June 2010

August 2007, after 6/10/10 here, after 6/15/10 here, after 6/20/10 here

excavating for the Potter Creek Berkeley Bowl

 

 

6/1/10

"Dennis Hopper Dies At 74"  by Jesse Baker at npr.org.

"The much-loved American filmmaker and actor Dennis Hopper died Saturday at his home in Venice, Calif., seven months after his manager announced that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was 74.

Early in his career, Hopper shared the screen with the likes of James Dean in 1955's Rebel Without a Cause and Elizabeth Taylor in the 1956 epic Giant; later he worked with Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke and John Wayne in the 1969 Western True Grit. And though he started out a long way from Hollywood - in Dodge City, Kan., where he was born in 1936 - metaphorically the movies were always with him.

'I was raised at the end of the Dust Bowl, and I used to tell people the first light I saw was not from the sun but from the light of a movie projector,' Hopper told Fresh Air host Terry Gross in a 1996 interview.

Hopper's directorial debut came in 1969, when fellow actor Peter Fonda came to him with an idea for a film.

'You direct, I'll produce, and we'll both ride and act in it,' Fonda recalled telling Hopper. 'You've got the passion, you understand framing. You go for it!'

Set in the wide-open spaces of the American Southwest, Easy Rider was about two freewheelers who ride their motorcycles from Los Angeles to New Orleans. It was all drugs and rock 'n' roll - and it made for a box-office hit. Hopper was intoxicated by the freedom that came with putting together a low-budget, self-made movie, and his directorial debut became a trailblazer for independent films in the 1970s." 

 

 

 

our CEID director emails of their last Thursday-night mixer

Ron
 
We had two City Councilmembers join us last night for our Open House and it was great to have so many community members.  I'll forward a photo!
Jill

 

 

"Seeking an Objective Test for Attention Disorder" by Katherine Ellison, nytimes.com.

"I'm sitting in front of a gray plastic console that resembles an airplane cockpit. Each time I move, a small reflector on a makeshift tiara resting on my forehead alerts an infrared tracking device pointing down at me from above a computer monitor.

Watching the screen, I'm supposed to click a mouse each time I see a star with five or eight points, but not for stars with only four points.

It's a truly simple task, and I'm a college-educated professional.

So why do I keep getting it wrong?

Halfway into the 20-minute session, I find myself clicking at a lot of four-point stars, while sighing and cursing with each new mistake and stamping my feet, sending further unflattering information to the contraption via tracking straps taped to my legs.

Dr. Martin H. Teicher, the Harvard psychiatrist who invented the test, has an explanation for my predicament.

'You have some objective evidence for an impairment in attention,' he said - in other words, a 'very subtle' case of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. (Indeed, I had already received a diagnosis three years earlier.)"

 

 

 

 

"Inside Scoop" is a food feature at sfgate.com.

"In the first installment of Chron Appetit last week, the Chronicle food staff sifted out possible red flags of poor restaurant experiences. Seven days and 242 comments later, it's time to tackle the other side of the equation: possible signs of a good restaurant.

Today's prompt: There's a chance you might be in an excellent restaurant when

Stacy Finz: 'When Buck Owens is playing on the juke box. Sometimes mood trumps everything else.'

Amanda Gold: 'When you get softened butter (my opposite of last week). When your server brings out an amuse bouche from the chef that you wish you could eat more of. Sadly, when you can't get a reservation or there's at least an hour wait more than a year after opening.'

Deb Wandell: 'When wines are served in properly shaped glasses - and have a stem attached.'

Jon Bonne: 'When they categorically will not shake your Negroni. When don't offer you cheese for seafood pastas. When you'd buy at least 75 percent of the wines on the list. When they have at least one under-bar hook per stool.'

Michael Bauer: 'When the menu reads so well you want to order everything.'

Erick Wong: 'When a paper menu is thin enough to replace as often as the food it lists. Also when the bread arrives warm.'

Janny Hu: 'When everyone around you is cleaning off their plates. When people - diners and servers alike - simply look like they're having a good time.'

Sarah Fritsche: 'When salads are perfectly dressed.'

Ann Dolce: 'When the menu is about quality, not quantity.'

Katie Popoff: 'When ingredients on the menu are called by name.' "

 

Our 900 GRAYSON offers quite a few of these, though you're more likely to hear Elvis than Buck Owens.

 

 

 

"Berkeley Early Music Festival, June 6-13" at californiachronicle.com.

"This festival, held every other year, celebrates its 20th anniversary. It's one of the biggest on the West Coast devoted to early music, and it draws big names in the early music realm to Berkeley. Seven Main Stage concerts offer a variety of music -- from Monteverdi to Vivaldi. Ensembles include Ã,¡Sacabuche!, the Marion Verbruggen Trio and ARTEK. In addition, the festival offers an edgy Fringe Festival of more than 30 self-produced concerts by soloists and ensembles." 

 

 

 

 

"Meet the Last Generation of Typewriter Repairmen" is a story at wired.com by Matthew Shechmeister email author.

"It's easy to forget how much time computer word-processing programs have saved the writing public. Before computers, any typewritten document that needed revision had to be retyped again and again. And that's hardly the end of it. Total up all the hours that people spent whiting out errors before the Delete key how many zeroes would the final figure have? Combine the surface area of every lumpy smudge of liquid paper: Would it cover the country? The world?

Despite these inefficiencies, there are a few places where typewriters still clack away. New York City police stations, the desks of a few stubborn hangers-on, and, increasingly, the apartments of hip young people who have a fetish for the retro. Mechanical devices with a lot of moving parts, typewriters require maintenance by technicians with specialized knowledge and years of experience. A surprising number of people still make their living meeting that demand.

Wired.com takes a look back at these charming machines and visits three Bay Area workshops whose proprietors keep hearse-colored Remingtons and Underwoods from disappearing into the grave.

Berkeley Typewriter co-owner Jesse Banuelos is emphatic that, appearances to the contrary, the store's floor-to-ceiling shelves of semi-disassembled typewriters are not junk. Components for these old machines are hard to come by, so the word 'hoarding' doesn't quite apply. After all, where else are you going to find a replacement spacebar for that 1926 Corona portable?"

 

 

 

"UC Berkeley Orders AIXTRON Black Magic for CNT and SiGe Nanowires" at nanowerk.com.

"AIXTRON AG today announced an order for one 4-inch Black Magic deposition system from the University of California, Berkeley, USA. Capable of both SiGe nanowire and CNT (carbon nanotube) deposition, the system will be installed in the Laboratory for Nano Materials & Electronics by the local AIXTRON support team in the first half of 2010.
Prof. Ali Javey, UC Berkeley Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science comments, 'The Black Magic system was selected for its unique ability to grow both SiGe nanowires and CNTs uniformly, rapidly and repeatably. In addition, we know we can trust AIXTRON as one of the world's largest manufacturers of semiconductor deposition systems to deliver reliability, safety and user-friendly operation in the equipment. This system will be very useful for our research in achieving large-scale synthesis of nanowire arrays for integrated electronics and sensors.' "

 

 

 

 

"Bankrupt California is sorely tempted to rewrite the law for a pot of gold" writes Anna Mehler Paperny at theglobeandmail.com.

"Pot is in the air here on the shores of San Francisco Bay. Not in the smoke that drifts between the cafés, second-hand shops and indie music stores of legendary Haight-Ashbury. But in the headlines of local newspapers, the posters plastered on phone booths and the ads now airing on the radio.

