here, after 5/15/10 here,
after 5/23/10 here
Spring greetings to
This coming Friday, we will
be celebrating our 3rd anniversary. We can't thank all of
you enough for your incredible support over the years. We
truly believe our staff and our guests have made Riva the special
place it is and we feel so fortunate to share it together with
you. To show our appreciation, we'll be throwing an anniversary
celebration on Friday, April 30th, from 4-6pm. Our kitchen
will be serving small bites on the house and we'll set up a cash
bar on the patio, where we'll offer our Pinot Grigio and Salento
Rosso for $4 and select bottled beers for $3. We hope you'll
be able to join us!
We'll have another special
celebration in May, as we've decided to open for Mother's Day
Brunch this year. If it's a sunny day, the patio will be
the perfect setting to enjoy your family. Massi will be
creating a special Mother's Day menu in celebration of La Mamma!
We've got some changes coming
to our normal hours of operation. Since the days are growing
longer, we've decided to extend our hours on Friday and Saturday
nights to 9:30pm, starting in May. Come June, we're pleased
to be opening for Saturday brunch. Delight in our blossoming
garden, relaxing fountain and beautiful patio under the shaded
sun as you enjoy our Italian version of brunch fare. Massi's
sformato, frittata and uova in nido will all be back...they're
deliziosi! With our extended hours, we look forward to the chance
of seeing you even more often.
We have been having a blast
with our special Thursday night Emilia Romagna menus. We've
got two stops left: Comacchio on May 6th and our grand finale,
Ferrara, Massi's hometown on May 13th. We are serving three-course
typical meals for under $30. More details can be found here.
Finally, we'd like to take
this opportunity to thank those of you who voted for us on Zagat.
We are excited about the opportunity to be included in next year's
Guide. And we'd also like to thank you in advance for casting
your Baylist vote for us! More details on this can be found
to the left.
Grazie ancora for all your
continued support over the past three years. What a rewarding
and fun adventure it has been.
Sending all our best your
Massi & Jen
P.S. We love Spring
for bringing us the apple blossoms above that are beautifying
our backyard right now. Look for torta di mele, preserves
and salads on our Fall menu, thanks to these incredible little
RIVA CUCINA The Italian kitchen
where land and water meet
CHEF Massimiliano Boldrini
800 Heinz Avenue Berkeley, CA 94710
Lunch Tues-Fri 11:30 - 2:30 / Dinner Tues-Sat 5:30 - 9:00
510 841 riva (7482)
510 649 5075
soon-to-open Beehive is a green market
Beehive Market opens Saturday,
June 12, 2010 in the Berkeley Adult School parking
lot, corner Virginia and San Pablo Ave, 1701 San Pablo Ave.
Hours: Every Saturday, 9AM vendor set-up, market hours 10AM
Beehive Market contact info: Office phone: 510-644-9517
Market day cell contact: 415-717-4455
our Darryl Moore emails (excerpts)
To A Party
You are invited
to a party Sunday May 2, 12-4 PM
At the 10th Street Park
Between Allston & Addison
Pot luck, & bring musical instruments
We are going to talk about co-operative Garden Work Parties
in Rosa Parks neighborhood & West Berkeley
So that we'll all be able to walk to our neighbors' yards to help
grow fresh food.
If you need help in your garden, We can arrange a volunteer
Garden Work Party
Expert advice and perhaps a steady helper
Would YOU like to be the first person this year to host a garden
work party in your yard?
As food prices rise,
We can grow our own good food,
With our skills, land and labor.
Whether or not you have a yard,
We can garden together
Summer Program Kickoff & Bike Rodeo (all ages)
Saturday, May 8
San Pablo Park, 2800 Park St
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Get a taste of
the amazing programs kids and adults can enjoy this summer through
the City of Berkeley Recreation Division. Play, eat, dance,
and learn. The Public Health Division encourages you to
bring your bike, skateboard, scooter and helmet to cruise in the
'Mock City' and 'Slow Races'. Get bicycle maintenance tips
too. Free helmets and event t-shirts for children while
supplies last. Enjoy youth arts and entertainment.
Learn about summer literacy programs. Enrollment materials
and scholarship applications will be available on site, and program
representatives will be able to answer individual questions.
Who Are These Crooks?
Berkeley Police Department presents a new web feature to showcase
recent crimes where community members can assist our Detectives
with information. During some BPD investigations,
we are able to get surveillance or other photographs of crime
suspects, but we do not know who they are. If you're interested
in helping out the Berkeley Police Department, click here or visit
their new page at http://www.cityofberkeley.info/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=30632
I really appreciate you taking the time to learn about news that
affect the District, and the City, and I hope to keep providing
you with useful/interesting information. If you have any
information you'd like to share with the community, please forward
it on over. Thanks.
Berkeley City Council, District
"Future is uncertain for Berkeley's Serendipity
Books, one of the region's largest bookstores" Frances Dinkelspiel, sfgate.com.
"Peter B. Howard, the
owner of Serendipity Books, has been collecting antique tomes
for 47 years and the results of his diligence can be seen in the
stacks and stacks of books at his store on University Avenue in
A world-renowned book collector
who has rescued a number of valuable archives from the Berkeley
city dump and gotten them preserved at university libraries, Howard
estimates that he owns one million books. Half are crammed into
his store, where the piles of books make it tough to move around,
and half are stored in his warehouse.
But all that is about to
Howard was diagnosed with
pancreatic cancer this year and he knows his time - and that of
Serendipity Books - is short. He is trying to sell his massive
collection, as well as his business, but does not think it will
be easy. He predicts that the store will probably close upon his
'There's nothing to say,'
Howard said by telephone. 'People die. We all die. Businesses
Howard has long been famous
for his blunt talk. That, and the quality of his collection."
