JUNE 2013

after 6/13/13 here after 6/19/13 here


"A sad casualty of the Obama drug war" sfgate.com.

"Stockton's Matthew Davies ­ an entrepreneur and father of two in his 30s -  has agreed to a plea bargain that will allow him to serve five years in federal prison for operating medical marijuana facilities.

This is a horrible waste of human capital and taxpayer funds. I know. Davies should have known that when he opened his dispensaries that the businesses were in violation of federal law. But as I wrote in January, Davies' biggest mistake was believing Obama - and not understanding the Obama Department of Justice's mixed message on medical marijuana enforcement."


" 'Legalizing' pot in Portland would just add to the confusion" at Maine's pressherald.com.

We already have tension between state and federal law, and don't need an ineffective local ordinance that is at odds with both.

Medical marijuana is legal in Maine for people who have certain medical conditions. Now an organization wants Portland to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use.

Marijuana is illegal. Unless you live in Washington state or Colorado. Then you can smoke it as much as you want.
Or unless you live in Maine or one of 17 other states where medical marijuana is legal, and you suffer from a condition approved for treatment. You can buy your medicine at a state government-approved dispensary, and you should be safe from prosecution ­ unless the U.S. attorney general changes his mind and starts aggressively enforcing the trafficking laws again. Then your dispensary could get busted."












Berkeley PD Bomb Squad determined this morning that the suspicious item on Channing and Piedmont wasn't a bomb. Still, good experience without mayhem, death and destruction. Berkeley Fire and other PD backed up the bomb unit.


Quite a confluence in front of the warehouse today. Securitas, James stopped during his break. Gerard appeared with his 57 GMC pickup. Old neighbor Paul rolled up looking for the "Aging Hippy." And, Steven stopped with fresh pastries from B Patisserie. So happened it was Gerard's birthday. Watching a Frenchman thousands of miles from home eat authentic French pastry is something to behold.




Discovered this week that my site traffic-statistics are off. Seems hits per day, when you include archived pages not just the daily page(s), are well over 10, 000--understand there are about 4,200 archived pages.

Merryll's probably right though, just people looking for places to get good scrambled eggs and lox.














"Former president of Mexico Vicente Fox backs marijuana legalization in US" with video at sfgate.com.

"At a press conference in Seattle today the former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, backed plans in Washington and Colorado to make a legal market for marijuana in the United States.

Citing the loss of human life in his country due to the failed war on drugs and the black market that grew up in its shadows to feed the massive market for marijuana in the U.S., Fox said he hoped for an orderly and tightly regulated marijuana market here."




"Positive Signs in the Economy Based on Wishful Thinking?" Robert Reich at skyvalleychronicle.com.

(Robert Reich, one of the nation's leading experts on work and the economy is currently Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley.)

"Economic forecasters exist to make astrologers look good. But the recent jubilance is enough to make even weather forecasters blush. 'Just look at the bull market! Look at home prices! Look at consumer confidence!'


I can understand the jubilation in the narrow sense that we've been down so long everything looks up. Plus, professional economists tend to cheerlead because they believe that if consumers and businesses think the future will be great, they'll buy and invest more ­ leading to a self-fulfilling prophesy.

But prophesies can't be self-fulfilling if they're based on wishful thinking.

The reality is we're still in the doldrums, and the most recent data gives cause for serious worry.

Almost all the forward movement in the economy is now coming from consumers -  whose spending is 70 percent of economic activity. But wages are still going nowhere, which means consumer spending will slow because consumers just don't have the money to spend. 

On Thursday the Commerce Department reported that consumer spending rose 3.4 percent in the first quarter of this year. But the personal savings rate dropped to 2.3 percent - from 5.3 percent in the last quarter of 2012. That's the lowest level of savings since before the Great Recession. You don't have to be an economic forecaster, or an astrologer, to see this can't go on."



Tired of negativism?

Try Prancercising!




















