More Oakland Greek Festival 2013
May 17, 18, and 19 Ascension
Cathedral once again presents the annual Oakland Greek Festival.
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, 4700 Lincoln Avenue,
Oakland, California 94602
2012 Oakland Greek Festival
the Victor's Mom, aproned
2011 Oakland Greek Festival
Huffington Post Stephanie J. Stiavetti's appreciation
A meal worthy of the gods.
For the next two days, Oakland's
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension is hosting their annual
Oakland Greek Festival. Besides being a gathering of some of the
East Bay's most enthusiastic Greek residents, the festival is
home to some of the best Greek food in the Bay Area.
Yesterday I hit up the festival's
opening day. I was completely bowled over by the amount of food
available -- up for grabs were every possible Greek delight you
can imagine, prepared by local cooks. Within the culinary booths,
you'll find everything from whole lamb on a spit to flaming cheese
(seriously -- stand back when they set it on fire!).
For those who love to cook,
Saturday and Sunday are filled with countless Greek cooking demonstrations.
If you're in Oakland this weekend, can you think of a better way
to spend a few hours?
John and crew were
also serving grilled lamb in 2011
"Brooks on beer: A drinking song fest" Jay R. Brooks, Contra Costa Times.
"Music and beer have
long been intimate companions. Drinking songs date back to the
Middle Ages; even today, you'll find that many brewers are musicians
and many breweries have their own bands.
Now a craft brewery and a
troupe of a cappella singers are teaming up in a manner so brilliant,
it's a wonder this isn't done all the time. On May 29, Dogfish
Head Craft Brewery and the Fill A Steins will be hosting 'Drinking/Songs:
A Night of Beer and the Songs That Go With It' at the 50 Mason
Social House in San Francisco.
The festivities, which are
being recorded by public radio's VoiceBox for later broadcast
on KALW and online, will showcase six Dogfish Head beers, including
several hard-to-get brews, and songs of every variety. The organizers
promise 'stein-swinging shanties, lusty odes to ale and the catchiest
drinking songs that have ever been heard on the high seas.' Who
wouldn't want to sing along to that, beer in hand?"
Though the real story is more probably "There's Still LSD
in Our Water",
Grubb Street reports Berkeleyside's scoop "Commissar,
a Soviet-Themed Restaurant and Bar, Coming to Berkeley.
The former Cody's Bookstore
space (2454-64 Telegraph Avenue), sadly vacant since 2006, will
finally be seeing new life as a grand new entertainment and food
complex called the Mad Monk Center for Anachronistic Media. The
man behind the project, as the Scoop and Berkeleyside are reporting,
is Rasputin Music founder Ken Sarachan, and the anachronistic
media he's referring to are, naturally, records, tapes, and books,
which will figure prominently in the center. Sarachan says that
even though bookstores aren't economically viable anymore, he
wants to create 'Berkeley's version of City Lights' in the space,
with both retail and performance areas, as well as a flower shop
and coffee shop. The restaurant and bar, meanwhile, will be called Commissar,
and will be primarily vegetarian peasant food of the sort that
'would suit a discriminating Soviet Official's culinary tastes.'
Sarachan revealed in his filings with the city that the menu is
being designed 'a book that I located several years ago,' which
apparently features food eaten by Soviet workers. The guys behind
the restaurant will be Craig Becker of the nearby Caffe Mediterraneum,
and Scott Cameron of Guest Chef. The whole project still may face
another city council hurdle, but if all goes well, look for this
complex to open possibly by the end of the year. (Scoop, Berkeleyside)"
Oakland Greek Festival 2013, which starts Friday the 17th, is held at Greek
Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension where the Victors were among
the original fifteen founding families.
and where beautifully presented
the dinning hall awaits
Jazz on Fourth Street is this Sunday, May 19th.
Mal Sharpe & Guys
from 2011Jazz on Fourth Street
Mal's the good lookiing guy
playing the trombone.
The City of Berkeley Police
(BPD) will be holding a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) checkpoint,
May 17, 2013.
The checkpoint will be held on San Pablo Avenue near Jones Street
northwest Berkeley. Participating Officers will begin operations
at 8:00 p.m.
and staff the checkpoint until approximately 2:00 a.m. Funding
program was provided by a grant from the California Office of
through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Ofc Jennifer Coats
Word on the street is that
the grocery clerks' union is again trying to organize the old
Berkeley Bowl. They were voted out by employees some time ago.
von Frier auto body shop is moving out of Potter Creek--relocating
in the Richmond area, I'm told.