"Greta Billinger & Jeremy Brautman" at nydailynews.com.
"Brooklyn. Greta and
Jeremy were excited to arrive by boat for their wedding ceremony
at the Prospect Park Audubon Center.
But the morning of the wedding
brought drizzle. During a lull in the rainfall, Greta changed
into her wedding dress to make one last attempt at a boat arrival.
'I went to go get changed,
and in that time, lightning cracked,' Greta remembers. But the
couple persisted with a postwedding boat ride, getting drenched
in the process.
Jeremy, 33, a pop-culture
writer, and Greta, 40, an artist and writer, met in 2006 at a
California wedding. Jeremy was living in Berkeley and Greta in
Brooklyn, and they flew back and forth for visits."
"Online privacy: the information you didn't
realize you were sharing (and how to remove it)" is a story at independent.co.uk.
"We are sharing increasing
amounts of information about ourselves on the internet with our
friends and family, but how much of that information is actually
being shared with advertisers or strangers?
Online privacy is an important
topic of discussion in the age of social networks and geolocation
services. A topic that should be raised with your friends and
family (and followers).
A study conducted by researchers
at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of
Pennsylvania and published on April 14 showed that more than 90
percent of people believed that there should be a law that requires
websites and advertising companies to delete all stored information
about an individual. Almost 70 percent said there should be a
law that gives people the right to know everything that a website
knows about them."
Jim Motavalli writes about
more myths about electric cars" at mnn.com.
"Auto exec says much
of what you think you know about electric vehicles is wrong. Sure
there are challenges, but the solutions are out there, he says.
"I recently went to
Finland to drive the all-electric Think City plug-in car, which
is already on European roads and coming to the U.S. later this
year. To help it have a soft landing, Think CEO Richard Canny
(who spent 25 years at Ford) put together these nine myths about
electric vehicles (EV). I've had my own version, but Richard's
list is quite different and well worth sharing. He's not an objective
party, of course, but he has hands-on experience."
Jerry Victor, Potter Creek
car-guy recently rented a Prius and was impressed with it's economy
"On the highway the dashboard milage readout kept going up,
40 mpg, 50 mpg." He was equally impressed by its seamless
acceleration. He did mention a concern with its potential danger
in an accident with all that current.
And Jerry has been a hardcore
"electric-guy" for years, advocating increased electrification
of infrastructure, manufacturing, business, homes, vehicles.RP
"Inexpensive metal catalyst for generating
hydrogen from water discovered" is
a story at oneindia.in.
" A team of researchers
with the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley,
has discovered an inexpensive metal catalyst for generating hydrogen
"Ancient Egypt Crocodile Mummies Revealed" photos at nationalgeographic.com.
"Common cactus could be used to clean water" by Lin Edwards at physorg.com.
"Access to clean drinking
water is lacking in many parts of the world but most technologies
to clean water to make it fit for drinking are expensive and hard
to maintain. Now researchers propose a cactus common around the
world could be used to provide a cheap and easy solution. "
"UC Berkeley scientists sequence frog genome"
is a report at abcnews.com.
"For the first time,
scientists have sequenced the genome of an amphibian. Scientists
at UC Berkeley and the Defense Department teamed up on the project.
They say the frog genome has more similarities to humans than
you might think. "
"UC Davis to help re-open UC Center in
Sacramento" by Jonathan
Mendick at sacramentopress.com.
"University of California
and UC Davis officials announced in a press conference Thursday
morning that UC Davis will take over operating the UC Center in
Sacramento (UCCS). Initiated in 2003 and funded by the UC Office
of the President, the center served UC students system-wide until
it closed after the 2009 fall term due to lack of state funding."
"East Bay House members seek more than
half a billion in earmarks" by
Josh Richman, Oakland Tribune.
"The East Bay's five
House members asked for well over a half-billion dollars in earmarks
this year, with the bulk of the money requested for flood control,
water, transportation and other infrastructure projects throughout
Earmarks - sometimes knock-
ed as "pork-barrel spending" - are legislative bill
provisions offered by members of Congress to direct that money
to be spent on specific projects usually in or near their own
districts, bypassing the main federal funding process in which
money percolates down through federal departments and agencies.
U.S. House of Representatives members now are required to post
their requests online, though many have been doing so for years.
Although earmarks accounted
for only about 0.1 percent of this year's total budget, or about
0.28 percent of discretionary spending, they remain a hot topic
in the nation's fiscal policy debate; foes decry them as wasteful,
while supporters say they bring federal spending to worthwhile
A California News Service
analysis shows the state's Democrats requested a total of $7.5
billion for the coming year, an average of $220 million per member.
The amount - not all of which will be approved - is more than
twice as much as California received last year."
"Cigarettes for minors? Not in Berkeley"
Tracey Taylor at berkeleyside.com.
"Parents of teenagers
will be heartened to learn that should their offspring want to
buy cigarettes in Berkeley, they're going to have a hard time
In a recent tobacco sting
operation, only one store out of 43 in Berkeley sold tobacco to
The operation tested how
well Berkeley's tobacco vendors comply with the California Penal
Code 308(a) which prohibits the sale of tobacco to minors. During
the sting, a 15- or 16-year-old trained youth decoy attempted
to buy a tobacco product while an undercover police officer looked
on. If the merchant sells the tobacco product, the salesperson
receives a $200 citation.
