after 8/8/10 here
after 8/22/10 here
"A fadista for a new generation:Vieira
revives and reinvents the dramatic song style" is a story at bostonglobe.com.
a Boston Globe
Berkeley, Calif. - When Ramana
Vieira talks about the late fado queen Amália Rodrigues,
her brown eyes shine and her voice takes on a worshipful tone.
But her starstruck affect doesn't mean that Vieira feels constrained
by Rodrigues's sanctified status as the embodiment of the convention-bound
Portuguese song form, with its anguished disquisitions on loss,
heartache, and the vicissitudes of fate.
'It must seem like I think
Amália Rodrigues is Lady Gaga,' says Vieira, who makes
her Boston debut Monday at Restaurante Cesaria. 'In my world,
she's this huge entity. It's been interesting, knowing the legacy
that she left us, and trying to live up to that in this time and
(At Restaurante Cesaria,
266 Bowdoin St., Dorchester. Monday, 8 p.m. Tickets: $50 (includes
dinner). 617-282-1998, www.restaurantecesaria.com)
"Rereading: Vineland by Thomas Pynchon"
is a review at guardian.co.uk.
"Far from being 'a breather
between biggies' as it was described by critics when it was first
published 20 years ago, Thomas Pynchon's Vineland is one of his
greatest achievements, argues Andy Beckett. Pynchon's novel is full of 'hippies and government
"Shotgun Players stay busy in summer"
Robert Hurwitt, Chronicle Theater
"An adaptation of Homer's
'Odyssey' might seem like quite enough to occupy a theater for
a while. Then director-playwright Jon Tracy decided to warm up
for his winter assignment with Shotgun Players by staging not
just the 'Iliad' but the entire Trojan War outdoors with a cast
of 35 actor-drummers.
And that was before Patrick
Dooley, Shotgun's artistic director, got the bright idea to fill
his indoor stage with a trilogy of interlocking Alan Ayckbourn
More about Officer
444 a 1920s movie serial with our first Berkeley police chief,
AugustVollmer, playing himself-- with much more.
This is a ten part cliff
hanger with episodes lasting about twenty minutes. The first episode,
The Flying Squadron can be viewed here,free.
(Check out the nifty Flying Squadron shoulder patches.) The full
ten episodes are available on DVD from Amazon
for $19.95 plus shipping. Used copies are available on eBay
Buy Now for $7.95 or best offer.
(Filmed in Berkeley, see
if you can recognize the locations. I think some of the first
episode scenes are in here west-Berkeley.)
Of the movie, critic Hans
J. Wollstein writes at answers.com.
"The popular silent
screen action team of Ben Wilson and Neva Gerber star in this
rare surviving serial, released in 10 chapters by Goodwill Pictures
in 1926. Officer '444' (Wilson) and his comrade-in-arms, Officer
Casey (Jack Mower), go up against The Frog, an apparently disfigured
master criminal out to steal the formula for Haverlyite, a secret
and deadly gas invented by James J. Haverly (Arthur Bickel). The
latter is killed along the way and his young heir (Phil Ford)
disappears with the formula. Aided by The Vulture (Ruth Royce),
The Frog will leave no stone unturned to get his hands on the
secret ingredients but he is at all times opposed by Officer '444'
and his legendary boss, Berkeley Police Chief August Vollmer,
who use the latest in police detection to track him down. There
are sundry other interested parties lurking about, including the
obviously disguised figure of "Professor Kalium," who
heads The Amalgamated Society of Scientists; the mysterious and
sinister Dr. Blakley (Al Ferguson; Dago Frank (Frank Baker), another
associate of The Frog; and Snoopy (Harry McDonald), a newspaperman
who, a title proclaims, "didn't know what the word 'news'
meant as he left school before they came to the 'Ns'." Officer
444 was the last of nine serials to star Ben Wilson and Neva Gerber,
the latter a Chicago socialite. A tenth chapterplay, the talkie
The Voice From the Sky (1930), has been rumored to exist but may
actually never have been made.
Directed by Francis Ford, the older brother of John Ford, and
produced by its star, Ben Wilson, Officer 444 is a great deal
better than its tattered reputation. Although seemingly made up
as the filmmakers went along, this action serial has everything
a silent melodrama should have: a dashing hero, a beautiful and
intrepid heroine, a bumbling sidekick, a femme fatale and a mystery
master villain. The latter, complete with hideous glass eye and
hunchback, is in the fine tradition of Lon Chaney and the actor
behind the disguise -- whose identity shall remain a secret --
actually manages to give this legendary star a run for his money.
And if all that weren't enough -- and it certainly ought to be!
-- Officer 444 also features a Keystone Kop-like police force
and a guest appearance by a true legend of American crime detecting,
August Vollmer, the real-life Berkeley, California, Chief of Police
from 1909-1932. Granted, Mr. Vollmer's scenes appear to have
been filmed in one brief session but his presence added to the
serial's topicality in 1926. The action is plentiful -- and as
absurd as one has come to expect from such fare -- and if the
fisticuffs aren't quite up to par with more polished later donnybrooks,
well, they certainly are plentiful." (underlining mine)
Understand that as a kid
I looked forward to the Saturday afternoon movie matinee at the
Fern, a local theater that charged 10 to 25 cents for an afternoon
of westerns, cartoons and cliffhangers.RP
"California Golden Bears 2010 College Football
Predictions - BCS Odds 2011"
by Matt Foust, point-spreads.com.