"California Shakes launches 20 for $20
ticket program" napavalleyregister.com.
Theater has launched a new 20 for $20 ticket program, designed
to make it easier for more people to enjoy theater. At each performance,
the theater has set aside 20 $20 tickets, available by phone only
beginning at noon the day of the show.
Cal Shakes' 2013 season opens
with the hilarious history play, 'American Night: The Ballad of
Juan Jose,' by Richard Montoya, developed by Culture Clash and
Jo Bonney, and directed by Jonathan Moscone, from May 29 through
The season continues with
Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet,' directed by Amanda Dehnert,
from July 328. It's followed by Oscar Wilde's glittering
comic melodrama, 'Lady Windermere's Fan,' directed by Christopher
Liam Moore, in his Bay Area directorial debut; playing Aug. 14
through Sept. 8."
Councilman Capitelli emails
I hope you can join me for
a short discussion about what is happening in District 5 and at
the City Council. Bring your questions.
Coffee with the Councilmember,
Saturday, May 18, 2013. 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Dorothy Bolte
Park, 540 Spruce Street at Michigan.
"What teachers know about body language
. . . . that business leaders should learn" troymedia.com.
"The best educators
could teach business leaders a thing or two about body language."
"Berkeley: Budget cuts slam school gardening
and cooking program"
Doug Oakley Oakland Tribune.
"The school district
will ask the public for donations to run a drastically scaled
down version of its groundbreaking gardening and cooking program
next fall after losing all of its $2 million in federal funding."
"Campus moves forward with plans for new
aquatic center" Libby
"UC Regents to discuss revised budget in Sacramento Proposed
aquatics center aids campus Aquatics center sinks and does not
swim Aquatic promise and conflict Campus announces plans to construct
new aquatics center
UC Berkeley will move forward
with plans to construct a new multimillion-dollar aquatics facility,
following approval by the UC Board of Regents at its meeting Wednesday.
The $15 million facility,
to be named the California Aquatics Center, will replace the parking
lot adjacent to the Tang Center on Bancroft Way. Despite some
concerns that the center will serve only a small number of students
and remove valuable parking services, the campus plans to begin
construction in August. The project is to be funded entirely by
Cal Aquatic Legends, a nonprofit donor group founded to raise
money for the facility."
"Students think big ideas in tackling societal
"Closing out almost nine months of intense competition, UC
Berkeley's annual Big Ideas contest honored this year's crop of
outstanding social projects last week during a special awards
celebration at the Blum Center for Developing Economies.
'This year's competition
has been the biggest and best yet, with an incredibly broad range
of ideas,' said Phillip Denny, Big Ideas @ Berkeley program manager
and chief administrative officer at the Blum Center.
The campus-focused venture
Cashify garnered the grand-prize honors from judges in the campus
and community section for its proposal to increase fellow students'
understanding of personal-finance matters. The Cashify team plans
to develop an interactive online 'edu-tainment' platform designed
to teach new students about finances through engaging lessons
and meaningful materials."
"Indian wonderkid is youngest Berkeley
topper in a century" at
Das, a bioengineering and chemical biology double major at the
University of California at Berkeley, has become the youngest
student to receive the University Medal in more than a century.
The medal is given to the year's top graduating senior. Das, who
began his freshman term when
he was 15, will be graduating with more than 200 credits and a
GPA of 3.99, which includes eight A+ marks, in three years, .
. . "
" 'Tiger Babies Strike Back': What It Was
Like To Grow Up With A Tiger mum" Lynne Guey at au.businessinsider.com.
"As the daughter of an overbearing 'Tiger mum,' Kim Wong
Keltner knows just how tough it can be.
Even though I'd gotten straight
A's my whole life, earned a bachelor's degree with a double major
at UC Berkeley in four years, worked a 'ull-time job while my
husband was in graduate school, wrote three novels before I turned
38, and am raising one great kid, do you know what my mother thinks
of me?" she asks in her new memoir,Tiger Babies Strike Back.
'She thinks I am lazy.'
Her memoir is a comical response
to Amy Chua's popular 2011 book, 'Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,'
which sparked a huge discussion over the merits of Tiger mums
and Dads. Keltner denounces the 'perfectionist parenting' of her
Chinese immigrant parents and encourages other Tiger Babies to
avoid 'turning to the dark side.'
"Chinese Creating New Auto Niche Within
Costantini at nytimes.com.