The rate at which Berkeley
tobacco retailers sell tobacco to minors has fallen from 37% in
2002 to just 2.3% this year. "
"Are there chickens on the loose in Berkeley?" by Frances Dinkelspiel at berkeleyside.com.
reporter Lance Williams of California Watch tipped us off to this
caper: there was a chicken running lose in the Elmwood a few days
Ah, Mercury the planet of
04:06 UT (Universal Time) Sunday, April 18th, 2010, Mercury the
wise communicator-and universal trickster-turns retrograde at
12°37' Taurus, in the sign of the Bull, sending communications,
travel, appointments, mail and the www into a general snarlup!
The retro period begins some days before the actual turning point
(as Mercury slows) and lasts for three weeks or so, until May
11, 2010, when the Winged Messenger reaches his direct station.
"Pioneering Chef Jose Andres takes Anderson
Cooper's taste buds on a savory tour of his culinary laboratory,
featuring his avant-garde cooking technique, molecular gastronomy"
is a 5/2/10 60 Minutes
Of particular importance
to those involved with change in west-Berkeley is "Neural
mechanism that help adapt to new situations discovered" at
"A new research has
offered intriguing insight into the way humans approach novel
The new study by David Badre,
assistant professor of cognitive and linguistic sciences at Brown
University, and colleagues at the University of California-Berkeley
suggests that the brain's frontal cortex may have a larger role
in decision-making in unfamiliar situations than previously believed."
"Three firms compete to design UCB museum"
in the San Francisco
Business Times by Blanca Torres
firms will compete to design the new space for the Berkeley Art
Museum and Pacific Film Archive, a 100,000-square-foot project
being developed by the University of California, Berkeley.
The university selected Ann
Beha Architects of Boston, Diller Scofidio + Renfro of New York
and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects of New York out of a
pool of 10. Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects also designed
UC Berkeley's C.V. Starr East Asian Library. The winning architect
will be announced this summer and will work directly with EHDD,
the local firm of record for the project."
"At the Movies" has just discovered and recommends"Sita
Sings the Blues. "
In August 2009 I recommended
Sita Sings the Blues
an animted film by Nina Paley
Sita Sings the Blues
"Sita Sings the Blues
is a 2008 animated feature film written, directed, produced and
animated entirely by American artist Nina Paley (with the exception
of some fight animation by Jake Friedman in the 'Battle of Lanka'
scene) primarily using 2D computer graphics.
It intersperses events from
an episode of the Ramayana, illustrated conversation between Indian
shadow puppets, musical interludes voiced with tracks by Annette
Hanshaw and scenes from the artist's own life. The ancient mythological
and modern biographical plot are parallel tales, sharing numerous
"Santa Cruz police ask FBI to help investigate
downtown riot" by
Alia Wilson of the santacruzsentinel at mercurynews.com.
"Santa Cruz police on
Monday asked the FBI to help investigate what they believe was
a 'methodical and coordinated' attack on the city Saturday night."
Could it happen here? Well
it has, but it didn't, . . . this time. RP
"Hunger Strike Occuring at UC Berkeley:
Rally at 7PM" by
JMZ at indybay.org.
"As of Noon today the
Chican@/Latin@ community at Cal, which includes RAZA, Mecha, Xinaxtli
etc have called for a Hunger Strike in front of California Hall
in response to the new Arizona SB1070 Law and to the charges imposed
on student protesters this year (many of whom will be suspended
starting next semester). There will be a rally at 7PM and an organizing
meeting at 4PM. We will be needing the most support tonight as
they plan to camp out and police will most likely be involved."
"Little consensus on initiative to legalize
pot", Kevin Fagan,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Talk about murky.
The economic impact, the
potential social and legal landscape, even the split between the
pro and con sides in the squabble over the initiative on the Nov.
2 ballot to legalize marijuana for recreational use in California
- they're all about as clear as smoke from a bong.
advocates think it would be just fine if good-time tokers joined
their legal crowd. Others worry it might ruin the purity of using
pot as medicine.
Some associated with law
enforcement think it's time to treat weed like liquor and give
up trying to tamp down the trade. More think this approach will
just lead to a dangerous explosion of potheads on the roads and
proposal by a consortium of research universities, national laboratories
and local governments and organizations would create a Northern
California innovation cluster around energy-efficient building
technolog" is story at sustainablebusinessoregon.com.
"It would be the first
cluster of its kind in the nation, working to develop and commercialize
the technology - and spur economic growth.
If successful, the Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory-led proposal would tap the expertise
of members from the Bay Area and Sacramento region."
"Liberty Tire Recycling Praises Recent
Manex and UC Berkeley Research Concluding Crumb Rubber Infill
is 'Cost-Effective and Safe' "
is a press release at prnewswire.com.
Tire Recycling, the premier provider of tire recycling services
in the United States, is praising the findings of a recent study
by the Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex) and the
Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability (LMAS) at the
University of California, Berkeley. Published this month, the
study focuses on the safety of crumb rubber infill used in athletic
fields. The Manex/Berkeley research is among the most comprehensive
reports to date, including reviews of existing studies from the
past 12 years as well as independent analysis."
dust' aims to monitor everything" by John D. Sutter,
"In the 1990s, a researcher
named Kris Pister dreamed up a wild future in which people would
sprinkle the Earth with countless tiny sensors, no larger than
grains of rice.
These "smart dust"
particles, as he called them, would monitor everything, acting
like electronic nerve endings for the planet. Fitted with computing
power, sensing equipment, wireless radios and long battery life,
the smart dust would make observations and relay mountains of
real-time data about people, cities and the natural environment.
Now, a version of Pister's
smart dust fantasy is starting to become reality.
'It's exciting. It's been
a long time coming,' said Pister, a computing professor at the
University of California, Berkeley."