"California Golden Bears
2010 College Football Predictions - BCS Odds 2011: California
had big expectations going into the 2009 season, but injuries
and under achievement led to an 8-5 record and sixth place finish
in the Pac 10 standings. Now the Bears are being overlooked with
the departure of stars Jahvid Best and Tyson Alualu as 2010 College
Football Predictions at BetUS.com have the team listed at +800
moneyline odds to win the conference championship.
California has always performed
better as an under the radar team in Jeff Tedford's eight year
tenure at the school, which California Golden Bears 2010 College
Football Predictions - BCS Odds 2011means it may sneak up on a
few teams this fall. Granted, the Pac 10 will probably be the
most competitive conference in the country this season, but with
14 starters and 55 lettermen returning to Berkeley, the Golden
Bears will have an opportunity to stand out."
Veg-G-Wagen is a Mercedes
G-Wagen diesel that can also run on waste vegetable oil
an Overland Journal
Steve's vehicle is featured
in the Spring
2010 Overland Journal.
"Biofuels left out as automakers go electric"
David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"In the race to replace
oil, electric cars seem to be leaving biofuels in the dust.
Five years ago, biofuels
such as ethanol and biodiesel looked like the best bet for breaking
the world's addiction to oil. Biorefineries turning corn into
ethanol sprouted across the Midwest, while startups trying to
make fuel from wood chips or grass soaked up venture capital.
Big automakers considered electric cars a lost cause.
Now the situation has been
Or not. RP
"Oakland's pot dreams could burst" by Cecily Burt, Oakland Tribune.
"Oakland rushed last
week to raise medical cannabis business taxes and to be the first
city in the nation to legitimize industrial-sized pot production.
The cash-starved city is hoping to reap millions of dollars in
tax revenues from medical cannabis businesses while positioning
itself to capitalize on the explosion of recreational pot sales
should state voters go that way in November.
But is it just a pipe dream?
No one really knows whether Oakland will find that pot of gold
in the cannabis industry. Growers and dispensaries are making
money, to be sure, and the city wants its share. But competition,
legal risks and the unknown economic effects from potential legalization
make the sure bet anything but."
"Online degrees would ruin the UC:Providing
bachelor's degrees via the Internet would be poor educational
experience" by Asad
"The value of the UC
degree we are all pursuing will be drastically decreased if the
UC Board of Regents decides to go through with a proposal to create
a program to offer a UC bachelor's degree completely online.
This proposal, made by Christopher
Edley Jr., dean of UC Berkeley's law school, will essentially
lower the value of a degree from the University of California.
It will be expensive in a tough financial time for the UC and
provide a poor educational experience for those enrolled.
Edley presented the idea
of the UC being the first prestigious research university to have
such an undergraduate online degree. His effort should be commended
because discussing novel ideas in education pushes the UC forward.
But this specific idea is poorly conceptualized and does not make
"CU reviewing, trimming core curriculum:Boulder
campus has eliminated 25 percent of required classes since 2006" by Brittany Anas, Camera Staff Writer.
"The University of Colorado
is in the midst of reviewing the courses that comprise its core
curriculum, and, since 2006, faculty members have eliminated about
25 percent of those required classes."
"MiCore Solutions Secures 10,000 Mailbox
Google Apps Contract At Berkeley Lab" is a press release at officialwire.com.
supports Berkeley Lab's goals of sustainability, efficiency &
MiCore Solutions announced today it has worked closely with Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory to facilitate a five-year contract
deploying Google Apps. The agreement marks the largest procurement
to-date to deploy a cloud computing solution at the federal level."
"Execs explain how U.S. can boost manufacturing"
Tom Abate, Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Six Silicon Valley
executives sat around a table in Santa Clara, lamenting how China
and other Asian nations have used subsidies, incentives and trade
barriers to build manufacturing and suck jobs out of the United
States while U.S. leaders do little or nothing."
blow jobs in Potter Creek
found last evening
in front of the French School 8th Street Campus
(Look closely to see a second
condom stuck to the back of the Trojan box with semen)
our Jarad emails
As bad as finding condoms
in front of a school is having your wife tell you many times over
the past couple of years that she's been finding used condoms
and condom wrappers in your drive way and in front of your house.
It would be nice to have BPD start rounding up the hookers and
johns since we all know they are directly linked to the drug trade
down here, which is directly linked to the use of firearms in
I'm starting to feel that
Chief Meehan has had his honeymoon & now it's time to get
to work and start showing us measurable (quantifiable) results.
I don't want to see our part of town backslide and end up like
we were in 2007/08 with drug dealers taking over neighborhoods
and intimidating residents. I hope the Chief makes an appearance
at National Night Out.
Kubik emails before leaving
Will be opening our London
Bureau Office on Wednesday August 4 the day I arrive. I'll waste
Here are a couple of reminders of events that are close to my
The Aloha Festival is next weekend Aug7-8 at the Presidio Parade
Grounds. The group I dance with, Hui Hula O Na Pu'u I Ka
Noe, (www.huihula.com) will be dancing at 10:30am on Sunday. I
hope to see you there! Here's the link to more information:http://www.pica-org.org/AlohaFest/index.html.
Pay close attention to the driving directions.
San Francisco Opera's Opera at the Park will simulcast
the opera "Aida" in September. Here's the link for more
information and to register for free tickets: http://sfopera.com/spact/aida_att_signup.asp
And for all you IPhone users, here's a cool app mentioned
in the bicycle photo spread in the current issue of Martha Stewart's
Living magazine: www.hipstamaticapp.com. The pictures look
like photos taken with 60's-80's toy cameras, such as the Holga
and Hipstamatic. I don't have an IPhone, or anything similar to
it, but the photos in the magazine look super groovy!
If you get the app, send me a picture you take with it.
