"Eight words. One big win in New Yorker cartoon caption contest"Carol Ness, newscenter.berkeley.edu.

"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 at:
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 to change perspective. Must be seen to be believed!

link courtesy Don Yost
















"The final days of Fisker Automotive:An insider recounts his experience at the automaker" Steve Abrams at roadandtrack.com.

"April 5, 2013 was the kind of milestone day in the history of Fisker Automotive that every company hopes it can avoid. Unfortunately for the company, named for since-departed founder Henrik Fisker, it was a milestone that befalls most startup companies in their final days. Fisker's 200+ staff members assembled for an all-hands meeting at 8:30 AM. Minutes later, three quarters of the people in the room were unemployed.

Over the next couple of hours, 160 people gathered their belongings and left Fisker's Anaheim offices for the last time. One of those now-unemployed staffers agreed to speak to Road & Track about the experience with the company."



"The Very Light Car" at edison2.com.

"Edison2 pursues efficiency through the absolute virtues of low weight and low aerodynamic drag.  Although for the X Prize we anticipated developing a hybrid or electric vehicle ­ hence our name, Edison2 ­ our studies on efficiency led us away from the significant added weight of batteries needed for an electric or hybrid drive to a one-cylinder, 250cc internal combustion engine fueled by E85. Since then we have also created an electric VLC, which at 350 MPGe set a new standard for 4 passenger electric car efficiency."




Our Biofuel Oasis* and bio-fuel breakthough at Cal

a video report from the Vancouver Sun link to youtube.

*Norhiem and Yost's Steve Smith found this site for Biofuel.










"Les Blank, a filmmaker with an eye for the eccentric, dies at 77" ca.reuters.com.

"Filmmaker Les Blank, whose documentaries explored U.S. jazz, polka and Cajun music and also delved into more eccentric subjects including gap-toothed women and Chinese tea, died on Sunday, his son said.

Blank died at his home in Berkeley, California, from bladder cancer, Harrod Blank said. He was 77.
Blank might be most widely remembered for his 1982 documentary 'Burden of Dreams', which chronicled the making of the epic 'Fitzcarraldo' by German filmmaker Werner Herzog, a movie about a man determined to haul a steamship over a mountain in a South American jungle.

He won a British Academy Award for 'Burden of Dreams', which won accolades for its depiction of Herzog and his obsession to recreate the attempt without special effects."



by German filmmaker Werner Herzog

Trailer here.





James, an officer of Warham/Securitas is a jazz fan. James knows jazz not only from records but by living it in The Day at clubs. He is a seems unending source of stories!





8 Incredible Nanotechnologies that Actually Exist Today" at io9.com.

"The trouble with the word 'nanotechnology' is that it refers mostly to an idea from science fiction and futurism: nanoscopic, self-replicating machines that can turn any piece of matter into another piece of matter in seconds. These do not exist. In the real world, materials scientists, physicists, and biology researchers are working at the nanoscale to build everything from stretchy circuit boards and self-healing plastic to super condoms and cancer medicines. Here are eight innovations that actually exist at nanoscale, and could be about to change your life. "





"From Charlotte to California: Vt. artist helps redesign famed restaurant" burlingtonfreepress.com.

"After the famed California restaurant Chez Panisse was damaged in a fire March 8 a Vermonter was called in to fix it.
Charlotte artisan Kip Mesirow spent two weeks in mid-March leading the reconstruction of the Berkeley, Calif., restaurant, which he designed more than 40 years ago. The restaurant needed to replace its two porches which were damaged in the fire."





"UC Berkeley Extension Opens Summer 2013 Enrollment" marketwatch.com.

"New financial planning certificate and hundreds of courses now accepting students." 



"Davis-Berkeley shuttle adds weekend service" Public Affairs, UC Berkeley.

"In response to rider interest, the shuttle between UC Berkeley and UC Davis has added Saturday and Sunday service. On weekends the shuttle, operated by UC Davis Fleet Services, offers two runs a day."



"Cal Day open house promises laughs and learning aplenty" newscenter.berkeley.edu.

Fun-seekers and fact-finders of all stripes and ages should mark their calendars for next Saturday, because UC Berkeley's annual Cal Day open-house extravaganza is right around the corner."






"Texas Instruments cuts ribbon on $2.2 million engineering lab at University of California, Berkeley" prnewswire.com.

"Texas Instruments Incorporated and the University of California, Berkeley today opened the doors to a state-of-the-art electronics teaching lab. A $2.2 million gift from TI helped transform the existing lab into the Electronics Design Laboratory, designed to encourage ingenuity among undergraduate engineering students."






"Is the tougher workplace slowing down the economic recovery?" at latimes.com.


"Put out an all-points bulletin: Millions of Americans have gone missing from the workforce" Jim Tankersley at washingtonpost.com.

"Every month that those would-be workers are gone raises the odds that they might never come back, dimming the prospects for future economic growth."
















"Max Raabe and band host Roaring Twenties blowout at SFJAZZ Center" David Becker at examiner.com.

"SFJAZZ really did think of everything in designing its swanky new headquarters -- even managed to include a time machine.

