Tesla Owner Elon Musk to Make Patents Public
Elon Musk is looking
to change the world. The man is the closest thing there is to
a real life Tony Stark, the character played by Robert Downey
Jr. in Iron Man, and partially based on Musk.
On Thursday, the Tesla Motors
and SpaceX CEO announced that he has opened up the Palo Alto electric
car company's patents to all. In a seemingly altruistic move,
Musk reasoned that the opening up of the patents to the industry
will allow for the acceleration of the development of electric
vehicles, which Musk believes will benefit everyone.
look at how the World of Patenting began
On March 26th this year, the USPTO marked the issuance of the
700,000th design patent during a ceremony. The patent was
for an ornamental design for a "Hand-Held Learning Apparatus"
and was issued to Jason Avery of Berkeley, California. It is currently
assigned to Leap Frog Enterprises, Inc.
French School demolition
of their 9th Street building
Three artist renderings of
proposed development on the site
immediately north of the
9th Street campus
A bit over the top,Terry
Terteling writes in letter to the Daily Cal editor, Residents
of West Berkeley still fuming over services.
The shallowness of the recent
news article describing the conflict between neighborhood residents
and the massive Lehigh Hanson Asphalt Plant in West Berkeley was
deeply disappointing. A few quotes from opposing sides, mixed
with the self-serving platitudes from local politicians, did not
result in a meaningful story.
The article totally avoids a simple basic truth at the heart of
this matter - perhaps because that truth threatens our city's
self-righteous air of superiority as we continually congratulate
ourselves for being at the forefront of the 'Green Revolution.'
The truth is that Berkeley has a dirty little secret. We believe
that for more than 50 years, our city's powerful elite in their
Downtown lairs have knowingly allowed two huge industrial sites
to destroy the health and quality of life of thousands of people.
The toxic emissions that
spew from Pacific Steel and Berkeley Asphalt are significant and
well-documented, as are the blatant failures of California's Air
Resources Board to control them. The haze of chemical-laden dust
and fumes that spreads over the homes and workplaces of thousands
of people in Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito and beyond causes untold
hardship and suffering, but we are told this travesty must be
tolerated because - in the words of West Berkeley Councilmember
Linda Maio - these companies provide 'vital services.' Exactly
what 'vital services' beyond the hefty tax contributions to the
city's bottomless coffers and election-time handouts from powerful
unions can possibly justify this devil's bargain?
Yours in struggle,
Berkeley researchers present 3D imaging laser technology at conference"
"A new development from
UC Berkeley researchers aims to make 3D imaging laser technology
more accessible by scaling it down to an affordable chip-sized
The new 3D imaging system
is a collaborative project among professors and graduate students
in UC Berkeley's College of Engineering that has been in development
since late 2011. Last week, the team presented its work at
the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics in San Jose to hundreds
of other experts in the field from around the world.
The system uses LIDAR - a
3D imaging technology that gauges the distance from an object
by measuring changes in the wavelengths of reflected laser light.
According to the researchers, the system integrates electronics
and optics on a single chip and uses the frequency-modulated continuous
wave type of LIDAR, which has a frequency that varies linearly
with time. This type of laser beam provides high-resolution range
and velocity information.
Music Production & Recording Workshop" villagecraft.org.
"Ready to record? Today's
tools make high-quality recording and production accessible to
anyone. Sculpt a song from scratch, using loops, samples, virtual
instruments, real-life instruments, and/or vocals.
This project-based workshop
will get you collaborating with others as you swap between being
the talent and being the studio tech.
Though we do offer classes
for those with no prior musical background, this one is designed
for students with some background in any instrument. Students
are welcome to bring in their instruments or use the ones provided
Attendees will walk away with an MP3 of their creation.
The Stark Institute of Music
Production is a music school and a fully equipped home studio."
"Entrepreneurship Support at UC-Berkeley
"It's time again our
for weekly look at the programs, resources and opportunities that
differentiate the leading business schools. Today we take a peek
into the Clear Admit School Guide to Haas School of Business,
and share an excerpt on the resources offered to students interested
in pursuing a career in entrepreneurship.
