photo courtesy MaryAnn Wolf

LZ 129 Hindenburg at Lakehurst New Jersey, 1936

LZ 129 Hindenburg (Luftschiff Zeppelin #129; Registration: D-LZ 129) was a large German commercial passenger-carrying rigid airship, the lead ship of the Hindenburg class, the longest class of flying machine and the largest airship by envelope volume. It was designed and built by the Zeppelin Company (Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH) on the shores of Lake Constance in Friedrichshafen and was operated by the German Zeppelin Airline Company (Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei). The airship flew from March 1936 until destroyed by fire 14 months later on May 6, 1937, at the end of the first North American transatlantic journey of its second season of service. Thirty-six people died in the accident, which occurred while landing at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in Manchester Township, New Jersey, United States.

Hindenburg was named after the late Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg (1847­1934), President of Germany (1925­1934).


"75 Years Since the Hindenburg Disaster"

"May 6, marked the 75th anniversary of the 1937 Hindenburg disaster. The massive German airship caught fire while attempting to land near Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 35 people aboard, plus one ground crew member. Of the 97 passengers and crew members on board, 62 managed to survive. The horrifying incident was captured by reporters and photographers and replayed on radio broadcasts, in newsprint, and on newsreels. News of the disaster led to a public loss of confidence in airship travel, ending an era. The 245 m (803 f) Hindenburg used flammable hydrogen for lift, which incinerated the airship in a massive fireball, but the actual cause of the initial fire remains unknown. Gathered here are images of the Hindenburg's first successful year of transatlantic travel, and of its tragic ending 75 years ago.




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"Have a Seat at Bay Area History" at

"Furniture made from redwood found in Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield will be available at The Wooden Duck.

Berkeley-based furniture stalwart The Wooden Duck teams with pioneering reclaimed wood company TerraMai to provide tables and other pieces built from one-of-a-kind redwood reclaimed from the historic Hangar One structure at Moffett Field in Mountain View.

Completed in 1931 by the U.S. Navy as a zeppelin hangar, Hangar One is one of America's unique structures. The gorgeous old-growth redwood salvaged from the facility was uncovered as part of a recent renovation."






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"Average Joe's Cycling" review, here.





"Berkeley High jazz director continues winning tradition" Lou Fancher at

very talented BHS jazz player

at Jazz on Fourth Street

"When Sarah Cline accepted the directorship reins to the Berkeley High School Jazz Program in 2011, she climbed on one of the wildest rides of her lifetime. The terrain was familiar -- she's one of many illustrious graduates of the program -- but the steep incline of history was mighty.

With roots reaching back to Berkeley elementary schools in the 1960s, the BHS Jazz Ensemble had become a force, claiming near-homesteader presence at the Monterey Jazz Festival and be-bopping its way across the globe on international tours and festival gigs.

Under the direction of jazz giant and music educator Phil Hardymon, then Charles Hamilton, alumni formed a mountainous tower of power. Since the program's inception in 1975, the likes of trumpeters Steven Bernstein and Ambrose Akinmusire, saxophonist Joshua Redman, pianist Benny Green and the comes-with-chops trombone-boosting Cline have emerged from BHS' hallowed, if aging, halls.

The program's success trailed a heady elixir of brash bravura and bragging rights for school administrators, parents and anyone ponying up to the prizewinning ensembles."




















The amphibious car has long been the province of the nerdmobile, it is no longer. Witness the Sea Lion!

"Sea Lion: Car Boat Hybrid Cruises On Land And Sea" Drew Guarini, The Huffington Post.

"Finally you can channel your inner-Aquaman, with your own multipurpose vehicle to cruise land and sea. The new amphibiously minded Sea Lion from the California-based Fantasy Junction and inventor Mark Witt is capable of speeds of up to 45 miles per hour at sea and 180 miles per hour on land. The price of this car-boat hybrid comes in at a cool $259,500.

A true entrepreneurial venture, the Sea Lion has been developed over the past six years by Mark Witt Applied Design -- a one-man operation housed in San Francisco. The original intention of the product was an attempt to set records for speed on land and in water. Considering there is no governing body to objectively evaluate the "fastest amphibious car claim", the Sea Lion will continue competing in unofficial style with other homegrown inventors of similarly diverse cars. Fantasy Junction says that there are currently 25 contenders in the world with similar creations, featuring some differences in design and capabilities. . . .