New York, a Tech Incubator Becomes a Hub of Collaboration"
Jenna Wortham, The New York Times.
"In 2008, before most
people knew what a tweet was, Iain Dodsworth, a programmer in
London, cobbled together a software tool that reorganized his
jumbled Twitter stream into neat columns. He named it TweetDeck.
Within a few months, it gained
the kind of momentum most entrepreneurs only dream about. Tech
bloggers praised it, and users flocked to it. Ashton Kutcher posted
a video online showing him and his wife, Demi Moore, using the
It wasn't long before inquiries
from investors began pouring in.
'It was fairly scary,' he
said. 'I was a one-man company being thrown offers left, right
and center from people I didn't know.'
But then Mr. Dodsworth received
a message from a company he did recognize: Betaworks, a New York
City technology firm known for its eye for emerging Web services.
"Berkeley Lab to Receive $8.6 Million in
Recovery Act Funding for 'Transformational' Energy Research Projects"
is a report at articlean.com.
"The U.S. Department
of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley
Lab) has been awarded $8.6 million in Recovery Act funding for
what the DOE calls 'ambitious research projects that could fundamentally
change the way the country uses and produces energy.' The money
will go towards four separate projects: one that will speed the
development of materials that can absorb carbon dioxide emitted
from power plants, another that will use a common soil bacterium
to produce biofuels, and two that are aimed at developing new
high-energy batteries for powering electric vehicles."
post from the past
"The house, by Bay Area
architect Regan Bice, is done in what Moreno calls 'contemporary
Mexican' style, rectangular and modern, with high ceilings and
rooms that open on to each other" reports Carolyne Zinko
in her wonderful "A
Day in the Life of . . . Rita Moreno." Regan has also
designed and built in Potter Creek. See his elegant design for
Susanne Hering and John Phillips building in People
and Their Places. And check out the side elevation of his
current project on 8th and Pardee. The
elegant Bauhaus building across the street is also his. Contact
Regan Bice at firstname.lastname@example.org
fire in the Gulf
don't fuck with Mother Nature
After decades in the Sawtooth,
Bill and Carolyn are leaving Potter Creek. Stop by and wish them
"Home of Tikkun's Rabbi Lerner vandalized" is a report at jta.org.
"The northern California
home of Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of the progressive Tikkun
magazine, was vandalized.
"Posters attached to
his door and the fence around his Berkeley home attack Lerner
personally, and liberals and progressives, as being supporters
of terrorism and 'Islamofascism,' according to a news release
from the magazine.
The vandalism occurred late
Sunday night or early Monday morning, and was discovered Monday
"Berkeley developer thwarts pot club"
by Doug Oakley, Berkeley
"A Berkeley developer
snuffed out a plan by a medical marijuana dispensary to move into
the old Sharffen Berger Chocolate building when he bought the
And if you read Scrambled
Eggs very carefully you would have found in my 4/10 post
"And it is my understanding
that the chocolate factory will NOT be used for marijuana growing
and sales. RP"
"Green Technology -Alphabet Energy Receives
$1 Million Grant from Claremont Creek Ventures and California
Clean Energy Fund"
by Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor.
"After using up nearly
all its non-renewable energy sources, the human race is in the
maddening quest for alternative energies capable of carrying forward
this huge civilization. But it is again the indomitable spirit
of human race that inspires it discover new energy sources to
tap. The relentless human quest for new energy sources is spinning
out billion-dollar industries, such as the one that depends on
the technology for the conversion of waste heat into electricity.
Alphabet Energy Inc. is a new player that seeks to commercialize
a waste heat recovery technology. The said technology was developed
at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and makes one of
the n inexpensive technologies for energy generation. "
"News from the schools, May 2010:Rolling
news from the business campuses" at the economist.com.
"Haas Business School,
at the University of California, Berkeley, has launched a new
MBA curriculum. It says it is looking to create "innovative
leaders". The school has added new content to its courses
including critical thinking and ways to foster creative ideas."
"Students Rising Above: Berkeley High grad
escapes family with drug problems to attend Ivy League college" by Doug Oakley, Berkeley Voice.
"Samantha Carter doesn't
like to be used as an example of someone who pulled herself up
by her bootstraps.
That's despite the fact that
she's now attending the Ivy League's Brown University 10 years
after her family was deported to Curacao because her mother was
"Essex Announces First Quarter 2010 Earnings
Results" is a report
"Essex Property Trust,
Inc. /quotes/comstock/13*!ess/quotes/nls/ess (ESS 109.10, -0.90,
-0.82%) announces its first quarter 2010 earnings results and
related business activities. . . .
Fourth & U, a 171-unit
Build it Green certified community located in Berkeley, California,
began initial occupancy in mid-April in the first of three phases.
Overall, the community is currently 30 percent leased.
Joule Broadway, a 295-unit
community located in the Capital Hill neighborhood of Seattle,
Washington, began pre-leasing during the first quarter and commenced
initial occupancy in Phase I (the north tower) in late March which
is 89 percent leased. Occupancy of Phase II (the south tower)
is expected to begin in early June. Overall, the community is
currently 46 percent leased.
During the quarter, the Company
commenced construction of the apartment and retail component of
its Tasman Place development, located in Sunnyvale, California.
Construction of a subterranean parking garage and retail pad is
currently underway and the development is expected to be completed
in December 2011. The community will consist of 284 residential
units and approximately 46,000 square feet of retail space spread
out over 3 five-story buildings. The contemporary Spanish-Mediterranean
style property will have a mix of one-bedroom and two-bedroom
units. Amenities will include a fitness center, business center,
recreation room and a pool and spa. The estimated remaining cost
to complete the development is approximately $82 million. "
"Popular Northern California hot
dogs now in O.C." is
a story at orangecountyregister.com.
