Matthew Stromberg, the architect
Originally the home of the
Oliver Screw Company, the renovation at 1819 5th Street will soon
be occupied by "5th Street Machine Arts" - a metal
arts and material sciences workshop that provides engineering
and manufacturing support to the science and Industry communities
of the Bay Area. The renovation pays tribute to the light
industrial fabric of the neighborhood by retaining and seismically
retrofitting the original brick masonry and steel truss structure
and also significantly increases the building's energy efficiency.
A new sawtooth roofline will support a 30 kW solar array
while providing ideal northern orientation for daylight to stream into
the reinvigorated shop space below. A sculpture gallery
and two new residences will add to the mixed-use character of
"Mini-apartments are the next big thing
in U.S. cities" at
"Construction will start
soon on an experimental New York housing complex in Manhattan
with 55 "micro-sized" apartments, from 250 to 370 square
feet each. The prefabricated units, which will rent for $914 to
$1,873 per month, aim to help alleviate the city's shortage of
less-pricey studios and one-bedroom apartments.
As more urban dwellers live
alone, other U.S. cities are considering similar solutions.
Could you live in a single-car garage? That's about the size of
tiny apartments popping up in major U.S. cities where many residents
live alone. Inhabitants say the key is keeping When Gil Blattner
hired a housekeeper for his elegant apartment with 12-foot ceilings,
tall windows and marble fireplace mantle, the woman looked at
the living room and asked, 'Where's the rest of it?'
There was no more. She'd
seen all 250 square feet of his cocoon, located on a tony, tree-lined
street in Chelsea near restaurants, art galleries and bookstores.
His monthly rent: $2,500.
It's all that I need, says
Blattner, 29, who moved in last year. 'I feel very happy when
I'm in this space,' he says.'The name of the game is being selective
about what you hold onto. It's helped me stay away from being
Though tiny has long been
typical in Manhattan, mini-apartments are popping up in more U.S.
cities where land is finite, downtowns have regained cachet and
rents have risen. In a digital age when library-sized book collections
can be kept on a hand-held device, more Americans see downsizing
as not only feasible but also economical and eco-friendly.
How small? Many anti-McMansions
- also known as 'aPodments, 'micro-lofts,' 'metro suites' or 'sleeping
rooms' - are about 300 square feet, which is slightly larger than
a single-car garage and one-eighth the size of the average new
U.S. single-family home (also shrinking in recent years).
City officials often welcome
this mini-sizing, which is common in Tokyo and many European capitals,
as a smart-growth, lower-priced solution to a housing phenom:
people living alone. Nationwide, the share of households occupied
by a single person reached 27% in 2010, up from 8% in 1940 and
18% in 1970. The number exceeds 40% in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Denver,
Pittsburgh, Seattle, St. Louis and Washington, according to Census
In Seattle, which has led
the nation with hundreds of dorm-like 'sleeping rooms' as minuscule
as 150 square feet, a backlash has taken hold. Boardinghouse-style
buildings have replaced single-family homes in residential neighborhoods,
prompting complaints by neighbors about parking problems, transiency
and fire-safety hazards. Officials have responded by drafting
building rules they'll publish this summer.
'It's an accelerating trend
in the industry, especially where space is at a premium,' says
Ryan Severino, senior economist at New York-based research firm
Reis. 'You're seeing an urban renaissance,' he says, adding Millennials
(typically younger than 30) are drawn to cities where they can
both work and socialize.
They'll sacrifice space for
'quality' location, says Doug Bibby, chief executive of the National
Multi-Housing Council, a trade group, noting apartments overall
are getting smaller. He says young city dwellers manage with less
room by renting rather than buying stuff. 'They rent everything,'
he says - Zipcars, even wedding dresses.
Mini-sizing 'is not a fad,'
says John Infranca, assistant law professor at Suffolk University
in Boston who's studied projects in New York, Washington, Denver,
Austin and Seattle. He expects demand for tiny apartments will
continue as more people, young and old, live alone. Yet he says
building codes - often requiring larger units - were set decades
ago when households were bigger and haven't kept pace with 'radical'
Boston, Chicago and other U.S. cities are experimenting with change:
In the Big Apple, billionaire
Mayor Michael Bloomberg - who once lived in a studio for nearly
a decade - launched a micro-housing pilot project of 55 units
that range from 250 to 370 square feet. The city usually requires
apartments be at least 400 square feet.
Developer Patrick Kennedy,
owner of Berkeley-based Panoramic Interests, finished a prefabricated
building this year in San Francisco that has 23 micro-units, each
about 290 square feet. The units have full kitchens, washer/dryers
and window seats with a hydraulic pop-up table.