It has been two months since a proposal to legalize marijuana was added to California's fall referendum ballot, and the debate on the subject is in full swing. A similar vote crashed and burned in the 1970s, but proponents feel that this time they could win. Last week, councillors across the water made Oakland the state's first city to formally endorse the move, and the latest polls show public opinion is almost evenly divided.

The proposed legislation is fairly conservative. It would allow growing, selling and consuming cannabis, but local governments could opt out, smoking in public would remain illegal, cultivation would be limited to a small plot and vendors would face severe penalties for selling to anyone under 21.

But a bigger motivation is something profoundly practical: The state needs the cash. Badly. "

 

 

 

 

"Legendary Lawman August Vollmer A True, if Relatively Unknown, Legend" Charles Bennett, Officer.com.

"Last month we examined a true legend in the law enforcement community. Allan Pinkerton and his legacy have been examined in numerous books and movies and that will probably continue as Hollywood continues its search for new material. This month we're going to have a look at an individual whose legacy is arguably even more important to law enforcement than Pinkerton's. His ideas and procedures have set the standard for many agencies throughout the history of this country. Unless you're a student of history or in law enforcement (or live in Berkeley, California) you've probably never heard of August Vollmer." 

 

On Sunday 5/31/10 at about 5:10 PM there was a police action around 6th and Camellia with helicopter and many radio cars, and officers with drawn weapons including their assault rifes.RP

Lt Andrew Greenwood BPD emails

On 5/31/10, there was an collision near 4th/Gilman. During contact between the drivers, one driver had a handgun which fell out of his waistband. That same driver may also have been intoxicated. He fled the scene running southbound on foot, carrying the handgun. There was an extensive block cover in the area into which the suspect fled. A CHP helicopter, monitoring our radio traffic, offered assistance with an overhead look. Due to the safety concern of an armed suspect hiding in the block, the incident commander chose to implement our protocol to request a canine from a nearby agency. Richmond Police assisted with a canine officer.
 
There was an extensive block search. Officers on the search located the handgun and clothing. This material, along with the suspect's vehicle, will contribute towards the investigation of the incident, and identification of the suspect, who was not located during the search.
 
The investigation is on-going. This is a felony hit/run, with the injured party complaining of pain. There were no other injuries to anyone associated with this incident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/2/10

our Darryl Moore emails

I'm writing to urge you to please vote "Yes" on Measure C, the pools ballot measure in Berkeley's  June 8 election. Measure C will be great for West Berkeley residents, as well as for the rest of our city.
 
For West Berkeley neighborhoods, Measure C will provide two pools with expanded hours, rather than the current one pool with limited hours.
 
This is what Measure C will do at West Campus:
 
       Outdoor pool ­ remodel the existing outdoor pool and poolhouse, making it a more appealing, modern facility for families and lap swimmers. Hours will be expanded, keeping it open weekends in the warm months, rather than the current weekday-only schedule.
       Warm Pool -- right next to the outdoor pool, a new indoor Warm Pool will be built. This pool, which will be 92 degrees, will be operated year-round and will ideal for parents with toddlers and young children, and for early swim lessons, during the cold-weather months when the outdoor pool is closed for the season. It also will be ideal for the elderly and handicapped.
 
Measure C also rehabs and improves the pools at Willard and King Middle Schools. And it provides $980,000 annually for the staffing, maintenance and other operating costs of all the pools, as well as increased hours. This annual funding will guarantee that no matter how bad the city's budget crisis gets, Berkeley pools hours and programs will not be cut.
 
As s you know, the largely abandoned West Campus property is a longtime challenge for District 2. Measure C's two pools at West Campus will give a big push to efforts to revitalize the area, especially combined with the new School District headquarters that is underway for the Bonar Street building.
 
For homeowners, Measure C will be a bargain. A typical West Berkeley bungalow of 1,000 square feet will pay $38 per year in added taxes, and a larger house of 1,900 square feet (the citywide average size) will pay $70 per year. Renters will pay zero extra, because landlords will be legally barred from increasing rents because of Measure C.
 
For all these reasons, I have endorsed Measure C alongside every single elected official in Berkeley ­ the unanimous City Council, School Board and Rent Board, plus State Senator Loni Hancock, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and former Mayor Shirley Dean.  Many of your neighbors in West Berkeley support Measure C, just look for the lawn signs.  If you'd like one of your own, please email volunteer@berkeleypools.org.
 
Measure C's opponents are spreading a lot of disinformation about the measure. To get the straight facts, I suggest you check out the Measure C campaign website, www.berkeleypools.org. Detailed information is on the website's FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page.
 
thanks,
Darryl Moore
Berkeley City Council, District 2

 

 

our Susan Brooks emails

Please join Susan Brooks at the studio,
for Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios

http://www.susanbrooks.com

Handwrought Jewelry & Works on Paper

Two weekends 11-6 p.m.
June 5-6 & 12-13

2547 Eighth Street, Studio 24a, Berkeley
(between Dwight Way and Parker)

Over 400 artists participate in this event.
www.proartsgallery.org

25 artists and craftspeople will be open at The Sawtooth Building where
I have my studio.
We are also walking distance from another 20 artists,
so plan on spending the day in West Berkeley.

My studio is always open on Thursdays 12-5 p.m.
The first Saturday of the month
& I'm always happy to see you by appointment or chance.

Hope to see you,
Susan

Susan Brooks
2547 Eighth Street 24a
Berkeley, California 94710
510 845-2612

 

 

"iPad Publisher See Here Studios Teams with 3D Filmmaker for E-Books" at appmodo.com.

"See Here Studios, publisher of the first 3D children's storybook for the iPad "3D Storybook-The Wrong Side Of The Bed 3D," teams with 3D filmmaker Andrea Senise to bring interactive 3D movies to their upcoming children's iPad e-book titles. Senise has produced 3D stereoscopic television projects and animated commercials in her native country of Brazil. Now residing in the United States, she is excited to bring her 3D expertise to the iPad: "Making children's storybook characters move and pop from the screen is simply magical. Everything in the story becomes more real and, at the same time, more fantastical!"

 

 

" California Watch hires Pulitzer winner, finalist" is a press release at poynter.org.

"The Center for Investigative Reporting's California Watch announced new additions to its reporting team today. Three new staff members, including a Pulitzer Prize winner, will help strengthen and expand the largest investigative reporting team operating in the State. New reporting beats will include the environment and public safety. California Watch will add an enterprise reporter focused on public health issues and a third education reporter to its team. "

 

 

"Schnur named new chairman of FPPC" at sfgate.com.

"There's a new sheriff in Sacramento to oversee and regulate the role of money in California politics.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has named Dan Schnur as the new chairman of the state's Fair Political Practices Commission, taking over for Ross Johnson who resigned due to unspecified health reasons in April.

Schnur is director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California and also teaches at UC Berkeley. He was director of communications for Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain during his unsuccessful presidential nomination bid in 2000 and served as press secretary for former Republican Gov. Pete Wilson."

 

 

"Biochemist wins $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize" by Candace Lombardi, cnet.com.

"The 2010 Lemelson-MIT Prize has gone to a pioneer in something most Americans have likely never heard of but that might one day save their lives: glycobiology.

Carolyn Bertozzi, the T.Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and a professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California at Berkeley, has won the prestigious $500,000 award. Her biotechnology breakthroughs have applications in new types of anticancer drugs and in imaging nanotechnology used for detection and diagnosis of cancer cells, the Lemelson-MIT Program announced Wednesday."