I hope everyone is enjoying the coldest summer recorded in the
Bay Area in 40 years! I just hope we get a gorgeous Indian Summer
ps: Santa Cruz will have their Aloha Festival on August
"Spiral Gardens" at berkeleyside.com.
"Just around the corner
and down the street from where I live on a stretch of Sacramento
Street that includes liquor stores and the dodgy characters who
frequent such places, you'll find Spiral Gardens, a slightly disheveled
verdant oasis on a fenced in corner of a formerly empty city lot.
It's a welcome addition to
"Upton sculls her way to Berkley"
Eliot Schickler, westport-news.com.
Rachel Upton has developed
into one of the top rowers in the area. A graduate of Staples
in June and a former member of the Saugatuck Rowing Club (SRC),
she has recently led the New Canaan Rowing Club (NCRC) to success
and will be rowing for the University of California at Berkeley,
a premier Division I rowing program."
"He lit Oakland's fire for pot factories"
Retired builder Jeff Wilcox's vision of a 'business park of cannabis'
stoked the council's appetite for the jobs, and tax revenue, such
a thing could generate for the desperate city."
There were those in Our Town
who recently tried to put together a 'business park of cannabis'
in north-west Berkeley without success. Too much squabbling and
ego, I'm told. Not to mention reluctant landloards. RP
"Carignane gets a shot at respect - quietly"
Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle.
"The story of Carignane
is the story of a down-and-outer, a Jake LaMotta. It is that most
unloved of grapes - planted nearly everywhere, almost regrettably
so, and respected almost nowhere."
"California axes $30m clean energy program
after PACE row" by
James Cartledge at brighterenergy.org.
"The California Energy
Commission has canceled a $30 million initiative that would have
set up renewable energy programs in 23 counties and 184 cities
in the state."
Graphene Creates Pseudo-Magnetic Fields Stronger Than Any Before
Seen" by Rebecca Boyle, popsci.com.
""Putting the right kind of strain on a patch
of graphene can make super-strong pseudo-magnetic fields, a new
study says. The finding sheds new light on the properties of electromagnetism,
not to mention the odd properties of graphene, according to researchers
at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. When graphene is stretched
to form "nanobubbles," the stress causes electrons to
behave as if they were subject to huge magnetic fields, the size
of which have never been seen in a lab before. The study is published
today in the journal Science."
Patience Jarad! I'm assuming
the Chief is reorganizing our department and that he knows what
he's doing. After all, he's an Irish Cop, genetically predisposed
to excellence in law enforcement, some would say. Perhaps the
Patrol Division will have some community service responsibility.
For who in the Department knows The Street better than its Patrol
"Some might say so."
" I couldn't possibly
"California Dreamer" is another view of online degrees at insidehighered.com.
"Much of the news surrounding
the University of California system has involved whether the network
of universities will be able to survive its current budgetary
crisis without shrinking in size or quality. In that context,
it is no surprise that Christopher Edley Jr.Åfs plan to
use online education to expand the universityÅfs footprint
Ågfrom Kentucky to Kuala LumpurÅh has turned some
heads -- and churned some stomachs.
Edley, dean of the law school
at the University of California at Berkeley, has been using his
position as co-chair of the education and curriculum working group
for the UC Commission on the Future to advocate for an ambitious
expansion of the systemÅfs online arm that could eventually
include fully-online bachelor's degree programs designed to rake
in hundreds of millions of dollars."
"D.C. schools names two vendors to provide
healthful meals in pilot program" by Jane Black, Washington Post Staff Writer.
"With one-third of the
nation's children overweight or obese, improving the quality of
school meals has become a fashionable cause. Michelle Obama has
made it a pillar of her national "Let's Move" campaign.
In May, the D.C. Council passed the Healthy Schools Act, which
mandates strict nutrition standards for school meals and provides
schools with an extra 15 cents per meal to increase the amount
of fruits and vegetables and local ingredients.
On Monday, D.C. Public Schools
took its own step in improving school food when it announced the
new vendors it has selected to provide more healthful meals for
two pilot programs scheduled to begin this fall at 14 D.C. elementary
schools. Revolution Foods, a California-based company that serves
25 D.C. schools from a kitchen in Glen Burnie, will provide prepackaged
meals at seven schools that are undergoing renovations and have
no student lunchroom."
"What ails Sino-US relations" is an interview at xinhuanet.com.
"Sino-US ties have suffered
some setbacks this year, with disputes over trade, Google, the
arms sales to Taiwan, US President Barack Obama's meeting with
the Dalai Lama and the recent military exercise between the US
and Republic of Korea (ROK). Why?"
(Yan Xuetong is the director
of Tsinghua University's Institute of International Studies and
an expert on Sino-US ties. Yan, w)o has a PhD from the University
of Berkeley, California, shares his views on recent Sino-US disputes
with China Daily's Fu Yu."
Technology's Mobile Connector" in Forbes Asia Magazine.
"Marvell's Weili Dai
takes her place on our list of entrepreneurs, innovators and businesspeople
who left home and made their mark in the U.S.
Weili Dai arrived in Silicon
Valley from China at age 17 in 1978, coming of age at the same
time as the U.S. tech hub. She moved in with her grandparents
before going on to study at the University of California at Berkeley.
Today Marvell Technology, the semiconductor design company she
went on to cofound 15 years ago with her Indonesian-Chinese husband
and his brother, employs 5,000 worldwide and trades on the Nasdaq
with an $11 billion market cap. The trio donated the funds for
a building named after them at Berkeley."
"Berkeley's Teance Seeks to do for Tea
What 'Sideways' did for California Wines" John M. Zukoski at arounddublinblog.com.