Saturday morning, members of the Berkeley Police Bomb Squad woke to what I remember to be a cool and sunny day. Though some had Saturday off, by mid morning all were assembled at Channing and Piedmont facing what appeared to be fused pipe bombs and danger. Their challenge, to determine if these devices were active and if so, disarm or destroy them.
I'm wondering what challenges face Berkeley's civilian city workers when they arrive for work, usually on a work-week morning? Perhaps, . . . did the tech fix my computer? Will my department head appreciate our month of day-and-night work on tomorrow's report? Does the new intern remember I like latté not cappuccino?

Berkeley PD's Bomb Squad

owns/uses the Remotec HD-1 robot

Their Remotec blew up one of the pipes, a bomb squad officer, independently, another.




Eric Stackpole, one of the founders of OpenROV an underwater robot manufacture speaks at the May Maker Faire.

Brilliant stuff!






amphibious car, Sea Lion sets the land speed record for its class

Bonneville speed trials video here

The builder writes "The water (record) run will be shot next weekend.
It may be edited as one movie or two - not sure yet
This car will go faster - I ran out of lake bed."

And, the car's Mazda RX-7 rotary is capable of almost endless horsepower increase. After winning Le Mans in 1991 the RX-7 racer was banned from future Le Mans races for having "unfair advantage."










"California Shakespeare Theater today announced it has received a world-class sound system courtesy of Meyer Sound of Berkeley and Sound Associates of New York" at broadwayworld.com.

"The new audio upgrade includes loudspeakers, digital audio distribution, and control interface manufactured by Meyer Sound at its Berkeley headquarters. In addition, Sound Associates is providing a Shure digital wireless system with the goal to enhance the voices of the artists and to make the productions easier to hear in the intimate Bruns Amphitheater setting. The state-of-the-art system will debut with Cal Shakes' opening production of the 2013 season, American Night: The Ballad of Juan José."
















"Gardens in Berkeley, California" David Clayton at thewayofbeauty.org.

"Here are some photos of ordinary gardens in Berkeley, California. I was visiting recently and just took these snaps as I wandered around the town. Berkeley has a temperate microclimate and so has a long growing season and very little frost. It is warmer and sunnier than Britain, which also has a temperate climate, and gets drier in summer, but rarely very hot. If you travel just 15 miles inland the temperatures can start to soar, especially in summer. I love to see the effort that the householders go to here."





Tuesday, Berkeley micro news-sites reported of five small, apparently deliberately set, grass fires in North Berkeley--often just off roads. Expect more of these locally and state-wide, a sort of for now, only amateur sabotage. Some of the increase in California wild-fires I believe to be of this kind.



"University Village issues alert citing increase in bike thefts" by Chase Schweitzer at dailycal.org.

"Staff members of University Village, the UC Berkeley graduate student family housing complex in Albany, posted an alert to their website last Thursday cautioning residents about an increase in the number of bicycle thefts on the premises in recent weeks.

Between May 13 to May 27, a University Village police log linked to the alert indicates a total of nine bicycles stolen from residents as well as one attempted theft. Bicycle parts, including a seat, were also taken from two other bicycles."




"Vehicle submerged in Berkeley following SF pursuit" at abdlocal.com.

"A vehicle pursuit that began in San Francisco came to an end when the suspect vehicle drove into the water at Berkeley Aquatic Park late Tuesday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The pursuit began at about 10:50 p.m. on northbound U.S. Highway 101 near Mission Street in San Francisco, according to the CHP.
CHP pursued the suspect vehicle onto eastbound Interstate Highway 80 across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to Emeryville.

The suspect vehicle then took the Shellmound Street exit and continued on surface streets to Berkeley, according to the CHP.

The suspect drove off the roadway into the water near Ashby Avenue and into the water at Berkeley Aquatic Park. 


According to recent FBI stats, property crime in Berkeley is up almost 20%, violent crime only about 3%. No stats are available for stupid crime.










"Probation That Works: Swift and certain punishment reduces crime. Parolees love it" by Sam Kornell ar slate.com.

"Angela Hawken is a criminal justice researcher, and the subject of her daily toil is one of America's most intractable problems: its bloated prison population. In the spring of 2006, she flew to Hawaii to investigate the latest in a long line of miracle cures; it would, she had no doubt, fail to live up to expectations, like the others.

