is Jazz Appreciation Month
By my reckoning today is
Berkeley's 135th Birthday
BIRTHDAY TO US!
Wozniak recently advocated taxing email. Here's an explanation
emailed to us by the Councilman.
Arthur Cordell is Special
Advisor in the Information Technology Policy Branch of the Canadian
Department of Industry in Ottawa. This
is the text of a speech delivered to the International Tax Program
at the Harvard Law School on February 14, 1997.
"It's a pleasure to be here this
afternoon as a guest in the International Tax Programme. I am
here today to try to bring a new perspective on one aspect of
taxes in a global networked economy.
In my talk today I intend
to convey the following ideas: Tax revenues are falling because
of downsizing, outsourcing, the rise of a temporary labour force';Tax
revenues are threatened as commercial transactions move to the
Internet; There is a case to be made for investigating the possibility
of new taxes for a new economy; I will suggest one such approach,
a bit tax."
"On The Distribution Of Income" Matthew Yglesias at slate.com.
link courtesy of
"As there's some considerable
conservative interest in my views on so-called 'income redistribution'
(and conversely always a lively chorus of leftwingers upset about
'neoliberalism') so I thought perhaps a little random Saturday
political theory. Crack open a really banal mainstream neoclassical
economics textbook and you'll learn that free market solutions
are generally the efficient ones (i.e., they create the biggest
economic pie regardless of distribution) with a few minor exceptions."
"Making Do with More: Joint BioEnergy Institute
Researchers Engineer Plant Cell Walls to Boost Sugar Yields for
Arabidopsis plants (#89) yielded as much biomass as wild types
(WT) but with enhanced polysaccharide deposition in the fibers
of their cell walls.
When blessed with a resource
in overwhelming abundance it's generally a good idea to make valuable
use of that resource. Lignocellulosic biomass is the most abundant
organic material on Earth. For thousands of years it has been
used as animal feed, and for the past two centuries has been a
staple of the paper industry. This abundant resource, however,
could also supply the sugars needed to produce advanced biofuels
that can supplement or replace fossil fuels, providing several
key technical challenges are met. One of these challenges is finding
ways to more cost-effectively extract those sugars. Major steps
towards achieving this breakthrough are being taken by researchers
at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Joint BioEnergy Institute
"Dreambox: UC Berkeley's 3D Printing
operating on youtube.
with metal, titanium & aluminum demo by EOS @ MDM 2013"
"Jessica presents two
3d printed metal samples made with EOS 3d printers--a Formula
1 race car custom heat exchanger and artificial joints."
"A guide to Scotch in Oakland from Johnny
Walker to Laphroaig" by
Angela Woodall , Oakland Tribune.
"I walked into the smoky
19th Street Station bar, pulled up a stool and asked for a glass
'Which one?' Roy Mejia asked.
'That's what I was going to ask you,' I said. "
Tak Nakamoto emails a response
to my question
Janet and I think that the
best dim sum place in SF is Ton
Kiang out on Geary Blvd in the Avenues.
There may be others that
are better. But that's theoretical speculation . . .
Today Assembly member Nancy
Skinner (D-Berkeley) will present her legislation, AB 48, which
would require anyone selling or transferring ammunition to an
individual in California to require the buyer's identification,
to be an authorized firearms dealer, and to report the sales to
the Department of Justice. Though I'm sure that the assemblywoman
offers her legislation in good faith, lawmakers generally seem
behind the curve.
Cody R Wilson, an advocate
of firearm 3D growing, demonstrates in a
youtube video the ability of his 3D printed assault rifle
receiver to fire 30 some rounds, claims successfully firing 100
rounds and others claim 600 rounds.
a still from the
3D grown magazine
An informed law enforcement
source comments"More than a little disturbing!" The
video has had more than 1.5 million views.
In what I believe to be somewhat
irresponsible reporting by Caleb Garling "Digital
frontier mentality extends to guns" is at sfgate.com.