"Teance is the premier
East Bay shop for artisanal tea products, tastings, and culture.
Teance's tea sommeliers help to cultivate an appreciation for
their collection of white, green, oolong, pu-erh, and red/black
teas. The best and easiest way to appreciate fine tea is by tasting
a cross-section of Teance's rich tea offerings. The Around Dublin
Team recommends Jasmine Silver Needle from the white tea selection,
Bi Luo Chun from the green tea selection, Phoenix Single Grove
Honey Fragrance from the oolong selection, and Lychee Red Premium
cold tea from the red/black tea selection."
"With a Glimmer of a Chance, Stardust Is
Identified" by Kenneth
Chang at nytimes.com.
"Three specks of matter
captured by the NASA spacecraft Stardust may be stardust that
has just entered our solar system."
"More 'Smartest Guys
in the Room' with Bethany McLean is a one hour lecture by the
co-author of Smartest Guys in the Room, the book about the Enron
"Before joining Vanity
Fair as a contributing editor in 2008, Bethany McCleann was an
editor-at-large for Fortune magazine. In 2001, she wrote an article
in Fortune that questioned the immense profitability of Enron,
then a darling of the stock market. Her book about the scandal,
The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous
Fall of Enron led to the energy company's collapse and was developed
into an Oscar-nominated documentary in 2005."
Every once in a while I come
across something that I believe if everyone read or watched has
the potential to change us in a fundamental way. Ms McLean's lecture,"More
'Smartest Guys in the Room' is such an event.
It is a MUST see, do DEFINITELY
check it out! RP
The complete video is here
Chief Meehan was at our National
Night Out [ lTuesday evening ] and I think I may have found a
bit more patience after speaking with him.
He brought his wife and 2
sons. I thought that was really nice.
"Tragedy puts UC Berkeley house in spotlight"
Nanette Asimov, Chronicle
"A once-promising UC Berkeley junior lies in
his parents' San Diego home, a breathing tube down his throat
and his imaginative brain destroyed.
This much is known: On March
18 at Cloyne Court, a co-op residence owned by UC Berkeley, 21-year-old
John Gibson suffered a heart attack that caused irreversible brain
damage during the three hours before anyone called 911. A hospital
test found cocaine and marijuana in his blood.
Campus officials express
regret. But they say students are adults, and the university has
limited ability to govern the residence they lease to the nonprofit
Berkeley Student Cooperative.
Students living at Cloyne
Court refused to discuss what happened, and would not open the
door to a reporter.
But Gibson's mother, Madelyn
Bennett, blames Cloyne Court itself."
BSC leases warehouse space
for its "Maintenance" facility on 8th Street, here in
Potter Creek. RP
"Weed Wars: Donors lacking for initiative
to legalize pot"
by Peter Hecht, fresnobee.com.
"Marijuana in California
may be a $14 billion cash crop. But a ballot initiative to legalize
recreational marijuana use for adults over 21 isn't proving to
be a major lure to political donors."
"Essex Announces Second Quarter 2010 Earnings
Results" is a press
release at marketwatch.com. In the report are occupancy
figures for their Fourth & U development.
". . . the following
development communities were in lease . . .
Fourth & U in Berkeley,
California (171 units), is currently 86% leased
and 80% occupied."
Interesting, as this development was building, west-Berkeley
neighbors, friends in the hills and even builders were offering,
"It's ugly." Who would want to live there?" "It's
right next to the freeway." It's way too big." "They'll
never rent it." Seems all were out of touch with the economic
reality of it . . . Karl Marx would not be amused. RP
"Zaytuna College-First Muslim School in
America, opens in California" by
Maryam Khan at elanthemag.com.
"Zaytuna College began
their classes this summer in Berkeley, California. It is the first
Muslim College in America "committed to demonstrating, through
practice, teaching, and the free exchange of ideas, Islam's critical
role in the modern world." The college's motto, "Where
Islam meets America," expresses the great pride the school
takes in creating an institution of knowledge based around Islam."
"Oil Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico - Nothing
Learned from Past Mistakes" is
a feature at dw-world-com.
"In 1979 an oil well
blowout in the Gulf of Mexico caused the largest accidental marine
oil spill in history. The Ixtoc oil spill may have now been surpassed
by the current Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, but there are
many parallels between the two disasters. . . .
The Ixtoc leak took months
to stop, with the oil company unsuccessfully trying out the same
methods being used by BP today: the top kill procedure, drilling
a relief well, installing a well cap. The company involved in
the Ixtoc disaster later fused with Transocean, the firm that
leased the Deepwater Horizon rig to BP."
At the time I watched and
linked this feature, it was not available as the original video
report, perhaps now it is. It certainly worth seeking out and
viewing, if not. Chilling revelations. RP
"Like Being Blind on the Moon:The Trouble
with Deepwater Oil Exploration" by Christian Wüst and Cordula Meyer at spiegel.de.
"Last week the beleagured
oil industry fought back: Despite the flow of crude oil still
spoiling the Gulf of Mexico, they successfully protested a US
moratorium on deepwater drilling. They're determined to continue
exploration on oil's final frontier -- using high-tech methods
they have not mastered.
Last Tuesday managers working
in the international oil industry gathered for a gala dinner in
London. Beforehand, though, they made a serious appeal to the
US President. "Obviously we are concerned", says Steven
Newman, head of Transocean -- the company whose drilling platform,
the Deepwater Horizon, exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April
20 this year."
"For the First Time Ever, Scientists Watch
an Atom's Electrons Moving in Real Time" at physorg.com.