At least that's the way it seemed at the SFJAZZ Center on Friday night, as singer/bandleader Max Raabe and his 12-piece Palast Orchester dished up a perfectly-formed slice of Roaring Twenties giddiness.

Working with a mix of standards and period German tunes, the Berlin-based combo harkened back to an era when jazz had an entirely different meaning than today. Songs were meticulously arranged and tight as a drum, with hardly anything stretching past the 4-minute mark. Instrumental solos were even tighter -- I guarantee you'll never hear a more concise drum solo at SFJAZZ Center than the miniature star turn Vincent Riewe took.

Raabe's vocal style was all smooth theatricality, a mix of Rudy Vallee and Bing Crosby. To modern ears, it was positively disorienting at first to encounter vocalizing that makes absolutely no reference to Sinatra or Billie Holiday.

Most of all, though, self-expression was treated more as a side-effect than the main business of the music. The priority, instead, was squarely on having fun.
And that we did, as Raabe and company delivered polished versions of 'I Won't Dance,' 'Night and Day' and 'Mack the Knife' (auf Deutsch, naturaliche). Raabe was every bit the bon vivant with his masterfully controlled, semi-operatic singing and dry wisecracks between songs. And when else are you going to hear a tuba playing the bass line on a rumba or enjoy a precisely timed underwater horn solo (on 'Singing in the Bathtub,' naturally.)

The aim of the whole shtick was to briefly resurrect the decadent glory of Weimar Era German culture."



Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

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"Dream a Little Dream" performance mit Zeppelin




The Comedian Harmonists perform live Duke Ellington's Creole Love Call, 1928.





Much about Weimar film, music, culture, etc

and a recollection of Sunday afternoons at Grandma Penndorfs-I liked Grandma Penndorf's Victrola better than our Philco--can be found at ronpenndorf.com/scrmbld213c.html.


After reading the original posts, my friend now in England, wrote.

My dear old friend,

As I read Recollections today, I was truly moved by the recollections of your family life as a young boy, that of your father and you as Germans in the U.S. during the world wars and your inclusion of the material on the Weimar Republic. We have known each other for fifty years, I had some intuitions about your life before we met, but, as I say, I was truly touched by the beauty and poignancy of your writing.

You are still a crotchety old bastard, and you look like Bismarck and, as always, love.



Gordon worked with Fay Stender in the '60s and '70s and was Marvin Stender's partner.









"Living Outside Tribal Lines" Moyers & Company is an extrordinary conversation!

"Writer Sherman Alexie--an American Indian--on living in two different cultures at the same time."

I particularly liked Alexie's reading of his poem about Yo-Yo Ma's cello.


"Need To Know video--Main Street: Findlay, Ohio

How have changes in manufacturing impacted the average worker in Findlay, Ohio?"



















"The United States of Inequality" Bill Moyers Essay--a 13 minute video.

"In an extended essay, Bill shares striking extremes of wealth and poverty across the country."



James, our Wareham/Securitas officer was assigned to Eastmont Mall in 2006. Here's a video of the famous drive-by of that year. James is the security officer calling for emergency medical service about 2 minutes into the video.


Lieutenant Dave Frankel of the Berkeley Police Department is the Area 4 Commander and he invites anyone who wishes to have coffee with him to join him at
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
















Claypot Restuarant's

beautiful interior

We went to lunch Friday at the new Claypot Restaurant on San Pablo and Dwight Way. Offering Asian cuisine with a mix of influences, though largely Vietnamese, it was wonderful. With a varied menu, Claypot's ingredients are fresh and tasty. Something as simple as the "cabbage, carrot salad" was beyond flavorful, and was artfully presented. Both Marsha and I had the Claypot Mongolian Beef. The servings were substantial, the bowls heaping with spicy medium-spicy beef, greens, and rice. (After eating heartily, I had enough to take home for two more meals.) Their service was friendly, decor elegant, and the food arrived in timely manner. On first taking the top off her claypot and tasting her fare, Marsha exclaimed Unbelievable! Unbelievable! Unbelievable!

My understanding is that Mayor Bates and State Senator Hancock had dinner last week and have made reservations for another evening meal.

Claypot is located at 2501 San Pablo. It's hours are 10 AM till 9PM Monday through Thursday and 10 AM till 10 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Its phone is 510-883-0100.

Our lunch for two with beer and a substantial tip was $29.00.


The beautiful old Acme Bread sign now residing against the fence in Acme's 8th and Pardee parking lot is from the original Acme Bread San Pablo location.




"KRON 4 reporter attacked during filming" Katie Nelson, Oakland Tribune.

"KRON 4 reporter Stanley Roberts was attacked while he was attempting to film his 'People Behaving Badly' segment in Berkeley Thursday afternoon, resulting in a sprained back.

Roberts said he was filming outside of Amoeba Music located at 2455 Telegraph Ave. doing his "normal schtick" for a segment about how squatters begging for money had become more rampant in the area.

He said he had filmed three men from a distance at first and then walked up to them to get a closer shot.

The men, who have not yet been identified by police, told Roberts they did not want to be filmed, but because they were in a public place, Roberts said, he told them he was allowed to do so.