 

 

 

"Bay Area farmers markets offer lush produce, unexpected flavors" by Allison Arevalo at mercurynews.com.

"It's early morning and the awakening aroma of coffee beans and freshly sliced peaches drifts through the air on Berkeley's Center Street. Early birds watch as farmers unpack bright green bundles of thick asparagus and fill wooden boxes with spring's sweet English peas."

 

Aw jeez

"Can Meat Eaters Also Be Environmentalists?" is answered at theatlantic.com.

"I recently sat center stage at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California, arguing that being a meat eater and also a dedicated environmentalist is not a contradiction. Arguing the reverse was Howard Lyman, a former cattle-feedlot operator turned vegan, who is an entertaining speaker and the author of Mad Cowboy. I'm a vegetarian who's become a cattle rancher. As Ari Derfel, the moderator, noted: this event could only happen in Berkeley."

 

 

"The alien landscapes of Northern California's salt ponds" is a story at io9.com.

Last year, UC Berkeley architecture professor Cris Benton used kite aerial photography (KAP) to capture these stunning, otherworldly images of salt ponds.

These are photographs taken during a first excursion to Salt Pond E6B in an area near the ruins of the 19th Century Ohlsen Salt Works just north of Alameda Creek.

I am taking these documentary photographs under a Special Use Permit from the California Department of Fish & Game. Kite flying is prohibited over the E Ponds without a Special Use Permit as is access to this part of the Eden Nature Preserve.

Benton has been perfecting his kite photography for almost two decades, and you can see more of his stunning work in his Flickr stream. He talks about building his KAP rig on this website."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


6/3/10

10/07

Berkeley Bowl excavation

 

 

posts from the past

10/20/07

One of Potter Creek's young artists, a recent Cal graduate, loves the work of Darren Waterston.

Check his work out here.

10/21/07

Did Sophie's favorite painter of my 10/20/07 post inspire you? Thanks to Lipofsky you, yourself, can "paint like Jackson Pollock." Just go here.

And our Janine Johnson emails

Hi, I have a new CD on Magnatune.com of original harpsichord
suites. Please check it out.

 

 

 

 

6/3/10 return

With a story that I broke last month, this month berkeleyside.com elaborates "New 'hipster' green market to open in Berkeley.

"A new green market will open on June 12 in the parking lot at the Berkeley Adult School on San Pablo and Virginia. The founders of Beehive Market describe it as a 'hipster 'green lifestyle market celebrating all things cool about being a green localist."

 

 

 

"World Music Artists Converge on Telegraph Avenue" is a press release at berkeleyworldmusic.org.

"The 7th Annual Berkeley World Music Festival presents free continuous performance by some of the world's finest world music artists who call the Bay Area home, Noon to 9 PM, on Saturday, June 5th. It offers a wonderful mix of intimate performances in Telegraph Avenue cafes and shops, near UC campus, as well as a featured concert in People's Park, sponsored by Amoeba Music, 1:00 to 6:00 PM."

 

 


"La Peña Is Still Rooted at 35" by Rachel Swan at eastbayexpress.com.

"At La Peña Cultural Center, a 35-year anniversary is roughly equivalent to a quinceañera in terms of the hubbub it generates. On the date of its actual quinceañera, the cultural center had just launched its first spate of music workshops. Holly Near would arrive later that year with an acoustic guitar in tow and a repertoire of songs to protest Pinochet's regime in Chile. Fourteen more years would pass before La Peña paid off its mortgage. Another four years would pass before Pinochet's indictment. By the time La Peña reached adulthood, it had become a venerable, medium-size institution with a $700,000 annual budget. Politics had changed in South America, and in Berkeley, a new generation of activists had taken reign."

 

 

 

"Berkeley tea party to protest tea cozy order"Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Knitters protest Berkeley's order that they remove a tea cozy they knitted over the T in the 'Herethere' sculpture.
Berkeley hosted its own version of a tea party protest Sunday afternoon, complete with pots of tea and a heavy dollop of civic disobedience.

Rogue knitters encamped along the Berkeley-Oakland border with lawn chairs, tea cakes and knitting projects to protest the city of Berkeley's order that they remove an 8-foot knitted tea cozy they sewed over the T in a public sculpture they believe insults Oakland."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/4/10

"From Chez Panisse To Chez Calgary:A Local Chef's Journey To The Mecca Of Slow Food And Back Home Again" by Jenn Chic in the Calgary Herald.

"W e passed a large vase of apple blossoms on the way to our table. The chefs looked up from arranging radishes in the open kitchen and offered us a warm 'good evening." A portrait of my favourite food writer, the late M.F.K. Fisher, smiled down at us. Our server drifted to and from our table, meeting all our needs before we knew we had any. My main course of pork sausages, nettles and fried potatoes arrived. It was perfect. I looked up at my boyfriend, Mark, and declared: "This is what I want to do. In a place like this. I need to go to chef school."

Over the past five years I had worked as an English teacher, nanny, farmer, server, cook, cheese monger and produce clerk. I had dabbled in starting a photography business, then a T-shirt business. I talked about food writing, food styling and pie making. I came to the conclusion that anything was possible, I just needed to make a commitment to a place and a career. And then I went for dinner at Chez Panisse, the mecca of slow food, in Berkeley."


 

 

"Psychology professor lists 3BD in Berkeley" by Ryan Anderson, sf.blockshopper.com.

"Dacher Keltner and Mary McNeil have listed for sale a three-bedroom, two-bath home at 2929 Buena Vista Way in Berkeley for $795,000.

Bebe McRae of The GRUBB Co. is the listing agent. The 1,834-square-foot house was built in 1977 at Berkeley Hills."

 

 

 

"Berkeley Man Charged In Handsaw Attack On Bicyclists" is a KTVU News report.

"A man suspected of attacking bicyclists with a handsaw in the hills above the University of California at Berkeley campus pleaded not guilty to assault and vandalism charges in Alameda County Superior Court Thursday.

Michael Vandeman, 67, who has a website dedicated to environmental activism with an anti-bicyclist bent, was arrested Friday in connection with an attack about six weeks ago on the Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail near campus, UC Berkeley police Lt. Alex Yao said.

Yao said Vandeman approached two male bicyclists who were riding west on the trail and cut one of the victims across the chest with a handsaw. The victim suffered minor injuries.

The victims asked why he had attacked them, and Vandeman allegedly told them they should not be riding their bicycles on the trail, police said."

 

 

 

"Scientists find new African gecko species" is a story at upi.com.

"U.S. scientists say they've identified new gecko species in the West African rain forest.

The University of California-Berkeley researchers said they discovered the gecko Hemidactylus fasciatus is actually four species distributed in forest patches across of the continent from the coast of Sierra Leone to the Congo."

 

 

"California Smart Grid Center Completes Successful Demonstration Test of Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat Retrofit Solution From Cypress Envirosystems" is a report at marketwatch.com.

 

 

"Exxon Bets $600 Million on Algae Biofuel Despite Doubters" by Kambiz Foroohar, bloomberg.com.

"Inside an industrial warehouse in South San Francisco, California, Harrison Dillon, chief technology officer of startup Solazyme Inc., examines a beaker filled with a brown paste made of sugar cane waste. While the smell brings to mind molasses, this goo, called bagasse, won't find its way into people-pleasing confections.

Instead, scientists will empty it into 5-gallon metal flasks of algae and water. The algae will gorge on the treat -- filling themselves with fatty oils as they double in size every six hours, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its July issue. . . .