The Sea Lion was designed using CAD software and 'spreadsheet calculations'. The vehicle is primarily constructed using welded aluminum made with CNC plasma burned shapes and other CNC milled components. The Sea Lion fits one and features removable side pods used for floatation and cargo, along with removable fenders front and rear. The Sea Lion features no structural parts borrowed from other vehicles, with a few small exceptions." 


Just timed at Bonneville and powered by a Mazda rotary engine, the Sea Lion now holds the Land Speed record for amphibious cars. It has recently been sold to a Swiss.




Then there's the

Seabreacher mini-submarine


More Seabreacher images here

Seabreacher video here




"Kids Invent the Future at Design Quest" at

"What do life-saving vaccines, smart phones, automobiles and cameras all have in common? They all changed the world, and they were each invented by someone who was once a kid.

Clean water and air across the globe, a cure for cancer, useful robots in the home--all these innovations can significantly improve our lives, and it will be up to today's kids to develop them. The Design Quest exhibit at the Lawrence Hall of Science was created with this in mind.

The Design Quest exhibit provides young people with a platform for generating ideas and designing, building and testing their creations. By building prototypes and optimizing them, kids get a chance to apply a process used by real engineers to solve problems." 






Of Lane Splitting, God's way of thinning out the Human Race, Brian Rokos writes "No good data' on whether it's dangerous.

The state Office of Traffic Safety is conducting a yearlong review of motorcycle crashes that for the first time is counting how many involve the practice of lane-splitting: bikers squeezing past slower vehicles on freeways and roads by riding between lanes.

Motorcyclists say lane-splitting, if properly done, is safe - and necessary. But most car drivers in the Inland Empire believe it is dangerous, a study says.
The California Vehicle Code contains no mention of lane-splitting. The lack of a law, the Office of Traffic Safety says, automatically makes the maneuver legal on freeways and other roads in California. It's the only state where it is allowed."


















"Crowdfunding the Cheapest Robots in Silicon Valley: A VC's View" Peter D. Henig,

Dash Robotics'

cardboard robotic creature

"They wanted to show me origami robots: electronic creatures built by simply folding paper (in this case laser-cut cardboard) and adding simple electronics and engineering on top. It sounded too cool to be true. Yet, after hearing the pitch from Dash Robotics, I found myself convinced that the technology had the potential to not only perform successfully in the marketplace at a decent price point, but could do so at a commercial scale that "cheap robots" have never before achieved.

Dash Robotics was founded at UC Berkeley by four Ph.D. students with a simple mission - to make robots cheap, lightweight, and fun to use. The breakthrough came when one of the founders realized that robot joints could be mechanically engineered and constructed in a completely different way.

Traditionally, robots large and small have come with lots of parts. Metal parts, plastic parts, pins and screws and joints that all have to be cast or injection molded, usually one by one. This adds cost and weight and rigidity, and that's what makes building robots so expensive. The entry price point for even the simplest toy robot starts around $300 to $400. But Dash Robotics turned all that painstaking manufacturing on its head by turning to cheap, strong and flexible cardboard.

Using paper rather than plastic or metal parts meant that only glue was needed to hold the structure together. Designing the cutouts into one flat sheet of cardboard meant that the cost of goods were barely a cost at all. And including a cheap, off-the-shelf rechargeable motor that can be wirelessly controlled with a small handheld remote helped keep further engineering costs to a minimum. Voila! cheap robot. One that Dash estimates can sell for between $35 to $50, yet could possibly be manufactured for a fraction of that price. Moreover, these robots (they look and act like insects, legs and all) are highly mobile and lightweight, allowing them to maneuver in all sorts of directions and even fly when fitted with a pair wings. And if they get smashed (toys will be toys), they don't cost an arm and a leg to replace."



"Soft robots could benefit from new light-controlled hydrogel" Darren Quick at

"For many people, the word 'robot' is likely to conjure up images of metal, mechanical men not unlike Cygan. But instead of creating robots in our own image, the relatively new field of 'soft robotics' takes inspiration from creatures such as octopuses, squids, starfish and caterpillars for soft, flexible robots that could squeeze through small spaces. Such robots could benefit from a new hydrogel developed at the University of California, Berkeley that flexes in response to light."