According to Roberts, one of the men then began yelling profanities at him and walked up closer. The man put his face in the camera and started to antagonize him.
'No matter where I moved, they followed me,' Roberts said.

Even though Roberts tried to move on, they would not leave him alone, and suddenly, he was attacked from behind."



Our BPD Area Coordinator, Rawshan D Cummings emails that the April Berkeley PD Community Newletter is now available.


Yesterday I received a forwarded-email originally from the city manager's office confirming my selected-release "heads up email" that some private information of some city emplyees had been accidentally released to the BANG (Bay Area News Group) newspapers. This included social security numbers. The email assured that BANG has destroyed the information and HAS NOT released any of it. It was also made clear that new procedures have been put in place and that this WOULD NOT happen again!



Councilman Capitelli emails "See the Plans for Berkeley City Council Redistricting."


Councilman Darryl Moore emails (excerpt)

Berkeley Microfinance

Do you have a great idea that just needs a little bit of money to get off the ground? Berkeley Microfinance might be able to help. Berkeley Microfinance can: 
Provide 0% interest loans of up to $5,000 to low income entrepreneurs in Berkeley and Oakland in partnership with Kiva Zip 
Offer business training sessions to entrepreneurs with a focus on credit building, social media, and business plan writing 
Berkeley Microfinance is a UC Berkeley student-run group with a mission to promote entrepreneurialism in the Bay Area by offering our clients access to financial resources and microloans. We also seek to serve as a platform for UC Berkeley students to expand their learning about microfinance while developing close ties to the local community as we channel the time, enthusiasm and energy of students into empowering local entrepreneurs.
For more information, click here.


I'm told that Darryl has also dined at our Claypot Restaurant.




PBS News offers the video  "How Do You Build a Do-it-Yourself Drone?" by Crispin Lopez.

"So what goes into building one of these devices? Christopher Vo, director of education for the D.C. Area Drone User Group, an community organization of amateur and professional drone users, offers a brief tutorial.

Washington, D.C., resident Timothy Reuter's interest in drones started with reading about low cost do-it-yourself kits. He went ahead and ordered one, but quickly learned it wasn't as easy to build as he predicted. "


















Some of last week's lessons

Law enforcement by the savvy use of mass media "alone", was able to effectively call for and maintain "marshall law" in the Boston area. And, we have a population conditioned to the mass media as Pavlov's dogs were conditioned to his bell.


Law enforcement use of social media sites as intelligence sources are by themsevles wildly ineffective. A social media portrait is one dimensional. See==

"Living Outside Tribal Lines"

for a brilliant analysis of what can, and what canmot, be learned through social media. And also, I find the presenation's other information valuable as a German/American. I would imagine much could be learned by any bi-cultural.




"Golden Gate Fields yanks booze promotion" sfgate.com.matierandross.

"Golden Gate Fields has pulled the plug on its planned 'Bottomless Saturdays'' all-you-can drink promotion.
'We are here to entertain the community, and if they get upset, then we are going to take their concerns seriously - and that's what we have done,''Golden Gate Fields marketing boss Dan Cirimele said Thursday."


"The Choppy Voyage of 'Pericles' Finds Safe Harbor at Berkeley Rep" Sam Hurwitt at kqed.org.

"It's your average tale of shipwreck, incest, riddles, grain, assassins, fishermen, tournaments, true love, treachery, more shipwreck, pirates, brothels, divine intervention, and a great king reduced to a crazed and ragged wanderer. That is, of course, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, the Jacobean play usually credited to William Shakespeare, although many scholars believe that he wrote about half of it, his likely collaborator said to have been a justly obscure writer named George Wilkins.

The play is all over the place, in more ways than one. Having nothing to do with any historical Pericles, it's an adaptation of the popular medieval yarn of Apollonius of Tyre, the convoluted tale of a young Lebanese prince's adventures and misadventures all over the Mediterranean. Curiously, the play is narrated by 14th century poet John Gower, who wrote an early English version of the story."







"Earth-Sized Worlds" by Phil Plait at slate.com.

link courtesy Bob Kubik

"Scanning the heavens, you might very well miss the star Kepler-62. It's a rather typical star, slightly smaller, cooler, and more orange than the Sun, much like tens of billions of other stars in our galaxy. But it holds a surprise: It's orbited by at least five planets and two of them are Earth-sized and orbit the star in its habitable zone!

The two planets, called Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, are both bigger than Earth, but not by much; they are 1.6 and 1.4 times the Earth's diameter, respectively. Kepler-62e orbits the star every 122 days, while Kepler-62f, farther out, takes about 267 days.

Given the temperature and size of the parent star, this means that both planets are inside the zone around the star where water on the surface could be a liquid. Now, to be clear, this depends on a lot of factors we don't know yet: the masses of the planets, their compositions, whether they have atmospheres or not, and what those putative atmospheres are made of. For example, Kepler-62e could have a thick CO2-laden blanket of air, making its surface temperature completely uninhabitable, like Venus."



















Another lesson from last week

Pretty much all guests on the ABC Sunday Morning Roundtable--Richard Haas, Martha Radich, Richard Clarke and some smart-ass Washington Post reporter--  agreed that the future holds MORE "lone wolf" attacks in which local law enforcement will of necessity play a greater intelligence gathering and policing--internal security-- role.