San Francisco, where new
studio apartments rent for at least $2,400 monthly, recently approved
a trial run of 375 micro-units as small as 220 square feet. In
September, Berkeley-based developer Patrick Kennedy plans to begin
building 120 units, each about 270 square feet, with rents starting
Henry Ford's 150th Birthday, His Greatest Insight Has Been Tragically
"Henry Ford, who was
born 150 years ago [ July 30 ], is remembered as the guy who unleashed
the full potential of the assembly line, beginning in 1913 when
the Ford Motor Company cranked out Model T's much faster and cheaper
than anyone could imagine.
But his business philosophy,
known as Fordism, went beyond the implementation of mass production.
Ford argued that high wages
were essential for economic and moral reasons. As he wrote
in his autobiography . . ."
"Berkeley City Council to consider increasing
minimum wage" Katie
Holmes at dailycal.org.
"Raising minimum wage
is obvious choice for Bay Area.
Four years ago this week, we saw the federal minimum wage rise
to a meager $7.25 an hour. The state minimum wage has been stuck
at $8.00 for five years. For a full-time worker, this amounts
to just $16,640 - far below the national poverty level for a family
of four ($23,550) and much less a living wage in the Bay Area.
Over the past three years, our Raise the Wage movement has talked
with thousands of Bay Area voters about this issue. When asked
whether they support an increase in their city's minimum wage
to at least $10 an hour, people overwhelmingly say 'Yes!' "
"Tesla Motors eyes China market; skeptics
call move a 'huge risk" Vincent
"Tesla Motors is ready
to take on China. But is China ready for an electric car?
Already popular in the United
States, the Palo Alto-based carmaker's all-electric Model S sedan
just began deliveries in Europe.
Now, CEO Elon Musk is "is really pushing for sales in China,"
Mike Omotoso, senior manager of global powertrain forecasting
at LMC Automotive in Troy, Mich., told the San Jose Mercury News.
Details leaked in the Chinese press suggest the company plans
to open it
" 'Hannah Arendt,' " a movie review by A.O.Scott at nytimes.com.
(New YorkTimes Critics' Pick)
in "Hannah Arendt"
"My only real problem with 'Hannah Arendt' is that it's not
a mini-series. Arendt was a writer of long books and a maker of
complex arguments, so the two hours of Margarethe von Trotta's
ardent and intelligent film about her are bound to feel somewhat
superficial. And the movie, even as it answers a hunger for engagement
with the life of an extraordinary mind, may also awaken an appetite
for more. Arendt's work, a heady amalgam of philosophy, history,
journalism and political theory, does not easily align with the
academic fashions of the moment."
Movie Trailer (2013)
The film opens in Berkeley
August 2nd at the Shattuck Cinemas.
"'The Origins of Totalitarianism, (1951)'
"Hannah Arendt wikipedea.org.
"The Origins of Totalitarianism (German Elemente und Ursprünge
totaler Herrschaft, i.e. Elements and origins of totalitarian
rule) is a book by Hannah Arendt which describes and analyzes
the two major totalitarian movements of the 20th century, Nazism
and Stalinism. Its original title was to have been 'The Burden
of Our Times', and it was published as The Burden of Our Time
[sic] in Britain in 1951. It was recognized upon its 1951 publication
as the comprehensive account of its subject and was later hailed
as a classic by the Times Literary Supplement.
This book continues to be
one of the definitive philosophical analyses of totalitarianism,
at least in its 20th century form."
I read The Origins of Totalitarianism
when I studied with Hans
Gerth in Madison in the '50s. What I remember most of the
work is Arendt's conclusion that athe reason for the conflict
between the Jews and the Nazis is that they were "alike"
-- simply, they both claimed to be The Chosen. But that's another
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Hannah Arendt - Biography
Hannah Arendt (1906
Hannah Arendt was born on
October 14, 1906, in Hanover, Wilhelmine, Germany. Raised in Konigsberg,
she was the only child of Paul and Martha (Cohn) Arendt, both
prodigy of entrepreneurs from Russian-Jewish families. When she
was seven, her father died of paresis (syphilitic insanity). Her
mother married Martin Beerwald in 1920, bringing two older stepsisters,
Eva and Clara Beerwald, into Hannah Arendt's home.
