6/14/13

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."

 

 

 

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.*

Understand, 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, od fasioned manufacturing provides one of the many reasons for investment in materializing technology.

 

 

 

 

"A Crystal-Crusted Gown Made with a 3-D Printer" nytimes.com.

link courtesy Merryll Saylan

"'Dita's Gown,' a dress designed for Dita Von Teese using 3-D printing technology - which is most often used to create objects and architectural models - caused a stir when it was first shown at a symposium on 3-D design in New York last March. On June 12, it will be the West Coast's turn to marvel, when one of its masterminds, the costume and jewelry designer Michael Schmidt, discusses the dress at an event at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The gown, which the L.A.-based Schmidt designed with the Brooklyn architect Francis Bitonti (mainly via Skype, over a four-month period), is a true marriage of fashion and architecture. Bitonti built a digital model of Von Teese's body that Schmidt used to design the garment so that it fit the burlesque performer to a T. Shapeways, a leader in 3-D printing, produced the dress's 17 sections, which were then assembled by hand before being polished, lacquered and encrusted with more than 12,000 Swarovski crystals. With a netlike nylon structure connected by nearly 3,000 unique joints, the gown is the first fully articulated garment made using 3-D printing."

 

 

 

West-Berkeley's

old fashioned manufacturing

 

and

 

not so old fashioned manufacturing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/15/13

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

Da Boz doesn't think this is the time for a fourth medical marijuana facility. A wise choice given the Federal position. Hopefully our Big Mamou* agrees.

*important through having power, influence, authority, etc.

 

 

 

Wednesday night's Potter Creek incident

Wednesday night's Potter Street incident was not so much a "drive by", as reported else where, but a "shoot out"  between occupants of two cars, a Honda and a BMW, strays causing damage to a Wareham property and parked vehicle. The incident was thought to be the result of an argument at the corner gas station.

And, a Berkeley PD investigation is on going.

Damage to the Wareham property has been repaired and the Wareham building's Wells Fargo staff "know nothing" of the incident. 

 

 

Subway has opened a shop on the corner of 9th and Potter, down the street form the Wells Fargo Business office.

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Lion

undergoing water tests in the bay off Berkeley

Click on image for video

 

 

 

New season includes Letterman and Don Rickles

thanks to reader for link

Click on photo for first episode, second season.

 

 

 

 

 

"A Flash Mob Recreates Rembrandt In A Dutch Mall" Melissa Locker, time.com.

"While flash mobs in the United States have generally revolved around things like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Reading Rainbow or the Harlem Shake, a culturally-minded group staged a high-art flashmob to celebrate the return of Rembrandt Van Rijn's famous painting The Night Watch to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

The group stormed a shopping center in the southern Dutch city of Breda, surprising shoppers by recreating the 17th century masterpiece. For the event, the mall was infiltrated by men dressed in period garb, including some who descended from the shopping center's balconies on ropes and others who filed in charging after a man seemingly fleeing their pursuit".

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum Brings Rembrandt's Painting 'Guards of the Night' to Life.


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"Cal Poly team honored for affordable housing plan for Cambria site" Samantha Sullivan, sanluisobispo.com.

"A Cal Poly student team's plan for an affordable housing complex in Cambria won Bank of America's 22nd annual Low-Income Housing Challenge."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/16/13

Sunday morning at 5:23 AM Berkeley Police will honor the memory of Officer Sgt J H (Jimmie) Rutledge (1923-1970). Sgt Rutledge was killed in the line of duty on June 16, 1973. *

*Sergeant Jimmie Rutledge was born in Oakland, California. He attended local schools and graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1942. He later attended both the City College of San Francisco and the University of California at Berkeley. Sergeant Rutledge enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1948 at the rank of Radioman 1st Class. He was later recalled to active duty during the Korean War and served overseas from 1951 to 1952. Sergeant Rutledge was appointed to the department as a Patrolman-Clerk assigned badge #94. On December 1, 1972 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned Badge #S-15

During his tenure with the Berkeley Police Department, Sergeant Rutledge held positions in Patrol Division, Service Division, the Patrol Special Detail and Juvenile Bureau. In addition he was also a department Range Master. Sergeant Rutledge was involved in several youth programs, including Sea Scouts. After his death the local Boy Scout Council named a Sea Scout Vessel the "Jimmie Rutledge" in his honor.

At 5:23 a.m., Officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of Russell Street on a report of a prowler. Initially officers were unable to locate the prowler and Sergeant Rutledge remained in the area to watch for the suspect. Sergeant Rutledge subsequently contacted an individual and attempted an arrest on his own. The subject, later found to be an ex-felon, resisted handcuffing and a struggle ensued. During the fight, the suspect gained control of Sergeant Rutledge's gun and shot the officer, fatally wounding him. The suspect also wounded a neighbor who had come to render assistance to Sergeant Rutledge. Following the shooting, the suspect forced his way into an acquaintance's home and took several hostages. At the conclusion of the standoff, the suspect killed one of the hostages, a 4-year old girl. The suspect then chased the remaining hostages from the house with gun in hand and was killed by police. Officer Rutledge is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California.

