"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 to change perspective. Must be
seen to be believed!
link courtesy Don
"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
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 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
a video report from the Vancouver
Sun link to youtube.
*Norhiem and Yost's
Steve Smith found this site for Biofuel.
Blank, a filmmaker with an eye for the eccentric, dies at 77"
"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
by German filmmaker Werner
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
"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."
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
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"
"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
"Is the tougher workplace slowing down
the economic recovery?"
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
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
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
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester
"Dream a Little Dream" performance mit Zeppelin
The Comedian Harmonists perform
Ellington's Creole Love Call, 1928.
Much about Weimar film, music,
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.
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
How have changes in manufacturing
impacted the average worker in Findlay, Ohio?"
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
James, our Wareham/Securitas
officer was assigned to Eastmont Mall in 2006.
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
1724 San Pablo Ave Avenue,
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, from 12 to 1pm
Officer Rashawn Cummings #34
Area 4 Coordinator
Berkeley Police Department
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!
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
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
"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
'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
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
the Plans for Berkeley City Council Redistricting."
Councilman Darryl Moore emails
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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==
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
Gate Fields yanks booze promotion" sfgate.com.matierandross.
"Golden Gate Fields
has pulled the plug on its planned 'Bottomless Saturdays'' all-you-can
'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
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
"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
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
'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
"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
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
"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==
for a brilliant analysis
of what can, and what canmot, be learned through a social media
"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
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"
"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
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
"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'
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."
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
is here in pdf form.
"Chinese automakers struggle against global
rivals" Joe McDonald
"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."
State LA evacuated, UC Berkeley stays put after bomb threats on
each campus; nothing found"
The Berkeley Police Department
is now actively recruiting--details
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
"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
"Alexander Graham Bell's voice identified
on early wax recording"
"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
"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."
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
"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
"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
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
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
"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.
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
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
'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
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
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
They have leased a
location on Ashby in one of the retail spaces east of Orchard
Understand, . . . Looking
Glass is a real, and an Old School, photo shop!
"LivingSocial: Hackers accessed 50 million
customers accounts" by
Thomas Heath, washingtonpost.com.
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
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
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
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
"Czech communist whisky matures to excellence"
Karel Janicek, AP
"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."
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in warehose front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, mucus
membrane irritation. 3:09 PM--irritant in front room
irritant in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, wear
respirator. Similar all AM.
in front room and warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation,
wear respiratior. 7:52 PM--similar.
can really smell something burning" Marsha exclaimed.
in front room and warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation.
in front room and warehouse front, mucus membrane irritation.
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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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