Five years after receiving her doctorate in policy analysis, Hawken felt uncertain that the American penal system could be reformed-much less that it ever would be. The United States, with 5 percent of the world's population, accounts for 25 percent of the world's prisoners. Extraordinarily long sentences and a high recidivism rate have put more than 2 million people behind bars in the United States, with 4.5 million on probation or parole.

Over the years, one innovative reform program after another has materialized and then quickly receded from memory. So Hawken was skeptical when she heard that participants in a yearlong pilot program in Hawaii were 50 percent less likely to be arrested for a new crime and 70 percent less likely to use drugs. 'In this line of work, when you hear something that sounds too good be true,' she said, 'it's because it is too good to be true.'

Hawken's first inkling that she might be wrong came when an official from the judiciary picked her up at the Honolulu airport and drove her directly to the local jail."




"What Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Get Wrong: 7 Lessons From The Rest Of The Ecosystem" Noah Kagan, forbes.com.

"If you want to build a $1B company, the valley is a great place. The people there are ridiculously smart. They push you to be better.

However, I now love not being in the valley. I don't want to talk about startups all day. I can have a life and enjoy it here in Austin. The thing that's missed in the valley is solving basic problems that people outside of the Valley experience. Many just create another site like Pinterest, Vine, or whatever the fad is at that given time."

On one hand, some of the fastest growing, impactful companies in human history including Google, Apple, Intel, Facebook, and Oracle have been built in Silicon Valley
On the other hand, new research from the Kauffman Foundation suggests that Silicon Valley might be recognized too much for its positive impact in the ecosystem . ." ."


















Potter Creek's Meyer Sound EVP Named Influential Woman by San Francisco Business Times" avnetwork.com.

"San Francisco Business Times has named Helen Meyer, co-founder and executive vice president of Meyer Sound, as one of this year's Most Influential Women in Bay Area.

An annual special edition of the respected business journal honors women leaders who have risen to the highest positions in corporations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. The honorees' achievements will be celebrated on June 6, 2013 at the Most Influential Women in Business Awards Ceremony at the Hilton San Francisco."





Moe Moskowitz, happy

pretty much what you saw is what you got


"Moe's Books:A shape-shifting buy-sell-trade bookstore, born to Beatnik Era spirit" at atlasobscura.com.

"Located on the equally enigmatic Telegraph Avenue in a town whose culture shaped the international '60s zeitgeist, Moe's Books, founded in 1959 by Moe and Barbara Moskowitz, moved from its original location on Shattuck Avenue to Telegraph just as the Free Speech Movement and anti-war demonstrations were exploding all around it." 







Potter Creek's "Colorflow Applies Theatrical Treatment to Concert Film 'Electric Ascension' " shootonline.com.

Colorflow gave the concert film 'Electric Ascension' a studio quality finish.

Colorflow recently provided color grading and other post production services for Electric Ascension, a full-length concert film documenting the Rova Saxophone Quartet's remarkable reimagining of John Coltrane's legendary 1965 free jazz recording Ascension. Lead Colorist Kent Pritchett applied the final grade, working alongside veteran documentary filmmaker John Rogers to give the piece a sparkling, feature-caliber look. Electric Ascension is slated to screen at film festivals and music events prior to its theatrical and home theater release later this year.

Electric Ascension was shot at the 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival in Ontario, Canada. Rova members Bruce Acklely, Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin and Steve Adams were joined onstage by eight other jazz heavyweights for a rare performance of the group's critically-acclaimed, electrified arrangement of Coltrane's seminal work. John Rogers and Jim Mayer of the Berkeley production company, Ideas In Motion) and Associate Producer, Starr Sutherland (A Typical Project), worked with a crew from Toronto based SIM Digital to record the performance with 5 cameras."