From a west-Berkeley resident, scientist and biker at bikes and buddies.com.

"The Unexpected

'Hold on,' Gilby said. 'Let me grab the sheets.'

'Don't rush,' I told him as he limped from his family's guest room.

It had been one year since Gilby's motorcycle accident. His left leg was broken when a man driving a pickup pulled in front of him, and Gilby, unable to stop his bike in time, hit the side of the truck. The man fled, and Gilby was left with a shattered tibia.

Gilby returned with a stack of linens. He dropped them on a chair and began making the bed. As I watched, the moment turned surreal, the air rarefied. Though I had known Gilby for years and slept in his house, the situation hit me ­ a man who played with Guns n' Roses, who had once been lowered in a helicopter to a stadium of waiting fans, was making my bed after a day of riding.

To battle my sudden fit, I helped Gilby pull the fitted sheet over the mattress and brought up a comfortable topic. 'My knucklehead's coming along,' I said. 'The springer forks and wheels are mounted on the frame. Now I gotta figure out the front brake.'

Without stopping his progress on the bed, Gilby replied, 'You need a drum brake for a Harley between 1936 to 1948. Those are the years before they went to telescopic forks. The drum mounts on the star hub with five 7/16-inch bolts, and the backing plate with the brake pads anchors to the springer forks with a shackle bar. There's also a sleeve and spacer you'll need.' He paused to unfurl the quilt, then continued, 'You can rebuild an original brake or get an aftermarket model. Either way, you'll have to radius and trim the pads. But I'll help you with that.' "

Many more stories are at bikes and buddies.com.




"New U.C. Berkeley police chief's made-for-tabloid past" at sfgate.matierandross.com.

"UC Berkeley's new Police Chief Margo Bennett has a storied past that could have been a true-crime novel."






"A  pair of dreadlock-sporting vagrants in Berkeley attacked noted KRON 4 reporter Stanley Roberts this week while he was doing a segment outside Amoeba Music on Telegraph Avenue.

The journalist, best know for his 'People Behaving Badly' news segments, was preparing a report on problematic panhandlers. He soon found himself on the receiving end of some bad behavior by said mendicants." 

full story here with video




"Flower power: The unfolding research on plants" at cbsnews.com with stunning-stuff video.

"Scientists who study plants at a molecular level say that gardens are a sensorial experience for the plants. Seth Doane talks with scientists and flower experts about the genetic and biological complexity of plants."







"Conservative Koch Brothers Turning Focus to Newspapers" at nytimes.com.

"Three years ago, Charles and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists and supporters of libertarian causes, held a seminar of like-minded, wealthy political donors at the St. Regis Resort in Aspen, Colo. They laid out a three-pronged, 10-year strategy to shift the country toward a smaller government with less regulation and taxes."




















"Police, Citizens and Technology Factor into Boston Bombing Probe" a must-read at washingtonpost.com.

"Within hours of the Boston Marathon bombing, investigators were already overwhelmed. Bloody clothing, bags, shoes and other evidence from victims and witnesses were piling up. Videos and still images, thousands of them, were beginning to accumulate.

Quickly, the authorities secured a warehouse in Boston's Seaport district and filled the sprawling space: On half of the vast floor, hundreds of pieces of bloody clothes were laid out to dry so they could be examined for forensic clues or flown to FBI labs at Quantico in Prince William County for testing. In the other half of the room, more than a dozen investigators sifted through hundreds of hours of video, looking for people 'doing things that are different from what everybody else is doing, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said in an interview Saturday.

The work was painstaking and mind-numbing . . ."


Law enforcements' use of social media sites as intelligence sources is by itself wildly ineffective. A social media portrait is one dimensional. See==

"Living Outside Tribal Lines"

for a brilliant analysis of what can, and what canmot, be learned through a social media site.




"Sniffing Out Bombs: Meet America's most elite dogs" is a revealing video-report at 60minutes.cbsnews.com

"Lara Logan gets a rare look into the secretive world of working dogs -- some of whose capabilities are military secrets -- and their handlers."


Police use of dogs began in Belgium in the late 19th Century and came to the US at the beginning of the 20th Century.




"Students test new heights of drone use" at dailycal.org.

"The technology of unmanned aerial vehicles may soon be used to deliver snacks to your front door.

The Drone Lab, a group-directed study composed of nine students in the UC Berkeley School of Information, is currently working with consumer-grade drones to extend the possibilities for their application in everyday life. The students meet regularly to test the drones' capabilities, write codes to make the drones more user-friendly and brainstorm possible future applications for the machines.

'We want to understand the affordances of this technology and how we can apply (it) in various contexts to some real-world problems,' said Dave Lester, a member of the Drone Lab. 'We're trying to think of how these drones could be used by people in their everyday lives.'

The Drone Lab has received much attention due to the prevalent negative implications of the word 'drone' and its associations with military use and surveillance. According to the group, however, these associations present a limited view of the possible applications of drones."





"Another Privatization Story" at lajicarita.wordpress.com.