Solazyme cofounders Wolfson and Dillon, 39, are sidestepping the challenges of algae ponds. The pair met in 1989 at Emory University in Atlanta and discovered mutual interests in the outdoors and the environment. During that freshman year, Dillon, who was studying biology, and Wolfson, a political science undergrad, agreed to form a biotech company one day.

That off-the-cuff promise began to take shape in 2003. The two raised money from friends, family, New York-based Harris & Harris Group Inc. and Berkeley, California-based Roda Group and started growing algae in open ponds. They wound up with little to show."

 

 

"Solar Trust of America Names John D. Clapp as Chief Financial Officer" is a report at earthtimes.org.

"Solar Trust of America, LLC, (STA) an integrated industrial solar solutions company, today announced that John D. Clapp has been appointed Chief Financial Officer for the leading developer of solar thermal power plants in the United States, effective immediately. He will report directly to Solar Trust of America Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Uwe T. Schmidt. Clapp will direct the financing for the company's solar thermal power plant projects in California and Nevada, which have been granted 'Fast Track' status by the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Land Management.

Clapp led the Solar Trust of America client engagement team at Citigroup, which is actively involved in finance structuring and advisory services for Solar Trust's U.S. projects.

Together with its wholly owned U.S. development subsidiary, Berkeley, California-based Solar Millennium, LLC, and global business partners Solar Millennium AG and Ferrostaal AG, Solar Trust of America is actively pursuing the construction and development of multiple solar thermal power plants across the southwestern U.S. The company currently has nine solar thermal energy power plants in advanced stages of development in Ridgecrest, Blythe and Palen, California, as well as in the Amargosa Valley near Las Vegas."

 

 

 

 

"Cash-strapped UC adds high-salary positions" Nanette Asimov, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"It has been a period of austerity at the University of California, with layoffs, across-the-board pay cuts and fee hikes. Yet some UC employees earned significantly more money in 2009 than in 2008, with two more million-dollar earners added to the payroll, new salary data show."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/5/10

Today and tomorrow our Berkeley Bowl is celebrating their First Anniversary with sales and demos with free stuff from vendors. Check it out!

 

 

our Janine emails

Well my two concerts (June 9th, and June 11) are just around the corner.  For those of you who enjoy reading the program notes at their leisure, I am sending them now.    I hope you have lots planned for the Early music Festival!  It looks like a lot of fun!  Janine

Recital June 9th 3:40 PM, St Joseph of Arimathea Chapel 2543 Durant, Berkeley
Bach, Handel, Buxtehude and Pachelbel

Concert with Elizabeth Blumenstock June 11th, 12 PM at Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St. Berkeley
All Bach violin and harpsichord

I have found it difficult to write about the Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord in just a few short paragraphs.  It is something akin to trying to describe the Sistine chapel in as few words. These works contain such a wealth of emotion, from desolation to ecstasy and are wrought with such perfection of craft and inspiration, they defy words. 

These Sonatas were written toward the end of Bach's Cöthen period (1717-1723), a time marked by the tragedy of his first wife's death in 1720.  There was surely little consolation in the Calvinist beliefs at court, and this circumstance likely had a deep influence on Bach's writing. All the sonatas, even those in major keys have at least one movement containing a sense of despair or resignation.  We feel wholly liberated when the following movements leap forth in unbridled energy, sometimes in joy, sometimes profoundly disturbed.

All but the sixth of these Sonatas follow a trio sonata form, (slow-fast-slow-fast), and their resemblance to this form is heightened by the three part writing, with a bass line and a treble part on the keyboard equal to the violin.  However, this is not always the case, and Bach uses the flexibility of the keyboard to add extra voices, or create textures not possible in a true trio sonata. The violin is sometimes given two voices in double stops, also divergent from the trio sonata model.

It is fascinating to see how Bach uses the two instruments together.  Often they have the same melodic material, behaving as true equals, but just as often he separates them into distinct roles as accompanist and soloist, (sometimes trading roles during a single movement) or gives them entirely different, but equally important material. His tendency in the non fugal movements is to give the violin the more expressive melodies and long notes, while capitalizing on the harpsichord's ability to create colorful washes of sound and texture, or he gives the keyboard dense counterpoint underlying the arioso violin. 

The transcription of the Adagio and Fugue from Bach's solo violin Partita is a challenging and exciting work, very much in the Baroque style and spirit, written by a great master of the harpsichord, whom I am not at liberty to reveal in print. (however, I have been told I can tell people who ask).  In putting together this program, Elizabeth and I thought it would be fun to both poach each other's music for our solos.  _ JJ

Last fall I was asked to perform some solo Bach on a program otherwise dedicated substantially to character pieces by Classical and Romantic composers.  For a variety of reasons, I didn't want to simply include dance movements from Bach's solo violin partitas (the most obvious candidates). It occurred to me that, were I a Romantic era violinist, I might be as prone to enthusiasm for Baroque music as many of my contemporaries were, and might well make arrangements of some of it for my pleasure. I searched through Bach's works for pieces that could reasonably accommodate arrangement for solo violin, leaving out of consideration much of his chamber, orchestral, and vocal music. I settled finally on the Goldberg Variations, figuring that from an Air and 30 variations, I ought to be able to find a few that would work for the violin, and so be able to assemble a suite of contrasting small movements.  Many of the variations were simply too difficult for me to render violinistic, for reasons of range and sheer harmonic and figurative complexity, including the fugal variations. I wound up making arrangements of the Aria, Variation 5, which is in the 'moto perpetuo' mode and as such, not dissimilar to several of Bach's solo violin movements, Variation 20, which features leaping cross-hand figures (in the keyboard version!) and bubbling triplets, and the jig-like Variation 7, which made the cross-species leap with startling naturalness and rapidity. The beautiful compendious aspect of the Goldberg Variations is of course entirely lost in this version, and I hope you will consider my effort in the spirit in which it was undertaken, one of simple admiration, affection, and utter covetousness.
-- EB

The violin was built in 1660 by Andrea Guarneri, in Cremona, Italy. It was given to Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra by an anonymous donor, for the exclusive use of Ms. Blumenstock. As with most antique string instruments, it had been modified to keep pace with "modern" musical trends, and some of these alterations have been reversed to return it to something like its original Baroque condition, such as the return to gut strings, a lower bridge, and a period tailpiece. Guarneri, an apprentice of Amati, and contemporary of Stradivari, founded a highly regarded violin making family, and their instruments are true treasures. Many heartfelt thanks to the donor.

The harpsichord heard today, by John Phillips, Berkeley, is based on the 1722 Johann Heinrich Gräbner preserved in the Villa Bertramka in Prague; the earliest of four surviving harpsichords from this prominent Dresden family of instrument makers and organists. It is a fine example of the large middle German harpsichords with which J. S. Bach would have been intimately familiar. It is even likely that Bach knew J. H. Gräbner, as the latter was the official court tuner when Bach journeyed to Dresden in 1717. One of Gräbner's sons, Christian Heinrich, later studied organ with Bach in Leipzig.

The Saxon and Thuringian makers preferred simplicity both in appearance and musical disposition. As is the original, this harpsichord is constructed mainly of pine and spruce with decoration limited to a cut paper rose in the soundboard, Italianate moldings and scrolls, and fancy brass work. The framed stand is typical of contemporary German furniture. The sound of the Gräbner harpsichords is unique with clean articulation and remarkable clarity in all registers - perfectly suited for the solo and accompanied keyboard works of J. S. Bach. Many thanks to Peter and Cynthia Hibbard for the loan of the instrument.