"An international team
of scientists led by groups from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum
Optics (MPQ) in Garching, Germany, and from the U.S. Department
of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University
of California at Berkeley has used ultrashort flashes of laser
light to directly observe the movement of an atom's outer electrons
for the first time."
Kubik reports from our London
Having read all of `O'Brien`s
20 novels that chronicle the adventures of Jack Aubrey and Stephen
Maturine during the Napoleonic wars
I've always wondered what the dessert "spotted Dick`' was.
It was a great favorite of theirs after months at sea. Seeing
on the menu at lunch I couldn't resist finding out. My curiosity
is satisfied and I will never try it again. It is a very
bad bread pudding with
raisins in it and a thin, meager yellow custard covering.
Snipper emails a link
You don't always have to eat your veggies.
"Tomboy Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Makes A Splash
In Swim Shorts"
"The head strong four-year-old
made a big splash by ditching a feminine swimsuit for baggy swim
shorts, while playing by the pool during a family weekend in Berkeley,
"Angelina Jolie Turns Son Pax Into a Girl
with Manicure Kit?"
Nothing works as it should
in Angelina Jolie's home! Her 4-year-old daughter Shiloh was turned
into a boy, now 6-year-old son Pax is turned into a girl.
On Tuesday, part of the family
(Angelina with Pax, Zarah and Shiloh) went to the Rockridge Kids
toy store in Berkeley, California.
"Mandy Patinkin Will Star in NYC-Bound
Compulsion at Berkeley Rep"
by Kenneth Jones at playbill.com.
Tony Award-winning actor
Mandy Patinkin will star in the world-premiere production of Compulsion
on Berkeley Rep's intimate Thrust Stage Sept. 13-Oct. 31 in Berkeley,
"College financial lesson: The eight lowest-paying
majors" by Rosemary
"Heading off to college
to meet your roommate, sample the fab food and maybe even decide
what you want to do with the rest of your life? Before you choose
a major, check out PayScale.com's list of eight college degrees
that don't really pay off. But remember, money's not everything:
working in a fulfilling career may well be worth the tradeoff
of a hefty paycheck."
"Secrets of the redwoods: HSU, UCB scientists
work to unlock mysteries"
Donna Tam, The Times-Standard.
"Humboldt State University
professor Stephen Sillett marveled at the mystery locked inside
the rings of a redwood tree.
'These trees store all this
information in their wood. It's awesome,' he said, standing on
a trail in the middle of the Rockefeller Forest.
Sillett, the Kenneth L. Fisher
Chair in Redwood Forest Ecology at HSU, and a team of scientists
from HSU and the University of California, Berkeley, have just
completed their first year of a three-year research project to
unlock the secrets of the redwoods."
"Selenium, the Future of More Efficient
Solar Cells" azocleantech.com.
"A recent report in
the American Institute of Physics (AIP) published journal titled
Applied Physics Letters accounts the possibility of increased
solar power harvest by utilizing the oxide substances that has
a selenium compound.
This research aligns with
most of the solar researcher's popular theory that light attracting
matter when included with photovoltaic materials translates, more
sun energy into power.
A team of researchers affiliated
to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California,
tried with an attempt of implanting selenium in zinc oxide another
known inexpensive element to discover the potential of the compound
in utilizing sun's energy which proved to be amazing. The researchers
discovered that just adding a miniscule quantity of 9% selenium
with zinc oxide base radically improved the sun light absorbing
efficiency of the material."
Last Wednesday four members
of the community met with our BPD Chief, Michael Meehan and others.
Personally invited by the Chief were a Berkeley religious leader,
the head of the Police Review Commission and our own Steven Goldin.
"Berkeley police search for missing woman"
by Doug Oakley, Berkeley
"Berkeley police are
asking the public's help in finding a missing woman who is developmentally
disabled and uses a wheelchair.
Heather Bloom, 33, has brown
hair, blue eyes, is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 140 pounds,
police said Thursday.
Berkeley police said Bloom's
mother, Phyllis Bloom of Brooklyn, N.Y., called them over a year
ago and told them she had not been able to contact her daughter
or Heather Bloom's care giver, who is also a daughter, since 2005.
In 2005, Berkeley police
were called to an apartment at Carleton and California streets
to mediate an argument between Phyllis Bloom and her caregiver
daughter. Heather Bloom was present at the time and the argument
was more or less resolved, said Berkeley Police Spokeswoman Sgt.
That was the last time Berkeley
police and Phyllis Bloom saw Heather Bloom. Authorities said foul
play is not suspected in this case.
'We have no reason to believe
Heather Bloom is injured or deceased,' Kusmiss said.
Police in March spoke with
Heather Bloom's care giver who told police she was fine, but refused
to let police see Bloom or enter her home, Kusmiss said."
"Oakland dispensary a major force in medical
pot" Matthai Kuruvila,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Cementing its position
as a cannabis capital, Oakland has moved rapidly in recent weeks
toward a world of legalized pot, developing permits for what would
be some of the largest sanctioned marijuana farms in the world
and writing ballot measures that would create a bevy of cannabis
But at every step, notable
opposition came from one group: Harborside Health Center, believed
to be the world's largest medical marijuana dispensary."
Some of Little Potter Creek's
neighbors are meeting tomorrow at 2700 Eighth Street.
The meeting is from 6:30
PM to 8:30PM.
"Dancing On Barnes & Noble's Grave?
Not Yet" by Michael
Corkery at wsj.com begins with an interview of the manager
of Potter Creek's own Black Oak Books.
"T'Hud Weber describes
herself as being 'obsessed with books since I was four years old.'
But she is no big fan of Barnes & Noble, the nation's largest
That should come as no surprise.
