JULY 2013

after 7/5/13 here after 7/13/13 here, after 7/24/13 here



"Solar-powered 3D printer uses sand to make glass"

The devices harnesses the sun's rays and abundant desert sand.

"A three-dimensional (3D) printer powered by sunlight has been developed with the aim of turning desert sand into glass. Now, experts are recognising the device as a promising first step towards a future large-scale industry."






"10 Incredible Things You Can Make With 3D Printers" Andrew Handley at listverse.com.

Near the end of the movie 'Skyfall', there's a scene in which James Bond and M drive out of the city in a classic 1960 Aston Martin DB5, the distinctive silver Bond Car first used in Goldfinger in 1965. Later-and this is a slight spoiler-the car is shot full of holes with assault rifles and blown up with a helicopter.
If you've seen any movie in the past dozen years, you'll know that this particular scene probably wasn't hard for the filmmakers to film. All they needed to do was to digitally insert an explosion-or with that kind of budget, perhaps take one of the three hundred or so remaining DB5?s and blow up the real thing.
Instead, the filmmakers printed detailed 1:3 scale models of the Aston Martin on 3D printers, and blew them to absolute bits, saving the real cars for the museums. Remember Iron Man's suit? Same process.

Here are ten ways people are using 3D printers for something functional-and sometimes changing the world in the process."


Photography is probably the last place you'd expect 3D printing to show up.

A high quality camera can cost several thousand dollars, and the lenses that come with it are just as pricey. And there's a reason for that: photography at its core is a capturing of light, and for the best result you need the best equipment. Lenses are especially important because they're responsible for refracting the light at the right angle to create a focal point, resulting in a crystal clear image.

Although 3D printed camera lenses aren't anywhere near the quality of traditionally-made lenses, they're progressing with leaps and bounds. This is partly due to sites like Thingiverse, where users can upload their design blueprint-allowing others to download it for free and improve upon it. This camera lens is made from acrylic on a home printer, and it takes decent pictures. Pricier 3D printers are already capable of printing glass objects, so it actually shouldn't be long before it's possible to make a glass lens in your home that rivals commercial lenses-all for a fraction of the cost.






"10 Children's Books That Never Get Old" Curtis Sittenfeld, publishersweekly.com.

 "2. Stand Straight, Ella Kate by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise ­ In real life, Ella Kate Ewing was born in tiny Rainbow, Missouri, in 1872 and grew to be 8'4". Her height both separated her from others and opened an unusual path forward-she traveled the country as part of museum exhibits and circuses and made lots of money. Her story is told here in a straightforward yet very moving way, with the amazing details, and the underlying message of self-acceptance, speaking for themselves. My husband thinks I should write a novel about her, but this book has already captured her life perfectly."








link courtesy Merryll Saylan

for 3 D printed room











"Citroen 2CV: France's iconic car" reports BBC NEWS.

"One of France's most iconic cars, the Citroen 2CV, is celebrating its 60th birthday this October. The BBC's Emma Jane Kirby in Paris has been looking at how this vehicle revolutionised the French motor industry.

Some may dismiss it as nothing more than an old tin can. The BBC Top Gear programme's Jeremy Clarkson wrote it off as a 'weedy, useless little engine'.

But enthusiasts like Xavier Audran who owns a dozen of them, worships the 2CV 'not just as a car, but as a way of life'.

It may be 18 years since the 2CV went out of production, but Mr Audran is adamant that its charm has never gone out of fashion.

His maroon 2CV is illegally parked in the middle of the pavement by the Paris canal but he laughs when I suggest he is asking for a fine.

'Usually, 2CV owners don't get tickets. Policeman just smile. Almost everybody in France had a 2CV at some time in their youth - so they're nostalgic and not angry with us,' Mr Audran says." 

1950 2CV

Our Gerard and friend just got his real 2CV Truckette running--hope to see it on-the-street in Potter Creek soon.