"Let's rank Mel Brooks movies"

"Although he's devoted his efforts to the Broadway stage for the past decade-and-a-half, legendary funnyman and filmmaker Mel Brooks is getting one of the ultimate movie honors: The American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award."




our Councilman Darryl Moore emails, (excerpt)

West Berkeley Outdoor Movie Night

For the last nine years, one of our generous West Berkeley neighbors has hosted a monthly outdoor movie event.  10th street between Addison and Allston is closed off and 100-200 chairs are setup in the street and a family movie is projected onto a screen in front of his house across from the 10th Street (George Florence) park.
This should be a fun, local community event.  You are invited to any or all of the following: come hang out at the 10th Street park beforehand, help set up at 6:30, watch the movie at sunset, indulge in free popcorn and lemonade (or any other snack a neighbor might drop off) and just have fun.
June's movie: Pixar's Brave, Saturday, June 8th at Sunset; i.e. when it gets dark enough, 2124 10th Street, Free

Dress warmly as Berkeley weather is Berkeley weather.  Bring warm clothes, coats, and blankets.  Feel free to bring a camping chair as our events are get bigger each year.

 Upcoming Outdoor Movie Nights are July 13th and August 10th.









"Miniature Quadruped Robot Is Blazingly Fast" by Evan Ackerman, spectrum.ieee.org.

"We took at look at some little legged robots from UC Berkeley. They're very clever, and very quick. This little legged robot from Johns Hopkins (pictured above) is quicker. Much quicker. It can travel at over 30 body lengths every second, which works out to over two meters per second, or four and a half miles an hour. If you were travelling at 30 body lengths every second, you'd be going 122 miles an hour. Whoa."




"Ag drones: UC Davis tests unmanned copters for crop spraying" Larry Abramson, scpr.org.

"Researchers at the University of California, Davis are testing the use of small unmanned helicopters for pesticide spraying at farms and vineyards."











"Five myths about legalizing marijuana"washingtonpost.com.

"With 16 states having decriminalized or legalized cannabis for non-medical use and eight more heading toward some kind of legalization, federal prohibition's days seem numbered. You might wonder what America will look like when marijuana is in the corner store and at the farmers market. In three years spent researching that question, I found some ideas about the plant that just don't hold up."


"Berkeley gives pot club the boot" Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.

"Acting on complaints that customers of a medical marijuana outlet blighted a Dwight Way neighborhood with trash, urine and the smell of weed wafting over children's heads, the City Council voted Tuesday night to declare it a nuisance and shut it down."


"Berkeley, A Look Back: City manager lauds government efficiency in 1938" Steven Finacom, Berkeley Historical Society.

"It was 75 years ago, June 8, 1938, that City Manager Hollis Thompson described, 'how the City of Berkeley has attained the enviable reputation of being 'one of the two best governed municipalities in America' to the Berkeley Rotary Club.

Thompson noted that during the 10 fiscal years ending with 1936-37 Berkeley 'had a gradually diminishing cost per capita for its local government.' Berkeley, in 1936-37, spent only $12.70 per resident for city services and carried a bond debt of only $906,525, or $9.54 per resident.

During the same 10 years the population of the city had increased by 24,134 people. Berkeley also had a low fire loss rate, and was on track to resurface all the streets in the city in five years. 'Democracy depends on the interest of the people in local government matters,' Thompson concluded."


"Berkeley woman held on suspicion of unlicensed export of guns to Thailand" Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.

"Federal agents arrested a Berkeley woman holding Thai citizenship over the weekend for allegedly exporting firearms parts from the U.S. to Thailand without a license.

Supanee Saenguthai, 35, was taken into custody in Berkeley at the same time five others -- four men and another woman -- were arrested in the Seattle area, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, said Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to an indictment, the six conspired to violate the Arms Control Export Act with 240 shipments from 2011 until their arrests. It says they used fake names and fake invoices and packed the parts in specific ways to avoid x-ray detection of parts that included .45 caliber handgun ammunition magazines and rifle and handgun barrels."




"Court Rejects Suit Challenging UC Development at University Village" berkeley.patch.com.

"An Alameda County Superior Court judge has rejected a lawsuit filed in August, Larsen v. City of Albany, challenging Albany's approval of the environmental impact report for UC Berkeley's development plans at University Village in Albany."
























The printed media catch up with "Scrambled Eggs and Lox" in a big way with

"3-D printing predicted to mold our tomorrows"  by Eric Adler, Kansas City Star at contracostatimes.com

 "Tim Middleton lives and breathes now, but the mind of the 42-year-old Eudora, Kan., man often floats to the future, to what one might call the printable life.
It is a time -- with tangible signs popping up with increasing frequency around the globe -- when nearly any product one needs is created by simply pushing a button and printing it out in usable three dimensions.
A pair of glasses? Print it." 

