
green credentials, not because any customer had asked for SGP
"Berkeley Art Museum/PFA seeks proposals" by John King at sfgate.com.
"Here's a surprise:
SFMOMA isn't the only local cultural institution seeking an out-of-town
architect to design its new home.
There's also a 'help wanted'
sign at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, which
is planning a move to the old University of California printing
plant at Center and Oxford streets in downtown Berkeley. Letters
went to 10 architectural firms early this month and all 10 have
responded with initial proposals. The institution hopes to narrow
the list to three and name its designer in June.
The surprise is that BAM/PFA
already traveled this path - in 2006, when it selected Toyo Ito
to design a new home. The Japanese architect's response was seductive
- an abstract egg crate with thin steel walls - but also prohibitively
expensive. Ito and Cal parted ways last fall, and the institution
decided to revive the printing plant, making the most of such
features as the enormous redwood-floored shop beneath saw-toothed
'We decided the best approach
is to repurpose what's there and build an additional 50,000 square
feet,' said Larry Rinder, the museum director. 'This requires
a combination of two design skill sets, integrating old and new
to create a functional and exciting whole.' "
"Intimate memoir revealed as fans honour
Mark Twain centenary" is
a story at guardian.co.uk.
Sketch', written soon after the death of his daughter, goes on
display as part of celebrations marking 100 years since the author's
Mark Twain fans across the
world are ignoring the American writer's 1896 dictum that 'What
ought to be done to the man who invented the celebrating of anniversaries?
Mere killing would be too light' and are marking the 100th anniversary
of his death.
One of the highlights is
an exhibition by Sotheby's auction house in New York of an unpublished
family sketch by Mark Twain that has gone on display as part of
a collection of 200 personal letters, manuscripts and photographs
going under the hammer on June 17. The 64-page, handwritten personal
account, A Family Sketch, written shortly after Twain's eldest
daughter died of meningitis in 1896, is expected to sell for $120,000
to $180,000 (£78,000 to £116,000)'
'A Family Sketch is certainly
one of the gems of the Sotheby's sale," David Hirst, general
editor of the Mark Twain Papers & Projects at the University
of California at Berkeley, which has the largest repository of
Twain material, told Associated Press. 'Any Mark Twain archive
or collector would be willing to go hungry for two or three years
just in order to be able to buy it.' "
"We knew how to invest in education 50
years ago" by Doug
Henton, Special to the Mercury News.
"The front-page stories
in the April 18 Mercury News on record profits for Silicon Valley
companies and the crisis in California higher education suggest
that it is time to explore the historic relationship between investment
in higher education and our region's leadership in innovation
- and what is now at risk.
As a graduate student at
UC Berkeley, I had the opportunity to meet Clark Kerr, the former
president of the University of California and architect of the
Master Plan for Higher Education. Later, I conducted an in-depth
interview with Kerr for a chapter on the California economy for
a book on the states' role in economic development.
I learned that Kerr was a
noted economist who understood the importance of preparing the
next generation of knowledge workers and promoting world-class
research to generate long-term economic benefits for the California
In fact, that is how he sold
the Master Plan to the California Legislature in 1960: California
needed to invest in a public university system that delivered
both research excellence and access to all."
"California leads in borrowing for jobless
benefits" is a report
"Berkeley Jobless Rate Hits 11.3 Percent" is a story at dailycal.org.
"Bill to prohibit carrying guns in public
moves through Legislature" by
Samantha Young, Associated Press.
"Siding with law enforcement
authorities, California lawmakers today advanced legislation that
would make it illegal to openly carry a gun in public, even if
The bill cleared its first
committee after an emotional debate that pitted public safety
concerns against Second Amendment rights cited by gun owners.
'I think it puts all of us
at such great risk,' said Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley,
one of four Democrats who voted for the ban."
from my log
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry heavy air, sinus irritation, watery eyes, dry itchy skin,
light head overrides HEAPA filters.
in front room, dry skin, watery eyes, light head, wear respirator.
4/17/10--Off-and-on all afternoon
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, light
head, headache, "chlorine bleach" odor, Marsha similar.
~6:30 PM--"What's that stink in here" said Marsha walking
into the front room. "It's like something's burning."
"Bad catalytic" converter odor in front room. 6:57 PM--irritant
in front room, watery eyes, dry skin, light head." 9:00 PM--SERIOUS
irritant in front room, sinus congestion, watery eyes.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry heavy air SERIOUS nasal congestion, light head.
irritant in warehouse, heavy dry air, SERIOUS sinus congestion,
head ache, air out. 5:21 PM--irritant in frnt room with "bad
catalytic" converter odor. 6:27 PM--similar and sinus irritation.
irritant in warehouse, wear respirator. 7:10 PM--SERIOUS irritant
in front room, wear respirator. 9:30 PM--SERIOUS irritant in front
room with "chlorine bleach" odor, wear respirator.
The irritants sometimes experienced
cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional
short breath; occasional nausea.
Though the irritants we experience
sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety
respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all"
the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine,
chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.
I am left to conclude that
possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience,
those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter,
are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the
respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety
filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen
chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.
Though the respirator-filters
largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health
effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through
"I feel like ants are
crawling on me" said Marsha.
I've noticed recently some
neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of
the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front
to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.
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