Arendt was an avid reader
from a young age, and by her sixteenth year her literary interests
included Kant, and Goethe. In 1924 she graduated from high school
in Koenigsberg. Perhaps inspired by the theology and romantic
thought of Kierkegaard's poetry that was also in her library,
she decided to study theology at the University of Marburg with
Rudolf Bultmann. Martin Heidegger was lecturing at Marburg on
Existenzphilosophie, and writing what would eventually become Sein
und Zeit [Being and time] in 1927. It was during her time
at Marburg that Arendt began her long relationship with Heidegger,
sparked by a brief and passionate affair. The affair ended when
Arendt learned of Heidegger's involvement in the National Socialist
party, but the friendship, however strained, would continue for
years to come, and Heidegger's phenomenological method had a notable
influence on Arendt's work.
Arendt went on to study the phenomenological method with Husserl,
then became a student at the University of Heidelberg, studying
with the existentialist Karl Jaspers. It is under Jaspers that
she wrote her dissertation on St. Augustine's concept of Love (Der
Liebesbegriff bei Augustin). Jaspers and Arendt maintained a close
relationship throughout their lives.
Arendt's unique approach
to political thought is derived from her education in and fidelity
to the phenomenological method. Unlike typical political writing
or philosophy which might begin with an analysis of general political
concepts or empirical data associated with political science and
impose conceptual structures on experience after the fact, she
begins by prioritizing human life in its 'factical' and experiential
character. By using the phenomenological method, returning to
'the things themselves', she attempts to reveal the fundamental
structures of political experience, or political being-in-the-world,
in its distinct existence apart from other ways of being.
In September 1929 Arendt
earned her doctorate, and married Günther Stern (whose nom-de-plume
was Günter Anders). Anti-Semitism was on the rise in Germany,
and Arendt undertook a project that would help her understand
the conflict between German Nationalism and minority status. The
book Rahel Varnhagen: The Life of a Jewish Woman was
a biography of a Jewish salon hostess in Berlin in the early 1800s
who converted to Christianity. It remained unpublished until 1958.
In 1933, with National Socialism on the rise, Arendt increased
her political activity. In association with the German Zionist
Organization lead by Kurt Blimenfeld, she assisted the publication
of information regarding victims of Nazism. She was arrested by
the Gestapo for conducting research on anti-Semitic propaganda,
but managed to escape her prison sentence and fled to Paris. In
Paris she gained the friendship of Walter Benjamin and Raymond
Aron, and continued her political activism through work with Youth
Aliyah moving Jewish children from Germany to Palestine.
In 1939 Arendt divorced her
first husband and remarried the following year to Heinrich Blücher
who she had met in 1936. Blücher, a political refugee from
Germany, was a communist, and had been a member of the Spartacus
League run by Rosa Luxemburg. Only six months into their marriage
in 1940 the couple was separately interned in Southern France,
the fate of many other stateless Germans when the Wehrmacht invaded.
Arendt managed to escape from Gurs where she was interned, she
reunited with Blücher, and in May 1941 found safe passage
to neutral America. During the rest of World War II, Arendt lived
in New York, and worked on what would eventually be published
as The Origins of Totalitarianism. This text was finally
published in 1951, the same year she became a citizen of the United
States. The Origins of Totalitarianism was received
enthusiastically, and made Arendt an intellectual celebrity. It
was reprinted as an expanded edition in 1958, having taken into
account the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
In New York Arendt worked
in two main intellectual circles. Her writing appeared early on
in the journal Jewish Social Studies, and she became friends with
the editor and his wife, Salo and Jeannette Baron. She wrote arguments
for a Jewish army in other magazines like Jewish Frontier and Aufbau
[Reconstruction]. She worked as an editor at Schocken Books, a
German Jewish publishing firm that had been reestablished in New
York and Palestine. Baron charged Arendt with the task of redistributing
Judaic artifacts and salvaged treasures for the Jewish Cultural
Reconstruction. Her other intellectual circle of activity included
Dwight Macdonald and Mary McCarthy, and was associated with the
Partisan Review. In this circle she met the critic Alfred Kazin
who aided her with her writing of The Origins of Totalitarianism.
In 1952 Arendt received a
Guggenheim Foundation Grant for the study of Marxism and totalitarianism.
Her next three books came from this work: The Human Condition (1958); Between
Past and Future (1961); and On Revolution (1968).
In these texts we can read her desire to reconstruct political
philosophy in phenomenological terms. The controversial text Reflections
on Little Rock (1959) studied the emerging Black civil rights
movement. She wrote articles for the New York Review of Books
in the 1960s and early 1970s criticizing the abuse of executive
power and what she calls the "imperial presidency" associated
with military intervention in Vietnam. She became the first woman
to hold a full professorship at Princeton University and she went
on the teach at the University of Chicago, Wesleyan University,
and the New School for Social Research in New York.