"Berkeley Group Working on Creating Inexpensive-3-d-Printer-Materials" at

"A UC Berkeley group, in a bid to drive down the costs of 3-D printing, has been focusing on more natural materials such as salt, wood, ceramics and concrete (the last two, while not naturally occurring, are made of naturally occurring components). The use of these materials create new avenues for architecture, such as printing buildings. Professor Ronald Rael, the head of the project, stated that these materials and the designs they enable will require new IP protections - 'This is going to require some IP protection for designs, so if you design architecture in the computer, you're protected, just as music and movies are.' I wonder if he's ever heard of design patents?' "





"Trailblazing Israeli electric car company to close" Josef Federman at

"It was an audacious idea that came to symbolize Israel's self-described status as 'Start-Up Nation,' a company that believed it could replace most gasoline-powered cars with electric vehicles and reduce the world's reliance on oil - and all within a few years.

But it all came crashing down.

The company, Better Place, started out as a source of pride and a symbol of Israel's status as a global high-tech power, but it suffered from a local brand of hubris and overreach. On Sunday, it announced plans to liquidate after burning through almost a billion dollars and failing to sell its silent fleet of French-made sedans to a skeptical public.

'This is a very sad day for all of us. We stand by the original vision as formulated by Shai Agassi of creating a green alternative that would lessen our dependence on highly polluting transportation technologies," the company said. "Unfortunately, the path to realizing that vision was difficult, complex and littered with obstacles, not all of which we were able to overcome.'

It capped a stunning fall from grace for Better Place and its founder Agassi, a former high-tech whiz kid who sought to change the world by building a revolutionary network of battery-swapping stations."






"The rise of the fourth branch of government" Jonathan Turley,

"There were times this past week when it seemed like the 19th-century Know-Nothing Party had returned to Washington. President Obama insisted he knew nothing about major decisions in the State Department, or the Justice Department, or the Internal Revenue Service. The heads of those agencies, in turn, insisted they knew nothing about major decisions by their subordinates. It was as if the government functioned by some hidden hand.

Clearly, there was a degree of willful blindness in these claims. However, the suggestion that someone, even the president, is in control of today's government may be an illusion."





"Asset forfeiture both an effective tool, civil-liberties nightmare" Stewart M. Powell at

"Federal asset forfeiture is both an effective crime-fighting tool and a civil-liberties nightmare that has victimized many innocent citizens, a Hearst investigation has found.

Fifteen federal agencies have the power to seize assets. Over the past dozen years, those agencies have taken more than $20 billion in cash, securities and other property from scruffy drug dealers, pinstriped Wall Street tycoons _ and ordinary Americans who have not committed crimes.

'The government is going seizure crazy,' says attorney Philip Hilder, who formerly led the busy Houston field office of the Justice Department's organized crime strike force.

Seizures have grown more than 600 percent over the past decade.

Federal agents often pursue forfeiture through sealed documents or avoid the court system entirely by seizing assets without charging the owners with any crime, a procedure called 'administrative forfeiture. The result: Thousands of cases each year where the feds take cash, guns or other items from U.S. citizens without a judge or jury.

The federal forfeiture system is self-sustaining, and operates without direct congressional scrutiny."









"Film transforms ABQ into downtown Berkeley--video report" at

"Downtown Albuquerque is transforming into downtown Berkeley for a few days as part of an upcoming Johnny Depp film, shooting in Albuquerque this week."

"Transcendence" at

"Two leading computer scientists work toward their goal of Technological Singularity, as a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent them from creating a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain. " 

A regular reader emails

My favorite scene in a Berkeley story is Al Pacino using the fake public phone erected in front of CheeseBoard, and the actual staff member walking out and handing him his pastry while he was on the phone--the days before cell phones. It is from Michael Mann's "The Insider".


John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival, the group thought by some that made Fantasy Records,

is interviewed at " John Fogerty, frontman and the creative force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, says of a reunion with the legendary group -- 'it's possible.'

Appearing on "CBS This Morning" on Monday, he said, 'From time to time, I'll say something and it'll get in print that maybe that will happen, and then immediately I'll hear back stuff that doesn't sound like it's possible. ... I think it's a possibility in the future, you know. It's not something I'm actively seeking, but I'm not totally against the idea either.' "




"Pleasant Hill 'eyesore' in line for upgrades" by Lisa P. White,  Contra Costa Times.