Glock g34 model parts
made from plastic using 3-D printing process
an example of a
new digital frontier in weapons
Based on my life-long familiarity
with firearms, I don't believe that this weapon as shown, can
be assembled and fired. The Austrian Glock barrel and slide are
"Tesla Turns First Profit" at mashable.com.
Tesla Model S
"It only took a decade,
but Tesla is finally profitable.
Tesla announced late Sunday
that it achieved profitability in the first quarter of 2013 for
the first time in its history after posting better than expected
sales of the Model S sedan. The company sold more than 4,750 of
the cars, compared to a previous estimate that it would sell 4,500."
Some good info in "Body
language savvy to close the sale" at troymedia.com.
"You may have 'sales;
in your job title. But if you are a leader announcing an organizational
change, an entrepreneur pitching to a venture capitalist, or an
employee on a job interview you too are in sales. And in
any situation where you are selling a product, a service, or an
idea, engagement and disengagement are the most important signals
to monitor in your audience's body language."
our Cameron emails
Though it was April 1, it's
no joke the California Golden Bears Women's Basketball team beat
Georgia in a close game Monday night to qualify them for Cal's
first Final Four appearance in the NCAA women's college basketball
The team is led by Sophomore
Boyd, a hometown athlete who graduated from Berkeley High.
Cameron Woo, Publisher, The
"Golden West Invitational Moves to Berkeley's
Edwards Stadium: The high school track and field invitational
will be held in Berkeley for the first time in June"
"The Golden West Invitational
is sharing a new home with the Golden Bears.
The nationally acclaimed
high school invitational, which had been held in the Sacramento
area every spring since 1965, is setting up shop an hour and a
half away in one of track and field's most revered venues - Edwards
Stadium on the UC Berkeley campus.
The 54th annual Golden West
Invitational will be held June 8-9 in Berkeley."
is open now at the corner of San Pablo and Dwight Way. A Vietnamese
restaurant, they open at 11 AM and close at 9PM except weekends.
Tak said EAT, opened briefly
in the old Sea Salt location, has closed and that their website
From the Mayor's March Update
Berkeley's Startup Community
With the Bay Area and Silicon
Valley the home of many successful startups, Berkeley's own startups
are starting to get recognition. Berkeley is home to 11 business
incubators with about 140 startups specializing in everything
from biotech to video games and semiconductors. To help these
develop our own tech economy, Mayor Bates has been working closely
with the Berkeley Startup Cluster--a collaboration between the
City of Berkeley, UC Berkeley, the East Bay Green Corridor,
the Downtown Berkeley Association, the Berkeley Chamber
of Commerce, and private-sector companies--on events and
The Mayor will be giving the welcoming remarks at the upcoming
Innovate@Berkeley Startup Fair at the Shattuck Hotel on April
11. He is also working with Alameda County to host a Hackathon
at Berkeley High School on April 27. If you would like to be a
part of the Hackathon and build apps that "benefit the community,
whether that is improving civic engagement or promoting digital
education" contact Hannah Greene.
Task Forces on the March
A center piece of 1960's
social change, Telegraph Ave, its residents, and businesses are
about to begin new changes to their world famous street.
In response to the February 28 Community Forum, the Mayor is forming
and convening two task forces: the Mobility Task Force and the
Place Task Force. The Mobility Task Force will work on transportation
for pedestrians, bikes, public transit, and cars. The Place Task
Force will be concerned with the livability and experience of
Telegraph and share ideas on enhancing arts, crafts, and music
as well as lighting, signage, and sanitation. To get things started,
the City Council will fund a new LED-light pilot program and is
in discussion about making Durant and Bancroft avenues two-way
To get involved, bring your ideas and volunteer for a task force
by emailing the Mayor's office, or you can join in the Berkeley
Chamber of Commerce brown-bag lunch sessions.