Dozens of companies from China are putting down roots in Detroit,
part of the country's steady push into the American auto industry.
are investing in American businesses and new vehicle technology,
selling everything from seat belts to shock absorbers in retail
stores, and hiring experienced engineers and designers in an effort
to soak up the talent and expertise of domestic automakers and
While starting with batteries
and auto parts, the spread of Chinese business is expected to
result eventually in the sale of Chinese cars in the United States.
"Drone launch success: Unmanned aircraft
makes history" video
report at cbsnews.com.
"The U.S. Navy made
history with a successful unmanned drone takeoff from an aircraft
carrier. The achievement could revolutionize warfare. David Martin
shares a look at the maiden voyage from aboard the U.S.S. George
" 'The End of Big' Argues That Technology
Helps The Little Guy" video
report by Christina Bellantoni at pbs.org.
"Author Nicco Mele writes
about technology's influence on politics in 'The End of Big.'
He sat down with PBS NewsHour political editor Christina Bellantoni.
I've long been fascinated
with the fact that technology can make the world a smaller place.
With every click, tweet and Internet meme, we become that much
more connected with our fellow global citizens.
Our shared experiences can
bridge chasms of culture, language and economics and technology
can magnify them to help forge new relationships that make distance
nothing more than a state of mind.
With the speed of my mouse,
I can share every song I've ever enjoyed with a new friend using
Spotify. Together citizens in every country can donate to a nation
devastated by a natural disaster.
Consider that Kickstarter
has funded 26,000 projects since it went live in 2008, allowing
an ordinary person to produce the film of his or her dreams, or
an author to reach millions around the world, all thanks to strangers
willing to give a few bucks. And technology has opened up access
to government data like never before.
What are the consequences to having such a connected society?
Are there risks as well as rewards?
That's all the subject of
a forthcoming book that examines the nature of power in the digital
age, 'The End Of Big: How The Internet Makes David The New Goliath.'
POSTS FROM THE
"A Mini Sub Made From Cheap Parts Could
Change Underwater Exploration" Brian
Lam at nytimes.com.
"This month, NASA engineer Eric Stackpole hiked to a spot
in Trinity County, east of California's rough Bigfoot country.
Nestled at the base of a hill of loose rock, peppered by red and
purple wildflowers, is Hall City Cave. For part of the winter
the cave is infested with large spiders, but is mostly flooded
year-round. Locals whisper the cave's deep pools hold a cache
of stolen gold, but Mr. Stackpole isn't here to look for treasure.
He had, under his arm, what
might appear to be a clunky toy blue submarine about the size
of a lunchbox. The machine is the latest prototype of the OpenROVan
open-source, remotely operated vehicle that could map the cave
in 3D using software from Autodesk and collect water in places
too tight for a diver to go.
It could change the future
of ocean exploration."
shop front, Aquatic Park
END POSTS FROM
There is some concern among
city employees that the accidental release of confidential city
employee information will result/has resulted in identity theft.
And, it is my understanding that the city worker responsible for
this release is still employed.
Recently, an article appeared
in one of our many micro-news-sites with extensive photo coverage
of our police officers. Command officers often appear in the media
and so are used to their photos being published. I would however
question the release of photos of officers of lesser rank especially
those in "street divisions" simply for security reasons.
Also, I'm wondering why a
city commission is still calling BPD officers to hearings about
the in-custody death of Kayla Moore. My sense is that any reasonable
person believes this issue has been resolved.
"An Onset of Woes Raises Questions on Obama
Vision" Pete Baker
"Thwarted on Capitol Hill, stymied in the Middle East and
now beset by scandal, President Obama has reached a point just
six months after a heady re-election where the second term he
had hoped for has collided with the second term he actually has.
Mr. Obama emerged from a
heated campaign last November with renewed confidence that he
could shape the next four years with a vision of activist government
as a force for good in American society. But the controversies
of recent days have reinforced fears of an overreaching government
while calling into question Mr. Obama's ability to master his
own presidency. "
Would that be like "busting" the landlords of Bay Area
medical marijuana facitlities?
Just fired acting head of
the IRS, Steven Miller apologised for the department's recent
excesses. Making it the only time in my memory that any issue
with the IRS has been solved by apology.
Spent the morning at the
Oakland Greek Festival and claim the first Gyro served at the
2013 Festival. "We can make those at home" Marsha said.
"But not with the love of that Greek cook" I thought.
our John V
passes an order to the grill
for one lamb plate
"Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance - classic
and vintage cars, including a few owned by movie stars" at sfgate.com.