 

Jazz pianist Thelonious Monk said "Writing about music is like dancing to architecture."

So just go to the Berkeley Early Music Festival and you'll hear "Classical Music" as you've never imagined. Check it out! RP

 

 

"East Bay Open Studios: Artists open doors to public" Danielle Samaniego at sfgate.com.

"It's essentially a chance to view more than 450 artists' studios.

Over the next two weekends, artists will open their studio doors in one of the largest art showcases in the region - East Bay Open Studios. The annual event kicks off this weekend, featuring myriad local artists from across the area, who will be on hand to discuss and sell art."

 

 

 

"The quest for the world's most extraordinary chocolate" at chocolategrail.com has a review of Carol Whitman son's

Morning Glory Confections.

"Fortunately for us, Max Lesser didn't follow another career path as a fine artist. While there is no doubt he would (and has) provided the world with beautiful prints, photography and painting, I'm selfishly glad that he is now devoted to providing us with his small batch, exquisite brittles, at Morning Glory Confections.

Morning Glory Confections chocolate enrobed brittles are divine in every aspect. They combine the the heavenly elements of silky chocolate and crunchy, buttery toffee. They are sometimes savory and sometimes sweet but always exceptional. The brittles are all dipped decadently and sensually in Valhrona chocolate and each flavor boasts a flourish from Max's artistic eye; a sprinkle of salt or perhaps a carefully placed cocoa nib or n't, making each of these treats'a mini-masterpiece.

Morning Glory Confection Chocolate Enrobed BrittleThere are six divine flavors and you need to taste them all "for your own goodness sake," as my Chinese mother would say."

 

 

 

 

"MAPLight exposes its agenda" Dan Walters, Sacramento Bee.

"MAPLight.org is a Berkeley, Calif.-based, foundation-supported organization devoted, it says, to illuminating the connection between campaign contributions and politicians.

That's a worthy effort, although scarcely a new one. Newspaper reporters, among others, have been doing it for decades.

Were MAPLight merely assembling and collating data, it would be helping the public gain a fuller understanding of what politicians in the Capitol do and don't do and why.

MAPLight, however, has its own political agenda."

 

 

"Five myths about California politics" by Bruce E. Cain at washingtonpost.com.

"Tuesday is Election Day in California, with primary races for governor and U.S. Senate that have received much national attention. But when it comes to national politics, is California a bellwether, an outlier, a mirror, or a little of each? From a distance, appearances can be deceiving."

 

 

 

"Assembly OKs energy storage mandate" is a report at centralvalleybusinesstimes.com.

"Solar power is great ­ when the sun shines. Wind power is a champ when the wind blows. But what happens on a dark night with calm winds to those two forms of alternative energy?

That's the purpose of a bill approved this week by the California Assembly.

It mandates that the state's energy grid must develop forms of energy storage by 2015. It doesn't say how the energy might be stored, but some proposals include so-called "ultracapacitors" to store energy in an electrical field instead of traditional batteries.

Bill author Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, who is chairman of the Assembly Rules Committee, says the storage of electricity will create thousands of permanent new green-collar jobs in California."

 

 

 

"Man shot and killed in Berkeley" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

" A man was shot and killed in Berkeley, police said [6/3/10] today. The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was found lying near the corner of 62nd and King streets in south Berkeley at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, said Officer Andrew Frankel, Berkeley police spokesman.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have been made, and a motive for the slaying is under investigation. The killing happened a block from where two people in a car were shot and critically wounded May 20. Doran Williams Jr., 27, of Oakland is being sought in connection with that shooting, which happened at the corner of 63rd and King streets, police said."

 

 

 

 

 

6/6/10

"Cultural center celebrates 35 years of bringing people together for food, music and social change" by Jennifer Modenessi, Contra Costa Times.

"In Chile, Sept. 11, 1973, was a day of tumultuous change.

For the people who founded La Pena Cultural Center in Berkeley, it marked a beginning.

"I always say that La Pena started because of an event that happened on September 11," says Paul Chin, La Pena's executive director. That's when a group of Berkeley residents, Chilean expatriates and solidarity activists decided they had to do something to educate people about the situation in South America.

Launched into action by a U.S.-backed coup that toppled Chilean President Salvador Allende's government and placed dictator Augusto Pinochet in power, the group laid the foundation for a gathering place where people could meet, make art and initiate social change. They opened La Pena in

1975 and the center -- which is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a series of concerts, exhibits, performances and a street fair -- is still going strong."

 

 

 

 

"Berkeley ballot measure would rebuild warm pool" Matthai Kuruvila, Chronicle Staff Writer.

"Scoliosis and a spinal cord injury bend Martha Colburn's back, twist her elbows and contort her right foot into a permanent 90-degree angle. She calls herself 'the petrified pretzel.'

But when Colburn, 56, gets into the warm pool at Berkeley High School, she can stretch and swim as if she were 16 again.

Easing herself out of her motorized wheelchair and into the 92-degree water, she said, "is the one intersecting point in my life when I connect with my old life, before I was disabled."

Colburn's therapeutic dips may be cut short. The school district plans to tear down the seismically unsafe pool building within a year to make way for 15 new classrooms. Measure C will ask Berkeley voters on Tuesday whether they want to build a new one - and pay to improve and maintain the city's other pools.

The question is whether voters in the birthplace of the disabled rights movement, where residents are already highly taxed, will reach into their pockets again."

 

 

"California's possible solution to partisan politics" by Dan Balz, Washington Post Staff Writer.

"California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado (R) minced no words when he talked about changing the polarized politics that he said are killing his state. 'The system we have today is taking our Golden State to its knees,' he said. 'It's frankly embarrassing.'

Few Californians would disagree that their state is in a terrible mess, and that gridlock and partisanship in Sacramento have contributed to it. Whether people agree with Maldonado's prescription for change will be answered Tuesday, when voters will decide the fate of a ballot proposal, Proposition 14, that would dramatically change the way political candidates are nominated."

 

 

 

"Gay Couples Get Equal Tax Treatment" by Laura Meckler at wsj.com.

The Internal Revenue Service has ruled that same-sex couples must be treated the same as heterosexual couples under a feature of California tax law. Advocates for the change say it is the first time the agency has acknowledged gay couples as a unit for tax purposes.

The change reverses a 2006 IRS ruling and opens a tax benefit to many same-sex couples that wasn't available before. It may affect couples in Nevada and Washington state, as well.

Specifically, the agency said nearly 58,000 couples who are registered as domestic partners in California must combine their income and each report half of it on their separate tax returns. Same-sex couples account for an estimated 95% of the state's domestic partnerships; partnership status is also available to heterosexual couples in which one partner is over age 62.

'For the first time ever, I'm able to file federal taxes that, in a small way, acknowledges what's going on in my relationship,' said Eric Rey of Berkeley, Calif. Mr. Rey and his partner requested the IRS ruling, first during the Bush administration and again this year."

 

 

 

"Medical marijuana boom a boon for illegal, sometimes dangerous, cultivation" by Cecily Burt, Oakland Tribune.

"Buckingham Boulevard residents are hypervigilant about watching out for their neighborhood, quick to report anything suspicious. But a police detective's early morning knock at one neighbor's front door was the first clue that something illegal was happening inside the house across the street. The detective said there would be a raid, and suggested the neighbor might want to leave in case there was gunfire. When the man drove back up the canyon a few hours later, police were still hauling out marijuana plants, bags of buds, money and growing equipment from two expensive, hillside homes that had housed an extensive indoor pot farm.