The Berkeley PD June Newsleter is now available in pdf form but is not yet posted on the BPD Website.


"Lifelong ambition pays off for new Berkeley fire chief" Doug Oakley, Oakland Tribune.

"As a youngster in the mid-1970s, Gil Dong grew up watching the television drama 'Emergency!' and decided the lifesaving feats of the show's paramedic lead characters, John Gage and Roy DeSoto, were worthy of a career.

'That's what I wanted to do,' said Dong, 49, who was appointed fire chief by the Berkeley City Council Tuesday night after working his way up the ranks over 23 years. "




"Meet the Plaintiffs" of the Prop 8 case, with videos at afer.org

"Kris Perry and Sandy Stier have been together since 1997 and are the parents of four boys. Perry is executive director of the First Five Years Fund, a national organization that helps America achieve better results in education, health and economic productivity through investments in quality early childhood education programs for disadvantaged children. She holds a BA from University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.S.W. from San Francisco State University. Stier is the director of information systems for the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency. She is originally from Iowa, a graduate from the University of Iowa, with an MPA from Golden Gate University."

Of the many moments of this week's Supreme Court coverage were our Ms Perry and Ms Stier's brief but touching interview. Something like, now our four boys can have a (more) regular life.





"Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee"--Jerry Sienfeld with guest, Gad Elmaleh drive about in a Citroen 2CV.








"Marijuana legalization: The blustery crosscurrents of change" David Clark Scott, csmonitor.com.

"Marijuana legalization: Colorado Springs is among the cities debating whether to allow retail sales of marijuana for recreational use. New Hampshire may soon be the 19th state to support marijuana legalization for medical use.

When it comes to marijuana legalization, the pot-scented winds of change are blustery. It's sometimes hard to read the prevailing winds."



















Had breakfast with Patrick Kennedy Monday morning. Patrick now has 100 % occupancy in his 1st San Francisco micro-unit project, SmartSpace SoMa, at 38 Harriet. These 23 units were finished in March 2013.

Kennedy has moved on to his second San Francisco micro-unit project, The Panoramic at 1321 Mission and 9th Street, 1/2 block from Twitter. The project is in its early stage, having recently received city approval.

The Panoramic







"'Maker Movement' taps into deep and rich tradition" by Larry Magid at mercurynews.com.

"Sometimes I worry we're becoming a culture of technology consumers, instead of creators. I don't expect everyone to be designing the next electric vehicle, killer tablet or even smartphone app or Web page, but I do like it when people -- especially children and teens -- are actively engaged in creating their own innovations.
It doesn't have to be complicated. It could be as simple as creating your own blog or posting impressive graphics on Pinterest or using some of your digital photographs to create a calendar or picture book. Even posting cool comments on Twitter or Facebook is an act of creation, if you put some thought into it.
One of the more encouraging signs is the 'Maker Movement,' which seems to be growing exponentially. Taking advantage of 3-D printers, inexpensive microcontrollers, robotics, computer-aided design and the ability to control machines with computers, tablets and smartphones, more and more people are using technology to build things.

In May, I spent a fascinating day at the annual Maker Faire at the San Mateo Event Center, . . . " 







"City Council to consider final two redistricting maps Tuesday" dailycal.com.

"City Council to consider two proposals that include UC Berkeley student district Berkeley .

Berkeley City Council will hold a public hearing at its meeting Tuesday to draft an ordinance reflecting one of two city redistricting plans, both of which include a student-majority district.

City Council is deciding between two of seven resident-created plans. One, entitled the Edge Simplicity Plan, was drafted by Eric Panzer, a UC Berkeley alumnus in environmental science and city planning, while the other, drafted by the Berkeley Student District Campaign, is spearheaded by the ASUC."