Steve Moal's Gatto,
a custom car designed in Oakland
"Many of them look pristine
enough to eat off - careful with that fender, son; watch your
ice cream. And the work (not to mention the money) that has gone
into these cars makes them worth a visit.
The concours will be held
this Sunday (May 19, 2013) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the greensward
near the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, Calif. Among
the cars are a 1961 Cooper Formula Junior once owned by Steve
McQueen; a 1960 Rolls-Royce convertible that belonged to Elizabeth
Taylor; Jean Harlow's 1932 Packard Sport Phaeton; and a 1953 Muntz
Jet once owned by Gloria DeHaven."
"Tesla's market value soars, but some see
a bubble" at washingtonpost.com.
Tesla's Model S electric
car tied an older Lexus for the highest score ever recorded in
Consumer Reports's automotive testing, the magazine announced
on May 9.
· Tesla Motors is on a remarkable run for a company that
not long ago seemed to be sputtering.
The luxury electric-car maker's
flagship sedan, the Model S, won Motor Trend's 2013 car of the
year honors, then earned a rare, near-perfect rave from Consumer
In the past month, Tesla's
stock value has doubled to more than $90 a share. That gives the
California-based company a total market value of $10.6 billion,
greater than that of Italian automaker Fiat, worth less than $8
Such dramatic success, and
the brash confidence of founder Elon Musk, has some fans calling
Tesla the first successful new American car maker in more than
But some analysts say the
electrifying rise is not what it seems."
Tobacco Leaves Produce Biofuel at Berkeley" Ovidiu Sandru,
"Instead of smoking
it, we could one day use tobacco to power cars thanks to
a project at UC Berkeley, CA. A team of scientists are now using
genetically modified tobacco leaves that produce oil.
The researchers have worked
to isolate chlorophyll from the oil that the leaves produce so
that the final product is clear and can be used to power diesel
engines. This will offer an alternative to tobacco growers worldwide,
as demand from the traditional industry that has used tobacco
so far is lowering.
People have also used coffee
to power cars since WWII why not include tobacco?"
"Berkeley to close part of Telegraph Avenue
on Sundays in summer" Doug
Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
"In an attempt to drive
more business to Telegraph Avenue over the summer, the city will
close a part of it to cars on Sundays for an all-day party with
music, food and merchandise.
Telegraph will be closed
between Dwight and Dana Streets from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting
June 9 with live music at the intersection of Channing Street
and Telegraph the entire day.
Restaurants will be encouraged
to offer seating in the street, so patrons can eat outside. Vendors
will be on the sidewalks, and street musicians are encouraged
to come and play, organizers said.
The Sunday street closures
were conceived by Mayor Tom Bates with help from the Telegraph
Business Improvement District. The closures are part of a recent
push to help the area, which has lost business, in part, because
of a perception that homeless youth and their dogs, who rotate
between Telegraph and nearby People's Park, have driven people
'I think it will create a
more positive ambience and have people feel more comfortable coming
here,' said Roland Peterson, executive director of the business
"Judge set to rule on lawsuit challenging
University Village project in Albany" Damin Esper at mercurynews.com.
"A judge is set to rule
in the next few weeks on whether to uphold a temporary ruling
rejecting a lawsuit challenging the proposed University Village
project in Albany.
The lawsuit regarding the
project's environmental impact report was heard in Alameda County
Superior Court on Thursday.
The case, filed by Albany
resident Eric Larsen and UC Berkeley graduate and Occupy the Farm
member Stephanie Rawlings, challenges the EIR under the California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). It was filed after the Albany
City Council approved a series of resolutions connected to the
project last July.
A temporary ruling, issued
Monday, found in favor of the city and the Regents of the University
of California. The process includes a temporary ruling based on
filings before the hearing. Judge Evelio M. Grillo can uphold
the temporary ruling or overturn it."
"Berkeley landlord group fined for violating
election laws" Doug
Oakley, Oakland Tribune.
"A campaign organization
backed by local landlords has agreed to pay the city $4,000 in
fines for running afoul of election laws, the second highest fine
levied against a political entity here in over 20 years."
POST FROM THE PAST
"Berkeley will spend up to $24,000 to revamp
media policies after chief sent officer to reporter's home"Kristin J. Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"The city is spending
$20,000 to review its police department's media policies after
the chief was widely criticized for sending a sergeant to a reporter's
home in the middle of the night to ask for changes to an online
in Irvine will spend the next six months auditing the department's
policies and procedures on releasing public information and making
certain the department is following state requirements for disclosure,
said company founder Bill Rams. The contract also allows the city
to reimburse Cornerstone for up to $4,000 in expenses.