Arendt published the most
controversial work of her career in 1963 with Eichmann in
Jerusalem. Arendt covered Eichmann's trial in Isreal as a correspondent
for The New Yorker in 1960, when Isreali security forces had captured
the S.S. lieutenant colonel responsible for the transportation
of Jews to death camps. Eichmann in Jerusalem is the
collection of revised articles from her coverage of the trial.
According to her text, Eichmann had not had a sadistic will to
do evil, but had been thoughtless; he had failed to think about
what he was doing. Her concept of the banality of evil caused
considerable friction between herself and the organized Jewish
community, as her book was read by some as an elevation of Eichmann's
character and a questioning of Jewish innocence. Arendt was concerned
that the ability to act according to conscience and rational thought
was becoming obscured by partisanship and nationalism, combined
with modernization. Most of her writing studies the sense of a
shared world and the possibilities of freedom grounded therein.
Arendt's writing on the Eichmann
trials lead to a series of lectures on judgement, the neo-Kantian
meditation which were part of the work for The Life of the
Mind (1978). While in Aberdeen, Scotland, delivering these
Gifford Lectures, she survived a heart attack. The second and
fatal attack occurred while entertaining the Barons in her New
York apartment on December 4, 1975. The first two volumes of The
Life of the Mind were published posthumously, Volume 1 Thinking and
Volume 2 Willing, as her death cut short her work on the
third volume, Judging.
Arendt's life became the
inspiration for the novel An Admirable Woman (1983) by Arthur
A. Cohen, possibly because her personal struggles and romantic
life were so intriguing. Her romantic interests included Leo Strauss,
Hans J. Morgenthau, and W.H. Auden. During her life she fiercely
guarded her privacy, tending to resist doing interviews or appearing
on television. Although she was one of the United States' most
prominent intellectuals, she refused the Anglo-American philosophical
tendencies of pragmatism, empiricism, and liberalism. Her texts
have had an enormous impact on political theory, and many conferences,
books and anthologies continue to celebrate her work. In 1975
Hannah Arendt was awarded the Sonning Prize by the Danish government
for Contributions to European Civilization, an award that has
never before been received by an American or a woman.
"Back to School:East Bay JCC starts new
tot programs in Berkeley, Oakland" jweekly.com.
"Starting this fall,
East Bay parents with little ones will have more opportunities
for play, Jewish education and music when Perachim, a new toddler
and parent group, launches at both the Berkeley and Oakland branches
of the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay."
"Berkeley: Provocative entries at 33rd
Jewish Film Festival"
by Lou Fancher, insidebayarea.com.
"The 33rd San Francisco
Jewish Film Festival marks its return to the East Bay with new
venues in Oakland, a "Berkeley Big Night," an Oakland
piggyback screening, and
defining films sure to ignite imaginations and inspire rigorous
It all starts on Aug. 2, with white supremacists, suicide, hidden
sexuality, civil rights activism, ballroom dance, baseball and
the heart-rending charm of Sam Berns."
"Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart Star
in Broadway-Bound NO MAN'S LAND at Berkeley Rep" broadwayworld.com.
"Tony Taccone informed
the guests that legendary actors Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart
will perform at Berkeley Rep in a pre-Broadway engagement of No
Man's Land. Award-winning director Sean Mathias stages Harold
Pinter's masterwork in the Roda Theatre for an exclusive and strictly
limited run in August."
"Downtown Berkeley Association
presents, 'Berkeley Spark'
Saturday, August 10, 11:00am-9:00pm,
Berkeley Spark is a pre-Burning
Man arts and music festival in Downtown Berkeley. FREE and open
to the public - with giant art sculptures, mutant vehicles, great
live and DJ'ed music, dancing, and fun interactive workshops.
Come see amazing Burning
Man art and crazy art cars 'mutant vehicles' before they head
to the Nevada desert: Pongo Lounge's UNAVERZ car, 'Arc of Reflection'
from Amy Stabler (Burning Man, 2003), live painting from SF Freespace
artist Michael Covington, and interactive painting with ArtIsMobilUs. "
900 GRAYSON'S Chris Sulnier took his older brother to Potter
Creek's Riva Cucina last
week. "It's pretty good!" exclaimed Chris. "Food's
great! Really good service.I'm going to take Heather there when
she returns from vacation." Chris found other Potter Creekers
there that evening. "Andrew and Karen were present and other
neighbors dine there often I was told."
I know that Doc Cedric and
friend are week-end regulars.
More about Riva Cucina here.