Weber manages Black Oak Books, an independent book store in Berkeley,
Calif. that has seen its business wounded by superstores like
Barnes & Noble.
Now those superstores are
on the ropes. Barnes & Noble is seeking to sell itself, as
its bricks and mortar retail business is having a hard time competing
with the internet and the rise of the electronic book.
Weber spoke to Deal Journal
from Black Oak, which has gotten a second wind (and a restructuring
by a new owner) after nearly closing its doors two years ago.
The Black Oak was mentioned
in a Wall Street Journal article in 1998 about independent bookstores
in California which at the time was the largest book market
in the nation complaining that Barnes & Noble and Borders
Group Inc. had unfair competitive pricing advantages.
Many of the book sellers
mentioned in the article are no longer in business."
"If you've been hoping the stage version
of 'Disney's Aladdin' would play soon in the Bay Area, your wish
has been granted" writes
Pat Craig at insidebayarea.com.
"The musical gets its
West Coast premiere . . . at Berkeley's Julia Morgan Center."
"Star recruit expected to excel on both
sides" John Crumpacker,
Chronicle Staff Writer.
"Before he had so much
as broken a sweat in his first college football practice, wide
receiver Keenan Allen already had his coach's attention.
That's what five-star recruits
are supposed to do.
In the parlance of high school
recruiting, Allen was known as an 'athlete,' part fish, part fowl
and capable of traveling by land as well. Cal coach Jeff Tedford
is hoping the freshman from North Carolina will help the Bears
on both sides of the ball.
In Cal's first practice of
fall camp late Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, Allen wore
a white 21 jersey, meaning he was on offense. However, it's likely
Allen will also see some time playing in the defensive secondary
as a safety or nickel back.
At a robust 6-foot-3 and
195 pounds, he seems suited for both positions."
"UC's little-known Pavement Research Center
results in smooth, safe and silent rides" by Lisa M. Krieger, mercurynews.com.
"Pavement Research Center
knows it's done a good job when you don't notice."
"You just have to come to Santa Fe" by Dennise McCluggage at autoweek.com.
(Ms McCluggagge is an automotive
journalist and was a pioneering female and class-winning International
" I haven't the foggiest
where you are right now, but I see clearly where you'll be in
late September. Or most certainly where you ought to be. Mark
that calendar: Sept. 24-26. That's when you'll either be at the
Santa Fe Concorso or kicking yourself across seven counties.
Before you say it, I will:
It's another car show. Ah, but different in important ways. First,
it's in Santa Fe, N.M., that special place everyone either wants
to visit or to revisit. And the Concorso is on a site unique even
for Santa Fe. La Mesita is a lovely horse ranch north of town
near Pojoaque Pueblo. The pueblo's elders chose to add this site
to their holdings, which a year ago saw the grand opening of a
luxury resort called Buffalo Thunder. The hotel, in turn, is hard
by the pueblo's casino."
Following is a link to Bethany
McLean's 2001 Fortune article that helped bring Eron down.
(What's Ms McLean about?
Watch her eyes dart around the room while being introduced before
her lecture at the Miller
"Is Enron Overpriced?
In March 2001, Fortune pointed out that Enron's financial statements
were nearly impenetrable.
(Editors note--Remember when
it seemed outrageous to suggest that Enron shouldn't be the golden
child of Wall Street? Before the congressional hearings, before
Arthur Andersen was indicted, before the SEC and the DOJ got involved,
Fortune's Bethany McLean asked whether a company that traded at
55 times earnings should be so opaque. Here is what she wrote.)"
"Is Enron Overpriced?" Bethany McLean.
"It's in a bunch of
complex businesses. Its financial statements are nearly impenetrable.
So why is Enron trading at such a huge multiple?
In Hollywood parlance, the
'It Girl' is someone who commands the spotlight at any given moment
-- you know, like Jennifer Lopez or Kate Hudson. Wall Street is
a far less glitzy place, but there's still such a thing as an
'It Stock.' Right now, that title belongs to Enron, the Houston
"Are the Poor More Charitable Than the
Rich?" by Robert
Frank at wsj.com.
"During a phone call
with reporters last week to announce the billionaire Giving Pledgers,
Mayor Michael Bloomberg . . . spoke about the generosity of the
'I've always believed there's
a connection between being generous and being successful,' Mr.
Bloomberg said. He said the more you donate the more business
opportunities come your waynot to mention that giving is
the right thing to do.
It is a comforting idea,
especially at a time of populist ire and envy over the wealthy.
And it certainly has been true for Mr. Bloomberg and other top
But is it true for the broader
population of wealthy?
A new academic study published
in the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology suggests
the poor are more more inclined to charity than the rich."
CEID's Director, Jill Ellis
stopped by Sunday afternoon to talk about how best to reach the
west-Berkeley community for CEID's up coming 30th Anniversary
We talked for about that
and life for about and hour and a half.
our Marvin Lipofsky leading
a group of American Glass Masters
at the Opening Ceremonies
of the Hsinchu City International Glass Art Festival, Taiwan
"Mad Men Recap: Episode 3: The Good News"
by Grace at frothygirlz.com.
"How many markers of
the 1960s can be squeezed into one Mad Men episode? I count 'the
pill,' abortion, Vietnam, 'grass' Berkeley student protests and
the youth revolution, hitchhiking-and that's all before the first
"Best state colleges and universities in
"When considering which
of these state schools are the best in California, it is important
not to simply look at academic standing or national ranking, the
life in California is one in which there is an emphasis on actual
quality of life and the college experience, which parallels academia
respectively. Anyone who is searching for national ranking can
simply look in a Newsweek magazine, what is considered to be the
"best" schools in California should have both academic
prestige and quality living, with such an abundance of options
available in the state of California, there is no reason to require
"More colleges offering co-ed dorm rooms" by Laurel Rosenhall, McClatchy Newspapers.