'The goal here is to learn
and for the police department to do the best it can,' said Rams,
a former investigative reporter for the Orange County Register.
The move comes more than
two months after Chief Michael Meehan ordered department spokeswoman
Sgt. Mary Kusmiss to the home of Bay Area News Group reporter
Doug Oakley at 12:45 a.m. to ask that he change a story. The March
9 action was criticized by First Amendment experts who called
Meehan's actions 'an attempt at censorship by intimidation and
an abuse of power.' "
END POST FROM THE
Mango Bob reports that around
10:30 Saturday night three guys vaulted over the Acme Bread parking
lot razor-wire-topped fence following their alread- over-the-fence
bags and took bread from the dumpsters. What can we learn from
this? Today, young men can and will vault razor-wire-fence for
I'm told 900 GRAYSON will
repaint their exterior over the Memorial Day weekend.
Berkeley High School
Jazz Ensemble at Sunday's
Jazz on Fourth Street
jazz lover pensing
"Bach to the blues, our emotions match music
to colors" by Yasmin
Anwar, at UC Media Relations.
"Whether we're listening
to Bach or the blues, our brains are wired to make music-color
connections depending on how the melodies make us feel, according
to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. For
instance, Mozart's jaunty Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major is most
often associated with bright yellow and orange, whereas his dour
Requiem in D minor is more likely to be linked to dark, bluish
"Lee Actor, Silicon Valley's accidental
composer" a report
by by Richard Scheinin with video of Actor's Horn Concerto at
"Like faces on Mount
Rushmore, images of the great composers are daunting, burned into
our collective memory. There they are -- Bach, Beethoven, Brahms,
geniuses with noble profiles, fiery eyes and hallowed reputations.
What's a man like Lee Actor supposed to do?
He is a composer in the trenches,
a South Bay professional whose 'orks get performed from Saratoga
to Slovakia. He earns a solid income but isn't famous, has never
won the Pulitzer Prize for music and maybe never will. 'It's hard,"
says Actor, whose new piano concerto debuts this weekend on the
Peninsula. 'It's hard work. It's harder than writing software.'
POST FROM THE PAST
Yup, . .
END POST FROM THE
"Berkeley set to raise fees, add new ones" Carolyn Jones at sfgate.com.
"Some of Berkeley's most popular offerings - tattoos, homemade
cupcakes, boat berths - are all likely to get more expensive this
The City Council is expected
to raise fees Tuesday for a host of services, in some cases doubling
them. If approved, the increases would take effect July 1.
'Everything costs more than
it did last year,' said Anna Avellar, who sits on the Animal Care
Commission, which is recommending a 25 percent increase in dog
adoption fees, from $100 to $125. 'I know people aren't happy
about it, but find me a city where people are happy about everything.'
The fee increases are part
of the city's 2013-14 budget, which the council is currently reviewing
and is expected to pass by late June. Some of the new fee increases
will go into the general fund to help offset a $5.1 million deficit
over the next two years.
Among the proposed increases:
an increase from $44 to $85 annually for registration fees for
tattoo artists; and a jump for boat berth fees at the marina,
with new rates ranging from $7.74 to $13.03 per foot, depending
on the size of the berth. People who make food in their home kitchens
to sell will face fees for the first time. New annual fees for
permits, registration and inspection will range from $170 to $425.
Developers will see new fees,
as well. Among them is a fee if they choose to forgo parking requirements
on downtown building projects. A developer would have the option
of paying $15,000 to $30,000 per parking space to get around the
parking requirements, with the funds going toward pedestrian improvements
and other projects."
Last Saturday, 900 GRAYSON
had its best day ever.
Wise Auto Tech
has moved into a space in Potter Creek on 10th Street.
Looking Glass Photographic
has hung a banner in front of 1047 Ashby annoucing it as their
Potter Creek location.
very talented jazz player
at Sunday's Jazz on Fourth
"UC Berkeley student overcomes stroke to
graduate" by Gladys
Rosario at dailycal.com.
"When Norma Loza woke in the hospital two years ago, she
could no longer walk or converse with her friends and family.
Only four months before her
graduation in 2010, Loza suffered a stroke that added physical
and mental challenges to her everyday life. But her dream of receiving
a UC Berkeley degree motivated her to prevail and graduate this
past Saturday more than two years later.
'I decided I was going to
do everything in my power to get back to Berkeley,' Loza said.
'A Meeting of Wizards: Indra's Net's 'Copenhagen' at Berkeley's
Osher Studio" at examiner.com.