'These people were growing $1 million worth of pot and I had no clue at all,' said the resident, who asked that his name not be used because the ringleader escaped during the police raid and has never been caught."

 

 

"Marijuana delivery services evade bans on dispensaries" by Gary Cohn and Michael Montgomery, California Watch at mercurynews.com.

"A flourishing and unregulated industry of pot delivery services is circumventing bans on storefront dispensaries and bringing medical marijuana directly to people's homes, offices and more unconventional locations across the state, records and interviews show.

The unfettered delivery of marijuana through hundreds of these services highlights how quickly California's pot industry is moving from the shadows and into uncharted legal territory. These new couriers include enterprising farmers, business entrepreneurs and even a former Los Angeles pot dealer methodically switching her former clients to legal patients."

 

 

 

 

"Higley schools pull space-search software from 5,000 computers" by Emily Gersema in The Arizona Republic.

"Thousands of Higley Unified School District computers have been cleared of software that helps scientists look for signs of life in outer space and that led to the arrest of a former district technologist.

Justin Greene, a Higley information technology director, says district computers have been programmed so that every time they are booted up, they automatically check for and remove the University of California-Berkeley software, BOINC.

Higley officials say the software began appearing on district computers in 2005 without their knowledge or permission.

A tech audit last year, led by Greene when he was a consultant on contract, revealed BOINC was installed on an estimated 5,000 Higley computers.

Officials then accused an IT administrator, Bradley Niesluchowski, of installing it on computers."

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/8/10

Potter Creek worker Antony's

Chevy V-8 with an Edelbrock intake manifold, Edelbrock valve covers and, damn, a Holley four-barrel, . . . and a trick distributor.

 

 

"Man hands" is a story by Natalie Neff at autoweek.com.

"I reached up through the tangle of pipes, bending my elbow to clear the transmission, and wedged the tip of the screwdriver into the C-clip. One quick, forceful pull, and it gave way, a flash of metal springing off the flathead and bouncing to the garage floor. I put the screwdriver down, carefully placed the clip in my pocket, positioned the Tupperware bowl and fished my hand back up toward the thermostat housing. The plug felt tight but didn't appear to be threaded, so I wiggled it a bit and then just yanked. Coolant gushed out, a stream of warm, sweet-scented fluid pouring down my forearm and drenching my sleeve.

After scooting out from under the engine, I set the plug on the counter, wiped my hands, brushed the crud out of my hair and waited for the coolant to drain."

 

 

"Desperate Female Spiders Fight By Different Rules" is at redorbit.com.

"If you thought women's pro wrestling was a cutthroat business, jumping spiders may have them beat.

In most animals the bigger, better fighter usually wins. But a new study of the jumping spider Phidippus clarus suggests that size and skill aren't everything ­ what matters for Phidippus females is how badly they want to win."

 

 

 

"FEMA Awards $3 Million To UC Berkeley For Structural Retrofit Project" at medianewswire.com.

"The U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency ( FEMA ) today released $3,000,000 in Pre-Disaster Mitigation ( PDM ) funds to the University of California-Berkeley to perform structural retrofits to the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union.

The funded project consists of strengthening of existing structures in the Tilden Room and Pauley Ballroom, including installing a structural brace, adding and reinforcing concrete walls, and replacing plate glass windows with tempered or laminated glass."

 

 

"Businesses question insurance tax credits:Some fear premium hikes will cut gains" at vcstar.com.

* By John Gonzales California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting California small-business owners expected to be early beneficiaries of health reform, with billions of dollars in federal tax relief flowing this month to help them purchase medical coverage for their employees.

But many said the 35 percent credits granted under the hard-fought legislation have run into a new hurdle: a buzz saw of rate increases by insurance companies, including 58 percent to 75 percent hikes levied recently by Blue Shield of California."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/9/10

"Berkeley Math Prof Edward Frenkel Branches Out Into Erotic Film" is a story at huffingtonpost.com.

"University of California-Berkeley Professor Edward Frenkel is world-renowned for his work with automorphic representations and the geometric Langlands conjecture.

He's also a trailblazer in a different arena: erotic film.

Frankel, 41, invested ¤100,000 to produce and star in 'Rites of Love and Math,' a 'sprawling allegory' during which the mathematician has sex on screen.

 Set in the Japanese Noh theatre, like [Yukio] Mishima's film ['The Rite of Love and Death'], 'Rites' is silent except for extracts from Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde and some electric guitar. It is beautiful to look at, even if the story does owe more to Dan Brown than to Mishima.

If Frenkel's goal was to bring more people to maths, he can congratulate himself on a job well done. The formula of love, which is actually a simplified version of an equation he published in a 2006 paper on quantum field theory entitled 'Instantons beyond topological theory I', will probably soon have been seen -- if not understood -- by a far larger audience than it would otherwise ever have reached." 

 

"Fundraiser puts Gulf seafood on the menu" by Michelle Locke, Associated Press.

"Eat a shrimp, support a Gulf of Mexico fisherman. That's the thinking behind the 'Dine Out for the Gulf Coast' campaign in which restaurants across the country will be putting a little fish philanthropy on the menu.

During the event, scheduled for June 10-12, participating restaurants will be donating to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund. Restaurants that are able to, also will feature seafood from the Gulf. "

 

 

 

our Janine emails

If you are going to my concert today, I figured you might appreciate directions to St. joseph of Arimathea Chapel, as it is easy to walk right past it.  Also, I'd like to give my endorsement for the harpsichord concert prior to mine at 2:00 PM.  Rebecca Pechefsky has been practicing at the shop (John Phillips) and it is going to be a wonderful concert.  The Krebs is delightful and so is the Rameau, of course. She's playing on a Blanchet I had a hand in making and also decorating.  It might be fun to do both!  My concert, again, is at 3:40 PM on the dot if possible!

2:00 PM  Rebecca Pechefsky, Krebs, Rameau
3:40 PM  Janine Johnson, Bach Buxtehude, Handel, Pachelbel

St. Joseph of Arimathea Chapel is at 2543 Durant, above Telegraph just before Bowditch.  It is on the north side of the street.  If you walk up Durant and come to Bowditch, turn around and you will see the door behind you along the sidewalk.  It does not open directly onto the street, but faces uphill. I'd forgotten this and almost bypassed it myself, yesterday.

I hope you are having fun during the Festival!  Such a great concert binge at the Firnge!

Janine

 

 

Rick Ballard, The Groove Yard emails

To celebrate Groove Yard's 19th Birthday, I am having a sale. Beginning Saturday, June 5 and extending through Sunday, June 13 all records and CDs are on sale at 20 % off marked price. Consignment LPs are included in sale.
Saturday, June 5 ­ Sunday, June 13
20%
Off all records and CDs

 Coleman Hawkins on playing music, "if you don't make mistakes you aren't really trying."  

Groove Yard Jazz LPs/CDs
5555 Claremont Ave         
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 655-8400
www.myspace.com/grooveyardjazz
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. 12-5

 

 

 

"Google HR associate selling 2BD in Berkeley" by Jimmy Finkel at blockshopper.com.

"Andrew Wegley has listed for sale a two-bedroom, one-bath home at 919 Channing Way in Berkeley for $499,000.

The 1,009-square-foot house was built in 1919 in the Southwest Berkeley. Charlie Cook of Red oak Realty is the listing agent for the home." 

 

 

 

Final results for Measure C - City of Berkeley. (Needs 2/3 majority Yes votes to pass.)