Seems a natural for niche ceramic and glass manufacture. In glass making, gases, heat, bulky equipment, years of employee training can be replaced by a computer model, an operator, resin, and a materializer. And, all in an area of hundreds of square feet, not thousands.*

The speed of materialization will increase with new materializer design. 

And among the more exciting possibilities 

swarms of nanobots materializing lalique-like glass the way worker-bees construct a hive

Materializing technology will evolve with the speed of "computer era time" NOT "steam locomotive era time." So expect dramatic change sooner-than-later.


*This efficient use of space compared to traditional, out of date manufacturing provides one of the many reasons for investment in materializing technology.






"The Delta's Chinese town of Locke reflects a rich past" Nilda Rego, contracostatimes.com.

"A couple of months ago, a book showed up in my mailbox: 'Locke and the Sacramento Delta Chinatowns,' one of Arcadia Publishing Co.'s local history series, 'Images of America.'

Since I am a native Californian interested in local history, you'd think I would have known more about Locke. I knew Chinese immigrants started it, but I had never been there.

So a few weeks ago, we traveled through the Delta on the River Road Scenic Byway (Highway 160) and found Locke.
Locke is tiny, 10 acres big with three streets, the most important called Main Street.

At the Visitors' Center, we bought the Locke Walking Tour brochure. The Southern Pacific Railway built the building in 1909 to house workers for its River Road packing shed.

The Delta probably has the best farmland in the country and produces gorgeous vegetables and fruit. In 1912, three Chinese businessmen realized the potential of providing services for their fellow countrymen working in the fields and orchards. The three -- Tin Sin Chan, Wing Chong Owyang and Yuen Lai Sin -- rented a piece of George Locke's pear orchard and built a saloon, a boardinghouse and a gambling hall. The place was called Lockeport."











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" 3D printing" at wikipedia.org.

"3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 3D printers are generally faster, more affordable and easier to use than other additive manufacturing technologies. 3D printers offer product developers the ability to print parts and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties in a single build process. Advanced 3D printing technologies yield models that can serve as product prototypes.

A 3D printer works by taking a 3D computer file and constructing from it a series of cross-sectional slices. Each slice is then printed one on top of the other to create the 3D object.

Since 2003 there has been large growth in the sale of 3D printers. Additionally, the cost of 3D printers has declined.[2] The technology also finds use in the jewellery, footwear, industrial design, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC), automotive, aerospace, dental and medical industries, among others."

Richmond Rambler, Cliff Miller sends a link to a youtube video of 3D printing.



"Nanomagnet memories approach low-power limit" physicsworld.com.

"Tiny magnetic memory and logic devices that consume very little energy have been developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. With further improvements, the devices could operate close to the "Landauer limit" of minimum energy consumption because they require no moving electrons to work ­ something that could revolutionize electronics."





















"MOOC madness reflection: a student's view from inside UC Berkeley" ecampusnews.com.

"After attending the Technapex's MOOC Madness event last Monday, I found myself both excited about the potential MOOCs have to expand the reach of higher education, as well as slightly sore about some of the assumptions that were made about online learning, Technapex reports. The main presumption that irked me was the argument that the best learning takes place inside a physical classroom. I understand that the intention behind this position is that personal interaction and collaboration between students will inspire the most creativity and therefore maximize understanding; however, I have issues with the connections made between this interaction and the classroom environment, specifically within higher ed institutions. Most of the material presented in a university course does not necessitate a physical classroom, and is even observed to be the less-preferred option among students. The connection between comprehensive learning and a typical classroom environment was that presented and supported by the panel; however, my own personal experiences as a student have led to my support of a very contrary stance. I find that the majority of the time I spend in class (the time spent in lecture) is less of a wholesome and enriching environment filled with collaboration and idea-swapping and rather more a big hollow room where I sit for 50-minute time slots and someone shares his or her own thoughts and opinions."