BPD, Public Information Officer
Jennifer Coats emails
The City of Berkeley Police
and Fire Departments will be conducting several training exercises
designed to prepare first responders for a multi-causality incident
These exercises will take place at the Berkeley Adult School,
1701 San Pablo Avenue starting April 1, 2013 and will conclude
on April 5, 2013. The training will start and finish at
various times but will generally be between the hours of 8:00
a.m. and 9:00 p.m.
The neighborhoods surrounding the Berkeley Adult School can expect
to see police and fire vehicles and associated crews in the area
throughout the week. People should also expect to see members
of our Barricaded Subject Hostage Negotiation Team as well as
role-players made up to look like causalities. Occasionally
fake smoke may be visible as well as water from fire hoses.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the staff of the Berkeley
Unified School District for their assistance during the planning
of this training exercise and the use of their facilities.
The Berkeley Police Association
is conducting an email survey on police use of tasers. Just under
20k questionnaires were sent out last week.
"UC Berkeley updates data security through
new contract" by
Matt Trejo at dailycal.com.
"UC Berkeley entered into a contract with a different information
technology firm in January to protect over 20,000 faculty and
staff members from losing important files on their computing devices.
The firm, Druva, will provide
its inSync software to back up and protect PCs, laptops, smartphones
and tablets used by campus affiliates in order to combat data
and intellectual property loss caused by mobile device failure,
damage and theft, according to Walt Hagmaier, a partner on the
Druva contract and director of information services and technology
at UC Berkeley."
Thursday evening a meeting
of Makers was
held at Swerve hosted by Steven Goldin. About 100 makers showed
up including pioneer Chris
Anderson. (Anderson who referred to west-Berkeley as
THE gathering place for Makers, now has an office here in Potter
Creek.) Pizza and beer were served before Anderson and a few other
Maker pioneers gave short presentations.
But more interesting was
the before-and-after interaction between the 100 some attendees,
the air filled with enthusiasm, excitement, ideas and conversation.
The crowd was diverse and young!
Chris Anderson and beer
our Michael Caplan, far left
Even with this infant new
economy, Neil Irwin asks
"Fridays jobs report is a disaster. But
why?" , washingtonpost.com.
"This is a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad jobs report.
The 88,000 net jobs added
in March, if that or a similar figure holds up through revisions,
is a tragedy: Nearly four years into the economic recovery, with
the unemployment rate still close to 8 percent, the nation recorded
a month in which too few jobs were added to keep up with the growing
American workforce (that number is more like 125,000). The headline
read that the unemployment rate fell to 7.6 percent from 7.7 percent,
but it was almost entirely for bad reasons. A whopping 496,000
people dropped out of the labor force, and 206,000 fewer people
reported having a job, meaning that the proportion of Americans
currently working actually ticked down, not up."
"A Mini Sub Made From Cheap Parts Could
Change Underwater Exploration" Brian
Lam at nytimes.com.
"This month, NASA engineer Eric Stackpole hiked to a spot
in Trinity County, east of California's rough Bigfoot country.
Nestled at the base of a hill of loose rock, peppered by red and
purple wildflowers, is Hall City Cave. For part of the winter
the cave is infested with large spiders, but is mostly flooded
year-round. Locals whisper the cave's deep pools hold a cache
of stolen gold, but Mr. Stackpole isn't here to look for treasure.
He had, under his arm, what
might appear to be a clunky toy blue submarine about the size
of a lunchbox. The machine is the latest prototype of the OpenROVan
open-source, remotely operated vehicle that could map the cave
in 3D using software from Autodesk and collect water in places
too tight for a diver to go.
It could change the future
of ocean exploration."
shop front, Aquatic Park
Timing is everything, and
whatever came before or whatever will come after, openROV has
sized the moment. This is their time.
While the economy is struggling
to reinvent itself, our openROV* is inventing itself "with
ease." Reinventing underwater exploration with their inexpensive
ROV--USD 850.00 for the kit--as well as making their research
available to all, they present a new model of manufacturing with
a democratic emphasis. Are they utopians, collectivists? Actually
they remind me more of the early hot-rodders but that's another
And how timely are they?