"A frozen yogurt shop
has become the unlikely home for Berkeley Dog, Orange County's
only seller of the popular sausages served at the iconic Top Dog
in the Bay Area.
Top Dog has been feeding
hungry UC Berkeley students, staff and alumni for more than 40
Berkeley Dog, which made
its debut May 1, is operated out of Myogurt. Irvine couple John
Chi and Patty Huang, who opened the yogurt business a year ago,
thought to bring Top Dog home after the yogurt business slowed
in the winter."
"Berkeley Rep's 'American Idiot' scores
Best Musical nomination" by
Karen D'Souza at contracostatimes.com.
Theatre received a huge boost to its national reputation Tuesday
when two plays that were born at the adventurous East Bay troupe
before wowing Broadway received a total of six Tony nominations
- 'American Idiot" and "In the Next Room (or the vibrator
"New director's coup: Tarnopolsky brings
Vienna Philharmonic to Cal Performances" by Sue Gilmore, Contra Costa Times.
"Club That Launched Green Day in Danger
of Closing" Aidin
"The small Berkeley,
California punk venue where Green Day got their start, 924 Gilman
Street, is asking fans for donations to help it cope with an imminent
$2700-a-month rent increase.
According to a plea posted
on 924 Gilman's blog, 'The club's rent has been increasing every
year for the last twenty three years, and up until now we've been
able to make the adjustments needed to compensate for those increases,
but what we are facing now is the equivalent of having twenty
years of rent increases condensed into one, and once it goes into
effect the clock will begin to tick away as we struggle to generate
the extra $31,000.00 a year needed to cover this massive rent
"Fairmont, preservationists at odds over
Tonga Room" Robert
Selna, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"The Fairmont's owners
say the Polynesian-themed Tonga Room doesn't fit their renovation
The owners of San Francisco's
Fairmont hotel say a city report's recommendations for saving
the popular Tonga Room as part of a major renovation clash with
their proposal for a boutique hotel, grand ballroom and condominiums,
and that the tiki lounge is inconsistent with the 1907 hotel's
"Cal gets $800K for master's in 'sustainability'
" San Francisco
Business Times by Steven E.F.
"The University of California,
Berkeley, got $800,000 from the MacArthur Foundation for a new
master's degree program for 'future leaders in sustainable development.'
"Weird, ultra-small microbes turn up in
acidic mine drainage"
is a report at physorg.com.
"The microbes - members
of the domain of one-celled creatures called Archaea - are smaller
than other known microorganisms, rivaled in size only by a microbe
that can survive solely as a parasite attached to the outside
of other cells. Their genomes, reconstructed by a group at the
University of California, Berkeley, are among the smallest ever
"Wednesday by Riya Bhattacharjee" Planet's Wednesday
in Our Town.
"In the news today:
Berkeley City Council postpones new marijuana regulations, tables
fine proposal for large daycares, approves a proposal for amendments
to Telegraph late night zoning; hunger strike at UC Berkeley against
Arizona immigration bill strengthens;Berkeley Rep plays get Tony
nominations and Berkeley police ask for help on missing teen."
"I'll have a BLT - no bacon, lettuce or
tomato" Janny Hu,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"It's the first rule
of thumb when it comes to the hospitality industry - the customer
is always right.
But what happens when that
customer wanders into a high-end restaurant expecting a fabulous
meal, without meat, fish, wheat, nuts or dairy?
It's happened to chef Joshua
Skenes at Saison in San Francisco, despite his fixed menu.
It's happened at La Mar Cebicheria,
the Peruvian restaurant specializing in ceviche.
It's even happened to Charlie
Hallowell at Pizzaiolo in Oakland."
"In Praise of Embarrassment" is opinion at nytimes.com.
"Today's idea: Embarrassment
is good, an essay says; it's a social bonding agent. That's why
you should worry about its decline.
Writing for the journal In
Character, Christine Rosen ponders the 'death of embarrassment'
in an age of desensitizing media, 'too much information,' exhibitionism,
taboo-breaking and voyeurism. In our nonjudgmental, individualistic
culture, she suggests, we've lost a valuable 'barometer for a
society's notions of civility:' "
"Foundations help Aspire charter network
expand" is an AP
"The Gates and Schwab
Foundations are helping a California charter school network secure
$93 million in tax-exempt bonds to help them expand and serve
more than 4,000 new students."
"U.C. Berkeley Drops Charges Against Some
Students" by Rachel
Gross at nytimes.com.
"After months of pursuing
charges against students involved in the large-scale campus demonstrations
last fall, the University of California, Berkeley has dropped
charges against dozens of them. At the same time, it is undertaking
an extensive review of its procedure for investigating and charging
students. . . .
The administration has also
received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern
California last month asking U.C. Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau
to drop charges against students, The Daily Californian reported."
"Berkeley woman, dogs attacked by aggressive
Da Boz emails
In recent months, the City
of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) has seen a spike in identity
theft and credit card fraud. These cases may originate in
the City of Berkeley, but personal and credit card information
is usually used by a larger national and international network
of criminals. After community members' credit and bank accounts
are compromised, suspects often use them at large retailers across
the United States, with a high concentration in Texas, Louisiana,
Michigan and Georgia.
BPD is investigating these
cases and has some indications that they may be part of a larger
data breach. Ultimately, BPD cannot confirm where the compromises
In light of these reports, BPD suggests the community employ these
crime prevention measures and take the listed action right away
if they become victims of identity theft and credit card fraud.