Councilman Worthington emails of coming events

Berkeley Tenant's Union Potluck, June 12th, 6:30-8:30 pm, Grassroots House 2022 Blake Berkeley between Milvia and Shattuck
RSVP: info @ berkeleytenants.org
Berkeley World Music Festival, June 22nd, 12-9pm, Telegraph Ave. at Haste St., Berkeley, CA
Berkeley Pride 365, First comes love, then comes marriage, June 24th, 5-9pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St Berkeley CA, Free Food Admission and Open to all, Comedy Clowns Drag and Burlesque, Children's activities including a bounce house!
Berkeley's largest LGBT event is timed to celebrate all of our great victories this year including the much anticipated Supreme Court decisions.




900 GRAYSON is being repainted outside.


"Berkeley 8th Grader Wins State History Honor" at berkeleypatch.com.

"An eighth grader at Ecole Bilingue school in Berkeley, Brianna Bourne, won third place honors in the middle-school history paper category in the 2013 California History Day contest."




"Feedback From FDA Meeting Regarding Biologic License Application" for Potter Creek's Dynavax at marketwatch.com.

"Dynavax Technologies Corporation Dynavax Technologies Corporation . . . reported that it recently concluded a meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding its Biologic License Application . . . , an investigational adult hepatitis B vaccine. The meeting followed recommendations expressed in November 2012 by the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee . . . regarding the size of Dynavax's safety database."





"Berkeley Origin of First Dog Park Highlighted in NY Times Magazine" berkeleypatch.com.

"A special 'Innovations' issue of the New York Times Magazine on Sunday credited Berkeley as the origin of the dog park.

The magazine noted that an impromptu dog park sprang up on space cleared in the 1970s to build the BART system underground. 

Led by the late Doris Richards, neighbors who were bringing their dogs to the space were encouraged to create a dog park. It began as an experiment in 1979 and was officially established in 1986, the Times said."

I was living at close by at the time and wondered what all those dogs were doing there.


Doggone "Berkeley Planning Department Wins 2013 'Best Practices' Award" at berkeleypatch.com.

"For its extensive work on the downtown plan, the City of Berkeley's Planning Department has been named this year's winner of the "Best Practices" award from the Northern California Chapter of the American Planning Association."




"Court ruling boosts low-cost housing laws" Bob Egelko, sfgate.com.

"A state appeals court has strengthened the legal case for "inclusionary housing" laws in more than 150 California cities and counties - including San Francisco, Berkeley, Richmond and San Jose - that require a certain number of low-cost units in each new housing project.

Home builders challenged the requirement and won a ruling in July from a Santa Clara County judge, who barred enforcement of a San Jose ordinance because the city failed to show that new residential development increased the need for low-cost housing.

That decision was overturned Thursday by the Sixth District Court of Appeal in San Jose, which said such ordinances are valid if they serve the "legitimate public purpose of ensuring an adequate supply of affordable housing."






"An evening with 'George Gershwin Alone'" by Karen D'Souza at mercurynews.com.

"Hershey Felder has been tickling the ivories in homage to the great American composer in 'George Gershwin Alone' for the past 13 years. He's got rhythm, and he's got music as he channels the genius of Gershwin for almost two hours. Who could ask for anything more?

While this chatty one-man show doesn't illuminate much about the artist's life and inspiration that you don't already know, it's a heartfelt valentine to the American songbook that goes down as smoothly as a bourbon Manhattan with a bright red cherry on top (one of the specialty cocktails at the show). As a tuneful antidote to a weary world, 'George Gershwin Alone,' which runs through June 23 at Berkeley Rep, is pretty darn close to s'wonderful.

Felder, who has orchestrated similar tributes to maestros from Beethoven to Bernstein, hinted around at Sunday's opening night that this might be his swan song to Gershwin after 3,000 performances. He's clearly in awe of the man he portrays, and his commitment to the material is part of the show's allure. If it's hard not to wish for a little more depth to this biography, it's also hard to resist the glories of a songbook that includes 'I Got Rhythm,' 'Summertime,' 'Someone to Watch Over Me,' 'Embraceable You' and 'They Can't Take That Away from Me.'

The mind-boggling depth and breadth of Gershwin's catalog is reverently showcased here."