Aspiring entrepreneurs at
Haas can take advantage of a variety of academic and extracurricular
resources to support their goals. The school's entrepreneurship
offerings are organized by the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship,
which was founded in 1991 to serve as the focus for UC Berkeley's
programs in innovation and new enterprise development. "
Misled Investors According to a Recently Filed Class Action"
law firm Robbins Arroyo LLP announces that an investor of Annie's,
Inc. BNNY has filed a federal securities fraud class action complaint
in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
The complaint alleges that the company and certain of its officers
and directors violated the Securities Act of 1934 between August
8, 2013 and June 3, 2014. Annie's is a producer, marketer, and
distributor of over 135 organic meals, snacks, and condiments.
New Hot Or Not: Like Tinder, But Just For Fun" forbes.com.
"Before there was Tinder
or OK Cupid, before there was Facebook or MySpace, there was AmIHotOrNot.com.
Created in 2000 by two engineering students fresh out of U.C.
Berkeley, it hit on a basic human truth all those other services
would later exploit: There's something deeply satisfying about
judging other people based on their photos.
Later known by the more manageable
name Hot or Not, it more or less disappeared with Pets.com, Suck.com
and the rest of the Web 1.0 wonders. But now it's back, and looking
for its due share of the phenomenon it helped birth.
Hot or Not has changed hands
several times over the years, but since 2012, the brand has been
the property of Andrey Andreev, a Russian-born megamillionaire
and founder of the online dating and networking service Badoo.
With more than 200 million users worldwide, Badoo is a big player
in Europe and Latin America.
In the U.S., however, it's
Berkeley Police Department
Members Particpating in Special Olympics Torch Run
Each year, members of BPD volunteer their time and money to "give
back". They accomplish their generosity in a number of special
ways, within the City of Berkeley, in the cities where they live...
and beyond. Some of these endeavors include Special Olympics,
Toys for Tots, AIDs Life Cycle and the Berkeley Combined Charities
Campaign. In addition, members have run, walked and cycled for
breast cancer, diabetes and other charitable organizations raising
awareness. Members continue to explore new and creative ways to
On June 24th, members of
the Berkeley Police Department will join law enforcement personnel
in Northern California by participating in this year's TorchRun
Campaign supporting Special Olympics. Every June, hundreds
of law enforcement personnel carry the Special Olympics Torch
the Flame of Hope through counties all over Northern California,
culminating at the opening ceremonies for the Summer Games to
be held at UC Davis. The Law Enforcement Torch Run is one
of the largest grass roots fundraising program and public awareness
effort, becoming the single largest supporter of Special Olympics.
BPD members will be staged and ready to receive the Flame of Hope
at 10:00 a.m. from members of the Emeryville Police Department
at San Pablo Avenue and Burnett Street. Our members will
then run the torch north along San Pablo Avenue and turn over
the Flame of Hope to members of the Albany Police Department at
the Berkeley/Albany border.
For more information about
Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, please visit
"Berkeley City Council: Let's add 4th cannabis
"The Berkeley City Council
took a huge step Tuesday night towards the approval of a fourth
medical cannabis dispensary, but deferred passing an ordinance
until July 1.
The Council voted unanimously
to adopt regulations put forth by the Medical Cannabis Commission,
with some amendments, to set up a process to select a fourth dispensary
and the guidelines for selection. The council also indicated they
wanted to adopt new rules to better regulate both dispensaries
and the smaller, less formal, cannabis collectives."
Was our council smoking just a little when they adopted the "
anti-discrimination policing policy" Judith Scherr, contracostatimes.com.
"A unanimous City Council
voted June 17 to support policy aimed at ending biased policing
'I have witnessed on numerous
occasions situations when Berkeley police have stopped an African
American for what appears to be a minor infraction and the person
or persons end up being handcuffed, searched without receiving
any citation, or going to jail,' said Berkeley NAACP President
Mansour Id-Deen, one of a dozen speakers who lined up to urge
adoption of the policy.
'There's a perception held
by African Americans that there are two, maybe three sets of laws
-- different laws for different groups,' he added."