"There is something
special about seeing Michael Frayn's 'Copenhagen' in Berkeley.
Oppenheimer's home, the Lawrence lab'
s cyclotron, and this small
city's part in the history of the creation of the nuclear bomb
makes it a special place to see it, a masterstroke to produce
it here, and a must for Berkeley-ites of intellect to attend.
Indra's Net Theatre, founded
and directed by Bruce Coughran, presents 'Copenhagen' as their
inaugural production in the Osher Theatre Complex in the Arts
Passage at 2055 Center Street through this weekend ending Sunday,
May 26 with performances at 7:30 on Thu-Fri-Sat and 2 pm on Sunday.
'Copenhagen,' which won the
Tony award for best play, is about the friendship between Werner
Heisenberg and his mentor Niels Bohr who together formulated the
explanation of the physical universe we know as quantum mechanics
in their 'Copenhagen Interpretation.' The meetings are at Bohr's
home in Copenhagen during WW2 when Denmark is occupied by the
Third Reich. Bohr's mother was Jewish. Heisenberg is a German
and heading the weaponizing of fissionable material in Germany.
It is a nearly perfectly
written play about intellectual and moral conflict."
"Fake Forest Converts Sunlight into Chemical
"One hour of global sunlight contains enough energy to meet
the demands of every human on the planet for an entire year. And
a recent breakthrough by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory could make harnessing this energy for human consumption
Researchers have developed
an 'artificial forest' that can convert solar energy into chemical
In a process that mimics photosynthesis, this artificial forest
soaks up light and uses it to generate oxygen and hydrogen, two
gases that can be used to power fuel cells."
"Nikola Tesla fan Dorrian Porter turns
to Kickstarter to place a statue in Silicon Valley" Mike Cassidy, Mercury News Columnist.
"When I first heard
about Dorrian Porter's plan to raise $123,000 to honor inventor
Nikola Tesla by erecting a statue of him in Silicon Valley, I
had one thought: That's kind of kooky.
I mean, you want to honor
invention in Silicon Valley, how about a statue for radio pioneer
Lee de Forest, who actually worked here? Or Stanford engineering
dean Frederick Terman, who nurtured the valley's tech culture
and helped Bill Hewlett and David Packard get their start. In
fact, how about H and P themselves? Or Robert Noyce, a father
of the semiconductor. Or even Steve Jobs, though for me it's a
little soon after his death to grant him statue status.
An eccentric guy whose contribution
was huge, but also a guy who's most closely associated with New
Then it struck me: Kooky
was the same thought many had when Tesla was explaining his theories
and ideas about electricity and wireless communication in the
late 19th and early 20th centuries. And while some of Tesla's
ideas were out there, it was in a way the cost of doing business
for someone who wanted to push technology forward in very big
ways. Tesla, after all, essentially came up with our modern electricity
system, without which your iPhone wouldn't be much good. And he
was way ahead of the curve on this wireless communication thing
-- even if some doubted his claim that he'd received signals from
outer space near the turn of the 20th century.
What is it they say? Go big
or go home. Tesla went very big.
'About four years ago, when
I learned about him,' Porter says, 'I was kind of fascinated by
Porter was determined to see to it that people thought about something
other than electric luxury cars when they heard the name Tesla.
See, Porter is an entrepreneur -- a guy who emigrated from Canada,
went to work for valley law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich &
Rosati at the height of the dot-com boom, then started and sold
two companies of his own. He knows something about what it's like
to believe in an idea and go for it when others have their doubts.
That's one thing he likes
about Tesla, an immigrant from modern-day Croatia who settled
in New York and developed the alternating current system of electricity
that we use today. But more important, Porter says, is that Tesla
invented for the sake of innovation and not because he wanted
to get rich."
Klingon Became a Universal Language" Samantha Murphy
"When Marc Okrand graduated
from Berkeley University with a degree in linguistics decades
ago, he never guessed he'd become the mastermind behind a language
with one of the biggest cult followings in the world.
Klingon - the official language
spoken by the fictional warrior race in the Star Trek franchise
- has taken on a life of its own. In addition to being newly added
to Bing's language translator feature, it's been translated into
Shakespeare, has its own language institute and is spoken all
over the world.
Okrand visits the set of
each new Star Trek film - the latest one opened this weekend -
and teaches the actors how to pronounce and approach such a harsh-sounding,
complicated language. So complicated, in fact, he still has to
reference the dictionary he created to get it right.