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Potter Creek's Urban Farm (Adaman) Grand Opening




task of the day

use "mischpauka" in a sentence




















Perhaps the most important story I've ever linked, as Wall Street Journal catches up with Scrambled Eggs, is "A Revolution in the Making" at, of course, wsj.com.

link courtesy Bob Kubik

"Digital technology is transforming manufacturing, making it leaner and smarter-and raising the prospect of an American industrial revival

On a dark and stormy night two weeks ago in Schenectady, N.Y., Ken Hislop was relaxing at home when his cellphone suddenly began buzzing in his pocket. It was an urgent text message-from the General Electric Co. factory where he works.

Soon, a second message arrived. And then another, and another. The texts were being sent by tiny sensors embedded inside a series of machines, some of which look like enormous upside-down cement mixers. A violent thunderstorm passing through the area had caused something to go wrong.

'I knew right away we'd lost power at the plant,' says Mr. Hislop, a manufacturing engineer. He quickly switched on his iPad and accessed animated schematic maps that signaled everything happening at the $170 million facility, which makes massive batteries for things like cellphone towers and power plants. Though the outage had been momentary, much of the equipment at the factory had to, in effect, reboot, and any blip could mean costly lost production time.
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'I was getting a first-person, real-time account,' says Mr. Hislop, who also could watch video of the storm from the plant's roof. The information allowed him to ensure that the machinery restarted in proper sequence and that the sensitive battery material hadn't been damaged.

Welcome to the New Industrial Revolution-a wave of technologies and ideas that are creating a computer-driven manufacturing environment that bears little resemblance to the gritty and grimy shop floors of the past. The revolution threatens to shatter long-standing business models, upend global trade patterns and revive American industry."










16:01 HRS--Berkeley PD involved in search for suspect along waterfront including East Bay Park and Aquatic Park. Mutual aid helo was involved.




"UC Revises Development Plan at University Village" berkeleypatch.com.

"A newly revised version of the UC Berkeley plan for development next to University Village in Albany returns to Albany's planning commission Wednesday night. The proposed Sprouts Farmers Market has moved, and a public art mural is added."




The Bark's Cameron Woo emails

"Green Skies Vertical Farm Stand, 5th and Channing, Wednesday June 12, 3:00-7:00

Green Skies Vertical Farm will begin selling produce this Wednesday. They will be selling lettuce, frisee, wheatgrass, daikon sprouts, vegetable starts--egplant, tomatoes, basil."

About the vertical farm movement,




Contrary to the nytimes.com story I'm told on good authority that the first dog park in the East Bay was established at Point Isabel not on BART Right of Way on Hearst in Berkeley.

However, I'm assured that Berkeley's The Bark is the first literary dog magazine.





The École Bilingue Bon Marche videos; Zumba at the Marche 2013, Ping Pong Presentation Marche 2013, And parent band "Crisis" for those of you who missed it.






"$100,000 Given to UC Berkeley Startups for Expansion" at rightstartups.com.

"This week $100,000 was given to two UC Berkeley startups from the site Founder.org upon the conclusion of a national search for startups with the most potential for growth.

In total there were 500 student-run companies who applied for the grant from various universities however, Eko and Pristine  were two of the 10 finalists picked to win the grant. In addition to the money the prize also included a year of mentorship for the winners.

One of the winners, Pristine monitors the kind of environment that wine has been in and the other winner; Eko assists doctors in analyzing patient heart conditions. Skydeck housed both corporations and was a Berkeley funded business program."



















"Marina Searched After Sex Assault On Child Reported" with video at cbslocal.

"Authorities said a boy was sexually assaulted inside this bathroom at the Berkeley Marina on June 11, 2013."Police in Berkeley continued to search for a man

Tuesday after a mother reported her young child had possibly been sexually assaulted in a public bathroom at the Berkeley Marina.

Berkeley Police Spokeswoman Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said police responded immediately with help from the East Bay Regional Park District's helicopter as well as Department of Fish and Game officers."






"Billionaires Dumping Stocks, Economist Knows Why" at moneynews.com.