Fraud Prevention Tips:
Regularly check your bank statements and credit card bills and
look for fraudulent charges.
If you shop over the internet, use reputable retailers.
Do not give personal information to anyone over the telephone
or internet unless you know who you are talking to.
If You Become a Victim of Fraud:
Report the issue to your bank/credit card company.
When You Talk to your bank/or credit card company, keep a detailed
log of who you talk to and what was discussed.
Make a police report in the city or town where you reside.
The community is encouraged to visit the BPD website for a copy
of a publication titled Take Charge: Fighting Back Against Identity
Theft, published by the Federal Trade Commission, or go to the
FTC website at www.ftc.gov for more information.
Penelope Huston emails
2010 and May already.
My website has just recovered from a nasty malware attack and
after many calls to my host network, it's got a clean bill of
health, and Google has cleared up their warnings. Please visit
and have a peek at our pink tees for women and men who are self-assured!
Why have I not written you in so long, you might ask?
Busy, busy, busy with a few non-music related things... school,
yes I'm a university student now... moving all my money away for
the corporate slimebanks... planning to record a new PH album
this summer... and more soon-to-be-divulged activities.
You may have noticed that the "Pink Album" appeared
on iTunes and Amazon. Not for long! And remember, if you want
your hard-earned money to ever reach the band, buy it directly
Shows on the horizon
I had so much fun reading poetry last month I'm going to do it
The Nervous Breakdown Literary Experience
May 25 Makeout Room, 7pm $5
Hosted by Tony DuShane
Readers: Penelope Houston, Stephen Elliott, Johnny Genocide, Paul
Clayton, Thomas Wood, Lauren Becker Readers: Penelope Houston,
Stephen Elliott, Johnny Genocide, Paul Clayton, Thomas Wood, Lauren
July 22 Great American Music Hall
Farewell show for Jimmy Sweetwater
I'll be playing with Pat Johnson.
The line up includes Patrick Winningham
and a whole slew of other musicians
details and tix
Avengers will headline the
Big Takeover 30th Anniversary Fest.
Bell House Brooklyn NY.
2 days of Jack Rabid's favorite bands.
tix here. Get them before this show sells out
Check my site for more info...
on our North Eastern and Canadian dates!
More news coming soon
"Honeywell Goes Open Source, Grabs Akuacom"
by Katie Fehrenbacher
"The smart grid shopping
spree keeps going this week. Building automation giant Honeywell
said on Friday that it has bought demand response firm Akuacom,
for an undisclosed price. The news comes days after Swiss electrical
giant ABB said it plans to throw down more than $1 billion for
smart grid software player Ventyx (The Smart Grid Acquisition
Tally . . . So Far).
Honeywell's purchase of Akuacom
is particularly interesting because San Rafael, Calif.-based Akuacom's
technology is based on Open Automated Demand Response (OpenADR)
- the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's open source system
for automating the way utilities do demand response. Akuacom has
developed servers that translate OpenADR signals into actions
within building control systems in California, and also has a
pilot project in Canada."
"New Alarm Bells About Chemicals and Cancer" is a story at nytimes.com.
"The President's Cancer
Panel is the Mount Everest of the medical mainstream, so it is
astonishing to learn that it is poised to join ranks with the
organic food movement and declare: chemicals threaten our bodies.
The cancer panel is releasing
a landmark 200-page report on Thursday, warning that our lackadaisical
approach to regulation may have far-reaching consequences for
I've read an advance copy
of the report, and it's an extraordinary document. It calls on
America to rethink the way we confront cancer, including much
more rigorous regulation of chemicals."
Oh No! A hydrogen future is actually closer than you might think"
by Mark Vaughan at autoweek.com.
"Did you know that hydrogen
is the most abundant element in the universe? That it powers our
very sun? That everything in the hydrogen future is going to be
so groovy that we'll need tranquilizer darts shot into our necks
just to keep from screaming about how great it'll be?
There are politicians, plutocrats
and pundits who believe that H2 is the future, that ramming it
through the membranes of a fuel cell to make electricity is what
will power cars in the not-too-far-from-near term. And there are
companies betting big bucks on that, too.
All of these elements--people,
private industry and government entities--converged this week
at the annual National Hydrogen Association's Exposition and Conference
in Long Beach, Calif. Even the governor showed up and bench-pressed
a few atoms.
The news? One interesting
thing was that Toyota chose this week to announce that the target
price for its fuel cell-powered sedan, due in showrooms in 2015,
will be about $50,000. That's a far cry from early fuel-cell-car
estimates that were usually more like 'astronomical.' "
"Your Turn: Possible coup for Richmond"
by Greg Feere at insidebay
"Recent news articles
indicate that Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories is seeking
a location to expand its facilities outside of Berkeley. The lab
currently employs 3,800 scientists and staff in Berkeley and has
no more room at its current sites.
The laboratory, which is
managed by the University of California, conducts unclassified
research across a wide range of scientific disciplines.
It's reported that a new
facility outside Berkeley would be dedicated to alternative energy
disciplines such as high efficiency photo-voltaics and advanced
biofuels, cutting-edge fields of study for the 21st century.
The Laboratory has expressed
interest in the 152-acre Richmond Field Station as a possible
site for their expansion. Richmond has the highest unemployment
rate of any industrialized city in California and is already facing
a $10 million budget deficit. An expansion by the laboratory to
the field station would be a coup for Richmond; it would produce
much-needed jobs and enhance the Richmond economy."
"APNewsBreak: Series of failures deep underwater
led to catastrophic rig blast"
is an AP report by Noaki Schwartz And Harry R. Weber.