'The language actually started
without me when a half a dozen Klingon lines were spoken in the
original 1979 Star Trek movie,. . . "
"NASA asks: Could 3-D-printed food fuel
a mission to Mars?" by
Amrita Jayakumar, washingtonpost.com.
"NASA can send robots
to Mars, no problem. But if it's ever going to put humans on the
Red Planet, it has to figure out how to feed them over the course
of a years-long mission.
So the space agency has funded
research for what could be the ultimate nerd solution: a 3-D printer
that creates entrees or desserts at the touch of a button.
Yes, it's another case of life imitating 'Star Trek' (remember
the food replicator?).
In this case, though, the
creators hope there is an application beyond deep-space pizza
parties. The technology could also be used to feed hungry populations
here on Earth.
Texas-based Systems and Materials
Research Corp. has been selected for a $125,000 grant from NASA
to develop a 3-D printer that will create "nutritious and
flavorful" food suitable for astronauts, according to the
company's proposal. Using a 'digital recipe,' the printers will
combine powders to produce food that has the structure and texture
of, well, actual food. Including smell."
"The curious story of how the lie detector
came to be" bbc.co.uk.
"The science behind
the lie detector test has been disputed since its creation 90
years ago, so is there any reliable way to tell if someone is
lying, asks Dr Geoff Bunn, author of The Truth Machine: A Social
History of the Lie Detector.
'If I was guilty and wanted
to beat that machine, it wouldn't be hard,' says Sharon Stone's
psychopathic character in Basic Instinct.
And the history of the polygraph
- better known as the lie detector test - is littered with people
who have been able to trick it.
The polygraph machine was
invented in 1921 in Berkeley, California.
'Berkeley was a town with
a very famous police chief, August Vollmer, and he was in charge
of police reform and a leader of police professionalisation in
the United States,' says Ken Alder, professor of history at Northwestern
University in Chicago.
'He actually wanted to use
the science to make the cops more law-abiding themselves, to substitute
this new scientific interrogation for what was formerly known
as the third degree, which was a way of getting information from
people by beating them up.'
Berkeley police officer John
Larson created the first machine, basing it on the systolic blood
pressure test pioneered by psychologist William Moulton Marston,
who would later become a comic book writer and create Wonder Woman."
"Fire-Ravaged Chez Panisse to Re-open June
"After being devastated
by fire back in March, famed eatery Chez Panisse in Berkeley,
CA, has finally set an official re-opening date of June 21 (previously
June 10). "
Berkeley's Cottage Food Market, 'Homemade' Means Homemade"
Luke Tsai at eastbayexpress.com.
"On a recent Saturday
evening in Berkeley, eight vendors set up tables inside the Firehouse
Art Collective's hangar-like event space to sell homemade food
items, which ranged from chocolate chip cookies to jars of mustard
and jam. Before January 1, such an activity would have been illegal.
But thanks to the passage of the California Homemade Food Act,
the Bay Area Homemade Market gives fledgling business owners the
opportunity to present their products to the general public.
The one-of-a-kind Bay Area
event geared strictly toward homemade (or 'cottage') foods debuted
on March 16, and the third market will take place at the Firehouse
Art Collective (3192 Adeline St.) on Saturday, May 25, from 5
p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is by donation (on a $1 to $5 sliding
scale), though no one will be turned away for lack of funds."
"100 Japanese students selected for Tomodachi
exchange program" ajw.asahi.com.
"The Tomodach Initiative
and SoftBank Corp. announced on May 22 that 100 Japanese high
school students from the disaster-affected prefectures of Iwate,
Miyagi and Fukushima have been selected to participate in the
Tomodach Summer 2013 SoftBank Leadership Program.
The program, fully funded
by SoftBank, will send these students to the University of California,
Berkeley, from July 22 to Aug. 12 for an intensive three-week
course focused on global leadership development and community
"State Legislature Opposes Sale of Berkeley
Post Office" berkeley.patch.com.
"The California Legislature
Tuesday urged the U.S. Postal Service not to proceed with plans
to sell Berkeley's century-old Post Office. Mayor Tom Bates and
other local leaders have campaigned against the sale."