 

 

 

 

"Patti Dacey, 1949-2013: An Appreciation of the Life of One of Berkeley's Best and Brightest" Becky O'Malley, dailyplanet.com.

"With Patti Dacey's death last Friday Berkeley's civic circus lost one of its brightest stars. Most recently, Patti's keen intellect and sparkling wit enhanced the meetings of the Planning Commission, of which she was a member, but in her too short life she added color and style to a wide range of pursuits both public and private." 

 

 

 

 


 

"What We Didn't Know" by Adam Hochschild is a review of Seth Prosenfeld' s "Subversives." at nybooks.com.

(One of the most complete of the many reviews of this work, reading it alone gives a sense of the time and its issues.)

"Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power" by Seth Rosenfeld. . .

Was the Black Panther Party's descent into criminal violence mainly the work of FBI agents provocateurs? Were more undercover agents whom we don't yet know about responsible for the move toward violent confrontation, also beginning around 1969, by other groups, such as the Weather Underground?
I think not. Even though new information about FBI manipulation may eventually surface, there was already plenty of madness in the air by end of the 1960s. The trail of Black Panther extortion, beatings, murders, and other crimes-especially in Northern California-is so long as to be far beyond the FBI's ability to create it. And by 1970, there were also too many white leftists who romanticized third-world revolutionaries, talked tough, wore military fatigues, and spoke a different language than the nonviolent one of the Free Speech Movement leaders of 1964­1965."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

6/19/13

MISCELLANEOUS RAMBLINGS

"Richard Swart to Head Research on Crowdfunding and Innovation at University of California, Berkeley" prleap.com.

"The University of California, Berkeley announced the appointment of Dr. Richard Swart as Director of Research overseeing the policies, best practices and innovation in entrepreneurial finance, including crowdfunding. The Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance, directed under the College of Engineering's Fung Institute, seeks to examine the evolution of crowdfunding and other social-finance models.

Crowdfunding, or drawing small pledges from a large pool of project sponsors, has become an increasingly popular financing model that allows everyone from tech companies to entertainers to build the capital necessary for successful business projects."

 

 

"Prepare for a New Era of Design Innovation, Says Qualcomm's Paul Jacobs" at huffingtonpost.com.

" 'We need students to understand how the world has changed and be prepared to make contributions in a new way,' said Dr. Paul Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Qualcomm, in a private interview with me. Last week, Jacobs stood with President Clinton at Clinton Global America 2013 to announce a $20 million gift from his and his wife Stacey's private foundation to establish the new Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at the University of California Berkeley's College of Engineering.

'The Jacobs Institute will greatly expand the role of design in engineering education at all levels and empower young engineers to design innovative solutions to society's biggest challenges,' Jacobs said. Paul and Stacey are both graduates from UC Berkeley -- Paul from the College of Engineering.

'In the past, students knew how to iterate in developing software, but now they need to learn how to iterate new designs in hardware. We crossed a line when companies like Apple started to integrate art and technology. ... Today the best prepared students are going to need to be trained to work in interdisciplinary teams in order to design products that are both beautiful and manufacturable. Products that will their lives and the lives of other people,' Jacobs explained.

Jacobs believes that by understanding what is possible, students will be inspired to fulfill their science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses, and engage in further education and careers where they can advance solutions to global challenges by integrating creativity and technology."

 

 

 

 

"The verdict on tiger-parenting? Studies point to poor mental health" Yasmin Anwar, UC Media Relations.

"Long before Amy Chua's provocative 2011 memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, raised the bar for tough-love parenting, psychologists at UC Berkeley were studying the effects of three kinds of child-rearing: authoritarian (too hard), permissive (too soft) and authoritative (combo).

Research shows authoritarian parenting, which can include tough academic pressure, can lead to poor mental health outcomes for kids and teenagers.
Now, with the recent release of UC Berkeley alumna Kim Wong Keltner's memoir, Tiger Babies Strike Back, along with other scholarly works and testimonials, the debate over how to raise successful (and happy) kids is resurfacing. The difference today is, researchers have amassed even more data on the pros and cons of the authoritarian approach that has come to be known as 'tiger-parenting,' and the results are in."

 


"Teenaged amateur Kim in top 10 at U.S. Open" Larry Fine at ca.reuters.com.

"Nineteen-year-old amateur Michael Kim looked at the scoreboard at Merion's 15th green on Saturday and smiled at the sight of his name listed two strokes from the lead in the third round of the U.S. Open.