"The deadly blowout
of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was triggered by a bubble
of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill
column, expanding quickly as it burst through several seals and
barriers before exploding, according to interviews with rig workers
conducted during BP's internal investigation.
The timeline described in
the documents provides the most detailed account of what may have
caused the April 20 blast that killed 11 workers and touched off
the underwater gusher that has poured more than 3 million gallons
of crude into the Gulf. "
"The Last Days of the Dragon Lady" by Cholene
Espinoza at nytimes.com.
"Fifty years ago today,
the Soviet Union announced that it had shot down an American U-2
spy plane and that its pilot, Francis Gary Powers, was alive.
It seems like a long-ago
event from the cold war. That may be why, in this era of satellites
and drones, most people are surprised to learn that the U-2 is
not only still in use, but that it is as much a part of our national
security structure as it was a half-century ago.
Every decade or so there
is chatter about replacing the U-2. And yet, thanks to its remarkable
technological and operational capacity and flexibility, the U-2
has in recent years been used to find homemade bombs in Afghanistan,
drug lords in Colombia, mass graves in the former Yugoslavia and
budding nuclear weapons programs in the Middle East. It has also
been critical in non-military missions like measuring ozone levels
and mapping disaster zones.
This time, though, it looks
pretty certain that the Air Force will follow through on its plans
to retire the U-2 as soon as it can field a Global Hawk drone
retrofitted with electronic eavesdropping devices.. . .
I flew the U-2 during the
1990s, and I received this news as if I had learned that an old
friend was dying. The U-2 is nicknamed the Dragon Lady for good
reason. You never knew what to expect when you took it into the
air, no matter how seasoned a pilot you were. This was an unfortunate
consequence of its design. The trade-off of a plane built light
enough to fly above 70,000 feet is that it is almost impossible
to control. And 13 miles above the ground, the atmosphere is so
thin that the 'envelope' between stalling and 'overspeed' - going
so fast you lose control of the plane, resulting in an unrecoverable
nose dive - is razor-thin, making minor disruptions, even turbulence,
as deadly as a missile. The challenge is even greater near the
ground, since to save weight, the plane doesn't have normal landing
As I was told before one
of my tryout flights, "Landing the U-2 is a lot like playing
pool. It's not so much how you shoot as how you set up your shot."
Or, as my former wing commander said, "We've all had moments
when we could just as easily have made one tiny move the other
way and ended up dead."
Getting the plane up and
down was not the only challenge. Staying airborne - and alert
- for countless hours, looking at nothing but sky, was another.
I learned the hard way, for example, that you can get diaper rash
Other risks were less benign,
as I found when I was the ground officer for a pilot who radioed,
'My skin feels like it's crawling.' He had the bends so badly
from changes in pressure that when he landed his body was covered
with huge welts. Had the weather not cleared in time for him to
land, these bubbles of nitrogen might have lodged in his brain
or optical nerve - as they had in other U-2 pilots.
Were the risks worth it?
"Betty White: golden hosting 'Saturday
Night Live' " by
Frazier Moore, AP Television Writer.
"Betty White demonstrated
how it's done as host of this week's 'Saturday Night Live.'
Drawing on her six decades
in comedy, she was the consummate pro at 88 years old - sweet,
sassy, salty, charming and clearly game for anything. . . .
'When I first heard about
the campaign to get me to host "Saturday Night Live,'"I
didn't know what Facebook was,' White confessed. Then she exhibited
her warm smile and a perfectly timed beat before marveling impishly,
'Now that I DO know what it is, I have to say: It seems like a
huge waste of time.' "
"Alice Waters push for local, organic setting
national agenda" Stacy
Finz, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Food crusader Alice
Waters is making the rounds to promote her new cookbook.
McDonald's, she told Bill
Maher on his TV show, "Real Time," "is never the
answer," not even for impoverished families trying to put
food on the table. Then, in her signature breathy voice, she lambasted
'That's not cooking,' Waters
said, somewhat flustered that Maher would even ask about the common
kitchen appliance. 'I don't know how to relate to it. I need a
Last week on Martha Stewart's
program she tried to impress the importance of learning how to
chop an onion, peel garlic and make chicken stock.
Food bloggers responded with
their usual snark. Waters' appearance on Maher's show was 'cringe
worthy,' wrote Grub Street San Francisco, going on to describe
her performance on 'Martha' as 'loopy.' When she roasted an egg
on a giant iron spoon in her kitchen fireplace during an earlier
'60 Minutes' interview, you could almost hear the nation gagging.
Yet, despite the scorn she
sometimes evokes, Waters is steadfast. Her message is hitting
"Invasion of the Superweeds" is opinion at nytimes.com.
"American farmers' broad
use of the weedkiller glyphosphate - particularly Roundup, which
was originally made by Monsanto - has led to the rapid growth
in recent years of herbicide-resistant weeds. To fight them, farmers
are being forced to spray fields with more toxic herbicides, pull
weeds by hand and return to more labor-intensive methods like
"Tell-all generation learns not to, at
least online" is
a story at capecodonline.com.
"Min Liu, a 21-year-old
liberal arts student at the New School in New York City, got a
Facebook account at 17 and chronicled her college life in detail,
from rooftop drinks with friends to dancing at a downtown club.
Recently, though, she has had second thoughts about displaying
that kind of information because it might hurt her career prospects.
She asked a friend to take
down a photograph of her drinking and wearing a tight dress. She
deleted a status update because she did not want others to know
she was at a party they weren't invited to. When the woman overseeing
her internship asked to join her Facebook circle, Liu agreed,
but limited access to her Facebook page. 'I want people to take
me seriously,"'she said.