"City City of Berkeley Fights Federal Action to Seize Property of City's Largest Medical Marijuana Dispensary" at enewspf.com ."City Files Claim Asserting that Federal Action Harms Berkeley's  Ability to Control and Regulate Medical Marijuana. Federal Action to Close Berkeley Patients Group will Hurt City's Tax Revenue and Weaken Medical Marijuana Regulation, City Asserts in in Federal Court Proceeding.

The City of Berkeley filed a claim Wednesday in the action brought by the federal government in May to seize the property used by Berkeley Patients Group at 2366 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, California.  Berkeley Patients Group has been providing medical marijuana to patients within the City since 1999.  It is in full compliance with the City of Berkeley's medical marijuana ordinance, regulations, and zoning laws.

U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag of the Northern District of California has used federal asset forfeiture laws to target and close numerous medical marijuana dispensaries, even when those dispensaries have long track records of working with the cities in which they are located, responsibly providing medical marijuana to patients, and complying with state and local law. 

The city's claim was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In its claim, the City asserts that the closure of Berkeley Patients Group will harm the City through the loss of substantial revenue. "


Is that like, during Prohibition, the City of Chicago fighting federal actions against the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcohol--just wondering.





















Declaration of Independence

"WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient Causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long Train of Abuses and Usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a Design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their Right, it is their Duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future Security. Such has been the patient Sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the Necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The History of the present King of Great- Britain is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having in direct Object the Establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World."



The Bill of Rights

Amendment I Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.







"Don't knock patriotism, even if it's complicated" Steven E.F. Brown, San Francisco Business Times.

"It's common as Independence Day rolls around to think about patriotism, and Jeremy Adam Smith over at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center has been doing just that.

Journalists like me are sometimes criticized for reducing issues to two opposed sides and quoting sources from each camp to create a sense of antagonistic drama in stories. But it ain't only journos - it's just a natural process of the reductionist human mind to break down complex concepts, reduce them to simpler models so they can be more easily grasped.

This week's Bay Area Rapid Transit strike is a fine example, with two sides both spouting slogans, and it's quite easy to decide one side is absolutely right and the other completely wrong. (I'm eagerly awaiting Smith's essay on the BART strike - but he probably strolls to work along leafy Berkeley streets, smiling in sunshine or in rain, and, unlike me, undoubte'ly never feels like screaming abuse at idle BART workers in a picket line)

The Ancient Greeks, whose word patre, meaning 'fatherland,' gave us the word patriot, also gave us the idea of two opposing sides in an argument - thesis and antithesis. They're supposed to bang against each other and ultimately give us synthesis, the middle way forward.

But too often, in our rhetoric about patriotism, we never get to the synthesis.

Smith, who has the enviable job of actually being paid to think about happiness, serenity, kindness, compassion and so on, looks in some depth at the idea of patriotism in a piece published this week on the University of California, Berkeley's official blog. It's worth reading."


It ain't all that complicated, actually. According to Webster it's simply "love of, or devotion to, one's country."










And even simpler is Merryll's "Yankee Doodle" e-card.

It is here!













and, our Janine emails

Happy Fourth of July!



















"This beautiful vase was 3D printed in glass through 3D printing shop Shapeways

then finished with leaded glass enamels. . . " at boingboing.net.







"Robotics designer David Hanson and Dmitry Itskov, founder and chair, 2045 initiative on robotics and avatars of the future" talk with Charlie Rose.

Also present

their automaton












from our log

6/30/13--7:15 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation, Marsha similar. All AM--burning dry air IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse.


7/1/13--4:01 PM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation, Marsha similar. Similar off-and-on all this Spare the Air Day. 9:09 PM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 11:15 PM--similar, burning dry air.

7/2/13--2:28 AM-similar. 4:28 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation.

7/3/13--6:09 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation. 4:39 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, burning dry dirty air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation.0

7/5/13--2:18 PM--SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty burning air, SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation. 10:45 PM--similar.

7/6/13--1:12 AM--irritant in warehouse front, dry dirty air, mucus membrane irritation.









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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