Precincts Reported,  99. Percent Reported, 100.00.

Yes, 10421, 60.38%. No, 6837, 39.62%.

 

 

His Honor, Da Boz emails (excerpts)

Federal stimulus funding is available for whole-house energy retrofit programs!  The City of Berkeley will be offering cash incentives to increase the energy efficiency of your home, apartment building or business.  Funding is provided by the US Dept. of Energy and is available for all types of buildings and income levels! Energy retrofits help you save money, improve building comfort, safety and durability as well as reduce your carbon footprint!  

Rebates:
Up to $8,500 for single-family & duplex homes (including rebates through PG&E)
Up to $30,000 for commercial & multifamily properties
Includes $200 rebate for home energy audit and $1,200 rebate for home improvements that reduce energy use by 20%
 
Come to a public workshop to learn how you can qualify for this funding!

North Berkeley Senior Center 
Tuesday, June 15th 6-8pm
1901 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley CA 94709
 
South Berkeley Senior Center
Thursday, June 17th 6-8pm 
2939 Ellis Street, Berkeley CA 94703

For those who cannot attend, presentations will be available on the website below after June 15th.
 
For more information, please see www.cityofberkeley.info/me2
 

 

"Wireless helps UC-Berkeley boost data center efficiencies by 20%'" is a report at networkworld.com.

"Like many organizations, the University of California, Berkeley, has been eyeing the latest data center technologies to increase overall energy efficiencies. The university's most recent challenge was to expand server capacity without overloading its existing cooling system or having to add expensive air conditioning capacity.

The university late last year planned to install a high-performance computing cluster for scientific research applications that would add 10 server racks to Berkeley's 10,000 square foot data center. The servers would also increase uninterruptible power supply output by 20% ­ from 400 kilowatts to 500 kilowatts, says Steve Aguirre, manager of data center and production control services. "

 

 

"California Is Stuck in 1st Gear. Most Populous State Falls Behind Nation in Job Growth; Big Issue in Elections" by Cari Tuna atwsj.com.

"Job seekers wait in line at a job fair in May in San Francisco. California's unemployment rate was 12.6% in April, far above the national figure.

California is rebounding more slowly than the rest of the U.S., weighing down the nation's recovery and underscoring how hard-hit the state remains on the eve of Tuesday's primaries.

In April, the last month for which state data are available, California nonfarm employment fell 2.5% from a year earlier, compared with a 1.1% national drop, as the state lost a higher percentage of jobs in the recession and has added a smaller percentage this year. The state's 12.6% jobless rate far exceeded the 9.9% U.S. rate in April, as reported by the Labor Department.

'We're underperforming the national economy,' said Esmael Adibi, director of Chapman University's economic research center in Orange, Calif. 'We should have more jobs than are showing up.' "

 

"Worst may be over for commercial real estate" is opinion at latimes.com.
Prices aren't exactly soaring, but after three years of declines investors are on the prowl again and prominent properties are sparking bidding wars." 

 

 

 

 

"Former USF basketball player shot to death" Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer.

 "A former University of San Francisco basketball player was shot to death and another man was wounded in the parking lot of the Ikea furniture store in Emeryville, police said today."

 

 

"Elder abuse has not received adequate media exposure, funding from various levels of government, or recognition by the public" is a story at berkeleydailylanet.com.

"Within an institution, staff members are usually the guilty parties; outside, family members are often involved. The U.S. Census Bureau projects 62 million Americans will be age 65 or older by 2025. What's needed?Awareness, prevention, and confrontation of elder abuse. 

"Elder abuse" is a general term used to describe certain types of harm to older adults. Some other commonly used, sometimes more or less specific, terms include: battering, domestic violence, elder mistreatment, intimate partner violence, . . . . The San Diego District Attorney's office has defined elder abuse as the physical or psychological mistreatment of a senior; it can include taking financial advantage or neglecting the care of a senior. Elder abuse crimes fall into several categories:  

Physical abuse, including assaults, batteries, sexual assaults, false imprisonment and endangerment;  

Physical neglect by a caregiver, including withholding medical services or hygiene that exposes the elderly person to the risk of serious harm;  

Psychological mental abuse, including making threats or the infliction of emotional harm;  

Financial abuse, including theft of personal items such as cash, investments, real property and jewelry and neglect." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/10/10

"The Average Investor Is His Own Worst Enemy" David K. Randall at forbes.com.

"Terrance Odean, a finance professor at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business, has spent his career studying a very specific type of investor: the one who is overconfident, shortsighted and far more likely to snap up a stock at the worst possible moment than to make the kind of contrarian bet that pays off in the long run. Odean's specialty, in other words, is the average investor.

'Many of the mistakes investors make come from a lack of any understanding of the innate disadvantages they face,' Odean says.

As a student of how investors act in the real world, Odean is part of the burgeoning field of behavioral finance, which, over the past three decades, has blended elements of neurology, psychology and economics. It has revealed that, contrary to the preachings of classical economics, individual investors tend to be anything but rational, self-interested profit maximizers. Their own worst enemies would be a more apt description."

 

 

"Grocery Outlet plans East Bay expansion" by George Avalos in the Contra Costa Times.

"Grocery Outlet is making good on expansion plans. The discount realtor said Wednesday that it had agreed to leases for new stores in Concord, Dublin, Gilroy and Watsonville, and it is opening a store in Pinole.

'We are in very high gear and expansion mode,"'said Marc Drasin, vice president of real estate for Grocery Outlet Inc. 'We are signing a record number of leases and opening a record number of stores.'

The retailer, like others, is attempting to capitalize on the tough commercial real estate market, a sector whose property values and rental rates have plunged during the past few years.

'There are opportunities for strong retailers right now,' said Adria Giacomelli, a broker with Colliers International, which helped arrange the Grocery Outlet deal in Concord.

Berkeley-based Grocery Outlet opened five stores in 2009 and expects to open 15 in 2010, Drasin said. One of those stores, in Pinole, is slated to open today. Grocery Outlet operates deep-discount supermarkets."

 

 

 

"Orinda's Cal Shakes Ambitiously Takes on Steinbeck's 'Pastures of Heaven'" by Nick Moore at dailycal.org.

"There comes a moment in 'Pastures of Heaven,' the new production at Orinda's California Shakespeare Theater, when you realize that it's not going to be an easy narrative to follow. The initial storyline, imagining a young farmer named Bill Whiteside, evolves into a series of tangentially related little plots concerning a number of characters, all of whom call the "Pastures of Heaaven" home. Those familiar with John Steinbeck will recognize the fractured narrative as the product of his impetuous touch, which grants more care to character than plot. Cal Shakes opens its season by taking on a big challenge in trying to thread together each of Steinbeck's sensitive and humorous stories, evoking the underlying mood that connects them all.

'Pastures of Heaven,' like other works of Steinbeck, is essentially a series of vignettes concerning the residents of the eponymous, fictional valley in Northern California. The plot jumps back and forth between generations and stories, with a few characters remaining present throughout." 

 

"Lil B Talks Getting Sucker Punched, Gay Rumors, & Drake Envy" is an interview at complex.com.

"Over the past few months, Lil B has gone from member of the relatively forgotten California group The Pack to one of hip-hop's most controversial and misunderstood artists. And even if the 20-year-old isn't on your radar yet (despite his dozens of Myspace aliases and YouTube videos) or his "princess swag" just doesn't suit your tastes, incidents like getting punched in the face for the world to see and a budding relationship with Soulja Boy are making the Berkeley rapper increasingly difficult to ignore. Complex recently caught up with the Based God and spoke about everything from his Golden Era hip-hop influences to why he considers himself finer than Nicki Minaj."