 "A building many have called an eyesore, occupying a prominent corner of the city, may soon get a fresh coat of paint.

But it's unclear if that will be enough to attract new tenants.

The former home of Blondie's Pizza and Rasputin Music and DVDs at the intersection of Taylor and Contra Costa boulevards has been vacant for several years. Residents have complained bitterly to city leaders about the condition of the property, which many feel reflects poorly on Pleasant Hill.

In some ways, the building is a study in contradictions.

Discarded CD display racks and shelves tagged with signs reading 'Free' litter the parking lot. A heap of VHS tapes sits in front of the building. The two tenant spaces are jammed with detritus including furniture, kitchen equipment, cardboard boxes and pinball machines. At the same time, rows of high-tech solar panels that follow the sun are installed on the roof along with planter boxes. "










"Hackers Find China Is Land of Opportunity" Edward Wong at

"Name a target anywhere in China, an official at a state-owned company boasted recently, and his crack staff will break into that person's computer, download the contents of the hard drive, record the keystrokes and monitor cellphone communications, too.

Pitches like that, from a salesman for Nanjing Xhunter Software, were not uncommon at a crowded trade show this month that brought together Chinese law enforcement officials and entrepreneurs eager to win government contracts for police equipment and services.

'We can physically locate anyone who spreads a rumor on the Internet,' said the salesman, whose company's services include monitoring online postings and pinpointing who has been saying what about whom.

The culture of hacking in China is not confined to top-secret military compounds where hackers carry out orders to pilfer data from foreign governments and corporations. Hacking thrives across official, corporate and criminal worlds. Whether it is used to break into private networks, track online dissent back to its source or steal trade secrets, hacking is openly discussed and even promoted at trade shows, inside university classrooms and on Internet forums.

The Ministry of Education and Chinese universities, for instance, join companies in sponsoring hacking competitions that army talent scouts attend, though 'the standards can be mediocre,' said a cybersecurity expert who works for a government institute and handed out awards at a 2010 competition."        




"Confidential report lists U.S. weapons system designs compromised by Chinese cyberspies" by Ellen Nakashima,

"Designs for many of the nation's most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry.

Among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programs critical to U.S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships, according to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential report prepared for Pentagon leaders by the Defense Science Board."


Tired of cyber-war reports. Here is Max Raabe & Palast Orchester performing Dort Tanzt Lulu, mit Glockenläuter.*

*with Bellringers

Germans, in fact, do have a sense of humor. Hell, even the word is funny.

















"Renzo Piano reveals his plans for the New Athens Opera

Renzo Piano left the greek audience speechless with the presentation of his project design regarding the Cultural Park of Athens that will host at it's premises the new Athens Opera House and the new National Library"

An acoustician, the brother of a well known Potter Creek business woman is involved with the design of the concert hall.




"Update: The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center / Renzo Piano" by Irina Vinnitskaya at

"ArchDaily is once again updating you on the progress of  The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center designed by Renzo Piano.  We showed you initial plans for the building back in 2009.  Since then, we have been provided with more detail on the development of the project, which we continue to share with you.  As previously mentioned, the center will be a sustainable arts, education, and recreation complex that will contribute to the community of Athens, financed by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Plans for this building began five years ago but it was not until December 2011 that preparatory excavation work finally began.  Construction is scheduled for Spring 2012 and according to the foundation website.

The beginning of the construction phase comes at a very critical juncture in modern Greek history and brings a much-needed sense of optimism and hope, as well as a whole range of significant economic benefits to the country. Approximately ¤1 billion of total economic stimulus will be derived from the upfront commitment in the construction of the SNFCC, while 1,500 to 2,400 people will be employed each year to support SNFCC construction and all related industries.

The building is estimated at  ¤566 million (US$759 million) and scheduled to be completed in 2015.  It will house the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera.  The building is integrated into its site and will use the natural resources available to reduce its carbon footprint. Photovoltaic cells mounted on the roof will take advantage of solar and wind energy.  Of this, Piano says, "The Cultural Center's proximity to water, and the natural warm breezes and light of Athens were particularly inspiring during the design process.  It was immediately clear that we must take advantage of all these elements to ultimately design a zero emissions building that expresses movement and energy."