"Secondhand smoke in bars, restaurants
increases asthma, cancer risk"
by Julie Chao, medicalxpress.com.
In the first study to evaluate
the health risks of exposure to secondhand smoke for patrons of
restaurants and bars, researchers have found that the risks are
well above the acceptable level. The study assessed the risk for
lung cancer and heart disease deaths among both patrons and servers
and also for asthma initiation-the first study to do so-among
So probably does smoking pot. Still, if that's your pleasure, check out "CRAFT
"Urban Agroecology: A Lighthouse of Sustainability:City
farming illuminates a different paradigm" by Maywa Montenegro at earthisland.org.
"Rene Zazueta and I
had crossed paths numerous times on the UC Berkeley campus. Since
he rarely uttered a word in meetings we both attended, I thought
him as the 'silent sidekick' of Miguel Altieri, the UC professor
and agroecology researcher who was recently nominated by Michael
Pollan for Mark Bittman's 'alternative World Food Prize.'
But it turns out that Zazueta
has a lot to say when transplanted to a vegetable patch. In his
backyard on Berkeley's Haste Street, on land that was once a parking
lot, Zazueta has designed what Altieri likes to call an 'agroecological
lighthouse.' It is both a scientific experiment station and a
community gathering ground, beckoning people to learn, take away,
and pass along the knowledge of urban agroecology that is,
agriculture based in the principles of ecology."
"Solar energy could supply one-third of
power in U.S. West" rdmag.com.
"Low-cost solar power could supply more than a third of all
energy needs in the western U.S., if the nation can hit its targets
for reducing the cost of solar energy, according to a new study
by researchers at the Univ. of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley).
The UC Berkeley scientists
used a detailed computer model they developed of the west's electric
power grid to predict what will happen if the U.S. Dept. of Energy
(DOE) succeeds with its SunShot Initiative, which aims to make
solar power more affordable and accessible to Americans. The model
also considered the effects of enacting proposed carbon policies,
such as a carbon cap."
"Engine lubricant could rev up medical
"Engineers at the University
of California, Berkeley, have built a device that could speed
up medical imaging without breaking the bank. The key ingredient?
An engine lubricant called molybdenum disulfide, or MoS2, which
has been sold in auto parts shops for decades."
"Specialized Program in Digital Photography" extension.berkeley.edu.
dramatically alters the accessibility and possibilities of photography.
The Specialized Program in Digital Photography explores the essentials
of digital imaging, including getting the most out of new technologies.
You also deepen your understanding of the aesthetics and pictorial
strategies of photography. The curriculum provides the opportunity
to expand your perceptual awareness and technical range so you
can confidently produce images that express your artistic vision."
"Limbo lower now: 3D-printed STAR bot flattens
itself to crawl under doorways" gizmag.com.
"Nature has been the
source of inspiration for a variety of different forms of robotic
locomotion. Yet another example is the STAR, a 3D-printed robot
modeled after an insect's ability to squeeze into even the tiniest
spaces. Developed by students at UC Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems
Lab the STAR, which stands for Sprawl Tuned Autonomous Robot,
is able to flatten its legs down to slip under a small gap and
then raise them up again to climb over larger obstacles."
"University of California adopts open-access
"The faculty of the University of California, the largest
public research university in the world, have adopted an open
access policy in which they commit to make their research articles
freely available to the public.
The policy, adopted on 24
July, was made public via a press release issued on 2 August.
It covers 8,000 UC faculty on all 10 of the university's campuses,
who commit to grant the UC a non-exclusive license to research
articles they author, provide copies of their articles to UC,
and to make the articles available through Creative Commons licenses."
"Electron Microscopes May Have Gotten as
Good As They'll Ever Get" gizmodo.com.
have made it possible to see deeper into the fabric of matter
than ever before, and they've only been getting better. But we
might not be able to zoom in any further because the zoom lenses
are making it impossible to see."
"UC Berkeley seeks to expand security program
to combat cyberattacks" Mary
"Security breach affecting 4,500 Sutter Health patients still
under investigation UC Berkeley updates data security through
new contract AirBears2 to breathe new life into wireless experience
New mobile app crunches researchers' data
Amid the increasingly sophisticated
cyberattacks faced by universities, UC Berkeley is doubling its
efforts and allying with other UC campuses to address security
"Man shot dead in Berkeley" Henry K. Lee at sfgate.com.
"A man was shot and
killed Thursday night in Berkeley, not far from the scene of a
homicide in February, police said.