"Los Alamos National Laboratory is not the only nuclear facility in the country that has suffered massive layoffs since its privatization, when Bechtel and the University of California formed a limited liability corporation-Los Alamos National Security- to manage it. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in California, under management of the Bechtel-based Lawrence Livermore National Security (University of California, BWX Technologies, Inc. and Washington Group International, Inc.)-laid off 440 career employees in 2008, citing a budget short-fall of $280 million. The rationale for the privatization of management at both labs was to provide 'cost savings, greater efficiency, increased employment, and improved security.'

One hundred and thirty of those employees have filed a wrongful termination suit against LLNS and are represented by the Bay area law firm of Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer. The employees claim that LLNS specifically targeted the highest salaried senior staff members who were closest to retirement. The average age of the 130 plaintiffs is 55 years, their average time on the job is 20 years, and all of the 130 plaintiffs are over the age of 40. The specific causes of action in the lawsuit are mind boggling: Retaliation, Disability Discrimination, Violation of California Family Rights Act, Wrongful Termination in Violation of Public Policy, Race/National Origin Discrimination, Gender Discrimination, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Breach of Express or Implied Contract, Breach of Implied Covent of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, and Violation of Constitutional Right to Continued Employment."








"Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart to Star in Broadway-Bound No Man's Land at Berkeley Rep" at broadwayworld.

". . . at the annual gala celebrating the Tony Award-winning Berkeley Repertory Theatre, the nonprofit's artistic director thrilled the crowd with a surprise announcement: Tony Taccone informed the guests that legendary actors Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will perform at Berkeley Rep in a pre-Broadway engagement of No Man's Land. Award-winning director Sean Mathias stages Harold Pinter's masterwork in the Roda Theatre for an exclusive and strictly limited run in August.

No Man's Land plays only 34 performances at Berkeley Rep. It starts previews on August 3, opens on August 11, and plays until August 31. Tickets are on sale now to Berkeley Rep's donors and subscribers to its 2013-14 season; the public can access seats beginning on May 19."




"Pixar previews 'Monsters University:Shanna Holako got a sneak peak of 'The Blue Umbrella' and 'Monsters University' "dailycal.org.

It's hard to say no to Pixar when the animation studio invites you to its major national and international press day. Pixar Animation Studios, situated a mere three miles from UC Berkeley's campus, opened up its own collegiate affair, 'Monsters University.' Inspired by 2001's 'Monsters, Inc.,' Pixar is premiering the prequel, thus bringing back everyone's favorite monsters: Mike Wazowski, the one-eyed green ball of comedy, and James P. -Sulley- Sullivan, the furry gentle giant. The narrative follows Mike's backstory through adolescence and through his dreams of becoming a scarer at Monsters University. Allied THA, an advertising and marketing headquarters, coordinated and led a group of 20 writers from around the world to participate in every child's dream of roaming the animation dynasty.

Upon walking onto Pixar's grounds, I noticed that employees travel via scooters and skateboards. The all-brick buildings made for an aesthetic uniformity not entirely unfamiliar to many academic acropolises. Once ushered into the theatre where the film's creators watch 'dailies,' the unedited raw footage of the movie in progress, we were introduced to the directors and producer of 'Monsters University.' The space was exquisite, filled with light wooden chairs with red cushions.

As the lights dimmed, the ceiling opened up into a starry night, a detail so easily taken for granted. However, the best part of all were the light-manipulated shooting stars. They were seamlessly exhibited onscreen by the famous Disney castle. A single shooting star hit the last twinkle. This blurred the line between screen space and viewing space.

'The Blue Umbrella,' the newest Pixar short, preceded 'Monsters University.' 'The Blue Umbrella' is the first short of its kind." 





"Berkeley studio brings street dance, other urban art forms, indoors" Lou Fancher at contracostatimes.com.

"What happens when you take an urban art form off the streets where it sprang to life and move it into the formality of a studio, classroom-like setting?

You either suck the juice out of it or you pump its dynamic architecture full of historical relevance, cultural import, stylistic integrity and springboard it to future artistic expression.

The new MVMNT Studio at Sacramento Street and Ashby Avenue in Berkeley is doing the latter, with a 21st century answer to "Whatever happened to break dancing?"

And leading the charge is Seth Martinez, a 35-year-old who's come home to his Bay Area roots."



Roger is again in front of Bett's Ocean View. Guess Bett's restraining order is no longer in effect. Roger used to hang out at the Buttercup. He rode a high-wheeler bicycle then.



Measure M stuff from Councilman Capitelli is here in pdf form.








"Chinese automakers struggle against global rivals" Joe McDonald at wsav.com.

"These should be good times for Chinese automakers as they prepare to show off their latest models at the Shanghai auto show.
Their home market is the world's biggest and growing. But independent automakers such as Chery and Geely are being squeezed by bigger, richer global rivals including General Motors and Nissan that have moved into turf the Chinese makers considered their own: low-priced models for local tastes. Domestic brands account for less than half of their own market."


















"Cal State LA evacuated, UC Berkeley stays put after bomb threats on each campus; nothing found" at washingtonpost.com.


The Berkeley Police Department is now actively recruiting--details here.



"Vast majority of global cyber-espionage emanates from China, report finds" with video at washingtonpost.com.