"Central Works' 'The Medea Hypothesis' Is a Delightful Daytime Soap Opera . Loosely based on a Greek Tragedy, this version is an over-the-top modernization" by Alex Bigman at

"Euripides' Medea tells the story of a woman who, after being abandoned by her husband, becomes inconsolable and ultimately murders her children. Centuries later, paleontologist Peter Ward borrowed the infamous character's name for his hypothesis about biodiversity, which, to put it unscientifically, posits that nature abhors complex life forms and intends to eradicate them through mass extinctions, in favor of the more stable state of microbial domination that has characterized most of Earth's history. "











WhileCity Hall seems to be spending in other areas

dumping and graffitti are again heating up in west-Berkeley





"Progressive Cities: Tentative New Berkeley, CA" is a potted history of Our Town at

"Berkeley had created a liberal city council regime in the 1960s, but its administrative style, dependent on a city manager form of government, clashed with expectations for participatory reforms and redistributive programs that emerged from civil rights and student movements. An 'April Coalition' won city council seats beginning in 1969 and was able to generate support by putting initiatives on the ballot. By 1979, the Berkeley radicals, now having adopted a formal structure as Berkeley Citizens Action (BCA), won a working majority of the city council. Under Mayor Gus Newport (1979-86) and Loni Hancock (1986-94), the city continued its progressive reforms."


A city manager form of government, micro-managed, can easily become inefficient as decisions-waiting-to-be-made form bottlenecks. Say for instance, a city manger taking time to proof department press-releases rather than say, allocating funds . And quite apart, there is always the potential for authoritarianism.



"Women less charitable than men" at

"Women are more likely than men to opt out of giving a charitable donation, a group of economists including an Indian-origin student have found.

A new field experiment conducted by scholars at the University of Chicago and University of California, Berkeley, tested people's motivations to give, whether they responded to social pressure or from an attitude of altruism. 

Women are more likely than men to opt out of giving a charitable donation, a group of economists including an Indian-origin student have found.

A new field experiment conducted by scholars at the University of Chicago and University of California, Berkeley, tested people's motivations to give, whether they responded to social pressure or from an attitude of altruism."






"Berkeley police make case for Tasers" Matthew Artz, Oakland Tribune.

"In a city that two decades ago nearly banned police from using pepper spray, officers think the climate is finally right to push for a stronger brand of nonlethal force: Tasers.
Berkeley police union leaders released results of an admittedly unscientific survey Wednesday that found 83 percent of respondents supported looking into equipping officers with the weapons. The union plans to forward the results to the City Council in hopes of starting a debate on the issue.
'The bottom line is Tasers are safe. We think they're going to save lives and reduce injuries,' Sgt. Chris Stines, the union's president, said at a news conference Wednesday.
Among the Bay Area's 113 law enforcement agencies, Berkeley is one of only eight not equipped with Tasers. The stun guns can deliver an electric shock from as far away as 25 feet, effectively subduing a person without the need for a physical confrontation or the use of a firearm.
Police had no cost estimate of arming the 168-member force".



















" 'We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks' " movie review by Michael O'Sullivan at

" 'We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks' tells its story largely by telling the story of Julian Assange, the Australian hacker-turned-activist who founded the WikiLeaks Web site in 2006 as a clearinghouse for information that others would have preferred to keep hidden. The documentary's focus on Assange is not surprising. He's the face of the organization, having become the focus of praise or blame - depending on your viewpoint - for the release of such material as secret Icelandic banking documents, U.S. diplomatic cables, Afghan war logs and the notorious video showing a helicopter attack on unarmed civilians by American soldiers in Baghdad.
But who is Assange? By the end of the film, the man is in hiding in London's Embassy of Ecuador, having sought asylum to avoid pending sexual assault charges in Sweden and possible criminal prosecution in the United States. Is he, as some have called him, a 'punk idealist' or a paranoid hypocrite? Traitor or hero? Self-aggrandizing egomaniac or self-effacing champion of free speech?"





In the spirit of "If you don't succeed at first, try, try again" looks like Da Boz is finally going to get his commercial corridor on Gilman. I thought he gave up on it some four-five years ago. Nope, he just kicked it far, far, far, down the road only to now pick it up.