The latest shooting happened shortly after 9:15 p.m., when a man
was shot near the corner of San Pablo Avenue and Delaware Street
not far from Bing's Liquors, said Officer Jennifer Coats, a Berkeley
police spokeswoman. "
news crew robbed in Oakland" Henry K. Lee at sfgate.com.
"Protesters at historic post office warned
to move off property"
"People camping out
around Berkeley's historic post office in protest of plans to
close it have been warned to move off U.S. Postal Service property,
officials said Friday, Aug. 2nd.
A group of postal inspectors
and postal police visited the protesters Friday and warned them
that they needed to remove their tents from the steps of the historic
post office at 2000 Allston Way, U.S. Postal Inspector Jeff Fitch
in Humans Likely to Increase as Climate Shifts, Study Says"
Perviz Walji, guardianlv.com.
"Violence in humans
is likely to increase as climate shifts, a study says. The comprehensive
study was published Thursday in Science.
Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton
University looked at 60 previous studies from all major regions
of the world. They found that even minor aberrations in climate
can greatly escalate the risk of violence. They concluded that
violence is linked to shifting climate. They said that the results
of their study suggested that changes such as drought, flood,
and high temperatures strongly augment the risk of clashes."
"Recycling firm settles in stolen metal
suit" Vivian Ho,
"A recycling company
will pay $4.1 million to settle a lawsuit in which San Francisco
and Contra Costa County accused it of purchasing stolen metal,
prosecutors said Friday.
Sims Group USA Corp., a nationwide
company that has recycling yards in seven counties in Northern
California, agreed to pay the settlement in a stipulated judgment
issued Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court. The company did
not admit wrongdoing."
"U.S. military drone surveillance is expanding
to hot spots beyond declared combat zones" washingtonpost.com.
"The steel-gray U.S.
Air Force Predator drone plunged from the sky, shattering on mountainous
terrain near the Iraq-Turkey border. For Kurdish guerrillas hiding
nearby, it was an unexpected gift from the propaganda gods.
Fighters from the Kurdistan
Workers' Party, or PKK, filmed the charred wreckage on Sept. 18
and posted a video on YouTube. A narrator bragged unconvincingly
that the group had shot down the drone. But for anyone who might
doubt that the flying robot was really American, the video zoomed
in on mangled parts stamped in English and bearing the label of
the manufacturer, San Diego-based General Atomics.
For a brief moment, the crash
drew back the curtain on Operation Nomad Shadow, a secretive U.S.
military surveillance program. Since November 2011, the U.S. Air
Force has been flying unarmed drones from Incirlik Air Base in
Turkey in an attempt to suppress a long-simmering regional conflict.
The camera-equipped Predators hover above the rugged border with
Iraq and beam high-resolution imagery to the Turkish armed forces,
helping them pursue PKK rebels as they slip back and forth across
As the Obama administration
dials back the number of drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan
and Yemen, the U.S. military is shifting its huge fleet of unmanned
aircraft to other hot spots around the world. This next phase
of drone warfare is focused more on spying than killing and will
extend the Pentagon's robust surveillance networks far beyond
traditional, declared combat zones."
"3-D printers are beginning to make an
impression:3-D printers, which can make plastic objects, have
long been used in industry but are creeping into the consumer
market" by Shan
Li at latimes.com.
"Diego Porqueras' Deezmaker
store in Pasadena is a geeky version of Santa's workshop, brimming
with action figures, chess pieces and jewelry.
But instead of relying on elves, Porqueras has built his own one-man
factory using 3-D printers capable of churning out plastic objects
within a few hours. He sells the printers, which go for as little
as $650, at the shop, which opened in September in a strip mall.
The 37-year-old entrepreneur
is part of an emerging industry for affordable 3-D printers. The
technology has long been used in the aerospace and automotive
industries, among others, to create prototypes, but has slowly
crept into the consumer market with simplified printers that can
be had for a few hundred or thousand dollars.
'You can make so many things
with them,' Porqueras said. 'People who have businesses buy them
for making prototypes. Parents buy them to make toys for their
kids. Hobbyists buy them because they like to tinker.'
3-D enthusiasts imagine a
day when these printers are as ubiquitous as phones and people
print out many household goods instead of stopping at a store.
Small-business owners are already switching to these printers
from more expensive industrial machines. Prices are expected to
drop even further after key patents on 3-D printing technology
expire next year.
Usually about the size of
a microwave, these machines 'print' three-dimensional objects
by melting plastic and depositing the material layer by tiny layer
based on a three-dimensional computer-generated design of a necklace,
say, or a fork. More advanced - and expensive - printers can use
materials such as metal and chocolate.