"Government and business leaders in the United States and around the world are rushing to build better defenses - and prepare for the coming battles in the digital universe. To succeed, they must understand one of the most complex, man-made environments on Earth: cyberspace.

Analyses of hundreds of documented data breaches found that hackers affiliated with the Chinese government were by far the most energetic and successful cyberspies in the world last year, according to a report to be issued Tuesday by government and industry investigators.

Although hackers with financial motives are the most common source of data breaches worldwide, China dominated the category of state-affiliated cyber-espionage of intellectual property, said the 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report. The report was issued by Verizon's RISK Team and 18 partners, including officials from the United States and several foreign governments."


"Alameda County hackathon to be held Saturday at Berkeley High School" Angela Woodall Oakland Tribune.

"One Day ... one goal ... and many ideas." That will be the slogan Saturday when technologists, coders, designers and community advocates converge on Berkeley High School with one goal in mind: to come up with an app that harnesses technology to benefit the public.

The event is hosted by Alameda County, which held its first app challenge in December. That one drew 120 people who competed in 24 teams and filled a community hall at the Castro Valley Library. The top prize of $3,000 went to Bookit!, an app that allows users to check out library books using a smartphone."





The Wareham remodelled old Wooden Duck structure on 8th has been leased to Dynavax Corporation.






"Alexander Graham Bell's voice identified on early wax recording" at cbsnews.com.

"Researchers have identified the voice of Alexander Graham Bell for the first time in some of the earliest audio recordings held at the Smithsonian Institution.





"Lawrence Berkeley Lab to install on-site electric car chargers" at bizjournals.com.

"Workers who drive electric cars to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will soon be able to charge their vehicles at work.
The lab, in the eucalyptus-clad hills above the University of California, Berkeley, campus, plans to create about 10 parking spaces where drivers can hook up to slow (120 volt) chargers, paying a dollar a day to use them.

A single fast charging station will also be set up, the lab said."



"How the Wheels Came Off for Fisker. Untested Electric-Car Firm Was Ripe for the Times" by Yulia Chernova and Mike Ramsey at wsjindia.com.

"For a few months in 2012, Bruce Simon, the chief executive of gourmet food retailer Omaha Steaks International Inc., drove a $100,000 plug-in hybrid electric car known as the Fisker Karma. No longer.

Mr. Simon says his car broke down four times over the span of a few months. Each time, Fisker Automotive Inc. picked it up and sent it by trailer from his home in Omaha, Neb., to a dealer in Minneapolis.

The Karma was 'so vulnerable to software errors, and the parts used were of such poor quality that eventually I insisted they take the car back and return my purchase price, which they did,' he says. 'It's a real shame, the car itself was beautiful.'

The near collapse of the Anaheim, Calif., company-it missed a loan payment on Monday, earlier dismissed most of its staff and has hired bankruptcy advisors-comes as affluent buyers like Mr. Simon have turned away from the once promising startup and falling gasoline prices have chipped away at demand for electric cars.

Barring a last-minute rescue, Fisker is poised to become another DeLorean Motor Co. or Tucker Corp., a symbol of the difficulties of creating entirely new car companies. Unlike those others, it also represents one of the most prominent failures of the government's use of public funds to wean American industry from fossil fuels-and of how that government interest pushed Fisker to reach too far."




"HPV at Cal Day" at hpv.berkeley.edu.

"The Human Powered Vehicle at Berkeley team showed off its newest vehicle, PB&J, as well as its shiny 2nd place trophy, to prospective students and interested community members at Cal Day today. On a beautifully sunny Saturday, HPV team members talked about the team's recent accomplishments at the ASME HPVC, displayed molds and parts that were used to create the bike, and answered any questions visitors had about Berkeley in general. It was great to meet potential Berkeley engineers and show off everything our team has to offer to the engineering community."





"Berkeley Lab Startup Brings Fuel Cells to the Developing World. Point Source Power's cheap, rugged fuel cells can provide electricity where none exists" Julie Chao at newscenterlbl.gov.

"In some parts of the developing world, people may live in homes without electricity or toilets or running water but yet they own cell phones. To charge those phones, they may have to walk for miles to reach a town charging station-and possibly even have to leave their phones overnight. Now a startup company spun off technology developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has created a simple, inexpensive way to provide electricity to the 2.5 billion people in the world who don't get it reliably.

Point Source Power's innovative device is based on a solid oxide fuel cell that is powered by burning charcoal, wood or other types of biomass-even cow dung-the types of fuel that many in the developing world use for cooking. The fuel cell sits in the fire and is attached to circuitry in a handle that is charged as the fuel cell heats up to temperatures of 700 to 800 degrees Celsius. The handle, which contains an LED bulb, can then be detached and used for lighting or to charge a phone."





















"Life of Maudelle Shirek will be celebrated Tuesday in Berkeley" by Chris Treadway, mercurynews.com.

"The life of former Berkeley Vice Mayor Maudelle Shirek, who died April 11 at age 101, will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Berkeley City Council Chambers at the old City Hall building at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The old City Hall building was named in honor of Shirek, a longtime activist and champion of the poor who served 20 years on the City Council, in 2007.