Though he does stuff I don't always like, I more and more admire his political acumen.




"Remarkable Crowdfunding Conference Comes to California. Top Industry Leaders will meet in Berkeley on June 9th, 2013" at

"Crowdfunding platforms raised $2.7 billion and successfully funded more than 1 million campaigns in 2012, according to California based research company Massolution. Those who want to learn about this incredible phenomenon and to meet the industry insiders, are invited to attend Crowdfunding California Conference which will be held in Berkeley on June 9th."



"A Radical Idea for Pure Science: The Scientist-Entrepreneur"

"As much as we celebrate new technology and treat successful entrepreneurs like rock stars, there is still a tension at many universities between the mission of fundamental research and the quest to commercialize new breakthroughs.

These competing goals have tied universities in knots for decades. Will 'pure' science--knowledge for the sake of knowledge--be cheapened by commercial priorities? How can professors even teach properly if they are preoccupied with starting companies and getting rich?

And even if universities want to encourage entrepreneurs, are they up to the job? Many elite business schools have traditionally focused more on developing managerial skills than on the entrepreneurial challenge of building something new from the ground up.

Fortunately, the conventional wisdom is breaking down fast. A new model, which I call 'guided academic entrepreneurship,' can actually reinforce traditional university values of basic research, higher education, and the public dissemination of knowledge.

For evidence, look no further than the bastion of fundamental research itself: the National Science Foundation. Since 1950, the NSF has been funding academic research at the frontiers of mathematics, physics, engineering, biology, and most other scientific fields. NSF grants are the gold standard for peer-reviewed research. The NSF has funded more than 200 Nobel Prize winners.

But now the NSF is itself breaking down the barriers between basic research and commercial development. Under its I-Corps program, the NSF is actually paying major universities to help turn NSF-funded breakthroughs into entrepreneurial ventures."





BPD Ofc Jessyca Nabozny emails

Hello community members,
Please join Lt. Frankel for coffee with the commander on June 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm. The meeting will be at Tomate Cafe, located at 2265 5th Street, Berkeley Ca. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Ofc. Jessyca Nabozny #118



"Federal government still targeting California medical marijuana"

"Berkeley Patients Group, widely regarded as a model community citizen, has become the latest target of the federal government's war on medical marijuana dispensaries.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama vowed to deal with the issue of medical marijuana, which is legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia, with a 'hands-off' approach. Obama promised that he would not "be using Justice Department resources to circumvent state laws" governing medical marijuana.

But as with so many of his other promises, President Obama has broken his word, with California medical marijuana dispensaries being targeted in an aggressive federal crackdown that has seen many medicine providers shut down despite their state-legal status.

Medical Marijuana Review reports that Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) is currently ground zero in the federal war on medical marijuana. "





"Despair and joy at UC Berkeley orchesta benefit concert" by Mohana Kute,

"The UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra and UC Chamber Chorus treat audiences in Hertz Hall to a stunning performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 9.

On May 10 and 11, the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra performed Ernest Bloch's 'Schelomo' cello concerto and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor to a packed house in Hertz Hall. The two pieces, separated by an intermission, contrasted each other in both tone and inspiration, coming together to display the full range of the talented orchestra and soloists. Highlighted performers included cellist Mosa Tsay, soprano Ann Moss, mezzo-soprano Abigail Nims, tenor Brian Thorsett and baritone Nik Nackley."

That's Malcolm in the long hair and long beard but who's behind him.













from our log

5/25/13--7:04 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, coughing, etc. Off-and on AM--dry dirty air in warehouse front and immediayely in front of warehouse. 2:42 PM--irritant in warehouse front and immediately in front of warehouse, mucus membrane irritation. 3:12 PM--similar, Marsha, coughing attack.

5/26/13--1:35 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

5/28/13--1:05 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

5/29/13==7:27 AM---dry dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse. 11:15 AM--similar.

5/30/!3--9:44 AM--dry dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.

5/31/13--10:35 AM--dry dirty air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.









eternally useful links

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

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.



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

useful link

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



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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from

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Our City Council update is here.

Our Planning Commision update is here




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



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

The contacts are below:

Our Area Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.

Ryan Lau, aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120

Darryl Moore, City Councilman

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


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