"Solar-powered 3D printer uses sand to
The devices harnesses the
sun's rays and abundant desert sand.
(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
"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?
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
for 3 D printed room
POST FROM THE PAST
"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."
Our Gerard and friend just
got his real 2CV Truckette running--hope to see it on-the-street
in Potter Creek soon.
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The Berkeley PD June Newsleter
is now available in pdf form but is not yet posted on the BPD
"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.
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
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.
"'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
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
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
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.
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
Bill of Rights
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"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
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
"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.
from our log
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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
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.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
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
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
Our Planning Commision update
Our City of Berkeley Boards
and Commissions page is here--redone
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.
Coordinator, Berkeley PD - 981-5774.
aid to Darryl Moore - 981-7120 firstname.lastname@example.org
City Councilman email@example.com
AND check out BPD feature
are these Suspects."
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