And it is not just her behavior
she is policing, but her sister's, too. Liu sent a text message
to her 17-year-old sibling warning her to take down a photo of
a guy sitting on her sister's lap. Why? Her sister wants to audition
for 'Glee' and Liu didn't want the show's producers to see it.
Besides, what if her sister became a celebrity? 'It conjures up
an image where if you became famous anyone could pull up a picture
and send it to TMZ,' Liu said.
The conventional wisdom suggests
that everyone under 30 is comfortable revealing every facet of
their lives online, from their favorite pizza to most frequent
sexual partners. But many members of the tell-all generation are
rethinking what it means to live out loud.
While participation in social
networks is still strong, a survey released last month by the
University of California, Berkeley, found that more than half
the young adults questioned had become more concerned about privacy
than they were five years ago - mirroring the number of people
their parent's age or older with that worry."
"TheMacBundles Launches New Bundles and
New Weekly Specials"
is a press release at prmac.com.
- MacEase Software is pleased to announce today the launch of
TheMacBundles' May bundle, two new Weekly Specials, and the addition
of about a dozen new titles to its innovative BYOB (Build Your
Own Bundle) stores. All of the titles in the TheMacBundles' stores
are compatible with OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)."
"Cal breakthrough yields cheaper, greener
hydrogen" by Richard
Hart at kgonews.com.
"A recent report names
California the world leader in developing fuel cell vehicles and
hydrogen fueling stations. Of course, the technology has a champion
in Governor Schwarzenegger, but fuel cell cars have a dirty little
secret: The hydrogen they use is made from fossil fuel because
it's too expensive to make any other way.
A breakthrough at Cal Berkeley
promises to change that.
Little bubbles in a beaker
on the Cal campus could be the future of transportation. They're
hydrogen. Pure hydrogen doesn't appear in nature. One way to make
it, we all learned in high school, to run electricity through
Oxygen comes out one side
and hydrogen the other, but it's only worthwhile if you dope the
water with platinum as a source of protons and platinum prices
are going through the roof. An ounce of platinum currently trades
at $1,650 an ounce. In the past year, it has approached $2,000
Now, there is a new substance
that actually works better than platinum and costs a whole lot
less. It's based on molybdenum. UC Berkeley chemist Hema Karunadasa
says, 'This molybdenum metal is about 70 times cheaper than platinum
That's more like $20 an ounce."
"BART seeks information about death of
Berkeley man found at Civic Center station" by Denis Cuff, Contra Costa Times.
"BART police are seeking
help from the public in the investigation of the suspicious death
of a 22-year-old Berkeley man found last week at the Civic Center
Konstantin Tomashevsky was
found unconscious with traumatic injuries at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday
at the foot of the escalator at the United Nations Plaza entrance
to the rapid transit station. He died later at a hospital."
"California to play 2011 season at AT&T
Park" is a report
"The California Golden
Bears football team will play its 2011 home games at San Francisco's
AT&T Park, home of the city's Major League Baseball team,
Cal will play its 2010 season
in Memorial Stadium, but the structure will then undergo a retrofit
and will be finished in time for the team to play its home games
at the building in 2012."
from my log
irritant in front room, dry heavy air, light head. 9:50 AM--irritant
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry
heavy air, light head, watery eyes, itchy skin, leave.11:20 AM--irritant
n front room, light head, head ache, watery eyes leave. 6:45 PM--irritant
in front of warehouse and "chlorine bleach" odor.
5/1/10--8:58 AM--lights flicker.
9:04 AM--irritant in front room, heavy dry air, wear respirator.
irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
heavy dry air, light head, watery eyes, wear respirator. 5:19
PM--SERIOUS irritant in front of warehouse, dry heavy air, watery
eyes, nasal irritation, light head, Marsha similar, leave.
5/4/10--~12:noon until ~1:00
PM--irritant in front rLEm with STRONG "bad catalytic convertor"
odor, light head, wear respirator. 7:46 PM--irritant in warehouse
front and IMMEDIATLEY in fron tof warehouse with "bad catalytic
convertor" odor, light head, leave.
in front room, heavy dry air, leave. 10:12 AM--VERY STRONG irritant
in front of warehouse, watery eyes, itchy skin, neighbor has watery
itchy eyes. leave. 12:32 PM--STRONG "chlorine bleach"
odor in warehouse front. 7:07 PM--irritant in front of warehouse,
dry heavy air.
irritant in front of warehouse, dry heavy air, watery eyes, itchy
5/7/10 7:32 AM--VERY SERIOUS
irritant in front room, burning eyes, mouth. 1:07 PM--STRONG irritant
in front room AND front of warehouse with "chlorine bleach"odor
AND "bad catalytic convertor" odor, watery eyes, dry
itchy skin, leave. 2:14 PM--irritant in warehouse. 4:56 PM--lights
flicker dim. 5:03 irritant in front room .7:34 PM--"You can
smell that stink in here" says Marsha of the irritant in
the front room.
in front roomsinus irritation, wear respirator, VERY STRONG "bad
catalytic convertor" odor, 7:38 PM--"chlorine bleach"
odor IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.
The irritants sometimes experienced
cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional
short breath; occasional nausea.
Though the irritants we experience
sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety
respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all"
the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine,
chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.
I am left to conclude that
possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience,
those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter,
are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the
respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety
filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen
chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.
Though the respirator-filters
largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health
effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through
"I feel like ants are
crawling on me" said Marsha.
I've noticed recently some
neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of
the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front
to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.
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