"Research opportunities plentiful for next-generation
"In the opening scene
of the iconic movie of the 1960s, The Graduate, Benjamin Braddock,
at a party to celebrate his college degree, is given one word
of advice for his future: 'Plastics.' Were young Benjamin to be
receiving that advice today the word would be: 'Batteries.' Steve
Visco of Berkeley Lab's Materials Sciences Division had plenty
of encouraging words for young graduates on the opportunities
to be had in next generation battery research. Speaking at the
recent national meeting of the American Chemical Society in New
Orleans, Visco discussed the enormous progress his own start-up
company, PolyPlus, has made in developing lithium-metal batteries
with unprecedented energy density, and how the ever-growing need
for electrical energy storage will require continued innovation
and development in battery research.
teen invents device that could charge a cell phone in 20 seconds"
"Eesha Khare is the
brilliant teen behind an itty-bitty device that could supercharge
Now here's the invention
that we've all been waiting for: A device that instantly charges
our cell phones.
A gadget like this might
soon be on its way thanks to a bright 18-year-old from Saratoga,
Calif., who was recently honored at an international science fair.
Eesha Khare is the mind behind a super-powerful and tiny gizmo
that packs more energy into a small space, delivers a charge more
quickly, and holds that charge longer than the typical battery.
Khare showed off her so-called super-capacitor last week at the
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Ariz.
In her demonstration, she showed it powering a light-emitting
diode, or LED light, but the itty-bitty device could fit inside
cell phone batteries, delivering a full charge in 20-30 seconds.
It takes several hours for the average cell phone to fully charge.
Khare also pointed out that
the super-capacitor 'can last for 10,000 charge cycles compared
to batteries which are good for only 1,000 cycles.' "
"Nano-'Trees' Use Solar Energy to Split
"Water is a fairly common
material in the Universe thanks to how much hydrogen and oxygen
want to bond to form the molecule. When the elements do bond,
energy is released and could be tapped to power man-made devices,
but first we need the hydrogen and oxygen to bond. A common idea
is to create systems that use solar energy to split water molecules,
and researchers at Berkeley Lab have recently developed a new
device for doing so."
"MonkeyLectric Kicks Off Funding Production
of Revolutionary New Bike Light via Kickstarter" at sacbee.com.
"Monkey Light Pro gives
bike riders a novel way to express their unique individuality
in a dazzling manner.
MonkeyLectric announced today the launch of a Kickstarter campaign
to fund manufacturing efforts of its new product, the Monkey Light
Pro, a unique bicycle light that utilizes cutting edge technology
to allow users to display images and animation on their spinning
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"Easy Creole, Cajun Flavor in Berkeley" at sfeater.com.
"The latest pop-up turned
successful brick-and-mortar belongs to the trio of Grant Gooding,
Jess McCarter, and Jeron Thomson, otherwise known as Easy Creole.
After a couple of years serving their signature Louisiana-inspired
fare at The Residence in the Castro and La Victoria in the Mission,
they finally have a space to call their own in a quirky corner
of Berkeley, right on the border with Oakland and Emeryville.
The menu changes daily, but
includes offerings like turkey pozole, Bourbon Street red beans
and rice, jerk shrimp in a Red Stripe marinade, and white chili
with chicken. Vegetarians also get a ton of options, from gumbo
to spinach and mushroom etouffee. The casual cafe space seats
22, and offers counter service; it's designed for a mixture of
carry-out and eat-in diners. The decor is quirky and fun, featuring
wainscoting made from pickle barrels and more than 270 pictures
sourced from family, friends, and thrift stores, ranging from
Cezanne and Chagall prints to pictures of David Bowie and Robocop.
There's even R. Crumb magnetic poetry to play with if there's
a line. "
Easy Creole, 1761 Alcatraz
Ave., Berkeley, (415) 347-5640"
was broken into twice last night--first
around 8 PM and then again about 10:15. Berkeley PD responded
quickly and in both cases nothing was taken, the thieves apparently
frightened off by the alarm.
The railroad tracks have
been removed from in front of Commercial Kitchens and repaving,
including the pouring of a sidewalk, has begun.
"CalShakes opens its season with an irreverent
tale of culture clash" napavalleyregister.com.
Theater opens its 2013 season on May 29 with 'American Night:
The Ballad of Juan José,' by Richard Montoya and developed
by Culture Clash and Jo Bonney.
Directed by CalShakes artistic director Jonathan Moscone, the
production will run through June 23 at the Bruns Amphitheater.
The 2010 world premiere of
'American Night: The Ballad of Juan José' at Oregon Shakespeare
Festival was the first show in the company's history to be extended
due to popular demand. The New York Times deemed the play (in
its recent Yale Rep production), 'a lovable hodgepodge of references,
historical and pop-cultural, with a deadly serious message at
its heart.' "
"UC Berkeley Targeted In Federal Complaint
Over Its Handling Of Rape Allegations" sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com.
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