Hoping for USD 20K through Kickstarter, they have up to now received
All in their 20s, their optimism
and energy can be seductive. Still I believe their innovation
*Colin Ho, Zachary
Johnson, David Lang, and Eric Stackpole
Look for David Lang on TED
and keep an eye open for his forthcoming book.
openrov on youtube here
openrov.com at wikipedia
"Want to know how much your professor makes?" at dailycal.org.
"Curious about how much
your professor makes? The Sacramento Bee has a nifty search engine
that lets you effortlessly look up the salary of any state employee.
Just search your professor's name, choose UC Berkeley as the department
and choose 2011 for the year (there doesn't seem to be any data
for 2012-13 yet).
So, who was the highest-paid
in 2011? Former football coach Jeff Tedford - of course - who
made a cool $2,884,880.25. How about some of our celebrity professors?
Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich took home $235, 791.70,
and our recurring NOVA guest astrophysicist Alexei Filippenko
took $205,296.05 to the bank.
While the salaries we mentioned
are on the higher end of the professor salaries, the average professor
salary at Cal is $149,100."
"Eight words. One big win in New Yorker cartoon
"The prize doesn't come with a parking place. But University
Librarian Tom Leonard is still tickled to win The New Yorker's
weekly cartoon caption contest.
The cartoon in contest No. 371 depicts a cat facing a mouse, just
outside a mouse hole. The mouse points a gun at the cat, but the
cat holds up a paw.
Leonard's winning caption: 'Six rounds. Nine lives. You do the
math.' New Yorker judges picked it as one of three finalists ,
and readers voted it their top pick.
As news of Leonard's win flashed around the Berkeley campus, the
campus librarian spoke with the NewsCenter from San Antonio, Texas.
He was there late last week for a session of the Coalition for
Network Information, which, as he says, 'doesn't sound like a
cartoon - and it isn't.'
When an email arrived announcing
that he was one of three finalists, he says, he was with both
of his adult children, helping his daughter paint the interior
of a house she recently bought.
I showed it to them,Leonard
recalls.My son said, 'I think the alternative was good.'
On the Sunday night when
he knew the winner would be revealed, Leonard was at home in Berkeley
with his wife. He downloaded the edition on his iPad, his favorite
way of reading the magazine. Jumping right to the contest page
at the back, he learned the good news. The cartoon also appears
in the April 8 print edition."
Great caption, lousy timing!
Lieutenant Dave Frankel of
the Berkeley Police Department is the Area 4 Commander and he
invites anyone who wishes to have coffee with him to join him
Café Leila, 1724 San Pablo Ave Avenue, Wednesday, April
17th, 2013, from 12 to 1pm
Officer Rashawn Cummings #34
Area 4 Coordinator
Berkeley Police Department
A virtual view of the Sistine
Chapel is here.
Click and move mouse around site. Must be seen to be believed!
link courtesy Don
from our log
3/30/13-- Off-and on all
day--irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation overrides
HEPA filter, watery eyes, itchy dry skin, coughing, wear respirator.
in front room, mucus membrane irritation overrides HEPA filter.
Off-and-on all day---irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation
overrides HEPA filter, Marsha same. Marsha same.
4/1/13--5:13 AM-- Same off-and-on
in front room, mucus membrane irritation overrides HEPA filter,
only appearnt activity at neighbors manufacting facility.
4/13/13--8:00 AM---VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation overrides HEPA
filter, SEVERE nausea, light head, dry skin.
You can find more information
about our current weather conditions than is good for you at www.wunderground.com
Want to see weather coming
in, going out, beautiful sunsets, and much, much more? Check out
This very hip site was in an email from reader and contributor,
Tony Almeida. Read Tony's Jimi Hendrix story on the only page that routinely gets
more hits than Scrambled Eggs.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
If you ever need to get a
human being on the phone at a credit card company or bank, etc.,
this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
you to a human being within a few seconds.
Best gas prices in 94710,
as well as all of US and Canada, are here
Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com
Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com
Our City Council update is
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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