Aw jeez, "Berkeley
programs machines to love and tries to understand why we have sex"
Leland Wong, californiagoldenblogs.com.
edition of the Golden Scholars is our belated Valentine's Day
issue, wherein Berkeley teaches robots the importance of companionship
and demonstrates our deep understanding of sex."
City Council moves to limit abundance of large drugstores"
"In an attempt to protect
the economic vitality of small businesses, Berkeley City Council
unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that would require a
distance of 1,000 feet between large pharmacies.
The ordinance only applies
to drugstores more than 5,000 square feet in size and aims to
prevent an oversaturation of chain stores while still allowing
local businesses to flourish. Established pharmacies can stay
where they are, but additional locations must be at least 1,000
'Already over 60 percent
of the existing drugstores in Berkeley are either Walgreens or
CVS, two big national chains,' said Councilmember Gordon Wozniak.
'We're in danger of ending up with very little competition other
than those two, and that's not necessarily good.' "
Preps for 2nd Annual Symposium on Crowdfunding" crowdfundinsider.com.
"The 2nd Annual Symposium
on Crowdfunding sponsored by the Coleman Fung Insitute for Engineering
Leadership, UC Berkeley College of Engineering, is scheduled to
take place on September 11th and 12th, 2014. This symposium
will take a global look at the developing phenomena of social
finance for SMEs and Innovation whether strictly 'crowdfunding'
or more broadly the application of social finance mechanisms including
Peer-to-Peer lending, Peer-to-Business lending, and all other
forms of crowdfunding and crowdfund investing.
This year's gathering will
benefit from the support of the Kauffman Foundation and their
involvement. The event is not open to entrepreneurs but
is an academic meeting via invitation. Organizers have also
issued a call for papers from researchers, policy directors, governmental
leaders and academicians."
"Smart Tips for Using Your Business Data" Gabrielle Karol, foxbusiness.com.
The tech world is constantly
buzzing about big data but your small business doesn't need
to be, according to one expert.
Steve Weber, a professor
at UC Berkeley's School of Information, says it doesn't make that
much sense for small businesses to try to turn every customer
interaction into data points for deep analysis.
'The big guys can afford
to try to collect as much data as they can,' says Weber. 'But
for small businesses that's just not feasible. A restaurant is
not going to have a team of data scientists in the back, so it's
a question of getting a return on your investment.'
Instead, Weber says small
businesses should focus on rethinking their approach to data
and zoom in on how to use it. Here is his three-step plan for
making the most of your business data:. . ."
Group Classes" berkeley.patch.com.
"The registration for
German classes is opened at Polyglottist. All German classes will
start on August, 17th and will continue until December, 13th.
We will be offering two German
classes on Thursdays. Both classes will be taught by UC Berkeley
Games at Claremont library" berkeleypubliclibrary.org.
"Challenge your friends
to one of our board or card games, or go head-to-head on our Nintendo
Wii! All middle and high school-age teens welcome and refreshments
are provided. June 25, 2014 - 4:00pm-5:00pm."
Historical Society seeks public help with Free Speech Movement
exhibit" Chris Treadway, insidebayarea.com.
"The Berkeley Historical
Society has begun preparing for its 50th anniversary celebration
of the Free Speech Movement, including an exhibit that will open
with a reception at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Berkeley History
Center, 1931 Center St.
The society is now looking
for people who were around at the time to share their memories
and artifacts of a defining time in city history.
Linda Rosen, who is curating the exhibit, writes, "Were you
around during 1964? Do you have any recollections to share? What
were the local store owners' and the community's reactions to
the events and to the 1964 election."
"Music and message highlight Juneteenth"
by Judith Scherr, contracostatimes.com.
"The mellow sun-drenched
Juneteenth crowd spread out Sunday along the five blocks of Adeline
Street closed to vehicle traffic from Alcatraz Avenue to the Ashby
They danced to the rhythms
of Thr3ee, Teana Boston and other local R&B, jazz and blues
artists, eyed brightly colored dresses, handbags and jewelry,
tasted the barbecue, picked up information on rent control and
city parks, watched their children do flips at the bouncy houses
or take on the challenge of a three-on-three basketball game.