"College students filling
out their dormitory housing requests this summer are making decisions
about their future roommate: Messy or neat? Smoker or non? Early
bird or night owl?
Now many of them have a new
question to ponder: Male or female?
Across the country, colleges
are changing the roommate rules and allowing men and women to
share a bedroom. Only a small portion of students are choosing
the option, college officials say. And when they do, the arrangements
almost always are platonic.
But the shift marks the next
step in a decades-long evolution that's shrunk the space that
once separated the sexes on college campuses."
"Mind-reading marketers have ways of making
you buy" by Graham
Lawton and Clare Wilson, newscientist.com.
"Why ask people what
they think of a product when you can just scan their brains instead?
New Scientist explores the brave new world of neuromarketing
Take a look at the cover
of this week's New Scientist magazine (right). Notice anything
unusual? Thought not, but behind the scenes your brain is working
overtime, focusing your attention on the words and images and
cranking up your emotions and memory. How do we know? Because
we tested it with a brain scanner.
In what we suspect is a world
first, this week's cover was created with the help of a technique
called neuromarketing, a marriage of market research and neuroscience
that uses brain-imaging technology to peek into people's heads
and discover what they really want."
"What I drove last night: Ford Fiesta" Natalie Neff, Auto Week road test editor.
"It's been more than
a year since I first sat in a Ford Fiesta, and just as long since
I watched a tow truck haul it away from the shoulder of westbound
I-696, a mile shy of my doorstep.
As I walked across the parking
garage last night, key in hand, I wanted to giggle. I wanted to
skip like Dorothy and swing my arms and sing out 'La la la!' till
the echoes wrapped around every concrete pillar. But as the back
end peeked out from behind a large SUV, I did none of those things.
The story of the wayward
tire and the squashed Fiesta is practically legend at Ford these
days, at least in engineering circles, and at times I've felt
like an actual rock star: 'Wow, you must be Natalie, the one who
smashed the Fiesta! So glad to meet you!' I haven't given out
any autographs, but I think I got close at least once.
When word got back to Ford
about the incident, every engineer involved in small-car development
or safety wanted to get their hands on my Fiesta, put their micrometers
to every deflected piece of metal, pull the data off the OBD-II
and run it all through their mainframes. I was only glad that
some good would come from my interrupted Memorial Day, and not
because of any trauma I still carry around with me. It just seemed
such a waste of a giddily fun and happy little car.
In fact, I never suffered
any posttraumatic anything from the accident."
"Korfhage: Red tape can kill green innovation"
by Andrew Korfhage, aurorasentinel.com.
"Imagine putting solar
panels on your roof for no money down. You partner with your city
or municipality to cover the up-front cost of your new renewable
energy system, which you pay back to the city as an add-on to
your property taxes. You spread your payments out over 20 years
and most likely the savings from your lowered electricity bill
more than cover your higher property tax.
Not only do you become more
self-sufficient in your energy generation, but also your city
spurs development of new green-energy jobs. And everybody enjoys
the benefits of shifting our society away from fossil fuels.
Sound like a good idea to
"New Wave of Iranians Seek U.S. Studies"
by Yeganeh June Torbati
"Even as a teenager
in Iran, Atefeh Fathi knew she would eventually study abroad.
Now 30 and studying engineering at the University of Oklahoma,
Ms. Fathi said that although she had applied to universities in
Sweden and Canada, her first choice was the United States.'Ali
Kamranzadeh, a student at the University of Southern California,
said Iranians wanted to study in the United States.
'Everyone says the U.S. is
easier for foreigners' to acclimate to, she said while on a break
from working in her university's laboratory. As children, Iranians
are taught English in school, making it easier for them to blend
in immediately in the United States.
Ms. Fathi is part of a wave
of Iranians studying in the United States in numbers not seen
in more than a decade."
"Berkeley Chamber Launches on nuAlerts"
is a press release at pr-inside.com.
"The Berkeley Chamber
of Commerce announced today the launch of their Business Community
on nuAlerts, giving Berkeley Chamber members unprecedented free
marketing exposure. Members now have a free nuAlert account to
'get the word out' about their upcoming events, promotions, and
discounts quickly and cost effectively by posting alerts."
"Mapping California's Growing Green Economy" by Tim O'Connor, EDF Energy Program.
"The Chairman of the
Federal Reserve recently called the nation's economic outlook
Here's something that is
certain: California has a growing green economy. Want proof? Check
out an updated, first-of-its-kind map compiled by Environmental
Defense Fund that features 3,500-plus entities providing green
solutions or using sustainable practices to improve their bottom
lines. The map is searchable by seven categories and by county
and state legislative district."
"The Most Expensive College Dorm Rooms" npr.org.
"Room and board at U.S.
universities has climbed 11% over the past three years, nudged
along by expectations that dorm rooms will have amenities like
heated pools and plush lounges.
Those costs have helped contribute
to the nation's outstanding student debt- at $829.79 billion-
overtaking outstanding credit-card debt- at $826.5 billion, as
the Wall Street Journal reports."
"Going the distance:With hard times and
shrinking UC and CSU enrollments, is community college a viable
alternative for the first two years?" by Dave Boyce, Almanac Staff Writer.
for freshman science majors at the University of California at
Berkeley enrolls about 1,000 students who take turns filling up
a 350-seat lecture hall for the three sections of the class, according
to a chemistry department spokesperson. At UCLA, the chemistry
lecture hall seats 300.