For those who are less tech
savvy, there are new smartphone apps that streamline the process
of crafting or altering a design. Online markets have also popped
up in which shoppers can customize and order 3-D-printed clothing,
toys, gadget accessories and other products.
Industry experts say 3-D
printing could revolutionize traditional manufacturing, much as
the Internet upended the music industry, and fundamentally alter
how consumers shop and how much they pay. Some tech companies
are already foreseeing a day when every home contains a 3-D printer
churning out custom furniture and clothes, or a Kinko's-esque
store in every neighborhood where items can be manufactured on
demand via printers.
It's also raised concerns
among law enforcement professionals, who worry that criminals
will be able to print untraceable guns and other weapons at home.
'The billion-dollar question is, how big will this become and
when?' said Terry Wohlers, president of consulting firm Wohlers
Associates, which tracks the industry.
'You see companies already
making fashion garments and jewelry through printing. And we have
seen demonstrations of 3-D printing food and living tissue.'
Wohlers said that by 2021, the U.S. market is estimated to hit
$10.8 billion, up from $2.2 billion last year and $1.8 billion
in 2008. The industry has been growing, on average, more than
25% a year for the last decade. The consumer side, which is in
its nascent stages, is especially ripe for growth, Wohlers said.
Tech companies are already salivating at the opportunities.
Last month, 3-D veteran Stratasys
Ltd., which for decades has made ultra-pricey printers for companies
such as Boeing Co. and General Motors Co., announced plans to
buy MakerBot, which specializes in affordable desktop printers.
Rival 3D Systems Inc. launched two consumer-oriented models this
year, the Cube ($1,299) and the CubeX ($2,499 and up).
Formerly headquartered in
Valencia before moving to South Carolina, 3D Systems has deep
roots in Southern California: Its chief technology officer, Chuck
Hull, is widely credited with pioneering 3-D printing about three
decades ago. He still leads a research lab in Valencia, where
scientists such as engineer Scott Turner experiment with new materials
in the chemistry lab and tinker on machine prototypes.
Turner said that healthcare
is one of the biggest areas for 3-D printing; already, companies
are testing living cells with a view toward making organs and
other human parts such as ears. In March, a man in the U.S. had
75% of his skull replaced with a 3-D printed implant.
Another early adopter is
the education sector: With a 3-D printer, students can make and
play with models of cells rather than just study them in textbooks,
or make custom robots in physics class.
The Art Center College of
Design in Pasadena already owns seven 3-D printers and plans to
order more. The machines give students the luxury of repeatedly
tweaking their designs for products as varied as car fenders and
kitchenware, said David Cawley, director of the school's rapid
prototyping and model shop."
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At the craft fair Sunday, someone was selling jewelry done with
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"Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management"
"The Certificate Program
in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management presents a strong
instructional foundation for launching and successfully operating
a small business venture."
"Shadows and light: Dartmouth researchers develop
new software to detect forged photos" sciencecodex.com.
"Dartmouth and UC Berkeley
researchers have developed new software to detect faked photos,
using a geometric algorithm to locate inconsistent shadows that
are not obvious to the naked eye."
"Boost for Home Solar: East Bay Cities
Adopt Standardized Permitting"
"Berkeley and the eight
other cities in the East Bay Green Corridor have realized their
three-year goal of developing a standardized permitting process
for residential solar energy."
"Overcrowded housing" dailycal.org.
"Berkeley student housing leaves students cramped Summer
"With the largest incoming
freshman class in UC Berkeley history coming to campus this fall,
the Residential Student Service Programs need to ensure that all
students are guaranteed quality housing. Reports that the impending
increase in the size of the student body might lead to a scarcity
in campus housing is just unacceptable.
This year, 5,979 students
submitted a Statement of Intent to Register to UC Berkeley - 614
more students than last year. RSSP spokesperson Marty Takimoto
said that although the number could fluctuate, he anticipates
that there will be 50 more students looking for on-campus housing
this year than the typical occupancy in the residence halls allows.
To address the possible scarcity
this year, like it has done in the past few years, RSSP has said
that it may need to convert study lounges to four-person rooms
and turn some double rooms into triples."
"Berkeley: Youth Spirit Artworks' 'art
cart' provides teens, young adults with creative outlet, income,
job skills" Kristin
J. Bender, Oakland Tribune.
"Youth Spirit Artworks
is changing young lives one brush stroke at a time.
In a cramped storefront on
Alcatraz Avenue comes the smell of acrylic paint and sweat as
homeless and near-homeless teens and young people, often struggling
to find a couch to sleep on and a daily hot meal, work to create
one-of-a-kind art to share and sell.