 

 

 

"Nurses at 6 University of California hospitals to hold rallies over staffing levels" is a story at bellinghamherald.com.

"Barred by a judge from staging a one-day strike, registered nurses at six University of California-run hospitals will instead hold rallies Thursday to call attention to a long-simmering dispute over staffing levels.

A San Francisco judge on Tuesday had imposed a temporary restraining order against the California Nurses Association, which had called for a one-day strike by as many as 11,000 university-employed nurses.

Both sides are scheduled to return to court June 18 for further hearings."

  

 

 

"A picture of an oiled bird is taped to the wall above Charlie Anderson's desk inside a University of California, Berkeley lab" reports therepublic.com.

"The cormorant, drenched in reddish-brown oil, lies limp on a Louisiana shore, water rippling around its splayed wings.

On a hook next to the picture hangs Anderson's white lab coat, embroidered with the words 'Energy Biosciences Institute.'

The connection between the crisp lab coat in Berkeley and the oiled bird more than 2,000 miles away is BP, the petroleum company responsible for the largest oil spill in U.S. history. BP sponsors the Energy Biosciences Institute at the school, a buzzing lab of 300 researchers trying to make fuel out of plants."

 

"AP journalist dives into Gulf, can see only oil" is an AP report at contracostatimes.com.

"I jump off the boat into the thickest, reddest patch of oil I've ever seen. I open my eyes and realize my mask is already smeared. I can't see anything and we're just five seconds into the dive.

Dropping beneath the surface with an oxygen tank some 40 miles out into the Gulf Of Mexico, the only thing I see is oil. To the left, right, up and down-it sits on top of the water in giant pools and hangs suspended 15 feet beneath the surface in softball-size blobs. There is nothing alive under the slick, although I see a dead jellyfish and handful of small bait fish."

 

 

 

our Darryl Moore emails (excerpts)

$17,000 Reward Offered In Berkeley Homicide

The City of Berkeley is offering a $15,000 reward, and Bay Area Crime Stoppers (BACS) is offering an additional $2,000 reward, forinformation leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting death of a Berkeley man. He has been identified as Kenneth Jerome Tims, Jr., 30 years old. 
 
On Thursday, June 3, 2010, just before 6:30 p.m. City of Berkeley Police Department (BPD) patrol officers responded to calls from community members who said they had heard gunshots. Officers found a male suffering from gunshot wounds lying in the roadway in the area of King and 62nd Streets in Southwest Berkeley. City of Berkeley Fire Department (BFD) paramedics pronounced the man dead on the scene at 6:39 p.m.
 
BPD Homicide detectives and a compliment of other BPD personnel began a homicide investigation immediately. Thus far, BPD has not made any arrests or confirmed a possible motive in the case. BPD does not believe that this was a random shooting.
 
BPD is urging anyone who may know anything about this homicide to call the BPD Homicide detail at (510) 981-5741 or the 24 hour BPD non emergency number of (510) 981-5900. If a community member wishes to remain anonymous, he/she is encouraged to call the Bay Area Crimes Stoppers (BACS) at (800)-222-TIPS (8477). Any information may be critical to solving this crime. Sometimes the smallest or seemingly insignificant detail can be the key to arresting the suspect or suspects in any crime. 

 

Waterside Workshops is a non-profit organization located in Aquatic Park in West Berkeley. It was established to help strengthen the East Bay community by providing a place for youth and adults to work together on projects ranging from bicycle mechanics to wooden boat building.  Waterside Workshop just opened their new Waterside Cafe.


 
Watch passing wildlife and water traffic while relaxing in their courtyard.  
Cafe patrons are also welcome to repair their bikes in their community open shop or peek in to see what wooden boat projects are going on in the yard. The cafe is run by Waterside staff and teenage interns who are training for jobs in the food service industry.  Come by and have a cup of Joe while enjoying the view, all while helping to support job-training for local youth.

The cafe is open Tuesday to Sunday 10AM to 6PM, Closed on Mondays. Once word gets out to the community, it will expand to 7 days.

All of their to-go cups and lids are 100% compostable and the coffee is locally roasted, organic and fair trade!  Patrons who arrive by bike and get 25 cents off any beverage!

For more information and expanded hours, please check out our website at: www.watersideworkshops.org

 

 

 

"Board paves way for Berkeley's first charter schools" by Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.

"Berkeley's school board approved the city's first charter schools Wednesday night, a victory organizers say will help better educate the city's black and Latino students.

By a vote of 4-1 with John Selawsky dissenting, the board approved the Revolutionary Education and Learning Movement, which plans to open middle and high schools serving 200 students each starting in September 2011.

Victor Diaz, a Berkeley school principal who spearheaded the drive to start the schools, said he hopes to put the middle school in an empty district building at University Avenue and Bonar Street called the West Campus.

He said organizers are looking for commercial space somewhere west of San Pablo Avenue in the city's industrial zone for the high school.

Diaz said he wants to break a cycle of academic failure he sees in Berkeley's public schools by using technological immersion and by recognizing that people from different cultures learn in different ways."

 

 

from my log

5/31/10--8:50 AM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy air, eyes, nose, ears irritated.

6/1/10--9:36 AM--irritnat in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehosue, light head, headache, nausea, wear respirator, leave.

6/2/10--6:50 AM--VERY SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, heavy dry air, overrides five HEPA filters and new air conditioner, wear respirator. ~1:15 PM--irritant in warehouse, Marsha has light head, headache, nausea, nasal congestion, cannot concentrate, leaves. 2:17 PM--"You can smell it here" says Marsha, returning to the warehouse front and donning her respirator. 7:45 PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy air, wear respirator.

6/5/10--9:00 AM--irritant in front room with "burning rubber" odor. 9:34 AM--irritnat in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, watery eyes, headache, light head, Marsha similar.

6/7/10--~7:45 PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy air.

6/8/10--~6:20 AM--same as above, watery eyes, itchy skin, air out. ~7:45 PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry heavy air.

6/9/10--~7:20 AM--irriant in front room, watery eyes, itchy skin, air out. 11:39 AM--SERIOUS irritant in front room with STRONG "chlorine" odor. 1:01 PM--irritant in front room, dry heavy air, over rides two HEPA filters.

6/11/10--7:25 PM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse with"burning rubber" odor, irritant and odor only around this building, watery eyes, Marsha has headache, leave.

 

 

 

 

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 the skin.

"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.

 

 

Eternally useful links

 

Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

 

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is here.

 

Our Planning Commision update is here

 

 

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

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

 

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

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.

 

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.

http://gethuman.com/

 

Markets is not just a reference for Berkeley-Hills radicals with 1.5 mil homes and considerable portfolios.

 

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

 

 

Berkeley Police reports at insidebay area.com are here.

 

Our Berkeley PD Site with crime statistics and more is here.


Crime Log for 94710 is here

This site is NOT affiliated with Berkeley PD.
Take time to report crime!

 

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 is Officer Karen Buckheit, Berkeley PD - 981-5774 kbuckheit@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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

 

Angela Gallegos-Castillo, City Mgr Off - 981-2491 agallegos-castillo@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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

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

 

More Scrambled Eggs & Lox, here

and

Stories about Berkeley and stories about recorded-music

are at

Journal of Recorded Music 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

 

ronpenndorf@earthlink.net

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