The community is invited to attend and speakers will include Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Mayor Tom Bates, Rev. William Kruse and family member Ronald Bridgeforth."



"Purchasing power: Five ways consumers can be more socially conscious in shopping" Lauren La Rose, Canadian Press.

"The tragic collapse of a Bangladeshi garment factory which has claimed more than 200 lives has brought renewed focus to the manufacturing practices of brands that sell affordable goods for mass consumption.

While low-priced garments may prove alluring for many cost-conscious consumers, there has been a growing movement among many to be more mindful in their buying habits.

Dara O'Rourke is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and the co-founder of GoodGuide, an online resource which provides information about the health, environmental and social performance of products and companies.

In his book 'Shopping For Good,' which looked at ethical and green consumption, O'Rourke said the fastest-growing segments of almost every product category were eco-friendly items, such as hybrid cars, green cleaning products and natural beauty care items."



"People care about the source of cash, attach less value to 'tainted' wealth" by Yasmin Anwar, UC Media Relations.

"It's no accident that money obtained through dishonest or illegal means is called 'dirty money.' A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that when people perceive money as morally tainted, they also view it as having less value and purchasing power."




"Council to Consider Restricting Check-Cashing Stores" berkeley.patch.com.

"Three Berkeley City Councilmen are proposing tighter restrictions on check-cashing stores, saying that the businesses charge excessive fees and negatively impact low-income communities."




"Berkeley Schools' Truancy Rate More Than Double The State Average" berkeley.patch.com.

"Berkeley Technology Academy is listed with the highest rate at 88 percent. What should educators do to tackle this issue?

·About 60 percent of Berkeley public school students were reported as truant at least once during the past school year, according to information released by the state superintendent's office.

The district's rate is double the state average and significantly above the county average."








"Accidental outlaw Willie Nelson celebrates 80th" Chris Talbott, AP Music Writer.

"America loves its outlaws, and few are as admired and lionized as Willie Nelson.

As the enduring American icon's 80th birthday has approached, he's been honored with lifetime achievement awards, serenaded at special performances and saluted by musicians from every genre of music. And Nelson has taken it all in with a bemused smile.

'It's a nice thing to do for someone on their birthday and I appreciate it,' Nelson said in a recent interview aboard his bus. 'Usually I like to forget my birthdays as much as possible.'

The hubbub is as much about celebrating Nelson as it has been celebrating with Nelson.

The singer whose birthday is Monday or Tuesday - Nelson says April 29, the state of Texas claims April 30 - occupies a unique space in America's cultural memory. A walking bag of contradictions, he wears his hair long in braids and has a penchant for pot smoking, yet remains arguably conservative country music's greatest songwriter. He's accepted by left and right, black and white and is instantly recognizable to a majority of Americans."









"Former presiden of JBL audio dies" Monterey County Herald.

Renowned industrial designer Arnold Wolf, 85, also a former president and CEO of the JBL audio company, died Tuesday at his home in Pacific Grove.
Among his accomplishments was the design of the iconic Paragon loudspeaker system for JBL in 1957. It was featured at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of the 2011-2012 exhibition 'California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way.' The Paragon, nine-feet wide, remains one of the most collectible audio components.

Later, during Mr. Wolf's presidency of JBL, the company produced the L100 loudspeaker, which was to become the world's best-selling speaker. Helping to make it a great commercial success was the groundbreaking grill design. Breaking from traditional speaker cloth, he helped design a striking foam cover in a sculptural grid pattern that proved to be especially popular in orange.

He retired to Pacific Grove in 1987 and recently had become a regular contributor to The Herald's Opinion page.

'Though his views were not universally popular, they were extremely well argued and extremely well written,' said Herald Editor Royal Calkins. 'Arnold was exceedingly talented in so many fields, truly brilliant.'

The cause of death remained undetermined Friday.

He was born in San Francisco on April 30, 1927. In the early 1930s his family moved to the East Coast, eventually settling in New York City, where he attended the Bentley School in Manhattan and the Bronx High School of Science, graduating in 1943.

In 1942-43 he performed as a radio actor in a number of network programs. When the family moved to Los Angeles, he went to work as a draftsman and perspective sketch artist at the RKO film studio. He left in order to enroll at Los Angeles City College, completing three semesters before being called up for military service. After basic training in the U.S. Air Force, he was assigned to the Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., as the writer and assistant producer of the band's weekly national radio program.

Taking advantage of the G.I. Bill, he enrolled at UC Berkeley." 




"Kronos Quartet Masterclass" Cal Performances link to video.

"David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet coaches a string quartet made up of UC Berkeley students. He began the Kronos Quartet almost 40 years ago and offers advice to the young musicians."




"Berkeley Comic Arts Festival at the Berkeley Public Library" berkeley.patch.com.

"The festival is a series of events that celebrates comic books and graphic novels, and their creators.

The Berkeley Comic Arts Festival is a series of events held at the Berkeley Public Library to celebrate comic books and graphic novels, and their creators. 

The aim of these events is to explore the breadth of stories told through the comics form, and to promote comics and graphic novels as diverse, high-quality reading material for readers of all ages. 