Making the art is therapeutic
and a positive outlet for their emotions, the young people say.
It's also fun, and a way to put a little cash in their wallets.
And now, with a newly purchased "art cart" that they
park outside of two Berkeley supermarkets and a farmers market,
the level of exposure for the program, and, more importantly,
the art, is increasing."
Alchemy Collective Prepares to Expand" eastbayexpress.com.
"Fast-food workers across
the US have been staging strikes to demand a higher wage, and
the issues that brought rise to the Occupy movement remain largely
unresolved, but in Berkeley, the proprietors of one business believe
they've found a way to successfully bridge the divide between
workers and owners. The Alchemy Collective Cafe (3140 Martin Luther
King Jr. Way) opened in a tiny storefront in South Berkeley last
February with a simple business model. At Alchemy, the baristas
would be the owners, so that each worker would have an equal stake
in the cafe's success.
Now, as the cafe prepares
to move to a larger location just a few blocks away, the collective
ownership model continues to be a success, according to Chris
Myers, one of the worker-owners."
"Sleep deprivation linked to junk food
cravings" by Yasmin
Anwar, Media Relations, berkeley.edu.
A sleepless night makes us
more likely to reach for doughnuts or pizza than for whole grains
and leafy green vegetables, suggests a new study from UC Berkeley
that examines the brain regions that control food choices. The
findings shed new light on the link between poor sleep and obesity."
On MU-R Mixed Use-Residential
District Provisions from our CITY CODE
MU-R Mixed Use-Residential District Provisions
The regulations in this chapter shall apply in all Mixed Use-Residential
(MU-R) Districts. In addition, general provisions contained in
Sub-title 23C shall apply. 23E.84.020 Purposes
The purposes of the Mixed Use-Residential (MU-R) Districts are
A. Implement the West Berkeley Plan's designation
of a Mixed Residential District;
B. Support the continued development of
a mixed use District which combines residential, live/work, light
industrial, arts and crafts and other compatible uses;
C. Strengthen residential concentrations
which exist within the District;
D. Provide appropriate locations for a
broad range of live/work activities to occur;
E. Provide a transitional district between
the residential districts to the east of the MU-R and the industrial
districts to the west of the MU-R;
F. Encourage light manufacturers and wholesalers
which are compatible with a mixed use-residential district;
G. Support the development of businesses
of all types which contribute to the maintenance and improvement
of the environment;
H. Protect residents from unreasonably
detrimental effect of nonresidential uses, such as noise, vibration,
odors, smoke, fumes, gases, dust, heat and glare, to the extent
possible and reasonable within a mixed use West Berkeley context;
I. To the extent feasible, protect industrial
uses, particularly light industrial uses, from unreasonable intrusions
on their ability to operate lawfully;
J. Permit retail and food service activities
which are either limited and small scale, primarily serving persons
living and/or working in the District, but not a citywide or regional
clientele, or which are ancillary and designed to maintain and
enhance the economic viability of manufacturers in the District.
NOTICE PARTICULARLY PURPOSES F. and
MORE DETAIL HERE
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE
OUR DISTRICT IS "MIXED USE/RESIDENTIAL" not "MIXED
USE/LIGHT MANUFACTURING" or "MIXED USE/COMMERCIAL."
AN EMPHASIS, IN MY 40 SOME YEARS HERE, THAT HAS not BEEN FURTHERED!
And as to why.
First, it is my belief that city
hall's primary interest in the West is a way to increase revenue.
That is, to increase the tax base. Understandable, as it remains
the "underused" part of Our Town. The most efficent
way to increase revenue, or the easiest depending on one's view,
is to encourage swift, massive change. Big biotech comes to mind.
An important part of the mix, yet I believe that this process,
not carefully monitored, can result in land, manufacturing, and/or
Then there's geography. The seat
of power in Our Town is down-town-city hall, as far removed from
the West as conviniently possible. "Out of sight, out of
mind" it's said. City Hall's sometime misreading of our needs
may be just that and not a conspiracy of the rich and empowered.
Corollary to this is that our council
members are not paid a living wage, perhaps not even the minimum
wage. If not comfortable, they need a real job and of necessity
turn day-to-day operation over to staff. Not often an efficient
Then we have the community activists,
or former activists, who are in fact paid lobbyists for non-resident
groups--artisans, business people, and manufactures come to mind.
Ironically this group includes those who have the confidence of
residents, though in fact are paid by others. You get what you
There's more--insufficient city staff,
ineffective city division of labor, active commercial realtors,
but this should do for now.
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