Study the same essential
course material at the hilltop campus of Canada College, located
in Woodside and Redwood City, and you will likely have 35 classmates,
and you're less likely to have to give up home cooking and your
"Governments Battle to Stay Ahead of Threats
on Internet, 'The Great Leveler' " is a chilling report with video at pbs.org.
In the first in a series
of reports about cybersecurity, correspondent Spencer Michels
reports from Las Vegas on governmental and citizen-led efforts
to stop online crime that could threaten critical infrastructure.
"Should Mosque, Islamic Center Be Built
Near Ground Zero?" video
"Jeffrey Brown speaks
with four people who have been closely following the debate over
whether to build a 13-story Islamic community center and mosque
near the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York. The builders say
they want to promote positive interaction. But families of some
victims don't consider it a peace offering."
At Record City, in The Day,
I sold records with the guest, Mike
from my log
7/17/10--6:04 AM--VERY, VERY
SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of
warehouse, heavy dry burning air ,EXTREME mucus membrane irritant,
watery burning eyes, burning mouth, extreme nasal congestion,
hacking cough, ringing ears, sinus headache. 8:24 AM--worse, over
rides four HEPA filters and air conditioner, burning sensation
increases,"chlorine" odor present. Marsha similar, nasal
congestion, headache, light head, leave.2:54 PM--SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, heavy
dry burning air, watery eyes, itchy skin. chills, light head,
nausea, wear respirator. Marsha similar. 5:51 PM--"It's bad"
said Marsha. "I have a head ache, I 'm coughing alot, my
lips are dry and burning. It's really bad. I'm sick. I don't feel
good." 6:34 PM--heavy dry burning air IMMEDIATELY in front
of warehouse, leave.
This isworse than it's ever
been in the last eleven years. RP
irritant in warehouse front and IMMDEIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry heavy burning air, usual sysmptom, over rides our HEAPA filter
and air cinditioner, wear respirators. 10:19 PM--heavy dry air
in warehouse front, Marsha, chills, dizzy, nauseous.
irritant IMMDEIATELY in front of warehouse, nasal congestion,
dim. 6:41 AM--dry heavy burning air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY
in front of warehouse, burning eyes, light head. 3:34 PM--irritant
in front room, cough, dry eyes, nausea. 6:48 pm--irritant in warehouse
front, dry heavy air, Marsha has coughing spell.
7/21/10 --7:30 AM --irritant
in front room, dry heavy air.
in front room, burning eyes, melting plastic odor.
dim. 7:32 AM--irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front
of warehouse, dry heavy air, light head.
in front room, "hot asbestos" odor, watery eyes, nasal
congestion, Marsha coughing. 2:21 PM--irritant in front room,
dry heavy air, burning eyes, nasal congestion, Marsha nauseous.
in front room, dry air, burning eyes, mouth.
8/6/10--11: 51 AM--irritant
in front of warehouse, watery eyes, dry itchy skin, "chlorine
bleach"odor. Early afternoon, irritant in warehouse rear,
stinging eyes and whining sound.
8/6/10--7:39 AM--VERY, VERY
SERIOUS irritant in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of
warehouse, dry heavy air with SERIOUS mucus membrane irritation,
burning eyes mouth and throat. 8:20 AM--similar, wear respirator,
8/8/10--8:41 PM heavy dry
air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
watery eyes, headache, nausea. 3:34 PM --VERY SERIOUS irritant
in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, dry
air, burning eyes, throat. sinus irritation. Marsha has serious
prolonged coughing attack, with serious sinus irritation, runny
stuffy nose. Only apparent activity, neighbor George Chittenden
working at Adams & Chittenden Scientific Glass. 4:30 PM--SERIOUS
irritant IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse, coughing attack, burning
watery eyes and burning throat.Similar irritant and symptoms off
an on all Saturday 8/7 occurring at irregular intervals.
8/10/10--7:15 PM--heavy dry
air in warehouse front and IMMEDIATELY in front of warehouse,
dry eyes skin, coughing attack, short breath. Only apparent activity,
worker at Adams & Chittenden Scientific Glass. 8:11 PM--similar
a plus nausea.
8/11/10-- 11:13 AM-irritant
in front room, dry air, watery eyes, cough.
The irritants sometimes experienced
cause coughing; dry/burning eyes, nose, mouth; light head; occasional
short breath; occasional nausea.
Though the irritants we experience
sometimes over ride as many as four HEPA filters, our SO Safety
respirators with 8053-P100 Cartridges seem to filter "all"
the irritant. These are filters for organic vapors, chlorine,
chlorine dioxide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride.
I am left to conclude that
possibly (probably?) some of the irritants we regularly experience,
those that our SO Safety 8053-P 100 cartridges successfully filter,
are identifiable, ironically, by their absence when using the
respirator. The HEPA filters don't remove them, the SO Safety
filters do. So what they remove--chlorine, chlorine dioxide, hydrogen
chloride, hydrogen fluoride--must be some of the irritant.
Though the respirator-filters
largely prevent inhalation of the irritant, it is clear from "health
effects" that irritants can enter the body's system through
"I feel like ants are
crawling on me" said Marsha.
I've noticed recently some
neighbors have similar symptoms, some more severe--redness of
the eyes, nasal congestion. And neighhors stopping-by in front
to talk have experienced watery eyes and coughing.
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Kimar finds Costco routinely
has the lowest price.
Ramblers' motorcycle club member, Cliff Miller emails a very
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this site tells you how to defeat their automated system and get
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