South Korea-born Kim, a University of California, Berkeley student and winner of the Jack Nicklaus award as top U.S. college golfer, said it was the company he was keeping on the big scoreboard that made for the special moment."

 

 

 

 


"A celebration of Maurice Sendak" sfgate.com.

Maurice Sendak made books that resonate with children as do few others, ushering them into fantastical, whimsical worlds whose power to enchant can last a lifetime.

How did he do it?

A gorgeous new book offers invaluable insights into the creative process of the beloved author, who would have been 85 today. He died last year from complications of a stroke."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Muslim college carves niche in USA" Mary Beth Marklein, usatoday.com.

Until Zaytuna opened its doors three years ago, American Muslims who wanted to study and grow in their faith mostly had to look overseas for a college education.

Abass Darab closes his eyes, unwraps the prayer beads from around his wrist and clutches them in his lap. A half-minute or so later, he opens his eyes. He is ready, he says, 'to help people know what my school stands for.'

Often, that means explaining what Zaytuna College, a liberal arts college founded by American Muslims, does not stand for.
Darab, 20, was 8 when terrorists crashed airplanes into the World Trade Center towers, a Pennsylvania field and the Pentagon, not far from Vienna, Va., where he grew up. Over the next decade, more acts of violence would be linked to Muslims, including a 2009 shooting rampage that killed 13 people in Fort Hood, Texas, and a failed bomb attempt in Times Square in 2010.

When news of the Boston Marathon bombings broke in April, Darab prayed that whomever did it was not Muslim or, at least, "a misguided Muslim," he says. His fear was realized: The suspects, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were Muslim. Dzhokhar since has said their motive was retaliation for U.S. attacks on Muslim countries.

'That's not representative of Islam,' Darab says on a recent afternoon while seated on a stone bench outside the school's rented office space not far from the University of California's flagship campus here." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The state Board of Equalization and Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) have worked out a compromise that reduces the dispensary's delinquent tax bill from $7.5 million to $49,500" at berkeleyside.com.

 

 

Saturday morning June 1st 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. Fortunately, the suspicious item on wasn't a bomb. Still, it provided good experience without mayhem, death and destruction. Berkeley Fire and other PD backed up the bomb unit.

 

 

 

Tuesday June 4th, there were five small apparently deliberately set grass fires in North Berkeley--often just off roads.

 

 

"Investigators 'zeroing in' on Colorado wildfire start" Associated Press.

"Rain helped firefighters douse Colorado's most destructive wildfire in state history, while a new wind-whipped blaze in California forced evacuations and threatened homes Monday near Yosemite National Park.

Investigators believed Colorado's Black Forest Fire was human-caused, and were going through the charred remains of luxury homes destroyed and damaged in it last week. Even though the fire was mostly contained and more evacuation orders were being lifted Monday night, officials were not letting victims back into the most developed area where there was concentrated devastation from the fire because the area was being treated as a possible crime scene."

 

 

 

 


"Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings dies" Shava Tayefe Mohajer, Associated Press.

"Michael Hastings, the war correspondent whose unflinching reporting from Afghanistan led to the resignation of a top U.S. army general, has died in a car accident in Los Angeles, according to his employer and family.

Hastings, who was 33, was described by many of his colleagues as an unfailingly bright and hard-charging reporter who wrote stories that mattered. Most recently, he wrote about politics for the news website BuzzFeed, where the top editor said colleagues were devastated by the loss."

 

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"Concorso Villa d'Este 2013

results and pictures" at sportscardigest.com.

 

 

this Concorso Villa d'Este Siata roadster

was restored by a world famous West-Berkeley shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flashmob Beethoven's "Ode to Joy"

link courtesy Don Yost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/14/13--1:04 AM-- irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, light head, only apparent activity worker at neighboring manufacturing facility. 6:33 AM--similar but SERIOUS irritant. 7:35 AM--Marsha dizzy with nausea.

6/15/13==9:11 AM-- irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, wear respirator, chills, itchy skin. 9:40 AM--similar, only apparent activity worker at neighboring manufacturing facility. Similar, off-and on all day.

6/16/13--9:40 AM--irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation. 10:58 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, apparent activity worker at neighboring manufacturing facility. 2:55 PM--similar. 9:51 PM--similar.

6/17/13--2:06 AM--similar.

6/18/13--8:55 AM--irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes, light head. Marsha dizzy. Similar off-and-on since ~ 6:62 AM.

6/19/13--6:15 PM--irritant in warehouse front and front of warehouse, dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes. Similar, off-and-on all day. 8:52 PM--irritant in warehouse front, dry burning dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, burning watery eyes. Marsha, similar.

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--8:03 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, watery eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

http://gethuman.com/

 

 

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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