The events that the library will be hosting will include author visits, workshops, and educational events. All of these events are free and open to all-ages, and will be held at the Central Library unless otherwise noted." 




"English Classes and Business Programs in University of California Berkeley Extension" vivecampus.com.






Looking Glass Photography, now on Telegraph , will soon be in Potter Creek, just.

 They have leased a location on Ashby in one of the retail spaces east of Orchard Supply.

Understand, . . . Looking Glass is a real, and an Old School, photo shop!












"LivingSocial: Hackers accessed 50 million customers accounts" by Thomas Heath, washingtonpost.com.

"District-based LivingSocial acknowledged Friday that the company had recently experienced a cyber-attack that accessed personal names, email addresses and birth dates - and even encrypted passwords.

The daily deals company said the attack impacted about 50 million of its customers worldwide. That includes LivingSocial customers in North America, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland and Malaysia and its LetsBonus users in Southern Europe and Latin America."


















"Freedom in the 50 States Index"

"The overall freedom ranking is determined by combining scores for fiscal, regulatory, and personal freedom.

Fiscal Policy (35.3%)The fiscal policy dimension consists of the following categories: Tax Burden (28.6%), Government Employment (2.8%), Government Spending (1.9%), Government Debt (1.2%), and Fiscal Decentralization (0.9%).

Regulatory Policy (32.0%)The regulatory policy dimension consists of the following categories: Freedom from Tort Abuse (11.5%), Property Right Protection (7.6%), Health Insurance Freedom (5.4%), Labor Market Freedom (3.8%), Occupational Licensing Freedom (1.7%), Miscellaneous Regulatory Freedom (1.3%), and Cable and Telecom Freedom (0.8%).

Personal Freedom (32.7%)Personal freedom dimension consists of the following categories: Victimless Crime Freedom (9.8%), Gun Control Freedom (6.6%), Tobacco Freedom (4.1%), Alcohol Freedom (2.8%), Marriage Freedom (2.1%), Marijuana and Salvia Freedom (2.1%), Gambling Freedom (2.0%), Education Policy (1.9%), Civil Liberties (0.6%), Travel Freedom (0.5%), Asset Forfeiture Freedom (0.1%), and Campaign Finance Freedom (0.02%)."



Looney Libertarianism? Could be, . . . still much of it strikes truth.



"Californians Stifled By Lack of Freedoms" San Diego Union-Tribune.

"If you're finding it harder and harder to live in California, you're not alone.

California's beautiful Pacific coastline and beaches were not enough to keep 1.5 million California residents from fleeing the state between 2000 and 2010. That amounts to over 4 percent of the state's 2000 population. To make matters worse, Californians saw their real personal income shrink by 0.4 percent from 2000 to 2007 ­ before the Great Recession wreaked its damage. Only the state of Michigan beats that record.

Meanwhile, Arizona saw 700,000 people move in from other states ­ 13.9 percent of its 2000 population.
In our new book, 'Freedom in the 50 States,' we look at a wide array of numbers and policies from across the country, and find that California ranks 49th in the nation on overall freedom ­ behind only New York ­ while Arizona ranks 11th.

California's biggest problem is business regulation, on which it ranks dead last. As most residents know, the state has some of the strictest local zoning regulations in the country, which reduce the housing supply and drive up home prices.

By contrast, Arizona has the nation's most robust 'regulatory taking' law, requiring state and local governments to compensate property owners for new regulations that diminish the value of their properties. . . .

Even if you go into business for yourself, California regulates you much more than other states would. The state requires licenses for tree trimmers, cabinetmakers, animal trainers and many other professions, and places stricter than average educational and examination requirements on them. These rules reduce competition and drive up the prices customers pay for a whole host of services."



When I came to Cal from UW Madison in the '60s, I went to the Student Union for a beer as I had done at Madison, only to find alcohol was prohibited. I also found that I had to take physical before being accepted into Graduate School. Not true at Madison as Wisconsin respected my Christian Science religious beliefs which did not accept medical examinations. My memory also is that a loyalty oath was was part of the UC application.



Of course, then there's

New Hampshire





"Czech communist whisky matures to excellence" Karel Janicek, AP at sfgate.com.

"The Scottish peat was put on trucks and trains. The destination was Communist-era Czechoslovakia. The recipient: apparatchiks desperate for a decent whisky.
The journey beyond the Iron Curtain during the Cold War turned out to be the easy part. When the batch arrived, the Czech distillers had only a faint idea how to make whisky - and it took years to get things right."












4/14/13--1:56 PM--irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 2:49 PM--similar.

4/15/13==7:13 AM---irritant in warehose front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation. 3:09 PM--irritant in front room

4/18/13--1:37 PM==SERIOUS irritant in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, wear respirator. Similar all AM.

4/22/13--2:25 PM--irritant in front room and warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation, wear respiratior. 7:52 PM--similar.

4/24/13--5:46 PM--"I can really smell something burning" Marsha exclaimed.

4/26/13--1:06 PM--irritant in front room and warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation.

4/27/13--8:08 AM--irritant in front room and warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation.




eternally useful links


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

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



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

useful link

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




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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

Our Planning Commision update is here




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



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

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

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

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

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






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