"Despite the 6.5% stock market rally over the last three months, a handful of billionaires are quietly dumping their American stocks . . . and fast.

Warren Buffett, who has been a cheerleader for U.S. stocks for quite some time, is dumping shares at an alarming rate. He recently complained of "disappointing performance" in dyed-in-the-wool American companies like Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Kraft Foods.

In the latest filing for Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett has been drastically reducing his exposure to stocks that depend on consumer purchasing habits. Berkshire sold roughly 19 million shares of Johnson & Johnson, and reduced his overall stake in "consumer product stocks" by 21%. Berkshire Hathaway also sold its entire stake in California-based computer parts supplier Intel.

With 70% of the U.S. economy dependent on consumer spending, Buffett's apparent lack of faith in these companies' future prospects is worrisome.

Unfortunately Buffett isn't alone.

Fellow billionaire John Paulson, who made a fortune betting on the subprime mortgage meltdown, is clearing out of U.S. stocks too. During the second quarter of the year, Paulson's hedge fund, Paulson & Co., dumped 14 million shares of JPMorgan Chase. The fund also dumped its entire position in discount retailer Family Dollar and consumer-goods maker Sara Lee.

Finally, billionaire George Soros recently sold nearly all of his bank stocks, including shares of JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs. Between the three banks, Soros sold more than a million shares.

So why are these billionaires dumping their shares of U.S. companies?"


Kubik feels this has little effect on the small, for-the-long-run investor, and believes moneynews.com trades on fear.




















Last night around 9 PM shots were fired on Potter between 7th and 9th Street. The Street was closed by BPD with a heavy presence of radio cars. Some shots damaged the Potter Street Wells Fargo and shell casings were found on the street.




"Tuesday fire at downtown Berkeley hotel causes at least $200,000 in damage" Kristin J. Bender, Oakland Tribune.

"Police and fire investigators are still trying to determine what sparked a three-alarm fire that caused at least $200,000 damage to the Nash Hotel and residents' belongings Tuesday morning, a fire official said Wednesday.

Firefighters rescued 12 people from the three-story historic hotel about a block from UC Berkeley in the city's downtown. Four people were treated for minor injuries at the scene, said Acting Deputy Chief Avery Webb.

Designed by San Francisco architect August G. Headman, the Nash Hotel was built in 1924 and has maintained much of its original architecture. It is considered a historical landmark in Berkeley and is used by travelers, students and visiting professors alike. "



"Annie's 4th-quarter profit soars on strong demand" at nbcloca.com.

"Annie's Inc. reported Monday that its fiscal fourth-quarter net income soared on improved sales, a lower tax rate and the absence of a frozen pizza recall that weighed down results last year.

The natural and organic food maker said it earned $4.2 million, or 24 cents per share, for the quarter that ended March 31."




"Nuff said: Humans get the gist of complex sounds" at berkeleyedu.com.

"New research by neuroscientists at UC Berkeley, suggests that the human brain is not detail-oriented, but opts for the big picture when it comes to hearing.

When faced with many different sounds, the human brain summarizes what they hear to get the gist, according to a new UC Berkeley study.

Researchers found that when faced with many different sounds, such as notes in a violin melody, the brain doesn't bother processing every individual pitch, but instead quickly summarizes them to get an overall gist of what is being heard.

The study, published Wednesday in the journal Psychological Science, could potentially improve the ability of hearing aids to help people tune into one conversation when multiple people are talking in the background, something people with normal hearing do effortlessly. Also, if speech recognition software programs could emulate the information compression that takes place in the human brain, they could represent a speaker's words with less processing power and memory."










from our log

6/20/13--6:41 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, dry itchy skin, mucus membrane irritation, wear respirator, apparent activity worker at neighboring manufacturing facility. 7:55 PM--irritant in warehouse front, dry burning dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, burning watery eyes.

6/21/13--10:51 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes.

6/22/13--12:08 PM-irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, light head.











eternally useful links


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.



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 gasbuddy.com

Kimar finds Costco routinely has the lowest price.



Bay Area home prices from sfgate.com

Bay Area foreclosures from sfgate.com


Our City Council update is 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 rlau@ci.berkeley.ca.us

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

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






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