Some talked politics with elected officials -- or November hopefuls.
Juneteenth celebrates the message delivered to enslaved people
in Galveston, Texas, June 19, 1865 . . ."
"UC Berkeley Azaad Bollywood America 2014
" a video best viewed
full screen at full volume is at tune.pk.
say Hispanic. You say Latino. How did the whole thing start?"
Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations, UC Berkeley News Center at sandiegofreepress.org.
the buzz about?: A conversation about bees" is a thought
provoking discussion on video at smashpipe.com.
Want to read the Daily Cal
on line? Check it out
on 6/5/14 I posted
"Target to test downsized store near University
of Minnesota" Steve
Alexander, Star Tribune.
"Guess who's coming
to Dinkytown: A small, experimental TargetExpress store will be
a new attempt to compete in urban areas."
I believe the concept is
a good fit in our town. I'd look for something like this Downtown.
Maybe close to the BART station?
Closer to home. Will the
unoccupied Maccaulay foundry site be sub-divided into work spaces
for Makers and the like?
"Why Money Won't Make You Happy, But Status
"Money doesn't make
you happy - just ask a lottery winner - and neither
does "making it" into a higher social class.
Instead, as University
of California, Berkeley, business professor Cameron Anderson
and his colleagues have found, subjective well-being is best
predicted by your status relative to the groups of people that
you have face-to-face relationships with, like your colleagues,
friends, or neighbors. "
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester
"Dream a Little Dream" performance mit Zeppelin
"Butt-in-Chair Writers Group" villagecraft.org.
"Join other writers
as butt meets chair and we write. There will also be moments to
sto' & stretch, held at your own digression. (One expert advice-giver
recently said: 'tell the writers to stretch every 45 minutes if
they like their kidneys"). But, stretching aside, the goal
of this space is simply to come together and write our rears off.
. . .
This workshop is free, but
it'd be polite to buy a coffee or something from the cafe. Like
the Good Book says: Love thy venue and its bathroom shalt be thine.
Sign up to learn the top-secret
cafe name & location.
I have a very simple philosophy
about how to approach the writing process. It's called the Butt
To Chair Philosophy. Here's how it works: You put your butt in
the chair and you start writing. You stay in the chair and keep
writing until your butt hurts. "
Aw jeez "University
of California students should not travel to Mexico for spring
or summer break" groundreport.com.
"There has been a dramatic increase in drug cartel violence and
criminal activity recently in Mexico, especially in popular tourist
destinations frequented by high school and college students
Bars, discos and nightclubs
in resortcities like Acapulco, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan
and Tijuana can be havens for drug dealers, criminals and organized
In some cases these groups
and individuals are targeting college students visiting Mexico
on Spring Break
As such University of California
students at Berkeley, U.C. Davis and San Diego should avoid
travel to Mexico and consider other destinations for Spring Break this
It's common knowledge that
one of the most powerful drug gangs in Mexico is based in the
state of Sinaloa, where Mazatlan is located, and the capital city,
Culiacan, has the second-highest murder rate in the country.
Despite this fact Mazatlan
remains a popular destination for many high school and college
students from across America.
For Mazatlan, the U.S. State
Department specifically noted in its May 6, 2010, travel advisory:
"the city of Mazatlan has experienced a recent
increase in violent crime, with more murders in the first quarter
of 2010 than in all of 2009.
U.S. citizens and college
students in particular should defer unnecessary travel to Culiacan
and exercise extreme caution when visiting or traveling in Mexico."
" 'Shrek The Musical' onstage in Berkeley"
"In the beginning, Shrek
was a children's book. Then came fame. The 2001 Oscar-winning
DreamWorks 3-D animated feature earned nearly half a billion at
the box office. Then came the sequels, DVDs, dolls and video games,
followed by 'Shrek The Musical', opening on Broadway in 2008.
Shrek the cash cow
The North American tour that
started in Chicago in 2010 meant that the crowd-pleasing tale
reached tens of thousands more fans. London audiences flocked
to the West End to see more of the lovable green ogre with a Scottish
accent. There were Tony Award nominations and a win for best costume
design, as well as Laurence Olivier Award nominations to include
best new musical.
And, of course, Shrek wore
his very best waistcoat to receive his own star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame, joining such legendary cartoon figures as Mickey
Mouse and Bart Simpson.
All in all, the BBC reports,
the Shrek empire had earned more than £1.3 billion as of
2010. Mind you, that's in sterling. So, let's call it $2 billion
Shrek The Musical
The swamp-bound hermit of
a hero, a fairy princess with attitude, a smart aleck donkey and
a fiery female dragon are an unlikely foursome. However, they're
a perfect choice for this Berkeley theater company in an intimate
setting, and with a broadly encompassing mission statement to
bring entertainment to a wide range of audiences.
Berkeley Playhouse's live
theater performances of 'Shrek The Musical', complete with song
and dance with young performers in the ensemble, are onstage at
the historic Julia Morgan Theatre through August 3, 2014.
reasons to cancel your gym membership" kgns.tv.
"Gym owners, the gig
is up. The days of "memberships" are over. We know your
strategy lock us into a contract then make it impossible
to cancel (even if its 'no strings attached').
Here are four reasons why
the membership model is on its way out."
Plant Clinic, UC Berkeley Botanical Garden" funcheap.com.
"Find out which diseases
ail your plants at the free monthly Sick Plant Clinic at
the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden happening from 9 am to noon
on the first Saturday of the month."
Saturday, August 2, 2014
- 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, FREE* ,UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial
Drive, Berkeley, CA."
to Host Free Electric Vehicle Test-Drive Event" fortmilltimes.com.
" 'Experience Electric"
at Downtown Farmers' Market, Saturday, June 28."
6/15/14--5:50 AM--dry dirty
air in front of warehouse and in warehouse front, overrides HEPA
filters, wear respirator. 1:-07 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse
front room, overrides HEPA filters, hacking cough, humidity dropped
from mid 50s to low 40s. 5:00 PM--similar. Late afternoon--off-and-on.
6:00 PM--similar. 9:54 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front room,
overrides HEPA filters, hacking cough. 10:00 PM--similar. 10:15
PM--similar. 10:50 PM--similar. 11:15 PM--similar.
2:35 AM--similar. 3:30 AM--similar. 5:30 AM--similar. 8:50 AM--similar.
6/17/14--9:21 PM--dry dirty
air in warehouse front room, overrides HEPA filters, hacking cough,
humidity dropped from mid 50s to low 40s. 10:22 PM--similar.
2:04--similar. 2:31 AM--similar. 6:01 AM--similar. 8:34 AM--similar
with humidity dropping from the mid 50s to the high 30s.
6/20/14--3:40 PM--VERY STRONG
dry dirty air in warehouse front, overrides HEPA filters, burning
eyes, hacking cough, humidity dropped from mid 50s to low 40s.
8:44 PM--dry dirty air in warehouse front with glass manufacturing"
odor, overrides HEPA filters.
6/21/14--5:50 AM--dry dirty
air in warehouse front, overrides HEPA filters, Marsha hacking
cough. 6:15 AM--similar. All PM--similar at regular intervals.
6/22/14--12:04 PM---dry dirty
air in warehouse front, overrides HEPA filters, hacking cough.
All AM--similar at regular intervals. 1:10 PM--burning dry dirty
air in front room, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, overrides
HEPA filters. 3:01 PM--similar. 4:15 PM-similar, STRONG, SERIOUS.
4:25 PM--similar. 5:15 Pm--similar. 5:24 PM--similar.
6/23/14--6:15 AM--dry dirty
air in warehouse front, overrides HEPA filters, hacking cough.
6:25 AM--similar. 6:45 AM--similar. 9:15 AM---dry dirty air in
warehouse front, overrides HEPA filters, hacking cough, humidity
drops from mid 50s to mid 40s. 10:35 AM--similar.
The "dry air" humidity
during these incidents is often in the 30s, dropping from the
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